Welcome to Central Primary School.
Here at Central Primary School we are proud of our school. The students have just one target to aim for; to be the best that they can be. The school provides a safe secure environment where risk taking is encouraged and failure is seen as an important part of success.
We have the highest expectations of students in all aspects of their school life from the quality of work in their books to the way they present themselves in school and in public.
Our ethos can be summed up by the four words that drive our federation of schools, the Ashington Learning Partnership:
• Partnership – achieving success together
• Responsibility – we act with integrity and respect
• Excellence – be the best that we can be
• Opportunity – creating opportunities for everyone
When students leave our school we hope they leave us with a good attitude and a desire to succeed. Ex-pupils tell us that they remember our school as the place that believed in them and gave them the confidence to try new things and allowed them to be the best that they could be.
We hope you will take the time to have a good browse through our pages. As well as essential information about our school I am sure you will be amazed to discover the wealth of exciting and innovative things that we do here at Central Primary School.
40 choir members wowed crowds at the switch on of Ashington Xmas lights this year. We sang 10 traditional and modern songs starting with Santa Claus is coming to town ! A brilliant performance followed and a wonderful experience was had by all. Roll on next year!
That Poetry Bloke
Last Friday, the children in year 5 were excited to welcome the poet Craig Bradley into school. Craig led three really energetic sessions where the children had loads of fun playing with words and ideas and then performing rhymes and songs.
On Monday 9th November, Mr McIntosh took a group of Year 5 and Year 6 children to visit the Apple store in the Metro Centre to create stories using the ibook app on a MacBook. Afterwards, we explored some of the apps on the ipads including Telestory and Adobe Voice. It was a fantastic trip where children got the opportunity to link their Literacy and Computing skills and use a wide range of technology in lots of different ways.
Even better, they each got a Field Trip t-shirt and had their work saved on a USB wristband for them to take home.
Good Citizen Week
This week, the children of Central Primary School have been learning all about what it means to be a good citizen. The children have been excitedly learning how to be a better citizen and member of the community in and around school, throughout the curriculum, by exploring the British Values of; Tolerance, Individual Liberty, Democracy, Mutual Respect and The Rule of Law.
As well as a range of team building and sharing exercises, visits into school by parents, and discussions in class, the children have also been earning special “Good Citizen” tickets, awarded for demonstration of good citizenship. These tickets all go towards a prize draw, where the winner will win a special prize.
Kaitelin - “I like my mam, dad and mama coming in my school, I told dad he has to do a picture.”
Mum - "Citizenship Week has really helped at home sometimes Kaitelin can have a poor attitude at times, she has been helping her brother with his reading and doing more jobs around the house, helping me with the washing up."
Owen -"Citizen ship Week has really made me think how to be a good friend. I used to be bossy and angry. I have been thinking about other people’s feelings and not just about mine."
Year 3 Science Week
A few weeks ago, Year 3 had a fantastic time investigating the different surfaces that would allow a toy car to travel a considerable distance when it left a ramp.
Children placed different surfaces onto a ramp and studied the affect friction had on the toy car. Some children even brought their own materials to try! Here is Leah investigating with a piece of carpet she brought from home.
Some of the children also completed a speedy investigation using toy cars and balloons. Children attached blown up balloons to cars and investigated how wind could power them.
Year 4 No Pen Day
Year 4 have had a challenging day on Wednesday 7th October trying not to use a pen or pencil for the whole day!
No Pens Day Wednesdayencourages schools to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities.
We have been training our brains to solve logic puzzles together.
This was fun but it really did frustrate us trying to get the car out of the car park!
It was even trickier trying to get the man safely across the river.
Harvest Festival at Central Primary
Year 1 and Year 2 had special afternoons celebrating Harvest Festival. We all sang songs and read out information about the harvest. Mams and Dads were invited and really enjoyed our performances. Mrs Godsmark told a funny story called The Enormous Turnip using puppets.
The Friends of Central helped to serve some excellent soup which had been very kindly made by the kitchen staff. We also ate some fruit which had been grown in our country. We collected lots of food which is being donated to a local charity. We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped us.
Pearl of Africa Visit
"Amazing!" "Exciting!" "Fantastic!" Just a few words the pupils from Central Primary Upper Site used to describe what can only be probably the best day of the school year so far!
18 multi-talented African musicians, singers and dancers travelled from Uganda to perform to our children and take part in various classroom activities as well as singing and drumming workshops.
The Pearl of Africa Children's Choir arrived in England last week to tour Great Britain in order to raise money for the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation: a partnership of schools who provide homes, education and love for disadvantaged children and orphans in their country.
Our pupils started fundraising 2 weeks ago; making and selling cakes and biscuits, and loom band bracelets at lunchtimes and breaks. Together with a coin collection in our African drums and the sales of tickets for the performance itself, donations from the Friends of Central Primary and the purchase of crafts made by the Ugandan Choir, we raised an amazing £1645.13 !
The evening concert was absolutely breathtaking , involving 50 of our own pupils who sang an African song and Gary Barlow's "Sing" to a packed hall on Thursday evening.
The African choir sang in both English and Swahillie as well as danced their hearts out. These beautiful people have really gone into the hearts of Central pupils and we hope they can come back next year!
Pearl of Africa
In the build up to our visit from the ‘Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir’ lots of children in year 6 have been working hard on fundraising activities. It has been really great to see the enthusiasm of the children in getting behind such a great cause.
Some of the girls gave up their free time out of school to bake cakes to sell at break times. Their cakes proved very popular, not just with children but staff too! Thanks to their hard work they managed to raise over £130. Jennifer Holliday explained, “I made cakes with my nana and I did the icing. The cakes were 50p each. I sold 24 and made £24.81.”
There have also been children making wonderful ‘loom bands’ to sell at out on the yard. They have worked hard choosing attractive designs and their bracelets are selling fast! Bethany Clark told me, “I put loom bands in bags and tubs. I am selling the bags for 50p and the tubs for 30p. I also have ‘Stickies’ which I am selling for 20p each.”
Lots of children throughout the Upper Site have given generously to the collections in the African drums. We are really looking forward to hearing the grand total raised!
Tour of Britain
In September the Tour of Britain cycle race passed through Ashington and our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils were lucky enough to be given a safe place to stand so they could support some of the best cyclists in the world as they raced past. There was huge excitement as the children waited with their flags and they cheered everyone that passed by. The cyclists rode by really quickly but some of us managed to spot Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh (national road race champion). We were all amazed at how many support vehicles were involved in the race from team cars to police outriders and camera crews. All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we’d like to thank them for behaving so well.
Earlier in the week, some pupils helped Mr Parnaby decorate some old bikes to celebrate the tour. They are painted in the colours of the Northumberland flag and are displayed outside school along with some poems which our pupils wrote to capture the feeling of the tour.
Washington Old Hall
This week, Year 5 were lucky enough to go and visit Washington Old hall to experience Tudor life. Each class had a fantastic day, despite the heavy rain, and learnt lots of things about the Tudors.