Pupils

Attendance rates have been consistently above national averages for the last five years. Ofsted 2013

    • After School Clubs

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      Throughout the year we try to run many after school clubs including:-

      Athletics, Football, Netball, Dance, Lacrosse, Cricket, IT, Fencing, Ukelele, Choir and Musical Theatre

      Please check with the office to find out about the current term’s clubs.

    • School Council

      Sandon School children actively learn about democracy at an early age, as each year group elect representatives for the School Council. These children meet with the Headteacher regularly in order to discuss suggestions from the pupils and put forward recommendations for improvements.

      Examples of changes brought about by School Council include the installation of a water fountain in the playground, new playground equipment including a Tyre Park, as well as more efficient use of lunchtimes and playtimes.

      School Council interviewed the current Headteacher before her appointment and have been involved with the interview process on all subsequent appointments.

      The children have also been involved with running Red Nose and Children in Need Days and other charitable events.

      “It was fun on the school council because I liked raising money and coming up with ideas for Mrs Gilbert and the school to do” Joshua aged 5

    • School Events

      Celebration Assembly

      July 2017

      On Monday during Celebration Assembly, we awarded the Long Shield, which celebrates sporting potential, to Belle Marshall and Tom Hall. The Moon Trophy was presented to Ella Buky and Archie Rolfe for Sporting achievement and Betsy and Adam E were presented with the Friendship Finder Award. Well done to them all.

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      Village Tea Party

      July 2017

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      The Year 5 children hosted the Sandon Villagers on Tuesday afternoon bathed in beautiful sunshine. Many local people enjoyed entertainment, tea and cakes kindly donated by parents and baked on the day by the Year 5 children. Thank you so much to Karen Abdul- Karim for guiding the children in scone making.

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      Learning Week

      June 2017

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      This is a wonderful opportunity for the children in our school to teach one another and also support one another. The adults in school have been really impressed that the children have had the enthusiasm and courage to teach their classes. Pupils and their families have worked hard to provide us with interesting topics and exciting things to look at. We have had a variety of animals in school and we have been really grateful to parents who have spent time here to facilitate this.

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      Maths Hat Challenge

      April 2017

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      The hats you made over the Easter break amazed us! Well done for all your efforts. The children wore their hats for Celebration Assembly.

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      World Book Day

      March 2017

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      On World Book Day it was wonderful to see all the ingenious costumes that both the children and staff came up with.

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      Pancake Day

      February 2017

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      The sun shone on our Pancake Races on Shrove Tuesday and hopefully this photograph of Freya should be in the local paper. Betsy showed great team spirit as she helped nearly everyone in her house to run the course.

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      The Selfish Giant

      February 2017

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      This week in school saw The Image Theatre production of The Selfish Giant. The children love seeing live theatre and especially when they get to take part.

      Ruby said it was fun acting and dressing up in costumes and the play was very good. She played a villager and said, “me too!” Emily agreed. She also played a villager and really enjoyed dressing up.

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      Danceathon

      January 2017

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      We had a Danceathon where every hour, on the hour, the whole school danced. We started at 9am with ‘Move it’ on the playground and then dancing in the classroom, hall and playground throughout the day. There is a train of thought that encouraging physical activity at regular intervals during the working day, is beneficial to mind and body and it was certainly enjoyed by staff and pupils alike.

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      Snow White

      December 2016

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      We have seen three performances of Snow White to packed audiences who were delighted to see their youngsters performing.

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      Christmas Pudding Day

      December 2016

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      The whole school was involved in making the Christmas pudding which we will all enjoy after our Christmas Dinner on 14th December. Thank you so much to Mrs Wick for volunteering her time and culinary expertise to help the children.

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      Maths Evening

      November 2016

      Thank you to Mrs Bowden for setting up and running the highly successful Maths Evening for parents and thank you to so many parents for joining us. The parents who attended took home an information booklet helping them to understand how we teach maths at school and enabling them to support their child at home. Thank you to ‘Sandon Stuff’ for donating the fluorescent wristbands, which were also given out at the maths evening.

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      Museum Service Visit

      November 2016

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      Venus Class and Earth Class had a visit from the museum service. They learnt about Stone Age Britain, had the opportunity to handle interesting artefacts and make their own shelters.

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      Fairground Day

      October 2016

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      What a wonderful ‘Fairground Day’, organised by Mrs Bowden and Earth Class. Thank you to them for all their hard work and enthusiasm.

      Sienna and Lydia (Reception) said together, “ I really liked the Hook-a -Duck.”

      Esme Wastell (Year 5) said, “ I especially liked going outside and asking people to play the quiz games with the ultimate questions for the winners.”

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      Camping Weekend

      September 2016

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      It seems that everyone who camped out on the school field on Saturday night had a fabulous time even when it drizzled! Although this was mainly run as a social event for parents, children and teachers to enjoy some fun time together out of school, we actually made nearly £350 for FOSS. So thank you to all of you who attended and a special thanks to Mr & Mrs McGill for all their help, Mrs Bowden and Suzi for leading the sing song around the fire, Liz and Colin Simon for donating a very yummy chilli and Jo Fraser for organising a great event.

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      E-Safety Talk

      July 2016

      Mrs Bowden gave an E-Safety talk after school which we hope will inform parents of the pitfalls of ICT in the home. If you were unable to attend, please do take time to access this important website for more information.

      http://www.teachertube.com/mobile/video/jigsaw-8-10s-147297

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      Afternoon Tea for the residents of the village

      July 2016

      This was an idea generated by a parent and taken up by the Year 5 pupils who, helped by Mrs Abdul-Karim, made scones and invitations for the event. Thank you to the organisers and all who took part and came to this event.

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      Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea Party

      July 2016

      Tuesday 19th saw the school decked in bunting for our outside lunch celebration in honour of the Queen’s Birthday. We were lucky to have chosen one of the hottest days of the year for this.

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      Conservation Day

      July 2016

      We were joined by Lydia and Pat from the village to help us make mud bricks, insect homes and pond dipping. My thanks to both ladies and all the staff for their continued enthusiasm.

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      Mathematical Olympic Workshop

      July 2016

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      The whole junior block held a Mathematical Olympic Workshop. The children were divided into different countries and competed against each other drawing upon their knowledge of mathematical concepts found in the primary curriculum. Each activity provided the opportunity for children to select from Bronze, Silver and Gold.

      Activities included Sprint and Sort (Venn Diagrams), Blind Build (Shape & Position), Problem Solving, Mental Calculation, Tangram Timeout, Multiple Obstacles & Code Breaker.

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      Knex Challenge

      May 2016

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      Mars Class was lucky enough to take part in a regional challenge. In pairs, they were given two hours to design and build a working catapult out of KNEX. Everyone worked extremely hard solving problems that arose and making their design look menacing. Once the building was complete, we then had to test them to see if they fired over a 20cm wall. The class behaved exceptionally well and all received a certificate for taking part. Our class winners, Jack and Noah, also received a lovely medal with their entry being sent further into the competition.

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      Learning Week

      May 2016

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      Learning Week is always good fun with children becoming the teachers and sharing their skills and talents with us all.  We have learnt about: decorating cupcakes, roman gladiators, super-cars, how to care for a pet tortoise and lots more. It has been a great way to see what the interests of the Juniors are outside of school.

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      Science Week

      March 2016

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      This year the staff shared their favourite science experiments with the whole school in assembly. After watching the butter experiment, Emma R said, “I can’t wait to go home and make butter with my friends.”

      Adam E said, “I was nervous but excited when Mr Musk balanced a bowl of water upside down over my head and only a piece of cardboard stopped it from pouring on my head.”

      Evie W said, “I really liked the fish race. We had to see which object could produce the most force when waved up and down to blow paper fish along.”

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      Pancake Races

      February 2016

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      The annual Pancake races took place with both Ash and Oak Houses crossing the line together. The teacher’s race followed to lots of cheering and laughter.

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      Christmas Play

      December 2015

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      I was very proud of all the children for their fantastic performances. Many turned up having been ill and others took the lines of those who were poorly. Huge thanks to all the staff and especially Miss Arnold for all their hard work preparing the children.

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      Diwali

      November 2015

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      We have been delighted to celebrate Diwali, and had a visit from Radha who took our assembly. Mars Class had great fun making Diwali sweets by mixing condensed milk and milk powder. They also made dough from flour and water to make chapattis.

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      Learning Week

      May 2015
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      Learning Week has been, once again, very successful.  Children have presented some fantastic lessons (future teachers in the making).  Thanks to all the parents for supporting their children in this venture.

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      Sandon School Elections

      May 2015

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      As election fever grips Sandon, all the children have been casting their votes. Reception set up a Polling Station in their home corner and Earth Class have been learning about the election process, as well as having their own class elections. The aim was to consider ways in which each party might make improvements to the school. The class was split into four parties – The Tomorrow Party, The Vision Party, The Progress Party and The Transform Party. Each party had to create their own Manifesto and present their ideas to the rest of the class. The whole class then voted one by one. After counting the votes, we have a coalition. Both the Tomorrow Party and the Vision Party will now have the opportunity to have a private meeting with Mrs Gilbert and put forward their ideas.

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      Science Week

      March 2015

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      Venus Class has really enjoyed taking part in Science week. On Monday we went on a long walk in the surrounding area with Mercury class to find as many types of leaves as we could. We had lots of fun investigating. On Tuesday we started our experiments to find out the conditions in which plants grow best. We are looking forward to finding out our results. On Wednesday we planted some bean seeds and we are going to watch the seeds grow into plants. Hopefully, some of these plants will grow big enough to be planted outside after Easter.

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      Sportshall Athletics Roadshow

      January 2015

      We participated in a Sportshall Athletics Roadshow where all the children took part in indoor athletic events.

      The leaders of the roadshow enjoyed their day with us and said how brilliant all our pupils were, especially Reception who particularly impressed them. This is true praise, as these leaders visit all schools in the area.

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      Nativity and Carol Service

      December 2014

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      Our beautiful Nativity performance didn’t fail to inspire us and remind us of the true meaning of Christmas; it rounded off the term brilliantly and certainly put us all in a Christmassy mood.

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      Earth Class Assembly

      October 2014

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      What fun we had learning about the Rainforest through dance and song! Earth Class treated us all to a fantastic assembly. Thanks to all the parents who gave up time to come and enjoy this event with the whole school.

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      Harvest Festival

      October 2014

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      The Harvest Festival was a lovely start to our class assemblies this term. Thank you to Mary de Salis for a wonderful service and Venus Class for telling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar brilliantly. Thanks to Kerry Cain and Eleri for playing the organ and all the parents who joined us to make this such an enjoyable event.

      Feedback from one of our parents after the assembly today was “The service was absolutely wonderful, the best yet, Mary was amazing in the way she engaged the children and made it fun and interesting for all. I had a lovely time and judging by all the smiles, so did everyone else. A Harvest Festival to be proud of!”

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      Sports Day

      July 2014

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      What a fantastic Sports Day we had this year. All of the children participated and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and the Mum’s Race was particularly popular!

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      Aeroplane Day

      June 2014

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      Aeroplane Day was a huge success and how wonderful it was to receive emails from parents saying how much the children enjoyed it. The children learned lots about the countries they visited. Thanks to all those involved in making it such a great day.

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      Learning Week

      May 2014

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      This week has been Learning Week and I am always surprised and delighted when children arrive at school ready to share their knowledge and skill with each other. Amongst other things we have made rockets, met goats and learnt how to make banoffee pie and pizza! I hope that the children have enjoyed this experience. Betsy said that she loved Learning Week because it is great to learn new things from each other. A huge thank you to all our parents who entered into the spirit and supported their child in preparing for, and presenting, their skills. We rounded off the week with staff giving us a Flyball demonstration with their dogs.

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      Food Revolution Day

      May 2014

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      Class 1 took part in Food Revolution Day, cooking alongside Jamie Oliver. They made Rainbow Salad Wraps – grating carrots, cabbage and pear. The children really enjoyed themselves!

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      Recycling Assembly

      April 2014

      We were treated to Earth Class assembly. They have been learning how to make music from everyday, recycled materials. Thanks to Earth Class, Miss Arnold and Miss Bowden for all their hard work. This is a fitting end to this term’s project.

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      Fashion Show

      March 2014

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      The long awaited Fashion Show took place on 27 March. Thanks to all who helped to make this event such a success, in particular the four Hertfordshire University students who ran this for us. Thank you to the many parents who supported this occasion. We received some fabulous feedback, here are a few examples: “Wow! That is the best fashion show I have ever seen! The children had made beautiful things and were very creative.” “Lots of fun and the children were brilliant.” “A lovely way to spend a morning. Everyone was smiling.” “Lovely to see such a great use of materials and also such confident children!” “Brilliant, it was nice to see all the different ideas and creations!”

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      Sport Relief

      March 2014

      School Council would like to thank everybody who took part in fundraising for Sport Relief. We managed to complete a mile of hopscotch just after school with the help from family and friends, as well as the pupils and staff who took part throughout the day. Miss Arnold would also like to thank everybody who baked cakes and biscuits for our cake stall. Over all we raised £130.65 – a fantastic amount to help children all over the world.

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      World Book Day

      March 2014

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      It was wonderful to see so many children dressed up to celebrate World Book Day.

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      Box Week

      January 2014

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      Thank you to all those who sent in boxes this week, especially Claire Smalley. The children enjoyed their sessions and were heard asking questions such as “What is the tallest tower we can build?” “Can we cover the hall floor with boxes?”

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      Jack and the Beanstalk

      December 2013

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      What a fantastic performance from the whole school in our panto, Jack and the Beanstalk! Well done everybody.

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      Year 4 Trombone Concert

      December 2013

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      We all got into the festive spirit at the Year 4 Trombone Concert. They played a wonderful rendition of Jingle Bells for the rest of the school to sing along to.

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      ICT Open Event

      December 2013

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      Mrs Bowden ran an excellent ICT Event – there was a fantastic turn out of parents who came to get a glimpse of what we do in school in ICT. Thank you to all the children who stayed and made this event possible. Our children are skilled in their use of laptops, ipads, programmes and programming devices and demonstrated the many ways they are used in school.

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      Rushden Tree Festival

      December 2013

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      Miss Arnold would like to thank everyone who came to support the Sandon School Choir at the Rushden Tree Festival. It was a tremendous success! The choir really enjoyed themselves and then had the opportunity to share their festive singing with the rest of the school in Assembly.

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      Whole School Wish Tree

      December 2013

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      In Mars Class children have been exploring expressive and visual arts as part of their topic on Christianity and Buddhism. During this term the children have learnt about the origins of both religions. Discussions led to how both religions consider others, whether through prayer or just through kind thoughts and wishes. Our willow dome has been chosen as an area of focus. Children in Mars Class have used ribbons as a symbol of a wish or a prayer for others and tied these to the willow dome, where the wishes will be taken on the wind.

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      Book Fair

      November 2013

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      We had a very successful Book Fair for a week; children had the opportunity to read and look at the books at lunchtimes and during shared reading times, and to buy books during playtimes and after school.

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      Earth Class Evacuation Day

      November 2013

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      “On Evacuation Day we came to school dressed as evacuees. We pretended to get on a train and we played beetle with our friends. We thought about how it felt to be evacuated. After break we made wartime scones and we got to eat them too!”

      By Alfie F and Jamie WL

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      Mars Class Evacuation Night

      October 2013

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      Year 5 and 6 pupils have been studying World War 2 and the Home Front as part of the topic “From Field to Fork”. The children dressed up in wartime clothes and, equipped with gas mask boxes, they arrived at school in the early evening. We were trying to help them understand what  it felt like to be evacuated. They were greeted by a land girl who opened the school as an air raid was expected and it was too dangerous to go to their new parents. They played games of marbles and shove halfpenny and had sausages and hot chocolate. During the evening, whenever the air raid siren sounded, the children had to clamber under tables and wait for the all clear. Pupils had their own ration cards and had their books stamped whenever they had a snack or a drink. The ARP warden made them turn all the lights out in case the enemy were overhead. They spent the night on the hall floor and waited to be chosen by parents in the morning.

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      Sports Day

      July 2013

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      Sports Day was a huge success. A special thank you to all the ex-pupils and friends who helped set up and run our races. Some of them ran further, getting the races ready, than the children themselves!

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      Arts Week

      July 2013

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      Miss Bowden ran an African Drumming workshop and we had a visit from an Opera Singer.

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      French Cafe

      July 2013

      On 16th July Juniors did not need to have breakfast at home – there was a French Cafe in the hall! The children designed menus and learnt vocabulary beforehand, so that only French was spoken. The Cafe visited Venus class in the afternoon.

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      The Trading Game

      July 2013

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      The successful annual Trading Game is an opportunity for Year 6 pupils to meet other Year 6s from our Network Schools. Children competed with one another to produce commodities.

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      Summer Concert

      July 2013

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      Pound Grow

      July 2013

      From cleaning shoes, making soap and bottling oil, to selling flowers and painting boxes, our children have been busy making their pounds grow with fantastic profits. We can now announce that the grand total so far is £1,310.42! Thank you to all those who helped make and bake our way to this amazing amount of money.

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      Learning Week

      May 2013

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      May 2013 saw the return of our annual ‘Learning Week’ event where children had the opportunity to teach and learn from each other. Thank you to all our parents who have supported their children with their ideas. We have learnt to tap dance, have completed a Skylanders quiz, and even made a decoupage plant pot. We have also seen lots of different pets and learnt how to care for them.

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      ICT Evening

      March 2013

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      Thank you to all who came to our ICT evening. It was a very well attended by pupils and parents with some fantastic comments.

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      Happy’s Circus

      October 2012

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      What a fabulous event Happy’s Circus was! More than 300 tickets were sold and over
      £1000 was raised for the school. A big thank you to Dawn Yates, who put in so much time
      and effort to make the event the success it was (and looked great in her clown outfit!).
      Thanks also to everyone else who helped in any way before the show, in publicising the
      circus, and on the day.

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      Jubilee Assembly

      May 2012

      Miss Moor presided over a Jubilee Assembly as Eleanor Williamson was crowned our Queen. We learnt all about the Queen’s reign and sang the National Anthem. There was a fanfare whilst Eleanor instructed Miss Dunn on how to walk down an aisle, something she will be doing herself on Friday! Miss Ward organised a fabulous Jubilee lunch outside.

    • School Trips

      St Albans Cathedral Trip- Year 3 and 4

      October 2017

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      We had an inspirational day out at St Albans Cathedral. The children were a credit to the school and were very respectful of others visiting the Cathedral – well done.

      The first part of the morning involved exploring different clothing from Romans and Celts. Next the children had the opportunity to use their enquiry skills to explore the Cathedral using role play and drama. Characters included Roman soldiers, the Magistrates, Celts and market sellers of the time. As a sign of respect the children then lit a candle in memory of St Alban.

      In the afternoon the children learnt about Roman mosaics and then made their own.

      Lastly, the cathedral is currently undergoing building work and prior to starting the archaeologists have moved in and are currently exploring the grounds and digging deeper than before. We were fortunate that one of them agreed to talk to our children and even shared the findings so far.

      It was a brilliant day.

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      Tiger that Came to Tea Theatre Trip

      September 2017

      The infants had a wonderful time at Hertford theatre.

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      Music Morning at KTS

      July 2017

      Class 2 had a fantastic time at Knight Templars School entertaining children from other schools with their trombone playing and conversely listening to performances from a variety of instruments.

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      Crucial Crew Visit

      July 2017

      Year 6 visited Hitchin Fire Station, where they met a number of different agency officials who talked about potential dangers in and out of the home. They took part in short engaging activities which informed them about the dangers of power cables, fires in the home, open water, cyber bullying, railways and many more.

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      Year 3 and 4 Maths Morning at Ashwell School

      June 2017

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      Year 3 & 4 went to Ashwell School and ran a workshop for their Year 3 class. There were a total of 60 children altogether. After the initial nerves, the children went into automatic mode and ran their mathematics stalls with expertise. Mrs Bowden was particularly impressed with how they helped the children who struggled, both with kindness and patience. The teacher at Ashwell said she was very impressed with the attitude and manners of our children (Mrs Bowden was proud as ever to be their teacher) – well done everyone for an excellent maths morning.

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      Belchamps

      May 2017

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      Year 5 and 6 have been to Belchamps Scouting Activity Centre near Southend-On-Sea for a four night stay. They have shown great responsibility and resilience over the week, coping well with being away from home and looking after their possessions. They have tried many different activities including climbing, abseiling, fencing, pedal carting, crate stacking, geocaching and den building. This trip is a great opportunity for children to push themselves out of their comfort zone in a safe, structured environment. Well done to all the children and staff involved in this trip.

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      Class 3 Trip to the Globe Theatre

      November 2016

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      Class 3 enjoyed a very interesting trip to the Globe Theatre in London. They were taken on a tour and had the opportunity to visit the William Shakespeare exhibition, which tied in with their recent studies of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

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      House Trip to Mr Mulligan’s Adventure Golf

      July 2016

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      Lots of fun was had by Oak House on their trip to Mr Mulligan’s Adventure Golf. All children behaved exceptionally well and it was lovely to see our juniors helping the younger children and teaching them about the game of golf. A superb end to all the hard work collecting house points this term!

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      Olympic Hockey Stadium

      June 2016

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      This is National Sports Week and, to celebrate, all the Juniors visited the Olympic Hockey Stadium, where they watched Australia v. Argentina play. It was an amazing opportunity for the children to watch some of the world’s best hockey players in action and to walk around the impressive Olympic Park.

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      Railway Children

      May 2016

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      What a delight to be treated to the amazing production of the Railway Children starring our own Ella Buky. She gave a magnificent performance and made us all feel very proud. There were a few tired children and grown- ups in school the next day!

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      Biogen

      March 2016

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      The whole school visited Biogen in Bygrave. The children found this most interesting and came away knowing the value of recycling and also how much food is wasted and ends up at Biogen. The children in Class 1 spoke about their experience.

      Izaiah said, “It was stinky and there was a big balloon full of gas.”

      Molly said, “We learnt about how to make power from old, rotten food.”

      Ruby said, “The JCB picked up the rubbish and put it in to the big, metal bins.”

      Ben G said, “It was smelly!”

      Caesar said, “It was great fun!”

      Each pupil was given a Biogen pencil that was made out of recycled CD cases to remind them of their visit.

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      Thrift Farm

      March 2016

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      Our infants and lower juniors visited Thrift Farm to see the new lambs.

      They were shown a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the different stages of the birthing process and some children actually witnessed a lamb being born. They also had the opportunity to feed the new born lambs and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

      Lewis said, “When I fed the lamb, I thought he was going to pull the top of the bottle off!”

      Dylan said, “I liked feeding the lamb, it was so soft!”

      Freya said, “One lamb was really cute when it tried standing up. But it kept falling over.”

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      Hansel and Gretel at Hertford Theatre

      December 2015

      We all had a wonderful time at the Panto, with Mr Musk live on stage again this year. I think he’ll be part of the cast next year!

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      Aerozone

      December 2015

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      The trip to Stansted Airport was a great success. The children really enjoyed themselves and had an amazing educational experience.

      Alex said, “ inspiring, helpful and fun”.

      George said, “I loved it when the ranger shot a flare”.

      Emma said, “I liked it when the pilot flashed his lights at us”.

      Jack said, “Aeromazing”.

      Robbie said, “Unexpectedly, we saw the biggest two engine plane take off”.

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      Children in Need Ukelele Concert

      November 2015

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      Earth Class was asked to perform with their ukuleles at Millfield School in Buntingford. This was as part of the Children in Need celebrations and the evening raised a staggering £555.69 for the charity. We were honoured to be invited to this event and all the children behaved impeccably and enjoyed the experience.

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      NHSSP Year 5/6 Cross Country

      October 2015

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      An excellent afternoon with lovely weather. All children ran their hearts out, performing brilliantly. Congratulations to them all.

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      Football Tournament

      October 2015

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      The footballers really enjoyed the afternoon and improved as the tournament went on. Their behaviour  was excellent and we are very pleased with all of them.

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      Lee Valley White Water Centre

      September 2015

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      We were privileged to be the only primary school invited to attend the day before the World Championships started. This is due in part to Mrs Reynold’s contacts and our reputation as a school for good behaviour.

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      Rural Schools Athletics Finals

      July 2015

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      Sandon School are District Champions!

      Our athletics team represented the school at the district finals and we won!!  A brilliant performance by the whole team was rewarded by FIRST place in the Very Small Schools section.  Well done everyone!!

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      Wider Opportunities First Access Morning

      July 2015

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      Year 4 pupils took part in the Wider Opportunities First Access Morning at Knights Templar School. They performed their trombone pieces to a wider audience of network schools. They should be very proud as they were well rehearsed and a credit to the school.  Many thanks to Mr Welch for inspiring the children to play and perform.

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      Year 2 Multi Skills Festival

      July 2015

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      Here is a photograph from the Year 2 Multi Skills Festival held at Hitchin Girls School. Our children were fantastic, showing excellent behaviour and a super attitude. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came and supported.

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      Celtic Harmony

      June 2015

      celtic harmonyThe whole school went to Celtic Harmony and had a wonderful time making salt dough arrow heads, learning how to build dens in the woods and also enjoyed an introduction to face painting. Among a very long list of interesting activities, some were taught how to solve riddles and had a lesson in archery. All the children were impeccably well behaved, in spite of the hot weather.

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      Rural Schools Athletics

      June 2015

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      What a brilliant morning we had at this year’s Rural Athletics Competition. Great results across the board from our Year 2’s to our Year 6’s with special mention to Jemima who won her sprint, retaining her winning streak in this event for the past 4 years! Also to our Year 2, Year 3 and Year 6 relay teams who all were victorious.  It was a real team effort on the track and the children were boosted by fantastic support from our parents. We are delighted to report that this excellent performance was rewarded with 2nd place overall in the small schools section, which gains us a place at the Finals day in July. Well done everyone!

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      Belchamps

      June 2015

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      I visited the children and staff on ‘school journey’ at Belchamps. I was able to witness first hand them challenging themselves and having fun (and that was just the staff!).  Here are some of the children’s comments:-

      “Leap of Faith is my favourite so far because I used to be afraid of heights but now I’m not!” Archie Triplow “I just LOVE Belchamps” George Silver Archery was good fun. I did a Mrs Gilbert and shot an arrow in the wall! Robbie Fidock  Gladiators was really fun and was tiring when you have to knock a lot of people off but I absolutely loved it! Imani Ripoll

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      Key Stage one District Gymnastics

      May 2015

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      Six of our Year 1 and 2’s competed in this team event at Knights Templar School. They had all practised really hard in the lead up and pulled off a wonderful performance to their ‘Mission Impossible’ floor piece on the day. It was a pleasure to see such young children performing with such confidence and enthusiasm – well done!

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      Year 3 and 4 District tennis tournament

      May 2015

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      Our team of Archie R, Blue, Ella and Summer did really well at this event. They won 3 of their 5 matches, losing only to the finalists and the other team by only 2 points! This was an excellent performance and it was so pleasing to see them improve as the afternoon progressed. Well done to all of you!

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      District Speed Stacking Competition

      May 2015

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      Our team of Year 3 and 4’s competed brilliantly in this tense and exciting event held at Knights Templar School. Mrs Bowden helped them prepare and their hard work paid off with a very commendable 3rd place – well done!

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      Year 5 Maths Challenge

      May 2015

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      Arthur, Luke R, Emma R and Eloise represented our school at the Year 5 Maths Challenge. There were four rounds where the children worked together to solve some extremely tough problems, including estimating the weight of objects, making sense of word problems and calculating the answer, and identifying and ordering shapes.

      Unfortunately, although a great time was had by all, we didn’t make it through to the final stage. Miss Arnold would like to thank the parents for transport to Hartsfield School and would like to congratulate the team for demonstrating superb cooperation and, of course, fabulous maths skills!

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      Mill End Nursery

      March 2015

      The whole school visited Mill End Nursery and Garden Centre to learn about the business of running a garden centre and caring for plants. We thank Mill End for facilitating this for us and hope that parents will support this garden centre when purchasing their gardening needs this year. Mill End Nursery can be found in Rushden.

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      Bayfordbury Observatory

      February 2015

      Mars Class visited The Observatory at Bayfordbury. Despite the cloudy weather, the children had a very informative, fun experience and behaved impeccably. “I loved the planetarium. We got into space and saw stars, planets and loads of moons I never knew about,” said Imani. “Now I want to be an astrophysicist,” said Emma R.

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      Sportshall Athletics

      January 2015

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      Our Athletics team visited The Priory School to take part in the Small Schools’ Sportshall Athletic competition. We came 7th with the children giving a very good account of themselves.

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      Mulberry House Trip

      January 2015

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      Mulberry house enjoyed their much deserved trip to the Hollywood Bowl, after gaining the most house points last term. The children were impeccably behaved and all enjoyed a fun-packed morning.

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      District Cross Country Championships

      October 2014

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      Well done to all our pupils who competed in the District Cross Country Championships. Everybody ran their hardest and showed real determination to do their best. A special mention to Emma Robeson in year 5 who ran really well coming 7th in her race. The result of the day though goes to Jemima in year 6 who had an exceptional race, running with confidence and bravely taking on the field. Never out of the first three for the whole race, Jemima finished second; with this super performance she is eligible to compete in the County championships later in the season. Thank you to all our parents who helped with transport and for giving our pupils excellent support.

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      Paralympic 2012 Legacy Event

      September 2014

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      All our Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in this wonderful event at KTS, each of them participating in different sports.  All performed brilliantly, showing great sportsmanship and expertise in their events.

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      Wimpole Estate Trip

      July 2014

      “I was proud to be part of Sandon School because the children behaved impeccably on this trip. What a wonderful place – an impressive house and beautiful well-kept grounds. The farm was so hygienic and well organised. A big thank you to the staff for making our day so special.” Ms Pymar.

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      Wider Opportunities Day

      July 2014

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      Year 4 went to Knights Templar School to show their amazing trombone playing to other Baldock Primary Schools. They really enjoyed their morning and it was noted how brilliant their behaviour was. I hope that this great experience of performing to other schools, and watching performers from the Sixth Form at Knights Templar School will encourage some of the class to take up individual lessons with Mr Welch to carry on improving their musicality.

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      School Journey

      June 2014

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      The experiences gained by pupils who take part in educational visits and residential school journeys away are hugely beneficial, giving students an exciting learning experience with hands-on activities where they learn to be independent, make their own choices and understand the benefits of working as a team.

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      House Trip

      May 2014

      Oak House had their winning trip to Shepreth; as well as seeing all the animals the children had a chance to play on the equipment and handle some of the creatures, including a giant stick insect and a python. Tom and Jack said it was great fun. Tom really enjoyed the nocturnal room where he saw a bat fly right over his head. Jack liked seeing the wolf.

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      Thrift Farm

      April 2014

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      We visited Thrift Farm to see the baby lambs and help with their feeding. The whole school enjoyed the visit, with the older Juniors actually seeing a lamb being born!

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       Stevenage FC Match Day

      February 2014

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      “At the beginning we played a match and some games, it was really fun” Willow.

      “Everything was fun and exciting even though Stevenage lost.” Jamie H.

      “The children had a very enjoyable experience. They had their own coaching session, participated in an American style penalty shootout on the pitch, formed the Guard of Honour with SFC flags and then watched the match.” Miss Moor

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      KTS Music Festival

      February 2014

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      After a long half a term rehearsing, Years 5 and 6 finally performed at the Music Festival at KTS. This year all six primary schools that attended sang the same songs. Considering we were the smallest school at the festival, all the children sang with gusto and performed incredibly well. It was a lovely sight to see all the children enjoying themselves and representing our school musically. Thank you to all parents who transported children to and from the event and also to family and friends who came to support and watch.

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      Ash House Bowling Trip

      January 2014

      Yesterday Ash House, the winning house from last term, went bowling and had a fantastic time. Huge thanks to Mrs Shaw, Mrs Reilly, Mrs Roper and Miss Long for helping with lifts.

      Which house will be the winning house this term? And what will they choose their treat to be?

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      Panto

      December 2013

      The whole school enjoyed Beauty and the Beast in the fantastic small theatre in Hertford. There were just 17 cast members, who worked very hard and entertained us brilliantly.

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      Duxford

      October 2013

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      The Juniors spent the day at Duxford learning about life in the 1940s. They made identity cards and ration books. They found out what to do when the air raid siren went off and practiced putting on gas masks. The rest of the day was filled with activities around the museum.

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      Hyde Hall Farm

      September 2013

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      The whole school was treated to a visit to Hyde Hall Farm as part of this term’s topic “From Field to Fork”.

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      Belchamps

      June 2013

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      Mars Class children spent a wonderful week at Belchamps challenging themselves to try something new, becoming more independent and making choices.

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      Sandon Bury Barn

      June 2013

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      Venus and Earth Class visited Sandon Bury Barn, the house and Old Sextons. The barn is the oldest of its kind in England, and possibly Europe. The children enjoyed looking at the views over the surrounding countryside and enjoyed learning how the Tudors lived. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Faure-Walker for giving us such an interesting insight into the history of our wonderful village.

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      River Thames Trip

      June 2013

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      The children enjoyed a whole school trip to London this month. We took a trip on the River Thames and visited the Foreign Office.
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      Bath House Visit

      March 2013

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      As part of our whole school topic all children from year 1 to year 6, visited the Bath House at Welwyn and the Mill Green Mill Museum.

      “We now know the difference between a Caldarium and a Frigidarium.”

      “We found out about breadmaking and had a guided tour around the museum.”

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      Olympic Day Trip

      May 2012

      First we went up the tower and looked out of the window and saw the whole Olympic Park. We walked up to the stadium road and had a look at all of the stadiums and then we walked through the shopping centre and on to the Isle of Dogs. We had lunch alongside the Thames.

      Then we went down some stairs and went under the Thames and ended up at Greenwich and saw the Cutty Sark and took some photos. We walked around the National Maritime Museum and had a look at all the things to do with Greenwich and the Cutty Sark. We went back under the Thames, back into the coach and then we drove all the way from London to
      Sandon.

      I would love to go back to the Olympic Park and Greenwich.
      By Luke Howard

    • School Visitors

      Rotary Club

      July 2017

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      Representatives from the Rotary Club attended celebration assembly and presented all the children in the picture with certificates to mark their success in this year’s Young Writers competition. A flair for creative writing is a special gift and this competition promotes and encourages the work of young people.

      Their written prose wowed the judges, writing around the theme of ‘Reflections”. Congratulations to all children who took part. Emily Levy won the District Round and we are so proud of her achievement.

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      Drumming Workshop

      July 2017

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      As with previous years, the Drumming Workshop was a complete success. Every child was able to have a go and at the end of the day, Class 3 treated the rest of the school to a short concert. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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      Frank Adams

      June 2016

      This is National Sports Week and to celebrate we were fortunate to have a visit from Frank Adams who was a torch bearer at the London 2012 Olympics.

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      Young Enterprise

      June 2016

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      Representatives from the Young Enterprise scheme spent time with Class 1 discussing family structures and jobs and in Class 2 they have been learning all about ‘Our City’. The Young Enterprise scheme has been heavily subsidised by our local councillors and the cost to us as a school is considerably less than it should be.   The hope is that pupils will start to recognise the important part education can play in determining life choices during school and beyond.

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      Mr Buky

      June 2016

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      We were very fortunate to host a morning carpentry workshop. Mr Buky (Ella’s dad) kindly offered to visit Earth Class and share his skills in how to make bird boxes. The children learnt how to construct the boxes and put together the sides, front, back and base using hammers – they even had the opportunity to use an electric drill! The children worked well in their groups and demonstrated not only progress in their carpentry skills but their ability to work well in teams and share responsibilities. We had a fantastic morning – a huge thank you to Mr Buky from all of us in Earth Class.

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      Nitro Nick

      March 2016

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      We kicked off Science Week with a visit from Nitro Nick who enthused the children with his experiments.

      Harry H said, “Nitro Nick was cool and very funny!”

      Dexter R said, “He used a leaf blower to unroll a toilet roll by shooting it across the room. He also created a projectile launcher using a spring and some marbles.”

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      Wind in the Willows

      February 2016

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      We had a real treat as ‘Image Theatre Productions’ transformed our hall into the set for ‘Wind in the Willows’. This included a boat, traveller’s caravan and Toads motor car. Beep, Beep! To the delight of the whole school, several pupils were chosen to help the actors in their delivery and everybody joined in the songs. We were captivated by a truly professional and close to the narrative performance.

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      Fire Service

      January 2016

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      We had a visit from the Fire Service to discuss fire safety in the home and at school. The children were able to discuss how firefighters tackle fires and also had fun trying on the firefighting gear.

      “It was really fun doing the STOP, DROP, ROLL with Mark,” said Adam.

      “It was very funny because the suit was really heavy,” said Eloise.

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      Knights Templar Choir

      June 2015

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      Yesterday we had a visit from the Knights Templar Choir and it was wonderful to welcome back 2 ex-pupils. As ever KTS were outstanding, with one pupil playing a song that he wrote himself.

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      Cambridge Science Centre

      February 2015

      sound workshop

      Earth Class were fortunate to have a visit from the Cambridge Science Centre who provided a sound workshop.  Children were able to explore the nature and transmission of sound and how they hear. The session enabled the children to explore sound as a compression wave, waves displayed through an oscilloscope, how we hear what we are hearing and the effects of ageing on our hearing.

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      The Jungle Book

      February 2015

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      Our hall was transformed into the jungle for our visiting theatre group’s performance of ‘The Jungle Book’. Some of the children were chosen to help the cast and the whole school learnt songs to accompany the production. Ella said, “I really liked it, especially when we got to join in.”

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      Martin Impey

      October 2014

      Local illustrator Martin Impey visited Sandon JMI School to share his newly released book ‘The Christmas Truce’. In the run up to Remembrance Day the children have been learning about World War 1 and this beautiful book highlighted the fact that both sides gave up fighting for the day on Christmas Day. This follows the book ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ which has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway award this year.

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      Museum Service

      October 2014

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      We had a visit from Cassie from the Museum Service to talk to us about World War 1 and for the children to handle some artefacts.

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      James Mayhew

      July 2014

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      We have had James Mayhew working in school; we were treated to his drawing and painting whilst storytelling. He has written and illustrated many books including the much-loved Ella Bella Ballerina and Katie series.

      James is part of ‘Books about Town’ in London, which features 50 unique BookBench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names. His fabulous bench is currently located outside the Tower of London. Go to www.booksabouttown.org.uk for more information.

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      African Drumming

      July 2014

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      During Arts Week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Primary Workshops, who played for us. All the children then had the opportunity to play the drums and learn some rhythms.

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      Mrs Taylor

      May 2014

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      We have had a lovely surprise visit from Mrs Taylor and her baby, Olivia.

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      Woodland Academy

      March 2014

      Woodland Academy visited our school to deliver a ‘Stomp’ workshop to Earth Class. All the children really enjoyed taking part and are looking forward to using this in their assembly next week.

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      Stevenage Borough FC

      March 2013

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      The juniors had a visit from two Stevenage FC players, Darius and Jordon, who talked about setting goals for themselves in life. We have thoroughly enjoyed our partnership with Stevenage FC. Freddie thinks ’the visits are awesome because we get to meet real live footballers’.

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      Image Musical Theatre

      February 2014

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      Image Musical Theatre visited Sandon and performed the ‘Sword in the Stone’ using some of our pupils to play the parts. Our school hall was transformed with amazing scenery. It was an excellent performance enjoyed by all the children who retold the story as part of their Literacy.

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      Stevenage Boro

      February 2014

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      We were treated to a visit from two Stevenage FC players, Peter Hartley and Sam Wedgebury, who talked to our juniors about leadership.

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      Drums Teacher

      January 2014

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      Noah Taylor brought in his drum kit this morning and showed us how to play a simple rhythm. We can now offer drum lessons again in school on a Monday and we have a drum kit so you don’t have to purchase one.

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      North Herts Museum Services

      November 2013

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      We had an educational visit from Cassie from North Herts Museum Services, who showed us a wartime milking machine and explained how food can be preserved. All the children had a go on the milking machine and used a quern to turn wheat into flour.

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      British Red Cross

      November 2013

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      We were visited by Cathy Curtis from the British Red Cross, who received from us a cheque for £838.00 raised by our school and 10 local farmers. This was the idea of Sophie Talbot, who organised this initiative and raised this amazing amount of money to help the people in Syria.

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      Fire Service

      November 2013

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      Year 4 had a visit from the Fire Service, who taught them how to evacuate safely in the event of a fire, how to call the Fire Brigade and about where smoke alarms should be located.

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      Stevenage Borough FC

      November 2013

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      Mars Class were treated to a motivational talk by Luke Jones, a player for Stevenage Borough FC. Stevenage Borough also run our Breakfast Club.

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      Police Community Support Officer

      July 2013

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      Our thanks to Chris Braebrook, who taught Mars Class Cycling Proficiency.

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      Knights Templar Quartet

      July 2013

      During Arts Week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Mr Herring, Director of Music at Knights Templar School, and Ben Goldscheider (Horn), James Dougal (Piano), Alex Smith (Violin) and James Luk (Saxophone) who entertained us all with their wonderful music.

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      Camps Hill Junior School

      June 2013

      We had a visitfrom staff and pupils at Camps Hill Junior School, Stevenage. They came to learn about keeping chickens and enjoyed their time playing in our school field.

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      Mill Green Mill Donation

      January 2013

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      Mill Green Mill has kindly donated this tractor to our school. We were very fortunate to have the designer, Mr Carr visit our school and talk to the children about how it was made.

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      Hitchin Museum

      July 2012

      We had a visit from Hitchin Museum Services who gave a talk on skeletons. The children learnt about adaptations, exoskeletons, invertebrates and modifications of bones due to diseases.

      By looking at a photo of a skeleton the children did their own CSI investigation and
      worked out how somebody had been murdered!

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      PCSO Chris Brabrook

      June 2012

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      Thanks to PCSO Chris Brabrook for training our Year 5 for their Level 1 Bikeability Award. The children had training exercises in the playground and learnt about the Highway Code.

    • Sporting Provision

      As part of the Olympic Legacy, the government has given each school a sum of money to be spent on sport for all in school. In order for each child to access sport, we ensure our Juniors have 2 hours of physical activity each week. We now have a sporting activity each night after school. We have recently introduced Fencing as one of these clubs and it is oversubscribed. Stevenage Borough FC are providing our Breakfast Club each day with a sporting emphasis and all our PE in school is taught by an experienced, outstanding teacher.