Reception Celebrate Chinese New Year

Reception celebrated Chinese New Year today by tasting different Chinese foods. They got to try spring rolls, chicken and sweetcorn soup (noodle and sweetcorn soup for the vegetarians), prawn crackers (plain crackers as the vegetarian option) and noodles. The happy faces and satisfied nods and thumbs up coming from the children showed the food tasting was a real success! Shouts of ‘Yummy!’ could be heard down the corridor. Some children even asked for more. Reception even learnt how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Cantonese, and made their own Chinese paper lanterns to decorate the classroom ready for Chinese New Year.


Year 5 create The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent

Year 5 have reached the end of their local history topic covering Stoke-on-Trent. The children have learnt so much throughout the topic and some have even been taking their learning further by visiting local museums and potteries with their own families. Its been great to see the children so involved and as part of the topic the children worked in small groups to create their very own old bottle kilns out of clay. They had to meticulously create each brick, and then stack these in such a way as to create the signature Stoke-on-Trent bottle kiln shape. After the clay bottle kilns had had plenty of time to dry, a group of Year 5 children used the bottle kilns created by their peers to construct ‘The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent’. They painted each bottle kiln in beautiful metallic colours to celebrate their creation and then scoured the school grounds for pieces of rock and foliage to create that ‘lost city’, derelict aesthetic. We hope you enjoy the photos of our project as much as we do and it is now on display in the foyer.


Newsletter 1st February 2019

PTFA Charity Fashion Show

21st March 2019

The PTFA will be putting on a fashion show of elected garments. The clothing follows the seasons and features garments to suit all age groups, all sizes and all occasions. All clothing is brand new.

This is an adults only (no menswear) event to buy high street brands at a fraction of the price!



1st February 2019

The Next Fortnight

4th Feb    Academy Photographs – classes, groups, musicians and leavers

7th            Y4 and Y5 Bike-Ability

12th          Y6 WWII Day

14th          CADSSA Gymnastics Competition

15th          Last day of Half Term


Looking Forward

Academy Photos

The photographers are in on the 4th. This visit is for class photos and so on. We’ll be taking the children out of class to pose so there’s no need to arrive early and there’s no sibling photographs this time.

Please bring any musical instruments in and if your child has represented the school this academic year then please also make sure they bring their kit – particularly boots and similar. Gymnasts for the CADSSA squad will also get a photo opportunity as we’ve got the competition coming up very soon.


Looking Back


Well done Y5 for braving the elements and having such a great trip.


Reminder – Parent Survey

Please could all parents of children in the school please undertake our annual parent survey (link here).


Further Information

I’ve been given information about Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) screening service. It’s aimed for children aged 14 to 35.

Visit to see where screenings are and to book a screening for an older sibling of your child in our school, or perhaps yourself.

As always, I will always do my best to speak to you about any concerns you may have on the day so please feel free to approach me, either on the playground or book an appointment if you prefer.


Mr B Wilken

Year 6 and Year 5 mini-enterprise

Year 6 and Year 5 joined together for a ‘mini-enterprise’ afternoon. They worked in groups to design a tower using limited paper and sellotape. Once their planning was complete, they had 20 mins to work in silence to complete a tall, stable and aesthetically pleasing tower. The activity placed a strong focus on group work and it was interesting to see which groups worked well together and who took on leadership roles. The 20 minutes silence was a challenge for some! Well done children!


Year 3 Build Volcanoes

Year 3 are making volcanoes as part of their geography topic. They are using the paper mache technique around a plastic bottle to create the structure of the volcano. Once they have finished their volcano models, they will be erupting them during a science lesson as part of an experiment. I can’t wait to see the finished product and how the volcanoes erupt. Well done Year 3.