Spring Term 2023

It has been a busy but enjoyable Spring Term.

Our Infant children started our forest school programme off with their block of learning. They worked as a team to create a joint shelter, played team games, made rope supports to help them navigate the stream walk and observed how the forest has changed since their visit in the Summer term. The hot drinks around the fire circle have also been very popular, especially in the colder temperatures. For the second half of the Spring Term the children in Year 3 and 4 have learnt to whittle and have also played some new forest games. They observed changes in the forest environment since their visit in Autumn and have re-arranged the mud kitchen with the new donations of equipment from parents.

We were so impressed with determination that our children in years 3,4,5 and 6 displayed doing their cross country competition at Silloth on what was a very windy day. We were really proud of all of them. Our sports programme has also been enhanced by expert multi skills tuition led by Rob Jefferson for Infants and Juniors and kinder cricket for our younger children led by Chris Hodgson. Year 5 and 6 children took part in a basket ball competition at Solway School, Silloth and our team came first overall, playing superbly together. Children in this year group have also begun this year’s Orienteering League events and are looking forward to venturing out to the different locations around the county, throughout the Summer Term. Children in Key Stage 2 also enjoyed the small school’s football tournament at Netherhall School, Maryport and were winners overall in this competition.

Our children in Year 3 and 4 performed a dance routine titled ‘The wondrous world of Roald Dahl’ at the Sands Centre as part of the U Dance festival. The dance routine was choreographed by Mrs Robinson and the children were able to help plan the routine. The children performed brilliantly and behaved impeccably throughout the whole experience and we were particularly impressed with how they supported each other.

Early in the term our Junior children had the opportunity to work with a real artist, Alex Jacob-Whitworth and created some rather excellent dry point prints which we are displaying in our school hall. Our Infant children designed and made some moon buggies as part of their project on Space, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Our Music programme has been enhanced with guitar tuition in Years 5 and 6, ukulele tuition in Years 3 and 4 and African drumming sessions in the Infants. Our Infant children also had the opportunity to take part in an ‘African experience’ afternoon at Bothel Village Hall.

Children in Key Stage 2 have been completing a local history project where they have been learning about the history of our school and local events such as Plumbland Carnival. They have viewed first hand resources and are compiling a list of questions to ask community members.

We all enjoyed our fair trade breakfast with products kindly donated by Aspatria Coop and learnt more about how we can support farmers in fair trade countries.

Our annual Easter service took place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Plumbland and it was so lovely to see so many members of our community join us. The children performed their songs beautifully and completed their readings well. Thank you to Year 6 children who served refreshments at the end of the service and gave out Easter baskets.

Our new classroom is now completed and we are very excited about using this and the huge difference it will make to our ever growing school. Thank you so much to the team at Roland Hills for all their hard work and for the high quality finish. We all feel the new addition is completely in character with the rest of our historical building and has created a much needed space.

The term ended with a packed school hall played Easter chocolate bingo, raising funds for our school.