Current news items
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.