Here at London Colney, we believe in creating strong links with our community – locally, nationally and world wide! We aim to be able to support the people around us and give back to our community in any ways that we can, helping us to develop our sense or social responsibility and citizenship.
As part of our goal to support our community – both locally and nationally, on Friday 3rd December our school dressed as elves to show our support and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society – a charity that is very close to some of our school community. We had great fun bringing some Christmas cheer to the school and were able to raise over £100 for the charity. Here you can see us dressed up as elves …
World Food Day
On Wednesday 20th October, our school took part in and celebrated ‘World Food Day’. On this day, we were able to come to school dressed in clothing that reflects our cultures and beliefs. We also prepared and brought in different foods that again reflected our cultures. We spent time enjoying the foods we had all brought it and discussing our families and the cultures we come from. It was really clear to us on this day that our school is very inclusive and diverse and there were lots of children who represented their cultures in amazing ways. Here are some of the photos from the day …
MacMillan Coffee Morning
As part our our strive to be Community Champions, we decided this year to take part in a MacMillan Coffee Morning. Each of our classes chose a recipe, worked to order and gather ingredients and equipment and used time in class to make some yummy goods. We then brought in money from home to donate the charity and were able to take what we had baked home. We had great fun cooking and were proud of ourselves that we managed to raise over £200 to help people fight cancer. What have you done to be a Community Champion today?
Over the last few weeks, Year 3 have been very lucky to have Year 5 peer tutors read with us. Year 5 have been trained to use special skills to help Year 3 with their reading.
Every week we get to have this special time with the peer tutors. Year 3 have really enjoyed this and look forward to it every week!
Here are some comments from the Year 3 children about reading with their peer tutor:“My peer tutor helps me with my reading.” – Rico“My peer tutor helps me with me read tricky words, she is also very funny and kind.” – Ema“My peer tutor helps me break down tricky words.” – Harry” My peer tutor helps me understand words I didn’t know the meaning of.” – Shafayat” My peer tutor helps me understand what certain words mean in my book.” – Joseph” My peer tutor helps me work out the of tricky words.” – Salma” She’s very kind and nice which helps me when I’m reading.” – ZaynabHere are photos of us reading with our peer tutors:
What Makes Us Special?
After returning from a long period of home learning, we wanted to reflect on the idea of belonging and what makes each and everyone of us special. We have had lots of discussions in class about what makes us unique and how we can celebrate being the same and different. This resulted in us having a Family Learning Project whereby we were asked to create ‘Special Boxes’. In these boxes, we added things that make us special. We displayed our boxes in our school for everyone to see and these have helped us to know more about each other and what helps us to belong …
Exploring the Past and Linking to the Present
As part of our ‘Community Champions’ work at school, we have made links to Osbourne Court Elderly Home. Our Year 3 class recently wrote letters to the residents, explaining and discussing their experiences of what school is like now. These letters were added to a book and presented to the residents who read them and were extremely happy to hear from some of our children. They wrote back to us to tell us about what their school experiences were like and how schools may have been different in the past. Here you can see some of our letters and responses ….