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Cinderella                                                               July 2018

Well done to all Key Stage 2 pupils for a fantastic musical production of Cinderella. Feedback from the audience was excellent, with some parents commenting that it was the best performance that they had seen. A number of pupils chose to sing solos and challenged themselves by taking on a role that was initially beyond their comfort zone – well done everyone.


Archaeology at the Hagg                                         July 2018

Thank you to members of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) for welcoming us to their dig site at the Hagg. Pupils considered and discussed life in Romano-British Swaledale as they walked to the site from school. On arrival, they were guided through the site, hearing about its layout, the key finds and the latest interpretation of these. In the recreated roundhouse, pupils took turns to use a quern stone, discovered during the dig, to grind flour. Jane Sammells of Curriculum Kitchen, dressed as a Roman householder, provided a range of dishes originally documented by the Roman chef Apicius. Pupils really enjoyed the experience and the chance to see (and taste) what life was like in Swaledale in the past. For more information about the dig, please visit the SWAAG website

Marrick Priory                                                         July 2018

Year 5 and 6 have really enjoyed completing a series of sessions with Marrick Priory Outdoor Centre. All pupils have experienced a solo journey, caving and high ropes challenges. The staff team has been really impressed by the pupils' approach to the activities, with some children really pushing themselves and everyone working together effectively. It's been great to see confidence grow. 

Farmers' Market and Summer Fair                          June 2018

The school was buzzing with family and community visitors on the morning of the Farmers’ Market. It was fantastic to see such a range of stalls run by pupils and visitor comments were very complimentary. Pupils said that they learned a great deal.
'I’ve learned to speak to people I don’t know. I’ve talked with confidence.'
'I’ve been working out change really fast.'
'I’ve learned that if I work really hard on something it will work out well.'
'I’ve learned business tactics.'
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the event, which raised £228 for our library project.

Ukulele Success                                                      June 2018

Well done to our ukulele group who performed 'Yellow Submarine' in our celebration assembly today. Feedback from other pupils and teachers was very positive. 


Fountains Abbey                                                     May 2018

The Y3 and 4 pupils really enjoyed their visit to Fountains Abbey this week. To read a pupil's account of the day, please use this link.

Y5 and Y6 Hockey                                                   March 2018

Pupils really enjoyed competing with pupils from other schools at the hockey event this morning. 

Carousels                                                                January 2018

Year 5 and 6 pupils have been busy designing and making carousels in a joint DT and ICT project. They have programmed crumble controllers that are connected to the electrical components of each carousel. Please click on the photos below to watch a video of each carousel in action. 

Carousel 1

Carousel 2

Carousel 3

Carousel 4

Carousel 5

Carousel 6

Carousel 7

Christingle                                                              December 2017

Thank you to all those who joined us and who gave donations to the Children’s Society at our Christingle event. It was a lovely service. Together with Arkengarthdale School we raised £231.55. 

KS2 York Residential                                               November 2017 

Pupils really enjoyed our two day visit to York. For Year 3 and 4, it was the finale to their Viking project. They visited Jorvik and DIG, built Viking longships and made Viking bread. Year 5 and 6 pupils visited York Minster as part of their study of the Romans. They ventured beneath the floor of the cathedral to see the remains of the Roman Principia. On their return to school this class will go on to design their own city and, as a starting point for this project, climbed to the top of the Minster to see York beneath them. They also completed further study of the city and its layout, visiting the railway station, exploring the city walls and interviewing members of the public. 

'It was fun and exciting. It was great to be out and about. I liked everything.' 

'I've learned how to make Viking medicine and Viking bread.'

'I've learned how to do stuff differently without Mum and Dad.'

'I've learned that you need to believe in yourself because when we were interviewing people in the city I felt nervous, but I did it and enjoyed it.'

'The view from top of York Minster was amazing. I think it will help me with the Design a City project.'

Summit Success                                                      October 2017 

After school on Friday, having developed stamina, confidence and skills in recent weeks, the fell running club made it to the top of Calver Hill. Well done everyone.

Conkers in the Early Years                                       October 2017 

We were all delighted by a very generous donation of a huge bag of beautifully shiny conkers, kindly given by a KS2 pupil. We have made full use of them, adding them to our sand tray to dig up as treasure and our farm ‘tuff spot’ for the tractors to move around. We enjoyed using our senses to describe what they looked, felt and smelt like. We have also used them in our maths activities and liked matching the right number of conkers to a numeral.

Harvest Service                                                       October 2017 

Today we enjoyed a fantastic harvest service. Pupils shared artwork, poetry, prayers and reflection. Inspired by a visit from Reverend Janet last week, pupils went on to develop their own ideas and response that they shared with the rest of the school and parents. Well done everyone. 

Fell Running                                                            October 2017 

Following the success of mountain bike club in the summer term, we've been out and about fell running this half term. Each week we've ventured a little further, exploring the tracks, footpaths and bridleways in the local area. We've been really impressed by the pupils' ability and by their enjoyment of running. We're hoping to make it to the top of Calver Hill in the next few weeks - we'll keep you posted. 

School Relay                                                            September 2017

On Saturday afternoon, 18 pupils and their parents joined us for a sponsored relay in support of the Friends of the Schools. Three teams raced from Gunnerside to Reeth, with the fastest team completing the 6 mile journey in just 1hr 17m! Well done to everyone for taking part, supporting and enjoying the event. 

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