Friday Bulletin – 24th November 2017

24 November 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

As many of you know, schools now receive additional funding from the government known as PE and sport premium. Schools must use this funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE.

The DfE advises schools to use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that school already offers
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport

We have plans to use our funding to enhance PE provision for all our children, particularly in our outdoor areas and with the use of specialist coaches. We now have a fully qualified dance coach who offers a lunchtime club for pupils in Year 3 to Year 6, as well as preparing our Year 3 children for the Gateshead Dance Festival in the spring. We also have plans to develop dance and yoga in Early Years and Years 1 and 2, and will continue to coach our children for various competitive and non-competitive opportunities including basketball, rugby, football, gymnastics and athletics. If you have any suggestions you would like to share with us, please contact Mr Colligan, our PE Leader.

I hope the weather is kind this weekend for all your sporting and spectating plans.

Have a good weekend.


Yours sincerely,

Mrs A Whistler



Dates for your diary for the coming weeks:

Saturday 25th November

  • Choir singing Christmas Carols at Wesley Church Christmas Fair (10.15 start)
Tuesday 28th November

  • Vikings invade Year 3! (special visitor in school)
Saturday 2nd December

  • Kells Lane Christmas food market
Monday 4th December

  • Scooter skills for Year 5 and Year 6
Tuesday 5th December

  • Early Years visit to Northern Stage Theatre
  • Gymnastics Festival


Friday 8th December

  • Children from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 visiting Carol singing in the community
Monday 11th  December

  • Early Years and Year 3 Christmas parties
  • Kells Lane School Fundraising Christmas disco (6.45-8.00 pm – Years 2-6)
Tuesday 12th December

  • Year 1 and Year 4 Christmas parties
Wednesday 13th December

  • Year 5 Christmas party
  • Year 2 visit to Tyne Theatre   


Thursday 14th December

  • Year 2 and Year 6 Christmas parties
  • Early Years Nativity – dress rehearsal
  • Last swimming session for Year 3 – PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
Friday 15th December

  • Early Years Nativity
Sunday 17th December

  • KLSF Treasure Hunt (Denewell Church Hall)
Monday 18th December

  • Orchestra performing at The Sage, Gateshead (first performance at 12.30 pm, second performance at 1.30 pm)
  • School Christmas Fayre (3 pm – 4.30 pm)
Wednesday 20th December

  • Year 6 singing Christmas Carols at Sainsbury’s (1.30 pm – 2.30 pm) PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN EVENT FOR YEAR 6 NOT THE CHOIR
Thursday 21st December

  • Key stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) Carol Service at Wesley Church – 11 am
Friday 22nd December

  • Christmas Jumper Day (fundraising for Save the Children)
  • School orchestra performing at intu Metrocentre (12pm – 1pm)
  • Christmas dinner (orchestra will have an early lunch)
  • Last day of term – school finishes at normal time
Monday 8th January 2018

  • Spring term begins for pupils