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.
We all enjoyed our whole school trip to Theatre by the Lake to see 'Beauty and the Beast'. Our Infant children learnt all about the Christmas story, when they took part in activities at Bassenfell Manor, as part of the 'Christmas journey.'
A big thank you to all our children for their amazing Christmas concert 'Bah Humbug.' We all enjoyed watching you and your singing, dancing and acting were brilliant. Thank you to members of our community who joined us for our annual Carol Service at St Cuthbert's Church, Plumbland.
Our school council organised our activities for 'Children in Need'. Altogether we raised £68 and we enjoyed our visit from Pudsey Bear.
Everyone enjoyed our Christmas craft morning organised by Mrs Robinson. We made special Christmas trees, cardboard Santas, frosted biscuits and Christmas wreaths.
A huge thank you to our FOPs team who raised £660 at the winter market and £700 at our Christmas concert stalls. They also organised refreshments after our carol service and the children's breakfast with Santa.
Year 5 and 6 have enjoyed their forest sessions, exploring new woodland at Torpenhow. They have built dens, took part in stream walks, cooked outdoors and took part in woodland crafts.
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.
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.'