"This is a happy school where pupils work hard and relish the breadth of opportunities provided for them." OFSTED 2017"Parents are thrilled to be part of a school community in which each child is made to feel valued and important‟ OFSTED 2017

Further to the guidance issued by Central Government all schools across England are closed, except for essential keyworker childcare.

A special message for our children  . . .

Reception Admissions September 2020

We are very excited to meet our new Reception children in September but with the current challenging circumstances we are not able to confirm our induction arrangements for the children starting in September.  We will be in touch once we have had guidance from the Government regarding the re-opening of schools.  At the moment there is no indication when this might happen and once we have this information, we will be in touch with all parents/carers of children who have been given a place at our school for September.


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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. 

What we have been up to in school

Spring Craft Competition

This week we would all be taking part in our amazing egg decorating competition and although the building is closed the Vane Road community is still going strong. We’d love for the children and parents of Vane Road to still take part from home and as eggs might be in scarce supply we’ve decided to open it up to any Spring crafts. So get your crafting heads on and have some fun. Photos of the entries can be sent to this email address . . .

Please include your child’s name and year group in the email.

Closing date : Monday 13th April 2020 Entries will be displayed on the school website.

We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.

School Closure

As a result of guidance by Central Government our school is now closed, except for essential childcare for key worker children. This doesn't mean that we stop learning and although the building is closed you are still our children, please stay at home and take care.  For further advice and learning activities please visit this webpage https://www.vaneroadprimary.co.uk/learning-1/curriculum/advise-for-families-of-children-on-self-isolation

Rainbow Day - fun!

Vane Road is a happy place! We laughed, we played, we had fun! Friday 20th March was full of art, computing, PE, team building, relaxing... Our management and ladies in the office worked very hard answering many questions, Mrs Wilson looked after our health, Friends of School (thank you, Mrs Kavanagh!) fed us chocolate, our amazing holiday club staff fed us ice lollies and all the staff members made sure we were happy! 

Rainbow Day - food donation

On our last day of normal working for a while we asked the children to come to school in colourful clothes and bring a donation to our local foodbank. We were overwhelmed by the response from our families and are so pleased to be able to give something back to the local community. The food has been donated to Junction 7 to be distributed to people in need at this difficult time.

Sports Relief

This Friday (13.03) we took part in Sports Relief. We came to school in sports clothes and took part in sport activities (with a twist!). Year 4s lead the multi skill festival and all year groups had great fun! It was a fantastic day. Thank you, Mr Cant, for organising it!

World Book Day

In Vane Road we love reading! So we celebrated World Book Day (5th March) throughout the whole week. On Monday, Image Theatre delivered an amazing performance of Robin Hood. Have a look - some of the cast members may look familiar... On Tuesday, we shared Books for Thoughts in our classes. On Wednesday, teachers went to different year group to read a story - Mr Cope particularly enjoyed working with reception! On Thursday, children (and staff!) disappeared and instead weird and wonderful creatures and characters descended on our school. Finally, on Friday we did a book swap - children donated books and could pick a different one to take home instead. Thank you, Mrs Johnson, for organising everything!

Year 4 at Durham Castle

Year 4 visited Durham Castle as part of their Normans topic.  The pictures show Olivia the Conqueror and Prince Bishop Bean, the Norman Chapel, the boys making their castles and a group photo outside the main entrance to the castle.

Healthy Eating

Eat them to Defeat them! Vane Road joined a campaign that promotes healthy eating by highlighting the importance of eating vegetables. For 6 weeks a different vegetable will feature in our yummy meals. Thank you to the kitchen staff for making this possible!


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Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

Snow Day

Vane Road does snow day in style! Children loved playing in snow on Monday, 24th February. What a fantastic first day back after half term!


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Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

History of Aeroplanes

This term our Year 1s have been learning about aviation and how aeroplanes have changed over the years. Last Thursday they visited the Sunderland Air Museum to see real aircraft and learn more about their topic.


Schools all over the world participated in the Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 11th February. Vane Road's Digital Leaders prepared an assembly to remind everyone how to be safe online. Later digital leaders delivered lessons in all year groups to teach them about e-safety.

Judo Sessions

On Tuesday and Wednesday (4th and 5th February) Judo Dan came to our school to give all the children an opportunity to try the sport. We had lots of fun during the practice.

Liz Million in Vane Road

A local author and illustrator - Liz Million - visited our school on Wednesday, 29th January. Throughout the day she worked with all the year groups, which resulted in fantastic art work being created. Many children were inspired by her to try story writing themselves.  

Lumiere 2020

Every two years Vane Road hosts its own Lumiere festival. This Monday, 20th January, the school was illuminated by art work created by all year groups. Floating candles, potions bottles, flying aircrafts, colourful buildings, lanterns and many more amazing creations surrounded our building. The visitors were greeted by a stilt walker and in the finale they could watch a breathtaking fire act. Thank you to all staff members, helpers  and all the children for the effort put in preparing this fantastic event. 

Sculptors in Year 4

Year 4s were very busy on Tuesday 14th January. They worked with clay and made fantastic art pieces. For more photos check class 9 page.

Ancient Egyptians

Year 5s started studying ancient Egyptians this term. They took part in a workshop that helped with their learning and next day they mummified tomatoes. 

Amazing Art

During autumn term all our children were very busy creating some amazing art. It is proudly displayed around our school and makes it look beautiful.

Mayan Workshop

New Year, new adventures! On Tuesday 7th January our Year 6 children took part in a workshop about ancient Mayans. They learnt about the society, beliefs and Maya history.

Lego Engineering

Today in Year 2  we launched our new topic with a lego engineering workshop. Our question this term is 'Who is George Stephenson?'  We will be learning about the history of steam trains and about local engineer George Stephenson. The children enjoyed designing and making their own vehicles and we were really impressed by their team work and creative skills. 

Christmas Sing-a-Long

We finished our Autumn term with the usual Christmas Sing-a-Long. Children were fantastic and Mr Pavey enjoyed his favourite - a group performance of Twelve Days of Christmas. You can watch a selection in the video below!

Mega-cities in Year 4

Just before Christmas break parents were invited to year 4 to help build a mega-city. Look at the spectacular result! For more photos visit year 4 page.

Scientist Visit in Reception

We were very lucky to have a visit from Dr Lorraine Coghill on Tuesday 17th December. She is a scientist who works at Durham University. She helped us to find out more about our topic of Space. We did an experiment, dropping different sized balls into flour to make craters and talked about how this happens to the moon. She also brought some real meteorites from space for us to see. Thank you, Dr Lorraine, we really enjoyed being scientists this morning.

Year 4's Singing Performance

On Tuesday 17th December both year 4 classes visited a local care home. Children sang Christmas Carols beautifully. Vane Road brought some Christmas Spirit to the community once again!

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!

Planetarium in Reception

On Wednesday 11th December, a planetarium from Durham University arrived to our Reception classes. The children looked at the stars and planets. They really enjoyed it. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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!

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. 

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. You can watch our performance below.

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.

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.

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.