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Year 6 Leavers' Film                                                                      July 2020

Today we celebrated Year 6 pupils' achievements as they prepare to move on to secondary school. Well done Year 6 - you have made a great contribution to our schools. As in previous years, we've made a short film to bring back some memories of primary school. We hope that you enjoy it. 

Keeping in Touch                                                                           May 2020

Thank you to pupils, parents and staff that have sent in photographs and messages for the keeping in touch film - we hope that you enjoy it! Thank you to Fischy Music, who kindly agreed to the use of their song. To view the film, just click the link below: 



Henry VIII                                                                                      May 2020

Year 3 & 4 pupils have been learning about King Henry VIII. We hope that you enjoy looking at the portraits that pupils have drawn and the information that they have researched and recorded. Well done to all pupils that have sent work in - we are really impressed! 

Rainforests                                                                                    May 2020

Year 1 & 2 pupils have really enjoyed learning about rainforests this half term. There's some fantastic work here - well done everyone! 

'The Magic Box'                                                                             April 2020

Key Stage 2 pupils have been writing poems, inspired 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. The box is filled with magical moments, experiences and fantastic events. You can listen to the original poem on the BBC website. We hope that you enjoy reading the poems written by pupils. 

Space Leaflets                                                                               April 2020

A Different Sort of Easter                                                              April 2020

Year 5 & 6 pupils have been busy writing recounts of their Easter holiday during the lockdown. They make really interesting reading, enhanced by the emojis that they were invited to include. Great work everyone! 

We hope that you enjoy the recounts. To read them, please use the links below: 

Photography Competition                                                             April 2020

Well done to all pupils that took part in the Easter holiday photography competition, ‘Swaledale in Spring, 2020’. Brenda Price, Chair of Governors, judged the competition and we are delighted to announce the winner is Millie with her photograph ‘Dark Side of the Daffodil’. In 2nd place, Sophia’s photograph ‘The Floating Rainbow’ was also highly commended. Thank you to everyone for taking part. 


Bubble Prayer                                                                               April 2020

Rachel Pinkney, Methodist Schools and Families Worker, has shared an idea for a bubble prayer. It’s available here if you would like to try it. 

Super Science                                                                               April 2020 

Year 5 and 6 pupils have been busy exploring life cycles in science and the water cycle in geography. Thank you and well done to pupils that have sent in photographs of their work. 

Easter Holiday Ideas                                                                      April 2020

With every family based at home this Easter, we thought it might be useful to share some optional non academic activities, competitions, resources and ideas to keep everyone busy. I'll post an idea here every weekday over the holiday. 

Idea 10 - LEGO Challenge 

 Idea 9 - Art 

Explore your creative side with these art ideas. A pdf version of the ideas is available here

Idea 8 - Learn to Juggle

Learning to juggle is challenging at first, but with a little determination can be rewarding and fun. As you make progress, you'll develop your hand eye coordination and will have a great sense of achievement. It's a bit like learning your times tables - if you stick at it, you'll get better and better. 

1. Find something to juggle with. Beanbags work well. You can make these if you don't have any. Medium sized potatoes work well too. Tennis balls are okay. 

2. With your hands shoulder width apart, perhaps a little wider, throw one bean bag in an arc from hand to hand. Spend ages doing this. Try not to look at your hands too much. Watch the bean bag at the top of its arc instead. 

3. Practise scooping. As you catch the bean bag, absorb the impact, dip your hand and then bring it closer to the centre of your body before throwing it back to the other hand. The bean bag should make a figure of eight pattern on its side as it travels from hand to hand. 

4. Include a second bean bag. Take a bean bag in each hand. When bean bag A reaches the top of its arc, throw bean bag B. Don't just pass it to the other hand - throw it in an arc just like you've been doing for ages. Do this for a long time too. 

5. To juggle three bean bags, start with two in one hand and one in the other. If you're right handed, start with two in your right hand. Throw from the hand with two bean bags first. When the first bean bag reaches the top of its arc, throw the second from your other hand. When the second bean bag reaches the top of its arc, throw the third. By now the bean bags are probably all on the floor! Once you've worked out what to do, and understand when and where the bean bags need to go, it just takes practice to get it working. 

There's a really useful juggling film on the CBBC website

Idea 7 - Engineering and Science Challenges

The James Dyson Foundation has 44 fantastic engineering and science challenges that are great for children. Get started by visiting the website, where you can watch films of some of the activities. You can also view all of the challenge cards here

There's a range of tasks that will suit different ages and interests. Adult supervision is recommended for all of the projects.

Idea 6 - Build a Board Game

Have a go at making your own board game. Follow these simple steps: 

1. Use a template or design your own. 

2. Decide how players will progress along the board. Rolling a dice works well. 

3. Choose extra challenges along the way. Players could receive an extra go, or move forwards one space, or go back to the start depending on where they land. You could colour in the spaces on the board so that players know what to do. A key might help if you do this. 

4. If you want to make it more complicated, you could include chance cards that players use if they land on a certain space. 

5. Decide how players will get to the finish and win. Will they need to get the right score on a dice? 

6. Decorate the board and make it look good.

7. Finally, give it a try! 

Idea 5 - Easter Treasure Hunt 

Try setting up an Easter egg hunt at home this weekend. You'll need to decide where the trail is going to start and end and leave clues along the way. There are some great clues available from BBC Good Food. Alternatively, you could draw a map, either for the whole route or for one or two steps of the trail. You could even try making an authentic treasure map by dyeing the paper with tea bags. Have fun everyone! 












Idea 4 - Easter Baking 

There are some great ideas for Easter baking on the BBC Good Food website.

There's a really easy way to make Easter chicks. If you're after something a bit trickier, there are loads of Easter cake recipes and if you're running low on flour, you could try one of the flourless Easter dessert recipes. To find even more options, you can type Easter in the search facility. 

If you want to, send a photograph of your finished treats, or any of the other activities this week, to: and I'll post it here alongside the ideas. 

Idea 3 - Running or Circuits 

We know that daily exercise is really important for our wellbeing. Today's idea is to design either a running activity or a circuit of exercises. You could do this in your garden or as part of your daily exercise. 

Running activity

Work out where you are going to run and set out your course. You could use cones, plant pots, trees or jumpers to mark out the route. If you want to keep it simple, just place two markers that you have to run around. You may find it more interesting to create a more complicated course. Once it's set up, there's a few ways that you can use it. Use a stopwatch to find how long it takes to complete your course. How long does it take to complete 10 laps of the course? Can you improve your time each day? How many laps can you complete in 5 minutes? Who is the fastest in your family? 


To add some variety, you could include some other exercises in your route around the garden. Choose some stations where you will do the challenges. You could include star jumps, balances, jumping side to side, and hopping. You could use these challenge cards to help you to plan your activities. 

Idea 2 - 50 Things to Do 

The National Trust has a brilliant list of activities, called '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. Some of you will have seen the list before, but now is a great time to either reconnect with it or get started. Lots of the activities can be completed at home, but please note that some of them won't be possible at this time. 

The activities are available on the National Trust website. There's also a handy pdf version of the list here

Idea 1 - Photography Competition

All pupils are invited to take part in a photography competition titled 'Swaledale in Spring, 2020'.

With a title like this, there's lots of scope for creativity. You could take a photograph of flowers in your garden, of lambs at your farm, a Swaledale landscape or of the street without many people or cars. These are just ideas - it's up to you!

  • You can use any type of camera.
  • You must take the photograph yourself.
  • Stay safe. Please follow the government guidance on social distancing; you could take your photograph at home or when taking your daily exercise.
  • Entries must be sent by email to They will be displayed here on the school website. I will include your first name, along with a title for your photograph, if you have one. 
  • The closing date and time is Friday 17th April, at 5pm, when the photographs will be judged by Brenda Price, Chair of Governors. The winning photograph will be announced the following week. 

Eggs!                                                                                             March 2020

Pupils in both KS1 and KS2 have been busy decorating eggs, creating characters and writing stories about them. 

Stay safe and well...                                                                      March 2020

An Easter Message from Rev Melanie                                             March 2020

Hello Children

What strange times we are living in. I hope you are not too bored having to stay at home. I have been very busy online. It has tested my skills on the computer as I explore how to do my job from home, but it is amazing what you can do, if you only try, isn’t it? I have even set up a youtube channel so that I can post videos to stay in contact with the church congregations.

I wonder what new things you are doing, what new things you are exploring? As we approach Easter, I can see the new-born lambs in the field at the back of my garden. It is good fun watching these lambs explore their new surroundings. Last week they were very happy in the sunshine, jumping up and down and running all around the field, even cheekily trying to eat some of my neighbour’s plants through the fence. Everything is fresh and new to them. They often come right up to my garden gate, but as soon as the mother sheep see me, they call their new lambs away, protecting them of course, as we are all trying to protect each other, especially right now. When the snow came at the weekend and it turned much colder, the mothers huddled their tiny lambs to them in the shelter of the edges of the field, for this new life is precious and fragile. And new life is exactly what Easter is all about. Perhaps this extra time at home gives us all the opportunity to notice the new life all around us. My garden tubs are alive with daffodils and pansies, and even the tulips are beginning to grow tall. In fact, all the shrubs are budding well, the roses and the hydrangeas; isn’t it wonderful that contained in each little bud there is the promise of a new and glorious flower? Plus, the birds are all busy on the feeders, tweeting away, and beginning to pair up ready for their turn in the cycle of new life.

So as some things have ended, new things are beginning. In the Easter story, many feared that everything had ended and there was no hope, but then on Easter morning it was clear that everything had just begun, and life was full of hope and joy and expectation. So, we have much to look forward to.

Perhaps you could make Easter cards for your friends and family? You could post these, or perhaps take a photo of them and ask an adult to help you to send the photo to your friends and family via the internet. It can be fun making a small Easter Garden. Using a tray or a shoebox or a plant pot or something similar would work. You would need a small amount of compost or soil from the garden, and perhaps a few stones or pebbles and then some pretty flowers. If all that sounds too difficult, don’t worry, you will still have your little palm cross with the purple wool tied on it, won’t you? Don’t forget to remove that piece of wool on Easter Sunday as a reminder that Jesus is risen.

I am thinking of you all and look forward to seeing you again soon. In the meantime, stay safe, be good, and keep on exploring.

Peace be with you. 


Easter Activities from Rachel Pinkney, Methodist Schools and Families Worker

If you would like some more ideas for Easter activities, then please use the links below. If you need any resources please do contact school. 

Easter Garden                                    Prayer Chatterbox                                Question Chatterbox

Home learning begins!                                                                   March 2020

Well done to all pupils that have been busy working on their home learning tasks this week. 

Pupils in Key Stage 1 have enjoyed story writing, inspired by a short film about a bear and a bridge. The teachers are really impressed by this brilliant work and we hope that you enjoy reading the stories too. 

World Book Day                                                                             March 2020 

As part of World Book Day celebrations, pupils enjoyed a series of assemblies that explored the favourite books of both teachers and visitors to school and, on Thursday, dressed up as a character from their favourite book and shared this with their class. Earlier in the week, a group of pupils visited the libraries in Richmond and Catterick. They explored how the books are organised, found out about the wider resources available and enjoyed reading time with a good book. Click below to find out more. 

Polar Regions                                                                                 February 2020 

In the Early Years classroom, we have been learning about the polar regions. We have learnt about the different animals that live there, written fun facts and drawn pictures using a range of media. We know where Antarctica and the Arctic is and which animals live in each place. We had lots of fun exploring ice last week, sliding ice blocks around, describing what it feels like and watching it melt!

Skipping                                                                                         February 2020

KS1 children enjoyed the cluster skipping event at Catterick Leisure Centre this week. It was a fun event which encouraged the children to keep going and always try their best.

Gymnastics                                                                                     February 2020

10 children from KS1 had a fantastic time at the Key Steps Gymnastics competition. 

I liked watching other children because we got ideas from them.”

I liked doing the teddy bear roll and the front support.”

It was very fun because I did lots of jumps.”

“It was good fun taking part and it made me feel good to be part of a team.”

Netball                                                                                            January 2020

5 pupils from KS2 – George, Kiran, Ruby, Milly and Annabelle – played so well in an autumn term cluster netball event that they qualified for the next level of competition, the Level 2 Richmondshire Area Final. For this second round, they were joined by Alex and Alice, who made a great contribution to the team. They didn’t win but did play very well and were a credit to the school.

Christingle                                                                                      December 2019 

Christmas Dinner                                                                            December 2019 

At both schools today, pupils, staff and governors enjoyed a super Christmas Dinner. Thank you to our school cooks, Mrs Hodgson and Miss Smith, for preparing the meal!





Christmas Fair                                                                                 December 2019 

Thank you to everyone that supported our Christmas Fair last week. The pupils' stalls were excellent, with a great variety of items to buy. 

At the harvest service earlier this term, pupils shared their research and thoughts on the work of All We Can, the Methodist Church Relief and Development Fund, and their work to support a community in Ethiopia to plant potatoes and ensure a sustainable harvest. In recent years at Christmas we have worked with the Wensleydale Rotary Club as part of their Enterprise Challenge. We raised £320 that will be shared equally between the two charities. 

PE at the MUGA                                                                               November 2019 

We've been using the MUGA in Reeth for KS2 PE lessons this half term. Pupils have really benefitted from the increased space and the excellent facilities available there. 

Democracy                                                                                      November 2019 

We've been learning about democracy, voting and elections in our assemblies this week. 



KS2 Residential - York                                                                     November 2019 

KS2 pupils really enjoyed our two-day visit to York earlier this week. For Year 3 and 4, it was the finale to their Viking project. They visited Jorvik, 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 interviewed visitors in the city centre as part of their fieldwork and research. On the second day we visited York Mosque. The Imam welcomed us, explaining his role and the way that the Mosque is used. It was great to see the new building, having seen the plans for the development when we visited four years ago.

Fell Running                                                                                      October 2019 

The fell running club has been out after school on Fridays this half term. We've explored local paths and bridleways and been to the top of Calver Hill twice. Click on the photo below to watch a short film. 

KS1 Local Area Study                                                                        October 2019 

Key Stage 1 pupils really enjoyed completing a local area study last Friday. They identified natural and man-made features of the landscape, using iPads to take photographs for use later in their class- based work. They walked from Grinton to the Swing Bridge before heading to Reeth where they visited the market, interviewed shoppers and called at the art gallery.

Y3 & 4 Long ships                                                                              October 2019 

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