Friday, 28 February 2014

The Big Pedal Starts on Monday 3rd March

Get set … the Big Pedal starts on Monday!

If you are taking part this is what you have to do.

Ride your bike or scooter to school wearing your helmet. When you arrive at school walk your wheels to the storage facilities and lock them up. If the storage is full you will be able to walk your wheels and store them outside your classroom.

You can earn house points for your team as well as points towards the school’s big pedal results!

Enjoy the ride!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

When we are older we want to be a chef!

A small group of children in Year 5/6 expressed an interest in becoming chefs when they are older so where better to go than to Pizza Express in Brentwood so they could have an opportunity to look behind the scenes of a restaurant and make their very own pizzas.

The children needed 65g of cheese for their pizza and the oven needed to be 350 degrees. Did you know that it only takes four minutes to cook a classic pizza? To become a chef you need to be confident with measurement, time and ratios. Maths is an important skill which you use all day everyday when you are in the kitchen.

The head chef told the children that he took Food Technology as an option in Secondary School and then went onto collage to study to become a chef. 

During the visit the children got to try lots of different toppings which are available in Pizza Express including mushrooms, peppers, goats cheese, sun dried tomatoes, anchovies, artichokes and if they were brave enough red hot chillies! 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Houses of Parliament - School Council

The Key Stage 2 School Council had an amazing trip to the Houses of Parliament. We had a tour and took part in a workshop. We were also lucky enough to meet our local MP Angela Watkinson.

Nursery Self Portraits

The nursery children drew these amazing self-portraits using the art program 2simple on the computer. They looked at their features in great detail and tried to represent them accurately.

The Big Pedal 2014 - 3-14 March

The Big Pedal is a giant inter-school cycling and scooting competition that encourages children, teachers and parents to choose two wheels for their school journeys.

This year’s competition will span 10 school days, from 3 to 14 March, and the more children who scoot and cycle each day, the more points your school will earn. Schools right across the UK will be competing against each other, and the competition is weighted according to the size of the school, so everyone has a fair chance to win.

There are more than 20 fantastic prizes up for grabs, including bike and scooter stunt displays, children’s bikes, scooter parking and more!

This year’s event features new and souped-up versions of the popular wheelie characters – there are 10 to collect, one for each day of the event. Each day we will log the school’s daily result on the Big Pedal website and will be rewarded with a wheelie to add to your own Big Pedal wallchart. The characters’ design will depend on the number of people who cycled and scooted that day, and the aim is to fill the wallchart with as many super-strength, super-powered, superhero wheelies as possible!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Nursery Weekly Newsletter

Term: Spring 2 Date 24.02.14

Welcome back everyone. We are pleased to be back and hope you are well rested. Our new topic for this half term is ‘Amazing Animals’. There’s so much to do and learn within this topic, however we are going to start off with animals on the Farm.

We will be reading ‘Rosie’s Walk’ and we will be singing ‘Old McDonald had a Farm’ and ‘How much is that Doggy in the window’.

Personal, Social and Emotional
Aware of boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting.
Shows confidence in asking adults for help.
Enjoys the responsibility of carrying out small tasks

Communication and Language
Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.
Questions why things happen and give explanations.
Can talk about why things happen and how things work. 

Physical Development:
Developing cutting skills.
Develop fine motor control when writing their name.
Using various construction materials.

Recites some number names in sequence.
Recites numbers in order to 10.
Uses some number names accurately in play. 

Understanding of the World
Can talk about why things happen and how things work.
Notices detailed features.
Seeks to acquire basic skills in turning on and off operating some ICT equipment.

Expressive Arts and Design
Captures experiences and responses with a range of media, such as music, dance, paint and other materials
Uses available resources to create props to support role play, creating props for the vets.
Role playing the story of  Rosie’s walk.

Listens to and joins in with poems.
Can copy some letters from their name.
Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured.

Thank you to all of the parents who attended a ‘Parent meeting’. We had very positive feedback from most of you and are glad to hear how happy your children are coming to the Nursery. We know they certainly put a smile on our faces every day.

If you missed your meeting and do not have another one rescheduled please see a member of staff who will be more than happy to book you one up.

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

Old MacDonald
Old MacDonald had a farm,
And on his farm he had some chicks,
With a chick, chick here,
And a chick, chick there,
Here a chick, there a chick,
Everywhere a chick, chick,
Old MacDonald had a farm,

Duck - quack
Pig - oink, oink
Cow - moo, moo
Cat -meow, meow
Mule - Heehaw
Dog - bow wow
How much is that doggie in the window
How much is that doggie in the window (woof woof)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window (woof woof)
I do hope that doggie's for sale

Reception Weekly Newsletter

Term: Spring 2 Date 24.02.14

Welcome back! This half term is going to be as busy as ever. Our topic is, ‘Growing and Changing’. This week’s learning will be based around the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
 Your child will be taking part in the following activities within the seven areas of development (activities are subject to change, depending on the children’s interests; however, the skills remain the same):

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
During circle time we will be discussing what the children already knew about Jack and the Beanstalk and who was wrong and who was right? Should Jack of taken the golden hen? Why shouldn’t we steal? What could Jack of done instead? 

Communication and Language 
The children need to be bringing in their reading books daily. We praise the children who regularly read at home to an adult and have a reward system in place.
Discussing what the children already know about Jack and the Beanstalk and recording their ideas. We will be encouraging the children to verbally retell the story and join in with repeated refrains. 

Playing on the bikes and outside equipment.
The children will be continuing to go out in small groups with Mr Clark. All children will need a PE kit in school.

Writing our names ensuring correct pencil grip.
We will be continuing our daily Read Write Inc sessions.
Writing labels for bean pots.

Exploring ‘Ten Town’ ensuring correct number formation.
Measuring objects using the Giant’s footprints to find objects that are longer then and shorter than the Giant’s footprint.
Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them.

Understanding of the World
Plant beans in pots following instruction cards. Discuss conditions needed for growth. Ask what do we need to do first, next? What would happen if? How are they going to look after the beans?
Mr Bloom’s Nursery games and activities on the computer. 

Expressive Arts and Design 
Enjoying our daily dance warm up to the ‘5 a day’ fitness programme.
Turning the home corner into a Giant’s castle – adding a beanstalk.

Please follow Broadford on Facebook and Twitter. We update the Early Years blog regularly with photos and information.
Children may bring in something related to ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ for Show and Tell on Friday afternoon. 


Please make sure you read daily and sign your child’s reading record.

This half terms is ‘Growing and Changing’. If you would like to support this topic at home, perhaps you could make a collage about your child’s growth and development or maybe the life cycle of an animals/minibeast. Alternatively your child could plant something at home and record its growth in a diary using pictures and photos and then bring it in to show us.

Thank you for your continued support.











Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Uncle Terry the Ship Broker

Yesterday we were lucky enough to have Mr Drakes' Uncle Terry into Broadford to talk about his job as a Ship Broker and how he got into Broking.

Being a Broker means you are a salesman. Being a Ship Broker means you sell the large ships which carry the cargoes to and from London. Uncle Terry used to use his Maths skills daily in his job when he was calculating how much profit he would make, how many crew members were needed and how many tonnes of cargoes the ship could hold.

"When you work, you must work but when you play you must play and that is the way to be merry and gay" Uncle Terry told the children. Reciprocity and constantly reflecting what your doing is key in Ship Broking as you work with many different people, lawyers, customers etc. You must also be resilient when trying to sell the ships as some days are better than others.

Uncle Terry informed the children that he needed his Literacy skills for when he was writing contracts, articles and emails to the other Brokers.

Did you know that the reason Canary Wharf has its name is because the ships used to import/export fruits from there to the Canary Islands?

This ship sold for 6 Million pound!

Another two ships Uncle Terry sold.

An article Uncle Terry was featured in because he sold a ship to the richest man in Cyprus.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Princess and Pirate Fun!

Ahoy there matey! What a fabulous turn out from the morning children and staff. Everyone looked fantastic in their costumes. A big thank you to all the parents for all their hard work in making the children look brilliant.

Chinese New Year

We are still celebrating Chinese New Year in the Nursery. This morning all of the morning children got the opportunity to try some noodles and rice. We had varying reactions from the children....

Roxie exclaimed "Slimey!"

Hayden commented "I love tuna, this is yummy!"

Play dough mania!

Something happened to our play went all sticky!  So Joe, Leanne and some of the other children decided to make a new batch. Mrs Chisholm was there to help!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Princess and Pirate Fun!

Shiver me timbers and blow me down!! What a fantastic effort by staff, children and parents for making the Nursery Pirate and Princess day such a success. Great fun was had by all.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Learning Power Heroes.

As part of our Superheroes topics, the children in Reception have been busy focussing on our 4Rs; Resilience, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness. They designed their own superheroes and then wrote about their learning powers.

I have made my teacher happy

Well done to all the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who have made their teachers happy this week!