All posts by Dee Tomlinson

Welcome Back 2019!

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to school – we have a busy term coming up – as usual! Dates will start to pop-up now as we confirm events, to start however, there is a Parent’s E-Safety workshop on Tuesday 15th January at 5pm. This is tied into the national ‘Safer Internet Day’ on the 5th February. For those parents of Class 3, they start their swimming lessons this week on Fridays.

We are also creating and building on our international links this term – this will continue our work for the ‘International School Intermediate’ Award from The British Council. We will be linking with schools in China and Kenya. More information will follow about these links.

We also look forward to science week this year – starting on March 11th – and this year we will have a focus on Robots – we will have a Science Exhibition on Friday the 15th from 3pm so you can come along and see what we have been doing that week. If you have connections with the robotics industry and can help with any experiences for the children please do get in touch!

Finally we also have the Class 3 residential trip on March 27th. Mr Tyrrell will be in touch with more information regarding this.

A reminder as well that school uniform – including uniform for PE  – is compulsory here at school. You can find information about uniform here.

Thank you again for your continued support of your school – we look forward to a brilliant Spring Term!

Ms Stacey

Weather Warnings!



Brrrr! Chilly weather is forecast over the next few days and we are looking at snow and ice weather warnings.

If we decide to close the school we will:

  • contact you by text as close to 8 o’clock as possible.
  • put the message on Twitter, Facebook and the website
  • Notify BBC Radio Cumbria.

Decisions to close the school are never taken lightly and based on the safety of staff and pupils. When weather conditions mean that a number of staff and pupils cannot make it in then we will close the school. The bus drivers may also contact parents if they have difficulty getting through.

Mini Code Club!

Code Club is a popular part of our school – allowing children the chance to experiment with coding and problem solving. It is open to any child in Key Stage 2 (years 3 and up) – and takes place on a Monday after school – 3:30- 4:30, children are welcome to go on to after school club after this time. This year our Code Clubbers have led a ‘Mini Code Club’ for children from Class 1 who have wanted to try out some of the activities. Using programs such as ‘Scratch’  and the Hour of Code website!

Year 6 Transitions!

Last year we started a project with Great Corby and Warwick Bridge schools where we run joint projects for the Year 6 children.  This was so successful that this years Year 6 also wanted to be part of something similar. We therefore invited Great Corby and Warwick Bridge schools to Castle Carrock for a morning of coding and computing!


This allows our children to meet some fellow Year 6 pupils before they move onto secondary school – and to experience some different challenges and teaching. We also managed to do the ‘Hour of Code’! Great fun!


School Development Plan 2018-2019 Part 2

Making Numbers Count!

Another area that the school is currently working on is our Mathematics attainment and progression.

Maths across the school – whilst meeting national progress targets – is one of our most challenging areas. Last year we worked at ensuring our mathematics curriculum progressed appropriately through the classes and that the children were challenged enough in class. We also looked at our [Download not found] – which ensured that the children are taught the same methods of calculation throughout the year. Sharing this with parents via the website and in our Parent Maths Sessions has been a key area to work on.

What we are doing:

This year our emphasis is on consistency across the school – consistency with vocabulary, expectations and resources. As such some of the teachers have already attended training looking at the different resources available and how they can be used across school. We are having a whole school maths day at Talkin Tarn – linked with the Carlisle United Community Coaches who will be supporting us with orienteering and direction work. We are continuing to emphasise mental calculation methods – using Times Table Rock Star from Year 2 onwards – and asking our our older children to solve more calculations with mental methods.

What you can do:

Your help is vital for this; the children all have maths targets which detail what they are working on in class. For example in reception it may be about recognising and ordering numbers up to 20 whilst in Year 4 it may be about knowing all of their times tables by heart. Homework as they go through school will also help the children to reinforce learning at home.