Science Lights up Thomas Bewick

Have you ever wondered which animals are mammals but can lay eggs? How light is used to create patterns in shadows? Or how many of the devices we use in our daily lives were invented as a result of an accident?

Learners at Thomas Bewick Campus took part in a creative Science week at the end of October. Each class studied a different scientific topic and were encouraged to use their investigating skills across the curriculum.

The children in KS1 were fascinated about animals, including humans, and understanding the different parts of the anatomy.

In Year 3, children learnt about light and shadow; recognising this is formed when light sources are blocked by shadow puppets and looking at patterns in the way that shadows change in size.

Year 4 children enjoyed using their class reader, ‘The Story of Snow – The Science of Winter’s Wonder,’ and ‘Snowflake Bentley’ to inspire their work on states of matter, writing a letter from the sky.

In KS2, children were fascinated at how many of our modern-day inventions, such as the microwave, were invented almost accidentally! They were also keen to see how a microwave could be used to calculate the speed of light.

The children became journalists and enjoyed researching scientific topics for publication in print and online.

Welly Walk Raises Funds for Farm Africa

Friday 20th October was a special day at the Thomas Bewick Campus. We held a welly walk to raise money to support Farm Africa.

In the morning pupils were able to take part in a range of geography and art activities to find out about Africa.

In the afternoon, the whole campus took part in our welly walk waving our Africa flags with pride. We raised £188 for Farm Africa.

Busy start to term at the Thomas Bewick Campus

It’s been all action at the Thomas Bewick Campus so far this term.

Follow them on twitter at @TBCampus to keep up-to-date with all their latest news!


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”

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





Thomas Bewick Race for Life

Pupils and staff at the Thomas Bewick Campus put on their running shoes to raise money to help the fight against cancer.

Children from Reception upwards took part in the school’s own Race for Life, raising a fantastic £3,282.70 for Cancer Research.

Y3 teacher, Miss Thompson, who organised the event, said: “The Thomas Bewick Campus regularly takes part in charitable events, but this was our first charity run.

“We completed a whole school assembly about the Race for Life and it was met with great enthusiasm by the children and it encouraged them to talk about different matters.

“Most people are affected by cancer during some part of their lives and a lot of the children have been sponsored by friends and family members with even some parents taking the sponsor sheet into their place of work.

“We hope the money raised by our Race for Life helps the battle to beat cancer.”


Thomas Bewick Race for Life


Talented Young Stand-Up Heads to Westminster

Jesse Webb Voicebox Finalist

Since last autumn, hundreds of children have taken part in Voice Box – the joke-telling competition for schools in England, Scotland and Wales.

But just twenty made it through to the final at Speaker’s House, Westminster in London and we are very proud to say that one of them was the very talented Jesse Webb, a pupil at the Thomas Bewick Campus.

Jesse, 11, delighted the packed audience of politicians, parents and children with his joke:

What do you call an apple pie when it’s in jail?

… In Custardy!

Jesse Webb

Jesse, who was presented with a Voice Box finalist certificate, said:

“I am overwhelmed that I have been given the opportunity to come to such an important place. The fact that I am where the government rules from really excites me and I am even a little bit nervous!”

Voice Box is an annual competition, organised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and partnered by The Communication Trust. It aims to remind people that there are children in every classroom who need support to help them speak and understand what is being said to them.

Nearly 20% of the population may experience communication difficulties at some point in their lives. Seven per cent of children aged about five years have specific speech and language impairment and a further 1.8% have speech, language and communication needs linked to other conditions, such as learning disability, cerebral palsy, and autism spectrum disorders.

John Bercow, Speaker of The House of Commons, said: “I am delighted to be able to host this wonderful event for the third year running. It is extremely important that children with speech, language and communication needs receive the support they require to reach their potential.”

Voice Box 2017 Joke Competition Finalist Jesse Webb with Ian Lavery MP (1)

Photo credit: Geoff Wilson

Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, who attended the event, added:

“It’s fantastic to see my constituent Jesse Webb, and others from across the UK, participating in this wonderful event. We must, at all times, encourage speaking and listening as a vital part of an individual’s life. My hat goes off to the exceptional teachers and speech and language therapists who strive to assist these children in communicating more easily.”

Julie Carr, the Academy’s speech and language therapist, said: “Communication is a fundamental part of our daily lives and these skills begin to develop from birth. Humour is something that connects us and allows us to share in experiences with others, building friendships and providing joy.

“I love that Voice Box brings together the importance of communication and how fun language can be. Humour is used a lot throughout our lives and I think it’s a great way to explore language.”

Listen to Jesse and Julie telling BBC Radio Newcastle’s John Harle all about it: 

To find out more about speech, language and communication support at the Academy visit

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