Sandon JMI School

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PSHE - Just Talk Week 21-27/11/2022

The theme for Just Talk Week 2022 is ‘Look Beneath the Surface’.
Keeping emotions like sadness, fear or frustration locked up inside can sometimes cause them to come out in other ways, like outbursts of anger, snapping at others, or isolating yourself from people you care about.

With Just Talk Week’s theme, we’re encouraging all young people to be patient with others, as we can’t always know the challenges that someone may be facing.

We’ll also be providing information on different ways to help when someone tells you that they’re struggling - it’s often as simple as just talking and listening.

 Our school is getting involved in the campaign. Parents/carers can also get involved by following Just Talk on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as signing up to the FREE online workshop delivered by Watford FC CSE Trust on ‘Managing Conflict for Children/Young People’.


PSHE - Anti-Bullying Week 14-18/11/2022

Anti-Bullying Week 2022 is coordinated in England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. It will take place from 14 to 18 November 2022 and has the theme Reach Out. 

Anti bullying week will remind everyone, whether it is in school, at home, in the community or online, to reach out and show each other the support we need.

Please copy and paste the following link for more information of how you can support your child.

Science news - The moon comes to Sandon!!!

The moon actually did come to Sandon recently (well part of it!!!)  Each class had the opportunity to explore rock samples which were brought back from different areas of the moon on various Apollo missions.  Class 2 and 3 made their own edible rocks using different ingredients and talked about different types of rock and how they are formed!  Reception and Class 1 thought about what they would take to the moon if they were an astronaut. Some children have now decided that they would be interested in becoming astronauts when they grow up!



Maths: November Community Maths Challenge

Have you heard of Barvember? Barvember is a month dedicated to bar models. We use bar models in maths. They are very helpful and simple diagrams which help the children to solve maths problems. The children are taught how to read bar models and also how to draw their own. They're very handy for solving addition problems, or finding missing numbers, or calculating multiplication and division problems.

So children, parents and carers, would you like to try some bar models?Throughout November I will be posting problems to solve (the first one will be put on this afternoon).Question 1 is aimed at our younger children and with Question 4 only appropriate for higher year groups.This is optional additional home learning and a great way for children to teach parents how they solve Maths problems in school.

I would love to hear how you get on.Completed answers can be shared via email to: (You can send a photo or a video of your family working together to solve the challenges).

What is a bar model and top tips. Please see the link below. You might have to copy and paste the link.

Maths: How can Number Confidence Week help you?

Do you feel nervous about numbers? This site can help! This page is your one-stop-shop for free videos, tips and resources to kick-start your confidence with numbers.
Whether you're anxious about making ends meet, applying for a job or would like to feel more comfortable helping children with maths, you CAN feel better about everyday maths.

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Sandon JMI -  ECO Award 2022

Pupils at Sandon JMI School have earned an international accreditation this academic year, recognising their amazing work in making their school more environmentally friendly and raising eco-awareness in fellow pupils.

Eco-Schools is an international education programme that prompts young people to explore sustainability and climate change and take action.

Pupils collaborated with Mrs Hart to conduct an environmental review, assessing how eco-friendly their school is. They reviewed everything from the school’s recycling practices, to energy usage, to how environmental themes are covered in classrooms. Building on their findings, the pupils and Mrs Hart planned a year of activities that would up their green-credentials. The group connected their work to 3 Eco-Schools topics: litter, recycling and energy.

Activities included litter picking, composting food waste and reducing energy use in school.

Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said: “Earning an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award takes passion, commitment and a desire to make a difference. Pupils should be proud of their great work. They’re an inspiration and it makes us feel heartened and positive about the future of our planet.”

Field Trip around Sandon - (A geographical and historical study) 

Mr Sizeland (Estate Manager of Sandon Bury) offered to show us around the estate and tell us all about the rewilding project. We were very excited as this builds upon Year 3 & 4's  geography unit (local physical/ human geography) and our work on compass points/map skills. Armed with an Ipad, compass and map, the children set off across the fields to the rear of Sandon School.

Mr Sizeland explained that the land used to be farmed but is now being returned to its former state so that trees, plants and wildlife can return to the area. We learnt about why the grass and last year's wheat had been left to encourage wildlife and the importance of returning native trees to the area. Our children enjoyed looking out for crickets and grew very excited when they saw a Barn owl’s nest.

As well as planting trees, the estate have created ponds and we were taken to one of them.  The pond was dry and the children were delighted when they found a fossil of an urchin. It was wonderful to have the opportunity for hands on learning and the children clearly enjoyed finding out more about their local area.  

We look forward to another visit in 2023 so we can witness how the landscape has changed. Thank you so much to Sandon Bury Estate for making this possible

Maths Competition October 2022

Congratulations to all children who took part in our TT Rockstar Maths Challenge for September - October.  The competition was to find the most improved and the winners each received a T shirt.  There were so many children who worked hard on their times tables during the month and many received a certificate in recognition of their achievement. Well done everyone!


Music: Sandon JMI Fete - September 2022






Music - Our children were invited to sing at the the local Sandon village fete. It was a little breezy but the children embraced it and sang their hearts out.  It was wonderful to be part of this community event.


Music: Classical Composer Competition 2022 

In July, we invited our children to enter a Classical Composer Competition.  The competition originated from an idea proposed by one of our pupils during a weekly music assembly.  We often listen to music, link a composer and add them to our school timeline display.  During one of the assemblies, one of our children put up their hand and asked if they could be part of the hall composer timeline, if they created a piece themselves.  The idea was developed into a whole school competition.  There were many entries from all year groups and we were delighted to share the music of the successful entrants in a whole school and community assembly.


STEM: July 2022

Each year, (under the direction of our Science Lead, Mrs Hart), our children take part in a special STEM competition called “If You Were An Engineer What Would You Do?

Having already taken part previously, the children had lots of ideas this year and couldn’t wait to get started. They had the opportunity to interview an engineer and then thought about designing an invention that might solve a particular problem.  .

The competition is run by Primary Engineer and takes place nationwide with each school being allocated to a region.  Sandon JMI is part of the Eastern region and we were thrilled to discover that Dotty (Year 6) was the overall winner for our region with her Robotic Cement Filling machine (an ingenious design for filling in potholes without the need for closing roads!)

All of the children who were awarded a distinction or shortlisted for a distinction, had their work on display. Dotty (Year 6) and Tilly (Year 3) attended the awards ceremony at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.