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:
Our school regularly takes part in a range of sporting events both in and out of the borough. We run a variety of sports clubs and compete in events such as football, cricket, handball and athletics. Our sports teams have been very successful in recent years and their achievements include our Year 5/6 boys' football representing Newham in the 2018 London Youth Games, and our Year 5/6 mixed cricket team being crowned Capital Kids Cricket Indoor champions at Lord's cricket ground.
The limits of my language are the limits of my world.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
At Elmhurst pupils are taught French from year 3 to year 6. We aim to enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings orally and in writing. Each half-term pupils are taught a new topic through which they develop their knowledge of French phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. A variety of strategies (for example songs, games and role-play) are employed to enable pupils to embed new vocabulary.
Although our focus is French, at Elmhurst we love all languages! This is demonstrated by the variety of language clubs available to pupils. As you walk around our school you will see signs in a variety of modern languages which reflect the amazing number of languages spoken at home by our pupils.
- Introducing yourself (saying your name and age)
- Counting to 20
- French alphabet
Comment ça va? Comment tu t'appelles?
Quel âge as-tu?
- Answering the question: what would you like?
- Expressing likes and dislikes
- The date (includes numbers to 30, Days of the week, months, seasons)
Qu'est-ce que vous voulez?
Je voudrais ... J'aime ...
Je n'aime pas
- Animal vocabulary
- Describing colour of animals
- Describing what animals can do (using verbs)
- Describe what you and others are wearing
Qui est au zoo?
Il est quel couleur?
Qu'est-ce qu'il sait faire? Qu'est-ce que tu portes?
Je porte ...
- Describing where you live
- Classroom stationary
- Classroom objects
Où habites-tu ?
J’habite à Londres.
Qu'est-ce qu'il y a dans la classe?
- Café items
- Transactional language in a café
- Expressing likes and dislikes
- Body parts
- Describe a monster
Une table pour deux.
L'addition, s'il vous plait.
- Compass points
- Rooms in a house
- Furniture in a house
- Describing what is in your room and where it is
Quel temps fait-il?
Il fait beau/Il fait mauvais
- Describing your brothers and sisters
- Children read a French story and then write their own which they share with Year 3/4.
As-tu des frères ou des sœurs?
il y a
- Transactional language for a restaurant
- What do you like doing?
Qu'est-ce que tu aimes faire?
- French school routine
- Subjects at school and explaining your preferences
- Places in a town
- Giving directions
Ma matière préférée Bonjour, excusez-moi, mais je suis perdu(e)!
- Describing others
- What's the time?
- Describing the time you complete activities
Quelle heure est-il?
- Revising transactional language for purchasing
- Role play being in a café, restaurant, newsagent, market
- Describing daily routines
ensuite Quelles sont tes routines quotidiennes?
- Describing what you did last weekend and what you will do this weekend
- French culture
- Methods of transport
- Where did you go on holiday?
Qu'est-ce que tu as fait pendant le weekend?
Qu'est-ce que tu vas faire ce weekend? les vacances d’été
Between 26th - 29th June 18 Year 4 children will be visiting Paris! We have an amazing array of activities to do and sights to see. Amongst other things we will be visiting the Eiffel Tower and buying fruit and vegetables at a market! On Tuesday 10th July the children will be holding a presentation event at 3:30pm to share what they have learnt whilst in Paris.
Ms Breakwell holds a French club for Year 4 children on Thursday at 3:30pm. During this time the children are learning lots of useful phrases and questions that will help them to speak lots of French when they go to Paris!
Every year on 20th March we celebrate French Day! This year we played fun games related to colours, numbers, dates and greetings.
Your teachers love French!
This year four teachers (Ms Breakwell, Ms Sheth, Mr Creighton and Mr Sheppard) spent a week learning French in Lyon. They are using this knowledge to help them to teach other teachers and to ensure our pupils have great French lessons!
Music is a powerful tool in galvanising people around an issue. There's no better way to get your point across than to put it in a beautiful song.
- Ed Sheeran
Music is constantly being composed and performed in our school and if you listen carefully you’ll always be able to hear the bang of a drum or the tap of a glockenspiel. At Elmhurst we believe that every child should be given the opportunity to play an instrument and to raise their voice in song. No matter the age. Whole-class music lessons take place every week from Nursery to Year 4 with our music teacher, Mrs Crocker. In Year 5 and Year 6 our students choose an instrument which they learn for two years. At the moment we have children learning flute, clarinet, trombone, guitar and keyboard. We have an excellent teaching staff of professional musicians who come in every week to give the children this tuition. The instruments are provided by the Mayor of Newham as part of the Borough wide initiative, Every Child A Musician, and when the children leave Elmhurst they get to keep the instruments. Hopefully some children will be able to continue their instruments at Secondary school.
M ind of a mathematician – What is the same? What is different?
H igher order thinking skills
U nderstanding and depth
R elationship spotting
S ystematic (step-by-step) approach
T esting predictions
We believe that we are all mathematicians in that we draw upon relevant and efficient mental, written calculations and informal recordings (jottings) to trace our thinking as fundamental tools to help with solving word problems and problem solving investigations. At Elmhurst we endeavour to equip our pupils with tools and skills so they can choose the most efficient method depending on the context of the problem.
Fluency in number through a sound conceptual knowledge of place value, the rapid recall of times tables up to 12 (by the end of year 4) and applying this to create related multiplication and division facts is at the heart of our vision to empower pupils to be proficient at number crunching.
The use of the bar model and focus on the use of varied representations in line with some of the teaching approaches from Shanghai helps to embed the depth in conceptual understanding as well as being confident with the procedural fluency.
Our learning-teaching approach is step-by-step and steers towards ‘mastery’ where the focus is on creating as many relationships and links between the skills and concepts – depth as opposed to acceleration.
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." - Albert Einstein