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We’re in Lent now, and the weather seems to be contributing to the feelings of endurance. The children have all talked about self discipline, and some have committed to certain challenges during the next few weeks. A couple of children … Continue reading

Malcolm Tyson

There are some very, very good people in the world, who make a huge difference to others both in their own lifetime, and in the legacy they leave behind them. Malcolm Tyson, whose death was announced this week, was such … Continue reading

Holocaust Memorial Day – A Reflection

We have been marking Holocaust Memorial Day, so it seems appropriate to share this education about tolerance and bravery. The Society of Friends (Quakers) are well known for their work on pacifism. As a group they won the Nobel Peace … Continue reading

Impressive Human Beings in Every Way

A year ago we were preparing for Year 6 SATs.  We’d been on our London residential, and we had all sorts of good things planned for the summer.  All of our Year 6 were working and playing hard.  They loved … Continue reading

What is this life, if full of care…

…we have no time to stand and stare. There is much talk, and rightly so, about mental health and well-being, particularly amongst children. It is an issue that we as a school take very seriously. There are so many more … Continue reading

S F Said came to see us…

Do you remember the first Star Wars film? And Watership Down? If not, you may be a little younger than SF Said… When SF watched Star Wars and read Watership Down, as a child, he thought “One day, I’m going … Continue reading

Scientific Thinking?

Alive?  Dead?  Never been alive? Children aged 5 -7 need to be able to wrestle confidently with this topic, in the new curriculum.   And very interesting it is too. E.g. ‘Dead’ – A chair is made out of wood from … Continue reading


Not at our school… I heard of the following this week: Parents who have withdrawn their child from Religious Education all year were upset when their child wasn’t cast in the nativity play. I don’t know how that story ended, … Continue reading

Henry V

Henry V The world feels full of strife at the moment. There is a great desire for wise and competent leadership, and much discussion about the absence of it. So when we were choosing which Shakespeare play to perform this … Continue reading

The first day of school – just an ordinary day?

I loved watching the Olympics. All those ordinary people, having extraordinary moments as a result of team-work and tenacity. All of us ordinary people enjoying the extraordinary moments, with others, at the end of our “ordinary” days. There was chat … Continue reading