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  • #3 NOVEMBER 2018 - OUTSTANDING School Governor Awards 2018 - We WON! Congratulations Mrs Barr!

    Published 06/12/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #3 This week started with a surprise announcement and moved onto a planned change.

    Please see our release on the website with information about Sandra Barr winning the Governor of The Year Award, from Herts4Learning. This was fantastic news and was announced at the Hertfordshire Governors conference on Saturday. Sandra has and continue to be a key part of our schools development and always ensures that the very best quality of teaching, learning and development is being provided for our pupils.

    Following confirmation that our residential unit is now closed, we have moved swiftly to change the space that was the residential area, to enable more pupils to join our school. Staffed by Mrs Williams, Mrs McKeever and Mrs Otero, The Space Hub, officially took off on Thursday 22nd November. To start with, it has been populated with five of our current pupils. Other new pupils will join the Hub in due course. This is a new area for our school and it will be an area, whereby pupils with autism will be taught in a different way to the rest of the school. This does not mean that every pupil with autism has to be part of the Hub. I am sure it will develop very quickly and no doubt, we will see some excellent progress form our pupils whilst they are there.

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  • #2 October 2018 - The Momentum Has Begun!

    Published 11/10/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #2 A warm October and a stunning start to the year! A quick note to keep you updated on how things are progressing at Larwood. Pupils have settled in really well, and this includes new pupils that may have only been with us for a few weeks. We have seen many make some notable progress in comparison to how things may have been before they joined us. Thank you to all parents for your support with this.

    So far this year, we have had a group of Year 6 pupils attend a fantastic charity fishing trip (they all caught or shared their fish with each other), an amazing McMillan Coffee morning with over 30 parents in attendance, some Pobble Time Travel workshops for pupils supporting writing, and had a visit from Captain Morgan! The latter making Maths a little bit more fun for some of our pupils. 

    Our residential consultation closed on September 28th and all information relating to this will now be processed, and collated so that the Governing Body can make a final decision on Tuesday 16th October. I will pass this decision, as soon as I can.


    Please do not book holidays during term time. It is not acceptable, it will not be authorised and you may be fined. If you do, please note that you will be required to attend a school based meeting to discuss this matter.

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  • #1 September 2018 - Welcome Back!

    Published 07/09/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #1 Welcome back to all returning pupils, new pupils and to all of our families, working partners and members of our governing body.  The start of this year equals new opportunities, a new curriculum and many changes for our school as the year proceeds. My assembly on the first day back this year reminded pupils about such opportunities, but I also the link to the history of our school. Therefore, I told the story of Harold Larwood and the many qualities that he displayed as top cricketer in challenging and changing times. Our school motto of ‘achieve, believe, expect and enjoy’ would be something that I think Harold would have great empathy with. I am sure it will be another fantastic year ahead for all concerned.

    Please note that I am sending out a letter at the end of the week beginning Friday 7th September. It will provide you with information about a range of events and activities that will take place over the coming weeks and months. Please read!

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  • #8 MAY 2018 - SUPER SATS!

    Published 19/07/18, by Nic Newman

    A headline you will not see very often! The truth is that I don’t really think they are ‘super’ but they are part of our education system and testing is part of life. What is truly super is the fact that our Year 6 pupils, supported our staff and you, all did as well as they could with each of the tests. It is a tough week for our pupils and I told them all today, during our Friday assembly how proud I was of every single one of them. I even waved a British flag around in honour of them all. My flag waving may have also been linked to a wedding taking place this weekend, but more so for our youngsters.

    Connected to the Royal Wedding, our pupils have joined in a number of themed activities this week. Flag making and cooking being two examples. Let’s hope the day is one to remember for all concerned.

    We continue to be very busy with a number of events taking place. It is that time of the year again! Dragon and Bell boat racing will soon be upon us. We take part and compete against all of the other Stevenage primary Schools. We are the smallest school to take part and we always do really well. I am sure all of the pupils and staff will have a great time.

    As always, please do keep in touch with your child’s class teaching team about anything that may have an effect on them whilst at school.


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  • #7 MARCH 2018

    Published 23/03/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #7 Your children (our pupils) are amazing! As part of our approach to Sports Relief, Mr V began the week by setting all pupils a challenge. Therefore, during the week, pupils have had to complete daily activities such as Burpees, Star Jumps, Knee ups and Mountain Climbers! Plus, all pupils were set the task of running a mile! I am amazed at how much enthusiasm pupils and staff have displayed during the challenges, throughout the week. To top this off, a number of pupils have also raised some incredible amounts of money for Sports Relief. Sums have varied and all pupils who have raised money in this way, will be receiving a special letter form myself. The sums involved vary from £20-£100! Superb efforts from all involved and we are really proud of our pupils.


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  • #6 MARCH 2018

    Published 16/03/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #6

    An exciting week at Larwood, with a big focus on Science and a visit from a company that promotes pupil engagement with Science. A range of experiments took place in assembly, followed by all pupils attending a special work shop.

    Our pupils continue to help with the local community via Jubilee Court old peoples home, litter picks in our local area and in other areas of Stevenage, alongside our own Life Skills course.


    We look forward to our non-uniform day on Friday 16th, Secondary School Transition evening for Year 5 parents on the 22nd March, Sports Relief activities and those wonderful end of term trips are not far away!


    Please note that the results from our Autism Accreditation review should be available in the next 6 weeks. A huge thank you to all parents who engaged in the process and the comments that were made.

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  • #5 JANUARY 2018

    Published 10/01/18, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #5 Welcome back! We have had a great start to 2018 by using our first assembly to reflect upon pupils work in 2017, and take time to think about the future. During the assembly we saw photos and videos, along with staff and pupils telling us about the Skills Curriculum that operates during Thursday afternoons. It’s unique to us and something that pupils really do gain from taking part in. Therefore, we heard about Skiing, Life skills, cooking, arts and crafts, our community team and their work cleaning up local areas, sport (with Trae and Skye demonstrating), and Science. A great way to start the term celebrating some great work. 

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  • #4 NOVEMBER 2017

    Published 27/11/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #4 We launched our week with an assembly relating to anti-bullying led by Miss Gwynne. We often discuss this issue with pupils and look at the various ways it can happen (verbal, physical, on line etc) and the feelings that it produces. At the end of the week, I asked pupils to recall if they could think of a situation during the week, which involved them being kind. Being kind is almost as far away from being a bully as you can be! I did ask pupils to consider if their kindness was at school or after school, and the clear majority of pupils could recall an act of kindness. Great emphasis is placed on kindness at Larwood and it’s lovely to see pupils reacting so positively to this. 

    Please note that our Facebook page is back, and Mrs Ford will now be overseeing it. If you do use Facebook, please join the group. 

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  • #3 November 2017

    Published 10/11/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #3 Stay safe! Being safe, at this time of the year, is a theme that we really work hard on at Larwood. At the start of this week, I spoke to pupils in assembly, about being safe outside of school. This included reference to big events such as fireworks, travelling, and working with others such as the Police or Fire Service. It also included information about being safe at home, so that parents can trust their children and they don’t get hurt. I mentioned younger or older siblings, processes such as locking doors at night and the use of the internet and social media. Finally, we talked about being safe at school so that everybody can make progress and have fun together.

    Jess the Owl visits Larwood School. All pupils had the opportunity to hold an Owl, with strict supervision from its owner, on Thursday 9th November. It was used as a prompt for writing and our Big idea initiative and it seemed to work! Pictures and video to follow.

    Attendance. A reminder, please do not book holidays during term. It is detrimental to your child’s progress and socialisation. We will not authorise any such request and it may be that your family is issued with a fine for taking a holiday during term time. We were one of the first schools in the County to adopt a two-week October half term break. This gives all families the opportunity to pick up cheaper deals when compared to the usual school holiday times. Please ensure that you use the usual holiday times for such events.

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  • #2 OCTOBER 2017

    Published 02/10/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #2 Working hard on our writing skills! Just to show how hard our pupils are working on this area, here is a quote from Pobble. (Pobble is the online platform that allows pupils to share work, comment on it and develop their skills in a collaborative way. It also enables parents to see what pupils are working on and what they have written). 

    Larwood Primary School has made an excellent start to the new school year! They began the year in style by using exciting story starters from Pobble 365, before publishing their brilliant writing for the world to see on Pobble. With 2000 views and nearly 500 comments, writing is most definitely exciting at Larwood!
    Huge congratulations to Larwood Primary for being Pobble’s School of the Week!

    Great work Team Larwood!

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  • #1 September 2017

    Published 12/09/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #1 Welcome back! Having been back for over a week now we are well and truly back in the swing of things. A great start to the term so far, with returning pupils and our new starters. We have lots of exciting things planned for the year ahead. The Big Idea (writing project) will now be led by our pupils, we are about to roll out our new Chrome Books to help with ICT skills, we are changing the way we give marking and feedback to pupils (greater participation from pupils in the process) and making use of some new and exciting PSHE materials from a company called One Decision.

    We will be holding our ‘meet the teacher’ event during the next few weeks so please do come along. If the day/time doesn’t work for you, then please do let us know and we will happily arrange another one that does.

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  • #10

    Published 15/06/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #10 SATS have taken place and are now finished! Hooray! This is always a tricky and challenging week for us and across the country for all primary schools. Our approach to our pupils has been made very clear. We have encouraged pupils to do their best, and get used to the fact that tests exist in all walks of life, as well as setting up a nice treat at the end of the week for them. 

    Next week we get back to our usual approach to life at school and have several events on the horizon to look forward to. This includes Dragon Boat and Bell Boat next couple week, the Year 6 residential trip on 21st June and Sports Day on July 4th.  All of which will be much more fun than and just as important as SATS!

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