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/

 

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.

                 

 

 

 

World Book Day and Dress the Door!

On Thursday 1st March, 2018, TBP opened its doors to not only a flurry of snow, but a flurry of books!

As usual, we celebrated by DRESSING UP (both ourselves and the doors!) and remembering the importance of vocabulary and reading! This year, we dressed up as our favourite vocabulary.

World Book Day (written by our School Ambassadors)

Everyone deserves a well done for participating on World Book Day. We know that everyone got a free book from their teacher – so make sure you enjoy them and read them! Most of all well done to all our teachers for making this possible!

Here are some photos of our day – we had a fantastic time and really enjoyed our free books!

SNOW!!!

Today our playgrounds turned into a winter wonderland!

There was just enough snow to create our own snow-creatures and make mini snowballs.

Take a look at the photos and describe the snow using your 5 senses.