Waste Recycling

Congo Class has had an amazing session with a local Waste Recycling Officer. Sam showed us a really informative video, talked about what we can and can’t recycle and then played some great games with us. The children were so enthused by this topic, that they have asked to organise an assembly AND a competition!  Watch this space for more information. 

Meanwhile, for more information, have a look here:



European Day of Languages

What an awesome day the children in Congo Class have had!  This year, we had chosen Germany, and all came to school wearing various combinations of black, red and yellow. At the start, we did a wordsearch, to work out and say the days of the week. Then we looked at a great map of Germany, and found out about foods named after Hamburg, Frankfurt and the Black Forest. Can you guess what these are?  

We then learned to count to twelve in German, and used our numbers knowledge to make bookmarks. 

We also listened to some songs and stories in German. But I think Congo Class would agree that the best activity was the taste testing!  We sampled a range of German foods, including rye bread, smoked cheese and German sausage. And did you know Haribos are also German?  

Well done to Congo children, who all made a fantastic effort to listen and engage with something a bit different.

Is your creature fierce or friendly?

Congo class children have been busy working on a 3-d creative project. First, they looked at different sculptures of dragons, from different countries and in different time periods. The Chinese dragons were amazing!  

Next, they spent some time drawing facial expressions, noting how facial features like eyebrows can affect how friendly or fierce a creature can appear. 

After that, they experimented with different joins, which included split pin, double-sided tape and using a glue gun. 

The children then designed their own 3-d creatures, and worked collaboratively to make their models. The results were stunning!  They most definitely showed great expressions. The children also had to consider the stability of each model. 

Here are some examples we made. When the children evaluated their models, lots of them realised that probably the strongest joining method was using split pins. However, for a lot of children, using double-sided tape was a new technique. And who knew clothes pegs could be so good at holding material in place whilst it dries?  What amazing creations you have made, Congo Class!


The children had fun with the teachers in their new classes last Thursday and Tuesday. Each teacher approached the morning in slightly different ways, but with the aim of getting to know the children and to start to build and prepare for next year. Some classes produced some fantastic work for their book covers, others focused on art work and others began to think about the rules they would agree for their class charters to ensure each child receives their entitlement to Articles 28 Access to Education and Article 29 Aims of Education under the United Nations Charter for the Rights of the Child. 

Thank you to all of you who attended the Get-To-Know-You Class Meetings over the last two weeks. These were established following your feedback as part of the Communications Survey at the start of the year and were a really useful and important way to share our class expectations, routines and forthcoming events. Here are the powerpoints for those that weren’t able to attend.