It has been a busy but enjoyable start to the new school year. Our six new starters have completed their induction and have settled into school well.
Year 5 and 6 are enjoying their guitar lessons and we were delighted to find out our school had been awarded a ‘Music Mark’ in recognition of providing quality Music education. Excellent!
We have also been awarded the ‘Gold’ Sainsbury’s award for the third year running for providing quality P.E. lessons, access to training delivered by specialists and regular opportunities to take part in competitions.
Year 5 and 6 have finished their cyclewise training and Year 6 children have begun their outdoor education programme as part of the ‘John Muir’ award they are working towards. Year 2 and 3 children have finished their first block of learning in the forest and Year 1 children have had horse riding sessions at Watch Hill Stables.
Our Harvest Festival took place at Plumbland Church and our theme this year was ‘Food.’ The donations raised were used by Year 6 children when they went shopping to buy items for the North Lakes foodbank. They were shocked at how much food you could buy for £50.
We all enjoyed the first of our themed mornings this year, this time it was History. We replicated the Bayeaux Tapestry by creating our own battle scenes, learnt about the jobs children did in Victorain days, baked bread, completed a fact file about Elizabeth II and learnt about Tudor medicine.
Our Junior children had a whole day Science workshop from the Bright Sparks team on the topic of Electricity and enjoyed creating and experimenting with circuits.
To bring our history topic ‘The Romans’ alive the Juniors went on a trip to Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum near Hexham. It was fascinating to see the archaeological remains and learn more about the life of the Romans.
Our Year 5 and 6 children learnt about e-safety by acting out scenarios during their visit to Workington Magistrate’s court.
Children in Years 2, 3 and 4 have enjoyed their Forest School sessions. They have made reindeers from tree bark, helped make a new shelter, took part in stream walks, made bogarts out of chestnut, made rose hip syrup and toasted marshmallows, as well as explored the woodland.
Our Infant children have enjoyed their African drumming sessions with ZoZo and their steel drumming sessions with Andy Kelly.
Plumbland CE School organised activities for Children in Need. We had a pyjama day and baked Pudsey biscuits and took part in games and competitions. Altogether we raised £68.10. We also raised £55.00 for Save the Children on Christmas jumper day.
Our Year 5 and 6 book quiz team won the annual small schools book quiz and their knowledge of the book ‘The boy at the back of the class’ was very impressive.
On our whole school DT afternoon we designed and made moving Christmas cards. During our whole school craft morning we made glitter crosses, salt dough tree decorations, snowflake designs, collage robins and snowmen.
A trip to Bassenfell Manor for our Infant children taught them about the Christmas story and we all enjoyed our shared school/ community carol service at St Cuthbert’s Church, Plumbland.
All the children performed brilliantly in their Christmas concert ‘Stable manners’. A big thank you to our Fops team who raised £639 in the stalls and refreshments after the concert. A huge thank you also to Sue Eelbeck who provided all the prizes for the much loved traditional tombola.