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May 2023 Round Ups

Latest News

26th May


Donations PLEASE

After half term we will be holding a whole school raffle to raise funds for Burnside School.


To date the following businesses have kindly offered to donate prizes;

  • Brockwell Hair Salon
  • Brockwell Seam Pub
  • Dragonfly Yoga
  • Pronta Pizza
  • Saks


If your business or the company you work for would be willing to donate would you please get in touch with the school office. 



School Lunch Money


Please pay your outstanding dinner money asap


School Building Work

Mrs Williams (deputy headteacher), Mr Marks (school site manager) and I have attended a meeting today with several representatives from the Local Authority and the building contractors. We were delighted to be informed that the works are running ahead of schedule and some of the scaffolding may be removed soon.

Once again a site survey was conducted and we have been assured that all safety measures are being adhered to. 


Charity Fund Raising Thursday 22nd June

At the beginning of the academic year the pupils selected 3 charities to support. We have raised money for Unicef and Daft as A Brush, so our final charity fund raising event is for Make A Wish.


We will have a cake stall on Thursday 22nd June.  


We would greatly appreciate cake donations from the whole school.  Please don't send products decorated or containing nuts. 


It would be great if some of you sent in shop bought products which are clearly labelled nut free/ gluten free and we could have a stall which children who have allergies are able to safely buy things from. 


Cake donations can be taken from Tuesday 20th June.


Anti-bullying Poster Competition


Burnside Primary school have children who are trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. They provide support for pupils who may be experiencing bullying, and run campaigns and activities in school to promote inclusion, diversity relating to Anti-Bullying.


For the summer term, the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are holding a  competition for children to design a poster relating to the school core value of be safe, be smart, be kind and any element of the nine protected characteristics :

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity


This competition is open to all year groups with some fantastic prizes.

Category 1: Nursery and Reception

Category 2: Years 1 and 2

Category 3: Years 3 and 4

Category 4: Years 5 and 6


Prizes for each category:

  • £10.00 voucher 


Submission Specifications:

  • The poster must be original and created by the pupil.
  • Deadline for entries: MONDAY  5TH  June 2023


The Anti-Bullying ambassadors will impartially judge the entries.

Latest News

May 12th

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023!

Monday 15th – 21st  May, 2023


From the 15th - 21st May, our school will be taking part in Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 and continue to take the opportunity to make mental health a priority in our school. This year’s theme is ‘anxiety’ and we will be raising awareness and share wellbeing strategies that will help support and reduce anxiety in children and staff.


Each day, some classes will be watching a short meditation video and / or have a class assembly where there will be some discussion points linked to the focus of the day. Children throughout the school will complete ‘Daily five-minute activities during the week that have been carefully designed by our dedicated School Council and Year 6 Ambassadors.


Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 is a fantastic opportunity for us all to ‘check in’ with ourselves and with our pupils. Anxious feelings are something that most of us experience. It is important for us to recognise anxiety and think carefully about how anxiety can be managed. We understand that there are many reasons why we get this feeling. It can be related to a new role, school, a relationship, social situations, how we feel about ourselves, or a simple change in our life. Dealing with anxiety can be hard. But there are some things we can do to manage these feelings.


Mental health remains to be a priority for our whole school community and we continue to have open discussions about mental health between our staff, children and parents every day. There are lots of things that you could do at home to support mental health. You can find information, suggestions and support by reading through the following links:


Anxiety UK

Helpline services - 03444 775 774, open from 9:30am to 17:30pm Mon to Friday, along with a text service 07537 416905 and ‘Ask Anxia’ chatbot service, available 24/7

Mrs Akram

Year 2 Teacher

Mental Health Lead


Phonics Screening Check Year 1 Important dates 2022-2023


What is the Phonics Screening Check?

Children complete a word-reading check at the end of Year

1. What Happens During the Screening?

The test contains 40 words. Each child will sit one-to-one and read each word aloud to a teacher. The test will take approximately 5 minutes per child, although all children are different and will complete the check at their own pace. The list of words the children read is a combination of 20 real words and 20 pseudo words (nonsense words). The pseudo words will be shown to your child with a picture of an alien. This provides the children with a context for the pseudo word which is independent from any existing vocabulary they may have. Pseudo words are included because they will be new to all pupils; they do not favour children with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words.


Reporting to Parents

By the end of the summer term all schools must report each child’s results to their parents. They will also confirm if the child has met the standard threshold. Children who do not achieve the expected level will retake the test when they are in Year 2. The pass mark of 32 is subject to change by the government and schools will be notified sometime in June of this figure.

All children at Burnside are supported to learn phonics using the  RWInc phonics program.  

Important Dates Year 1 administration of the Phonics Screening Check

- Week commencing 12th June 2023. 

How can you support your child out of school?

Support your child by sharing their Read Write Inc reading books at home and practise red words, green words and unknown sounds. 

Practise reading real and nonsense words sent home on practise sheets.


An excellent website for phonic games is: 

Please view the video link for more information

Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.


Greggs Cancer Run - Sunday 14th May 2023


Good luck to all our families who are taking part in the Greggs Caner Run on Sunday 14th May


Building Work - Collection at the end of the school day for Years 2-6


Dear Parents

As you may have seen this morning the Year 5 and 6 building is now wrapped in scaffolding ready for work to begin next week. Health and Safety colleagues have blocked some of the usual access routes for everyone's safety. In order to make collection at 3.15pm as safe as possible for our children, class teachers will escort their classes to the school playground where they will line up. Once the children are outside the school caretaker will open the gates and invite parents onto site to come to the school yard to collect their children.

PLEASE NOTE: Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will not be affected by this new arrangement and should collect and drop off in the usual way.



Latest News

May 2nd

I would like to start off by saying a huge thank you to all of the children and families who took time out of their Easter holidays to do some litter picking as part of the Great Big School Clean. Your kindness and hard work meant that 15 bags of litter have been removed from the streets of Cramlington. All of the children who took part were awarded their #Litterhero certificates in assembly and received a huge round of applause. Well done!

In addition, I am happy to report that Northumberland County Council have donated a set of litter picking equipment for our school to keep. I am sure our Eco Warriors and #Litterheros will put them to good use!


Many thanks again


Mrs Willis

Eco Schools Lead


NEW Prices and Opening Hours - with effective from 5th June 2023


Morning sessions

7.30am until the start of the school day - £4.50 (Including breakfast)

After school sessions

3:00 – 4:15pm - £4.50

4:15 – 5:15pm - an additional £2.50

5:15 – 6:00pm - A further additional £2.50**

*light snack included on arrival for all sessions

**Home packed tea is required if you would like your child to eat at the after school club.


School Holiday

Full day £25.00 (breakfast included. Home packed lunch/tea required)

5 hour session £16.00 (home packed lunch/tea required)

2 hour drop in session - £7.00

*light snack included in all sessions

Opening times are 7:30am until 6:00pm during school holidays with the exception of  last two weeks in the summer  holidays and Christmas school holidays when we will be closed.


Building Work

Dear parents and carers, After several years of waiting the Local Authority have confirmed with us this week that building work to replace the roof on the Year 5 and 6 building will commence this weekend and will continue for at least the next 6 weeks.

Obviously, the timing of the building works (in term time) is NOT ideal by any means, however, I have no other option than to try and make the best out of the situation.

Mrs Williams and I will come into school on Monday to check the scaffolding which will be erected this weekend is how the Builders/ Local Authority have planned.


Should there be any changes following this we will let you know immediately. Based on the verbal information we have been given we have made the following adaptations

1. Limited the use of pathways around the school. These will be manned by staff who will alert you to the diversions on Tuesday morning.

2. Children in years 2 - 6 will all line up on the large school yard and then be escorted into school by their class teachers.

3.The small bike storage shed will be out of use. Children to use large bike shelter on main yard.

These are our preliminary plans and will no doubt change as we learn from the first day of managing the new system.

I would like to assure you that the children's safety is as always of paramount importance.

The Health and Safety Executive from Northumberland Council will be ensuring this.

As a school we will be conducting practice fire evacuation drills to ensure all staff and children are aware of the temporary evacuation procedures.

I appreciate this will inevitably cause disruption and would like to thank you in advance for bearing with us as we try to do our very best.

Kind Regards Jane Ramsay Headteacher

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