"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

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Latest News

Lumiere 2022

On Wednesday 19th January we had our Lumiere event. We were absolutely delighted that we were able to hold it again! It is our bi-annual celebration based on the infamous Durham Lumiere. All children in school are involved in making installations which are illuminated.  Parents and carers are invited to view the amazing work. The projects are based on many different curriculum areas. This year they included work on the themes of pirates, Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour, natural disasters, trains, volcanoes, rivers and Vikings. Woodham Academy also contributed to our event this year by sharing drawings of inspirational people chosen by each department. In addition, we could admire an amazing poem written by one of their English teachers.

The visitors were greeted by a stilt walking robot covered in lights. Many guests, especially the younger ones, joined in with the celebrations by using their own flashing lights and glow sticks which were available to purchase. During the cold evening, everyone kept warm with hot chocolate and enjoyed some delicious cookies baked by our school cook. The finale to the evening was a spectacular fire dancer.
The atmosphere around the school was incredible. It felt so special to be able to come together once again and celebrate our wonderful children. A big thank you to everyone involved for helping to
organise this fantastic event.

Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities

Spreading the Christmas Cheer

Today (Friday 17th December), Vane Road children have been on a festive trip around the local area delivering hand made Christmas cards. The children loved spreading the Christmas joy to local residents and were even lucky enough to speak to some in person. Armed with giant candy canes and dressed in Christmas jumpers, the children sang Christmas songs and enjoyed being postman for the afternoon. 

From every child at Vane Road Primary School we wish you a safe and merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

(written by Ava, year 6)

Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Athletic success

Vane Road children from Year 5 and Year 6 took part in athletic competitions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both teams did amazingly well - they came first (team pictured above) and second in their respective groups. Well done, Vane Road!

Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

Volcanoes with a bang!

Year 5 children started new topic in geography. They are learning about volcanoes. On Monday, 8th November, they took part in a workshop to start the topic. They did a lot of fun and creative activities. 

Article 3: Adults should always do what is best for you.

October Enrichment Day

What a day we had! In Vane Road, last day of half term is spend on activities that enrich the curriculum and build children's cultural capital. The teachers found so many ways to do it - Egyptian jewellery and pyramids, Mayan kites (and food but judging by the reactions that didn't go down too well), clay models, London houses, Halloween treasure hunt, Lego construction, sport, teamwork and leadership - we had it all! Just look at the happy faces! Well done, Vane Road.

Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

Multi-skills Festival

On Friday, 22 October, our Year 6 children prepared and supervised a multi-skills festival for our Year 3 children. "It was exciting to work with younger children," said Layla. "And to boss them around!" added Luscha.(both Year 6). Adnan from Year 3 said, "I liked the last activity. One of the Year 6 boys threw the howler all the way to the fence!". Well done, children!

For more photos from this event, please visit Year 3 or Year 6 page.

Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Halloween Lunch

Sadly, Halloween happens during half term break (most years at least). But Vane Road has got it covered! Our fantastic kitchen staff prepared an amazing Halloween feast on Friday 22 October! Just look at the selection. It isn't a surprise that many members of staff got into Halloween spirit too! 

Article 13: Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information.

World Mental Health Day

It was World Mental Health day on Sunday (10th October) . At Vane Road we took some time during Friday to think about ways of improving our well-being.  Colouring in while listening to calm music was a firm favourite! In addition, to celebrate WMHD, the Community Group have made a short video to show the children how they can look after their own wellbeing. Please click on a link to access it. https://youtu.be/3vfwLSXyf2M 

Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health.

Animal Story

On Friday 8th October Year 1 children had very special visitors - The Animal Story! We absolutely loved seeing all of the animals - a giant African snail, a giant millipede, a hissing cockroach, a tenrec, a snake, a gecko and a tree frog.

The children were all absolute superstars and loved seeing all of the animals. To see all the photos from the event, please click here to access Year 1 page.


Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday, 24th September, after - what feels like - forever, we have welcomed parents and carers again in Vane Road. We enjoyed cakes, coffee and biscuits. Children were also given cakes and juice. And all this for a good cause - to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you all for your generosity. It was lovely to see you all!

Nature Walk

On Friday (23.09) our year 2 classes enjoyed a fantastic nature walk. They have looked for the signs of Autumn and explored the habitats around Vane Road. They have made many fascinating discoveries. Thank you, Mr Cooper, for guiding us!

To see more photos from the walk, click here to access year 2 page.

Article 3: Adults should always do what is best for you.

Cross Country Success

Mr Cant is very happy to report that our Cross Country Teams did a marvelous job this morning (Thursday, 23rd September). Vane Road finished first in both girls categories (y3/4 and y5/6) and y5/6 boys. Year 3/4 boys finished second.

Individually, there were many fabulous achievements as well - Lydia was 2nd in year 3/4 girls, Sam was 1st in y5/6 boys, Hannah and Olivia were 2nd and 3rd in y5/6 girls.

What a fantastic performance! Well done, Vane Road!

Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Respectful Vane Road

All our classes agreed on class charters. Children and adults signed the contracts to respects the rights selected. Just look how varied and unique the class charters are!

Article 1: All children under the age of 18 have these rights.


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Latest Main Calendar Events

SATs Meeting Year 608Feb2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

SATs Meeting Year 215Feb2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

PD Day - School closed to children18Feb2022

Half Term19Feb2022

World Book Day (Dressing up)04Mar2022

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