Quick links: Global Easter Comparison Afternoon | Nursery Bubble | Miss Lewis’ Story Time | Hedgehog’s Christmas Cards & Post Office Trip | Miss Lewis’ Story Time | Miss Lewis’ Story Time | Anti-Bullying Week | Children in Need | Miss Lewis’ Story Time | School Vision and Values | Poppy Appeal | Our Church School | Wellbeing Day | PALs Assembly | Nursery Worship | Our Church School | PALs Assembly | International Day 2020 – Australia | Wellbeing Week | Odd Sock Day | British Values Day 2019 | P.A.Ls Assembly | World Mental Health Day 2019 | Golden Mile Challenge | Perseverance | Year 3 & 4 Tennis Tournament | PALs Assembly | PALs Assembly | Enrichment Morning | Big Sing | Year 3 and 4 Trip to the i360 in Brighton | KS2 Basketball Competition | Year 3/4 Village Hall | Reception’s Visit to East Hoathly Bonfire | Anti-Bullying Week | World War 1 Week | Enrichment Morning | Year 5 and 6 Trip to Weald and Downland Museum | World Mental Health Day | Reception & Their Year 6 Buddies | Patina | St Mary’s | Athlete Visit | Year 3 & 4 Tennis Competition | Reception’s Chicks | FPTA Fun Run | Royal Celebrations | PALs Assembly | Year 6 Football | Reception & Nursery’s Visit from PC Gemma Bridger | Year 3/4 Team Building Trip | Year 5 & 6 Carols | Big Sing | Jolly Jumper Day | Late Night Uckfield Shopping Event | Year 5 & 6 Evacuee Day | Anti-Bullying Week | Remembrance Service | Mexico Day
Global Easter Comparison Afternoon
On Monday 1st March, we had an Easter Comparison afternoon. This was part of our work towards a Global Neighbours Award.
The Nursery bubble compared Easter traditions between the UK and Bermuda. The children found out that to celebrate Easter in Bermuda, Christians make kites and take part in egg and spoon races. The children also enjoyed a very popular tradition from the UK—hot cross buns!
The EYFS/KS1 bubble, compared Easter traditions in Spain and the UK. They discovered that the egg represents new life and in Spain, they decorate eggs and roll them down a hill. Also, in the USA they have egg and spoon competitions. The children and adults had an egg and spoon race as well as decorating eggs.
Sophie commented “In Spain, they put Ash on their foreheads like Christians in the UK on Ash Wednesdays before Easter. This is to ask Jesus for forgiveness.”
The KS2 bubble found out about how lots of different countries celebrate Easter. They discovered in Sweden, Easter is really important and they decorate houses (like Christmas in the UK but with Egg decorations.) The children had a go at using felt tips to decorate their own boiled eggs! We also found out that in Spain, strong people carry intricately decorated wooden boxes with depictions of the Easter story along the streets to commemorate Easter. For Christians in Spain, Easter is the most important celebration of the year.”
Great work everyone! What a fun way to try other countries’ Easter traditions!
Miss Lewis’ Story Time
This week Miss Lewis read some more of the Christmas story and the wise men came to visit baby Jesus. The children really enjoy listening and learning during these sessions.
Hedgehog’s Christmas Cards & Post Office Trip
All the children within school have created Christmas cards for the residents of Lydfords care home, helping to spread a bit of Christmas cheer to others.
Hedgehogs also created cards for the residents at Freshfield Nursing home in Seaford, where Miss Denney’s Mum is a nurse. The residents loved their cards with one resident being moved to happy tears!
On Thursday, Hedgehog class put on their coats and hi-vis jackets to take a walk down to Lydfords Care Home to deliver Christmas cards to the residents. Once the cards were delivered, the Hedgehogs continued their walk to the Post Office to post their letters to Santa.
Thank you to the parents who joined us for our first trip! Hedgehogs were very sensible walking along the road and were very excited to post their letters!
Miss Lewis’ Story Time
We had the story about the Angel and Mary today.
What's the angel called? “Gabriel” said Leo.
What did he say? “You’re going to have a baby.” said Paige.
What will the baby be called ? “Jesus.” said Edith.
Miss Lewis’ Story Time
We are starting to read our Christmas bible stories and this week we looked at Mary and Gabriel's story. The children then tried to fly like angels.
This week, the Hedgehogs learnt about Chrysanthemum, a character in a story who was having a difficult time at school because others were being unkind to her. The children learnt that unkind words and sad feelings have an affect on others, so they came up with lots of ideas to make others happy!
For anti-bullying we discussed what it meant to be a good friend.
Lily was a good friend to Delilah by helping her to tie her shoelaces.
Harry said he is a good friend to others by helping them when they need support.
Matilda said she was a good friend as she always shares with other people.
Theo said he is a good friend as sometimes he lets his sister use some of his craft materials.
In Fox class we learnt about the different types of bullying that can occur.
First, we discussed how unkind words can impact on others’ wellbeing and what we must do if we witness it happening.
Next, the children created some drama sequences around why it is important to stand united against bullying in all its forms.
Children in Need
Last Friday, the children learnt all about how their donations can help other children. The children also enjoyed wearing their pyjamas to school—what a novelty! Each class had to decorate their class animal in coins.
With the donations from the children and staff, we managed to raise a very impressive £157! Well done everyone!
Miss Lewis’ Story Time
We have been looking at the story of Noah’s Ark. The children have been busy making paints of the story.
The children are really enjoying learning about Noah’s Ark through the stories of the Bible!
School Vision and Values
On Thursday morning, we had some special lessons in our classrooms. We learnt all about our new school vision and values and heard some stories from the Bible which helped us to understand the values in more detail.
Nursery and Hedgehogs Classes were learning about the value of Love. They read the story of The Good Samaritan. Corey told us that in the story, God teaches us to love our neighbour and that ‘neighbour’ means everybody. Edith told us that ‘the Good Samaritan man showed love, care and kindness’ in the story.
Squirrels class were learning about Truth. They read the story of the Annunciation which is when the Angel came to visit Mary to tell her she was going to have a baby and he would be the son of God. Oscar told us that this story showed truth in action because what the Angel had said came true. We talked about how Jesus teaches about truth throughout the Bible and that his birth is the beginning of his time on Earth.
Foxes class were learning about Wisdom through the story of Solomon. Beatrice told us that Solomon’s people benefitted from his wisdom as he spread joy and peace by sharing God’s word. Beatrice also told us that Catherine had shown and shared her Wisdom because she had helped children in the class with their times tables.
Owls class learned about the value of Strength through the story of Ruth. They used drama to explore the story and then reflected on how they have shown strength and resilience in different areas of their own lives.
We all learnt that by using our values in different areas of our lives, we can follow the teaching of God and make good choices.
We finished our morning by coming together to share our learning and hearing our new vision song for the first time! Here are the words:
On Sunday 8th November, Spencer and Mrs Thompson, along with other members of their family took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the poppy appeal. They walked 5k from the Chiddingly War memorial all the way to East Hoathly War memorial.
Spencer and his family have very strong ties to the poppy appeal, as they had family who were in the Royal British Legion—who helped raise money for the poppy appeal—and they had relatives who fought in the war.
With the current pandemic, raising money has been a challenge, however, Spencer and his family have certainly risen to the occasion. The family hoped to raise around £100, like they would have done if they were selling their poppies, but they have completely smashed their target and have raised an incredible £590 from their walk! We will be able to give a final total once the proceeds from the poppy boxes have been counted. Well done Spencer and Mrs Thompson!
Our Church School
This term, our collective worship theme is generosity.
Also this week, Miss Lewis spent some time in Nursery talking to the children about our school value of Love.
She read the parable of The Good Samaritan from the Bible and the children could see how the Samaritan showed Love in the story. The children thought about
how they could show Love in Nursery and at home.
Jack said “I show love to my baby sister so she can grow up.”
Edith said “If Paige hurts herself, I will help her.”
Lucas said “If Leo falls over in the garden, I will help him.”
Paige said “If someone is crying at Nursery, I will give them a cuddle.”
We have been thinking about ‘wellbeing’.
We learnt in an emergency you call 999. We also explored first aid, and made our own doctors roleplay area. We explored feelings and emotions and thought about the ‘Zones of Regulation’, making our own feelings cards and thinking about what events make us feel.
Star Fish Malawi Project
We thought about the importance of handwashing, and watched some videos about Malawi where they are working hard to have running water to do this.
We talked about why it is important to wash our hands and did a hand washing yoga story!
On Wellbeing day Squirrel class did some first aid. Jacob S said ‘I put a bandage onto my friend’ and Harry said ‘I like to put a sling onto my friend’.
Also, we learnt about the importance of handwashing. Lily said ‘if we do not wash our hands we might spread germs and make people sick’. Also, we learnt about the Zones of regulation. Ralph said ‘If I am happy, I would be in the green zone’.
Foxes class had a busy wellbeing day. First, we made a ‘which zone are you in?’ chart to help the children be more aware of their feelings. If they were not feeling so good, they could think about anything that might get them back to a happy place. Next, the children learnt about first aid and what to do in an emergency. Miss Roberts showed the class how to make a sling and how to bandage a head injury. Lastly, we looked at how a charity called Starfish Malawi ensures people have access to clean water. We also learnt about how they are promoting the importance of washing your hands properly. The children designed a poster for Wash Your Hands Day to promote this message.
Owls class learnt some basic first aid, including what to do if someone has possibly broken their arm, what to do if someone bumps their head and what to do if someone gets a cut or graze.
They explored the zones of regulation and different feelings they experience in school, learnt about the importance of handwashing around the world and thought of tips to help them with wellbeing.
On Thursday, we held our termly PALs assembly. During this time, we reflected on the term, considering the impact of our worship theme and the learning that has taken place across the school.
To begin with, we discussed our theme of ‘Friendship’. We thought about how the theme links to our school values and rules. Grace (Y2) told us that Friendship links with our value of Love. We thought about how we have been good friends and how others have been good friends to us:
Emily (R) said ‘Albie is a good friend because he shares with me’
Scarlett (2) said ‘I’m a good friend if someone falls over’
Myla (3) said ‘I’m a good friend to Lexi and she is to me – we help each other’
Logan (5) said ‘Charlie was a good friend to me when I joined the school. I was really nervous and he introduced me to everyone.’
Following that, we separated into classes and shared our RE and other learning with our buddies. When we came back together, there was lots to celebrate:
Koko and Albie told us all about their number learning – using number blocks to help them to count.
Ollie, Scarlett and Theo told us all about their RE learning – Ollie had learnt all about parts of a church, Scarlett had celebrated Harvest by printing using fruit and Theo had completed a beautiful painting all about the 6th day of Creation.
In Foxes Class, Alexandra impressed us with her science learning – she told us about magnets and that she has learned that 2 north poles will repel each other but a north and south pole attract and come together. Jake told us about his history learning and interesting facts about Thomas Edison.
In Owls class, Lotte shared Jess’ fantastic writing where she had used lots of description. Jess had been impressed by Lotte’s self-directed research about Crime and Punishment in the Victorian times.
We finished the session by reflecting on Wellbeing day and looking at a checklist to make sure we leave each day feeling positive. Well done everyone for a fantastic term of learning!
Miss Lewis sat in the Nursery garden with the children to read the next part of the story of Adam and Eve.
We found out that Adam and Eve broke the rules that God had given them and did not make good choices.
We talked about what the rules were in nursery and Leo, Paige and Lucas remembered that our rules are “Love, Strength, Wisdom and Truth.”
Our Church School
This week, Miss Lewis popped into the Nursery to read the children a story from the bible.
On Friday, Miss Lewis read the story of Adam and Eve.
The children enjoyed listening to the story and talking about the characters.
When asked about the characters and who was in the story. Leo said “Adam and Eve,” and Jack said “God.”
When we asked the children what the book was called that Miss Lewis was reading from. Sami said “It’s the bible.”
On Thursday, all children from East Hoathly gathered for a PALs assembly in the church. They took their work books, sat next to a learning partner from a different year group and shared pieces of learning they were really proud of.
Darcy reflected on her work from the start of the year, “At the start of my book, it wasn’t neat but towards the end I have worked really hard to improve that.”
Delilah in Year 2 said “my answers have longer and more information.”
Sara in Year 2 and Alfie in Year 5 were looking through Alfie’s topic book and Sara commented “I like Alife’s Australian picture because of the colours and patterns.”
Alongside sharing work, the children also discussed the term’s collective worship theme; justice.
Holly L in Year 5 talked about how justice can link to Fairtrade. “We learn about fairtrade and how it means items are fairly sourced.”
Charlie in Year 2 spoke about how he can show justice when playing football with his friends. “I can show justice by making sure the teams are fair.”
International Day 2020 – Australia
On Tuesday 11th February, the entire school came together dressed in green and yellow to celebrate Australia for their International Day. Throughout the day, the children worked in groups trying different activities.
Reception and Year 5 and 6 made their own Lemington cake (a traditional Australian dessert), created boomerangs and listened to traditional aboriginal music made with digeridoos. Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 worked together and created some beautiful aboriginal art, made rain sticks and triagramas to show the different habitats of Australia.
After an Australian themed lunch, the children celebrated their learning in the church with each other and their parents. Thank you to all who joined us for this celebration!
Reception watched a clip of Moana and talked about how brave she was to go sailing. Then we talked about worries that sometimes stop us from being brave and trying new things, so we made worry monsters that we could tell our worries to and once we did, we could then do something brave!
We also learnt a song about five brave fighters and thought about our visit to the fire station yesterday.
We talked about how we are brave in Year 1 and 2 with children saying they show bravery when they go to the doctors, once they held a snake and also when they down the big red slide at Drusillas! Miss Williams said she was too scared to go down that. Then when we went to Forest School the class then showed bravery, as a class we celebrated Sara's achievements as she tried new things which you can see if the photos!
On Tuesday afternoon, Year 3 and 4 children talked about being brave for Mental Health week.
They watched a video about Joseph Wang who had moved to England from China. He explained that even though he didn’t know the language, he built his confidence by being brave and making new friends. He also learnt the violin and tried other things that took courage and resilience.
The children then identified hobbies or skills they would like to try, like Joseph.
Next, the children designed a superhero who would inspire others with a positive motto.
Year 5 and 6 are very brave! They were able to talk about what they are good at and what they need to work on. They reflected on how to find their ‘brave’. They gave top tips to each other about how to be brave. They then drew or write in a box about how they find their brave. Mrs Healy was proud of how honest they were and what great ideas they have to help each other.
Well done Year 5 and 6! If we talk about our problems then we can help each other to solve them.
Odd Sock Day
On Tuesday 12th November, the children took part in ‘Odd Sock Day’. This event was created to be celebrated during Anti Bullying Week and is a very creative way to show how unique everyone is and how it is okay that we are all different. The children clearly had a fun time choosing which socks they would wear. There are some very interesting pairings!
In total, we managed to raise £33 for the Anti Bullying Alliance. Well done everyone and thank you for donating!
British Values Day 2019
On Friday 18th October 2019, Pioneer Schools took part in a fun and enriching British Values Day as a way to celebrate and learn about the British Values. The children took full advantage of the opportunity to come into school dressed in red, blue and white to represent the British flag and the staff joined in too!
The children were organised into groups so that Reception and Year 1 and 2 worked together and Key Stage 2 joined up so that they could all take part in the different activities planned for the day.
To learn about the ‘Rule of Law’, the children explored the idea of rules and how they are there to ensure everyone is treated fairly. By looking at different fairytales, like ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’; the children could pick out characters who were not following the rules and discussed what happened to others’ feelings as a result. The children designed wanted posters for these rule-breaker characters and could explain why they were on the wanted posters.
Joseph in Year 2 said “The wolf is wanted for breaking into Granny’s house and not looking after people’s property.”
The children were also excited to receive a visit from two PCSOs. The children asked a lot of questions about what the PCSOs have to do to keep safe on their job and what they like most about their jobs. Samuel in Year 3 asked about what different types of police work there was. He learnt that there were different divisions that deal with different crimes, along with forensics and animals.
Using Google Earth, we looked at the location of ‘Great Britain’ and how it is a collection of islands. It was also interesting to see that the Union Jack is made up of all of the flags of the British Isles. Some of the children created their own maps, locating England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We then found where East Hoathly was within the British Isles and zoomed in on the school from above and could spot the playground and trim trail.
Theo in Reception said “The flag is white, blue and red.”
The children read the story of ‘It’s OK to be different’ by Todd Parr, which opened up lots of discussion about what creates our own personal identities, whether this be our eye colour, a favourite hobby or a belief. The children looked into ’Mutual Respect’, ’Tolerance’ and ’Individual Liberty’ further when they compared their differences and spoke about how having differences doesn’t stop them from being friends with and caring for one another. The children created pictures about how different people can look and later shared them with one another.
Delilah in Year 2 said “It’s important to be kind to others because you might hurt their feelings.”
The children had an opportunity to be a politician for the session as they learnt about and practiced ‘Democracy’. The children were posed with the question “Should Key Stage 2 children be provided with free school meals?”. After huddling up and discussing their ideas, the children began to debate backwards and forwards with well constructed arguments in a really respectful way. They thought carefully about children who might need a hot meal and on the opposing arguments, where the money should be spent. It was incredible to see the children so passionate with their ideas, every child contributed to the debate and Jack C, the chairman, kept good records of the votes.
Sophia in Year 4 said “Democracy is about having your own opinion. We voted about if Key Stage 2 children should have free school dinners. We need to listen to others, even if we don’t agree.”
As a result of learning about the British Values, we have already seen the children demonstrating and applying their new knowledge in their classrooms and on the playground. The children really enjoyed learning about what helps create their identity and they now have a renewed respect for themselves as individuals, as well as for their peers and adults both in and out of school.
On Monday, we held our termly PALs assembly (Progress and Learning) where we celebrated all of the fantastic learning which has taken place in Term 1. The children really enjoyed sitting with their friends in other classes and sharing their achievements. One of the wonderful things about this assembly is seeing children beam with pride when one of their peers recognised how their learning and skills had moved forward. It was great to listen in to the conversations that the children were having. We also recognised that the hundreds of books that began the term with empty pages, were now filled with a vast amount of learning experiences.
Jess in Year 4 said “Max M in Year 2 learnt about the Creation story in RE.”
Maxym in Year 5 said “Maisy in Year 2 has been learning about parts of the body, which is helpful if she wanted to be a doctor.”
Spencer in Year 3 saw that Hector in Year 5 had been learning about the story of Jesus in his RE sessions.
Well done everyone!
World Mental Health Day 2019
In Year 1 and 2, after the assembly about Mental Health day, we read the story ‘This is our House’ by Micheal Rosen.
We discussed how the characters in story were feeling because of the actions of others. Then we discussed respect and if we showed other people respect then they would not be made to feel this way.
Year 3 and 4
On World Mental Health Day, the year 3 and 4 class read a poem together called “Healthy inside and out with Unique the Unicorn”. The poem is about two best friends, Unique the Unicorn and Rarity the rabbit, who enjoy spending lots of time together.
In the poem however, Rarity is feeling a little down so she turns to her best friend for some help. Unique offered lots of advice to Rarity as to how she can look after herself better.
At the end of the day, the class were asked to think about how they can both help themselves and others to make everyone’s lives happier. The children wrote their thoughts on ‘Helpful Hearts’ to help them remember how important it is to take care of ourselves and those around us.
Year 5 and 6
In assembly, we talked about what happens when feelings of sadness, anxiety and anger get too big. The children came up with ideas to help when someone is finding things too hard. They came up with lots of ideas including exercise, talking to someone, eating healthily, mindful breathing, reading a book, thinking of a happy place. The peer mediators and playground pals stood up to remind the children they can help when needed.
In Year 5 and 6, we watched a really interesting film made by other Year 6 children about sharing our worries when they get too big:
Golden Mile Challenge
As you know over term 5 we asked you get out and active and record how many miles of exercise you completed. Thank you to all the children who took part in recording their activity and sending in their golden mile record sheets. We have totalled up the miles from the cards we received and have completed a total of 78.4 recorded miles across Term 5.
The year group with the most miles was Year 2, with an impressive 52.7miles!
We would like to give a special mention to Jake in Year 2 who recorded all his journeys to and from school for the entire 5 weeks! What great perseverance!
A big thank you to all that took part, we hope you enjoyed getting out and active, keep up the good work!
This term’s Christian Value is perseverance and through collective worship and RE lessons, we ask the children how they have shown these values throughout the week.
Abigail in Year 4 said “we showed perseverance at the Tennis competition by never giving up and by showing good sportsmanship to the other teams. We shook their hands and said well done.”
Year 3 & 4 Tennis Tournament
This week, several children from Year 3 and 4 went to the Tennis final, after their win in Term 5. They played very well—despite the rain! They all showed incredible perseverance and great sportsmanship. Well done Year 3 and 4!
Thank you to all of the adults who organised the event and helped support it!
On Monday 1st April, the children took part in a Progress and Learning, Sharing assembly with a focus on the Christian Value of compassion.
The children shared their work with one another to comment on the Growth Mindset and progress within their work.
Charlie said, “Oscar (Year R) has improved in his maths and knows his odd numbers.”
Sophia said, “Alexandra has got better at her timetables.”
Robert said, “Malakai has improved the types of words he is using.”
Lotte said, “Beatrice has moved from going on the warm challenge and at the end of her book she is working on the spicy challenge.”
Destiny said, “Willow has improved her sentence writing and her drawings have improved.”
Lexi said, “Poppy has got better at solving multiplication problems.”
The children also asked one another how they have used compassion within their lives.
Ruby-Jean described compassion as meaning “reassuring people it will be okay.”
“It means being kind to others.” said Tom.
Sophia describes compassion as “sometimes putting others before yourself.”
Esther shared a time she displayed compassion in school. “I cheered Oscar up when he was feeling sad.”
What a great assembly it was! It was lovely to hear so many positive comments and see such high quality work being shared!
Well done, East Hoathly!
On Monday this week, the children took part in a PALs assembly. In the PALs assembly, children sit next to someone in a different year to them and they look through each others’ books to see what progress has been made in the term.
The children look forward to these assemblies and it is lovely to see the children be so supportive towards each other by pointing out what great achievements have been made.
Matthew in Year 5 noted when he saw Max W’s book that Max, Year 1, is now starting to write with more detail. Well done, Max!
Pearl in Year 3 showed her book to Matilda in Year 5. Matilda said “Pearl can write longer paragraphs and she joins up her writing more.”
Earlier last week, the children had a range of activities to choose from that they normally would not do in school. There was Chinese, cooking, Christmas crafts, hair design, orienteering, acting and recorders.
On Friday 14th December, the children all took part in their chosen activities and it was great to see the children all enjoying themselves.
Freya in Year 3 said “We are having fun styling hair with plaits. I like practising styles on people.”
In Chinese, Emilia in Year 6 showed off her new chopsticks skills that she learnt from Freddy Fry’s Mum. “We learnt how to say hello in Chinese, which is Ni Hao and we have tried some food. I learnt that Chinese symbols were made from people looking at animals.”
Louie in Year 3 said “We have been making beaded candy canes and painting tree decorations. My favourite part was designing Christmas pictures.”
Hector in Year 4 took part in the orienteering. “We used flags to find letters to make a sentence. The best part was trying to find all of the different flags.”
In acting, Darcey in Year 1 said “I have been acting ‘The Night Before Christmas’. We all turned into the sugar plum fairy, which was my favourite part and then we danced.”
Sophia in Year 3 chose to play the recorder with Governor, Juliet Stirrat. “I’ve learnt how to play Hot Cross Buns on the recorder and the best bit was practising the notes.”
Matthew in Year 5 took part in the cooking activity. “We had ingredients to make fruity muffins. The mixing part was the best bit because it was messy!”
Thank you to Juliet and Mrs Fry for volunteering their time.
This week, Year 5 and 6 performed the songs they have been practising for the Big Sing.
Miss Purcell said “We had a wonderful time singing at the Big Sing. It was such an amazing experience singing on Glyndebourne stage!”
Miss Brown, Matilda’s Mum, commented “the children looked so smart and sang beautifully. They represented the school so well!”
Well done Year 5 and 6! We are already looking forwards to next year’s performance!
Year 3 and 4 Trip to the i360 in Brighton
On a wet and windy Wednesday morning Year 3 and 4, from East Hoathly, Chiddingly and St Mary’s, set off to visit the i360 and the Brighton Museum. We all greatly enjoyed our ‘flight’ up the tower and the incredible, if slightly grey, views of Brighton city. After spending half an hour in our pod, we were sent back down to earth. The walk to the Museum was slow but cheerful!
At the Museum, we split off into our groups and ate our lunch. We were allowed to explore the Museum in our little groups and there was a lot for us to do. There was dressing up, drawing, magnifying glass and colouring in! Finally, we had a quick photo of all 3 schools outside the Brighton and Museum and jumped back on the coach to go home.
“It was the best trip ever!” – Sophia, Year 3.
“When I went on the i360 I felt really excited because it was really high and I love heights”- Joshua, Year 3.
“It was really fun and one of the best trips I’ve ever been on”- Florence Year 4.
“It was really fun, it had a nice view of the buildings and the sea”- Maxym, Year 4.
KS2 Basketball Competition
On Monday 26th November, Key Stage 2 took part in a basketball skills com-petition.
Each class was split into 4 teams and the teams took part in challenges to win points by passing, shooting and dribbling. The children were fantastic in cheering each other on and being supportive by giving coaching tips.
Some of the activities the children completed were: Basketball Golf - The children had 4 different ‘tees’, to shoot at the hoop and for each basket scored they scored a point.
Ball in the Ring - This is a ‘piggy in the middle’ style game but with a ring of children passing the ball across a circle, whilst the opposing team try and stop them 1 at a time.
Dribbling Relay - Each team had to dribble through a series on cones and sit down when all team mem-bers had completed the challenge.
After completing their own year group challenges, the Sports Crew lead the Year 3/4 Competition alongside Mr Lawrence. It was a great afternoon and we look forward to the children participating in other sporting events like this across the year!
All of the children participating had a brilliant time, it was really great to see how they supported each oth-er, used their growth mindsets to keep going and have a go!
The Year 5/6 and overall winning team with a grand total of 74 Points was ‘The Year 6 Blue Team’ so a big well done to Jack, Archie, Ethan, George, Ruby Jean, Amelia, Charlie and Emilia!
The Year 3/4 winning team with a total of 57 points was ‘The Green Team’. Well done to Florence, Esther, Darcy, Abi, Oscar and Hector!
Year 3/4 Village Hall
To mark the special birthday of Prince Charles, the idea came to organise a coffee, tea and cake morning to raise money for AGE UK and most of all to lift the community spirit. Because of this, I contacted the school to see if they wanted to make an appearance in the Village Hall and do something that would fit in the school programme.
On the morning of the 14th of November, pupils from Year 3 and 4 came to the especially decorated VH to show their works of art: beautiful paintings of Prince Charles. We have hung them on the wall and the pupils had a glass of squash and a tangerine decorated with a flag of different countries. They sang Happy Birthday and three cheers joined with all present.
Later, the Chairman of WDC arrived and he was asked to choose his number one painting. It was not easy because everybody had worked really hard, but he chose Esther’s painting. The paintings were left on the wall so other people could see them.
It made our morning to see a group of enthusiastic pupils and their teachers and their assistants to mark this day.
A big thank you to all of you.
Reception’s Visit to East Hoathly Bonfire
The children in Reception have been learning about different celebrations that involve noisy activities such a fireworks! Last Friday, they went on a walk through the village and visited the Bonfire structure that is built by members of the carnival society. They looked at the shapes and the design of the bonfire and discussed what it meant.
When they got back to school the children used their creative skills to draw their own versions of the bonfire and talked about why it helps the people in the village remember.
A few of the staff attended the Bonfire Celebrations on Saturday and would like to say how impressed they were with the children who were part of the celebration and how mature and respectful members of our school community were during the memorial part of the evening.
This week is Anti Bullying Week. The theme of the week, chosen by the Anti Bullying Alliance is 'Choose Respect'. We began the week with an assembly sharing the Child Friendly Anti Bullying Policy and discussing what respect means.
Each class has been learning about respect including sharing what they value and respect about each other, designing posters and learning about being kind to each other.
In this week’s Celebration Assembly, each class shared their learning with Miss Lewis and the rest of the school.
Ruby in Year 6 said “This week, we’ve made Anti-Bullying posters with the ’Choose Respect’ theme on it and we’ve done a competition to decide whose poster is the most eye-catching and has the most information. From Anti-Bullying Week, I learnt that if someone is bullying you, it is most likely to make themselves better.”
World War 1 Week
In school this week, it was World War 1 week. The children across the school took part in different activities, across the curriculum, with Remembrance and World War 1 themes to celebrate and remember the end of the First World War.
Reception made a poppy collage with tissue paper, explored the story “Where Poppies Now Grow’ and drew pictures of soldiers. George said “Poppies are for soldiers who died.”
Year 1 and 2 made a wreath of poppies, learnt about the importance of animals during the First World War and they learnt about trenches. Beatrice in Year 2 said “On Thursday we dressed up, it was fantastic.”
Year 3 and 4 painted the ends of bottles to create poppies, wrote World War 1 poems in Literacy and learnt about what school would have been like one hundred years ago. Maxym in Year 4 said “This week, we painted poppies for World War 1 day because poppies help us remember the soldiers who died in the war.”
Year 5 and 6 wrote stories in Literacy about the Christmas Truce of 1914, made poppies to be stuck onto a wreath for the War Memorial and wrote a prayer for the soldiers. Ruby in Year 6 said “I learnt that during the Christmas Truce of 1914, the soldiers actually put up a Christmas tree and promised not to fight until midnight on Christmas Day.”
Earlier this term, the children had a range of activities to choose from that they normally would not do in school. There was sewing, gardening, cooking, cheerleading, art and rugby.
On Friday, the children all took part in their chosen activities and it was great to see the children all enjoying themselves.
Poppy in Year 5 said “Gardening was fun because we got to use tools, like cutters and we got to weed the garden.”
In sewing, Holly Z in Year 4 made a blue monster with three eyes. “I sewed on buttons and felt to make the face.”
Ben in Year 2 said “Rugby was fun, Mr Procter taught me new skills”, Matilda in Year 5 agreed, commenting “I learnt how to pass backwards and to communicate with my team to find space.”
Maxym in Year 4 took part in the cooking activity. “We made healthy, fruity muffins. I had fun grating the carrots.”
Abbie in Year 4 said “Today, cheerleading was fun. I had a good time with my friends and I am glad they convinced me to take part.”
In Art, Ruby in Year 6 had a go at ‘blind drawing’. “It basically means you need to focus on the object you are drawing and not look at the paper. I really enjoyed it.”
The children all had a fantastic day. Thank you to all of the adults who shared their skills and interests. It was such a successful day and the staff are already looking forward to organising the next Enrichment morning.
Year 5 and 6 Trip to Weald and Downland Museum
On Tuesday 16th October, the Year 5 and 6 classes in the Federation went on a trip to Weald and Downland Museum as a part of their Victorians topic.
The children of Chiddingly, St Mary’s and East Hoathly schools dressed up like Victorians and took part in a range of activities, including Victorian style cooking, Victorian style schooling and performing Victorian style chores.
The children enjoyed their day and seeing their peers from across the Federation. The weather held out and they were able to enjoy a social lunch on a field together.
Thank you to the parent helpers for their support and thank you to Miss Banks, at St Mary’s, who organised such a lovely trip! What a way to end such a busy term!
World Mental Health Day
On Wednesday, the school participated in activities while reflecting on mental health and what it means to take care of yourself.
One of the most notable points that the KS2 children came up with was that “if you feel like you can’t cope, tell someone you trust.” What great advice!
KS1 had an afternoon talking about positivity and what we can do to make ourselves feel better. They all chose a word to describe themselves, some of their favourites were friendly, caring, kind and unique.
Reception & Their Year 6 Buddies
It has been an absolute pleasure this week watching Year 6 guide their Reception buddies in and around the school.
The Reception children have settled into school life really well and the Year 6 buddies have gone above and beyond in looking after them.
George in Reception said “I like playing with my buddy, Archie.”
After two weeks of planning, building, painting, sticking and drying, Year 5 and 6 finally went to the Patina Parade with their costumes.
The theme this year was Superheroes and we had an array of different characters including; Thor, Starlord and Supergirl.
The children had a fantastic time over the two weeks, creating their costumes and attending the Parade with a giant Iron Man that they had constructed!
George in Year 5 said “I chose to make Thor because he is one of my favourite superheroes. The Parade Day was very exciting, I liked seeing everyone else’s projects, there was a school that had Harry Potter as a theme and they made a giant car! My favourite part of making my structure was adding colour to it – it was very messy!”
Thank you to the FPTA and parent helpers for the time they gave to help the Year 5 and 6 children build their structures.
On Tuesday 3rd of July, East Hoathly travelled to St Mary’s Hartfield, by coach, to see their Year 5 and 6 class perform their dress rehearsal.
The St Mary’s children presented a brilliant rendition of ‘Wind in the Willows’, complete with beautifully designed scenery, cracking costumes and face paint, stunning solos and even a tap-dancing scene!
A lot of work went into their production and it really showed! We all cheered for the children and the adults who helped.
Lola said “I liked the Rat and the Mole in Wind of the Willows.”
After we watched the production, the children went into the playground and enjoyed a picnic lunch, before the children at St Mary’s came out to play. It was really great seeing the children from the two schools playing and interacting with each other. Since a few children from East Hoathly visited St Mary’s to teach them about 4-Square, it was wonderful to see the St Mary’s children show off the skills they had been practising.
We left St Mary’s in good spirits and look forward to seeing our friends at St Mary’s again! Thank you to all of the parents that helped on the trip!
On Thursday 28th of June, Aidan Sayers – a GB 100M sprinter – taught us some fast paced sprinting techniques. He talked about the importance of not giving up and always trying your best in all areas of life, not just sport! His journey to achieve his goals was one filled with lots of injury and set backs. He talked about his confidence and growth mindset, which allowed him to keep going and achieve his dream of being a professional athlete. The children loved talking to him so much, he had to be rescued at lunchtime!
Year 3 & 4 Tennis Competition
On Wednesday the 6th June, 8 children from Year 3 and 4 went over to Gildridge Park for the Area Finals of the Road to Eastbourne Tennis Competition. They competed in many different tennis activities in the first part of the afternoon against other schools scoring points for East Hoathly.
As the afternoon progressed, some children were chosen to play small sided games against different children from other schools. After all of the games had been played, the points were added up together and the winners revealed.
This is such an amazing achievement for the school as they manged to finish second! All the children were brilliant, had great sportsmanship and were a huge credit to the school. We are so proud of what they have managed to achieve in the last two competitions! Hopefully next year they can go one step further! Congratulations and well done for representing East Hoathly in such a brilliant manner!
Over the past three weeks Reception have been eagerly watching the incubator filled with eggs. They have been carefully filling up the water and checking on the humidity, which helps the shells become soft.
On Tuesday morning, we arrived at school to discover the eggs were hatching! With great excitement, we watched over the next few days as 22 eggs hatched into chicks. The children have loved watching the life cycle and having the chicks in the classroom for lots of cuddles. All of the staff and children across the school have been regularly visiting them.
Max says “I loved having the chicks, I love stroking and holding them, the best thing about having them it watching them.”
Thank you to Poppy Ray’s Mum, who kindly supplied every-thing needed for this exciting project!
FPTA Fun Run
On Sunday the 27th May, East Hoathly FPTA organised a family fun run. There were two routes around the village and pavilion fields of 5k and 1k. Lots of children and adults took part from the school and local community. All of the runners took part in a warm up lead by ‘Osteopathy for All’ and then set off on the route which, included going through fields, over sties and along paths. A staff team from East Hoathly and Chiddingly took part and really enjoyed running alongside the children. It was a fantastic morning with a real community atmosphere and we are hoping to run the event again next year!
A special well done goes to Toby Cherry who was the 1st child to complete the 5K route and came 4th overall.
We would like to thank Anna from the FPTA for introducing this new event and for all her hard work in organising it. The event managed to raise an impressive £635.23! The FPTA and school staff would like to say a big thank you to all that took part and to the children who gave up their time to help with the setting and clearing up after the event.
Last Friday, the Pioneer Federation held a special Celebration Day for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The children and staff swapped their uniforms for red, blue and white and enjoyed learning about the Royal Family and what happens at weddings. The children also enjoyed an array of different activities, inspired by the big day.
Reception made Royal crowns and designed wedding cakes. They also looked at different photos of weddings and talked about their experiences.
Year 1 and 2 spent their day learning about the Royal Family, making flags and making beautiful cards for Prince Harry and Meghan—which have been posted out to them!
Year 3 and 4 made family trees, played traditional British games, like skipping and made up rhymes for the Royal Wedding. They also attended a wedding of our very own!
Year 5 and 6 spent their afternoon designing flags, but in the morning, they re-enacted the Royal Wedding, with Isabella and Sid performing the starring roles! The wedding was beautiful and we even had the very talented Aidan Woodward-Brenchley playing his violin as Isabella walked down the aisle!
At lunchtime, the playground was transformed into a royal celebration banquet with a very long table! We enjoyed sharing a lunch together in the sunshine!
Thank you to our cooks, who provided the baguettes for the lunch we shared and thank you to Dee Gibbons for coming in and helping us set up for our lunchtime celebration!
On Thursday the 24th May, the entire school came together to celebrate the learning they had done over the past two terms. Each child was paired with another from a different year group and they had the opportunity to show each other their work and talk about what they had learnt.
Sid,in Year 6 shared with Darcey in Reception that he had been learning about inverted commas and where to use them. Darcey showed Sid the work she did when she made a puppet of how Jesus gave back a man’s sight.
Lucas in Year 1 showed Charlie from Year 5 that he had been learning about explorers by showing off his drawings of penguins, killer whales and seagulls. Charlie showed Lucas the great work he had been doing in maths and that he had been learning about adding and subtracting decimal numbers.
Alongside showing off their work, the children discussed the theme, which this term was friendship. The children discussed what it meant to be a good friend. Tom in Year 5 said to be a good friend you need to “help them and make them feel confident”. Ruby in Year 5 said “if they doubt themselves, tell them they will be great,” and Leo in Year 6 said “if they are upset, help them and build up trust.”
The children were then asked if they could discuss times that they—or their partner— had been good friends. It was great to see that everyone had something to share! Coen in Year 6 said “Max helps Lorenzo and Archie feel better if they are sad.” Catherine in Year 1 said that “George encourages his friends.” Tyler in Year 6 said that “Malakai is friendly to others.”
Year 6 Football
On Tuesday 22nd May, ten Year 6 children were invited to play in the Alfriston Primary School Football Tournament. The children arrived at Downs Leisure Centre, ready and raring to go! They all had a turn on the pitch, playing against different schools for a place in the final.
Leo said “Football was really great and everybody was so friendly. It was such a good day and I think we played really well. We used communication and teamwork to do the best we could do.”
The team was made up of; Coen, Tyler, Harvey, James, Leo, Oscar, Hannah, Sid, Aidan and Joseph.
Overall, the team came third out of sixteen teams! Well done East Hoathly!
Reception & Nursery’s Visit from PC Gemma Bridger
On Wednesday, PC Gemma visited Reception and Nursery to talk about her role as a police officer and what she does to help people, as part of their topic ‘I have the power’.
She talked to the children all about the different vehicles they use and showed them pictures of the 3 different types of police dogs.
The children had all thought of different questions to ask PC Gemma and asked these with lots of confidence.
Darcey was keen to find out about the police handcuffs and if they hurt, she got to try them on and said “They are really cold”.
The children also all got to try on some of the different hats that police officers wear.
Thank you PC Gemma for coming to visit Nursery and Reception!
Year 3/4 Team Building Trip
Year 3/4 ventured off to Walton Firs Activity Centre on Tuesday, for an action-packed day of adventure! They participated in different activities alongside children from Chiddingly School, such as searching for pictures hidden amongst the trees and buildings during Photo Orienteering and climbing, swinging, splashing and squelching their way through obstacles and plenty of mud on the Adventure Course. The children also completed a Nightline, where small groups used cooperation and listening skills to negotiate a complicated collection of tyres, cargo nets and elasticated rope webs, all whilst blindfolded!
Activities also included Caving, where children explored a myriad of dark and leaf-strewn tunnels and caves, and finally Crate Stack, which required balancing atop and climbing a tower of crates whilst teammates stacked each step from below!
So much fun was had, and everyone a great day. Mrs Pattenden and Miss Moore were extremely proud of the class and very grateful to our lovely parent helpers!
Thank you also to the weather for keeping the rain away from the activity centre – it was muddy enough as it was!
Year 5 & 6 Carols
On Monday the 11th of December, Year 5 and 6 went to Lydfords Care Home to sing carols to the residents.
They spent a long time practising their carols and sang beautifully.
Lydfords enjoyed listening to Year 5 and 6 so much that they asked for them to come back at later points during the year!
What a fantastic class of singers you are!
Thank you Year 5 and 6 for showing a brilliant sense of community!
Well done to Miss Purcell and Miss Moore for their hard work with the carolling!
On Friday the 8th of December, Year 5 and 6 went to the King’s Centre in Eastbourne to take part in the Big Sing.
They sang songs such as “Christi Bayou” and “Midnight”. The children had great fun and they did the school proud!
Well done Year 5 and 6!
Jolly Jumper Day
On Friday, East Hoathly celebrated the first day of December by wearing festive jumpers!
Children donated prizes for the upcoming Christmas Fair and in return, the school was dazzled by sequins, snowflakes, tinsel and flashing lights.
We’re feeling very festive at East Hoathly and we hope you enjoy the jumpers below as much as we did!
Thank you for all of your donations!
Late Night Uckfield Shopping Event
Well done to all of the children who performed at the Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event on Friday 1st December. The children’s enthusiasm and energy was clear and the staff were so proud of the children’s performance. It was great to see children from both Pioneer schools coming together and looking after each other at the rehearsals earlier in the week and this year we had more children taking part than ever before! Thank you, as well, to the staff, friends and families who came to support the children – I think we had the loudest crowd on the night!
Year 5 & 6 Evacuee Day
On Tuesday 21st November, Year 5 and 6 went back in time to World War 2 and arrived as Evacuees at East Hoathly Primary School!
They created their own identity labels and wrote a postcard home to share their experiences. The classroom windows were taped up in case of a bombing raid and when the air raid sounded in the classroom, the children hid underneath the tables! Other members of staff came along to choose Evacuees to help them out and do various jobs for them in the day!
The children made an eggless sponge (due to rationing, eggs were in short supply). They all tried it and the end of the day and most children thought it was extremely tasty! The children also did a special mission to work out which ships could have been used for the evacuation of Dunkirk. They also made their gas mask boxes – a compulsory item for children in WW2.
It was a great day for the children and thank you to the parents for providing all the brilliant costumes!
What is happening within the schools for Anti-bullying week?
This week was Anti-Bullying week, with a focus on difference and equality. This week’s national focus has stemmed from a rise in negativity towards difference around the world.
The focus in school has been on celebrating children all being unique, helping children feel valued within their schools, understanding that it is okay to be different and that being different is not a reason to be bullied.
What is bullying?
A lot of children use the term bullying because they don’t understand what is happening.
Falling out with friends and friendships is a normal part of growing up, it can often happen due to a minor incident, and it is about dealing with this appropriately.
When children are older, this can often be put onto social media.
What is bullying? – 4 KEY WORDS – REPETITIVE, HURTFUL, INTENTIONAL, POWER
Definition – “the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group where the relationship involves an imbalance of power’. This definition should be thought about when deciding if an issue is bullying or if it is a friendship issue and it can then be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
In school, we have had various activities for all year groups across the week looking at anti-bullying and the importance of our key statement, ‘Lend a hand, make a stand, say NO to bullying’. Each class have created posters and the winners were announced in the Anti-Bullying assembly on Thursday 16th November.
Bullying online and online safety
There is a vast difference between parental and child knowledge, awareness and worries when it comes to online safety.
Parents worry about appropriate content, stranger interaction and grooming, whereas children worry about cyber bullying and violet or sexual content.
Children also know how to use more features of apps and sites than parents do. It is important to inform children that anything they post or share online and virtually will be there forever and could impact their future lives, examples of this are happening in the media at the moment.
An important message – Treat others as you would like to be treated. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say to someone face to face.
What can you do as parents?
All apps and online sites have guidance on the appropriate ages for use, it is important to discuss these with your children and the possibilities or incidences that may occur when using them. It is also important to discuss what is appropriate use and what is not.
Guidance for ages:
|13 years old||Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter|
|16 years old|
|17 years old||Tinder, Vine|
|18 years old||YouTube, Kik, Flicker, Keek|
It is also important that, as parents, you monitor the amount of time spent online and what the children are going on.
As parents, there are ways that you can filter content when online and when your children are using games and streaming sites . This can be done through your browser setting, parental controls. You can also contact your internet or broadband provider directly and they can put filters in place using the connection line.
Interesting and thought provoking statistics
- 15% of parents will build an online presence of a child before they are even born, e.g. sharing scan pictures, baby gender reveals, photos of growing bumps.
- By the time a child is 5 there is an average of 1000 pictures of them shared online by parents and family members.
- In a lifetime there is upwards of 25,000 photos of a person online.
- 1 in 5 young people believe everything they read online.
Below is a list of apps to be aware of, some of these apps open up the risk of cyber bullying and lowering self-esteem of our children.
This is a music app that allows children to record videos of themselves singing and upload them. This opens up public commenting.
This app encourages users to create a poll or vote. This can lead to lowering self-esteem, rude or offensive comments, and is public.
This has been called ‘tinder for teens’ it is a friendship app that you swipe left and right on. This can impact on wellbeing, self- esteem and open up a forum to talk with strangers.
Parent Support Apps
There are parent support apps which can be used to monitor your child’s activity online and on phones, however it is important to think about the impact these may have on the trust between you and your child.
- MM Guardian
- Funamo Parent Control
- APP Lock
Student Voice – Anti Bullying Week
In Reception, we talked about what bullying is and how it can make us feel. We also talked about what it means to be good friends and to be nice to each other to make us feel happy and safe in school. We made posters to show it’s okay to be different. Malakai in Reception said “I like painting my hands. We are different.”
In Year 1 and 2, we made a friendship wreath out of our handprints, we made individual bricks for a wall to show that we are all equal but different. We saw the effects of bullying on Bruce the Koala’s heart, it showed us that bullying makes us feel sad, so we said nice things to make him feel better. Delai Ryan in Year 2 said “I liked the colouring hand activity because we got to write lovely things about other people.”
In Year 3 and 4, we learnt about the four different types of bullying; verbal, physical, cyber and emotional. We learnt that we are all important and that we are individuals and that it is okay to be different and unique. We made mirrors to reflect our differences and individuality and to celebrate and encourage others to be individuals too. Lotte Rattray in Year 3 said “My favourite activity was making the mirror because I enjoyed sharing my hobbies with others.”
In Year 5 and 6, we had a workshop with John Khan who was from the Anti-Bullying team in East Sussex, where we learnt about the different types of bullying. We found out that being different is good and we celebrated our individuality through our artwork. We learnt about empathy and online safety. Teddy Wren in Year 5 said “I enjoyed learning about empathy because it is a way of showing how we are all different and see things differently.”
This week, the children in East Hoathly school created a poppy to make into a wreath for the Remembrance Service on Friday the 10th of November. The school paid their respects and remembered the brave soldiers that fought in the World Wars with songs, poems and prayers.
Thank you to the parents and carers that came along to the service!
On Monday the 6th of November, the children at East Hoathly were split into their Key Stages and then divided into groups so they could all partake in different activities about Mexico.
They explored the celebration of the ‘Day of the Dead’, which Tom Fox in Year 5 says, “It means that the people of Mexico celebrate the memories of dead family members by having parties and bright colours”. The children also made art, learnt some Spanish, learnt about the country of Mexico and made some salsa and guacamole! Jessica Ruff in Year 2 enjoyed making salsa, “I enjoyed making and trying salsa because I’d never tried it before. It was very exciting!”
Everyone had a brilliant day and enjoyed sharing their learning with parents at the end!