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Chris Riddell in Tower Hamlets!

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, some lucky children in Year 5 and 6 were given the opportunity to meet author, illustrator and ex-Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

Chris talked about the writing process; his passion for illustrating; and showed us some of his fantastic books. We laughed as he told us funny anecdotes and took mental notes when he gave us his top tips for writing and illustrating. Incredibly, he spent the whole time illustrating characters whilst he spoke- it was amazing to watch his talents live! At the end of the afternoon, we had a chance to ask him some questions and he even took the time to meet some of us. We felt so privilege to take away signed and dedicated copies of his books- we have not stopped reading them since!

Check out some of the illustrations he did on the day.





Spanish Buzz Day – Computing Session!

During Spanish Buzz Day, pupils in Year 5 and 6 programmed some very special translation games.

We learnt some new Spanish vocabulary and even challenged ourselves to write Spanish sentences and conversations.

Have a look at some of our games below. Which Spanish words do you know?  Which words are new to you?

Harry Potter Night 2017!

This week, a wonderful evening of wizardry occurred in our school.

Pupils from Year 5 and 6 grabbed their tickets and boarded the Hogwarts Express!

The newest students of Hogwarts experienced a Potions class, a campfire in the Forbidden Forest and revised for their O.W.L. exams with a quiz!

Here are some photos from their time at Hogwarts:



Reading Sleepover and D.E.A.R at TBP

At TBP this year, we have really been focusing on our reading!

Thanks to a great offer from the National Literacy Trust, we have been able to offer children a choice of free books for them to take home and keep!

As part of this offer, we have organised two in-school events to celebrate the children’s reading.

Firstly, children from years 4, 5 and 6 attended a reading sleepover, where they enjoyed activities such as: a campfire with Mrs F, choosing books with Mr Downs and Mrs Milne, creating book-related cupcakes with Miss Maynard and Miss Turnbull and quizzing a quiz with Miss Dwyer and Miss John!

The children also enjoyed a Drop Everything And Read session with all of KS2, where older pupils swapped classes with younger pupils and read with them. The children all loved it and the teachers said it was great fun!


KS2 Singing Celebration!

Our last half term of the year had a harmonious start with Key Stage 2 showing off a range of musical talents.

Each class took to the stage to demonstrate a musical skill they had learned over the course of this year.

There was a range of activities to show off various concepts such as: pitch, tone, dynamics, rhythm and beat.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who joined us in the audience.

Maths Buzz Day 2017

This half term we had a gr-eight day for Maths Buzz Day! We were able to put our problem solving skills into action and had some fantastic discussions using our reasoning skills. We learnt about the problem solving process and took our time to reflect on different ways of finding resolutions to problems. We considered the mathematical vocabulary that we were using and applied it to the different problems.


Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight commenced last week! The pupils at Thomas Buxton gathered for an assembly to introduce Fairtrade.  Throughout the week, pupils watched and discussed informative videos detailing the importance of Fairtrade Products.  Many of us were surprised to learn that you can purchase Fairtrade footballs!


At the end of the week, we completed quizzes to test our knowledge of all things Fairtrade!

After working so hard, pupils were able to buy some delicious, healthy Fairtrade snacks after school, prepared and sold by our Super Health Team!

Safer Internet Day 2017

On Tuesday 7th February, TBPS participated in Safer Internet Day, a campaign to raise awareness of online safety issues.

We kicked off the day by sharing our smiles as part of the nationwide #giveasmile campaign.

We also thought about the first impressions that photos shared on the internet can give and how best to present ourselves online.  We considered the differences between how photos used to be stored and shared and the possibilities that are available through technology now.

Here are some of the emojis we created to encourage everyone to use the internet responsibly:

Getting Caught Reading!

Hello everybody!

At Thomas Buxton this year we are really focusing on reading. Reading for pleasure is such an important goal for the education and well-being of our children, as well as being a huge amount of fun.

One of the tasks the pupils have been set this year is to ‘Get Caught Reading!’. We have had an amazing response from everyone involved at Thomas Buxton Primary School, so we thought we would share some of the inventive (and hilarious!) ways we have been ‘caught reading’ so far.

Can you spot yourself???





Reading helps you understand the world around you!

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Reading in bed is always fun!

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Read on the tube or in the car for an enjoyable way to pass the time!


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You can always read with a furry friend!

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Well done to all of you who have been caught reading!

Keep it up!






The teachers at Thomas Buxton love to code, so much so that we have created some cross-curricular games for you to try out! Click the green flag to begin, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the main character and see if you can work out which objects to catch and which objects to avoid!

Which subject is each game linked to?
Can you guess which teachers made each game?

If you love to code, you can join us for Code Club after school on Thursdays. Speak to Miss John to sign up!