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Stone Age Day

On Tuesday, Year 3 went back in time to the Stone Age.

They began their day by participating in Stone Age sport activities. This involved ‘hunting’ animals using the javelins, practising their aims and hunting mammoths! A massive thank you to Mrs Springett, Mr Smith, Mrs Osborne-Walker and Mr Richardson for organising this.

After break, the children became archaeologists. They investigated Stone Age people’s poo to find out what they ate! This was a very mucky, but exciting, way to investigate this! Thank you to Mr Walton, Mr Haddock and Mrs Lloyd for coming to see this. The children loved sharing their findings with you!

In the afternoon, everyone went on a Stone Age hunt to find different items. They had to identify what the item was and create a list. The children also had to find a suitable stick to use for cave paintings. For the cave paintings, the children used black and red paint to create some beautiful work.

Thank you to everyone involved in Year 3’s Stone Age day, including Ms Slimon, Miss Shields, Miss Dixon and Miss Thornton.

 

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Balance in Motion

6 Larch have been looking at ‘Balance in Motion’ this term during their P.E. with the support of Mr Griffiths. Throughout the term the children have learnt the importance of warming up correctly and the positive changes they will notice in their bodies once they have successfully completed a warm up. They then built on the moves they used during their warm up, to create a group balance. We have also explored flight, how to work together collaboratively, worked on the skills required to perform a head stand and used the wall bars and other apparatus safely. To finish our topic, the children worked on a group performance which they then performed to Mr Griffiths and Ms Markides who were the judges. The children all took this performance seriously and it was wonderful to even see one group practising their routine during morning activities! Well done 6 Larch for all you have achieved during your P.E. lessons this term and a special thank you to Mr Griffiths.

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Y5 Big Sing

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.

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Reverse Advent Calendars

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.

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Year 4 Multi-Sports Festival

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!

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Rainforest Café

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.

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Reading Mornings at Roselands

We have enjoyed all our reading mornings at Roselands! It was lovely to see such an enthusiastic turnout. The children have enjoyed sharing books in their classrooms with you all. Look out for information about more of these in the Spring Term.

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Cross Country

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.

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Golden Time

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. 

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Y3 Stone Age Cave Paintings

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!

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Library Assembly

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.

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Eastbourne Youth Radio

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!

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Carol Concert Cover Design Competition

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.

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Stafford Sports News

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

New Clubs

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.

School Games

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.

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Year 6 Remembering WW1

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.

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Roselands Year 1 Bake Off

Earlier in the week, the Year 1 families brought in amazing cakes, which were sold over two days after school, to raise funds for the year 1 curriculum.  They were all judged by the Kitchen team, and these are some of the winners. Take a look at these wonderful creations! Thank you to all who took part!

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Author Visit

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!

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Year 3 Michelham Priory Trip

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!

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Year 6 Non-Residential Week

This week, the Year 6 not attending the residential have had lots of fun and taken part in a range of different activities:

Swimming

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.

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Scarecrows at Stafford

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

Jack Sparrow

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.

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Scarecrows at Roselands

Children at Roselands have been creeping carefully down the corridor trying not to trip over the scarecrows! We are so impressed with the hard work that has gone into making these…thank you all for your participation. We hope you enjoyed this family project! They have kept us all entertained and we hope to see more of this creativity during the academic year. Prizes to follow.

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Eastbourne Mayor Visits Roselands

Roselands had a very special visitor this week and our School Council got to interview her!

The Mayor of Eastbourne dropped in for a cream tea and to tell our councillors about the special job she does for us all. The Mayor also did us the great honour of selecting the winners of our super scarecrow competition. She felt it was an incredibly difficult task as they were all so fantastic.

Congratulations to James in Panthers, Theo in Flamingos and Sienna in Sealions!

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Intra-School Football Tournaments

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.

Winners

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

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Stafford Sports News

Swimming

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.

Sportshall Athletics

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.

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Year 3 Secret Garden Maths Lesson

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.

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Year 3 Trip to Florida

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!

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Roselands Autumn Big Dig

Thank you to all the parents and children who helped with the Big Autumn on Saturday at Roselands…we got a lot done! We completed all the tasks that MR Downie had planned and the school is ready for winter! The pond has also been refreshed and a new pump fitted…we are now waiting for some fish.

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Harvest Festival

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.

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Alfie’s Adventure Sponsored Scoot

Scooters and skates took over both playgrounds today as children took part in their sponsored scoot or skate to raise funds for “Alfie’s Adventure”. Thank you so much to all our families for contributing so generously. We will share the final total once all the sponsor money is in on Thursday 18th October. This will really help Alfie’s family continue to make some amazing memories with him.

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School Council at Roselands

Roselands got to meet their new School Council representatives this week. Look out for these friendly faces around the school as they are here to help you and listen to your ideas. Well done again to our winners!

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Year 5 Maths Challenge

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.

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Pupil Leadership Opportunites

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. 

Congratulations to:

3 Birch: Joshua
3 Rowan: Dylan
3 Elm: Ted
4 Ash: Jessica
4 Chestnut: Jack
4 Poplar: Dillon
5 Acacia: Cameron
5 Oak: Victor
5 Maple: Ned
6 Alder: Amy & Misha
6 Cedar: Phoebe
6 Larch: Ruby
6 Sycamore: George W

Play Leaders

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.

6 Larch: Abbigail
6 Cedar: Rebecca
6 Cedar: Matas
6 Cedar: Jimmy
6 Cedar: Dylan
6 Cedar: Freddie
6 Cedar: Jack
6 Cedar: Joshua
6 Cedar: Mack
6 Cedar: Zachary
6 Alder: Lillie
6 Alder: Eowyn
5 Acacia: Olivia
5 Acacia: Holly
5 Maple: Phoebe
5 Maple: Molly

Peer Mediators

These children volunteer and are trained to support their peers at breaktime and lunchtime:

Year 5
Maple: Darcey
Acacia: Holly
Acacia: Eva
Acacia: Elsie
Acacia: Pola
Oak: Nelly
Oak: Darcie
Oak: Louis
Oak: Hannah
Oak: Louie
Year 6
Larch: Violet
Larch: Dexter
Larch: Jasmine
Larch: Charlie
Larch: Keira
Sycamore: Melody
Sycamore: Emma
Sycamore: Grace

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Break time snacks

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.

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Basketball Festival at Stafford

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.

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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
Honesty
Teamwork
Respect
Self-Belief
Passion
Determination

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!

Skip2BFit

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.