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This year, Year 5 took part in the Big Sing which offered our pupils the opportunity to perform alongside other schools and an adult choir. Whilst learning the songs, Year 5 were visited by a vocal coach to help them on their way and teach them some actions to support their learning of an array of songs. It has been wonderful to hear how the children have progressed with the songs since the end of September and seen their enjoyment and self-confidence grow. A big thank you to the Year 5 teachers for their support in teaching the children their songs. On Wednesday 28th November, over sixty Year 5 children headed to King’s Church, for their rehearsal. This gave the children the opportunity to get used to the staging, singing with other choirs and being accompanied by a live band. It was wonderful to then see the children who came to perform for the evening concert. The smiles on their faces and seeing how confidently they performed left all of the adults feeling immensely proud. Well done Year 5 and thank you for all of your hard work learning the songs. A thank you to all the adults who supported the visit, during the day, and a special thank you to Mrs Bradley, Mrs Lloyd, Ms Markides, Miss Perry, Miss Philo and Miss Taylor who came and supported during the evening performance.
This year, Year 5 took part in the Big Sing which offered our pupils the opportunity to perform alongside other schools and an adult choir. Whilst learning the songs, Year 5 were visited by a vocal coach to help them on their way and teach them some actions to support their learning of an array of songs. It has been wonderful to hear how the children have progressed with the songs since the end of September and seen their enjoyment and self-confidence grow. A big thank you to the Year 5 teachers for their support in teaching the children their songs.
On Wednesday 28th November, over sixty Year 5 children headed to King’s Church, for their rehearsal. This gave the children the opportunity to get used to the staging, singing with other choirs and being accompanied by a live band. It was wonderful to then see the children who came to perform for the evening concert. The smiles on their faces and seeing how confidently they performed left all of the adults feeling immensely proud. Well done Year 5 and thank you for all of your hard work learning the songs.
A thank you to all the adults who supported the visit, during the day, and a special thank you to Mrs Bradley, Mrs Lloyd, Ms Markides, Miss Perry, Miss Philo and Miss Taylor who came and supported during the evening performance.
It has been wonderful to walk around the school and see how each classes Reverse Advent Calendars have grown throughout December. Thank you to everyone who has supported with this. The Reverse Advent Calendar, which we are filling with anything from non-perishable food items to toiletries, will continue until Wednesday 19th December. Ms Markides will then collect all of the donations before a group of teachers take the donations to Grove Road food bank on Thursday 20th December. Thank you for your support with this and for making a difference to others this Christmas. We look forward to seeing how the hampers continue to grow in our final week.
On Wednesday 5th December, 12 Year 4 children attended a multi-sports festival at East Sussex College in Eastbourne. The events were run by the students at the college, who set up and ran lots of fun activities including: parachute, ‘the floor is lava’, ‘extreme rock, paper, scissors’, parachute games, benchball and more. The children were all great ambassadors for Stafford School and had lots of fun – they especially enjoyed the cops and robbers game!
This week, the Year 4 children welcomed their families to our Rainforest café. It was an opportunity for the pupils to share their stories, poems and collages, as well as the ‘tropical squash’, cakes and biscuits they had helped to decorate.
It was lovely to see so many of you at this event and we hope that you enjoyed having the Year 4s reading to you. We hope to do a similar event before the end of the spring terms.
On a very wet and windy Wednesday 26th November, 19 children from Y5 & 6 took part in the local area Cross Country race against 7 other schools at Hampden Park. The course took the children 1 and half miles around the perimeter of the park in some pretty tough running conditions. Well done to: George, Jayden, Alfie, Lewis, Arthur, Ben, Freddie, Dillon, Ella, Sofia, Haniyah, Ella, Olivia S, Payten, Amy, Lorelyn, Olivia J-A and Phoebe. Special congratulations to Sofia who came 5th in the girls race and goes on to represent Stafford at the area finals.
We were really proud of everyone who took part – they were fabulous ambassadors for Stafford and really tried their best. Thank you so much to Mr Walton for driving the bus and for Mr Brown and Mrs Johnstone who helped out on the day.
Here is a photo of the bird feeders that Mrs Wood made with some of the children during Golden Time last week. They cut up lots of fruit and added it, along with some crushed up cereals, to the lard. Next week, when they have hardened in the fridge, they will be hung up in the woodland for the birds.
Year 3 took on the challenge of doing some Stone Age cave paintings this week. Every child took a ‘hands on approach’ by adding their hand prints to the ‘cave’ walls. Some children got creative by drawing different pictures which would have been found in caves. The children loved being creative and getting a little messy!
A really big thank you to Ms Slimon and Miss Dixon for organising and cleaning up 90 pairs of hands!
This week, some librarians ran assemblies for all of the children at Stafford to share their love of reading. It was wonderful to see how confidently the librarians spoke and how one pupil had taken her own time to create a PowerPoint to accompany the assembly. Alongside sharing their love of reading, the librarians spoke about how the library is run, how to look after books (so we don’t damage them) and reminded children that they are able to come in and read with a librarian during lunchtime – if they so wish. Well done tothe librarians for leading the assembly. Thank you also to all the librarians, who give up their lunch times, to support in the library.
On Wednesday, Stafford School Council took to the airwaves on Eastbourne Youth Radio. Working with Mr Walton over the last few weeks, the children planned, developed and wrote the script before heading to the studios at East Sussex College to present their show live on air. With nothing pre-recorded, apart from the music chosen by classes back at school, the children were true professionals and were a real credit to the school.
We were extremely grateful to Sussex Police who very kindly sponsored our broadcast and were excited that PCSO Mike Camille and PCSO Alex Read were able to join us at school to help plan the show and then at the studios to be interviewed live on air.
Thank you also to everyone involved in making EYR possible and for giving our pupils this amazing opportunity!
Ms Markides recently ran a competition which offered pupils the chance to design the programme front cover for this year’s carol concert. It has been overwhelming to see how many responses have come in and the effort which has gone in to them has been wonderful. All the staff would like to thank the pupils for the time they have taken to create their own covers. To celebrate the effort that has gone in to the designs, a handful of the entries are shown here. We would forward to seeing you at the Carol Concerts to see the winning design.
Click on any to view full size.
Football: ESFA & Eastbourne Schools' Under 11 Danone 7-a-Side Cup
On Saturday 10th November, 9 boys went to Ocklynge to represent Stafford in this exciting tournament. There were 11 teams taking part and we were in a group against 5 other schools.
Firsty, we played West Rise and won 1-0. Then a nail-biting 0-0 draw against Stone Cross, followed by a 2-1 win over Bourne. This meant we secured a place in the semi-finals where we played Ocklynge who snuck in a last minute goal to beat us 1-0. Huge congratulations to the boys for getting so far in their first tournament, well done. Thank you so much to Mr Burke for leading the morning and to Miss Perry, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Osborne-Walker and Mr Walton who all gave up some of their Saturday morning to support the team
We are really lucky to have 2 new clubs starting with Mr Griffiths, who is a sports coach who has been working at Heron Park school. He is also coming in to lead a uni-hoc club at lunchtimes on Monday, which has already attracted lots of children.
There are still some spaces at these clubs if your child would like to join up for the end of this term.
As some of you already know from reading previous information, we currently hold the Silver Schools Games Mark. This shows our commitment to being an active, healthy school and is a great recognition of all the fabulous things we do at Stafford. In order to achieve it, we have to participate in a range of sporting events and competitions - both in school and out, have a range of Sports Leaders, provide at least 2 hours PE a week in curriculum time and have children engaged in after-school clubs. We are working really hard this year to try and achieve the Gold Mark. In order to do this, we are providing extra activities in school time, more clubs and more competitions. Please talk to your children about attending an after-school club in Terms 3 & 4 and about the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.
To mark November the 11th, 100 year since the end of World War One, Year 6 have been looking at war poetry throughout the week. We have learnt that a war port is someone who participates in a war and writes about his/her experiences, or a non-combatant who writes poems about war. We also looked at skipping rhymes which have a rhythm, once read aloud, so makes them perfect for chanting. Within our classes, we worked on reciting the rhymes until we had learnt them by heart. We then went outside and used skipping ropes just as school children would have done during periods of war. The teachers were really impressed with how the children were still able to recall these skipping rhymes days later. We look forward to building on our knowledge of World War One over the rest of this term.
On Wednesday, the children at Stafford were visited by author, E.R. Reilly. He shared a number of his books with the children, writing challenges and tips on how to improve their story writing. Eamon was very funny and made them laugh throughout. They particularly liked the way he wiggled his bottom when he drank his tea!
On Friday, several children were able to meet Eamon in person and have books signed by him. We have also got a number of books to be shared in school – ask your teachers to read you one!
Tuesday saw all of Year 3 go out on a school trip to Michelham Priory that dates back to 1229. An archaeological site famous for its mysterious and eerie past, the children had fun handling Bronze Age tools and learning about burial sites and rituals, making clay animals and silver amulets, before going on a walk back in time around the grounds. After lunch, the children had time to explore a replica Bronze Age Roundhouse and played in the grounds. Back at school, the children will be writing some spooky tales about what it would be like to spend the night at Michelham Priory. Thank you to all the parent helpers that came along to support, the day wouldn’t have been possible without you!
This week, the Year 6 not attending the residential have had lots of fun and taken part in a range of different activities:
On Wednesday, we went to the Sovereign Centre to swim. The children all had a fabulous time and were complemented by a member of the public on their lovely manners and great behaviour. It was fabulous to see the children all practising and using the swimming they have learnt in their lessons to have fun with their friends.
Sports Leader Award day
On Thursday, the children took part in a special day to achieve a School Games Sports Leader certificate.
In groups, they had to design an activity, a poster for it and a scoring system. They were given the opportunity to test these out on each other and then lead the activities for the Year 4 classes in the afternoon.
All the children worked really well together and had lots of fun.
The School Council members from Year 3, 4 & 5 put together a shortlist of scarecrows for the prize and some members of the PTFA kindly judged our scarecrow competition.
The winner is…Crowella by Niamh and Elsa Barrow.
Highly Commended by the PTFA…Jack the Pirate
Runners up (chosen and named by school council children):
Jeffrey the Scarecrow
Scarlett the Scarecrow (scary!)
and Sarah the Scarecrow
Please come and see us if any of the scarecrows above are yours and we will get their prize to them.
On Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th November, Mr Hester and Mr Richards ran 2 intra-school football tournaments for the children in each year to compete.
The children signed up and then Mr Hester created a 5-a-side team within their colour team. They were then assigned an English Football League team which related to their colour team.
Both Mr Hester and Mr Richards were extremely impressed with how fantastic the children were during the tournaments showing great determination, sportsmanship and quality of play.
10 teams lined up for the year 3 tournament. Well done to Sheffield United (Red), Celtic and Hibernian (Green) who all came out victorious unbeaten.
8 teams competed in the year 4 tournament and congratulations to Forest Green Rovers (Green) who won this tournament, again, unbeaten.
Only 4 teams signed up for the year 5 tournament but what a fantastic, tight tournament it was. Millwall (Blue) were triumphant in this one.
Finally, 6 teams came to the year 6 tournament and again, an extremely tight competition. It came down to both Middlesbrough and Bristol City (both Red) who were on 9 points each and played each other at end of the round robin stage. Stalemate between the two meant both teams took the crown and won the tournament.
Well done to all the players who took part over both days! Was great to see so many of you showing off your amazing talents.
Sheffield United: Dylan S - Rowan, Amy H - Elm, Gage R - Rowan and Rowan S - Birch.
Celtic: Charlotte S - Rowan, Max L - Elm, Dylan G - Rowan, Nathan H - Elm and Zach LM - Birch.
Hibernian: Elsa B - Elm, Niamh B - Rowan, Freddie B - Birch, Kai A - Rowan and Logan F - Elm
Forest Green Rovers: Rupert N - Poplar, Jacob W - Chestnut, Myles H - Ash, Alan R - Chestnut and Jamie M - Chestnut.
Millwall: Rylee H - Acacia, Alfie R - Maple, Finn B - Maple and Ben H - Oak
Middlesbrough: Alfie B - Larch, Freddie W - Cedar, Charlie W - Larch, Finlay C - Cedar and George W - Sycamore
Bristol City: Eden B - Sycamore, Lucas C - Cedar, Endrit M - Sycamore, Finnley H - Sycamore
On Thursday 11th October, nine Year 6 children represented Stafford at the Eastbourne College swimming gala in their beautiful new pool. The boys and girls teams swam a mixture of races against 6 other schools, including individual and team races. All the children were amazing representatives for our school and we were really proud of them. Thank you so much to Mr Hester for his help and to all the parents, and Ms Perry and Ms Markides, for coming to support the children. Excitingly, our boys team came 2nd and the girls placed 4th - a fabulous achievement for our first time at this event.
On Thursday 18th October, 21 Year 5 and 6 children went to Hailsham Community College to take part in the South Downs Sportshall Athletics competition. The event included a range of track and field events, including different running and relay races, triple jump, speed bounce and many other activities. The children were excellent representatives for the school and we were really pleased to come 8th out of 13 schools who took part. Well done to all the children for representing Stafford so well and thank you to Mr Hester and Mr Walton for their help on the day.
On Wednesday, Year 3 went outside in the Secret Garden for their Maths lesson.
The children had to produce a piece of work using nature (leaves, twigs, petals and grass) to demonstrate what they’ve learnt so far this year.
Everyone was creative and showed off their addition, subtraction and place value knowledge.
On Thursday, Year 3 took a quick trip over to Florida! They had to go through the airport processes and have their passports and boarding passes checked. This took a very long time so it was a good job their flight was delayed!
Once they arrived in Florida, they spent some time taking in their surroundings and going on a treasure hunt to look for items which are common in Florida. After this, they explored Disney World and mapped out a route to get around the park by enjoying certain attractions along their way. We then visited the International Space Station and learnt how astronauts go to the toilet and wash their hair in space! The children also designed their own space suit following a certain criteria.
By this point, the children were hungry so they went and had lunch in a Floridian school with some American children! Having refuelled, the children then sat down to write a postcard home reflecting on their exciting day! Before flying home, they spent some time relaxing on the beach with a delicious icepop and enjoyed the scenery whilst listening to the calming waves.
The children were great to travel with and everyone had a blast! What a great end to busy term where the children have worked extremely hard and settled into Stafford well!
Thank you all for your donations for the Harvest Festival. Children at both schools learnt about Harvest in assemblies and giving to those less fortunate. We are very proud of all the children's responses to the event and happy we can help the Eastbourne Foodbank support families in our local community.
Thank you to all families who donated food and other items as part of this year’s Harvest Festival. Our donations were given to Matthew 25, an Eastbourne based registered charity assisting people in need and offering practical help and support to anyone, regardless of race, religion or gender. They provide a listening ear and sympathetic pastoral care with information and advice as well as provision of food, clothing and basic necessities. They were extremely grateful for our donation which has already been put to good use.
On Thursday afternoon, 4 children from Year 5 went to St. Andrew's Prep School in Meads to take part in an exciting maths competition. In 2 pairs, they competed against 40 other pairs from different schools around the County. During the afternoon, they took part in 6 different mathematical challenges in timed sessions. Everyone enjoyed themselves and worked really hard. Well done to Harry, Leilani, Mosa and Ethan, you were fabulous ambassadors for Stafford.
Class Sports Crew Representatives
These children have been selected by their peers to help us improve PE and playtimes at Stafford. We will have our first meeting next week with our Play Leaders.
|6 Alder:||Amy & Misha|
|6 Sycamore:||George W|
These children help lead fun activities to get everyone active at breaktime. Thank you to all the children who have volunteered to be our Play Leaders so far. I look forward to some more children in Year 5 & 6 joining the group soon.
These children volunteer and are trained to support their peers at breaktime and lunchtime:
Just a reminder that your child needs to bring a healthy snack for breaktime at Stafford. They are allowed any fruit or vegetable and plain or flavoured rice cakes. We are noticing that not many children have a snack – it would be great to see lots more on Monday morning.
This week, twenty two Year 2 children attended a basketball festival at Stafford. They learnt and practised key skills while competing against other schools. Roselands had two teams, team A came third in the competition! The children had a great time and behaved really well. Thank you to Mrs Lloyd for organising this fantastic event.
The children who attend Craft Club with Mrs Wiltshire on a Wednesday produced some beautiful stone paintings this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We are really excited to be taking part in Beat the Street again this year and there have already been lots of people out zapping their cards on the Beat Boxes. Next week, we will be holding an assembly from the 'Beat the Street' team. Let's see if one of our schools can win this year!
Please log on to the website to see more information: www.beatthestreet.me/eastsussex
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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|
We are looking forward to the zones being up and running again more effectively.
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.
Well done to all the children who made something for the art mural during Miss Coombe’s and Mrs Wardle’s Golden time activity. It is now on the wall and it looks great!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.