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Curriculum Questionnaire

Dear Children, Parents and Governors,

With the implementation of the new National Curriculum in September 2014, we are very excited to have the opportunity to develop our own curriculum at Cathedral School. We already have many fantastic topics and learning opportunities at school and we would like to extend this further as we take the new curriculum into account. As part of this we would like to listen and take on board your family’s views to help us develop our curriculum.

We would be very grateful if you could fill out this questionnaire with your child by Wednesday 2nd April.
Many thanks for your time. We are very much looking forward to sharing all the new learning opportunities your children will experience with you soon.

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Opening the Hummingbird Centre

Recently a pupil from Cathedral School was invited to St Thomas’ Hospital to help open the brand new Young People and Children’s Audiology Centre, called the Hummingbird Centre.

This is what said about the honour,

“On Wednesday afternoon my dad said something exciting was going to happen the following day. I couldn’t guess what is was and when he said that I was going to open a new clinic in St Thomas’ Hospital for the care of children with hearing loss, I thought, ‘Wow! Amazing! Fantastic!’

When it was time we were taken upstairs and there were some people waiting. The sign language person was my favourite because the way he did the sign language was encouraging. I liked the patterns of his hands and fingers.

I met a professor but I can’t remember his name, he was very kind and I shook his hand. He told me that I was a very lucky lad!

The professor said that I should help him open the centre because it is for children. There was red curtain that was shut and I had to pull a cord which opened the curtain and there was a plaque under the curtain. On the plaque there was writing which announced the new name The Hummingbird Centre (one lady thought that my name should be on the plaque too!)

Everybody clapped, I felt proud, more than proud! And Lottie, my teacher from Hearing Support Service was even more proud than that!”

Book Day

Book Day

Please click on the above image to view a full list of books you can buy with you World Book Day token.

Today the children and staff at Cathedral School dressed up as their favourite book characters and authors. The effort and creativity that went into the costumes was staggering. The staff were so impressed with the fact that all children could not only name the character they had dressed up as but that they could also describe them and talk about the story they appear in.

Some children chose to dress up as characters from a text studied at school (The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, Oliver Twist).

At Cathedral School we feel that one of the best things about World Book Day is discovering new authors and remembering forgotten favourites A very exciting part of the day was the ‘Choose a story session’. Children were able to choose a story from a selection before finding out which teacher would read it to them.

Which book did you choose to listen to?
Why did you choose it? Would you recommend it to others?

Reading Buddies

As part of Book Week all children in the school read with a child from other class. Some children shared their favourite books while others shared stories they had written.

Visit Class 6’s blog to see children reading their fantasy quest stories.

Lots of pupils gave their reading partner fantastic feedback on their reading including,

“I like the way your reading makes the story come to life.”

“Thank you for helping me with the words I found tricky”

What did you say to your reading buddy?

What did your reading buddy say to you?

What did you like best about reading with a child from another class?

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Shrove Tuesday

IMG_2008Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Throughout the United Kingdom, and in other countries too, people indulge themselves on foods that traditionally aren’t allowed during Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.

During our assembly, Mr Rojas reminded us about the origins of Shrove Tuesday and we discussed things we could give up or start doing while Sara cooked a pancake from scratch, with the help of pupils.

The pancake was flipped in front of the whole school and lucky Miss Godsell ate it with a special caramel sauce from Argentina known as “Dulce de leche salsa”!

How will you be observing lent this year?

A Published Author

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We are so proud to announce that Miss Scade has written a book! Last year she was commissioned by Practical Pre-School Books to write a guide to outstanding early years provision. The book entitled “Outstanding Early Years Provision in Practice” has now been published and is available from amazon and directly from the publisher, we also have copies in school that you are very welcome to browse.

The book aims to support practitioners and other child care professionals to achieve outstanding and creative provision using teaching ideas that are simple and easy to replicate.

Miss Scade’s book contains a number of photos of outstanding provision at Cathedral School and pupils in Nursery and Reception enjoying the wide range of activities.

Page 94 reads, “acknowledgement goes to the staff at Cathedral School, a dedicated team who do all that the can to ensure children thrive in an exciting and inspiring environment. An enormous ‘thank you’ goes to the children at Cathedral School who teach the adults new things every day!”

We are very proud of Miss Scade and her achievement which really showcases the quality of teaching and learning at Cathedral School.

Curriculum Evenings

This week, in response to feedback from parents, we ran Curriculum Evenings after school.
These evenings were designed to help parents support their child’s learning at home.

If you were unable to attend, don’t worry, you will be able to collect any handouts from the meeting at Parents Evening next Wednesday and Thursday.

What did you find most useful about the Curriculum Evenings? This will help us when we are planning our next one.

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