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We are Jane Pfaff and Jeremy Mason of Let’s Dance.
We regularly go into schools (a day or two at a time) to teach English folk dance, but this year we were asked to come to Churchfields Junior School for a week in January.
This was not our first visit to Woodford – a few years ago we took our maypole to a birthday party at South Woodford Scout Hut. Maybe it was a recommendation from that event that meant we turned up at Churchfields.
It has been a great experience. The school arranged a dedicated teacher, Mrs Bradley, to take away all the worries of admin and organised a timetable which was realistic and flexible. It gave the chance to stretch the pupils and give them the opportunity to show their own initiative in working in small groups. It was clear that they do a significant amount of dance in the way they moved, responded to instructions and rose to the challenge of the wide range of dance styles and the music.
We write this while waiting for the final afternoon presentation by each of the classes. If the children’s experience is anything like ours, they will remember it with affection for a long time.
Jane Pfaff and Jeremy Mason of Let’s Dance.
The January edition of our school newsletter has been published today. It celebrates our latest OFSTED report and contains the usual mix of journalism from our children, important information and key dates.
Parents will have been emailed their copy today, but you can also read our e edition by clicking on this link or on the image below.
I first started Breakfast Club when I was in Year 4. If you think Breakfast Club is dull and boring, you’re wrong because now we have more variety of food. We have beans on toast, cheese on toast and small yoghurts. People don’t always go every day, but just some days, and Breakfast Club now starts at 7:45 in the morning, although you can arrive after that if you wish.
The wonderful Miss Setter gave some of year 5 and 6 an amazing opportunity to learn more about Computer Science. At first I thought it would be hard work, but when I got there it was like a mini-holiday. It was a ball! I learnt so much but in an entertaining way. We played lots of educational and fun games.
In the first workshop we played games about programming, eg Pac-Man, Blokly Maze. It was superb.
In the second workshop we studied algorithms and how they work. We learnt how to make a jam sandwich and all the different steps in the process. We found out what a ‘loop’ is – it is a repeated pattern of the algorithm. We worked in groups to make different step-by-step problems, eg how to brush our teeth.
In the final workshop we made an interactive Christmas card to send to friends and family. We learnt how to programme our sprites (computer character using Scratch.)
It was an amazing experience, fun, but educational too.
Connor Year 5
Today we welcomed Karen McCombie, back to our school. Karen ran writers workshops with the children and talked about her life as an author.
The children, teachers and Karen all had a truly inspirational day.
At the end of the day Karen left a note which said:
It has been a pleasure to come back to Churchfields and meet your children.
The atmosphere is fun and friendly with staff to match!
Please ask me back again” Karen McCombie
The Upper School Choir were invited to sing at the Head Teachers’ Conference. When we arrived, we were very surprised by how impressive the building was. Everyone was placed in a sizeable oval room, many of the children decided it was shaped like a pea-pod! All the children were fit to burst with excitement when we found out that there was going to be a celebrity watching our performance!
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We remain concerned by the issue of cars parking and stopping on the road immediately outside of the school.
Parking outside of the school puts our children at risk and is also illegal as outlined in the HIghway code section 238 and 243.
Recent research has highlighted the dangers posed to children on the roads around UK schools. In 2013 there were over 1,200 children a month involved in collisions within 500 metres of a school.
Our Junior Travel Ambassadors will be continuing to remind us all of to keep the area outside of our school clear and we hope parents will play their part too.
Thank you to those of you who share our concern and who either park responsibly or point out those cars that are parked irresponsibly.
The thoughts of one of our parents, MrsGuler, sums up the views of many of you, who are frustrated by what they encounter during the daily school run. She writes:
This is a heartfelt plea to the parents who regularly disregard the road markings outside the school and park in the clearly restricted area to drop off their children in the morning and afternoon.
Those markings are there for a reason, to help keep all our children safe. Your parking endangers not only your children, but everyone’s else’s too. Please, drive further away, find a safe place to park, and walk your children to the school gate.
And please also remember, pavements are for pedestrians – used by many, many children, some of them not long out of pushchairs.?
Mrs Clare Guler