We are Planning on Opening!

We apologise for the late web post however, we have had technical issues still being resolved.

The school is as ready as possible and we are planning on being open.  We will be assessing the school as usual around 630 to 7 am and will update the school website to confirm.

However, unless we have an unforecast snow fall over night we will be working on the premises that it will be a normal Monday morning… well… as normal as any Monday can be.

Thank you for your understanding over the last few days.

 

Friday’s Snow Work

It’s not technically home work, but work you could be doing at home whilst you wait for the snow and the wind to pass.

With school closed for a third day we have uploaded below a third set of work that you could be doing to keep the little grey cells ticking over.  If you have not done anything yet then there are lots on other posts to have a go at.

The posts where extra work can be found are entitled ‘School Closures and Snow?  In the words of Lorenzo Dow…’ and ‘Closure Additional work’ and can be found under the ‘News’ tab or at the bottom of the home page.

Our plans over the weekend include having the grounds cleared as best we can and a large group of staff have volunteered to come in Sunday (weather permitting as this looks a clear day) to help remove snow from paths and areas of high traffic in school, to make the site as prepared as possible for Monday.

We apologise for the closure once more.

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Mr Bennett

Maths:

Mrs Kemp has uploaded new work to ‘My Maths’ for each class.  Please log in and submit your work when the tasks are completed.

Mr Addyman’s extra Maths work for his classes:

KS2 world book day activities

KS3 Worlds Book Day maths problems

English:

Work and resources below…if you have completed and want to try another year groups work, please do!

English Snow Work – Fri 2nd March 2018

French Roast and For The Birds

French Roast Mark Scheme

Year 5 Reading Answers

Year 5 Reading Questions

Year 5 Section 1 Reading Booklet

Year 5 Section 2 Reading Booklet A

Year 5 Section 2 Reading Booklet B

Year 5 Section 3 Reading Booklet

Year 7 A Trip to Space

Year 7 Comprehension Answers

Year 7 Comprehension Questions

Year 8 Comprehension-Practice-Questions-Floods

Year 8 Comprehension-Practice-Text-Floods

Year 8 Mark-Scheme-for-Comprehension-Practice-Floods

R.E:

KS2 R.E. – Design a symbol of peace

KS3 R.E. – Write a Lent Acrostic Poem

 

Science:

Science work for all year groups Friday 2.3.18

Y5 changing state

Y5 how we see things

Y6 Earth Sun and Moon

Y6 life cycles

Work for Y8 Geography:

Research both communism and capitalism (especially in China). Produce a detailed spider-diagram on both.

School Closed: Friday 2nd March 2018

We are sorry to say that we can not open the school tomorrow as the predicted snow fall, on top of County and police advice, is that travel should be avoided and that the timings of predicted snow will cause unsafe road and travel conditions.

We appreciate the inconvenience this will cause for some parents.

Work will be set and uploaded.

We are working on having the grounds cleared over the weekend and are hoping that with staff being asked to help out on Sunday, we can get the building ready to open and prepared as best as possible for any new snow fall that may happen.

I hope you understand that the weather has been unprecedented in recent times and thank you for your understanding.

Mr Bennett

Closure Additional Work

The previous message on Monday has lots of work, please ensure you have completed that or had a go of some of the extra tasks.

Additional work is below and more should be updated during the day.

Math:

Updated tasks are available on ‘My Maths’ and set by the teachers.  Please complete and hand in.

7SA GEOG:

Task – To research the ‘Masai Tribe’. Produce an A4 information sheet including: where they are based, traditions, role of men, role of women.
English:
Science:
Maths (Mr Addyman extra!)
French:
French Year 5:
French Year 6:
French Year 7:
French Year 8:

School Closed: Thursday 1st March 2018: Advance Notice

Due to adverse weather and the forecast not set to improve we have taken the decision to close in advance of tomorrow.

Staff have been requested to send new work for tomorrow and this will be uploaded as soon as possible.

School comms may not be working and so we would appreciate this message being passed around to those contacts you may have.

We apologise for this inconvenience and are working hard to ensure that, with the better forecast for Thursday evening and into Friday, that the school will be opened.

Thank you for your understanding and hope that the early decision, taken with other Head teachers in the area, will enable you more time to plan for tomorrow.

Mr Bennett

School Closures and Snow? In The Words of Lorenzo Dow….

 

‘You can and you can’t – You shall and you shan’t – You will and you won’t – And you will be damned if you do – And you will be damned if you don’t.’

Snow closures, and predicting the potential issues, are always very hard, for parents and for staff (who are also parents with children in other schools and often travel long distances to get to school).  So making decisions on safety and opening often has to be done quickly and well in advance to allow people time to plan.  We sometimes get that right, and sometimes wrong.  What ever we do, there will be arguments for both sides.

Can we thank you for your support this morning whilst the car park was only partially open at drop off time.  Most cars followed the ‘new’ one way system and students were kept as safe as possible in a very snowy and slippy car park.

With the predicted forecast and the historic way in which the roads are cleared in the area taken into consideration, we are planning tomorrow in the following way;

  1. Head Teacher will be on site to assess potential safety issues and surrounding roads by no later than 6.30 am.
  2. Bus companies will be contacted and their assessment of if they will send their drivers out will be received.
  3. The school staff will be informed about those decisions by 6.45 am.
  4. The website will be updated by 7 am confirming that the school will be open or any changes to that plan.
  5. The office phones will be staffed from 7.20 am.
  6. The car park will be cleared, at least in part, by 8.30 am.  Please allow us time (it is staff with snow shovels so please be patient) to make the car park as clear as possible and follow any adaptations to the normal drop off arrangements.  Please do not drop children off before this time.
  7. The school doors will be open for all students to go straight into school from 8.30 am.
  8. The school will update any potential early finishes or changes to the school day to parents via the school comms system and the website during the day.

We would request that students wear appropriate shoes and bring in spare socks just in case.  Coats and gloves must be worn.

The school will be planning to be open.  We will only not be able to open for two very clear reasons.

  1. That there are not enough staff capable of getting to school to full fill our safeguarding requirement of pupil / staff ratio numbers.
  2. There is a clear and dangerous safety risk to either staff, pupils or travelling parents posed by either our grounds or the surrounding roads.

We thank you for your understanding.

Should the school be closed we have an obligation (and a desire) to provide work for your children, please see the attached links below to access this work (we will update this this evening and throughout tomorrow as work is provided so if a subject is not there now… it soon will be).

Thank you.  Whilst I write the snow is falling heavily again.  Please drive safe, walk carefully and wrap up warm!

Mr Bennett

Science:

Science snow work

Tsunami warning

When will women overtake men

Wind power

RE:

KS2 R.E. Task

KS3 R.E. Task

Art:

Each year group know what they are working on however, if you wish to give any of these a try, please have a go!

Y7 hand 1 001Y7 hand 2 001Y7 hand 3 001Y7 hand 4 001Y8 figure drawing sheet 1 DifficultY8 figure drawing sheet 2 Simple

Geography:

ks3 geography

English / Literacy:

Year groups know what they are currently studying however, if you wish to have a go at all of the activities then please do!

Features of Travel

WritingPlanning Sheet

Snow Work

Storyboard Template

Maths / Numeracy:

Maths

 

 

WE ARE OPEN

All busses have just informed us they are running.  Take care on roads and especially in our car park.  We will monitor weather all day and keep parents informed should the situation change.

Ovingham Apple Bake Off

Year 8 pupils were recently given the opportunity to participate in a Bake Off style cooking competition in partnership with Wylam Community Orchard and The Feathers pub.
Ten keen cooks were selected to take part, their brief, to plan and make a baked dish using apples supplied by Wylam Community Orchard.​

We were joined by Rhian Craddock, award winning chef from The Feathers, who was given the difficult task of judging the competition.

We are delighted to let you know the first Apple Bake Off Champion was Lily, who prepared a wonderful Apple Swiss Roll. Lily won a £25 meal voucher for The Feathers. In second place was Anna, and joint third were Liam and Jake.

Congratulations to everyone who participated.