Dec
17
2014

Look what we’ve been up to this Autumn!

Take a look at a few photographs and videos of some of the events that have taken place in and around school during this autumn term. What a wonderful time of year!

Also, for the ‘Save the Children’ charity, the school had a Christmas jumper day on Friday 12th December. We raised over £300 for the charity so a huge thank you for all of your kind donations. We are incredibly proud of all the children as they have been working exceptionally hard to learn their Christmas poem off by heart which was performed during Celebration assembly.  Look at the wonderful photos or watch the video which shows lots of happy children.

Also, we would like to showcase what we have been getting up to this half term. Click on the links below to explore further. More will be added at the end of the Spring term so keep checking back.

Local events- we like to get involved in the community- from carol singing to remembrance day- so come and have a look.

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Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about evacuation during WW2. To celebrate the end of our fantastic topic, we have enjoyed a street party to celebrate VE day. Explore our photos and video here

Year 5 have finished their Tudor topic by hosting a Tudor banquet and dance. Watch the video and look at the photos here.

Year 4 have been trying to solve a very confusing question: ‘Is the world flat?’ As explorers, they have visited the Captain Cook museum, worked with Chris Connaughton to learn about Robinson Crusoe and they have loved it. Take a look at the Video to see their smiling faces.

Year 3  have been learning all about The Romans and we have loved it! Look at their class videos here.

Year 2 have been extremely busy from learning and performing their Christmas nativity to visiting the theatre but one of their highlights this term was their ‘Play in a Day’. Watch their video here.

Year 1 we have thoroughly enjoyed this term. We have taken part in Children in Need, Harvest Festival, Football coaching and Maths Fun Day.Look at our class photos and video here.

Early Years have been making the most of the lovely autumn weather and have had an autumn trial to the park, explored the trim trail and have loved their ‘New Friend Friday’ and learning about ‘people who help us’. Watch a video here.

 

 

May
12
2016

Letter re dining hall

12 May 2016

Dear Parents,

I am writing to update you on our dining hall situation. A full structural review has been completed and we now have specific recommendations to follow.

I met with Governors and Local Authority representatives yesterday and am glad to be able to bring you some good news.

I have been informed that the building is now structurally safe and am now awaiting written confirmation of this.

Once this confirmation has been received, and following a period of deep cleaning, I intend to reopen the dining hall for children on Wednesday 8th June 2016.

The building does require some repair and maintenance work; this will be completed during the summer holidays.

Once again, please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused and my gratitude for your support and patience.

Yours sincerely
Mrs A Whistler
Headteacher

May
11
2016

School Meals week commencing 9 May 2016

School Meals Week 2

May
11
2016

Uniform Order Form

Uniform order form attached on behalf of Kells Lane School Fundraising. The deadline for uniform orders is 3pm Thursday 26 May 2016. Please click link below to download the order form.

Unform Order Form May 2016

May
06
2016

Friday Bulletin – Friday 6 May 2016

Friday Bulletin – Friday 6th May 2016

Many of you will know that our Year 6 pupils take their SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) next week and Year 2 pupils are being tested in the coming weeks. You will have seen the coverage both in the press and on social media about the level of challenge and content of the Year 6 curriculum, particularly when it comes to grammar. Last week I attended the Gateshead Headteacher Conference and discovered that all schools are considering how to adjust their teaching strategies in order to meet the new requirements.

At Kells Lane Primary School we are committed to doing our best for our children, both academically and through the wider school experience. I remain committed to putting children at the centre of any decision making and to keep you informed of any changes to our practice. I believe that every child should be supported and challenged and above all else, that ‘ability’ is not fixed, rather it should be nurtured and encouraged to develop.

I am hugely proud of our Year 6 pupils for all sorts of reasons; they are remarkable young people with limitless reserves of energy and enthusiasm. Throughout their time at Kells Lane, but particularly in Year 6, they have shown admirable resilience, ambition and perseverance. I spoke to the children today to encourage them to have a good rest over the weekend, and to reassure and congratulate them on having worked so hard to prepare.

It would be remiss of me to overlook the commitment and determination demonstrated by the teaching and support staff team; they really do go above and beyond and I am very grateful.

Have a good weekend.
Mrs A Whistler
Headteacher

Dates for your diary in the next two weeks:

Monday 9th May – SATS week for Year 6
Wednesday 11th May – Year 2 visit to Souter Lighthouse
Wednesday 18th May – Hindu Temple visit – 4K
Wednesday 18th May – Y6 post SATS treat – Theatre Royal trip to see ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’
Thursday 19th May – Hindu Temple visit – 4C
Friday 20th May – Non-uniform day for Ecuador earthquake relief

Apr
29
2016

School Meals for 2-6 May 2016

School Meals Week 1

Apparently as it is Bank Holiday Monday the children will be having Monday’s meal instead. So Pizza instead of Roast Pork on Tuesday.

Apr
29
2016

Friday Bulletin – 29 April 2016

Friday Bulletin – Friday 29th April 2016

We have had even more drama in school this week with Year 4 performing plays about Gandhi and Buddha. I am always surprised by how much the children learn in just one day; thank you to the KLSF (Kells Lane School Fundraising Group) for funding these special days.
Alarmingly, in the last few weeks there have been some potentially dangerous near misses involving our children and irresponsibly parked cars on Kells Lane. Please take extra care when dropping off your children and encourage them to use the zebra crossing at all times. I would also like to politely remind everyone that dogs (except assistance dogs) are not permitted anywhere within the school grounds.
Have a safe and relaxing bank holiday weekend.
Mrs A Whistler
Headteacher

Dates for your diary in the next two weeks:

Monday 2nd May – School closed for Bank Holiday
Wednesday 4th May – Y6 residential information evening for parents – 5.30pm start
Thursday 5th May – School closed for polling
Friday 6th May – Year 5 visit to Cragside – leaving school at 8.30am
Monday 9th May – SATS week for Year 6
Wednesday 11th – Year 2 visit to Souter Lighthouse

Apr
22
2016

Friday Bulletin – Friday 22 April 2016

Friday Bulletin – Friday 22nd April 2016

Kells Lane Primary School was an exciting place to be this week. We have had Viking invasions from Year 3, Year 4 learned about the medicinal properties of herbs and spices on a visit to Angeethi and Chris Connaughton was back in school exploring the life and times of Charles Dickens with Year 5.
We are committed to fostering an environment where we are all reflective, inquisitive, confident and respectful of the needs of others. I have had the privilege of observing in every classroom this week. Your children are working very hard; I have been particularly impressed by their ability to rise to some very challenging learning activities. Kells Lane staff have embraced a culture of sharing best practice. They continue to observe and learn from each other; professional dialogue is ongoing in our school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff and children alike for their relentless effort and hard work.

Next week you will receive your ballot paper for our parent governor election. Do please take the time to register your vote by returning the ballot paper in a sealed envelope to the school office by 10am on Friday 6 May 2016 at the latest.

Best wishes for a good weekend.
Mrs A Whistler
Headteacher

Dates for your diary in the next two weeks:

Monday 25th April – 4K Play in a Day – Gandhi (Parents welcome to watch the play at 2.45pm)
Tuesday 26th April – 4C Play in a Day – Buddha (Parents welcome to watch the play at 2.45pm)
Wednesday 27th April – Photographs for children in Early Years, Year 2 and Year 6
Thursday 28th April – Photograph presentation for parents of children attending Dukeshouse Wood (5pm)
Monday 2nd May – School closed for Bank Holiday
Thursday 5th May – School closed for polling
Friday 6th May – Year 5 visit to Cragside

Apr
21
2016

School Meals – 18-22 April 2016

Please click on link below to access the school meal menu for the above week:

School Meals Week 2

Apr
18
2016

Important information for Y6 parents

Orders for 2016 Leavers Hoodies will be taken during Year 6 parents’ evenings April/May.

Cash payment must be made at the time of ordering (please try to bring the correct money).

Kids sizes £15, Adult sizes £17.50 (sizes will be available to try on during the evening)

** No orders will be accepted after 4 May 2016 **

Expected delivery of completed hoodies is the end of June 2016

Apr
15
2016

Friday Bulletin – 15th April 2016

Friday Bulletin – Friday 15th April 2016

Welcome back to school after what I hope was an enjoyable Easter holiday. Here we are at the beginning of the summer term; I do hope we see a change in the weather to reflect this new title.
There are lots of exciting adventures ahead this term and this week is no exception. Our Year 4 pupils kick started the new term with a residential visit to Dukeshouse Wood in Hexham, whilst Year 3 travelled to York to dig for Viking artefacts. I will publish articles and photographs of some of the events in school in my next newsletter, which will now be published three times each academic year, just before half term. I will continue to send you weekly updates through this bulletin.
I hope you have found our new online booking system for parents’ evening more convenient than previous procedures. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. As with all new systems, there are bound to be some glitches. Please do let us know if you have any problems accessing the system. As ever, if you are unable to make the dates and times provided, please contact your child’s teacher to make alternative arrangements. I am also pleased to inform you our new school website is almost ready for launch. I will keep you updated on the official launch date.
The school dining hall was subject to some investigatory work during the Easter holidays. I am awaiting a report and recommendations, which I am assured, will be available early next week. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding; please be assured I am working in conjunction with Governors and the Local Authority to resolve this issue as early as is practicable.
Governors also wrote to you at the end of last term to inform you of possible changes to the school’s staffing structure. Please be assured we are sharing as much information with you as is possible at this time. Many thanks for your ongoing support and valued feedback.
Have a good weekend.
Mrs A Whistler
Headteacher

Dates for your diary in the next two weeks:

Monday 18th April – Thursday 21st April – Y4 visits to Angeethi restaurant
Tuesday 19th April – Y5 Chris Connaughton – Good Morning Mr Dickens
Wednesday 20th April – 3A Play in a Day – Vikings (Parents welcome to watch the play at 2.45pm)
Friday 22nd April – 3CM Play in a Day – Vikings (Parents welcome to watch the play at 2.45pm)
Monday 25th April – 4K Play in a Day – Gandhi (Parents welcome to watch the play at 2.45pm)
Tuesday 26th April – 4C Play in a Day – Buddha (Parents welcome to watch the play at 2.45pm)

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