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Cordwalles Junior School is a 2 form entry school which promotes inclusion and mutual respect within a safe, caring and stimulating environment. We cater for children between 7 and 11 years of age and have a spacious, well resourced building and grounds. Click on the link to see a selection of th...

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School hall transformed into Cordwalles Inte... Year Three pupils could have been forgiven for thinking the holidays were being extended when they returned for the new term – to find their school had been turned into an airport. The school hall was transformed into Cordwalles International Airport, complete with check-in desk, x ray machine, teachers dressed as cabin crew, rows of allocated seating and pockets – complete with sick bags – on the back of each chair as the children were introduced to the term’s new topic – Europe. “Each term, we do something called a Stunning Start to try and capture the children’s imagination with the topic that they’re going to be studying, and this was a result of one of those 3am flashes of inspiration,” said the school’s English leader Philippa Leah, who came up with the idea. "The day before term started, we had an inset training day where I sketched out a rough plan of what my idea to the other members of staff, and fortunately everyone bought into it and got working on it straight away – which is just as well, because it took a lot of work in a short space of time for it to happen. “We made passports and maps of the journey the children were going to take and we put tape lines on the floor to mark out the cabin – we even had a first class area with extra leg room,” Ms Leah added. “On the morning the children came back to school, we strode out into the playground in airline outfits, with wheely cases, and told the children they were going on a journey – they had no idea what it was – before checking them in, getting them to their seats and making them watch the safety video. We even pointed out the emergency exits and demonstrated how to wear a life jacket." After watching a YouTube video of a plane taking off, the pupils were then shown ‘in flight movies’  of some of the cities and countries they would be studying before ‘landing’ at Cordwalles International Airport and going to the arrivals lounge - aka their classrooms – for lessons to begin. “It took a lot of hard work from a lot of people to pull this off so it was wonderful to see how excited the children were by how we introduced the topic,” said Ms Leah. “Some of them had never been on a plane before so they were a bit bewildered, frankly, but the whole point of it was to broaden their horizons. It was certainly a great way to launch this term’s topic – and also to make coming back after Christmas that bit more enjoyable." Read More
Vegetation, vegetation, vegetation Cordwal... Children have been given the perfect excuse for staring out of the window during lessons – they are keeping an eye on their work! Under the guidance of Year Three teacher Allison Hickling, pupils across the school have been getting their hands dirty as part of the Edible Landscape project, which encourages youngsters to take a hands-on interest in the maintenance and change of their physical environment. “It’s really important that children have an understanding of the world around them, and particularly where food comes from, so this is the perfect opportunity,” explained Ms Hickling. “We started out with a Ground Force Day, where Years Five and Six and some parent volunteers cleared the beds ready for planting. Since then, each week a different class has been responsible for planting flowers and vegetables, and now each class is given the task of looking after the bed outside their classroom window, making sure it is maintained and kept in order." Its gardening scheme was dreamed up by head teacher Daryl Power, and Ms Hickling says what the pupils have done so far is only the start of things. “In the spring, the whole school will plant a whole range of vegetables, and we can incorporate the activities right across the curriculum, to increase the engagement with and understanding of the process we’re involved in,” she explained. It is not just visitors to the school who have been impressed by the work done by Cordwalles’s junior gardeners. So far, the school has passed two levels of the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening programme, and Ms Hickling is keen for that progress to continue. “The next steps for the RHS programme are to grow a range of vegetables, encourage wildlife, get used to using tools and then use the produce that the children have managed to grow,” she said. “It’s a long term project, and one which has really caught the imagination of the pupils doing it, so it’ll be great fun keeping it going to the end of the school year.” Read More
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