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Welcome back to school everyone! Let's make it a great year.

Spanish Weather Report

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Joshua in Year 4 wrote his own weather report in Spanish accompanied by a weather map he also created on his laptop!


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Year 6 Leavers 2021


On Tuesday 20th July 2021 it was an emotional final day at Noak Bridge Primary for our lovely year 6 class.

They were surprised with a BMX experience in the morning and had their leaver’s assembly in the afternoon, watched by their families, to share memories of their time at Noak Bridge and how they have grown over the years. We wish them all the very best for the future!

All photographs can be found in the gallery, link below:

Year 6 Leavers BMX event | Noak Bridge Primary School (

Lockdown Leavers 2021

Drumming Workshop Friday 9th July 2021


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Year 1’s Teddy Bears Picnic

Update from CSSE regarding 11+

Are you entitled to Free School Meals?

Aidan in Year 4 created this fantastic ‘Stop Motion’ animation within his computing lessons. Well done!

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A GCSE Music student has volunteered to teach drumming 1:1 with some pupils in Year 4. The children have really enjoyed the lessons and made excellent progress!

1:1 Drumming Lessons with Year 4

Healthy Eating Week

Science Week 24th -28th May 2021


We had an amazing week at Noak Bridge for Science Week - learning all about dinosaurs. 


Each class conducted various different science activities, including designing their own dinosaurs and learning about the famous paleontologist Mary Anning. 


We were also so lucky to have a visit from Jam the T-Rex and his owners at Teach Rex where we learnt more about dinosaurs, their features and habitats as well as having a go at creating our very own green screen dinosaur movie! 


In the words of Amelia-May, Year 2 - "It was the best day ever!!". 


Here are some snippets from the things we got up to...


To see all photos, please look in the gallery: Science Week | Noak Bridge Primary School ( 



This week, beginning 14th June, Year 6 have started 'Bikeability'.

Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads.

This is an essential life skill for now and in the future.

Y6 Virtual Dance Festival May 2021

On Tuesday 25th May 2021 some of our talented Year 6 dancers took part in the CPRSSP virtual dance festival and performed this dance to other local schools.
I am sure you will all agree, they were brilliant!

More photos from 'Pyjamarama' can be found within the 'Gallery' laugh

Pyjamarama | Noak Bridge Primary School (

Meet Buddy

The children meet Buddy, a friendly, green speech bubble who believes that children should be able to speak out to someone if they're worried or unhappy.

w/b 17th May 2021

NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online programme


We are pleased to tell you that this week we will be participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online programme. This consists of an online assembly and supporting classroom based activities. Speak out. Stay safe. is a safeguarding programme available to all primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands. It aims to help children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse in a child friendly, interactive way. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline.


The NSPCC have developed an online version of their Speak out. Stay safe. programme to help overcome some of the challenges that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented in relation to having external speakers in school. In the online assembly, the Speak out. Stay safe. messages continue to be delivered in a fun and interactive way with the help of their mascot Buddy as well as special guest appearances from Ant and Dec.


We have studied the content of the materials and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of the programme, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.


If you would like to know more about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme you can find information on the NSPCC website or I would be happy to discuss any questions that you may have.


Adapted assembly for home use

The NSPCC has also developed an adapted version of their assembly for parents/carers to use at home with their children. This can be found here: Watch our Speak out Stay safe assembly at home | NSPCC. With the help of celebrities, the film focuses on how a child can get support if they have any worries or concerns


To complement the assembly, there are some resources that can be used to enable further discussion whilst doing activities with your children.  These are hosted on the NSPCC website  


Talking PANTS with your children

‘Talk PANTS’ is a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex. The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at


Childline Under 12’s Website

Childline also have a website with age appropriate advice for primary school children on topics such as bullying. It also has games and other interactive tools.Your child can visit it at

If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website

Hearing Awareness Week 3rd - 9th May 2021


Prefects led an assembly around Hearing Awareness which helped us to think about different types of communication, how we can be aware of hearing loss and how we can remove barriers to communication.


Top Tips for Communication:

  • Make sure you have the person's attention before you start speaking.
  • Stand or sit in a place with good lighting, so that you can be lip-read.
  • Try to find a quiet place to communicate with little background noise as this can be distracting.
  • use your usual voice level. 
  • Speak clearly and steadily.
  • Use a variety of ways to communicate: British Sign Language, writing, body language, texting etc.
  • Look, smile, chat.


Below is the PowerPoint shared with the whole school.



17th March 2021



 We are pleased to announce that we have continued to meet the criteria, and therefore, maintain our Healthy School Status! 

Well done everyone smiley

A special thanks to Miss Caddell for her hard work in submitting our application.


11th March 2021

We are pleased to announce that we have achieved the Essex Virtual School Attachment Awareness Bronze Award!


An attachment aware school is one where the whole staff: have a good understanding of the impact of significant relational traumas and losses upon pupils, have attachment principles firmly embedded within their policies and use an attachment framework to understand behaviours. 

Over the past year we have raised awareness and developed our approach to supporting mental health and well-being including the introduction of the 'Zones of Regulation' and 'Emotion Coaching'. We now hope to embed our child centred approach and continue to support the children's emotional well-being.

World Book Day 2021 


On Thursday 4th March 2021, Noak Bridge Primary School celebrated World Book Day. Despite this year's circumstances being a little different than usual, many children enjoyed the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book character and took part in lots of book-themed activities as part of their remote learning for the day. Please see our photo gallery for some of the great costumes we witnessed on the day as well as some fantastic examples of work the pupils produced.

Photographs can be seen within the gallery section of our website (link below)

World Book Day | Noak Bridge Primary School (



smiley Max is Supporting the Little Princess Trust smiley

Update 24th February 2021




I have been growing my hair since July 2020 because one of my friends sisters had Leukaemia and needed the help of the charity Little Princess Trust. They make wigs for people to use, when they lose their hair because of cancer treatment. I wanted to help a little girl or boy to have a wig by using my hair. My hair is now 8 inches long, so I will get it cut when the barbers open and send my hair to Little Princess Trust and it will be made into a wig. I’m also raising money for them by getting sponsors, I have raised £365 so far.

This is amazing Max - everyone at Noak Bridge Primary School is so proud!



Essex Local Offer - virtual ‘Pin Board’


The SEND Navigators and many Parent Support Groups across the county, are coming together weekly during the pandemic, on the Virtual Parent Support Group Drop-in sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to improve communication and access to Education, Health and Social Care colleagues.

The drop-in will provide a weekly opportunity for representatives from Parent Support groups from across Essex to share the lived experiences, questions and issues that are being raised by the parents they represent.

The purpose of the virtual ‘Pin Board’ is to post services and resources to assist with some of the issues and common themes raised each week.

Tuesday 9th February 2021 is Safer Internet Day and with children needing to access the internet more often it is more important than ever to ensure this can be done safely.

Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies and policymakers to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in school and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year.

smiley  MINDFUL MONDAYS laugh


For the next few weeks, to give everybody a break at the weekends, instead of setting homework based on English and Maths, on a Friday, teachers will talk to the children about ‘Mindfulness Monday’ tasks which the children could complete over the weekend if they wish.

Work that is completed may be shared with the school community by being added to the ‘Remote Learning’ section of the website.


There will still be activities that your children can do if you wish, but there is no expectation from school that this is completed as homework.


This slight change in our provision will hopefully give you some time to spend on other activities you may feel that you don’t have time to do, like going for a walk, baking together, playing games or just simply reading together.



A warning message from our Community Safety and Engagement Officer


29th January 2021



Local artist Shaun wanted to get back in touch, to let us know they  have scanned all of our pupils' leaves. He said 'I really love the textures, colour and paper choices your students made. We are currently finalising the current nature side design, rather than allocating each school a panel, we are going to dedicate certain trees and bushes to each school, these seemed a bit more organic and less formal than a panel. We will supply the school with a map, identifying which ones are your students.' 

It is so exciting to be part of this project and to see our art work becoming a permanent feature of the new cinema in Basildon town centre! Can you find your leaf?




Competition winner!!


5th January 2021 Some great news to start the new year! Before Christmas Year 5 were asked to design a picture to be used under the new advisory 20’s plenty signs which will be placed near our school.

Rosie is the winner with the following design - Well done Rosie!






Lest We Forget


To commemorate Remembrance Day, all of the children in the school created a poppy, which have been put together to create the silhouette of a single soldier. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to the PFA for providing all of the children in the school with a 'goodie bag' to eat while they watched the virtual pantomimes. So kind smiley

We hope you enjoy our Christmas carols!

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Its Fern's 2 year Diaversary, 2 years since her Type 1 diagnosis. We took a family photo to thank people via Facebook for the £425 raised following my post about Fern on World Diabetes Day and to celebrate how well Fern does. We also thanked everyone involved in her support which included everyone at school especially Miss Tanton and Mrs Scanlon. We said how we try our best to manage Fern's diabetes and make sure it never holds her back.  We also make sure diabetes doesn't control us as a family we do our best to control it.

Thank you very much for all you do.



Writing through the arts 


On Thursday 19th November Year 3 used drama and performance to help write a persuasive letter to Mrs Patient, with ideas of how they could improve the school. The children took it in turns to record their 'response' as if they were Mrs Patient. The children thoroughly enjoyed the activity and watching themselves back 'on the big screen!'.

More pictures are available in our 'Gallery' page.


Radion Project 


Shaun and Phillipa, local artists, are working to create a new public art sculpture on the side of the new cinema in Basildon Town Centre. They aim to involve different generations, age groups, and local schools within the project. This week, the week beginning 16th November, Noak Bridge Primary School have created leaf rubbings (frottage) to be included in the mural, every child has created a leaf image.

The art workshop activity included: 


  • an introduction to the new cinema and what a lenticular screen is.
  • Identifying why nature in the borough is important and what we can do to look after it and what role public art can play in this.
  • Working with lots of schools – idea of collaboration, working as a group.
  • The design of the mural so far and how your students leaf will be the key feature.
  • Art History – David Hockney vs Vincent Van Gogh
  • What is frottage and how to do it – Demo.
  • Identifying leaves with leaf identification card.



To see more images, please view our 'Gallery' and 'Our Artsmark Journey' pages.

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You Will Be Found - #CheerUpCharlie & West End Friends

A charity fundraising single for National Anti-Bullying Week 2020. All proceeds in aid of The Diana Award. To donate, visit:

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World Diabetes Day 14th November 2020


At our school we have children who have Type 1 Diabetes and to support World Diabetes Day we will be discussing diabetes within our assemblies this week. 

This year we are lucky enough to have one of our families sharing how they have started using 'Dexcom' to help manage diabetes.

We think you are very brave Fern - thank you!


If you would like to support research into type 1 diabetes, to improve lives, please donate through JDRF:

Fern talking about Diabetes

Other videos of Fern talking discussing Diabetes are in our 'Gallery' > 'Events 20-21' > Diabetes Awareness Assembly


Thank you to everyone who gave a voluntary donation to Children in Need on Friday 13th November 2020. In these difficult and challenging times your generosity is very much appreciated and we raised an amazing total of £152.80! Well Done everyone.

A great achievement on 'World Kindness Day' too!

More photographs available within our gallery.

Reminder: Non - Pupil day on Monday 2nd November 

Last year, November 2019, we raised the fantastic amount of £83.51 for the Poppy Appeal! Poppies are on sale again this year, please give your donation to your class teacher as poppies are kept in class. Thank you in advance.

We supported 'Give Racism the Red Card' on Friday 16th October. The children dressed in red and learnt about race, racism, equality and to celebrate difference. More photographs can be found within our gallery.


It’s that time of year again where it’s getting darker earlier, with darker mornings and the clocks going back soon.


We are sending the links below which contain useful Road Safety resources reminding pupils why it is important that everyone dresses brightly when out and about.

Josh Year 4 made an excellent model of an Iron Age settlement, great work!!

The Children's Mental Health Awareness Day was a great success! (see all photographs within the gallery of the 'children's' section)

Everyone made a real effort to wear an item of yellow, to think about and to talk about how we can stay mentally healthy.

Here are some strategies the children came up with: 


  • Release e.g. cry, squeeze pillow, stress ball
  • Get a enough sleep
  • Speak to someone you trust
  • Exercise
  • Smile
  • Be kind to each other
  • Have time alone
  • Write things down and then rip it up
  • Worry box at school
  • Keep occupied - reading, drawing, knitting
  • Get some fresh air - walking, looking at the sky
  • Spending time with people and our pets


For further support with mental health please look at the pages on our website within the 'Key Information' section.

Good Care in School Award | Congratulations | Diabetes UK

On Friday 16th October 2020 we would like everyone to wear red to support the 'Show Racism the Red Card' campaign.

Show Racism the Red Card 2018 Educational Film trailer

Come together for #HelloYellow 2020!

On Friday 9th October 2020 we would like everyone to wear yellow to raise awareness and promote good mental health and well-being for children. Looking after our well-being has never been more important so children will discuss and complete activities to explore ways of supporting their mental health and well-being.

Also on the 15th September 2020, we received the fantastic news that we have achieved the 'Good Diabetes Care in School Award'!! This award shows that our school takes the care and inclusion of children with medical conditions such as diabetes seriously, and that we are delivering good practice care as recognised by Diabetes UK. A special thanks goes to Mrs Scanlon, our 'appointed person' and Mrs Barrett for their hard work to improve our practice and complete the application. We would also like to thank our parents for the nomination and who supported our application.

15th September 2020 We received the amazing news that we became a 'Music Mark School'!! We were nominated by the Essex Music Hub to The UK Association for Music Education for our commitment to providing high-quality music education, they recognised the value that we place on music and our dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We are so pleased and would like to thank Miss Fisher (Music Lead) in particular for her hard work to further improve our music provision.

For the week beginning 7th September 2020, Reisha in year 5 attended a trial at the Essex FA's Regional Talent Centre. After performing well she was offered a place, for this season, in the U11's elite programme. This is the highest level a girl can play at, at this age, which is a fantastic accomplishment - well done Reisha! Let's support our potential Lioness!

On Friday 11th September 2020 Year 2 discussed the 'Zones of Regulation' and the feelings we may experience in each 'zone'. Being able to identify and name feelings is the start of emotional self-understanding and emotional self-regulation.

September 10th 2020 - Joshua in year 4 has been involved in fund raising for St Luke's Hospice. He took part in a 26 mile marathon and raised £1016. The money raised is enough to help 32 people at the hospice. This is amazing news and a great start to the year! Well done Josh, everyone at Noak Bridge is very proud of your achievement and kind behaviour.