School Awards

We are very proud of the awards and recognition that our school has gained.  Find out what we have done to acheive these awards.

Artsmark

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. This accreditation is awarded to schools which demonstrate a wide range of arts opportunities to their students. It requires schools to go above and beyond the current curriculum expectations and push for arts to be taught throughout all areas of the curriculum. Artsmark describe their award as being hugely beneficial to schools as it ‘encourages the children to have the opportunity to create, compose and perform, as well as visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary arts and culture.’     

We have had to work hard to obtain our Artsmark ‘Silver’ award. We self-assessed our practice to ensure we met the necessary criteria by planning, developing and evaluating our arts and cultural provision. We dedicated an entire week to ‘everything arts’ and hosted an ‘Arts Week’, where different key stages focused on an artist and took part in a week of arts-themed activities based on that artist. The children worked in groups and on their own and learnt drawing and painting skills. The children also took part in ‘Art History’ sessions and visited an art gallery where paintings and information on the artists were displayed. The children also participated in workshops and used music, drama, literacy and art skills in each of the activities. At the end of the week, we created our own art gallery and opened the school to the public where we were able to showcase our work.

In addition to this, we have further embedded the arts into our everyday teaching across the school and within extra-curricular opportunities, such as whole school theatre trips, trips to museums and galleries, sending our Young Voices Choir to the O2 and our range of after-school clubs, including the use of ICT.

When accrediting our Silver award, Arts Council England commented,

the panel commends your ongoing commitment and development of the arts, which has resulted in bringing the school and wider community together. The benefits of developing creative curriculum with a range of opportunities for pupils to share, and in some instances, lead, appear to have had a positive impact on the motivation of staff and pupils. In the future, the panel would hope that you can sustain this positive momentum by developing further partnerships and embedding a wider range of opportunities within the curriculum. Congratulations on your Artsmark Silver Award!’

Egyptian Death Mask Making in DT

Egyptian Death Mask Making in DT

The Woodpeckers have been creating death masks in DT. The children took inspiration from Tutankhamun's death mask when designing their own. They created their masks by covering a balloon with paper mache, cutting it in half and attaching a cardboard head dress. The...

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School Sports Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions and they cover the following basic topics.

  • Participation – how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
  • Competition – how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
  • Workforce – how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
  • Clubs – how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?

To achieve the Gold Standard Award, primary schools with between 51 and 120 students in Key Stage 2 must:

  • Have a ‘B’ team
  • Promote the School Games inclusive of physical activity to parents and the local community at least once a fortnight using newsletters, website, social media or local press.
  • Engage a representative group of students in leading, managing and officiating in School Games activity
  • Have a School Sport Organising Committee in place that influences provision.
  • Utilise sports coaches to support school sport and physical activity
  • Complete the self-review tool and can demonstrate some of the principles of an active school
  • Have active links with at least five local community/pathways/leisure provider
  • Train and engage wider school staff in the delivery of school sport and physical activity

As a school, we have worked really hard over the past two and a half years and are very proud of the Gold standard criteria we have met for the last two years running.  

100 Days of School

100 Days of School

On Friday 14th February, Kingfishers Class celebrated 100 days of school. We started our morning with some fun facts about the number 100. We then remembered that it was also Valentine’s Day and we learnt about St Valentine and read the book ‘That’s Love’. Combining...

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Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO’s)

A JRSO is a pupil, chosen by their Primary school, who promotes road safety to pupils, parents, and the whole school community. They work with a named adult from the school staff (Miss Jones) and their local Road Safety Officer (Mr Andrews).

The JRSOs keep a scrapbook and record details of the road safety activities that they have been involved in during the year. Based on the scrapbook submitted, gold, silver or bronze certificates are awarded (in June) by Suffolk County Council Road Safety Team.

So far this year, the JRSOs have organised: Walk to school, Brightness Day, Crossroads (learning how to cross the road safely) with ABC Pre School, Crossroads with Kingfishers Class, Road Safety Week and Speed Checks with the community.

For the academic year 2018-2019, our JRSO’s were awarded the Gold Mark.

Cycle of Good

Cycle of Good

The JRSOs walked to the Post Office with a parcel full of used inner tubes. The JRSOs had asked parents and the community to recycle their used inner tubes. The JRSOs sent the parcel to Cycle of Good. Cycle of Good will up-cycle the inner tubes and create new...

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Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week

The children, parents and staff enjoyed participating in Road Safety Week which took place during the week Monday 18th - Friday 22nd November 2019. The JRSOs asked the children to 'Walk to School' and staff provided walking buses allowing parents to drop their...

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Brightness Day

Brightness Day

Children and staff participated in 'GloWeek' by dressing up in their brightest clothes on Friday 1st November 2019. The children and staff came to school wearing bright clothes and donated £1 to the Child Brain Injury Trust. We raised over £70 for the charity. The...

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Eco-Schools

We are very proud to have achieved the Green Flag for our Eco-schools work.

We now have an established and hard working eco-committee and have an eco-code; we have made vast improvements in the way we re-cycle and compost as well as making small changes such as educating children and adults on saving energy (for example, switching lights off and making sure the taps don’t drip!) We have also ensured our grounds are well maintained, tidy and free from litter.

Tractor Visit

Tractor Visit

On Thursday 6th February, as part as the Tractors Into Schools project, we had a visit from local farmer, James Harris, and his tractor. Each class got a chance to look at the tractor, sit inside it and also ask questions. James explained a lot about the sort of work...

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Brilliant Bronze

Brilliant Bronze

During the Kingfishers forest fun sessions, the children have been completing different activities working hard to complete the first part of the RSPB Wild Challenge. Kingfishers Class have received their bronze certificates! They were very excited and proud of their...

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Big Schools Birdwatch

Big Schools Birdwatch

The children sat with Miss Jones, engaged and ready to learn about, and discuss the Big Schools Birdwatch. They talked about the different birds we see and the important role they play in our society. The children then followed instructions given to them and put on...

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Linguamarque

The Linguamarque programme is devised by language professionals and provides a targeted approach to teaching modern foreign languages in primary schools.

We are very proud of our Bronze Linguamarque which was achieved by raising the profile of French language teaching throughout the school. All classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 receive at least one hour French teaching each week and there are French language displays around the school including examples of the children’s work. In addition to this, the teaching of French raises the children’s knowledge of the French culture as well as other languages through learning different songs and celebrating European Day of Languages.

We are now in the process of aiming for our Silver Linguamarque.

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