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.
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.
Pupils and staff at Butterknowle Primary School hosted a moving First World War centenary event as part of the nationwide project The Last Post.
The event took place on Wednesday at school and was one of 230 Last Post events where musical commemorations paid tribute to those impacted by World War One with the Last Post played on a variety of instruments including, violin, guitar, voice, piano, hand bells, xylophone, trombone, trumpet, tenor horn, euphonium and clarinet!
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We are hosting a commemorative event as part of The Last Post Fortnight on Wednesday 12th November. We have been learning to play a range of different musical instruments to play the ‘last Post’ on. We have also been learning about life in the trenches during the First World War and the effect on the soldiers on the front line.
This week Sophie and Jasmin were chosen as our school stars. We have been noticing all the amazing things they do and all the things we love about them,
On Thursday 11th September pupils in Class 2 are visiting Darlington Civic Theatre to watch the stage performance of ‘Private Peaceful’. This event launches our humanties project commemorating the outbreak of World War One. It also ties in with the class reading book ‘Kansuke’s Kingdom, also writtten by Michael Murpurgo.