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.

Summer Term 2020

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.

Spring Term 2020

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.

Autumn Term 2019

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.

Summer Term 2019

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.

Spring Term 2017

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.’