What we think about Computing

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:


School Cuts Campaign – Pupil Voice in Action

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 all schools 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.

Well done, Pupil Voice in action!



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.