News from Nook Lane 2018/19

Nook Lane Guitarists Perform

Paul Hawkswoth's budding guitarists and ukulele players have been working hard in their lessons learning their chords, playing full songs and developing their skills whilst performing in a group. Paul has been keen to provide regular opportunities for the children to perform organically without the use of backing tracks.

Recently, he led his Nook Lane guitarists in another entertaining assembly for the whole-school and in an extremely well-attended performance for parents, carers and families. This time the performances showcased the children playing several parts in one song, in George Ezra's "Shotgun". Our fledgling house band (a group of Year 6 boys) provided impressive musical accompaniment between the changeovers. The children's progress, especially with strumming and rhythm is really pleasing.

We look forward to further concerts in the spring and summer terms. Well done to everyone concerned and to Paul for his inspirational work with the children.

Armistice 100

What a fabulous week we all had - remembering and learning about World War 1 and Armistice day. To commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1, the children of Nook Lane created a special poppy art display. Each year group designed poppies using different art media and they all look stunning.

Also, during this special focus week, the children completed special reading lessons where they read a series of fictional diary entries written from a young boy called John Taylor whose father fought in WW1. Through these texts, the children were able to imagine what life was like during the war and each class had lots of interesting and heart-warming discussions.

As well as this, during the week, the children practised some special WW1 related songs which they performed in a special armistice singing assembly. Such special focus weeks are hugely important and add to our rich and exciting school curriculum.

Harvest Festival for the Homeless

We have been busy collecting tins for our Harvest Festival for the Homeless. A few weeks ago Tim, Matt and Josh from the Cathedral Archer Project came to speak about what life was like for the homeless in Sheffield.

They told us about how hard it was for people without a home to survive on the street, but that many homeless people go on to survive and sometimes thrive when they are given food, a shower and a friendly, caring environment, such as is offered at the Archer Project! The children asked many mature, sensitive and thoughtful questions of the visitors.

We thought it would be good if we offered some practical support to the Archer Project and appealed for food tins to stock up at the Project. We would like to thank you for all your generosity - we collected nearly 350 tins and bags of warm clothes! Tim and Josh gratefully accepted them at our assembly this week.

If you would like any information about the Project, or to support it in any way, pop in to see Mr Walsh at school or contact them via their website:

New Look for School Railings

Some friends of Miss Bagnall, who work for British Gas, kindly offered their volunteering services at Nook Lane for a project to paint the school railings on the playground.

The volunteers kindly gave up some time during the summer holidays to do the tricky but important preparation work and to start the paint work and then they came back during the half term holidays recently to finish painting the railing a lovely Nook Lane green.

The school is extremely grateful for the volunteers for giving up their time to do such an impressive job.

Halloween Fun Run

What a spooktacular first Halloween family fun run on Friday!

It was fantastic to see so many children and parents getting involved and all the creepy costumes. There were lots of red faces and happy smiles by the last lap. All finished off with some Halloween treats.

A big thank you to our fabulous parent organisers.

Look out for more details about the next run. We would love to see you all there!

Y3 Benchball Festival

On Monday 15th October, two teams of Y3 pupils took part in a Benchball Festival at Bradfield School, competing against other teams of Y3 pupils from our family of schools.

All the children taking part performed extremely well, showing great teamwork skills, fantastic sportsmanship and represented Nook Lane incredibly well. One team even took the third place title!

It was a fantastic event and all of the children went home with red faces and huge smiles! Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all of the parents who came along to support!