December 18th 2017 - Christmas Dinner
The whole school held the lovely aroma of roasting turkey as the children made their Christmas hats ready for lunch time. A traditional Turkey roast was served, crackers pulled and jokes told.
December 15th 2017 - WOW Day.
Our end of term WOW day was a great success. The children worked in mixed age groups and visited lots of different classroom bases to take part in craft activities.
December 14th 2017
Van Gogh Class Yr3 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians, they have been learning an Egyptian dance.
December 13th 2017
Our school choir sang at the village 'Light up a Life' service.
December 11th - Year 5 Open Class
The children in Renoir Class (Yr5) have been learning about the Mayan civilisation. They created an interactive museum for their parents to explore during their open class. Each group designed an exhibition table with artefacts, information and an interactive learning opportunity. There was even some delicious Mayan hot chocolate to try! After the parents left, the museum was open to the children in other classes to experience.
October 6th 2017 - Banksy Class (Yr6) Visit to The Globe
The children in Year 6 have had a fantastic trip to The Globe Theatre in London. They had a tour of the theatre itself and recited some lines from Macbeth on the stage. Then one of the actors took them into the rehearsal rooms where the children pretended to be the witches from Macbeth. They looked at the story of the play and discussed how Lady Macbeth taunted Macbeth into killing the king.
October 6th 2017 - Tollesbury's Got Talent 4
The cast of TGT4 throughly enjoyed themselves entertaining friends and family. There was a nice range of acts, - musicians, dancers and singers. It was a fantastic evening, it is lovely to see the confidence of the children as they take to the stage. Well done to all the cast of the Talent Show. We will look forward to what you bring to the stage next year.
October 31st 2017
Year 2 have enjoyed a day at Hyde Hall. They have learnt all about the different plants that grow in the Autumn.
October 31st 2017
The trees were very autumnal but the sun shone as Year 5 and Year 4 enjoyed a full day of natural activities at Abberton Reservoir. They enjoyed dipping in the pond to find out about the creatures who lived there and looked at different habitats.
October 30th - 31st 2017
We have been very lucky to have a drumming tutor in school this week. Classes have enjoyed learning about rhythm and tempo whilst learning to play African and Indian drumming beats.
October 18th 2017
Children in Monet Class (Year 1) used all their senses during a trip to Pizza Express in Braintree. The children got to taste lots of different toppings before having a go at making their own pizza.
October 18th 2017
Representatives from Perrywood garden centre visited us as part of their Green Up Your Gaff campaign. A representative from each class chose a plant to 'Green Up' their classroom. The children had fun learning about the different plants before making their choices.
September 27th 2017
Renoir class have enjoyed a day of outside learning at Mell Farm. Here are some of pictures of their day.
September 13th - 15th 2017
Banksy Class (Yr6) headed off for 3 days of activities at Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster. They kayaked, climbed, made rafts had a tried their hand at jet skis and banana boating.
Our new children in Picasso Class are now in school full time. They have settled well and have been enjoying getting to know each other.
Banksy Class - Year 6 Leavers.
Goodbye and good luck Banksy Class, we wish you well in the next step of your educational journey.
17th July 2017
Matisse Class (Year2) have enjoyed a visit to Cudmore Grove Country Park on Mersea Island.
Their ranger taught the children about erosion and some of the history (about the pill boxes). They made sand sculptures and necklaces out of shells and did a scavenger hut.
14th July 2017
Cezanne Class - Year 4 have been learning about the Stone Age in class. To consolidate their learning they enjoyed a Stone Age Day.
7th July 2017
Picasso class (EYFS) spent the morning at the Salt Pool followed by an EYFS picnic back at school.
6th July 2017 - Renoir Class (Yr5) trip to Sutton Hoo
To support their learning in class, the children in Year 5 spent the day at Sutton Hoo, the site of the ancient Anglo Saxon boat burials. First, they learnt about archeology by exploring replicas of artefacts found in the burials, then there was the opportunity to look around the exhibition and see some of the original artefacts such as the rusty rivets that held the boat together and some gold coins found in the burial chamber.
In the afternoon the children went on a tour of the site to see the burial mounds and learn more about life and death in the time of the Anglo Saxons.
29th June 2017 - TPA Penny Race
This year our annual 'Penny Race' had a make over. Each class raced to cover their picnic blanket with pennies. The money raised will go towards extra equipment or learning opportunities for the children.
27th June 2017 - Sports Day
We have all enjoyed a fantastic Sports Day. KS2 ran various races, cheered on by friends and family, children in KS1 ran their races in the afternoon. The older children completed a long distance run, relays, obstacle course, sprints and hurdles. The younger children tried their hand at the egg and spoon race, quoit balance and sprints. Between the two events parents enjoyed a picnic lunch on the field with their children. It was a great day with lots of team spirit as the teams cheered each other on. The winning team this year was Fire.
Over several sessions on different days our KS2 children have each attended a Lifesaving Workshop. They have learned how to respond to an unconscious and non breathing casualty. They have learned how to keep themselves safe before giving help and how to put an unconscious casualty into the recovery position and give CPR.
6-9th June 2017 - Bikeability
Children in Banksy Class (Yr6) have had the opportunity to do a 2 day Bikeability course. They have learned vital skills that will help them become confident and safe road users. For more information on the course and what the children have been learning visit https://bikeability.org.uk/
23rd May 2017
Matisse Class (Yr2) have finished all their end of Key Stage SATs tests. As a treat for all their hard work over the past few weeks the whole class spent the morning having fun and games at the Salt Pool and the green outside the Scout Hut.
12th May 2017
Banksy Class have concentrated very hard this week on their SATs. As a treat and to celebrate the completion of the end of KS2 test, the children enjoyed a trip to the bowling alley.
9th May 2017
Van Gogh Class (Year 3) have enjoyed a fun morning at Thurstable School taking part in lots of different multi-skill activities.
2nd May 2017
Picasso Class (EYFS) and Monet and Klee Classes (Yr1) all enjoyed an action packed day at Jimmy's farm. There was lots to do, we saw many different animals including some newborn ducklings and rabbits. We took a woodland walk and had a look at the den structures that had been built. We saw a 'Hobbit House' and watched the Meerkat's being fed, we even got to ask the keeper some questions. Did you know that Meerkats have a third eyelid that is transparent? It stops them getting sand in their eyes when they dig their tunnels.
30th March 2017
We have recently renamed our teams from the invaders and settlers theme to the 4 elements. We had a fantastic Team Building 'Wow' day which involved children working within their teams to create structures to a design challenge brief. It was a great day with children working with all different age groups, sharing ideas and supporting each other.
27th, 28th and 29th March 2017
We invited our mums or another female relative into school to join us for a Mother's Day lunch.
24th March 2017 - Silly Socks Day
This year we decided to wear 'Silly Socks' to raise money for charity. Donations were split between the Red Nose Day Charities and The National Deaf Children’s Society’. The total amount raised was £206.50
6th March 2017 - Space Day
We have enjoyed a fantastic Space Day, we have completed space theme activities and enjoyed a space themed lunch. We had a visit from Author Peter Bassett with his mobile planetarium. We learned about the different planets in the solar system and how they rotate and orbit. We learned how to find different star constellations and all about why we have day and night.
3rd March 2017
We came into school wearing Bandanas to raise money for people suffering from brain tumours.
2nd March 2017
Along with many schools across the world, we celebrated World Book Day. Everyone dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl character, we had a vast array of characters, ranging from Oompa-Loompa’s and Golden Ticket’s from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Mr and Mrs Twit. Each class based their learning for the day on one of Roald Dahl’s 48 books and at lunchtime a Dahl-licious feast was prepared by our school kitchen. As a lasting reminder of the fun of the day, each class decorated their classroom door based on the book they had been learning about in class.
6th February 2017
Our School Choir have had a very exciting day at the Young Voices '17 concert. They joined lots of other schools to form an enormous choir at the 02 Arena in London.
Visit the Young Voices website for more information about the event. http://www.youngvoices.co.uk
2nd February 2017 - Project X.
PRESS RELEASE: 21 December 2016
Blackwater Schools celebrate young talent in Enterprise and History 'Project X' Showcases
Students from nine schools in the Maldon area came together last week to showcase their work on two innovative cross-curricular projects. Plume Academy were excited to welcome over two hundred invited guests to the events held over two evenings (Monday 12th and Wednesday 14th December). Guests included authors, academics, local dignitaries, business people, school governors, parents and carers.
The showcase events were the culmination of a series of four 'Project X' workshops, designed to challenge and stretch the students. Sixty students took part in the workshops, from years 5,6,7 and 8. Project X adheres to the ethos of the Blackwater Partnership of schools: to work together to promote the highest level of education in Maldon. Each school held a selection process before putting forward their students to take part in Project X. They formed teams with students from other schools, and in different year groups and worked closely together over the autumn term. As well as input from teachers, external experts joined the workshops to enrich their learning experience. Through taking part in Project X, students have developed important skills, including project planning and budgeting, historical thinking, teamwork, leadership, communication, IT and creativity.
At the showcases, the Enterprise teams presented their ideas for a new health and well-being event to promote Maldon. Guests were invited to look at the leaflets and posters the teams had developed, analyse their budget and event plans and listen to radio adverts, which were recorded in collaboration with Ray Clarke of BBC Radio Essex. Cllr Miriam Lewis, Leader of Maldon District Council responded to the presentations and awarded certificates.
The History teams put on an interactive exhibition on migration during a specific period of history (Medieval; Early Modern; Industrial; 20th Century to Present), which included a dramatization of a story from their period. Robert Winder, Author of ‘Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain’ spoke at the event and presented certificates.
Kate Garnett, Chair of the Blackwater Partnership said: “Project X has been a great experience, not only for the students who took part, but for the teachers who have worked together with colleagues in other schools to create and deliver this new and innovative series of workshops. It has been a powerful learning experience for all involved. Collaboration between schools is key to what the Blackwater Partnership is all about, and this is a good example of how that collaboration brings out the best in our students and allows them to shine.”
About The Blackwater Partnership
• The Blackwater Partnership is a well-established, successful partnership of 9 primary schools and a secondary school. Their aim is to promote the highest level of education in Maldon through collaboration between schools in a number of areas including pupil well-being, behaviour and attendance, staff professional development and leadership support.
• The Blackwater Partnership is bound by three common beliefs; first, that every child in Maldon has the right to an excellent education, second, that a high quality of teaching and learning is fundamental to providing an excellent education and third, that each school knows how best to meet the needs of their children.
• Schools in the Blackwater Partnership:
All Saints’ C of E Primary School - Great Totham Primary School*
Heybridge Primary School - Maldon Primary School
Maldon Court Preparatory School - Plume Academy
St. Francis RC Primary School - Tollesbury School
Wentworth Primary School - Woodham Walter C of E Primary School
*Note: Great Totham are members of the Partnership, but did not take part in Project X
Contact: Jenny Phillips, Blackwater Partnership Coordinator, 07411 824145 email@example.com
20th January 2017 - Space Day in Picasso Class
The children in Picasso Class (EYFS) have had a fun space themed day. They have been learning about space and have looked at the book 'The UFO Diary'. Their role play area is a space rocket this half term and they have completed lots of space themed learning activities.
19th December 2016
The last few days of term have been very festive. We have enjoyed our Christmas Around the World day. The children have worked with different age groups and have rotated around the school taking part in craft activities. It is a great time for helping each other, the older children have taken pride in helping the younger children to create their crafts.
16th December 2016
The children have enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner including the award winning festive Christmas trees that helped our catering team win the Essex Schools Festive Bake competition. Everyone made party hats during the morning and sat down to share the festive meal together.
14th December 2016
This week our youngest children in Picasso Class - EYFS have put on two fantastic performances of Hey Ewe! A nativity with a difference, the greatest gift the baby Jesus received was the fleece from a curious sheep.
12th December 2016
The hall looks extremely festive. The children have each made a pennant which has joined our own very personalised bunting in the hall. In addition, the children have made tree decorations for the Christmas tree. Our tree was once again kindly donated by Fred's Store.
8th December 2016.
Matisse Class performed their nativity play – ‘The Very Hopeless Camel’. They did 3 performances; a dress rehearsal to the school, a matinee and an evening performance – all of them were brilliant. The children’s acting was great and they sang with overwhelming enthusiasm! Well done Matisse class.
9th October 2016
For the third time, our children have shown us that Tollesbury's got Talent' as they presented their vast array of talents in the Tollesbury's got Talent show.
There was a wide scope of acts this year - singers, dancers, gymnasts, musicians, comedians and a rather impressive Yo-Yo act.
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
The oldest members of our school council travelled to London with school council representatives from other schools to visit the Houses of Parliament and learn about how MP's make decisions about the running of the country.
Tuesday 18th October 2016
The children in Picasso, Klee, Monet and Matisse classes (EYFS-Yr2) had a fun packed morning when the 'Mobile Zoo' visited them. They learned about different animals including Meerkat's, a bearded dragon, pygmy hedgehog, snakes and a frog. There was an opportunity to handle the animals and everyone was really brave and felt the different textures of the animals.
Friday 16th September 2016
Our new children in Picasso Class have built up to full days this week, they have settled in well. Welcome to Tollesbury School Picasso Class.
15th September 2016
This week we have started our 'Daily Mile'. Every day, as a class we walk or run around the playground for 15 minutes, we are aiming to do 1 mile each day. We will be keeping a record of the amount of laps we do of the playground and using the data to work out how far we run in a week, month, year as well as how far we have run as a class.
Year 1 visit to the salt pool. 20th July 2016
The children in Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the Salt Pool. The weather was very hot but a sea breeze ensured that everyone stayed comfortable whilst they sketched, made sand castles.
End of year performance of 'Ye Ha' - 15th July 2016
The children in Years 5 and 6 have been very busy rehearsing for their end of year performance. This year their play is a musical comedy entitled 'Ye Ha', judging by the laughter coming from the hall the children in the other year groups throughly enjoyed watching the dress rehearsal and the cast now has their comic timing ready to entertain their friends and family and the village community in their upcoming final performances.
Rio 'Wow' Day 5th July 2016
The children in classes from EYFS through to Year 4 mixed together to create several art projects. They drew around their hands and then transferred a country flag onto their template, after carefully cutting them out the flags were assembled in the hall to create the Olympic rings. The children also made some sparkly carnival masks.
27th June 2016
Children from Year 3 and 4 went on a visit to Braintree Museum to experience what life was like for a Victorian child. The Victorian classroom was a little scary!
16th June 2016
Pickaxe Robot Programming
The children in Pico Class, Year 4, have had 2 lessons with visiting teacher Mr Rayleigh form Thurstable school. He has been teaching the children how to create a program to control a robot by using a flow chart.
The children first learned how to put in outputs and waits to make the robot go forwards, backwards and spin right and left. They then moved on to using the inputs from the bumpers and decision blocks to get the robot to spin away from an object once the bumper had been triggered. Once their program was completed they tried to see if their robot could navigate the maze. If it did not master the maze they returned to the program to refine their program based on their observations of the robots movements.
These are the images from the Technology Club's green screening session.
19th April - Technology Club - Thurstable School.
The first week of our Technology Club took place on Tuesday 19th April. 25 children from KS2 throughly enjoyed the first of 6 hour long session in the E-Learning centre at Thurstable School. The session included green screening and a great interactive quiz. The children are looking forward to returning next week to work on some open case PC's.
24th March 2016 - Easter Wow Day
The children in all classes mixed together to enjoy a fun packed Easter Wow Day which started with an Easter Hat Parade. The day was a good opportunity for children to work alongside children in other classes and the older children helped to guide the younger ones as they created paper daffodils, wove paper to make Easter baskets, made chocolate Easter nests and made yarn craft Easter surprise eggs.
17th March 2016 - South America Day
Children in Laser and Schooner classes (Year 5 and 6) enjoyed a fun packed ‘South American’ theme day which concluded their termly topic learning on South America.
The morning was spent leaning the new skills of carnival drumming and samba dancing as well as preparing guacamole and baking pitta bread. During the afternoon, colourful carnival masks were constructed before everyone headed for the hall for the Carnival! The school was filled with the noise of rhythmic drumming and whistles as the children danced the samba and got into the carnival spirit before enjoying their carnival food.
Throughout the term the children have researched many different aspects of South American culture, they have completed country profiles and looked at the physical and human features of the most diverse continent on Earth. Next term the children will use their understanding of desert conditions learned during the topic as a stimulus for a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style activity where they will compete in teams to create a way of collecting and condensing fog to sell as water.
10th February 2016 - Pancake Race
The TPA kindly organized a traditional Pancake Day race for us to enjoy. Four children from each class were chosen to represent their houses for the 'relay' style pancake race. The children had to flip their pancake on each of the distance markers during their leg of the relay race. The winning team were the Celts.
27th January 2016
Children in Topper and Wayfarer classes (Yr 1 and 2) have been bringing their learning to life with a theatre workshop on The Great Fire of London.
20th January 2016
18 children from Laser Class (Yr6) attended a Athletics Tournament at Colchester Leisure World. They came 2nd overall and will be attending the final on January 27th.
18th January 2016
Our new playground equipment has now officially been opened by our two lead ambassadors. The equipment has been a great hit with all classes having a turn to explore the new area. The playground equipment will now be in use by the children at playtime and lunchtime on a rota system.
December 2015 - Christmas Decorations
As a home learning task, the children have created Christmas decorations for the school Christmas tree. A winning decoration was chosen from each class.
Our Christmas tree was kindly donated by Fred's Stores.
Each child has designed a Christmas themed pendent to decorate the school hall.
December 2015 - Christmas Nativity Plays.
Topper and Wayfarer Classes performed 'The Hoity-Toity'angel. The nativity focused on the moral that it is not looks that matter it is what is inside that counts.
Sunfish Class performed 'The Wriggly Nativity'. This was their first time performing to an audience on the stage and they all sang, danced and acted beautifully.
Sunfish Class have been using 2 Paint to produce pictures of Father Christmas. Tommy, Sophia and Benjamin have shown fantastic mouse control and attention to detail.
Tollesbury's Got Talent 2 - November 11th 2015
After successful auditions, 40 children took part in Tollesbury's Got Talent 2. The night was a great success and saw a variety of talents performed for a packed audience of friends and family.
Mad Science Day
We had a Mad Science Day as part of the British Science Week. March 17th 2015