Remembrance Day 2018
The school has worked hard making these beautiful poppies. They have been put together to make a stunning display of a waterfall of poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.
Gardening club have made a bug hotel in the wildlife area. We are hoping lots of insects and bugs will come to stay, then hibernate for the winter ! Come and have a look but don't disturb them.
Ex-Pupil David Gandy Visit - November 2018
Y6 Kingswood Residential - September 2018
Friday Morning Photos - rocket launching:
Thursday Evening Update:
It has been a lovely afternoon in the sunshine, continuing with our jam-packed programme. There has not been much time for rest! Activities have included launching water bottle rockets (and getting rather wet in the process!), orienteering, problem solving (working as a team to get from one place to the next using planks or tyres) and aeroball (basketball on a trampoline).
Tonight’s dinner menu featured macaroni cheese, meatballs with creamy gravy or chicken stir fry all served with rice and corn on the cob. This was followed by American pancakes with maple syrup or berries.
The children are currently getting ready for tonight’s disco which they are very excited about! It has made a change to get out of grubby clothes and get all dressed up! I think there will be plenty of washing to do this weekend! The children are really looking forward to coming home tomorrow and seeing their families.
Wednesday Evening Update:
The day finished with a campfire, singing lots of action songs and making lots of noise! All the children are now in bed, many falling asleep quickly after all the action today!
Wednesday Lunchtime Update:
Tuesday 6:00 pm Update:
Monday 10:00 pm Update: We have enjoyed our first evening at Grosvenor Hall and everyone has settled in really well. After an early dinner of beef or vegetarian lasagne, buttermilk chicken, potato wedges and sweetcorn/peas mix, we began the week's programme of activities.
Two groups did the zip wire which involved three children whizzing down three wires all at the same time! The other two groups did the 3G swing, involving two children swinging on a giant swing at the height they were brave enough to go. It was all brilliant fun! What a way to kickstart this year's residential!
All the children are in bed, worn out from the fresh air, walking at Leeds Castle and all the excitement from arriving at Grosvenor Hall!
Monday 3pm update: The children have arrived at Kingswood and are very excited to be there. They have enjoyed their time at Leeds Castle and are really looking forward to all that is planned for them this week. Mrs Branch will be visiting Grosvenor Hall tomorrow to check they are all having lots of fun. She will report back on her return!
The party has arrived safely at Leeds Castle and the children are already having a great time, exploring mazes and such! After a miserable weekend of wind and rain, we are delighted that the sun is shining for them; long may it continue!
100% Attendance Tea Party - September 2018
Congratulations to all our children who achieved 100% attendance for the academic year 2017-18. They were rewarded with a 'grown up' tea party. Well done to all of you!
Who can make 100% atenance this year, so you can get an invite to next year's tea party?
Y3 Lunch with Parents - September 2018
Our Y3 pupils have done an amazing job of settling in to their new school. It was lovely to see so many parents, grandparents and even older brothers joining their Y3 child for lunch today. They enjoyed a delicious gammon roast with chocoate brownies and fruit for dessert. For those parents who asked...no, you cannot come to lunch every day! We are glad you enjoyedy our visit today though....
Open Evening and Art Exhibition July 2018
All our pupils have been busy creating amazing art work ready for our art exhibition. Can you tell what artist each year group used as the inspiration for their work?
Year Six Leavers' Production 2018
Our Year six pupils did an amazing job with their end of year show, 'Olivia', based on Charles Dickens' Oliver. The singing, acting and dancing scenes were all fabulous, as were the costumes. Our stage managers also did a great job of ensuring everything ran as smooth as clockwork. Well done Year six and we wish you all the very best for secondary school. Well done and thank you!
Sports Day and Ice-Cream 2018
PTA Summer Fayre - July 2018
Growth Mindset House Morning
We had a brillant morning where we got to develop our growth mindset. We got to learn new skills, learn how our brain works and how to develop and improve our memories.
We had fantastic attendance at our Maths workshops this week. It was lovely to see so many Mums, Dads and even grandparents sharing in their children's learning. Pupils across the school showed them the strategies they use in school to help them solve Maths calculations and problems and also how to use the resources in school to help understand Maths processes. The children were excellent teachers and helped the adults understand a little more how Maths has changed since they were at school!
Resources used at the workshops can be found below. Please click on the relevant resouces below.
Years Five and Six
Year 4 Djembe Drumming Workshops - March 2018
This term, Year 4 children have been taught to play the djembe drum by our regular tutor, Liam Grey. This service, which is provided by Essex Music Service, is such a brilliant opportunity for the children, who benefit greatly from the Liam's drumming expertise. Their enthusiasm and excitement is very clear to see in every session and they performed perfectly in their performance to their families.
BSMA Music Festival at The Towngate Theatre - March 2018
Once again, our pupils did us proud. Not only did our choir members, readers and instrumentalists perform really well on stage, they did us really proud behind the scenes as well. While back stage at the theatre, our children's behaviour was, yet again, absolutely impeccable and they were a joy to take to the music festival. Our choir sang an eclectic range of songs to celebrate the various countries around the world, supported fabulously by our wonderful instrumntalists. Erin and Freya W did excellent solo readings to a packed house and Freya V and Hope wowed with their singing in the small choir. The BSMA is a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to showcase their talent but it is also a great opportunity to work in partnership with choirs from our local schools. We thank Mrs Pye for co-ordinating the event, with he help of Mrs Oliver. Well done everyone, children, parents and staff!
Freya reading to a packed audience - Our wonderful choir back stage ofter the show,
excellent public speaking!
Anti-Racism Workshops - March 2018
In partnership with Southend United Educational Trust, our Year 4 and 5 pupils had a day of anti-racism themed workshops led by the educational charity, 'Show Racism the Red Card'. This workshop explored issues of diversity and linked perfectly with our school values of respect and tolerance. The children watched a video of people who had suffered racism and the impact it has had on their lives. In the film, Ryan Giggs, footballer, talked about how he suffered racism in his younger years. This workshop followed on prefectly from our recent assembly on respecting difference and understanding disability. The children went on to have class based workshops and a sport related workshop to explore the theme of diversity more closely. At Sunnymede Junior School, we value every child and their differences. It's what makes this school so fabulous! Click the image below to find out more about the work of this educational charity working to stamp out racism.
Book Week - March 2018
Excuse the pun but we 'kicked' off Book Week today with a whole school assembly with the author of KICK, Mitch Johnson.
Mitch engaged all the children with a fantastic presentation about his debut novel,which focuses on the experience of Budi, a teenage boy who works in a factory in Indonesia making football boots, as well as being a big football fan himself. The children were able to ask Mitch questions about his experiences of being an author but also learnt about the themes of equality and human rights, including the work of Amnesty International. The children looked at the shoes they were wearing during assembly and were surprised to discover that almost all their shoes were made in Indonesia or the following countries...
The children discovered many interesting facts about 'sweat shops' through a quiz and by listening to extracts from Mitch's book.
Did you know that......
it takes 2,000 litres of water to manufacture one cotton t-shirt
for a pair of football boots costing £100, the person in the factory who made them would earn between 1 pence and 3 pence in total
it would have taken Budi, the central character in Kick, 20,000 years to earn the yearly salary of a top footballer
Do you think this is right and fair? Why?
A competition to see who could assemble a Mitch reading extracts from his novel
pair of football boots the quickest. Malaika won! .
Assembly in full swing! Mitch signing his book and reading stories written
by our budding young authors
Mitch chatting to our pupils over lunch
Mitch's advice to all our pupils was to "read as much as you can, read more and it will make you a a stronger and more passionate person". We think that is great advice!
Later in the day, a group of Y5 and Y6 pupils had workshops to develop their creative writing skills, using a range of artefacts as a starting point. Mitch have the children lots of tips for developing their writing, for example, likening a character to an animal to bring it alive for the reader. Mitch also gave the children a leaflet with more tips. Click on the image below to dwnload. Miitch also talked about the skill of being able to link something sinister with something humorous. The childen enjoyed the workshop so much, summed up by Jamie's comment, "I don't want to go; I want to stay here all
day and keep going".
Below are some of the childen's opening lines to their writing based on the artefacts they explored:
I opened the door to a stranger. Adam Z, Y5
Peter Strange was never late... Evie , Y5
It was a quiet night. Until that one harpoon hit Hiccup. James, Y5
He was asleep, until he heard beeping underneath. It startled him. . Thomas, Y5
SLAP! Zaher's face went slap down into the murky, brown water . Adam B, Y5
With a loud crack of lightning, Olivia woke up. Aimee, Y5
I opened the door. I know I shouldn't have.
Oh no - the watch has stopped! . Katy, Y5
The man called Bill has a pocket watch, which is actually an eye watching over him . James, Y5
The man had a cursed ring . Jamie, Y5
"Who's home?" asked Bill, waiting for a response. Jake, Y5
Noah Strange never let his pocket watch out of sight . Malaika, Y5
Harry Black's nickname is The Killer, for good reason . Jamie, Y5
"What's that?" asked Mrs Deem. For Mr Deem had just entered the small holding a golden stop watch. Jamie, Y5
Fog and mist spread over the tip tops of the mountains . Harry, Y5
Operation Christmas Child - December 2017
Last year we donated 82 shoeboxes to some of the poorest children around the world to ensure they received a Christmas present. This year we set ourselves a target of 100 boxes. As a school, we produced 121 shoeboxes this year; an amazing achievement. The team who came to pick up the boxes were thrilled with how many boxes we had donated and stated we were the only school in Billericay to have donated more shoeboxes than last year. A massive thank you to everyone for helping with this, including Pupil Parliament who helped to promote this event. Children, who will receive nothing this Christmas except these boxes, will gratefully receive them.
Growth Mindset Workshop - September 2017
Thank you to all parents, staff and governors who attended our wonderful Growth Mindset evening, following the pupil workshops during the day. We had some excellent feedback and it really gave some 'food for thought' in thinking about how we can encourage our children to approach learning and life through a growth rather than a fixed mindset. Check out our some photos from the evening, including the wonderful edible 'cheese tree' made by Liz Dillon.
Our Growth Mindset cheese tree!
Farewell to Mr Gamble - July 2017
At 92 years old, Mr Gamble is surely the oldest reading vounteer in the country! Sadly for all the children and staff at Sunnymede, Mr Gamble has finally decided that
it is time to hang up his suit and have a rest. Mr Gamble has read with almost every pupil in the school during the many years he has spent volunteeing at the school. Mr Gamble had a wonderful send-off, with a tea party planned epecially for him by Mrs Lyon and the pupils. We will all miss you Mr Gamble!
Governor Awards - July 2017
All of our Y6 pupils have been a credit to us this year and have worked very hard. Each year, however, our governors present wards to pupils who have stood out for making particulrly good progress or effort in key areas of learning. Well done to our winners this year.
Year Six Leavers' Trip to Thriftwood
Year Six Leavers' Show 'Let Loose' - July 2017
Our year 6 pupils did us proud again this year, performing another amazing play called ‘Let Loose’. Here are some photos...
Twenty Y5 pupils attended Billericay School on Friday 14th July to participate in a fun French Quiz. The children answered questions and solved puzzles using their French knowledge and I am delighted to report we won the event! In the past, we have come second or third so this was a fantastic result. You can see from the photo how proud all the children were and what an impressive trophy they won. Congratulations to all those who took part!
Musical Soiree - June 2017
A fantastic evening for all. Pupils from all year groups performed a variety of instruments, including, cello, volin, piano and guitar to parents and guests. The pupils did a wonderful job and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the performances.
Well done to everyone who performed, you had all clearly worked hard.
A special thank you and well done to Mrs Branch who played the piano. She has been working hard to improve her skills and showed what you can achieve if you persevere.
Cello Rehearsals - June 2017
Check out our wonderful cellists reheasring this morning. We are looking forward to hearing them play at our musical soiree later this Tmonth!
Matt Mackman Artist in Residence visit - May 2017
On the week commencing 15th May, we were lucky enough to have an artist, Matt Mackman, visit our school. Matt worked with a selected group of children to create a mural in the wildlife area, using the motto homework designs. The children spent the week creating the mural, using a variety of media, including spray paints! As the photos below show, the children had a fantastic week developing their creativity skills alongside Matt!
What do you think of our new motto, which we voted for as a whole school in a very democratic process......
"LEARNING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW"
And can you think of a time this week when you demonstrated one or more of our new values....
These values are important to us and we aim to uphold these values every day in everything we do. don't forget!
And can you think of a time this week when you demonstrated one or more of our new values....
These values are important to us and we aim to uphold these values every day in everything we do. don't forget!
Southend United Community Cup
On May 16th, eight of our year 6 boys participated in a tournament at Roots Hall Stadium in Southend. In total, 18 teams took part, with 3 groups of 6 teams competing on the pitch. The boys played fabulously, scoring some great goals, saving some difficult shots and defending with passion and great determination. Unfortunately, only 1 team per group progressed to the semi-final and we came third in our group. However, the winner of our group went on to win the tournament and the boys stayed to cheer the team on.
A sunny afternoon and ice lollies on the field- a fantastic way for our year 6 pupils to unwind after all the hard work they put into SATs week!
BSMA Music Festival March 2017
Thank you to our fabulous choir for taking part at the BSMA music festival this week. The theme this year was 'Food, Glorious Food' and the choir sang wonderfully alongside other schools to impress the large audience at the Towngate Theatre. Our orchestra members also excelled themselves, as did Corin and Melody who tap danced during the show, choreoraphing all their own moves. Thank you to our parents who supported this wonderful annual event.
World Book Day March 2017
We had a wonderful day today, celebrating the joy of books. It was fabulous to see nearly every child in the school dressing up as a
favourite book character. Best costume winners were chosen from each class and came up and shared thair favoutite book
with the rest of the school in a special assembly. The day was filled with lots of fabulous book related activities to develop children's thinking
and responses to books whilst having fun. Thank you to all staff and children for dressing up and to parents who helped to ensure this was a day for hildren to remember.
Congratulations to our World Book Day competition winners!
Thank you to all our staff who love any excuse to dress up!
The whole school was engaged in a wide variety of activities ranging from making constructions with paper or marshmallows and spaghetti
to observing chemical changes while cooking.
Sharing Christmas Lunch Together
Our fabulous kitchen staff prepared a wonderful Christmas lunch for us all to share. Thank you for all your hard work!
Our Choir singing at Anisha Grange Care Home
Our wonderful choir paid a visit to the residents of Anisha Grange, spreading some festive cheer in the local community.
Our Christmas Production (Santa's On Strike)
Year 6 cast members
This year's Christmas show was yet another wonderful performance by the children of Sunnymede Junior School, with amazing singing and acting from everyone. We are so proud of all our children and hope they have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.
16th November 2016
Y3 Lunch with Parents
It was lovely to see so many parents, carers and grandparents of our year three pupils today at lunchtime. It was lovely to see you all enjoying a delicious roast dinner with your child. Thank you for coming and thank you to the kitchen staff for accommodating so many parents.
Y6 RESIDENTIAL TO KINGSWOOD ACTIVITY CENTRE - SEPTEMBER 2016
BEACH FUN / CAVING CHALLENGE
BOAT TRIP TO SEE THE SEALS
Year 6 Reward Day - Hadleigh Country Park - jULY 2016
On the 19th July, the year 6 pupils had a fantastic, fun-filled day at Hadleigh Country Park! Activities included shelter building, parkouring, orienteering and mountain biking. There was even a BBQ for lunch! Well done for all your achievements this year, you certainly earned your reward day!
Lights, Camera, Action - we're ready to roll!
Year 6 moved their parents and staff to tears with their hilarious Year 6 performance - Lights, Camera Action! They worked so hard and put on such a wonderful show! Well done to you all!
Year 6 Trip to the Orbit
Year 6 had a wonderful trip to the Startford Olympic Park, linked to our studies of how the Olympics began in ancient Greece. After exploring the park, rolling down some hills and eating lunch, the time came to experience the longest, tunnel slide in Europe! It was fast, fun and full of excited screams. We loved it!
Author Visit - Jack Trelawney
On Friday 8th July, Jack visited all the pupils at Sunnymede Juniors and the Year 2 pupils from Sunnymede Infants. He shared tips for creating characters and starting stories with us. We then had the opportunity to meet him and get his Kernowland book series signed by him in our School Library. Our favourite part was laughing at the odd hybrid animals that he showed us. Perhaps you could create your own at home!
Girls' Football Tournament
On 21st June, six of our year five girls attended a football tournament in Basildon. It was the first time the girls had ever played a full football match and they were understandably nervous but extremely excited. All 6 girls played fantastically and ended the afternoon with 2 draws, 1 loss and 7 wins! An amazing result! We are incredibly proud of this result and will be entering a girls football league next year because of this! Well done to all involved and a special mention to Mrs Morris and Mrs Pye, who accompanied the girls, and the parent helpers who volunteered to transport the children.
Creative Arts Week
Creative Arts Week gave the pupils of Sunnymede Junior School the opportunity to spend a whole week using their imaginations, problem solving and art skills. It also gave them the opportunity to work with different peers together as a team. Using the Spanish animated film 'El Caminante' as a stimulus, pupils explored film literacy and created 3D sculptures. We really enjoyed it! If you missed out on viewing our masterpieces in our Art Gallery, look out for several displays at our open evening in July!
Sunnymede's Got Talent!
Recently, the whole school has been involved in an Enterprise project.
Each year group came up with a different idea to raise money.
In Year 4, the children decided that the best idea was to hold a talent show. They were right, as altogether they made just over £200!
Many children auditioned and with Ruby's help, Mr Bigland and Mrs Hathaway were able to decide on the acts to perform in the live final!
Congratulations to all the children who performed in an exciting and varied show! You were all amazing- thank you!
After much deliberation, our judges Mr Burgess, Miss Hicks and Mrs Bicheno decided on their top three.
Well done to Melody (Year 5) with her beautiful lyrical dance and to Jasmine (Year 6) with 'The Cup Song', who were the runners up.
First place went to Lewis (Year 6) who is a very talented drummer!
Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby Tornament
11th May 2016
Conratulations to our tag rugby team who came second in the tournament today! Technically, they came first. Unfortunately, the rules are such that a school is not allowed to come first unless there is at least one girl in the team. We are really proud of the team. Thank you to Mr Evans and Mr Tait for training them so well. Thank you also to Mrs Morris who accompanied the pupils and to all our parents who kindly pulled together to ensure the pupils could attend this tournament! Most of all, well done boys!
21st April 2016
The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations
Sunnymede Juniors celebrated the Queen's very special birthday with a themed lunch, which the pupils throughly enjoyed.
We were honoured to receive a visit from the Queen!
We all received a very special gift at the end of the day to take home and treasure. The special gift was a gold commemorative coin to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.
Aspirations Week - March 2016
"It's better to aim high and miss than aim low and hit."
As part of our Aspiration Week we were really lucky
to have a range of visitors and volunteers give up their free time to come in
and lead assemblies and workshops. Below are some photos of the visitors
we had, these included a scientist, a doctor, a fashion designer, a volunteer
dog trainer and firemen. They each spoke to us about their career, the skills they needed to do their job and how focusing hard at a young age is vital for a good career. We also got to ask them lots of questions.
Who was your favourite
visitor and why?
Which visitor inspired you the most and why?
How did Aspiration Week make you think about your future?
Hobbies into Careers
If you work hard and persevere, there are some hobbies than can turn into careers. If you enjoy arts and crafts, you could become an artist or if you like writing, you could become an author. The world is your oyster! Mrs Hervey came into school and worked with a group of children to
create this stunning piece of art work using batik. Mrs Hervey is an artist.
Why do you think we chose to represent an eagle?
Do you have a hobby that could become a career one day?
Can you explain to someone you live with the process of batik work?
As part of aspiration week, some groups of children discussed the range of jobs that photographers do. They recognised that photographers work in journalism, advertising and the fashion industry. They knew that photography is important to document the world around us from sporting events, to parties and weddings as well as to record the variety of wildlife and the wonders of the natural world.
In small groups, the children took photographs, uploaded them onto laptops and used Paint.NET to edit their images.
The results were really impressive.
Do you have a favourite photograph? If yes, why is it your favourite?
Well done everybody. Thank you for your hard work- I really enjoyed my afternoon with you.
Animator and Game Designer
Miss Kneller ran some animation and game designing
workshops. These workshops made us think
about how games, cartoons and digital films are made, e.g. Disney Pixar
films. The children explored Scratch, a
coding programme where they learnt how to right code to make animations come to
life, including making them move, talk and add sound. The end products were really impressive but
it wasn’t easy. We realised that to get
coding right you have to play around with it and debug algorithms to ensure the
computer does exactly what you want it to.
Remember you can always download Scratch at home and make games or stories on your own computer!
Would you like to be a computing animator when you’re older?
What skills do you think you need to be a computer game designer?
Year 3 Enterprise Activity: Nerf the Teachers!
As part of our enterprise challenge this year, 3M and 3K joined forces and decided to have a 'Nerf the Teacher's event'. We sold tickets at playtime and charged 50p for 3 bullets. We had so many people buy tickets that we had to sell them during two playtimes! All of the teachers were good sports and came out to be fired at my nerf guns. Some teachers were much more popular to be fired at than others! Below are some photos of the event; Mr Tate doesn't look very impressed!
World Book Day - 3rd March 2016
During our special World Book Day Assembly, school staff members shared their favourite childhood books with all Sunnymede pupils...
In Year 6 we celebrated World Book Day by acting out a book that Mrs Bicheno read to us. We also played '20 questions' with famous book characters and we shared our own favourite childhood books with our class.
What is your favourite childhood book?
5H really enjoyed World Book Day (especially dressing in our PJs!). In the morning, some of us went to 5T and some of us were joined in our classroom by members of 4H. We (year 5) teamed up witha year 4 child and showed our favourite book that we brought in and read parts of the book to each other. We found that there were lots of genres of books that were shown. Most excitingly, Gianna shared one her her books and read some to us...the interesting thing was that it was in Romanian! Fascinating. In the afternoon, Miss Hicks read us part of a Harry Potter book and we had to act the scene out in groups of 5. However, we had to think carefully about how the character we were playing felt at different points of the scene because when Miss Hicks yelled "FREEZE!" we had to tell the class how we were feeling and why. Have a look at our pictures below.
We really enjoyed world book day, particularly as we were able to share our favourite books with each other. We also had some awesome onesies that we were wearing! Our favourite part was being able to read with year 6 because we were able to make new friends and recommend some new books to other people. We also read part of some books that we are now desperate to read! We had a great day overall and can't wait for the next one. See some photos of us below: