Year 5

Meet the Team: Year 5

Head of Year: Mrs Ridley

Form Teachers: Mrs Ridley, Mrs Smith, Mrs Colwell

Associated Teachers: Mrs Ellison (SENCO), Mrs Foster, Mrs Burridge, Miss Allen


How we praise:

In Year 5 our main method of praise is the use of the school house point system. House points are used to reward academic success, effort in lessons and acts of kindness between pupils or towards staff. Pupils work to achieve house point certificates at 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 house points. We also celebrate achievements in our weekly ‘Celebration Assembly’ where we award a ‘House Pointer of the Week’ for each class, hand out the House Point Cup to the house (Saxon, Norman or Roman) with the most house points and celebrate a ‘Star of the Week’: a person who has ‘stood out’ during the course of the week for exceptional work, positive attitude or a great deed. We also praise pupils’ achievements in Literacy and Numeracy with ‘Writer of the Week’ and ‘Mathamagician of the Week’. In addition we award ‘Molly the Mop’ to the class who has made an extra effort to help maintain their learning environment.

What we do:

In Year 5, pupils spend first their first lesson every morning with their form tutor for the Literacy Hour. They then move to their Numeracy classes; we are lucky enough to offer 4 teaching groups for the year group which means pupils may have a different teacher. Pupils also have an additional literacy and numeracy lesson which alternates between the two subjects. On a Monday afternoon pupils have Technology, on a 9 week carousel. In this subject, 4 groups cover: food technology, resistant materials, art and control. The rest of the timetable consists of Science (3 lessons), Humanities (2 lessons), ICT, Music, R.E., P.S.H.E. and French. Form teacher are available throughout the day to speak with pupils and homework clubs are run on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays. In October we take all pupils from the year group on a residential to the Lake District where we aim to build team work skills, get to know one another as well as supporting elements of the Geography curriculum.


Year 6

Meet the team: Year 6

Head Of Year: Mrs Kemp

Form Teachers: Mrs Kemp, Mrs Tweddle, Mr Kane

Associated Teachers: Mr Crawford, Mr Harding


How we praise:

In Year 6 our main rewards are house points. Pupils collect house points individually, as a class and as a house. Individually, pupils receive house point certificates for reaching different house point milestones: 100, 250, 500 and 1000. As a class pupils compete against the other two Year 6 classes to win the house point cup each Wednesday, the form class that wins the cup most over each half term gets an extra special treat at the end of that half term. Every Wednesday in Year 6 is our ‘Magic Moment Assembly’, this is where we present the house point cup and celebrate the individual ‘House point Champions’ for each class. We also celebrate the Times Table Champion class of the week and ‘Magic moments of the Week’.

What we do:

Year 6 pupils all have five Numeracy lessons first thing every day followed by Literacy lesson 2 every day. There is also an extra literacy/numeracy lesson last lesson on a Friday where we consolidate skills from these lessons alternatively. In numeracy and literacy we are lucky to be able to have four groups. All of Year 6 also have technology at the same time on a Tuesday afternoon. In this subject pupils are in four mixed groups covering the following technologies on a ten week carousel: Food technology, Resistant Materials, Control and Art. The rest of the timetable is different for each form class covering the following lessons: Science (3 lessons), P.E, Games, Humanities (2 lessons), Music, I.C.T, R.E., P.S.H.E and French. Form teachers are available at any time to speak to pupils and there are homework clubs run every lunch time from 12:30 – 1:00.


Year 7

Meet the team:

Head of Year: Mrs Dotchin

Form Teachers: Mrs Pearson, Mr Pusey, Mrs Dotchin

Associated Teachers: Mr Cole, Mrs Robson, Mrs Clark, Mr Armstrong


How we praise:

Year 7 are regularly rewarded for their good work and effort as well as attendance and punctuality. Pupils collect house points individually and this total is added together with the members of their pastoral class each Friday. The house point cup is presented to the class with the highest total on a Tuesday at our year group assembly. Certificates are given when individual pupils reach 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 house points.

What we do:

Year 7 pupils are encouraged to be independent. They have classes in various parts of the school not just their pastoral classrooms. Pupils are in streamed classes for English and Maths. An exciting component of the year 7 curriculum is the innovative animation project. This truly cross-curricular activity marries skills and techniques in both ICT and Art. Pupils write, illustrate, digitally edit and produce a soundtrack for, an original animated short film which is shown to parents in July at the Fuse centre. The pupils enjoy seeing their work on the big screen! Another responsibility that we entrust to our Year 7 pupils is the running of the school library. This operates on a volunteer basis and everyone has the opportunity to participate. Pupils also have the responsibly of peer mentor or mediator to the KS2 pupils.

There are a number of visits in year 7. Pupils have the opportunity to Ski; attend Wooler on an ecology trip and finally France in the spring term.


Year 8

Meet the Team: Year 8

Head of Year: Mr Wright

Form Teachers: Mrs Burton and Mr Davies, Mr Snowdon, Miss Quinn

Associated Teachers: Mr Dixon, Mr Kirk and Mrs Norton
How we praise:
We take pride in the fact that our Year 8 students are well on their way to becoming responsible, mature and well-rounded young adults. We strive to give each student the opportunity to take on a role of responsibility and we currently have 18 House and Sports Captains, 30 Sports Leaders, 18 KS2 Class Buddies, 5 personal Reading Buddies and 6 students on the Schools Food Forum. We hope that through our actions we can foster an atmosphere of respect, friendship and kindness. We have high expectations for our student’s attitude towards learning and many reward systems are in place to acknowledge both effort and attainment. Students can be given House Points for their day to day class work as well as Merit Certificates for outstanding contributions to the school community or exceptional effort in academia. Towards the end of each half term we reward our students, giving them the opportunity to visit places such as The Sunderland Climbing Wall, Edinburgh Zoo and Newcastle Theatre Royal.
What we do:
Over the course of the year there are three fantastic residential field visits to choose from; skiing in France, environmental science in Northumberland and adrenaline sports in the Lake District. At the end of Year 8 we ask each student to take part in organising an event for our annual Fun Day where Years 5, 6 and 7 enjoy participating in competitions and fund raising activities. We celebrate the end of 4 years at Ovingham by hosting a Prom at Kirkly Hall where pupils receive trophies and certificates recognising their achievements throughout the year.
At KS3 subjects are taught by specialist teachers and a typical timetable consists of Maths and English lessons that are streamed whilst Art French, Geography, History, ICT, PSHE, PE, RE and Science are taught in pastoral groups. In Games, two classes are taught together with boys and girls playing different sports. Technology is taught in 9 week blocks and students get the use of two state of the art specialist rooms. Opportunities to attend lunch time and after school clubs are many and varied and support for academic work and homework is available at both break and lunchtimes.