Friday 24th May 2024 - Term 5

Dear Parents, Carers and our wonderful children,

As we reach the end of another incredibly busy term at Langford, we hope that the photographs below give you just a little taster of what we have been up to in school this term. We have held our Internet Safety Day, taken part in Earth Day and ended the term on a high with an amazing Outdoor Learning Day which included a whole school picnic. We have participated in various sporting events and certain year groups have been on school visits, including a first residential for our Year 4 children and a first school trip for our Year 2 children. Children in Year 6 have undertaken their SATs tests, they all worked incredibly hard and have proven to us yet again that they are Langford STARS!

As we head into the Summer Term we are preparing to have lots of fun with our Sports Days and Zone Day being key dates in the calendar. We are also looking forward to watching the Year 6 children perform their production, and to celebrating with our oldest pupils as they prepare to start their secondary school adventure. It is sure to be another busy and fun filled term!

Please have a wonderful half term break next week and I hope that the sun shines at least some of the time. Monday 3rd June is an INSET day, and the school is closed to all pupils, we therefore look forward to seeing all the children back in school on Tuesday 4th June.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Sarah Tomlin

Headteacher

This Term at Langford...

School News & Events

Internet Safety Day

On Tuesday 23rd April we held our Internet Safety Day. We were joined in school by Paul Hay who is a specialist in Internet Safety who delivered a number of talks to both children, staff and parents. The day started off with an assembly which introduced some key tips to keep safe online by focusing on some online games that are popular with primary aged children. Classes then received tailored visits from Paul to talk further about the assembly and to enable them the chance to ask questions. The day finished with a staff Internet Safety training session and then finally an Internet Safety talk aimed at parents and carers.

During the parent and carer talk, Paul directed parents to a page on his website which has many useful links and advised that parents/carers can email him with any questions.

Here are the details :

Useful links:  www.pclstraining.com/links

Email :  paul.hay@pclstraining.com

Earth Day

On Monday 22nd April, the school celebrated Earth Day 2024. This year marks 54 years since Earth Day first began. It's an opportunity for people across the globe to come together, not only to celebrate the world, but also to raise awareness about how crucial it is that people take steps now to protect the planet. 

Earth Day takes place every year on 22 April and in previous years, people have taken part in protests, marches and big clean-ups to highlight the importance of being green and taking care of the planet. 

The first ever Earth Day was held in 1970 in America when 20 million people took to the streets to protest against big environmental issues including oil spills, polluted rivers and air pollution. 

Those who took part in the protests wanted the protection of the planet to be taken more seriously. 

The theme of this year's event was 'Planets vs Plastics', with organisers calling for a 60% reduction in the production of all plastics by 2040 and as a school we have come together to take part in various activities.  

In Year 4, pupils discussed the importance of recycling and used a variety of materials to create new items. We used newspaper to make biodegradable plant pots and made seed bombs to increase the numbers of wildflowers. We also enjoyed reading the book, ‘Alba the Hundred Year Old Fish’ and learnt the importance of cleaning litter in our area. The pupils have also taken part in litter picking to enhance the school environment and also make it safer for the wildlife that inhabit our school grounds.

Langford Eco-Committee & Outdoor Learning Day

The Eco Committee has been getting ready for our Outdoor Learning Day this term. This is a national project to provide an opportunity for children to engage with learning in their local environment. The children wanted our school to take part in this project as they felt that outdoor learning is fun and promotes good health and well-being. This fits in very well with our green flag application and particularly our topic of healthy living.  

The committee were very excited to share their project idea by getting the whole school involved in the day. The school picnic lunch has been mentioned as a highlight. The committee members thought that it was very important that more children had the opportunity to use the woodlands area. We are very lucky to have great outdoor areas in which we can work in. Look out for pictures of our Outdoor Learning Day on the Eco-Committee page of the school website and Eco Committee notice board.  

The Eco Committee notice board is located outside the year 6 classrooms. Please take a look at it to keep up to date with our projects.  

Individual Achievements

Charity Swimathon

Dylan in Year 6 did an incredible job during the last weekend in April, raising £220 for Cancer Research UK by doing a swimathon. He aimed to swim 20 lengths of the pool, but ended up swimming 5KM/5000 metres! Well done Dylan, we are all incredibly proud of you.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Paper Craft Club

The paper craft club is new for this term and takes place on Tuesday lunch times for year 2 children. The children have been getting very creative and have learnt a few paper folding and cutting techniques. We have completed several projects over the weeks including paper snakes, jumping frogs, tiger puppets, mini paper umbrellas and paper plate lions. The children have loved showing off their creations to their class. Mrs. Foster

Yoga Club

This term has seen the return of yoga club! Our yogis have worked hard all term on their breathing, balancing and controlled transitions from pose to pose, their personal favourite being the camel. We can’t wait to continue our practice next term.  

Warhammer Club

It was great to be able to offer a warm Warhammer welcome to new enthusiasts this term! 

This term, we have enjoyed building and painting more of our miniatures from Age of Sigmar as well as 40K – the children’s skills are improving week on week with new techniques being used and accessories to enhance the final figure.  

As well as the usual fun and games, the children have been following a series called ‘Table Top Time’, where two Warhammer enthusiasts share their techniques and also design and build their own scenery and terrain. Mrs Garraway set a challenge to design their own terrain using the boards given to us by Luke’s Dad (thank you).  We will continue designing them and then vote on the best design to create next term. Below are photographs of some of the designs so far.

EYFS

Nursery - Swallows and Sparrows

This has been a very exciting term for us in Nursery, where we have been exploring the joys of Spring and the changes that are occurring in our natural world. Following a visit to our school pond at the start of the term we welcomed some tadpoles into the classroom. Over the following weeks we have enjoyed observing the tadpoles and noticing the small changes that have occurred encouraging discussions around change, size and comparison. Alongside this the children have been exploring non-fiction texts related to the changes they were seeing, finding answers to their questions and reinforcing how we can seek information from texts.  

The children have also been learning about the magical changes that occur throughout the life cycle of the frog. Having watched the first signs of the tadpole’s legs appearing we returned the tadpoles to their natural habitat, reinforcing the need to be responsible for our wildlife and looking after our environment. This first-hand experience will continue next term were we will revisit the pond to see what wildlife we can find in the summer time.  

The children have also been growing their own sunflowers, extending their learning about life cycles and watching the changes that occur in real time as well as time lapse videos. We have been learning about the different parts of the plant, what they need to grow and how we can look after our environment. This has been accompanied by learning a song called ‘grow, grow, grow’ by Nick Cope, which has helped the children’s recall of the different phases of growing a seed. This has become a firm favourite for all the children this term! 

Alongside our topic focus of growth, the children have been consolidating their knowledge of numbers to five, with the introduction of zero. Number work is woven into everything we do in Nursery and the opportunities for exploring quantity, number sequence and pattern has been expanded with their exploration of real life experiences. It has been wonderful to see so many mathematicians doing problem solving and mental arithmetic during these opportunities. 

It has been a fun filled Spring term and we are now looking forward to the Summer term where we have so much more to come! 

Reception - Flamingos and Swans

This term our topic has been 'When do I look at a map?' We started off the term by looking at where we live and then we looked at our school, our local area and other places in the world that we know of. Then we moved onto looking at people who help us and we have had a focus on superheroes, which the children have loved. We ended off the term by looking at different means of transportation and used junk modelling to create different types of transport.  

Below are a few photos of what we have been up to this term.

KS1

Year 1

Year 1 have had another great jam-packed term! We have been looking at plants in Science, making smoothies in DT, as well as writing an adventure story in English.

Year 1 Medical Day

A real highlight in Year 1 this term has been our history unit where we have been learning all about nurses from the past. We kicked the term off with a medical dress up day in which the children participated in a range of activities. From exploring x-rays, to looking after poorly teddy bears, the children thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of nurses and doctors! 

Year 2

Year 2 have had a very busy few weeks learning all about the topic 'Living things and their habitats'. The highlight of the term was our visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park which was a first school trip for children in Year 2. During the day the children got to explore the many animals in the park as well as enjoying a fantastic talk about 'Habitats and Adaptions' by one of the parks animal experts.

The children were all thoroughly engaged throughout the day and listened attentively to the talks which included facts about otters, meerkats, and penguins. The children watched excitedly as the animals were fed and asked thoughtful questions about the species, their habitats and they way they had adapted to live in them. We were very impressed at how the children were able to answer a number of questions from the animal expert using the knowledge they had gained through our topic work.

As part of our day, we all were treated to a ride on the train which enabled us to spot many animals on the way, as well as some of our friends which caused much excitement! As with any school trip, lunch was eagerly anticipated and the children enjoyed their picnics outside between activities.

The staff attending the visit would like to say how proud we are of the children who behaved impeccably and were interested and alert throughout the day. All children followed instructions, held their partners hands when told and walked quietly in tidy lines when needed. The children's smiles were lovely to see and we had a lovely day out with our wonderful children.

We would also like to say a big thank you to our parent volunteers who came along and supported us on this visit, without your help we would not be able to run these trips.

We have shared lots of photos with you below, and hope you enjoy looking at them.

LKS2

Year 3

This term in Year 3 we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks and how they lived their lives in comparison to the modern day. In Science we have been investigating light and its various properties, such as the movement of shadows and reflections. We have also taken charge of creating the school's new wildflower garden at the top of the playground. 

Year 4 

Wow, what a start Year 4 had to the new term! The excitement was at an all-time high as Barn Owls and Tawny Owls went on their residential to Youlbury Scout Camp in Oxford on the 16th and 17th April. The pupils were surrounded by acres of beautiful woodland and streams with over 70 different activities set within the grounds. The boys and girls unpacked their belongings in their lodges and prepared for a day of fun and adventure! The five groups were set for the fun of the zip wires, tomahawk axe throwing, crate stacking, climbing and launching ourselves from the ‘leap of faith’. Each group took part in two of the activities followed by a lovely dinner then singing songs, playing games and eating marshmallows around a campfire as the sun set – incredible memories especially of the pupils teaching the Scout Leaders new songs and performing some well-known Langford favourites! 

As dusk settled, the pupils returned to their lodges to spend time with friends, wind down and get some much-needed rest!  

The following morning, the children woke up, showed great camaraderie by helping each other to load bags, pack away sleeping bags, find missing glasses, pants and torches before heading down to a hearty breakfast! Once we had taken on enough fuel for the day, we split into our groups ready to challenge ourselves by completing the remaining activities. Once, all pupils had taken part in each of the activities, it was time for lunch then we prepared to return to Langford and share tales of our adventures. 

All the pupils, without exception, made the Scout staff and Langford Staff exceptionally proud. We were the first school groups to use the new facilities, including the Catering Barn, and their manners shone through. We had so many positive comments about teamwork, resilience, and the adventurous nature of the pupils as well as compliments on the high standards of behaviour and politeness. We had the pleasure (and it really was) of watching the children overcome obstacles both physically and mentally, of seeing their determination, courage, compassion and kindness shine through. As a team of staff, we couldn’t be any prouder of the pupils and we thank you as families for your ongoing support in ensuring this residential was a success! We hope the memories that they made, will live on with them as they will with us. 

Towards the end of term we started our Literacy journey working on Charlie and the Chocolate factory. The children have been so enthusiastic about all things chocolate! We designed our own chocolates during the last week of term, focussing on using enticing and mouth-watering vocabulary to describe our designs. We even created our own packaging using 3D shapes! The children had the opportunity to then create their master pieces, using a variety of scrumptious ingredients! We look forward to continuing following Charlie and his adventures after half term.

UKS2

Year 5

We have had a super busy yet exciting time this term. In DT, we have been exploring cooking and nutrition. The meal we have looked at is Spaghetti Bolognese. The children have enjoyed looking at different recipes, creating their own labels and of course, making their very own Bolognese sauce! 

In English, the children have been writing their own biographies using inspiration from Sir David Attenborough. We created our very own fossils from salt dough and the children thoroughly enjoyed making these.  In addition to this, we have been creating placards in preparation for our very own protest at school. This included Kestrels class chant, ‘Keep the sea plastic FREE!’ and Hawks, ‘No pollution, this is the revolution!’. It has been great to see such enthusiasm from the children, looking at real world problems and how we can overcome this through persuasive writing. 

Year 6

Year 6 have truly shown their mettle this term during their SATs tests. It was a rollercoaster of emotions and hard work, but they displayed incredible resilience and perseverance throughout the four days of testing. 

Before they embarked on SATs tests, Buzzards and Eagles got together in the morning to enjoy a hearty breakfast. It wasn't just about fuelling their bodies but also a chance to bond and support each other before facing the tests ahead. The sense of camaraderie and unity was palpable, creating a positive and reassuring atmosphere. 

In the afternoons, the classroom transformed into a hub of innovation and creativity as the students delved into the world of entrepreneurship. Armed with determination and imagination, they embarked on a project to create and sell their very own washing machines. Yes, you read that right - washing machines! The students worked in teams, brainstorming design ideas, buying materials, and putting their engineering skills to the test. It was inspiring to see their enthusiasm and teamwork shine through as they navigated the challenges of running a mini business. 

The process wasn't just about making a profit; it was a valuable learning experience that incorporated various skills from across the curriculum. The students honed their communication skills by negotiating roles and responsibilities, practiced their problem-solving abilities when issues arose during the manufacturing process, and developed their financial acumen through budgeting and pricing their products competitively. 

Times Table Rockstars - Top of the Rocks

Well done to the following pupils for finishing in the top 10 this term, within the whole school. You will receive a certificate from Mr North!

All of you guys ROCK! Make sure you continue to use TTRS over the half term break and get better and better with your times tables!

Name Pupil Class Year Group Total Points
1st Chidera O Kestrels 5 107,970
2nd James D Barn Owls 4 76,080
3rd Artie E Tawny Owls 4 68,932
4th Chika O Tawny Owls 4 54,132
4th Shiven S Kestrels 5 52,890
6th Vinnie R Tawny Owls 4 27,088
7th Oakley B Tawny Owls 4 23,783
8th Sapphire F Tawny Owls 4 23,428
9th Elsa J Tawny Owls 4 22,051
10th Sam L Tawny Owls 4 18,280

Please ensure that your child is accessing Times Table Rockstars at least 2 to 3 times a week. Maths is a big subject, and we appreciate there is more to it than just times tables and there is more to times tables than learning them off by heart. However, a lot of the rich, interesting maths is all about the multiplicative relationships and these are hard to fully grasp without fluent recall of the tables. For that reason, learning the tables is fundamental – they are a key facilitator to the maths that sits on top. We have always believed that. Pupils can play any of the game formats and start earning their coins, which they can then spend on making sure their avatars are rocking!

Thanks for your support,

Mr North (Maths Co-ordinator)

STEM - Inventors & Makers

P.E Challenge

The Miss Sherwood & Miss Morris Challenge: Beanbag Skittles

How to play 

Playing with a partner, players stand approximately 10ft apart, facing one another. Three skittles/plastic bottles are placed in between the two players. Using beanbags and balls both players attempt to knock down the skittles. The player who knocks down the most is the winner. 

Equipment 

Range of beanbags and softballs 

Skittles/plastic bottles 

Easier  

Use larger balls or larger skittles 

Langford School Sports Success

Football - Quarter Final Langford B v St Edburgs

On Tuesday 7th May, our Langford B team faced St Edburgs’ B team in a the B League quarter final.  

The team did fantastically this season in reaching the playoff stages of this seasons competition. They came up against a very strong St Edburgs side however took an early lead through a superb first half goal.  

The second half didn’t start well with St Edburgs scoring from a high clearance that fell kindly to their striker who slotted home. The rest of the second half was dominated by Langford with our boys hitting the post and crossbar several times. The score remained 1-1 after 40 minutes of play, which led to 5 minutes of Extra time.  

After 5 minutes, the teams still could not be separated. Sadly, the game was won by St Edburgs 4-3 on penalties. It is never a nice or easy way to lose a game, but the B team can certainly be proud of how they played this season. The Year 5 players will return stronger next season, ready to take on the league once again.  

Well done B team! 

Primary Dynamo Cricket Festival

On Friday 17th May, children in Year 5 had the opportunity to go to Chesterton to play cricket. It was a great day out and the sun was shining for us! The children were split into 6 groups and had the opportunity to play against some other primary schools and their friends. We are pleased to say that Langford 1 have qualified for the next round which will take place next term.  

Play at home

Take part in any challenges with your family and friends. Give your answers to your class teachers.

True or False?

1.  Camels have three sets of eyelids.

2.  The human body consists of 150 bones.

3.  The tallest building in the world is Burj Khalifa.

Research these facts to discover if they are True or False

Riddles

Last term's riddle answers:

  1. Riddle: I have a nose, but it does not wiggle. I have ears, but they cannot hear. I am sweet and brown, but not soft and fuzzy. What am I? Answer: A chocolate bunny
  2. Riddle: What can be seen in the middle of March & April that cannot be seen at the beginning or end of either month? Answer: The letter 'R'
  3. Riddle: What has to be broken before it can be used? Answer: An egg

This term's riddles...good luck!

Riddle: People have stepped on me, but not many. I never stay full for long. I have a dark side. What am I?

Riddle: It belongs to you, but your friends and family use it more. What is it?

Riddle: I have branches, but no fruit, trunk, or leaves. What am I?

 

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