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Headteacher Blog 2016.17

Friday 10th February

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I can't believe it is half term already. The last 6 weeks have flown by.

Last week was amazing. I really enjoyed seeing Year 1 perform their assembly. They showed such confidence to speak and perform so clearly in front of so many. I sometimes forget that they are only 5 and 6 years old! Well done Year 1 - you are amazing!

Talking of amazing I was also so impressed with Jack from reception this week. To see him going from no writing at all to forming proper words was spectacular. I was pleased and proud of him. I just hope he practices over half term and shows off at home how much he as come on - well done Jack! Kyle in Y2 also has improved so much with practising spellings he has been finding tricky - well done Kyle! 


The science in year 4 has been very interesting recently. They had noticed how many interruptions I have and how difficult it can be for me to complete tasks during the school day. As a result they used their science topic of sound to find a way to help me shut off from the rest of the world. They used their knowledge of sound travelling through vibrations to create ear muffs that reduced noise levels. I really enjoyed testing their ideas and although not the best fashion item they were actually very effective in reducing noise levels. Well done Year 4 - great application of science to real life problems!

Other highlights include some amazing writing from Aisha in Nursery and Ellie, Krishee, Amelia and Spencer all blew me away with their narrative work. I do love it when our children show such improvement!


I also really enjoyed the 'Google Event' that Miss Powell organised yesterday. The children experienced virtual reality. It was amazing seeing their reactions to being immersed in prehistoric times facing dinosaur and then seeing the planets in space from a completely different perspective. This is something I certainly think we need to consider as a development in education going forward. 

Year 6 also did an amazing job organising their own cake sale. Some of the hard work behind the scenes in baking their own was quite remarkable. I particularly loved Amy's example! The skills in used to set this event up showed how resourceful the Year 6 children can be. Well done children! 

The super learner tea party is always a special time for me and unfortunately today some other events took precedence meaning I could only drop in for a short time. Nevertheless, the children's attitudes to learning of those nominated have been fantastic. They are showing resilience, making connections, working in collaboration and improving again and again. They are brilliant role models and a credit to their families and the school - thank you and well done!

And finally we said au revoir and good bye to two our team. Mrs Sturge is due to have her baby next week. I am amazed she has been able to last so long and am sure you will all join me in wishing her well as her and her husband learn to enjoy the joys of being a parent. 

We also said goodbye and good luck to Mrs Heath. Se has been an amazing addition to our team at Cranborne and we will miss her so much. I want to thank her for all she has done to fine tune our customer service, tighten our administrative procedures and help ensure that teachers are well supported and able to focus on teaching. Good luck with your new role at County Hall! 


Friday 27th January

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Children never to cease to amaze me. The highlight of this week has to be the Rock Steady 'Concert' which took place on Wednesday afternoon. The children who attend this have really enjoyed their experience but I was blown away by their performances. Basically we had children from Reception up to Year 6 who have formed their own little rock bands and put together their own versions of rock and pop classics. We had performances of 'We will rock you' through to 'Yellow', all with different interpretations. The thing that stood out most for me was the confidence for them to sing, drum, play guitar and keyboards in front of so many adults. Some of these children are our more quiet and reserved children and I was so pleased to see them overcome their nerves and step out on stage. Well done one and all!

School council have been busy this week as well. They met to discuss their new challenge and will be working with Mrs Cocker, Mrs Caldwell and Mrs Reynolds to review and improve the play and lunchtime provision. Ideas include creating and indoor play area for games, dressing up and performing, a quiet sit down area, as well as zoned areas for other outdoor play. I am looking forward to receiving proposals and helping to put them into action.

Finally I can't end this week without mentioning a couple super writers! Maria, Jordan, Hassan and James have put together excellent persuasive letters and have also worked hard to improve their cursive style with handwriting. The improvements were impressive - well done!


Friday 20th January

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Looking back over this week I am delighted to see so much of what we believe in is happening. Our assembly on Monday revisited the importance of looking after the world we live in and that means starting with where we live, work and play now. The children have been brilliant at taking this on board and helping to make sure we all take ownership when using equipment, putting rubbish in the bin and taking responsibility when we see something that needs doing. On top of this the children have been suggesting some great ideas to help us with improving outdoor play and learning. As a result Mrs Reynolds has put together a new plan, the PTA were supportive at Monday's meeting and the school council will meet next week to review the suggestions. We will let you know what is decided in the near future.

The Monday meeting with Friends of Cranborne was brilliant. It's great to see that with all your support they have raised £7000 already. This money is already being used to benefit your children. The new interactive whiteboards were installed last term, giving the children better visual learning materials and support, the library is going to be upgraded with a brand new system next week which will mean we can support children and teachers with book choices more effectively. There are a number of events coming up so please do get involved - as every little counts. 

Learning this week has been impressive as well. The booster groups in Y6 are going well and the children in my group this week turned up slightly less bleary eyed than last week and all had made great efforts to improve their skills with dividing decimals by decimals. I have seen the Y5 children enjoying learning how to cycle safely and was blown away by the improvements in writing by Rona, Emily T, Luca and Lily in Year 1 today. Amazing improvements! 

Year 2 also showed me how impressed they are with our school. They have been looking at non-fiction writing and ended up discussing what they like about Cranborne school. Here is the snap shot of the ideas they collected. It was lovely to see how impressed and proud they are of their school. Also shows the high quality language they are using about their learning (resilient, persevere etc.)

And finally I had Amy from Year 5 visit and demonstrate amazing reasoning for estimating angels. She then went on to estimate angles to within a couple of degrees. Brilliant!

Please don't forget to put some time aside for parent consultations - dates are on the calendar and the appointment system is due to open in the coming days. Have a lovely weekend.


Friday 13th January 2017

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Happy New Year!

It seems a while already since we had our lovely seasonal break. I trust you all had a good break. The children have come back and are focused and enjoying seeing their friends again. It does amaze me how they quickly step back into the routine and get cracking with school life. I was so pleased to see Joshua from Y1 yesterday demonstrate how hard he is working on his next steps with writing. Well done Joshua - you have already made an improvement in the first week back!

We started the term training with a focus on literacy. The Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 were updated on changes to enhancing our teaching of reading with a focus on phonics, whilst the Y3-Y6 team worked on enhancing our teaching of reading and writing. This term will see a change in the depth and focus in the teaching of reading and writing, raising our expectations and fine tuning our group work with children even further. We also noticed in our senior team review at the end of term how the mental fluency of children needs to be kept sharp - so any support with counting, remembering tables facts, number facts as you walk to school, go up and down stairs, get change from the shops etc will all help us enormously. We will be developing our mental fluency teaching further later this term.

Whilst the whether is changing please remember that we are using the new HCC Everbridge notification system that you were asked to register for. We will also put a notice on our website if we are closed or having to change provision because of snow and will also text once we have staff on site and the site made accessible. Thank you for all the positive comments about our efforts to clear some pathways today. Please be patient we get to site as early as possible 6:30 today, we prioritise access routes and work round the site. It is unlikely that we would ever clear all the paths in time for opening and the local paths outside of school are never cleared. So please take care and make sure your children are reminded and wear appropriate clothing. Believe it or not, there were one or two today I had to talk to about having their coat on.

A New Year always brings a fresh start and new beginnings. With that we in mind we will be recruiting for a new Senior Administration role in the school as Mrs Heath will be leaving to work for HCC. We are also likely to have a couple fixed term teaching assistant posts. All these posts will be advertised on in the coming days if you or anyone you know are interested. 


Wednesday 21st December 2016

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Merry Christmas!

The last week and a bit has been a fantastic whirlwind at Cranborne. We had the amazing Year 2 performance, the Year 1 singers, the Nursery Christmas songs, the music concert and Reception's version of the nativity. I feel so proud that all our children have performed so well and in front of full audiences. For children as young as 4 and 5 to remember words and dances and be able to act as well in front of over a hundred grown ups never fails to amaze to me. The musicians were superb in the concert. To be able to play individually is one thing, but to be able to play together is completely different skill which they demonstrated brilliantly. Well done one and all!

In addition to this we had our super learner tea party to celebrate the achievements of individuals who have been nominated for persistence, resilience, creativity, making connections, working collaboratively and being able communicate effectively. It is wonderful to see how well the children are developing their skills of learning to learn. Thanks for all the parents who were able to join us and share in this moment. 

In all the festive fun, Christmas parties and anticipation of Christmas day it was very special today in our whole school assembly because of one child noticing someone else's needs and acting on it. Another adult shared with us that Harvey had been seen giving food to two homeless people on the locality. When asked about it he said that he had seen them and asked his mummy if they could give them some money. He was told this was not always a good thing to give them and then asked the two homeless what would help them. They said something to eat or drink. He then went to the shop and bought them some food with his mum's money. On arriving home he then gave his mum his own pocket money to pay her for the food she bought. I thought this was a wonderful timely reminder for us all. A time to think of others and a time to give and share. 

I hope you all have a very special time together this Christmas and are able to create memories that last a life time. 

Have a lovely Christmas.



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Celebration Assembly 19th January

I was so impressed today with how much learning has taken place over the last week! Kamil, Ola, Kiera and Luke from year 5 shared some fabulous character descriptions. They had used metaphors, adverbials and adjectival phrases to create vivid images in the readers mind. Very clever!

Gracie and Mete, again from year 5, showcased their maths learning - drawing and measuring angles with accuracy. The whole school were taught how to remember an acute angle ( small angle less than 90 degrees) by saying (in a gentle voice) 'Ah... it's a 'cute' angle!'

Zoe and Mathilde wowed us with a dance in front of the whole school - how brave!

We had lots of swimming and Mathletics certificates too - keep up the hard work! There were lots of comments from teachers celebrating whole classes - particularly around working as a team, supporting each other and positive attitudes towards learning. Well done everyone!

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Keilty

Deputy Headteacher

Celebration Assembly 12th January

Welcome back to an exciting Spring term! Today we celebrated some fantastic maths learning in year 1... they showed off their number bonds to 10 and how quickly they can recall them! Well done Mrs Sinclair and Mrs Adams!

It was great to hear that year 5 have been supporting each other in their learning and that year 6 are really rising to the challenge of revision and SATs practice!

Tilly, Lily and Amara were proud of their swimming achievements, Maya showed off her gymnastics certificate and Josh celebrated his mathletics bronze award. Harley has amazed us with his positive attitude towards his learning this term - keep up the good work!

It's lovely hearing about all your achievements, both in and out of school so please come and let me know!

Mrs Keilty

Deputy Headteacher

Celebration Assembly 16th September

Welcome back to another fantastic year of celebrations! It seems you have all been very busy over the summer and during the first couple of weeks back to school! Really pleased to see our Reception children settling so well and getting along so wonderfully.

Teachers are particularly impressed by the children's attitude to learning so assembly this week was more of a whole school celebration! Every child has been a credit to their new teachers, showing high levels of resilience, persistence, collaboration and respect.

We've been having a real blast on presentation and handwriting so please encourage your children to take their time and record their learning beautifully. We are looking for quality not quantity!

Have a great week.

Mrs Keilty x

Celebration Assembly July 15th

Wow - so many celebrations today! swimming, lego, music, handwriting, dancing, football, Blue Peter Badges! What a talented bunch we have at Cranborne!

Mrs Keilty x

Guitar Assembly 24th June 2016

Wow! What an assembly! We were treated to a wonderful performance by our Cranborne Guitarists today who played a fantastic range of fast and slow songs, including the Titanic theme tune! The audience were so impressed, clapping and dancing along! They thought they were at a concert!

Well done to the fabulous Alex, Jack, Ellie, George, Shayan, Benjamin and Christian! You were amazing!Mrs Keilty x

Celebration Assembly

Friday 27th May

We have had another day of celebrations today and the children were super excited that half term is right here!

Firstly, a massive well done to our year 5 mathematicians who represented Cranborne in the School's Maths Challenge Competition. They worked fabulously as a team and scored really highly. Thank you to Davran, Alfie, Jessica and Zoe!

It was lovely to see how well our ballerinas had done in their recent exams! Some even achieving merits! Well done to Chloe, Aimee, Solomia, Ruby and Lily.

Miss Powell presented the walk to school shoe design winners! There were some amazing entries but well done to the following children for their winning shoes: Kaiden, Anand, Maelys, Rosa, Alexander, Matthew, Lacey, Jake, Bethan, Eranda, Tahyat, Avin and Mollie -Rose. I'd like to give a special mention to Brooke M who actually designed and then made a special shoe! It was fantastic!

Have a wonderful half term everybody - relax with your families and get refreshed for the final summer term ahead!

Mrs Keilty x 

Article by year 5 students

I asked year 5 to write a report for the Potters Bar Community News magazine. They did a fantastic job and will now have their article read by thousands of local people! Well done Katie, Jessica, Davran and Bethan!

Mrs Keilty

What’s new at Cranborne?

It has been a very busy year at Cranborne; but what’s new? So far this year, we have generated a school council where the pupils have had the choice to write and perform a persuasive speech. After that, the other children can pick, based on their speech, which boy and girl should become councillors of the class. Since the beginning of the year, we have introduced superlearner sidekicks which include: Creativity the cat, who thinks outside the box; Scatter the spider, makes connections; Terry the tortoise, who is resilient; Barney the Owl who is organised and Bumble the bee, who uses teamwork. Two pupils from each class who have been showing all these qualities are invited to a special tea party with their parents.

Success at Cranborne

Our year at Cranborne has been full of success. Across all of the year groups we’ve excelled in our learning and had loads of fun. Over the past school year, our football teams have impressed no end. The year 3 and 4 A-team won the gold cup at the Furzefield tournament, closely followed by the B-team, in 3rd place. We are incredibly proud of them and hope that this is only the beginning of their success.

The talented singers in our choir have recently been to the Royal Albert Hall to sing in the Hertfordshire schools’ gala 2016, ‘Fable and Fantasy’. The children thoroughly enjoyed this amazing opportunity and loved performing in this famous venue. Last term, we were treated to a visit from Hertsmere’s MP – Oliver Dowden. He told us about his role in parliament and the changes that he has made in our community so far.

Both year 5 classes have had the chance to work with a talented artist, Mrs Dibden. Their artwork was considered so good that they have been entered for Blue Peter badges! We hope to receive replies soon along with our badges.

Celebration Assembly News!

Friday 6th May

A beautiful day of sunshine, coupled with a great day of celebrations!

The lovely Delfin from year 6 treated us to a cello performance. She was fantastic! She played the theme tune to Harry Potter which sounded magical... On that note, some of our year 5 girls, Erin, Grace and Emily were lucky enough to receive a letter from the one and only J.K Rowling... delivered of course by owl!

We also celebrated the fact we can now use our field... at last!  Finally, good luck to year 6 next week as they take their SATs and then go off to the Isle of Wight on 16th May. You'll be brilliant!

Enjoy the sunshine with your families this weekend!

Mrs Keilty xx

Celebration Assembly News!

Friday 29th April

Another wonderful day of celebrations! I always look forward to Friday!

Today we celebrated some children who raised over £50 for the British Heart Foundation. Thank you to Khyana, Alfie, Archie, Harrietta and Frankie! Bethan shared her St. George's Day writing with us, Harvey, Prinesh and Luke achieved mathletics certificates, Dina, Dinelly, Kaji and Synah did some fantastic writing and Grace and Zoe treated us to a poem with actions!

Keep up the hard work everyone! Well done!

Have a great long weekend! Mrs Keilty x

Celebration of Superlearners!

Dedicated learners were treated to an afternoon tea party to celebrate their achievements since the start of term. Two children were chosen per class who had demonstrated consistently excellent attitudes to learning. These children had shown persistence in their learning, resilience in their approach, creativity in their thinking, organizational skills and a real commitment to helping others.
In turn, each child told the audience why they were a superlearner whilst their family proudly filmed their big moment. They were presented with a certificate and badge.
Each half term, all children will have the opportunity to achieve the Superlearner award.
Good luck Cranborne!
Mrs Keilty xx

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