Buxton Town is Open for Business!


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.

Year 6 at the Imperial War Museum

This week, Year 6 visited the Imperial War Museum to enrich our learning about our Local History Topic: World War II.

We admired the fascinating artefacts and exhibitions that gave us a glimpse into what life was like during the war.

One of the exhibits even had an Anderson Shelter to take cover in as an air raid siren sounded.

We thought about fortunate we are to have the right to be safe and the right to an education, which was not the case for many children during that time.

Here are some of our pictures from the visit:

Computing in Year 3 – Makey Makey!

During the first half of the summer term, Year 3 learnt about circuits and computing using Makey Makey kits!

First, we learnt how to connect bagels to our computers so that we could play with Scratch games by tapping the bagels instead of the computer keys!


Then, we created a song using the Makey Makey piano!


Finally, as a challenge we found a way to connect the whole class so that the circuit was complete.

Can you guess how we did it? How would you use a Makey Makey kit if you had the chance?


Herbert Smith Freehills – Pro Bono and Community Awards 2018

On Thursday 10th May 2018 we were invited to the 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills  Pro Bono and Community Awards. HSF have been our business partners for almost 20 years and in that time they have read with our children, played chess and provided lots of exciting opportunities for us all (they have hosted certificate ceremonies, allowed us to use their amazing offices for meetings, as well as funded special events in school). It was great to see Sharon Gates be recognised for her significant contribution in organising the partners for Thomas Buxton Primary as well as doing her very busy job at the law firm.  Ms Redpath and Mrs Bahar were also thanked for their part in making Reading and Chess Partners so valuable for our children and fun for the HSF staff too. It was a very special occasion for everyone. 

Rich Mix and Arthoppers in Year 5 – What a project!

Recently, Year 5 were treated to a very special guest artist who came in to work with them.

Arthoppers, in conjunction with the MOLA timetruck and Rich Mix were able to inspire our Year 5 pupils to create some beautiful artwork all centered around the local history of East London. This was then proudly displayed at Rich Mix over the Easter Holidays and we hope you agree, the work produced really was stunning!

Madagascar class made clay money pots based on old artifacts found in the local area. Check out some of their finished work below!


Kenya class worked on designing and printing a banner which was displayed and used at Rich Mix throughout Easter – again, some really high quality pieces of work! Well done both classes and thank you to Arthoppers, the MOLA Timetruck and Rich Mix!

RSPB Visits Thomas Buxton Primary School

This week Thomas Buxton Primary School had a special visit from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Jo came in from the organisation to help years 2, 3 and 4 learn more about the local habitats that exist within the school grounds.

The children had the opportunity to observe carefully to identify the different habitats. A check list helped the children to find habitats including soil, compost, shrubs and bushes, gravel and trees.

After finding existing habitats the children had the chance to spot opportunities for creating more habitats for mini beasts and animals. Year 2 decided that a bird feeder on many of the trees would be an ideal way to get birds to use the school grounds as their habitat.

The visit was a really fun and exciting event and has spurred us on to try and gain a School’s Wild Challenge Award.

Find out more about nature by playing these fun learning games by clicking here.

Our first ‘Booknic’!

What do you get if you cross a book and a picnic? The answer, of course, is a Booknic!

In partnership with the National Literacy Trust, we have been able to ensure that the children in Year 3 and Year 4 have received their second, absolutely free, brand new book!

We had a fantastic turn-out and grown-ups, staff and children all worked together to enjoy a feast of food and a bevy of books! Even the sun came out to join in our fun!

As usual, many thanks to the staff at Thomas Buxton Primary for giving up their time to host this event, and to the National Literacy Trust for providing us with the resources! And children – enjoy your books!











Science Week at Thomas Buxton Primary

This week has been Science Week at Thomas Buxton Primary School!

On Monday the children visited different classrooms to conduct science experiments ranging from making astro-nappies to gunge and pooh!

On Tuesday the children created posters about famous explorers and scientists. Some of our winning entries include:

Wednesday saw the school turn into a science laboratory! Albert Einstein, Jane Goodall and other scientists made their presence known on the classroom doors.

Thursday saw a scientist from the British Gas company HIVE come to school to discuss her job. The children were given the chance to ask her questions and conduct research about her company. They also were able to test out some of the company’s products including a smart light bulb!

Our GROW partner came into school on Thursday afternoon to help year 1 learn about planting fruits and vegetables.

The week ended with the school dressing up as different types of scientists and sharing their work with the whole-school.

Albert Einstein also made an appearance throughout the school during Science Week. He was hidden in 10 locations inside and outside of the school. The children had to use their observation skills to try and find him in all 10 locations.

Thank you to everyone for making the week a success!

What was your favourite part of Science Week? Leave a comment below.


Our visit to the Channel 4 News Studio!

On Thursday 15th March, we (siham, Tufa and Ms Bibi) were invited to visit the Chanel 4 news studio with the Children’s Rights Alliance For England (CRAEs) team ( a project that we have been a part of for 3 years now) to learn about journalism and how to bring media attention to our project which is part of the CRAEs See it, Say it, Change it nationwide campaign:  #homes4children.

This is a Housing and homelessness campaign about every child’s right ‘to have an adequate standard of living’ (UNCRC article 27) and have their right to ‘express their views…and have them taken seriously’ respected (UNCRC article 12).

First, we got a chance to speak to a famous channel 4 news presenter, Fatima Manji who is a British television journalist and newsreader who became Britain’s first hijab-wearing TV newsreader in March 2016. We spoke to her about her role, how she became a journalist, the challenges she faces and how she tackles stereotypes. Siham even sneaked in a question about her pay! She told us that it was an interesting subject as there has been alot of talk recently about something called ‘the gender pay gap’.  We thought this was a. interesting topic and something that we could discuss in school.

Then we spoke to the digital team who put the news online for all to read and spoke to different inspirational leaders within the news team!

Finally we got the chance to visit the news studio where we spoke to the people behind the camera who get the news out on TV for all to see.

We went behind the scenes and got a chance to watch the news as it went live.

We saw the famous Channel 4 presenter, Jon Snow (Ms Bibi’s favourite presenter) live which was great! We really enjoyed being part of it all!  We learnt a lot about journalism and found out about all the hard work that the inspirational individuals put into it to make a media campaign/news broadcast.

Thank you to everyone who was part of this!

Tufa and Siham (year 6 CRAEs campaign reps)

Ambassadors go to WE Day!

Today  (Wednesday 7th March), a group of School Ambassadors and Eco-Committee ambassadors attended the WE DAY festival at SSE Arena, Wembley.

It was an opportunity to celebrate what we have already achieved as a school this year and launch local, national and global initiatives for the rest of the year.

This event was created in honour of the socially conscious global citizens (school children just like us) who are leading the charge towards positive change—be that giving back to their own community (such as our Community Cohesion projects) or abroad (such as our work with UNICEF, WE Schools and our links with our British Council partner schools).

We pledged our support to be a part of ‘Generation WE’- a generation of people who actively make a difference in the world through our voice and our actions!

There  was an amazing group of inspiration and empowering speakers, including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugene (the Queen’s granddaughters), Lilly Collins ( actress, model and writer), Katie Piper (motivational speaker), Mushraf and Mr Burton (from Educating Yorkshire and so many more!

There were also some spectacular performers who blew us away!

Alexandra Burke

HRVY- CBBC presenter and singer

Tokio Myers-Pianist and winner of Britain’s Got Talent

We cheered a lot!!!

Whoops looks like our cheers were a little too loud for Saminur (our year 6 ambassadors 🙂 

WE Day was all about harnessing the unifying power of compassion and kindness to bring together incredible individuals before an audience of students and teachers, who like them, are there because they believe in being the change they want to see in this world.

Lets keep working together as a school to raise our aspirations and of those around us to make a change!

Check out the website for more: https://www.we.org/gb/we-day/we-day-events/we-day-uk/