Pupils Get Creative at Primary STEM Week

From firing rockets to racing cars, mixing chemicals and cooking up a storm in the kitchen, children from across the campuses took part in the Academy’s Primary STEM Week.

The extravaganza enabled all our Y5 pupils to get creative, with plenty of hands-on activities celebrating the best of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The aim of the week is for children to understand how STEM subjects impact on their daily lives through many different practical activities and investigations.

“The sweet and sour chicken was so tasty!”

“I’ve enjoyed it, as it was really creative.”

“I liked making the propeller cars”

Bags of Help for New James Knott Garden

Children at the James Knott Campus celebrated the grand opening of their new outdoor area with a traditional summer garden party.

Thanks to the public vote, the school was awarded £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Designed by pupils, the ‘Making Outdoors Matter’ project features weaved willow domes and tunnels, bug hotels, wildflower areas and allotment beds.  The imaginative space will provide a wide range of exciting opportunities for outdoor learning and adventure.

Following months of hard work, the garden was officially opened by Ashington gardener, Sean Murray, winner of a nationwide TV competition to design a garden at Chelsea Flower Show.

Sean, a former nurse who launched a career as a professional garden designer following his win, was impressed with the results.

 He said: “It is fantastic how this area has been transformed into a creative space that I am sure will fire young people’s imaginations.

 “I believe it is important to inspire the next generation of gardeners and schemes like this that enable schools to offer outdoor learning  environments are a great idea.”

Caroline Mullen, headteacher at the James Knott Campus, said: “The children have been involved throughout the whole project, from design through to completion.

 “We are delighted with the results and it will make a real difference to life at the school, providing lots of opportunities for outdoor learning and to discover more about our environment.

 “We would like to thank everyone who has made this possible.”

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the second round of its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

 Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country, with the James Knott Garden winning the top prize.

 Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.”

Team GB Stars Present NCEASport Awards 2017

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

Inspiring tales of chasing dreams, hard work and resilience were on the agenda at the annual NCEASport Awards.

Olympic gymnast, Craig Heap, and British triathlete, Calum Johnson, handed out awards to NCEA’s own sporting champions.

NCEASport Awards


Now in its second year, the awards ceremony is a fantastic way to celebrate the many talents of our students in primary, secondary and The Centre across a wide range of disciplines.

A retired Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning gymnast, Craig has represented his country over 100 times in various international gymnastic competitions, including at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

He also appeared as a judge on the BBC celebrity gymnastics show, Tumble.

Newcastle-born athlete, Calum Johnson, 22, is a member of the GB Triathlon team and trains alongside the record-breaking Brownlee Brothers.

One of the nation’s most promising young sportsmen, Calum gained his first GB vest in 2012 and overcame a cycling accident in 2015 to be awarded his first senior vest at the start of 2016.

NCEASport director, Mr Blight, said: “Thank you to everyone who came along to join us in recognising our sportsmen and women and to Craig and Calum for their inspiring words. It was fabulous to see so many in attendance.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to the staff team for their efforts throughout the year.

“Calum and Craig mentioned several key points in their speech which we should all embrace. Calum referred to hard work and resilience and overcoming setbacks, whilst Craig mentioned raising the bar and chasing your dreams.I hope you were all inspired and wish to strive to keep improving!”

Craig added: “It was great to be part of and celebrating the sporting success of all the NCEA students. Sport is more than being fit it’s about gaining skills for life.”

Follow the link below to see more pictures and a full list of NCEASport Awards Winners 2017: NCEASport Awards 2017





James Knott Garden Project


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Following the Tesco Bags of Help vote in the Amble Tesco store, the James Knott project came first and was chosen by Tesco customers to receive a grant of £12,000.  The grant will be used to make a garden space which the children will help to create.  Work on the garden started in March with children in Years 5 and 6 helping to weave willow tunnels and make willow castles, forming the paths through the garden.