News from Nook Lane ...

Spanish Day!

This half-term, Nook Lane was once again transported to Spain and Latin America as staff and children came to school dressed in red and yellow and other fantastic outfits to celebrate our whole school Spanish Day.

In preparation for the day we had been learning about Spanish speaking countries and Mrs. Lawson had run a competition to produce something from a Spanish speaking country. She was thrilled with the brilliant response and so impressed with the effort, creativity and imagination that had clearly gone into every entry.

Children who stayed school dinners were treated to a delicious Spanish inspired lunch of Spanish chicken or Tortilla Española and there were also some very authentic packed lunches!

The Spanish curriculum council members ran some lunchtime activities that they had come up with - Tablecloth Graffiti Time and the Mexican Milk Bottle Top Challenge.

During the day the children "travelled" around the Spanish-speaking world. They made and ate salsa, guacamole and quesadillas from Mexico washed down with refreshing sangria, enjoyed creating Mexican and Spanish art and learned the art of flamenco dancing.

Children in Y5 and 6 even used their DT skills to build the Sagrada Familia out of midget gems and cocktail sticks. We finished the day off by learning about the history of the piñata and everyone had a go at making one of their own.

We would like to say a huge ¡¡GRACIAS!! to the local shops (the Co-op, Spar, The Village Store and Stannington Fruit and Veg) for their kind donations and support and to all the children, parents and staff who worked really hard to make this a fantastic, memorable day.

Super, sticky, slimy science week!!

Earlier this year our school's science curriculum council met to discuss science at Nook Lane. They shared that, although children do enjoy science lessons, they would love the opportunity to take part in more practical, 'messy' science.

Therefore, last half term we celebrated all things 'sciencey' with a 'Super, sticky, slimy science week!'. It gave the children the opportunity to do hands-on, fun experiments, whilst giving them an invaluable opportunity to develop their working scientifically skills in a range of practical activities. From oobleck slime to exploding coke, the children had a fantastic 'Super sticky, slimy science' day as they took part in a carousel of activities.

Our 'Super, sticky, slimy science week!' also involved focussed, classroom-based, morning activities to spark curiosity and discussion and lunchtime science demonstrations were led by the science curriculum council members!

It was a great week, enjoyed by both children and staff. Thank you for your support!!

Citizenship Award Assembly - Spring Term 2016/17

On Monday 3rd April we held our end of term Citizenship Award Assembly. As always, it was very difficult for staff in school to only nominate 1 or 2 children from their class for this exceptional award. The children chosen were described as being great ambassadors for Nook Lane and have shown incredible kindness, support and understanding towards others in the school, local area and wider community.

It was fabulous to see so many parents and family members at the assembly and we hope the children enjoy spending their book tokens. They are very well deserved!

Mrs Wilkinson will be meeting with the SEAL Curriculum Council after the Easter holiday to discuss ways to further develop citizenship ideas in school.

Guide Dogs

Our Wednesday assemblies are pupil led and many children are keen to share with the rest of the school their own/family stories around difference and diversity.

Recently, Katie Harrison, a Year 5 pupil asked if she could invite her grandmother in to school, with a friend, to talk about guide dogs.

As you can imagine, the assembly was a great success as the 2 dogs who came along were gorgeous, and behaved so well! Katie organised a fund raising day in school and we are delighted to say that over £153 was raised to support the training of guide dogs.

SEAL update

The SEAL Curriculum Council met last term to discuss ways to further the social, emotional aspects of learning in school. One of the actions that came out of the meeting was to update the pupil help poster in school that was designed many years ago by the first SEAL Curriculum Council.

Gabby Manning in Year 6 has done an absolutely amazing job of updating the poster and recently this was shared with the whole school during a pupil voice assembly.

The posters are displayed all around school to encourage children to talk about their feelings and understand how and where to find help if needed.

Nook Lane Netball News

The Year 5 Netball Team went to the Sheffield High School Tournament towards the end of the Spring 1 half term. They played brilliantly and qualified for the semi-finals.

They beat Ashdell 4 - 2 which earned them a place in the final, in which they played Sheffield High School and despite an excellent performance, lost 2 - 0.

A huge thanks to Caroline Graham (Nook Lane's netball coach), Mrs Parkin (who organises the netball club) and the wonderful parental support we received. Congratulations to all involved!

Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 7th February 2017

Nook Lane Junior School is joining the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.

Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The UK Safer Internet Centre - a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation - provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries. Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Nook Lane Piano Concert

On Tuesday 24th of January we had the pleasure of listening to a piano concert organised by our piano teacher, Pav.

With a high standard of playing and a repertoire of songs ranging from Sonatinas through to 'The Avengers' and 'The Simpsons' themes, the talented performers put a smile on their parents' and friends' faces.

The concert ended with Pav performing Glier's 'Prelude' for everyone.

All in all it was a very successful event and we are looking forward to more!

Citizenship Award Assembly - Autumn Term 2016/17

Just before Christmas we held our termly Citizenship Award Assembly.

As always, the assembly was really well attended by parents, grandparents and other family members of the amazing children who were nominated for this very special award.

It was fantastic to hear all about the wonderful contributions that so many of our children have made and are making to help the school community, the local community and the wider community be a better place.

We are all so proud of their accomplishments. Mrs Wilkinson will be organising the next Citizenship Award Assembly at the end of the spring term.

Peer Mediator Conference

We took 8 of our peer mediators (children specially trained to help solve playground conflicts) to the annual Peer Mediator Conference earlier this month.

The children joined with peer mediators from many other schools to celebrate and share their ideas and experiences.

The day finished with a visit and show by a children's entertainer, who kindly posed with our Nook Laners, before we returned to school.

Nook Lane Christmas Dinner

Nook Lane Christmas Fayre

Inclusion Quality Mark

Nook Lane has been recognised for its inclusive practice with the award of the Inclusion Quality Mark.

The school was assessed on 22nd November 2016 by an IQM assessor Stephanie Robinson and was adjudged to have fully met the standard required.

The assessment focused on seven elements:

  • The inclusion values and practice of the school
  • The learning environment, resources and ICT
  • Learner attitudes, values and personal development
  • Learner progress and the impact on learning
  • Learning and teaching
  • Parents, carers and guardians
  • Governing body and management: external accountability and support

The full report will be available shortly.

Many thanks to all staff, pupils and parents/carers who were involved in the assessment process. An award like this is testament to the whole staff team and to the entire school community.

Particular thanks go to Mrs Wilkinson, who leads so brilliantly on inclusion and who prepared meticulously for the assessment.

Nooker Prize Poetry Assembly

At the beginning of December we had a super assembly to celebrate our annual prize for poetry 'The Nooker Prize'. What a talented bunch of writers we have at Nook Lane.

It was so inspiring to hear so many great poems, read so beautifully by members of staff. And we had many proud parents at the assembly!

The Nooker Prize winner for 2016 was Elizabeth Fox with a lovely poem called 'My Blitz'.

Read all the winning entries on our Nooker Prize Poetry 2016 page.

2016 Halloween Disco

Children at Nook Lane thoroughly enjoyed the Halloween disco organised by our fantastic parents group Friends of Nook Lane (FoNL). Pupils made a major effort to dress for the occasion with some suitably scary costumes on show.

Some impressive shapes were thrown on the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Callum. A very successful and enjoyable evening was had by all concerned.

Thank you to FoNL for their hard work in organising this popular event.

Fragile X Syndrome

One of our pupils, Gabby in Year 6, presented an assembly to the whole school about Fragile X Syndrome, a condition that affects 1 in 4000 boys and men and 1 in 8000 girls and women.

During her presentation, Gabby explained that she is raising money to support the Fragile X Society. Interestingly, we learned that Barcelona's Lionel Messi is also a champion of this charity. To raise the funds as part of the Fragile Xpedition, Gabby is planning to row every night over a period of four weeks. The total distance over this time should be around 12-13 miles.

Gabby invited the children at Nook Lane to contribute £1 to wear something blue on the second Friday in the autumn term. She also sold Fragile X wristbands (£1.50 each) on the day too.

A total of £242.41 was raised in school. Well done to Gabby for showing such passion for making a difference and for preparing and delivering such an impressive presentation. Thank you to all who contributed.