Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Have you got a Growth Mindset?

At the start of our new term we held an assembly with the children on Growth Mindset. They were shown a video of Ruby - a baby on a quest! Ruby reminded us that we should never give up trying.
Here is a link to the video to watch at home:

We are keen that our whole school community develops a growth mindset. Here is a good summary of how to look at this and language that you might want to use at home too:

Growth Mindset Phrases to use

Image result for key words for growth mindset

Foundation meet the police.

Foundation stage were delighted to be able to talk to Haidee's mum who visited in her role as a police officer. They were able to try on uniform and even had their fingerprints taken!
I wonder if we might have a future police officer amongst them :)

Monday, 2 April 2018

Tadpole Update

Mrs Crickmore has taken some of the frogspawn from Penguin Class home to keep an eye on it over the holidays.

Here is a picture to show the progress so far. Spot the tadpoles.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Disco Mania

Friday night was Disco night at Cholsey Primary School last week. There was bling, glow sticks, popular tunes (courtesy of Mr Mayer) and a lot of funky dance moves. Thank you to the wonderful PTA and entourage of helpers for making it happen.

Chess Champions

On Monday, we had our first ever Cholsey chess tournament against Manor School and won with a respectable 66 points to Manor's 35. Mr Green, who runs the chess club was very impressed with the conduct of all the players and they should be very proud of themselves.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Connecting Classrooms

What did you do during February half term?  I was given the opportunity to represent Cholsey School at a Connecting Classrooms seminar in Amman, Jordan run by the British Council.  The opportunity arose following our OPEN critical thinking training.  I travelled to Jordan together with 19 other teachers from around the UK.  We met up with a similar number of teachers from the MENA area (Middle East & North Africa).  During the course of the five days I learnt so much about the political situation in the Middle East, about the plight of Palestinian refugees, about the culture of the MENA region and about teaching in special schools in England and the problems faced by teachers in Scotland and in Northern Ireland, particularly since Stormont hasn’t sat for 12 months.
The main purpose of the visit was to establish a connection between Cholsey Primary School and Sukhneh Prep Girls School in Zarqa – a village on the outskirts of Amman.  The school is run by UNRWA for Palestinian refugees.  Half of the day the building houses a boys’ school and the other half of the day it is a girls’ school.  The partner teacher and I collaborated to plan a programme of work, to be undertaken by both schools.  The programme is called “Knowing Me Knowing You”.  Through this project we aim to gain a better awareness of the lives of the two schools and our families, our similarities and our differences.  Topics covered are our villages, our families, our school uniforms, and food.  We will share our thoughts and ideas through the wonder of the internet.
This is a very exciting project which I will hope to share with you via the school website and blog.  We hope that this will be the start of a long and fruitful collaboration between the two schools.

Mrs Crickmore

Friday, 23 March 2018

Hogwarts- Watch out!

Foundation created potions on Tuesday as part of Science week! There were fizzes - sadly no bangs! But, they did use  liquids of different densities to create layers in a jar!