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East Barnby                                                      July 2017

Year 3 and 4 pupils have enjoyed three fantastic days at East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre. They completed a range of adventurous activities and field studies as part of their learning about coasts. 

Lead Mining in Gunnerside Gill                         June 2017

Year 5 and 6 pupils have been learning about former lead mining in our locality and are writing a book about it in literacy lessons. We decided to visit the old mine workings in Gunnerside Gill to find out more. We walked through the dressing floors of Sir Francis Level, learning about the different methods used to process the lead ore and the increasing use of technology to drive the levels and pump water from the mines. We ventured further to Bunton Level and then on to the the smelt mill and and peat store at Blakethwaite. We returned on the western side of the valley and this gave a great view of the Gorton, Friarfold and Bunton hushes. 

"It was fun, interesting and exciting." 

"It was really interesting to find out more about how the mines worked."

"It was great to see the mines today. It's fairly complicated and I understand it much better now." 

"Some of my ancestors will have been down there." 

"It's impressive how it all worked. There's the peat store, bouse teams, water wheels, offices and loads of mechanical engineering."


Heading up to the bouse teams at Sir Francis Level 










Crushed galena 






Bunton Level








Blakethwaite Peat Store



Mountain Biking                                                May 2017

Following the success of last year's programme, we've started another series of summer mountain biking sessions, funded through the Sport Premium. 

Lighthouses                                                       May 2017

Year 3 and 4 have been making lighthouses as part of their work on coasts. 


Calculating Pi                                                     May 2017

As part of Year 5 and 6 Geometry, we had go at calculating the value of Pi. We measured the circumference of a table with a piece of string, then carefully measured the length of the string, along with the diameter of the table. We divided the circumference by the diameter following the formula below. Our process calculated Pi as 3.15 - not bad at all! 

Fabric of Place                                                   April 2017

Year 5 and 6 pupils have started work on a two-year art project called Fabric of Place that aims to represent the Swaledale landscape as a travelling indoor exhibition. Our pupils, in collaboration with artist Joanne Kaar, have been studying lichens, making them from everyday materials and creating a map of Swaledale to record lichen species and their location.  



We now need the help of the whole school and the wider community to document lichens in the local area using the postcard shown below. If you would like to help, please contact the school office. 


The Year 5 and 6 pupils are confident working with 6 figure grid references, so feel free to include an exact location in this format or, alternatively, describe the place in words. There is also space on the postcard to draw, paint or use collage to illustrate the lichen you have found. We will be using the postcards in September when Joanne will be working with pupils again, along with scientists as part of a fieldwork visit.

World Book Day                                                  March 2017

We enjoyed a special assembly, awarding prizes to the winners of the Extreme but Safe Reading Challenge. We enjoyed hearing about one of Mrs Walker's favourite books before sharing our own choices with pupils from different year groups. 

World War II                                                       February 2017

Year 3 and 4 really enjoyed learning about rationing during World War Two and made various food items using ingredients which would have been available at the time. We made carrot cookies, parsnip pudding and non-cook chocolate cake. The cookies and cake were lovely. We were not as keen on the parsnip pudding!

We dressed up for an evacuee day and made food for an evacuee welcome party.

Among other things, we made butter, oatcakes, ‘banana’ sandwiches and we drank Bovril. It was a great day to experience what it would have been like to be an evacuee. 

High Borrans                                                      January 2017

Click the image below to play a film of our week. 

Christingle Service                                             Friday 16th December 2016

Christmas Dinner                                               Thursday 15th December 2016

All pupils enjoyed a marvellous Christmas dinner today. There was a wonderful atmosphere at both schools as pupils, staff and school governors shared the occasion.

Gunnerside Gill Expedition                                Thursday 15th December 2016

Year 3 and 4 pupils enjoyed a morning of geography fieldwork, studying the river processes of erosion, transportation and deposition. We included some art, hot chocolate and made it back for Christmas dinner!

Enterprise Project                                             Friday 2nd December 2016

We're entering the Wensleydale Rotary Club Enterprise Project again this year. Utilising a small start up fund, pupils have been busy developing ideas and making products. A small team of pupils headed down to Reeth Market today to begin sales, with more opportunities to buy at school events over the next few weeks. This year, all funds raised will support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Thank you for your support. 

Calver Hill Expedition                                        Monday 14th November 2016

Year 5 and 6 pupils enjoyed a day of geography fieldwork as part of their autumn term work on mountains. Pupils planned a route and navigated to the summit of Calver Hill to the west of Reeth School. We stopped regularly to check our progress, work out grid references and learn about local geography, today and in the past. 

First Snow!                                                        Wednesday 9th November 2016

KS2 Rugby                                                         October 2016

Pupils have really enjoyed tag rugby sessions this half term. Working with sports specialist, Mr Windwood, and their class teachers, pupils have picked up skills and rules quickly, enabling them to enjoy some great matches. Some pupils have really excelled, showing focus, determination and commitment to the game. 

River Table                                                        Monday 10th October 2016

Year 3 and 4 pupils enjoyed the chance to see river processes in action this afternoon by working with the Yorkshire Rivers Trust and their new river table. Pupils were able to identify erosion, transportation and deposition taking place and watch key landforms develop. 

Early Years Classroom                                        September 2016

We are delighted to start the new school year with our redeveloped Early Years classroom, accommodating both Nursery and Reception aged pupils. Internal teaching and learning space has been doubled, with the addition of a new interactive panel and updated furniture, equipment and learning resources. The classroom benefits from a new cloakroom and welcome area that is larger and much closer to the main building. Externally, the outdoor learning area has doubled, along with the construction of new store rooms. 

Benefits of the new arrangements include:

  • a larger class of pupils, offering more opportunity for interaction and play based learning 
  • a new outdoor learning corridor connecting KS1 with the Early Years class
  • two distinct teaching groups (Early Years and KS1), each following their own curriculum
  • greater flexibility for parents of nursery age pupils to access 15 hours of education at times that suit them
  • provision for parents who require more than 15 hours of nursery education 
  • preparation for delivering 30 hours of nursery education in September 2017                                                                

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