Hello to all our children, parents and carers,

We hope that you have all enjoyed the lovely sunshine this week by playing in your garden or getting out for some exercise. We certainly have had some of the best weather during this time.

Well done to everyone who has been busy with their home learning this week; your teachers have really enjoyed seeing your work.

Mrs Hill has communicated this morning to parents and carers regarding our arrangements for the phased re-opening of the academy to the key year groups. 

Food vouchers will be available again from next week for you to use at the supermarkets.

Weekend Packed Lunches…

Look out for us delivering the weekend packed lunches again this Saturday and Sunday.  The funding for this weekend (and last) has been from the County Durham Community Foundation. Chris and Debbie and the Ladies of Steel Team have made 1650 packed lunches so far, with another 260 this weekend.  This is an AMAZING achievement.  Thank you to everyone who has supported with all elements of the packed lunch funding, shopping, making, organising and delivering.

ChessKid- Chess in Schools and Communities…

ChessKid is an online chess learning and playing zone designed for ages 5-11. Children who have no prior knowledge of chess will be able to learn how to play the game. Those who already know how to play will be able to develop their skills and challenge their friends, while tracking their improvement. 

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a charity that has already delivered chess activities in our school. They have offered free gold ChessKid accounts for your children to use at home (valid until 20 July 2020). To register for your account, simply click on the link below:


Your child’s account will automatically sit in our school’s ChessKid group. CSC will then be able to run chess competitions and activities among our children, and involve them in the tournaments and challenges they are running nationwide. 

Please note: if you have more than one child you can use the link multiple times. A different adult email address will be required for each account. 

Outdoor Classrooms…

The people who organised Outdoor Classroom Day continue to share ideas and inspiration to help you keep the children in your care connected to nature through play.

Outdoor symphony
The Outdoor symphony activity from School Grounds North East encourages children to listen to everything going on outside and think about different ways of recreating and recording the sounds. What can they hear? Are there any birds? Can they recreate the sounds?
Download the Outdoor symphony resource

Cloud watching
Cloud watching is a fun activity for children of all ages and a wonderful way to connect to the outdoors from inside the house. Clouds can create pictures and stories in the sky. Is it possible to record the pictures that the clouds make, through sketching or taking photographs?
Download the Cloud watching resource

Everybody Worries…

Some of your children maybe worried about the potential return to school or the virus in general. The link below is a lovely illustrated book called ‘Everybody Worries’. https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx

Times Tables Rockstars…

Some great Rockstars results this week.  Well done to everyone who has been logging on and practicing over half term; some new names are on our class leader boards. 

Y6 – Leon K / Leon H / Nate

Y5 – Shilo / Reece / Alfie C

Y4 – Josie / Alfie R / Harley D

Y3 – Reiley / Charlie / Millie

Y2 – Olly / Connor / Ryan

Y1 – Lola / Harley

2S – Alfie

2H – Albie / Noah

2A – Eric / Joseph

Spelling Shed…

Paige, Olly, Leon and Leo are holding on to those top spots! We will have to get someone to give them some competition next half term! Keep up with the good efforts.


1st: 1T – 22 393 105 points

2nd: 2P – 19 092194 points

3rd: 5S – 12 104 084 points


1st: Paige (1T) – 222 361 202

2nd: Leon (6N) – 134 211 738

3rd: Olly (2P) – 122 653 228

Correct Answers:

1st: Paige (1T) – 8190

2nd: Olly (2P) – 4318

3rd: Leon (6N) – 3795

Games Played:

1st: Paige (1T) – 930

2nd: Leo (5S) – 630

3rd: Olly (2P) – 589

We will celebrate the achievements of this week and next during assembly next Friday; sorry to disappoint all Mr Long’s assembly viewers!

Please remember the social distancing and household rules and continue to stay safe.

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