Autumn Term 2021

We welcomed our nine new starters into school and they settled in very quickly. Our children in Year 3,4,5 and 6 took part in the duathlon event at Fitz Park, Keswick as part of the Keswick Mountain Festival, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Children in Year 5 and 6 also completed their bikeability training with Nick from Cyclewise and all of our Juniors have enjoyed their multi skills sessions with Rob from the Allerdale School Partnership. We held our annual Harvest Festival and the theme was ‘The history of the harvest.’ We enjoyed singing songs and we learnt our new school song ‘together.’ Well done to everyone who stood up and did a reading or prayer, you were brilliant!

Year 3,4,5 and 6 enjoyed exploring the woodland at Torpenhow as part of their forest learning sessions. They have made wood crafts, cooked on the fire, played team games observed the changes in the forest in Autumn, built shelters and explored the stream. Our Junior children took part in a live Zoom question and answer session with Dr Asher Best from the NASA space programme. Our Infant children enjoyed having a tea party as part of their learning on ‘The tiger who came to tea’ story. We welcomed the children’s author ‘Chris Alton’ to our school for a full day’s workshop. We enjoyed our activities and especially learning more about some of his stories including ‘Knight School’ ‘Terrible Teacher’ and ‘Embarrassing Dad.’ PC Clare Parker visited us to talk to us about keeping safe on Bonfire night which is really important. Year 5 and 6 children have been learning to play the guitar this term with Colin Hendra from Cumbria Music Service.

Everyone enjoyed our whole school History themed morning where we made Roman oat cookies, designed Tudor coats of arms and viking shields, made papercraft stone age mammoths, created a middle age feast and learnt about the history of Cadburys. Julia from Tullie House Museum presented a Remembrance drama workshop for us. We dressed up and acted out different parts- soldiers, civilians etc. and observed and handled real artefacts from the war years. The session was particularly enjoyable and made us really think about the sacrifices people made during the war and what life was like for them.

Our school council organised some activities for us to celebrate Children in Need and we raised £68.00 altogether. We also raised £62.00 for ‘save the children’ on Christmas jumper day.

We really enjoyed our Christmas activities: our concert ‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’ our Christmas craft morning, our Christmas dinner, our party with the children’s entertainer Lee Towers and our Carol service at St Cuthbert’s Church, Plumbland.

Summer Term 2021

It’s been an exceptionally enjoyable Summer Term. As restrictions began to ease we were able to resume school trips. Our first was when our Juniors climbed Binsey and Mr Rennie shared his knowledge of the fells in his guided tour. We really enjoyed the picnic we had at the summit. Our infant children completed the ‘fairy walk’ at Maryport and then enjoyed their trip to Allonby beach. Our whole school trip to Tullie House to see the Driggsby exhibition was fascinating and we enjoyed the interactive displays. Year 3,4,5 and 6 also had a day trip to Brockhole and had so much fun on the tree top nets.

Year 2 have had their block of learning in the forest and they enjoyed exploring the forest and stream as well as taking part in campfire cooking and forest crafts.

Because we haven’t been able to take part in sports tournaments with other schools we have done this virtually, participating in netball, multi skills, skipping and football. We held our annual Sport’s Day and everyone competed well, scoring points for their teams.

Our themed morning this term was on ‘Buddhism’ and we made prayer flags and lanterns as well as taking part in meditation and drama, acting out the story of Buddha.

Year 6 children enjoyed a farewell forest experience where they took part in campfire cooking, team games and tested out the new hammocks. At St Cuthbert’s Church, Plumbland, we had a worship time with Reverend Banks and Reverend Gilroy, where we reflected on our positive memories from the last year. We said farewell to our year 6 children: Eva, Ellen, Sarah, Harry, Ebony, Finley, Owain, Kayleigh and Charlie in our Leaver’s service and we wish them well for their new schools.

Spring Term 2021

At the end of the term we held our annual Easter themed morning. Our morning began with a virtual assembly by the Niscu puppet team asking ‘What Easter means for us.’ Our activities included creating silhouette crosses, decorating boiled eggs, making an Easter themed wreath, decorating an Easter cup cake, designing an Easter bonnet and taking part in water coloured Easter Art. We also said an Easter prayer for our families and hung a ribbon on our prayer tree in our playground. A big thank you to Mrs Stephenson and Mrs Bowe for organising our morning, we all really enjoyed it.

As the weather has been improving we have been having some of our Maths and English lessons outside, which has been fun. We have also been on local nature walks to look for signs of Spring. Our Junior children took part enthusiastically with the Easter Sports challenge, competing virtually against other schools. We look forward to the time when we can meet up again with the children from our nearby schools.

Autumn Term 2020

All of the children settled back into school really well for the first half term and as we were working as ‘one school bubble’ we were able to open up our breakfast club and after school clubs.

Our children enjoyed their educational visit to Whinlatter, where they explored parts of the forest and learnt about the animals living in the forest and their habitats.

We had a whole school ‘Geography themed morning’ focusing on the continents. We took part in flag making, Indian cooking, Antarctic snow flake making, research on Australian animals, making Egyptian mummies and learning about the Amazon rainforest.

Our children have taken part in several ‘virtual sports challenges’ alongside other schools, including netball and football. We also took part in a ‘squat challenge’ which we actually won.

Because of the current restrictions we haven’t had many visitors in school, but it has been nice to have weekly visits from Reverend Gilroy and Reverend Banks for weekly worship time. Our Year 5 and 6 children have continued to learn to play the guitar with Colin Hendra from Cumbria Music Service.

Junior children have enjoyed their forest sessions at Torpenhow. The Autumn term got off to a colourful start with the children trying to find all of the colours of the rainbow in their first session back- they successfully created lots of NHS rainbows. The following week they were challenged to construct hand washing stations using sticks, string and watering cans. Some brilliant structures were achieved with lots of problem solving and team work along the way. Over the next few weeks the children painted pictures using paints made from natural ingredients, picked brambles and cooked them on the campfire, learnt about spiders and tackled a giant spider’s web challenge.

We all had fun taking part in our concert ‘The Christmas Journey’ and are looking forward to watching the DVD with our families. Our other Christmas activities included supporting Save the children Christmas Jumper day, where we raised £53.00, having Christmas lunch in school and taking part in Christmas craft morning.

After a long time apart in the Summer Term it was so nice to be together as a whole school again and we look forward with positivity to the Spring term. We would like to wish everyone a happy new year.