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It's been an exciting week this week- not only because it's been the first full week back at school- we received two special deliveries.
Our Eco-Schools Green Flag finally arrived and is now hanging in pride of place at the front of our school
We received confirmation that we have been awarded the Bronze Primary Geography Quality Mark
During the summer holidays, a few areas of the school were updated. You may have noticed that the front of the school was treated to some new signs and a beautiful blue welcome mat. While inside the school the green room received a lick of paint to now include a vibrant wall to match it's name. You may have heard that The Rainbow was being revamped over the summer and is now The Ocean Room. Photos of all of these can be seen in the slideshow below.
On Wednesday Year 1 enjoyed a ‘Minibeast Day’. They completed lots of activities including; spider web weaving, a bug hunt, butterfly printing, pinecone spiders, lolly stick flowers and making their own fruit bug for snack and planting some wonderful plants to encourage the bugs to visit their minibeast mansion which they made! We’re sure there’ll be lots of visitors to the mansion.
We Got Green!02.07.2021
Sports Morning01.07.2021 and 02.07.2021
Each Peach Pear Plum - Bees World Book Day Dress Up25.06.2021
James Campbell visits Cliff Lane25.06.2021
On Friday, the very funny, talented and highly engaging author James Campbell came to Cliff Lane to talk to years 1 to 6 about writing stories. Due to covid protocols, the main talk was completed over Google Meet, although James did manage to visit the classes individually and introduce himself from a safe distance. After some technical difficulties, James Campbell wowed the children with two highly comical and animated stories, “The Toothless Tiger” and “The Umbrella Tree”. The children enjoyed joining in with the main parts of the story. Later, he explained what writers NEED to write a story and also what they DON’T; apparently you don’t need a drill or a helicopter. He also read some parts from his book, “Funny Life of Pets”, that includes some hilarious animal stories; who knew that cats were afraid of cucumbers? James dazzled the children with comical anecdotes and snippets of his many stories. He talked about the importance of a pen and a basic pen at that. Funny pet stories were shared across the key stage with stories of dogs stealing shoes and eating lego being listed. Thank you for such an inspiring and uplifting visit.
Year 4 Visit to Colchester Castle24.06.2021
KS2 Phase Assembly - Buddhism 18.06.2021
The Wild Wooders Dance Workshop 15.06.2021
Clean Air Day15.06.2021
Andrew and the Young Planetarians made children and their parents aware that it is clean air day on Thursday 18th June. They spoke about the effects of traffic pollution and how it can be reduced (walking/cycling ect). They used a piece of equipment that identified noise pollution, which enabled us to see if cars were waiting with their engines on - therefore contributing to air pollution. Did you see their video on Twitter?
Did you see the monkeys?14.06.2021
On Monday 7th June, Otters and Badgers had a dress up day, as an extension of World Book Day last term, leading into their topic ‘Monarchs’. In the morning, the children baked scones using the Queen’s favourite recipe. After break, they practised drawing a royal portrait; this was either a Royal or a picture of ourselves dressed up as a Royal. After lunch, the children prepared the bunting before enjoying their own street party - they even ate the scones they'd made in the morning!
When children become teachers...18.05.2021
On Tuesday, four children from Badgers and Otters met with the Barn Owl class from Ilketshall Primary to talk about their religion: Hinduism. Our Cliff Lane children spoke to their parents to learn even more about their religion before becoming the teachers and answering questions. When reflecting on their experience, the children said that they loved being able to share their religion with others and said it was really exciting being the teacher. They recalled one of the questions was 'what do you like about being a Hindu?' The children said, 'We can pray to different gods. There are loads of gods and goddesses to pray to. We get to eat different foods.' We are incredibly proud of our children for sharing their knowledge.
Friend or Foe?17.05.2021
Hawthorns and Badgers began the week by dressing up as evacuees from WW2 based on the book Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo. The best way to share the children's day is by reading their reflections:
I enjoyed the air raid practice. The siren and explosions were really scary!
I liked dressing up as an evacuee. I felt like I had gone back in time.
WW2 Experience Day14.05.2021
Poplars and Willows had a fun filled day learning all about World War 2. The children arrived at school with gas masks, old coins, badges, rationing cards and name tags. The children experienced an air raid, wrote postcards home, rationed out some sweets and played various games. Here's what some of the children had to say about their day:
Today was really fun, especially playing World War 2 games, including skipping and the half penny shove.
Skipping with the 5 metre rope with my friends was great.
Dressing up like an evacuee was fun and it felt quite scary doing the air raid drill!
Writing a postcard home was fun and relaxing.
Reception World Book Day06.05.2021
This week it was Reception's turn to have their World Book Day where the children had a fun filled day linked to Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. The children dressed up as various characters from the book, including witches, dragons and frogs. The children put pencil to paper in phonics to write sentences; made edible wands and hats; and used playdough to create some of the characters. The children (and adults) had a magical day!
On Thursday 6th May, Badgers and Otters had a fiery experience lesson where they set London on fire! The children built Tudor and Stuart houses from 1666 which they put together to create a town and then set fire to it. They discussed combustion, fuel and how the fire spread so quickly.
Daily Mile Day30.04.2021
On Friday 30th April, we took part in #EnglandDoesTheDailyMile
Every class took their turn to complete 8 laps of our school playground to achieve their daily mile. The children (and adults) were able to run, skip, walk or jog their mile whilst being out in the fresh air and getting some much needed vitamin D.
We even had some animals completing the daily mile today!
UKS2 Book Days30.04.2021
Earth Day Competition29.04.2021
Last week, Miss Sleightholme set KS2 a bookmark challenge to celebrate World Earth Day. Two winners were selected from each class (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6). The winners will each receive a 100% recycled pencil made from newspaper as a prize.
What a wonderful Wednesday!28.04.2021
Virtual Author Visit23.04.2021
Easter Bake Off Challenge16.04.2021
At the start of the Easter Holidays, to continue with the extra opportunities available to students through Google classroom, Miss Hancock challenged the children to some seasonal baking treats. There were 3 challenges in total which were optional for the children to recreate themselves, and these were Easter Cookies, Hot Cross Buns and an Easter Cake. All the children who completed any or all of the challenges have been awarded with a certificate. So much imagination and dedication to perfecting their skills in the kitchen have been displayed during these challenges, and we are extremely proud of all the children taking #EveryOpportunity.
Secret Garden Winners26.03.2021
Mrs Poole ran a Secret Garden competition to end the spring term. We received lots of amazing entries from children across the school; from our Nursery Bees to our Year 6 Kestrels and Cormorants. Mrs Poole had such a difficult decision choosing an overall winner, so we awarded prizes to a small group. Here are a few of our proud winners along with their winning designs and prizes. Well done everyone!
Bake Off Winners19.03.2021
During the spring term, Miss Hancock posted weekly bake off challenges for the children to take part in. Each week there were a number of star bakers who were awarded with certificates and prizes. Today 3 of our Cliff Lane children were awarded personalised 'Bake Off Winner' plaques to congratulate them on completing all 7 bake off challenges during Spring 2021. We are so incredibly proud of these children for their achievement and for taking #EveryOpportunity
Fairtrade Flapjacks 12.03.21
Brilliant Bread Bakers05.03.2021
On Monday 22nd February, we had a very exciting whole school live event to start the new term. We were joined by poet Joshua Seigal who engaged children and families from Nursery to Year 6. We loved hearing his poems and the children even joined in with a few. During the session, Joshua set the school a poetry challenge. Despite this visit being delivered remotely, some children were able to read out their fantastic examples of poems to everyone in the meeting! The session was wrapped up with a Q+A session were we found out more about Joshua's inspirations and advice to all our young poets.
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Mini Muffin Mania05.02.2021
Fruity Pizzas- Bake Off Winners29.01.2021
The Great Cliff Lane Bake Off seems to be a big hit among most of the students, with so many taking part. We have just uploaded our 3rd challenge for this term yesterday on Google Classroom, and have the Star Bakers of the Fruity Pizzas to announce below.
Thank you so much to everyone who has been getting involved with this extra activity and having so much fun in the kitchen. Once again, it has been a really difficult task to work out who has produced the best bakes this week, but Mr Gough and Miss Hancock have narrowed it down to these superb individuals.
The Great Cliff Lane Bake Off22.01.2021
This week our wonderful children have taken #EveryOpportunity to further their knowledge. Not only have they taken part in the lessons set by their class teachers; children have also participated in a Cliff Lane Bake Off, made pine cone bonsais in our weekly nature activity and began an A-Z notebook along with Ms Leek and her daily alphabet challenge. We have all be blown away by the children's curiosity about the world around them and their dedication to learning and doing their very best, whether that's at home or at school. Well done everyone and continue sharing on Tapestry, Google Classroom and Twitter @CliffLanePri
Home Learning 202108.01.2021
On Monday 5th January, our first day back after the winter break, we were informed that schools were going to need to offer a blended approach with key worker children being at schools and others learning from home. Despite it only being a few days, we have been amazed by how quickly children, parents and staff have adapted to working remotely. Here are a few examples from our Cliff Lane children who have shown that, despite the changes in circumstances, they will 'do it right, do it well and do it!' as they just #LoveLearning.
Our curriculum challenge last week was to write and present a winter poem. Mr Gough was extremely impressed by those he saw and a few have been uploaded here for you to read and enjoy. Well done to everyone who completed the challenge.
A group of children from Years 5 and 6 were invited to take part in the Primary Maths Challenge. They participated in additional maths sessions during lunch times and completed the challenge paper last week.
We are exceptionally proud of those who took the challenge! All of our participants achieved at least bronze award; two Year 5 children achieved silver and one Year 6 reached gold!
Well done to all of our mathematicians- we are incredibly proud of you for taking #EveryOpportunity!
Books, Books, Books!23.11.2020
Did you see us in the paper? Click the link below to find out about our latest library purchases and the new connection Mr Godbold has made with a local business- Dial Lane.
‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,’
On Wednesday 11th November Cliff Lane held a two minute silence to remember the fallen. Each class also made a wreath full of red, purple, white and black poppies to remember all those involved. Whilst this year may be very different, the way we honour their bravery will never change.
Our Young Planetarians have been working exceptionally hard along with the rest of the school to earn the Silver Eco-Schools Award! After achieving Bronze, the team have continued their quest to look after our planet. During this term they have shared their knowledge with parents and students about keeping our air clean and considered the amount of waste we produce. With the help of Mr Broom and Miss Mowles, the children analysed the waste we were producing and have been considering ways in which we can reduce this as well as promoting recycling.
Year 5 were set a challenge to create a 3D model of our Solar System. There were no rules on how to make it; the children were just asked to use their creativity and their imagination. Little did we know that the children would come in with some fantastic pieces of work! We are very proud of all their designs.
Clean Air Day 202008.10.2020
On Thursday 8th September, our Year 6 school learning council were joined by representatives from Ipswich Borough Council to spread the word about clean air day. The children spoke confidently to parents during drop off about the pollution cars produce and promoted walking to school. They gave out leaflets and flyers, as well as sharing homemade posters.
Real life super hero29.09.2020
On Tuesday Minnows and Tadpoles were visited by a real life hero...a firefighter! They learnt what to do in an emergency- what to say and who to call- and about all of the equipment a firefighter needs to do their job. They also discovered that firefighters help us in many more ways than we might know about. They learnt that on Sunday Sally was working with other real life heroes to help rescue people who had got stuck in the mud! Sally showed them just how quickly she has to get into her uniform when there is an emergency. Towards the end of the visit they got to see her rapid response vehicle. As she drove it around the playground, they counted the blue flashing lights and listened to the different sirens it can make.
We're learners too!18.9.2020
As well as being teachers, learning support assistants and administrators, the staff at Cliff Lane are also learners!
Congratulations to Ms King who received confirmation of her National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership, to Mrs Dreher who has successfully passed a qualification in administration, and to some of our LSAs who studied during lockdown for Level 2 specialisms in areas such as ADHD and autism. We're also very pleased to share that Mrs McErlain-Naylor is now a Certified Google Educator.
We currently have a number of teachers who are now studying for their National Professional Qualification in Middle/Senior Leadership, Mrs Booth is currently completing the National Award for Sencos and Mrs Griffiths is working towards a professional qualification in HR.
World Book Day05.03.2020
The national World Book Day theme for this year was 'Share a Story'. We decided that instead of the whole school dressing up, that each year group would share a book together over the summer term and each have their own 'Book Day' together. The teachers thought they would start this idea off. They chose The Hungry Caterpillar and dressed up as butterflies, leaves, watermelons, strawberries and even the caterpillar itself! Even our brilliant lunch staff got involved with a special Hungry Caterpillar menu and a fruit bar for everyone to taste some of the fruit from the story.
All the children made a special lanyard (Book Bling) to wear over the day to keep the conversation going about their favourite books, there was an assembly where The Hungry Caterpillar was read in three different languages, teachers swapped classrooms for a very special guest story time, and Year 6 went to the Early Years classrooms to read to our youngest pupils.
Thank you everyone for making this day so special.
We have recently formed a new group at school and we have decided on the name 'Young Planetarians'. We want to make the school more eco-friendly. We are going to make sure we are doing as much as we can to look after the environment. We have completed a review which also looks at our curriculum. We are now putting together our action plan. We think that we will be concentrating on supporting marine life, harvesting water, looking after plants (for bees and other wildlife), and growing food.