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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.

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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
Positive thinking is the order of the day at... Pupils were positively encouraged not to stay in their seats and pay attention recently, as the school opened its doors to children and young people’s mental health charity CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) for its Feeling Good Week. The motto of the week’s events was ‘Get up and Have a Go’, which was precisely what pupils did, leaving behind their schoolbooks to get involved in activities such as digging the school gardens and flower beds, extra PE and dance sessions, and a sponsored walk around the school perimeter to raise funds for – appropriately enough – playground fitness equipment. With the women’s World Cup in mind, football coach Vicky Elcome also dropped by to give children the benefit of her 15 years of playing the game at a high level and her coaching experience with the FA, and to teach them the importance of starting early in pursuit of your passions. In addition to the body, the mind was also catered for by the feel-good visit of author Ed Wicke, author of the Wicked Tales books. His reading of Mouldysocks and the Three Humans was a particular highlight, bringing much hilarity to his audience and ensuring a long queue for book signing at the end of the day. The week ended with a Macmillan Dress Up and Dance Day, with all year groups performing fundraising dance routines to a school hall packed with friends and family to ensure a productive end to a light-hearted week. “This week was all about trying new things, and a change being as good as a rest, to give the children a break from the norm and to stir up their spirits a bit with something that bit different,” said teacher Sam Alley-Mohindra, who organised the events. “I certainly think we achieved that goal. It’s very easy for school to become too routine, which can be a real turn-off in terms of learning and enthusiasm, so the opportunity to be snapped out of what they usually do and experience different activities – mental and physical - will really have done them some good. The sponsored walk is a particular example – I’ve seen a few of the children using pedometers since then! “Ending it the way we did, with a fundraising event, was particularly appropriate too, as it meant the activities weren’t just about making ourselves feel better, but helping others too. And if they take away the message that helping others feel good is a way of helping yourself feel good, then that’s a particularly important lesson that has been learnt.”   Read More
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