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During this time of uncertainty, we will be using our whole school blog as a place to share some interesting and fun activities that can be shared with your children. Take care and stay safe from all staff at New Penshaw Academy.

16th March 2021: The Secret Garden

The children of New Penshaw Academy are working very hard, and we are so proud of everything they have achieved since their return to school. Throughout the week, we have worked with Miss Weldon and the Eco Warriors to develop our new outdoor area, which we have called ‘The Secret Garden’. From laying new paths, planting beautiful flowers and building bug hotels, we are almost finished! Here is an update on our progress so far.

5th March 2021: We can’t wait to see you on Monday!

On World Book Day, the staff became very excited about the children returning to school on Monday and had to dance about it!

During World Book Day, the children focused on an author and listened to a live book read from them too. Throughout the day, the children took part in exciting activities which broadened their knowledge and inspired them to continue to read a range of stories from different authors and genres.

World Book Day was a fantastic day, and we thoroughly enjoyed it at New Penshaw Academy!

1st March 2021: Science week launch video

The staff at New Penshaw Academy have been getting themselves ready for British Science week by conducting their own science experiments at home. The experiments link to a range of areas in the curriculum to show that everybody can be scientists, at home and in school!

1st March 2021: Science week begins

Week beginning Monday 1st March, New Penshaw Academy will be taking part in British Science Week. The children at home, and in school will be using their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) skills to create and develop concepts linked to this year’s theme ‘Innovating for the future’.
During the week beginning Monday 8th March, we are working with British Science Week to develop our Secret Garden. The children of New Penshaw Academy are going to construct a beautiful garden across the week and we can’t wait to show you the finished area – it’s going to be amazing! Please check our Facebook page, Eco Team blog and your own class blog for updates.

15th June 2020: Reopening Update

Please see the below letter with the latest information about the reopening of our school.

8th June 2020: Reopening Update

Please see the letters below with the most recent information regarding the reopening of school. (Please read the parent letter before sharing the letter to our children.)

4h June 2020: Reopening Update

Please see the letter below with the latest updates on the reopening of our school.

21st May 2020: COVID-19 UPDATE

Please see the below letter with the latest updates on the reopening of schools.


Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well. I just wanted to update you as much as I can about what is going on behind the scenes in school, as I’m aware you will all be wondering what the very near future may hold in terms of our children returning to school.

We are still very much at the planning stage of the possible re-opening of school. I have been working through the guidance that the Government have issued very carefully to ensure that all advice is followed and that any plans made are done so with the utmost care and attention given to the health and safety of all children and staff.

As I’m sure you will appreciate, this is something that takes time, especially under these circumstances. As a school we are working closely with the Local Authority in order to complete all relevant risk assessments and ensure they are robust and in place before I will allow any staff or children to work in our building.

I apologise that I cannot provide you with any further information at this time, but I will update you all later on the week when I know more.

For now, what I can say is that from June 1st, our school will re-open in a childcare capacity for children of key workers. So the provision that was at Fatfield Academy will move back to New Penshaw’s building from June 1st.

Thank you so much to all of you for your continued support and patience through these very unusual circumstances.

Mrs Johnson


Please see the letter below regarding an update on a potential reopening of school for your year group.


Under the current circumstances, we anticipate that many of your young children have a great deal of questions around COVID-19. With this is mind, we want to share COVIBOOK – a text written to help discuss the key issues surrounding COVID-19. Please see the below link and share this with your children.


A little message to all of our wonderful children and families…

(I do not own the rights to this music but have the right to play)

A List of Online Resources:

Below is a list of Government approved resources to be using and exploring with your children at home.


A Treasury of Songs:

Julia Donaldson and her husband have just released their latest reading – you’re in for a real treat with this one!


Hand Wash Challenge:

Medicspot is calling all primary school children to share their creative ideas to help encourage frequent hand washing – the best way to keep yourself and others safe from coronavirus.

Find out how you can enter and win £500 for New Penshaw Academy here: www.medicspot.co.uk/handwash

Julia Donaldson Reading Sessions:

One of our favourite authors Julia Donaldson is reading some of her amazing stories through her Facebook page every week. Below is the reading from this week: A Squash and a Squeeze! 


We will post new links weekly so remember to check back soon.