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Plumbland C of E Primary School

Plumbland C of E School, Aspatria, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 2DQ   016973 20628


Autumn Term 2017

Our new Reception children have settled into school well. Year 5 and 6 children are enjoying their Forest School sessions with Mrs Lee. A big thank you to Mr Kelly for delivering the samba drumming sessions, to Infants and Juniors, he will return in the Spring Term. Our Year 5/6 and Year 3/4 rugby teams performed well in their recent competition at Aspatria rugby club. Year 5 and 6 were overall winners of the small schools section, winning three of their matches and our Year 3 and 4 team won one match, drew two and narrowly lost the final match. Our Juniors had lots of fun at the REACT Science show, West Lakes College and learnt all about the digestive system in an animated presentation.  

We had exciting news recently. We found out we have been awarded the 'Gold' kitemark from the School Games team for offering excellence in P.E. and Sports. Well done everyone.

Parents and carers joined us for our annual harvest festival at St Cuthbert's Church, Plumbland. Our theme this year was 'Harvest around the World.' Well done children for your beautiful singing and excellent readings.

All Year 5/6 children who undertook bikeability training managed to pass Level 1 and Level 2. Thanks Nick for all your instruction and support. Our football teams played brilliantly in the recent competition at Beacon Hill School. Year 5 and 6 came first out of the small school section and Year 3 and 4 came second. Well done to our netball team who won the Aspatria school's tournament and then went on to play in the Allerdale School's final at Netherhall School. Our Infant children enjoyed their afternoon gymnastics session at Beacon Hill School with Mr Young.

Thank you to Priya from the Tullie House team who delivered a workshop to our Junior children celebrating Diwali. Our Infant children enjoyed their trip to Bassenfell Manor to watch the 'Christmas Journey'.

A massive thank you to our FOPs fundraising team for organising the Winter festival in school. Altogether this raised £860.00.

Also this term we had an animated presentation on road safety  for our Infant children. This was delivered through drama entitled 'Pyjama drama'.

Our Christmas concert 'Silent night' was a huge success and we are very proud of all our children for their amazing singing, acting, dancing and instrument playing.

Thankyou to all parents and members of the community who joined us for our annual Carol Service at St Cuthbert's Church, Plumbland. 

We enjoyed our whole school trip to Theatre by the Lake to see 'The secret garden'. 

Summer Term 2017

Our residential visit to Robin Wood, Activity Centre took place and children who attended had a fantastic time participating in canoeing, caving, zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing wall, piranha pool, adventure challenges, night line walking and a straem walk. Well done to everyone who took part.
Junior children represented school in the tri golf tournament at Beacon Hill School. The teams played brilliantly and our Year 5/6 team came second out of six schools.
Our Infant children enjoyed their gymnastics afternoon led by Mr Young at Beacon Hill School.
Junior children enjoyed their Samba drumming workshop sessions led by Andy Williams. We look forward to our next sessions in the Autumn Term.
A big thankyou to our fundraising group- FOPs who organised an Infant party and Junior sleepover.
Everyone participated well in our annual Sports Day and what was particularly noticeable was the way our older children supported our younger children.
Our Infants enjoyed their Summer trip to Whinlatter and our Juniors had lots of fun at their activity day at the Sands Centre, Carlisle.
The block of learning in the forest has now ended for our Infant children. They enjoyed building dragon nests, hunting for dragon eggs, following trails, stream dipping and identifying water creatures.
Our Juniors had two outdoor learning experiences at the Wetlands, Bowness and Finlandrigg where they developed their knowledge of these natural habitats.
Year 6 went on an overnight residential experience to Skiddaw house alongside Year 6 children from Holme St Cuthbert's School, Mawbray.
Thanks to Mrs Studholme for organising our whole school themed DT day on the topic 'Summer' which  was lots of fun and Year 5 and 6 followed this up by their visit to West Lakes College where they designed, built and raced air powered knex cars. They also saw the model of the car that holds the current land speed record presented by the blood hound racing team.  
We all contributed to the Plumbland trees for life festival where we created prayers and wishes for St Cuthbert's Church, Plumbland.
The Year 5 and 6 rounders festival at Beacon Hill School was lots of fun and our overall position was second place. We also came second out of all the small schools taking part in the Orienteering League (amazing!) and we enjoyed our events at Netherhall School, Cockermouth School, Fangs Brow, Longlands Lake, Wythorp Mill and Ennerdale. Well done to our Year 3/4 tennis team who took part in the Allerdale finals after winning the cluster event. 
We said a sad farewell to our wonderful Year 6 children but wished them good luck for their secondary school.

Spring Term 2017

Our school had an Ofsted inspection on 24th January 2017. The inspector confirmed our school continues to be 'good'.
Comments from the inspection include:
'School leaders are ambitious for pupil's academic success'.
'Current pupils make good progress'.
'Pupils like coming to school and say that it is a safe place because the teachers look after them'.
'The culture of safeguarding in the school is strong and is based on trust and good relationships between adults and pupils'.
'Teaching is effective, as evidenced by the good progress current pupils are making'.
'Activities promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well'.

Our school had a SIAMS (Church inspection) on 9th February. All areas within this inspection were confirmed as 'good'.
Comments from the inspection include:
'Pupils make good, sometimes rapid progress from their starting points. Standards of attainment are consistently good.'
'All children are valued as special to God and their unique skills and abilities are recognised.'
'The school works hard to support the needs of all pupils so that all can flourish and achieve.'
'Experiential outdoor learning provided by the forest school programme excites and inspires all children. They benefit from regular experiences which promote their self expression, confidence and creativity. As a result pupils' spiritual and personal development is good.'

Our Year 3 and 4 children performed excellently in the U Dance festival at the Sands Centre. A huge thankyou to Mrs Robinson for coordinating the fantastic 'Peacock Garden' dance.
We all enjoyed our Easter themed morning where we made prayers, pace eggs, created a group portrayal of the Easter story,made  pom pom bunnies and tasted foods associated with Easter. Thank you to Diane for organising this. Year 5 and 5 have begun their Orienteering League events and have competed at Whitehaven Academy and Netherhall School. Already our children's positions are high up in the league.
We raised £48 for Maryport Lifeboat Station on our 'wear orange' day. We were inspired by the lifeboat team who gave a fascinating presentation about the work they do.
Thank you to our school council who organised 'Red Nose Day'. We raised £68 and had fun with the competitions, baking and puzzles on the day.
Our annual Science themed morning meant we all became 'forensic detetctives' for the morning as we analysed evidence including finger prints, scents and footprints. We also managed to complete a profile of the suspect. Thank you to Mrs Lee for organising this enjoyable morning.

Everyone enjoyed the 'The Emperor and  Nightingale' workshop led by staff from Theatre by the Lake.
Well done to our Juniors who participated enthusiastically in the cross country competition at Beacon Hill School. Our Infant children have thoroughly enjoyed their Kinder Cricket sessions led by Chris Hodgson and Juniors have enjoyed their six week block of Multiskills delivered by Jason. Year 3 and 4 participated  well in the dodgeball tournament they took part in at Beacon Hill School. Year 5 and 6 had a very informative session at Workington Magistrate's Court, where they took part in a mock trial on the subject of Cyber bullying.

Our Year 5/6 football team competed brilliantly in the Saturday Indoor Sands Centre competition and narrowly missed out on getting to the finals.

Autumn term 2016

Welcome back everyone and we hope you have had an enjoyable Summer.

We heard the news that school has received the 'Sainsbury's silver kitemark for sports' for providing quality P.E. activities for the third year in a row. Well done everyone.

Juniors have competed in two tournaments this term, football and rugby. All teams played well and in the football tournament both teams came first out of the small schools.

We had a whole school assembly on 'habitats' delivered by Sue from Tullie House and Juniors enjoyed a 'Water workshop' delivered by Sam from United Utilities.

Year 3 and 4 have had their block of learning in the forest and have had fun carrying out an archaeological dig.

The Infant classroom has had a partition built enabling us to develop a new EYFS area and the outdoor space has just had a canopy built whoch will improve our access for outdoor learning.

Our annual Harvest Festival at St Cuthbert's Church, Plumbland was well attended by parents and members of the community. Our theme was 'History of the Harvest' and we raised £78.00 for 'Click Sargent, teenage Cancer Trust'.

We all enjoyed a Maths themed morning titled 'Maths is Everywhere'. Well done to Year 5 and 6 for planning and delivering their spooky morning. Your stories were very creative and everyone had lots of fun playing the games.

Year 3 and 4 enjoyed their visit to Castlerigg stone circle, Keswick.

Thankyou to all parents who attended our EYFS/ Key Stage 1 open morning. Our recent parent's evenings went very well  too and we had 100% attendance which is a fantastic result.

Our Junior children enjoyed watching 'The New Zealand All Blacks rugby team' at their training session at Aspatria rugby club.

Thank you to our school council for organising our 'Children in Need 2016' events. We raised £64.00 and enjoyed our visit from Pudsey Bear.

Well done to our Year 4,5,6 netball team who played in matches at Beacon Hill School. You worked really well together as a team.

Our Year 5 and 6 children enjoyed their forest learning sessions, building dens, making Christmas decorations, playing team games and making soup.

All of our children performed brilliantly in our Christmas concert, 'The magical Christmas jigsaw' and made us very proud. A big thank you to our fundraising group FOPS who raised nearly £700 in the stalls after the concert.

Thank you to Mrs Robinson who organised our whole school craft morning, which we all really enjoyed.

Our Infant children learnt about the Christmas journey during their visit to Bassenfell manor.

Children in Year 4,5 and 6 participated well in the Sports Hall athletics festival at Silloth.

Thank you to Mrs Lee for organising the Harry Potter morning for Year 3 and 4 at her barn at Torpenhow.The children had a brilliant time being transported to the world of Hogwarts and enjoyed all of their activities.

Our whole school trip to Theatre by the Lake to see The Emperor and the Nightingale was fun.

We raised £48.00 for 'Save the children' on our Christmas jumper day.

A huge thank you to all the families and members of the community who joined us for our annual carol sevrice at St Cuthbert's Church, Plumbland. 

Summer Term 2016

Our Infant children have completed their second block of learning in the forest.They have toasted marshmallows, built dens, completed stream walking, learnt about nature in the forest, painted blue bells in the woods and observed the changing seasons of the forest.

Mr Jonker came to talk to us about his life growing up in South Africa. This was an informative fascinating assembly.

We took part in the Year 5/6 Kwik cricket competition at Wigton cricket club and our team showed true sportsmanship and determination.

Our Junior children went on a trip to Castlegate Art Gallery, Cockermouth where they saw the work of real artists displayed, including local artist Sheila Fell.

Year 5 and 6 prticipated in the Orienteering League events at Powterhowe, Thornthwaite, Beacon Hill School, St Benedict's School, Whitehaven and Longlands Lake, Cleator Moor. We also took part in the final event at Ennerdale Scout Camp. Overall we finished third in the League.

We celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday by having a whole school morning tea party.

Children in Year 2 and 3 joined members of the parish council delivering Celtic prayers they had made, to members of the community. We also took part in the annual Plumbland Scarecrow Festival.

Junior children took part in an E-Safety workshop delivered by Jeff Haslam from 'CEOPS' Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre'. Jeff then delivered an informative information session for parents.

We raised £76.00 for the Click Sargent Cancer Trust by celebrating 'Wig Wednesday'. Children came to school wearing wigs or unusual hairstyles and they entered a competition designing an unusual hairstyle.

We enjoyed a whole school themed 'Geography morning'. We learnt about the Rio Olympic games and then made pictures in the style of Seurat, Diwali patterns, African masks, American cornbread and learnt about deadly animals in Australia.

We had a whole school visit to the 'Samye Ling' Buddhist temple. The children were fascinated when looking inside the temple and watching worship.We are going to make a prayer tree in our playground, like the one we saw there.

Infants enjoyed their trip to 'Bassenfell Manor' and had fun with all the activites on offer, especially the abseiling. Infants also enjoyed their 'beach study' at Allonby beach and met with children at Allonby School for lunch.

Juniors said their trip to 'Brockhole treetop nets' was the best school trip ever!

Year 6 joined other Year 6s from Broughton Moor School and Holme St Cuthbert's School, Mawbray on a residential visit to Skiddaw House. We had a great time and never complained once completing the hill walk in the rain.

Mrs Lee hosted a Forest experience for the Year 6s from our cluster schools.

Year 5 children took part in the small school's annual book quiz answering questions on 'The London Eye'. We hosted the event and came second.

Our annual Sport's Day was a success. All the children participated well and the Year 6 stalls raised £46 afterwards. We all enjoyed the Summer fete arranged by Fops, our fundrising group.

Our Year 5/6 rounder's team won the competition held at Beacon Hill School. Well done to all of you.

Year 6 enjoyed their bowling and trip to Caspian's restaurant. We will miss them very much.

Spring Term 2016

Our Infant children have just completed their first block of learning in the forest. They have learnt about the environment,played team games, had a treasure hunt and made woodcrafts.

We raised £65 for 'Sports Relief' and enjoyed a morning of Sports activities including a running challenge, tag rugby, dance fit and also made a healthy fruit smoothie. Thanks to Mrs Lee for organising the morning.

Our annual R.E. /Easter themed morning took place on Maundy Thursday. We made hats, baked, designed Easter cards and prayers, decorated eggs, learnt about the Easter story and worshipped together. Thanks to Diane for organising the morning.

Well done to our Junior tri golf teams, who took part in a tournament at Beacon Hill School. Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 tag rugby team who played in the Allerdale finals festival at Netherhall School. Our Junior football team enjoyed their friendly festival at Broughton Moor School.

Year 5 and 6 have completed their second block of learning in the forest and have created some amazing wood crafts. Infant children have enjoyed their gymnastics sessions at Beacon Hill School with Mr Young and Infants and Juniors took part in a cross country competition there. Juniors have completed their six week block of Multi skills lessons in P.E, with Rob Jefferson.Year 5 and 6 visited the Magistrate's Court at Workington, learnt about the court system and acted out scenarios, helping them to understand the British justice system. Year 5 and 6 also took part in a Keeping Safe workshop, run by the NSPCC.

Autumn Term 2015

Our Forest School's programme begun and Year 5 and 6 have enjoyed their weekly visit to Torpenhow to carry out adventure learning activities. Year 3 and 4 have also now completed their Forest Learning programme.

We heard the news we have received the 'Silver' Sainsburys Games kitemark, 2014-2015 for a continued committment of providing quality P.E. experiences for our children. Well done everyone!

Congratulations to our Year 5/6 rugby team who won their competition at Aspatria Rugby Club. They also went on to play in a World Cup rugby tournament at Silloth, winning many of their games.

We all enjoyed our inspirational visit to school by Olympic gymnast Harry Owen and had lots of fun joining in with routines and watching his demonstrations.

Infants and Juniors learnt about 'habitats' from a workshop delivered by the Tullie House environment group.

Juniors enjoyed their 'Electricity day'titled 'Bright Sparks' delivered by the 'STEM' team.

Thank you to all the members of our community who joined us for our annual Harvest Festival at St Cuthbert's Church. We raised £86.00 for Water Aid.

Year 6 joined members of the community for the annual prayer breakfast.

Thank you to Nick from Cycle Wise who has just completed training our Year 5 children in Road Safety, Level 1 and 2.

All children in school enjoyed the recent Maths themed day, thank you to Mrs Studholme for organising it. Juniors found out about life working in mines in the Victorian times from their visit to Haig Pit, Whitehaven.

Thank you to our school council for organising our 'Children in Need' afternoon. Altogether we raised £86.00.

We all enjoyed our Christmas activities, the whole school trip to the theatre to see 'The snow queen' was brilliant and Key Stage 1 enjoyed their visit to 'Bassenfell Manor' to watch 'The Christmas story'. Our Christmas concert 'Straw and Order' was watched and enjoyed by parents, governors and members of our community. All commented on how well the children performed. Our fundraising team raised £700.00 after the concerts with the stalls, tombola, raffle etc. We had lots of fun with our whole school themed 'Christmas craft' morning. Thank you to Mrs Prescott for organising this. Our joint school / community annual carol service was very well attended and enjoyed by all.

Year 5 and 6 went to Solway Sports Centre, Silloth to take part in an athletics tournament. The team participated well and finished 2nd overall.

Summer Term 2015

We were delighted to receive 'The Bishop's Award' which was presented to us by Bishop James at Rydal Hall, Grasmere in June. This was in recognition of the strong links between school and Plumbland Church and Chapel and the existence of the quality Christian after school club, Explorers.

Congratulations to our book quiz team who won the Aspatria small schools book quiz held at Oughterside School. It means we get to keep the trophy for a year and host the event next Summer.

Congratulations to our Year 3/4 Dodgeball team who won the Summer event, playing against teams from large and small schools. Congratulations also to our Year 3/4 tri golf team who won their event and then went on to play in the County finals at 'The Sands Centre' Carlisle.

Our annual Sports Day was a huge success. The children competed well in their teams but were also supportive and encouraging of each other. The Year 5 and 6 enterprise stalls after the event raised £86.

Well done to our Year 5 and 6 Orienteering team. Our overall rating in the school's league this year was 3rd place.

All of the children enjoyed their Summer trips. The Juniors went to Honister Slate Mine, Wetlands at Finlandrigg and Campfield Marsh, Bowness on Solway. Our Infants had lots of fun at Dinoland.

Plumbland School, Parsonby, Aspatria, Cumbria, CA7 2DQ

Tel: 016973 20628 Fax: 016973 23532

Head Teacher: Mrs Claire McKie

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