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October 2022 Round Ups

Round Up Newsletter

17th October


Free Holiday Provisions

Please see email below, and this is the link he refers to. Feel free to share with your school community.

Hello there, I'm Joe the Youth Coordinator for Cramlington Council. I would appreciate it if you could share this link to your students parents regarding free holiday provisions in the October half-term. They are for students from Rec-Yr 3 for Arts, Crafts and Music and Y4-Y7 for Multi-sports.


Show Racism the Red Card

This week our Year 5 and 6 pupils welcomed visitors from the Show Racism the Red Card Campaign. Mrs. Akram organised this event and we are very grateful to her.

Did you know Show Racism the Red Card originated in the North East of England and Newcastle United FC were the first club to support their work?

The staff from the project were so impressed with the attitude of our children to the messages that they were sharing that they rang school after the visit to inform us that they would like to donate tickets to the Newcastle Football match on the 19th October to a lucky winner from each year group they had visited!! As you can imagine there was great excitement in school.


Teachers placed all of the Year 5 and 6  children's names into a hat and a prize draw followed. The tension was high. The drum roll was loud.


The luckily winners were Billy and Ruby. They now have tickets to the Newcastle v Everton match.


We hope they have an amazing time and we wish Newcastle United the best of luck. "Howay the lads!!!"



Reporting your child absent from school

If your child is absent from school please inform the office before 9am on the day of absence. You can do this in one of the following ways;

1) Leave a voicemail message on the absence line 01670 736 052 Option Number 1 (available 24hrs)

2) Visit the school office in person to let someone know


3) Email the school office 

State your child’s full name, their class and the reason for their absence, E.g. Chicken Pox.

Please do not give messages to the class teacher or other parents to pass on.

Children should only be kept away from school for significant illness.

If they have vomited or had diarrhoea, they should remain at home for 48 hours after the last episode.

Further guidance from Public Health England on when to keep your child at home can be found below.

Public Health - Infection Control in schools

Medical appointments
Every effort should be made to schedule routine medical appointments outside school hours or during school holidays. Where this is not possible and children are absent for all or part of the school day, you must show the office confirmation. This can be an email, letter or text message showing the date and time of the appointment

Round Up Newsletter 

10th October


Sat 22nd October – Sun 30th October

Woodhorn Museum


Can you find all the pumpkins that are hiding in the shadowy corners of Woodhorn Museum?


Pick up your trail sheet and then explore the museum and colliery buildings to try and find all the hidden pumpkins.


Count how many you can find and make your way to the welcome desk with your completed trail sheet. If you’ve spotted them all then you’ll be rewarded with a small sweet treat!

The Pumpkin Trail is included as part of your Annual Pass admission.


The Annual Pass prices are only £7 for adults, £6 for concessions and children (16 or under)

Reception & KS 1 Nativity Play

Due to some parents expressing they were disappointed to have missed out on seeing their child take part in a Nativity performance over the past few years we have decided to include the Year 2 children in our Nativity performance this year.

They will take part alongside the Reception and Year 1 children.

They will therefore not perform in the carol concert with the older children in school.


I'm sure you will appreciate, due to the large number of children now involved in the Nativity, it may not be to the usual 'professional' standard :) However, all children will have a part to play and most importantly children will enjoy the experience of performing for you.

Class 2T parents invited to performance on Thursday 15th December 9:30

Class 2A parents invited to performance on Friday 16th December 9:30

We look forward to welcoming you into school.

Round Up Newsletter

3rd October

First Monday

Please remember that today, Monday 3rd October is what we call First Monday of the Month. The classrooms will be open until 4pm for parents to pop in, stay hello and see first hand the environment their children learn in. Teachers will be available to talk with you informally too.

Please note: Mr Kindley is currently on paternity leave so will not be available in his classroom and Miss Dodds is not available.

Reading at Burnside

Reading daily improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking. 


All pupils who attend Burnside are expected to read at home every day. This may be to a parent, other adult or independently, if able. Teachers will be checking pupils' reading records  signing them weekly to ensure that this is happening and will be following up with pupils and parents when it is not to see how we can support you.


As well as signing their reading every day pupils and parents are encouraged to discuss the meanings of any new words.


It was a pleasure to visit classes last week and see and hear so many pupils reading beautifully.


Due to our pupils commitment to reading some of our books are looking well worn which is actually a good thing!! We have invested several hundreds of  pounds today, replacing copies of the children's favourite titles and we thank you for looking after the books so well at home so they can be enjoyed by many children.


Year 6 - JLV Visit

Due to unforeseen circumstances we will be changing the date of the Y6 Open Evening to Monday 10th October between 5-7pm. To ensure a smooth evening, we have separated our Cramlington Partnership Schools into two slots, with yours being Slot 1 - 5.15pm. Children will bring home an amended letter to share with parents of your Year 6 students. 

Exciting News

Bonfire Disco/Party - Wednesday 2nd November

EYFS & KS1 - straight after school until 4pm

KS2 4.15 - 5.15pm

Cost £2 (which includes a drink & hot dog)

All children to come to school in uniform or PE kit.

Children in EYFS and KS1 can change into their party clothes in their classrooms prior to the disco.

ALL children must be collected promptly and by an adult (someone over 18) Collection arrangements will be shared nearer the time.

To book a place and make payment please use the school payment system.

Parent meditation workshop Tuesday 18th October @ 9.15am - Burnside Wellness Room

We would like to offer parents the opportunity to attend a session in our fabulous wellness room. It will be a great opportunity to experience first hand what your children  learn to help them cope with everyday worries and anxieties. We will  share with you some of the relaxation and concentration techniques we practise.


Our sessions are not affiliated to any religious beliefs or cultures. They simply provide tools to help us manage living in 2022!!! 


You don't need to be flexible to participate (sitting on the floor isn't essential). All you need to do is wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to relax.


Due to the size of the room places are strictly limited and need to be booked by telephoning the school office.


Looking forward to seeing you there

Miss Ramsay


School Improvement Planning

Dear Parents and Children Each year we look at how the last year has gone and targets to improve. We do this to make your school the VERY BEST it can be. We talk about what we should do to get better with the people who work here and most importantly you! Then we write a very long plan. I wanted to share with you the things we have decided are most important for us to work on this year.

It has been a strange few years and we want to make sure you have not missed out on any of the fabulous things we want you to learn. We want to make sure that you can achieve as highly as is possible for you and we are doing this by making sure your lessons are fabulous, the curriculum is exceptional and extra help is given to you if you need it! We are also ensuring the adults who work with you have all the tools they need to do this. We are going to continue to work exceptionally hard on making sure you are all fluent readers. Making sure the adults who work with you are well trained, that you read in abundance and are taught exciting phonics regularly ensuring that you become fluent and confident readers. We will continue to ensure you are taught the skills needed to understand your reading so that you can enjoy it and it helps you to learn. Reading is one of the most important things you learn to do as it helps you to do almost everything else. Every teacher reads an exciting story to you daily, you will practise reading and shared reading as a class, children in Key Stage 2 will take part in Reading Plus, you will get to use the library and reading shed. You will sometimes read with an adult and sometimes by yourself and you will be helped if you are finding it difficult. Some of you will have extra help with your reading outside of class time. Finally, Miss Turnbull will set fun reading challenges and events throughout the year.  We are going to continue to work extremely hard on making sure you are confident mathematicians. We will continue to use White Rose Maths but will supplement this with Numbots in Key Stage 1 and Times Tables Rock Stars in Key Stage 2. We will also be investing in workbooks which will be in addition to your usual exercise books and will be using money from our school budget to purchase Rekenreks and to resource our outdoor learning spaces with maths equipment to support you learn in fun ways. We will be checking your progress termly. Our teachers will continue to participate in programmes/ studies to make them the best teachers they can be. We will continue to be part of the Great North Maths Hub.  We are going to work hard to ensure all curriculum areas are exciting, well planned, build year on year on what you have already been taught starting in Nursery. As you move up the school you will have opportunity to receive specialist teaching in Art, Music and French. We will also supplement our curriculum by inviting experts in to support you with your learning from the universities, from the High School and Local Authority.  We know that language, vocabulary and oracy stops some of you understanding what you are reading/writing or being able to say what you mean. We are going to support those of you that need help being understood when you speak by having a member of staff dedicated to speech. We will continue to support all of you learn new words to help you become more confident writers. Our fun curriculum and lessons will help with this. You are taught new vocabulary specifically and your teacher will prepare vocabulary for you to learn relating to the curriculum you will be taught in class. We will be using Talk Boost in EYFS and KS1 to support anyone struggling with their communication skills.  To ensure that the new EYFS reforms 2021 are embedded and utilised effectively. To strengthen the EYFS curriculum, assessment and practice to improve outcomes for all pupils and close the gap for disadvantaged pupils. To focus on improving the outside play learning opportunities.  Your wellbeing - We want you to Be Safe, Be Smart and Be Kind. We want you to understand and be leaders of equality, having high aspirations for yourselves and others. We are going to continue to help you with this by teaching you about positive relationships, values and morals, and how to maintain a healthy mind as well as body. We are going to continue to train the adults in school to better understand how to promote positive mental health, and we are going to give you some strategies to help you cope with things you find difficult. We will ensure effective and robust safeguarding processes are in place across the school. It is important that the teachers come to work energised and full of enthusiasm to teacher you every day so we will develop strategies to reduce staff workload and improve wellbeing without compromising on pupil outcomes.


High School Application 2023


Have you applied for your child's high school place for Sep 2023?

If not access Northumberland County Council website ASAP

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