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.
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.
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.
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!
Remember your ticket for Christmas lunches next week! Last week we were delighted to welcome Asda’s community coordinator Jackie who came to present us with our first prize cheque of £500 after winning the local community green token award. The greenhouse for forest school – with specially strengthened safety glass (!) has already been ordered and Luke’s amazing ground plans have been printed and framed to remind us what we are aiming for. We can’t wait to grow more
vegetables next week!
Book Look raises £265.19 for Children in Need – thank you! A huge thank you to the families who attended the book look on Friday last week, the children were so proud to be able to share what they have been doing in their books, and the learning they have enjoyed so far this year. The icing on the cake was genuinely for them to eat cakes while book looking! Throughout the week each class had been baking or bringing in cakes to sell, creating cake-selling merchandise with a Pudsey theme. So we were delighted when it was all added up that we raised such a significant sum to send away. Thank you. The photos show how much the children enjoyed the making of the cakes as well as the eating of them!
Thanks to oracy we’re so much better at speaking already!
Our half termly lesson observations in class have been taking place this week and our school leaders have been delighted at the oracy initiative we introduced just in September and its impact on the children’s confidence and articulation across classes. For those of you who can come into classes today to look at books, remember to ask the children to explain the oracy posters around classrooms, the oracy class rules and the oracy non-negotiables. Our children
are becoming more and more adept at using stem sentences and agreeing and even disagreeing politely.
Welcome back to new babies, and exciting plans. We have enjoyed hearing the children’s holiday news and getting back into the swing of things this week. Please remember school starts at 8.30 when classes are registered – not 8.40 when the gate closes!
Welcome to the autumn harvest 2019! We always enjoy our visit to St Nicholas Church in Cramlington Village to celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving as part of our annual events. And this year was no exception – as we enjoyed hearing what the children had learned all about harvest from both a Christian and world perspective. Thank you so much for all your
contributions for harvest which we are donating to the local food bank at The Hope Centre in Cramlington. We are really grateful for such a positive turnout from families and the children were so excited to see you all, despite a few nerves!
All sorts of successes around school in writing! This week teachers have been assessing a final piece of writing to take as a ‘polished piece’ which we judge against the age related expectations. Across school staff spent Wednesday’s usual staff meeting reviewing other class teacher’s work, and what a lovely time it was! Reviewing the books allowed us to share and celebrate some fabulous progress and enjoy the children’s writing!