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We aim to provide a rich, meaningful learning environment with high quality teaching where every child is given the opportunity to develop independent learning skills through a curriculum based on first hand experience and enquiry. The focus in the classroom is on challenge, engagement, enjoyment and achievement. There is a strong pastoral structure and Christian ethos which creates a caring, secure environment where everyone is valued as an individual. We aim to create an environment... read more

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Year 1 Recipe Fair

Year 1 recently celebrated their topic Getting Together with family and friends at their end of term Recipe Fair.  The topic celebrates the home cultures of the children in year 1. This year it gave them the opportunity to learn about culture and everyday life in Poland, India, Greece, Portugal, South Africa, Mauritius and Britain. [...]

Reception class animals topic

The Reception class topic for this half term  has been ‘Get a pet’. Mrs Pratley, one of our Reception parents, came in to talk about her job as a veterinary nurse and on the 30th April the Reception classes were lucky enough to have a visit from ‘Gemma’s Farm’. This was a fantastic first hand [...]

Tea Picked by Monkeys!- Year 5

During their work on India year five had the opportunity to try some tea – several teas in fact. The children held their tea tasting session after reading the book “Cloud Tea Monkeys”. This is a book based in the foothills of the Himalayas and is about a little girl who is helped in her [...]

Year 1 Recipe Fair

Year 1 recently celebrated their topic Getting Together with family and friends at their end of term Recipe Fair.  The topic celebrates the home cultures of the children in year 1. This year it gave them the opportunity to learn about culture and everyday life in Poland, India, Greece, Portugal, South Africa, Mauritius and Britain.

At the recipe fair each child and teacher had brought into school a favourite family recipe to share in a class recipe book and many children had also cooked the dish for friends to try.  Parents and grandparents had the opportunity to look at their children’s work from the topic.  Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon and and left with a full tummy and lots of new recipes to try at home!

Reception class animals topic

The Reception class topic for this half term  has been ‘Get a pet’. Mrs Pratley, one of our Reception parents, came in to talk about her job as a veterinary nurse and on the 30th April the Reception classes were lucky enough to have a visit from ‘Gemma’s Farm’. This was a fantastic first hand experience for the children as they were able to feed, stroke, brush, hold and observe the animals. These included Wasabi and Wally the lambs, Cherry the pony, Betty Spaghetti and Frank the goats. They all really enjoyed the experience and were eager to share newly learned animal facts.

Tea Picked by Monkeys!- Year 5

During their work on India year five had the opportunity to try some tea – several teas in fact. The children held their tea tasting session after reading the book “Cloud Tea Monkeys”. This is a book based in the foothills of the Himalayas and is about a little girl who is helped in her difficult job of picking tea by a group of monkeys. The Royal Tea Taster decides that her tea is the best – mainly because the monkeys have climbed high in the Himalayas and picked tea leaves only accessible to them.

When we read the blurb on the book we found out that although this was a story, monkeys were …….read more

River Chelmer – Year 4

Year 4 went to the River Chelmer in Dunmow to observe the wildlife and experience the current (we waded in our wellies!). Whilst we were there, we found an old camera. There were some very interesting photos and we’re still trying to trace the owner!

We returned to the River Chelmer the following week to catch and examine river wildlife with Mr Perry and measure the temperature of the water using data loggers.

Next week, we’re going to find where the river meets the sea at Maldon!

Boydells Farm – Year 3

On Monday 20th April, Year 3 visited Boydells farm. As part of our ‘Where My Wellies Take Me’ topic, we learnt all about milk making and the importance of looking after the farm animals. We had the opportunity to milk a cow, bottle feed lambs and feed the goats. During the afternoon we held the delicate chicks, some of which enjoyed balancing on our heads! It was such a fantastic day with lovely weather! We enjoyed it so much that some of us are planning to visit again at the weekend!

Year 1 Make Afternoon Tea

Year 1 have just started their new topic, Getting Together, based on the home cultures of the children in the year group.  For the first 2 weeks we have been focusing on Great Britain, so the children had the chance to learn how to make their own scones for a British Afternoon Tea!  We were lucky to have 2 chefs come in from our local B and B to give a cooking demonstration.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, both the cooking and the tasting!

3 Tees Cricket – Year 2

On Tuesday 14th April, 2LC were privileged to learn a new skill from a sporting expert when Heather Knight, Vice Captain of the England Women’s Cricket team, visited our school. Heather, representing the charity ‘A Chance To Shine’, was working with Essex County Cricket Coach Ian Twinn.

The aim of the session was to introduce the children to 3 Tees cricket; a game designed to help children to develop cricketing skills and an interest in the sport. The children formed teams (India, Australia and The Netherlands) and played a competitive match. They worked on their batting and fielding skills under the expert eye of the professional players. As well as coaching the children, Heather answered questions about her experiences and playing career and signed items that the children had brought along, including a cricket ball.

2LC are now very keen to further their cricket skills. Some children will have the chance to do so in the 3 Tees tournament to be held at school on Friday 24th April.