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Hi Everyone! Wow what an exciting Summer we have had – the Olympics were amazing and I’m sure you all have some ‘good holiday’ memories too! As we enter the new school year we would like to welcome all our first time readers and our regular readers too! This issue is the first of the academic year and will be followed by an issue just before each school holiday. We will be covering all that is happening locally for families and schools in our ‘What’s On ‘ section. We will also be bringing you some fab money saving offers along with loads of easy to enter competitions –with prizes from holidays to theatre tickets – we have it covered. This issue gives a full guide to choosing a school for those looking at their next step in education, along with helpful hints on making the process a little less arduous. Don’t forget, Primary Times is for you and about you, so please let us know about all your news and forth coming events in school – we would love to hear from you. So, enjoy your move into Autumn, and look out for our October Half Term issue.

Jan & The Crew at Primary Times.

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Experience the River Tyne Like Never Before!

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Family Cycling from Olympic Park to Exhibition Park

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Bees Diaries

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Your 12 Page Guide to Choosing the Right School

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Your What’s On Guide

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Seven Stories Book Reviews

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Theatre Guide

Primary Times is independently published and distributed free to 75,000 school children at over 300 First, Primary and Middle Schools throughout Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside & Northumberland. Its aims are to inform families and children of current educational issues, forthcoming events, courses and attractions and to give teachers, pupils and parents the opportunity to participate in the magazine by adding to its contents or joining in competitions which we run. Primary Times would like to thank all schools for their assistance in distributing the magazine and for their contributions to its contents. We would also like to thank all the advertisers. Copyright© Primary Times North East. Publishing Editor & Advertising: Jan Stewart Tel: 0191 264 5909 Email: jan@primarytimesne.co.uk. 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE15 9RX. Artwork: Spark Creative Design Ltd Tel: 01429 872291

You can now download for FREE to your phone! Read it on the move! Catch up on WHAT’S ON near you! Have the latest vouchers to hand on your phone! Scan the QR Code now to download Primary Times to your phone and then save it to your homepage to receive future updates and vouchers!

Farmtastic Fun whatever the Weather!! Meet the Meerkats Birds of Prey Displays Handle Mini Beasts & Reptiles Traditional farm animals plus Parma Wallabies, Reindeer, Llamas, Fallow Deer & Emus Cute fluffy bunnies & more in the Large Petting Barn Indoor & Outdoor play areas - Adventure Playground, Soft Play Barn, Trampolines, Frisbee Golf, Bouncy Castles, Racing Cars, Go-karts, Willow Maze & more Café & Gift Shop

Halloween Spooktacular

Open daily Tue - Sun 10am - 5pm (Last entrance 4pm)

Oct 21st, 22nd & 27th – 4th Nov Prepared to be scared!! 10% off admission with this voucher

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Experience the River Tyne Like Never Before! ~Flow by Owl Project and Ed Carter Experience the River Tyne like never before, come aboard, make music and more! Bring the family to experience ~Flow before it sails off on Sunday 16 September. ~Flow is a tidemill, a floating building on the River Tyne that generates its own power using a tidal water wheel. Inside the building you’ll discover hand-built fantastical musical instruments, designed by artists the Owl Project, all powered by the flow of the river. Over 35,000 people have already boarded this free to visit artwork on Newcastle’s Quayside. Step inside to learn something new, whether about the river itself,

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sustainable power sources, or the Tyne’s industrial landscape of the past and how it might change in future. Here’s what some visitors to ~Flow have said; ‘It is a wonderful installation, part Roald Dahl and part Heath Robinson. It blew us away. More please!’ ‘Bizarre, strangely compelling. Thought it has been created by oompa-loompas, though there were none to be seen.’ Suitable for all ages and designed to be accessible for all, ~Flow is open 11am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday, until Sunday 16 September. ~Flow is free to board and requires no advanced booking.

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For up to date information about ~Flow visit www.flowmill.org ~Flow is part of Artists taking the lead, one of twelve public art commissions funded by the UK Arts Councils, celebrating the London 2012 olympics and Paralympic Games.


Family Cycling from Olympic Park to Exhibition Park. A perspective from one of our reader parents on why we should all get on our bikes!

a new sport Cycle Speedway, which is one of the many attractions at the Newcastle Bicycle Festival from Friday 21st – Saturday 29th September, 2012.

Have you enjoyed the cycling at the Olympics too? It’s great to watch but even better to do. Thanks to Wiggins and Trott, I’ve discovered the joys of cycling with the kids. Our first ride was just down to the shops, but it got us out in the fresh air enjoying ourselves as a family. It’s amazing how quickly you can get back into it and I’ve been cycling ever since. Our next trip was to the library where we got a free cycling map from the council. We also picked up a Cycle North East Guide and found out about all the groups and councils in the region providing cycle training, rides, races and even bikes for children and adults. I even took up

Exhibition Park plays host to a free Family Fun Day on Saturday 29th September from 10am to 4pm. There’s something for all ages from a mountain bike track to an action biking circuit. You can meet Dr Bike and have a pedal powered smoothie too. We can’t wait. Richard’s children attend St Bartholomews CoE Primary School in Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Hello my lovely friends!

It’s Bonnie here, Queen Bee of The Alnwick Garden. Finally the weather has improved and I’m really enjoying the temperature! You might have seen all my worker bees out from dawn until dusk visiting the colourful flowers and collecting nectar, which is a sugary liquid that flowers produce when it’s hot and sunny. When the worker bees bring the nectar back to the hive, they make it into lovely golden honey. A worker bee only makes a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey during its whole lifetime - that’s a lot of work to make enough for you to spread on your toast in the morning! There are ways that you can help us though – would you like to do a very important job? Go and collect the seeds of flowers! Once the flowers have faded they make their seeds, which you can gather and sow again next spring to make another year of pretty flowers. All you need is a paper bag! 1. Snip off the flowers when the seeds are ripe - many of them will shake in their pods. 2. Leave them in a warm dry place until they are fully dry. 3. Shake the seeds into the paper bag. 4. Store them in a cool dry place. 5. Sow them the following spring! This is nature’s way of producing more and more plants every year, and now you can help! I hope you’ve had a chance to get to The Alnwick Garden to see me and my family in our observation hive in the Roots and Shoots Garden. Give me a wave next time! See you soon, Bonnie. For full information, please visit The Alnwick Garden website: www.alnwickgarden.com.

BEE FACT OF THE MONTH We bees have 5 eyes and see the world in different colours, which means we can spot flowers easier

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Hoopstarz is the newest fitness craze for kids!! Hoopstarz is one of the most exciting, unique and engaging activities available for children and you will not fail to be impressed by the enjoyment it creates and the sense of achievement the children gain from participating. The classes build confidence and self-esteem and promote the importance of staying fit and healthy.

The hula hoop is over 50 years old. The only small upgrade with the hoops used are that they are larger, slightly weighted and extremely durable. No technology just good old fashioned fun!

They use up to date music in the sessions which adds to the atmosphere and makes it almost like a party, with choreography, tricks and games, there are hoop wars to be won and skills to be mastered making it a high energy, fun packed session.

For more details or to book your child’s place at a Hoopstarz centre, call 0191 4387632 or e mail enquiries@kidzrfit.co.uk


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e d i u G f e i r AB n o i t c e l e S to School Selecting a school that is right for your child is the most important decision a parent can make. Not only is it crucial to their future development and success, it is key to their happiness too. The problem is, never have the options open to a parent been so wide. From the beginning of their education there are a wide variety of nurseries to choose from. Either independent or attached to a Primary or First School, achieving the right environment will ensure good

development in early years and ease the process of progression to mainstream education. Middle Schools cater for 9- 13 year olds and provide a smaller stepping stone from a First school, with all the benefits of a smaller age span within the school environment. High Schools cater for 11-18 year olds. These schools are funded and directed by the Local Education Authority. Academies are publicly funded independent schools

that receive some of their funding from the Local Education Authority. They are able to gain additional funding from sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups working with partners from the local community. Academies vary in which age groups they take, from Nursery induction, through to acceptance at 11 years and up to 18 years. The Academies provide a free education to pupils of all abilities in line with the maintained sector, and offer a broad and balanced curriculum.

Cardinal Hume Catholic School Would like to welcome all prospective parents to our Year 6 Parents Information Evening Wednesday 26th September 2012 6:30pm The evening is very informal and will give parents the chance to find out more about our school before secondary school preferences need to be made. There will be an opportunity to listen to a presentation by the Head teacher, have a tour of the school, meet some of our pupils and talk to staff from a variety of departments. Parents from all schools are very welcome to attend. Further details about our school are available on our website www.cardinalhume.com or for further information about the admissions process you may contact Lisa Oakland, School Admissions Officer.

“Cardinal Hume is an outstanding school, providing a stimulating and challenging environment for all its students” OFSTED 2008

Nick Hurn, Head Teacher, Cardinal Hume Catholic School Old Durham Road, Gateshead, NE9 6RZ, 0191 487 7638

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Newcastle Secondary Schools Below are contact details for secondary schools within Primary Times’ distribution area and are listed under the respective Local Education Authority in alphabetical order. School visits and open days normally take place during September and October and details of these are made available via primary schools or the school’s website or the local authority. Newcastle All Saints Church of England College Trust Benfield School Excelsior Academy Gosforth Academy Heaton Manor School Kenton School Sacred Heart Catholic High School St. Cuthbert's RC High School St. Mary's Catholic School Walker Technology College Walbottle Campus

Off West Denton Way, West Denton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE5 2SZ Benfield Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4NU Denton Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE15 6AF Knightsbridge, Great North Road, Newcastle uponTyne, NE3 2JH Jesmond Park West, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE7 7DP Drayton Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3RU Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9YH Gretna Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 7PX Benton Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7PE Waverdale Avenue, Walker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 4LA Hexham Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE15 9TP

0191 267 7036 0191 265 6091 0191 228 8400 0191 285 1000 0191 281 8486 0191 214 2200 0191 274 7373 0191 274 4510 0191 2153260 0191 2958660 0191 267 8221

www.allsaints.newcastle.sch.uk www.benfield-school.co.uk www.excelsiornewcastle.org.uk www.ga.newcastle.sch.uk

Old Durham Road, Beacon Lough, Gateshead, NE9 6RZ Main Road, Ryton, Gateshead, NE40 3AH Consett Road, Gateshead, NE11 0AN High Lanes, Heworth, Gateshead, NE10 0PT Saltwell Road South, Gateshead, NE9 6LE Market Lane, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9NX Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester-le-Street, DH3 2LP Croftdale Road, Blaydon, NE21 4BQ Swards Road, Felling, Gateshead NE10 9UZ Burnthouse Lane, Whickham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE16 5AR

0191 4877638 0191 4132113 0191 4602099 0191 4212244 0191 4422000 0191 4606004 0191 4334026 0191 4990111 0191 4204555 0191 4960026

www.cardinalhume.com. www.charlesthorpcs.co.uk www.emmanuelctc.org.uk www.heworthgrange.org.uk www.josephswan.org.uk www.kingsmeadow.org.uk www.lordlawson.org.uk www.stthomasmore.org.uk www.thomashepburn.org.uk www.whickhamschool.org

St Peter's Road, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, NE28 7LQ Churchill Street, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, NE28 7TN Southgate,Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 6SA Preston North Road, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 9PU Hailsham Avenue, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8ER Hartington Road, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 3RZ Seatonville Road, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE25 9EQ Alnwick Avenue, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 7BU Lynn Road, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 8LF Dudley Lane, Seaton Burn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 6EJ Deneholm, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE25 9AS

0191 2598500 0191 2347200 0191 2161115 0191 2005220 0191 2189500 0191 2006357 0191 2979700 0191 2005062 0191 2588340 0191 2361700 0191 2008800

www.burnsidehighschool.co.uk

New Road, Boldon Colliery, Tyne & Wear, NE35 9DZ Lisle Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE34 6DL Campbell Park Road, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, NE31 2QU Field Terrace, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear NE32 5PR Reading Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 4UG Nevinson Avenue, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE34 8BT Mill Lane, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, NE31 2ET Temple Park Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE34 0PH Whitburn, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7EF

0191 5362176 0191 427 4050 0191 4833199 0191 4283200 0191 4566511 0191 4568929 0191 428 2700 0191 4569121 0191 5293712

www.boldonschool.com. www.harton-tc.co.uk. www.hebburn.s-tyneside.sch.uk www.jarrowschool.com.

Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4DS Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 3BA Fowberry Crescent, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9YJ Huntington Place, Tynemouth, NE30 4RF The Grove, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1NH Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4DX Oakfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4HS

0191 2016511 0191 2814306 0191 2750608 0191 2585995 0191 2559300 0191 2815711 0191 2553984

www.newcastlehigh.gdst.net www.churchhigh.com www.dameallans.co.uk www.kings-tynemouth.org.uk www.newcastleschool.co.uk www.rgs.newcastle.sch.uk www.westfield.newcastle.sch.uk

www.heatonmanor.newcastle.sch.uk

www.kenton.newcastle.sch.uk www.sacredheart-high.org.uk www.st-cuthbertshigh.newcastle.sch.uk

www.st-marys.newcastle.sch.uk www.walkertechnologycollege.co.uk www.walbottlecampus.newcastle.sch.uk

Gateshead Cardinal Hume Catholic School Charles Thorp Comprehensive School Emmanuel College Heworth Grange Comprehensive School Joseph Swan School Kingsmeadow Community Comp School Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy St Thomas More Catholic School Thomas Hepburn Community School Whickham Academy

North Tyneside Burnside Community High School Churchill Community College George Stephenson High School John Spence Community High School Longbenton Community College Marden High School Monkseaton Community High School Norham Community Technology School St Thomas More RC High School Seaton Burn College Whitley Bay High School

www.churchillcommunitycollege.org

www.gshs.org.uk www.johnspence.n-tyneside.sch.uk

www.longbenton.org.uk www.mardenhighschool.org.uk www.monkseaton.org.uk www.norham.n-tyneside.sch.uk www.stmschool.org.uk www.seatonburn.n-tyneside.sch.uk

www.whitleybayhighschool.org

South Tyneside Boldon School Harton Technology College Hebburn Comprehensive School Jarrow School Mortimer Community College South Shields Community School St Josephs RC VA Comprehensive School St Wilfrids RC College Whitburn Church Of England Academy

www.mortimercommunitycollege.co.uk

www.sscschool.co.uk www.stjosephs.uk.net www.st-wilfrids.org www.whitburncofeacademy.org

Independent Central Newcastle High School Church High School Dame Allans Schools King's School Newcastle School for Boys Royal Grammar School Westfield School

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Though so many choices may make school selection more complicated for parents, it

Independent Schools are solely funded by fees paid by parents and donations, and are usually charitable trusts. Most local Independent Schools have an intake at any school age, though they do have entrance exams at key stages, usually held at the beginning of each calendar year. Independent schools all offer bursaries and scholarships to gifted and talented children, whose parents are unable to afford fees. They offer small class sizes and a curriculum which

does however mean that, as all children are individuals, it is easier to tailor the choice to best suit the child. So remember to include them in your selection process! If they feel they have made the

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is in tune with the National Curriculum but which is determined solely by the Schools Trust, meaning a flexible approach to delivery.

decision as well as their parents or carers, then they will feel more confident about their next move.

For Prospective Pupils and Parents 6:30pm - 8:30pm Thursday 27th September 2012 ‘An Outstanding School where Pupils Thrive’ Ofsted 2008 Children and parents from all schools are very welcome to attend.

PONTELAND COMMUNITY MIDDLE SCHOOL Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9BH Tel: 01661 824853

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Northumberland Schools Northumberland Middle Schools Northumberland is currently being re-organised with some areas moving from 3 to 2 tier education so not all areas have middle schools. Middle Schools cater for 9 to 13 year olds. Ashington Hirst Park Middle School Bothal Middle School Corbridge Middle School Guide Post Middle School Hexham Middle School Highfield Middle School Meadowdale Middle School Ovingham Middle School Ponteland Middle School Richard Coates C of E Middle Seaton Sluice Middle School St Benedict's RC VA Middle School St Joseph's RC VA Middle School St Peter's RC VA Middle School Whytrig Community Middle School

Third Avenue, Ashington, NE63 9BE High Market, Ashington, NE63 8NT Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5HY Stakeford Lane, Choppington, NE62 5HQ Wanless Lane, Hexham, NE46 1BU Highfield Lane, Prudhoe, NE42 6EY Hazelmere Avenue, Bedlington, NE22 6HA Ovingham, Prudhoe, NE42 6DE Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EY Thornhill Road, Ponteland, NE20 9QB Alston Grove, Seaton Sluice, NE26 4JS Moorhouse Lane, Ashington, NE63 9LR Highford Lane, Hexham, NE46 2DD Northumbrian Road, Cramlington. NE23 6DB Western Avenue, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0EB

01670 813111 01670 812360 01434 632191 01670 822369 01434 602533 01661 833922 01670 823170 01661 833215 01661 824853 01661 823167 0191 2370629 01670 813658 01434 605124 01670 716343 0191 2371402

www.hirstpark.northumberland.sch.uk www.bothal.northumberland.sch.uk www.cms.ik.org www.guidepost.northumberland.sch.uk www.hexhammiddle.co.uk www.highfield.northumberland.sch.uk www.meadowdale.northumberland.sch.uk www.ovinghammiddle.northumberland.sch.uk www.pontelandmiddle.northumberland.sch.uk

www.richardcoatesponteland.co.uk www.seatonsluicemiddle.org.uk www.st-benedicts.northumberland.sch.uk

n/a www.st-peters.northumberland.sch.uk www.whytrig.northumberland.sch.uk

Northumberland High Schools Northumberland High Schools cater for 13 to 18 year olds and Secondary schools cater for 11 to 18 year olds. Ashington Community High School Astley Community High School Bedlingtonshire Community High School Ponteland Community High School Prudhoe Community High School Queen Elizabeth High School St Benet Biscop RC VA High School The Blyth School Community College

Green Lane, Ashington, NE63 8DH Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0BP Palace Road, Bedlington, NE22 7DS Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EY Moor Road, Prudhoe, NE42 5LJ Wheystone Bridge Road, Hexham, NE46 3JB Ridge Terrace, Bedlington, NE22 6ED Chase Farm Drive, Blyth, NE24 4JP

01670 812166 0191 2371505 01670 822625 01661 824711 01661 832486 01434 610300 01670 822795 01670 798100

www.ashingtonhigh.northumberland.sch.uk

www.astley.northumberland.sch.uk. www.bchs.uk.net. www.pchs.northumberland.sch.uk. www.pchs.org.uk. w1.qehs.net. www.st-benetbiscop.northumberland.sch.uk.

www.bcc.uk.com

Northumberland Academies Academies are publicly funded independent schools that provide free education to pupils of all abilities. Northumberland Academies were established by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups working with partners from the local community. They provide a teaching & learning environment in line with the maintained sector & offer a broad & balanced curriculum, focusing especially on one or more subject areas.

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Bede Academy

Sixth Avenue, Blyth, NE24 5SY

01670 545111

www.emmanuelctc.org.uk/ bedeacademy/ bedeacademy/

Cramlington Learning Village Morpeth Chantry Middle School Morpeth Newminster Middle School Northumberland CoE Academy The King Edward VI School

Highburn,Cramkington,NE23 6BN Milford Road,Morpeth,NE61 1RQ Milford Road,Morpeth,NE61 1RH Lichfield Close,Ashington,NE63 9RX Collingwood Lane,Morpeth,NE61 1DN

01670 712311 01670 512874 01670 513621 01670 816111 01670 515415

www.cchsonline.co.uk. www.chantry.northumberland.sch.uk. www.newminster.northumberland.sch.uk www.ncea.org.uk www.kevi.info

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e h t g in s o o h C n e h w s ip T Ten Top . d il h C r u o Y r o f l o o h c S t Righ These ten top tips aim to guide you through the process of school selection. The aim is to ensure a happy outcome for you, the school and most importantly your child. So, don’t forget to ask how they feel too!

1. Separate your available and unavailable choices This way you won't waste any of your preferences on a school that you are not eligible for, or assume you can't get into a school when actually you could. There are plenty of church schools and academies which take a proportion of local children regardless of faith and/or ability. Read the criteria carefully: schools and Local Authorities are allowed to change them every year so

be sure you look at the current ones and don't rely on hearsay. Independent schools also offer bursary and scholarships, and are the choice of many parents, although they still educate only a minority of

children in this country. If you cannot afford to send your child to an independent school then make some enquiries about these financial aids if you are interested in an independent education.

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There has been a longrunning argument between parents of those children educated privately and those whose offspring attend state schools. The dispute is usually about whether state schools or independent schools are best. Again, this is an argument you need to place into context as there are many variable factors involved.

There is little dispute about exam results at independent secondary schools. Generally they are higher than their state equivalents. However, that is not the end of the argument. There are many reasons for the differences including the larger sizes of class size in state schools and the fact that they take in a much wider catchment of pupils.

2. Compare schools not their websites or brochures Websites and prospectuses can give you

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useful information but they are marketing tools. (There are companies that JUST write school brochures and websites and promise to make a school look good). You must visit a school to get a real and true impression. 3. Weigh up the whole curriculum Good schools offer much more than the subjects you expect to see on the timetable. Know what the alternatives are and what you should expect as a minimum. Also make sure there are lots of extracurricular clubs and activities on offer to help develop your child's interests and talents.

4. Compare the progress schools make with their students not just the GCSE results they achieve You want the school to do the best for your child and this will mean different things for different students but you DO want your child to make good progress over their years at school.

5. Know which bits of the OFSTED report tell you what you need to know for your child The OFSTED report will tell you which aspects of a school are poor, improving, good etc. For some things improving is great news but

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there are some parts of a school that need to be good right now for your child to stand the best chance of success.

6. Visit the schools And when you are there, know what to look for. There are clues everywhere to the kind of community the school is and whether that’s the kind of place your child will thrive. School and home need to work together, so be sure to look for attitudes and values similar to your own so your child isn't caught in between clashing expectations at home and at school. Here are our top things to look for. 1. Note who meets and greets you. Are there senior students proudly on duty to help you or a scruffy notice saying 'Reception this way'? 2.. Look at the display in the corridors. Is it 'real', celebratory, informative and interactive? Does it ask questions of the

viewer? Is it recent? Does it draw in students to be part of a community, to think about big issues, to form values and opinions? Is it there for the benefit of prospective parents or visitors? Or is it out of date, out of touch and there to cover wall space? 3.. Look for the Head's office. It should be visible and suggest a leader who is out and about and a role model. If it's tucked away, look for signs that the Head is an active leader. Ask students how often the Head does assembly, walks around the school, meets students informally during the day? Ask teachers the same questions. 4.. Go into classrooms for a range of subjects. Look at how the desks or tables are arranged. Rows suggest old- fashioned teaching where students interact only with the teacher and not with one another as learners. 5.. Stand where a student might sit and look at the room from a student's


perspective. Can you see display so that you learn from the walls? Are there lots of well-organised resources visible or is there is a mess of torn books and piles of unattended paperwork on surfaces? 6.. Seek out the toilets. Well- kept, accessible, offering some privacy or miserable places to be avoided? 7. Watch for signs of clubs and activities held at lunchtime and after school. Is there an obvious life in this school or is it back on the bus and home at the end of the day? 8. Listen for the way teachers talk to students and to one another. Are

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they patronising and brusque or is there a warmth and mutual respect? 9. Look at where students eat their lunch. Is it ordered and welcoming? Can they sit safely and eat socially or is it a queue in the cold then a quick in and out with plastic cutlery. Use the same comparisons every where you visit and you’ll soon find yourself becoming informed and confident.

7. Think about the relationships you see And don’t forget, look at the way the adults talk to the students, not just the

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way they talk to you. There may be a difference! The open evenings are staged, of course, but the way people treat each other is a good indication of how it is from day to day in the school. Also think about your own behaviour. What message will you send if you use your mobile phone during the visit, talk across your student guide or arrive late to talks?

8. Think about the kind of relationship you want with the school Each school works differently in partnership with families. You need to make an assessment of whether a school will meet

your needs. Think about what you have to give in terms of time and support to the school whilst your child is there. Some schools will welcome this. All schools will quite reasonably expect you to be on the same side most of the time.

9. Weigh up the facts and add them to your own perception Gossip about schools is usually out of date so don’t listen to it. Reputation, good or bad, tends to lag five years behind the current situation. And even where some of the gossip is true, it may not be true for your child. Anxiety and


competition can make people behave in odd and uncharacteristic ways, being less than honest about their own experiences of a particular school.

10. Listen to explanations but don’t accept excuses Adults not children make schools safe and successful. Be particularly attuned to school staff who have a low opinion of the school's student body. That low opinion could well be matched by low expectations. Staff who love educating have infectious enthusiasm and high hopes of and for young people.

What You Can Do Start Now. You have a lot of reading, thinking, talking and looking ahead in the next few months if you are to make a really considered decision. Don’t forget that the best outcome is one that is planned and timed effectively. This creates a calm and organised environment at home, and allows your child the best start at a new school.

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Grasmere Academy A Letter from the Headteacher On behalf of the staff, pupils and governors, I wish to welcome you all to Grasmere Academy. Whether you are new to the area, new to our school or already have children in school, you will receive a very warm welcome to our community. Grasmere Academy is an inclusive school as our belief is that every child has the right to succeed to become the best that they can be in their life. Our duty is to ensure that children acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to take them forward in their learning. The curriculum at Grasmere extends beyond the classroom into the outdoors, the locality and beyond in order to make it exciting and engaging for children. Grasmere Academy provides a rich learning environment with committed staff and governors backed by dedicated sponsorship from North Tyneside Academy Foundation. Working in partnership with North Tyneside Learning Trust and George Stephenson High School, our ‘Outstanding’ feeder High School, as well as benefiting from our membership of Shiremoor Teaching Schools Alliance, brings enhanced learning opportunities for our pupils from the age of 3 years onwards. In keeping with our aim to “foster high expectations of ourselves and others to help us to reach our aspirations”, parents and carers are encouraged to play an active role in this journey and events are organised for parents to understand how they can support their child’s learning. Staff and children take great pride in being part of the local community and have developed links with local businesses, which support the school. If you have any queries or comments about any aspect of school life, please contact the school on 0191 2008343 and check out our website (coming soon) www.grasmereacademy.org.uk will also give you more information about life and learning as a member of Grasmere Academy. Mrs Lesley Clelland, Headteacher

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Gateshead South Tyneside Northumberland ALNWICK CASTLE All events are free after paying admission. Workshops are drop-in 11am – 4pm & performances are at 12noon and 2pm. For more info visit www.alnwickcastle.com. Every Day until Sun 30th Sept BROOMSTICK TRAINING Learn how to master your broom on the very spot of Harry's first lesson! Every Day until Sun 30th Sept CRAFTS & DRESSING UP IN KNIGHT’S QUEST Join the resident knights & ladies of Alnwick Castle for a different medieval craft each day.

Sat 29th & Sun 30th Sept POTTER-INSPIRED CHARACTERS Put on your best robe a& meet the visiting wizards for magic & laughter.

ALNWICK GARDEN Unless otherwise stated events & activities are free after paying admission with no booking required. All events are drop in 11am-4pm. Visit www.alnwickgarden.com for more information. Every Day until Sun 4th Nov FLORA EXPLORER TRAIL Pick up a free trail card in admissions when you arrive & let it guide you around The Garden, pointing out interesting features along the way - perfect for observant children & young people! Sun 9th Sept CREATURE CREATIONS A fun, animal-themed craft session.

Sun 16th Sept BEE CREATIVE Learn some curious facts about honeybees & make your own bee to take home! Sun 23rd Sept HARVEST FESTIVAL The schoolchildren who have been growing food in our Roots & Shoots Garden will have their harvest on display for the general public. There will also be fun ‘veggie pet’ craft sessions for everyone! Wed 26th Sept COFFEE & CRAYONS Followed by Sing with Me – Seedlings Programme. Come to The Garden for this fantastic movement & dance class for toddlers. Sun 30th Sept MINI BEAST SAFARI Explore The Garden during a mini beast safari, followed by a craft session inspired by what you discover!

Newcastle Until Sun 16th September FLOW Quayside, NE1 4ST An environmentally sustainable watermill which floats on the River Tyne, forming an interactive arts space full of fantastical mechanical devices. www.flowmill.org.uk. Every Thurs until 20th Sept 3.30-5.30pm FAMILY SUMMER EVENTS Leazes Park, next to the lake, outside park keepers lodge. Tyneside Blue Gym Free Family Summer Events. Suitable for people of all ages, although all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information & to book a place contact Alene Lee on 0191 428 1144 or email: alene.lee@groundwork.org.uk.

TERM TIME ACTIVITIES!

FREE activities on throughout the day during term time and over half term. Telephone 0191 259 9966 for more details.

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Thurs 6th – Sun 9th Sept HERITAGE OPEN DAYS A free weekend of visiting historical places that are usually locked away. www.twhods.org.uk. Sat 15th Sept BUPA JUNIOR & MINI GREAT NORTH RUN plus GREAT NORTH CITY GAMES The UK’s biggest & most popular children’s running event, 5000 children aged between 3 & 16 will take part in a 1.5km Mini & a 4km Junior Run along the NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Plus watch for FREE the Great North City Games featuring some of the most recognisable names in international sport. Sun 16th Sept BUPA GREAT NORTH RUN Newcastle – South Shields The 31st staging of the Bupa Great North Run – the world’s biggest half marathon. Starts on the Great North Road in Newcastle & finishes on the Links at South Shields. www.greatrun.org. Sat 29th Sept 10am-4pm CYCLING FAMILY FUN DAY Exhibition Park This free event aims to encourage more people to get out on their bikes & discover the great

opportunities for cycling in the area for children & parents. The event is being organised on a voluntary basis by Mark Paterson who runs the cycling weakly cycle group at the RVI. Fri 26th Oct – Sun 4th Nov JUICE FESTIVAL Venues across NewcastleGateshead NewcastleGateshead’s awardwinning festival for children & young people.

EVENTS AT SEVEN STORIES The Centre for Children's Books 30 Lime Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ 0845 271 0777 www.sevenstories.org.uk Unless indicated, no booking required & events are Free after paying admission charge. Booking fee is in addition to admission charge. Every Saturday & Sunday 10.45am & 3pm CREATIVE CRAFT Work as a family or an individual & try out some of the techniques used by real authors and illustrators! Make your own crafty creation to take home with you and take a sneaky peak at some of

Seven Stories Collection of original artwork and manuscripts. With a different activity every weekend there is something for you to enjoy again and again. Ages 4+. Sat 8th & Sun 9th Sept ROALD DAHL RIDDLES & RHYMES! Drop in all day to celebrate a swishwifflingly scrumdiddlyumptious Roald Dahl Day full of snozzcumbers & whopsy-waddling. A weekend full of craft activities & story telling celebrating one of the world’s best story tellers. Starting Tues 18th Sept 1.30-2.30pm or Thurs 20th Sept 10.15-11.15am BOOKWORM BABIES 6 week block session during term time. Babies just love books! Join Bookworm Babies & share the best baby books with your little ones & meet new mums. Together explore new ways to play with books including singing, moving & props while having lots of fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Booking essential. £15 per participating baby for a 6 week block, accompanying adult fee required. Under 4s admission free. Adult annual pass recommended. Wed 19th Sept 6pm CELEBRATING LEILA BERG David Almond celebrates the life & work of Leila Berg, a woman known for her passionate advocacy of children. This is a rare opportunity to view unseen archive material from the Leila Berg archive. For Young Adults & Adults. Booking essential £10 per person includes admission fee. EXHIBITION OPENING IN OCTOBER A VIKING’S GUIDE TO DEADLY DRAGONS Inspired by Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon series, this exhibition will take visitors into real & imaginary worlds inhabited by Vikings & mystical dragons

DISCOVERY MUSEUM Blandford Square, NE1 4JA Tel: 0191 232 6789. www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery Until 14th Jan 2013 HOME & AWAY: NE SPORT & THE OLYMPICS The rich sporting history of the North East over the last 200 years are celebrated in this exhibition.

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LAING ART GALLERY New Bridge Street, NE1 8AG Tel: (0191) 232 7734 www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing Sat 6th Oct 10.30am-12 noon SATURDAY ART CLASSES FOR OVER 8’S On the first Saturday of each month, enjoy some Saturday art fun! Develop different art techniques, using the Laing's exhibitions as inspiration. The classes are £4 & there is no need to book. Tel 0191 2112102.

THE HATTON GALLERY The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU Tel (0191) 222 6059 www.twmuseums.org.uk/hatton. Every Saturday 1.30 – 3.30pm HATTON ART CART Free art activities for children & young people in the gallery every Saturday.

LIFE Centre for Life,TimesSquare, NE14EP. www.lifesciencecentre.org.uk Sat 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th Sept SIX FOR £6.00* In Saturdays in September from 8th Sept enjoy six fabulous activities for just £6 per person!* Meet some furry friends & exotic animals & learn about their habitats & habits! Join the Science Explainers as they show off their circus skills including plate spinning, illusions & holograms. Enjoy LIVE shows in the North’s biggest planetarium where you can gaze at the stars & learn how to spot the planets & constellations in the night sky. Join the race for first place on Hover Chase, Life’s NEW 4D Motion Ride** Drop some beats in the Curiosity Zone with the help of the Reactable Machine & Music Maker. Join in the laughs with the hilarious new Science Theatre showincluding a giant pooper scooper to clean up after a messy puppy – go along & see the crazy contraption in action! *£6 per person or £16 for a family ticket (family ticket admits 1 adult & 3 children or 2 adults & 2 children). **The Motion Ride has a minimum height requirement of 1.2m/4ft. For more information visit www.life.org.uk


North Tyneside Every Monday & Wednesday 5.30-7.30pm GR84ALL! YOUTH CLUB Youth Club for children with disabilities or additional needs & their siblings. Now hold two sessions Monday 5.30-7.30pm at North Tyneside Adventure Playground in Shiremoor & on Wednesday 5.30-7.30pm at Fuzzy Ed's in the Magic Lantern North Shields. Tel. 0191 280 8163 or visit website for more details. www.pathways4all.co.uk Fri 14th, 21st & 28th Sept 8-10pm TWILIGHT BAT BRIGADE Wallsend Hall Grounds An evening adventure to learn some bat facts. Using electronic bat detectors, you're guaranteed a few close encounters exploring their habits & nocturnal behaviour. Suitable for children who are allowed to stay up until 10pm. Cost £2.50 per person. Tel 0191 6437897.

STEPHENSON RAILWAY MUSEUM Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE29 8DX Tel (0191) 2007146 www.twmuseums.org.uk/ stephenson Open 11.00am - 4pm Weekends & School Holidays. Admission Free. Train rides are available at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm on Sundays. Cost Adults £2.45, Child/Conc £1.20, Family £6.10 (2 adults & 2 children).

Gateshead

Sun 30th Sept 11am-4pm FAMILY SCULPTURE DAY Saltwell Park Get creative with all the family & build your own unique artwork in a day. This year’s theme is ‘Wonders of the World’. All materials provided, just bring along your own hammers, warm clothes & ideas. Live music from local bands. FREE entry, small charge for nails, Raku pottery & tool hire. Tel01914338420.

Every Sat & Sun 2 – 4pm BUSY B’S Hassle free, no need to book – just drop-in and get stuck in. Activities for young artists inspired by our exhibitions. Suitable for children 12 years and under with their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission FREE.

Sun 30th Sept 10am-4pm GIBSIDE BOWS Gibside NT See the historic pursuit of Long Bow archery - made popular by the aristocracy in the 18th century - brought to life in front of Gibside Hall by the Gibside Bows. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Tel 01207 541820.

Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead, NE8 4JB Tel 0191 4771495. www.twmuseums.org.uk/shipley

Sat 6th Oct 11am-3pm FARMER’S MARKET Bill Quay Farm Free family event, just turn up & enjoy local food stalls, tasters, demonstrations, music & crafts in this mooovellous day out! Tel 0191 4335780. Sat 13th & Sun 14th Oct 11am-3pm APPLE WEEKEND Gibside NT Celebrate Gibside’s historic apple trees with apple & cider tasting, juicing,bobbing & other games. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Tel 01207 541820.

THE SHIPLEY ART GALLERY

Every Wednesday 10.15 11.15am during Term Time SHIPLEY SCAMPS A fun arts & crafts session suitable for children aged 2 - 4 offering a range of creative activities along with singing & stories. Sessions are £2 per child.

special Food & Craft Fair. There'll be stalls with delicious treats, fresh produce & handcrafted goods plus the kids can also join in with harvest festival fun activities. Tel 0191 489 2106. www.bedesworld.co.uk Sat 8th (11am-4pm) & Sun 9th Sept (2-5pm) ROMAN FORT DAY Arbeia Roman Fort, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB Learn all about life as Roman soldier on this guided tour of the Fort. This is a great opportunity to find out more about this fascinating Roman site, which is the finest reconstructed Roman fort in Britain &it’s free entry! Tel 0191 4561369

South Tyneside Sat 8th & Sun 9th Sept 10am-4pm FOOD & HARVEST FAIR Bede’s World, Church Bank, Jarrow, NE32 3DY Enjoy free entry in to Bede's World this weekend & explore their

SELF STORAGE from £10.00 per week FREE MOVE-IN VAN Brewery Lane, Felling, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE10 0EY email: info@thestorageplace.co.uk Tel: 0191 438 1616 www.thestorageplace.co.uk

BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Gateshead Quays Tel: 0191 4781810 info@balticmill.com

Sat 15th & Sun 16th Sept 11am-4pm HISTORY ALIVE 1812! Gibside NT Travel back in time & catch a glimpse of Gibside in 1812. See the 68th Durham Light Infantry set up camp at Gibside & discover how 19th century Geordie soldiers & their families lived & fought with a living history encampment. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Tel 01207 541820.

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Seven Stories is the first museum in the UK wholly dedicated to the art of children’s books. The Seven Stories Bookshop offers the best in children’s literature and gifts. Entry to Seven Stories Bookshop is free, so pop in and say hello or visit www.sevenstories.org.uk/shop.

Picture Books Keith The Cat With The Magic Hat Sue Hendra Simon and Schuster £5.99

Confident Readers

Can Keith the cat convince his friends that the ice cream on his head is actually a magic hat? Or will it all end in disaster? A fun read aloud, laugh out loud story from the creator of Norman the Slug with the Shiny Shell and Barry the Fish with Fingers.

My Funny Family Chris Higgins Hodder £4.99 Meet Mattie, when she worries her brain turns to spaghetti, and when your family is this crazy there is always something to worry about! Fortunately, reassurance is always close to hand in this first winning story about the lovable Butterfield clan.

Tango Tangle Strictly Come Dancing Chloe Melody Hodder Childrens Books £4.99 Meet Mattie, when she worries her brain turns to spaghetti, and when your family is this crazy there is always something to worry about! Fortunately, reassurance is always close to hand in this first winning story about the lovable Butterfield clan.

Advanced Readers Paranorman Elizabeth Cody Kimmel Hodder £5.99 Norman isn’t afraid of ghosts, they’re his friends, pretty much the only friends he has, now Norman faces a race against time to stop the age old witches curse. Can he use his ability to communicate with ghosts to save the day? A spooktacular read.

The Mystery of Wickworth Manor Elen Caldecott Bloomsbury Publishing £5.99 Paige and Curtis are reluctantly partnered during a school trip. After finding a painting that has been hidden for many years and following clues left by voices from the past, they find themselves thrown together on an unexpected mystery adventure that they both are desperate to unravel.

Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0845 271 0777 www.sevenstories.org.uk Seven Stories is supported by Arts Council England and Newcastle City Council. Registered charity number 1056812

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Sat 8th Sept 11am-5pm SOUTER LIGHTHOUSE OPEN DAY Coast Road, Whitburn SR6 7NH Souter was the first lighthouse in the world designed & built to be powered by electricity. Enjoy free admission as part of Heritage Open Days. Tel 0191 5293161.

Northumberland Sun 16th Sept 11am – 4pm CLASSIC CARS Seaton Delaval Hall NT Morris Minors on display in the Courtyard. Tel 0191 2379100. Sun 16th, 23rd & 30th Sept from 2.30pm BANDS AT BELSAY Belsay Hall & Gardens Every Sunday, one of the region’s best traditional bands will play outside on the lawns at Belsay Hall. Adults £7.70, Child £4.60, Family £20.00. Tel 01661 881636. Sat 22nd Sept 11am - 4pm HARVEST FAIR Seaton Delaval Hall NT Produce & craft stalls, with autumn gardening activities for kids. £2 entry to Fair only. Tel 0191 2379100. Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Sept 11am-4pm WARTIME WALLINGTON Wallington NT Step back in time & find out what life was like on the Home Front during World War II. Follow the family trail to find out what it was like to be an evacuee at Wallington, see wartime vehicles in the courtyard & hear about the real children who were evacuated to Wallington during the war. Small additional charge for some activities. Tel 01670 773600. Wed 26th Sept 11am-3pm ADULT TASTER BUSHCRAFT EXPERIENCE Cragside NT This one day workshop gives you an insight in to the world of campcraft & outdoor living skills. Learn about shelter, fire, water & food in a woodland environment while having a great fun day out. Cost £25.00 (NT Members £20.00). Booking essential. Tel 0844 2491895. Sun 30th Sept 11am-3pm WOODLAND HERITAGE DAY Wallington NT Meet the Countryside Team who manage Wallington's vast woodland & explore all things to

do with wood. There will be practical demos of wood working & woodland crafts such as chainsaw carving, axe throwing & horse logging. Small additional charge for some activities. Tel 01670 773963. Sun 7th Oct 10.30am-12noon BONKERS FOR CONKERS Plessey Woods Country Park, NE22 6AN A morning of chestnut challenges involving conker foray & competitions for all ages. Cost £2.50. Tel 01670 824793. Sat 20th & Sun 21st Oct 10am-5pm WALLINGTON FOOD & CRAFT FESTIVAL Wallington NT Celebrate the variety & quality of food & crafts from across the region. Enjoy over 80 stalls of fantastic local produce along with demonstrations & children's activities. Reduced admission charges for this weekend - just £4 for adults & children go free! Tel 01670 773600. Sun 21st Oct 10am – 5pm APPLE DAY Cragside NT A celebration of this humble fruit. See a selection of over 40 apples, displayed in the Orchard House & enjoy delicious apple recipes in the Tearooms. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Tel 01669 620333. Sun 21st Oct 11am-12.30pm AUTUMN TREE WALK Bolam Lake Country Park NE20 OHE Enjoy the delights of the Autumn colours with activities for children. Finishes with a warming cuppa! Adults £2.50 child £1.00. Tel 661 881234.

Competition Winners ANGELINA BALLERINA@THE SUNDERLAND EMPIRE Jasmine Walton from Coquet Park First School, Whitley Bay. BEAMISH WILD FAMILY TICKETS Samantha Butler from SS Peter & Paul RCVA Primary School, South Shields. Anna Watson from St Josephs RC Primary School, Sunderland. ICE AGE 4 FILM Charlotte O’Brien from Archbishop Runcie First School, Gosforth. Sam McKnight from Ravensworth Terrace Primary School, Birtley. Peter Lumbard from Bridgewater Primary School, West Newcastle.


Theatre What’s On Guide Family & Children’s Shows

Theatre Royal

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Wed 12th Sept – Sat 3rd Nov OLIVER! Starring Brian Conley as Fagin! Following a sell-out run in London’s West End, Cameron Mackintosh’s fabulous new production, one of the most beloved British musicals ever, Oliver! is coming to the Newcastle Theatre Royal! Bringing vividly to life Dicken’s timeless characters with its everpopular story of the boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart’s sensational score includes Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me & many more. Tickets from £15.50.

Tues 25th & Wed 26th Sept (Tues 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Wed 10am & 1.30pm) THE GRUFFALO Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson MBE and Axel Scheffler. Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl & a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined...? Songs, laughs & scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups. Tickets £10 (£8.50 schools & nurseries).

Metro Radio Arena Tickel Hotline 0844 493 6666

METRO RADIO ARENA Tues 9th - Sun 14th October DISNEY ON ICE PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE Make imagination your destination! Disney On Ice takes audiences on a fun-filled tour to four exciting destinations, filled with favourite Disney friends. Join Mickey & Minnie on a journey into the magical worlds of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan & Lilo & Stitch. Discover Ariel & Sebastian’s enchanting undersea kingdom; visit the Pride Lands with Simba & Nala; soar through starry skies with Peter Pan & his sassy friend Tinker Bell; & say “aloha” to fun with Lilo & Stitch. Enjoy music, beauty and laughter in a journey so magical, you’ll never want to go home. Tickets from £13.00.

Customs House South Shields 0191 4541234 www.customshouse.co.uk

Sat 27th Oct 11am & 2pm CHRIS & PUI ROADSHOW CBeebies’ favourite double act Chris & Pui are bringing their road show to town. See Incy Wincy, Humpty Dumpty, the Grand Old Duke of York & – “oh my woolly word!” – Little Bo Peep all live on stage. Laugh, sing &

join in with the duo as they perform sketches, rhymes & songs for preschoolers & their families. Tickets £11.00. Thurs 1st Nov 2pm THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY! The People’s Theatre Company bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life for the very first time. This magical new show has been written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, so come & relive the delights of this most charming of tales with a feast of first class games, colourful animal characters & heart warming family fun. Tickets £9.50, £8.50 conc £32 Family. Sat 3rd Nov 11am & 1.30pm THE WHEELS ON THE BUS Developed with teachers to support the early years foundation stage, join Buster the big red bus with all of his friends on their magical adventures, journeying through a song book loved by all the family. Tickets £12, £10 conc, £35 Family.

Win a Family Ticket to see The Gruffalo at The Playhouse, Whitley Bay. The Gruffalo is at The Playhouse, Whitley Bay, on Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th September 2012. Join Mouse on his adventurous journey, meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl & a maracashaking, party mad Snake plus the Gruffalo himself! Tickets costing £10 (£8.50 schools & nurseries), are available from the Box Office on 0844 277 2771 or book online at www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk. or at the PLAYHOUSE Box office Mon-Fri 10am4pm & Sat 10.30am-2.30pm. Primary Times Newcastle has teamed up with The Playhouse to give you the chance to Win a Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) to see The Gruffalo at The Playhouse, Whitley Bay, by simply answering the following question:

Question: Which animal in The Gruffalo is eccentric & old? Answer: Send your entry along with your name, address, telephone number & school details to The Gruffalo Competition, Primary Times, 1 Denehead Cottages, Hexham Road, Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 9RX or by e-mail to john@primarytimesne.co.uk. Entries must be received by Tuesday 18th September 2012. The winner will be notified thereafter. The judges decision is final & there is no cash alternative.

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Primary Times Newcastle Back to School 2012  

What's OnGuide for parents of primary school children in Newcastle upon Tyne & South East Northumberland

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