Friday 28 February 2014

We're In The Paper: O2 singers & Star of the Week

Once again our pupils have been featured in the Romford Recorder. This week the Press Gang page features the Choir - who recently performed at the 02. We also have a Star of the Week in Jack Barnett. He has been chosen for his contribution to the School Council and the bubbly, positive attitude he always shows to learning.

Well done everyone!

Nathan's Writing

Junior's Writing!

Next Week Events & News

Next Week:
First thing Monday morning we have our termly chance to meet with Governors and discuss progress being achieved so far with the school. We can also update you with plans for the expansion in September. On Monday night Maple class have a performance at MyPlace – the culmination of their work with the Make Some Noise Project. Parents are able to attend the event and see what the children have been working on. As a reward for all the volunteering that the children have been doing, we have been invited to attend an event at Wembley Arena: WE Day UK. There will be lots of special guests all sharing experiences of how young people can make a real difference to their communities.

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.

Brooke's Fact

Thursday 27 February 2014

Tommy's Fact

Wednesday 26 February 2014

World Book Day: 6th March

We would like to give you advance warning that we will be having a ‘Dress as a Book Character Day’ on Thursday 6th March to celebrate World Book Day. You can choose to dress as any book character you like. There will be prizes for the best costumes in each Year Group.

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Parent & Governor Meeting: Monday 3rd March

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent / Governor Meeting

The next meeting between Parents and Governors will be on:

Monday 3rd March at 9am 

( tea/coffee/ refreshments will be available )

Governors are very keen to continue these termly meetings so that we are up to date with your views as parents. It is a good opportunity for us to tell you about our role in the leadership and management of the school and to update you with latest information.

Having attended many sharing assemblies I am always heartened by the attendance and support of parents at these events. So please come along on Monday 3rd. We appreciate your comments, concerns and celebrations. We are lucky to have a number of parents who regularly attend these meetings and would welcome new parents.

Mr Drakes will be sharing with you the latest information with regards to your children’s education at Broadford.

Look forward to seeing you.

Kind Regards
Gill Gordon

Chair of Governors

Monday 24 February 2014

Welcome Back

Hopefully you managed to have a restful half term break.

All clubs will be running as normal this week.
Year 2 are off to Barleylands on Wednesday

Sharing Assembly: Birch
Wednesday 26th February @ 9.05am

We will be delighted to welcome in the parents and relatives of Birch class to the Sharing Assembly, which is on the Wednesday immediately after half term week.

Maths Weekly Challenge

Are you someone who likes a puzzle or challenge? Would you be able to think creatively? If the answer is yes, then our weekly maths challenge is perfect for you.

Each week there will be a fresh challenge to give your grey matter a work out. Most of the activities are open ended, it is about having creative ideas for how to apply your maths.

Pupils can post their suggestions directly to the display with post it notes.

Alternatively you can leave comments here as a way of registering your ideas.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday 21 February 2014

Harold Hill Poetry Recital - Year 3 read Ogden Nash

On the Thursday before half term, we had the first Harold Hill poetry recital. Schools from our local cluster came to Broadford to perform poems they had been rehearsing. With the help of Bill & Gill (of the Multi Story Theatre company) the children put on a fantastic show. They read out poems that were over 100 years old and more contemporary verse.

Our Year 3 pupils - chosen from Rowan class - performed a poem by Ogden Nash. About a very brave and resolute girl, the children really bought the verse to life. It turns out that both Pieyce and Lebohang can do a very mean Giant's voice.

Make sure you watch the video to see their performance!

The afternoon was a great success at promoting oracy, working collaboratively and celebrating poetry. 

Adventures Of Isabel

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry.
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch's face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch's gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch crowed,
I'll turn you into an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry,
She showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
But she turned the witch into milk and drank her.
Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forhead.
Good morning, Isabel, the giant said,
I'll grind your bones to make my bread.
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She nibled the zwieback that she always fed off,
And when it was gone, she cut the giant's head off.
Isabel met a troublesome doctor,
He punched and he poked till he really shocked her.
The doctor's talk was of coughs and chills
And the doctor's satchel bulged with pills.
The doctor said unto Isabel,
Swallow this, it will make you well.
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She took those pills from the pill concocter,
And Isabel calmly cured the doctor.

Ogden Nash

KS1 Return Your Book Raffle

Congratulations to the latest winners to the Return a Book raffle, which is organised by Miss Sparkes. All the children in KS1 - who bring their book back to the library - earn a raffle ticket. These are then drawn out at the end of each half term. Teni, Archy, Ellis & Simran now have something new to read during the holiday.

Super Athlete: Isaac

Congratulations to Isaac, who won a gold medal at his running club. Every week he makes the trek across to the Leigh Valley Running track to practise his running. In this competition they had to complete a number of events. We are very impressed that he is already getting in early practice for Sports Day!

Thursday 20 February 2014

Fact Hunters: Deserts, horses & lizards

Sophie Adams
The Atacama Desert is a plateau in South America, covering a 1,000-kilometre strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. It is the driest hot desert in the world.

Drew Burkett 
Although he was an accomplished driver, James Hunt never conquered his fears. In the garage his terror often caused him to vomit and on the grid he shook so much the car vibrated.

Jessica Simpson 
Were you aware that horses are divided into 3 categories? Hot bloods are fast, racing horses. Warm bloods are good for breeding and cold bloods are slower and adapted more for heavy work.

Spencer Higginson 
Until a few years ago, only two (the Gila Monster and the Mexican Beaded Lizard) were thought to be venomous. Now it is believed that as many as 100 species of living lizards actually use venom.

E for Excellence Winners:

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Nikola Urban – Mulberry

Nathan Ellis – Cedar

Sonia Lewis – Pine

Matthew Munjere – Aspen

Holly Clark – Ash

Reece Wager – Birch

Natalie Towner – Rowan

Georgie Crane – Fern

Harry Hooper – Maple

Jack Ibbunson – Elm

Johnny Ferguson – Willow

Jack Peppitt – Cherry

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Sharing Assembly Choir - February 2014

Here is a chance to listen to the choir singing their tunes from the recent Young Voices event.

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

Well done to Georgina, who has been chosen as the Star of the Week in the Romford Recorder. It is recognition for her work as a JTA (Junior Travel Ambassador) and her conscientious attitude.

Weekly Winners: Writers, projects & MDA

Project Superstar:
Well done to John Marshall for his very detailed and intricate replica of the Clink Prison… complete with gallows!

Rainbow & Star Writers:
Thomas Brown has produced a great pieces of writing this week and has been featured on the Star Writers display.

MDA Award Winners:
These wonderful children have particularly helpful at lunchtimes this week.

EYFS & KS1 Matthew Murcia

KS2 Veronika Maslobojeva

Super Readers:

Junior St Matthew Daniel, John Paul Rensch, Jaseem Miah & Aaliyah Yasrin have managed to earn their Bronze reading certificate (10 Books); while Ethan Borrell, Thomas Brown, Emily Claydon, Callum Watson, Sonia Lewis, FT, Ja’Shayla Cousins & Morgan Palfreman have now earned their bookmark (25 books).

Elina Joshi has read an incredible 50 books to claim her Silver prize – which is a certificate and a £5 book voucher!

Monday 17 February 2014

Attendance Update

KS1: Mulberry 97.33%
KS2: Elm 99.33% 
Overall: 96.53%
Congratulations to Elm class, who have topped the league this week. We are very pleased with the overall attendance of 96.53%, which is much healthier. Hopefully we can start to look forward to some warmer, lighter mornings!

Parent Council Meeting 3 - Minutes

Meeting 3 - February 6th

M Drakes, L Nicholls, C Mason, Mrs Clark, L Chatterton, K Crawley, N Wheal.

Ofsted Preparation
Parent names to speak to inspectors – we can only give short notice Mrs Wheal and Mrs Clark both volunteered)
Parent View findings
Parents were directed to the Parent View website to look at the results. 132 responses is a very good rate of return. Feedback is overwhelmingly positive:

What we are saying we do well…
  1. Positive ethos for behaviour, achievement and learning
  2. Communication with parents: blog, gate duty, website, open door policy, email boxes, sharing assemblies
  3. Early reading: RWI, library resource, visits to local library
  4. Curriculum enrichment: termly trips, O2 choir, after school clubs
  5. Quality of teaching: change of staff, clear policies, high quality training
  6. Management of behaviour in class and around the school
  7. Recognition of pupil success: pictures, video, certificates, prizes
  8. Attendance: rising overall numbers, system of incentives, falling lates, declining persistent absence
  9. Access to key school documents
  • Go through content on the website: SEF, SIP, Data Dashboard
What parents say we are doing well?
  1. All staff are approachable. 
  2. Teachers encourage pupils in school with Awards and celebrating achievements.
  3. Staff make school and learning fun for the children.
  4. The amount and quality of extra curricular clubs and trips.
  5. Quality of buildings and facilities.
  6. Communication with parents. 
What parents think we could be doing better?
  1. End of day arrangements – the pathways by the new Year 2 classroom become clogged very quickly. 
  • Could lines demarcating in/out be painted on the existing paths?
  • Could the path be widened?
  • Could the muddy, grass areas be recovered with concrete?
     2. School dinner choices: sometimes pupils do not receive the lunch they have selected. 
     3. Continuing to ensure that all pupils are rewarded for following behaviour rules and expectations.  
It was explained that there are some children who are on behaviour reward charts. However these are short term measures that are gradually withdrawn as the child becomes much clearer on the expectations for behaviour at Broadford
     4. Continuing to ensure that all classes demonstrate consistent routines: this was to do with swapping over of books, finishing at the end of the day

SEN/Parent Coffee Mornings & Workshops
What topics would parents want to see featured
  • computing – internet safety
  • managing children’s behaviour. 
Expansion Update
Latest pupil numbers – school is now full in all Year groups with 412 children on roll

Look at building plans – parents were shown the plans for the two new classrooms that will be built for September 2014

Parent questions

1. How many children should there be in each class and is there an upper limit?

a. We will endeavor to ensure that no class is over 30. However the Local Authority – who manage admissions – can make us take up to 32 in a class.

2. What type of support is available for EAL pupils and pupils who have just arrived in the country?

a. The LA has an English as an Additional Language consultant who comes in to support and advise staff

b. The RWI program has a ‘catch up’ element to it which allows the EAL children to make rapid progress

c. Many of the pupils who are EAL are already literate in their own language and can read and write. Therefore they make rapid progress compared to some of the children who have been here for longer.

TLR Project Update
Variety of speakers and visits provided for the pupils

· Builder day for Y3&4 – learnt about importance of right angles, measuring and team work

· Visit to Toby Carvery to meet chefs – talk looked at importance of welcoming customers, understanding timetables (bookings), weighing and measuring in the kitchen, timings with food and having to complete orders

· Police – PCSO Wayne Hopkins explained the different roles within the police force. Importance of literacy: effective note taking skills are essential

· Rapid Response team booked

· Dementia carer

· Paul Falltricks Academy – must be able to estimate length accurately, need good speaking and listening skills with customers, have to be able to give change and handle money, knowledge of current affairs to make conversation with clients

· Ship Broking – do you know where the seas, ports and cities of the world are? Understanding time zones for making deals with different parts of the world, be able to work out your 1% of a deal, calculating costs (tonnage of ships, amount of fuel left on board). Most important skill was that of common sense!
If parents have got any suggestions about friends and family who could come in to give a careers talk to the pupils, Miss Morris would be very pleased to hear from you.

Items from last meeting
Lunchtime clubs – no further issues

Phase mailboxes – at times responses are overdue.

Parents reported that there had not been any issues with these areas

Parents enquired about the health of Miss Rutherford. At the present time, we do not know when Miss Rutherford will be able to return to work. We will pass on the well wishes of parents for a speedy recovery.

Parents expressed concern over parents who are dropping children off late at school continually parking on the zig zags outside of school.

Date of next meeting
Wednesday 21st May @ 9am

Radio 2 500 Word Story Competition

The Tunnel

“H-a-p-p-y B-i-r-t-h-d-a-y!”
His heart pounding, Dad launched out of bed.
“Hurry up and get dressed,” pleaded Olivia, “We’re all ready to go to the castle for your special day!”

A few hours later Olivia was wondering why she had been so excited. The castle was boring! Behind the museum, which Dad seemed to find fascinating, Olivia saw an oak tree – perfect for climbing. The children sprinted down the path and entered the castle garden. Olivia clambered up to the lowest branch, opened her book and started to read. While Olivia got lost in her imagination, Derek played football. Suddenly the ball rocketed over a prickly, green hedge.
Laughing Olivia told him “You’d better go and find it. Dad gave you that for Christmas!”
Slowly trudging towards the hedge, Derek began to search for his ball.

“Hurry up Derek,” she called, “it’s getting late.” But there was no reply.
Where had he gone?
“I’ve found it!” called a voice from behind the hedge, “But you’d better come and look at this.”
Reluctantly Olivia followed her brother’s call. When she rounded the corner, Olivia’s froze…

…Derek had been swallowed by the dark, gaping mouth of a tunnel! All that was left were his feet. The football lay forgotten.
“What do you think you are doing?” she demanded. Unwilling to ruin her favourite, red coat she decided to wait. Surely he couldn’t go very far… could he?

Inside the tunnel, Derek was unable to see anything in the inky black darkness. Blindly feeling his way, the intrepid explorer inched forward. A blast of icy cold air came down the tunnel - the cobwebs shivered.
“Where does this tunnel lead to?” Derek asked himself. Without warning, something, or someone moved up the tunnel towards him. A red eye flashed. What was it that lurked in the depths of the tunnel? Derek tried to turn. He was trapped! Scraping his knees on the rough tunnel floor, he crawled backwards. When the passage widened he stood up. Smash! Derek’s head crunched into the hard, brick roof of the tunnel.

…Groggily Derek opened his eyes. He was unable to make out the unfamiliar shadow.
“Who are you?” questioned Derek warily.
A gruff, angry voice replied “What do you think you were doing down here?” Derek realised he was facing one of the castle tour guides.
“Were you screaming?” asked the guide. “I heard some strange noises and came to investigate. You could have been seriously hurt!”
The frightened boy described the strange rumbling and flashing lights in the tunnel.
“Stupid child! There are railway tracks above this tunnel – not monsters,” chuckled the guide.
Derek grabbed his sister’s hand and walked towards the car park “Whatever you do, don’t tell Dad,” pleaded Derek.

Driving home, Dad turned and spoke.
“Where did you two get to?” he asked, while he changed gear, “I was waiting outside for ages.”
Olivia smiled innocently “Oh you know Derek, so keen to explore.”
Glowing red with embarrassment her brother didn’t say a word.

Fact Hunters: River horses & clocks

Lelethu Nombeko 
Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the "river horse." Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun

Sophie Lewis 
The 12-hour clock is a time convention in which the 24 hours of the day are divided into two periods: a.m. (from the Latin ante meridiem, meaning "before midday") and p.m. (post meridiem, "after midday").

Half Term 500 Word Challenge:

We have set the children a challenge to write a 500 word story during the holiday. It is related to the BBC 2 competition which is being championed by Chris Evans. More details and inspiration can be found here:

We have also posted information on the blog. Look out for examples from teachers on the school blog! Have a great half term, and as Bruce Forsyth would say… ‘Keeeeeeeeepppppppppp Writing!’

Thursday 13 February 2014

News & Events

School closed for INSET: Friday 14th February

We will be closed for INSET tomorrow. Pupils are due back on Monday 24th February. Breakfast Club will be open at 8am as normal, with the main doors opening at 8.30am.

Today the School Council had their trip to Westminster to learn about national Government. Look out for photos and details on the blog. On Wednesday 26th February Year 2 are off to Barleylands. The ‘Make Some Noise’ team are back on Thursday 27th for another workshop with Maple class. Some of our Year 5&6 pupils are also out to Pizza Express for a cookery workshop. 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.

SHINE Project @ Bancrofts:
We are delighted to inform the parents of those children involved in the project that there will be sessions on the 15th & 22nd of February. The meet up will be at the usual time of 9am with the children returning for 1.15pm

Wednesday 12 February 2014

E Safety Guidance

Dear Parents,

Please take the time to look at this resource from Vodafone. They have produced an excellent Digital Parenting magazine:

Tracker Awards

Congratulations to Kieran Dash who has completed his Silver tracker and now starts his Gold! Jaseem Miah becomes the first pupil to move onto the Star Tracker as he has earned his Diamond certificate! Well done.

Cup Final Kid Book Review

John's Prison Project

Fact Hunters: Deserts, flags & monkeys

Riley Sullivan
Did you know that male reindeers drop their antler? Males & females both grow antlers that are deciduous, solid antlers which grow from permanent bases or pedicles on the frontal bones of the skull. The males tend to drop them in December.

Sophie Adams
Did you know that the national flag of France is a tricolour featuring three vertical bands coloured blue (hoist side), white, and red. It is known to English speakers as the French Tricolour.

Sophie Adams & Sophie Lewis
The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert and one of the harshest environments on the planet. At 3.6 million square miles (9.4 million square kilometers it is huge! The name Sahara is Arabic for "The Great Desert”.

Holly Clark
Have you ever heard of William Foulkes? Foulke kept goal for Sheffield United, Chelsea and Bradford City between 1894 and 1907. He was in the Guinness Book of Records at the time as the heaviest ever footballer.

Natalie Towner
Did you know that Timaran monkeys come from central Sout America? Their body size ranges from 13-30cm and they weigh 220 – 900 grams

Fern Class practice ordering their numbers to 10.

KS2 Choir - Bring Me Sunshine

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Super Readers & Writers

Super Readers:
Kie Allen & Tia Himuyandi have managed to earn their Bronze reading certificate (10 Books); while Charly Wallace & Sophie Adams have now earned their bookmark (25 books). Georgia Brooks has read an incredible 50 books to claim her Silver prize – which is a certificate and a £5 book voucher!

Rainbow & Star Writers:
Sophie Adams, Grace Gore, Chloe Trew, Charly Wallace, Daniel Oluokun, Ruby Burchell & Ebony McKay produced great pieces of writing this week and have been featured on the Star Writers display.

ANTIDOTE Book Review

Emma's Eel Fact

E for Excellence Winners:

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Kimberley Stewart – Mulberry

Ijeoma Ezeogu – Cedar

Thomas Royer – Pine

Charlie Ilott – Aspen

Emily Morton – Ash

Sophie Adams – Birch

Athenkosi Nombeko – Rowan

Sophie Porter – Fern

Kieran Wright – Maple

Callum Newell – Elm

Daria Bekisz – Willow

Harley Boland – Cherry

Monday 10 February 2014

Bikeability Level 2 Graduates!

Congratulations to our latest batch of Bikeability Graduates. In case you weren't aware, Level 2 Bikeability takes place on local streets, giving you a real cycling experience. The pupils were taught how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops.

Now they have completed Bikeability Level 2 and been awarded their orange badge, they are able to:
  • Start and finish a journey by road, including passing parked or slower moving vehicles and side roads
  • Make a u-turn
  • Identify and react to hazards in the road
  • Signal your intentions to other road users when someone needs to know what you’re doing
  • Understand where to ride on the road
  • Use junctions, including turning left and right into major and minor roads
  • Decide whether a cycle lane will help your journey
  • Use the Highway Code, particularly when it comes to understanding road signs
Well done to all of you!
Find out more about Bikeability here:

Sunday 9 February 2014

Sharing Assembly: Wednesday 12th @ 9.05am

We will be delighted to welcome in the parents and relatives of the Choir and Dance clubs to the Sharing Assembly next week. There will NOT be a performance from the cheerleaders this half term as so many of them are new to the club.

Safer Internet Day 2014

Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on 11th February with the theme 'Let's create a better internet together'. We will take this opportunity to ensure children are aware of online dangers and help children understand the digital world better.

For parents, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with their child about staying safe online. To help you get started, please visit for some ideas and resources to help make raise awareness of eSafety with your child.

We would also encourage you to read the 'eSafety Information for Parents' page which can be found on the Hacton Primary School website.

If you have any questions, we will be holding an Internet Safety meeting with parents in the near future.

Saturday 8 February 2014

Road Safety Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Road Safety quiz. Last week the Junior Travel Ambassadors (Georgina, Dylan, Sophie & Nathan) took an assembly for all the KS2 pupils. The answers to the quiz were all contained in their presentation. For those who listened carefully, a goody bag was the reward for gaining top marks.

  • pens
  • pencils
  • calculators
  • rulers
  • post its
  • Highway Code book
  • note pad
  • Be Safe holdall
All these goodies made a tremendous prize. 

Weekly Winners

MDA Award Winners:
These wonderful children have particularly helpful at lunchtimes this week.

EYFS & KS1 Ijeama Ezeogu

KS2 Tumelo Sibanda

Red – Faringdon 66

Blue – Chatteris 68

Yellow – Dulverton 63

Green – Cricklade 59

Orange – Dudley 26
Congratulations to Blue (Chatteris) who have managed to win the House Point trophy this week!

I Got Stuck:
Holly Clark, Tyler Houlston & Cydney Ridley have shown great perseverance with their work this week and stuck at the task until it was completed.

Attendance Update

KS1: Cedar 95.67%
KS2: Maple 98.33% 
Overall: 94.8%

Some of the KS2 classes have done very well this week. Maple were almost perfect, while Elm, Rowan and Willow all exceeded the target of 95%. Only one class could manage this across EYFS & KS1 – well done to Cedar! Sadly that means the overall total is below our ongoing target of 95%.

Friday 7 February 2014

No Clubs Monday & Tuesday & Next Week Events

No Clubs Monday & Tuesday
There will be no clubs after school on Monday or Tuesday due to Parents' Evening. Please ensure that children are picked up promptly at 3.15pm

Next Week:
We have a retired ship broker coming in on Monday to talk to Year 5&6 pupils about his career and how Maths and Literacy skills were useful. On Tuesday the Governors have a Leadership & Management Committee meeting from 4.30pm and on Wednesday we have the Sharing Assembly for the Dance & Choir clubs. This time the Cheerleaders will not be taking part as their routines are not yet ready. In the afternoon the Multi Story theatre company are back to work with our pupils to prepare for the Poetry Event with the other Harold Hill schools.

On Thursday 13th Maple have their second workshop with the Make Some Noise project and the School Council are off to Westminster to look at how national Government works.

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.

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Review

Matilda Book Review

Attendance Update:

KS1: Cedar 97.30%
KS2: 99.31% 
Overall: 95.99%

We have been very pleased with the recent attendance. The overall is back up to almost 96% and only four classes missed our 95% target. The other improvement has been with the lates. Our EWO has been out on duty this week and Mrs Taylor is there every day with her clipboard… but it is working! Well done for getting here on time!

Half Term Activity Camp - Campion School

Dear parents,

Please see the leaflet below for information about a half term activity camp.

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Billy The Kid Book Review

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 today.

Sharing Assembly: Wednesday 5th @ 9.05am

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

Monday 3 February 2014

Fact Hunters: Polar bears, games & crabs

Sophie Hann
Did you know that the world's largest recorded nugget is "The Welcome Stranger"? The find occurred at Black Lead (or Black Reef), Bull-dog Gully, Moliagul.

Grace Gore
The Arctic Ocean, which is located in the Antarctica, is the coldest as well as the smallest ocean on the Earth. With Antarctica being the coldest place on Earth, the Arctic Ocean which surrounds it, also freezes and from this deep ocean currents are generated.

Lillie Mersh
Polar bears might be huge, but their cubs are tiny! Sows give birth to usually 1 or 2 one-pound cubs and then nurse them until they reach about 20-30 pounds before emerging from the den in March or April.

Lilly Reynolds
Amazingly crabs are also known as decapods because they have 10 legs. The first pair of legs is modified into claws, called chelae. Crabs have external skeleton called "exoskeleton". It is made of chitin and it provides protection for the soft tissue underneath it.

Holly Maskell
Have you ever wondered why the West Ham fans chant ‘Come On You Irons!’? It was because the club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks FC and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United.

Kieran Wright
Did you know that Snakes & Ladders is actually an Indian game? Known as Moksha Patam, the game was popular in ancient India and emphasized the role of fate or karma. A Jain version, Gyanbazi or Gyan chauper, dates to the 16th century.

Tracker Awards:

Congratulations to Kieran Wright for finishing his Bronze tracker. Mason Camden, Oliver Hatwell, Ronnie Knight, Cydney Ridley, Suada Cacaj, James Burnett and Joseph Bowden have achieved their Silver pencil. Hakeem Bakreen, Evan Andrews, Keeley King, Jackie Ramalingam, Evan Andrews & Emily Claydon have completed their Silver trackers and now start their Gold!

With 18 Golden Merits, Holly Maskell and Deborah Mushonga have earned their Golden Bookmarks. Harry Bradley has completed his Gold tracker. Chloe Trew & Sophie Nickson have managed to collect their Platinum Pencil & Pen sets.

Primary School Expansion Consultation

Dear Parents,

In order to cope with the growing number of Primary aged pupils, the Local Authority is looking to permanently expand some of the schools in Havering. Please see an electronic copy of the consultation document below.

We will also send out paper copies of the consultation form for you to fill in.

Alternatively you can register your views by following this link to an online survey: