The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.
I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe.programme. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly and workshop to the children in our school.
"NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems." Child’s feedback
What is the Speak out. Stay safe. programme?
Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language.
We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools who have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.
"This service provides important information in a child-friendly way – it should be made mandatory in all schools. A brilliant service!" Teacher, Wistaston Primary, Crewe
If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe.programme, including frequently asked questions, you can find it on the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/schools or please come into speak to me and I can provide more information.
Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children
The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.
The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. With this letter you’ll find a card with more details on it, and you can also find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants
If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website
Year 6 recently performed Richard III and the Whitley Bay Playhouse as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK's largest youth drama festival and we work with over 1,000 schools and 150 professional theatres.
We provide all the tools, support and guidance necessary to enable schools to take students aged 8-18 on a wonderful journey by performing their own Shakespeare productions in front of a paying audience. To find out more follow the link SSF
We have previously performed Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. The children had a fantastic time rehearsing and performing on the preofessional stage.
One member of the audience was so impressed with our performance that he contacted school to let us know!
“I just wanted to write to say that I thought that the children from your School were magnificent. They performed like true professionals and you must be very proud of them all.
I really don’t think that I could have even contemplated giving a theatrical performance like that when I was their age – and Shakespeare’s Richard III as well!
What a great credit to the School!
I’d also like to say that I thought that the behaviour of all the children involved was exemplary throughout the evening – again a great credit to all of the schools involved.”
Peter Carter - Governor Services newcastle City Council
As you will probably know we were inspected by Ofsted during the second week of this term. The Ofsted report has now been publish and we are pleased that it recognises the hard work of the school.
A big thank you to all the parents and pupils who took time to speak with the inspection team.
BUSY START TO THE YEAR!
All the children in Key Stage 1 have thoroughly enjoyed playing on the new playground, both at break times and as part of their PE lessons. The playground includes a running track, targets, numbered hop-scotch and a balance trail. The playground refurbishment is part of the school’s ongoing plans to develop the outdoor learning areas
Inside school we have been starting the new national curriculum. Over the last three weeks, Year 3 has been introduced to the new Computing curriculum with the help of Lego Wedo.
Children have enjoyed learning about algorithms and programming, through the fun and versatile kits, loaned to us by Marden CLC. Children thoroughly enjoyed building and investigating the different algorithms they could make to control and program their moving models. Children investigated how to program the drumming monkey, how to build a repeating algorithms and even how to build their own algorithm and explain their algorithms using the correct terminology!
More information about the new curriculum for each year group can be found on our Curriculum page.
My daughter, currently in year 5, recently participated in the 2 day bikeability event held at school. She'd received a bike for Christmas but hadn't ridden it further than our street. After only her first day on the course she was asking to ride her bike everywhere; from home to school, to visit family and to cubs. At first I wasn't too sure but after watching her demonstrate the skills she'd learnt to ride safely on the road, watch for cars and the importance of wearing a helmet, amongst other things, I was happy to give her the extra independence. She absolutely loved the course, thought the instructors were really friendly and helpful and I'm now very confident when letting her go out on her bike alone!
R Patterson, Parent