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  • Tantalising Tunes

    Published 18/12/16

    This week in recorders Year 2C have been perfecting their performance techniques. 

    Having been practicing a specific tune for a number of weeks they felt ready to share it with the rest of the class. They had to be very brave to stand up and play in front of an audience! See below for a taste of their performance.

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  • Year 2 Around the World Cinquain Poems

    Published 18/12/16

    A cinquain is a five-line poem that was invented by Adelaide Crapsey; an American poet who took her inspiration from Japanese haiku and tanka. 

    The poem follows a syllabic pattern of 2, 4, 6, 8, 2 for each line respectively. As part of our 'Around the World' topic, the children have written cinquain poems, in Literacy, about a country of their choice. Each child chose a country that was special to them because they had been there or have family that live there. Year 2 are very lucky to have links to all over the world so listen out for some samples of different languages! The children were thrilled to share their experience of other cultures, languages and countries and hope that you enjoy their poems in the following video.

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  • Travel Agents Office

    Published 18/12/16

    Year 1 have been practising adding money, giving change and finding the exact amount of coins. 

    We set up a new "travel agents office" role play area related to our topic Around the World.

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  • Year 1 Show & Tell

    Published 18/12/16

    Learning doesn't just take place at school! 

    Watch this engaging video on the challenging subject of 'Dark Matter' created by a Year 1 child at home for her 'Show and Tell'. 

    This is an opportunity for the children to independently choose or bring, anything they wish to show, tell or share with their peers. Her inspiration came from her reading book, which took her on a learning journey around the universe!

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  • Growth Mindset

    Published 18/12/16

    As part of mindfulness in Year 1 we discussed what a growth mindset is and how changing your words can change your attitude to create a positive attitude towards learning. 

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  • Year 1 English lessons

    Published 18/12/16

    Year 1 pupils had the experience of developing all skills through a thematic story linked to the overarching topic ‘Around the World’. 

    ‘The Great Kapok Tree’, a story set in the Amazon Rainforest, awoke most of Year 1’s interest and allowed the pupils to explore the character’s feelings; the moral of the story; the geographical aspects of it and even the drama involved. Year 1 pupils started reading the story fascinated by the amount of animals involved. This was followed by the description of the setting using the Explain Everything app where they also wrote the moral of it.

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  • IB Results 2016

    Published 18/12/16

    The Class of 2016 achieved a remarkable average score of 40 – placing the Stephen Perse Foundation in the top group of IB schools both in the UK and worldwide for the seventh consecutive year.

    This is equivalent to almost A*A*A*A*at A Level plus an additional A in AS level. A score of around 40 points places students within the top 5% globally.

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  • CAS Visual Arts Event

    Published 18/12/16

    On Tuesday 28 June CAS students held a ‘Garden Tea Party’ at the Visual Arts Centre for residents of St. George’s Court Care Home, and SPF Year 2 pupils, as part of their enrichment programme. 

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  • Learning for Ourselves

    Published 18/12/16

    During this three week cycle Year 2 have approached their Plan-Do-Review lessons differently. 

    Instead of finishing the statement 'I would like to make...' they considered answers to the question 'What would I like to learn?'

    This simple change in phraseology encouraged projects that would focus on the process rather than the outcome. The children thought carefully about the skills they would use to achieve their learning and highlighted any new skills they would need to acquire. They were keen to achieve their learning as independently as possible and so an exciting trip to the Art Room to retrieve resources was also undertaken!

    The resulting 'Do' projects were extremely creative and tailored completely for the individual. Next week the children will assess whether they have achieved their learning and what they would do differently next time. With so many different outcomes every child was proud of what they had achieved!

    Please see below for a taster of some of their projects.

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  • Year 1 Country Reports

    Published 18/12/16

    Year 1 have been learning about 'writing a report' as part of their Literacy curriculum. 

    They learnt about the features of a report and applied this in their own writing. As part of our overarching topic 'Around the World' each pupil decided which country they would like to write the report about. Each of them wrote a report about a country that they have never been to or that they did not know anything about!

    The children decided which subheadings they would like to have according to the things they wanted to find out. Then they used atlases and the internet to find the information. At this time they created a list of information using bullet points. Next, they wrote the report on paper and finally they used the Book Creator app to include pictures and captions. Now they want to make the reports available for all of you to read!

    You can read the Y1 non-fiction reports about different countries below:

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  • Year 1 Plan-Do-Review Collaborative Art Project

    Published 18/12/16

    This week the current Reception class in Madingley had the opportunity to do their first Plan-Do-Review project in Year 1. 

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  • Early morning activities

    Published 18/12/16

    How does early in the morning begin in Pre-prep? School doors open at 8.00am... and Pre-prep classrooms too! Children are welcomed in by Senior Leaders of the school and walk to the classrooms to help them have a smooth transition into the new year. New routines and environments can be exciting but the little ones can take a while to adapt. Welcoming children and allowing them to meet the teachers early in the morning is an opportunity to talk with children in preparation for the day ahead.

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  • KS1 trip to Denny Abbey

    Published 18/12/16

    KS1 went on a trip to Denny Abbey. Pupils participated in a full day of activities including: making cottage cheese; visiting a real Victorian farm house; hand washing clothes; exploring a Victorian shop and handling Victorian domestic objects such as a chip maker!

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  • Technology and the thematic approach to learning

    Published 18/12/16

    'We are learning about Victorians all day long!' stated one Year 2 child.

    Cross-curricular topics make lessons more meaningful for children. At SPF pupils are given learning experiences that link to a particular theme. Taking, for example, a Victorian theme; in music - Victorian songs are sung, in Science - materials are hand washed, in Art - Victorian style wall paper is designed, and in History - Victorian children's lives are role played. Opportunities to explore the local community are also utilised; taking photos of Victorian buildings on iPads and using these images to make Pic Collages is just one way this is achieved.

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  • Marvellous MUGA

    Published 18/12/16

    So what's a MUGA? Read on to find out...

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  • Astonishing Year 2 City Assembly

    Published 18/12/16

    At SPF Pre Prep children have the opportunity to share their learning with parents and carers once a term in the form of a class assembly.

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  • Planning Permission Approval

    Published 18/12/16

    In November 2015, the Planning Committee of Cambridge City Council unanimously approved our application for innovative redevelopment of part of the Senior School site in Union Road. This is fantastic news for students, staff, parents and indeed everyone involved with the Stephen Perse Foundation.

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  • Exciting new classes

    Published 18/12/16

    Take a look at the collages below to see what kindergarten to year 2 have been getting up to so far this term.

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