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No Pens Day – Wednesday 5th October 2016

Class 2 had a fantastic No Pens Day! We embraced the mud and revamped our wild and overgrown plot in the Peace Garden and planted some beautiful flowers.

We then learnt a poem - The Three Little Pigs, by Roald Dahl which we performed on National Poetry Day (Thursday) to Class 1. What a fantastic day putting down our pens!

Class R also had a great No Pens Day as can be seen below.

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Rob Hall, Professional Footballer visit

The children were absolutely delighted to meet Rob Hall, Oxford United footballer this week. Rob has played for several clubs including West Ham, Milton Keynes Dons, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers. Rob told the children about his pride in representing England at under 16 to 20’s and specifically about being a member of the team that won the 2010 European Championship (Under 17s) for which he received a treasured gold medal.

The children enjoyed hearing about his commitment to the sport and heard about the hours of practice he puts in to achieve his goals.

Rob is an ex-pupil of Mrs Morrisons whose hard work and talent have allowed him to achieve great success in a sport he loves. I hope that Rob's visit has inspired the children and helped them understand that they can achieve their dreams if they are committed and work hard.

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On Friday 16th September, Mrs Hale presented our 'Skills for Life' approach at a conference led by the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust, which was attended by senior leaders and teachers from schools across Buckinghamshire. She told them all about Mojo the alien, who has helped the school community learn about growth mindset; he was a hit with those attending! In addition, she shared our long term planning, daily teaching strategies and led mindfulness and meditation exercises, which we will be educating all stakeholders about over the next term. We are very proud of all of the hard work we have put into ensuring the children at Stone learn skills for life and have been asked to share our resources with a number of schools following the conference. Thank you for all your support as we continue to develop this approach.

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New Library Opening – 6th September 2016

Our new library was officially opened this week and celebrated with energetic storytelling and singing from top children’s author Steve Cole; famous for writing a range of children’s books including the Young Bond series.

We had a thrilling morning with Steve, who told stories, created characters, sang and read an extract from one of his books to us. The children were delighted and inspired. I know many of you met Steve when you purchased a book from him at the end of the day. Thank you to those who popped in to see the library – I know many of you were very impressed.

The children have been browsing and choosing books from the new library. They are so happy about the excellent choice and range of books. One year 2 pupil said, ‘Our library is epic!’

An enormous thank you again to the SSPTA for all their hard work in raising the money for this much needed school improvement and thank you to every one of you who attended any or all of the SSPTA events.

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Class Three trip to Cadbury World

On Wednesday 8th June 2016, Class Three embarked an adventure to explore a very real chocolate factory. After reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory, the children were very excited. We managed to get up to Birmingham in great time. We began the exhibition by getting THREE free chocolate bars EACH!! Miss Potter and Samuels Dad – Mr Howard kept them safe the whole day so that we didn’t get sick! We learnt all about the history of the chocolate dating right back to the Mayans and the Aztecs and followed the story all the way to when Cadbury World was first built. We even managed to learn the children ways chocolate is made with lots of moving seats! The best bit was when we had some melted chocolate and we could pick two different toppings – it was dreamy!! All the adults loved it! Popping candy was a popular choice! We were lucky the weather was nice and ate our lunch outside before going into the 4d cinema experience which was fantastic! We managed to squeeze a bit of time in at the end to go the gift shop and of course buy some more chocolate!

We had an absolutely fabulous day and the children behaved impeccably!

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Queens Birthday Party Celebration, April 2016

All the children, parents and wider community had a wonderful time last Friday celebrating the Queen’s birthday. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed performing in the concert and tasting all the food kindly donated by parents. We are very grateful to the Parish Council for providing each child with a commemorative coin.

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Sports Relief

The school had a great day on Friday 18th March celebrating and raising money for Sports Relief this year. We had some wonderful exotic fruit donated by Waitrose in Aylesbury and the children were great at trying them all even a physalis.

On the day, the children had a visit from two professional skateboarders who talked to the children about skateboarding and their job as a professional skateboard instructors teaching children right through to adults!  They then took the children out onto the playground to show some of their tricks and tips! The teachers even had a go too!

The children all did a brilliant job at taking part in running the Marathon, some children even going above and beyond to do MORE laps! We managed to complete the marathon across the school in a brilliant thirty two minutes!

The day was finished off with a staff netball match which become very competitive and unfortunately ended with Miss Williams being taken off injured! Mrs Sallows’s team were victorious winning by just one point!

Thank you for all your donations towards Sports Relief – we manage to raise £450! Well done everyone!

Miss Potter

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World Book Day, Friday 4th March 2016

What an exciting World Book Day we have had here today. It has been amazing to see all the wonderful costumes for both children and teachers - especially the homemade ones! The morning started with an assembly where we found out that Barack Obama's favourite book is 'Where the Wild Things Are' and Wayne Rooney is a big fan of JK Rowling. Afterwards, we were mixed up into different classes with all age groups included. The teacher’s theme this year was Traditional Fairytales and each class had 7 activities linked to the characters from the various stories. So, children had to solve riddles and find clues to rescue Little Red Riding Hood's Granny, make the tallest, freestanding tower for Rapunzel, design a new shoe for Cinderella, make masks for the story of Goldilocks and then act it out, create an eighth dwarf, decorate a Gingerbread house and finally, learn how to draw a lion. It was fantastic to see the older children take on the responsibility of helping the younger ones with problem solving, whilst the younger ones took the initiative with the creative elements. It was certainly a fun filled morning, allowing children to explore books in an inventive, imaginative way. In the afternoon, we took part in a whole school quiz to test our knowledge about books, as part of a House Competition.   Congratulations to Eliza Darling and Eloise Vargas for winning the best costume competition.

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FUDGE Day, Wednesday 24th February 2016

Thank you for the amazing turn-out we had for this special event. We had over 60 Dads, Grandads and Uncles taking part. We started our morning with a fantastic breakfast of delicious bacon butties or toast. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time to cook and serve the delicious bacon butties - it was a great success and enjoyed by all.

We have had wonderful feedback from the children and families who really enjoyed having the male role models in school. I particularly liked watching the Year 6 cross stitching and pom-pom making in Year R.

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Superhero Day, Friday 12th February 2016

Today was Superhero Day in Class R. We all came dressed as an assortment of Superhero’s: from Wonderwoman, to Batman, Spiderman and even the Hulk. Some of the activities we were involved in were measuring our Superhero jumps with a metre stick, creating a Superhero passport listing all our powers and making a Superhero out of lollipops.

Mr Stancombe came in to take our pictures and even made us fly! Have a fantastic half term all and enjoy the rest - it's certainly been a busy one!

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Young Voices

On Monday 8th February 2016, the choir had the opportunity to perform in the biggest children's choir at the O2, as part of Young Voices. Since Spetember, we have been frantically learning songs and actions in readiness for the big day and all our hard work paid off - what an amazing experience!

As part of the concert, we had special guest artists performing with us. So we had the priviledge to share the stage with some incredibly talented individuals; Katie Meula, Lemar, Laura Knight (who sang at the Rigby World Cup Opening ceremony) and Ben Haeknow, of X Factor fame. We were mesmerised by the skill of the Beat Box World Champions, as it was incredible what they could do with no instruments just their voices.

I would like to say how incredibly proud I am, of all the children that participated. Their energy, enthusiasm and fun never wavered, even after an afternoon of full on rehershals. To watch the joy on their faces, during the performance will stay with me forever and I thank them for allowing me to part of a truly memorable day. I also would like to thank all the parents for their support; helping with words, supporting on the night and for all the kind messages following the event. Like me, I'm positive you too had the best night and are just as proud. Finally, a massive thanks to Mrs Roberts & Mrs Cobley, who came along on the day, joined in with just as much enthusiasm as the children and kept going right up till Midnight. I very much appreciate all the teamwork that went into the day.

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Buddy Assembly, Tuesday 26th January 2016

A picture from the Buddy Assembly showing the children reading with their buddies.

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Class 5 Viking Day – Wednesday 6th January 2016

Class 5 had a great day on Wednesday at their Viking workshop. The costumes were fantastic! The day was very interactive and engaging for everyone.