Fabulous PTA Summer Fair - Saturday June 23rd 2018
What a glorious day we had for our annual PTA Summer Fair! The sun shone all day and families and friends enjoyed a variety of events and stalls. A big thank you to our fabulous PTA team for organising and running this successful event. A big thank you also to the many visitors who turned up to share the day with us to raise money for our school and children. We will update you when we know how much money was raised.
Teacher Training - Inspiring Primary Pupils with Computer Science
Gillie Evans and Dave Brown delivered training to teachers showcasing Barefoot resources which are sponsored by BT. Both trainers work for BT and are passionate about supporting the development of computer science in schools. Teachers were taken through a range of activities and resources and became more familiar with terms such as 'decomposition', 'tinkering', 'abstraction' and debugging to name but a few.
Ali Charnick, a local representative from the charity Medical Detection Dogs recently came into school to talk to us in assembly and Mrs Crookes brought in Maggie, the puppy currently being socialised by the Crookes family, who are approved 'puppy socialisers' for the charity.
Medical Detection Dogs trains and works with Bio Detection Dogs, trained to detect minute odours associated with many cancers and other diseases, and Medical Alert Assistance Dogs, trained to identify minute odour changes emitted prior to a range of medical emergencies. These dogs can support individuals with complex health conditions including Type 1 diabetes, Addisons disease and seizures, alerting them when they detect these changes in order for them to take preventative action.
Having been successfully socialised, Maggie will soon be leaving the Crookes family to progress onto the next stage of her training to be a Medical Alert Assistance Dog.
Special permission was given to the Crookes family to bring Maggie onto the school grounds as part of her socialisation, which includes regular exposure to varied environments. The puppy wears a special coat identifying her as a 'Medical Alert Assistance Dog in training'.
Year 5 Easter Story Performance at St. Mary's Church Lawford
Year 5 performed their version of the Easter story at Lawford Church this week. The whole school walked down to the church to see their first performance and then the parents watched the afternoon performance. This story was delivered with sensitivity, emotion and the singing complemented this portrayal very well. You did us proud Year 5.
The Lawford Leopards
Well done to our spelling team The Lawford Leopards for taking part in the East Bergholt High School Spelling Bee. Although we did not come back to school with any trophies, the team did very well and put their amazing spelling skills to good use. Thank you to Thomas Francis, a past pupil, for joining us and being part of our team.
Celebrating the launch of British Science week (12-16 March), with a theme of Explore and Discover, our school assembly looked at famous scientists from the local region. We then conducted a test entitled Astro Nappies, testing the best nappies for astronauts, which they wear when working outside the ISS.
Craig from the West End in Schools company came in to school on Tuesday to teach the children about 'The Tempest' - and what a day we had! Children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 were taken through a part of the story and this culminated in a whole school performance of the play which was enjoyed by all. We would like to thank the PTA for funding this whole school enrichment day.
Connecting Classrooms - Our Kenyan Partnership
We have received a grant from the British Council to take part in the 'Connecting Classrooms' project. As part of this project, two members of staff are funded to work with a school in Kenya. Mrs Woods and Mrs Wenden will be travelling out to Kenya with 16 other schools at half term to meet and work alongside Kiburu Primary School. As part of our project, children in KS2 looked at the issue of hunger and wondered if world hunger could ever end. Children in FS and KS1 looked at the problems different countries face in terms of access to clean water. Please visit the class pages and ''Recent Events' to see some photographs of their learning.
Children in Years 3 and 4 recently visited the archaeological investigations that are taking place on land adjacent to the school, prior to planned building works.
The children met one of archaeologists carrying out the investigations and were interested to see pieces of pottery and areas showing evidence of fire/cooking that have been discovered.
Further investigations will take place over the next few years as work progresses and we hope to have the opportunity to visit again later in the process.
Phonics Evening for Parents
On Tuesday 10th October Mrs Beard led an evening for parents to support their knowledge of how we teach phonics at school. Hopefully our parents went away knowing a little bit more about phonemes, digraphs and slit digraphs. Whilst being competent at phonics is essential for reading, we reiterated the fact that sharing or reading a book to your child is the most valuable activity parents can do together to encourage the love of reading.
Our fantastic team of Y6 spellers scored an amazing 70 points to win both their heat and the overall competition at the Spelling Bee at East Bergholt High School.
BBC Suffolk were in attendance at the morning event and recorded a video. It is featured on their Facebook page, here.
There is also a link to a piece on BBC Suffolk radio here.