It’s time to think about coming back to school and look forward to the learning, adventures, and fun we can share in the school year ahead. For many children, the feeling of excitement about seeing friends and getting to know a new teacher is a challenge to be relished. However, for some it can be daunting. Below are links to more information which can help you prepare for the return to school as a family.
The Thomas Buxton Primary School team has been working hard over the holidays to get the building clean and classrooms ready for us to begin again in the school year 2019-20. Teachers have planned the curriculum (what you’ll be learning) so that lessons are engaging and challenging for everyone; whether starting Nursery or coming back into Year 6, we will do our best for you all. We have an outstanding team here (admin, premises, kitchen, leadership, teaching and support staff) who all go the extra mile to help you learn, feel safe and be the very best that you can be. We are ready, are you?
Take a look at the TBP school website for a reminder about lots of the great things you did last year. There are also details of the school uniform and the dates for the coming school year.
To celebrate the wonderful year we have had at Thomas Buxton, we ended with a ‘Carnival of invention’. Each class was given a colour and a theme and the children created their own incredible costumes. The children made costumes based on shapes, robots, buildings and living things.
We had a fantastic time parading through Allen gardens with a samba band. We then made our way onto the playground and enjoyed the samba band before Mrs Flanagan organised a dance competition. Finally, we were lucky to be joined by the parents for some party food. It was a day to remember!
Last week our school had a big focus on well-being, both physical and mental health which are essential to learning.
We all started the week with an exhilarating skateboarding or scooter workshop with Sam who taught us how to stay healthy through this adventurous sport. Some of us even tried out some tricks!
As well as this, every class had the opportunity to make a healthy snack including:
Vegetable cous cous,
Vegetable wraps or
We learned that these snacks are easy to make and are much healthier than chocolate!
After we had all taken part in PE and our regular Daily Mile on the new track, we decided we needed to think about our mental well-being.
On Wednesday we took part in “drop everything and get mindful!” Throughout the day we had designated times to spend reflecting, de-stressing or generally calming ourselves down. This was through mindfulness activities and yoga.
Finally, we spent some class time discussing the zones of regulation. This is a technique we can use to help regulate our emotions and stay focused on our learning. We also suggested ideas to friends to help them get back into the green zone!
However, it wasn’t just the children getting healthy this week! It was great to see some of our parents striving to live healthier lives through Mum’s and Father figure’s football as well as helping their children at our weekly sports clubs.
What was your favourite activity during well-being week?
We had a visit from pupils from a school in Italy, near Bari. They came to find out what schools in London are like.
During the visit, we compared what was the same and what was different about schools in Italy and UK. The students filmed a tour of the school, made a film comparing schools and made a short presentation to explain the differences. Watch the videos below:
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.
Year 1: Zafir and Eiliyah
Year 2: Sumaira and Naila
Year 3: Usman and Yusuf
Year 4: Enayah and Jannatal
Year 5: Tahia and Miraj
Year 6: Tania, Fariha and Saarah.
See some of their fantastic posters below:
What was your favourite part of Science Week?
Let us know in the comments below!
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