Good morning!

How are you? Did you dodge the showers to complete Mrs Brock’s community challenge? It looks a little brighter today, so if you didn’t get out to do it yesterday then maybe you can try today. Details are below:

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s sporting challenge. Did you manage to do it in less attempts than Mr Digby?

For today’s challenge you’ll need a teabag and a cup. Watch the video below to find out all you need to know:

I always enjoy singing along with Mr Chapman and Grace – I loved every song that they have recorded for us. However, I have to say that this week’s song is one of my favourites so far. The harmonies are just beautiful.

This week’s Sing Up song is great too. Have a sing and maybe try the dance moves too.

Have a great day.

Miss Jackson

Good Morning!

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a good weekend and that you are feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead. We have a great week in store for you.

This week is ‘Sports Week‘.

Mr Digby has created a BRAND NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL! You can visit the Cragside Primary Virtual Sports channel using the following link

Mr Digby has put up videos relating to running, jumping and throwing. He has also created some daily challenges for you to have a go at. I will feature one of those each day this week on my blog. Don’t forget to send photos and videos to your class teacher so that they can see how you are getting on.

I lead our assembly today and it is all about co-operation. I hope you enjoy watching it.

Have a great day.

Miss Jackson

Feel good Friday!

It is always a treat to look at all of the class blogs. There are so many lovely photos and pieces of work.

Lockdown has made me appreciate being outdoors more than ever before and it looks as though I’m not the only one making the most of being outside.

Have a lovely day everyone.

Miss Jackson

Here comes the sun!

Another beautiful day in the North East. It’s a perfect day to take on Mr Digby’s community challenge. I have posted the video explaining the challenge below in case you missed it first time round.

Once you have enjoyed some outdoor activity, get comfy and watch Mrs Mackie read ‘You’re Called What?’ by Kes Gray and Nikki Dyson. I am certain that it will make you giggle.

Mrs Mackie making us all smile as she reads ‘You’re called what?’ by Kes Gray and Nikki Dyson

Have a great day! Remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.

Miss Jackson

Oh what a beautiful morning!

The weather is gorgeous today!

If you are looking for some activities to do with your family, have a look at the National School Sport Week website. There are loads of different kinds of activities for all ages and all abilities.

There are artistic sports:

There are ideas for athletics too:

Remember to stay hydrated. It’s going to get hot!

Have fun.

Miss Jackson

Cragside Community Challenge

Following the success of the Year 5 Bird of Prey hunt, staff have been compiling ideas for outdoor activities that can be completed by families in the local area. There will be one challenge a week from now until the summer holidays.

This week the challenge has been set by Mr Digby.

Please watch the short video to find out more:

Here is the map that you need:

And here are the questions:

Have fun!

Miss Jackson

National School Sports Week – At Home

Good morning everyone!

Looks as though it is going to be bright and sunny week for us all.

Even when the sun is shining, keeping everyone fit and active during lockdown can be a real challenge. This week help is at hand as National School Sports Week brings you a week of virtual sports activities.

National School Sports Week aims to enhance young people’s wellbeing through PE. This year Youth Sport Trust are challenging people to take on their families, friends and neighbours in virtual sporting challenges.

Find out more here 👇 #NSSWtogether

Families can register here:

If you sign up you will be provided with free and easy-to-use resources including videos to help plan your week of activites, set challenges for your families, friends and neighbours and shout about it online.

I have registered and have had a look at the resources for families. They look great. There really is something for everyone.

A screen shot of one of the pages of the family resource pack

I hope you are able to register and take part in some of the activities. Let me know how you get on – I’d love to hear from you.

Have a great day,

Miss Jackson

Well-being – Connecting with Others

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions”.
– Dalai Lama

An essential part of well-being is having the opportunity to connect with others. During lockdown our options have been limited but we have been resourceful – as well as good old fashioned phone calls, we have been using various digital platforms to stay connected to our family and friends.

Connecting with our community

This weekend is the fourth annual ‘Great Get Together’. The ‘Great Get Together’ provides us all with an opportunity to reach out and connect with others in our community.

The ‘Great Get Together’ is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on the 16th of June 2016. In her first speech in Parliament, Jo said, ”We have more in common than that which divides us”.

This year’s Great Get Together won’t be in its traditional form, but there is still plenty we can do to connect whilst staying safe.

Over June 19th-21st there is the opportunity to join in and celebrate the power of community.

Click here for more details.

Here are a few suggestions from the website:

  • Community singalong: pick a song, share lyrics, and schedule a time to step outside and sing together
  • Wishing Trees: leave a tupperware out with labels and pens for people to leave their wishes for a post Covid world
  • Pass it on stories or poetry: write a line, send it to a neighbour to add a line and so on. 
  • Chalk pavement obstacle course: get chalk and get creative outside your house
  • Run a dance/exercise class outside for your neighbours to join in
  • Community recipe book: share a recipe per household and create a recipe book
  • Organise a dance competition in your cul-de-sac
  • Weekend wave: everyone comes outside at the same time to wave and say hello
  • Street disco: set a time and day on your street, take requests, and turn it up!
  • Home front morning coffee: share a cuppa over the hedge or balcony
  • Design a Treasure Hunt (think of things to hide in your windows and gardens children could find on their daily walks)
  • Send postcards or deliver flyers of encouragement along your street

On the phone or virtually:

  • Take a walk for someone who can’t: call someone isolated on your daily walk and describe what you see, smell, hear, and feel
  • Organise a telephone tree to reach those most isolated
  • Set up a Whatsapp group for your street to stay connected
  • Call an old friend
  • Host an album listening party
  • Have a virtual Open Mic night

Have a great weekend!

Miss Jackson

Virtual School Games 2020

The first virtual school games takes place tomorrow.

Mr Digby is getting excited!

The School Games aims to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best.

There will be a number of different challenges going live on the Virtual School Games YouTube Channel across the day – click here to subscribe.

Here is the running order:

Virtual School Games 2020 – Running Order

Make sure you’re following the social media pages ( or subscribe to the YouTube channel ( click here to subscribe) to see the challenges as they’re posted throughout the day!

10:00am – Opening ceremony

Introduced by a famous sporting star with some brilliant motivational and inspiring anecdotes to kick start the day.

10.15am – Good luck messages

We’ll be showing a whole host of good luck messages from some well-know sporting stars as well as some familiar faces.

10.30am – Fitness with Andrew Pearson PT

A range of fitness challenges for both primary and secondary ages from personal trainer Andrew Pearson including balance and coordination activities.

11.00am – Ball skills with Cramlington United and Andrew Cartwright Football Coaching

Skills for both primary and secondary level from Cramlington United and Andrew Cartwright Football Coaching including changing direction whilst throwing and catching a ball, bouncing and running with a ball, dribbling a ball around cones, bounce-kick-catch drills, and knee-kick-catch drills.

11.30am – Cheerleading, Dance and Parkour with North East Cheer and The Urban Factory

Cheer challenge for all levels including putting your own routine together from a variety of moves demonstrated, and various dance challenges for all levels including a fun plank challenge to the ‘cha cha slide’. Parkour bodyweight challenges suitable for secondary level only.

12.00pm – The Daily Mile

A Daily Mile update and message from Daily Mile Ambassador Eliud Kipchoge

12.15pm – Garden Games

A compilation of fun exercises and workouts using household items, to try at home or school.

12.30pm – Lunchtime Mascot Challenge

We want participants to create their very own Virtual School Games Mascot. They can draw, paint, use arts and crafts – whatever they like! Older children may even want to write a message to go with theirs, perhaps a slogan like ‘Always try your best’. Once they’re finished, share them with us over at #VSG20 and the best idea will receive a prize.

1.00pm – Ball Skills with Morpeth Hockey and Morpeth Cricket Clubs, and Cramlington Tennis Club

A range of hockey, cricket and tennis challenges for both primary and secondary levels including changing direction with the ball using the hockey stick, turning to catch the ball from behind and volleying the ball with the bat or racquet.

1.30pm – Ball Skills with Newcastle Vikings Handball and Blyth RFC

Various ball skills including passing and catching with the same hand, passing from one hand to another, a figure of eight pass between the legs and passing the ball around the body.

2.00pm – Yoga Challenge with Active Families NE

Our final session of the day is a great cool down and post-activity stretch. In this challenge, you can spell out your name in Yoga postures. Suitable for both primary and secondary levels.

2.30pm – Closing ceremony

Closing speech from our star guest host.

I hope you are able to join in some of the fun.

Stay safe. Stay active. Stay well.

Miss Jackson

Keeping the family active

Dear families,

This week we are using our Facebook page to highlight the importance of looking after our mental health and the mental health of those in our family.

Keeping physically active has been shown to have a positive impact on our well-being. As many of us are spending a lot of time at home with our families, finding activities that everyone can take part in can be a challenge at times. I’d like to share a few ideas with you on how both you and your family can stay active.

You will find lots of ideas for keeping fit at home on the government sponsored Facebook page ‘Stay In, Work Out’.*

*As this page is on Facebook it should be accessed by an adult

For a day of family activities, you may like to take part in the first ‘Virtual School Games’ run by Northumberland Sports.

Usually children from across the North East (including children from Cragside) gather to take part in ‘The School Games’. This is a day of competitive sports and is always a huge amount of fun. As it is not possible to run the event this year, the games are going ‘virtual’.

The Games will take place on Friday 19th June. There will be a number of different challenges going live on their YouTube Channel across the day – click here to subscribe.

Challenges will include ball skills, creative dance and fitness activities. There won’t be much equipment required, and items from around the home or classroom can be used too. It looks fantastic!

Let me know how you get on.

Have fun!

Miss Jackson