Summer Term 2022

During the Summer Term we had an Ofsted inspection and our inspection graded us as a ‘good’ school. Some of the comments included:

‘relationships between pupils and staff are strong;’

‘pupils are polite and well mannered;’

‘leaders have designed an ambitious and interesting curriculum;’

‘in lessons pupils behave well;’

‘trips and visits are exceptionally well planned to enhance pupils’ learning experiences;’

‘the wider personal development curriculum is a strength of the school.’

We are exceptionally pleased with the outcome of our report and it is a recognition of all the hard work and dedication of the staff, pupils and governors of our very unique school.

We had some very exciting news. Our whole school Art entry ‘River of Hope’ was selected as one of the two hundred schools, out of ten thousand entries to be produced onto a silk flag and displayed as part of the queen’s jubilee pageant for the celebrations in London. Our design was also included as part of an online gallery. Amazing!

Children in Year 3 and 4 took part in their forest learning sessions at Torpenhow. They particularly showed good teamwork skills, especially when they helped repair woodland paths with bark chippings. They used their geographical skills to create forest maps and considered the still ness of the forest playing ‘sit spot’ finding a quiet place and reflecting. The children also built dens and looked for animal footprints and discussed the different habitats of animals that live in the forest. Later in the term children in Year 3 and 4 joined children from our cluster of schools on a visit to Watch Tree nature reserve where they observed wildlife in their natural habitats as well as taking part in pond dipping

Our Year 1 and 2 children enjoyed their ‘beach schools’ day at Allonby, alongside children from our cluster schools. They helped with a ‘beach tidy’, created beach art and sculptures using natural materials and played team games. Children in the EYFS had a brilliant time at the teddy bear’s picnic hosted by St Michael’s CE School, Bothel. Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 took part in their forest sessions at Torpenhow, exploring the forest, playing games, cooking and building different shelters.

As part of the Keswick mountain festival our children in Years 3,4,5 and 6 took part in a duathlon at Keswick involving cycling, running and an obstacle course. We were so impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and how they cheered each other on. Children in Years 5 and 6 took part in the County Orienteering League, competing at Powter Howe, Keswick, Ashfield School, Workington, Whitehaven Academy, Longlands Lake, Cleator Moor and Vulcan’s Park, Workington. They also enjoyed their Orienteering Club run by Mr Rennie. Our Year 5 and 6 children took part in a cricket competition at Cockermouth Cricket Club, where they played brilliantly and came joint second. We also held our annual Sport’s Day this term and our Year 6 children proved to be great sports leaders. Thank you to Mrs Robinson for organising the cluster Year 1 and 2 multi skills festival which we held at our school. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this event. Well done everyone for all of your sporting achievements, you always make us very proud!

Our Infant children have been learning how to sew and produced some amazing animal puppets. They showed great determination and patience and were thrilled to bits with their finished products.

Well done to Year 5 children who led Worship time for the whole school on the Christian value of ‘friendship’, it was really interesting to hear all the ideas about what makes a good friend and how we can be a friend to all and the difference it makes.

Our children in Key Stage one enjoyed their visit to Carlisle Castle where they learnt about the features of castles and famous prisoners held there.

We all enjoyed our visit to school from Paralympian Stuart Robinson MBE who inspired us with his presentation and talked about winning gold at the Tokyo Games and European Championships in wheelchair rugby. The physical workouts we took part in were quite challenging but also lots of fun.

Children in Key Stage 2 had an exciting time on their residential experience with children from Allonby School to Lockerbie Manor where they built rafts, abseiled, paddle boarded, took part in archery and rifle shooting, went on the zip wire and played lots of fun games.

Our Year 6 children had a ‘farewell forest experience’ where they played games and cooked on the camp fire. They also enjoyed their trip to Silloth, playing in the water park, adventure park and having chips and ice cream on Silloth green. They also took part in the Year 6 Leaver’s Service at Carlisle Cathedral and enjoyed seeing their tile displayed alongside many other schools’ designs in the ‘labyrinth’ creation. In our Leaver’s service we said goodbye to our amazing year 6 children and wished them good luck in their new schools, we know they are going to do really well.

Spring Term 2022

Our new term began with a whole new programme of physical activity led by P.E. specialists. Chris Hodgson taught our Infant children to develop their skills within cricket and children in Years 3,4 and 5 had multi skills lessons with Rob Jefferson. All children in Key Stage 2 learnt a dance to perform to the rest of the school on the theme ‘Space’ which was their Science topic. The weather was kind when children in Key Stage 2 competed in the cross country competition at Silloth and all competed with determination and enthusiasm.

Year 1 and 2 children enjoyed their forest learning sessions at Torpenhow for the first half of the Spring Term. They built shelters, created animal footprint traps, devised their own forest team games, completed a stream walk and explored the forest environment.

Year 5 and 6 children carried out their forest learning sessions for the second half of the term. They created forest Art, focused on the theme of ‘Peace’ within the forest and looked for signs of Spring. They also built and cooked around the camp fire and planned, carried out and evaluated soil experiments, in the forest as part of their Science topic.

Our Christian value for the first part of the term was ‘thankfulness’ and we were very impressed with the Year 6 children when they led a worship time on this. We made a long list of all the things we are thankful for and we enjoyed listening to the story the children had created on this theme.

Our Christian value for the second part of the term was friendship and we learnt about what it is to be a good friend and the qualities needed to show friendship. Year 5 have started planning a worship time on this theme and we look forward to them presenting this after the school holiday.

PC Parker came to talk to us about ‘Stranger Danger’ and we had some excellent questions to ask her. She visited again later in the term to present a workshop on ‘E Safety.’ We have also participated in the NSPCC workshops on ‘Speak out, stay safe’ and enjoyed learning from Buddy, the NSPCC mascot.

We celebrated Chinese New Year with Tian who told us all about her life growing up in China and the Tullie House team brought their dragon model which we led through the school hall. We then enjoyed our follow up sessions in our classrooms.

Our Fund Raising group, FOPs organised an after school Valentine’s disco and we would like to say a special thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help out.

To celebrate World Book Day we took part in virtual workshop sessions with real authors. Our Infants joined sessions with Julia Donaldson, author of ‘The Gruffalo’ and illustrator Axel Scheffler and our Juniors joined Dan Santat, author of ‘The Aquanaut’ and Amy Kim Kibushi, author of ‘The Rema Chronicles.’ We also brought our favourite books into school to read and have purchased books for schools by the authors we met.

We had a whole school themed morning on Judaism, where we made stars of David, baked sweet treats linked to the festival of Shabbat, made Israeli flags, studied the city of Jerusalem and learnt about the life of a Jewish boy. Later in the term children in Years 3,4,5 and 6 took part in an Islamic workshop led by Yesmein from ‘Secrets of Kashmir.’ They learnt about Islamic culture including costume, cooking and Art and Crafts and participated enthusiastically with all of the activities.

Beata, the language teacher from Beacon Hill School has been delivering regular French lessons to our Year 5 and 6 children and they have been enjoying the songs and games they have been practising, as well as being able to develop their French speaking.

Year 5 children participated keenly with their Science Day at Beacon Hill School and found using the microscopes to look at onion cells fascinating. They also learnt the different names of parts of the cell.

Our Junior children have been having drumming lessons with Andy Kelly, from Stix Percussion and they have really impressed us with their sense of rhythm. Children in Year 3 and 4 have been learning to play the ukulele with Colin Hendra from Cumbria Music Service and our Infant children are looking forward to their African drumming sessions which will take place next term with Zo Zo.

For ‘Fair trade fortnight’ we studied the journey of the cocoa bean and learnt about food plantations around the world and the ways we can help farmers. The posters we produced were all displayed in Aspatria Coop and we would like to thank Geoff, from the Coop for the fair trade bananas and chocolate he gave us.

Year 5 and 6 children enjoyed their ‘beach studies’ day where they went to Allonby School, alongside children from our cluster schools. After the activities they wrote impressive pieces of persuasive writing which they shared with the rest of the school.

We raised £120 for Maryport Lifeboat Station and our whole school visit to the station helped us learn more about water safety. We also held a non uniform day and raised £72 for the Emergency Disasters fund to help the victims of the Ukranian War and the children were also able to express their thoughts in the prayers they wrote for the people affected by the war.

As part of their Geography topic on ‘farms’ our Infant children visited a working farm and Torpenhow Cheese Company, where they learnt about the process of making cheese. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit, especially the part where they tasted the cheese and the milkshake gift they received. A huge thank you to Jenny and Mark for an informative and enjoyable visit.

We have been taking part in an exciting whole school Art project called ‘River of Hope.’ This is an Art based project linking schools around the world and forms part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Two hundred of the Art works produced will be printed onto silk flags and processed as part of the Queen’s pageant. There will also be an online gallery to display all of the Art work. Our collaborative piece contains a river, fish and turtle and was created from recycled products. The finished piece is stunning and will be on display in Plumbland Village Hall for the queen’s jubilee event.

We ended the Spring term with a very special event, our Easter Service at St Cuthbert’s Church, Plumbland, celebrating with our school families and members of the community. Our children told the Easter story and performed their songs brilliantly. Year 6 children served refreshments at the end of the service and did a superb job.

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.