We are Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Schools Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 200 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3500 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.

The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science,  enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

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Jigsaw PSHE

Ms Seale launched our new PSHE scheme in Collective Worship and shared our topic for the half term which is ‘Being Me in My World.’ The new scheme is called Jigsaw.

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

To find out more about Jigsaw, go to www.jigsawpshe.com

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Science Museum Visit

Blue class had a material workshop at the science Museum on Friday. The focus was to explore different materials around us and their uses. We explored the different materials in the ‘Garden and the Space Centre’ in other to answer our enquiry question: Does the material used for different objects have an effect on what it is used for?

We investigated an astronaut’s suit to find out about the different materials it consists of and why it had been used but our most memorable experience was travelling through the different planets in digital Space.

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Anti-Radicalisation Workshops

Year 5 and Year 6  took part in an ‘Anti-Radicalisation’ workshop, which actively promotes positive values including equality and diversity – supporting schools in relation to SMSC and the British Values requirement.

They incorporate storytelling and activities to help young children understand difficult issues like terrorism and radicalisation in a supportive and age-appropriate manner.

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Year 4 visit HMS Belfast

Our year four pupils were all ship “shape and Bristol fashion” as they set of to London to visit one of the cities greatest landmarks. HMS Belfast.

Built by Messrs Harland & Wolff in 1936, HMS Belfast was launched by Anne Chamberlain, wife of the then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, on St Patrick’s Day in 1938. After fitting out and builder’s trials, HMS Belfast was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 5 August 1939 under the command of Captain G A Scott DSO RN.

Designed for the protection of trade and offensive action she was immediately called into service patrolling the northern waters in efforts to impose a maritime blockade on Germany. However, disaster struck after only two months at sea when HMS Belfast hit a magnetic mine. There were few casualties but the damage to her hull was so severe she was out of action for three years.

After the Second World War HMS Belfast played an active role in the Korean War from 1950-1952 working with other Allied Forces to support the retreating American and South Korean troops. Her final years were spent performing peace-keeping duties until she was retired from service in 1963.

As early as 1967 the Imperial War Museum had been investigating the possibility of preserving a Second World War cruiser. This led to the formation of a trust, headed up by one of HMS Belfast’s former captains Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles. After some years the trust was successful and HMS Belfast was brought to London opening to the public on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 1971. Today she is the last remaining vessel of her type – one of the largest and most powerful light cruisers ever built.

The children had an amazing day exploring all nine decks of HMS Belfast to discover what life was like on board for the crew at war and at sea. The most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. We took some pictures om the day, which can be seen in the galery below.

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Bishop’s Certificate

As you are aware, Governors play a key role in developing and improving their school; clarity about the role of Governing Bodies is crucial to an effective partnership between Governors and the Head Teacher and staff. The Bishop of Southwark acknowledges this important role played by Governors of Church of England schools in the Diocese of Southwark.  He encourages Governors to work towards this certificate which aims to clarify the role of the Governing Body in a Church of England school.  The Bishop’s Certificate course is designed for the whole Governing Body.

Below is a list of the modules covered:

  • Module 1: The nature and purpose of church
  • Module 2: Admission policies
  • Module 3: The curriculum
  • Module 4: Teaching and Learning
  • Module 5: Self Evaluation and Inspection
  • Module 6: Effective governance
  • Module 7: School buildings
  • Module 8: Religious Education and Collective Worship
  • Module 9 & 10: Staffing

I am very pleased to let you know that our Governing Body has been awarded the Bishop’s Certificate which is a huge achievement.  We will be presented the certificate at Southwark Cathedral next week. Please join with me in congratulating our Governors, who are volunteers, for their achievement, alongside their commitment and support of our School.

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last topic launch with Parents!

Parents and Carers attended the last topic launch of this academic year and joined the children in their classroom’s for some creative activities. It was lovely to see parents joining their children in learning, and having a really great time with the whole experience as well.

We took some pictures of the day, which can be seen in the small gallery below. May we take this opportunity to thank our parents for joining us. The children always thoroughly enjoy to see you all during school time so that they can enjoy learning with you.

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Fundraising Opportunities

Dear Parents and Carers,

Further to our letters sent regarding school funding cuts, please see details below of ways that you can help in supporting the school:

  • The Giving Machine – You generate commissions by shopping online with over 1,500 retailers including Amazon, Play.com, John Lewis, eBay, Sainsbury’s and Next. Commission is converted into donations for our school so you are raising funds for free!Please click on the following link to sign up:https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/
  • School Voluntary Transportation and Trips Fund – this is a way for parents and carers to make donations to the school per academic year. A copy of this form is attached.
  • School lottery via the ‘Your School Lottery’ website – Draws are held every Saturday.   This is a great way to support the school, as well as having the chance of winning a weekly prize.  The more people that join, the bigger the prize becomes and the more money raised for our school! You can join the lottery for as little as £1 per week and you will also be entered into a separate draw with a chance of winning an amazing £25,000 every week!Click on the following link to register and for more information: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/how-it-works

Our children’s learning and well-being will continue to be our priority as we navigate this challenging period.  We ask for your continued support and prayers as we work together to ensure our children are the best that they can be.

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