Care and Respect for All01/10/2021
Thought of the Week:
“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”
“Emma” – Jane Austen
Message From Mr Sutherland
I am delighted to be able to re-launch our newsletter to you all from today. It is important that we keep everyone up to date with what is happening in our school and I think that our newsletter is a wonderful way for us to do that. We will pass on information about what is coming up, important dates for your diary, insight into what might be happening in your child’s class or year group and all accompanied with photographs of our fabulous children. We will have two newsletters every half term, together with our usual forms of communication, namely letters home, Facebook posts, emails and texts and our website, depending on the information. We hope you enjoy them!
We have had such a positive 4 weeks back in school; our children have been absolute superstars and I am very grateful for the positive comments we are are receiving from parents and carers. The start and end of the day routines seem to be going well and children are now in their classrooms, ready to learn from 08:55am. Naturally, our focus at the moment is ensuring that we support the children in closing any gaps in learning as quickly as possible. This will take time of course as children have missed so much teaching and learning over the past 18 months, but please be assured that it is one of our whole-school priorities, as you would expect.
Our children, as well as our staff, have been working hard on our new expectations for behaviour and I am so hgappy to see “Wonderful Walking”, “Legendary Lines”and our simplified policy of “Ready, Respect and Kind” is being embraced by everyone right across the school. We will send more information home to you as we pass it on to the children and our new policy will be completed for the beginning of December. If you have any questions then please feel free to contact your class teacher.
Thank you for watching our special “Meet the Teacher” videos and for the positive comments left on our survey. If you haven’t seen your child’s video yet, please try to find a little time to watch it, preferably with your child.
In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!
Whole School Information
Dates for Diary
Applications for Secondary School and Reception places
You can now apply for primary and secondary school places for September 2022.
Closing date for secondary school admissions is 31 October 2021 and for primary school admissions is 15 January 2022.
To find out more and to apply go to www.gateshead.gov.uk/schooladmissions
Our School Photographer will be in school on Monday 18 October when all children will have an individual portrait taken. We also intend to have class photographs taken of Reception and Year 6. If you would like a family photograph taken, please click here by 9pm on Monday 4 October to order. Unfortunately, family requests after this date will not be accepted.
Autumn Parents’ Evening Phone / Microsoft TEAMS calls
Our online booking system is now open for you to book your appointment with your child’s class teacher. Click here to access the system. Please contact the school office if you have any difficulty booking your appointment.
Lateral Flow Tests (LFD)
We would like to clarify that Lateral Flow Tests should not be used for primary school aged pupils.
These tests are for adults or children within secondary schools/colleges. Although the instruction booklets may mention children under 12 years old, this is specifically referring to 11-year olds plus in secondary schools. These tests are to be used by secondary school/college pupils and adults, twice weekly, where there are no symptoms.
If any primary school aged children have symptoms, these tests are not to be used and, instead, a PCR Test must be organised.
It is important to understand that where a child has symptoms and has been tested with a LFD Test, this will not be a recognised result and we will not allow the child to return to school in line with the national guidance.
Burger Lunch day
We are excited to promote our themed ‘Burger Lunch day’ this Thursday 7 October (Census Day), in the hope that we see an increase in the number of children requesting a school meal. Statistical data is collated by the government on 3 days within each school year (1 per term). This day is called ‘Census Day’. The data collated, including the number of children who have been provided with a school meal can have an impact on the amount of funding allocated to a school. Our ‘themed school meals’ aim to attract as many children to attend as possible and support our data in a positive way.
The lunch options on Thursday will be Beef Burger or Quorn Burger in a bun, Tuna mayo roll or jacket potato.
A reminder that as part of our Healthy Schools programme, we ask that children do not bring crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks in their packed lunches. Due to allergies, please ensure that no peanuts or items containing nuts are brought into school, including in the form of Snickers or peanut butter sandwiches. This is especially important to remember for children bringing in packed lunches or snacks.
#Hello Yellow 2021!
Join us on Friday 8 October by taking part in #HelloYellow this World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of young people’s mental health. We would love it for all children to come into school wearing a ‘touch’ of yellow.
We all struggle with how we’re feeling sometimes and it’s normal to have ups and downs, so dig out your lemon socks, custard scrunchie or banana hat – let’s show young people they’re not alone with their mental health!
This is a little thing we can do to make a BIG difference to young people’s mental health so we hope you can join us!
Lunchtime Provision Years 1-6
The introduction of our lunchtime playground zones has been a great success this term. Pupils between years 1 to 6 have been given access to a range of activities in which to learn some new skills. Miss Baud, Mrs Cox and Miss Briggs have supported the lunchtime team. Their focus is on developing the experiences for our children at lunchtime and implement our new behaviour policy and strategies. The following zones were introduced to ensure that there is something to capture everyone’s interests:
- Quiet Zone – where pupils may relax, surrounded by soft cushions and read books
- Dance Zone – pupils dance to the rhythm of music with pom-poms and ribbons
- Creative Corner – where pupils may paint, draw and create
- Ball Games – football and basketball in our MUGA (football on the field in dry weather)
- Adventure area trim trail and climbing wall – to challenge their strength and agility
- Games Zone – Giant Jenga and draughts
- Lego Zone – pupil may build from their imagination
- Craze of the Week – items to change a range of skills (circus/balance, spinning, skipping, parachute etc) are rotated on a weekly basis
The zones are continually being reviewed and improved. Plans are already in place to introduce string games and mini golf to our Craze of the Week. Handball games and football skills will also be available on the school field (in dry weather) by the end of the school term.
We have seen a dramatic reduction in behaviour incidents which means our children are happy, engaged and ready to learn in the afternoon. A huge thank you to our lunchtime team, keep up the good work!
This week’s Class News is from …
Upper Key Stage 2
Our Year 6 children have embraced the first few weeks of the Autumn Term. We have been busy from the outset and Miss Reay and Miss Parkin would like to say a huge well done to the children for being role models of our new rules Ready, Respect and Kind. We have particularly enjoyed working with our Yoga instructor where we work on our physical and mental well-being.
We have also enjoyed combining our geography and computing skills to create postcards. These detailed creations about our visit to New York will take pride of place in our classroom display!
Year 5 have also had a fantastic start to the year! From exploring the Mayan civilisation in History to discovering the Solar System in space, we have learnt so much already! In Science, we were astounded to discover the different sizes of planets in our Solar System. In fact, we even represented the seven planets using fruit to see for ourselves. In PSHE, we have loved spending time reflecting on the important aspects of gratitude, hope and self-belief. We even created our own personalised gratitude alphabet, realising we are grateful for so much! Year 5 are working extremely hard across all areas of the curriculum and can’t wait to see what comes next!
Lower Key Stage 2
Year 4 have had the best time learning to play the ukulele! It has been the highlight of our week and Mr Langford has proved very popular. We have learnt some chords like C and A minor and are looking forward to putting these together to play and sing some songs.
Year 3 have settled into LKS2 well and have been learning lots of new skills. They are thoroughly enjoying many of our active lessons where they have been able to work outside. One such activity is orienteering. This has proven very popular amongst both classes as they have been able to exercise their minds and bodies by following maps of our outdoor area to locate a range of different objects. Over the coming weeks, they will be creating maps of their own, which will also support their time in forest school. The last few weeks in forest school have enabled the children to work together to explore the area and collect natural materials and resources to create some fantastic self-portraits. We’re sure you’ll agree the children have done a fantastic job!