Times Table Challenge


Making Maps

Year 6 worked with Marcus to improve their mapping skills. They learned how to use grid references and scales to plot a route. Marcus was very impressed with their attitude and map...

Fantastic Formulas

Year 6 have been practising how to use formulas on excel. First, we reviewed how to input information into the cells before trying out different formulas such as addition, multiplying and subtracting. Finally, we tested our partner's formulas. This will really help us...

Les sports

In Year 5, we have been learning how to say a variety of sports in French and to talk about them using various questions and phrases. We have used a French dictionary to look up unfamiliar words and complete various challenges.

Building and Coding with Robots

This afternoon Year 6 have been combining their design, problem solving, communication  and coding skills to build and control robodog Milo! Caitlin and Ryan, from Northumbria University, introduced us to Milo and the specifications for the task. The children had to...

Year 5 visit Gibside

Year five went to Gibside for an adventure today. When we arrived we split in to two groups and went  geocaching. We used the geocache map to direct us to boxes that were hidden in different places. In each box was a challenge that we had to complete. Our favourite...

I can ride a bike!


Super Scooters

Year 4 have been working with Marcus from Cycling Generation to improve our skills on a scooter. We had a course to go around, where we weaved between cones and practise stopping. We also completed the course whilst trying to balance a hoop on our heads. We learnt...


On behalf of all the staff, the children and Governors, I would like to warmly welcome you to Barley Mow Primary School. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful school building, which is fully accessible to all.

At Barley Mow we aim to create a happy, caring and supportive ethos in which every child is valued and given the opportunity to realise their full potential. We have high academic, social, sporting, cultural and behavioural standards and we are extremely proud of the achievements of our children.

Children are at the centre of everything we do. We aim to foster a love of learning which we hope will stay with them throughout their lives.

The family community of Barley Mow is central to our beliefs. Families and the wider community play a vital role as co-educators and we encourage close links between home and school.

I hope that through our school website, you will be able to gain an insight into our school. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to arrange a visit or gain further information.

Nicola Watson (Head Teacher)


  • Reception 97.62%
  • Year 1 88.24%
  • Year 2 92.5%
  • Year 3 92.4%
  • Year 4 99%
  • Year 5 84.12%
  • Year 6 93.33%


Andy Goldsworthy Art

As part of our Art unit inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, we went outside and found natural items which we could make our own piece of artwork out of. Everybody had different ideas and could explain why they had chosen certain things.   Next we will make a sculpture...

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DT Challenge

As one of our challenges, we had to design the room of a house, then build it. We drew up a labelled plan, thinking about which items the room would need and which materials we might make these from.  We selected from and used a range of materials according to their...

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Multi Skills Festival

Look at how much fun we had at Lord Lawson of Beamish Secondary Academy when we went to the multi skills festivals with lots of other year 1 classes from Birtley.  Some children won medals, which was very exciting but everyone tried really hard and fun which was most...

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Clapping Patterns

In Music we had to listen carefully to the clapped pattern and then copy it. We also practised singing exercises by repeating silly phrases along with the singer on the whiteboard. Look at how focused everyone...

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Tree Hunt

In Science, we carried out a tree hunt around school to find and name all of the different types of trees which we have in school. Some of them were blossoming and all of them had leaves on because we are well into Spring. The oak trees had the thickest trunks so must...

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Learning to Pay

Our Dinosaur Park role play area opened up a gift shop for one week. You could go to it and buy toy dinosaurs. They all cost different amounts of money. When you picked your toy, you had to pay for it using the correct coins which add up to make the price of the item...

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