Friday 24th September 2021
Today was our Democracy Day – a day where we learn about democracy and British values. We also create our own polling station and children across the school present to their peers for different leadership opportunities across the school. Today the school was a sea of red, white and blue and buzzing with excitement. A huge thank you to our prefect team who helped decorate the hall and voting boxes and led the polling station voting.
Monday 20th September 2021
Some of our Year 5 children worked in the allotment this afternoon harvesting our produce to sell at the end of the school day. Well done everyone for all your hard work. What an amazing amount of fruit, vegetables and herbs. Bon appétit!
Thursday 16th September 2021
Today our new reception class met the school dogs for the first time. We discussed how to behave around dogs and how to look after them. Alfie and Lulu really enjoyed themselves. It was also Alfie’s birthday so they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.
Wednesday 15th September 2021
I am really appreciating all the things we haven’t been able to do. So wonderful to have our children mixing together at lunchtimes and our prefects in role helping as play leaders (with their new hi-viz jackets).
Friday 10th September 2021
What a great start to the day …key stage 2 celebration assembly. I have so missed coming together and having time to celebrate the week’s learning and achievements. It is not the same virtually. Everyone has settled so well this week to our new routines and systems. The teachers have worked so hard to kick start the children’s new topics with stunning starts to hook the children into their learning: building their own stone age caves, going off to new places in a time machine and Year 1 and 2 on a visit to Watercress Railway and riding on a train. Do visit the children’s class pages to see some of their adventures. It is good to be back and I am a super, proud of all that the children and staff team are achieving.
Tuesday 7th September 2021
Welcome back! It is wonderful to have our school community back together and not be bound by so many restrictions. The children have enjoyed mixing with one another again and are looking forward to the reintroduction of more clubs, singing and assemblies. I am delighted to share our new school video which showcases our very special school. It can be found on our home page, in the top left hand coroner. Enjoy.
Tuesday 20th July 2021
Another academic year comes to a close. It has been challenging for us all but we are exceptionally lucky to be part of such a strong and supportive community. We say farewell to our fabulous Year 6 children today. We are proud of each and everyone of them. Wishing you all a wonderful summer break.
Monday 19th July 2021
So wonderful to celebrate the achievements of our Year 6 children today at our awards ceremony and have a family member attend school to celebrate with us.
Friday 16th July 2021
Delighted to introduce you to our new young leaders. Welcome to our prefect team 2021/22.
Wednesday 14th July 2021
Thank you so much to The Men’s Shed who have kindly made and donated this beautiful outside box store for reading books outside and break and playtimes. They also donated a wonderful selection of books. The librarians are very excited about it and can’t wait to have it on the playground and in use from September.
Tuesday 6th July 2021
We have recently introduced a listening post box in school. An box to post school improvement suggestions and any worries we can help support children with. This week I received a letter about concerns over litter on our communal areas. Today these two year 5 children helped to tackle this problem using litter pickers to pick up and dispose of waste. Well done girls – Headteacher sticker was well deserved.
Thursday 1st July 2021
So wonderful to see and hear Year 2, 4 and 6 practising their end of year performances and special play. They are putting so much effort and energy into their performances. We are super proud and can’t wait to present them.
Tuesday 29th June 2021
Today Year 6 were treated to a virtual maths lesson with staff from Courtmoor School in Fleet and other Year 6 classes locally. They spoke positively about their learning experience and certainly enjoyed the challenge.
Friday 25th June 2021
What a busy day! Wonderful to see our allotment in use with all classes having visited this week and some year groups spending time planting and maintain our fabulous new resource. In addition, we have all dressed in mufti today in football shirts or colours of the flags to represent teams in Euro 2020 football, competed in a beat the goalie and announced the record breakers from our sport’s day on Wednesday.
Wednesday 23rd June 2021
Day 3 of our sports week today. After 1.5 years of working in bubbles, we came together socially distanced, on the school field, for our sports day. This made the event even more special than normal. The event started with a beautiful opening ceremony song led by our Young Voice choir. A wonderfully supportive atmosphere with everyone trying their best and great sportsmanship shown. For more photos please see year group class pages. #togetheragain
Tuesday 15th June 2021
Our Young Voice’s Choir participated (virtually and socially distanced) in the ‘Big Sing’ with 365,000 other children across the country trying to break a world record in singing. They beautifully sang Lovely Day by Bill Withers which they have been practising for the last few weeks. Thank you to Mrs Kestle and Mr Webb for giving up their time to support and develop this. Well done Young Voices – we are super proud of all your efforts.
Monday 14th June 2021
I enjoyed hearing about this wonderful piece of topic work that had been created at home as part of her topic homework. She worked independently creating each character out of soft clay. An amazing achievement – well done.
Friday 11th June 2021
Wonderful to see Rainbow class acting out the story of Little Red Riding Hood using the masks they had created.
Thursday 10th June 2021
Lovely to meet with Helen Baker today representing The Crondall Flower and Produce Show who have kindly donated £300 to our allotment project. Helen was impressed by the progress we have made since her last visit which is down to support from a charity and a dedicated group of parents who have been rebuilding the beds and planting up. We can’t thank all this people enough. It is nearly ready to share with the children. Watch this space…
Friday 28th June 2021
Today it is ‘Bend the rules mufti’ where children can come to school in clothes of their choice and also break a few school rules e.g. creating funky hairstyles, bringing in a toy, wearing nail varnish. A brilliantly fun day had by all, whilst raising funds for the school. Well done everyone!
Tuesday 25th May 2021
For the last two days we have had visitors in school to run workshops to help our children focus on and understand their mental health and wellbeing. They have been fun and engaging.
Monday 24th May 2021
An active start to the day for year 1 as they have spent the morning completing a ‘bikability’ course which is running all week. The school funded this as part of the sports premium funding. #keepinghealthy
Thursday 20th May 2021
Great to see our new ‘outdoor’ choir club having their first singing session today. We have two groups of singers in key stage 1 and key stage 2 due to our staggered lunch systems and covid. They are learning the song ‘Lovely day’ to sing as part of a national world record attempt in June. Day 1 and they are already sounding amazing! #goodforthesoul
Wednesday 19th May 2021
Lovely to spend some time in Year 3 today learning about pollination and fertilisation. They dissected flowers sharing their knowledge of plant parts and functions. They also used role play and drama to demonstrate how insects carrying pollen. Great learning Year 3.
Thursday 13th May 2021
This afternoon I was invited to Rainbow Class to see and hear about their learning around Eid today.
Wednesday 12th May 2021
In year 3 this afternoon they have been creating 3D models out of clay. They have been practising their skills of the last few session and now completed their wolf figurines. I can’t wait to see the finished painted pieces.
Friday 7th May 2021
Our allotment revamp is well under way with a team coming in to help with planting and removal of sleepers this week. We now need to purchase the sleepers and fix them around the boarders. In addition the team planted some perennials and vegetables for us to look after until the boarders are completed. So exciting -watch this space!
Working progress pictures…
Thursday 6th May 2021
A huge thank you to one of our parents who has purchased a large selection of books for our library in a series called Little people, big dreams. It is a fantastic series which we hope will inspire our children to dream big.
Wednesday 5th May 2021
Alfie and Lulu have been busy today spending time with children across the school. They particularly enjoyed looking at the work in Reception and gave these two children one of their special dog reward stickers. I also got invited into their class to see their clay Gruffalo creations and writing. #learningissuchfun
Friday 30th April 2021
Well done to these two children who created wonderful work for our library based on Shakespeare. Also so good to see the new library in action daily. Year R choose their own books today to take home and enjoyed listening to a story.
Thursday 29th April 2021
Did you know today is International Dance Day? By coincidence Miss McMullan has been teaching our Year 5 and 6 children had to dance around the may pole. #keepondancing
and video link (click below)
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Wonderful to welcome Rev Tara back to lead class assemblies on a rota basis.
Friday 24th April 2021
Today I heard about the amazing achievement of one of our Year 6 children who camped out for 14 nights to raise money to help a child get the dyslexia assessments he needed to help him with his learning. He raised over £1000 to help the child who he did not know. He received a Headteacher’s sticker in recognition of this. #inspirational
Thursday 23rd April 2021
Wonderful to have Alfie and Lulu back in school having had a break over the lockdown period. They were visited by some children who showcased their excellent learning and were looked after today by our prefects who helped me take them on their walks.
Monday 19th April 2021
The sun has shone on our return to school for the summer term and what a wonderful first day back! Every year group across the school has been involved in a ‘stunning start’ to our new whole school topic ‘Into the woods’. Year R, 1 and 2 were visited by owls and a peregrine falcon. They were also given the opportunity to handle the birds as well as ask interesting questions and learning new facts. Year 5 and 6 had a team building adventure afternoon. #learningthroughexperience
Friday 1st April 2021
Officially the last day of term and a lovely way to start the day with a virtual Easter service with Rev.Tara. Thank you Rev.Tara. Hopefully we will be able to have a service in the church again soon. Happy Easter to you.
Wednesday 31st March 2021
Two of our year 6 children have been giving up their time at weekends and evenings to litter pick in the village. Thankful for their support in our community. Well done girls.
Tuesday 30th March 2021
Today we were lucky enough to be able to get all staff that had not been vaccinated the Covid-19 vaccination.
Thursday 25th March 2021
Wing Commander Roberts from RAF Odiham held zoom sessions with all classes today sharing his knowledge and facts about flight. This provided a fabulous finish to our topic. Thank you Wing Commander Roberts! #inspired#rolemodel
Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Today we held a minutes silence and reflected on the year that has past.
Friday 19th March 2021
The day started with my mini individual class celebration assemblies. Wonderful to celebrate the children’s successes this week. We have introduced a new weekly award ‘Star Presenter’ encouraging the children to work hard on the presentation of their work at all times.
We also supported the Comic Relief charity today raising money by wearing mufti or something to make us smile. Thank you and well done everyone. We raised £400. #makingadifference
Wednesday 17th March 2021
It is so lovely to be back in school with the all the children. Another new normal has resumed and the children have settled brilliantly. We are so proud of them. A few photos of some of the things happening this week: music lessons have started again, ‘Write Away’ extended writing sessions in Year 4 and some focused group work in our new learning lobby and library.
We are expecting to hear further news about the planned return to school on 8th March shortly. The Government have promised to give Headteachers and schools two weeks’ notice of this to allow us to plan properly. As always, as soon as I hear anything, I will work through the guidance and expectations and then inform parents of our plans. On our INSET day on 22nd February we will work on our curriculum and the changes we need to make to ensure that we support the children’s return to school focusing on their wellbeing as well as academic progress. We really can’t wait to have a full school again and enjoy the children face to face.
Our leadership email will be checked by myself over half term regularly should you need any support or advice. Although the normal sort of half term activities are very limited, I hope that you can enjoy the rest and that your children will get a good break to refresh them for the second half of term. We are lucky to live in a beautiful area with such wonderful outdoor spaces and I’m sure you will take advantage of that. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and healthy half term.
With best wishes
Mrs Jo Leatham, Headteacher
Friday 17th December 2020
A fabulous day celebrating Christmas – Christmas singing as a whole school on the playground, everyone wearing Christmas jumpers to raise money for charity (including Alfie and Lulu), Christmas crafting and virtual panto. Not to mention the most amazing Christmas feast at lunchtime with famous chocolate trifle.
Thursday 16th December 2020
Our new library has been completed today. I can’t wait to get the books in and start to use it! Also introducing our new space the ‘learning lobby’. Designed for small group work, listening to readers, children’s meetings, the list is endless…Well done and thank you to the School Council for the new name for this space. Thank you also to everyone who has fundraised and enabled this to happen.
Tuesday 15th December 2020
As part of Year 5 and 6’s Fabulous Finish they spent time looking at each other’s topic work this afternoon. There was a no touching rule in place due to Covid -19. Lost Lands: The invader factor has been a real success. Well done Year 5 and 6 – you have worked really hard this term.
Friday 11th December 2020
The old library has now been removed completed. Well done to the staff and thank you for helping. Also a big thank you to our new Year 5 librarians who have carefully boxed up all the books. The plan (fingers crossed) is for the install to take place next week!
Tuesday 8th December 2020
Some of our children volunteered to create decorations for the Baptist Church Christmas tree in their own time. Thank you to all our children who gave up their time to support the local community. It looks beautiful.
Friday 4th December 2020
Year 4 have been creating something special for our local community as ‘acts of kindness’. These hand painted stones will be hidden around the village to brighten up the finders day. Well done year 4. #supportingthecommunity
Thursday 3rd December 2020
Work on clearing our Computing Suite has started in anticipation of our new library and intervention space being created. How exciting! Huge thank you to Mrs Hudson, Mrs Wells and Mr Stokes for their time working on this.
Tuesday 1st December 2020
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Crondall Primary tradition is that every child brings in a decoration and places it on our tree. Can’t wait to see it when it is finished.
Friday 27th November 2020
Year 3 and 4 have been busy making their own soaps using instructions they have written in their English lesson. This is something that would have been sold in Bagdad around 766CE which forms part of their topic this term ‘Lost Lands’.
Wednesday 25th November 2020
Today we have used the NSPCC materials ‘Speak out, stay safe’ safeguarding programme with all children in key sage 1 and 2. We held our own class assemblies and watched recordings from the NSPCC which was led by Ant and Dec. The main message from Buddy the speech bubble was: be safe, get help when needed and speak out to be heard. Each class then completed some fun activities bases on these important messages.
Tuesday 24th November 2020
We have had to rethink some of our prefect duties this year due to Covid-19. One of the new roles is working with me to lead the ‘Big Question’ assembly on a Monday. At the end of each week we prerecord the assembly for classes to use on a Monday. The prefects research the question and write their own script. They also look through the work created by different classes and decide who needs recognition for their work. Last week’s focus was anti-bullying and my prefects have had a tough job deciding who needs an award.
Friday 20th November 2020
A very busy day here at Crondall Primary School. Our new Eco-warriors spent time with Mr Webb planting Rowan, Silver Birch and Wild Cherry trees around the school grounds. These were kindly donated to us from The Woodland Trust.
Our children in Reception have been making Christmas cards to send to each member of The Village Pump. We can’t wait to surprise them. Don’t they look amazing!
Monday 16th November 2020
We are proud to be involved in the Anti-Bullying Week campaign and have dedicated time to explore the important messages behind this over the coming week. Today to show we are united against bullying we wore odd socks.
Thursday 12th November 2020
Myself and some of the staff team loved our campfire singsong this evening with year 2 and Miss Wood. A great atmosphere and so much fun! Click here to see some video CBIF0750
Wednesday 11th November 2020
I blog today with another child who is wanting to help others. Today I heard all about how she has been growing pumpkins and selling them – raising £105 for Cancer Research. Very proud to hear that our children are continually looking at ways they can help and support others.
Monday 9th November 2020
Friday 5th November 2020
Every year we are proud to play a part in the Remembrance Service at the church. Unfortunately this year this service is having to change due to Coronavirus restrictions. Rev Tara kindly involved us in a special service at church today where myself, Mrs Kestle and the School Captains paid our respects on behalf of our school.
Today I am very proud of this young lady who decided she wanted to help raise funds for her school. To do this she started making key rings which she has been selling and has raised £97 for our school. I have spoken many times about how one person can make a difference and this has been achieved #inspriational
Wednesday 4th November 2020
Today Year 3 and 4 experienced the ‘marvellous middle’ to their topic – an ancient Islamic bazaar. The bazaar was set up in the school hall where traditional music played and the air smelt of spice and incense. The children learnt about the goods sold and what they would have been used for. A great start to the second part of their topic.
Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Today is the first day back after half term for the children and has started with our Democracy Day. This is a day where children can apply for a leadership role in our school and present to their class. Children have been learning about democracy and its part in society and voting for the leadership roles in school.
Monday 2nd November 2020
Wonderful to return from our half term to see Crondall Village’s scarecrows. How many have you spotted? Here is our school scarecrow – can you guess who it is? Thanks to Miss Wood for her support and creativity.
Thursday 22nd October 2020
We didn’t have the sequins or glitter of ‘Strictly come dancing’ but we did have the moves and the music. Well done to year 3 and 4 who competed in a ‘strictly style’ dance off this afternoon. #Keepondancing!
Tuesday 20th October 2020
Year R, 1 and 2 became explorers with Army Officers James Stein and his colleague James as part of their topic ‘marvellous middle’. The Officers set up all their equipment on the school field and taught the children had to survive in different terrains. Thoughtful questions were asked and the children helped solve some explorer problems too. Thank you James and James for a fabulous morning.
Monday 19th October 2020
The teaching team worked hard last week to finish displaying some of the children’s amazing work this term. Well done everyone!
Friday 16th October 2020
Over the last few weeks I have been making a series of videos to support new families who might like to join our school. Thank you to the children and staff for all their help and support. I particularly like ‘What makes our school special?’ reminding us of what a wonderful school community that we belong to. In addition do have a look at our school tour created by our school captains and learning in reception. These can be found on the link below on our YouTube channel:
Tuesday 13th October 2020
When we launched our new curriculum we created some art work to celebrate our first new topic ‘Wonderful Water’. This was part of a competition and Mrs Smith helped us by running art workshops. A big thank you to Ash and Co for cutting out the children’s designs so beautifully. Due to lockdown the process has taken longer than we had anticipated but I am sure you will agree that it was worth the wait…
Thursday 8th October 2020
In lieu of their residential which had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, year 6 are spending the day at Calshot instead. They have an exciting day of activities planned to challenge them, build on teamwork and support resilience. Do check out their class page later in the week to see what they have been up to.
Wednesday 7th October 2020
I was invited to join Rainbow Class on their jungle expedition around our field today. They used their homemade binoculars to search for hidden animals.
Friday 2nd October 2020
Happy World Smile Day everyone! Today I visited every class and gave them a happy world smile day card (which I had made) and sticker as part of my assembly. It is one of our STAR values and the children have agreed to continue to try and make everyone smile.#carryingonsmiling
Thursday 1st October 2020
Alfie and Lulu have loved their day in school today rewarding children for different achievements with their work and personal goals.
Monday 28th September 2020
Monday should be renamed ‘Musical Monday’ with over 30 children participating in music sessions. Today I popped into visit guitars, ukulele, drums and social distanced bands. #yourock!
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
As part of our reconnecting days at the beginning of term each class has been creating some tyre art to brighten up our school. They are nearly finished. I took a sneaky peek today at Year 2’s art – can you guess what theirs is going to be?
Tuesday 22nd September 2020
I am delighted to announce our new School Captains and Vice Captains. Congratulations to the team!
Friday 18th September 2020
So proud of all our Reception children who have had their first whole week at school. Well done Rainbow Class.
Monday 14th September 2020
Alfie and Lulu have given out two special awards today in recognition of children working really hard. They loved listening to them share their learning #achieving
Thursday 10th September 2020
After interviews this week, I am delighted to share our new prefect team with you. They will become young leaders in our school supporting our school community. Well done all!
Tuesday 8th September 2020
The start of a new term means that we start off all our new topics with a ‘stunning start’ – something fun and exciting to introduce the children to our new topic and hook them in. Yesterday Year 1 and 2 went to ‘Explorer School’ utilising our grounds to explore their challenges. Today year 3 and 4 were Saxon spies finding clues and discovering a Viking boat. See our class pages towards the end of the week to see what the other year groups have been up to. Great team work!
Thursday 3rd September 2020
WELCOME BACK! So good to be together as a whole school community. We have missed everyone so much. The buzz in the school is infectious and everyone has worked hard to learn our new ‘normal’. Well done Team Crondall!
Wednesday 8th April 2020
We are missing you all so much. Here is something we have created to make you smile. Enjoy!
Friday 20th March 2020
The challenges of the last few weeks have impacted on us all. As we close our gates today for the majority of children we are all worried and concerned about what lies ahead. We are particularly sad about the possible prospect of not being able to let our year 6 have their last term with us. We will reschedule events for them to give them the send off they deserve. They are a fabulous year group who have made such progress both academically as well as emotionally. We are SO proud of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with our whole community at this difficult time. If we can do anything to support you please do get in touch via email on email@example.com
Wednesday 18th March 2020
Learning continues to be fun and enjoyable in these challenging times…Year 4 making penguins as part of their topic. Year 2 children inventing their own writing club to support others in creative writing. #inspiring
Monday 16th March 2020
Year 1 have been using their knowledge from our visiting dogs over the past few weeks to write leaflets on how to look after and care for dogs. They invited Alfie and Lulu in today to hear extracts from their leaflet. Lulu was so impressed she showed the children her ‘tricks’!
Thursday 12th March 2020
Congratulations to Miss Wood and our Dance troupe who won best dance concept at the Gremlin dance challenge this evening. They competed against other schools locally and should be really proud of this amazing achievement. The story concept was based on global warming and the plight of polar bears and linked beautifully to our whole school topic. Amazing choreograph and beautifully performed. Well done everyone!
Wednesday 11th March 2020
Today was our first ‘Eat well Wednesday” which is aimed at introducing children to new fruit and vegetable as well as encouraging healthy eating habits. This shop is open every Wednesday and is run by the year 6 class. It was a complete success. Next week we will be adding more servers to the shop to help with the demand! Children’s feedback was exceptionally positive.
Monday 9th March 2020
Thank you to Jim Elliott who spoke to all classes yesterday sharing his adventures in Antarctica. The children found this really inspiring and will use their new knowledge in their learning.
Thursday 5th March 2020
Book day celebrations are in full swing. Amazing outfits from staff and children. Do check out our class pages over the coming days to see what fun we have had.
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Today some year 6 children have been working in the kitchen to trial some recipes for a new ‘Fruit and Veg Shop’ we would like to trial as part of a new initiative. There will be a special of the week, for example a fruit smoothie or fruit kebab, and a selection of fruit for sale. Watch out for more information in our newsletter.
Also our Young Voices choir surprised us on the playground with a flash mob. They sang ‘firework’ by Katy Perry. Well done to our singers who certainly showed ‘their brave’ which was their aim having been inspired by our work in children’s mental health week.
Monday 2nd March 2020
Our big question in assembly today: “Why is good hygiene important?”. We started discussing this as a whole school and will now continue this in our classes this week. We also learnt this song (below) to support us washing our hands which we sing through twice to the tune of Frere Jacques (Are you sleeping?). Two of our Crondall Reporters gave up their lunchtime to design posters with the songs on to go it our toilets and classroom to remind us. Well done Crondall Reporters and thank you for giving up your time.
Thursday 27th February 2020
Today we welcomed Priors Field School in to teach our Key Stage 2 children Spanish. They taught them songs and stories in creative and engaging ways. One child commented “It was great to learn from students in a fun and exciting way”.
In Key Stage 1 and reception we were joined by two Malamute dogs and their owner. The children learnt lots about how these dogs are adapted to their habitats.
Wednesday 26th February 2020
There is still a bubble of excitement across the school as children use yesterday’s experiences with the huskies in their learning. Inspired by this I had a child in year 3 share learning that he had created at home because he wanted to. He clearly explained his model and how it worked. #goingaboveandbeyond
Tuesday 25th February 2020
Wonderful to hear these sisters sharing their story of helping in their community. ” We checked on a lady as we were worried about her after the storm. We baked cookies and took them round to her”. Yr R and Yr5. Alfie and Lulu presented them with their sticker award to thank them for caring and making a difference.
Today was our whole school ‘marvellous middle’ – how exciting were our surprise visitors – two huskies and their owners! We spent time learning about about how they race, their equipment and how to look after them. In addition we also had a demonstration on our playground. #enrichinglearning
Thursday 13th February 2020
We have gone a little penguin crazy across the school as we learn about these wonderful creatures as part of our whole school topic. Year 1 shared their learning with us today including art work, dancing, songs and facts in their assembly. They also shared stories of being brave connected to our Children’s Mental Health Week. Great work year 1- we are proud of you.
Tuesday 11th February 2020
Year 5 have been creating movies on their ipads by creating their own green screen to use. Great team work year 5! I can’t wait to see the finished movies.
Monday 10th February 2020
Today our year 6 children started their bikeability training to support them being safe on the roads. Despite the windy and wet weather they they completed day 1 and are to continue their training on the roads of Crondall tomorrow.
Friday 7th February 2020
This week we have been supporting children with their well-being as part of Children’s Mental Health week. The focus has been on ‘finding our brave’ and discussions around this have been really powerful. Every class has been taught relaxation techniques and many taking part in class yoga session. Why not have a try yourself: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
Thursday 6th February 2020
A surprise author visit today from Paul Geraghty author of the book Solo which Year R, 1 and 2 are studying as part of their topic. He completed illustration and drawing workshops for the whole school today. #insprired
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Today our year 5 librarians invited me to their new initiative – a lunchtime story club. Orla read her book beautifully and the audience enjoyed their time. Alfie and Lulu were special guest too. Can you spot them? #readingforpleasure
Friday 31st January 2020
It is always lovely to see and hear how our children are trying to help persuade us to look after our planet. Today I was inspired by this work which will be presented in class today. Well done Elsie for creating this poster in your own time!
Wednesday 29th January 2020
Today I was invited in to year 6 to look at their igloo constructions. Each team had constructed these using sugar cubes and marshmallows. Great designs year 6! Mr Webb and I were particularly impressed by this design.
Friday 24th January 2020
Today we held a fundraising mufti to raise money for the animals and people of Australia who have been effected by the bush fires. Mrs Leatham and Mrs Kestle also bought a koala and kangeroo for the children to name with winners being picked in assembly.The name the teddy raised £165 and mufti £186.50. In total £351.50 has been raised and will be split between the WWF Australia Relief Fund and the Austrialia Red Cross. Well done everyone #makingadifference
Monday 20th January 2020
What a busy Monday! Year 5 and 6 have spent the day being trained to become cyber ambassadors for our school which is part of a police initiative. Lots has been learnt and the year groups will now be looking at how they can share their training with the rest of the school.
I spent some time this afternoon in year 3 and 4 as their surprise guest talking about leadership. Some amazing questions from the classes who have been looking at Shackleton as a leader too.
Wednesday 15th January 2020
This week the children have been introduced to new reward stickers that Alfie and Lulu can give out on the days they are in. This could be for excellent work or following our school values. #goingtheextramile
Tuesday 14th January 2020
Today year 3 and 4 were lucky enough to have from two explorers visit who shared their experience of exploring hostile places. They were fascinating to listen to and we particular like hiding their tracking radar and using it to locate someone. A huge thank you to them for giving up their time and sharing their stories which were inspiring.
Monday 13th January 2020
Our school dogs, Alfie and Lulu, have had a busy day. They have been helping children this morning and listening to children reading their excellent work. In addition they were invited to join year 3 and 4 as they walked 1/100 of the distance Shackleton and his crew walked 106 years ago. Alfie and Lulu enjoyed being pretend huskies and hearing the children share what they felt it would have been like for the crew.
Friday 10th January 2020
This week I have been inspired by these three year 6 children who have spent their lunchtimes working on a presentation to save our planet. They have completed this because they want to make a difference. They played the presentation in assembly today and had emotive music playing to accompany their work. Do click on the link below to see their presentation #inspringothersbybeinggreatrolemodels
Monday 6th January 2020
What a start to our new term. Our classrooms have been transformed by our amazing staff team into ‘frozen worlds’, our whole school topic for this term. Do pop in and have a look – they are stunning. Year 2 have discovered a mischievous penguin who has created a bit of a mess of their igloo and classroom. Year 3 found an explorers tent, with frozen clues in it and more frozen clues in year 5 and 6 including maps and a dog collar! More stunning starts will be happening over the coming days. I can’t wait to see the learning over the coming weeks.
Friday 20th December 2019
A fabulous end to the term with our church service led by year 5. They wrote and produced the service themselves and should be proud of their achievements. Happy Christmas everyone.
Thursday 19th December 2019
All the staff became waiters and help serve the children their special Christmas lunch. A wonderful atmosphere and beautifully cooked food including our famous chocolate trifle. Well done and thank you to all involved and particularly our kitchen team #makinglunchtimesspecial
Tuesday 17th December 2019
This time Reception class have been celebrating their fabulous finish with some medieval dancing and sharing their fabulous learning. What a lot has happened in a term.
Monday 16th December 2019
Year 5 and 6 lead their families around their ‘museum’ today showcasing and celebrating all their learning. A wonderful celebration and excellent standard of work.
Friday 13th December 2019
The children showed off their musical talents today as they performed with their bands to their families today. #yourockedit!
Also we celebrated year 1 and 2 fabulous finishes with dancing, stunning work and a banquet.
Wednesday 11th December 2019
Today Year R and 1 put on two performances of their Nativity for parents and local nursery schools. We are so proud of them for learning all their lines, singing so beautifully and sharing the important message of Christmas. Well done – you are all stars.
Tuesday 10th December 2019
So much to blog about today – our tree designed and put up in the church for the Christmas tree festival, our choir singing for the WI Christmas party to name a few. In school year 3 and 4 hosted their fabulous finish to their topic and invited parents in to celebrate learning. The hall was transformed into a Anglo Saxon market with the children showcasing their learning including bread making, jewellery making and amazing writing. Well done year 3 and 4 you should be proud of your achievements this term.
Monday 9th December 2019
A busy day with lots of excitement in the school as many classes are preparing for their fabulous finishes. Alfie and Lulu had their second trial day in school enjoying: walks around the field with some children from reception, hearing poetry from year 1, listening to plans for their market from year 3 and some chill out time at lunchtime with year 6s. We also welcomed Tony Dancer who will be offering music lessons in January.
Thursday 5th December
A royal themed assembly today for our budding actors and actress in year 2 who put on a magnificent show for us this morning. They shared highlights from their learning this term including their trip, art work, songs and a dance. Well done year 2 – what a performance!
Tuesday 3rd December
Today was Alfie and Lulu’s first trial day at school. They had a great day and enjoyed learning about: castles, maths problem solving, listening to stories and Spanish Christmas greetings. They can’t wait to visit again soon.
Thursday 28th November
Our key stage 2 family morning was a great success today, with children sharing and working with their family member on spelling strategies. Wonderful feedback from children and parents who enjoyed understanding the strategies we use in school and also how these could be used at home. #workingtogethertosupportourchildren
Wednesday 27th November
Year 1 and 2’s learning was enriched today by a visit from Ronnie the reptile, a bearded dragon. All the children got to meet him and ask some very interesting questions. I enjoyed hearing all about these facts from year 1/2 this afternoon who were real experts and will now be creating their own fact files.
Monday 25th November
Great to have an INSET collaboration with three other local schools today. Four schools coming together, putting our children’s curriculum at the heart of our provision. A day of planning, reflecting, sharing and learning! #inspired
Friday 22nd November
Over the course of the year, year 6 are completing ‘The Crondall Challenge Award’ which supports them with essential development of key skills we feel they need before they leave us. Today we had a first aid trainer into school to teach them vital life saving skills.
Thursday 21st November 2019
Congratulations to our year 5/6 Quick Sticks team who played brilliantly last night winning all 6 matches. The result secures them a place in the next pre Hampshire Games in March! Go team Crondall
Tuesday 19th November 2019
This afternoon I taught year 2 and learnt nursery rhymes as part of National Nursery Rhyme Week. All of our KS1 and Reception children are involved in this. We decided to make up our own actions to go with the songs. Not only does this help improve motor skills, rhythm and movement, it also helps increase children’s vocabulary. #whataperformance!
Monday 18th November 2019
There was a BUZZ of excitement coming from the hall today as year 3 and 4 led our first spelling bee competition. Thank you to Mrs Boyce for organising such a fun session.
Friday 15th November 2019
A fabulous end to anti bullying week with year 4 sharing their creative poetry to me this afternoon. What a bunch of talented writers. We raised lots of money today for Children in Need with our coin trail and it was great fun too. #helpingothers
Tuesday 12th November 2019
Day two of Anti-bullying week and we are all wearing odd socks to support this campaign. Year R have been designing their own socks today, year 2 working on a definition of what bullying is and year 3 on how to talk to one another nicely. I have enjoyed hearing about these important messages which will continue throughout the week.
Monday 11th November 2019
Yesterday our School Captains attended the Remembrance Service with myself and Mrs Kestle. They laid a wreath and read prayers to the congregation. Today we held a two minute silence as a whole school. #lest we forget
Friday 8th November 2019
A great end to the week with a jam-packed celebration assembly today. Not only did we celebrate our star points and stars of the week, we also celebrated our talented artists. Teachers choose pictures from each class to hang in our corridors and in my office. What a talented bunch! Do pop in and see…
Thursday 7th November 2019
Prefects organising lunchtime health training sessions. #healthy mind #healthy body
Monday 4th November 2019
A great article in the Farnham Hearld over half term celebrating the success of our Democracy Day and new young leaders programme.
Thursday 24th October 2019
Bravo Year 3 – what a stunning Harvest Festival production this morning. Amazing singing, acting, narrating and dancing. Thank you to Mrs Harbord and Mr Dedman for supporting the children in creating this.
Tuesday 22nd October 2019
I enjoyed catching up with these year 6 children who spent the afternoon at Alton School on maths challenges. They had a great time and particularly loved the challenge relay. The Headteacher at Alton commended them on their positive attitude and how well they worked. What great role models we have.
Monday 21st October 2019
Continuing our marvellous middle celebrations we were lucky enough to have a spinner come and visit us to show us how this would of once been achieved. Fascinating discussions and questions asked across the school.
Friday 18th October 2019
We are all set up for our first bingo night to raise much needed funds for the school. A big thank you to Mrs Hudson and those that have helped her set up this night. Some wonderful prizes to win donated by the local community business – thank you! Dabbers at the ready!
Wednesday 16th October 2019
A huge thank you to our Crondall Cafe team for creating an amazing medieval feast today to celebrate our topic. The prefects joined me to help the children to make crowns to wear for their banquet at break time. #making lunchtimes special
Tuesday 15th October 2019
Great to see Coach Shuan and our Year 6 Sports Leader providing a club at lunch time to encourage and promote sport. This club slot will also be used to train on specific skills for our teams who are competing in events against other schools.
Thursday 10th October 2019
Today Year 5 wrote their own assembly and performed to their families. This was based on their residential to Stubbington. We all thoroughly enjoyed hearing about their adventures. Well done year 5.
Monday 8th October 2019
Exceptionally proud of our prefect team today as they led tours of our school to over 40 parents at our open morning today. They confidently highlighted all the things that makes our school so special as well as answering all the questions the potential new parents had. What great role models. Well done prefect team.
Thursday 3rd October 2019
I have been lucky today, spending some time in different year groups. Year 6 have been writing some amazing blogs about their time in Osmington and they are nearly ready to be published. I listened to year 3 rehearsing for their Little Red Hen performance. Wow – what amazing singing. This afternoon I was invited to a royal event in year 1 and 2 to watch their coronation celebrations. #learning is such fun
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
A huge thank you to Mrs Hudson who has made our reception area look beautiful with an autumn Harvest display. It looks amazing! We are now taking donations for this to support Farnham Food Bank. Please do support our local community by bringing in: tinned carrots, roll on deodorant, rice, savoury biscuits and crackers. Thank you
Tuesday 1st October 2019
After all the voting on Democracy Day I had great pleasure in announcing the new young leaders across our school. I look forward to hearing all about the differences the new leaders are going to make in their new roles in our school. #wanting to make a difference
Friday 27th September 2019
What a wonderful surprise I had from 4 children in year 3 today who had a left a note on my desk about how our school could help the environment. They had been inspired by my assembly on Monday about Greta Thunberg and how ‘one small person can make a difference’. #inspiring #leading #improving
Wednesday 25th September 2019
I was lucky enough to spend some time with our new reception children who are half way through their second full week of school. They were having an amazing time exploring their outside space, experimenting in the water tray predicting objects that sink or swim and drawing and talking about special people in their lives. Well done Rainbow class you are working really hard.
Tuesday 24th September 2019
Today I drove in torrential rain to join year 5 on their residential in Stubbington. Luckily for us part way through our morning beach walk the sun broke through the clouds and we enjoyed a fairly dry day. It was great to be with year 5 who had to work this afternoon to move essential kit around an obstacle course called – Earthquake. Once the local fox stopped basking in the sunshine on the course lots of problems solving and planning took place to secure successful completion.
Friday 20th September 2019
A fantastic Democracy day which was opened by our MP Ranil Jayawardena who spoke to us in assembly about democracy followed by some great questions from our children. He met with our new School Captains and Vice Captains – congratulations to them. Finally the polling station opened and children across the school voted for eco warriors, school council, and house captains as part of our new young leaders programme.
Thursday 19th September 2019
Much excitement around the school as we get ready for our first democracy day tomorrow. The prefects helped me to set up our ‘polling station’ and organise ballot boxes. Super speeches took place for school council, eco warriors, librarians and house captains.
Tuesday 16th September 2019
Today we welcomed Shaun from Sports Stars to our school. Shuan is our new sports coach and will be working with each year group across the school over the next academic year. He will also be supporting us in coaching children ready for matches and tournaments against other local schools. This term he is working with year 1 and 2.
Monday 16th September 2019
As you know we have been trying to enhance our dining experience in our ‘Crondall Cafe’ . A huge thank you to my Mum who made table decorations for all the tables. The children thought it looked beautiful today and I am sure you will agree.
Friday 13th September 2019
I have been away with year 6 in Osmington for their residential and have struggled with signal and technology the last few days. A fabulous time challenging ourselves and making memories to cherish.
Tuesday 10th September 2019
Lovely to welcome our new reception children this week. They have settled quickly into our routines. Some stayed for lunch for the first time with their families. We look forward to getting to know them better over the coming weeks.
Friday 6th September 2019
It has been a busy week with all classes starting their topics with a stunning start. Today year 1 and 2 were very excited as they had received a letter from the King of Nearland asking for their help. We will have to visit their class pages over the coming weeks to find out if they have managed to solve his problem.
Wednesday 4th September 2019
Welcome back to the new academic year. We have been enhancing our kitchen over the summer rebranding it ‘The Crondall Cafe’ and creating more of a relaxing dining experience. The children thought it looked great!
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Monday 22nd July 2019
An emotional Awards Assembly for our year 6 children celebrating their time at our school and their achievements. We will miss you year 6.
and our leavers arch….
Friday 19th July 2019
AMAZING! STUNNING! What a performance! Year 6 blew us away last night with their end of year production. Not a dry eye in the house. Proud families and very proud Headteacher. Well done year 6.
Thursday 17th July 2019
Excitement everywhere as the children in Year R, 1 and 2 enjoying their fabulous finish and preparing to celebrate their learning with their visitors too.
Wednesday 17th July 2019
Year 3 and 4 celebrated their end of topic yesterday and invited their families in for their ‘Fabulous Finish’. Wonderful to celebrate all the learning, showcasing to their guests. Tomorrow I look forward to our children in reception, year 1 and 2.
Monday 16th July 2019
A wonderful afternoon spent at our Strawberry Tea where we serve scones (beautifully cooked by our cookery club) and tea. This is our chance to say thank you for the fantastic jobs our helpers do for us in school. They were served by some of our year 6 children and entertained by our many talented musicians.
Friday 12th July 2019
As we prepare for the end of term our Governors are coming in to school to meet subject leaders and look at the impact of our work. This might involve looking at books, subject leader plans or talking with children about their learning. Today one of our governors, Sarah-Jane, spent some time with Mr McKenzie evaluating the impact of our maths initiatives. Great feedback from our children talking positively about our new approaches.
Thursday 11th July 2019
Our first ever Aspirations day was hugely successful. We spent the morning learning about the different types of jobs there are and the skills we would need. In the afternoon we held a jobs fair where we were able to speak to different people about their careers and use some of the objects they need to be able to do their jobs.
Wednesday 10th July 2019
Today we welcomed 20 members of our local community into school for a roast dinner and apple crumble lunch. After a welcome speech from our School Captains, Mattie and Sophie, the year 6 children served the food and ate with them. Following lunch the Reception, year 1 and year 2 children entertained our guests sharing their learning and a song or two.
Tuesday 9th July 2019
Beautiful singing is currently echoing around our school as year 6 rehearse their end of year production. I can’t wait till next Thursday night!
Friday 5th July 2019
Herald this week which has a great article about our new school curriculum.
Time to say goodbye to our lovely ducklings today as they venture off to their new home with Miss Wood. Thank you to Miss Wood, year 1 and 2 who have cared for them so well. I am sure they will be popping back for a visit again soon.
Thursday 4th July
A wonderful morning seeing the children experience their new classes for September as part of our transition programme. A very warm welcome to Mrs Boyce and Mrs Jones who have enjoyed getting to know their first classes at Crondall Primary.
Mrs Boyce and her new year 4 ‘to be’ class Mrs Jones and her nearly year 1 class.
Tuesday 2nd July
I had the pleasure of taking 36 children to our first District Sports event today. We competed in a variety of track and field events across the afternoon cheered on by friends and family. An outstanding performance by all children. More photos and a full report will be in this weeks newsletter.
Wednesday 26th June
The weather held for us this morning and I was able to experience my first Sports Day at the school. Great sportsmanship, determination and courage was shown by all children. Fabulous work team Crondall!
Monday 24th June
Congratulations to our year 3 tennis team who represented us last Thursday at District Sports. They one were of two schools chosen to represent the North East. We are super proud of their achievement!
Friday 21st June
Happy National Yoga Day – to celebrate and support our wellbeing each class had a 30 minute yoga session. Huge thank you to Nate in year 5’s Mum who kindly provided these amazing sessions in the sunshine today.
Thursday 20th June
Duckling update – Our ducklings will be with us for a little while longer as Miss Wood is adopting them permanently. Year 1 and 2 are continuing to enjoy learning all about them they really are experts. Lucky, our duckling who was very weak, is now strong and living with her duckling family.
It was great to see so many Dads and special male family and friends at our KS1 event this morning. They learnt all about spelling and phonics teaching and played some fun games too.
Tuesday 18th June 2019
Today we welcomed two A-level students from Lord Wandsworth College to work with some of our year 5 children designing a software package for our school to use. We decided on one to support learning in Spanish and one to support maths. Our year 5 team had some great ideas on this and are look forward to be involved in the trials and help to finalise the software in November.
The pond mural design winners started to paint and draw their designs on to wood. They worked exceptionally hard with Mrs Smith and the designs are looking stunning already!
Friday 14th June 2019
A lot of sporting action in the playground this afternoon as some of our Key Stage 2 children had some coaching to support them with preparations for our District Sports competition in July. Coach Dan gave strategies to support their events: Sprinting, long jump and throwing the howler. They will be continuing to have coaching regularly up until the event – Go team Crondall!
Wednesday 12th June 2019
Wow – stunning art work taking place in year 4. They have become shark experts and have been creating amazing habitats for their chosen shark species. I can’t wait to see the finished pieces.
Meanwhile year 6 have been writing their own music based on a podcast by Chris Watson that they listened to earlier in the week on ‘Oceans of noise’. Their final pieces were thoughtfully composed. Well done year 6.
Monday 10th June 2019
I have just spent some time with our year 1 duck experts as they share their learning experiences with year 5. They were very knowledgeable and we all enjoyed watching the ducklings have their ‘swimming lesson’.
Some of you are aware that one of our ducklings, Lucky, took a while to hatch and is not as strong as the other ducklings. We have been hand rearing her since Friday and Miss Wood looked after her at the weekend. She is getting stronger day by day and I am enjoying sharing my office with her and looking after her in the day.
Thursday 6th June 2019
Today we welcomed Mums and special ladies into school for our annual KS2 Mum’s morning. Our focus was looking at how we teach maths at school and sharing ideas on strategies to use at home. It was lovely to see the children working with their family member.
Wednesday 5th June 2019
Welcome back to the second half of the Summer Term. I will use this section of the website to update you on the exciting learning that is taking place at our school.
This week Year 1 & 2 have been hatching their own ducklings. The buzz and excitement in their classes is infectious.