Middle Street Primary School

Hello from all of us!


This week at school we all explored our engineering skills by building our own marble run and Rube Goldberg machine (like Wallace and Gromit’s crazy machines). It was great fun playing with different resources and what we could make them do! You should try it at home, anyone can do it!

Find out about what is happening in each class by searching under your child's year group on our website!

Government guidance for parents and carers looking after primary school children:



General News

Please find attached letter from the School Nurse Service regarding their opening times:




COVID-19 Updates

The school is now partially closed (open only to children of Key Workers). If you have any queries, please email the office at office@middlestreet.brighton-hove.sch.uk. Otherwise, please call us on 01273 323184 where a member of staff should be able to take your calls between 9 am and 3 pm.Please find link below for NHS guidelines on Coronavirus:



As soon as the status on schools changes, we will let parents/carers know via school ping and also via this website.



World Book Day 2020!

We had lots of fun on World Book Day. We began the day with a whole school assembly where we looked at each other's costumes and shared the story of 'Charlie Cook's Favourite Book'. During the day all the children contributed to a whole school book about our favourite stories which Amber, one of our students, had organised. We dropped everything and read for 20 minutes and at the end of the day the children signed up to hear a favourite story read to them. You can see some of these activities and some of the wonderful costumes in the photos below.

Monday 13th January

Author Visit from Eamonn Reilly

We really enjoyed listening to Eamonn's stories today. Eamonn also set the children some writing challenges. Here are some of them:

Write a story about somebody who loses something precious.

Write some sentences about the qualities you'd most like in a best friend.

Draw and describe your perfect den.

Make up a story with a dilemma in it.

Write a story about some children who have a big surprise for their teacher.

Write your own ending to the story 'The Lookouts'.

The children will be bringing home an order form in case they'd like to buy any signed copies of his books. The forms and cash need to be returned to school by Wednesday morning.


On Monday, Eamonn Reilly (a children's author) will be visiting our school.  Eamonn says,  "now this is what I love, school reading days. I do love writing the books, but for me the greatest buzz is to stand up in front of a group full of children and take them on a journey of excitement".

Click here to visit his site!

Years 1 to 6 met the team at Pho today, as well as a Children's recipe book author, and we learnt how to make Vietnamese summer rolls.

We have been learning about bullying in every class this week and how to prevent bullying in our school.  Please see the newsletter attached, which includes advice for parents:

It's Anti-bullying Week at Middle Street Primary School!  We have been learning about what bullying is, how to recognise it and how to prevent it.  On Tuesday, we wore odd socks to say no to bullying in our school and anywhere else.

Reception Booktrust event

On Wednesday 6th November we invited the parents and carers from Reception to come and celebrate the gifting of this year's Booktrust book: 'The Cave' by Rob Hodgson. The children and their adults had a lovely time making honey sandwiches, wolf masks, play doh bears and writing their own little cave books. Vicky read the story to all the children and adults and every child in the class got their own copy of the book to take home. It is a very funny story with a clever surprise at the end. We all really enjoyed it!

Drop Everything and Write!

On Wednesday 23rd October we had another DEAW. When the bell rang the children and adults in school got to write about anything they liked. All the children from Reception to year 6 were involved. Have a look at us writing below....


What a fantastic Walk to School Week!  Thank you wearing bright colours and walking/cycling/scooting/skating, etc. to school.  Also, a huge well done to our Eco Warriors who have talked with families and helped coordinate our Walk to School activities in every class.  Let's hope Middle Street children win our council's Walk to School Competition this year!  See what we entered below:

Here are our new Eco Warriors from Year 4!  They will be in the playground talking to you about our Walk to School Week the week commencing 14/10/19.

Elaine from the Fire Service came to discuss Fire Safety and Road Safety with Years 2 and 5 this week.  We played a game about making an emergency plan for a family.
Elaine from the Fire Service came to discuss Fire Safety and Road Safety with Years 2 and 5 this week. We played a game about making an emergency plan for a family.
What a fantastic Sports Day we had at Withdean Stadium!
What a fantastic Sports Day we had at Withdean Stadium!
Michael Durran from LCE Architects came to share his plans for the Hippodrome on Middle Street!
Michael Durran from LCE Architects came to share his plans for the Hippodrome on Middle Street!

Their plans for the Hippodrome include a hotel, flats and a new theatre space, as well as landscaping on Middle Street itself.  We enjoyed using their software to virtually explore the design.

Well done to the Year 5 Anti-idling Team!  You encouraged lots of drivers to switch off their motors, when waiting near our school and you spread important messages about air pollution.  Thank you Danny Shayler (Silver in Year 5's Dad) for making this movie about air pollution around our school.

Well done to our Eco Warriors for working so hard at our SMILE event!  Well done to our Year 5 group who encouraged drivers not to idle around our school.  Walk to School week was a great success!  

Here is the Safety Rocks newsletter for parents and carers for the Summer Term.  This edition covers Child Safety Week, Getting Ready for Secondary School, Dealing with Anxiety, Playing Outdoors and Planning for Summer Holidays, as well as a feature on Playground Buddies.   

Drop Everything and Write!

Wednesday 22nd May

At the sound of the bell ringing, children and staff dropped what they were doing, picked up a pen and wrote for pleasure.

Thank you to Eleanor from Living Streets and Stephen from the City Council for coming in to talk to us about air pollution, as well as running an anti-idling event outside our school!
Thank you to Eleanor from Living Streets and Stephen from the City Council for coming in to talk to us about air pollution, as well as running an anti-idling event outside our school!

Walk to School Week is upon us, starting next Monday (20th May)! Come and join us on the playground on Friday 25th May from 3:10pm! There will be an exhibition of all the entries from our SMILE competition as well as an opportunity to take part in our free tombola. Our Eco Warriors will be carrying out short surveys to find out how you get to school and you’ll have a chance to let us know about what makes you smile on the way to school! Also you can discover the school’s walking map, personalised by the children themselves. Many thanks for participating!

Here we are celebrating May Day at the annual parade!

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Brighton Council would like to invite you to take part in an exciting Meerkat Discovery Trail created by the School Travel Team at Brighton and Hove City Council. Seven meerkats have been let loose in central Moulsecoomb! Are you ready to take up the challenge and find them? This mini-adventure has been designed for children between the age of 3 and 6 and their families but anybody can take part, whatever your age!


The trail is all about having fun, enjoying being out and about together and learning about local places. There are also stickers to collect along the way! The Meerkats will be waiting for you to find them from 25th March to 2nd June. At each location, remember to write down what the meerkat is holding for a chance to win a micro scooter or a goody bag!


For more information, have a  look at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/meerkat-trail where you can download a copy of the activity booklet. 


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Special free event at Moulsecoomb Library on Wednesday 10th April 2019


Come and join us for a Meerkat Get Active Day between 10 am and 1 pm. There will be lots of fun activities and games for children, and an opportunity to meet Piers the Meerkat himself! You can also pick up a Meerkat Discovery Trail activity booklet and if you return the competition form to us on the day, you will be offered a small prize just for taking part! Hope to see you there!

Check out our brand new Walking Zones Map!

World Book Day 2019!

On Thursday 7th March we celebrated World Book Day in school. The children looked especially wonderful this year in costumes as diverse as DogMan, Mary Poppins, Little Red Riding Hood and Willy Wonka. The teachers all dressed up as Where's Wally. Can you spot who's who in the pictures below?

We did lots of book related activities during the day including Drop Everything and Read. Whenever the bell rang, everyone in the school had to drop what they were doing and read a book. At the end of the day the children got to choose a story they'd like to hear. All the adults took part in reading to the children. Among a huge choice of stories, Julie read a scary story in her office, Anna read 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' in Karen's cottage and Lauren was inundated with Harry Potter fans, keen to hear her read 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.

Stripy Author Day!

On Friday 1st March we welcomed author James Campbell to Middle Street. James has written many funny books for children including the 'BoyFace' series. He told funny stories and talked to us about being a writer. We all wore stripy clothes to link in with a recurring theme in his books. In the afternoon we took part in an Art project, looking at the stripy paintings of artist Bridget Riley. The children then created their own optical illusion Art designs.

Bridget Riley inspired Art

Thank you to the Riot Act, who performed for Years 5 and 6 on Wednesday.  The children learnt a lot about road safety and air pollution.

The Riot Act

The Grand Total raised by Middle Street for the NSPCC was £740.61. Thank you for your support!

15/2/19: please donate £1 and wear a woolly hat in school to support the Off the Fence charity for homelessness. Thank you!


Off the Fence website

Thank you to all of the children who took part in our Danceathon for the NSPCC yesterday!  On Thursday, the whole school took part in a Sponsored DANCEATHON for the NSPCC and lots of fun was had by everyone! If you would like to sponsor your child, please return their sponsor form and money to school by TUESDAY 29TH JANUARY.  Thank you.

Little Green Pig are offering a writing club to our children from Year 3 and up.  It is a six-week graphic novel project working alongside the professional illustrator Ottilie Hainsworth, who will inspire and mentor the club members to create their own mini graphic novel page, to be published within an anthology by Easter.

If your child wants to take part, ask Lauren (our Year 5 teacher) for a letter.

Thank you to Young City Reads for delivering fifteen copies of The Boy at the Back of the Class to Year 5 on Tuesday!  We can't wait to start reading it.

Due to the very high level of trespassing on the tracks by young people in our area, please watch this video before more young people are seriously injured or lives are lost.



This year, our Key Stage 1 and Reception classes performed the Gingerbread Man and our Key Stage Two classes performed Robin Hood for our families and friends at the Sallis Benney Theatre.  Thank you to all of our children and to everyone who worked so hard towards these fabulous shows.

Drop Everything and Write

Tuesday 18th December

Today our DEAW took a festive turn with children writing letters and lists for Father Christmas. The children in Key stage 2 were so engrossed in their writing that they groaned when the bell rang and demanded extra time!

Book Swap

Wednesday 14th November

Lots of children came and swapped or borrowed books from the Book Swap this week. Thanks to Dan and Nancy, our head librarians, for helping to set it up. Our next Book Swap is on Wednesday 12th December. We could do with some more books for parents and popular books for older children such as Tom Gates or books by David Walliams. Otherwise we have plenty of books at the moment so just come and borrow a couple for the Christmas holidays.


Thank you to the children who have come in to school this week wearing odd socks to support Anti-Bullying Week!  Good luck to our children who have entered Safety Net's poster competition about friendship and showing respect.

It's Anti Bullying Week next week (12/11/18 to 16/11/18)!  Please can children come in to school in odd socks every day to show their support for our theme "Choose Respect".  There will be special lessons throughout the week, as well as a quiz and competition.

Today Middle Street children took part in #Floss4Funding.  See our video below:

We had a fantastic day celebrating the festival of Diwali at Middle Street!  Everyone got the chance to try food that is eaten during the festival, children retold the story of Rama and Sita, as well as drawing rangoli patterns.  Thank you to the parents who came in and did henna with the children.

Drop Everything and Write

On Thursday 18th October we all stopped what we were doing, picked up our pens and wrote for 30 minutes. The children really enjoyed this opportunity to writing about anything they liked.


Thank you to the Meercat for visiting us again for Walk to School Week.  Well done to the children, families and staff who walked to school and took part in the Wake and Shake!

Walk to School Week is the week commencing 15th October.  We will have a Wake and Shake in the playground before school to celebrate how many families walk to school every day.  Then our Eco Warriors will go round each class and show this video:


They will be asking each class for three questions about air pollution which the Eco Warriors will go and research.

Year 2 went to an event all about space at the University of Sussex.   They even met Bruno, whose mission is to explore Mars for signs of life!

Drop Everything and Write

Tuesday 17th July

This has become one of our favourite half-termly events. As always the children eagerly anticipated the bell which tells them to drop everything and write!

Cryptic Crossword Workshop

On Monday 16th July some of the children in Years 4 & 5 learnt how to solve cryptic crosswords. Peter Stone (Vicky's dad!) loves doing crossword puzzles and came in to share his skills. The children really enjoyed the challenge and satisfaction of solving the clues.


Thank you to the Woodland Tribe for our fantastic carpentry shed, as well as teaching all of the children at Middle Street carpentry skills.

Well done to our children who took part at the 2018 Brighton and Hove School Games!

This week is INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE WEEK. In year three we wrote letters to an imaginary refugee child. This is what Kaya Star had to say...

The Middle Street Bug Auction
Parents, teachers and some local artists have donated their beetle inspired works of art. All these art pieces are available to buy.
You just write down what you are prepared to pay and as long as no-one bids higher....it's yours!
Works by:
Katty McMurray
Tiffany Lynch
Seth Wells
Luke (Pinky)
Ellen Stewart
Julie Aldous
Fiona Robbins
Sue Purdy
Julie Holton
Katrina Stiff
Shar Jazah
Kinga Hofman
Charlie Plunkett
Tammy, Audrey, Donna and others.
All money raised will help the middle street children 
To take a part in our Auction, please send an email stating the picture you would like to bid for and the amount you’d be willing to pay to friendsofmiddlestreet@gmail.com
Thank you FFOMSS
Bids as at 14th June


Well done to all of the children, parents and staff who competed at our Sports Day this year!

Book Swap   Wednesday 6th June 

More books were borrowed and swapped after school in the playground. Luqman and Chun in Year 3 couldn't wait to start reading theirs!

The next Book Swap will be on Wednesday 27th June. Come and borrow a book to read or bring a book from home to swap.

Drop Everything and Write!

On Thursday 24th May we all dropped everything and wrote for 30 minutes. The school was a quiet hum of activity as the children picked up pens and pencils and wrote whatever they liked. The children and staff wrote stories, lists, letters to friends, joke books and poems.



Next week (beginning May 21st) is WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK. We would really love to get the whole school walking to school, all week. Please join us on the playground for 'Wake and Shake' on Monday morning from 8:30. We would also like you to 'snazz up your shoes!' There will be a sticker for everyone who joins in. On Tuesday we will be having a special assembly. Learn the lyrics to our original Middle Street song, written by Mick Brazil, year 3 and the eco warriors, below.

Book Swap

We held our first Middle Street Book Swap this week. Lots of children came and borrowed or swapped a book. The next one will be on Wednesday 6th June after school in the main playground. We hope to see you there!

May 1st!


On Tuesday, our local Morris Dancing Troop visited us and danced us into the Summer.  The men and women shared dances with us that originated from different places across the United Kingdom.

Beetle Boy Day 26th April

We had a fantastic day with author M. G. Leonard. She told us all abut beetles and led Art and creative writing workshops. The children were really enthused and produced some wonderful work. The next day the children painted beetle designs on canvas which will be displayed at an Art exhibition on Friday 11th May.

M.G. Leonard with Gabrielius, Year 4
M.G. Leonard with Gabrielius, Year 4
Writing workshops with Maya
Writing workshops with Maya
Children paint their own beetles
Children paint their own beetles


We had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 8th




Internet Safety Day!

Tuesday 7th February is Internet Safety Day and across the school we will be learning how to keep safe online.  Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will also be doing Internet Safety workshops on Thursday 1st February.  Parents are also welcome to come to a morning workshop on Thursday 1st February (9am to 10am, in the Studio).


Please check out the following site.  It has lots of advice about how to support your child's use of the world wide web.




Here are some helpful videos for parents and carers created for Safer Internet Day 2018. The films look at what is important in digital parenting and signposts parents and carers to resources they might find useful.



Drop Everything and Write!

On Tuesday 21st November everyone in the school dropped what they were doing and wrote for 30 minutes. We could write about anything we liked and chose to write lists, stories, poems and letters. It was a very creative and rewarding experience which we all really enjoyed and are keen to do again. Some of our work is going up on display around the school, along with pictures of us all writing away!


Please wear odd socks on Monday 13th November!
Please wear odd socks on Monday 13th November!

A graffiti artist introduced a group of Middle Street children to urban art and graffiti over the half term holiday.  The group produced stunning murals that can be found around our school.  The murals were even designed by Gabe in Year  6 and Max in Year 5!