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At the dentist's office

Just before half term break, year 4 children visited a local dentist. As a part of their science topic, they found out how to take care of their teeth better. 

Tea Tasting

Year 6 children enjoyed a taste of China.  On Tuesday 22nd October children tried some Chinese herbal tea as part of their language lessons. Some enjoyed it very much; others were not too keen but they all bravely tried!

Cake Sale

Some of our wonderful pupils raised a fabulous £500 for Clic Sargent by selling cakes they had made at our local Tesco.  Clic Sargent Nurses support families of children and young people living with cancer and were a huge help to Freya and her family during her treatment

Freya, Molly, Layla,  Ava and Maisie worked so hard. They did it all themselves and had impeccable manners and behaviour through the event. 

Visitors in Year 2

Children in Year 2 enjoyed a visit from the Bowes Museum on Monday 7th October. Year 2 children are trying to find out what was it like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953 . They looked at different toys and learnt about the world in the 50s.

What we have been up to in school!

KS1 Nativity

We were really proud of our Key Stage One children as they entertained parents and carers with their version of Christmas with the Aliens. The children sang beautifully, danced energetically and delivered their lines with confidence in front of a large audience. 

Christmas Dinner

On Wednesday 4th December we enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner cooked in our school kitchens. Everyone looked amazing in their Christmas jumpers and there was lots of smiles and singing from children, staff and school governors as they enjoyed a special meal together.

Victorian Experience

On Thursday 5th December year 1 children travelled in time. They have experienced life in the Victorian era. Boys and girls had to use separate entrances, everybody, including the teachers, were in costumes and even the bell sounded different ( it was not powered by electricity!). Children had a great time learning about history. For more photos check our year 1 page.

Rocks and Soils and Year 3

On Tuesday, 3rd December, our year 3 children visited Life Centre in Newcastle. They took part in workshop to learn more about rocks and soils. They also tried some ice-skating. Even the teachers had a go! For more photos visit class 7 or class 8 page.

Christmas Cards Delivery

We were very busy in the last week of November. All Vane Road pupils created Christmas cards, wrote poems and decorated envelopes. All to bring some Christmas joy to the community. Mrs Rome, Mrs Reid and the community group  delivered the cards to the residents living around our school.  Thank you, Mrs Cowey, for bringing this lovely idea to us!

Another Success for the Athletes

On Friday 29th November, our athletics team brought home another set of gold medals! Vane Road won against 5 other teams and will take part in the County Finals in March. William, Jackson and Maddie improved their individual records. Well done everybody!

Reception Outdoor Fun

Our reception children are really enjoying their outside area. They turned into little outdoor explorers this term! For more photos visit the Reception page.

Stone Age Workshop

On Monday 18th November, Year 3 looked at prehistoric artifacts, created their own iron Age tribal coins out of foil and investigated the 'science skeleton' from ancient times. They had loads of fun and consolidated our knowledge of the Stone Age. Please check class 7 or class 8 page for more photos.

Anti Bullying Workshop

On Thursday 14th November all children in Vane Road took part in Anti Bullying assembly and workshops. In the classes, children worked on drama and role play that will help them in the future if they ever experience bullying. It was not only very important work but also a great fun!

Odd socks

On Tuesday 12th November we  came to school in odd socks! It was a part of our Anti bullying week work. We all looked fabulous!

Exotic Fruit Tasting

Our focus text this term in year 2  is Handa's Surprise and the children have had great fun tasting exotic fruit and describing them.  They have retold the story and are now writing their own versions set in England.

African Drumming and Dance Workshop

Year 2 are answering the question, "Would you rather live in Africa or England? " this term. We had a visit from Victor who led a djembe drumming workshop  and african dance session to launch our new topic. It was great fun and we learnt lots about African culture.

Unbeatable Athletics Teams

On Tuesday and Wednesday (5th and 6th November) KS2 children represented Vane Road at Sports Hall Athletics competitions. Both teams won! For more photos, visit our Sports page.

A Royal Celebration

Our year 2 children held a Royal Banquet for parents and carers today to celebrate everything they have learnt about the coronation and life in the 1950's. The children gave a fantastic performance; completed a 1950s quiz with their families and hosted afternoon tea.

Latest Main Calendar Events

Flu Vaccinations12Dec2019

@ Year 1 Practical Room

KS2 Carol Service, Neville Parade Church (odds -am) (evens - pm)12Dec2019

@ Methodist Church, Neville Parade, Newton Aycliffe

Classes 7,9,11, and 13 - 10.00am. Parents can gain entry at 9.50am. Classes 8,10, 12 and 14 - 1.30pm. Parents can gain entry at 1.20pm.

School to be used as a Polling Station12Dec2019

@ Studio

Out of Hours Clubs will be held in the hall today.

No Parent Merit Assembly13Dec2019

Year 2 Christmas Party13Dec2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Hall

Uniform to be worn a.m. Party clothes to be brought in a bag to change into at lunchtime.

Calendars page(s): Main Calendar >>

Halloween Disco

Weird, wonderful and vary scary creatures invaded Vane Road on Tuesday 22nd October. The Halloween Disco, organised by Friends of Vane Road, was a great success. To see more photos visit FOVR page

Year 6 Viking Day

On Tuesday 1st October, Year 6 children took part in a Viking workshop as part of their History focus. It was led by staff from Jorvik Viking Centre in York. Children learnt a great deal about Viking life, weapons and sagas.

Colour Run

On Thursday 17th October Vane Road became more colourful than usual! All children and many members of staff took part in the Colour Run on our playground. It was great fun! Big thank you to Mr Wilson and our cleaning staff for making the school spotless again afterwards! See more photos on our Sports page.

Multi Skills Festival

On Wednesday 10th October our children led a Multi Skills Festival organised by Sedgefield Sports Partnership. Year 5 did a fantastic job as the activity leaders, while Year 4 took part in the festival. 9 schools from the surrounding area attended. 

National Poetry Day

Vane Road celebrated National Poetry Day on Thursday 3rd October. Members of staff performed some of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, which inspired children to write their own poems. Miss Emery was a super Red Riding Hood!

In addition, children were treated with a selection of poems creatively hidden around the school for their pleasure.


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