We are taking part in the Deep Fear project to help us develop our resilience and improve our determination in our learning. To start this off, we had a ‘Bravery Day’ to raise money for the charity, ‘Committed Project.’
We challenged the children to dress up as people that they thought were brave. We had suffragettes, public services workers, superheroes and historical figures.
Check out these pictures of our fantastic children and staff:
This term children across Key Stage One have been busily working away on a variety of homework projects including: model making, writing museum guides, creating globe replicas and animal habitats (but to mention a few).
On Tuesday the children were given the opportunity to showcase their glorious creations for their parents and peers at our Pick and Mix Exhibition.
Well done to all involved! A fantastic event and a fantastic example of the creativity and talent we have here in Key Stage One!
Science Week landed at Thomas Buxton Primary School last week!
This year’s theme was journeys and transport and the week began with Balloontastic Becky introducing the children to the forces of gravity, friction and centrifugal force through the medium of balloons.
Children were able to help Becky with her experiments and became balloon-certified scientists!
Teachers were also asked to get involved with the experiments – thank you to Ms. Ralph for the participation!
After the assembly each class had the chance to work with Becky to create balloon animals and to learn more about the centrifugal force.
On Tuesday Charles Horsey from Transport for London arrived at school to explain how the city operates using different modes of transport.
After the assembly each class had the opportunity to ask Charles questions about his job and to look at models of trains and buses.
A big thank you to all of the parents and carers that came to the Headteacher’s Coffee Morning on the Wednesday to find out more about how science and design and technology are taught at the school.
After the coffee morning the parents and carers were able to go into their child’s class to view a whole-day’s worth of science or design and technology taking place! Children were asked to solve problems on this day including: how to make a waterproof shelter for an action hero, how to create an Egyptian canopic jar and creating a robot solely out of junk material.
On Thursday the children were able to visit other class teachers and work with other children from different year groups to complete a whole-range of science investigations. The children had the chance to create different types of flying machines, the chance to explore how far “germs” (water) can travel, learn about sinking and floating objects to creating shadow puppets for a shadow theatre puppet show!
A big thank you to Nurse Harriet from Great Ormond Street Hospital for coming in on Friday to discuss with the children “a day in the life of a nurse.” Harriet was able to inspire many of the children to think about a career in medicine for when they are older!
After all of the hard work and successes over the week in science, Science Week ended by hosting a Science Exhibition to all parents and carers. A big thank you to all of the children that volunteered to run the stall for their class. A huge thank you to all of the parents and carers that turned up too!
A huge congratulations to the following children for winning Thomas Buxton’s Science Week poster competition. The children were asked to create a science poster related to the theme of journeys and transport.
We have been talking to the children about what they have been learning about in Computing so far this year. We asked the children what they have learnt about in computing lessons and how to stay safe online.
How do you keep yourself safe online?
We also asked about our focus in computing this year. This year, we will be focussing on ‘debugging’, which is where we find mistakes in code and fix it to ensure that programs work properly.
What jobs do you think ‘debugging’ would be important for?
It was lovely to hear the children’s thoughts about computing. Have a look in our video below:
There have been a number of local and national events over the past months to remind us that schools face serious financial cuts. Three TBP children have demonstrated great citizenship in making their voices heard about their worries over the cuts and what it means for their education. Firstly, they wrote to Damien Hinds (Secretary of State for Education) to ask that allschools are fairly funded.
He wrote back to say that there is lots of money in schools (but we can’t see where it is).
In September, the children attended a rally (the Big Assembly) where they read their letter to everyone.
Also in September, Headteachers from around the country marched to Downing Street to demand fair funding for all schools.
In October, with other children from E1 Schools, they took thousands of postcards from people in Tower Hamlets to the Department of Education Buildings in central London.
The postcards highlighted the seriousness of the cuts. There they met our Bethnal Green Member of Parliament (Roushnara Ali) and delivered the postcards to Damien Hinds.
We also saw the sights around Westminster.
Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and a hot chocolate treat.
In June 2018, Thomas Buxton Primary School was transformed into Buxton Town. Children from Nursery to Year 6 took on a range of jobs to learn about the skills needed for life a different careers. it was also brilliant fun!
The aims of the projects were:
To respond to pupil voice (children wanted to know more about the world of work).
To contribute to the wider E1 Partnership theme of raising aspirations.
For children to learn about money in the context of real life situations.
For two days children were able to try different careers (from archaeology to zoology and lots in between). Thanks to the creativity of staff, parents and visitors, children were able to learn from professionals and then have a go at lots of different jobs. They had to apply for jobs, write a C.V, learn from a job description and then manage the money they earned. Some children chose to go to University and then go into work, other children learned “on the job”.
On the second day they they learned about tax through the PFEG units and how their earnings would be taxed to pay for the things that society needs. Children were given real (plastic!) money and a pay packet to keep their earnings. The fun came in spending that money at the Buxton Town Fair on Friday afternoon. Have a look at the film, photographs and read the Buxton Bugle newspaper to see what happened over those eventful days.
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