School Newsletter

Business as usual at CVPS! It’s definitely business as usual at school this week. We have seen some amazing learning while adults in the world consider the national situation! Early years children explored and investigated the world around them with a focus on light and dark – building houses in the outdoors for Daddy Bear. Y6 problem solve using
the pond, and Y5 extract DNA from strawberries. Y5 have completed some inspirational artwork in their classes as well. Y4 watched the effects of heat on sugar and bicarbonate of soda as they made ‘cinder toffee’ they have been amazed about the quantity of sugar in their foods, and the impact of sugar on their teeth. In Y3 they now know the difference between soil types such as clay and compost – they have explored filtering and what happens during filtration. Year 2 have worked hard on some Andy Warhol examples, using printing methods and you can see their excitement in the photos above. Year 1 have been learning all about Emperor Penguins and starting to learn their speeches for our oracy day.

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A Letter to all Parents & Carers

Dear Parent/Carer. The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe. programme this term. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Years 5 and 6.

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A week of new things! Greenhouses, forest school visitors, hearts, lungs and learning about the new coronavirus and sabbaticals. The first of our mother’s day forest school afternoons welcomed very sunny weather on a bright spring afternoon. Thank you to everyone involved for making it a very special day. The feedback from families was encouraging and the staff and children loved sharing their typical experiences. We want every child to have someone to come along so if you have a friend, or other family member who can join in with the afternoon please feel welcome to invite one per child. Only adults can come (due to the use of fire and dangerous tools!) It was especially nice to see Jackie from
Asda’s community programme come along too – thank you for the free seeds! And the warm chocolate bananas cooked on the fire looked great (still waiting for a taste!).

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Half term already and we’ve achieved so much in 2020 so far! There really has never been a dull moment at school this half term. Our mid year assessments have shown phenomenal
progress from children. It’s noticeable that those children who have family support (for example with reading and homework) often make accelerated progress. A huge well done to all involved in helping our children’s learning improve – it’s been great to see the children’s beaming faces and personal sense of achievement when I’ve congratulated them individually. But while our school is judged on children’s learning – we all know that it’s just a part of school life. The exciting themes, topics and adult/child relationships at CVPS are what makes us really distinctive as a school, and we have loved seeing the children thrive this half term as a result.

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Science everywhere at CVPS with rain gauges, dentists, and investigations. Science has been in every corner and every lesson this week. Early years welcomed a friendly and very knowledgeable dentist, Pat Henzell who has explained the importance of brushing teeth for at least a minute on the top and bottom. The children practised on their dolls and teddies in the class and then brought toothbrushes in later in the week and have been practising on their own real teeth at school. They have looked at dentures, and models of teeth and found out what foods hurt teeth with different experiments. Not only have they had a dentist visit they have also been out visiting our local care home at Northlea Court – you can see the photos at the end of this newsletter.

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A week of excitement! Inventors, Museums and Zambia. This week Y1, 2 and 3 visited the Great North Museum to research and investigate animals and rocks. Impeccable behaviour, focussed enthusiasm for learning and a greater understanding of animal life and rocks made it a day to remember. Well done to everyone and thanks to the parents who came along to support. Ethan from Y5 visited Tees Valley alongside 14 other finalists from the region for the Little Inventors competition. Ethan impressed everyone there with his enthusiasm, articulacy and great engagement, proving to be the perfect ambassador for CVPS. We are all really proud of him and can’t wait to see the creation of a prototype of his ‘poo generated energy device’.

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Measuring, maths, sharing and cheese-making! We were visited last week by our local mayor, Loraine de Simone who has launched a ‘Cramlington does Denim for Dementia’ day today. Many thanks to everyone for supporting this worthwhile cause. There are some lovely video clips of children interviewing adults with dementia on the Alzheimer Society website if you search it. We have discussed it with the children at age appropriate levels so in class assemblies rather than whole school. We all know friends, relatives and neighbours who have been affected so are embracing the opportunity to raise awareness. If you feel you can donate £1 for the charity please send the children in with it when they come to school on Monday.

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More animal and human bodies, sats and special visitors! Firstly a huge well done to Year 6 this week for showing so much passion, resilience and hard work practising for their sats. These practices happen three or four times in the year to support the children to be ready for the experience, as much as to assess where their learning is. We are delighted that all pupils are making the usual excellent progress and are well on track to evidence what they know in a formal way come May when the real sats take place.

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Happy New Year … let’s find out what makes a great scientist! 2020 got off to a great start this week as we returned to school and embarked on our new topic for the term. Every class has been absolutely absorbed by the new topic and school has been a busy busy place. The photographs here don’t do the week justice so please check out the class facebook pages for more photographic updates where staff have posted some great memories of the week’s learning.

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Christmas carols bring great cheer … and tears! The annual Carol service at St Nicholas Church was a celebration of the children’s enthusiastic renditions of the traditional story of Christmas through carols. There were lots of dewy eyes from the families who attended, and our hearts melted when we heard the reception children singing ‘Away in a manger’. With a joyful trumpet playing of Jingle Bells to set us off, and some highly creative contemporary poetry interspersed throughout (written by our very own skilled Year 6 authors), we were given a real treat!

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