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This was a lot tougher than last week&#39;s code, but we did it!&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">{gallery-slideshow:Coding club week 2}</span></p>, 07 Jul 2016 16:42:29 GMTCoding Club!<p>Check out Miss Shaw&#39;s coding club busy in action using Minecraft Hour of Code to design their own Minecraft game! They had to pass 14 levels using blocks of code to create different challenges for their characters. The club takes place from 3.30pm-4.15pm in Year 4 on a Thursday and there are still spaces! Come and join the fun!</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">{gallery:Coding club}</span></p>, 30 Jun 2016 15:56:09 GMTYear 5/6 Dance Festival<p>Today, 20 of our fantastic Year Five and Six dancers took part in a celebration of dance at Mount Carmel high school. The children, who had been part of Miss Shaw&#39;s dance club on a Monday, danced to Justin Timberlake &#39;Dance&#39; and absolutely gave it their all. What a brilliant way to represent Belthorn!</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">{gallery-slideshow:Year 5/6 dance festival}</span></p>, 20 Jun 2016 17:47:20 GMTDates For Your Diary<p>Please click the link below to open the &#39;Dates for your diary&#39; for the very busy remainder of the summer term!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="/files/Dates_for_you_diary_website.docx" target="_blank">/files/Dates_for_you_diary_website.docx</a></p>, 10 Jun 2016 16:06:40 GMTBelthorn's 50th Anniversary<p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">{gallery:Belthorn 50th coins}</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, today we laid the coins that were collected before half term out onto the playground into the shape of a giant 50! We think it looks amazing! Well done everybody!</span></p>, 06 Jun 2016 17:40:08 GMTOur first homework exhibition!<p>Today, we held our first exhibition to celebrate the children&#39;s fantastic homework from this half term! The school hall was full of amazing pieces of work and we were really impressed with the effort the children have put in this half term. We look forward to seeing what brilliant homework is done next half term!</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">{gallery-slideshow:Homework exhibition}</span></p>, 26 May 2016 15:55:37 GMTRobin Wood<p>Last week, Years 3 and 4 went to Robin Wood for an action packed overnight stay! They took part in challenges such as rock climbing and caving as well as the famous piranha pool! The children represented Belthorn with their enthusiasm, determination and outstanding behaviour. Well done!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">{gallery:Robin Wood}</span></p>, 20 May 2016 16:39:48 GMTViking Invasion!<p>Today, Year 4 and 5 have had a fantastic historical experience - a Viking visitor! They met Njal the Viking, who took them on a journey though time; right back to the beginning of time and up to the Anglo Saxon and Viking invasions. We had fun doing lots of dressing up and role play, and even reenacted rowing a longboat! We had a battle outside and captured the Miss Shaws (they were the monks!).&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of the many pictures from the day for you to enjoy!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">{gallery-slideshow:Viking Experience}</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 20 May 2016 16:34:31 GMTBelthorn Bake Off!<p>Today, we held our first ever Belthorn Bake Off in celebration of Belthorn&#39;s 50th Anniversary. Over 30 families entered a Belthorn-themed creation&nbsp;and Mrs Sutcliffe, our resident cake-taster, judged the incredible variety of cakes. Despite being<strong>&nbsp;very</strong>&nbsp;full afterwards, she was able to comment on the fantastic effort put into the day by all of the families; and&nbsp;the large variety of designs and delicious flavours.</p> <p>The winning family, who won a voucher for a meal at The Pack at Belthorn, were the White family with delicious blue sponge cupcakes decorated with a bell.</p> <p>Well done and thank you to all of the families who entered&nbsp;for showing their support for the school, we have raised an amazing total of &pound;301 which will go towards funding the musical events attended by all classes throughout the year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery-slideshow:Belthorn Bake Off}</span></p>, 15 Apr 2016 16:30:13 GMTNewsletter 26th February<p><img height="1072" src="file:///C:/Users/STEVE~1.TIL/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif" width="4" />Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter&hellip;</p> <p>Well, it&rsquo;s finally happened! A long last and after what seems like an eternity since we put the application in, we have received approval for our Nursery application! So, now it is all systems go for an opening day of Monday 9<sup>th</sup> May. We already have lots of confirmed places, but if you do know of anyone who might like their child to attend (either in May of at the start of the new school year), please ask them to contact school. We are in the process of recruiting staff to run the Nursery and these should be advertised from next Friday onwards.</p> <p>PTFA NEWS.....</p> <p><span role="button" tabindex="0">The PTFA are holding a CHOCOLATE FAMILY EASTER BINGO NIGHT on Friday 18th March at 6:30pm.</span> Tickets on sale from the school office for &pound;3 and include 4 free bingo game cards to play over the night. Family tickets are also available which will include 16 game cards.</p> <p>There will be homemade cheese and onion or meat and potato pie available plus a delicious cake stall for those with a sweet tooth. You can bring your own bottle or tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available on the night.</p> <p>Come and join us to win a ton of Easter Eggs, have fun and try your luck on the Chocolate tombola!</p> <p>Get your tickets now and support your school, limited tickets available!<br /> PTFA x</p> <p>To help with this we are having a non-uniform day with payment in Easter eggs on the Thursday 17th March. On this day the children can wear their own clothing and bring an Easter egg (small or large) which will be used as prizes at The Chocolate Family Easter Bingo Night.</p> <p>On the subject of dressing differently&hellip; don&rsquo;t forget next Friday is our Bed-Time Stories themed World Book Day event &ndash; where the children can dress in their own bed-time clothing (pyjamas, dressing gown etc) or dress as a character from their favourite bed-time story. As usual, please do not feel obliged to going to any unnecessary effort or expense.</p> <p>And, on the subject of books&hellip; Nancy and Morgan in Year 4 had the rather brilliant and generous idea of selling their old books from home to raise money to buy more new books for the school library. Today, they did just that and raised an impressive &pound;30.10! They want to say a big &lsquo;thank you&rsquo; to everyone who bought a book, and we say well done to both of them for their lovely, generous idea.</p> <p>And finally&hellip;</p> <p>Many teachers offer before school sessions for certain children but a number of children have been arriving too early for these. The problem is that there is no-one to supervise them until the teacher is ready to start their group. Please can you ensure that the children arrive at school via the front entrance just before their group is due to start &ndash; many thanks for your support with this.</p> <p>We have received two payments on the 2<sup>nd</sup> February, one for &pound;20 for BC and one for &pound;30 for ASC, neither of which had the name of the child associated with them, only the reference B&nbsp; C H. If this is you, please contact the office and we can credit these payments to the right child. Many thanks.</p> <p>I hope you have a great weekend.</p> <p>Mr Tilley&nbsp;</p>, 26 Feb 2016 14:03:01 GMTThinking Day at Belthorn<p>As part of Thinking Day, a day celebrated nationally by Brownies, Rainbows, Guides and many other organisations, children at Belthorn who were part of one of these clubs came to school in their uniforms. The day celebrates important values and reminds us about caring for others. The theme this year was &#39;Connect&#39;. Don&#39;t they all look really smart?</p>, 22 Feb 2016 17:49:50 GMTFriday 12th February 2016 Newsletter<p>Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Goodness&hellip; half-term already! It has been a very busy half-term and the children have all been working really hard with their learning; so much so that they deserve their week&rsquo;s break. We reopen for business on Monday 22<sup>nd</sup> February at the usual time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Letter from BELTHORN PTFA.</u></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>Hi Parents and Friends,</var></div> <div style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>Did you know that whenever you shop online, be it for a hat or a holiday, packed lunches or pencil cases, you could be raising a free donation for Belthorn Academy Primary School PTFA at no extra cost to you?</var></div> <div style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>Simply sign up for free at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;- it&#39;s as easy as 1, 2, 3! All you have to do is:</var></div> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>1. Go to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</var></div> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>2. Sign up for free&nbsp;</var></div> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>3. Get shopping - your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to Belthorn Academy Primary School PTFA. It couldn&#39;t be easier!</var></div> <div style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>There are no catches or hidden charges and Belthorn Academy Primary School PTFA will be really grateful for your donations.</var></div> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>Thank you for your support.</var></div> <div style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-style: italic;"><var>The PTFA</var></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is &lsquo;Thinking Day&rsquo; on Monday 22<sup>nd</sup> February for everyone in Brownies, Cubs, Scouts, Guides &hellip;etc, and to show our support for this special day any child, we are allowing children taking part in &lsquo;Thinking Day&rsquo; to wear their Brownie, Cubs etc. uniform and not their school uniform for the day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And finally&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please check your child&rsquo;s head; there have been instances of &lsquo;little visitors&rsquo; reported in school.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img align="left" alt="Text Box: «««««««««« Hire Our Hall School Hall available for Birthday Parties etc. Speak to Mrs Banyard on 01254 55620 «««««««««« " height="201" hspace="12" src="file:///C:/Users/STEVE~1.TIL/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif" width="133" />Many thanks to all of you who returned the Parental Questionnaires, we really appreciate your feedback. The School Leadership Team and Governors will now analyse and evaluate them in detail and use them to help guide developments and improvements at the school.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I hope you have a great half-term &ndash; see you on the 22nd.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr Tilley&nbsp;</p>, 12 Feb 2016 15:02:15 GMTE-Safety Leaders<p>After the success of E-Safety day on Tuesday 9th February, children in Key Stage Two were invited to stand for the role of &#39;E-Safety Leader&#39; in their year group. On Wednesday afternoon, Miss Shaw met with the newly appointed leaders to begin training. Congratulations to Matilda, Nancy, Noor and Makenna who showed the skills required for this important role.</p> <p>See what we discussed in our training by clicking on the link below:</p> <p><a href="/files/E_Safety_Leader_Meeting_1.pdf">/files/E_Safety_Leader_Meeting_1.pdf</a></p>, 10 Feb 2016 20:34:17 GMTSafer Internet Day 2016<p>On Tuesday 9th February, children at Belthorn Academy held&nbsp;Safer Internet Day; a celebration for the safe, responsible and friendly use of technology.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light, 'Helvetica Neue Light', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">We started the afternoon with a whole school assembly, discussing the safe and friendly use of the internet and sharing the things we knew about staying safe. This was then followed by lots of fun activities in class and some really interesting and thought-provoking discussions. We each made a &#39;pledge&#39; which was our promise for what we would do to help the internet be more of a friendly place. As well as the usual discussion of social media and chat rooms, many of us discussed things like Xbox Live and Snapchat - some forms of internet use which is often overlooked when discussing E-Safety.</span></p> <p>As a parent, we know that your child&#39;s safety is the most important thing to you, and to help with this please have a read of the documents below which offer some advice and conversation starters to get your family talking about the internet. We have now appointed E-Safety leaders in school who have the responsibility of helping us and giving advice too. For any other advice related to E-Safety that you are unsure of, or for any worries, please contact Miss Shaw who is our E-Safety leader and will be more than happy to help.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>, 09 Feb 2016 21:57:29 GMTNewsletter 29th January 2016<p><img height="1072" src="file:///C:/Users/STEVE~1.TIL/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif" width="4" />Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter&hellip;</p> <p>It has been another really busy week here at Belthorn and the children have once again been working hard and enthusiastically at their learning.&nbsp; All classes have been working particularly hard in their Guided Reading sessions &ndash; which have undergone a &lsquo;revamp&rsquo; and renewed focus here in school. In these sessions the children work closely with the teacher developing higher-order reading skills and understanding, which lead to a much more in-depth comprehension of what they have read. The children have responded really positively to this and are making great progress already.</p> <p>Due to the increased focus on teacher led guided reading (which research indicates has a greater effect on children&rsquo;s understanding and progress than purely listening to them read), it may well be the case that your child is not heard read as regularly as they may be used to, and especially in Key Stage 2. Therefore, it is really important that you find opportunity to listen to your child read as regularly as you can, and by working together with our different foci we can ensure that your child enjoys the reading success they are capable of.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget that Jessica in Year 5 has organised a sponsored walk climbing to Darwen Tower dressed as super-heroes, called &lsquo;Heroes for Theo&rsquo; &ndash; which is taking place this Sunday the 31<sup>st</sup> of January. Full details are on the Facebook page Heroes for Theo, &lsquo;like&rsquo; the page and it will take you to links with further information. Alternatively a sponsor sheet and donation box is available in the Reception area in school. To Jessica and all those taking part we wish you well and don&rsquo;t forget your wellies!</p> <p>Message from the office&hellip; as of 5<sup>th</sup> January Dinner Money was increased to &pound;2.20 per day, or &pound;11 per week to bring us in line with other Lancashire school meal prices.</p> <p>Three Attendance Award winners this week! Years 3, 4 and 6 - all with 99%! Well done to those three classes.</p> <p>And finally&hellip;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget the PTFA Meeting on Thursday evening at 6:30pm at The Pack. Everybody is welcome and I know the PTFA are always keen to have new members. Straight after this meeting the PTFA are having a meal there, which you are also most welcome to come along to &ndash; if you do intend to come to the meal please let one of the PTFA know so that a place can be reserved.</p> <p>I hope you have a great weekend.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr Tilley&nbsp;</p>, 29 Jan 2016 15:04:11 GMTFriday 15th January 2016 Newsletter<p>Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter&hellip;</p> <p>It has been another really busy week here at Belthorn and in addition to all of the fantastic learning the children have been doing they have also received a reminder about road safety in Miss Gervis&rsquo; assembly on Tuesday. We would be really grateful to you if you could also continue to remind your children about the need to be very careful when crossing a road &ndash; even a relatively minor road like Belthorn Road (which can get very busy at times). I have asked some of the Year 3 children to share some advice about crossing the road they have learned:</p> <p><em>Bailey: You need to look left and right when crossing the road.</em></p> <p><em>Amaan: Look, Listen, Think &ndash; Alive!</em></p> <p><em>Aisha: Don&rsquo;t wear headphones when crossing the road or you won&rsquo;t hear the traffic.</em></p> <p><em>Oliver L: To be safe on the road, use the Green Cross Code.</em></p> <p><em>Junior: Don&rsquo;t run across the road.</em></p> <p><em>Matilda: Hold your parent&rsquo;s hand, walk sensibly along the pavement and make sure your parent is walking nearest to the traffic.</em></p> <p><em>Ben: Stand and wait behind the kerb.</em></p> <p><em>Niamh: Don&rsquo;t cross the road on a bend.</em></p> <p>There you go &ndash; some very wise advice from the Year 3 children; please share this with your children and reinforce this important message. We would also like to reiterate just how important it is to ensure that you don&rsquo;t park on the zig-zags, or in the lay-by, so that any children crossing the road have a clear view of the traffic on the road.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget that Jessica in Year 5 in organising a super hero themed sponsored walk to Darwen Tower in aid of Theo Power, a five year old neighbour of hers, who is battling an aggressive form of cancer, known as Neuroblastoma. If you would like to support the walk or take part please go to the Facebook page Heroes for Theo, &lsquo;like&rsquo; the page and it will take you to links with further information.</p> <p>And finally&hellip;</p> <p>As part of our ongoing commitment to treat children as individuals so that they make the best progress they can, we provide a number of individual, or small groups intervention sessions that provide support and challenge to the children. These often take place for short periods of time during various parts of the school day. So if you child mentions they have had &lsquo;intervention&rsquo; during the school day, please do not be concerned, as this is part of the learning provision planned for them. If a child is causing concern we will of course contact you individually to discuss the situation.</p> <p>The PTFA are holding their first meeting of 2016 on Thursday 4<sup>th</sup> February at the Pack. The meeting starts at 6:30pm and everyone is welcome to attend.</p> <p>I hope you have a great weekend.</p> <p>Mr Tilley&nbsp;</p>, 15 Jan 2016 16:05:01 GMTFriday 8th January 2016 Newsletter<p><img height="1072" src="file:///C:/Users/STEVE~1.TIL/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif" width="4" />Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&hellip; and a very &lsquo;Happy New Year!&rsquo; to everyone we have not had chance to say it to this week.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The children have been working really hard this week and made a really good start to the new year and the new term; and we look forward to telling you more about their fantastic learning over the coming weeks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our children also do lots of interesting things out of school as well; this week Jessica in Year 5 was featured in the Lancashire Telegraph for a rather special reason. Jessica heard about the plight of Theo Power, a five year old neighbour of hers, who is battling an aggressive form of cancer, known as Neuroblastoma, and decided to organise a sponsored walk climbing to Darwen Tower dressed as super-heroes! I know that Jessica is very keen for as many people as possible to either take part or support &lsquo;Heroes for Theo&rsquo;, so if you would like to support the walk or take part please go to the Facebook page Heroes for Theo, &lsquo;like&rsquo; the page and it will take you to links with further information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Message from the office&hellip; parents will be updated weekly (usually on a Monday) about any outstanding money they owe to school for dinners, Breakfast Club, BASC etc. If you have any queries arising from this please contact Mrs Banyard on 01254 55620 ext 207, or call into school to see her.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Dog Inn are looking to recruit a cleaner for the pub. Current hours would be&nbsp;one hour a day, every morning except Tuesday, but these are likely to increase as the business expands. For further information, or to apply, please call in to the Dog Inn, or contact Shane on 01254&nbsp;433188 or e-mail: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>And finally&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The weather has been unseasonably mild (and wet!) recently, but there is a cold-snap forecast for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with snow predicted over high ground in this area. Obviously, we will do everything possible to stay open but if we do need to close we will inform you as early as is possible. Please keep your phones on as we will text you in the first instance, but keep listening to The Bee, 2BR and Radio Lancashire, and keep checking our website on <a href=""></a> for more information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I hope you have a great weekend.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr Tilley&nbsp;</p>, 08 Jan 2016 15:32:50 GMTFriday 18th December Newsletter<p>Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, what a busy term it has been &hellip; and what a busy week as well! Why this week alone the children have had fun at their Christmas Parties, spend their hard-earned Belthorn Pounds on enjoyable experiences, we have had our Carol Concert, we have sung for the elderly of the village around the Christmas tree, the children have had a FUNDA-fun afternoon, we&rsquo;ve all enjoyed Christmas Dinner together, and we even managed to fit a pantomime in! Phew &ndash; what a lot; and I want to say a huge thank you to all our staff, and members of our school community, for working so hard to ensure that all these fantastic things happen and the children enjoy this special time of year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I would also like to thank all of you for supporting our &lsquo;Text Santa&rsquo; Christmas Jumper Day; thank you for your donations to this worthy cause and for taking the time to find, or make, something suitably festive for your children to wear.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This week we have welcomed Miss Slater to school in her role as our new Receptionist, so when you phone school or call in to Reception it will be Miss Slater you will be dealing with. Miss Staig is still very much with us, but has moved into the back-office to allow her to concentrate on the many other duties she has.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">T E R M L Y &nbsp;A T T E N D A N C E &nbsp;A W A R D</p> <p>And the winner is&hellip;</p> <p><img alt="Y E A R 3" height="32" src="file:///C:/Users/STEVE~1.TIL/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.gif" width="339" />&hellip;with a very impressive 98%! Well done to everyone in Year Three for their excellent attendance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have now finished my work St James, Haslingden and I am really looking forward to returning here full-time from January. I would really like to thank Mrs Rowan for the excellent job she has done of leading the school in my absence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And finally&hellip;<img align="left" height="133" hspace="12" src="file:///C:/Users/STEVE~1.TIL/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.jpg" width="241" /></p> <p>We reopen on Monday 4<sup>th</sup> January at the usual time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It only remains to say that everyone here at Belthorn and I would like to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas, and a fantastic New Year!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr Tilley</p>, 18 Dec 2015 14:18:50 GMTWednesday 16th December - Reception Class Christmas Nativity<h3 style="font-style: italic;"><strong><span style="color:#0000FF;">The Reception Class gave a fantastic performance at the Christmas Nativity! Here are just some of our beautiful littles angels with their teacher Mrs Sutcliff.</span></strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery-slideshow:Reception Christmas Nativity }</span></p>, 18 Dec 2015 10:11:21 GMTThursday 17th December - Christmas Dinner!<p>Today is Christmas Dinner Day at Belthorn Academy Primary School.&nbsp;Look how beautiful the Christmas dressed school hall looks!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>{gallery-slideshow:Christmas Dinner At Belthorn Academy Primary School}</p>, 17 Dec 2015 12:07:48 GMTFriday 11th December Newsletter<p>~~Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter.</p> <p>There has been a great atmosphere at school this week with lots of children getting into the festive spirit. The Year 1 and 2 children made us all very proud with their production of Children of the World. On Tuesday night, Year 4 and 6, accompanied by Miss Egan and Miss Shaw, went to Blackburn Cathedral to join in St Wilfrid&rsquo;s Carol service. This was a fantastic event and feedback from parents has been very positive. Thank you to all parents for supporting your children at these events, especially to those parents who had to be in two places at once on Tuesday.</p> <p>On Saturday the school choir, led by Mrs Wright will be performing in the Christmas Spectacular at Blackburn Cathedral &ndash; this promises to be another wonderful occasion. The children and Mrs Wright have worked very hard to prepare for this event and I look forward to seeing them on the night.</p> <p>Today has been the annual KS2 &lsquo;Belthorn&rsquo;s Got Talent&rsquo; show. The children have shown incredible talent and KS1 have enjoyed watching and cheering them on.</p> <p>The children would like to say a massive thank you to the PTFA for organising the Christmas Fair last Saturday. Over &pound;1000 was raised, and most of this will be spent on the pantomime which is visiting school next week.</p> <p>Next week is another busy week. Here is a brief run-down of events:<br /> Monday PM: Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 party &ndash; please send a party plate of food in.<br /> Tuesday am: Bank experience morning. The children will be cashing in their bank points in exchange for an &lsquo;experience&rsquo; (baking, craft, singing, football, film)<br /> Tuesday pm: Years 3,4,5 and 6 party &ndash; please send a party plate of food in.<br /> Wednesday at 2pm: Carol Concert and nativity performed by Reception.<br /> Thursday: Christmas Dinner<br /> Friday am: Pantomime. (Feel free to send in some sweets/popcorn/drink)</p> <p>~~And finally&hellip;</p> <p><br /> On Friday it is a non-uniform day and the children are being encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper/t-shirt. We do not expect you to buy anything new especially for this day, just add tinsel etc. to an existing item of clothing. We will be collecting donations for &lsquo;Text Santa&rsquo; which supports various children charities.</p> <p>Have a great weekend.</p> <p>Mrs Rowan and Mr Tilley</p>, 11 Dec 2015 16:27:36 GMTBlackburn Cathedral Carol Concert - Tuesday 8th December.<p>Following their work in school with Mrs Ayres, a music teacher from St Wilfrid&#39;s Academy, a group of children from Year 4 and Year 6 were invited to take part in the high school&#39;s carol service at Blackburn Cathedral. They sang beautifully and were a credit to our school - many people congratulated us on our singing and behaviour too. True representatives of our school! Well done.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>{gallery-slideshow:Carol Concert St Wilfrids}</p>, 15 Dec 2015 12:18:42 GMTFriday 4th December Newsletter<p>~~Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter.</p> <p>This week the &lsquo;Willow Lady&rsquo; came to visit school and worked with Year 6 to create some willow weaving, using the willow branches from school. The children all enjoyed this experience and this is what they had to say:</p> <p>&ldquo;We made a wreath and a star and we could tie the two things together. I really enjoyed it but it was quite tricky&rdquo;: Tia</p> <p>&ldquo;You could tie string or ribbons around it to decorate it. She told us we needed adult supervision because the scissors and equipment were quite dangerous. I attached mine together with string to make it Christmassy.&rdquo;: Alfie</p> <p>We are sure you will be aware that tomorrow is our Christmas Fair from 11am -2pm. Thank you for all your donations of cakes, chocolate and raffle prizes. We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be another great family occasion.</p> <p>Years 3 and 5 are trialling a morning snack service. They will be selling toast at morning break for 25p. This is for KS2 children only and will begin on Monday.</p> <p>As you may have noticed, the Dog Inn has recently re-opened. As well as the bar, which is open from 5pm during the week, there is a new Coffee Shop. This is open weekdays from 2pm &lsquo;till 5pm, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and biscuits.</p> <p>The Management of the Dog Inn are still happy for parents to park on the car-park, but ask that you park within the marked bays, ideally round the back of the pub.</p> <p>Along with this newsletter you should receive a loyalty card for the Coffee Shop, so that when you buy eight hot drinks you get the ninth free!</p> <p>ATTENDANCE AWARD - YEAR 3 100%!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>~~And finally&hellip;</p> <p>The behaviour of children at this school has always been very good, and very much still is. We are very proud of the way the children conduct themselves and their excellent manners are always commented upon by visitors to the school. There is, as with everything, always room to improve and as a school we are working to achieve an &lsquo;outstanding&rsquo; judgement for our behaviour, in and out of lesson time. For this to happen we have put into place a series of initiatives to both reward excellent behaviour and deal with behaviour that is not of the high standard of our children. This might mean that a very few of you may be contacted by school to inform you of incidents and we very much appreciate your support in helping the whole school community achieve the outstanding behaviour that our children are capable of. Everyone&rsquo;s continued support is greatly appreciated.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Have a great weekend and we will see you at the Christmas Fair between 11am and 2pm tomorrow,</p> <p>Mrs Rowan and Mr Tilley</p>, 04 Dec 2015 17:56:26 GMTFriday 27th November Newsletter<p>Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This week Year 5 has been busy making bread. They have worked alongside Mellors catering to experience bread making from scratch. This is what they had to say:</p> <p><em>&ldquo; We made bread, it was really fun. We had to pass the dough round and put yeast, water and flour in it.&rdquo; Molly</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo; It was fun. We had to use yeast to make the bread rise. It tasted good but not as good as bread from the shop!&rdquo; Liam</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We made bread buns. The baker passed the yeast around. Ryan liked the smell. The bread tasted nice with honey. &ldquo;&nbsp; Zachary</em></p> <p>Rev Tim Horribin &ndash; the Vicar from St. James&rsquo; church has popped into see me. There are quite a few family events happening down at the church and we are getting involved in a few of them. For a full list of events, please see the parent&rsquo;s noticeboard in the playground. A few highlights are:</p> <p>Monday 14<sup>th</sup> December &ndash; Magic show for families and children 6pm-7pm.</p> <p>Wednesday 16<sup>th</sup> December &ndash; an event for year 6,7 and 8 pupils : pizza, games, music and fun &ndash; 3.30 &ndash; 5pm</p> <p>Thursday 17<sup>th</sup> December &ndash; Rag Tree. All the children in school will be invited to write a prayer on a rag and these will be tied to the tree outside the church. The theme will be on family, community and world peace. During the day, we will go along to the church with some representatives from school and tie our rags to the tree.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On behalf of Mellors (our caterers)&hellip;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">SITUATION VACANT: Kitchen Assistant</p> <p align="center">2 hours per day (11:30am &ndash; 1:30pm)</p> <p align="center">General kitchen duties.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact Cath McGurk (Catering Manager) 01254 55620 Ext: 205</p> <p>Thank you, on behalf of the PTFA, for all the donations of chocolate we have received today. I think it will be a very full Chocolate Tombola next Saturday,5<sup>th</sup> December at the Christmas fair.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And finally &hellip; this has been brought to my attention by Summer and Isabelle:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&lsquo;We have several guitars in the Library, from when children have been learning the guitar. We would appreciate it if they would take them home after their lessons on Thursdays &ndash; Many thanks.&rsquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There you go, and with that&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Have a great weekend &ndash; Mrs Rowan and Mr Tilley&nbsp;</p>, 27 Nov 2015 16:48:37 GMTFriday 20th November Newsletter<p>~~Welcome to this week&rsquo;s newsletter.</p> <p>Firstly, the bad news&hellip;</p> <p>As you will be aware we are planning to open a Nursery Class for three year olds and upwards, and as you might be aware our application has been with the DfE since June. Well we have received word this week that strongly indicates that we will be given permission to open the Nursery, unfortunately it won&rsquo;t be in January 2016 as we had hoped. We have to provide some additional evidence to the DfE that means we won&rsquo;t have final word until December or possibly January. We will now be looking to open our Nursery as early in 2016 as we possibly can, and we will give you the exact date as soon as we have it.</p> <p>It has been a wet and windy week but the children&rsquo;s spirits haven&rsquo;t been dampened.</p> <p>On Wednesday the children from year 4 represented Belthorn at a Sing Up event and St. Thomas&rsquo; school. The children looked great in their black and gold outfits and performed brilliantly.<br /> &nbsp;Poppy: &ldquo;Our song was called Black and Gold and we had to sing it on our own. I think we were slightly better than the others because we knew our song without the words.&nbsp; I really enjoyed the warm up songs. &ldquo;<br /> Dara: &ldquo;I enjoyed being with other schools and singing. Everyone was good, but I agree with Poppy. I liked the songs where you had to sing different parts.&rdquo;<br /> If you heard the children singing in assembly today, I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;ll agree that they were wonderful. Well done Year 4</p> <p>PTFA news<br /> There will be a PTFA meeting on Tuesday 24th November in school. The meeting will begin at 7pm and shouldn&rsquo;t last more than an hour. We will be discussing the Christmas fair, and welcome any new parents.<br /> On 27th November we will be having a non-uniform day in return for an item of chocolate for our chocolate tombola.<br /> If any parents, grandparents or family members are willing to help on the day of the fair (Saturday 5th December) we would be very grateful. You don&rsquo;t have to stay for the whole event; an hour of your time would be wonderful. If you are not available on the day, but could help set up on Friday 4th December, or could wrap presents at home, please come and see us. All the money raised will be put back into the school to enhance the children&rsquo;s learning experiences.<br /> Gift shop and coffee morning will be next Friday &ndash; 27th November. Everyone welcome.</p> <p>~~And finally&hellip;</p> <p><br /> School closure in the event of bad weather.</p> <p>Our school policy is to keep open in bad weather. However, if the conditions present a danger to staff and pupils getting to school, then we have to close. In the case of extreme weather and a forced closure, please listen out for announcements on The Bee and 2BR local radio stations, along with BBC Radio Lancashire. In addition all parents should receive a text message through the school messaging service and a updates will be posted on the school website. It is very important we have your up to date information and contact numbers to help us get information to you as efficiently as we can.</p> <p>Have a great weekend.</p> <p>Mrs Rowan and Mr Tilley</p>, 19 Nov 2015 17:25:55 GMT