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27/02/24

KS2 enjoyed learning about our sustainable school building today. We went around the school looking at the different features of the building that make it sustainable e.g. triple glazing, solar panels, air source heat pump, wildlife area with a pond, a living roof to name a few! pic.twitter.com/BfJuL8cxXI

26/02/24

🚨 Exclusive egg update from Oak class! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/zzmCp4pJQ1

23/02/24

BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 A space shuttle has landed in the nursery classroom! Inside is a large purple egg that looks like it’s hatching and lots of strange symbols… we can’t wait to see Oak class on Monday to help us figure out this mystery! pic.twitter.com/AuX3jNGA1M

15/02/24

The children had such a wonderful time at our Valentine’s disco. We had dancing, music, games, sweets, balloons, a photo booth and even glitter tattoos! Thank you to Miss Hunter and the PTA for organising such a great event for our children. pic.twitter.com/phZn5IftLY

08/02/24

In Oak class, the children love coming to school so much that they asked for their own miniature one! The children now have a mini classroom complete with a staff room and pretend photocopier ☺️❤️ pic.twitter.com/9kkdc850Pk

30/01/24

We heard from Jenny who lived in Cape Town during the drought and how her family managed to conserve water. KS2 are now creating their own PowerPoints to share some top tips on how to save water as part of our learning in ESR. pic.twitter.com/bvLlXSwYKy

30/01/24

Chico is back! He had such a wonderful time visiting Layston Grove Care Home for the winter holidays. He returned today with Paula, Eileen and John, to tell us all about his adventures. Oak class were so happy to see our friends and show them our own class bear! pic.twitter.com/9sr2aa9LRz

24/01/24

This morning the children in Oak class rescued a sapling that had been blown over in the storms. It was a lot of work and we even discovered a dinosaur tooth while digging! pic.twitter.com/MTK6sB0BK7

24/01/24

We are very excited to have a day of filming at school today! Next stop Hollywood! pic.twitter.com/Sp1gWFLNqn

23/01/24

We are really enjoying being creative at after school club today. We have played with the aqua beads, built a fairy garden and solved jigsaw puzzles. pic.twitter.com/R1hrCX0ovB

19/01/24

This week we have been very lucky to have the HSBC bank come into run workshops teaching children about the value of money. These sessions were lots of fun. We were then presented with a Smart Money Award for the support of financial education for young people. pic.twitter.com/w6VQLXdXEU

19/01/24

Thank you to our school council for a productive meeting discussing safeguarding at school. The next meeting will be to discuss the playground designs for our new equipment coming later this year. pic.twitter.com/4EQPvs7LCd

15/01/24

KS1 and KS2 worked brilliantly together this week on a range of teamwork challenges. pic.twitter.com/0kn52IuKuO

10/01/24

KS2 have been learning about different forms of communication in PSHE. We looked at morse code and braille, the children enjoyed reading and writing messages in different ways. pic.twitter.com/aobpa51ZjZ

27/12/23

* Vacancies *New year brings new opportunities. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website to apply https://t.co/K7KEYqZmFMFor more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime pic.twitter.com/SccrfX4cF2

20/12/23

And that’s our first term complete! Thank you to everyone for their kindness and support this term. Here’s to many more wonderful terms together. Merry Christmas to you all and a happy New Year, from the team at Buntingford First School x

20/12/23

BREAKING NEWS! We have had word from Santa, via the elves, that our children have been added to the nice list! Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎅 pic.twitter.com/6HBYrNnbLi

19/12/23

Today we had a fun (but very messy!) end to our science topic on solids, liquids and gases. The question remains, what is slime pic.twitter.com/LAJeWcj5jg

19/12/23

Yum, yum, yum! We enjoyed a lovely festive lunch today. Thank you to Diane for catering so well for us all! pic.twitter.com/TKDkaVuCGC

18/12/23

What a magical time we had this morning - Father Christmas was on our school roof!! He came to wish everyone at Buntingford First School a Merry Christmas and we were all very pleased to see him!🎄 pic.twitter.com/GbbiaGZmWf

15/12/23

We really enjoyed spreading some Christmas joy this afternoon at Layston Grove. The children performed their Christmas songs to the residents and there were lots of smiles from both sides. We were also lucky enough to see Chico who is on holiday there…he has a lovely new outfit! pic.twitter.com/spg21ZIiS0

14/12/23

Willow class visited Oak class this afternoon for some sensory play fun. We made our own snow and have been exploring the water beads! pic.twitter.com/rdx2x19Jwg

13/12/23

* Vacancies *We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly afterschool club. See our website for full job descriptions and to apply https://t.co/K7KEYqZmFMFor more information or to visit, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.#termtime pic.twitter.com/vt3GDsEnBE

12/12/23

The children absolutely blew us away with their performance of ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’. Thank you to everyone who came this morning and made this wonderful performance possible. pic.twitter.com/khq0X959qM

12/12/23

It looks like the elves are putting on a show as well today! We are looking forward to seeing you at 9:30am for our first ever Christmas concert! 🎶🎄 pic.twitter.com/MLUBlCxFm0

SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) is about everything we do at Buntingford First School, to help children build their own personal values, have positive relationships with others and become responsible young citizens in society. SMSC development supports children to be kind, thoughtful and caring and to be able to live and learn alongside people with different beliefs, cultures and lifestyles.

Eco world poster

As a net-carbon zero school, sustainability is woven into our school curriculum as well as our school building. Education for Social Responsibility is a key area of learning for us. From climate change and fragile ecosystems to ethical trade, finite resources and living fulfilled lives, our ESR curriculum is designed to help children prepare for the future. We will teach about rights and responsibilities and the many challenges the world is facing, give them the inspiration and passion to live happy, healthier, kinder lives. The children will also form an eco-council and have the opportunity to take part in our annual sustainability conference.

  KS1 LKS2
Ethical Trading Thanks for Everything What is Fair Trade?
Fulfilled Lives Being Kind to You and Me What is Happiness?
Ecosystems Why is nature special? I Speak for the Trees
Climate Change Our Changing World Know Better, Do Better
Water Scarcity What is Water? Saving Water
Biodiversity Linking Local Wildlife What is Biodiversity?
Finite Planet Where does this come from? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 

An important part of SMSC is to support children to engage with British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for different faiths and beliefs.

Each month we will have a value that we promote across the school, these will be chosen by the school community in September 2023 as we believe it is important that the values are driven from the heart of the school. Our assemblies will also be planned and linked to the different SMSC areas.

Spiritual Development

We want children to be reflective about their own beliefs, but also show interest and respect for the beliefs and faiths of others. We encourage children to reflect, not just on their own behaviour and the choices they make, but also on the skills needed to remain calm and focused on their learning.

Spiritual development is also about supporting children to be creative, imaginative and reflect on their learning experiences.

Opportunities for Spiritual development include:

  • Learning together to value the ideas and contributions of all children
  • Providing a varied and exciting curriculum that inspires children and makes learning enjoyable.
  • Coming together in assemblies and special events to share learning with each other and with parents and the community to reflect on our learning experiences.

Moral Development

Opportunities for Moral development include:

  • Children working together to discuss and agree on what they need to do to create a safe, friendly and inclusive environment for learning.
  • Opportunities in the curriculum for children to offer their own points of view and to be able to listen to and value those of others.
  • In every classroom and throughout the school environment, children are encouraged to make positive behaviour choices and develop strategies to manage conflicts effectively.

Social Development

Opportunities for Social development include:

  • Making a positive contribution to the community through fund raising, volunteering and engagement in community projects.
  • Supporting children to develop the skills needed for living in a democracy through activities such as elections for School Council and the Eco Council.

Cultural Development

Our theme weeks and diverse curriculum allows the children the opportunity to learn all about different lifestyles, backgrounds and beliefs other children have.

Opportunities for Cultural development include:

  • Providing opportunities in the curriculum for children to visit places of worship and share their beliefs with others.
  • Enabling children to enjoy and appreciate a variety of artistic, musical and cultural experiences, including drama, music, singing, choir and sports.
  • Assemblies that focus on different cultures throughout the year.
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