Representing North Fawdon with Pride!

So proud to be the head teacher of North Fawdon Primary and of our Year Six who were spotted in London! It just goes to show you never know who you reach! Thank you Mrs W for taking the time to make our day! ……………………………………………………………………………………
Back in 2009 I retired from George Spicer Primary School in Enfield, after 20 years as Office Manager. Whenever our pupils were off on a trip I would remind them, as they left, that they were a flagship for our school and their behaviour would reflect on us all, and they never let me down. I was privileged to be travelling on the Northern Line in London earlier this week when some of your pupils got on, along with staff and little wheely-suitcases, presumably on their journey home. They may have looked a bit tired, but happy, and they were all tidy and well-behaved. They sat when there were seats available; they offered up their seats and stood quietly when the carriage became more crowded. They responded immediately to any instruction from the staff, and there was a lively and contented buzz of conversation without any shouting or dissent. I was quite sad to see them leave the train, as they brought a breath of fresh air with them. I have a four-year-old grandaughter who has just started in Reception at a school in Cheshunt, and is currently finding it a little difficult to adjust to a structured day rather than the freedom of pre-school. However, if she reaches the end of her primary education and behaves as your pupils did, I shall be more than pleased. My congratulations to the pupils themselves, the staff who were accompanying them and your school itself for producing such model mini-citizens. I wish them all every success in the future. Best wishes, C W

Year Six Explore London


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What a fantastic first day!

 A cruise down the Thames and then our visit to the Houses of Parliament! 

We were lucky enough to visit both the Houses of Lords and the Houses of Commons and learnt so many new facts. 

The children impressed us all by answering so many of our guide’s questions. 

Our local MP Catherine McKinnell told us that we had posed questions she had never been asked before! Well done Year Six! Super proud of you!

We had a jam packed second day


Our children loved Trafalgar Square and the Horse Guards! 

We even gave a little wave to the Queen! We knew she was in residence because the yellow flag was waving and Mrs Faye and I were convinced that she gave us a little wave! Did you know that Buckingham Palace fly the Union Jack flag if she is not there? 

We didn’t get to see Theresa May because she was busy sorting the budget out and dealing with the hoards of press! Our tour guide, Eugenio on the London Eye was extremely impressed with how much information the children had retained from the River cruise yesterday.

 What a wonderful but very busy two days! 

Well done Year Six, you have really shone! I am sure you will remember this experience for many years to come!

Rewarding Outstanding Attendance

On Thursday 20th July, 17 of our children who had secured 100% attendance by not missing one day off in the whole year were rewarded with a visit to Brockbushes farm to pick strawberries to take home for tea. img_2164

This is our third year of offering this reward. Only 7 of our children managed 100% attendance in 2014-15 and 15 children achieved 100% in 2015-16, so we were delighted to increase the number this year.

Brockbushes welcomed us back with open arms again this year and are so supportive of our children improving their attendance that they gave all of our children and adults the £1 basket and entry fee free of charge! All staff who accompany the children had achieved 100% attendance too!

At May half term we were still on track to achieve our target set of 25 children achieving 100% for the entire year.  I am really hoping this year coming we can achieve this!


Meet our Key Stage Two fully trained phonics leaders. 

Key stage two children with a talent for leadership and phonics have been trained this term by our wonderful Year 4 teacher and deputy head Mrs Elliott, during enrichment time every Thursday. 

The leaders work in teams of two so that one can observe the other person working with the Year One child and then give them feedback afterwards.

In their last session of the term, the leaders designed their own phonics games to play on the yard with the Year One children this term. I can’t wait to see them in action. 

Our parents loved our phonics workshop this half term and they all agreed that they learnt lots from our children! Many of our parents have asked for some phonics lessons especially for them which we will start this term coming.

Check out Mrs Elliott’s blog that shares the fantastic learning and progress of our phonics leaders.

We have many after school sports clubs at North Fawdon and love our sporting activities; so much that many children continue them outside of school too and with great success! 

Owen secured a win for his team last month with a successful penalty which led to them becoming under 11 League Cup Winners. 

Around the World – A Flying Visit

Each week in Around the World club we visit a new country. On special occasions such as Pancake Day and Easter we fly around the world in one session visiting many countries to see how they celebrate the occasion.

We have visited well over 20 countries so far this year! By the end of the year we will have visited all of these countries! 


Over forty children attend Around the World club each week. I love running this club as I love languages and finding out about the life and culture in other countries. We often play music from the country and have a little dance!

Every week we look at the flag of the country we are visiting and make something to do with that country. We have made Russian stacking dolls, Indian elephant pencil pots, Italian La Befana Christmas stocking, New Zealand chocolate kiwi lollies, Cuban castanets and lots more.


Traditional Nigerian masks

Two of our club members  lived in Nigeria until a few weeks ago so we were very lucky when Kodi agreed to lead the slideshow about Nigeria and give us lots of first hand information.

Patricia returned to her mum’s home country of Cuba for a couple of years. They moved back to Newcastle only a couple of months ago so we were delighted she could tell us lots about Cuba.

The Year Six club leaders are an amazing help every week. They support the younger children so well as our club is open to children from Reception to Year Six.

Making blinis from Russia.

Making free standing Japanese dolls.

Making Lucky gold coin envelopes to celebrate Chinese New Year when we visited China.

We will be visiting Hungary in a couple of weeks so we have enlisted Sarlott and her mum to tell us what they love about their home country. 

We are so lucky to be in a multi cultural school where we have families from all over the world.

 How many flags do you recognise? 

We love finding out what each part of a flag represents. 

If you could fly to any country in the world, which one would you choose to visit first? 

World Book Day 2017 – A Day to Remember!

We started the day in breakfast club with players from the Falcon’s Rugby club as our special guests.


Simon and Gavin enjoyed chatting to our children about their favourite books and the characters they had come dressed as.

I think each year our parents get better and better at coming up with ideas for costumes.

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Hannah loved being Woody! She never stopped smiling the whole day!

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Every year for the last three years The Falcons have attended our World Book Day assembly. The Falcons have been working with our Year 3 and 4 classes on the importance of keeping fit and healthy. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind, ready for learning and helps you to be the best you can be!

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During our World Book Day assembly Year 3 shared some very important messages about helping us to have a healthy body so that we have a healthy mind ready for all of that reading!

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Year 3 you were so good that we are going to video you this week and post you on my blog.

Children are asked to bring in their favourite book and the rugby players in that year choose one of the books to read. Two lucky winners not only got their book read but also chose a new book to take home.

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Flash the Falcons mascot, even made his annual appearance and helped to choose some costumes that stood out. This was an extremely difficult job as there were so many amazing ones this year!

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Three lucky winners all received tickets to see the Falcons play and a book of their choice.

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Meet our fabulous Nursery and Reception characters

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Meet our wonderful Year 1 and 2 characters:

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Meet our terrific Year 3 and 4 characters:

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Meet our fantastic Year 5 and 6 characters:

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   And finally… meet our ten winners of this year’s World Book day homework family challenge.


Roll on 2018 World Book Day! Don’t forget – we alternate each year so next year we will be ready for bedtime stories and dress in our pyjamas!

That means you have two years to plan your next World Book Day costume!

Golden Homework! 

This week Miss Stonehouse invited me into Year One as she was so impressed with herchildren’s  responses to their last homework topic challenge. 

I just had to show you some. The time and effort spent is clearly evident but most of all it was their passion and enthusiasm of the children that shone through as they chatted about what they were most proud of and what they found difficult.

I am sure you will agree that it was worth the 50 Golden Points I awarded them in this weeks golden assembly.   Ollie loved making the feather trees but it was tricky to not get your fingers stuck to the feathers.

 William loved making the moving clouds   David loved the fact that he and his family had used a real egg and stick. He was particularly proud that he had worked out how to have a moving bird. 

   Oeghan told me how proud he was of his volcano.

 Max told me that he and his mam made his dinosaur together. I heard from Mum that it took A LOT of perseverance and resilience and it definitely is not as simple to make as the instructions described!  

  Maddie was so proud of her writing.   

 Aliza told me how her mum cut out the pieces and she stuck it together but you had to be very careful to stick them in the right place. I agree Alizarin, accuracy is very important.

  Kathleen told me she is going to do some writing at home this week because she loves to write.


  Jack loves his because you can play with it and have fun with the dinosaurs.

Lucy was most proud of her jokes inside.

In fact, Lucy enjoyed her homework that much she went onto make a Lego dinosaur at home. Mum told me she was so proud of it that they decided to glue it together as a keepsake of her achievement.  

I can’t wait to pop into Year Two next week to see their creations.

Live from the Beaconhill Swing Band

To inspire our children to try a new musical instrument they have never tried before we invited The Beaconhill Swing Band in to school.

What a treat! It wasn’t long before the whole hall was swinging and clapping to the music! 

 It is vital that we open as many doors of opportunity as possible for our children.  


The band performed two sets for us and included a number of jazz, swing and blues classics!  

 During the break the musicians worked with some of our children who have expressed an interest in trying these instruments and have shown a talent in other musical activities.   
I was so proud of our children as they shared all of the core values they believe you would need to play an instrument in a band to the standard of The Beaconhill Swing Band. Teamwork, patience, commitment, perseverance, resilience, enthusiasm, pride, respect, passion and trust to name a few. 

  A huge thank you to all of the marvellous musicians from The Beaconhill Swing Band who gave up their time to come and play for us. We absolutely loved it!  

You certainly inspired us all! This time next year I am determined to be up there on the stage playing those drums.