The children have enjoyed learning about Queen Elizabeth. We looked at pictures of the queen from past and present and compared them as well as reading stories made for the jubilee. To celebrate we joined the school carrying out different activities such as bunting and crown making and had fun at the jubilee fair,
Our topic this term has been all about spring and growing. To link to our topic we've been learning lots about minibeasts and even had some visitors to the classroom! We watched our caterpillars get fatter, make a cocoon and then turn into a butterfly. We also went for a minibeast hunt around school to see what other bugs we could find and made snails in the style of Matisse. We’ve looked at signs of spring and went on a spring walk, we saw some blossom trees and made our own pictures using broccoli and cauliflower. We went to the farm to learn about animals that are born in Spring and also planted some seeds. We’ve enjoyed playing in the Garden Centre this term. We’ve been writing lists, selling flowers and looking at different plants.
This term, in Jigsaw, we’ve been learning about relationships. We spoke about how to be a good friend, managing our feelings and how what we do and say affect others. The children sorted kind and unkind words and were able to identify different qualities of a good friend. They also drew pictures of their family and spoke about the different roles they have.
This term, in R.E., we’ve been learning about special places. We thought about what places are special to us and why and spoke about holy places that are special to Christians and Muslims. The children designed and made their own Mosques and Churches and spoke about the similarities and differences between the two.
In P.E. this term we’ve been learning to counter balance with a partner. We had to be resilient and trust our partner. We practised keeping our back and arms straight and our toes together.
This term we went to the Church to learn about the Easter story. Reverend Sue showed us some of the holy objects in the Church and explained how/why Christians celebrate Easter. We made Easter nests, cards, gardens, crosses and went on an Easter egg hunt. We also tried hot cross buns and learned that these represent the cross Jesus died on and the tomb he was buried in. The children enjoyed making palm leaves and singing hosanna to represent part of the story.
Spring 1- P.E., music, R.E. and maths.
This term we have been practising our balancing skills. The children had a go at balancing along a rope then using a bench. We then turned the bench over to make this even more difficult, but the children were very resilient and persevered until they could do this without support. In music we practised singing songs, following the pulse and playing the glock. In maths we've been matching numeral to quantity, adding groups and learning numbers up to 8.
This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. The children loved trying some traditional Chinese food and pretending to cook their own in the role play restaurant. We learned about Abbi and her brother, who are from China, and the things they do to celebrate the new year such as wear red, dragon dancing, good luck notes and decorating the house. We also read the zodiac story to help us understand how the animals were chosen for the new year.
Our first story this term was The Gingerbread Man. The children enjoyed learning the story, making gingerbread men and searching for the gingerbread man around the school. We then read an innovation of the story (The Runaway Pizza). We made pizzas and thought about different foods that could run away for our own version of the story.
So far this term, the children have been learning all about Space through the story of 'Whatever Next'. We've been exploring light and dark, moon craters and watched videos of astronauts in the space station. The children have enjoyed immersing themselves in the story by carrying out various activities in the provision such as plasticine aliens, writing lists, drawing pictures, building rockets and retelling the story using props.
This week we celebrated Anti-bullying Week and Children in Need. The children learnt about the importance of using kind actions and words and accepting differences. They enjoyed decorating odd socks, writing kind words and eating Pudsey biscuits! Last week we made poppies for Remembrance Day and joined assembly with the rest of the school for a 2 minute silence.
Our bonfire role play was a hit this week! The children loved pretending to order from the fast food stall and eat it in front of the fire. They obviously had to pay for the food which encouraged them to do some super counting! We also painted pictures of fireworks and labelled them.
This term, in R.E., we've been learning about what makes us special and where we belong. As part of this we learnt about Christians and how they're special to God. Reverend Sue from the local church visited to Baptise a baby. The children decided the baby's name should be Alex Kipper.
This term the children have been visited by lots of people who help us. Nurse Will came in and bandaged Miss Everitt's head after a nasty fall off her skateboard. PC Hands and CPO Cunningham came to tell us all about how the Police and Navy help the community. The children decided what they'd like to be when they grow up and drew pictures.
The children loved going on an Autumn Walk to Devonport Park. We found conkers, pine cones, berries, leaves and lots of squirrels.
The EYFS children enjoyed exploring the local area this week as part of their topic ‘Superhero Me’. We saw the park, a post box, the Co-Op and most importantly; Pop-In Chicken! Some of the children also pointed out where the live.
The children have had a great first week back! Our new children have settled in really well and we've all had lots of fun.
In R.E. this term the children have been learning about why Christians celebrate Easter. We ate hot cross buns and learnt the Easter story. Some of the children made fantastic Easter gardens and we went on a Easter Egg hunt. Happy Easter everyone!
The children enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year. It is the year of the ox so the children worked hard to make their own ox lanterns. We watched some dragon dancing and even attempted to draw some Chinese symbols. We learnt that red is a lucky colour so we all dressed in something red and ate Chinese noodles, prawn crackers and fortune cookies.
Spring 1- Long Ago (Traditional Tales)
The children loved learning the story of “The Gingerbread Man”. They made biscuits in the play dough area and created wanted posters when he ran away. They particularly enjoyed baking gingerbread men.
For the first two weeks of term the children learnt about people who help us. They had visits from Firefighters, Police Officers and a Nurse. The children also thought about what job they'd like to have when they're older.
This week, in English, we started our new topic. We read the story 'Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs' and received a letter from Tom. He told us that there were some dinosaur eggs hidden in our school! We found the eggs and kept them safe whilst we waited for Tom to collect them. On Friday we received another letter from Tom, he had come to pick up the eggs but one of them had hatched. Watch the video of the T-Rex in our classroom!
The children were visited by the Donkey Sanctuary on Friday. They learnt about how to look after donkey's and all the important work the Donkey Sanctuary do. Did you know the Donkey Sanctuary can be found all around the world, including Bethlehem. We were also lucky enough to meet their mascot Lucky! Before they left we had the opportunity to design our very own Donkey Sanctuary Christmas card. Ask your child about what they learnt.
The Foundation children loved inviting their parents into the classroom for stay and play! Thank you to all the parents who attended, we appreciate your support. We will be hosting our next stay and play in the new year.
During Autumn 1 we were learning all about me and what makes us special. When the children started school we decided to take them on a tour to help them settle. We found lots of different places including the library, sensory room and some of the other year groups. Later on in the term we extended our knowledge by thinking about where we lived. We walked all the way through Devonport Park to the library where the librarian read us a story and we received a special book. Lots of the children could point out where they lived on the way there. During English we thought about our emotions and our family. The children thought about what makes them happy and sad and what might make other people feel that way. We then thought about how we could make people feel better and do kind things and what 'being kind' means. We spoke about who is in our family and then we drew pictures and attempted to write mum and dad using the sounds we had learnt. During R.E we spoke about what makes Christians special to God and we met Grace who is from a Christian family. She told us that in the Bible it says God made everyone differently and that is why we are all special. We tested this theory by looking at all the children in the classes fingerprints.
For Multi-cultural week the children learnt all about Scotland. We used our arts and crafts skills to make thistles, flags and Lochness monsters. The children also watched some Scottish dancing and listen to the bag pipes. To make the flags the children had to rip the tissue paper and scrunch it up into balls which supported fine motor skills. To glue them on they used PVA and a glue stick to spread. They also had to choose whether to use glue or tape to attach their stick to hold. Children had to be creative when making their Lochness monsters and use their fine motor to pick up tiny sequins. For the thistles children had to get dirty and paint their hands, believe it or not some children hated this!
The children loved welcoming our new fishy friends to their Home Corner. First we had to set up the tank with lots of fun things and, of course, water. We had to leave the water to settle for 2 days before getting our fish. When they arrived we learnt how to feed and look after them. We also learnt that they are Tropical, which means they like warm water and need a special heater in the tank. Special thank you to Mr and Mrs Birch for giving us the fish.
Privacy and cookies policy
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
any other personal information that you choose to send to us via online forms
manually inputted details of users added to the platform
details of users as integrated by our providers at Wonde via your MIS (if applicable to your package). For further information on integrated data please see our Data Sharing Agreement
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
3. Using your personal information
3.1. We may use your personal information to:
administer our services
enable your use of our services
troubleshoot and problem solve
send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
3.1.1. For the purposes of providing you access to your eSchools platform and app (ie. forgotten password/login)
3.1.2. By registering for updates, School Staff/Governors are able to subscribe to our regular communications.
3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold an existing EU SCC, as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This section sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our websites may include hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Services to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies. Other cookies enable us and the third parties we work with to track and target the interests of visitors to our Services, and we refer to these as “advertising” or “analytical” cookies. For example, the embedding of YouTube and Vimeo videos, as added by individual schools, will require “advertising” cookies to be enabled in order to successfully play them. Schools that, for example, opt to track visitor data using Google Analytics will require “analytical” cookies to be enabled in order to do so. These third party cookies are used to tailor content and information that we may send or display to you and otherwise personalise your experience while interacting with our Services and to otherwise improve the functionality of the Services we provide. We also enable schools to employ cookies and similar tracking technologies in connection with their use of our Services in order to allow them to track visitors to and interactions with their school website.
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