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Arts Week

As part of the drive to earn the Arts Mark award at Thorndown, the children worked with Wysing Arts.

Click HERE to have look at the newsletter and photos from the week

Open Classroom in Reception

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our Open Classroom event in Reception this morning. Adults learned about how we are developing children’s number sense and understanding in the early years and visited classrooms, where they participated in games and activities with their children. Much fun (and learning!) was had by all.

 Please follow this link to download a copy of the presentation. A guide to additional activities and games which you can play at home will also be available soon.

Please click HERE to view the presentation

Thank you

 

Talented artists at Thorndown

Art News!

Four talented artists from Thorndown recently had their artwork displayed at Impington Village College, in the Cambridgeshire Young Artists Competition.

Josh and Demi used printing techniques to create their impressive pictures. Jason’s fine tiger was shortlisted, while Molly was runner-up in the KS2 section. Molly’s beautiful water-colour of St.Ives bridge has been specially chosen to be made into cards, which will be on sale for charity at various local venues.

Congratulations to all four young artists!

Click HERE to view the art work

Super Science at Thorndown

Super Science at Thorndown!

The National Science and Engineering week is taking place

between the 13th and 26th March 2017. Organised by the British Science Association

across the UK, our nearest location is based close by in Cambridge. It is an exciting

opportunity to discover, question and take part in scientific activities at some interesting

venues. The event has a whole host of exciting topics, from talks to hands-on activities

that I am sure will have something for everyone, whatever your age and interest (and

the great thing is, most things are free!) Some do need to be booked though – booking

via the website that opened 20th February 2017). This years’ theme for the festival is

titled ‘Getting Personal’. The website has full and comprehensive details about the whole

programme of events, accessibility etc and can be found at http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/

During January, children in Year One and Two participated in the RSPB Big Bird Watch.

We were pleased to take part in this national event in which pupils went out and about

making observations and tallying their findings. A whole school assembly drew

awareness to the national event and outlined the scientific reasoning and benefits from

analysing data. I wonder which were the top three most frequent visitors in the UK in

2017? What does that say about other wildlife and numbers of certain species?

As with previous years, Thorndown have a Science Week planned, but later during the

Summer Term. Outdoor learning is going to be the theme. Look out for work and

learning being celebrated later on in the school newsletter! Above all, keep enjoying

science. It’s all around us!

 

Open Classroom for Maths in Year 3 and 4

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Open Classroom event today. The morning was a great success! Parents learnt about how we teach multiplication and division with Mrs Gerrard and Mr Lemmon, had fun playing games and visited their children in classrooms to see lessons in action.

Click HERE to view the presentation on Multiplication and Division for Year 3 / 4

Click HERE to see the presentation on tips on Multiplication and Division for Year 3 / 4

 

We have a few Numberlink Board packs left which are available to buy at the office for £2.50 each. (These contain a Numberlink Board, white board pen and a 10-sided dice.) We will have more packs available after half term, so if they’re all gone and you’d like to make a purchase, and haven’t already requested one, please inform the office staff and we’ll let you know when they’re ready to collect. Payment can be made in the school office.

Thorndown Choir visits to NEC for Young Voices

On Wednesday 25th January, our choir and their parents went to the NEC arena in Birmingham to sing with over 8000 other children, as part of the Young Voices celebrations.

As last year, the children sang their hearts out and had a great time. The parents watching and the adults taking part had just as much fun as the children!

Thank you to everyone who organised the trip and to Mrs Peach who has been running our choir to such a high standard.

Click HERE to look at the gallery for more photos.

Shanghai teachers to visit Thorndown

Meet Mrs Zhu and Miss Chen

Following Mrs Gerrard’s very successful trip to Shanghai with 70 other teachers from across the country in November (see our last whole school Newsletter – Issue 43), we are looking forward to welcoming our two Chinese partners to Thorndown after the Christmas holiday. They will be arriving in school on January 9th and will be working with Leopard and Bat classes for two weeks. Mrs Zhu and Miss Chen are highly qualified maths teachers, who undertook a rigorous selection process to be able to participate in the programme. It was a real pleasure to see them deliver amazing lessons with their own classes in China and it’s a great privilege for Thorndown to have been selected to host them. There will be over 100 teachers from across Cambridgeshire and beyond who will be visiting us over the fortnight to learn from their practice and we will keep you updated with news about their visit.

 

Life Education Bus

The Rotary Club of St Ives kindly funded a visit from the Life Education Centre. Over two days, years 4 and 6 had the opportunity to visit it.

We went into the centre and our mouths dropped, we were so excited! Louise (the lady in charge of the centre) told us about the human body. The manikin had see through skin so we could see inside the body.

Next we went to a fictional planet called Conformation, where everyone was the same!

Finally, we learnt about making the right choices. It was the best day EVER!

By Beatrice (Year 4)

Mrs Gerrard goes to Shanghai

Mrs Claire Gerrard  has been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange programme, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai.

Mrs Gerrard is among 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in the exchange as part of the Maths Hub programme, funded by the Department of Education. Thorndown Primary School is working with the Cambridgeshire Maths Hub.

The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in Thorndown Primary School, and in local partner schools. This is one part of the Teaching Mastery Programme, run by the National Centre for excellence in the Teaching of Mastery (NCETM)  programme over the next four school years.

Mrs Gerrard, who completed the Mastery Specialists programme within her Maths Hub last year, is visiting Shanghai in the first half of November this year, and Thorndown Primary School will be hosting  the partner teachers from Shanghai in January 2017. Cambridgeshire schools will be invited to observe the maths lessons of the Shanghai teachers as well as having the opportunity to question them about maths mastery.

There are 35 Maths Hubs, spread across England, each led by a school with a record of high achievement in maths and of supporting improvements in maths teaching ad learning in neighbouring schools.

“Taking part in this Maths Mastery programme is an absolute honour and a ringing endorsement of the quality of and commitment to teaching at Thorndown Primary School. We are always happy to learn new teaching methods if it means that our pupils have the very best start to their education.” Miss Vicci Godbold, Headteacher

Number Sense and Fluency in Key Stage 1: Workshop for Parents

Number Sense and Fluency in Key Stage 1: Workshop for Parents

 

On Tuesday 1st November, we held a very successful maths workshop for Key Stage 1 parents. Over the last couple of years, we have participated in a research project to develop our children’s number sense and fluency in Years 1 and 2. We discussed findings from the research and shared some of the activities we use in school.  Parents who attended our morning session also visited classrooms and played games designed to develop children’s confidence, reasoning skills and fluency.

 

Here are some of the things that parents said about the workshop:

‘it’s interesting to know how the children learn maths. It taught me some new strategies!’

‘It’s great to be able to link in with what children are doing at school in the home.’

‘Useful presentation  and combination of activities to make it fun’.

‘Both teachers clearly have excellent subject knowledge! J’!

‘We will play the games shown today at home.’

 

We’re really pleased that parents will be using the strategies they learnt at home and playing games to help their children’s maths.

Look out for more news about Number Sense in the next few months

 

If you missed the session, a copy of the session notes and games can be found by clicking on the links below.

Click HERE for a copy Number sense Games

Click HERE for a copy of Ten Frames Deck of Cards

Click HERE for a copy of   Parents Information Session – Number sense and fluency in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

 


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