Head Teachers Update - October 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! 

September:  

John from Action Ants taught us how to ‘fence’ and we took part in the giant obstacle course! 

Classes 1 and 2 have begun Cricket with Fraser and Class 3 started their 10 weeks of swimming lessons. Classes2 and 3 have started football and Multi skills with Rowan.  

Pupils were presented with 2 Gold Awards from Cumbria in Bloom, one for the work in the school grounds generally and one for our work on developing biodiversity! 

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

Parents of children in Reception came for a school lunch. 

After school clubs included: Craft club, Cooking Club, Cartoon Drawing, Sports Club, Book club and Netball Club. 

Mr Harrison and Mrs Sweetman delivered an information session for parents on how to help your child with homework.  

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 over £386.41 for this worthwhile cause! 

 

October:  

I delivered an information session for parents on how we teach phonics 

Harvest Festival was attended by so many parents and grandparents, with each class delivering a harvest related presentation. 

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.

Class 2 held their assembly for parents. Sharing lots of information about Space, music, geography and how to keep safe! 

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

 

November: 

The new set of after school clubs on offer for this half term included: Cookery club, Christmas Crafts club, Lego Club, Advent Calendar club, and Football club! 

Our new vicar, Tricia began weekly assemblies, themed on Amazing Animals! 

Miss Pennington took the High Five netball squad for a tournament at William Howard.  

We held our Autumn Clothing Collection and raised a fantastic £234 for both our school and the Great North Air Ambulance. 

Classes 2 and 3 went to the Life Centre in Newcastle to consolidate their learning about Space. 

Key Stage 2 pupils attended a Remembrance workshop at Carlisle Cathedral and Key Stage 1 and EYFS made poppy wreaths at school. 

Class 3 put on an impressive assembly for parents, as did Class 1.

Pupils attended a rugby festival at William Howard school.  

The Scholastic Book Fair returned to school for a week and was fabulously supported by pupils and parents raising almost £300 for school to buy new books! 

Mr Harrison took his class to a cricket competition at The University of Cumbria, organised by Fraser our cricket coach – thank you Fraser! 

Towards the end of the month Mr Harrison took 3 teams of long-distance runners to the Talkin Tarn Cross Country run and the mixed boys and girls team came first! 

Children made Christmas cakes.  

 

December: 

We started the month with a whole school visit to Beamish, which was amazing! 

The PTA hosted the Christmas Fair with a fabulous selection of stalls and activities raising an amazing £900 for school! 

The visiting theatre put on a great performance of Beauty and the Beast.  

We had a delicious Christmas Lunch – thank you Julie! 

Class one performed a beautiful Nativity in church and classes two and three put on Christmas shows in school for parents! All brilliantly performed and enjoyed by the audiences! 

The Christmas cakes were iced and decorated! 

We finished off the term and year with a fun filled Christmas party for the children! 

January:

Despite the awful weather and storms, cricket and football resumed.

Class 3 enjoyed a Tudor workshop in school from Tullie House.

All parents attended parents’ evening and were impressed with the amount of work pupils had produced in just one term! On the last day of January, Class 3 performed their assembly for parents.

 

February: 

Coram Life Education came to school and each class enjoyed meeting the puppets and learning about healthy lifestyles.

Each class also got to visit the book bus, choosing new books for each class and having a story read to them. Class One performed their assembly to parents.

Following half term, the new range of after school clubs include: paper folding, bench ball, homework, Hama beads and art clubs.

Class Two performed their assembly to parents.

 

Best wishes,

 Lynn Harrison

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