Welcome to our Trailblazers Webpage. Here you can discover what exciting things we do in our class and how we learn creatively.
Our Trailblazers Team
Mr D Palmer
Miss J Umpleby
Miss R Hutton
Miss K Dobson
Mrs J Robinson
Mrs N Booth
Mr T Lawson
Welcome to the Trailblazers
Our Trailblazer department consists of three classes of Year 5 and Year 6 children, and we are Trailblazers because we are leaders of the school. We strive to be excellent role models to all other school departments through our positive attitudes to learning, hard work and exceptional behaviour. Our classes share their names with three high peaks across the world:
An exciting curriculum
The Trailblazers curriculum represents the culmination of skills developed throughout our children’s school journey. As a result, we are able to offer our children a wealth of exciting learning opportunities both in the classroom and in the wider world.
New skills, new opportunities
To master our use of six-figure grid references in geography we travel into the countryside so that we can navigate over the hills using maps and a compass. Being the oldest members of the school means that we are able to learn skills in rugby, netball, dance, cricket, tennis and skiing, to mention only a few. On our Challenge Days we fire up the ovens, set up our test tubes or prepare our paintbrushes when we become chefs, scientists or artists. Each of our classrooms has a set of the latest iPads which allow us to code and become the programmers of the future.
Teaching and learning
All our classes are taught by an extremely experienced team, which consists of a full-time teacher and teaching assistant. We strive to offer our children a high quality, broad and balanced learning experience. To achieve this our mornings are dedicated to fast-paced, quality-first teaching of reading, writing and maths.
Challenging children to achieve
All our lessons offer challenge and are expertly scaffolded to ensure all children can achieve. Our afternoons are given over to exploring all our foundation subjects in a relaxed and creative environment, which enables the children to immerse themselves in a technology project or a key period in history, for example.
Trips, visits and events
Outdoor Education is a pivotal part of our learning journey in Trailblazers and it takes us all over the North East to explore our beaches, carry out field work along our region’s rivers, venture into the forests and mountain bike through a network of trails.
Sport and adventure
As a Trailblazer you have the opportunity to join our school football team and compete in the Peterlee District football league as well as joining our netball or cheerleading clubs. In the summer, we celebrate our annual Sports Day where you will be able to cheer on your classmates. We also offer our Adventure Activity Day, which includes activities such as rock climbing, archery and laser tag.
And even more…
Children in our Trailblazer Team have amazing residential learning experiences including the Lake District Summer Camp and annual France Ski Trip adventure. Raising aspirations for our children is paramount, so we offer the children in Trailblazers the chance to work alongside scientists from Durham University to become Science Ambassadors, join the Space Camp Team and visit other schools to promote science.
In school we take part in some wonderful adventures and go on amazing trips. Please use the link below to see pictures from our school picture gallery of some of the different things that we have been getting up to.
Updated - 03.10.23