As Norman Street Primary School welcomed pupils back to class last week, the new additions to the school got to make use of the brand new outdoor play area.

The reception class at the school can now relax on seats deigned like toadstools, climb up and down the wall climb and drive tricycles on the specially designed ring road. There are also water based activities that would have been perfect to use during last week's heat!

Speaking about the area, Executive Headteacher Mrs Murray said: “The reception area has been totally revamped, making it more child friendly for the reception class, who we call our Busy Bees. The class have just started coming into school on a full-time basis today following introductory sessions, everyone is well settled now and the outdoor area has been well received by the kids.”

Elsewhere in the school, the running club has restarted for pupils to keep fit. Year 5 students take part in the group on Tuesday and the Year 6 class run on Thursdays. Each class takes part at lunch time and children are separated into bubbles to ensure social distancing is met.Year 4 children are going to visit the Roman fort, Vindolanda, later this month.

Assemblies are also continuing on Zoom. On Tuesdays, the school holds a singing assembly for the entire school and later in the week the school observes a celebration assembly, where pupils who have performed extremely well are named and congratulated for their efforts.