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9th October, 2019.
What a great day we had at the STEM Challenge at SVC. Well done to everyone for showing excellent teamwork and sportsmanship and congratulations to the pupils who were presented with certificates for 'Closest landing to Soham' and 'Best explanations of the principles of flight'.
Friday 18th October, 2019.
Our Marble Mazes were at last ready to test with our YR Buddies. They seemed very impressed with our DT project and couldn't believe that the mazes had been made personally for them!
Friday 15th November, 2019.
In Computing we are using i-pads and microbits. In our first lesson we learned how to pair our microbit and had a go at coding a 'flashing heart'. Thanks to Mr Walker for setting up all the new equipment and for getting us started. We look forward to seeing what else the microbits can do!
Monday 25th November, 2019.
What a fantastic WWII trip we had today thanks to Ely Museum.
In the morning we moved round a carousel of activities involving food rationing, 'make do and mend' and toy making.
For lunch, pupils really got into character by bringing a war-time lunch in brown paper packaging.
In the afternoon, drama brought characters to life helping us to imagine what it would have been like using gas masks, following air-raid sirens and being evacuated.
We were thrilled to meet teachers and pupils from the Jewish School in London. During the war, pupils from the school were evacuated to Ely and the surrounding villages, including Isleham. It is amazing to think our great-grandparents may have even known each other!
A photograph showing the pupils from the Jewish School in London who were evacuated to our local area during WWII.
Friday 6th December, 2019.
Well done to everyone for the fantastic class assembly. The ukulele pieces sounded so in sync and professional and the WWII drama really showed off just how much you have all learned in our topic. Many parents commented on the beautiful singing - especially 'The White Cliffs of Dover'.
Friday 6th December, 2019.
After discovering how sticky fresh clay can be, we finally managed to pound it to form a clay tile.
Using a variety of tools and black and white photos of birds as a stimulus, we produced the following.
Hope you like them.
Monday 9th December, 2019.
Our coding in computing lessons is becoming more advanced as we are now able to code our micro-bits to move and light up a robo-bit!
Wednesday 11th December, 2019.
Thanks to Maria Sampson who visited us today to share her immigration story. As part of our 'Community and Diversity' unit in PSHE, it was great to hear a first-hand account as Maria told us about her move from Macedonia to England.
Friday 20th December, 2019.
Who knew printing took such a long time! We now have a much greater appreciation for artists who use this type of media.
Thankfully, the wait was worth it. We hope you also like our finished products!
Thursday 9th January, 2020.
Thanks to Norwich City Canaries who came into school today to run a fun, interactive assembly followed by energetic workshops to improve our football skills.
Week Beginning 27.1.20
This week in DT we were making salsa and guacamole. If you'd like to make them at home, here are the recipes:
- 250g fresh tomatoes diced
- 1 spring onion finely chopped
- bunch of coriander finely chopped
- juice of 1/2 a lime
Step 1: Cut the tomatoes in half, then quarters. Remove the seeds. Dice the remaining tomato and add to a bowl.
Step 2: Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the spring onion. Add to the tomatoes.
Step 3: Use kitchen scissors to finely chop the coriander. Add to the tomatoes.
Step 4: Use a fork to extract the lime juice and add to the bowl.
Step 5: Mix all the ingredients together.
Step 6: Enjoy eating!
- 2 ripe avocados (remove stone and skin then slice, dice and mash fruit with a fork in a bowl)
- 1/2 red onion sliced and very finely diced
- 1 tomato de-seeded, sliced and finely diced
- a small bunch of coriander finely chopped
- 1 lime - extract juice with a fork
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy eating as a dip :)
Tuesday 4th February, 2020!
The date we had all been looking forward to finally arrived. And it was well worth the wait!
The Young Voice's concert was an absolutely amazing experience.
Well done for learning all the songs and dance moves and for keeping your energy levels going all day!
Thanks so much to all the parents who came along to support us in the audience - it was a night to remember.
Safer Internet Day: On Wednesday 12th February Mr Walker will mark Safer Internet Day with an assembly for the children of Key Stage 2. In 2020, Safer Internet Day in the UK will encourage young people to explore how they manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.
Free to be me: exploring identity online
We want Safer Internet Day 2020 to celebrate difference and help us work towards creating a truly inclusive internet. The campaign will focus on what makes up your online identity – such as the facts or characteristics about you, how others perceive and interact with you, as well as how online services identify you. It will also look at how offline stereotypes and discrimination are challenged or reinforced online.
It's truly impressive to see just how much your vaulting skills in indoor P.E. have improved.
Hope you enjoy watching the videos of your work.
Friday 14th February, 2020.
For our last ukulele lesson, we decided to put on a performance for parents, Year R buddies and the Year 5 pupils who will be learning the ukulele next year.
As well as strumming chords, pupils showcased their finger-picking abilities and more complex rhythms including pats.
Thanks to Mr Wright for all the lessons in Autumn and Spring 1. A number of Year 6 pupils have been inspired to pursue the instrument even further!
Online Safety for Parents
It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, the NSPCC can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe. Follow the link below.
Mrs Pawson came in to visit to tell us about feeding the homeless on the streets of Cambridge.
We all found ourselves feeling extremely grateful for what we have in life and wanted to 'pay something forward' by making sandwiches for Mrs Pawson to share with the homeless she would meet in the evening.
On Monday, we found out that 37 people had received our gifts. For one man, this was his first food in 2 days.
Thursday 5th March, 2020.
Well done, Year 6, for totally entering into the spirit of World Book Day!
Your costumes were fantastic and it was great to hear you talk about your characters with confidence.
Tuesday 10th March, 2020.
National Science Week
Thanks to Suzie who, yet again, kindly let us use her woods to explore Science in the great outdoors.
Thanks, also, to Mrs Deacon who planned and prepared the activities which really helped us understand our topic of adaptation, evolution and natural selection even more.
Wednesday 11th March, 2020.
Fits of laughter could be heard throughout the school when author and comedian James Campbell came to visit!
The Year 6 pupils were no exception with many feeling so inspired that they purchased his books on site!
Week beginning Monday 16th March, 2020.
Talk about computing coding extraordinaires!
Not only are Year 6 able to code a micro:bit and a robo:bit but this week they have nailed the mini:mu!
Thanks so much to the Year 4 pupils for being our target audience and providing wonderfully positive feedback on the product.
German Soft Pretzels
The recipe is as follows:
- 350ml warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons dried active yeast
- 500g white bread flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg, whisked
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
Step 2 - Combine the warm water, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Whisk up with a fork then leave to stand until it bubbles up (approx. 10-15 mins).
Step 3 - Combine the yeast mixture, flour and salt to form a dough that is soft but not too sticky.
Step 4 - Knead for 10 minutes then divide into 12 equal pieces.
Step 5 - Roll with your hands and shape into pretzel plait shapes and place on grease-proof paper.
Step 6 - Carefully brush the pretzels with egg then sprinkle with a small amount of salt.
Step 7 - Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 8 - Enjoy :)
- 300g cooked rice noodles
- 100g fresh bean sprouts
- 200g grated carrot
- 200g shredded Chinese leaf cabbage
- 200g diced pepper
- 100g chopped spring onions
- 1 piece of ginger finely chopped
- splash of light soy sauce
- squidge of garlic paste
- sprinkle of Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- 15 sheets of filo pastry
Step 1 - Prepare all the vegetable ingredients.
Step 2 - Mix desired vegetable ingredients in a bowl (you MUST include the cooked rice noodle) and add soy sauce, garlic and five-spice to desired taste.
Step 3 - Spoon vegetable mix along the shorter length of a sheet of filo pastry, leaving about 2 and a half centimetres at the top and each side of the pastry.
Step 4 - Brush the beaten egg around the edges.
Step 5 - Fold in the top and each side of the filo sheet and gently roll spring roll mixture to form a sausage shape.
Step 6 - Transfer spring rolls onto a baking sheet, seam side down, and brush with a little more egg.
Step 7 - Bake the rolls in a pre-heated oven (refer to pastry pack for temperature) for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 8 - Enjoy :)
Privacy and cookies policy
Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
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 http://www.eschools.co.uk/ 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
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 a sufficient accreditation (i.e. Privacy Shield) 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 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, 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 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 anytime through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at anytime through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
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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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