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”

Magical Takeover

The Wonderfolk of Woodhorn took over William Leech Primary Campus when the whole school took part in a day of activities organised by Bedlington charity Leading Link.

Wonderfolk is a brand new interactive family trail opening at Woodhorn Museum. Equipped with a magical lantern, visitors help to track down and uncover the stories and secrets of the Wonderfolk – magical, mythical creatures hidden underground among the coal seams.

Headteacher, Mrs Mullen said, “We’re very much into developing the creative curriculum here at William Leech and anything that will fire the children’s imaginations and develop writing skills.

“When we found out the Wonderfolk project was all about exploring local culture and heritage we were really keen to be involved.”

Read more about what our pupils thought about their day:

Harvey, 8

“My favourite part was the dance. I had an absolute blast doing it. I had really good fun making things and doing the activities as well. We wrote a postcard to the Wonderfolk and drew a picture of what they look like on the back.

Matthew, 8

“I’d like to go to Woodhorn in the summer holidays to do the trail because we’ll know where to look for the Wonderfolk because we’ve learned about them at school. I enjoyed doing the dance the best. And I loved making stuff. We imagined what we think the Wonderfolk homes look like and drew pictures and made them out of plasticine.

Abigail, 7

We saw a Fir Borg and a Flade [two different types of Wonderfolk] at dinner time – one was down a drain and we heard them. We saw a little red and white pointy hat. I’ve drawn a picture. We found some glitter on the Wonderfolk hunt at school – there were messages in a bottle and other evidence.  We did Irish dancing and special football. I liked making the little houses the most because we used plasticine and it was really good.

Sinead, 6

We made postcards to send to the Wonderfolk. We made little houses and put lights in it. I liked finding the shiny stuff because I like shiny stuff. I might have to pour some glitter around to see if I can find one at home. I’ll ask my mam if we can go to Woodhorn in the school holidays to see if we can find some there and help the Professor.


Scarlett, 9

I liked learning the dance the best. When get home from school I’l do the dance for my little sister (age 2) and I’ll be able to tell her all about what we learned at school today.


Maddie, 9

I liked finding the clues about the Wonderfolk and working out what they meant – we found leaves with glitter on that made a word or sentence on them. Our clay houses will be part of the exhibition and we’re looking forward to people seeing what we’ve made. We can’t wait to hep the Professor at Woodhorn, there’ll be more clues for us to solve and we can help to explain about the Wonderfolk to other because we’ve learned about them at school.


Wedding Bells at William Leech Campus

Wedding bells chimed at the William Leech Campus as children took part in a mock wedding.
The service was officiated by the Reverend Joanna Dobson, from Holy Trinity, Widdrington & St John’s, Ulgham.
Katie from reception class was waked down the aisle by her brother Christopher who gave her away, accompanied by bridesmaids and ushers from each class.
She then pretended to get married to Alfie from Y1. Josh from Y6 did the reading ‘Let love be your guide’ from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and the children from Nursery to Y6 sang ‘Shine’ and ‘Our God is a Great Big God’ beautifully.
The bride a groom gave Haribo rings and signed the register witnessed by Freddie and Maddie, before everyone tucked into a fabulous buffet and a chocolate fountain.


Young Gardeners Show they are Bloomin Marvellous

Green-fingered two-year-olds have been helping to add a splash of colour to the Lynemouth Early Years Centre.

Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the children planted flowers to learn about growing and taking care of our environment.

They also discovered how flowers bring insects into the garden and how we have to take special care of them as well as our flowers, watering them and being gentle.

Magical Visitors for Two-Year-Olds

It was a magical day for our two-year-olds when some special guests came to visit.

The Lynemouth Early Years Centre teamed-up with Surestart to hold a glittering Dummy Party.

Children made and decorated their own boxes and put their dummies inside. Then with the help of the magic word – abracadabra!  – the dummy fairies arrived and transformed their dummies into cuddly teddies to bring them comfort instead.

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





Farm Adventures for Reception and Y1

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The Reception/Y1 class at the William Leech Campus had a fantastic day out at Broxfield Farm.

They tiptoed through the bean plants, bumped over the fields in the tractor’s trailer to visit the cows and their calves and bottle fed Daisy the lamb before eating a well-earned packed lunch in Farmer Thompson’s beautiful garden.
They finished off an exciting day by creeping through the enchanted forest where they collected pine cones, pine nuts, leaves and feathers to make magical creatures and homes for them to live in.
What a tiring but exciting day!