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Wonder Days and Theme Weeks

Wildlife On Our Doorstep Wonder Day included a photographic competition and children from Y1 to Y6 photographing our local environment with and Eco focus.

Mighty Zulu Nation has inspired 2 days of writing from drumming and dance workshops. This was possible thanks to our amazing PSA and donations from parents last year, who offered their extended services refunds to the school. It made this spectacular event celebrating cultural diversity accessible to all!

Great dancing for all!

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A Night At The Opera

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Wear best clothes or pyjamas but come and share a new cultural experience...
Parents returned encouraged after an inspiring Assembly with soprano Gemma Turner to hear stunning renditions from Greatest Showman to classics such as Nissum Dorma. This follows Mrs Massey's Leaders for Impact training via The Royal Opera House and a determination to enrich our cultural capital for our community. By popular request Gemma sang let it Go from Frozen with bubble accompaniment!

Global Explorers Week included Mini Marines, Teddies dressed as explorers and journeys to Kingfisher Island for snacks around a fire pit, all to inspire writing and dovetail into our Eco Curriculum.

Graphic Designer from Lion King shows how Creativity and technology can work side by side.

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We have visited the West End and seen the show, with 'Golden Tickets' available to reward progress in writing, we will see the new new Lion King to celebrate those with 96.5% attendance later in July at a special Howe Dell screening and thanks to a Mum, we have had a creative professional showing our children how animation comes alive, from flip books to Disney today. The response says it all...

Well done Young Cultural Ambassadors for planning a day to recognise Women in History and their impact. From Mary Seacole and Rosa Parks to Amy Winehouse, all were celebrated and researched to inspire writing and to reinforce non stereotypical role models

'Just One Steve', not 2 Steves, but Steve Skidmore amazed and inspired children to write and kept over 160 members of our Howe Dell Family enthralled.

Reach For The Stars Week, celebrated Howe Dell being 70 and heading for new heights in challenge and aspiration. We designed kites, climbed, did archery and dance workshops and dressed up as 'When I grow up I want to be...' The week ended with a birthday cake by Nanny Lisa and parties!

From staff dressed as ladies who lunch to active workshops to underpin our 'reach for the stars' strapline. A wonderful week was had by all.

Creativity Week - Self Evaluation results

Creativity Week with an African theme inspires our imaginations and extends all of our horizons

Celebrating Nature on our Doorstep: WILD WONDER captured in photographs, by a member of staff with her family on our Family Dusk Walk, a child over a weekend and our whole school through Iain Green photographic inspiration

Farm to Fork Week looked at sustainable food miles, included an onsite farm, plus parents and business involvement. We raised understanding of what Fair Trade means.

Dress up for Farm to Fork Week as an animal or person from a farm, a fruit or vegetable or a symbol of weather. We even made our living whole School rainbow!

Skipping Workshops to Inspire Healthy, Active Playtimes during the WInter Months. This is possible due to Sports Premium Grant!

Maths Week

 

Thank you to everyone (and especially those parents who gave up their time to come into school to tell us about their jobs) for making Maths Week such a wonderful success. Lots of positive experiences, collaboration and challenges contributed to a really engaging themed week that was celebrated in our sharing assembly.

 

Below is the link to the hands-up survey undertaken by the children at the end of the week, which includes lots of positive feedback and some lovely comments.

Maths Week Celebration

 

Friday's assembly was used to celebrate all the brilliant and wonderful things that went on in Maths Week: from the Quantum Theatre Company; to the carousel activities; and onto the Brain Blaster Puzzle Challenge; not forgetting the parents who came in to give us an insight into how important Maths is in the world of jobs.

 

Thank you to everyone for making the week such a success.

Brain Blaster Challenge

 

The Happy Puzzle Company have been challenging the children all day with a Brain Blaster challenge - judging from the engagement, amount of activity, conversation levels and the number of smiles and arms in the air, it has been a thoroughly enjoyable challenge.

Maths Carousel

 

The children have had great fun during Maths week, not least on the carousel activities, which were wide-ranging in terms of experiences and yet very challenging with a great emphasis on teamwork:

Circus Wonder Day, to launch the use of play equipment by Sports Leaders and the arrival of a REAL Circus at the end of the Week. Whole School Assembly started the day, with workshops for Reception, Y1 and Y2.

Circus Assembly

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Juggling one to five balls at once! This launched our Circus Wonder Day and reaffirmed our focus on building resilience in all of us.

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Where In The World Week, another opportunity to inspire writing for real purposes including replies to letters from overseas, vitual reality Google Earth workshops, mapping skills and introduction to the Arctic from an explorer, a Carousel of mixed age learning opportunities and chance for Y4 to pond dip with pupils from Southfields Special School.

No themed week would be complete without the inclusion of a Dress Up Day! This time, children dressed as a monument or food from overseas, or in traditional dress representing their culture or a nationality. The variety of home made and highly creative costumes were the best ever!

Pet Day as requested via Archie through our Suggestion Box with visiting animals, an Assembly including photos and Nurture Dog with pet headlines, cake sale and dog themed biscuits from our School cooks.

Our Living Learning World Week

HIP, HIP, HOORAY for the Queen Day! A day of tradition to celebrate a sense of being proud of our community and a day for our Nation. Trooping of the Colour enabled every child to celebrate and record their own personal history and inheritance in a diverse Britain

Photography Workshop seeing green sandpipers, 4 little egrets and finding a deer skull with Iain Green, wild life photographer

What were the outcomes from our Space and Time Travel Themed Week?

Just look at the models arising from Home Learning with a Space and Time Travel focus, all part of our themed week wwhich inspired writing and creativity.

Dressing up on a theme of Space and Time Travel Week including staff and pupils. The aim as always was to inspire writing.

Bedtime stories with John Kirk made a great evening of family entertainment for 80 people as part of engaging whole families in learning new stories

Space and Time Travel Week takes off, including a mysterious visitor from a Galaxy far, far away: previously and X Wing Fighter John Chapman, author of Johnnie Rocket, Winston Nzinga, returning for a third time and entrancing audiences with story and songs from around the globe... and our own Storm Trooper!

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