On Wednesday 22nd June a small group of Year 10 sports leaders were taken to assist at the Primary WheelPower Event at Redbridge Sports Centre. 6 of our students helped organisers with the set-up of the event, leading activities and assisting the participating groups as well as the set down of the event at the end.
The students had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills with participants from 5 different schools in the borough, including our own Loxford primary school. Participant’s needs ranged from slight learning difficulties to requiring one to one assistance from carers so it was great to see the girls interact with the participants and assist in instructing them through tasks with great patience.
The girls were amazing, they fully supported the primary students and assisted in leading activities such as wheelchair basketball and kurling, events in which they have no previous experience.
Reception at The Diana Memorial Park
On the 9th and 10th of March the children in Reception went to The Diana Memorial Park. The children had great opportunities to climb of various outdoor play equipment and were able yo act out many of the fairy tales they had been learning in class. They also got to see the Kensington Palace which looked just like the palace from ‘The Frog Price’ story and went to a pond to see ducks and swans similar to the ducks and swans in ‘The Ugly Duckling’ story.
Year 1 Trip to Greenwich Royal Observatory
On the 23rd and 31st of January Year 1 embarked on a trip to Greenwich Royal Observatory. In topic Year 1 have been studying Space and this was the perfect opportunity to find out more about our Solar System. The children attended a discovery day at the Observatory starting with a Planetarium Show . It was a fantastic experience following Ted the Bear on an adventure through Space. The children traveled with Ted to the Moon and then the Sun, discovering some basic science of light and shadow along the way. We visited all eight of the planets from Mercury to Neptune learning simple facts about each along the way. The next session was an interactive workshop called Seasonal Explorers were we meet Ted the Bear again on his return from Space. Through music, song and role-play they explained the different seasons to Ted and what each is like. The children even managed to select the right clothing for Ted for each season to make sure he doesn’t get too hot or cold but is just right. A massive thank you to Mrs Gallimore, Miss Keene in the office and all our extra helpers on the day who made this trip possible!
Police Visit the Primary
On Thursday the 26th of January, police officers came to visit the Nursery and Reception classes. They spoke to the children about road safety and stranger danger.
The police officers also explained to the children the importance of their job and showed the children the types of equipment they use as police officers. The children enjoyed having a closer look at the policeman’s handcuffs, baton, walkie talkie and hat.
The children became very excited when they went outside and saw the police van. Some children climbed into the van and pretended to drive it while other listened to the loud sound of the siren.
Year 2 Visit St Lukes Church in Ilford
Year 2 have been learning about the importance of candles in different religions. This gave us a brilliant opportunity to visit the local church, St Lukes Church in Ilford.
During our visit to the church in December this year, the children met the Parish Priest, John. John discussed the importance and sacred significance of candles in Christianity. The children were able to ask questions about artefacts displayed around the church.
The children also learnt about who St Luke was and even got the opportunity to see a statue of the Saint up close.
Finally, John showed us the Paschal Candle (Easter Candle) displayed near the entrance of the church and explained how the candle represents the risen Christ, as a symbol of light (life) and dispelling of darkness (death).
Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt many new interesting facts about Christianity.
Year 3 Trip to The National History Museum
Year 3 children were learning about rocks, mass and land formation. This gave us an excellent opportunity to visit The Natural History Museum.
During our trip in November we went on a voyage to the center of the earth where we have looked at different types of rocks, minerals and volcanoes. We have learned how they are formed and made. We also looked at earthquakes; the most famous ones and what causes them. We even had a chance to experience one!
Finally we were able to look at skeletons of Dinosaurs. Thanks to fossil and animal bone studies, the children had a chance to discover the prehistoric world and it’s inhabitants.
Year 1 Trip to the Gruffalo Trail
On Tuesday the 15th and Wednesday the 16th of November four very excited Year 1 classes and their teachers set off for Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood Essex – Home to the Gruffalo Trail. In topic Year 1 have been studying Enchanted Woodlands and this was the perfect opportunity to see seasonal change in action. On arrival we were greeted by fantastic rangers who provided the children with a very thorough safety talk about all the different dangers they might encounter in the forest. As we started the trail the children couldn’t believe that we didn’t have to stick to the paths and the rangers took us on an exciting cross country adventure. The children were in awe of the impressive scenery particularly enjoying the trees towering above their heads and seeing beautiful red, yellow, orange and brown leaves falling from them. In addition to finding all of the different animals on the Gruffalo trail, children explored the habitats of Owl, Mouse, Fox and Snake and enjoyed jumping around in puddles pretending to be woodland creatures. A massive thank you to Mrs Gallimore, Miss Keene in the office and all our extra helpers on the day who made this trip possible!
Year 5 and 6 Visit London Zoo
Last week, Year 5 and 6 went to visit London Zoo. They were able to see several of the animals they had studied in their Science lessons. While there, the children took part in a maths workshop, in which they applied key maths skills like data collection and handling into a real life context and worked together to figure out how much it costs the zoo weekly to feed the lions!
Fire Brigade Visit
On the 2/11/16 Ilford Fire Brigade visited the Primary school to talk to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 about fire safety. The children were taught about why it is important to know what to do when there is a fire at home and know who to call. The children were shown various videos explaining the different duties of a fireman, for which they all enjoyed. After the talk the children were then guided to the pump truck where they got to see the different equipment that the truck holds, what it is used for and how it is handled. The children were definitely delighted to see the fireman use the different hoses that they would use depending on how big a fire was. Finally, the children were able to walk through the truck and check out the interior of the exciting vehicle, and also take pictures in front of the truck with the friendly fireman.
Most importantly the children expressed that they really enjoyed the experience and learnt how to act when there is a fire and also how to avoid fires in their homes.
Jessica Ennis-Hill visits Loxford
On Thursday 6th October, Olympic Athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill visited Loxford Primary for the afternoon. This was arranged through a child in year 4, who’s mother entered a competition whilst online shopping with Sainsburys which she was lucky enough to win! The whole of the primary school attended an assembly where the children got to ask her questions about her training schedule and what it was like to win Gold at the London 2012 and Silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Jessica then went up to the winning student’s class and spent some additional time in there answering more questions and letting the children hold her Olympic Medals.
Roald Dahl’s 100th Anniversary Celebration
At Loxford Primary we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Roald Dahl in style. At story time classes were enjoying Dahl classics including, The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine and the BFG. Classes chose their favourite tale, used it as inspiration and decorated their classroom doors. We tasted Dahl inspired recipes from The Twits, in the canteen at lunch time, ‘Worm spaghetti!’ It was still delicious. Year 5 and 6 were very lucky to take part in a dance workshop with the theatre company, ‘West End in schools.’ Kirsty the dance teacher taught the children to re-enact the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory through dance. It looked fabulous! To end the week, the children and staff dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl character and enjoyed an extravaganza of an assembly. Books were awarded as prizes, teachers performed sections from their favourite Roald Dahl story and finally we all sang a song we had learnt from Fantastic Mr Fox.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Athletics
Eleven primary children went on a trip to the Olympic Stadium on Thursday 14th July. There were 4000 children at the event and all were wearing pink t-shirts. There was also a big surprise, Regie and Bolie were there and sang a series of songs including: Cheerleader, Who let the dogs out and the Whipp Nae Nae.
Finally the children started to race and believe me when I say this, the children were running and running and when the race was over you could just see everyone was happy.
Finally Loxford headed back to school and our parents picked us up.
On Thursday 30th June a group of children and I went to Crystal Palace to take part in leading an activity at the London Youth Games Fanfest. Children had to teach different schools one game called Getting All Around Us. This game was full of strategy and teamwork. I was one of the children that Miss Brough trained as a young leader. I will say it is amazing to be in a competition that has been happening since 1977. Also as volunteers the children got t-shirts and water bottles. At the end we got to meet a famous dancer called Warren from Diversity and an Olympic athlete called Jeanette Kwake. The cool thing is he high-fived me twice and the other children. The children had an amazing time and we all thank Miss Brough for using her time to take us to an amazing sports event.
The children would love to go again next year.
Year 4 Visit A Mandir and Gurdwara
This term in R.E Year 4 are learning about Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism. They have visited different places of worship.
So far, they have visited VHP Temple in Ilford, where they were able to watch a prayer taking place and then learnt about the different deities that Hindus pray to. They have also visited Karamsar Gurdwara, where they were given a delicious lunch and heard many stories about the Gurus and the 5 K’s of Sikhism.
In the next few weeks, Year 4 will also be visiting a Mosque.
4X Performance at Teach First
On Sunday 19th June, Miss Butt took her class to perform their class assembly at the Teach First Opening Ceremony in London. The children were confident and were told that they were the best performers of that evening! The audience thoroughly enjoyed their performance. Well done 4X!
Thank you to Miss Mills, Mr Bates, Mr Ingando, Mr Warlow and Mr Skerrit for their help and support on the trip.
Year 2 Celebrate Queen’s 90th Birthday
On Friday 10th June, Year 2 classes celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with a very British Tea Party. We brought in our favourite teacups and dined on an elegant feast, including firm British favourites such as Rich Tea biscuits and Victoria Sponge cake. From the handmade doilies and bunting, to the Union Jack flags and party games, it was truly a celebration fit for a Queen!
Live Video Conference with The Orangutan Protection Foundation
A group of students from our Primary phase took part in a live video conference with n. Members of the foundation spoke from their base in the Borneo jungle. They were supported by a film crew from Ilford. Our students thought of questions they wanted to ask and listened to questions asked by students in other Redbridge Primary schools. We enjoyed watching the orangutans and finding out interesting facts such as how old do they live to and how do they communicate. We were amazed that they grow until they are 20 years old and can live till 80. Their DNA is 98% identical to ours.
Here is another article you can view based on this event: Video Conferance for Learning
If you would like to know more about the work of the conservation group please go to http://opf.org/page/about_orangutans
Cultural Diversity Day
Loxford Primary Phase celebrated Cultural Diversity Day on 26th May by learning about cultures that are different to our own. We learned about Italian, German, Swiss, Japanese, Thai, Ancient Mayan and Japanese culture. We tried different foods such as Mango Sticky Rice and Swiss cheese. We made origami crafts and we now know how to count to ten in many different languages! What will you do to celebrate diversity?
Primary Trip to Kingswood Residential
On Wednesday 4th May, thirty-two year 5 children took part in a residential trip to Kingswood which is in Ashford, Kent. They travelled by coach and were accompanied by four members of staff. They stayed over at the centre for two nights and returned to school on Friday 6th May. The children took part in a wide range of outdoor activities which included zip lining, abseiling, laser tag, 3G swing, team challenge, archery and many more. The children were able to develop their communication skills, self-resilience and also learnt how to work together as a team. They also built up their self-esteem and self-confidence through taking part in different activities that they normally would not undertake. The majority of the children tried all activities at least once. In addition to this they all had a swimming session in the pool. They also enjoyed singing songs and telling stories around the campfire with a cup of hot chocolate.
The Great Loxford Bake Off and Cake Sale in Aid of Sport Relief
On Friday 18th March 2016 the Loxford Primary Phase PTFA held a fundraising Bake Off and Cake Sale in aid of Sport Relief. The day went successfully and we managed to raise over £337 for the Sport Relief Charity.
Thank you to all the talented Primary school children and parent bakers who took part to create some wonderful and delicious bakes. The entries included sporty cakes, Easter themed cakes, brightly coloured cakes and even an amazing Library model cake. The level of skill, creativity and ambition was fantastic!
Many thanks also to the school staff and teachers who helped to facilitate the event and finally a special thank you goes to our wonderful judges who had the tough task of tasting all 60 bakes!
A special award assembly was held in the afternoon to present the winners with their prizes and a certificate was given to all the children who took part.
This was the PTFA’s first ever Bake Off event and we hope everybody enjoyed it as much as we did. We look forward to repeating this in the near future.
Thank you for your continued support!
Loxford Primary Phase PTFA
Reception Class Trip to Stratford Discover Centre
On the 20th and 22nd of January the Reception classes went on a trip to the Discover Centre in Stratford. We took part in oral storytelling and created our own version of Jack and The Beanstalk. We made use of the excellent facilities there and designed our own bean plant sticks which we then put in pots with seeds. It was an exciting morning and we would love to go back again for another story.
Black History Month
Pupils at Loxford Primary were very fortunate to work recently with Sandra Agard, a well-known Afro-Caribbean storyteller and cultural historian and Keith Waithe , an international flautist and African drum player.
Sandra Agard conducted an exciting range of activities with the classes in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 5. These ranged from storytelling sessions featuring Anancy Stories and Aesop Fables (with counting in Swahili!) to workshops on the lives of Mary Seacole and Harriet Tubman.
Keith led dynamic music sessions with Years 3 and 4. Each child had the experience of playing an African drum or one of a range of percussion instruments to create a collaborative piece of work.
It was very evident that all the sessions both engaged and delighted the children as well as providing a unique learning experience. Both visitors were presented with flowers, a certificate and a speech by the children thanking them for their visit and for being an inspiration to them.
Both Sandra and Keith said they felt very welcome. They also commented on the high quality of the children’s contributions to the sessions and that they will definitely use the wonderful feedback in their work with other schools.
Harvest collection for Redbridge Food Bank