Our first day back this term started with a whole school trip to Palace Green Library and Durham Castle. During the day the children took part in a wide range of activities including a tour around the castle (in period costume), medieval dancing on the Minstrel’s Gallery, castle building workshop and an exploration trail back in time through the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Our education officers for the day were Ross and Dan who expertly guided us round and made sure we had a fun but informative experience. The day was beautifully summed up by one pupil who said on the way home, ‘Miss, I don’t know why, but I love history!
Butterknowle pupils took part in our first whole school cross country event at school on Wednesday 11th February. Three races were held and every pupil from Reception to Year 6 took part. We had a great turn out from parents, family and friends to support this event. Many thanks to ‘The Friends’ for providing the winning medals to the fastest boy and girl in each race. We will now be taking our school cross country team to the district cross country event on Friday 6th March at Staindrop Academy.
As part of our Creative Curriculum Stone Age Project Class Two spent the day investigating objects and items from the Stone Age. Ross, our Education Officer from Durham University Museum came into school and taught the pupils about how life in the Stone Age might have looked. The pupils found the day fascinating and thought it was ‘awesome’, and ‘the best lesson ever!’ The whole school are making a return visit to Durham Museum on Monday 23rd February to spend the day continuing their exploration through the pre-historic Bronze and Iron Age. Class One will also be continuing their Creative Curriculum project ‘Digging Up and Discoveries’. They will be completing an investigation into ‘Exploring Materials’ around the grounds of the museum, castle and cathedral.
School ends today at 3.15pm for Half Term Holidays. Pupils start back on Monday 23rd February.
Don’t forget to come and watch your child race in our school cross country event on Wednesday 11th February at 2pm. Pupils will be running around our school field in three races. There will be an awards ceremony at the completion of all events. All parents, family and friends welcome to come and spectate.
We are delighted to launch our new school website. The design of the website header is inspired by the origins of our village name ‘Butterknowle’. The word ‘Butterknowle’ means a place where rich pastures on a hill produced a high milk and butter production, or ‘rich grass on a hill’. We have taken this derivation and created our own school strap line, ‘rich fields of learning’. The artwork is inspired by the work of the stonemason Alan Wilkinson who previously worked with pupils.