Talk for Learning
One of our main aims this year is to remove a common barrier to learning, the use of language across the curriculum. All our lessons emphasise the use of standard English, subject specific vocabulary and many grammar links. Year 3 showcased this style of learning whilst being actual palaeontologists.
These are some of the interesting facts they shared with me, whilst using a giant microphone and wearing magical star glasses.
- Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for over 160 million years
- The time period from 250 million years ago until around 65 million years ago is known as the Mesozoic Era. It is often referred to as the Age of the Dinosaurs because most dinosaurs developed and became extinct during this time.
- It is believed that dinosaurs lived on Earth until around 65 million years ago when a mass extinction occurred.
- Scientists believe that the event leading to the extinction may have been a massive asteroid impact or huge volcanic activity. Events such as these could have blocked out sunlight and significantly changed the Earth’s ecology.
- The first dinosaur to be formally named was the Megalosaurus, back in 1824.
- A person who studies dinosaurs is known as a paleontologist.
- Rather than being carnivores (meat eaters), the largest dinosaurs such as the Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus were actually herbivores (plant eaters).
- To help fight meat eaters such as the Allosaurus or Spinosaurus, many plant eaters had natural weapons at their disposal. .
- Birds descended from a type of dinosaurs known as theropods.
Well done Year 3. Super learning!
On Tuesday Mr Theodoulou and Mrs Tilbrook took our boys Year 6 football team to the borough tournament. Our boys won 3:0. It was an excellent game. We are extremely proud of our pupils.
On Wednesday the maths team led an IT and maths workshop for parents. It was an extremely successful session. Thank you to all who attended. Thank you also to Mr Statham, Miss Judd and Mrs Gambuti for organising and running the training.
On Thursday Year 1- 6 took part in our Harvest assembly. It was spectacular. Beautiful singing, wonderful poem and cool raps were shared. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our community for their generous donations, which were given to the North Enfield Food Bank.
Our super CiA held a meeting to share some of their exciting fundraising events this term. Thank you for supporting our CiA. Next Wednesday is the “Table Top” sale. Don’t forget to save your space in our hall. What a great way to clear out our cupboards before Christmas!
This morning we hosted training for the Institute of Education (IOE) linked to how children learn to read. Thank you to Ms Shallcross for leading this. All the trainee teachers commended our children’s excellent attitudes towards their learning. We all had a magnificent day.
We ended the week with another exciting Black History Month assembly. Today, Mr Anderson invited another inspiring local hero to speak to our children. Kate Anolue, who is the former Mayor of Enfield, blew us away discussing her life journey to date and the challenges she has faced. Kate referred to herself as Aunty Kate when addressing the children, I will from now on refer to her as Super Kate.
Having started her adult life training to be a teacher in Nigeria, she then became a midwife and worked locally at the North Middlesex Hospital. She still had a desire to do more. Unfortunately her husband died leaving her a single parent of four children. She commenced evening classes at university and qualified as a lawyer. This wasn’t all though. Her life has been dedicated to empowering others and giving back to the community. She went on to become a Councillor, a Deputy Mayor and the Mayor of Enfield. Her energy and achievements continue. She was awarded chieftanship in Nigeria. Few women become chieftains so Kate is especially thrilled that she can be a role model for other women to make their mark. Equality for women is very important to her and she often writes and visits Nanka to let them know about her work in Enfield.
She has dedicated her life to inspiring others, helping others, empowering others and we are so thrilled that she became a part of our family and hope to see her back soon.
In honour of Black History Month, Kate is leading a session called Catch Them Young, at Raynham primary School on 22.10.16 at 12:30- 15:30 to support future leaders.
If you want to know what it takes to be a political leader or want to be involved in politics then please visit Kate at Raynham to find out more.
I would like to end by celebrating one of the many role models that make up our staff at Eastfield.
Our very own Super Star, Miss McHugh, ran a marathon to raise funds for the charity Dementia UK. Luckily Miss McHugh also runs our Student Council so will be continuing to fundraise with our children throughout the year. Well done Miss McHugh! We are all extremely proud of you.