Welcome to our website

Welcome to Bede Burn Primary School.  It is my pleasure to be Head Teacher of such a vibrant and successful school.  We have a talented and dedicated team of teachers, teaching assistants and supervisory staff who have one aim: to provide the very best care and education for the children in our school.IMG_0254

This academic year sees a plethora of changes to the education system:  new curriculum, new testing procedures, new assessment strategies.  Through it all, at Bede Burn, we remain focussed on making lessons fun, exciting and informative for the children and trying to make school a place which children enjoy attending.

We are continuing to make improvements and strive to be the very best that we can, through this web site, we aim to keep you up to date with all of the exciting events that occur in school and all of our achievements.  Please feel free to use the comment option on each post, it is reassuring to know that the posts are being read!

I could write for hours extolling the virtues of the children and staff at this school, most of you reading this know this already!

In short; welcome to our school, I hope you enjoy the new website!

Michael Arthur

Head Teacher



Year 6 Leaver’s Hoodies

Y6 received their leaver’s hoodies yesterday. You can tell from their faces how much they love them.

The class are currently raising money for these as part of an enterprise project. Thank you to all who bought tea or coffee at the Queen’s Birthday Party or who bought a number in our hundred club. This raised a lot of money towards the hoodies.

Texts will be going out soon to the winners of the 100 club.

Y6 will be selling ice pops for 20p and other refreshments at sports day so look out for our stall!

Thank you for your support!

Mrs Todd and Y6



Going on a mini beast hunt

On a rather warm day we set off to Bill Quay farm in search of some mini beasts! After a quick introduction to some less common creatures including Dexter the hissing cockroach we explored a variety of habitats including the meadow where we found leaf hoppers hiding in the bubbles, the undergrowth where we woke the sleeping centipedes, a few lumbricus terrestris (worms) and caught sight of a few fast moving beetles. Then it was off to the pond to see which creatures lived there. Have a look at the photographs to see what we found.

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Race For Life 2016

This morning the children ran, walked, skipped and bounded around the track at Monkton as Bede Burn’s effort to take part in the race for life!


The sun stayed out and all of the children had a brilliant time, we definitely have some future Olympians in our midst, with many older children completing ten laps!

Many thanks to all of the parents, carers and grandparents who came along and joined in, and to all of the little brothers and sisters who also ran or toddled!

It was a great morning and everyone had fun.  I even managed ten laps as part of my Great North Run Training!

Huge thanks to Mrs Kiely for organising the event and well done all of Bede Burn!

Some photographs of the event can be seen here.

The Queen’s Birthday Party.

A huge thanks to all of you that attended the Queen’s birthday party after school last Friday.   Although the weather wasn’t brilliant we carried on in true British fashion and enjoyed picnics on the field!


You can see a selection of photographs from the event here.

I must say it was a brilliant effort by all of our staff and children and I’m sure that the Queen would be delighted that we all had such a good time in her honour!

Summer fun

Our first topic this half term is ‘Life Cycles’. We will be reviewing our knowledge of plants and how seeds grow and hopefully the outdoor area will not only be bursting with learning opportunities but also with flowers! Of course wherever there are flowers there are always mini beasts to investigate and we will be finding out how some of these creatures help the flowers and how others don’t!

We are hoping to extend our knowledge and experience of mini beasts with a visit to Bill Quay farm for a rambling mini beasts hunt and a spot of pond dipping.

Having completed our botany studies, as well as demonstrating our skills as budding entomologists, we will be becoming historians, finding out about what life was like in the Middle Ages, with a visit to Newcastle Keep to find out just how great it would have been to live in a castle. Not!

We are also hoping to organise a ‘Family Activity Day’ at the park before the end of term for the whole family. Watch out for more details coming soon.

Reading, writing and number work will continue to build on the skills the children have developed, focussing on their needs and ability using a variety of active, practical and fun approaches with some more formal work where appropriate.


Thank you for your on going support.


A blast from the past!

Last week Florence Nightingale appeared out of nowhere. She had taken a wrong turn down the hospital corridor and found herself in our classroom. We were all very shocked and surprised but found out lots of interesting facts and stories about her. We also asked her interesting questions.

Did you know… Florence Nightingale was born in Florence on the 12th May 1820.