British Science Week 2022

Smashing stereotypes and inspiring investigators!

What a fantastic day the children had to celebrate British Science Week!

Dan Tastic helped to embed our love of science through an experiment extravaganza. The buzz around the school after his visit was amazing. The children were blown away from the concepts that were explored, showing them aspects of science that they hadn’t seen before – sending the electrons around a human circuit was one of their highlights – along with the smoke rings from the airzooka and the power of the different lasers: WOW! Even the adults were enthralled… who knew lasers was an acronym?

It was a great day linked to our assembly about smashing stereotypes in science and inspiring all to be scientists of the future. 

Holi Celebration: Friday 18th March 2022

The festival of love, colour and spring!

Years 4 and 6 had a brilliant time learning all about Holi Festival! The children learnt about the history of Holi, as well as learning about the Hindu legends and folk stories that are believed to contribute to the meaning of the festival.   

We learnt about how Holi marks the start of spring, and is sometimes known as the Festival of Colour. It celebrates good winning over evil. The children discussed what this means to them, and how they can celebrate positivity in their everyday lives.  

During Holi, people sing, dance and have fun together, no matter who they are. Celebrations start with a Holika bonfire, followed by people throwing Gulal powder, which comes in many colours. Together, the colours create a glorious rainbow, usually seen in parks and public spaces across the globe.  

With this fascinating new knowledge in mind, the children created beautiful pieces of artwork inspired by the many vibrant colours of Gulal powder. Their only instruction was to create a colour explosion!

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Whole school writing project: March 2022

Twisted Tales!

To launch our whole school writing project, we had an unexpected visitor in assembly: The Big Bad Wolf. He came to tell us the true story of the 3 little pigs, and from that, we explored a range of fairy tales across the school. Each year group had a focus fairy tale, and all of our learning was linked to this! As it was a writing project, we produced lots of fantastic writing, including mash-up fairy tales, twisted stories and stories from a different character’s perspective. We also had ‘Piggy PE’, drawing antiques from the Beast’s castle, and creating pop-up story books. To end the project, we dressed up as our favourite fairy tale character and had a showcase to share our work with everyone. What a fantastic project, South Enders!

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World Book Day 2022: Thursday 3rd March

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Celebrating diversity in children’s literature with Gareth Peter

This year on World Book Day we celebrated diversity in children’s literature.  We welcomed the Northamptonshire born author of ‘My Daddies’, Gareth Peter, who opened the new area in the Avenue devoted to books on diversity. As well as running workshops throughout the day, he talked to the children about being an author and answered their many questions.

‘Can Gareth come to our school every year on World Book Day?’ (A year 3 child).

‘This school is amazing. Every class is brimming with creativity and excitement. They welcomed me with loving arms.’ (Gareth Peter).

Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day: Friday 11th February 2022

Theme: It’s The Inside That Matters

Unlike physical health, you cannot always see when someone’s mental health needs help or support because, sometimes, how they look and present themselves to the outside world is not really how they are feeling. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

On 11th February, the whole school contributed to an artistic installation by writing their feelings down, which will be sealed into seven rainbow coloured Perspex boxes at Northampton Museum.

Year 3 and 4 children did a guided meditation and ‘Take 5’ breathing, talked about the theme of the day then created a support balloon. They discussed ways of self-regulating and were reminded how to use the class self-regulation basket of resources and worry eater.

Year 3 children also designed their own emotional regulation displays based on Zones of Regulation and the ‘Inside Out’ film characters.

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Year 5 and 6 children learnt about what mental health is and why looking after it is important. They discussed words such as anxiety and depression and explored different emotions we have, and when we feel that way. They used this to make an emotions wheel. They discussed worries and strategies for coping with worries: write them down, share them, throw some away if we can’t do anything about them. They then created ‘Individuali Trees’. Children wrote things that make them stressed in the roots of the tree, and in different sections/colours wrote things that cheered them up, inspired/energised them and that they were proud of.

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Safer Internet Day 2022

On Tuesday 8th February, pupils celebrated Safer Internet Day. Pupils took part in different activities, discussing the theme: All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online.

We created class charters – striving to be the best we can be around technology.

Year 5 and 6 also had visit from Rushden Academy: they performed a play about the dangers of interacting with strangers online.

Year 3’s created a recipe for healthy online relationships and then made a charter on how they are going to stay safe online which they signed (they created the rules themselves).

Year 4 took part in a Safer Internet Quiz: learning how to keep themselves safe online. They then created their own comics strip, illustrating how they would deal with different scenarios they might face online.

In Year 5, children discussed how to play games safely online, and then started work on making Gaming Guides for other children.

Year 6 debated the question: Playing online – all fun and games? They discussed cyber bullying, PEGI ratings, privacy and permission. They then developed their own do’s and don’ts for being online.

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Chinese New Year 2022

Tuesday 1st February 2022

Years 3 and 5 had a fantastic time learning all about Chinese New Year! The children learnt about the history of the festival, as well as learning about how this is the Year of the Tiger. We discovered that people who are born in the year of the tiger are confident, independent and brave. They are a symbol of power and have been compared to emperors.   

In Year 3, the children listened to traditional Chinese music and learnt to drum to the tempo of it. They then had a go at creating their own lucky red Chinese lanterns, using a weaving technique to add colour.  

In Year 5, the children listened to some traditional Chinese New Year music whilst they learnt to write ‘Happy New Year’ using Chinese lettering. They did this using red card (as this is considered to be a lucky colour) and gold paint. 

All of the children showed a fantastic growth mindset as they took on the challenges in these activities, whilst developing their understanding of this wonderful celebration of the new year.

SEJ Aspirations Week 2022

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Week beginning 24th January was our ‘Aspirations Week’ here at SEJ!

All children across the school considered what their future could hold. They learnt about the different jobs they could do and career paths they could take, as well as setting themselves short term goals to reach their dream. Children were encouraged to support their peers in achieving their goals as well as aiming high for their own.

Every child wrote or drew their aspiration on a leaf to form part of our SEJ Aspiration Tree. In Lower Hub, children created an A-Z of jobs and careers and acted out some of these. In Upper Hub, children discussed how some jobs have stereotypes and the how these stereotypes are not always fair or accurate. They learnt about the steps needed to qualify for a variety of jobs. Children talked about the options within compulsory education and what options are available to them after this.

Skip Beatz Growth Mindset Event: September 2021

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What a fantastic start to the new academic year! SEJ welcomed Pete from Skip Beatz, three times skipping world champion, who wowed and amazed us all with his talents – who knew that a simple skipping rope could be spun so quickly and in so many different manoeuvres! With his dynamic, energetic, and inspiring assembly initiating two days of amazing workshops, there was a huge buzz around the school with lots of excited pupils eager to take part in the skipping workshops. Growth mindset was in abundance as the children took on each challenge and the workshops really helped to embed our school values of showing perseverance and courage when faced with a new task. It was a great day with lots of children leaving with a ‘skip’ in their step and a newfound skill to rehearse. 

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History Week: May 2021

Year 3 had a fantastic week learning about the Romans. They kick started their journey back in time by researching the rotten Romans and their gruesome habits. They then jumped into character to re-enact a Roman battle. 

Year 4 have a had a fantastic week exploring the Viking world and learning about the Viking Gods. They also enjoyed re-enacting a Viking invasion. Dramatic expression was in abundance as the children adopted their character roles and perfected the Viking lifestyle brilliantly. It truly was a fully immersive and fantastic week of learning about the Vikings.  

Year 5 are still in de-Nile about history week coming to an end, but what a fantastic week it was!  The children transformed themselves into an Egyptian pharaoh focusing on the shapes, patterns and eye make-up that played a big part of Egyptian life. When it was time to get active, the children showed a great determination and perseverance in learning some Egyptian dance moves to form their own sequence. 

Year 6 have been learning all about Mexico and the Maya. Dressed in Mexican or Mayan themed attire, they explored this unique country, from its towering temples and stunning geography, to its intriguing history and fun festivals! While transported back to 250AD, Year 6 learnt about the Mayan way of life including home, diet, beliefs and inventions.