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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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  • #9

    Published 20/04/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #9

    New term and new playground!

    Welcome back to the summer term. Although a bit of a chilly start to the summer, our pupils are generating plenty of heat via exercise. Having had the new playground equipment installed over the Easter holidays, it’s great to see our pupils making good use of it. The last one had become rotten and we had to remove it for health and safety reasons. To ensure we choose the right equipment, Mr Scales presented two models to all staff, governors and pupils. Then we let democracy take over, with everyone using a coloured token to vote for their choice. This was a really good example of our school community working together, to get things right and to ensure that our pupils had their say in what happened. It certainly has been a huge hut at the start of the term and hopefully will continue that way.

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  • #8

    Published 20/03/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #8

    Jumping into a Virtual Reality!

    As part of Science week at Larwood School, we all had the opportunity to experience virtual reality. With the help of Gareth P from SharkIT,  pupils and staff were immersed into underwater scenes with a huge Whale, stepping out of a lift and onto a thin plank, being in charge of a jet, back pack and flying to high rise buildings, visiting a museum, riding a roller coaster, as well as taking a trip in the Millennium Falcon! We have used the experience with pupils to encourage some more quality writing and it certainly worked.

    I wonder if we will ever see the day when all aspects of education will be delivered by virtual reality? I hope not!

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  • #7

    Published 06/03/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #7

    Pancake madness!

    I am sure you will enjoy the great pictures of our pancake day on Tuesday. Not only did staff and pupils cook together, and then had the finished items judged by our discerning cooks, we also had relay races. On the very same day, we had our governing body in school to visit classes and help to plan our vision for the next 3-5 years. Just to keep us really busy, we were informed on Tuesday morning that Ofsted were coming to inspect our residential provision! The full inspection was led by Trish Palmer and she thanked all staff, pupils and parents for their help and support during the three day process. Capping off the week, it was great to see so many pupils and staff ‘dressed to impress’ on World Book Day.

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  • #6

    Published 08/02/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #6

    It’s about this time of the year when I start to wonder where the beginning of the year has gone so quickly.  Larwood School always has something going on! 

    • So far this year we have taken delivery of some new sensory equipment and have started to complete Sensory Profiles related to some of our pupils. This should really help with some of the specific sensory needs that we know some children have. 
    • Our pupils have attended a cricket event within Stevenage and a mini Olympics and, as usual, they did us all proud! 
    • We are about to launch a new way of sharing and reviewing written work called ‘Pobble’, and you have all been sent letters related to this. Please support us this new venture as we believe it will really help to improve work in lots of ways. 
    • After school clubs continue to be a great success with our residential pupils and day pupils combining and enjoying a range of activities.

    Finally, during Friday’s assembly, every class teacher mentioned at least one pupil in their class for acts of kindness that had been seen during the week. Some were mentioned for their kindness that had been consistently applied for a number of weeks. A great way to end the week!

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  • #5

    Published 12/01/17, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #5

    Welcome back and happy New Year! Great start to the term with lots of really high points scores, and positive attitudes for 2017. The first assembly of the year will take place on Monday 9th Jan and will focus on interesting facts about the number-2017, as well as what pupils may choose to work on and change during the rest of the year.

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  • #4

    Published 08/12/16, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #4

    It’s that time of the year! Play rehearsals in full swing, a Christmas tree has appeared, end of term trips being organised, assessments being written and lots of annoying coughs, colds and bugs flying around! It’s almost the end of term! Patience is a key virtue that we try and instil and model for all our pupils and I have seen this in abundance from staff this week. Mrs Osobu has certainly modelled this during the numerous play rehearsals, as have a number of staff supporting the activity! The residential team have been working hard with our boarders improving their social skills, and class teams continue to encourage pupils to try and meet their targets and to keep trying even when the going gets tough. It reminds of that song on the telly-‘it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...’ 

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