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Odd Socks Day

At St Mary Magdalene we are always encouraging children to be empathetic and supportive of each other.  Next week we will be starting our ‘anti-bullying’ themed weeks.  Children will be participating in lessons and workshops  to promote an anti-bullying culture.

On Tuesday 12th November we are inviting children to wear ‘odd socks’.  This will celebrate and symbolise the similarities and differences between us.  The children will be encouraged to accept difference and treat others with the respect they deserve.

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Year 4 visit Greenhive Care Home

This week, our Year 4 pupils visited the Greenhive Care Home as part of their contribution to the forthcoming Remembrance Day. The team at Greenhive Care Home later said that the residents really enjoyed the childrens visit and has asked if we would like to come back to maybe hang some Christmas decorations or host a Collective Worship. Of course, we would be delighted to return.

We took some pictures of our visit, which can be seen below. Please click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

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Science Museum Visit

Green Class recently had an exciting visit to the Science Museum! While there, they had the opportunity to go to a live question and answer interview with British Astronaut Tim Peake. The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and were very excited to have the opportunity to speak to a real life astronaut!!!

After the QandA, they watched a 3D film entitled ‘A Beautiful Planet’ at the IMAX theatre.

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Year 4 visit Imperial War Museum

Year 4 visited the Imperial War Museum to explore conflict from WW1 to present day as part of their topic ‘World War II’ to discover the causes of war and its impact on people’s lives. They appreciated seeing recreations of WWI trenches and the Blitz, many tanks and planes and revolving military exhibitions.

We enjoyed hearing and dancing to the music that was created to resist, revel and speak out against war and oppression.

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Jigsaw PSHE

Year 4 lead Collective Worship this week and launched our new Jigsaw PSHE theme ‘Celebrating Difference.’ Jigsaw PSHE perfectly connects the pieces of Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development into an easy to use lesson-a-week programme.

Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning for ages 3-16.  Jigsaw makes teachers’ lives easier by providing extremely well-structured, progressive lesson plans with teaching resources included.

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.

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Operation Christmas Child

As part of our Love Project for this term, the children have been filling shoe boxes with much needed items that we simply take for granted, such as soaps, tooth paste etc, plus toys and useful items to send to the needy on behalf of “Operation Christmas Child”.

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Since 1990, more than 168 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

Here are a few pictures of our children preparing their shoes boxes.

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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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