Year 6 Cyber safety talk

Year 6 had a 'Cyber Safety Talk' from Essex Fire Brigade on Tuesday afternoon. The Fire Brigade have teamed up with Essex Police to ensure that the message of how to stay safe online is getting through to children. The main points of the talk were that if the children were ever unsure about who they were talking to, they should tell someone that they trust; they should ALWAYS check their privacy settings on a regular basis, whatever app they may be using; they should not give out personal details online; if they are going to post pictures online they should ensure that they are not giving information away by mistake e.g. Putting a picture of themselves online in their uniform etc. It was

Travelling by Tuba

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to host Travelling by Tuba courtesy of Southend Music Services. They took us on a world wide tour of wind instruments from the tuba to the Alpine horn! Everyone joined in by singing and clapping and some even became part of the band. It was an enjoyable afternoon during which we learned a lot about musical styles and that making music is fun!

Year 6 Poppy wave visit

Year 6 walked to see the art installation 'The Wave' which has been installed at the Barge Pier on Gunners Park. This was an off shot from the main poppy display seen at the Tower of London. It was quite a trek there and back, especially considering the heat of that particular day. The children were able to see the installation and read the comments on the cards that people who had visited previously, had left. It was quite a thought provoking trip.

Borough Sports

On the 20th June 2017 students from Friars Primary School participated in Borough Sports for Key Stage 2 at Garons Park. There were 8 schools in our group. Tristan took part in long jump and he achieved second place out of the eight schools. Nathan was running the 600 metres – he didn’t overtake until later on in the race. He came 4th; he ran extremely fast considering the heat! Suhailah threw her javelin the furthest; she threw 10.60 metres, which was really far. Denim was the next thrower; he got 12.56 metres and 13.40 which was even better! He came 3rd out of the Year 5 group of boys. The people that took part in shotput performed really well too. Like javelin, they had 3 throws. Eboni th

KS1 Celebration assembly

Achievement Certificates Certificates were awarded for a number of great reasons this week including having a fantastic attitude to work, practicing key words during their own choosing time, improving presentation and making great efforts in reading and poetry. Over 45 key word certificates were also awarded including 6 penguin awards which means the children know all of their keywords. Team Points Well done to Windsor who were the run-away winners of the team cup this week. Attendance Well done to 1S who kept held of the attendance cup for the second week running with a figure of 96.3%

KS2 Celebration assembly

Well done to all of the certificate winners this week. Congratulations to Stirling for winning the House Cup and to 6B for winning the Attendance cup with 97.6%.

Thriftwood - Day three

After an action packed Thursday we were all very tired and had a lay in. We didn’t get up until Mrs Lincoln blew the whistle at 7am! We all made our way up to the hall for breakfast and details of today’s activities – today we were going on the water. After breakfast and some packing we all headed off to the lake. Half did the kayaking first while the other group started on the rafts. Whilst some of us were really keen and excited a few were a little nervous, however after a while they gave it a go and everyone was having fun on the water. In kayaking we played a variety of games, shark and fishes and catch the tennis balls. On rafting we paddled around in our groups before jumping in to c

Thriftwood - Day two

After a lively evening of playing and hot chocolate we all collapsed into our tents and eventually fell asleep, only to be awake again by 4am! We stayed in our tents until 7am and then ventured up to the hall and awaited breakfast. Mrs Brady cooked up a scrummy bacon or egg roll for those that wanted it or there was plenty of toast as an alternative. 10am the activities began. New groups conquered the climbing wall, we improved our target practice with the crossbows and tested our mental and team building skills in the Problem Solving arena. After 2 hours we needed refuelling so back we went in order to make our own packed lunches which we were very delicious. After our pit stop off we went

Thriftwood - Day one

After an exciting wait the coach finally arrived and we were all loaded up with our luggage and set off by 10:45am. After an uneventful journey we finally were there! Luggage unloaded we all picked up our multiple bags and belongings for the short walk to base camp. What seemed like hours later (but was only really about 10 minutes) we arrived at the camp and tucked into our lunch. Once lunch was over, Mrs Lincoln told us our tent groups and we all had fun setting up our homes for the next few days. Tents sorted it was time for our first activity, which we were all very excited about. Some groups took part in archery whist others discovered the Cresta Run, an exciting toboggan ride which we

Southend Week

What a fantastic week! The Year 6 children had a fun packed week with a huge variety of activities that kept them totally engaged. At the start of the week we cooked both savoury and cookie dough pizzas, which were yummy and enjoyed by both the children and many of the staff throughout the school. We also made our own stop go animation films and teleported ourselves to different worlds using green screen technology! The children came face to face with unicorns, cute animals and fast cars! We learnt new skills whilst having a great time. On Wednesday, we went to Kids Kingdom, where we all used lots of energy and got thoroughly hot and sweaty! There were a few minor injuries as children took a

National Cheerleading competition

Last week three of our Year 3 girls - Katerina, Phoebe and Eliza - took part in a national cheerleading competition in Brighton with their club Essex Stars Determination. The group had worked very hard in the build up to the competition and the practice paid off! Out of 14 teams competing, they came 1st! It is a superb achievement and one of which they can be very proud. Well done girls.

Vist from NSPCC

We were very lucky to welcome representatives from the NSPCC to come and work with our children on safeguarding themselves. The first day, there were two assemblies – one for Key Stage 1 and another for Key Stage 2. The children learnt in a safe environment that there are things they can do if they are not being treated properly. The children talked about the different worries they might have and these were like bricks and put in a sack – very heavy to carry around! They were told that they should not hold on to their worries but find an adult they could trust to help them. The children named different adults who they might turn to for support and the bricks were taken out of the bag demonst

KS2 Celebration assembly

Congratulations to 5G for winning the Attendance Cup with 97.9% this week and to Stormont for winning the House Cup. The House competition is certainly heating up this term. Stirling are currently out in front with 7, Caernarfon are in second with 5 and Stormont and Windsor are tied for third with 4. This week there were not a huge number of certificates handed out. This is largely because teachers were proud of their entire classes and the way in which they conducted themselves during test week. Well done everyone for working so hard.

KS1 Celebration assembly

Congratulations to the children who were awarded achievement certificates this week. We are very proud of their attitude to learning and hard work. Attendance Cup The Attendance Cup was awarded to 1S. They achieved 98.7% this week. Well done! The children are getting excited about our end of term attendance prize draw! The children receive a raffle ticket for the draw each week if they achieve 100% attendance. Team Cup The Team Cup was awarded to Caernarfon (yellow team) Well done this week!

RNLI Assembly

On Monday, we were joined in assembly by Linda and Alan from the RNLI to tell us about the good work which they do to keep people safe at sea and to give us tips about how we can stay safe at the beach. We learnt about the different types of sea rescue boat based in Southend and the meaning of the different flags which we might see at the beach. We were also reminded about the dangers of walking out on the mud at low tide. It is very important to go out with the tide and come back before it starts to come in.

Southend Tri-Golf tournament

After winning the Southend Tri-Golf tournament in April, Friars were invited to take part in the Essex finals at Little Channels GC in Chelmsford. When the date was announced, it fell on an inset day so the four members of the team all agreed to give up their extra day off and compete in the finals. We set off at 8am and picked up Greenways School on the way and all enjoyed a sing-song on the minibus. We arrived to find that 10 schools would be competing to become Essex champions and everyone was in good spirits. The competition itself comprised of 10 activities and points could be scored in each one during a 2 minute time period. All four team members – Kye, Louise and Hannah from Year 4 an

KS2 Celebration assembly

Achievement Certificates Congratulations to the children who were awarded achievement certificates this week. They have all made a great start to the new half term. Attendance Cup The Attendance Cup was awarded to 4B who were present 97.9% this week. Well done! Team Points Windsor team achieved the most number of points this week – well done!

KS1 Celebration assembly

Achievement Certificates Congratulations to the children who were awarded achievement certificates this week. They have all impressed their teachers with their hard work. Attendance Cup The Attendance Cup was awarded to 2R who were present 100% this week. Well done! Team Points Both Caernarfon and Windsor were joint winners this week with the same number of points.

Science Scavenger Hunt

In science before half term, Year 5 went outside into the Environmental Garden to take part in an informative scavenger hunt on the topic of our solar system. We had lots of pieces of information scattered around the gardens that we had to find to answer lots of different questions. We found out things such as: the hottest planet is Venus; the order of the solar system (using a song that we love!); which planets have the most volcanoes; Uranus lays on its side; and lots, lots more! We had a great time.

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