Quick links: Mr Haddock Reads The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams | Mrs Ward Reads The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – Chapter 2 | Mrs Ward Reads The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – Chapter 1 | Book Week | Book Week Reading visitors | New-Age Kurling | 4 Chestnut Stars | Story Teller Visit | Year 1 visit to All Soul’s Church in Eastbourne | School Council Tree Planting | DT in Year 2 | Jolf at Roselands | Gruffalo Hunting in Foundation Stage | E-Safety Week at Roselands | Sovereign Lodge Visit | Football Update | Intra-school Sport Competitions | Stafford’s EYR Show | Sportshall Athletics | Eastbourne Youth Radio | Girls’ Football | Year 4 Eastbourne Visit | Girls’ Football Tournament | Hailsham Festival Competition Winner | Roselands’ Year 2 Leaver’s Show | Karate superstar! | Karate Champions | Year 2 Pet Day | Stafford Gardening Club | Book Award | Street Dance Star | Stafford Race for Life 2019 | Cricket Tournaments | Foundation Visit to Blackberry Farm | Young Engineers Competition | Academic Challenge Day | Sovereign Lodge Visit | Sports Days | New Age Kurling Finals at K2 in Crawley | Albion in the Community: Stafford Impact Report | School Games Gold Award | Book Award | Year 4 Intra-School Cricket Competition | Fishbourne Roman Palace | C Team Football Match | Race for Life | Jolf Days | Roselands School Council Town Hall Visit | Author Visit | EYFS Book Week | EYFS Chicks | Outdoor Learning Day | Year 5 Throwing Challenge | Year 3 Art Day | Year One Bodiam Castle Trip | Y3/4 Road to Eastbourne Tennis | Get Active Festival | Stoolball Festival | Active8 | Handball | Easter Parade | Term 4, Level 1 Intra-School Competition Report | Unihoc | Year 3 Tennis | Stafford Sports News | Cricket | National Skipping Day | I Love Reading Week | Science Week | Swimming Gala | Year 3 ‘I Love Reading’ Week | Australian Pen Pals | New Age Kurling Competition | School Games Logo Winner! | Year 4 Mayan Day | Bronze Age Jewellery Shop | Fantastic Writers | Year 5 Dance Off: Intra-school Competition | Year 4 Multi-Skills Festival | Netball Matches: Stafford v Ocklynge | Dance Fever | Cross Country | Dance Festival | Year 3 Get Creative with Salt Dough | Computing E-Safety Workshop from OneDayCreatives at Roselands | Roselands Foundation Stage Bake-Off | School Games Area Logo Design Winner! | Premier League Primary Stars | Children in Need | Nativity Shows | Sal’s Shoes | Stone Age Day | Balance in Motion | Intra-School Competition Report | Y5 Big Sing | Reverse Advent Calendars | Year 4 Multi-Sports Festival | Rainforest Café | Reading Mornings at Roselands

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Book Week

We were so lucky to have Isaac the Reading Dog visit us. He was so calm and loved listening to us read to him. Don’t worry, Isaac will be back in school to read with more children!

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New-Age Kurling

On Wednesday 26th February, 8 children went to this exciting competition against other schools from the local area. The children had a fantastic time at Shinewater Sports Centre taking part in  New Age Kurling.  They worked well together with great team spirit towards each other and their competitors. After playing and exhausting 10 games against different schools we were placed 11th & 4th.

Thank you very much to Mrs FItton, Miss Jackson and Mr Smith for taking them.

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Gruffalo Hunting in Foundation Stage

EYFS found a footprint at school and they had to find out by measuring with different objects who it belonged to! Through their problem solving the children discovered it was the Gruffalo who had left it. The Mouse then asked them to help him make Gruffalo crumble and the children wrote their own recipes for Gruffalo crumble. Throughout the week the children made posters, clay animals and their own play dough.

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E-Safety Week at Roselands

We had an exciting visitor to talk to the school about staying safe on-line. We had a workshop, played games and talked about knowing what to do and how to stay safe when we use the internet or play games on-line.

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Sovereign Lodge Visit

Roselands School Council recently visited our friends at The Sovereign Lodge to spread a little Christmas magic. We were very busy, visiting residents on every floor and showing them how well we remembered our Christmas songs. The residents were amazed at how confident our singers were and loved the signing that went with each song. Merry Christmas!

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Football Update

Football Achievements

Well done to Amelia, Jess and Darcey for being invited to Brighton trials.

Well done to Amelia and Jess for being invited to Sussex trials!

Congratulations to Amelia for being picked for the Sussex team – what an amazing achievement.

We are very proud of you all.

Football at Lancing 12/12/2019

On a very wet and miserable afternoon, the girls’ team travelled to Lancing for the next stage in the tournament. They played several matches in challenging conditions – drawing 2 and losing one. Missing out on the semi-finals by only one goal, we then played in the 5/6 play-offs, which we unfortunately lost. However, out of at least 100 schools that would have entered this round of tournaments, we think that 6th place is phenomenal! Well done girls. We are really proud of you. Thank you to Mr Smith for driving the bus and Mr Griffiths for coaching the team.

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Intra-school Sport Competitions

Hockey with Mr P - Team Colour Competition Winners

4 Ash Green
4 Chestnut Yellow
4 Larch Green
6 Cedar Red
6 Alder Red
6 Sycamore Blue & Yellow

Year 3 PLPS Handball Competition

The whole of Y3 took part and the winners were:

Amelie, Sophie, Harrison, Bailey, Thomas, Zack and Kai from Elm. Well done!

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Stafford’s EYR Show

On Wednesday 13th November, a representative from each class from Stafford took part in a live radio broadcast.

Each child was a part of planning and writing the scripts for the show which contained some insightful and challenging content on topical areas such as plastic pollution, climate change and Anti-Bullying Week.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the project and showed fantastic confidence and maturity when interviewing the local Councillors which formed a part of the show.

If you missed the show and would like to listen to it again, you can find it by following this link: www.eyr.org.uk.

Well done to each of the children who participated and thank you to Mrs Bradley for leading the experience!

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Sportshall Athletics

18 Year 6 children went to Hailsham to compete in the School Games Sportshall Athletics competition at Hailsham Community College. They participated in a range of exciting indoor events and all tried their hardest. Some of the children were really excited as it was their first opportunity to represent Stafford at a sporting event and we were really proud of all of you. Many thanks to Mr Griffiths and Mr Smith for acompanying us to the event.

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Eastbourne Youth Radio

On Wednesday, the Year 2 children visited Eastbourne Youth Radio at Sussex Downs College. They presented their very own radio show and shared a selection of songs and interviews that had all been prepared by the children. We are extremely proud of the way in which our children conducted themselves during their time at the college. We feel very proud to have children at our school who are willing to be brave, confident and who face challenges with a smile on their face. They were all incredibly proud of speaking live on air and we feel pride in having these children as part of our school. Well done Year 2! You were fantastic.

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Girls’ Football

On Friday 4th October some girls represented Stafford at the Albion in the Community tournament at Eastbourne Borough. Excitingly we got through to the next round at Lancing, which unfortunately we can’t attend due to Year 6 residential.
The girls were excellent ambassadors for Stafford and we are so proud of them.

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Year 4 Eastbourne Visit

Year 4 had an amazing trip on Monday in our local area. We visited the Animazing Exhibition at the Pavilion, where we learnt all about TV and animation. We also visited the Story of Eastbourne Exhibition in Terminus Road, where we learnt lots about Eastbourne in the past. We ate our lunch on the beach and did some art using all the natural materials. Thank you to all the parents who came along to help us on the day.

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Girls’ Football Tournament

Lat Friday, some of our talented footballers went to play in a tournament at Eastbourne Borough. The event was hosted by Albion in the Community and there were 9 schools from all over Sussex. The girls played lots of matches and reached the semi-finals. Excitingly, 3 of the girls were scouted by Brighton and invited to their Brighton & Hove Albion Development trials. The girls were all excellent ambassadors for Stafford and we are so proud of them.

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Hailsham Festival Competition Winner

Roselands Infants School triumphant in Festival Competition!

The Hailsham Festival has been running now for 13 years. In each of those Festivals there has been a popular 30-line limit competition.

This year that was expanded by the Festival Committee to include two more sections, one for Secondary Age Children and the other for Primary.

Even though entries were received from as far away as Lewes, Roselands pupil Sienna Cornford was awarded first place in the Primary competition. A fantastic achievement!

Sienna was presented with a Certificate to mark her achievement, and a free copy of the Anthology { in which all of the winners across all the Festival competitions are included} by Pam Robinson, Deputy Chair of the Festival, and Gareth Jones, Lead Committee member with oversight of the short story events. Sienna also received a book token to the value of £20.

The presentations took place in a special assembly where Sienna was congratulated on her High Achievement and for being a fine Ambassador of the School.

Even more exciting is that the Anthology is now available on Amazon as a paperback and an e-book so Sienna is, at a very young age, properly in print!

Congratulations to all concerned and role on next years exciting Festival Creative Competitions!

This is the link to the Amazon paperback page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1688719903

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Roselands’ Year 2 Leaver’s Show

Wow! What Fantastic Shows! On Thursday Year 2 put on a brilliant performance of pirates versus mermaids. Everyone was astounded by their enthusiasm and hard work...parents were in tears! Year 2 have really shown how ready they are for their next exciting chapter at junior school. They will be missed at Roselands!

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Karate Champions

These two talented children from our Federation took part in the Canton karate championships in Kent. One got 1st in kata and 2nd in kata pairs and the other achieved 2nd place in kata and sparring. What amazing achievements! Well done, we are all very proud of you.

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Year 2 Pet Day

Linking with Year 2 reading 'There's a snake in our school' by David Walliams. Year 2 had a Dog Day and wrote from the perspective of a dog. They were very excited as each class was provided with their very own dog. The children used some lovely language to describe how the dog may have felt. Well done Year 2 !

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Stafford Gardening Club

The Stafford Gardening Club have had fun in the sunshine for the last two terms, growing pumpkin plants from seed, growing huge sunflowers outside the year 3 classrooms (one of which has 11 flowers sprouting from it!) They also planted seed bombs in the boat by the school entrance and made sure all of the flowers were regularly watered.

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Book Award

Following on from our very successful contributions of book jacket designs, creative writing and book reviews, the Book Club children received the exciting news last week that they have also won the East Sussex Book Award Quiz! As a result, we now have many new fiction and non-fiction books to add to our library in September.

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Cricket Tournaments

Over the last month, teams from Stafford have been taking part in cricket tournaments from the local area. All the teams were able to win 2 games and got better throughout the tournaments. As well as the team successes, the child had their own individual success such as bowling somebody out, taking a catch in the field or hitting the ball for six runs. The children were excellent sportsman – celebrating their own and others success while respecting the oppositions. They all made Stafford proud.

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Foundation Visit to Blackberry Farm

EYFS went to visit out wonderful chicks at Blackberry Farm! They have got so big now and changed colour. We were so excited to go on two huge coaches, “That is the biggest bus I have ever seen” (Isaac). We had a ride on a red tractor and saw the goats trip trapping over the wooden bridge. We were allowed to handle and pet the guinea-pig Treacle and the floppy-eared bunny! “Treacle is like a soft cuddly pudding” (Mabel). We fed the animals by holding our hands out flat and approaching slowly and calmly. “It tickles me” (Mitchell). It was so much fun having a picnic altogether and then playing in the amazing play-area with bouncy-pillow, zip-wires and tractors.

Thank you so much to our fantastic parent helpers – we couldn`t have done it without you! We loved every moment!

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Young Engineers Competition

Some of the Year 2 children went to the town hall this week to participate in the Young Engineers competition. We were so proud of their hard work and despite many other schools taking part, they came second place. What superstars! We are all very proud of you. Well done!

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Academic Challenge Day

On Tuesday, eight children from Year 6 were invtied to Eastbourne College for an Academic Challenge Day. The children were split into groups with other schools and took part in some exciting ice-breakers with their new teammates.

They then participated in a range of different activities some of which included: physics with rockets, finding out what 'random' meant in maths, performing Shakepseare outside for English and completing a web quest using only French websites.

The children were all a credit to the school and worked very hard throughout the day. We are grateful to Eastbourne College for having us and Mr Friel for coming along to support us on the trip.

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Sovereign Lodge Visit

Roselands School Council enjoyed a trip to see our friends at Sovereign Lodge last week. We spent a lovely morning in the garden painting some lovely pictures and enjoying a well-earned snack. Before leaving, we joined in with some country music, performing with percussion instruments. Mrs Rogers revealed herself to be a very keen dancer!

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Sports Days

Thank you so much to all the parents who came and supported our sports mornings. We all really enjoyed them and it was fabulous to see the children competing and trying their best. Each class represented a country this year and had worked hard making flags to carry out during our welcome ceremony, where they paraded in to their country’s national anthem.

Points were awarded for each place in the group activities and totaled up to find our winning colour team. It was really close this year, but the winners are as follows:

Year Group Colour Team Winner

Points in each Year group were:

Year Group Yellow Red Blue Green
3 121 112 114 109
4 207 154 156 162
5 114 165 153 150
6 102 115 134 124

We also give the children points for showing our School Games Values and these are totaled up for each team colour. The results are:

Value Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

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New Age Kurling Finals at K2 in Crawley

Following our success at the South Downs Area competition, our team went to Crawley to represent the South Downs Area in the School Games Area Finals. The children had an amazing day and were excellent ambassadors for Stafford. We came 6th out of 8 schools which was fabulous. During the day, they took part in their Kurling matches, played in the exploration zone and even met an Olympic rower! Thank you to Mr Smith for driving the bus and to Miss Atwell for accompanying the children. Well done to our 4 New-Age Kurling representatives – we are very proud of you!

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Book Award

Last week, the Stafford Book Club children attended the final event of the East Sussex Children’s Book Award at the Hippodrome Theatre, where the winning author was announced – Sharon Treganza, ‘The Jewelled Jaguar’. We were very impressed with the number of children who won prizes for their book jackets, creative writing and book reviews. It has also given us such pleasure to see the ‘trickle-down’ effect of these books being recommended to other Year 6 children and the lively discussions that have followed.

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Year 4 Intra-School Cricket Competition

Today, our cricket coach, Mr Smith from Sussex Cricket www.sussexcricket.co.uk, organised a ‘5 Bats Speed Cricket’ competition with houses playing against each other in a round robin across the three classes.



Red (30) v Blue (46)
Green (96) v Yellow (80)


Blue v Green – Draw
Yellow v Red – Yellow win


Red (21) v Green (40)
Blue (50) v Yellow (67)

Points table

(2 points for a win and 1 point for draw) so Green won it!

Green – 5
Yellow – 4
Blue – 3
Red – 0

Well done to the Green Team.

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Fishbourne Roman Palace

On Wednesday 19th June, Year 4 travelled to Fishbourne as part of their work on ‘Rotten Romans’. We visited Fishbourne Roman Palace where we took part in a number of exciting activities throughout the day. We found out how the palace had been discovered, looked at artefacts and studied examples of Roman mosaics. Also, each class took part in a workshop where we found out about the clothes they would have worn, with some of us having the opportunity to dress up. We had a chance to play games similar to those that Roman children and adults would have played, write our names and practise our mosaic skills.

We all had a wonderful time and would like to thank all of the adults who gave up their time to come with us and make the trip a success. It was also lovely to be told by the museum staff how impressed they were with the children’s enthusiasm and behaviour.

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C Team Football Match

In the afternoon, 9 boys, Mrs Lloyd, Mr Smith and Mrs Topali, went to Heron Park for an exciting football match. We had an excellent afternoon and drew the match 1:1. There was an amazing goal by Dexter and a fabulous penalty save by Connor! We were so proud of the boys and their sporting attitude - they were a real credit to Stafford. They all tried their best, said good luck before the match and shook hands afterwards. There were so many smiles during the afternoon and it was wonderful to see them developing their self-confidence and pride - well done!

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Race for Life

We were so proud of all the children with their efforts for our Stafford Race for Life. With the music blaring and the rain holding off, we ran, marched and walked around the field, collecting beads to let us know how many 0.3km laps we completed. Lots of children aimed for 10 laps to complete 3km and reached their target. Some children managed more and two Year 6 children even continued into break and achieved 30 laps! Everyone tried their best and lots of the staff did really well too. A huge thank you to Janet and Donna who came from the Relay for Life team for their help and for the donations of the wrist bands. What an amazing morning!

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Jolf Days

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had a fabulous golfing experience at both schools, lead by Mr Plimmer from Jolf. On Tuesday, all the children at Stafford took part and on Wednesday, he visited Roselands - with 15 Year 6 Leaders who helped out with the sessions. We received some fabulous feedback from Mr Plimmer that we wanted to share with you:

Thank you very much for inviting me into your schools over the last 2 days, lovely children, encouraging & eager teachers for a great couple of days golf.

Not sure I can quite put into words my experience today with the year 6 leaders today. One of the single best days teaching I think I have ever had. and just goes to show that children are BRILLIANT!

If provided with opportunities they can flourish and surprise us (and possibly themselves!!!)

Please pass on my thanks to them again and also to their parents and SLT at school about how they were a credit to themselves and the school 🙂

Each class also had a golden ball winner, who was awarded it for working well with the values of the session. Well done to:

Elm   Adam
Rowan   Maria
Birch   Solomon
Chestnut   Phoebe
Ash   Joshua
Poplar   Thomas
Oak   Reuben
Acacia   Amelia
Maple   Harry
Cedar   Ella
Larch   Jack
Sycamore   Eirini
Alder   Luke
Dolphins   Alexandria
Sea lions   Scarlett
Whales   Heidi
Parrots   Ellie May
Penguins   Evie
Tigers   Paddy
Flamingos   Molly
Leopards   Oscar
Panthers   Louie

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Author Visit

On Wednesday 5th June, we had a visit from author of ‘The 1000-year-old Boy,’ Ross Welford. As we entered the hall, he entertained the children with wonderful piano-playing. This was followed by several magic tricks which wowed the audience. Ross gave useful tips to the children about story-writing and then, later in the day, he worked with a group of Year 6 children to help inspire their own individual writing. The day was rounded off with a book signing session. All in all, it was a very worthwhile day.

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EYFS Book Week

EYFS had an exciting Book Week with a range of activities and visitors. Each day we spent time reading books of our choice from our library and reading corners. We shared these with friends and talked about which parts we liked and what other stories we knew that were similar. We were visited by Guy Parker-Rees a Brighton based illustrator who taught us how to design a penguin character and Geraldine the Giraffe from “Giraffes Can’t Dance” – we even met her and performed our own dance moves! On Wednesday we saw Charlotte’s Web – a real theatre production and learnt about friendship, self-belief and loss. We enjoyed meeting the actors and looking at the props! On Thursday we dressed up as our favourite Book Characters. We met Rainbow Fish, Highway Rats and Superheroes from all sorts of stories! We couldn’t believe it when a real life princess came in to our classes and told us all about her friends. She taught us how to ballroom dance and sing some songs from fairytales. Finally we met Sue Hendra and Paul Linnett, the authors of one of our favourite books “Supertato”. We completed super missions and heard about Cake – the real – life cake who had to escape a party before he turned in to cake crumbs!

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EYFS Chicks

We have had an exciting edition to EYFS this week. Our chicks have hatched! We have enjoyed watching and waiting for them to hatch and were so excited to watch as the chicks came out of the eggs. We have especially enjoyed having the chicks in our classrooms and seeing what they get up to! We have done lots of writing about the chicks and have thought of names that we can call them.

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Outdoor Learning Day

On Thursday 23rd May we had a fantastic day of Outdoor Learning.  The children made great use of the school site and we were lucky enough to have great weather.  The children enjoyed doing sums on the playground and reading in groups in the meadow. Year ones learned about micro-habitats from the school pond too.

Year 3’s day started with reading outside – something so simple but so enjoyable. It was nice for the children to be able to read with friends in different classes and to share their favourite books with one another. We then moved onto writing nature poems in which the children used all five of their senses to create a range of poems. Some children wrote acrostic poems some children wrote poems that rhymed and some children did both! Everyone thought carefully about what to include and even remembered to include features like similes and alliterations. Miss Taylor then led some Zumba on the playground before break which was great to move to some music in the sunshine! After break time, the children used a range of equipment to measure the area and perimeter of different areas on the school playground. During the activity, the children showed great teamwork skills as well as mathematical skills to be able to add and multiply numbers. In the afternoon we got creative again by going on a nature walk to find materials to create a collage. We then used our senses to think about different sounds we hear in the outdoors and then recreated them using musical instruments. Each group performed their sounds and the other groups had to guess the sounds being made. Our last activity was drama where the children had role cards and used these to produce a whole class performance.

Everyone in Year 3 had so much fun and enjoyed being able to work across the year group and with children in Year 4. Ms Slimon – thank you so much for organising an amazing day, we really appreciate it!

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Year 5 Throwing Challenge

This week, Year 5 took part in an exciting throwing challenge, organised by Mr Richards. This was both a personal and inter-class competition.

The children had to attempt 3 different throws - having three turns at each to improve their personal best. The totals were then added up and winners in each class were as follows:

Acacia: Bronze: Noah (36), Silver: Olivia S, Olivia A, Beau (37), Gold: Leilani, Lily H (39)
Maple: Bronze: Caspian, Tameem, Sophie, Winnie, Henry, Harry S (33), Silver: Phoebe (36), Gold: Ned, Sienna (37)
Oak: Bronze: Louie (34), Silver: Zuzanna (35), Gold: Darcie (37)

Overall winners: Gold: Leilani, Lily H (39), Silver: Ned, Sienna, Olivia S, Olivia A, Beau, Darcie (37) Bronze: Phoebe, Noah (36)

Well done everyone for taking part.

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Year 3 Art Day

On Tuesday, Year 3 got arty during their Art Day! Throughout the morning the children participated in different activities. The children looked at the work of Henri Matisse and created their own collages by cutting or tearing different materials. As they weren’t allowed to use pencils to draw out their collage design, the children got very creative and it was great to see them being more spontaneous with their choices. Another activity they took part in was using water colours to create a landscape. After carefully watching a tutorial, the children used large brushes and different colours to build layers to their landscapes. The final morning activity was sketching. The children had to use the skills they have been practising in art this term by using different pencils to add light and dark tones to their sketches. They sketched different items such as flowers in a vase, history artefacts and an oil lamp. After lunch, the whole of Year 3 continued their sketching skills by sketching the landscape they could see behind the field. Lots of light and dark tones were used to emphasise how far or close things are to school. Our corridor is already covered with lots of unique art. Everyone should be very proud of their hard work – we certainly are!

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Year One Bodiam Castle Trip

Year One had a fantastic day this week at Bodiam Castle to celebrate the end of our Castles and Fairy tales topic! We enjoyed sketching the castle in the sunshine, eating the lunch with the ducks and exploring the different parts of the castle. The children loved acting as kings, queens, servants and knights in each of the rooms. Thank you to all the parents who helped on this trip.

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Y3/4 Road to Eastbourne Tennis

8 excited Y3 and Y4 children travelled to Gildredge Park for the Road to Eastbourne tennis qualifiers on Tuesday afternoon. When we arrived, we played some fun games to warm up on the grass and then moved onto the courts, where we played some games. Everyone tried really hard and it was great to see such enthusiasm from everyone. We ended the afternoon in 4th equal place with some other schools. Thank you so much to Miss Atwell for coming along to help and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Get Active Festival

On Wednesday afternoon, 19 children from Year 3-5 and 9 children from Year 2, went to the Eastbourne Sports Park for our Get Active Festival. This was run by the University students, who had organised an amazing range of activities, for us and some of the other Alliance schools. During the afternoon, we played a range of games in the sports centre and outside on the Astro pitch.

The children really enjoyed themselves and were great ambassadors for Stafford. Thank you to Mrs Osborne-Walker for supporting on the trip and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Stoolball Festival

On Wednesday afternoon, 10 children from Year 3 went to a Stoolball Festival at Eastbourne Sports Park. The afternoon was run by college students who had been trained in the morning by players from England's Stoolball team. Over the course of the afternoon, the children participated in different warm up activities to practise the skills needed to play the game. They had to throw and catch a ball, throw the ball aiming for a stoolball post and bat the ball using a stoolball bat. After this, they played games against the other schools there and the children did really well in both fielding and batting, with all children getting a number of runs.

Over the next few weeks, we are hoping the children will be able to teach the rest of Year 3 the skills they were taught... watch this space!

Thank you to Mr Walton and Mr Smith for driving the minibus and to Miss Hills and Miss Smith for supervising the children.

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We have been working hard to improve our lunchtimes at Stafford and have employed the help of a company called Activ8. At the end of last week, we launched our new zones, following assemblies by Lee and Carly from the company. The launch was a real success and all the new equipment was a real hit! Pleasingly, there have been a lot less accidents and incidents of negative behaviour, which is fabulous. All the lunchtime staff are working really hard to ensure this success carries on - please remind your children about looking after equipment and being respectful of it. Please see the first Sports Crew Newsletter for more information. www.activ8forkids.co.uk

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On Tuesday 30th April, 8 Year 4 children went to Ratton School for a handball tournament. There were 8 other schools there and we played 7 fast-paced matches. The game was new to the children, but they quickly learnt new skills and tactics and played really well. It was fabulous to see them trying something new and having lots of fun. We didn’t win any of our matches this time, but we did draw 2. The children were all so enthused by the game, that they have already taught the Year 4 classes how to play (with the help of Mr Smith who attended the tournament). Mr Smith has also taught this to all the other year groups and the game has been really well received this week. It has been great to see everyone trying so hard with a new sport – well done. For more information on the game see https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/what-is-handball

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Term 4, Level 1 Intra-School Competition Report

This week has been our exciting competitions week at school. All the year groups have taken part in an intra-school competition, either within their own class or against other classes in the year group. Certificates were also awarded in the some of the competitions for children who did particularly well, or who demonstrated the School Games Values.

Year 3 & 5 Find-a-Goal

The aim of this School Games competition is to pass your ball through every goal in the shortest possible time. The children competed in pairs to see who the winners were. Certificates were also awarded to the most improved players.

Year 3 have been doing ball skills this term and their competition focused on netball skills:

Gold medallists Paige G, Amy, Elsa, Peyton
Silver medallists Casper Conway, Maisie Crompton
Most improved player Olivia Macklin
Ball dribble Mia, Bella, Hannah, Anna, Sasha, Niamh, Lacey, Isobel
Fast running Charlie in Rowan
Great effort in running Casey, Lacey, Bella

Year 5 have been doing hockey this term and so ran the same competition but with hockey equipment:

Gold medallists Grace C, Jess, Leilani, Lily
Silver medallists Lucy, Archie
Most improved player Henry
Winners Zuzanna & Hayley
Dribbling challenge Zuzanna, Hayley, Victor & Alfie

Year 4 Run the Loop

The ‘Run the loop’ core task involves a team of four batters trying to score points by striking the ball and running between bases, and a team of four fielders trying to retrieve, throw and catch the ball quickly and accurately. This was run as a competition in the last week after lots of skills practise!

Certificates went to Myles, Dylan T and Lola, Pearl, Alfie, Oliver, Teddy

Year 6 Treasure Island Invasion School Games Challenge

Achieve: The aim of this game is to collect treasure and get it back to your team’s treasure chest without losing your tail.

Year 6 Competition certificates were awarded to:

  • Charlie M, Keira, Sofia, Violet, Ben, Thomas R, Anna-Maria
  • Payten, Grace, Melody, Endrit, Kacey
  • Kal-El, Amelia, Thomas S, Lillie P, Lilli-Jane, Chloe

Year 6 Haka Dance-Off

The Year 6 classes have all been working hard this term creating their own version of the traditional New Zealand dance, the Haka. The term started with us watching the All Blacks intimidate their rugby opposition and we learnt to copy some of the moves.

From here, each class then choreographed their own dance in a similar style. The classes each nominated a leader, who used ideas from individuals to complete their own version. It was excellent to see the children lead their own learning in this way and work together as class teams.

The dances were then performed and judged. The joint winners were Alder – for their well-led dance that was intimidating and used a range of dance technicalities, such as mirroring and unison and Cedar – who had added group choreography after their whole class dance. Well done to all the classes for their great teamwork and enthusiasm.

Football Club awards

Mr Griffiths and Mr Brown, who run our football club, have been watching the players carefully! On Wednesday, they awarded some trophies. Well done to Mikey, who received the most improved attitude award, Phoebe, who achieved the most improved player award and Ben, who achieved the best player award.

Well done also to all our teams who have represented Stafford this term at our sports clubs and in the Level 2 competitions. We are very proud of all your efforts!

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On the morning of Thursday 4th April, 8 Year 4s went to Heron Park School for a Unihoc tournament. There were 9 other schools participating and we played in 2 different groups. In our group were Ocklynge, Gildredge House, Pevensey & Westham and West Rise. Mr Griffiths kindly came into school on Tuesday to give the children a bit of a practise and it was clear that they learnt lots. They played really well in all their matches, with 3 draws and one loss. Miss Atwell and I were so very impressed with the amazing attitude and behaviour of the children we took. They were a real credit to our school and we were really proud of them. We unfortunately missed out on a place in the semi or finals, but stayed to support the other teams – it was a really enjoyable morning! Thank you so much to Miss Atwell for her support and to Mr Walton for driving the minibus.

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Year 3 Tennis

On Monday, Year 3 went and learnt lots of new tennis skills at Hampden Park with Jenny (a tennis coach). The children participated in warm up activities and then built up their skills in order to perfect the skill of a rally. All of the children were excellent role models and amazed their teachers with how quickly they learnt a variety of skills. Thank you to all of the adults who came to help (we wouldn’t have been able to go without you!), to Mr Smith for driving the minibus and to Jenny for giving Year 3 a terrific tennis morning!

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Stafford Sports News


On Saturday 23rd March, 8 children went to represent Stafford at the B Team football tournament at Ocklynge. There were 3 other schools playing and we played several exciting matches. The final match was a play-off for second and third place and we were unfortunately just pipped at the post! Congratulations to the team for playing so well together and representing our school. Thank you to Mr Brown for coaching and refereeing some of the matches and to him, and Miss Smith, for spending their Saturday morning supporting this event.


Our team finally got to play in the South Downs Area tournament that had been postponed twice due to bad weather. The team travelled to Gildredge House, where they played 3 other schools in several matches. Excitingly, we received second place! The team played really well together and are a tribute to Ms Rolf & Ms Pearson who train them on a Tuesday at our after school club. Thank you so much to them both, and to Mrs Osborne-Walker for supporting the children at this event.

Sport Crew Meeting

On Thursday 21st March, our Sports Crew met to discuss a range of areas linked to our school PE and activities. We talked about morning activities, lunchtimes, PE lessons and after-school clubs. Each class representative took a questionnaire to discuss and get feedback from their class members. We will discuss these at our next meeting.

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This week, Year 5 and 6 all enjoyed taster sessions for Street Cricket, run by Oliver Smith from Chance to Shine. The children really enjoyed their sessions and loved the fast pace of this game.

Oliver runs a free Street Cricket Club in Willingdon - for further details see below or visit www.activesussex.org/sussex-street-cricket-hits-sussex

  • Thursdays - 16.00 to 17.00
  • Venue - Willingdon Trees Community Centre, Holly Place, Eastbourne, BN22 0UT
  • Dates - 17th January 2019 to 25th July 2019
  • Ages 11 to 12 years - although open to all Y5/6 children if they show a particular interest
  • Contact oliver.smith@sussexcricket.co.uk

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National Skipping Day

Friday 22nd March was the 17th National Skipping Day. To celebrate, all the classes took part in a 20 minute skipping session. We all had lots of fun using individual and group ropes. Well done to all the children who participated and thank you so much to Miss Smith for organising this event.

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I Love Reading Week

During 4th -11th March at Stafford, we celebrated our fantastic reading week with a whole host of reading centred activities.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we opened up the doors to the hall and welcomed lots of eager children and adults to take part in a reading breakfast. So many children bought some new and exciting books from the book fair and read to their adults whilst helping themselves to tonnes of free breakfast items! It was a wonderful and magical couple of mornings watching children enjoying reading and talking about books!

Tuesday afternoon was spent sharing a story. Lots of year groups mixed up so that children could read to someone older or younger than them. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the older ones were reading role models to some of the younger ones. Year 3 had an opportunity to go back to Roselands and read with Year 1 and Year 2 got to experience reading with Year 5 – they made some lovely friendships which will help when some of them arrive at Stafford in September.

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day. There were many activities taking place around the school such as: live author interview videos, creating book character bunting and bookmarks, book quizzes and loads more! As well as this, the children participated in dressing up as a book character of their choice. The winners from each year group and an overall school winner were awarded with National Book Vouchers. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the fantastic outfits the children wore!

A book swap shop was set up in the library on Wednesday and Friday at lunch time for children to bring in up to five books from home that they no longer read to swap for new books to increase and widen their reading experiences. We hope you’ve found something enjoyable from all the donations!

Finally, our favourite story teller, Craig Jenkins, paid us a visit on Monday 11th March to entertain us with a plethora of exciting tales! We heard all about a story which empowered women which featured a singing cow; a story based around a donkey with an important moral as well as various others. Craig then allowed parents to take part in a work shop after school which got all of the children and grown-ups off their feet and moving around as an animal of their choice in his story of  ‘The Sky is Falling’. He shared a variety of stories from other cultures and countries including: Thailand, India and Malaysia. We look forward to welcoming him back next year.

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Science Week

It’s been an exciting this week! The children had a great time dressing up as different kinds of scientists on Monday with astronauts, explorers, palaeontologist and sports scientists. We started the week with a visit from a storyteller called Craig Jenkins who told us a story about animals who saw their reflection in a river, and heard their voices echoing. We have had other visitors including two Sport Scientists from The University of Brighton who investigated how fast they could cycle in the hall, a Biomedical Scientist teaching us about blood and Little Kickers came in to teach us about how exercise keeps us healthy.

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Swimming Gala

On Tuesday 12th March, 9 Year 6s went to the University of Brighton in Denton Road to take part in the Eastbourne PE Association swimming gala. There were 7 schools in total and the children swam races in front crawl, breaststroke and backstroke. There ware also girls and boys relay events. Excitingly, we made it to the final in several of the races securing two silver places and four 4th place positions. We were really pleased to come third overall!

Thank you so much to Mrs Orford for accompanying us on the trip and to Mr Walton for dropping us off in the bus. Thank you to to all the parents who came to support and cheer us on – it was lovely to hear.

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Year 3 ‘I Love Reading’ Week

Year 3 have loved ‘I Love Reading’ week! It has been great to see the children so excited about reading. We have loved learning about their favourite book characters and books.

Throughout the week, the children have been writing a non-fiction fact file about their favourite book character. Their knowledge of their chosen characters has been very impressive! They had to think about the features of a non-fiction piece of writing, as well as thinking carefully about the different sub-headings and the relevant information they should include under them. We will be finishing these off next week, so keep an eye for some finished pieces!

On Tuesday, we went to Roselands to read with the Year 1 children. It was so lovely to see nearly 200 children engaged in a range of books. The Year 3 children read their books with confidence and enthusiasm and the Year 1 children listened beautifully. Some of the Year 1 children even chose some books to read to their Year 3 partner. It was a fabulous afternoon – well done to all the children involved! Thank you to all the parent helpers who helped walk the children to and from Roselands – we wouldn’t have been able to go without you!

World Book Day was on Thursday and the children (and adults!) in Year 3 arrived as a range of characters from a variety of books! The children participated in lots of reading activities, but the highlight of the day was making potions in Maths! Professor Albus Dumbledore had set a task to make potions that could control parents, make teachers give you stickers and a potion to make you invisible! The children had to carefully measure the ingredients (such as juiced minion, unicorn blood and troll spit!) using different equipment and different scales.

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Australian Pen Pals

After much anticipation, the children in 3 Rowan finally received their first letters from their Australian pen pals! It felt like Christmas day opening up the parcel with them all in, and even more exciting to receive and open their individual letters.

The children spent time reading their letters and finding out about how some children live on the other side of the world! They are currently finishing off their replies, ready to send at  the beginning of next week.

3 Rowan have loved putting their learning into something meaningful and can’t wait to hear back from their pen pal already!

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New Age Kurling Competition

On Wednesday 27th February 2019, four Year 6 children took part in an exciting opportunity at Shinewater Sports Centre playing New Age Kurling. There were 4 other schools there, represented in 8 teams. Our 2 teams played 5 matches against other schools and, after that, the teams were redrawn into further pools to decide the final order of the teams. Excitingly, the boys team won!

Well done to all the children who came along and represented Stafford – you were fabulous. Thank you to Ms Atwell for giving up her lunchtime to come along and help out with the event.

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School Games Logo Winner!

A couple of weeks ago, we congratulated Isobel for her winning design for the Sussex School Games logo. Below is the report that has gone to schools and pictures of the logos. Well done Isobel.

New Team name and logo for Sussex School Games Competitions

All nine SGO areas have new teams names and logos that will be used for Level 3 Sussex School Games competitions. (We will still be known as South Downs Area for everything else!)

Thank you to the schools that sent in design competition entries for the South Downs Area. The winning idea was designed by Isabel from Stafford School in Eastbourne. Congratulations to Isobel who will receive her own South Downs Area T-shirt.

The new logo will appear on the T-shirts being worn at the first Sussex School Games final (Sportshall Athletics) this Friday.

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Year 4 Mayan Day

On Monday of this week, Year 4 celebrated the end of term by having a Mayan Day. We learnt about the importance of chocolate in the development of the Maya culture. Did you know that it was used as money? We found out how they became powerful, as well as why they declined. We were able to compare what we knew about the Saxons, Celts and Ancient Egyptians to see that they were not totally different after all. We retold stories in words and pictures, with some children even acting out what they had found out. We looked at different masks, comparing some of them with those we had looked at in term 1 and used coloured squares to create mosaic designs.

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Fantastic Writers

On Thursday morning, Year 5 visited the children in Year 3 to share some of their writing they have been working really hard on. After explaining what their writing task was, the children from Year 5 read their work with confidence to the Year 3 children. The children in Year 3 listened to their Year 5 authors beautifully. In a kind and thoughtful way, they then gave the Year 5s some positive feedback and something they could improve on. The Year 5 children took on board the feedback they received and have spent (or will spend!) some time making these improvements.

Year 3 loved listening to the Year 5’s writing and it has inspired them to become fantastic writers too!

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Year 5 Dance Off: Intra-school Competition

On Wednesday 13th February, Year 5 presented their dances to the Cover Supervisors who judged them on a range of criteria, such as their choreography, keeping in time with the music and the energy they put into their dances. The dances were all based on the theme of taking a test or exam and the children all entertained each other with enthusiasm! The winning class was 5 Oak - well done!

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Year 4 Multi-Skills Festival

On Tuesday (12th February) – at the same time as the netball matches – 13 Year 4 children travelled to Hailsham Community College to take part in an exciting new event, which included lots of fun activities like ‘Animal Walks’ and ‘Crossing the Swamp’. There were several other schools there and we all had lots of fun. It was great to see everyone joining in with lots of enthusiasm and energy. Thank you to Mr Walton for driving the minibus and to Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Orford for coming to support with the event.

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Netball Matches: Stafford v Ocklynge

On Tuesday (12th February) after school, 13 children took part in 2 inter-school netball matches against Ocklynge. For some of the children, it was their first experience of playing in a match. All the children tried really hard and we are pleased to report that we won one match 10-5 and Ocklynge won one 7-2.  Well done to everyone and a huge thank you to Ms Rolf who ran the event and to Mrs Slimon for all her help.

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Dance Fever

30 very excited children performed last night at Ratton School in our first ever Eastbourne Schools PE Association dance festival. We arrived at 3.45pm ready for a rehearsal, which went very smoothly. Packed teas followed in the gym and then everyone put on their new t-shirts for the performance – which was fabulous.

Huge thank you to Miss Doig our dance teacher, the staff from Ocklynge who oversaw the preparations for the event and a really big thank you to Miss Smith, Miss Coombe, Ms Perry and Mrs Springett who came along to help supervise the children. We were all so proud of all their hard work and how they represented Stafford – we hope lots of the children will be able to take part in the new dance club that Miss Doig will be running at Stafford after half term.

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Cross Country

On Thursday 31st January, a Year 6 pupil took part in the Area Finals for the Cross Country. She competed against children from schools from all across the County - 70 girls in total. She was amazing and came 17th, narrowly missing out on the 15 place cut off for the national finals. Everyone is really proud of you – well done!

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Dance Festival

The first Eastbourne PE Association dance festival is taking place this Thursday 7th February at 6.30pm. We are excited to be entering a group performing our dance against ‘Pointless Plastics’ to Michael Jackson’s, ‘They don’t really care about us’. We are really looking forward to it and have performed in school already to Years 3 & 4 (see the photo!). We are looking forward to performing to Year 5 & 6 – hopefully later this week.

Mrs Lloyd would like to thank Miss Doig, our dance specialist, for all her amazingly work with the children. They have worked so hard and it has been wonderful to see their enthusiasm and fabulous dancing skills. Enjoy your performance on Thursday!

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Year 3 Get Creative with Salt Dough

On Wednesday afternoon, Year 3 got creative with salt dough! They had looked carefully at different Bronze Age jewellery, such as necklaces and bracelets, and designed their own piece of jewellery using what they had observed.

The children used different methods to create their desired shapes and then used a range of tools to create marks and patterns.

Next week, the children will be painting their jewellery so keep an eye out for further updates with some final pieces!

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Computing E-Safety Workshop from OneDayCreatives at Roselands

The children thoroughly enjoyed engaging in e-safety drama workshops this week. ‘One Day Creatives’ came to our school and delivered exciting drama workshops for the children based on fairytales with the intention of the children understanding key messages about being safe online. Miss Clifford commented upon how immersive and engaging the experience was for the children and she said that all of the children left with the clear message of ‘stop, get off and tell’ when faced with the uncertainty of whether to click on advertisements online.

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Premier League Primary Stars

We are very excited by our Year 5 participation in the Premier League Primary Stars programme. This is an exciting opportunity described as, “a world -class primary schools programme which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to improve and enhance physical education (PE) and other curriculum areas, developing skills and values that are crucial to success in later life.” The excitement started with a trip to the AMEX Stadium for some of the children – see below.

Our primary Stars Sports Mentor, Mr Sweet, will deliver high quality interventions targeted at whole classes, small groups and individuals which aim to improve children’s physical literacy, English, Maths, communication skills and resilience. Through team teaching, he will also improve teachers’ confidence in delivering PE. He will be in every Tuesday until Easter.

On Monday 14th January, 30 Year 5s headed off to the AMEX Stadium for an exciting day to start our journey with Premier League Primary Stars. The day was run by Humanotopia (an inspirational London based company) and focussed on respect and social skills. The day was an amazing success and we were so pleased to see lots of children being brave, trying new things and learning new skills. During the day, we were lucky enough to go down into the stands and have our photo taken by the pitch: we also met Gully and JD, one of Brighton & Hove Albion’s disability players.

Here are some of the comments the children made:

“I’ve learnt how to be aware, honest and responsible. I know how to keep harmony.” – Sienna

“We were shown how to respect others and get more confident,” – Alfie

“I was happy and felt happy when I got to speak in front on the microphone. I said some really nice things to JD and he has cerebral palsy and finds it hard to move. I held the mic for him and I felt so happy.”

“I am so proud that I overcame by fears and became more confident,” – Nel

Thank you so much to Mrs Lloyd, Miss Taylor and Mr Cairns for their help with the trip. The children were good ambassadors for Stafford and I know that they really enjoyed their day.

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Stone Age Day

On Tuesday, Year 3 went back in time to the Stone Age.

They began their day by participating in Stone Age sport activities. This involved ‘hunting’ animals using the javelins, practising their aims and hunting mammoths! A massive thank you to Mrs Springett, Mr Smith, Mrs Osborne-Walker and Mr Richardson for organising this.

After break, the children became archaeologists. They investigated Stone Age people’s poo to find out what they ate! This was a very mucky, but exciting, way to investigate this! Thank you to Mr Walton, Mr Haddock and Mrs Lloyd for coming to see this. The children loved sharing their findings with you!

In the afternoon, everyone went on a Stone Age hunt to find different items. They had to identify what the item was and create a list. The children also had to find a suitable stick to use for cave paintings. For the cave paintings, the children used black and red paint to create some beautiful work.

Thank you to everyone involved in Year 3’s Stone Age day, including Ms Slimon, Miss Shields, Miss Dixon and Miss Thornton.


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Balance in Motion

6 Larch have been looking at ‘Balance in Motion’ this term during their P.E. with the support of Mr Griffiths. Throughout the term the children have learnt the importance of warming up correctly and the positive changes they will notice in their bodies once they have successfully completed a warm up. They then built on the moves they used during their warm up, to create a group balance. We have also explored flight, how to work together collaboratively, worked on the skills required to perform a head stand and used the wall bars and other apparatus safely. To finish our topic, the children worked on a group performance which they then performed to Mr Griffiths and Ms Markides who were the judges. The children all took this performance seriously and it was wonderful to even see one group practising their routine during morning activities! Well done 6 Larch for all you have achieved during your P.E. lessons this term and a special thank you to Mr Griffiths.

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Y5 Big Sing

This year, Year 5 took part in the Big Sing which offered our pupils the opportunity to perform alongside other schools and an adult choir. Whilst learning the songs, Year 5 were visited by a vocal coach to help them on their way and teach them some actions to support their learning of an array of songs. It has been wonderful to hear how the children have progressed with the songs since the end of September and seen their enjoyment and self-confidence grow. A big thank you to the Year 5 teachers for their support in teaching the children their songs.

On Wednesday 28th November, over sixty Year 5 children headed to King’s Church, for their rehearsal. This gave the children the opportunity to get used to the staging, singing with other choirs and being accompanied by a live band. It was wonderful to then see the children who came to perform for the evening concert. The smiles on their faces and seeing how confidently they performed left all of the adults feeling immensely proud. Well done Year 5 and thank you for all of your hard work learning the songs.

A thank you to all the adults who supported the visit, during the day, and a special thank you to Mrs Bradley, Mrs Lloyd, Ms Markides, Miss Perry, Miss Philo and Miss Taylor who came and supported during the evening performance.

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Reverse Advent Calendars

It has been wonderful to walk around the school and see how each classes Reverse Advent Calendars have grown throughout December. Thank you to everyone who has supported with this. The Reverse Advent Calendar, which we are filling with anything from non-perishable food items to toiletries, will continue until Wednesday 19th December. Ms Markides will then collect all of the donations before a group of teachers take the donations to Grove Road food bank on Thursday 20th December. Thank you for your support with this and for making a difference to others this Christmas. We look forward to seeing how the hampers continue to grow in our final week.

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Year 4 Multi-Sports Festival

On Wednesday 5th December, 12 Year 4 children attended a multi-sports festival at East Sussex College in Eastbourne. The events were run by the students at the college, who set up and ran lots of fun activities including: parachute, ‘the floor is lava’, ‘extreme rock, paper, scissors’, parachute games, benchball and more. The children were all great ambassadors for Stafford School and had lots of fun – they especially enjoyed the cops and robbers game!

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Rainforest Café

This week, the Year 4 children welcomed their families to our Rainforest café. It was an opportunity for the pupils to share their stories, poems and collages, as well as the ‘tropical squash’, cakes and biscuits they had helped to decorate.

It was lovely to see so many of you at this event and we hope that you enjoyed having the Year 4s reading to you. We hope to do a similar event before the end of the spring terms.

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