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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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  • #3

    Published 06/12/16, by Nic Newman

    Blog #3

    Writing this ‘blog’ at 7:15am on a cold and dark Friday morning, I think most people would expect the task to be challenging, with regards to trying to find a warm and bright theme! However, we had parents evening last night and it was a great pleasure to see many of you here. It is always nice to see you at such events and your support is critical to our work with your children. Last night we focussed on the ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths and Science. Books were examined and I believe many of you were quite shocked at how much quality work your son/daughter had produced! This was particularly evident in English and the work completed related to various topics including The Big Idea. Long may it continue and my thanks to staff who work so tirelessly every day to help this happen. It seems parents evening may have been good timing for many of our pupils and those ‘brownie points’ that help with that letter to Father Christmas!

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  • #2

    Published 24/11/16, by Nic Newman

    BLOG #2

    A busy week has passed and another one is about to take place! It was wonderful to be invited to Miss Kimpton’s classroom last week and see homework projects, based on models representing scenes from World War II. Lots of time, effort and thought went into these and all of the class should be proud of their efforts. The week finished with a Children in Need fundraiser, with staff and pupils in their PJ’s, along with a bake sale. There was also something called the Mannequin Challenge!

    Finally, I know that out boarding pupils have been creating and sending out invitations to day staff to join them for an activity. I was lucky enough to receive one so looking forward to an activity in boarding soon.

    At the start of this week we welcomed Professor Pango Mango-a very funny poet. Assemblies and class sessions ran during Monday and I have already seen the results of his ideas with pupils. Well done Josh, Levi and Alfie for your work.

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  • #1 September 2016

    Published 14/09/16, by e4 education

    Blog #1

    Exciting times at Larwood School! Our new website is now up and running and I hope you agree it looks great! Any feedback and ideas would be welcome.

    Our new website has coincided with us becoming an Academy School. Therefore Larwood School is now an Academy as part of Larwood Academy Trust. As I have already stated your children won't notice the difference in the short term, but hopefully some of the freedoms we now have will help all of pupils in the long term.

    Finally, our most important news-how your children are making progress having come back after half term. Some fantastic points this week and an amazing performance from our newly formed rugby team. Mr V mentioned them all in assembly this week and many gained certificates for determination, passion, self belief, honesty, respect and teamwork. All of which are values that we promote as a school. They also managed to gain fourth place in competition with over twenty other mainstream schools.  All in all, a great start to the second half of the autumn term.

     

    S D Trimble

    Headteacher

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