Events

Anti-Bullying Week

During anti-bullying week we ran a poster competition and are delighted to share the designs with you of our winners and runners up.







 

 

 

Also during anti-bullying week classes paired up and worked collaboratively to produce a piece of artwork to represent this year’s theme - all different, all equal.

The children really enjoyed the opportunity to work with different people and have produced some brilliant work!

Stegosaurus and Bancroft

Cousteau and Tesla

 

"We should all be able to choose what we want to do and not be told what we can’t do." (Paige W)

"Boys and girls can make their own choices wearing makeup and do whatever job they want to do like working on a plane or becoming a sports player." (Max C and Isla G)

Darwin and Herschel

 

Atkins and Earhart

"We should work together because it makes us better people." (Tyler K)

"It is good to work together because it makes us persevere and we don't give up." (Jake W)

"I like anti-bullying week because you get to meet new people and go to each other's classrooms. Also, I like it because you never know who you will meet." (Amy G)

"We should teach children how to not fight each other. They should be kind and friendly to other people." (Zack C)

"Team work is a lot better than singular person. When you work together anything is possible." (Louis F)

Hawking and Megalosaurus

"It was really hard to make sure the younger children were doing the right thing but it was fun. I liked helping Hudson draw on his piece of fabric and reading to him. I have learnt that no matter how different you are, we should all be friends." (Brooke S)

"I found it quite difficult to design a slogan and think of how to make it stand out. The thing I enjoyed the most was putting the design on the fabric." (Molly P)

"It was really fun working with Megalosaurus and they did some really good designs on the fabric like the sun, flowers, themselves and hearts. It was great to see them concentrating and trying really hard with their handwriting. My favourite thing about Anti-bullying week was seeing all the creations which have been created by everyone." (Millie B)

"I think it was awesome because we got to work with Megalosaurus and draw our own designs of posters with a slogan on. We also got to draw pictures with our partners. I learned that together we can make something spectacular." (Shane L)

"I really liked working with our Buddy Class because my partner and I were sharing ideas. I was checking if it was ok when we were working out what to draw on the poster. I also taught him how to write a bit of his name and I enjoyed drawing his ideas like a sad cloud that is crossed out, a happy sun and a daisy." (James M)

"I liked working with my partner because she was very creative and funny. When we were reading together, Zoe was making very good progress. When I was getting some things to use I heard some really good ideas." (Caecey L)

"I enjoyed working with my buddy. I especially liked it when we were creating our slogan because he had so many ideas for them. When we made his flag, it was great watching him colour the pictures he drew and also writing his own name." (Summer C)

"I enjoyed our Anti-bullying project because we got to work with the children in Reception. I was decorating a piece of fabric with Daisy and my favourite things. We worked really well together because we liked the same things." (Olivia P)

"It was a really fun week working with Megalosaurus. During the Anti-bullying week we created designs on pieces of fabric, wrote down a slogan and did a drawing to go with it. Me and my partner, Lilly, thought about this carefully so we could complete this task. One of our slogans was “The last piece to a puzzle makes you, you!” (Erin HC)

"When we joined with Megalosaurus class, it was an amazing week. Ester, Romeo and I had a piece of fabric and we created a slogan. When we coloured in our design, it was really fun." (Rose D)

Sharman and Goodall

Fossey and Shackleton

"I enjoyed working collaboratively because it made me think through what I wanted to do." Poppie B (yr 6)

"Two people working together is better than working on your own." Kian B (yr 3)

"I’ve enjoyed working with Year 3 because it has been good to work with other people." Rhianna B (yr 6)

"I like learning different things. It has been good to learn how to stop bullying." Harry S (yr 3)

"I’ve enjoyed working with different people because it is easier to come up with new ideas." Ava C (yr 6)

"I liked that I could share ideas and opinions." Sam F (yr 3)

"I thought it was good that we learnt what bullying is and how to stop it." Lily P (yr 3)

"If people are being bullied, anti-bullying week helps us talk about it and comforts people – they know that they aren’t alone." Jessica C (yr 6)

"Anti-bullying week helps us raise awareness about bullying." Freya M (yr 3)

"It’s good to hear other people’s point of view about bullying." Louie C (yr 6)

Year 2 Theme Day

Our theme in Year 2 this term is ‘Busy Bods’ and we held a ‘Florence Nightingale Day’ to motivate and engage the children in their learning. During the day, we had a visit from Dr Syed who talked to us about his role as a doctor. We also made a lamp ready for our role play when we re-enacted the work that Florence did. In the afternoon, we sewed, made and tasted lemonade and created paper nurse models. We even made rats to show the conditions Florence was faced with in Scutari!

“I  really liked making the lamps because I enjoyed cutting it up and gluing it together before pretending I was Florence helping the soldiers." (Albie L)

“I liked having Dr Syed come in because he told us things that a doctor has to do. I found it interesting, in particular where some of the body parts were." (Lewis J)

“When we made the lemonade I thought it was a bit fizzy but really lemony. I really liked it and wished I could have drunk more of it. I think it would have helped make the soldiers feel better.” (Elsie J)


Year 3 Stone Age Theme Day

On Wednesday 20th September, Year 3 travelled back in time to The Stone Age to find out about life during this time. In the morning they found out about life in the Paleolithic and The Mesolithic era. They looked at the evidence left behind by people from The Stone Age and learnt about Stonehenge.  They also learnt about the development of stone tools and about seasonal movement.

In the afternoon, they learnt about life in The Bronze Age and The Iron Age and how people had developed and the achievements they had made. They learnt about farming and settlements (the biggest change in human history), trade and there was even an opportunity to experience an Iron Age fight between two Celtic tribes! Everyone really enjoyed the day and found out a lot about The Stone Age in preparation for this term’s History work. 

"This was the best day ever." (Harry H)

"I learnt about life in The Stone Age – people started as hunter gatherers." (Sam F)

"I learnt that to catch a woolly mammoth, you had to work together as a group." (Eve B)

"It was great fun learning about The Stone Age." (Scarlett P)

"Cave art was used as a way of communicating and to make sure they had a good hunt." (Elsie F)

Year 3 Antarctic Day

This year, class names are linked to explorers and inventors. Year 3 decided to take our names from Antarctic explorers and had the opportunity to spend the day with Mr Hindley who works for the British Antarctic Survey as the ship’s Health and Safety Officer. 

Mr Hindley told us all about life in The Antarctic and after break, we prepared to set sail on an Antarctic expedition. Our first task was to pack the ship considering what we would need to get out first once we reached Antarctica. Once we were packed, we were ready to go. We spent the rest of the day role-playing different scenarios. Some of us were scientists and some of us were the ship’s crew. Scientists studied penguins and the different types of sea life found off the coast. Another group of scientists looked at ice cores and analysed how the climate had changed over the last century. We had an excellent day and learnt a lot about life in The Antarctic and about our namesakes, Earnest Shackleton and Ann Bancroft.

"Global warming means that icebergs will melt and sea levels will rise. If this happens cities might flood." (Harry B)

"We found out that over the last 100 years, the weather has got warmer." (Finlay R) 

"I found out that there are three types of penguin in Antarctica." (Luke Mc)

Volcano Day

To support the children’s learning around volcanoes, in October Year 3 held a Volcano morning.  Parents and Grandparents kindly attended to help with the creation of functioning models of volcanoes.  Starting only with a plastic bottle and scrap paper the children and adults used papier mâché to create model volcanoes including several technical geographical features that had been learnt about in class.  Working in groups there was a supportive atmosphere and any challenges were met with resourcefulness and perseverance.  All volcanoes made during the session were then left to dry and subsequently decorated to show surroundings and lava flows.  The final stage of the process was to erupt our volcanoes using the reaction between vinegar and bicarbonate of soda (with some food colouring to aid the transformation into lava!)  The morning, and subsequent activities were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and we thank parents and grandparents again for their continued support towards their children’s learning.

"It was challenging to stick the papier mâché, but my Nan and the rest of my group really helped me."  (Isla N)

"It was difficult to make holes in the sides of the plastic bottles.  The holes and straws represented volcano side vents."  (Caine B)

"We did a layer of newspaper, then a layer of white papier mâché to represent the layers of ash and lava."  (Izzy S)

"It was great fun to work with my Nan and make a volcano to erupt!"  (Annaliese H)

Parent Voice:

"Enjoyed experiencing my youth again, despite having sticky fingers!"

"Thoroughly enjoyable morning joining in with the kids. Lovely we get to do these things with them."

"Fantastic morning, great fun! The kids worked really hard and made a really impressive volcano. Well organised and ran very smoothly. Thanks very much."

"Great activity. Lots of involvement for kids and parents alike!"

Remembrance Events

YEAR 5 VISIT TO THE CENOTAPH

Year 5 visited the Cenotaph on Southend Sea Front to view the Poppy installation composed of poppies made by Edwards Hall pupils. We were lucky enough to meet Gordon, the ex-marine standard bearer, who was able to tell us all about the act of remembrance. Together with Gordon we were able to hold our own act of remembrance by the memorial, including the last post and the lowering and raising of the standard.

Click here to view the BBC news report on the poppy installation.

ARMISTICE ASSEMBLY

Our thanks go to the cadets of Westcliff High School for Boys and Captain Bleakley for a moving remembrance assembly, complete with the last post and the lowering and raising of the standard. This was followed by some really exciting team-building activities organised by the cadets, which really challenged our critical thinking and concentration skills!


Year 5 'May The Force Be With You'

On Thursday 12th October, Year 5 travelled back in time. Dressed for the day as school children from the 1940s, the pupils took part in a range of activities. In the morning they had the opportunity to visit the Anderson Shelter with Mrs Cox to find out what it was like to experience life during an air raid. They also investigated rationing by estimating and recording the amount of food people were allowed each week and discovered more about the areas of the UK that children were evacuated to during the war.

In the afternoon, the children were joined by many of their family members who helped them with making Wartime Honey biscuits and with sewing their propaganda posters. We also had the chance to look at a wide range of artefacts from the time that were on display. Everyone really enjoyed the day and there were some lovely comments from the parents who attended.

"Well done Year 5!"

"It was great fun, very informative and well organised. Love these afternoons!"

"It was good to see the parents and kids working together."

"Loved it. Thanks."

"So much packed into 1.5 hours. The biscuit making was fun and the boys all got stuck in."

"I really enjoyed the afternoon. I love that as parents we have the opportunity to be involved with our children’s learning at school."

"Loved the afternoon, thank you. Everything was perfect, I love being involved with what my son is learning about at school. I really enjoyed this well planned out and organised fun afternoon."

"A fantastic afternoon – thank you!"

Southend Festival of Remembrance

We were delighted to welcome Blade Education into school on the 11th October to work on the Southend Festival of Remembrance. All of the children in the school were taught how to make a clay poppy by local artist Mary, and the children were able to chat to a wide range of people from the project, including a representative from the British Legion. 

The poppies will form part of a large installation on the seafront which will be set up in the week before Remembrance Sunday. Do go along and visit!

Photos from the work in School can be seen here

KS1 Phonics Workshops

Key Stage 1 parents were invited to join us for our Phonics workshops this term.  These sessions demonstrated the phonics specific to Key Stage 1. We explained government expectations, how we teach phonics in the school, what the statutory phonics test looks like and what parents can do to support children at home. For Year 2 parents we also provided information about how phonics links to spelling and grammar.

Parents fed back the following from the workshops:

‘It’s always nice to have the kids join in.’

‘It is helpful to know how the children learn at school and to have access to the websites they use.’

‘Very informative and good advice on what resources are available.’

‘Very informative and helpful. Will help me to help my child’s learning.’

Please click on the following links to access the slides from both of these workshops.

Year 1 Phonics Workshop

Year 2 Phonics Workshop

KS1 Mini Games

On Thursday 13th July, 16 of our Year 1 children attended the Mini Games event held at Eastwood Academy. It was run by pupils from the Academy who arranged lots of fun activities for the children. They took part in the long jump, a penalty shootout, javelin and an assault course. The focus of the day was to develop core values such as teamwork, honesty, passion, self-belief and respect. The children all represented the school in a fantastic manner; demonstrating excellent behaviour and can do attitudes. Most importantly, they all had lots of fun and had big smiles on their faces throughout! 

 

KS1 Borough Sports

On Friday 7th July, 20 of our Year 2 children represented the school at the KS1 Borough Sports competition at Garon Park.  Our children were placed 2nd or 3rd in most heats with the boys winning their Relay, which meant that they secured places in the finals for each event.

In the finals for the 10x70m Sprint Relay both the boys and girls teams came 2nd, showing some amazing skills and team work.

We were delighted to receive the cup for 3rd place at the event. Well done Edwards Hall Year 2s - we are all so proud of you!

Southend United Fundraising Penalty Shoot Out

The whole school were invited to take part in a Fundraising Penalty Shoot Out organised by the Southend United Educational Trust. 

The children really enjoyed the day and raised a fantastic sum of £4500 to be split between the trust and our school. On 4th July representatives from Southend United re-visited the children to present them with their certificates and prizes. Well done everyone!

 

Year 2 Trip to Southend & Seafront

On the 20th June, Year 2 spent a fabulous day at Southend Seafront. They started their day by making their very own pizza lunch, courtesy of Frankie and Bennys and Pizza Express. In the afternoon they visited the Lifeboat station at the pier where the children viewed various crafts, the uniform the crew wear and took part in an engaging question and answer session.

Before returning to school, Year 2 took over a small part of the seafront to complete a traffic survey, a sketch of the pier and of course had some time on the beach with their peers! Throughout the trip, the children conducted themselves with respect for others and represented the school superbly. Well done Year 2 for an enjoyable excursion!

 "The lifeboat talk was really interesting. James and I made notes to help us remember what Nigel told us. We saw a hovercraft and a D boat which was cool." (Rhian)

"The pizza making and tasting was the best. I chose pepperoni for my pizza and I loved it." (Elliott)

"The traffic survey was hard because we had to keep looking up and down so that we could mark on what we had seen." (Cameron)

Year 5 Saxon Workshop

On the 13th June the school hall became the marketplace of a Saxon village. The children learnt more about their topic for this term through a combination of role-play, practical activities and hands on experience with facsimile artefacts.  Children dressed for the theme and we were joined by parent helpers who supported the children througout the day.

Dream Big Week

This week all classes have been working hard as the designers of the future to solve the problems of today. Using all of their science and design knowledge, they have created solutions to rubbish, sea pollution, flooding, the decline of the humble bee, and created the homes and schools of the future. The work culminated in an 'Expo' on Thursday afternoon and we are all so impressed with the critical thinking and teamwork that has gone into their final products.

 NSPCC Assembly

On Monday 27th March the NSPCC visited the school and talked to the children about the different ways we can be hurt and what we can do to make it stop.

 

"I learned how to stay safe by telling an adult." (Thomas H - BFGs)

"I liked it because I got to learn about feelings." (Abigail S - BFGs)

"I liked that they were telling us how to get the worries out of our life and stop the worries affecting our lives." (Emily T - Pumblechooks)

"If you’re worried about something you can tell Childline and they’re always there for you." (Aamer G - Pumblechooks)

Foundation Stage Lego Workshop

On Wednesday 22nd February the children in Reception had a visit from ‘Team Building Workshops’ linked to their theme ‘The Jolly Postman’. Parents and children spent the afternoon working together to build a Lego town! The children were taught some key elements for building a structure and then each child created a house, garden and then their own choice of buildings, which would form part of the town. The levels of perseverance, team work and creativity were amazing and great fun was had by all!

“It was great to see the children have time to create something they could be proud of and then collectively create the amazing city! It was lovely to have quality time with my child.” (FS Parent)

“I enjoyed watching the children working as a team and using their imagination.” (FS Parent)

“It was great to see all the children working together. It looked great once the whole town was built.” (FS Parent)

“I enjoyed building the castle because my daddy helped me. “ (Archie)

“I liked it when it was done and it made a whole city.” (Eliza)

“We could make something massive or small or wide. I liked making my castle.” (Noah)

Year 2 Cartoon Workshop

This term Year 2 enjoyed their Cartoon Workshop led by Alan Case, a famous cartoonist. Alan has recently worked on the animated film Fantastic Mr Fox and also created the characters Danger Mouse and Count Duckula! As well as creating some great superhero characters with the children, Alan gave the children an insight into the life of a cartoonist. He explained how he constantly reflects on his work, making small improvements and changes as required, which the children took on board when creating their artwork.

The children had the following to say about their morning:

"My character of Bugs Bunny turned out awesomely because I listened to the instructions." (Jess)

"I looked at the detail. I drew carefully so I didn’t make a mistake. I found it challenging." (Thomas)

"I am happy with my picture. It was hard to do but I persevered." (Sam F)

"I compared my drawings and could see how my drawings had got better as the morning went on." (Lexi)


World Book Week - 2016/17

Year 3 - The Witching Hour Big Read

Earlier this term, Year 3 based their English work on Roald Dahl's classic children's novel: The BFG.  They explored the characters, vocabulary, writing style and even the recent movie adaptation.  At the beginning of the story, whilst trying to sleep in her orphanage, Sophie reads her favourite book under her bed covers by torchlight.  She must be careful not to be seen by her carers and, of course, goes on that night to meet the BFG.  Inspired by this scene, Year 3 celebrated World Book Week by sharing their own favourite books and stories with their parents or carers under a blanket by torchlight.  The lights were dimmed and the curtains drawn in the hall to mimic 'The Witching Hour'.  Children snuggled under their blankets to share their stories.

When in need of a break from their books, children were challenged to identify some famous book titles cunningly represented by mystery clues.  Boxes were filled with a range of items including sweets and a bucket (for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) jewels, grey hair and cabbages (Gangsta Granny), all to baffle and challenge the children.  It was a delight to see so many children and adults enjoying literature together and, by the end of the day, thankfully no one had been stolen away to Giant Country!

Sincere thanks goes to all those parents, grandparents and carers who gave their time to the event.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did.

 “It was warm and cosy reading a book under a blanket.” (Darcey)

 “I think it was a good idea to share a book with our parents in school, instead of just at bedtime.  It was fun and comfortable wearing our pyjamas and it made me feel like Sophie from The BFG.” (Abby)

“Once we were under our blankets, we read books with a torch because it was dark in the hall.” (Freya)

“I thought it was really fun because we got to spend time with our parents during school.” (Lois)

“Reading quietly under a blanket meant there was no distractions.” (Amy)

“It was fun to read under a blanket with my Mum.” (Riley)

“The Mystery Box challenge was fun because you had to think about lots of books.  I had read three of them.” (Oliver C)

“I liked doing the mystery boxes.  Mummy and I worked as a team to work them all out.” (Daniel)


 Theme Days - 2016/17

All children from Foundation through to Year 6 have enjoyed taking part in their theme days. Each year group has had a day of interactive and creative learning linked to their curriculum for the term.

Year 2 Theme Day - Is It A Bird, Is It A Plane?

The Year 2 theme for the Spring term, ‘Is it a bird? Is it a plane?’, is all about superheroes. Children and parents took part in an activity day designed to help motivate and engage the children. As part of the fun, the children and staff dressed to the theme in some very creative superhero and villain costumes.

The children were engaged in their creativity skills by becoming ‘architects’, designing and creating a hideout for a villain. They also used their Science skills to create a nemesis where children mixed Iron Oxide with glue to make ‘magnetic goo.’ These activities were then used as a stimulus for role play and story writing.

Parents joined us for the ‘architect’ session to support their children in making the villain’s hideout/lair. The children really enjoyed the day, practising key skills through interactive and imaginative activities.

“The magnetic goo was magical because it was attracted to the magnet.” (Jess A & Emelia)

“Making the goo was sticky, messy and so much fun!” (Isla)

“I found it really hard to stick the roof on my lair but I kept going and managed to fix it on!” (Florence)

“At first my lair didn’t look good but I worked hard and now it looks fantastic. I am really proud of my work!” (Oscar)

“It was a really fun day at school. The best day ever!” (Lily)

Foundation Stage Theme Day - Let It Snow

The parents of the children in the Foundation Stage were invited in to spend the morning supporting their children in a number of activities themed around the topic ‘Let it Snow’. The activities included making sock snowmen, making words using phonemes on snowflakes, timing how long it took to ‘dress an adult’ for winter, making ice capes or crowns and making ice cream! All the activities were designed around the Foundation Stage curriculum and to show how this can be taught in a practical and fun way! We had an amazing turnout and positive comments about the day from both children and parents.

“We had great fun and really think the kids found it fun and interesting too. Great activities!” (FS Parent)

“I enjoyed spending the morning in the school environment with my daughter, learning together and enriching her education.” (FS Parent)

“I enjoyed watching and assisting the children in making many different tasks. A lot of thought had been put into the different workstations.” (FS Parent)

“I enjoyed making ice cream and eating it.” (Lily-Jane)

“ I liked dressing up as a snowman and making the cape.” (Jack)

“I liked putting the rice in a sock to make a sock snowman.” (George)

Year 3 Theme Day - Ancient Greeks

Dressed in everything from togas to Hoplite Soldier armour, the children immersed themselves in our Greek Theme Day.  The hall became an Athenian Agora for the day with various stalls making authentic Ancient Greek artwork, medicine and pottery amongst others artefacts.  Through the scented aromas of the medicinal spices and fragrant oil burners, the children learnt of the important events of the time such as approaching invading armies and suspicion of sabotage.  In the afternoon, the children enthusiastically and creatively took on their roles as either performers or slaves.  As the audience was treated to  readings of poetry, demonstrations of military might and  beautiful Greek dancing, slaves tirelessly provided authentic cuisine including sweet cakes, dates, figs, olives and feta cheese.  Great thanks goes to those parent helpers that provided their assistance throughout the day and to those that came to share the afternoon’s celebrations.

"I learned how to make charms, Greek pottery and wax tablets.  I also learnt what Athenians did during wars.  I enjoyed acting as a solider and loved the wrestling." (Cruz)

"We made charms and pots.  My favourite item to make was the mosaic.  I enjoyed being a slave and giving out the food." (Georgia)

"We needed to bow to the Gods to thank them after making things at the market." (Jokubas)

"I enjoyed it when Ethan and Jokubas got their toes chopped off!" (Teddy)

Year 6 Theme Day - Around the World in 80 Days

For our Year 6 Theme Day, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, Montagues and Capulets classes had the opportunity to experience a range of activities with their parents, linked to different countries from around the globe. They tasted exotic food (with varying degrees of success!), enjoyed an African drumming workshop, cooked breads from different countries, sewed national flags, completed a quiz and even had the chance to see how far away they could get from their teachers in 24 hours by using a range of transport and the corresponding timetables! In addition, the children had the opportunity to come dressed in the traditional clothing of a country of their choice – some of the costumes were amazing! We had a great morning and would like to thank all of the parents who came and made it so enjoyable!