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18/06/24

🚨 BREAKING NEWS! 🚨 The naughty pea has taken over the nursery garden… if you catch any stray peas, please contact nursery. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/68ZabYpmGL

10/06/24

For their snack this morning, nursery class enjoyed some lettuce they they have grown themselves in the garden! pic.twitter.com/0W5qKluhys

07/06/24

The eco club members had a great time at the eco conference. They participated in lots of activities and learnt lots about the importance of pollinators. Did you know that hummingbirds play a vital role in the pollination of many different species of plant life?! pic.twitter.com/KJEe7osJ7C

06/06/24

The eco club members were thrilled to receive their green flag. They were proud to hang it and celebrated with some gardening in the sun! pic.twitter.com/bsQLc8mB11

31/05/24

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s the super kids! Calling all superheroes to class on Monday… 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/oD8T5zJmnT

30/05/24

Families of Buntingford First, get ready! Our summer celebration will be on Thursday June 27th, after sports day! Stay tuned for more updates next week… ☀️🎉 pic.twitter.com/m2Nji1AgBy

23/05/24

YAAAY! We did it! A HUGE thank you to our eco committee for their efforts in helping us achieve our very first Eco Schools Green Flag! Caring for our planet is everyone’s responsibility. We would also like to thank each and every student for participating. pic.twitter.com/lsMWkCbCp7

22/05/24

We had a wonderful time meeting our new animal friends. We met Winston the bearded dragon, Malcolm the leopard gecko, Neville the snake, Marvin the giant African land snail, Remy the hamster and Gertrude the wide mouthed tree frog! pic.twitter.com/TyH9N6t76Q

21/05/24

Nursery class are definitely passing through an enclosing play schema! This is when they like to enclose themselves and toys in buildings and boxes. Through this schema they are showing an interest in shape and space! pic.twitter.com/Xtec8FBC23

16/05/24

A huge THANK YOU to our Buntingford PTA for providing us with our caterpillars. We have loved watching them transform into butterflies! KS1 & KS2 enjoyed releasing theirs. EYFS are still waiting for a few to emerge ☺️ 🦋 pic.twitter.com/vDGIVEboon

10/05/24

Buntingford First School is a Climate Action award winner!Read the full story https://t.co/v6ARrBnIU8

09/05/24

Our eco committee: saving the world, one tree at a time! 🌳 pic.twitter.com/7OMzGFbBuV

08/05/24

We are working towards earning our silver award from the 🌳 today we completed the viewpoints challenge, exploring nature from different perspectives! pic.twitter.com/hdM2MfbIcz

02/05/24

The eco committee have been hard at work planting a wildflower area to support pollinators. They produced posters to encourage others to do the same! 🐝 pic.twitter.com/BUEFKZhRSX

30/04/24

Well done to some of our friends for their litter picking efforts at the weekend! Remember, we have four litter pickers you may borrow, just ask your class teacher! pic.twitter.com/Y9bTJvv6Z9

30/04/24

In nursery we have some very strong and brave little ladies! 💪😀 pic.twitter.com/LjtwuHKOCx

26/04/24

Finally it’s here! Head over to our new instagram page and follow us ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PJ3aEYenWJ

25/04/24

It was a busy afternoon for the eco committee today! pic.twitter.com/IWBQcAveBx

23/04/24

Here it is… Our collaborative mural to celebrate taking care of our wonderful world ❤️🌎 pic.twitter.com/GDSPrmr5oz

29/03/24

What an exciting end to a fantastic half term… Oak class had a special delivery from outer space, spaceship parts! The children decided that the mummy and daddy aliens must have arrived to collect their baby and parked their spaceship on the roof! pic.twitter.com/fTFGQ4xof0

27/03/24

Staff Wellbeing lunch is ready - we love how brilliant our staff are here! Thank you for all that you do for our children. pic.twitter.com/SplNtUe9ci

26/03/24

KS2 have really enjoyed thinking about the wonderful community we have in Buntingford. The children have used their Computing skills to create a summary of their work. pic.twitter.com/jHZdMm1Xxz

25/03/24

Really proud of our school choir performing, ‘This is Me,’ at our Easter assembly. pic.twitter.com/Nsl509EKau

20/03/24

We have been so lucky to have had a healthy foods workshop run by Aspens. We learnt about tasty, healthy snacks and all the good they do for our bodies. We made a fruit and vegetable smoothly, which was delicious, healthy and sweet! We are allowed sweet treats, just not too many! pic.twitter.com/6q5Fr0nJCd

18/03/24

We have been learning about the importance of our wonderful community in Buntingford in our PSHE lessons recently. Year 3 and 4 have decided to get creative to make some Easter cards and gifts for our friends Layston Grove Care Home pic.twitter.com/wGqnsSng2F

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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