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Items filtered by date: Sunday, 12 December 1999


A number of special events have been held to celebrate the moving on of the Year 6 children. There was a Gala Dinner and Disco, an an Assembly for parents where some of the children were given awards.

At the Gala DInner and Disco the year group were asked to come up with a menu to be served at their Leaver's Dinner. They opted for:

STARTER: A sharing platter or CHicken Goujons, Doughballs and Onion Rings with a selection of dips.

MAIN:Cheese/Hamburger, Cheese and Tomato Pizza, or Macaroni Cheese.

DESSERT: Chocolate Fudge Ice-cream Sundae with Chocolate Brownie Chunks, or Mini Doughnuts with Strawberry and Chocolate Sauce for Dipping.

The hall had been decorated with helium balloons and after the children had eaten their delicious three course meal, served by the teachers, there was a photo booth, boncy castles and a disco.

The Leavers' Assembly was as always an emothional affair. Parents arrived early to make sure they had a seat and enjoyed coffee and bacon sandwiches from the school cafe. Various awards were handed out for Achievement, Effort, Sports, The Arts and many more.

The assembly ended with a song sung by the entire year group then all of the children were given a Year Book full of photos, a T-Shirt with all the names of the children on that back and then there was a photo opportunity.

We wish them all the best for the future.



All three of the school choirs came together for the last concert of the year. Unfortunately it had been raining during the day so the decision was made to hold the concert in the school hall. This didn't dampen the spirits of the choristers and it was a great opportunity to show of the wonderful lighting and sound equipment.

The hall was packed full of friends and family of the 190 children who performed a selction of the songs throughout the year. Some of the songs were Bills, Uptown Funk, Skyfall, and a couple of songs form the Musical Theatre Club's performance of Peter Pan.

The joy of sining together as such a large chorus was apparent by the looks on the children 's faces, especially when they recieved raptuous applause from the audience. Each year we are amazed and proud of the children's performances, and the support they are given by their parents.



Next week we will be holding three IT workshops to help parents support their children's learning at home. Each of the sessions will be held in the hall, during the day and evening, led by Anthony Lees and Matt Pitts.

Tuesday 9th June you will be able to find out about accessing and installing O365 to help access children's work at home.

Thursday 25th June's workishop will be about the use of OneNote to share in children's learning.

On Thursday 16th July the session will be about Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths giving the opportunity to stay up-to-date and help at home.

We hope that these sessions will be interesting, informative and helpful to parents.




We were thrilled when it was announced that we had won the Curator’s Award in the RHS Budding Gardeners Competition, and that as visitors to any RHS garden will be invited to vote for their favourite garden we could go on to win the coveted 'People's Choice Award'.

The whole school has been involved in the project which this year had the theme “Wonderland” celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. The children’s ideas were used to create a 1m x 1m raised bed that’s has been planted at RHS Rosemoor.

The children in Nursery made a Blue Caterpillar out of 150 blue bottles tops, each one marking a year since the book was written. The children in Reception class enjoyed a Golden Afternoon Tea Party and planted Violas and Pansies in cups and saucers.

Year 1 went “Off with Their Heads” crazy and chopped the heads off carrots and radishes and watched them grow in the window before planting them. Year 2 went around the school grounds to find plants and flowers that would match the colour of each croquet player’s ball. They even made a heat shaped lawn.

Year 3 researched sundials, they made and painted salt dough roses. Year 4, who this year are championing bees made a Cheshire Cat and heart shaped birdfeeder, fir-cone bees and planted pollen rich flowers. The children in Year 5 attempted to grow cotton. They took strawberry runners and planted them in the Queen of Hearts crown along with Bread and Butter-Cups. Year 6 had the opportunity to take a break from their SATs and planted Thyme, Dandelion Clocks and Lucky Clover.

The garden will be on show at Rosemoor over half term and children from the school can get in free. Hopefully people we vote for us. The garden, now known as Wendy’s Wonderland will hopefully be replanted with a little more space in the Academy Café Garden.


21st Century Learning

image-blog-2015-06-22-CLDAs a school we are championing twenty first century learning skills as part of our curriculum. We have always tried to be architect of a unique curriculum that values and provides opportunities for children to develop skills in problem solving, collaboration, resilience, perseverance, self-regulation and communication, in real-world situations. As a school we feel this context-driven approach matters to the pupils in a way that means they take ownership of their learning more.  This year we have been working with Microsoft and their 21st Century Learning Design project to integrate their tools into our curriculum, as well as the Global Enterprise Challenge and Global Community Projects. This is also leading to projects throughout the school which will be later used as examples of good teaching on an international level.




SSAT Awards

The School has been awarded 2 Educational Outcome Awards for Pupil Progress and Pupil Attainment.

SSAT is committed to celebrating the work that happens every day in our schools, and to recognise the teachers who are working so hard for students to receive the rich, challenging education they need.

It was an opportunity to celebrate the school’s work and the SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards.

David James and Nina Rothery went to the event that focused on principled approaches to curriculum and teaching and learning in these times of rapid change. Before the award was presented there was input from SSAT staff and a chance meet with colleagues from around the region to discuss these key issues such as:

An overview of key changes in curriculum and the questions they provoke.

Supporting staff and students with change.

Opportunities to share ideas and strategies for managing key issues and impact on curriculum, teaching and learning and pedagogy.

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