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A huge well done to Friends of Cranborne for organising fantastic events for our children this term. So far they have raised well over £8000 from the Fireworks, School Disco and Tesco Blue Token Scheme. Thanks to everyone who has attended events and supported the Friends with their fundraising efforts
A brilliant day! Thank you so much for all you support and willingness to work together to help others. This was a great day to come together. Thanks especially to Miss Powell for leading on this event and pulling us all along for the benefit of others!
To see a copy of the Report of our recent Ofsted inspection, you can download it via the link below, or request a hard copy from the School Office.
If you are worried don't forget that Child Line are there for you all the time. Useful Youtube clip below.
29th September Update - We have received confirmation that our instrument of governance is now in place. This means as of this week we are now a foundation school. We will update Edubase in due course. We are still waiting on a decision about the transfer of land to school ownership and will update you in due course.
We subscribe to Mathletics for every child in full time education at Cranborne. Please encourage your child to log in and make use of this excellent resource to help practise and enhance key mathematical skills in a fun and engaging way. If your child does not know their log in please ask the class teacher to re-issue it.
Welcome to our website. I hope it provides you with a window into the very special place we know as Cranborne Primary School. We understand that you entrust your child into our care. We take our responsibility seriously and aim to ensure our partnership with you leads to the very best outcomes for your child. Do browse our website but even better - come and visit.
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Blog 17th November
It’s been a while since I last blogged and apologies for this but I have been here there and everywhere and in the meantime our school has continued to be an amazing place.
Today has been fantastic! I returned from a meeting drafting training programs for later this year to be confronted with a whole school wearing furry ears, spotty clothes and pyjamas! The bake off went really well and I need to say thank you to everyone for contributing to a fantastic cause and standing as a community together. I know school council really enjoyed the judging! Congratulations to the Haylie in RP, Dylan 1B, Andrianna 3ID , and Aimee 6B. The adult winner was Susie Sampson, Oscar’s mum from RP.
Miss Powell deserves special recognition for the way she has led this event and the success it has created! Thank you so much Miss Powell – you are awesome!
I have also enjoyed seeing some fantastic learning this week. Hayden L’s writing in year 1 blew me away! He has shown significant improvement. It just goes to show what high expectations, quality feedback and a little bit of extra support and encouragement can do. Well done Hayden!
This week we have had anti-bullying week. I have been very impressed that this has helped some children to raise concerns about their well being that they have not brought to the attention of anyone recently. It is important that we all support the right to be safe, the right the learn and the right to be respected for who we are. We will continue to reinforce these messages in our day to day work with the children and am grateful for your continued support with this at home.
We have also had a visit from a team of leaders from a school in St. Albans this week. They were very impressed with the way we support our children and how we challenge them all and aim to make sure that every child is challenged and supported to be the best they can be. A big thanks to my team who showed them round and helped them to improve their own awareness of great practice.
I was also fortunate enough, as part of my research into Multi-Academy Trusts and Executive leadership to visit the Windsor Academy Trust in Birmingham. This was a great chance to share learning between our two settings and explore how we continue to develop our staff to be the best they can be.
Some of you may not be aware but as part of my role to raise income for the school, I do support work for other schools and organisations. Towards the end of half term I flew out to Brunei and worked with the Shell international school of Panaga for two weeks delivering cpd to senior leaders, teachers, assistants, parents and local schools. It was an amazing experience, (despite being in the rainy season!) and a wonderful challenge to do so much work in such a short space of time. I’m looking forward to the bill being paid and spending it back in school!
In the meantime I managed to miss out on some of our fantastic events. Fireworks was amazing and raised several thousand pounds because of how well supported it was. A big thanks to those who helped run it and to all who attended – it really was fantastic – and thank you to those of you who sent me little video clips and photos so that I could enjoy it all those miles away!
We also hired out our hall for a local community event - an amazing Divali celebration. I hope all those who joined in had a great day during this special time. We are delighted to be able to work with our faith groups in this way.
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Many thanks to all of you who attended our parent information evenings over the last two weeks. We hope that you were able to gather the information you need to make sure that your child is well prepared for the term ahead.
I hope the work your were introduced to regarding some developments in our maths teaching was helpful. We have made a really good start on this and the children, particularly our younger ones, are really embracing the way that parts of numbers can be represented. Please keep helping with maths at home – money and measures are really easy ways to keep maths alive and purposeful with your children and ways that we find difficult to emulate in the classroom. The more real life maths they have the more it makes sense and give a reason to what they are doing.
Many thanks for signing the reading records and hearing your children read. I have seen that many of you are setting really good habits this term and I am really grateful for that – reading is such an important life skill. Don’t forget to give your child a varied diet with reading – snippets from magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes at breakfast, interesting webpages, the odd poem, shopping list, etc all help to add to the reading repertoire for your child.
Today was Mrs Cooper’s last official day at work before starting her maternity leave. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her well as she waits for her family to grow in the coming days.
Good luck to our footballers this weekend at the go to Mountgrace to compete in their first tournament this term. I am sure they will do us all proud. I look forward to hearing all about their efforts on Monday.
Children are also getting ready for our Harvest celebration next week. We would love to see you so please feel free to attend on Wednesday next week. The donations of food will go to the local food back to support people in our community.
A big thanks to those who came to our PTA meeting this week. It was great to have some new faces and some brilliant suggestions. The PTA are aiming to raise about £16,000 this year. We have a plan to add some lovely equipment to the playground and want to get started as soon as possible. I will try to get the images up and on display so you can see what the plans look like.
We have a few new children due to start in a few year groups in the coming days so please help them and their families to receive a warm Cranborne welcome.
Next week I am fortunate to be attending a Head's conference and am looking forward to developing my learning. Mrs Keilty will of course be available in my absence and will host the Harvest Festival.
Finally I have been busy working in the background on budgeting. I have real concerns over the funding of schools now and for the future. We have spent the last few years trimming, putting off things and cutting back. However, schools are really now getting close to a precipice that will see us having to lose good people that we have invested in. And this is in the context of recruiting being difficult. I have today received an email that highlights the projected difficulties ahead. We are already having to deal with a gap in funding of tens of thousands and the projection is looking even worse. I am meeting our local MP in a fortnight’s time to reinforce my concerns. If you are interested in supporting a campaign to reverse the cuts to school funding then please have a look at the following from a shared letter representing the views of a number of teaching unions;
‘Education in 2017 needs to be about much more than a basic cut-price learning process. We need the Treasury to recognise this. We have to demonstrate to MPs that this issue is not going away, that parents, teachers and support staff know the facts about school funding and that they expect the cuts to be reversed.
We are asking if you would help take our campaign forward by doing two simple things:
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What a week! There I was on Monday happily completing my data checking exercise for the DFE when we had the Ofsted call. Needless to say they have been and gone and when I am able to share the report with you, you will be the first to have it. It was a good experience for us and a chance to celebrate what we value and love about our school. The inspector commented on how wonderful the children were and how they really showed value for equality, fairness and justice and how much they enjoyed learning at school. The school council gave an excellent insight into what it is like to be a child at Cranborne. A big thank you to all who completed the parent questionnaire in time and to those of you who made an extra effort and wrote personally to the inspector. There was a huge response which is much appreciated.
We should get the report in about 3 weeks.
Then we had our new nursery children start school for the first time. They have been AMAZING! I have seen them settle in so well so quickly. I am sure we are going to have a great year ahead. Thanks parents for being with your children to help them enjoy their first days of school.
In Reception I had the pleasure of seeing how well Dominik is counting at the moment. A real pleasure to spend time with - thank you Dominik.
I have also had the privilege of working with Jack H in Year 5 who has shown amazing tenacity and grit to overcome challenges this week. So proud of you Jack – onwards and upwards!
Year 6 have shown some amazing maths this week. Amelia, Tahyat and and Dinuk rose to the challenge of explaining the importance of zero and did a great job of putting this into a model using dienes equipment, numbers lines and bead strings. This in turn helped others to avoid silly errors with counting forwards and backwards when working with negative numbers. In 6H I was really impressed with Harrison and Jacob. They showed me how they had struggled with using greater than and less than in equations with decimals but after some hard work and persistence succeeded. Sonny also deserves a mention with his literacy – writing about Christiano Ronaldo as part of his learning on how to write a biography. A great start Sonny – keep it up. So pleased to see Y6 making good choices in their learning and sticking at it!
In Year 2 I have seen children really getting to grips with modeling how to break numbers into parts and explain their thinking using different models. Some really good thinking taking place.
Well done to Year 1 who have just started with their new phonics groups. I am sure they will get the hang of this in the next few days.
In Year 4 the children have been doing some lovely investigations in science which again showed some higher level thinking when having to construct electrical circuits. Good explaining children – keep this up!
All in all a great week topped off by Mrs Keilty with a plunger!
Mr Penfold has been on his annual leave this week. I thought it only fair to thank Mrs Keilty for stepping in and doing a little extra with unblocking Y4 toilets. What a star!
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What a great return to school we have had. Last week was busy with staff getting ready, updating our training in a new approach with maths, agreeing our improvement priorities and settling our new team members in.
This week the children have arrived back full of excitement, nerves, expectation and willingness to get stuck into their learning.
It was lovely watching the children return on Monday morning, kitted out with their new uniforms looking very smart indeed.
Thanks for supporting our positive fussiness with regard to setting the right message with how we dress for school.
The children have settled really well. All of the teachers and teaching assistants have had nothing but positive feedback for me when I have been reviewing this week. Well done everyone – it really is impressive. A big mention needs to go out to the new starters in Reception, who have wowed us all with how quickly they have got used to being in school and adapting to new routines. They have been amazing! As if that wasn't amazing I had a visit today from Harrison in Reception who showed me how well he is reading. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard him read to me from a Band 5 book and tell me all about meer cats! Brilliant to be so confident to share his learning with me in his first week - well done! Mind you he was very clear that he didn't have much time and that I would have to be quick because it was almost lunch time!
I was also very impressed with the quality and creativity of the Year 5 children’s solar system work they have brought in this week. They really have made a big effort and gone to extra-ordinary lengths to present their learning in different ways.
In Year 6 Charlie J, Tazeem, Luke P and Grace W deserve a special mention. Not only are they rising to the challenge of Year 6 but they have stood out as making an extra effort to apply their learning in school, to further challenge themselves at home. A really good start – keep it up.
There have also been some lovely moments that I just came across this week. Roni was doing some amazing writing in the courtyard this week, Kyle in Y2 has already moved up a reading band and Jayden and Daniel in Y6 have loved getting kitted out for their lunchtime responsibility.
A couple of reminders for you all – please try to make sure you avoid booking routine medical appointments in school time. Disrupting the flow of learning is really tricky both for your own child and the other children in the class.
Please remember to establish or re-establish good reading routines – children need to be reading at home a minimum of five times a week and it should be recorded in the reading record. Please help make a regular time in the day for this to happen so that it becomes a habit. As older children get the hang of reading please aim for fluency, speed and comprehension. Can they read at pace to themselves and then show they have understood what they have read? Also help to develop understanding of wider vocabulary by talking about unfamiliar words and words that are similar.
Please keep an eye on the events coming up. The Autumn term is very busy in trying to support you and your children.
The end of this week is also a little sad because we will be saying goodbye to Miss Waterhouse. When I started at Cranborne several years ago she was a pupil, she has since completed her secondary education, worked as a learning support assistant for us and is now off to do her degree to embark on becoming a teacher. We will miss you but wish you all the best and hope that you return to us as a qualified teacher in the future.
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What a great evening our Music Concert was! Children from the choirs, orchestra, recorder group and individuals (who are learning an instrument), took part in our summer school music concert earlier this term. It was amazing! The orchestra played beautifully together and the evening was punctuated with solos, duets, ensembles etc. The quality of the performances blew me away and I can’t help feeling so proud of the achievements of the children who took part. Thank you so much for helping with your children at home, for giving them encouragement and time to practice and improve. It really was a wonderful treat to listen to and just shows the depth, range and quality of the children’s learning. Well done children and a huge thanks to the staff behind the scenes who make this happen.
Well done to those in Year 6 who are taking part in bike ability this week. I wish you luck and hope you all pass your cycling proficiency so that you can be safe to cycle to school and enjoy the benefits of being on a bike.
We also had our annual exhibition evening this week. This was an amazing celebration of the children's learning across the curriculum. The staff and children worked really hard to display the work with such care and attention to detail. The learning from nursery right through the year 6 shone through and right across the curriculum. I am so proud of the way the children and staff are able to celebrate learning with such quality and care. Thanks so much to all who attended and celebrated with their children. It was another lovely evening.
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Almost at the end of term and the children and staff are still cracking on with learning and giving it all they’ve got. At this time of year our thoughts automatically turn to those who are leaving us particularly our Year 6. They are doing a fab job of being great role models and going out with a bang. The production of ‘Frozen’ was something to behold. I can’t believe they put together their own orchestra to accompany the acting and that this was lead by one our our pupils Bethan! The lights, effects and sound were brilliantly managed by the children and the performances will stay with me forever. Some of the singing was something that belongs in the West End! Well done Year 6 – two amazing evening showing the breadth and depth of your talents and what you can achieve when you really work well together. I’m gong to really miss you but know that you will move on to do great things. I can’t wait to see and hear from you all in the future.
Foundation stage have also been on their trip to Paradise Wildlife Park as part of their learning this term. They had a brilliant time meeting the animals and learning about what they need to live.
We also had an excellent camping weekend event led by the PTA. Thanks so much to all who came out and camped on site at the weekend. It seems you weren’t the only ones who were having fun this weekend – Elm Court had a very active Saturday night ! I hope your sleep wasn’t disturbed too much!
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Once again the school has been really busy over the last few days.
The summer fayre took place this weekend and we had a fantastic day. The weather was kind, people came out in their droves and all had a wonderful time. Thank you so much to all those of you behind the scenes who gave up time, donated gifts, sold raffle tickets and got others involved. There were some worrying moments with the new gunge event introduced this year. I don’t mind admitting I donated several times to Mr Balchin’s bucket to avoid me getting the gunge!
Well done to Mr Balchin for being such a good sport!
Early indications are we have done well with fundraising and the PTA will update us on their Facebook page in the near future. Thanks to everyone who made this possible - it will continue to help us plan and improve outcomes for the children.
Prior to this we also had a very successful parent workshop looking at how we help raise and maintain self-esteem in our children. Thanks to the inclusion team and parents who came and supported this. The feedback has been very positive so we will look to develop more of these next year.
We also had a Health and Safety Audit from the local authority which went really well and the Y3 and 4 fruit workshop was again very successful. What a great summer we are having!
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Since the May half term the children seem to be busier than ever. This week has seen the children in Year 6 (and a great team of staff) attend their annual offsite visit to the Isle of Wight. We had a fabulous time and were blessed with an amazing hotel, great coach driver and beautiful weather. The children were a pleasure to be with and a credit to the you as parents and the school. We had fun – learning to surf, dancing the night away at the show, seeing and understanding wildlife, looking at the coastal challenges facing the island and time just being together. I hope your child has come home full of happy memories that will last a lifetime.
As well as this we need to say a massive well done the children, parents and teaching team in Year1. All the children did a great job at taking part in the annual phonics screening check. We look forward to the published results but the children rose to the challenge. Thanks so much for your continued support and practice with the areas the teachers targeted.
And last but not least we had the annual Potters Bar Carnival event. This is always a huge challenge to build a framework to keep the children safe and decorate the float in the early hours of Sunday morning for the parade. Many thanks to all who turned out to help with this – some of the Dads were awesome and I couldn’t have done it without you – THANK YOU!
Needless to say the children had practised their part and it didn’t take long for the judges to see how good the children’s work was and how well they sang and danced. We won first place again! Well done.
In addition to this we also had staff give up their Friday evening and Sunday morning to celebrate the children’s artwork at the Art Exhibition, which was at the carnival display ground in Elm Court. The quality of the work on display was stunning and hard to believe that children as young as 4 produce such amazing work. I am a tired but very proud headteacher this evening!
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A great week this week and I hope those of you who managed to support any of the events enjoyed seeing your children trying and achieving.
I have to say I was so impressed by Year 4's assembly this week. It was great to see them produce and perform their own ideas to celebrate and share their learning. I am really pleased with this cohort, they are working well as a team and supporting and challenging each other to help improve in all areas of their learning. The assembly just showed how creative they can be, how confident they are to try something new and have a go. Their delivery was brilliant and I am sure those of you who managed to attend would agree that they certainly made us all feel very proud. Well done Year 4!
We also celebrated sporting curriculum this week with our 3 sports day events. I really enjoyed taking part in the Key Stage 2 events being in goal. I know the children loved the day and the opportunity to show their skills in a range of events in a competitive manor. Thank you to all those who helped with the PTA and those of you who supported by buying coffee, croissants, bacon butties and snacks throughout the day. Highlights of the day include seeing all the children taking part, seeing the older the children helping to organize and support the KS1 and FS sports day and of course the parent participation. Many adults particularly commented on Jack (Y6) who really went out of his way to make sure the children were supported and events were set up ready for the next group. Well done Jack and the others for this positive contribution. Also, a special thanks to Mr Concar and Mr Bush for their comical appearance in the Father’s race. They have certainly set a precedent for future years!
The week finished off with the Nursery Pirate & Princess Day and the Oakmere mini-marathon for Y4 and Y6. The children in Nursery took a full part in dressing up and I was pleased to see staff enjoy the opportunity to be creative with our staff dress code. It was a real pleasure to see them all enjoying being creative together.
We also enjoyed success at the marathon. A big thanks to Oakmere for running this event again – it takes a lot of preparation behind the scenes and is so good for the local schools to get together in this way. A big well done to all who took part and managed to get round the course. We had some competitive success with Adnan in Year 6 who managed to come in an amazing 3rd place against all the competitors. Well done Adnan – a great achievement! I hope it spurs you on to continue to compete and develop your athletic skills.
Finally, I want to mention our amazing PTA. Jo and Rebecca in particular have been tireless in taking on the PTA this year and have maintained a high level of events. The quiz night was a great evening by all accounts.
They also helped with the school photo days and have made sure that refreshments were available for sports day. This is in the context of preparing for our biggest fund raiser this year, the summer fayre. So a big thanks for all you do to make our PTA so successful. Please remember to bring in Jazzy Jars after half term and donations for the children and adult tom bola. If you can help with the Summer Fayre please let us know.
Summer term 2017
Celebration Assembly 16th November 2017
Our celebration assembly this week was opened by Evie and Ella in year 4 who showed us their wonderful dancing and singing routine to ‘can’t stop the feeling’. It certainly put everyone in the mood for celebrating all the wonderful achievements the children have made.
We had certificates for Mathletics for Margaret in year 2, Gymnastics awards for Joshua in year 2 and Alexis in year 3, and a Trampoline award to Joshua in year 4.
Well done to Cameron in year 2 who had a Superstar award for sitting beautifully on the carpet in class, and also to Selin in year 2 who has been awarded her pen licence. Faris in year 2 is also being awarded his pen licence.
Across the school, the children have all been working hard. Year 3 are working hard in moving around the classroom from the carpet to the tables more smoothly so as to have more time to learn, and year 4 are trying hard to achieve their class targets. The children in year 5 have been learning about multiplication. Although it is challenging them, they are all thinking positively and telling themselves, not that they can’t do it, just that they can’t do it yet!
Year 6 children have been busy on their ‘read theory’ app and improving their comprehension skills. A special mention to Tazeem, Luke, Sonny, HauHau and Sofia – she has answered over one hundred questions in the last week. Well done indeed!
Finally, the mathematicians in year 2 have been working hard on partitioning their numbers, and Kaiden, Harvey, Emily and Joshua showed us some of their amazing work.
Enjoy the weekend everyone!
Celebration Assembly 20th July 2017
There was a combination of celebration and sadness today! We celebrated the achievements of some of our fabulous children but said good bye to some of our wonderful staff.
Well done to Tilly in year 1 for being awarded two swimming certificates and a gymnastics badge and congratulations to Imethma in year 3 for the super comments she received in her piano prep exam. Tom, Charlie and Archie in year 4 celebrated their trophies awarded for football and Harrison, Luke and Hau Hau in year 5 and Serene, Martin and Solomia were very proud of their swimming achievements. Well done to those achieving their certificates of excellence today too.
We said farewell and good luck to Miss Edwards, Mr S, Miss Hodgetts and Mrs Heatley. Thank you for all you have done for the school. We will really miss you! This is also the last time Miss Georgiou will be with us... she will be returning as Mrs Johnson! Good luck on your special day!
Have a wonderful summer everyone. Stay safe and enjoy time with your families! You all deserve a good rest!
Mrs Keilty xx
Celebration Assembly 6th July 2017
We had a wonderful time today, celebrating lots of achievements across the school. We listened to some amazing writing from Izzy, Amelia, Grace, Ruby, Michael and Solomia - their use of language and vivid description was really powerful. Well done!
Congratulations to a group of year 6 children who passed level 1 or level 2 in their bike ability sessions. They were awarded a badge and certificate. Remember to use your skills to stay safe.
We had lots of certificates of excellence today - keep up the hard work guys and keep winning those house points!
Year 5 had a very special surprise today... they were all awarded their Blue Peter badges due to their excellent art work. I am sure you will enjoy using these at many attractions across the country - you will be treated like VIPs!
Finally, the lovely Lily in year 1 performed at the end by singing 'Let it go' in front of the whole school. Beautiful singing Lily! Thank you.
Enjoy the sunshine everyone!
Mrs Claire Keilty
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Celebration Assembly 31st March
What a wonderful way to finish the Spring term. So many great achievements.
Well done to Year 5 who all passed their cycling proficiency tests and received badges.
Binuk in Year 4 won a gold medal in a Tae Kwon do national competition. Maya in Year 2 gained her 5m swimming badge.
Charlie, Louie, James, Hau Hau and Hanson from the Potters Bar Scout group took part in a swimming competition and won a trophy!
Avin Manshadi won Best Supporting Actress at the National Film Awards - very well done!
The winners of our Easter Bonnet competition are Teddy, Brooke, Amy, Oskar, Adrian, Arion, Jodie, Kaeya and Bethan.
We had some great writing from Kyle and Krishee and I gave out many certificates of excellence so a big congratulations to you all.
Have a wonderful Easter break. See you all on Tuesday 18th April.
Celebration Assembly 16th March
Today was a busy day for celebrations! We had over 20 children to congratulate for various wonderful achievements!
Imogen, Paige, Emily, Imethma, Megan and Harvey all celebrated swimming achievements and Serene and Martin made the Peanut team to compete against other areas! Solomia told us about a forthcoming gymnastics competition - good luck girls!
Isabella and Gabriella passed their violin grade 1 exams with merit! Well done guys!
We had some fabulous handwriting and presentation in 1S... Taylor, Celyn, Talia and Ela-Su's writing was beautifully formed, on the lines and a pleasure to read.
Rona and Aaliyah were awarded their certificates of excellence.
10 children were chosen from year 6 to represent the school in a very important debating day at the Hertsmere Borough council Offices. Thank you and well done to Bethan, Jess, Havin, Isabella, Mable, Drew, Tom, Ilia, Sam and Sabaa for their excellent contributions.
Have a great weekend!
Celebration Assembly 10th March
We had a small audience today as one year 4 class were off at swimming and year 1 were busy working!
Nevertheless, we celebrated some fantastic children's achievements. Ashley showed off his trampolining grade 4 badge and Alexis was so proud of her gymnastics certificate.
I was really impressed to see some of the fab projects from year 2 on a country of their choice. Summer chose the USA and presented a massive roll of paper which was covered in photos, captions, pictures and facts! It took two children to hold it up! Rosa produced a beautiful book all about Spain, explaining the currency, language and traditions. So much effort went into all the projects so thank you mums and dads for supporting your children with these.
Finally, a big well done to year 6 for continuing their maths booster sessions with such enthusiasm and to school council reps for their confidence in feeding back to their classes.
What a wonderful week! Well done Cranborne!
Celebration Assembly 24th February
Another wonderful day of celebrations! Miss Georgiou took the assembly today and was very impressed with how well you have all done.
Firstly, a massive well done to all those in year 4 who took part in the Speed Stacking tournament at Dame Alice Owens school in January. I am pleased to say that we came first!
Congratulations to Alex in Year 2 who got a housepoint certificate.
Charlie, Louis, Hau Hau, Hanson and James all participated in a building competition at Cubs. They built a kitchen out of cereal boxes, came first and won a trophy. Well done boys!
Andreas in Year 2 built a moving tank out of cardboard. Excellent building.
Ela-Su in Year 1 got a swimming certificate. Keep up the good work!
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
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!
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
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!
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!
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
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