Autumn Term 2018
Welcome back everyone to a new school year.
Our ten Reception children have settled into school well and we would like to say a big thank you to all of our children for helping making them feel welcome. All of our children have enjoyed their Samba drumming sessions and Year 5 and 6 guitar lessons are going very well. Our Junior children have new classroom spaces with the installation of a partition which has improved learning areas. Congratulations to all our Junior children who received Arts awards for activities they took part in at Dove Cottage, Grasmere. We were all thrilled with the news that our school has recived the 'Gold' kitemark award from Sainsbury games for providing high quality P.E. activities.
We all enjoyed our Geography themed morning where we learnt about countries within the world's continents. We made German apple cake, designed Chinese dragons, created Russian silouhette pictures, made aztec paper plate designs and learnt about the animals within the Safari parks in Kenya.
Congratulations to our netball team who won the competition at Beacon Hill School and will go on to play in the Allerdale finals. Well done also to our rugby and football teams who won the 'small schools' section in recent competitions.
Thank you to all members of the community who joined us for our Harvest Festival, where our theme was 'Water' and we raised money for the 'Cumbrian Flood Recovery Fund.
Summer Term 2018
Our Infant children enjoyed their trip to Camfield Marsh, Bowness on Solway, where they learnt about bugs in the environment and took part in pond dipping. They enjoyed their Victorian style picnic lunch to celebrate the royal wedding. Our Junior children took part in historical activities at their trip to Burgh by Sands, ran by Tullie House and they also enjoyed their picnic lunch to celebrate the royal wedding.
Thank you to Mrs Studholme for organising our whole school French themed morning. Everyone learnt more about France, having the chance to taste French food, play boules, play French bingo and practise speaking in French, by acting using puppets.
Year 3,4,5 and 6 took part in the tri golf festival at Blennerhasset, displaying good team work skills and showing their competitive side. Our Junior children enjoyed their tennis tuition led by Ross McQuire and the whole school took part enthusiastically in wheelchair basket ball led by Nat. Children in Year 5 and 6 have enjoyed taking part in the Orienteering League events this year at Keswick School, Beacon Hill School, Ennerdale, Lowlands Lake and Powter Howe, Keswick. Everyone enjoyed our annual Sports Day and the stalls after the races, led by Year 6. Our Year 5,6 Rounders team won the competition against large and small schools at Silloth, well done to them. Our Year 3,4 tennis team won the Allerdale Final competition and then went on to play in the Cumbria Games final, what an achievement! The team played brilliantly and we are very proud of them.
Year 3 and 4 enjoyed their forest learning programme. They have cooked on the camp fire, made shelters, made fishing rods, explored the stream, played hide and seek and took aprt in treasure hunts. Our Infant children have also enjoyed their forest experience. They have explored the woodlands, looked for signs of wildlife, footprints etc. painted their surroundings and made animal homes.
Our whole school visit to Dove Cottage, Grasmere was brilliant. We learnt about the life of William Wordsworth and took part in outdoor sketching, as well as visiting the cottage and museum and taking part in treasure hunts.
Thank you to Mrs Lee for organising our whole school Science themed morning where we learnt about the journey of milk, starting with grass.
Our Summer trips have taken place. Juniors visited The Keswick Pencil Museum, Fitz Park and enjoyed a trip on Keswick Launch, Derwent Water. Our Infant children visited Tullie House, learning about toys from the past and also went to Bitts Park, Carlisle.
Our Year 5 book quiz team visited Allonby School to take part in the Small school's book quiz, which they won. Well done to them.
Thank you to all the work done by our fundraising team, FOPs this year. They have raised an amazing £3200 altogether this year, wow!
We said a sad farewell to our Year 6 children, after a trip to bowling and a meal out at Caspian restaurant. We wish them well in their new secondary schools.
Spring Term 2018
It has been a busy but enjoyable Spring Term. Our Year 3/4 tennis team won the Aspatria school's competition and will go on to the Allerdale finals. Year 4 also enjoyed their taster cycling training with Nick, from Cyclewise and will go on to have their full Level 1 and 2 training next year. Our Junior children participated well in their multi skills and tennis training sessions, delivered by Ross from the Allerdale Sports Partnership team and our Infant children enjoyed their Kinder cricket sessions, delivered by Chris from the same team. Children in Infants and Juniors have also benefitted from extra sports tuition, delivered by Mr Young from Beacon Hill School and all Junior children participated well in the Cross Country tournament held there.
We have been visited by the Tullie House team, who have delivered workshops on The Romans, Habitats and Chinese New Year. We have also had a visit from PC Irving, who taught our Juniors how to stay safe when using technology. This was a follow up from our Year 5/6 visit to Workington Magistrate's Court, where the children acted out scenarios, taking on the role of court members.
We were joined by parents, family members and members of the community for our Mothering Friday service, which took place in school, led by Reverend Rogers and Bishop Alison, the Bishop of Hull. Children learnt about the 'Easter story' from their visit to Bassenfell Manor, where they took part in 'The Easter journey'. Thank you to Mrs Bowe for organising our whole school R.E./ Easter morning, which we all enjoyed.
Our Year 5/6 children have enjoyed their forest sessions with Mrs Lee. They have built dens, took part in stream walks, cooked on the camp fire, as well as exploring a new part of the woodland. Thank you to our FOPs team, who gave up their time to make presents with the children for Mother's Day. Thank you to all families who joined us for our Easter bingo and for Roland Hill's generous gift of an Easter egg for all children in school.
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.