School Newsletter

And it’s back to school busy-ness!

Lesson Visits

Sarah, Melissa and myself have all visited classes this week and been delighted to see the array of activities taking place across school in English and Mathematics. Our team of staff know the children’s needs exceptionally well and have certainly been busy creating interesting sessions of learning. Our early years children continue to settle well with two new children joining the ‘flock’ and you can see them concentrating carefully on hammering nails, rolling pizzas, exploring ‘magnetism’ and they were also listening to The Stick Man story.

Brittanica Quiz

Four children took part in a national quiz this week
‘zooming’ to be able to answer a range of questions based around their reading of the Brittanica magazine. They did exceptionally well, and we can’t wait to tell you the results when they come out tomorrow lunchtime.

Parent consultations (16th Nov)

Remember to check your email as all invites to attend the online parent consultations have been sent out. We are allocating ten minutes to each session. If you need more than this for any reason please let us know and staff will accommodate it when they can.
If you would like to speak to Melissa Costello as the school Special Educational Needs Coordinator, you can make an appointment to see Melissa at any time.

Nasal Flu Immunisations

These have taken place this week. Please check class Facebook pages for the updates for children whose parents have consented but who were unable to attend today’s visit.

Dates for the Diary

We are fast approaching the Christmas Season. Check the dates at the back of the newsletter for information about our traditional Carol Service, Learning Exhibition, and Family Christmas Lunches. These are all a great opportunity for us to connect. If parents can’t make all of them, other members of the family or friends are

Lyla’s garden

Over the past term, behind the scenes there has been lots happening with Lyla’s garden and we are excited to be able to share with you the first draft of the plan complete with a yellow brick road and also a rainbow feature.

A huge thanks to Luke Arend, who is qualified from the Royal Horticultural Society, and who has donated his time for this project.

Luke has asked if we are able to source any volunteer builders, joiners and landscapers, it would be a really welcome addition to the team for this worthwhile project.
Our aim is to be able to open the garden and have everything finished in time for what would have been Lyla’s 10th Birthday in February 23.

The end of my Era at CVPS

Please find attached to the email the newsletter comes on (and on the class Facebook pages) a letter from me to let you know about my resignation. Myself and the new interim principal, will work very hard to provide continuity and support that will enable a smooth transition and to continue the strong provision during the period of change between now and the end of April next year. I will sorely miss all of you as parents, and our staff team, but especially our delightful children.
More details can be seen in the letter.

Paul’s Outdoor Idea

Poppy God’s Eye – Remembrance Weekend
This weekend sees the remembrance parades and events. We would like you to have a go at making a poppy inspired craft known as Gods eyes. You do not have to use the red and black as any colour looks beautiful.
Here is a link to a tutorial to have a go at making Gods eyes – a lovely relaxing activity.

Family Support Worker Amy’s Update

The School Nursing team were in school this week to administer the nasal flu immunisation to the children they had received consent for. If you did not manage to complete the online form in time for the visit and would like your child to receive the immunisation please complete the form using this link:
The nursing team will be visiting school again on 23rd November to administer immunisations. If you have any questions regarding the immunisation please call the team on 0191 282 8977. If you would prefer to complete the form over the phone this is also possible. Please see the attached letter from the nursing team. The school code is NB138257. Do not complete this form if you have already completed it.

Protecting your child against flu guidance:

Achievement Awards

Kindness champions – Kieran Bradley and Abbey Riding

Swimmer of the week – Reece Hopkinson

Dates for your Diary

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We enjoyed a great time on our annual Harvest celebration event at St Nicholas Church where we remembered to be thankful for the foods we have. The children each took turns in their classes sharing the vast array of different learning variations that they use as a focus for their understanding of harvest with a different emphasis in every year group. It was lovely to see all our supportive families sharing in the occasion, and we are thankful to the church for hosting us so warmly every year.

Halloween and Bonfire safety

We have spent time in our achievement assembly reminding the children about how they can help themselves to stay safe over the holiday period.

Stop, drop and roll should they come close to candles or fires in Halloween outfits. (These dress up clothes are not covered by the usual flame retardant requirements being classed as toys not clothes).
And stranger danger safety to be considered if they are out on the streets trick or treating. Never going into houses owned by people they don’t know.

Check out the Child Accident Prevention Trust guidance on lots of ideas to keep the children safe during the autumn season…

We will continue to collect food for the local Hope Centre Food bank until the end of the first week back so please feel free to keep up the donations until Friday the 11th November.

Online Parent consultations Weds 16th Nov

We will be hosting online parent consultations on Weds 16th November using the same online systems that have worked so well in the past, with an allocation of ten minutes per family. (please ensure that your email address on our system is up to date, and keep an eye our for the invite which will be sent out at the start of the week after half term).

Book look Fri 25th Nov

We know how popular our book looks have been with families, and so we have added in a book look date for Friday the 25th November at 1pm. Families are invited into school that day so your children can boast about their work in their books. Early Years will have a stay and play option available that afternoon! Try to save the date as those who don’t have someone from their family or a close family friend there become very upset.

Congratulations Little Angels

We were delighted to learn that Little Angels achieved the outstanding grade during their recent Ofsted inspection in September. The report is available to read online. Huge congratulations for all the hard work that has gone into this achievement. As a school we work very closely with the Angels’ team and so were very pleased to learn about this excellent achievement!


We continue to work hard to sustain strong attendance levels as we firmly believe that all children have an entitlement to strong learning

opportunities by sustaining regular attendance and punctuality at school. Our Education Welfare Officer (EWO), has been asked to be present at school next half term to support families to be able to come into school on time as there is a small minority of persistently late children who are regularly embarrassed by coming into school late. Please don’t be surprised if you are spoken to by the EWO if you arrive late into school.

Paul’s Outdoor Idea

Thank you to all the children who brought in the different coloured leaves, there were some beautiful ‘colour charts of leaves’ – well done.
Half term is the perfect time to get outdoors and go exploring. Put down those screens and try out our fun idea for the whole family.
Return of the journey stick – we love a journey stick at CVPS

This is a simple activity for children of all ages to track your trip to the woods.
Look out for a good-sized stick and wrap some colourful wool around it. As you’re on your walk, get the children to keep an eye out for interesting objects that will remind you of your journey – a flower, a feather, a pretty leaf – and attach the, to your stick.
(Please don’t pick wild flowers or plants, look for petals or leaves that have fallen to the ground.)
When you get home, use your stick to tell the story of your walk as a family. We would love to see videos of photos on the Facebook pages.
Thank you again and I hope you have a safe half term getting outside as much as possible.

Family Support Worker Amy’s Update

I’ve found some wonderful activities to keep the family entertained over the half term. Royal Quays at North Shields are running a series of free events up until Christmas. Please see the picture for further details. There is a Halloween Roman Pot making session at Segedunum on 24th October – free of charge! This may be especially good for those children that have been learning all about the Romans. There are some creepy craft activities at the Discovery Museum on 25th October.

Here is a link to the activities run by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums:

Achievement Award

Kindness champions – Olivia Simm, Willow Burgess, Elliott Hopkinson, Amelia Nicholson and the whole of Y6!

Swimmer of the week – Daniel Culyer

Dates for your Diary

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We were so excited this week to learn that a whole family of hedgehogs has been preparing for hibernation in Pinkie’s old pig pen in our courtyard. There was one adult and three babies. We are fortunate that Jessica Dack’s Mum who works in a local sanctuary was able to collect them as the adult seemed very poorly. We later found out it was an adult male, who sadly died overnight. We are hoping that the care and kindness given at a distance from the staff and children at CVPS will help the babies to survive and hibernate well this winter.

Year 5 and Year 6 were also delighted to welcome the NSPCC into school as they came in to deliver an annual visit raising awareness of e-safety, how to access Childline, and how to keep themselves safe. As always the visitors were highly complimentary of the children’s manners and openness.

Safeguarding updates

Every year the government releases a new revised version of how we should keep children safe from harm at school. We read this, review our policy and update it, and include it in our training day prior to the start of the new academic year.

This policy is available on the school website and lets everyone know what we do to protect children at school. Please ask a member of staff if you do not have internet access and if you wish a hard copy of this. The big message about child protection is that it is very definitely everyone’s responsibility and we are passionate about making children at CVPS feel safe so that they can thrive in whatever they do. Please be patient if at times we ask you questions from things the children tell us or show us. Often there is a lot of context missing, that means we need to ask extra questions. If any parent ever has any concerns about children, please let any member of staff know. The trained designated leaders for safeguarding children are:
Debbie Wylie
Melissa Costello
Amy Biggins

And our weekly forest school was an absolute delight to visit on Thursday afternoon. There was such a passion from the children about being outside, listening to the staff and learning about nutrients needed by our school animals, how to deliver a tool talk about bill hooks, how to create a trail using orienteering techniques, and how to predict what plot in our outdoors are the perfect conditions for growing seeds.

With older year groups preparing and cooking food over their own fires, and shelter building – it was like an afternoon of outdoor delights. A huge well done to the children for engaging so avidly with the activities on offer – and of course to the staff for planning things so well!

Harvest Festival

Our annual harvest festival takes place on Tuesday next week (18th October) and you are invited to join us at the church from 1.30pm to hear the children singing their autumnal harvest songs, and to see what they have learned about harvest around the world.

We are accepting donations for our local food bank in school next week so if you would like to contribute the usual items, please bring them into school as soon as you can.

We are so excited to announce that Eeva has been chosen to represent the school as a child MP and will be taking part in a parliamentary debate with the Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle on Friday 14th October at 4pm.
She has been invited to a debate on a number of issues for The Children’s Parliament including the use of social media and will be hearing from a range of guest speakers. We wish her the best of luck and we know she will do an amazing job!

Family Support Worker Amy’s Update

As we get into the colder months, the cost of living is at the forefront of a lot of families’ minds. Everyone is starting to pay a lot more for energy, food, rent and fuel. There have been one-off payments

introduced such as the Energy Bill Support Scheme, Cost of Living Payment for those on means tested benefits, £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment and an increase and extension of the Household Support Fund.
If you need support with school uniform, the Hope Centre runs the School Uniform Bank. But this does rely on donations, so if you do have any uniform that you could donate please feel free to bring it to school all year round. The Hope Centre also runs the Food Bank. If you feel

you would benefit from a referral to the Food Bank please get in touch. Also, just to remind families that you can apply for free school meals if either you get certain benefits or you’re not allowed to claim benefits because of your immigration status.
There are lots of different organisations that can help or provide further information such as Citizens Advice, Step Change Debt Charity and the website. Here are some useful links:

Paul’s Outdoor Idea

Colour Wheel leaves: 
Following on for the theme of falling leaves as we head into Autumn and the leaves are dropping rapidly. 
Thank you to Miss Weatheritt for spotting this activity. How many different colours can you spot while you are out and about? I love the colour chart idea (Having formerly worked for Dulux) Would love to see a poster or a presentation with the different leaves. 
For the younger children could we sort some of the more traditional colours.

And finally some personal news from Debbie Wylie…

I used assembly on Monday morning to explain why I haven’t been in school the past few weeks due to lots of personal reasons including bereavement over the summer causing me to overload! We talked about mental health and how to help each other if we experience overload, and we looked at lots of overloaded trucks and trains – mostly from India! The children listened incredibly respectfully, and we were able to talk about the importance of sleep, exercise, good breathing techniques and how to talk to one another as well as adults, if we feel we can’t cope. A huge huge thank you to the team of staff, so ably led by Sarah and Melissa who pulled together during my absence, and to the families who have shared such kind words since my return.

Achievement Awards

Kindness champions – Masie Morrison and Max Morrison

Swimmer of the week – Anthony Farman

Dates for your Diary

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Our last half term begins!

The last half term is always busy with lots of nice things happening in and around school. And this one is no different. After the past two summers which have been disrupted by Covid, it’s been lovely to get all the old plans back into the diary.


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CVPS in Paris

To celebrate the end of their adventure at Cramlington Village Primary and to mark the end of their SATs, the year 6 class took off on their final adventure to Paris this week. We have already seen evidence of them reaching the heights of the Eiffel Tower, exploring the streets of Paris and eating lots of delicious food (we didn’t realise pizza was such a French delicacy!?)

We hope they enjoyed braving all the rides Disneyland had to offer and I’m sure families will be looking forward to seeing them return after a very busy few days. A huge thank you to all of the staff involved in keeping the children safe and happy on their travels.


Payment reminder for learning expeditions, residential visits and after-school clubs

Prompt payment for learning expeditions, residential visits and after-school clubs is kindly requested. Efficient payment enables us to plan for the fantastic opportunities we provide for our children. If you have any concerns about payment, please speak to a member of the office staff as soon as possible, thank you.

Reminder for book donations

Just a reminder that we are still accepting book donations to support the creation of our new library. We are looking for a range of good quality texts for a range of ages that are in a good condition. A huge thank you to the families who have already sent books in.



Family Support Worker – Amy’s update

We have noticed lots of lates this week. Even being 5 minutes late every day can add up to over 3 days of school. Please remember that gates open at 8:20 and close at 8:30 – thank you.

Warmer weather

As we all start to enjoy the warmer weather, please can we request that children come to school wearing appropriate suncream and bring sun hats if needed.

Year 5 tag rugby festival

This week, year 5 were the lucky class to be offered the opportunity to be able to visit Kingston Park Stadium to participate in a tag rugby festival. Children loved getting completely stuck-in and have the photos to prove it! Well done year 5 for being great ambassadors for our school.



Paul’s Outdoor Idea

World Bee Day : 20th May 2022


• The reason bees are so noisy is because they beat their wings 11,400 times in one minute!
• Only female bees can sting. Male bees don’t have stingers.
• Honey bees communicate through a series of dance moves.
• Bees can sense the hormone a human gives off when they’re scared. If they feel their hive is threatened, they’ll attack.

Activity : Create a bee based bug hotel
What you will need.
Empty food can (cleaned, label removed) Bamboo stakes of varying widths
Hand saw
Thin piece of wire
String (optional)


1. Using your ruler, measure the length of the can. It’s best to take a few millimetres off the measurement so that the bamboo will sit just inside the lip of the can.
2. Using your ruler and a pencil, mark out lengths on your bamboo stakes to fit. You will need quite a few to fill the can.
3. Once marked out, take your bamboo stakes and saw into measured lengths one at a time.
4. When you have finished cutting to size, collect all your lengths of bamboo and use a piece of wire to clear out any fibrous bits from inside each piece. This will create a hollow centre where the insects will live.
5. Once you have cleared out all the lengths of bamboo, place your can sideways on the table and start to stack the pieces of bamboo inside the can. Continue filling the can with bamboo until it is full, and the sticks are tightly packed in.
6. You now have your very own bug hotel! Decorate to make it look like a bee (see picture)
7. You can either use string and tie it on to a tree branch, or you can just place it in a nice sheltered spot in the garden. Be sure to pick a nice shady position so that your bugs don’t get too warm in their new home.
8. Now sit back, relax and wait for your new friends to move in.


Achievement Award

Kindness championsYN – Willow Burgess and Y3 Avraj Singh Swimmer of the week – Miah Taylor
Gold CelebrationsYR – Heidi Ord Y2 – Arthur Lamb Y3 – Avraj Singh


Dates for your Diary


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Robinwood adventurers return!

The Y4 children enjoyed conquering many of their fears and phobias at Robinwood activity centre this week as you will see from the photos! They built crates, swung from high swings and paddled canoe boats, as well as testing their archery skills. The most challenging aspect for nearly all of them is definitely being away from home – sometimes for the very first time. The night time ninjas at Robinwood supported a (mostly) calm evening time, and I think there was only one perceived ‘ghostly’ incident, that required Mrs Costello’s input!

As a result of the children’s amazing attitude to challenging themselves, Mrs Costello and Allison have decided to nominate some special awards instead of the usual this week…

Kaytee Banks – cooperation Eliza-Lily Blight – patience
Megan Finlay – responsibility Jessica Gorton – skills
Maison Lawson – resilience Miya Rowlandson – support
Amelia Nicholson – listening Ava Skidmore – communication
Kain Usher – encouragement Francesca Vivian – problem solving
Maxwell Wren – respect

Covid Vaccines for children

Government guidance states that it remains important that those most at risk from Cobid are protected with vaccinations. For more information check out the Education Hub on this link:

All parents of 5 to 11 and 12 to 15 year olds can book vaccinations on this link:

All parents should have received a letter directly from their GP surgery about how to source a vaccination for school aged children.


End of SATs in Y6

A huge well done to the Y6 team – including pupils, staff and families for sustaining such amazing attitudes and commitment to their learning this week. The test papers were under lock and key until the tests were taken, then have been couriered away to be marked. Staff were incredibly impressed by the positivity and maturity that everyone showed. As adults, we were most surprised that the papers were tough – probably as tough if not tougher than pre-Covid. It’s disappointing that no leniency was shown for the inconsistent teaching input as a result of Covid but we know we have pulled together throughout the past three years and could not have offered more. Even before the Y6 results I’m incredibly proud of all our team who have focussed unerringly on moving learning forward which is reflected across every class at CVPS. Congratulations all round!



We are continuing to test in Y2 getting through the 4 papers with chicken pox doing the rounds in the class has been a challenge! However again – the children have done exceptionally well to stay focussed and do their best. We are really pleased with the progress this class has made – well done Y2!

‘Mow less in May’

To support wildlife, we are taking part in the ‘mow less in May’ programme, allowing some of the wild flowers and wildlife to grow more! this gives lots of opportunity for us to host insects and allows our spaces to become more green and environmentally friendly!

So those green spaces are just being left indiscriminately – if you want to save on fuel, energy and time for a bit – you could do the same if you have a green space at home!

Thanks for superb book donations!

Huge thanks to Lucy in Y5 who has donated over 40 books for our new school library – which we are working on at the moment. You can see Lucy with her many books in the photo above!

Y5 video link with Zambia!

Y5 had a great call with their Zambezi Sunrise Trust partners in Zambia this week as they shared what’s been happening in our different parts of the world. There are always commonalities such as Covid, reading as well as differences in weather and we are so well resourced at CVPS in comparison to the funding of the school in Zambia. Huge thank you to Nicole who coordinates this valuable learning opportunity with John Gillette from Zambezi Sunrise Trust who is actually visiting our twin classroom this week!

Outdoor gym

In line with what seems to be becoming the norm – we now know that our new outdoor gym has been delayed due to steel supply issues. We are pestering the team regularly to move the order forward and hope it will be in place by the start of next half term!

Family Support Worker Amy’s Update

Two classes with 100% is such a massive achievement! Well done Y6 and Y3. Massive well done to Y2 for no lates this week. The gates close at 8.30, so even a couple of minutes makes a big difference to the amount of lates. A good night of sleep is so important and helps us to get up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.

Paul’s Outdoor Idea

Next week is Walk to school week : 16th – 20th May.
We would like you to go out each and everyday and take a walk, whether it is around your local area or further afield (the beach, Plessey Woods or Northumberlandia are a few ideas)

Scavenger Hunt – while you are out and about how many of the following list of 12
items can you spot – if you can take a photo of them please send them in.

• A dog A butterfly A ladybird
• A duck Something smooth A squirrel
• Something yellow Something green A flower
• A postbox A street light A pebble


Achievement Rewards

Kindness championsY5 – Lucy Manson
Swimmer of the week – AJ Jefferson
Gold CelebrationsY1 – Freya Brady, Leigha Morgan, Francesca Page X 2, Nadia Al Haj
Moussa, Sofia Atzeni and Safiya Kodirova Y2 – Anabelle Lister, Jacob Collins and Isla Ord


Dates for your Diary

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Watch out, watch out, May’s about!

Our photos in this week’s newsletter show you the great opportunities that were shared between everyone on last Friday’s Book Look. A huge thank you to all the families who turned into school. There were only about 10-12 families overall in school who were unable to make it – and some of the children were really upset. If you would like to come and see your child’s books and you could not make it last week, or you forgot, please speak to your child’s teacher as we want all the children to have a chance to share the pride they have in their progress with someone special from home.

And the Y3/Y4 children’s learning expedition to Moat Brae went very well, as you can see from the delight and engagement the children showed in the photos. Behaviour as always was spectacular from the CVPS children and a special thank you to the staff team who made it possible. We are really looking forward to your inspiration being transferred into your theatre production!

TikTok – What is it? Is it safe?

TikTok is a video sharing social media app which lets users create, share and view user created videos. According to the TikTok terms and conditions, users have to be at least 13 years old. However, we are aware that some children in school are on the app or have access to the app on a family member’s device.

There are many different dangers associated with the app. Children may be viewing inappropriate content, can receive messages from strangers and could be putting themselves at risk by sharing personal details.

E-Safety is an important part of our curriculum in school, but it is important for children to be reminded of the dangers outside of school.

Safety tips for parents:

* talk about online dangers
* use privacy settings
* enable restricted mode
* explore and learn yourself
* report and block inappropriate content
* moderate screen time

May is the month in schools…for assessments, summer plans and at CVPS residentials!

May is the month when we complete statutory assessments in Y2 and Y6 and this week we have tried to complete Y2’s allowing them plenty of time later in the month in case of Covid absences. They have completed half of the papers so far, and will be doing the other half next week. They have absolutely tried their hardest and some have even said they enjoyed the brightly coloured papers! Keep up with the great attendance and early nights as they are due to complete two more papers next week! Well done so far Y2! results are shared after marking and moderation takes place in the June school reports.

And next week our Y6 pupils are so so ready to complete their sats papers. I’m incredibly proud of the way that they have shown such maturity during the preparation for this, especially since a somewhat disrupted start to the academic year with a change to their teacher. However the personal progress made by each and every member of the class has been superb and in our practices their progress has been outstanding. Bacon butties are back on the breakfast menu for Y6 from 8.15 next week, from Monday to Friday to give them a good start to the day. Every one of us wishes them the best of luck, and that they keep their heads with lots of options for mindfulness during the ‘real thing’!

And Y4 are set to head away first thing Monday morning for their residential at Robinwood! The children are all very excited about this and we know they’ll have a fantastic time.

With Y6 off to Paris the week after, (group passport confirmed!) it’s all a great range of memory-making experiences that we are really proud to have in place and we know they will all come back from that little bit more mature having been away from home.

SMART watches

We are aware that some children in school are wearing smart watches. These have been used in school as calculators, for recording and taking images. We have taken the decision that smart watches are not acceptable as part of the school uniform despite whether apps can be removed or not. Please do not allow your child to wear a smart watch to school. They are an additional unnecessary interruption and a barrier to effective learning that are best kept outside of school. A plain, inexpensive analogue watch is always a preferable option which has the added value of helping the children to learn how to tell the time!


Family Support Worker Amy’s Update

WOOHOO! We have 4 classes with 99% this week – I can’t believe it! Then we have the other classes not very far behind. Amazing work. Big week for Y6 next week, so please make sure you are on time and ready for the day. I am sure you all will
be though as there are bacon sandwiches on offer!

Reminder – please remember that all absences need to be reported to the office as soon as possible with a reason provided. If the school office is closed, you are able to
leave a voicemail message that the admin team will pick up.

Paul’s Outdoor Idea

Happy Friday to everyone,
This week’s idea is to again get out and about and enjoy the fresh air. I have made an extra effort to get out this week especially with the lighter evenings and mornings.

When you are out and about I would like you to set up a trail for your family or friends. Make arrows from twigs and see if they can follow them. Maybe you could put a cross where you do not want them to go. There are some examples in the picture. I used to do this when I was a scout and loved setting trials for my friends.
Enjoy the outside.







Achievement Awards

Kindness championsY3 – Sienna Thirlwell

Swimmer of the week – Jacob Edington


Dates for your Diary

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‘What happens when we win?’ launches with a bang!

We have enjoyed an amazing array of experiences this week for the children as we launch the new topic. Y5 and Y6 were able to start stage blocking, and rehearsing the opening scene of Romeo and Juliet in preparation for their play at Phoenix Theatre. With the help of RSC trained Shakespearean actor, Richard Kidd they learned unusual facts about the Bard. The children now know who he was, how he impacted on Tudor times and what a significant influence he was – as well as the fact he grew up in a really disadvantaged home, and probably had traits of autism! And then they learned about the two families/gangs at the centre of the Romeo and Juliet play.

And then on Tuesday it was circus time for EYFS. They walked the tight rope, juggled and used diabolos to see what they were good at and how they could create physical targets. They were overjoyed with their own achievements and the photos show how much they concentrated, particularly on the tight rope walks!

On Wednesday it was Y1/2’s turn when they visited St James’s park to see the stadium, meet some of the Newcastle United staff, visit the changing rooms, and see some of the shirts hung up and ready for the next match.

(Bruno was very popular!). For some, their highlight was still the bus and the lunch – but for many more their love of football has grown even more. Some families have told us they are booking family tickets to go to see a match after seeing their children’s enthusiasm. Needless to say the children (and the staff!) were all very tired when they got back.

And with a Newcastle United’s womens’ team player visiting school, basketball coaches and the usual swimming and trumpet lessons, the school has been a thriving community. It’s been a long time coming but we are so pleased that we can return to the normal hustle and bustle of a busy, thriving, exciting place to be.

Last but not least Y3/4 are due to visit Moat Brae, the birthplace of the creator of Peter Pan, JM Barrie in Dumfries in Scotland next week. More photos of this next week!

Health and Safety updates

We have a wide range of health and safety and e-safety advice that we intend to share with you, now that the Covid guidance has more or less ended for schools!
We are still vigilant about sensible precautions such as good airflow throughout school and taking positive approaches to hygiene from hand washing and teaching children to be mindful of how to cough and sneeze.

We are also keen to minimise staffing issues by ensuring that if children have signs and symptoms of Covid they stay at home, but now no more than 3 days!

E-Safety News

As parents are you aware of the dangers of ‘doxxing’?

Doxxing is the publishing of someone’s personal or private information online – such as their address, phone number or email address – without their permission. Doxxing is an invasion of privacy and can put individuals in real danger. Publishing someone’s personal information with malicious intent is a criminal offence. Remind your child that it is never safe to share this kind of information about either themselves or another person online.


Book Look – we are so excited to share the children’s work with you!

Friday 29th April (today!) we are hosting the first in person Book Look in classes as reported in the past couple of newsletters. We hope you can make it – please start with children in older classes, coming into school from 1pm. Through the main front door for adults of pupils in Y3 to Y6. Through the side gate from 1pm for adults of pupils from Nursery, reception, Y1 and Y2 classes. Please remember only one adult per family please.

Payments for residential

Please ensure that your child’s payment for the upcoming residential are paid up by the deadlines. Chasing the payments causes a lot of extra work for the admin team. All the payments have been added to Parentpay accounts.


Family Support Worker Amy’s Update

What a first week back! Summer 1 is a very short term – only 3 weeks left! That means you only have 14 days left to make sure you are Here, Ready, On time, Everyday. It is great to see 3 classes with 99% attendance this week. I was hoping to see less lates though since it is only our first week back! Please remember to get children to school before the gates close at 8.30am. It is especially important for our Y6 children to be on time as we are getting closer to the SATS. We do our best learning when we are settled in class after a good start to the day. It is only a short term, but it is an exciting one and we don’t want the children to miss out on any of the opportunities. Attend today, achieve tomorrow!


Paul’s Outdoor Idea: Dandelion art

This week’s activity is Inspired by the discovery of a double headed dandelion by two Year 3 girls and the beautiful array of dandelions around school and on the drive to school, I thought we could look at some simple dandelion art work.

The first one looks at the dandelion clock. You need one toilet roll and some scissors and some paint


1. Snip lots of small slits across one end of your toilet roll.
2. Fold them out to make a flower head shape.
3. Paint and print.
4. Add the stem.



Other ideas to use dandelions for art :

Dandelion facts :

1. There are over 250 different species of dandelion.
2. Dandelion plant’s every part is useful –roots, leaves, flower. Its uses include dye for colouring, food, and medicine.
3. The dandelion flower has a yellow-orange hue and comprises many individual, miniature flowers called ray florets. The dandelion flower opens at the time of sunrise and closes at night.

Finally, get out and about and explore the dandelions – they are an amazing plant.

Easter Egg Competition

Well done to everyone who submitted an entry into our Easter Egg Competition, the standards were very high and we can see from the entries that the children worked very hard! We didn’t have as many
entries as we have had in the past so we have streamlined the categories as follows. Huge well
done to the winners!

Our winners are….
Early Years – Mia Younger
Key Stage 1 – Avie Morrow
Key Stage 2 – Miles Straker


Punctuality for statutory assessments

In Y1, Y2 and Y6 we will be starting statutory (compulsory) assessments from next week. Please make an extra effort to get all children in these classes into school as

HERO children –
Every day
Ready to learn
On time

We appreciate this is the case for most families, but there is an emergent pattern with some families which we will start to follow up in the coming weeks. 5 minutes late every day amounts to 25 minutes a week and a whopping two days a year of lost learning.


Bye bye Angela!

And finally – some staff news! After being at CVPS for nearly the full ten years (in a number of different admin related roles since we opened), our admin and marketing manager Angela Hall will be leaving next Friday. Angela has been a familiar face to many of you, as she has been on the gate, chasing any overdue payments due to the school and coordinating all the holiday activity clubs that have taken place over the last couple of years. Angela will be a huge miss. She has an upbeat, positive personality and has been so passionate about the provision at the school, having personal experience as a parent too. We are pleased that she will continue in her role as a parent until the end of this academic year and for longer as a school governor! We wish Angela all the best for her new role at Seaton Valley Schools where she will be the marketing and publicity manager and we all thank her for the vast support and commitment she has given to CVPS over the past ten years.

We are exceptionally fortunate to have been able to recruit a new Office Manager with excellent credentials who will start with us on Monday the 6th June. More news in next week’s newsletter about that!


Achievement Awards

Kindness championsYN – Holly Anderson-Reid Y5 – AJ Jefferson
Swimmer of the week – Nicole Sharp


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School Newsletter

Happy Easter 2022!]

Well what a busy term it’s been!

A huge well done to everyone for their ongoing focus and determination to return slowly but surely to more normality now we are coming out of Covid restrictions.

It’s been great to see parents coming into school to sign off our Y6 group passport applications and to host more visitors in school for a lots of different activities for the children as well as support for staff.

Five stars to Chef Lynn and her team

We welcomed in the local Food Safety Team to complete an unannounced kitchen inspection this week. We were delighted that Chef Lynn and her wonderful team achieved 5 star rating once again, (That’s the best!) Well done to Lynn and the team – who received a rousing unprompted round of applause from the children when I told them!

Dr Bike was in again this week finishing off the checks on the remaining bikes that didn’t make it last time. Hopefully all children who wanted it have now been seen!

And as I write Elizabeth Grieve from Wilder Northumberland is visiting Y4 to support the Y3/4 application for an Eco Award. The classes have been looking at lots of school based opportunities to recycle, use clean energy and protect the wildlife in our outdoor areas.

New gate arrangements Y3/4

From the first Monday returning after the holidays, we would like to trial the Y3/4 children coming into school via the same gate as the rest of school.
Y3/4 staff will be positioned on the pathways outside school to show where to wait, until the rest of the children are already in. Then around 8.25 the Y3/4 children will come in through the same gate as everyone else.
We will maintain the one way system in school for the foreseeable future as it is less congested this way.

Punctuality in school

We are so grateful to all families for working so hard to be in school on time every day. This has a hugely positive impact on the calmness at the start of the day allowing lessons to start promptly and ensuring that there are well established routines. These help our most vulnerable children to settle more quickly. As a result of this we have decided to continue with the current morning arrangements for drop off into the summer term with the exception of the change to the Y3/4 as stated above.


Easter Club next week Mon to Thurs 8.45am to 12.45

All parents should have now received confirmation that they have a place at the Easter Camp next week. There are lots of exciting things planned so try and be on time for an 8.45 start collecting at 12.45 Monday to Thursday in the first week. We’re looking forward to some amazing art from Daniel Weatheritt, football coaching from Cramlington Football Club, Timestep Activity Centre and Kelly Jamieson’s Musical Theatre and Talent Show! With Chef Tim from Little Angels overseeing the food – the children are in for a great week! Can’t wait to see the photos.

Learning expeditions next half term

Each class next term has set up some amazing learning experiences and we are so pleased to have all the plans coming together for the three residential experiences we have planned too.

Y5/6 Richard Kidd Shakespearian Actor will be in school the first day back to deliver an amazing workshop – please don’t miss this as it forms the basis for the whole summer’s study! There are also some fencing activities planned to support the mock fights that are choreographed for the Romeo and Juliet play.

Y3/4 are heading to Moat House which is the Scottish National Centre for Literacy, and also the home of DM Barrie – author of Peter Pan! Who thought that this was so close to us – just in Dumfries? Another trip to Scotland in the offing.
Y1/2 are off to St James’s Park on Weds of the first week back for a stadium tour. Again – how exciting for them to see our local football team heroes as they compare recent football legends with those of the past!

And our early years children will be enjoying some circus performer visits leading up to their focus on The Wizard of Oz next half term.

Book Look – Friday the 29th April from 1-1.45pm

We can’t wait to show you some of the learning that the children have achieved over the past year! One parent/family member (per child) is welcome to come into school to be able to review your child’s books when we return to school after Easter on the Friday afternoon.
We are asking families from children in early years, Y1 and Y2 to come through the usual gate and for everyone else (Y3 to Y6) to come through the front entrance.
If you have siblings please see the older children first, and then leave them in their classes while you go to see the younger children, collecting the older ones, once you are ready to leave. For safeguarding reasons we are asking that all the children stay in their classes until their usual time to go home.


We were delighted to hear that despite a huge amount of competition to do well in the entrance exams – David Gowing in Y6 has secured a place at Newcastle’s prestigious Royal Grammar School to start in September this year. There were over 450 applicants for just 120 places so we are delighted that he was able to impress them with his academic prowess and his fantastic social skills. Congratulations David – we are so proud of you!


Paul’s Outdoor Idea

To begin with I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy Easter break. Thank you for engaging in the outdoor ideas this term – your support has been appreciated.

Over the next two weeks we would love you to get outside as much as possible whatever the weather.
Nature Easter Eggs : Inspired by Year 1 forest school this week.

These are so easy and fun to make! There’s only a few steps you’ll need to follow but really, you can just get your creative juices flowing and have fun with this project!


1. Cut out your egg shapes from the cardboard. I just happened to have an egg cookie cutter that I traced to make my egg shapes but you can also just draw them freehand if you don’t have something to trace. You then carefully cut them out. Sharp scissors are nice when cutting cardboard, if you have them, just to be safe.
2. Go out and collect your nature items! Make it into a fun activity where you go for a little walk around the neighbourhood and collect your items. You can use stones or flowers or anything natural.
3. Grab some glue! Think of your patterns and glue them on. If you have a glue gun then they work brilliantly.



Family Support Worker Amy’s Update

WOW Y2 – what a way to end the term, with 100% attendance! Today we celebrated our attendance achievements in assembly. We had our attendance awards, Attendance HERO awards for the half-term and a special trophy for those children that have been Here, Everyday, Ready and On time for the whole term. What a fantastic achievement in a really tricky year. I can’t wait to see who gets the awards next term!

We’ve now got two weeks off to look forward to! I thought it would be a good idea to share some activities families can do over the holidays:


• Visit Northumberlandia – it’s free!
• Bake an Easter treat!
• Create a time capsule
• Decorate an egg
• Write a story to share with friends and family
• Go for a walk and make a journey stick
• Spend time with loved ones
• Relax
It would be lovely for families to take some pictures to share on the class Facebook pages of whatever they get up to in the holidays! See you all in 2 weeks!




Easter Egg Competitions

We have decided to run our annual Easter Egg competition again – allowing the Easter holidays for competitors to prepare their entries. Categories are as follows:

Please allow the children the opportunity to decorate their egg independently and if families are itching to get  involved you can enter the parent category!

Bring your eggs in on the first few days we return after the holidays and we will announce the winners on Friday in Achievement assembly

Easter Egg Competition Categories – PLEASE ENSURE ALL ENTRIES ARE NAMED

• Y1/2
• Y3/4
• Y5/6
• Parent category


Uniform reminders

Please take some time if you can before the children return to school to remind them they need black school shoes (not trainers) ideally that they can take off and put on independently. Any hairbands being worn should be plain and without the extras which cause health and safety issues as well as upset when they are damaged.
(Including springy wires, unicorn horns and bows.) Thank you for helping all our children keep safe in school and for following the school uniform policy – copies of which are available on the school website or from the school office.

Ear piercing: It’s also coming closer to the longer 4 week holiday in the summer when we encourage ear piercing for those looking for pierced ears. Even when ears are just pierced earrings in school are not allowed – in line with all other primaries and secondary schools in the town. Anyone with pierced ears is expected to wear ‘spacers’ and not earrings in school – again for safety reasons during PE and outdoor play/forest school.


Achievement Awards

Kindness championsY5 – Tegan Laing Y6 – Katherine Doris, Elizabeth Rutherford, Lola Welford and Fearne Piriz
Swimmer of the week – Rosie Gillespie

Gold celebrationsYR – Theia Black, Megan Cooper, Lennox Clarke x 2, Mia
Younger and Eliza Lister Y1 – Matilda Charlton x 2 and Bethany Fitzsimmons
Y2 – Harry Judd, Ella Hewitt and Grace Cooper Y3 – Elijah Reynolds and Ellie
Rowlandson Y5 – Max Pearson, Amelia Hudson, Emily Taws-Bertram, Erin
Wraith, Zara Wallace, Amelia Tobin and Ruby Lewis


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