Parents' Evening is on Tuesday 17th October 2017 between 5.00-7.00pm.  Appointments necessary . 


September 20, 2017


Our Cook Class are learning about their name sake Captain Cook and his exploration of the world. Our topic this term is People who help us. We have talked about those people who help us at home and school and have started to talk about those people in the community who help us, such as the police. We will think about their role; what they look like and what they use to carry out their role. During the term, we hope to go out and visit some of the 'helpers' we learn about as part of developing our understanding.

Read about cook class here.


Polo's topic is Transport this half term, and Arctic Explorers next half term. Polo class have been thinking about how we can make our classroom a nice place to be this year, and we have decided on three class rules:

  • Listen to each other
  • Be kind
  • Try our best


This half term in Drake class our topic is Transport. We will be looking at who invented different modes of transport and learning about how transport has evolved over time.Next half term we will be looking at Explorers so will learn more about who our class is named after then. We have a trip booked to visit the London Transport Museum at the end of September which we are all looking forward to. The class is taught by Miss Messenger .


Ride have been enjoying their weekly trip to 'Forest School', where they have been building dens, making fires, bug collecting and experiencing the great British outdoors. They have also been learning lots about fruit and vegetables and overall healthy eating in PSHE, this has helped us prepare our song 'Cauliflowers fluffy' for the Harvest assembly. The children love taking part in 'team activities' and are very good at supporting each other.


Welcome to Armstrong!

We are looking forward to a fun packed year. We are hoping to have another matron run of class trip which will start in October.

All about us:

This year our class is made up of 13 students and 3 members of staff. We are lucking be introducing 3 fantastic new girls to school. Our class was named after the astronaut Neil Armstrong who was famous for being the first person the walk on the moon in 1969 and for his quote, ‘One small step for man one giant leap for mankind’.

Proposed Trip:

  • This year we would like to continue to our look at our local community. This will include the following:
  • Visit to the dentist
  • Visit to an Animal Sanctuary
  • Visit to the library
  • A ride on a local bus
  • A ride on a local train
  • Visit to the cinema
  • Visit the opticians
  • A Walk to the local park
  • Visit to an allotment
  • Breakfast at the Toby Carvery
  • Visit to Pizza Express
  • Brentwood Memorial
  • The Secret War Bunker
  • Girls visit to Lakeside
  • Brentwood Asda / Sainsbury behind the scenes
  • Shenfield Butchers, Bakers, Greengrocers and Deli
  • Brentwood Calcott Farm


Welcome to Boyd class. We are a group of Year 10 pupils. We have a varied timetable which includes 'normal' lessons plus a day of horticulture, and half a day of Independent Living. Follow this link to find out more about Boyd class.


Welcome to Hadfield. Who is that? You may ask. Chris Austin Hadfield is a retired Canadian Astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space.


We are a KS4 class made up of boys and girls from year 10 & 11.

We are planning a variety of out of school activities throughout the year to support our class based learning. We have already had a visit to King Georges Park for our first team building session.

We have a lot to live up to! Our class is named after SIR Ranulph Fiennes described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”. That was back in 1984, but he has led many more expeditions since then and continues to do so. His latest challenge is to complete the Global Reach Challenge and become the first person to have crossed both polar ice caps and have climbed the highest mountain on each continent; He is raising money for the Marie-Currie Cancer charity. He has already raised a whopping £305,000!!!

Sir Ranulph has already reached the North & South Poles by crossing the Antarctic continent and the Arctic Ocean (1982), climbed Mount Everest in Asia (2009) and Kilimanjaro in Africa (2004).

That leaves five more of the world’s highest mountains for him to conquer over the next year:

  • Mount Elbrus in Europe – COMPLETED JULY 2016
  • Mount Carstensz in Australasia
  • Mount Vinson in Antarctica
  • Aconcagua in South America
  • Denali in North America

We will all be following his progress and report back!!


Ernest Shackleton ( 1874 –1922) was a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was born in Ireland and moved to Sydenham in south London when he was ten. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Scott's Discovery Expedition 1901–04. During the second expedition 1907–1909 he and three companions reached nearer to the South Pole than anyone else and climbed Mount Erebus, the most active Antarctic volcano.

After the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911 with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to the crossing of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole (1914–17). Disaster struck this expedition when its ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice until it disintegrated, then by launching the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island and ultimately the inhabited island of South Georgia, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles and Shackleton's most famous exploit.

Class Shackleton are following his example by exploring a new addition to the school syllabus – horticulture. Our first task has been to set up an allotment in order to grow vegetables in the future. We will also be exploring ways of improving the environment of the school through planting and recycling.

One day in the school week is also devoted to work experience on a plot owned by Barleylands and leased to a local charity called DIS ( We are learning to recycle wood from old pallets to make an Endeavour bench and a bug hotel. We are also going to have a go at making our own go-karts


11 Members of Bancroft class tested themselves and enjoyed experiencing new activities during the residential stay in Derbyshire. Some who were afraid of heights bravely tackled the abseil from a disused railway bridge over a river, others who had never seen a canal negotiated a lock in canoes, yet more ventured onto zip wires, team building and assault courses, whilst other intrepid souls faced small spaces weaseling between boulders or stepping stone river crossings, not to mention the few who took on the highest peak in the area. Our pre-visit bed-making sessions came in handy when we arrived at the barn and had to make our own beds and other life skills such as table laying and looking after our own laundry were practised to the full. Every member of the class who took part returned with a rich store of happy memories and a bloom of confidence.

This term the class will be working on the poem "The HIghwayman". We have planned sensory room activities to support our drama, music making, model construction and retelling activities to accompany our writing about the poem as part of our Exploring Poetry unit for WJEC Entry Pathways Additional English qualification. After half term we shall be looking at "Romeo and Juliet", where our practical work will be animated by a workshop visit from a theatre company.

In Maths Bancroft will be working with numbers, involving weighing, measuring and basic number operations around cooking, money and stock control as we prepare our jams and chutneys for sale at the Christmas Bazaar. We are looking forward to farm shop visits for ingredients as well as to our Wellies-On Care Farm near Colchester, which takes place at the end of September.

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