Year 6 Victoria Tunnel Visit

Some of our year 6 children visited the Victoria Tunnels today. They found out what it was like to be down in the tunnels during an air raid in World War II – where people slept, how long they would be there for and how they went to the toilet. Basil, a 90 year-old told them about his experiences during the war and down in the tunnels when he was 10.

The guides were all really impressed with the interest, questions and behaviour of all of the children who went – well done year 6.

500 Words Competition 2019

We had an incredible number of children from years 2 – 6 take part in the BBC 500 Words Competition this year! 58 children took part in school this year! Their stories, which they wrote independently were imaginative and unique. What wonderful writers we have at Harton Primary School. We were also delighted to find out Heidi has gotten through to the next round of the competition!

Whole School Elmer Project

Thank you to all of our parents/guardians for the contributions during our Elmer Project Day. We raised over £400 for St. Oswalds Hospice.

We are so excited for Elmer’s Great North Parade and cannot wait to see our Harton Primary School elephant on the trail. During our project day the children put forward their own design ideas and they were amazing. We cannot wait to share them with you.


Activation letters have been sent home this week – please activate your account as soon as possible.
School Meals can be paid daily, weekly, or in advance using ParentPay.
Payment for forthcoming trips, milk money and other items will also be made available to pay through ParentPay.
If you need any help activating your ParentPay account, please call the school office.

Thank you for your patience and understanding last week when we were forced to close because of damage to the roof caused by the high winds.

We will make sure that any events planned for last week are rescheduled.

Red Nose Day

We will hold our planned Red Nose Day on Friday 22nd March. Pupils can wear non-uniform or can wear fancy dress (some pupils have said they want to come as a book character) for a donation of £1. We still have a few Red Noses left which can be bought this week. Remember our theme is ‘crazy hair’!

Science Week

Pupils were enjoying a range of science activities last week and these will be continued in school over the next few days.

Class Assembly

We will go ahead with the planned Class Assembly for Miss Jenning’s class this week (Friday 22nd March 9am). Miss Errington’s Class Assembly will now be held on Friday 5th April 9am.

School Council

At their most recent meeting our School Council decided they would like to lead a number of fundraising events to support a range of charities. They have planned a raffle to start raising funds. Tickets will be on sale to pupils (£1 for 5 tickets). The raffle will be drawn during assembly on Friday 5th April.

Easter Egg Competition

Children will decorate a boiled egg in class for our annual competition (Please bring your own hard boiled egg).

Monday 1st April Year 3 and Year 6

Tuesday 2nd April Year 5

Wednesday 3rd April Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4.

Reception and nursery classes will decorate their eggs during the planned Stay and Play sessions.

Elmer Day

Friday 29th March. Wear bright colours for a donation of £1. Funds raised will be donated to St. Oswald’s Hospice.


  • Tuesday 19th March – Choir performing at the Music Festival 1:45pm
  • Tuesday 19th March – Mini Police celebration, Pier Pavillion 6pm
  • Thursday 21st March – Year 2 Music Festival Customs House 1:45pm
  • Monday 25th March – Parent Pay starts (payment for school meals, milk money and future trips), please remember to activate your code.
  • Monday 25th/Tuesday 26th Parents’ Evenings
  • Monday 1st April 2pm (girls) Tuesday 2nd April 2pm (boys) – Year 1 performance at Harton Primary.
  • Monday 1st April 2pm Year 4 performance at St. Lawrence’s Church.
  • We break up for Easter on Friday 5th April and return to school on Tuesday 23rd

Engineer Visit from Sunderland University

Years 1 – 6 received a visit from Dr Michael Knowles from Sunderland University who talked to the children about routes into a career in engineering. He showed us what engineers do and talked about the racing cars that Sunderland University engineering students make every year. The children thought of interesting questions which they shared with Dr Knowles.


Year 6 Get to the Heart of the Matter

As part of Science Week, year 6 are studying animals including humans.

To begin with, we looked at the 11 systems in our bodies and then focused on our circulatory system.

What better way to understand our hearts than to see one?

After putting on our gloves and aprons and setting some safety rules, we began to explore some lambs’ hearts.

There were lots of funny faces pulled and odd noises coming from some of year 6, but everyone who chose to feel and explore the hearts agreed they were pleased to have done it.

Lots of things surprised us about the hearts – the shape, how squishy they were, how hard the fat surrounding them was and how little space there was for the blood to go into.

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School Reopens On Monday 18th March

Good News!

Despite the rain, the workmen have managed to make the roof safe.

School will reopen to all pupils on Monday 18th March.

We will have our own Red Nose Day on Friday 22nd March and Y2E’s class assembly will be rescheduled.

All events planned for this week will go ahead (Music Festival for Year 2 and the choir).

Thank you for you patience and understanding.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.