Head Teachers Update - March 2023

The school year is now well underway, and it is lovely to be back in school.

Here is brief summary of some of the additional activities and events we have been up to so far!


In light of the sad news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the whole school decided to celebrate her life by creating a timeline of her life in pictures. Each class has produced multimedia artwork depicting significant events and achievements of her life.

We all enjoyed taking part in a day of ‘Wheelchair basketball’ with Nat and Jack.

After school clubs including Book Club, Fun in Class One, Cooking Club, Cartoon Drawing, Sports Club and Netball Club are up and running and well attended.

Classes 1 and 2 have begun Cricket with Frasier and Cass 3 started their 10 weeks of swimming lessons. Class 1 have started their mindfulness and wellbeing course with Mrs Rutherford. All 3 classes have started football and Multi skills with Rowan and Kenny.

We were all very excited when The One Show came to film some of our pupils for their’ Britain in Bloom Finalist’ feature!

The book bus came to school and every child chose a new book each for their classroom.

The Macmillan Coffee morning was a huge Success, raising £408.71 for this worthwhile cause!


Class One impressed parents and families with their class assembly.

Children appeared on Television programme - The One show!

The school was awarded Silver Gilt from Cumbria in Bloom!

Harvest Festival was attended by so many parents and grandparents, with each class delivering a harvest related presentation. Class three talked about the meaning of harvest and retold the Parable of the Sower; Class Two retold the African story of Mama Panya’s Pancakes and Class One retold the story of The Little Red Hen.

Class 3 distributed the ‘Harvest Hampers’ around the village the following day. These hampers are much appreciated and provide children with a real connection to the people who live in our village.

Classes Two and Three had a fabulous day working with artist Andrew Hill, creating Stone Age Coil Pots out of clay.

Mr Harrison took a football squad to take part in the Brampton cluster football tournament at William Howard school. The team represented themselves admirably!

Parents of children in Reception joined us for a school lunch.

Class 3 held their assembly for parents. Using the format of The One show, they presented ‘The Three show’ showcasing everything they do in class Three!

We concluded the month with the Rota Kids’ Halloween Disco.


The new set of after school clubs on offer for this half term include; Homework club, Introduction to cookery for KS1, Advent Calendar club, Football club, KS1 Craft club, KS2 Craft Club, Music club, Chess club and bench Ball club!

Julie Harrison, a visiting artist, worked with class one to produce beautiful pieces of felt work representing a nursery rhyme.

Miss Pennington took the netball team to William Howard for the cluster tournament, they played brilliantly, winning two matches, drawing two and losing the final two!

Class 2 presented their class assembly for parents, showcasing their Stone Age weapons and artefacts and giving us all a snapshot in life so very long ago!

The school community once again collected bags of clothing for the Great North Air Ambulance collection.

Classes 2and 3 went to Tullie House to take part in Stone Age workshops.

On 11th November all the pupils took part in a Remembrance Assembly, sang WW2 songs observed a 2-minute silence at 11am and created poppies from felt and buttons.

Mr Harrison took the cricketers to the Carlisle indoor cricket tournament which was so much fun and we won!

Barrie McDermid brough his Punctuation show to school. We learned lots and had fun in the process!

Classes 2 and 3 enjoyed a day and a half each at ‘The Children’s Forest’, being creative in the woodlands, and planting trees.

OFSTED inspectors came on the 22nd of November!

Pupils from KS2 took part in the inter school cross country race at Talkin Tarn, the teams were excellent and overall came second!

We concluded the month with a visit from a local author who shared his book about feeling anxious, this inspired pupils to write the next chapter!


We started the month with a visit from a touring Pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk, which we enjoyed very much.

We had 2 days of whole school Christmas crafts and Christmas cake making!

The PTA held a coffee morning and a Hamper draw which was hugely successful raising over £900!

Classes 2 and 3 put on their Christmas plays for parents and families and Class One performed their Nativity in Church for their families.

At the Christmas party the pupils enjoyed a surprise visit of a snow machine, followed by the usual array of party games, party food and Santa came to deliver gifts!

On the last day of term we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch!


Classes 2 and 3 visited The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick to watch The Borrowers and Class 1 went to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle to see The Smartest Giant in Town!

We concluded the month with Parents’ Evening. All the parents were delighted to look at the work their children had completed and to talk with the class teachers.


Parents of pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 were invited for a SATs information session.

The whole school enjoyed a day with Action Ants, playing Tri Golf and completing a huge obstacle course. KS1 pupils attended an after school multi skills event at William Howard School.

Class One performed their assembly for parents, which was all about Penguins!

The Rota Kids organised another fundraiser – Wear Red for the Day. Pupils came to school sporting red clothes, red hair and red polished nails and during the day decorated cake with red icing and sweeties.

12 pupils for Class Three competed in a climbing competition at Eden rock (and made it through to the finals!!) and pupils from all classes finished the half term with a visit onto the Book Bus.

After half term, as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, all pupils created posters to highlight the need to buy Fairtrade products before they stop appearing on our shelves! These posters are now on display in the Cumberland Building Society in Brampton!

Classes Two and Three had an exciting visit to Jarrow Hall to learn more about the Anglo Saxons.


We began after school clubs again, including, Lego Club, Fun in Class One club, Paper Folding club, Clay modelling club, Hockey club and football club.

The Fairtrade pupil committee started March with a Fairtrade Event comprising of an assembly to the rest of the school, a tasting of Fairtrade ingredients and a trail to find missing pieces of a Fairtrade jigsaw! This was followed up by a selection of the committee attending a Fairtrade event at James Rennie School where the children will hear a talk from Push, a Fairtrade ambassador.

Classes Two and Three performed their assemblies to Parents, sharing their work on the Anglo Saxons.

The rota kids delivered another fundraiser in the form of a Bunny Drive and Bingo event.

The climbers returned to Eden Rock to take part in the final of the competition. The boys team came third and were awarded bronze medals and chocolates and the Girls team came second and were awarded a silver medal, a box of chocolates and a pass for a free climbing session!

Just before the easter break, the pupils took part in the annual Egg Decoration competition.

All pupils took part in the Easter service in church where we retold the Easter Story, talked about the story of Chocolate and the work of the Fairtrade Cocoa farmers.

On the last day of term, we held the PTA coffee morning and chocolate Tombola followed by the egg hunt on the school field.

Best wishes,
Lynn Harrison

01228 212050
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