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  • We provide our pupils with a good standard of education
  • We created Kingdom; a groundbreaking, creative, innovative digital project
  • We develop above average extended writing for a variety of audiences
  • We participate in a rich variety of opportunities and visits that increase pupils' experience
  • We value the importance of creativity throughout the whole of the curriculum
  • We engage enthusiastically in a broad range of activities especially music and sport
  • We offer exciting and informative lessons and visitors to enthuse our pupils
  • We produced an innovative Video and VideoGame creative and imaginative project

April 23, 2014

Mission: Accepted

Lower School pupils accepted a mission this week. They have decided to help Professor Roberts find and stop the evil Gomez from polluting the last rainforest of Azon.


In order to help the professor they will need to learn how to control a whole range of devices, and they started this week with a juice machine and a heavy lifting machine. Pupils can improve their skills at home by trying out the first two control tasks again within Mission:Control in Planet Sherston. Just click on the link in the 'Online Tools' tab at the top of the school website, log in and head to the 'Crystal' area.

Good luck!

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April 22, 2014

Downtime apologies

We would like to send our apologies for the website downtime recently. Our website host - Typepad - has been subjected to a lengthy and vicious cyber attack by malicious hackers on the Typepad servers for several days that have prevented hosted websites being accessed and loaded by users.

Whilst Typepad have been battling against this attack day and night, we have had to wait patiently for it to be resolved as there has been nothing we could do.

We would like to publicly thank the whole Typepad team for the effort and resources they have put into finding a solution to this unwanted attack, and appreciate their constant hard work over the past week.


We are back online at the moment, but if we disappear again, you'll understand why!

More on the cause of the problems can be read here

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April 04, 2014

Achievement Assembly and more!

Congratulations to everyone who was presented with a certificate in today's assembly, along with the lucky Easter quiz winners and Egg decoration competition winners too.


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Decorating Eggs

We have been amazed at this years response to our decorated eggs competition. These are the entries that will be judged...

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April 03, 2014

Homertron - A CodeClub project

I am so impressed with the hard work and careful thinking that has been demonstrated for the past two weeks during our afterschool CodeClub sessions. The children were given the opportunity to create their own computer animation / task / game rather than follow a set of provided instructions.

Ben, cl3, used this time to create an amazing game that began as a green blob being followed around the screen by black blobs. He modified his creation (edited it), corrected mistakes within it (debugged it), and then improved how it looked to end up with 'Homertron'.

It's a nod to the the original Tron film, but with a donut hunting Homer rather than lightbikes. Enjoy!

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Unfortunately the embedding of the game for all to play and enjoy has been delayed whilst we investigate a bug that has appeared as the project was uploaded and transformed from a Scratch1 to a Scratch2 file.

Update: we have revised the code to version2 but know that moving in a NW direction whilst playing on a Mac causes the game to end. We're not sure why this happens, but it seems to work fine when playing on a Windows system. We think we've found a solution to this problem now, with a third revision of the code.

If the game above does not play correctly, please let us know!

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Class 6 visit Tesco

Today class 6 had the fantastic opportunity to visit Tesco! We went as part of Tesco's 'Farm to Fork' initiative, where children learn about nutrition and where food comes from. We learnt about different fruit and vegetables (and where they come from), found out about types of fish and even went into the bakery to find out how the bread was made. On top of all this we were lucky enough to try a variety of different food! Thank you to everyone at Tesco for such a brilliant morning and making us feel so welcome.

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April 02, 2014

Isabella the Brave

Class7 worked together last week to design an island for a class story. They decided on the shape of the island, and the objects that were on the island as well.

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They then worked in pairs to tell a small part of the story, before recording their ideas to be put together into an audio tale using screenshots from the 'Return to Mysterious Island' iPad app;

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Ending the Topic

Classes 1, 6 and 7 have been involved in a project recently looking at the development of computer and video games. They've looked at early games, the improvement in graphics, gameplay and controllers and even had a go at making their own games.

This week they used 2DIY to have a go at making their own classic computer game - PacMan! They learnt how to use 2DIY quickly, and created some wonderful games. Here's Jessica's finished game;  

Download Pac man by jess

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Class 6 learnt first hand what dissolving means in Science today. We looked at how solids can be mixed into a liquid and dissolve. We looked at a variety of different solids and investigated which can dissolve in water and which don't. We experimented with: coffee, sand, sugar, flour, gravel, salt and chalk.



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April 01, 2014

Class four Maths group - Mrs I

I have set you some takeaway homework for the holidays, you can choose the tasks to complete. I have based them on the areas you said you found tricky. There are a mix of fractions, percentages, area, perimeter, time, shape, coordinates, times tables and data handling. I will be able to check on line to see how well you are doing.

Accessing the takeaway homework.

Go to the school website, click on online tools, then click on interactive resources. Log on then click on class four maths. You are ready to choose the tasks you feel you need to work on. I am expecting you to complete at least five...

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