Chiddingly Primary School

01825 872307 | Muddles Green, Chiddingly, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6HN
| All enquiries to Carly Dann
Mandy Watson - Chair of Governors |

Quick links: Sports Day | New Laptops | Ground Force Day | Year 3/4 Football | Enrichment Morning | JAM Club | Netball Tournament | Village Shop Artwork | Year 5/6 Swimming Gala | World Book Day | Beech Class Trip to Raystede | Enrichment Morning | Play Leaders | PAL Assembly | Oak Class Trip | Safer Internet Day | Enrichment Day | Basketball Skills | Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event | Owl Visits Oak Class | Oak Class Mystery Reader | World War 1 Week & Remembrance Day | Beech Class Tudor House Burning | Enrichment Day | Sycamore School Trip | Harvest Festival at Chiddingly Church | Sharing Work in Assembly | World Mental Health Day | Sports Crew | Lantern Walk | Pirate Day | Sycamore Residential Trip | Leavers’ Service | Willow’s Trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace | Willow Class Roman Day | Oak Class Trip to Herstmonceux Castle | Royal Wedding Celebration | STEM Science Day | Sports Week | Year 5 /6 Swimming Gala | Book Day | China International Week | PALs Assembly | Beech Class Trip | E-Safety Day | Willow Outdoor Learning Day | Mathematics Day | Christmas Production | Christingle Service | Uckfield Late Night Shopping | Sycamore Evacuee Day | Anti-Bullying Week | Mexico Day | CPR Lesson in Sycamore | PALS Assembly (Progress, Achievement and Learning Sharing) | Harvest Festival | Jaws and Claws Visit | Y5/6 Trip to Newhaven Fort | Oak Class Autumn Treasure Hunt | MacMillan Coffee Morning | Wacky Races | Beech Class Trip to Michelham Priory | Sports Day | Athlete | Safety in Action | Awe and Wonder Day – My Safe Place | Football Tournament | Enterprise Week | The Daily Mile | Oak Class Trip to Plumpton | International Link Day | Chinese New Year | Tractor Visit in Oak Class | Open Books Assembly | E-Safety Day | School Production | Singing! | Uckfield Late Night Shopping | Mince Pie Run | Ringmer Cross Country Tournament | Victorian Day | India Day | Awe & Wonder Day | MacMillan Coffee Morning | HM Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration | Multicultural Arts Week | Team Building Day | Forest School | Plumpton College | Community Singing in Chiddingly Village Shop | Nativity | Remembrance | Autumn Picture Display

Sports Day

A big thank you to everyone for such a fantastic turn out on Sports Day last term! Also a big thank you to Miss Denney, Mr Lawrence and the PFCS for all their organisation and help with setting up. It was a brilliant day and fun was had by all.

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New Laptops

Please see below for a photo of Beech Class all using the new laptops in their learning! They were using Purple Mash to send emails to Neil Armstrong and were very excited when they got some replies!

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Ground Force Day

A really big thank you to Sam, Nick, Louise, Amy, Mr Lawrence and Mr Herdman for a brilliant job at Ground Force day! We really appreciate all your help and giving up your spare time to do some much needed work on the school. Also a thank you to Mr Forsey for giving up his time to work on Beech class’ sink.

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Year 3/4 Football

Henry, Albert, Jack, Callum, Aidan, Coco, Cameron, Sebastian and Liam all went to a football tournament on Thursday 4th April. They did the school proud and managed to reach the semi-finals! Well done team!

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Enrichment Morning

On Friday 29th March, we had a brilliant Enrichment Morning. Children used their strategic skills in backgammon, went on a journey walk in Forest School, made creative jewellery, made beautiful fabric collages, wrote some fantastic poems or completed Lego challenges!

Thank you again to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work in organising these memorable mornings.

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JAM Club

On Wednesdays, we have some very kind volunteers from Chiddingly Church lead the Jesus And Me club. Please see Mrs Dann if you would like your child to join.

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Netball Tournament

On Wednesday 13th March, a team of Year 5/6 from Chiddingly and East Hoathly attended a Hi 5 Netball tournament. They competed alongside 7 other local schools in two rounds.

The children worked really well together as a team and showed great sportsman ship by independently shaking the hands of the other teams after their matches.

It was fantastic to see the children grow in confidence throughout the matches, with this being their first competitive netball event.

Thank you to parents for supporting the event and transporting the children.

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Village Shop Artwork

Some children created lovely watercolour artwork on last term’s Enrichment Morning and the Chiddingly Village Shop have displayed their work for us.

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Year 5/6 Swimming Gala

On Thursday, Pioneer took two teams to the Ringmer Cluster Schools Swimming Gala. A team from East Hoathly and a team from Chiddingly competed against each other and other schools in our local area.

The swimmers from Year 5 & 6 competed in individual 25 metre swims, individual 75 metre swims and team relays of 75 and 100 metres, using different swimming techniques.

The teams were split into two heats and then the races were timed and put into fastest order. These scores were then added together to work out the winning team.

Our team of swimmers showed an exceptional level of sportsmanship by cheering on their team mates and calming each other’s nerves. The swimmers were speeding through the races with some coming first, second, third and fourth in their heats. As a team, East Hoathly came 5th and Chiddingly came 7th overall.

It was so lovely to see how our children stepped up to the competition, supported each other and had fun! I would like to say thank you to our parents for supporting us with loud cheers and providing travel arrangements which allowed the children to take part!

Well Done Team!

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World Book Day

What fantastic costumes we had for this year’s World Book Day! Such a wide range of book characters were seen at Chiddingly on Thursday. We had the likes of Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Little Miss Sunshine and even the spooky Slappy from Goosebumps! This year’s winners of the book tokens can be seen in the photo to the right. Thank you to the PFCS for providing the prizes and a big well done to all
the children for putting in such a huge effort this year! As you can see from the photo below, most of the staff dressed up as crayons from the ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and looked great!


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Beech Class Trip to Raystede

On Tuesday 5th March, Beech Class went on a trip with East Hoathly Year 1/2 Class to Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. Please see Molly’s write up on the next page. A big thank you to all the adult helpers!

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Enrichment Morning

On the last day of Term 3, we had another Enrichment Morning. Children chose an activity: sewing, jewellery making, backgammon, watercolours, Thrive or a range of physical activities including welly throwing. Yet again, the children and staff had a fantastic time and what a brilliant way to finish a successful term with the children learning new and exciting skills!


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Play Leaders

Mrs Ockenden would like to say what an excellent job our Play Leaders have been doing at lunchtimes and a big thank you to them for all their hard work and help. Here is an up-to-date photo of all the Play Leaders:


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PAL Assembly

On Wednesday 13th February, children took part in a Progress and Learning assembly. The children brought their books to the assembly and they all sat with someone from a different year group to share what they had learnt so far this year.

Orla and Ria discussed what progress means and said, “Progress means that you improve your writing and in your work. Progress also means you might not be able to do something at the beginning of the year but now you can.”

Amber in Willow said, “Elijah has improved in his writing!”

Megan in Sycamore said, “I am proud because Lucy got all her answers right in maths.”
George said, “I found some beautiful work of Freddie’s. He had to make the diamond bigger and it was very beautiful.”

Summer in Sycamore said, “I didn’t use semi colons at the beginning of the year but now I can. Also, Vinnie’s improved his writing so it is so much clearer.”#

Chloe said, “Molly wasn’t using capital letters at the start of her book but now she can.”

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Oak Class Trip

On Monday, Oak Class went on their first school trip. We all got onto a coach and visited the fire fighters at Uckfield Fire Station. The children were given a tour of the fire engines, as well as being shown the uniforms and equipment used to put out fires, and help save people and animals from tall buildings and trees. All the children were given the opportunity to sit inside the fire engine cab and experience what it would be like to travel in the engine, as a real fire fighter. The children all had a go at throwing a buoyancy aid with a rope. We were really impressed at how far they could throw it; it’s quite heavy! The highlight of the trip for all the children was being able to spray the hose. The fire fighters were great with the children and even let them spray down some of their cars!

A great trip with lots of conversation and writing, as a result. Great work, Oak Class!

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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day was held on Monday 4th February and was an overwhelming success! The company ‘Perform For Schools’ who came in to hold the workshops for KS1 and KS2 delivered an excellent range of drama-based activities in which the children learnt engaging ways to remember how to keep safe online. They learnt a rap about how to ‘Zip It, Block It, Flag It’! They learnt about cyber bullying and what this looked like and then did freeze-frames to dramatise this. The children also had questions answered about some of their own experiences online.

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Enrichment Day

On Friday 14th December, we held another successful Enrichment Day. The children got the opportunity to take part in one chosen activity: Thrive, making cakes, Russian, mod roc, rugby, woodcraft or making Christmas decorations.

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Basketball Skills

On Thursday 13th December, Key stage 2 took part in a basketball skills competition.

Each class was split into 4 teams and the teams took part in challenges to win points by passing, shooting and dribbling. The children were fantastic in cheering each other on and being supportive by giving coaching tips.

Some of the activities the children completed were:

Basketball golf – The children had 4 different ‘tees’, to shoot at the hoop and for each basket scored they scored a point.

Ball in the ring – This is a ‘piggy in the middle’ style game but with a ring of children passing the ball across a circle, whilst the opposing team try and stop them 1 at a time.

Dibbling Relay – Each team had to dribble through a series on cones and sit down when all team members had completed the challenge.

After completing their own year group challenges the Sports Crew then lead the Year 3/4 Competition alongside Mr Lawrence. It was a great afternoon and we look forward to the children participating in other sporting events like this across the year!

All of the children participating had a brilliant time, it was really great to see how they supported each other and all used their growth mindsets to keep going and have a go!

The Year 3/4 Winning Team with a total of 72 Points was ‘The Pink Team’ so well done to them!

The Year 5/6 and Overall Winning Team with a grand total of 84 Points was ‘The Green Team’ so a big well done to them as well!

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Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event

A big well done to all the children from Chiddingly and East Hoathly who performed at Uckfield’s late night shopping event last Friday. The children sang beautifully and were a testament to the Pioneer Federation.

Listen here:

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Owl Visits Oak Class

This week, Oak class have been exploring owls and nocturnal animals, as part of our ‘Noisy Nightlife’ topic. With the help of Mr and Mrs Ward, we arranged for an owl to come and visit us at school. The children were so excited to see an owl up close and find out more information about how they live. We thought that all owls were nocturnal but found out that many are not!

Our visitor was called Rusty and was incredibly well behaved. Rusty is a Tawny Owl which is native to the UK and is indeed nocturnal. The children were all given the opportunity to stroke Rusty and some even had a go at holding him, keeping their arm straight so as to mimic a branch. We absolutely loved our visit and the children were so excited to talk about the experience afterwards.

We would like to sat a big thank you to Owen for taking the time to come and visit us and give us more information on owls, to Rusty for being a wonderful guest and to Mr and Mrs Ward for arranging the logistics.

The children, and adults alike, loved the whole experience!

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Oak Class Mystery Reader

On Monday, Oak Class were super excited to hear that they were going to have a ‘Mystery Reader’ coming in for the afternoon. They were even more excited when they found out that the mystery reader was… Miss Dudeney’s dad!

Our mystery reader read to the children and afterwards, the children discussed their thoughts on the characters and the plot. We used this as an opportunity to have an open question session with our guest, as all the children had been learning about question words and wanted to practice using them. They also enjoyed asking questions about Miss Dudeney’s dog, Dougal!

After we had finished listening to and discussing the story, the children explored the books in our class library; some children even asked if they could read them with our guest!

We loved having our mystery reader in and the children loved sharing books from the Oak Class library afterwards. Some of the children decided to explore their own books at home and bring them in to share with the class the following day.

Oak Class enjoyed their reading afternoon so much that they voted to have regular book sharing sessions.

Miss Dudeney and Oak Class would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents whom have volunteered to be ‘Mystery Readers’ in Oak Class over the coming weeks.

Please remember to keep it a surprise, if you are coming in!

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World War 1 Week & Remembrance Day

On Wednesday some of the children dressed up in World War One inspired costumes and they looked great! We have been learning all about World War One this week in classrooms. On Friday we had a Remembrance Service in the hall.

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Beech Class Tudor House Burning

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Enrichment Day

On Friday morning the children took part in Enrichment Day and got to experience some fantastic activities!

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Sycamore School Trip

On Tuesday, Sycamore joined the Year 5 and 6 children from East Hoathly and St Mary’s for a trip to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. They experienced a Victorian school room and explored houses and buildings from all eras of history. Highlights included meeting some working animals like cows and horses, and asking the museum guides lots of historical questions. Thank you very much to the parents who joined and helped for the day.

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Harvest Festival at Chiddingly Church

We were so pleased to see so many children represent the school at Chiddingly Church's Harvest Festival on Sunday. The children read a Bible reading and some of their own prayers. Children from JAM club also showed some of the brilliant artwork they had created. Many thanks to the JAM club leaders for arranging this and to the children and their parents for giving up their Sunday morning. Well done!


Dear God, Thank you for our food like tomatoes, grapes and other vegetables and fruits. Thank you for the trees and bushes.

Thank you for our parents and carers who cook our food and the farmers who grow our food.
Please help the people who don’t have enough food. Amen


Dear God, I am thankful for my home and my parents, my apples and bananas, my drink and my breakfast, my clothes and my garden.

Please give food to people who need it. Amen


Dear God, Thank you for the good food and I hope everyone has a lovely harvest. Amen


Dear God, Thank you for our food. Thank you for my mum and dad. Thank you God. Please help the poor people who do not have food. Amen


Dear God, Thank you for the food and the plants that help us grow. Amen


Dear God, I am thankful for the apples and oranges and bananas and carrots and tomatoes. Amen


Dear God, At Harvest, the farmers grow food like tomatoes, carrots and bananas.

Thank you for the farmers. Amen


Dear God, Thank you for creating this world. Thank you mum and dad for making me dinner. Amen.

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Sharing Work in Assembly

On Thursday 11th October the children shared their work in assembly with children from other classes.

“Conner’s handwriting has improved a lot, he is using more cursive. There is also more content.” – Thomas

“Amelie has improved the amount and content she writes.” – Priya

“The quantity of writing has really improved. There’s much more now than the start of term in Josie’s book.” – Lottie

“It’s all joined up and there’s a lot of writing.” – Daisy G about Lottie’s work

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World Mental Health Day

On Wednesday 10th October, we learnt about mental health and ways to ensure we have healthy minds.

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Sports Crew

Meet our new Sports Crew.

Sports Crews are a primary school version of a school sport organising committee, the Sports Crews will take a lead role in encouraging others to be active.

The Sports Crew will be working with Miss Denney to plan, organise and run a range of sporting events across the year.

The Sports Crew members were nominated by staff and then attended a training session at Hailsham Community Collage last week to become official ‘Sports Crew Level 1 Leaders’. This means they will be confident to lead activities and events within school.

During the training the ‘crews’ from East Hoathly and Chiddingly worked together to develop their skills and roles. They then took on the role as leaders and ran mini competitions for each other.

The East Hoathly Sports Crew said Chiddingly “were great at giving clear instructions” and Chiddingly Sports Crew commented that East Hoathly were “great at demonstrating and giving time warnings”.

The Sports Crews were given official ‘School Games’ t-shirts and they will be wearing these during key events across the year so keep your eyes out for up coming events!

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Lantern Walk

On Thursday 20th September, some Chiddingly school children and families took part in the opening event of this year’s 40th anniversary of Chiddingly Festival, the lantern walk.

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Pirate Day

On Friday 6th July, East Hoathly and Chiddingly Reception classes joined together for Pirate Day.

They worked together to create their own mini pirates and pirate hats and carefully walked the plank. At lunch time we had a picnic together and explored the field. The children had a lovely day with their friends.


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Sycamore Residential Trip

Last week, Sycamore went on their residential and what an amazing week we had! The children were all so brave in trying new activities, behaved beautifully and made great new friends with the East Hoathly children in their groups. One of the instructors commented that it was impossible to tell which child was from which school as they all got on so well.

Thank you, Sycamore, for being such a pleasure to take on residential. I wish we could go back and do it all over again!

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Leavers’ Service

On Tuesday, the Year 6s from Chiddingly and East Hoathly represented Pioneer Federation absolutely brilliantly at a Diocesan leavers’ service in Crowborough. With the help of Miss Benkel, Chiddingly children made themselves a beautiful school banner. All were model students throughout. They took part in the service by processing their banner and the bible up the church aisle and singing a lot of new songs. Well done, Year 6, you make us all very proud.

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Willow’s Trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace

Willow class, with the Year 3/4 class from East Hoathly, thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace on Thursday 14th June. It was a jam packed day where the children enjoyed an introduction video telling them all about the Palace and what it would have been like in Roman times. They explored the museum and had talks with Fishbourne representatives who were very informative. There were interactive activities dotted all around the site for the children to explore whilst looking at the extraordinary mosaics! And lastly, they took part in a special Roman workshop where they got to dress up as Romans and take part in a huge variety of different activities that Roman’s would have done. A special thanks to Mr Taylor, Brian and Gemma, the parent helpers that helped Willow on this great trip!

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Willow Class Roman Day

The children all thoroughly enjoyed their Roman Day on Wednesday! We had lots of great Roman costumes – thank you for the huge effort! The children enjoyed all the activities of the day – they made Roman coins, wreaths, Roman shields, sewing personalised crest badges and acting out a Roman battle! Albert says, “The best activity was making the shields!” and Lottie said, “I had lots of fun on our Roman dress up day!”

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Oak Class Trip to Herstmonceux Castle

We enjoyed a fabulous day in the sunshine at the castle! We explored the beautiful grounds, had a picnic lunch by the moat and then learnt about the castle by going on a guided tour. The day was finished with sketching the building whilst enjoying ice lollies!

Thanks to the PFCS for funding our tasty treats and to the wonderful parents who supported and made the trip possible.

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Royal Wedding Celebration

On Friday 18th May, the Pioneer Federation held a special Celebration Day for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The children and staff swapped their uniforms for red, white and blue clothing and enjoyed learning lots about our Royal Family and what happens at a wedding. Lots of interesting activities went on in classes.

At lunchtime, the playground was transformed into a royal celebration banquet with a very long table! We all enjoyed sharing lunch together in the sunshine!

Many thanks to all of you who provided cakes for the PFCS bake sale after school. Thanks also to Miss Waterman for decorating the outside area for the party.

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STEM Science Day

On Tuesday 17th April the whole school took part in an exciting STEM day. The children came to school dressed up as scientists and inventors. They spent part of their day tackling the ‘Squashed Tomato Challenge’ which was based on a real life scenario in Nepal. The children had to think about how to transport tomatoes down a hill and over a river without spoiling any of them. The children had to work in teams to design and build their ideas, they were then given tomatoes to test these out!

Some children even designed and made pulley systems for their tomatoes.

At the end of the session, the children were shown how Practical Action (scientists and engineers who use technology to challenge poverty in developing countries) solved this problem in real life. They saw how a pulley system based on weights enabled the villagers to become more efficient in their farming!

Throughout the day the children found out the skills needed to become engineers and about different engineers who designed and created objects and devices which help them in their every day lives.

A new ‘Little Miss’ book had been written to celebrate International Women’s Day and British Science week called ‘Little Miss Inventor’ The children used this to create their own ‘Little Inventor’, their designs were fantastic!


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Sports Week

WOW what a week, we have all experienced a different sporting workshop each day – even the teachers got involved too! There have been so many comments from parents and children about how much they have enjoyed this week, please fill in the comments sheet the children have brought home.

All the workshops have been offered by our local providers in the hope that if interested the children can branch out and continue learning the sport.

On Monday it was street dance day, we brought our funky moves and attitude to the hall and created our own dance shows after learning some key breakdancing moves like the ‘Corkscrew and W drop’!

On Tuesday we explored the alternative sport fencing with Mr Lawrence.

On Wednesday we perfected our golf swing and our aim towards targets.

On Thursday Amy Hillyard, a GB sprinter, taught us some fast paced sprinting techniques and talked about the importance of not giving up and always trying your best in all areas of life, not just sport!

On Friday we were joined by Greg from East Hoathly Tennis club in our tennis courts, where there were tennis balls everywhere! We learnt how to stand in the ready position and perfect our forehand shot.

Throughout all the sessions we thought about the importance of physical exercise and healthy eating to keep us fit.

We would like to thank the local coaches we used to provide the workshops. If you would like any more information about the clubs and sessions they provide you can download leaflets and find links to their websites below:

Street Dance  Universal Dance
 Little Mix Dance Camp 2018
 Disney Dance Bootcamp 2018
Tennis – Greg at East Hoathly Tennis Club
  Easter Tennis Camps 2018
Golf – Jack at East Sussex National Golf Club   Junior Golf Academy 2018

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Year 5 /6 Swimming Gala

On Monday Pioneer, took two teams to the Ringmer Cluster Schools Swimming Gala. A team from Chiddingly and a team from East Hoathly competed against each other and four other schools in our local area.

The swimmers from Year 5 & 6 competed in individual 25 Metre swims, individual 75 Metre swims and team relays of 75 and 100 metres, using different swimming techniques. The teams were split into two heats and then then the races were timed and put into fastest order. These scores were then added together to work out the winning team.

Our team of swimmers showed an exceptional level of sportsmanship cheering on their team mates, swimmers from East Hoathly and other swimmers in the pool. They also showed how they have developed their growth mind sets in trying something new and giving their best efforts. As a school and team this is the first swimming gala many of them have ever attended.

As a team Chiddingly came 3rd and the pupils have a new found interest in swimming competitively. As a teacher on pool side I was so proud of how our children stepped up to the competition and thankful to our parents for supporting us with loud cheers and providing travel arrangements which allowed the children to take part!

Well Done Team!

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Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. We wrote letters to people we admire throughout the week and we have posted these off – fingers crossed we hear back! We got dressed up as our favourite book characters and shared our books with each other. Here are some photos of us looking fabulous!

We were also lucky enough to have a visit from an author this week – Giles Paley-Phillips. He came to talk to us about what it is like to be an author and also to share his book ‘Superchimp’.

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China International Week

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year! This week we have enjoyed learning all about China in our afternoon sessions. This was linked to the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Each class has taken part in a range of learning, linked to China. Throughout the school, children have been preparing and tasting Chinese foods. Sycamore Class created some very tasty vegetable spring rolls that they shared with their parents and teachers.

There was lots of Geography taking place, learning about where China is located. Willow class learnt how to write Chinese symbols and presented their work beautifully, as well as learning about the giving of red envelopes with money as a New Year gift.

As 2018 is the ‘Year of the Dog’, Beech Class designed and created their own dog masks. Oak Class enjoyed using ‘Google Translate’ to learn how to say some Chinese words as well as making their own Chinese Lanterns and writing detailed instructions to explain how to do this.

Many thanks to all of the staff for planning such exciting activities for the children and to all of the parents and carers for coming into our celebration of work at the end of the day.

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PALs Assembly

This week we enjoyed our ‘Progress and Learning’ PALs assembly to celebrate all of our achievements in Term 3. The children sat with those in different classes and shared their books. They were able to talk about what they themselves had made great progress with and also identified where their partner had made progress with their learning by looking at their books.

It was really exciting to look at all of the great learning that had taken place. All of the staff were so impressed with how children of all ages were able to talk confidently about themselves and others.

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Beech Class Trip

On Thursday 8th February Beech Class spent a fantastic day at Paradise Park! We learned about lots of different kinds of dinosaurs, saw how many we could name, had a go on the earthquake machine and rode the miniature train! A big thank you to the parent helpers, and well done to the children for being brilliant ambassadors for Chiddingly Primary School.

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E-Safety Day

Children from the Pioneer Federation took part in an E-Safety Day on Wednesday 7th February 2018. Andrew Gunn was invited into the Pioneer Federation to teach the children about how to be safe online. Andrew taught all year groups about the internet and its power. Andrew built on the children’s knowledge of the acronym ‘SMART’ and made them aware of how they can continue their safe practice online. The children made large Hector the Dolphins to display in their classroom to be there as a reminder of what to do with Hector (who swims in the top corner of every screen on a school curriculum laptop). A Hector is on display in each classroom to remind the children how they can be safe at all times when on the internet – whether at school or at home. Here are some photos of the great designs of Hector in the classrooms!

Children and young people are likely to be as good as, if not better than, their parents at using the Internet. However, being good at using technology does not mean they have the life-experience and wisdom to handle all of the situations they can come across.

Children and young people are prone to the same kinds of risks (including spam and scam emails, fraud and identity theft) as everybody else. However, there are also other, more sinister threats that may result from going online, such as inappropriate contact from people who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them, and exposure to inappropriate material.

The parent forum was very informative; it opened my eyes to the possibilities of the internet. – Parent

We were learning to obey the ages of things like Snapchat.
Not everyone is who they say they are online.
Hector the Dolphin helps you keep safe online.
We’ve learnt that if you see something inappropriate, you link on Hector the Dolphin.
ICT is a great source of learning! – Pioneer Federation Pupils


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Willow Outdoor Learning Day

Willow Class, along with East Hoathly’s Year 3/4 class, thoroughly enjoyed their team building trip at Walton Firs activity centre on Tuesday 23rd January! After an early start, they took part in a range of activities such as crate stacking, caving, photo orienteering, adventure trail and the night line. In all the activities, the children worked well together as a team and encouraged each other to achieve things that they didn’t think they could! They loved getting muddy and mucky in the adventure course – having to climb over and up and swing to and from obstacles. Caving was an adventure in itself and crate stacking tested the children’s feel for heights! Overall they all had a fantastic day!

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Mathematics Day

On Tuesday 16th January, we had Mathematics Day. We felt that the children needed to gain more confidence with working with and solving problems linked to fractions. Each class focussed on this and we had a whole day of fractions activities. Year R concentrated on finding wholes and halves while Year 1 and 2 started to explore quarters of shapes. Year 3 and 4 did some cross curricular activities involving designing their own flags. They were able to work out what fraction of each colour they had. Year 5 and 6 independently chose what they needed to practice and worked on it. This included looking at comparing and finding equivalent fractions; multiplying and dividing fractions; adding and subtracting fractions! In the afternoon, they created a fruit salad – measuring out according to different ratios.

In the afternoon, the whole school got to together for the House Team Quiz! The children had to work out mathematics questions but if they got stuck they could ask a friend on their team or a team member in the audience.

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Christmas Production

On Wednesday 13th December we had our school Christmas production. All the children put on a fantastic performance. Well done to them for all their hard work and determination to put on an excellent show!

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Christingle Service

Thank you to those who were able to join us for the Christingle Service at Chiddingly Church on Sunday. The children performed 'Away in a Manger' in front of a packed church and were a real credit to the school. A number of parishioners commented on how wonderfully the children had sung and how great it was to have them at the service.

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Uckfield Late Night Shopping

Well done to all of the children who performed at the Uckfield Late Night Shopping Event on Friday 1st December. The children’s enthusiasm and energy was clear and the staff were so proud of the children’s performance. It was great to see children from both Pioneer Schools coming together and looking after each other at the rehearsals earlier in the week and this year we had more children taking part than ever before! Thank you, as well, to the staff, friends and families who came to support the children – I think we had the loudest crowd on the night!

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Sycamore Evacuee Day

On Tuesday, Sycamore went back in time to the early 1940s for their evacuee day! The first job of the day was to sort them into their new ‘families’. Miss Lewis, Miss Chewter, Mrs Thompson and Mr Lawrence came in to see the children lined up and chose the ones they thought looked most suitable for the jobs. Mrs Thompson was very thorough in checking to see whether she thought they looked strong and tough! The children who didn’t get picked went into Miss Hare’s new family and, after initially looking quite pleased about this, were soon appalled to learn that their jobs would be to ensure that the classroom and surrounding areas where kept spotless! For the rest of the morning, the children got busy writing postcards home to their old families in London and cooking an eggless sponge or potato and cheese dumplings in the kitchen.

In the afternoon, the evacuees worked incredibly hard to cover their boxes with paper to make gas mask boxes. They showed real determination in this as it was not easy! We kept time at the end of the day to sample the food they had cooked. The cake was a huge hit! The cheese and potato dumplings were not so much…! All the Chiddingly staff were so impressed with the children’s costumes and behaviour during the whole day and it meant the day was a complete success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone! Well done, Sycamore! Thank you for making the day so much fun!

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Anti-Bullying Week

What is happening within the schools for Anti-bullying week?

This week was Anti-Bullying week, with a focus on difference and equality. This week’s national focus has stemmed from a rise in negativity towards difference around the world.

The focus in school has been on celebrating children all being unique, helping children feel valued within their schools, understanding that it is okay to be different and that being different is not a reason to be bullied.

What is bullying?

A lot of children use the term bullying because they don’t understand what is happening.

Falling out with friends and friendships is a normal part of growing up, it can often happen due to a minor incident, and it is about dealing with this appropriately.

When children are older, this can often be put onto social media.


Definition – “the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group where the relationship involves an imbalance of power’. This definition should be thought about when deciding if an issue is bullying or if it is a friendship issue and it can then be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

In school, we have had various activities for all year groups across the week looking at anti-bullying and the importance of our key statement, ‘Lend a hand, make a stand, say NO to bullying’. Each class have created posters and the winners were announced in the Anti-Bullying assembly on Thursday 16th November.

Bullying online and online safety

There is a vast difference between parental and child knowledge, awareness and worries when it comes to online safety.

Parents worry about appropriate content, stranger interaction and grooming, whereas children worry about cyber bullying and violet or sexual content.

Children also know how to use more features of apps and sites than parents do. It is important to inform children that anything they post or share online and virtually will be there forever and could impact their future lives, examples of this are happening in the media at the moment.

An important message – Treat others as you would like to be treated. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say to someone face to face.

What can you do as parents?

All apps and online sites have guidance on the appropriate ages for use, it is important to discuss these with your children and the possibilities or incidences that may occur when using them. It is also important to discuss what is appropriate use and what is not.

Guidance for ages:

13 years old Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter
16 years old WhatsApp
17 years old Tinder, Vine
18 years old  YouTube, Kik, Flicker, Keek

It is also important that, as parents, you monitor the amount of time spent online and what the children are going on.

As parents, there are ways that you can filter content when online and when your children are using games and streaming sites . This can be done through your browser setting, parental controls. You can also contact your internet or broadband provider directly and they can put filters in place using the connection line.

Interesting and thought provoking statistics

  • 15% of parents will build an online presence of a child before they are even born, e.g. sharing scan pictures, baby gender reveals, photos of growing bumps.
  • By the time a child is 5 there is an average of 1000 pictures of them shared online by parents and family members.
  • In a lifetime there is upwards of 25,000 photos of a person online.
  • 1 in 5 young people believe everything they read online.


Below is a list of apps to be aware of, some of these apps open up the risk of cyber bullying and lowering self-esteem of our children.


This is a music app that allows children to record videos of themselves singing and upload them. This opens up public commenting.

This app encourages users to create a poll or vote. This can lead to lowering self-esteem, rude or offensive comments, and is public.


This has been called ‘tinder for teens’ it is a friendship app that you swipe left and right on. This can impact on wellbeing, self- esteem and open up a forum to talk with strangers.

Parent Support Apps

There are parent support apps which can be used to monitor your child’s activity online and on phones, however it is important to think about the impact these may have on the trust between you and your child.

  • MM Guardian
  • Funamo Parent Control
  • APP Lock

Student Voice – Anti Bullying Week

In Reception, we talked about what bullying is and how it can make us feel. We also talked about what it means to be good friends and to be nice to each other to make us feel happy and safe in school. We made posters to show it’s okay to be different. Malakai in Reception said “I like painting my hands. We are different.”

In Year 1 and 2, we made a friendship wreath out of our handprints, we made individual bricks for a wall to show that we are all equal but different. We saw the effects of bullying on Bruce the Koala’s heart, it showed us that bullying makes us feel sad, so we said nice things to make him feel better. Delai Ryan in Year 2 said “I liked the colouring hand activity because we got to write lovely things about other people.”

In Year 3 and 4, we learnt about the four different types of bullying; verbal, physical, cyber and emotional. We learnt that we are all important and that we are individuals and that it is okay to be different and unique. We made mirrors to reflect our differences and individuality and to celebrate and encourage others to be individuals too. Lotte Rattray in Year 3 said “My favourite activity was making the mirror because I enjoyed sharing my hobbies with others.”

In Year 5 and 6, we had a workshop with John Khan who was from the Anti-Bullying team in East Sussex, where we learnt about the different types of bullying. We found out that being different is good and we celebrated our individuality through our artwork. We learnt about empathy and online safety. Teddy Wren in Year 5 said “I enjoyed learning about empathy because it is a way of showing how we are all different and see things differently.”

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Mexico Day

This week, we have enjoyed our latest International Day, learning about Mexico. Oak and Beech Classes joined together and Willow and Sycamore also worked together to learn about different aspects of life and culture in Mexico.

During the day, the younger children made traditional Mexican paper flower art and decorated their own sombreros and ponchos. They also used Google Earth to find Mexico and talk about what the weather might be like there by looking at the land. Alongside this, there were a selection of Mexican foods for the children to taste and then describe. There were lots of different opinions on which was the tastiest!

In Key Stage Two, the groups carried out work about the Day of the Dead Celebration and designed some pieces of art. They also developed their culinary skills by making their own guacamole and salsa which they ate with Nachos! Factfiles were also completed following research online.
It was great to see the learning that took place during the day and good to listen to the children sharing their opinions on the different activities that they tried.

“I loved making the giant Mexico flag with the paper,” said Sienna Rose.

“I really liked trying the foods. I loved the Mango and the two sauces but I didn’t like refried beans. The inside tasted weird!”


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CPR Lesson in Sycamore

Sycamore had an exciting Monday afternoon this week as a paramedic and volunteers from St John’s Ambulance came in to teach them how to perform CPR. They discussed the importance of knowing which number to call in an emergency and that they must always keep themselves safe in any situation, before helping others. The children learnt how to put someone in the recovery position and ensure their airways remain open. They then learnt how to do chest compressions – accompanied by some lovely singing of either ‘Nelly the Elephant’, ‘Uptown Funk’ or ‘Stayin’ Alive’! This was a great experience for the children to begin to learn a really important life-skill.

A huge thank you to the British Heart Foundation for including us in their campaign ‘Restart a Heart’ and coming in to teach us!

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PALS Assembly (Progress, Achievement and Learning Sharing)

This week, the children spent an assembly time sharing their progress and learning from the term with a friend in a different year group. The children and staff discussed what makes a good learner, referring to the school vision, ‘Independent Me’ and the Golden Rules. The children brought a book to the assembly and shared it with their partner, asking questions such as ‘Where have you made progress?’, ‘What have you learned?’ and ‘How did the teacher’s marking help you?’

The assembly was a great opportunity for the children to, not only celebrate successes, but also to identify the progress they have made this term. It was wonderful to see the children’s excitement and pride in their learning, as well as their joy in sharing in their friend’s success. Well done everybody for a great term of learning!

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Harvest Festival

On Tuesday 10th October we held our Harvest Festival Assembly. Well done to all the children for their hard work in the performances. Also, a big thank you to everyone who made a donation of food. All the food that was collected has been taken to the Hailsham food bank.

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Jaws and Claws Visit

On Tuesday, Oak Class enjoyed a visit from Jaws and Claws, as part of their learning journey, ‘Jaws, Claws and Whiskers’. Phil came with a whole range of his wonderful creatures and the children loved learning about the different creatures. We saw a large cockroach, a huge snail, two snakes, a bearded dragon, a blue frog and a massive turtle! There was also a tenrec, which looked like a hedgehog but is actually part of the elephant family!

Many of us were very excited to hold and touch the creatures and some of us became braver as the session went on. It was fun to find out the names of the creatures and to ask questions about what they ate and how they moved.

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Y5/6 Trip to Newhaven Fort

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Oak Class Autumn Treasure Hunt

On Wednesday morning, Oak Class had a lovely time exploring the school field and wooded area. We took buckets and went on an Autumn treasure hunt! There were so many wonderful treasures to be found! The children were using their listening skills to listen to instructions and work together. They used so many great describing words when looking at the conkers, acorns and leaves. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we almost forgot to go back for break time! All of our Autumn objects are now in the outside area so that we can use them for our activities and we have already used them for counting and number work.

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MacMillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 29th September, Sycamore organised and ran a coffee morning to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Trust. They wrote letters inviting members of the community and their family and friends to join them. Each child had a job that they were responsible for, for 45 minutes of the morning and they did a fantastic job. When they weren’t ‘working’, the children enjoyed eating cake with their families! We  raised a huge £274.24 so thank you so much for your cakes, donations and support. The children worked so hard and really enjoyed organising it!

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Wacky Races

On Sunday 16th July some children from Sycamore class took part in the Uckfield’s Wacky Races.

Links to the articles can be seen below:

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Beech Class Trip to Michelham Priory

Beech Class had a wonderful time at Michelham Priory last week, where they took part in a day filled with Stone Age activities! They started the day by travelling back in time and visiting a Bronze Age round house, and had lots of fun pretending to hunt and gather their own food. Next they looked at some Stone Age artefacts and practiced spear throwing! They also made ‘bone necklaces’ using wooden beads, and clay pots with unique patterns. A brilliant day was had by all, and Beech Class were fantastic representatives of Chiddingly School!

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Sports Day

We held our annual sports day on Thursday 6th July and it was a fantastic morning! The children were incredibly supportive of each other and worked really hard to try their best!

Well done to the Buckingham Palace house team for winning the overall day!

“The events were: skipping, javelin, sack race, bean bag and the hurdles. The sportsmanship trophy was given to Lilian Pollard.” – Lottie H and Helbert S

“The first event that we did was the sack race held by Miss Axell. The next event was the bean bag race held by Mrs Winchester, then the skipping with Mrs Mackarness.” – Chloe C

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On Wednesday, Rion Pierre, the GB sprinter came to East Hoathly and Chiddingly to talk to the children. He spent time with the whole school and then worked with each class for a workshop. The theme of the day was to develop the children’s ‘Growth Mindset’ to follow their ambitions and dreams.

Rion talked about his journey from being an everyday boy growing up in Jamaica and then London, before developing a love for football. He practised so hard to become the best he could and worked his way up to playing for the Chelsea youth football team. Unfortunately a major injury put paid to his football career, but as part of his rehabilitation he discovered a talent for sprinting which led to his new found career.

As Rion walked into our school hall, he was really impressed to see our ‘Growth Mindset’ display and continued to explain to the children how the only way to succeed in something is to have a positive, resilient outlook and to never give up.

All classes enjoyed their workshops and managed to ask our visitor lots of questions. The children were all hugely inspired by Rion and have continued to discuss his Growth Mindset and how they can emulate this outlook in their own futures.

We are really grateful to the PFCS for covering the cost of this worthwhile event and many thanks to Rion for coming to Chiddingly.

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Safety in Action

The Year 6s had a fantastic morning last Friday at Safety in Action at Bowles Outdoor Centre. There were 9 activities for them to rotate round; each one focused on a different area of safety. The children were split into two groups and were given a score out of 20 for each activity. The activities included making a 999 call to report a fire; using ‘beer goggles’ to see the effects of alcohol; rescuing someone from a lake or river; doing CPR and identifying dangers on a farm. The children also did an exercise
on ‘Stranger Danger’ which they learnt a lot from as both groups failed this exercise and all spoke to someone who was pretending to be a stranger! The children were fantastically behaved and gave some brilliant answers to the questions they were asked.

Well done, Year 6! You represented our school so well and put all your effort into each activity!

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Awe and Wonder Day – My Safe Place

Awe and Wonder day took place on Wednesday 24th May 2017. All the children were in mixed year group teams and rotated around a carousel of activities. The theme was ‘Safety’. It included the children reflecting on their safe place and constructing their own safe place. We had RNLI visit us in the morning and then PC Jackie with us in the afternoon talking about how to get help from emergency services. The day ended with a brilliant celebration in the hall. All the children sang a song about safety and different children spoke about their learning. It was a great day, enjoyed by all and it gave us all time to reflect and think about the world. Thank you to all the parent volunteers for helping us and for those who attended the celebration.

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Football Tournament

On Tuesday 16th May, we went to Sussex Downs Leisure Centre and played a 7-a-side football tournament against 6 other teams. We were a joint team with East Hoathly – the Pioneer dream team! We only conceded one goal and drew all the others of our matches. Lottie played midfield and up front for some matches, Jorin played in defence, Jack was a striker and up front, Lil played in defence and Georg was up front and a midfielder. We all took turns at playing in the matches and being a substitute. We got on really well with the East Hoathly children and played as a great team. Lottie: I really enjoyed my day because we worked really well as a team and we played tactically throughout. Jorin: I enjoyed playing football! I don’t usually play so it was nice to be given the opportunity to!

Jack: I really enjoyed playing football all morning. I took a shot from the halfway line and it nearly went in, but hit the crossbar!

Lil: I really enjoyed my day because I got to take the throw-ins which I’m really good at!

Georg: It was great fun to play in the tournament because it was nice to play against other teams and with the East Hoathly team.

Written by Lottie, Jack, Lil, Georg and Jorin

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Enterprise Week

Sycamore class decided we wanted to create clay models to sell at the market. On Monday 15th May, we split into groups of 5 or 6 and assigned job roles – the team manager, market researchers, product designers and financial advisors. We also created portfolios to store all our work in and did a daily write up of our work so we could see the progress we had made with our project. We brainstormed, researched, designed, made, painted and decorated throughout the week, in preparation for the big market on Friday!

For the market, some of us decided to sell our items through games such as lucky dips or guess the number games, which worked really well and helped us get lots of customers! We raised an incredible £79.45 so thank you all for your generosity at our stalls!

Quinn said, “Enterprise week was really good fun, because we got to make our own designs and I enjoyed working as a team! Also, having plenty of time to research and plan helped a lot!” Amy F said, “I enjoyed last week because when we were selling our products, I couldn’t believe how many people came to our market and I feel proud of how well we did!”

As a whole school we raised an incredible £176! Thank you to all for your donations!

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The Daily Mile

We are participating in The Daily Mile.

The aim of the Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances.

It is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary school can implement. Its impact can be transformational- improving not only the childrens’ fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.

Click here for more information & to see our school on the participation map.

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Oak Class Trip to Plumpton

Last Thursday, Oak Class went on a trip to Plumpton. Thanks to Miss Pitt for providing
some lovely photos of the day!

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International Link Day

On Monday 20th February, the Pioneer Federation celebrated their second International Day of the year with a focus on the country of Syria.

With so much attention being on Syria in the media at present, it was really lovely to learn about the country from its people. We were very lucky to have some visitors from the Syrian community, who spent the day with us.

Each class got to spend some time listening to Syrian music and also enjoyed listening to the Syrian children singing some of their traditional songs. They were so brave to stand up in front of all of us! The group then shared some Syrian dance moves and we all joined in with this!

Alongside this, each class took part in their own learning about different aspects of Syrian culture. Oak Class very much enjoyed tasting some middle eastern foods. Beech Class looked at Syrian Art and then created some of their own images. Willow Class made the school smell amazing by preparing and serving their own Syrian style salads and sharing them with the visitors to our end of day celebration. Sycamore Class really impressed the adults by joining in with the dancing and chatting so openly with the visiting children, sharing their own songs and some interesting moves! They then learnt about the Islamic religion and told us all about the ‘Five Pillars of Islam’ and created some posters about this.

It was wonderful to watch the enthusiasm and share the learning in the celebration assembly at the end of the day. Many thanks also to so many of our parents and carers for coming to share this with us.

Thanks also to Tom Serpell from the ‘Village of Sanctuary’ charity who inspired us to hold this day and used his contacts to arrange our visitors. Also thanks to Nadine Strasman from the Sussex Syrian group for her role in the organisation.

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Chinese New Year

Sycamore spent Friday 27th January celebrating Chinese New Year, furthering our learning based on our topic of the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. We looked at how different cultures celebrated Chinese New Year around the world and then spent the morning doing activities. We split into our year groups and, spent half the morning creating crafts (like Chinese lanterns, fortune tellers and Chinese zodiac posters) and the other half preparing and cooking an amazing vegetable stir-fry! We then tried our best to eat the food with chop sticks…but it wasn’t very successful and most of us ended up eating with our hands!

In the afternoon, we picked a name out of the hat of someone in our class and we made traditional ‘money’ wallets and put sweets in them to give out at the end of the day. We didn’t know who had made our envelope until the very end of the day when we couldn’t keep the secret any longer!

Thank you to Mr Dowling, who came in to help for the morning and brought us some much needed supplies of red and yellow card!


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Tractor Visit in Oak Class

Oak Class enjoyed a visit by a very special vehicle last week! Chris the farmer from Burgh Hill Farm came to visit us with his enormous green and yellow tractor! Bonham very quickly said, “That’s a John Deere tractor! I know because of the colours and the badge!” We had a look around the tractor and saw that there were two sets of wheels. The back set were even bigger than all of us! We asked Chris lots of questions about the tractor and wanted to know the job of every part of it. Mrs Winchester was very impressed with our confidence when our visitor came and the questions that we asked. Many thanks to Chris for taking time out of his busy day to visit us!

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Open Books Assembly

On Thursday 27th January, we had a visit from the Open Book group in our assembly.

Kye said the assembly was really fun! Amy explained that they were told a story about Jesus healing people and some of Sycamore even got involved!

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E-Safety Day

Children from the Pioneer Federation took part in an E-Safety Day on Thursday 12th January.  They learnt what the acronym ‘SMART’ stood for and how it could help them to be more safe when using the internet.  The children learnt how to use Hector the Dolphin (on the screen of every laptop).   Here are some photos of the children in action; some examples of e-safety posters and displays of how the posters are being shown in every classroom.

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School Production

Well done to all the children for putting on two brilliant performances on Thursday! All the children looked fantastic and it really showed how much they had enjoyed putting the performance together.

Also a big thank you to the PFCS for serving refreshments and arranging photographs of the performance!

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In addition to the wonderful singing on Friday evening at the Late Night Shopping event, the children also sang at two other events this weekend! Children from Reception to Year 6 joined in the singing to welcome Father Christmas to the school fair on Saturday afternoon. Although cold, the children sang beautifully. They followed this up with another rendition as the fair closed. Well done to everyone.

The third singing event of the weekend was at Chiddingly church where the children attended the annual Christingle service. The children sang two songs for the congregation and were congratulated following their performances by those listening. We even had a member of the Parish call the school office on Monday to express how wonderful it was to have the children at the service, how well they sang and how well they behaved. Well done to all the children (and parents) who attended.

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Uckfield Late Night Shopping

Well done to all the children involved in singing with the Federation Choir on Friday evening at the Late Night Shopping Event in Uckfield.

The children sang beautifully with lots of smiles and thoroughly entertained the packed audience.

All the staff were incredibly proud of the children’s behaviour and voices. Well done!

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