News from Nook Lane ...

Year 6 Netball Team Summer League Victory!

The amazing Year 6 netball team played 5 league matches last night and won every game without conceding one goal!

Thank you to the parents for their continued support and to Caroline Graham whose excellent coaching has enabled the team to go from strength to strength - a wonderful group of girls who will be sadly missed next year.

Happy's Circus

One of the most memorable and exciting events in Nook Lane's history was the night the circus came to town!

Happy's Circus arrived at Nook Lane and set up the Big Top on the school field for a truly entertaining and dazzling night of amazing acrobatics, impressive balancing, incredible juggling and much hilarity and fun for the children and families of the Nook Lane community. This was all due to the brilliant work done by our parents' group Friends of Nook Lane who had the initial idea, booked the circus and prepared for the night within just six short weeks.

The circus was a tremendous success with around 550 children and adults having a wonderful time. The spectacular event raised over £2000 for the school. An incredible experience! A massive thank you to everyone involved.

The visit inspired the children in Year 3 to produce the following newspaper reports:

Dragons' Den

Last term the Year 6 children embarked on the 'Dragons' Den Project'. A trip to Sheffield University Diamond building got the project underway with children being inspired by how engineering, science and maths is used to develop ideas and design products.

The project involved the children completing a number of tasks. Firstly, they had to look at their own skills and attributes, using this information the children were then put into teams of 6 with each member bringing different skills to the group. The teams then had to decide on a company name and logo. Once this was decided, the teams used their design and sewing skills to make a company uniform which had to meet a strict design criteria. This part of the project was concluded with a walk down the cat walk in our uniform fashion show!

Stage 2 involved the groups designing and making 3 electric cars which would be judged on speed, design and quality. This part of the project really tested the team's patience and resilience as the cars were fiddly to make and needed fine tuning to work successfully.

The final part of the project required each group to present their company and product to a group of judges - 'Dragons' Den' style. The groups made a PowerPoint presentation and set up stalls showing their work through all the stages. The judges were people from local companies and school governors.

The crucial element that makes this project so successful is that each session we have Simon Hamilton from UK Steel Enterprise and Jillian Goodison from the Department of Work and Pensions working alongside the class teachers and children bringing their knowledge and expertise to the project. Huge thanks to Simon and Jillian for their time, commitment, skills and enthusiasm. It makes such a difference to the way the children engage with the project.

As a school we would also like to thank UK Steel Enterprise for the financial support with this project - purchasing all the resources for the project and prizes for the winning teams. They also funded the trip to the university. UK Steel Enterprise also donated some laptops and desktop computers which have been invaluable to the school.

SEAL questionnaire results - 2018

All pupils complete a SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) baseline questionnaire every year. It is really good to see how well our children understand themselves and how to support their own emotional well-being, mental health and behaviour.

We use the information to monitor and support individual children and groups of pupils and work with families if appropriate.

Click to see the 2018 SEAL questionnaire results ...

Spring Term Citizenship Award Assembly 2018

Just after Easter 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.

Click to see more of our Spring Term 2018 Citizens ...

Netball Success

The Year 6 netball team have had a superb year. In the autumn term we entered the league, won all our matches, and as a result got through to the finals at the EIS.

The finals took place last month and we had to play the winning teams from the other leagues across the city. The competition was fierce and the standard of netball incredible.

The Nook Lane girls played brilliantly and won 4 of the 5 matches they played, putting them 2nd place in the city - a tremendous achievement!

Once again, a huge thank you to Caroline Graham for coaching the girls, to Mrs Parkin for arranging and running the netball club and thank you to the parents for their wonderful support.

Message from FONL

Dear families,

Many thanks for all the support you have given FONL this term. The Christmas Fayre raised £1,060 which is amazing. Thanks to everyone who supported this event, particularly the parents who came to help and the staff who made and sold amazing crafts which their classes had made.

So far this year we have helped to support school with new seating in the library, resources for the IR, a music day for Y4, Nooker Prize rewards, class Christmas presents, Young Voices registration, coaches for Thornbridge and reading schemes. Thanks to your support we will be able to continue helping the school, staff and children in the New Year.

We would also like to thank the Y6 team and pupils for their donation of £150 from the VE Tea Party. Thanks also to Ms Smith for organising the Christmas cards which were a huge success and raised a lot of money for school. Mrs Drake supported the Fayre by donating the proceeds from her stall to the school. Many thanks for this. Thanks also to Elise Lowes who also made gifts to sell at the Fayre and gave all her takings to the school.

Our first event on the New Year will be a disco on January 17th. More information about this will be sent out after the holidays.

We hope you all enjoy the festive break,

FONL

Christmas Lunch

There has been a lovely festive atmosphere throughout school in the last week before Christmas; no more so than during Christmas lunch for the whole-school. Adults in school worked hard to create a memorable experience for the children and much festive fun was had by all.

Thanks to all the kitchen staff, lunchtime assistants, office staff, teaching assistants and teachers for making this occasion so special.

Christmas Fayre

Friends of Nook Lane did a brilliant job organising our well-attended Christmas Fayre. It was great to see so many parents, carers and family members in school for such events.

In particular, thanks to Friends of Nook Lane for all their hard work and organisation in preparation for the fayre and on the day itself and to the children and staff for their creative efforts in producing festive items to sell. The total profit was over £1000 a tremendous effort!

Y3 Christmas Show - A Christmas Carol

Children in Year 3 have enjoyed studying a version of A Christmas Carol this half term.

They worked really hard in rehearsals in preparation for a series of excellent Christmas performances in front of appreciative audiences. Well done to the Year 3 children and the Y3 team!

Parents, carers, grandparents and families raised a whopping £279.44 for the Cathedral Arch Project for Homeless People. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Christmas Tree Walk

On 5th December children from all classes visited The Sheffield Christmas Tree Company in Dungworth, Bradfield. It was a beautiful day and the children walked there and back without a single complaint about the tricky up and down route. They were a credit to themselves and to our school.

We had nearly 20,000 trees to choose from and eventually decided on an 8 foot (about 2.5 metres) Norwegian Fir. These trees are locally grown and buying them helps cut down on the carbon footprint involved in transporting trees from other countries at Christmas. This means the air will be a little healthier for Santa and the Elves on Christmas Eve! It also helps local businesses to thrive in difficult times.

We also got to bounce in a castle and stroke some donkeys.

FoNL Halloween Disco

Much fun was had at the Halloween Disco organised by Friends of Nook Lane. Not only was the event well attended by pupils, with 180 children present, it was also superbly supported by 18 parents, which is the highest number of volunteers we can ever recall for a school disco.

The children clearly had a great time and it was entertaining to see them dancing and having fun in their imaginatively ghoulish costumes!

Many thanks to Friends of Nook Lane for organising the event and for supporting it in such numbers. The school is so grateful for all that FoNL do for pupils at Nook Lane.

Meanwhile, FoNL are busy organising a Christmas Fayre which will take place on Thursday 7th December whilst also planning a New Year disco (date to be confirmed).

Guitars

Just before the half term holidays Paul Hawksworth and his talented group of Nook Lane guitarists put on two highly entertaining performances - an assembly for the whole school and a show for parents and family members.

The children's guitar playing skills are clearly progressing under Paul's expert tutelage and it is wonderful to see pupils gaining confidence in performing in front of an audience.

Well done to everyone involved.

Year 6 Netball News

Earlier this term, the Year 6 netball team went to Lowedges Primary School to play a friendly league. We played six other schools.

The commitment, hard work and team spirit of the Nook Lane team was exceptional. We drew our first match and won the rest.

Our determination and excellent netball resulted in us winning the league. Well done!

Three Peaks Challenge

Two Nook Lane pupils have achieved something very special at the start of the new academic year.

These model pupils (sisters in Year 6 and Year 3) inspired the whole school to raise funds for a cause that was very dear to them - the Bristol Bone Marrow Transplant Unit - by taking up the Three Peaks Challenge. Showing great tenacity and perseverance the eldest sister managed to complete the entire twenty four miles challenge in under twelve hours, whilst the youngest sibling displayed admirable determination to complete the Whernside Peak (seven miles) in just three and a half hours.

As part of the appeal, children from Nook Lane were encouraged (for one day only) to wear non-uniform and to bring in a monetary donation for this worthwhile cause.

The total raised was an impressive £243. Thank you to everyone for contributing and special congratulations to our intrepid pupils for going that extra mile (literally) to make a difference to other people's lives.

We are so proud of them both!

Citizenship Award Assembly - Summer Term 2016/17

On the last Monday of the summer term Nook Lane celebrated the pupils who had been nominated for the Citizenship Celebration Assembly. As usual, it was very difficult for class teachers and Teaching Assistants to only nominate up to 3 pupils for this prestigious award. The exception this term being a fantastic group of 4 Year 6 boys who beautifully supported a pupil from the Integrated Resource.

The celebration assembly was well attended by proud parents and other family members. Nook Lane are so proud of the fabulous citizenship skills demonstrated by the children who are so kind, caring and empathetic. We hope that the children enjoy spending their book tokens over the summer!

Excuse Monsters 2017

The Excuse Monster competition has become an annual event at Nook Lane.

This year there were so many fabulous entries across the school.

After an assembly about not letting excuses get in the way of achieving goals, the children were invited to design a poster to help children understand this and to have on display in class to help them focus on what they want to achieve.

The winners from each year group have now had their work made into a poster for their class.

Well done to everyone who took part, the work was fantastic!