In the Autumn term, 20 year 6 students took part in a special Chaucer project run by Marina Angadi of The Twist Partnership (a leadership development organisation working with schools, young people and adults). The project aimed to empower students and develop a love of literature by engaging them with the general prologue of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The poem, a 14th century poem normally studied at A-Level, is the story of a group of pilgrims who are travelling to Canterbury together and tell each other stories to pass the time The children began the project by visiting the National gallery to look at contemporary paintings and through them understand the historical context of the poem. They went on to do storytelling, debating, perform with actors in role plays, write an essay and ended by preparing a performance of their work for the school and parents. The group learned sections of the poem in the original medieval language which is very different from the modern English that we use now and performed this alongside their own modern versions of the characters in the poem. They transformed “The Miller” into a baker working in Greggs and “The Franklyn” into the owner of a halal restaurant all of which was enjoyed by their audience. The children all received certificates for excellence at the end of the performance and five students were given special awards for outstanding achievement and hard work in their essays.
Richard III - Dec 2017
This year’s Shakespearean production has been another excellent one by the talented KS2 cast who were exceptional when they performed Richard III at the Shakespeare Schools Festival on Monday 21st November at Stratford Circus. Elmhurst pupils really shone brightly, commanding the stage and acting with conviction and confidence. Sarah Bonnell, the local Secondary School, also participated on the same night and our youngsters more than held their own.
A special congratulations to the actor/director Narinder Samra and director Mrs Colthrust who spent time really understanding the text. Our next production will be The Tempest and all those who feel inspired should come and audition!
National Inter-school Quiz Championship 2016
Out of 240 students, four children were selected to represent Elmhurst Primary School at a very special National Science Quiz. The event was held at Broadwater Primary School in Tooting Broadway and the children managed an amazing seventh place out of the twelve teams, despite only attending a few booster sessions. All four children did the School extremely proud: Mahim Sikder (5L), Inaya Crawford (5S), Ehsen Khan (6A), Muhammad Hamza (6R).
Debating is at the heart of our curriculum in Elmhurst and is one of our strengths as a school. To be able to debate is to have a voice – it is a demonstration of empowerment, critical thinking and character. We encourage all of our children to build these skills, and debating is embedded within our English curriculum, but also across the foundation subjects.
Elmhurst works with a phenomenal charity called DebateMate to run the Newham Debating Leagues and it is phenomenal to see the impact of high-quality debating spreading throughout the whole borough.
Formal debates are when teams of students compose and deliver arguments around an important policy issues, such as climate change or how the country should be run. By doing this, the children are learning more about the world they live in and their place in it as local, national and global citizens.
We have a proud history of competitive debating, with our teams regularly placing among the top school’s nationally. We have previously been crowned London champions and have made it into the finals of the national contest, competing at prestigious venues, such as the University of Oxford.
At our school, we strive to give our pupils the greatest possible opportunities, including within their extra-curricular activities. Through our two after-school debating clubs, we foster a range of skills, including confidence, vocabulary, grammar, fluency, reasoning, critical analysis, logical thought, teamwork, resilience, competitiveness, research skills, intellectual curiosity and speed of thought. This will help them greatly in their studies, their school life and far beyond.
SMSC stands for social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Here at Elmhurst Primary School, we take great pride in our approach to SMSC across the school, feeling that pupils should develop into tolerant, caring individuals with a social conscience. SMSC feeds into several areas of life at Elmhurst: collective worship during assemblies; charity and community outreach projects; school council; anti-bullying and mental health awareness weeks and young enterprise within the school.
Science is an exceptionally important subject, and it's vital that children lay the foundations of their scientific understanding at primary school. At Elmhurst, we prioritise the teaching of scientific enquiry skills, giving the children the opportunity to learn through practical experience. We are justifiably proud of the quality of our Science teaching.
ELMHURST AWARDED PRIMARY SCIENCE QUALITY MARK
The fantastic quality of science teaching at Elmhurst has been recognised with the achievement of a Gold award for the Primary Science Quality Mark in September 2018.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is a joint project led by led from the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the network of Science Learning Centres, the Association for Science Education and the Wellcome Trust.
Jane Turner, National Director of the PSQM programme , said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The standard of the submissions has been extremely high and their content is quite breath-taking. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE TEACHING
At Elmhurst, great Science means:
practical, hands-on investigation and enquiry
excitement, fun, inspiration and innovation
giving children the independence to question, explore and make discoveries – delivering the ‘Eureka’ moment!
And, by doing this, ensuring every child is making progress as a scientist.
ELMHURST SCIENCE WEEK 2016
Elmhurst Science Week 2016 will be held on the exciting theme of Renewable Energy. During the half term holiday children are tasked to work with their friends/family to create their own models and presentations of different types of ways need can use natural resources as a source of power. The week will culminate in a Science Fair to which parents will be invited and selected projects from each class will be presented to a panel of judges who will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize ribbons to the most creative and amazing projects. Further details will be sent out closer to the time.
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD IN SCIENCE
If you are interested in finding out more about primary school Science and in supporting your child in the subject, then you the following websites could be helpful:
We have an exciting RE curriculum at Elmhurst that children really enjoy. Each year, children enter their work into a Place of Worship Competition and do really well. Last year, we won 12 awards!
This year, we invited our parents and governors to celebrate our RE work with us in the hall. Here are some photos of the celebration evening: