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Year 3 & 4 Adventure                                                                         July 2021

Pupils in Year 3 & 4 have had a super time in the last few days, stand up paddle boarding on Semerwater, biking the Swale Trail and climbing at Marrick Priory. We hope that you enjoy watching the short film - just click on the image below. You can also browse all of the photos in the gallery. 

Year 5 & 6 Adventure Week                                                                July 2021

Having missed their visit to the Lake district in January this year, we've been busy arranging a week of adventure based learning here in Swaledale for our Year 5 & 6 class. We had a fantastic week, with an action packed programme that included canoeing, mountain biking, bushcraft, rock climbing, archery, problem solving, a walk through the mine workings of Gunnerside Gill and an overnight bivouac. Pupils rose to the challenge brilliantly - well done everyone! We hope that you enjoy looking through the photos. 

                        Mountain biking                                                                    Bushcraft

Overnight bivi 

                                Canoeing                                                                     Gunnerside Gill 


Year 1 & 2 Adventure                                                                         June 2021

The second half of the summer term started well for pupils in Key Stage 1 with a day at Marrick Priory. Pupils had a fantastic experience and this led to some wonderful written work back in class the following day. Well done everyone! We hope that you enjoy looking through the photos.

Day 1

Day 2

A Christmas Message                                                                           December 2020

In the last few days each class has prepared a Christmas Message. You can watch it here. We hope that you enjoy it; Happy Christmas Everyone! 

'Twas The Night Before Christmas                                                       December 2020

Pupils in lower KS2 have been enjoying ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and have recorded a recital of the poem. Please click on the photo below to view the children's work. Well done and thank you to all pupils that took part! 

Christingle                                                                                          December 2020

This week all of our classes have enjoyed a classroom-based Christingle service, led by Reverend Caroline. The sessions have explored both the Christmas story and the meaning of Christingle. Each element has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:

  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness

This year KS1 pupils have used a traditional candle, lighting this at home. We’re had some lovely feedback from pupils and parents, with some families lighting their candle by their Christmas tree at home. 

The Polar Express                                                                               December 2020

KS1 pupils have been designing and making carriages for the Polar Express in DT lessons this half term. They have learned about wheels, axles and chassis, and have used this understanding to build their carriages, either with a storage compartment or a seating area.  The completed train is on display in the classroom and looks fantastic.

Our School Values                                                                               November 2020

All classes have spent time this week exploring our school values through art. There's some great work and interpretation. The pictures below have been chosen for display around school and on our website. Well done everyone. 

'My North Yorkshire' Writing Competition                                           November 2020

Last year, pupils in Key Stage 2 took part in a writing competition arranged by CPRE. Over 700 pupils took part from schools across the county, explaining in their own words why they love North Yorkshire, and what it is like to live here, in a task titled ‘My North Yorkshire'. 

We’re delighted to let you know that George Hird’s writing was judged in 2nd place in the KS2 category. Congratulations George! We hope that you enjoy reading his work. 

Remembrance Assembly                                                                     November 2020

In recent weeks, each class has worked with Rachel Pinkney, Methodist Schools and Families Worker, to develop our Remembrance Assembly. Each class recorded their contribution so that we could all attend the final assembly at the same time. Even though pupils watched their assembly in their own classrooms, there was a strong sense of collective worship. The assembly was produced in two sections and these can be viewed using the links below. 

Remembrance Part 1 (Welcome from Rachel Pinkney and contributions from Early Years, Year 1 & 2, and Year 3 & 4)

Remembrance Part 2 (Contributions from Year 5 & 6 and closing prayer from Rachel Pinkney)

Reverend Melanie also shared a Remembrance message with pupils. Please use the link below if you would like to watch it.

Fell Running                                                                                        October 2020

The fell running club has been out after school on Fridays this half term. We've explored local paths and bridleways and made it to the top of Calver Hill. Click on the photo below to watch a short film. Thank you to Alfresco Adventures for the drone footage that we hope you enjoy. 


Sport Premium Award                                                                         October 2020 

We’re pleased to let you know that having won a North Yorkshire Sport Premium Award, we have also won the regional final for Innovation! We try to make the most of opportunities for outdoor education in our local area. We made an application based on this work and particularly that to support our Y6 cohort in the summer term this year. James Kirton, a former Olympic swimmer, announced the winners earlier this week. You can watch the presentation on YouTube:  



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