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Larwood School

Part of Larwood Academy Trust

School Council

Council minutes: September 2018 - July 2019

Council Representatives:

AJ, Dominic, Finley, Sonny, Jack, Finley T, Elena, Thomas, Alex and Charlie

Deputy Representatives:

Daimon, Skye, Harvey, Amelie, Harry, Jayden, Charlie, Rocco

 November 2018


1) What are your thoughts regarding the new Hands On Monday?

    Overall children reported that they enjoyed the new idea;

  • Less writing involved
  • Different way of learning which often covers more than one subject
  • Best Mondays at Larwood ever
  • All felt a positive change in behaviour
  • One child reported a classmate sharing that they felt they wanted to and should be doing written learning.

2) Can you think of any ideas for Hands On Monday?

  • Camping
  • Forest school style activities
  • More individual sports like trampolining
  • First aid day
  • Educational learning trips that lead to class based learning

3) Since arriving back in August share your thoughts about these headings;

  • Playtimes
  • There should be more children allowed on the Astro turf.
  • Like the new coaching options
  • Need more play equipment like swings
  • Longer playtimes at lunchtime which replace afternoon playtimes.
  • We’d like an indoor play that is Art based
  • Paint the buddy bench so people know about it. Painting it could be a Friday activity.
  • Skills
  • Enjoy the different skills
  • Would like to learn more outdoor survival.
  • Winter activity like ice skating would be fun.
  • Create a skills group that sees older children learning with Mrs Osborn’s class.
  • Activities
  • More off site activities like swimming, airspace or trampolining.

4) If we were to create an outdoor nature learning environment what activities would you like to see included?

Mr Jacobs and Miss Trott have put forward the idea of rejuvenating the outdoor pond area and creating an outdoor learning environment but what should be included?

  • Make it a forest school so we can learn more about nature and survival.
  • Equipment to build dens and learn forest skills
  • Use it in skills and Friday activities
  • Learn how to make camp fires
  • Can use it to make our science lessons more exciting and provide us with the chance to observe pond life.
  • Low ropes course
  • Assault course

Any other business (Possible ideas Rangers/Coaches – thoughts? etc)


Council minutes: September 2017 - July 2018

Election of new council representatives:

Charlie, AJ, Trae, Harry D, Lennon, Westley, Tyler and Carys

Deputy Representatives:

Thomas, Harrison, Henry, Harrison, Josephine, Hayden, Jake S and Charlie M 

 December 2017


1) Tesco funding application – Share the power point about the project with the class and ask;

  • How we can we improve the outdoor learning areas at Larwood?
  • How can we reduce litter around our School?
  • How can we encourage people to pick up litter?
  • How can we help the homeless?
  • How can we improve the lives of the elderly at Jubilee court?

2) How can we teach visitors more about our Student council?

3) After School Clubs

  • Are these a good thing and if so why?
  • What activities would you like to see offered after school?

4) Larwood Lowdown

  • Should children have voice in the newsletter? If so how? If not why not?

5) Any other business?

  • Trips? Activities? Learning opportunities? School equipment – play/learning equipment and resources?


1) Tesco funding application – Share the power point about the project with the class and ask;

Adopt a grand parent – Each child is twinned with a resident at Jubilee court and children can post cards/pictures etc to them. Action in progress

Link to Mr Scales Ranger idea that a class per week become litter pickers for the week. Children design signs to be located around the school to encourage litter picking and place litter in bins.

Friday Activity to take place at jubilee court.

Help the Homeless – Old clothes and food collections Action in progress

Tables for the outdoor classroom.

2) How can we teach visitors more about our Student council.

Posters about our student council in reception area. A student Council Notice board in reception. Coverage in the Lowdown, on the website and on school facebook.

3) After School Clubs

Good way of making new friends and trying new things.

Have Lego motion available. Science themed like working with electrical boards.

Film Club. Table tennis club. Karate Club. Enjoyable and good place to learn.

4) Larwood Lowdown

Pupil voice in the lowdown, rotation of classes to have a piece from a child in the lowdown. Publication of the minutes from council meetings. Members of the council offered to write a piece for the next Lowdown.

5) Any other business?

  • More play equipment in the playground.
  • Vegetarian/Dietary requirements like halal, need improving.
  • FRIDAY PM Activities – Airspace, Swimming opportunity, Climbing wall, Trampolining, Dragon boat racing, orienteering.
  • Trip days at the end of term – A zoo, learn about nature for example help out on a working farm – Standalone farm/church farm?
  • Fishing, Tour of a football ground. Go Karting.
  • Lunch changes – More of an option for vegetarians and those with dietary required like HALAL?
 JULY 2018
Council Representatives:

Charlie, AJ, Trae, Harry D, Lennon, Westley, Tyler and Carys

Deputy Representatives:

Thomas, Harrison, Henry, Harrison, Josephine, Hayden, Jake S and Charlie M

1) What subject has been your most enjoyable at Larwood this academic year?
  • Numeracy/Maths  28% 
  • P.E  12% 
  • French  4% 
  • Topic  14%
  • Literacy/English  21% 
  • RE  3%
  • Science  18%

2) What experiences have you enjoyed most at Larwood this academic year?

The top five answers were;

  • The activities we do on a Friday.
  • The big write experiences especially the visit from the Owl and the circus day.
  • The variety of activities that make up the skills curriculum.
  • End of term reward trips.
  • The fun learning in class.

3) What activities have been your most enjoyable on a Friday afternoon?

  • Lego
  • 360
  • The park 
  • Outside play
  • Bowling
  • PS2 and Wii.

4) What skills activities have been your most enjoyable this academic year?

  • Swimming
  • Fairlands boating
  • Gardening
  • Skiing
  • Life skills
  • Science

5) Have you any suggestions for new activities for Thursday skills learning?

  • Horse riding
  • Karting
  • More swimming lessons
  • Fishing
  • Trampolining

6) Have you any ideas for new Friday afternoon reward activities?

  • Air space
  • Crazy Golf
  • New zip wire experience (3 lakes)
  • Cinema
  • Go-karting.
any other business
  1. An idea for an end of term trip was to visit a football stadium like Wembley for a tour.