SUNNYMEDE

JUNIOR SCHOOL


  

Growth Mindset Workshop - September 2017

Thank you to all parents, staff andgovernors 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. 


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Y6 Residential to Kingswood  - September 2017



Wednesday Evening Update




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We had a brilliant afternoon on the beach, hunting for crabs amongst the rock pools, drawing in the sand, building sandcastles and playing games. The sun shone for us which made the beach even more enjoyable. It was lovely to see the children playing together and having fun on the sand.

Once we were back from the beach, there was time for another activity before dinner. Dinner was beef and vegetable pie, leek and potato pie or macaroni cheese. This was followed by a piece of shortbread. 




Tonight's entertainment has been a campfire, singing action repeat songs along with hot chocolate and marshmallows. The children have all enjoyed themselves today and are again ready for their beds! 


Wednesday Morning Update

Another busy but enjoyable afternoon was had by all, experiencing activities such as shelter building, caving, laser and swimming.  The pool party in the swimming pool was clearly a hit with the children who had fun with large floats and throwing balls into 'goal post' nets.  

Dinner tonight consisted of roast ham, chicken or mushroom pie along with roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.  This was followed by a generous helping of homemade apple crumble and custard.  We were certainly very full after all that!  

We have relaxed this evening with a movie night in the cinema room and watched 'Rango'. By the time this finished, the children were more than ready for their beds!  All this fresh coastal air is doing them the world of good.


Tuesday Late Evening Update


Another busy but enjoyable afternoon was had by all, experiencing activities such as shelter building, caving, laser and swimming.  The pool party in the swimming pool was clearly a hit with the children who had fun with large floats and throwing balls into 'goal post' nets.  

Dinner tonight consisted of roast ham, chicken or mushroom pie along with roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.  This was followed by a generous helping of homemade apple crumble and custard.  We were certainly very full after all that!  

We have relaxed this evening with a movie night in the cinema room and watched 'Rango'. By the time this finished, the children were more than ready for their beds!  All this fresh coastal air is doing them the world of good.  


Tuesday Lunchtime Update

We have had a morning of fun and the sun has been shining which has been lovely. Our main highlight of today for all groups is the abseiling.  For some children, overcoming a fear of heights has been their main challenge and we are very proud of them.  Other activities have consisted of areoball (basketball on a trampoline), orienteering, fencing and archery.   We are now ready for our lunch which the children are looking forward to.  Pizza and pasta bake is on the lunch menu today and the children certainly need to refuel on much needed carbs!" 


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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...


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Y4 La Djembe Drumming Workshops and Performance - July 2017



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 Services, is such a brilliant opportunity for the children, who benefit greatly 

from the Liam's rumming expertise.  Their enthusiasm and excitement is very clear to see in every session and they performed perfectly in theirperformance to their families on the 5th July.

 


Bravo! 

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.


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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!


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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....


Determination   Honesty

Independence    Respect

Responsibility      ​Tolerance


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....


Determination   Honesty

Independence    Respect

Responsibility      ​Tolerance


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.


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!



Where's Wally?









January 2017


Science Week​


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!​


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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.


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Our Christmas Production (Santa's On Strike)


Year 6 cast members


 


    


    


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 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. ​


 


  

   


    








BEACH FUN​ / CAVING CHALLENGE

   


  


  


  


 

  



BOAT TRIP TO SEE THE SEALS


 


  


  


  


  


  


  


  





  


  


  


      




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!


   

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 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!

  

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. 

 



June 2016​


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!


          


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! 

      


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!



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!​

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"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?​



     
    

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?​


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          Well done everybody.  Thank you for your hard work- I really enjoyed my afternoon with you.

          Mrs Hathaway​





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?

 




Spring 2016​


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Assembly


During our special World Book Day Assembly, school staff members shared their favourite childhood books with all Sunnymede pupils...


   



Year 6​


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.


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What is your favourite childhood book?​


Class 5H

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. 

   

Class 3M

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: