What’s happening this week?

Week beginning 29th November 2021 


a.m. –  Whole school Christmas visit to The SIll [weather permitting. Sensible footwear/boots/wellies]

p.m. –  


a.m. – Reading Dog with Evie and  Lesley Bowden

p.m. – Whole school swimming at Ponteland Leisure Centre [ last session until January 22]

Wednesday .

a.m. –  Christingle Service with Pam Walker our Chair of Governors

p.m. –  Dance across the school  children must have plimsolls/shorts and a top. They can come in their uniforms and get changed for PE.


a.m. – Whole school Chrisitmas visit to Wallington 

p.m. – No PE on Thursdays until January 22


a.m. –  Frances Dower Christmas Story assembly

p.m. –  Music/Peripatetic music across the school today with Kathy Anderson












Important Information/School Closure/Events


Week Beginning 29th November 2021

Children in Need

What a wonderful day we had on Friday. Our Cambo ramble took us through Cambo Village, along the paths and across the fields to Wallington! On arrival we had juice/milk biscuits and fruit. Seemingly, the children were starving! We completed lots of Pudsey activities and made a lovely autumn Pudsey/Blush face out of leaves! To finish we played in not one, but three activity areas! Thankfully we had arranged for transport to bring us back to school as … THE GROWN UPS AND THE CHILDREN WERE TOTALLY EXHAUSTED! As the children said… THE BEST DAY EVER!  And even better we raised £95.90 for Children in Need.


School transport
No bubbles. But children will adhere to the current regulations whilst on the school transport.
Timings will remain the same.. Pick up and drop off will continue from the same gate.
Parents pick up and drop off
Entry and exit will continue as pre half term. We would encourage parents to leave the school car park as soon as children have been dropped off or picked up. 
Timings remain the same.
Class 1 and siblings 8.45 / 3 .05  Class 2 -8.55 / 3.15
Bubbles in school
We are going to remain in one bubble, We feel that the impact of going back to small bubbles is just too negative re social /emotional and educational development. We will:
  • Continue with our extensive handwashing regime in school
  • Encourage social distancing where possible. 
  • Ensure school areas are well ventilated
  • teachers will have class assemblies minimising the need for all children to come together
  • On the whole classes will work separately
  • bring in our individual named water bottles  [water will be added at school]
  • bring in personal sanitiser 
  • after school and breakfast club will continue with limited numbers 15/10 respectively
  • Sty n Play will continue to run. Children will not be in school and Johanne has her own risk assessments for monitoring this activity.
We will continue with our swimming program, ensuring that  covid rules and regulations are followed .[risk assessment in place] PE this half term will be with: 
Liz Armstrong –  covid risk assessment in place. Lateral flow test pre entry to school  [Thursday a.m.]
                           PE focus – development off cooperative skills through small games
Michelle Hankinson – covid risk assessment in place via dance teacher. Lateral flow test pre entry to school. PE focus – Dance          [Wednesday p.m.]
Indoor kit needed for both of these latter activities.
Children can  come in an indoor kit with joggers etc on top [plimsolls in PE bag. 
Children can come into school with their uniform on and change into indoor kit.
Visitors to school
Curriculum Visitors
We will continue to have curriculum visitors to school on a limited basis. This will be reviewed after Christmas. Lateral flow tests will be completed pre entry and masks will be worn whilst walking around school. Extensive hand washing/sanitizing will be in place. Peripatetic music will also continue in the school hall. 
We would encourage parents to ring/email school in preference to coming into school. Should parents need to come into school please let Carol or Mrs Cummings know. Only one person is allowed in the school lobby at any one time and masks must be worn.
NCC staff/works etc
We will try to arrange any NCC/Work/building visits outside of school teaching hours where possible. 
We will continue to enrich our curriculum with visits where feasible or safe. e.g. outdoor visits. All visits will be risk assessed and shared with NCC.
So far we are planning to have Christmas visits to Wallington and The Sill.
I didn’t think i would be saying this but… we will be limiting large events:
  • Our Christmas performance will once again be completed via dvd. 
  • We will have our Christmas Party but this may be in classes rather than the whole school. 
  • Our Christmas service will be completed via Tapestry
So on the whole we are trying to keep things very much the way they were before half term. We don’t want to go down the separatist route unless we really have to, The covid situation and positive cases will be monitored and should we have several cases of covid in school, then we would consider putting in place our Covid Break Out Plan with more stringent measures.
 Fingers crossed  we can continue with this first plan until Christmas and then ….. Covid will be on the wane once more!
How parents can help?
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild do not send them to school.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  1. Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  2. Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children – NHS

https://www.nhs.uk › conditions › coronavirus-in-children

COVID-19 response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021

The government has published the COVID-19 Response – Autumn and Winter Plan 2021. This guidance sets out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England. It includes the government’s “Plan A” – a comprehensive approach designed to steer the country through autumn and winter 2021/22. It also outlines a “Plan B” which would only be enacted if the data suggests further measures are necessary to protect the NHS.

Cambo First School Remote Education Policy under covid.docx


Worried about someone being radicalised?

ACT Early

THE impact of Covid-19, social isolation and a rise in hateful extremism online is creating a ‘perfect storm’ which is making more young people vulnerable to radicalisation and other forms of grooming.

But parents, friends and families can now get specialist support to stop their loved ones being drawn into harmful activities or groups, with the launch of ACT Early – a new dedicated safeguarding website and advice line from the specialists at Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP).

This new resource will provide advice, guidance and support for anyone who is concerned that someone they know may be at risk from being radicalised by terrorists or extremist content online.

Between 1st January 2019 and 30th June 2020, 17 children have been arrested in relation to terrorism offences. Some were as young as 14 years old, while nearly all will have been radicalised entirely online. In the same time period, more than 1500 children under the age of 15 were helped by the Prevent programme to choose a different path, away from hatred and violence.

Family and friends are best placed to spot the worrying behaviour changes which can indicate that a loved one is heading down a path towards terrorism, but currently just 2% of referrals into the Government’s anti-radicalisation programme Prevent come from that group of people.

Prevent is just that – a preventative programme, delivered locally by teachers, healthcare practitioners, social workers, the police, charities, and religious leaders. It places protection around people vulnerable to radicalisation, stopping them from being drawn into terrorism – regardless of the ideology.

It works in a similar way to safeguarding processes designed to protect people from gangs, drug abuse, and sexual exploitation.And with Covid-19 preventing regular access to schools, social workers and mental health support, specialists at CTP are concerned that people who need help are not getting it – which makes it more important for friends and family to use the new ACT Early resources to understand what might be happening to their loved one and what support Prevent can provide.

“We are seeing more young people being drawn towards terrorist activity,” says the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.

“Last year, 12 children under the age of 18 were arrested in relation to terrorism offences, some as young as 14-years-old. That is a relatively new and worrying trend in the UK, because just a few years ago we were not seeing anyone that young amongst our casework.

“What concerns me most is this – there has been a sharp increase in extremist material online in the last few years, and Covid-19 has meant that vulnerable people are spending a lot more time isolated and online, and with fewer of the protective factors that schooling, employment, friends and family can provide.

“In my opinion that is a perfect storm, one which we cannot predict and that we might be feeling the effects of for many years to come.

“But I remain hopeful, because there is something we can do right now to try and stop this. It requires parents, friends and family to help us by acting early, by talking to their children about what they view online, and sharing their concerns and seeking support if they fear someone they know is in danger of being radicalised.

“Asking for help is a difficult and emotional step, but we must see it for what it is – action which won’t ruin their lives but may well save them.”

Someone who knows all about the dangers that extremism and radicalisation can pose is Kath Jack from Families and Extremism Support, whose son was convicted of being a member of the proscribed Right Wing Terrorism group, National Action, after being radicalised online and who now works to help other families in similar situations before it is too late.

Kath said: “My son is now trying to rebuild his life in prison after being drawn down a path by extremists. But his story could have been so different if I had had advice and support like this available to me. I did know something was going wrong in his life but didn’t know enough about what it was, how to talk to him about it without arguments or where to go for help. When the police did try to intervene he refused to engage with them because by then it was too late.

“So I would encourage any other mums, dads or wider friends and families to Act Early and seek help and support. The police and other services can help turn lives around if you tell them what’s going on soon enough.”

If you are worried that someone you know is being radicalised, visit http://www.actearly.uk/ You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.
For help and advice visit www.actearly.uk, or call the national Police Prevent Advice Line on 0800 011 3764, in confidence, and our specially trained Prevent officers will listen carefully to your concerns.


Arts Award

Well our attainment is in the laps of the Gods. The Arts Examiner came into school for a whole morning on 13/6/19. He looked at work, talked with children and staff and viewed video evidence. Phew we were all on tenderhooks! I am pleased to say that 100% passed their assessment with flying colours!


Dear Children, Parents, Staff and Governors-WELL DONE!

In April 2019 we successfully gained Arts Mark Gold for the school via the Arts Council. A most prestigious award!
We had to submit a statement of intent re the Arts in Cambo regarding the areas we were wanting to improve across the school e.g. Pupil Voice and independence in the arts. Once our project was concluded we then had to submit our case study for assessment. PHEW! what a journey it has been! It isn’t quite finished, if there is such a thing as a finish! Year 1 are to have their Discover Award assessment and the Class 2 children are just about to have their external assessment via the Arts Council for their EXPLORE award having concluded another 75 hours of arts activities and independent learning.
We are so blessed to have such a forward thinking community, Governors who support and encourage, brilliant staff and supportive parents. More importantly we have such wonderful children! nothing has been too much, even when they really didn’t like doing certain things e.g. recorder during lunch times, they got right on and played anyway, performing for parents and the community in the end! I am so proud of everyone. WELL DONE!
This is what the Arts Council said about our development…
Cambo First School’s Case Study was an exciting summary of its commitment to and the effects of a creative, arts-rich approach to teaching and learning. The school describes the Arts as being integral to all it does and that the Arts allow teachers to develop excellent quality provision, teaching and learning. The school uses data very well within the Case Study to show how the culture and ethos underpinning the use of the Arts leads to demonstrable learning gains for children. Their prior legacy of Creative Partnerships and Artsmark is evident throughout all they do. Particularly impressive is the sense of the impacts and effects the work has had and is having. All children in Years 2,3,4 successfully submitted a portfolio of work to gain their Discover Arts Award. Years 3 & 4 have completed over 60 hours work in the Arts and 15 of these have been independently completed. 100% of children have visited numerous art galleries including the Baltic and the Sage. They have also visited museums including Science Museum, British Museum, Discovery and the Imperial War Museum. Such visits are used to drive inquiry questions which in turn lead to an exploratory approach to learning through the curriculum back at school. There is a very strong sense of commitment to CPD in the school and a belief that this is highly effective.
The Arts Council England celebrates your ongoing commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level, and the opportunities established across your whole setting. Your children and young people are offered equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a broad range of high-quality arts and cultural activities, and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff that have measurable effects in these areas. You engage with a wide range of arts and cultural organisations and other settings, and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture, and you are working to share the very good practice you have established.


We are delighted to inform you that we will be continuing the READ 2 DOGS scheme at Cambo First School  in the week beginning 4th March. This program is fully insured and is designed to give children the opportunity  to increase their confidence and enjoyment in reading.  Several charities, such as Canine Concern, Paws to Read and Pets as Therapy are involved in the program and we are lucky enough to have Lesley and her dog Evie joining us in school.
Evie is  a specially trained service dog, who works in schools, hospitals and care homes. Children  will have the opportunity to read with Red under the close supervision of Lesley, her owner and a member of school staff.
Some children can be nervous about reading out loud or reading to others in a group. Evie loves to hear children read, so this is a special time fr the children giving them time to practice and enjoy reading, away from other children.
Children in other schools have really benefited from the READ 2 DOGS Program. It has helped them become less self-conscious and more confident with their reading. They looked forward to reading, because Evie provides comfort and inspires children to have fun reading.
We look forward to seeing Evie and Lesley in school.


How to keep your child safe

To stay safe, parents are warned to always be aware of what their children are watching and reading online, and if possible, limit the apps they can access.

“The most fundamental piece of advice offered is to speak with your children – let them know that they do not have to deal with any concerns on their own. It is crucial that parents are involved with their children’s online lives and we would urge parents to make children aware of online dangers and ensure they know that they can speak to someone if anything or anyone online causes them concern.

“Parents are also advised to ensure that any devices used by children are restricted to age suitable content.  There really is no substitution for supervising the games that children are playing and the videos that they watch online.”

If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website.

Children who are feeling worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone, on 0800 11 11 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk

 “The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing overall online safety with their children, as well as promoting Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.”

Things to look out for:

§  Become very secretive, especially about what they are doing online

§  Are spending a lot of time on the internet and social media

§  Are switching screens on their device when approached

§  Are withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages

§  Have lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices

If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone on 0800 1111.

Online learning whilst school is closed:

Support whiles working on line at home with children to keep them safe

Below are a selection of websites and resources which children and parents can use to increase their knowledge of how to stay safe on line.
Please pay particular attention to the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website at which parents and children can report any concerns they have. We also have a link on our website.
We would recommend parents view this site by the NSPCC which gives in depth information about popular apps which children use and how to keep them safe, including how to effectively operate privacy settings.



Android devices [parental controls]

Android parental controls

Amazon devices [parental controls]

Amazon devices


Think You Know? – child friendly information by CEOP


South West Grid for Learning (who produce our E safety Scheme of Work)


Safer Internet Day (information linked to the annual event)


Common Sense Media site reviews videos, games, books, and websites to help parents and children know which ones are safe to use.


‘Get Safe On-line’, gives answers to many questions, via ‘Terry Tablet’ who answers any questions, informative videos and includes an update on current on line issues and scams.


Kid Smart – guidance on different areas of on line communication


Net Smartz Kids – child friendly activity site


Newsround Quiz – safety quiz and information from the BBC


I Keep Safe – adult orientated sight with strong parenting advice for on line protection



The SOCKS chair- currently a vacancy . Frances Robson’s final child left our school this year, Frances has been the Chair of SOKs/PTA for several years and has helped us get through some difficult times e.g. COVID! We are so grateful to have had her with us at Cambo. Thankyou Frances you have been fabulous for the school. If anyone is interested in the vacancy can you contact Vik Rees or Lindsay Rutherford. 

The Secretary is Lindsay Rutherford

The Treasurer is  Vik Rees

But what is SOCKS/SOKS?

Not a lot of parents realise what the SOCKS/SOKS stands for or what they do on behalf of our children. SOCKS is The Support Our Cambo Kids Association and with your support in developing and attending fund raising  initiatives we raise money to support children in school e.g we go to the theater in January, we have an Autumn fayre, meals etc!  Without their hard work and your support there is so much in school that we couldn’t do!!


After School -Resumes 7th September. Future information will be sent via Mrs J Hodgson, Wraparound Manager.
Timetable for the After School:
Monday -Games/children’s choice/

Tuesday – Cambo Cafe/Children’s Choice

Wednesday – Children’s Choice/cooking

Thursday – Children’s Choice

Friday – Children’s Choice [we are not sure when football will resume with Donald]


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