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Year 6 Isle of Wight Trip - See below for our link to the School Twitter page
Please get involved in helping us to make the Summer Fayre another rip roaring success. In the 11 years of headship I have never known funding to be so challenging. The money you raise will go a long way to helping us to maintain current provision and resources as things become even more difficult in the months ahead.
The PTA are requesting donations.
Week of 22nd May - bottles of drinks, wine in bottle bags, and the kids favourite JAZZY JARS
Week of 5th June - donations for adult and children's tombola gifts
Friday 23rd June - cakes that are packaged
Sunday 25th June - fresh cakes
Below is last year's video to help show what a 'Jazzy Jar' might look like so you are ready for when the PTA are asking for these to be donated.
Many thanks for your continued support in helping us to keep Cranborne an amazing place.
On 3 May 2017 , the Governing Body of Cranborne Primary School (the “School”) met to consider the proposal by the Governing Body dated 10 March 2017 to change the category of the School from a community school to a foundation school (the “Proposal”) and the responses received by the School as part of the consultation on the Proposal.
Having considered the Proposal and the responses received by the School as part of the consultation on the Proposal (notably, there were no challenges to the Proposal), the Governing Body resolved unanimously to approve the Proposal without modification. The proposed implementation date is 6 June 2017.
Chair of Governors
Cranborne Primary School
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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.
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It has been a very busy couple of weeks with many events, and some key staff moving on. Recently we said goodbye to Mrs Bellamy. She has been with us for a long time and has always been a great source of support to me in my role. She has always greeted children and parents with a warm smile.
We said goodbye to her in our traditional way. The children made lovely cards and books filled with heartfelt messages. She will certainly be missed by children, parents, and staff a-like.
We wish her well for the future.
We are currently recruiting for this role and will update you once this process is completed.
A big thank you to all involved in the Year 4 Kingswood trip. The trip was a great success. I was so impressed with the children’s willingness to take on the challenge of being away from home. The way the supported each other to learn new skills and take on new challenges was nothing short of amazing! To see children swinging on the 3G swing, climbing the platform and leaping off, solving how to build a rocket and overcome problems in team challenges was wonderful. A huge thank you to parents for supporting this event and for the staff’s excellent care of the children.
Whilst the children were away at Kingswood Mrs Whorlow and Mrs Jughroo took the netball team to a tournament. The staff were so proud of the team
as they won 2 out of the 4 games they played and in the games that they lost they only conceded 5 goals in total. Holly Shelton also won player of the match twice which she was really chuffed about! Mrs Whorlow said, ‘They seemed to improve with every game as their confidence grew and they really listened to our feedback.’ The scores are below for your information.
Brookmans Park A - lost 3-0
Cuffley B - won 4-0
Oakmere A - lost 2-0
Wroxham B - won 2-0
Good news – Cranborne ranked 19th best school in Hertfordshire.
The link is below if you want to see the article which in itself is an interesting read.
This happens because of the continued focus and commitment shown by everyone in our community. Even when things don’t go as planned we are able to pull together to try and ensure that we make the most of each and every day for the children. Thank you!
Another news article was also brought to my attention this week. Thank you very much to the anonymous parent who took the time to write to the paper to share her views on how well her child has been supported and developed since moving into the area and joining Cranborne. It is lovely that you were able to take the time to share the good news. Thank you!
Child Line have also been grateful for our shared work with them recently. They have worked with us and we now have been able to install a child line phone in school. This should add to our continued work on helping to keep children safe and well in our community.
Well done Year 6! I just wanted to acknowledge and thank all involved in Year 6 (children, parents and staff) for helping them last week. They had their Year 6 SATS tests and I was so impressed with the way they approached the task ahead. Thanks for helping them to arrive prepared and ready for the day ahead and for encouraging them to be the best they could be. I also want say that I have had some lovely feedback about their celebration after school on Friday. I have been informed by several people that they were really well behaved as a group – a credit to their parents and school! Well done Year 6!
Also Good luck to Year 2 this week who are doing their SATS tasks. I know you will also enjoy the challenge of showing what great learners you all are!
Well done Josh Jerrard in Year 2. It was lovely having you visit me recently to share your brilliant progress in writing. Well done! Keep focused and improving like this and you will be surprised what you can achieve!
I was also recently surprised by Year 5. Having just done a review of their learning we had identified that they need to deepen their work in reading comprehension and also speed up their calculations in maths. A week later I am visited by Kyle S and Jacob for improving in these areas! So pleased they are rising to the challenge straight away!
In Year 2 I got to share Rosa Alcock’s amazing homework linked to their project on the seaside. It is lovely to see Rosa sharing her learning with her grandfather. Thank you for taking the time to sit with Rosa and discuss the differences between seaside holidays in the past. As a result her writing homework was very impressive. It was also very kind to share your wonderful photos of the past – what a great artefact for our children to experience.
Oskar in Year 2 has impressed us all with his writing lately. It has really improved in presentation, layout and content. Well done Oskar – now try to do this all the time for yourself!
Madame Clark also came to visit me all excited recently. She was very pleased with the knowledge of some children in 5B regarding the use of prepositions in French. Well done 5B – this will certainly come in handy in the near future when you start secondary school.
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Welcome back! It is lovely to have all the children back to school looking smart and fresh faced. Many are already braving the cooler sunshine and wearing the summer uniforms. This term is a really important and busy term. It is important because it is the term where we want to make sure all the key elements of knowledge, understanding and skills for each year group are secured so that the children are best placed to enjoy the challenges of the next year group. It is busy because we have so much packed into the summer term at primary schools including school residential visits, SATS, concerts, exhibition evening, sports days as well as time spent teaching and learning.
I have been really impressed already this week with some of the learning and positive attitudes. Children in reception were amazing with their Easter homework. I think I need all the Reception children round to my garden at home! They have also done some fantastic doubling of numbers up to 10 as well this week and are getting close to halving numbers up to 20 - amazing!
Joshua in Year 1 has blown me away with the improvements in his phonics in just a week - Well done Joshua!
The Y6 booster groups have all been positive and it is clear the children are really trying to get themselves in the best position to show how good they are for their up and coming maths SATS.
I am looking forward to another great term ahead here at our special school.
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Thank you for such a wonderful term. We have seen the children grow in confidence and move forward with their learning. Thank you for the great support you have provided, attending their events, parent consultations, working with them at home and supporting our fundraisers as well. It is amazing to think that in one term we have raised money for Comic Relief, Super Schools and the PTA.
On that note plans are in place from the Super Schools money and school funds to improve the playground. New markings, and equipment are planned for next term which should help develop more creativity and collaboration in the children's play. Many thanks to Mrs Reynolds and Miss Edwards for working together and to the school council who have been really helpful in providing input from the children across the school.
Thanks for supporting the PTA with their events this week. The children loved the Easter Egg hunt. The disco was well attended. I will get the figure to you once I have it.
I have really enjoyed this week. The children have got involved with the Easter Card competition and the Easter Bonnet competition. Some really amazing and creative ideas. The winners of the Easter card competition are pictured below. Also well done to Mrs Sperring for winning the parent entry.
One of my favourite Easter bonnets was Arion's interpretation of a Cadbury's Cream Egg - he looked amazing.
The Rock Steady concert sounded amazing this week. Unfortunately I was involved in an interviewing process but could here some brilliant performances. Emma in Y6 shone out from where I was in the school. I was stunned by her brilliant performance! I have also seen some clips and the youngest children in reception also amazed me with their confidence to perform in front of so many. Well done one and all!
The super learners on Tuesday was also amazing. Well done to Janetta, Amy K, Tadhg, Kush, Anand, Ethan, Aaliyah, Toby, Harrietta, Zac, Arjunraj, Daniel, Max, Luke, Joe, Jamie, Luca, Lacey, Aimee, Hope, Dominika, Avin, Ola, Amelia, Ilia, Sophie, Maria and Freddie. I am so proud that our children are able to show key learning behaviours like persistence, resilience, collaboration, organisation and be able to make connections to other areas of learning. I know the teachers are finding it tricky to choose children because so many are trying hard with this. The children are likely to be in the paper in the next week so look out for this.
I hope you all have a lovely spring break and have some time with your families to celebrate this time of year. I look forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks for our very busy summer term.
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Science week was amazing. See above for the update but a big thanks to everyone who went out of their way to work as team to create fun, real, and worthwhile opportunities to see science in action. A great week.
Term Super Schools Update – A huge thank you for the excellent support with this event. We have just had the figures in and you raised £2168.90. This is fantastic – such great support from all involved – thank you so much. The money is going to be used to enhance play and sport at break times. Mrs Reynolds has already planned to meet with school council this coming week so we can get things in place. Some ideas include making use of the courtyards to create a sheltered outdoor area, having dance and dressing up on the stage, creating a zoned areas (e.g. ball area, seating area, running/chasing area, etc) and updating equipment available. So lovely in times of austerity to have such great support.
Take a look at Rowhan’s artwork. Amazing use of pastels to create form and depth. Notice the contrast between the apple and the table and light. The table and light we used to ‘inform’ us of where the light was travelling from according to Rowhan. Great work – I think I need to spend some time in Mrs Dibdin’s art class as I’d love to draw like that!
Debating – A massive well done to the Year 6 team that represented the school at the debating event last week. I know they were slightly overawed when arriving in the debating chamber but soon rose to the occasion and represented the school and themselves with pride and confidence. A really worthwhile event practicing the life skills of listening, questioning and persuading. Well done!
Football success! Well done Teams A & B in year 5 and 6 last week! They both played against Ladbrooke. The teams worked hard and demonstrated good team work to overcome the Ladbrooke opposition. The A team won 4-1 and the B team won 6 -0. Great results!
We also attended an assessment conference in London last week which was very helpful in helping us to recognise what is working well in our school with our approach to feedback and how this fits with the national and international research. It also allowed us to consider a few more tweaks to our practice which we will be working on next term. The key area that really struck a chord with me was about the link between learning and long term memory and how we can help children to enhance this.
Exam stress - many of you may have older children going through exams this summer term. Without effective coping strategies, stresses about exams can affect young people's ability to sleep, trigger anxiety, depression and tearfulness and even eating disorders. Information and resources to support teachers, pupils and parents can be found here:
Support for families is crucial for achieving the best outcomes for children and young people in Hertfordshire. Parents and carers are not the only influence on a child's life chances, but effective parenting is one of the strongest protective factors for any child. To view the Hertfordshire directory for parenting provision, please click on the following link: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport
If you would like any friendly advice or tips with supporting and managing your children at home, come and have a coffee and chat with me. A problem shared is a problem halved! : )
Health for Kids
Health for Kids is a new website which provides a wealth of information for children between the ages of 4 and 11.
There are activities for parents and carers to enjoy with children, advice to support their development and much more.
To view the website visit www.healthforkids.co.uk
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!
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