After lockdown school re-opened on 2nd June to the children of key workers and Years Reception, 1 and 6. All children that returned have worked very hard and had positive attitudes, under our new guidelines. Well done to all of those children still completing the home learning activities. We enjoyed our leavers picnic and prize giving service which we held on the school field and say a sad farewell to our amazing Year 6s; Jazmin, Jessica, Jamiee, Chloe, Alice, Max and Dylan. Good luck for your new schools in September.
Year 5 and 6 children all completed their ‘playtime leader’ training and organised sports activities to lead. Congratulations to our netball team as our school won the netball competition we hosted for the schools within our cluster. Our infant children enjoyed their kinder cricket sessions led by Chris Hodgson and our Juniors learnt lots from their tennis tuition led by Rob Jefferson.
Year 5 and 6 had their forest school sessions where they cooked popcorn, lit fires, baked bananas, made bird feeders and created snow drop poems. Other outings included the Year 6 visit to Allonby School for the ‘Pakistan experience’, The Year 5 ‘Technology Day’ at Beacon Hill School, The Year 4 ‘Alien Invasion’ day at Beacon Hill School and the Junior trip to St Bees School for a Science workshop.
We raised £68 for Maryport Lifeboat on our ‘Go Orange’ day. The Arts team from Tullie House visited us for a workshop on ‘Chinese New Year’. Our Year 5 and 6 children completed their guitar tuition and Year 3 and 4 have begun their ukulele tuition.
Our Mothering Friday service went ahead but we sent this as a recording to our families as visitors weren’t allowed into school because of restrictions linked to the corona virus.
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.
We all enjoyed our recent Move up day, when our new starters joined us. Year 6 had fun at an evening residential experience with Year 6 children from St Michael’s CE School, Bothel at Skiddaw House. Our Year 6 children also took part in a farewell forest experience with Mrs Lee. They played some of their favourite games including eagle eye and hide and seek. They also completed a scavenger hunt and cooked tea on the camp fire. To finish they took part in a stream walk and played water games.
Year 2 and 3 have also enjoyed their sessions in the forest. They have built nests, hunted for eggs, painted blue bell pictures and hammered leaves and flowers to make prints. They have also made musical instruments using a bill hook and mallet, explored the stream, played on the rope swing, climbed and slid down the river bank and played lots of games.
Our Infant children had fun on their school trip to Walby farm and our Juniors enjoyed their Viking experience at the Beacon, Whitehaven.
WPC Irving came to talk to our Juniors about E Safety and reminded us about keeping ourselves safe when playing our computer games.
Everyone participated well in our annual Sports Day and the stalls organised and run by Year 6 children raised £96.00. Our Junior children thoroughly enjoyed their tag rugby sessions led by Ross Jefferson from the Allerdale Sports Partnership.
Year 6 children spent the afternoon at St Michael’s CE School, Bothel, taking part in a transition workshop, led by the Niscu Puppet team.
Year 5 and 6 children led a global awareness campaign, presenting their projects to the rest of the school. They were mature and responsible and everyone found the workshop interesting and informative.
Our Junior children enjoyed their residential trip to Kingswood, Hexham where they took part in a range of activities including fencing, climbing, aeroballing, lazer, giant treetop swings, obstacle courses, naturewalk, mini Olympics and a trail of mystery.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to Sharon, our school administrator who has just won the Cumbria heroes special judges award and to say a massive thank you to her for all she does in the community of Plumbland.
We would also like to thank our FOPs team for all the fundraising activities they have arranged this year and for giving up their time for our school.
Finally we say a sad farewell to our Year 6 children: Emily, Ellen, Saffron, Jack, Oliver, Fraser, Gerard, James, and Regan. We will miss them but wish them a happy future in their chosen Secondary schools.
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.’