Good luck, children!

December 6th, 2017

I know that everyone has been practising hard for their fabulous Christmas performances – learning lines, stage directions and songs. Although I can’t be with you to see your magical performances, I wish you lots of luck and know that you will make your grown ups feel very proud indeed! I am looking after my very poorly dad at the moment but think about my Roseberry family every day. Be good – I’ll see you all very soon.

Keeping children and data safe when buying smart toys and devices

November 27th, 2017

The 12 ways that Christmas shoppers can keep children and data safe when buying smart toys and devices (ICO)

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Planning to spend a couple of hours in a Christmas Market or even on Amazon? This Christmas there will be more tech toys than ever before, and many of them will use bluetooth or wifi to link to apps and the wider internet. Some of these toys will have cameras and microphones recording the environment and the child’s play. The Information Commissioner recently published an article looking at the risks of using smart toys and it is well-worth sharing it with parents.

Safety alert: see how easy it is for almost anyone to hack your child’s connected toys (Which?)

Which? Magazine have also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety.

The Which video below shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.


Ofsted Guide for Parents

November 20th, 2017

School inspections – a guide for parents

We are going to be inspected by Ofsted on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Please see the guide for parents above for further information.

Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch us, we’re from Roseberry!

November 16th, 2017

I am so very proud of the children who represented our school in the most recent inter-schools Cross Country event. Huge congratulations to Magda and Alex who got through to the finals. What amazing runners you are!

We’re getting ready for Children in Need!

November 10th, 2017

This week, I met with the School Council to plan what they would like to do to raise money for   Children in Need on Friday 17th November. This is what they decided…                                                                                                                  Children may come to school dressed in spotty or multi coloured clothes and bring along a selection of coins for the activities that will take place from 1pm until 2pm. Children will be in their team point teams and take part in Pudsey’s money metres, Pudsey’s colour dash, Pudsey’s pennies and Pudsey’s follow the leader. I think everyone will have lots of fun!


We love it when you comment on our blogs!

November 10th, 2017

I often hear comments from parents about how much they enjoy reading the blogs on our website. I recently spoke with one of our dads who reads his child’s class blog when he is working abroad as it enables him to feel that he’s in touch with what his son is doing in school – how lovely! Please feel free to comment on our blogs, as teachers and children love to know that you have read them!


Why do I love my job?

November 10th, 2017

People often ask me why I love my job. I love it because every day is different, because it offers challenge and professional fulfilment, because I have a love of learning and am surrounded be people who share the same passion. Most of all, I love my job because of the people I am with every day. Our Roseberry family is unique – a community of adults and children who care for one another and want to succeed. The buzz in the hall during Parents’ evenings this week was a pleasure to witness. Hearing parents and teachers sharing goals and aspirations for children and planning how to work together was wonderful and the positive feedback about how families feel about our school was a pleasure to receive!  

Look at this amazing news!

November 1st, 2017


 On Monday, we received a letter from the Minister of State for School Standards, the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, congratulating us on our outstanding achievement in the 2017 Year One phonics screening check. With 100% of children reaching or exceeding the pass mark, our school is in the top 3% of all primary schools in the country!

Hip hip hooray! Congratulations, everyone!




What amazing progress, what beautiful work!

November 1st, 2017

Today, Mikey came to show me the progress he has made in handwriting and presentation since September. I was amazed! Mikey certainly understands the importance of creating beautiful work and has set a super example for his friends to follow. What a superstar!



A lovely end to a busy half term!

October 20th, 2017

Today, we held our Harvest assembly- what a wonderful way to end a busy and productive half term. Children sang songs and read the harvest prayers they had written. We were amazed at how very brave our youngest children were. It was their first public performance and they were brilliant, singing about the Little Red Hen.

Thank you to everyone who donated food for the Middlesbrough Food bank and flowers for people in our village who needed a smile. Thanks to the adults who gave their time to deliver flowers with the children and to Mrs Dawson for arranging the deliveries.

I am always humbled by the support and generosity of our school family and the commitment and dedication of our staff.

I wish you all a very happy holiday!