Children’s Mental Health Week – 2019

The school marked Children’s Mental Health Week to raise awareness of the need to take care of our minds as well as our bodies. Parents, teachers and students of all ages got involved.

The infants were playing games to help talk about different feelings, the juniors were learning about the need for good sleep, diet and exercise for healthy minds.  The lower seniors made artistic explorations of the nature of emotions, and the upper seniors got to incorporate some building-work into their classes!  All year groups got musical to consider the affect of music on mood and some cookery students even made emoji cupcakes!

Everyone had a go at learning to stop and breath, to help focus in their classes, and also enjoyed some fun activities as “brain breaks” between lessons.

It was also great to see so many parents at the Wellbeing Workshop that week which proved very helpful in understanding anxiety and how it impacts on adults and children alike.

Additional resources can be found in the “student support” folder which you will find in the “Document Repository” on our website under the Curriculum tab.

Building Nests

  

In horticulture, years 3 to 5 were challenged to build a bird’ s nest. They gathered their materials and the two teams then faced many challenges as they explored the task. They considered and overcame issues such as stability, structure, lack of materials and other “birds” stealing their materials! It was great fun and they ended up respecting the ingenuity of the birds.

Head Girl Speech 2018

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Hi, my name is Rachel, and I have been a student at this school for at least ten years.

I used to be a very shy person with school simply flashing before my eyes. But now I can clearly see the good the school does.

This school is quite small and for me that’s just what I need. GCSEs are not a walk in the park, but with thanks to the teachers I am never lacking a challenge to improve in my subjects and test my knowledge. And you don’t fade into the background, this meant I could build really helpful connections with the teachers so I can get the support I need in lessons so that I do not become overwhelmed.

The teacher’s advice has been invaluable during assemblies and on an individual level.

Altogether this meant I could get to where I am today, speaking in public and believing that it is possible to reach the grades I need.

Provisional GCSE Results for June 2017

For those of you who like to know, here is a summary of the highlights of our provisional GCSE results. Provisionally 80% of our pupils attained C to A* (Levels 4 to 9).

We had 5 pupils sitting. 100% of the pupils scored level 5 (good pass top end C and bottom end B) and above in Maths and also in either English Language or Literature. In Science 86% of the results were C and above and 57% A and above. Overall 39.6% of all the results were As (level 7) and above.

We are very pleased with everyone’s results. Some overcame struggles but pushed through. One amazed us all and achieved 8 A*s including our first level 9 in Mathematics.

These are the first results to include the new level systems and more demanding syllabuses. We have to thank the teachers for navigating these changes and the parents for supporting their children at this time. Our hope and prayers are the pupils will take everything else they have learned at the school and be a blessing to the schools and colleges they go on to now. Everyone got their places.

Wandlebury Iron Age Fort

The Juniors went to Wandlebury Iron age fort on Wednesday as part of their project on the iron age. The day was led by staff at the centre. The children were taught for a short while in the classroom.

They then had the opportunity to make bread, which they then cooked on sticks over an open fire and ate them for their snack. They were shown how iron age people would have had to thresh, winnow and grind corn on a quernstone.

  
The children had a very educational tour of the site showing the hill, ring ditch and the way people lived.

The children had lunch in the sunshine and then had a go at weaving with willow twigs, they saw a  partial reconstruction of a round house, which they enjoyed playing in. They had fun practising their skills with a sling shot and tennis ball before having their faces painted like warriors with blue ‘woad’.

Bronze Age Ramble

In 1948 Bronze Age axes were found here on the Harcamlow Way trail which runs past our school. It is one of our favourite walks into country. It was cold but fun and the Year 2s joined us for the first time.

As we walked we asked the question, “Why here?”

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Having been warriors right in the hollow the axes were found, what better than playing in a ditch.

The tradition was renewed of naming this area rabbit city. We’ve been doing this for nearly 30 years now!