Friday 31 January 2014

Fact Hunters: Kangaroos, snakes & giraffes

Ruby Burchell
Did you know that baby kangaroos are known as ‘joeys’. A group of kangaroos is called a ‘mob’, ‘troop’ or ‘court’. The red kangaroo is the largest marsupial in the world.

Lola Trinder
Did you know that when a snake’s tongue is flicked out into the air, receptors on the tongue pick up minuscule chemical particles, which are perceived as scent? After it’s retracted into its sheath, the tips of the tongue fit neatly into the Jacobson's organ, sending the information to the brain.

Elisbet Ivasyuk
Were you aware that the Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London? Princess Elizabeth was enrolled as a Girl Guide when she was eleven, and later became a Sea Ranger.

Teni Adu
Incredibly giraffes have an extremely high blood pressure (280/180 mm Hg) which is twice that found in humans. Additionally, the heart beats up to 170 times per minute double that of humans.

Open Day (Year 1-6) & Parents' Evening

Open Day Year 1 – Year 6:
There is the chance to come in and look at your children’s work on Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th February 2–3pm.

Parents’ Evening
A reminder that Parents’ Evening will be held on Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th February.

Weekly Winners: MDA & E for Excellence

MDA Award Winners:
These wonderful children have particularly helpful at lunchtimes this week.
EYFS & KS1 Henry Cruz Konkachev

KS2 Molly Wheal

Red – Faringdon 75

Blue – Chatteris 52

Yellow – Dulverton 58

Green – Cricklade 56

Orange – Dudley 15
Congratulations to Red (Faringdon) who have managed to win the House Point trophy this week!

E for Excellence Winners:
These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Timothy Dempsey – Mulberry

Fitzroy Bamgbelu – Cedar

Charlie Mattams – Pine

Adam Abubakr – Aspen

Aiden Paterson – Ash

Olamide Otegbola – Birch

Ruby Burchell – Rowan

Evie Cottam – Fern

Abbi Maxwell – Maple

Pharell Samuel – Elm

Georgina Morton – Willow

Katrina Weaver – Cherry

Next Week:

We are delighted to welcome back the Multi Story Theatre next week. They will be performing a play called Little Brother, Little Sister for all pupils between Reception & Year 6. There is a Governing Body meeting for Behaviour & Safety on Tuesday.

On Wednesday the Year 1 pupils have their Road Safety workshop, while the Year 5 children start the next round of Bikeability. On Friday 7th we are hosting the first round of the Rotary Quiz for our Year 6 pupils. To keep up to date with events, please look at the calendar on our website as it is updated with any new events, workshops or trips.

Year 6 Stubbers Meeting:
There is a second chance to come and ask any questions about the Year 6 trip to Stubbers. The meeting will be at 2.45pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Parent Council:
We would be delighted to see you at the Parent Council meeting next week – 9am Thursday 6th February. You don’t have to have attended previous meetings, it is open to all. There will be refreshments available for you and we can talk about plans for the remainder of this year and beginning of the next one. Your ideas and contributions are warmly welcomed.

Serious Fun On Saturdays:
On Saturday we have the second of the SHINE days for pupils in Year 4 & 5. Last weekend they got to complete Science experiments, tour the school and complete a range of exciting activities.

Cedar's Animal Poems

Parent Council 6th February @ 9am

Parents’ Voice:
Thursday 6th February - this is the third Parents' Council meeting. This is an opportunity to contribute ideas about how the school can further improve. It also gives us a chance to talk to you about plans we have to continue developing the school for your children.

Make Some Noise Project

Miss Reynolds has signed us up to take part in the Make Some Noise project. As part of this, all of the children got to see a great assembly. The musicians who will lead the workshops showed off their skills to the children. Excited, enthused, amazed by the saxophone, bass guitar and trumpet, the children all had a great time.

Thursday 30 January 2014

This Week Events & News

Other Events:
On Friday, Year 3&4 are visiting the Hilldene library. This is a great follow on from the ‘Love of Reading Day’ that we had today for EYFS parents.

Diary Dates:
Please find a copy of the diary dates for this term – including Sharing Assemblies – attached to this letter. To keep up to date with events, please look at the calendar on our website as it is updated with any new events, workshops or trips.

Weekly Winners

MDA Award Winners:

These wonderful children have particularly helpful at lunchtimes this week.

EYFS & KS1 Jaydon Holloway

KS2 Saffron Lubin

I Got Stuck:
Sophie Nickson persevered with long division. She showed great resilience in maths and stuck with it until she found the answer!

Rainbow & Star Writers:
Tolu Erinle, Luis Bone & George White produced great pieces of writing this week and have been featured on the Star Writers display.

Attendance & Punctuality

 Educational Welfare Officer on late gate duty Tuesday 28th January

This week we had three classes that managed to achieve a cupcake party for having 100% attendance for the whole week – Birch & Aspen even managed a repeat of last week’s heroics! This afternoon Willow class claim their prize of a visit to the Brewery following their Autumn term attendance league win. Next week our EWO will be on duty from 8.55am as part of our late gate campaign. Since her first visit there has been an improvement. Please make sure your children are in school by 8.55am every morning.

Attendance Awards:
KS1: Aspen & Cherry 100%
KS2: Birch 100% 
Overall: 96.68%

Incredibly we had a three way tie this week for the attendance trophies! Birch, Aspen and Cherry managed to get 100%, which means all three classes get a cupcake party! Well done to all of the pupils who have now managed it for a second week in a row.

Kynan Keeps It Going

Kynan has been working hard in class to continue the improvement in concentration and attitude. He has reached another milestone on his chart and earn extra playtime for his classmates. Well done Kynan!

Tuesday 28 January 2014

Tracker Awards

Congratulations to Aimee Borrell for finishing her Bronze tracker. Ethan Gibb and Dilan Onur have achieved their Silver pencil. Athenkosi Nombeko & Ben Green have completed their Silver trackers and now start their Gold! Lucy Stevens has managed to collect her Platinum Pencil & Pen set.

E for Excellence Winners

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Jessica Simpson – Mulberry

Connor Peppitt – Cedar

Thomas Brown – Pine

Summer Rose Trinder – Aspen

Holly Turner – Ash

George White – Birch

Yeliz Kaya – Rowan

Charlie Quilligan – Fern

Bailey Westfall – Maple

Holly Berry – Elm

Emma Groom – Willow

Demetri Pankowski – Cherry

Maple Wanted Posters

While finding out about the Clink prison, Maple have come across some rather unsavoury characters from Victorian London. One lady was suspected of murdering up to 400 babies! Have a look at the wanted posters they designed to help apprehend the criminals…

Late Gate Today: Wakey Wakey Rise & Shine

Our Educational Welfare Officer will be on the gate this morning from 8:55am to do another late gate. Since her last visit, the number of children arriving late after registration has gone down.

It is vitally important that the children are in on time. Ideally we would like to see them at 8.30am - which is when the vast majority of pupils arrive. Between 8.30am and 9.05 the pupils have reading, mental maths practice, time to respond to marking, the opportunity to do their online maths work, puzzle and thinking skills work as well as the chance to have a calm ordered start to the day.

We look forward to seeing you bright and early this morning

Monday 27 January 2014

Emma is Bowling Legend!

Congratulations to Emma, who took part in a South of England tournament at the weekend. She managed to win two trophies:
  1. Bantam Girls Scratch Singles - 3rd Place. 
  2. Handicap All Events Bantam Girls - 1st Place.
On the day Emma managed to score a high of 150 points! Emma's top tips...

"Concentrate and listen carefully to your coach. Make sure that you always try your best in everything you do with your bowling!"

Shared Mailboxes:

Don’t forget that you can contact staff using the shared mailboxes. They are checked daily and can be used to ask questions, pass on information or check details:

Year 6 Stubbers Meeting: Tuesday 4th February @ 2.45pm

We would like to apologise if we did not make the timing of the Year 6 Stubbers information meeting clear enough. This morning we had an unusually low turn out for the meeting, so we will run it again

Tuesday 4th February @ 2.45pm

In the meantime - if you have any questions - please feel free to ask Mr Drakes or Miss Reynolds.

We look forward to seeing you next week. Thank you to those parents who were able to make it this morning.

Sunday 26 January 2014

Challenge Day for Parents & Pupils: 30th January 2014

We are delighted to announce that there will be another Challenge Afternoon for parents on January 30th. The event is

  1. to raise the profile of More Able pupils
  2. to support you with ideas on how you can challenge your children
  3. to provoke the children's curiosity and inspire a hunger to learn. 
The afternoon will start at around 1.30pm with a talk from Ann Nelson. Then - at about 2.10pm - there is the chance for you to go into classrooms and work with your children. For those of you that came before… come again! Your children would love to have you in the classroom helping them with the activities.

Sharing Assembly: Wednesday 29th @ 9.05am

We will be delighted to welcome in the parents and relatives of Cedar class to the Sharing Assembly next week.

Housepoint Result: Blue Lift the Cup

Red – Faringdon 64

Blue – Chatteris 68

Yellow – Dulverton 35

Green – Cricklade 60

Orange – Dudley 32
Congratulations to Blue (Chatteris) who have managed to win the House Point trophy this week!

Saturday 25 January 2014

Serious Fun On Saturdays:

We are delighted to inform you that we have started a new venture with the Drapers Academy and Bancrofts school in Woodford. Eight of our children will be transported – free of charge – to Bancrofts private school on Saturday morning to take part in a fantastic programme of enrichment. It will be a tremendous experience for all the children. Thank you to Drapers Academy & their sister school for making this possible for our pupils!

Fact Hunters: Melons, cats & celery

Samantha Simpson
Did you know that women blink twice as often as men (on average). In addition, black cats are considered to be bad luck in America, but good luck in Japan!

Simona Raklevicius
Incredibly 99% of the mass of a water melon is water!

Lucy Stevens, Natalie Towner & Jude Gore
Were you ware that seals are warm blooded… like us? Because their skin is covered in thick, bristly hair they are able to keep warm. Under their skin they have a thick layer of fat (AKA blubber).

Holly Maskell
Did you know that celery is 99% water?

Friday 24 January 2014

Frankie's Magic Football Book Review

Golden Goal Book Review

Cool! Book Review

Toby's Story, Charlie and Me

We're In The Paper: Kelloggs Award £500 for Breakfast Club

Make sure you get your copy of the Romford Recorder this week. We are delighted to inform you that we have been awarded £500 of funding from Kelloggs for our Breakfast Club. This has enabled us to buy games, activities and cereals for the children. Thank you to the staff who took the time to make the application and bid for the money. All the children, who attend the club, are already benefitting from the new toys and games.

Fact Hunters: High heels, fungi and body hair!

Nathan Owsley
Incredibly Julia Plecher managed to sprint 100m in just 14.53secs whilst wearing high heels! It broke the world record.

Jacob Owsley
Did you know that we have tiny fungi growing on our skin? Sometimes they grow too much and can cause conditions like athlete’s foot.

Jackie Ramalingham
Were you aware that, like a cat's, this fox's thick tail aids its balance. But for an arctic fox the tail (or "brush") is especially useful as warm cover in cold weather.

Sophie Adams
Amazingly the only place on your body where you don’t get hair growing is on the palms of your hands.

Alisha March
Incredibly the Emperor Penguin can dive down up to 550m below the surface. It can also stay underwater for almost half an hour.

John's Amazing Recount

Wednesday 22 January 2014

We're In The Paper: Adam is Star of the Week!

Congratulations to Adam, who has been chosen as the Romford Recorder Star of the Week. He has really been doing well with his maths. Everyday he comes into school with a beaming smile on his face. Mrs Stanley is very proud of the effort he has been making... well done Adam!

Maths Project Idea

Would you like an idea for a family activity? Are you hungry for more homework? Could you present information about your family in an unusual way?

If the answer to the above questions is yes, then have a look at the photo below. We'd love to see you bring in similar sheets from home.

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Christmas Choir Performances: Thank you letter

We were delighted to receive this letter in the post from one of the sheltered homes we visited with the choir. Your children were great ambassadors for the school and did a wonderful job of spreading some real Christmas cheer with their carols.

It is lovely to see that we are already being booked in for next year!

Monday 20 January 2014

Project Superstars!

Well done to Sky and Lucy who have been working hard on their projects at home. It is great to see the extra work that you have been doing in your own time to extend your learning.

PDSA Visit - Letter of thanks

Last week we received a lovely letter from the PDSA vet Amy, who recently came to speak to the children. 

Dear Broadford,

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed visiting Broadford Primary School recently and I hope the pupils enjoyed it as well. They were all so well behaved, easy to engage and are a credit to all the staff. If any of the teachers wish for additional support in this area or extra activities for their pupils to do then we have plenty of resources online for them to utilise: I believe Rowan Class have already set about creating their own pet information sheets, which I’m sure will turn out brilliantly!

In addition if you are interested in starting a Pet Protectors School Club then please have a look at: Join - Run a school club. It is very similar to our individual Pet Protectors Club (including being great value) but we also provide activity plans, wall planners and support for the teachers running it and possibly even to arrange a further visit.

Once again thank you so much for making me feel welcomed on my recent visit.
Kind Regards,

Amy Henson, BScRVN, N.Cert (Bus. Dev)
Community & Education Veterinary Nurse London & South Coast
PDSA Pet Aid Branch
Woodford Bridge Road

Housepoint Results - Red Lifts The Cup

Red – Faringdon 64

Blue – Chatteris 58

Yellow – Dulverton 30

Green – Cricklade 58

Orange – Dudley 10

Congratulations to Faringdon (Red) who have managed to win the House Point trophy this week!