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Daily Challenge

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Story Time

Some of our teachers have created special videos for the children. Click the picture below to visit our new Story Time page.

A message from Mrs. Gray

The woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust has some great ideas for nature activities to do at home. Click the logo below to visit.

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Day One completed – I hope you are beginning to adapt to this very different way of living and working. Everyone is facing their own particular set of challenges, us included, so I thought I would just drop a quick letter to you all.

Many of you will now be working at home, alongside young children, babies and pets! No more peaceful opportunities to compose e-mails, write reports or take conference calls! We do understand that and our expectations of what you and your children are able to achieve in this time are realistic. We have already had at least one e-mail from a parent raising the white flag!

Many children will have started off very enthusiastically today, getting up and dressed, jumping along to Joe Wicks, settling down to do some school work and trying hard. You have probably set out a timetable to keep them in a routine, as I suggested, but as I said above, we have to be realistic. You all have bright, capable children. They know exactly what is going on around them, even our youngest are aware of the changes. Children like routine and such sudden, sweeping changes are unsettling for them. Once they see what social distancing actually looks like in practice, it won’t be as much fun anymore.

Over the coming weeks, you may see more challenging behaviours, things they don’t usually do. (We may see it in adults too!) This will be normal and to be expected. Some children may even revert to younger behaviours, but no matter what their age, all children need re-assurance, so please don’t worry about the school work too much if this is the case. I know a lot of you will be worried about their learning and what they are missing, but remember they all have an individual remote tutor now. Their teachers, who know your children and their capabilities well, are on hand to support and direct them through this. They know exactly what your children have yet to cover and will address that as if they were still in school with them - at an extremely safe distance!

As I said in previous letters, mental health and physical wellbeing are far more important than English and Mathematics at the moment. Take care of each other and yourselves and please get in touch with us if you have any worries or concerns.


Education City

We have received a few correspondences about Education City login issues.

When you Google, choose from the search list ‘Access Education City at Home’. This should lead you to the following: http then use the blue ‘log in’ button, entering your child’s username and password, selecting England as the country. You should then be successful.

If the password or username is not working, then contact your child’s class teacher or school office who will organise a reset.

You may also experience issues due to the amount of children accessing this site. We hope this information is helpful.


Music Festival

Click the animation below to hear the backing tracks from the Music Festival.


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Year 5 Bikeability

Congratulation to the children in Year 5 who passed their Level Bikeability training. Mrs Gray and Maggie were on hand to present the children with their certificates and badges.

London Trip

On Friday 28th February the older members of our School Council made the journey to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. Click on the photo below to read more about the trip.

Year 6 Visit to Sunderland University

Following a tour of St Peter’s Campus at Sunderland University, Year 6 pupils took part in three different  workshops. They were:


What is  University, and Degree or No Degree?

They found out about the variety of courses on offer –  over 50,000 – across all the universities in England, Scotland and Wales and whether a person needs to go to university to get a job.


Cultural Ambassador

Pupils met students from the university and were able to ask them questions about university life.


Origami Factory – Team Work

In teams, pupils made and designed origami shirts. In their groups they had to make a series of decisions on how to market the paper shirts successfully.

NEXUS Assembly

Today we were visited by Deborah Rodenby from NEXUS. She talked to us about safety on public transport.

Year 1 Science

In Year 1 we have been looking for signs of Spring. Using our magnifying glasses we were able to look closely at the tiny buds and shoots that have appeared around our school grounds. 

Computing in Year 1

Our Year 1 children have been learning about algorithms. These are a set of simple instructions that when performed in the correct order will create the needed outcome. Our children planned the steps they would need to make to produce a fruit salad and then followed their algorithm. 

 School Council Trip

Our School Council have an exciting opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament in February. As they are keen to raise funds for this visit, they have arranged two events and would be grateful for your support.

School Council members are currently raffling two large teddy bears. Raffle tickets cost 50p per strip and are on sale in the Social Display area during break times.

On Friday 31st January, School Council will be hosting a coffee afternoon in school from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Further details regarding cake donations etc. will follow shortly.


Our Key Stage 1 children told the story of The First Christmas to a packed audience. Everyone agreed that their singing was fantastic! Please click the video below to view our Christmas 2019 page.

Colouring Competition

Well done to our three colouring competition winners. 

Children in Need Day

On Friday 15th of November we held our annual Children in Need Day. Everyone came to school in their pyjamas to raise money for this fantastic charity. Our school council planned the events and helped Mr Scott by selling wristbands and collecting pennies for Pudsey.


Meet Maggie
We are very pleased to welcome our new member of staff, Maggie
Dogs are increasingly being used in a range of settings including hospitals, care homes and schools. Research has shown that dogs in schools lead to improved attainment and emotional well-being in pupils due to the calming and non-judgemental nature of the animal. Maggie is a Chocolate Merle Cockapoo and was chosen because she is hypo-allergenic and has a calm and friendly nature. 
Click on the picture of Maggie to read Maggie's Moments.
Click here to read FAQ.

Christmas Fayre Donations

Our school Christmas Fayre is on Thursday 28th November 1.30pm-3.30pm. This event is always very popular with the whole community and raises essential funds for our school. In previous years this event has been hugely successful due to the kind donations from parents and children. At this time can we please ask for donations of:

*Clean teddy bears/soft toys for the Teddy Tombola (this is always a huge hit with the children)!

*Bottled items for the Bottle Tombola i.e. wine, alcohol, sauce, shampoo, shower gel, washing up liquid, flavoured water/squash etc (this is always a huge hit with the adults)!

*Mystery mugs – clean treat filled mugs.

*Items for Tombola/Raffle ie chocolate, toiletries, unwanted gifts, new unused items.

*If any parents or carers know of, or are aware of any businesses that would be able to offer a raffle prize it would be much appreciated.

*Children’s toys and games for the Toy Stall. Please make sure that any items donated are in working order and have all their component parts.

Donations of these items will be gratefully received and will contribute to making our 2019 Christmas Fayre as successful as ever. Thank You.

"All Aboard"

This term our whole school topic is "All Aboard". Our themed story, The Railway Children, was brought to life by M&M Theatre Productions. At the end of the play the children were presented with a whole school rail ticket to York! The level of excitement in school is off the charts! Click here to visit our "All Aboard" page.

Build-a-Bear Workshop

Our EYFS children visited the Build-a-Bear Workshop for their first school trip. Each class chose and created a class bear. Each week the class Golden Child will be able to bring their new friend home for the weekend. We welcome Rex (Class RX) and Doug (Class RY) to our Cleadon family.

Extreme Reading

Thank you to everyone who has already emailed or sent in their Extreme Reading photographs. We have loved looking at them and are so pleased that so many of our children found time to enjoy a good book during their holidays. Can we please ask that all photos are in school by Thursday 12th September. Click here to view our extreme reading gallery.

School Lottery

Our school lottery has had a hugely successful first year it's a fantastic way to bring Parents, Carers, Teachers and the wider community together.  The funds raised last year helped to support and enrich the education of our children. We were able to purchase extra playground equipment and used some of the money to provide resources for our Enrichment Afternoons. 

Signing up for the lottery is very easy and the tickets cost just £1, it is simple and safe as the payment is taken through direct debit. We  would like to thank our current lottery members for their support this year and to invite all parents, carers, and family members to join in. The more members we have the greater the winning payment! Click the link below to read more about Your School Lottery.

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Happy Holidays Everyone

The Cleadon Staff like to kick-start their Summer holidays with a song and a dance. 

Cleadon's Got Talent 2019

We were wowed by the range of talent this year. Singers, dancers, gymnasts and even a comedy duo, the competition was more intense than ever! It was all too much for the judges who couldn't decide on just one winner. Congratulations to our join winners Jack, Tyler, Nathan and Dominic for their rendition of I'm Still Standing and also to Theo for his version of Super Trooper! Click here to visit the Cleadon's Got Talent page where you can view all the photos and videos, including the special guest act.

Sophie the Dinosaur

We were very lucky to receive a visit from Adam the Paleontologist and his friends Sophie and Jake. Click here to see photographs from the day.

You Tube Chanel

We have become aware that a number of children in school have their own YouTube Chanel. It is important that parents and children understand how to stay safe when using this type of social media. Click here to find out more about staying safe on line.


The Pirates of the Curry Bean

Year 6 presented Pirate of the Curry Bean at Boldon Theatre. It was a huge success and the children received rave reviews from all who attended the show. Visit our Gallery in News and Events to see the pictures from the show.

Our Fun Day

On Wednesday 3rd July we held a Fun Run at school. The children loved coming to school in their fancy dress and sports clothes. Every child completed 25 minutes of continuous activity around our field. There were sprinters, runners, hoppers skippers and dancers. Well done to everyone who took part. A special thank you to those parents who joined us for the day, the children loved having their grown-ups there! Click here to view pictures from the day.

Can we please ask for sponsor sheets and money to be returned to school by Friday 12th July.

Sports Day 2019

Everyone had a wonderful time during sports day. Well done to Blue House who won both heats. Can we say a big thank you to the parents who volunteered to help during the day! Click here to view photos from the day.


This week has been Eco-Week in school. We have been thinking about our local environment, in our school and village, and large scale events that occur on a global scale. Each year group took part in lessons and workshops with an eco theme. Click here to visit our       Eco-Week page.

Blue Reef Aquarium Year 3

As part of Eco-Week Year 3 have been thinking about ocean conservation. They visited The Blue Reef Aquarium to learn more about how to protect our seas from plastic pollution. They also took part in a litter pick on the beach.


Discovery Museum Year 6

As part of their Geography and History topic Year 6 have been looking at the changes that have taken place on the River Tyne, especially the bridges that have been built over the years. They spent an exciting session exploring the different exhibitions at the Discover Museum. They looked at pictures, videos and models of the bridges and learned about the impact that each one has had on the River Tyne. They children took part in bridge building workshop and looked at different bridge structures and designs.

School Council Pet Food Drive

This term our School Council have decided to help a local charity by holding a pet food drive in school. Our Key Stage 2 School Council members visited Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter and met with Martin to learn more about how the animals are looked after and how they are re-homed. To read more about this visit, and our pet food drive please visit our School Council page by clicking here.

Cleadon Art Gallery

This week we hosted an art exhibition in school. Every child produced a self portrait for the display and signed it (as artists do). We were amazed at the quality of the children's work and the pride they took in their pictures was plain to see. They younger children had lots of discussion about facial features and proportion and were supported by staff, while the older children worked independently and chose their own style and medium.  
The Exhibition has been organised to raise the profile of Art across the Academy and celebrate the children’s achievements. They have thoroughly enjoyed preparing for this display and are excited to show off their portraits!

Click the gallery pictures below to take a closer look.


Our EYFS classes were thrilled to receive a visit from members of the South Tyneside Fire Service. The children learned all about the firefighters daily routines and responsibilities and got to try out some of the equipment. They especially liked riding in the fire engine and manning the hoses!

Football Festival

On Wednesday 1st May 14 Year 2 and 3 boys took part in a Football Festival at the Beacon of Light. The boys played lots of 5-a-side matches against other schools and a great time was had by all! Four of our children were even asked to attend sessions with the Foundation of Light! A big well done to everyone who took part in the tournament.

That History Bloke

Year 3 are learning all about Ancient Egypt. The children were thrilled to receive a visit from That History Bloke who taught them all about the art of mummification!

Bikeability Balance Bikes

Year 1 have had a wonderful time learning to ride balance bikes as part of the South Tyneside Bikeability Scheme. Our road safety officers Mrs Inkster and Mrs Hockins will visit every Friday this half term. The aim of balance bikes are to help new cycalists to learn the basics and raise the confidence of those children who can already ride a bike. The children had a fantastic time and their progress in just one session was lovely to see.


Year 6 First aid

Year 6 recently attended some First Aid training sessions, lead by St Johns Ambulance. They children learned who to contact in an emergency, how to put a casualty into the recovery position and how to do CPR. 


Easter Competition Winners

Congratulations to Hugo and Maisie (Year 6), Eva (Year 2) and Jonah (rec) for winning the Easter colouring Competition. Emily (Rx) won our Easter raffle and took home our lovely bunny. Thank you to everyone who took part in our event, together we raised over £100!

2019 Careers Fair

Our Careers Fair took place on 3rd April 2019. The children from Cleadon Academy were joined by pupils from Marsden Primary, Ridgeway Primary and Benidict Biscop. The children rotated around the fair in small groups which gave them lots of opportunities to learn about the different professions. This was our busiest year ever with over 26 groups taking part. The children really enjoyed the practical elements of the Careers Fair, especially the paramedics and Northumbria Police. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who gave up their time to help make our 2019 careers Fair a big success! Visit our Gallery page to see photos from the day.

Book Fair Success

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A huge thank you to everyone who attended our book fair, we got lots of positive feedback from both parents and children. We will be receiving £250 worth of books in commission. 

Our Easter Eggs

Our Social Display Area was the venue for some egg-cellent designs.


Thank you to everyone who had joined our lottery. We have been able to order some lovely playground equipment thanks to the funds raised by the project.


Green Tree Award

Last year we signed up to the Woodland Trust ‘Green Tree Award’.  The award has four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.  There are many activities available for us to do as a school and each time we earn points towards an award,  In the autumn, we gained the silver award.  So far, we have planted trees, Year 5 visited a wood  and looked at it from different perspectives, held a Woodland Trust assembly, taken part in a name a leaf competition and tried to reduce the school’s C02 emissions.  This year we are going for the gold award!  The award is a fantastic way to encourage children to engage with nature and outdoor learning.

Train to Teach Experience Day

Click the picture below to read our flyer about out train to teach day.


Walk to School Week

Our School Council and Mr Scott have planned a Walk to School Week. From 4th-8th we are asking our pupils and carers to make an extra effort to walk to school. The children will receive a badge for each day they complete the journey on foot  and the class with the most  children walking will receive a trophy at the end of the week. 

The Knitted Bible

From the 11th to the 15th of February Cleadon Church of England Academy will be hosting The Knitted Bible. This amazing exhibition contains 33 knitted scenes depicting some of our best-known Bible stories. People of all ages will be able understand and enjoy them - and may discover some detail that they had forgotten or never noticed before - whilst learning more about God and his love for this world and its people.

 We would like to share this fantastic exhibit with our whole school community and would like to invite you and your family to view this wonderful display between 3.15pm and 4.15pm (Monday-Thursday).

Hamper Raffle

Congratulations to J Robertson, H McLaughlin and  J O'Brien, they were our lucky hamper winners! Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for our hamper raffle. The money will join the other funds raised during our Christmas Fair. 


Breakfast with Santa

On Monday and Tuesday we hosted Breakfast with Santa. Click on the picture below to view our Christmas Events Page.


MP's Visit

On Friday 16th November we were visited by our local MP Stephen Hepburn. As part of Parliament Week Mr Hepburn took part in a Q&A session with our Year 5 and 6 children.



Christmas Colouring Competition

The Christmas Colouring Competition was as tricky to judge as every. Our office staff had a very difficult time deciding on the winners. Well done to Mia (Key Stage 1) and Olivia (Key Stage 2). 


Our Field of Poppies

Did you spot us in the Gazzette last week? Click the poppies below to read all about our Remembrance Day event.

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Our Christmas Coffee Afternoon

We will be holding our Christmas Coffee Afternoon on Thursday 22nd November.  We would welcome donations of:

Books, games, toys and DVD

Teddies and soft toys

Tombola/raffle prizes

New/nearly new items

Bottled items 

 If any family members are able to volunteer to help at the Coffee Afternoon, we would be most grateful.  Please contact the School Office if you would like to be involved. We would also like to challenge the children to create treat jars to be sold at the Coffee Afternoon.  These were a great success at the Summer Fair. We are holding our Christmas Colouring Competition this week and colouring sheets will be available during playtime at a cost of 50p each.  

Anti-bullying Week

On Monday 12th November we launched our anti-bullying event in school. The children were invited to wear odd socks to show that they understand that everyone has the right to be different and that everyone is special and unique (just like the odd socks!) In class we have designed our own odd socks and have created anti-bullying posters. We have also been following the antics of Andy and the Odd Socks, we love their song about respecting other people. They wrote it especially for Anti-bullying Week 2018. Click the socks to hear the song.

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Phonics Screening

We were thrilled to receive this letter regarding our 2018  Year 1 Phonic Screening Check.



Our Enrichment Afternoons aim to encourage exploration, creativity, healthy lifestyles and learning. The cross curricular activities focus on the children having fun and just enjoying the moment. Through play, investigation, exercise and relaxation we aim to enrich the education of the whole child and promote well-being for every member of our school community.


This half term we are trying a range of activities from sports and games to food technology and mindfulness to computing. Mrs Oliver is working on team work and Mrs Williamson is teaching our Key Stage 2 children some B.S.L (British Sign Language).

World Cup Event

Can we just thank everyone who raised sponsor money. Between the football event, the healthy hamper and the money raised on the Sports Day Refreshment stall we have raised over £4000!

Well done to G.Peralta, Jake’s grown-up, M.Richards and N.Errington for winning a bottle of wine in the parents football skills event. 


Holy Communion

On Monday 11th June, twelve Year 3 children participated a very special event at All Saint’s Church, Cleadon Village;- their first Holy Communion.  The service was attended by the family and friends of the twelve children taking part, as well as the entire Year 3 year-group and their teachers. 

To read more about this event click here.

Sponsored Event


Our sponsored football event was a huge success. Can we please ask for sponsor money to be returned to school by Monday 18th June. 

World Cup Event

On Thursday 7th June we will be holding a World Cup Event in school. We are inviting the children to wear their gym clothes and take part in a day of football fun! We will be running a sponsored penalty shoot-out, a ball skills session and a World Cup sweepstake as well as a range of World Cup themed activities throughout the day.

We are asking the children to collect sponsors/donations for this event.  The person who raises the highest amount in each year group will receive an England shirt!

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Royal Wedding Celebrations

On Friday 18th we held a Royal wedding celebration in school. The children were invited to come to school dresses in their best wedding outfits and they took part in lots of themed activities throughout the day. Check the Gallery page for our wedding photos. The children had a fantastic day and our Royal banquet was served by some very familiar faces! Click here to go to the Gallery page.

Bike Safety

Our School Council have been looking at how our children travel to school. They were very impressed by how many people rode a bike or scooter to school. However they noticed that lots of children do not wear a bike helmet when traveling to and from school. As a group they put together a presentation about bike and scooter safety, focusing particularly on the importance of wearing the right safety equipment. During Worship time they presented their findings and appealed to all of the children to wear their helmets. 

Careers Day 2018

Our Careers Day on Wednesday the 21st March was an exciting morning for our Year 6 children We were joined by pupils from Marsden, Benedict Biscop and  Ridgeway school.  As always we were very grateful for the parents and friends of our school who  give up their time.  Their presentations were both engaging and informative.  We were lucky enough to have  a wide range of occupations from pharmacists to architects, engineers  to beauticians ,and vets to florists.  All the children enjoyed the opportunity to gain first-hand experience from our guests.


Some of our Year 6 children are taking part in the Mini-Medics scheme. They are learning basic life saving skills and have had the opportunity to practice CPR using the training dummies. 



Spring Sing @ the Sage

A group of year 3 children joined voices with other schools from South Tyneside and Gateshead to celebrate music from around the world. We even made spring themed hats for the occasion! After a singing workshop, led by a vocal coach from the Sage, it was time to entertain an audience of family and friends. All the children sang brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Photo Competition

Can we just say a huge thank you to all the people who have already submitted entries for our school calendar. We are so impressed with the level of creativity and the quality of the photographs. Here are some of the submissions, can you spot any familiar sights?

N.S.P.C.C Big Buddy Workout

This term we took part in The Big Buddy Workout to raise funds for the N.S.P.C.C.  Together we raised a massive £3219.00!!! Well done everyone!




Our Year 5 children were thrilled to be able to take part in some archery coaching.

Balance Bikes

This half term our Year 1 children are taking balance bike lessons with the Bikeability scheme. 

Christmas Coffee Afternoon Winner!


On Saturday 27th January, a lucky raffle ticket winner attended the Sunderland vs Hull City match in an executive box. The game ended  1-0 and a great day was had by all. We would like to thank Adient who donated the prize.

Knitted Bible

On Wednesday 17th January the Church Council; plus representatives from Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2, were lucky enough to attend St. Mark’s and St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church and visit the ‘Knitted Bible’.

 Our Nativity

Our Key Stage 1 Nativity was a huge success. The photo gallery below is of our Y Classes.

The gallery below shows pictures from the X Class Nativity

While we were at church we shared the story of the Christingle. Christingle celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. Find out more about the meaning of each element of the Christingle below. 

Each piece of the Christingle holds special symbolism to help children understand  the importance of Jesus and the Gospel, and its relevance at Christmas time.  

  • The orange represents the world
  • The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
  • The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness

Breakfast With Santa

On Monday and Tuesday we had a very special visitor join us for breakfast. 

Reception Open Day

Please join us at 10am and 2pm for our Reception Open Day on 29th November.


Mystery Boxes

Today we received our first Mystery Box!! We wonder what it has inside? 




This year for our Christmas Coffee Afternoon we are asking the children to create small wrapped Mystery Boxes.  These will be sold for £1 at the event. The boxes can contain one gift or a selection of small treats. Please specify whether your Mystery Box contains boy/girl/unisex items and what age it is suitable for.  Remember that the items can be pre-loved as long as they in  “as new” condition. Boxes can be wrapped in Christmas wrapping  paper or decorated in a Christmas theme. Please bring your mystery boxes into school     by 17th November.


Space Projects

Year 5 have been very busy with their space projects. On Wednesday 18th October they all gathered to share their creations.

 Official Nursery Opening

On Monday 16th October, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, officially opened Cleadon Church of England Academy Nursery.  Mrs Tooley kindly invited the children from Key Stage 2 Church Council to join the Nursery and participate in the official opening.  The older children worked with the younger children as Bishop Paul moved around the  Nursery, talking to the children. After the Church Council had played with the children, the Nursery children performed ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ for Bishop Paul and we sang along.  The Bishop cut a purple ribbon outside to officially open the Nursery. Mrs Atchison had baked an amazing cake with the School crest on the top.  We all enjoyed a piece of cake.  It was absolutely delicious. Bishop Paul said a prayer, blessed the Nursery and all of the children and grown-ups who work there. The Church Council said ‘It was the best day ever!’ and wished that they could go to that Nursery when they were younger.




RAP Workshop


Our Year 6 children were given the opportunity to attend South Tyneside's RAP workshop. The overall aim of the event is to raise children's awareness of the hazards associated with play and to increase knowledge of what can be done if an accident occurs. Research shows the majority of accidents experienced by 10 and 11 year-olds happen when they are playing and on the roads. As a result, 459 children die from accidents and a further one million are injured in the UK every year. This scheme aims to teach the children how to identify hazards, how to make good choices and what to do if an emergency does occur. 


It is at this time of the year that we say Thank You to God for the harvest. Our Key Stage 1 told the story of Johnny Appleseed.               Key Stage 2 visited the church for a traditional harvest service and Reception performed the story of The Little Red Hen. 

Germ Awareness

Year 1 worked with some of our local NHS staff to raise their awareness of how to stop germs spreading. 

Give Racism the Red Card

Year 6 visited the Stadium of Light to take part in Give Racism the Red Card