Quick links: Sal’s Shoes | Morning Activities | Year 1 Party | Stafford Race for Life | Summer Reading Challenge 2018 Mischief Makers | Reading Record Artwork Competition | Year 5 Visit to Birling Gap | Roselands Violin Concert | Roselands Race for Life | Stafford Sports News | Roselands Sports Day | Year 5 Pizza Making | Year 5 Athletics | Year 1 Trip to Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park | Federation Family Picnic Brochure | Beat the Street | Year 2 trip to Drusillas | A Sporty Week at Stafford! | Year 3 ‘We Are Artists’ Day | Animal Day at Roselands | Royal Wedding Party at Roselands | Get Roselands Blooming Gardening | Author Visit at Roselands | Captain America Visits Roselands’ Foundation Classes! | Year 6 Metro Bank | Panini Football Competition | Stafford Sports News | Gardening at Roselands | Scooter to School for Breakfast at Roselands | Fishbourne Roman Palace | Scoot Fit Visit | Handball Festival | Abi Elphinstone Visit | Scootfit at Stafford | Easter Bonnets at Roselands | Year 5 Sports Festival Day | Roselands at the Football Festival | Sports Relief | Treasure Island | Sports Relief | Florida Day | Year 5 Greek Day | Science Week at Roselands | Science Week at Stafford | Golden Rules Poster Competition | Meadow in the Sunshine – So Sussex | Stafford Sports News | Visit from the Night Owls | Sport Science Assembly | Stafford Sports News | Stafford “I Love Reading” Week | Year 2 Rainforest Discovery Morning | Stafford Sports News | World Book Day at Roselands as Part of the I Love Reading Week | Reading Dog Visit | Underwater World Mural | Stafford Sports News | Mr Coldwell Painting Library | Chinese New Year & World Book Day Lunch Menus | Sovereign Lodge Visit | Read to Dogs | Norman Day & Cake Decorating | Hertsmonceux Science Centre Trip | Craig Jenkins The Storyteller | Why we do the Stafford Mile | The Gingerbread Man | East Sussex Phonics Hub Training | DSR Initiative | Stafford Sports Update | Space Role Play | The Night Before Christmas – Roselands Theatre Trip

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Morning Activities

The first week of morning activities have been a real success at Stafford with lots of children and parents joining in the fun. It has been fabulous to see lots of breathless, energised children going into class having been skipping, running the mile, hula hooping, taking part in Zumba or dice games and climbing on the Trim Trail. This has set them up really well for a good morning of learning.

We will keep that activities the same next week and then swap for some new fun ideas.

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Year 1 Party

Year 1 had a visitor from a pilot and he told us how to fly a plane. We even found out the special button to start a Boeing 777 engine. We then celebrated their Holidays topic in the meadow. We all enjoyed dancing to the music, reading our favourite books under the shady tree and having a few party snacks. We finished our party off with a yummy ice lolly!

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Stafford Race for Life

On Friday 6th July, we held our Stafford Race for Life.  We held 2 races, Y3/4 and Y5/6 and we all did the best we could to run as many laps as possible in 30 minutes. It was fabulous to see everyone working really hard to participate in this fabulous event and we were all really proud of the children. Well done and thank you to all the staff who helped and ran on the day. Also, a huge thank you to Janet from the Relay for Life team, who came in to help with the event, donated wristbands for everyone and brought in the beads to help us count our laps. We raised an amazing total of £1705.70 –  thank you so much for all your sponsorship.

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Reading Record Artwork Competition

We have had been amazed at all the brilliant artwork that Stafford and Roselands children have produced for our Reading Record Artwork competition!  A huge ‘well done’ to everyone who entered.  With great difficulty, the school council representatives have chosen four winning designs.  Our winning artists are Bella in Tigers, Isabelle in 3 Rowan, Gaby in 4 Cedar and Zachary in 5 Beech.  Their pictures will feature on our new reading records in September.  Take a look at their amazing designs.

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Year 5 Visit to Birling Gap

Year 5 went on a fun field trip to a National Trust coastal area called Birling Gap. Famous for its beautiful, but eroding landscape and diverse wildlife, the children had a thoroughly enjoyable time being taught by two National Trust volunteers. The groups learnt about how to use a compass and navigate; look at the evidence of tidal and weather erosion; use a grid to count plant species and found treasures along the strand-line on the beach. The children also went bug hunting in the long grasses of the Downs and learnt how to classify the specimens they collected, using a sweep net and an Entomology Chart. Everyone was very excited and had an amazing day. Thank you to the National Trust for giving their time, the PTFA for sponsoring the trip, Mrs Stevens for organising the trip and all the other staff members and parent helpers who came on the day.

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Roselands Violin Concert

Five children from Year 1 and 2 performed a variety of pieces and showed us how well they can play! They also demonstrated  how to hold the violin and bow correctly and  thanks to them there are now more Roselands children signing up for violin lessons. Let the music play!

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Roselands Race for Life

What an amazing morning running the Race for Life!  The children were so motivated and happy, they all displayed fantastic stamina and support for each other- great teamwork! To date approximately £450 has been raised. Thank you for your support nad keep running!

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Stafford Sports News

Sports Days

This week has seen glorious weather for both our Stafford Sports Days, thank you so much to all the family and friends that came along to support the children. 

It was fabulous to see them all trying their best, watching them overcome nerves, develop resilience and, most importantly, hear and see all their achievements and the pride they showed. 

The results are as follows:

Competitive Event Winners

Year 3 Yellow Team
Year 4 Red Team
Year 5 Red Team
Year 6 Blue Team

School Games Values winners

Value Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Next Friday, we will be running our Stafford Race for Life. Please keep sponsoring the children - we are really pleased to be supporting this charity and looking forward to our event. You can donate by visiting our Just Giving page: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/stafford-school-race-for-life

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Roselands Sports Day

What wonderful weather we had for sports day this year! The children were amazing at walking down to Stafford school and then taking part in all the games. A particular one they enjoyed, was the water race! The children were so well behaved and should be so proud of themselves. Well done to all the children  for all taking part and for Blue Team who won. It was so lovely to have so many of you come and support us, it means such a lot to the children. Thank you to all the toddlers, Mums and Dads that took part in the races. We had Year 5 children from Stafford who helped us to set up on the day and then help to run the races. They did such an fantastic job of this!!!! Thank you for all your help and support to help make this a great Sports day!

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Year 5 Pizza Making

Last Tuesday, some children from Year 5 enjoyed a session at a local school making pizza. They were welcomed at Cavendish and spent the morning learning about food hygiene, meal composition and health and safety in the kitchen. The Home Economics teachers were very impressed with the children’s knowledge of Italian food and their healthy topping choices on their individual pizzas. Several children were very excited about taking their pizza home to share with their family for tea. Thank you to Miss Smith for organising the activity and Mrs Scott and Mrs Osborne-Walker for taking us.

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Year 5 Athletics

Wednesday afternoon saw 16 children from Year 5 taking part in an Athletics Tournament. The children travelled by minibus to the Eastbourne Sports Park, where they met two other local schools. The afternoon began with all the children undertaking an 800m run, splitting the girls and the boys. After this, the individual schools worked their way around the arena taking part in three other activities: 60m sprint, long jump and discus, before coming together to compete in a 400m relay for the boys and the girls. Lastly, four children were chosen to participate in a very exciting baton-relay with the college students. Overall, Stafford proudly came third in the competition. This was a great achievement, as the participants from the other two schools were from Year 6, but the Stafford children never gave up – a true testament to their character and the ethos of the school. Thank you to Mr Smith and Mrs Osborne-Walker for taking us.

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Federation Family Picnic Brochure

Stafford PTFA asked pupils to design a front cover for a brochure they are producing for the Federation Family Picnic and Summer Fair on Friday 22nd June.

We were really impressed with all entries received and the PTFA would like to thank all pupils for their hard work. Come along to the picnic and collect your brochure to see the winning design!

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Year 2 trip to Drusillas

On Tuesday, children in Year 2 enjoyed a trip to Drusillas. They explored the park and learnt lots of new facts about animals that live in the rainforest. Thank you to all of the parents who came to support us on the day. It really wouldn’t be possible without you!

Year 2 Team

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A Sporty Week at Stafford!


The whole school had great fun on Tuesday and Wednesday, participating in our Skip2Bfit skipping workshops. During the sessions, the children took part in a personal challenge and aimed to improve their own skipping times in 2 minutes. Both days ended with an assembly to award certificates to the winners and a skip off between the top teacher and pupil! We all had a fabulous time and Year 5 have already skipped again on Thursday to try and improve their scores.

Thank you so much to all the parents and children who have bought their own ropes - it already looks like we will be adding another 10-15  skipping ropes to our school collection. We are so pleased that the children have caught the skipping bug! Hope you all have lots of fun skipping over the holiday.

Miss Smith will be running lunchtime skipping next term in the playground or the Star Lab on a Thursday - hope to see lots of you trying to improve your scores!

Year 3 Sports Festival

On Wednesday, Stafford hosted a festival for the schools in our Alliance. We welcomed children from Stone Cross, Grovelands and Bourne. With our Year 3s, there were 300 children taking part in lots of fun activities including frisbee, Tri-golf, dodgeball, football, athletics and tennis. Everyone tried really hard and had lots of fun - we were really lucky to avoid the rain and it was lovely to see lots of people trying new sports. Thank you so much to all the people who helped on the day.

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Year 3 ‘We Are Artists’ Day

On Thursday 24th May, Year 3 enjoyed a special ‘We Are Artists’ Day. The children created a landscape painting, a collage in the style of Matisse and pencil sketches of artefacts and landscapes. The Year 3 teachers were impressed by the quality of the children’s work and the effort which they put into each task. At the end of the day, we showcased our artwork by transforming the Star Studio into an Art Gallery.

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Animal Day at Roselands

On Friday, Year 2 spent the day met and learnt facts about a cat, dog, bearded dragon and a tortoise. They had a fantastic time meeting all of the animals and this really helped to engage all of the children in writing. They produced some fantastic pieces of writing and we hope they enjoyed the day as much as we did!

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Royal Wedding Party at Roselands

A big thank you to the Roselads PTFA for organising our amazing Royal Wedding party. The children, staff and parents all looked  great in their wedding outfits and they enjoyed all the treats on offer.  Behaviour was exemplary and we are sure the children will remember this occasion. Ending the wedding day with school discos was great too and all funds raised go towards enriching the curriculum. Thank you everyone. You are all superstars.

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Get Roselands Blooming Gardening

Roselands would like to say a huge thank you to the parents and children who attended the ‘Get Roselands Blooming’ session on Thursday 17th May. With some of the money that you’ve raised the PTFA bought gardening tools and plants. The School is starting to look lovely – but there is still a lot to do so! So look out for more gardening sessions.

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Author Visit at Roselands

Sebastian Hockaday came in to school and read us his new book "Bella Boo and Bloomer Fen". We loved it and lots of us bought our very own signed copies. Some children in Year 2 took part in a fun workshop where they learnt tips on how to write a great story too. Thank you to Sebastian for such a fun Wednesday event!

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Captain America Visits Roselands’ Foundation Classes!

This week Foundation Stage had a surprise visit from Captain America! He had heard the topic was Superheroes so came on his jet from New York. He talked to the children about healthy eating and how we need to eat all our fruit and vegetables everyday. The children could not believe he had come all that way to visit them. They have been writing about seeing Captain America and have written him thank you letters.

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Year 6 Metro Bank

Year 6 have been learning about: saving, banking and budgeting. Alongside this, each class went to the Metro Bank, in Eastbourne, to see how the bank works. This enabled the children to learn about the different sections within a bank. Firstly, we started by the cashier desks where we learnt all about the checks cashiers carry out to prevent your money from getting stolen. We learnt about the different currencies and how to spot fraudulent money.

Then we went to the Customer Service desk. We learnt how to set up an account and which forms of I.D. we need to take with us if we wish to do so. Customer Service also carry out face checks which prevents you from getting your money stolen. They also showed us the printer which can print credit cards.

Next, we went to the Magic Money Machine which allows you to put a guess of how many coins you have before it counts it through using a laser.

Finally, we were taken inside the vault. Izzy has said, “The vault was so cool! We saw all the safety deposit boxes and the different variations in size that they can be. We also saw all the vaults that had money in them. On average they had £50,000 in them!”

At the end, all of Year 6 were given a goodie bag which contained a piggy bank so they will hopefully put into practise all they have learnt over the week!

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Panini Football Competition

Thank you so much to all the children who took part in the Panini Football Competition home learning. We are pleased to announce the winners:

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Freya - Year 5

Teddy - Year 3

Mia - Year 5

These have been sent off to Panini and we look forward to hearing from them soon! Thank you to all the teachers involved in the judging of all our fabulous entries - we will make a display of these to enjoy in school.

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Stafford Sports News

It has been fabulous to see everyone out on the field for the first time today enjoying the sunshine and being very active playing lots of different sports. Hopefully, some of our lunchtime activities will move outside from the Star Studio very soon.

Our personal competition for the last few weeks has been the standing long jump and we have had some excellent ‘jumpers’! The winner for this week was Emilio in Year 3, who jumped a whopping 1.46m, well done! Special mention must also go to Harrison in Year 3 for an impressive 1.35m jump.

If anyone has any ideas for the next competition, please see Mrs Lloyd!

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Gardening at Roselands

The children are thoroughly enjoying all the gardening sessions that have been occurring on a weekly basis. There is a lot to learn about the whole growing process: preparing the soil, planting seeds, transplanting plants and looking after their roots, watering carefully, and selecting the best spots to show our lovely plants and flowers. The school is in full bloom!

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Fishbourne Roman Palace

On Wednesday 2nd May, the Year 4 pupils battled bravely to Fishbourne. Like the original Roman invaders, we were not defeated by the earlier morning rain, plus most of our activities were inside.

We found out about how the Palace at Fishbourne was discovered and looked at some of the amazing artefacts that had been buried in the ground for almost two thousand years. We took part in a workshop where we were able to make mini mosaics, practise writing our names and even build structures. We found out how the Romans kept themselves clean, how food was prepared and got to dress-up as slaves or important citizens. We even had Mrs Porrell telling us about the different mosaics and had to spot where the mistakes were in them.

We would like to thank our class teachers, the extra school TAs, parents and carers and Mr Walton who came with us. We really enjoyed the visit and have lots of extra facts that we will be able to use in our Learning Journey work back at school.

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Scoot Fit Visit

Children at Roselands loved Scoot Fit this week and particularly enjoyed the races and going over the ramps. There were also adult scooters so all the teachers had a go as well! We are now looking into purchasing scooters for the children to use at school. James who runs Scoot Fit was amazed by how good the children at Roselands were on their scooters, he has not been to an infant school before were the children are all so confident. Well done!

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Handball Festival

This week eleven children went to Ratton for a handball festival. The children began by learning and practising key skills though games. They then went onto play mini games against other schools. The children did so well especially as this was a game, they had never played before. The children enjoyed the tournament, by the end had really start to develop the skills they had learnt. They now want to teach other children how to play. They were all extremely well behaved and did the school proud.

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Abi Elphinstone Visit

Last week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Abi Elphinstone, author of The ‘Dreamsnatcher’ trilogy and ‘Sky Song’. She talked to the children about the process of writing a book and brought her wildcat Griff along, as well as other items, such as catapults, featured in her books. Abi talked to the children about all the adventures she went on which inspired her book; waterfall climbing as a child, riding in wheelbarrows, climbing the moors and wildcat spotting.  She told them how she found the inspiration for the woods in The Dreamsnatcher, in the great oaks of the New Forest. All of her ideas for writing came from experiences rather than sitting in a room trying to think of plot lines and characters. She told the children to look up and experience life, as storing these memories could be inspiration for future writing.

The children were captivated by Abi’s tales of all the adventures she has been on from abseiling down caves, hangliding off mountains and her recent trip, living in the mountains of Mongolia with the Kazakh Eagle hunters.

There were lots of interesting questions for Abi about who influences her, who her favourite authors are, and she gave sneak preview of the next book she is writing. Later, Abi signed copies of her books for the children. Thank you to our librarians who were super ambassadors for Stafford and who were very helpful in making the day run smoothly.

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Scootfit at Stafford

We were really excited to welcome James from Scootfit to Stafford on Wednesday, Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Every class took part in a fun and energetic scooting session to music. It was fabulous to see the enthusiasm with which the children (and staff!) took part and James was impressed with our level of balance, skill and agility. If you have a scooter at home, it would be great if you could go out over the weekend and show your family what you were doing. We are also hoping to invest some more time and money in scooting at school to improve our fitness even more! Have fun scooting at home.

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Year 5 Sports Festival Day

On Wednesday 28th March, all of Year 5 went to the University of Brighton to take part in a sports festival with four other local schools. During the day, we were all split into six different colour teams and took part in different activities, including problem solving, survival skills, team-building games and a Zone-7 ball competition in teams at the end. 

Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side so we had to do all our activities indoors. However, we all had a great time and were fabulous ambassadors for Stafford. Thank you to all the staff for their help on the day.

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Roselands at the Football Festival

Mrs Harrison and Miss Cookson took eleven Year 2 children to a football festival at the Sports Park. They were split into two teams and competed against other schools. Team A came fourth in their competition and Team B came third. Ollie scored two goals,  Rowan, Oliver and Chelsea all each scored a goal. The children were an absolute credit to the school and loved competing in the games, well done!

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Sports Relief

On Friday 23rd March, Stafford celebrated Sports Relief. In the morning, we had a great time doing whole school Zumba led by Miss Taylor and ably assisted by Miss Smith and Miss Coombe. 

At lunchtime, lots of teachers led some fun activities on the playground including: Zumba, stoolball and hula hooping. Thank you to all the teachers who gave their time to do this. 

Change4Life competitions were run by some of the Year 6 pupils and the winners were:

Star Jump competition: Mia in 6 Oak with 127 Star Jumps

Run & Jump competition: Chloe in 6 Maple with 8.85 seconds. 

We also sold lots of wristbands to raise some money to support this fabulous charity.

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Treasure Island

On Friday Year One had a celebration of their Term 4 topic ‘Treasure Island’ by coming in dressed up as pirates/sports people. The children enjoyed using pirate language and calling their teachers Captains! Thank you for providing their lovely costumes.

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Sports Relief

Roselands have had a great day celebrating Sports relief. They began with a whole school Zumba session in the hall which all children and staff joined in with. All classes have been out for their daily run. At lunchtime all teachers went out with the children and ran sporting activities. There was a football match running, skipping, hoola hopping, penalty shoot out, hockey and many other activities. As well as teachers running activities some Year 2 children set up activities for other children. Well done to Elsa for running a hockey course. “I loved the Zumba! Can we do it everyday?” Elizabeth asked. Lots of children challenged themselves to try out new activities today. Demi tried skipping  “It’s really hard but I’m going to keep going until I can do it. I’m not going to give up.” Well done everyone!

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Florida Day

On Thursday 22nd March, the Year 3 corridor was transformed into an airport so that we could all fly to Florida for the day. Upon arrival, we explored our surroundings with a treasure hunt before planning a visit to Disney World; learning about the impact of hurricanes and sketching animals and their habitats. At the end of the day, we relaxed on the ‘beach’ with ice pops and flew home just in time for the end of the school day! The Year 3 teachers enjoyed our trip as much as the children did – it was a great way to conclude our topic and develop the children’s geography skills. We would like to thank the children for their enthusiasm and parents/carers for their support with the children’s Florida-themed outfits which really helped them get into the spirit of the day.

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Year 5 Greek Day

On Wednesday, Year 5 had an exciting Greek day. Here is what we got up to:

Over in Acacia, the children had a chance to get messy with PVA glue and newspaper, while they were making paper mache Greek masks. The children decided whether to make one individually or in pairs (although some found it easier working in pairs and less messy!). There was a lovely buzz around the classroom as each group came in and worked on their mask, deciding on the facial features and how they should look.

In Beech, the children tasted a range of Greek foods such as bread sticks, Greek yogurt, olives, feta cheese and bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

The most popular was breadsticks which they dipped in Greek yogurt. It was a unanimous vote across the year group that feta cheese and olives were foods that the children did not like – there were some very interesting faces being made whilst these were being eaten!

Everyone completed a food tasting chart and made comments about all the different foods. In their groups, the children engaged in interesting conversations about what they thought new foods tasted like.

In the Star Studio, the children learnt how to dance the ‘Zorba’ a famous Greek dance. They had to learn a sequence of moves and then choreograph a section of the dance themselves. I was really impressed with the speed at which the classes picked up the sequence. We had lots of fun!

5 Sycamore classroom was busy all day making laurel wreaths out of green card of various shades to enhance their costumes.

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Science Week at Roselands

The children at Roselands have had a very busy and exciting Science Week! They have been exploring the meadow, doing planting and counting how many frogs live in the pond, with Paul from So Sussex. They were also lucky enough to have a brilliant owl display from the Night Owls team where the children learnt lots of facts about owls and how to keep them safe in the environment. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who have come in to talk to the children and teach them about their scientific jobs. The children were thrilled to find out about how important their blood is from both the Sports Scientists and Biomedical Scientist.

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Science Week at Stafford

It has been brilliant to see the whole school getting involved with Science Week. We had an exciting start to the week with a flying display from the Night Owls team which the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed. The children then had the opportunity to have their photograph taken with Whisper the barn owl – Night Owls will be grateful for any purchases which will help them to continue visiting schools for free. The day was made even more special by so many children and staff coming into school dressed up as scientists, showing that scientists come in many different forms! Thank you for your support with this. The children have also enjoyed telling us all about the scientists that they have researched at home.

We have been fortunate to have ‘The Science Man’ Marcus Cherrill visiting us again, this time to do an exciting practical workshop with every class (Year 3 still have theirs to look forward to next week) as well as bringing in a ‘Van der Graaf generator’. With their teachers, Year 3 have made cress-heads and investigated germs and plant growth, Year 4 have been investigating factors that affect melting, Year 5 have been extracting DNA from strawberries and Year 6 have been doing lots of practical activities including making water filters for different countries around the world. See this week’s newsletter to find out who was awarded ‘Scientist of the Week’ in each class.

On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 became scientists! The children had to follow a method step by step in order for the experiment to be successful. Working in small groups, they had to crush up strawberries and add washing-up liquid, water and salt using different equipment such as pippets. After that, the children filtered the mixture (with some difficulties!) into a cup where their teachers added ethanol to separate the DNA. All of the children were amazed and made careful observations to support their conclusions.

All of Year 5 loved having Marcus Cherrill in their classes to share his love of science. The children were amazed to see their friends' hair stand on end due to the static electricity created by the Van de Graaf.

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Golden Rules Poster Competition

Well done to the winners of the Roselands School Council Golden Rules Poster competition. The council loved the quality of the entries they received and felt that the winning entries all had really eye-catching designs which made them think about the Golden Rules we follow at school. Keep an eye out for them in a corridor near you!

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Stafford Sports News

Netball Tournament Report

On Wednesday 7th March, our Stafford netball team went to a tournament at Pevensey & Westham School. For our first tournament we did really well because we came 3rd out of 6 schools! We won one game, 7:1, lost 2 games and also won another.

The first game we played, we drew 3:3. We ended up playing 5 games altogether.

As we take netball seriously, we had to make sure that we didn't contact against any other opponents and we must stay behind our markers when we have the ball, but most of all, we have to work as a team and support each other. Adding on to that point, we practise every Monday so we get used to playing together. On Monday 26th February, we played our first match against Pevensey and Westham and that led us to a fantastic start by winning 7:". Chloe (Year 6)

Year 5 Astronaut Training Fitness Competition

On Tuesday, as part of Science Week, Year 5 took part in a whole year group competition based on a range of stations to test the fitness that an astronaut might need to have. These included stamina, agility, control and circuit training. All the children that took part were really enthusiastic and tried their best - many of them worked really hard on different stations to improve their own scores. Some of the events were manned and supported by adults, while at others, the children were trusted to record their own scores, developing their leadership techniques in timing and recording.

Here are the winners:


Space Stamina: run   Lorelyn
Space Circuit: star jumps   Mohammed
Space Control: tennis ball rebound  Layla
Space Agility: agility course   Grace
Space Stamina: skipping   Mohammed
Space Circuit: squats   Payten
Space Agility: hula hooping   Lorelyn
Space Stamina: burpees   Grace
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Freddie


Space Stamina: run   Eden
Space Circuit: star jumps   Ben
Space Control: tennis ball rebound  Eden
Space Agility: agility course   Lewis
Space Stamina: skipping   Gabriele
Space Circuit: squats   George W
Space Agility: hula hooping   Gabriele
Space Stamina: burpees   Toby
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Gabriele


Space Stamina: run  Olivia
Space Circuit: star jumps  Zachary & Bo
Space Control: tennis ball rebound  Zachary
Space Agility: agility course   Teddy
Space Stamina: skipping   Adela
Space Circuit: squats   Bo
Space Agility: hula hooping   Amy
Space Stamina: burpees   Kimberlie
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Zachary


Space Stamina: run   Lenny
Space Circuit: star jumps   Charlie W
Space Agility: agility course   Thomas
Space Stamina: skipping   Arthur
Space Circuit: squats   Alfie
Space Agility: hula hooping   Afiya
Space Stamina: burpees   Melody
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Annamaria


Space Stamina: run   Lenny: 15
Space Circuit: star jumps   Mohammed: 120
Space Control: tennis ball rebound  Zachary: 55
Space Agility: agility course   Teddy: 6.34 seconds
Space Stamina: skipping   Adela: 105
Space Circuit: squats   Bo: 87
Space Agility: hula hooping   Gabriele: 84
Space Stamina: burpees   Melody F: 60
Space Circuit: speed bounce   Zachary: 68

Well done to everybody who took part!

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Visit from the Night Owls

We learnt all about owls today and had a visit from five special visitors. Murphy is only one years old but he has already grown full size! His wings are longer than a metre and we loved him showing us how he flew! We met barn owls and learnt about how they silently and slowly fly to catch mice! “I know that owls can turn their heads all the way around” (Olivia Year One). Our favourite owl was Oscar…he can be a little bit silly sometimes and he hooted extra loud for us today!

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Stafford Sports News

Netball Match

The team went on Wednesday morning to the Eastbourne Schools netball tournament, where they came in 3rd place. Well done! A full report will follow next week.

PE Kit

There seem to be a number of children who do not have a complete PE kit in school at all times. Please ensure your child has a t-shirt, shorts, joggers, sweatshirt / jacket and trainers in school at all times. There are occasions when it is necessary to change PE sessions at short notice and it is important that the children have the correct kit.

Sport Relief

On Friday 23rd March, we will be celebrating Sport Relief at Stafford. The children are already wearing Mufti for the PTFA, but they will be doing a range of sporting activities on the day, including a whole school Zumba session and lunchtime activities. Therefore, please make sure that your children either come in 'sporty' mufti, or have their PE kit (including trainers) in school.

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Stafford “I Love Reading” Week

Last week, we had a fabulous ‘I Love Reading’ week at Stafford!   The week got off to a super start with a visit from Henry Young from East Sussex Library service.  Then, children enjoyed some thrilling adventure stories by Pie Corbett and produced their own exciting stories in response.  We all had fun sharing a book with a buddy from another class.  We also watched the World Book Day ‘Biggest Book Show on Earth’, which featured top authors and illustrators like Cressida Cowell and Chris Riddell.  On Thursday, World Book Day, the children looked amazing in their ‘reading heroes’ costumes and staff were transformed into witches, crayons and even astronauts!

We were thrilled to have the support of so many parents and carers at our reading breakfasts and book fair.  It was lovely to see so many families enjoying a book together.  We raised a whopping £856.50, giving the school £453.90 to spend on books.  Thank you!

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Year 2 Rainforest Discovery Morning

On Wednesday, Year 2 went on a rainforest adventure with ZooLab! They held several different creepy crawlies and rainforest creatures. These included a corn snake, cockroach, millipede and a giant African land snail. They were also able to see a tarantula! It was an engaging and exciting session for all and we are very thankful for your voluntary contributions that allowed this experience to occur.

We are incredibly proud of the children, as several faced fears, while gaining extra rainforest knowledge along the way!

Thank you for your continued support,

Year 2 Team

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Stafford Sports News

Netball Match

This week has been very exciting as the Stafford netball team played their first match. Here is a report they wrote:

Team: Megan, Poppy, Macy, Lola, Chloe, Sophia, Grace, Jessica, Ben, Ellie

We took the school minibus to Pevensey and Westham School. We went with Mrs Springett and Mrs Rolf. When we arrived, we started warming up. We were split into 2 tems and each half of the team played 2 of the 4 quarters of the netball match. In the first quarter, we scored 2 goals and they didn't score any. In the 2nd quarter, we didn't score any and neither did they. Ub tge 3rd quarter both teams scored 2 goals. In the last quarter, we scored 3 goals, making the final score 7:2 to Stafford! We won!! Both teams shook hands afterwards. After that, we shared a packet of malted milk biscuits!

Thank you very much to Ms Rolf who has spent Mondays after school coaching our team and to Mrs Springett for giving up her time to support the trip.

Next week, the team are taking part in the South Downs netball competition - Good Luck! We will add a photo of the team after this event.

Lunchtime news

Over the last 2 weeks Mrs Lloyd has been putting together a new Play Leader rota, that will start next week. Thank you to all the children who volunteer for this! This terms Play Leaders are:

  Year 6 Year 5
Monday Chloe S
Thomas F
Grace H
Tuesday Rosie W
Jess S-S
Wednesday Jessica D
Thursday Alisha
Ellie J
Friday Jessica D
Taylor K

We are looking forward to the zones being up and running again more effectively.

Personal Competition

Over the last 2 weeks, lots of children took part in our lunchtime competition, which included bouncing and catching a tennis ball as many times as possible in 30 seconds. All the children tried really hard to improve their scores and many succeeded! It was a very close competition In week 1, the winner was Jimmy (Year 5) with 42 bounces . The winner in the second week was Freddie (Year 5) who managed 46 times. There was also an exciting 'bounce off' between Haniyah (Year 5) and Freddie (Year 5) to decide the winner in week 2! Well done to all those who took part!


Unfortunately, the football match that had been planned against Tollgate this week had to be postponed due to the weather. Hopefully we will organise another date soon.

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Reading Dog Visit

On the second day of our Book Week we were visited by Rosie and Teresa. Rosie is our new reading dog who will visit us weekly on a Thursday morning. Lots of us read to her and she listened beautifully to our stories! “I read all the words to her and she put her head on me” (Sophie, Parrots) “Dog go in there. I love dogs” (Theo, Whales). Rosie also visited our EYFS classes and we all got a change to pet her and feed her some dog treats we were selling in our pet shops. She loved them and spent over £100 on them! We are looking forward to our Book Swap tomorrow and our very special, magical visitors from a far away land!

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Stafford Sports News

Thank you so much and well done to all the children who have come to our exciting lunchtime activities this term. We have seen lots of children enjoy personal competition, Zumba, GoNoodle, Hula Hooping and Dice Challenge. We look forward to seeing lots more children getting involved after the holidays. Please ask your child to speak to their teacher if they need more information.

Personal Challenge

The last 2 weeks have seen lots of children take part in our star jump competition. Thank you to our Sports Crew members who have come along to help out with this. Lots of children scored really highly, but the winner with 50 start jumps was Katie in 3 Elm.

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Sovereign Lodge Visit

Members of Roselands School Council recently visited our friends at Sovereign Lodge retirement home. The last time we visited, we were busy with arts and crafts,  and making some lovely Christmas decorations. This time we took a few of the books we’ve been reading in class to read and share with the residents. Some of the residents were quite surprised at just how well our councillors could read or segment words if they got a little bit stuck. We all had a great time and hope to return at some time in the near future.


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Read to Dogs

Meet Isaac, an Australian Labradoodle who is joining us at Stafford every other week to hear children read. Isaac comes into school with his owner Tony and visits our library where select children come and read their books to him and discuss the stories. Isaac is very gentle, loves strokes and often lies down to fully enjoy the stories. Next term we hope that Isaac will be able to join us for an assembly so that we can find out more about this scheme which is run by the local charity Canine Concern – www.canineconcern.co.uk/get-involved/read-to-dogs

You may see Isaac in and around school in his Canine Concern Tabard so do say hello but always remember, as with any dog, to ask the their owner before you stroke.

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Norman Day & Cake Decorating

On Thursday 8th February, Year 3 enjoyed their ‘Norman Day’ which brought together everything they have learnt through their ‘Brutal Battles’ topic as well as the research the children have done at home. They learnt all about Norman castles and knights, designed their own coats of arms and re-enacted the Battle of Hastings stuck-in-the-mud-style! A highlight of the day was the children sharing their wonderful work which they had completed for home learning – their creations ranged from weapons, armour and castles to powerpoint presentations and information booklets. The Year 3 teachers were very impressed with the effort that went into these!

They have also been busy baking and decorating cakes as part of their Design and Technology topic to link with their work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Hertsmonceux Science Centre Trip

On Tuesday 6the February, Year 2 enjoyed a visit from Herstmonceux Science Centre. The children thoroughly enjoyed engaging with learning inside a mobile planetarium and gained several new space facts as a result.

On Wednesday, Year 2 also had a fantastic trip to Herstmonceux Science Centre. The children enjoyed exploring the hands on exhibits, getting involved with the workshop activities and watching a fantastic science show!

A big thank you to all the adults who came along to support us. We really couldn’t arrange these enriching events without your help.

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Craig Jenkins The Storyteller


This week we were visited by Craig Jenkins, a global storyteller. He amazed us with stories of mice, lions, deer and even a boy who had magic powers. We joined in and made the stories come alive with actions, songs, jingles and so much laughter! Craig ran workshops with every child and even managed to squeeze in a tale of a father and son at lunchtime. He was incredible, and we loved learning the tools to tell a truly remarkable story. Teachers even had some training to share tips and ideas so I am sure your children will be coming home with my stories each and every week! Thank you to Craig and to the children for participating with such enthusiasm and positivity.


Stafford welcomed the amazing and talented storyteller, Craig Jenkins, on Tuesday this week. Craig has toured the world telling his stories and we were thrilled to have the chance to see him. He spent some time with every year group and told us some hilarious stories that all had a message for us to think about. This inspired many of us to use these techniques within our own writing the next day.  Many of the children were inspired by his visit (and wrote letters to thank him) and we all had lots of fun! After the visit, at the end of the school day, he worked with the teachers from the whole Federation, who enjoyed practising some of the techniques that Craig uses to make his stories so engaging.

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Why we do the Stafford Mile

During this week, it has come to my attention that there are some parents who are concerned about our running of the Stafford Mile. I thought it might be a good time to share with you the reasons why (like many other schools in the country) we made the decision to take part.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant amount of interest in the current levels of childhood obesity. Schools are obliged to be part of the initiative to reduce this significantly over the next 10 years. The Government want us to be doing at least 30 minutes vigorous exercise daily in schools, with the aim that children do at least another 30 minutes at home. For further information please see: www.gov.uk/government/publications/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action

Secondly, exercise is known to have beneficial effects on physical health. It can reduce the risk of serious illness when you are older and can improve the effects of common childhood ailments, such as asthma. For further information see: www.asthma.org.uk/advice/living-with-asthma/exercise-and-activitie and www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/whybeactive.aspx

Thirdly, exercise has a positive effect on our emotional health and well-being. There is a lot of information currently in the media regarding rising levels of mental health issues amongst children. This website www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people cites exercise as the first thing that can help keep children emotionally well, along with a balanced diet. For further information please see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-benefits-of-exercise

The running of the Mile is well-documented and, as I am sure we all want the best for our children, both immediately, and in the future, perhaps a read of this document may assist in putting your mind even further at rest: thedailymile.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Daily-Mile-A4-booklet-v3-161222.pdf

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. We look forward to helping your children become the healthiest and happiest that they can be to set them up well for a great future.

Other sports new this week

Sports Crew

The Sports Crew had a meeting last week. During the meeting, we discussed lots of ways that we can continue to improve our sport at Stafford. Each member then went back to their class and asked them about ideas, including:  what they think of the Stafford Mile, how we can get active in a wider range of ways at school, about PE lessons and ideas for lunchtimes. We have had some great feedback and suggestions and will be looking at ways to implement some of these in the near future.

Play Leaders

Thank you to all the Year 5 & 6 Play Leaders and Buddies who came to the meeting this week. We will be getting a new rota and zones out to you soon.

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The Gingerbread Man

This week the children in Foundation Stage have been reading the book the Gingerbread Man.

We used Talk for Writing and the children have learnt the actions and words for the story. Each class had their own Gingerbread Man who had to hide as the fox was after him. The children went on a hunt for the Gingerbread Man around the school and made lost posters for him.

On Thursday Mr Downey arrived with CCTV footage, he had found the fox in the school. The children wanted to help and they filled out CCTV reports for Mr Downey. They also built traps to catch the fox.

Fortunately the Gingerbread Man has arrived safely back in the classrooms and the fox has left the school. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this book which many have then written themselves. We also did some science and experimented with different liquids on Gingerbread men. The children made their own boats which they tested out in water.

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East Sussex Phonics Hub Training

Miss Clifford ran some training this week as part of her role as Leader of Learning for the East Sussex Phonics Hub.

During a learning walk, staff from 12 local schools, were amazed by the “outstanding enthusiasm and commitment to learning” shown by our EYFS pupils. Every child shone and really proved that they are always aiming to be the best they can be!

The training gave Roselands an opportunity to share our good practice in Phonics and English and celebrate the quality teaching and learning that goes on daily. Our visitors were very impressed with EYFS progress from their starting points and how much their fine motor control and their sustained writing ability has moved forward.

Manor school enjoyed their visit so much that they returned again on Tuesday and watched our children independently engage with their activities during free-flow and be supported and taught in a range of adult-led tasks.

A huge well done to all of our EYFS pupils and staff for all of their hard work, enthusiasm and creativity. We are so proud of all of you!

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DSR Initiative

This week we launched our new reading initiative Daily Supported Reading (DSR) in Year One. The children have astounded us with their reading and comprehension skills. Everyone in Year One has worked so hard to make sure the programme is delivered well and Mrs Haffenden and Mrs Clifton have gone above and beyond to ensure the resources are ready and organised each day. We read books about bears fishing adventures and learnt the journey a letter takes to get to New Zealand. Everyone has read more than two whole books with an adult and are keen for more. “I want to do the one about the Jackal because he’s like a fox” (Imogen, Year One) “I learnt about an author and illustrator. He’s called Nick and you probably know his books Miss Clifford. I actually read one to you in Reception. Percy and the park or something I think”  (Axel, Year One). We have loved reading with all of your children every day and their progress and engagement is clear to see. We will keep sharing our love of reading with you and can’t wait for our new books next week.

Thank you for coming in Mufti today to raise money for our Library project. By next term the new stock will have been added and children can begin to bring books home and share their new stories and skills with you! Thank you for helping your children be the best they can be! They certainly proved how amazing they were this week!

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Stafford Sports Update

Cross Country

Lola (Year 6) represented the school at the Area Cross Country Finals last week; unfortunately Mollie (also Y6), who was meant to be going, was unwell. Lola did really well and came 22nd out of the 52 girls who took part. Well done! 


This week, there have continued to be lots of exciting activities at lunchtimes. Next week, the personal competition will be Star Jumps and we will be looking for winners in each Year group – children should come along on Monday to the Star Studio.

Sports Crew Meeting

There will be a meeting in Mrs Lloyd’s classroom on Tuesday 23rd January at 12 noon. Looking forward to seeing the representatives from each class. 

After-School Clubs

It has been fabulous to see so many children taking part in our fabulous range of sporting after-school clubs this term. There are still a few spaces – please see the Stafford office for more details.

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Space Role Play

This week EYFS have been learning all about “Whatever Next” and baby bear’s adventure to the moon. We acted out the story and made our own props to help. Our space role play was so exciting and we transformed in to astronauts and space cadets to run the space station and launch our own rockets. We also learnt about the moon “You don’t have gravity there and you will float off…you got to wear space suits” (Emily, Dolphins). We explored clay and made models of aliens “It’s much trickier than play-dough. Mine has antennae on top to help communication with earth and other aliens” (Hugo, Whales). Outside we also made some tea to warm baby bear up when he got home. “I have tea at home and you got to keep it in the bag. Mummy has milk and likes mixing it up so it goes more lighter” (Max, Sealions). We have loved our learning and hope you enjoy our photos and videos on Tapestry.

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