Friday, 27 February 2015

The Big Pedal: 2nd – 20th March

We are looking for our pupils to use their bikes or scooters to get to school. The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the 2015 competition will run from 2 to 20 March and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. The school’s best 10 days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all 15 days if they wish. Last year we did very well, but we have aspirations of scoring even more miles this year!

Next Friday – the 6th March – there will be a free Biker’s Breakfast for anyone scootering or pedaling to school. This will be a free juice drink and cereal bar to reward your efforts.

Learning Power Awards:

These are the key skills that our children will need to learn effectively in class and be successful later in life. Caitlin Parmenter, Deborah Oluokun & Ketty Omwanghe have demonstrated effective reciprocity this week – able to listen carefully, work collaboratively and take turns.

Mason Lepley, Aiden Paterson, Emily Morton, Charlie Quilligan & Alin Botonog have shown that they can manage distractions and notice patterns in their work- they collect a Resilience certificate.

Adam Trower has planned carefully, revised his ideas and can talk about his learning which is why he received a Reflectiveness award. Finley Redmond and Teddy Pilcher have been curious about their learning, reasoned methodically and capitalized on the resources available – great Resourcefulness!

Keep In Touch

Email Version of Newsletter:
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Shared Mailboxes:
Don’t forget that you can contact staff using the shared mailboxes. They are checked daily and can be used to ask questions, pass on information or check details:

Friends of Broadford: Mother’s Day Sale

If you would like to purchase a gift for Mother’s Day the FoB will have a range of items to choose from: cards, cosmetics and balloons. The children would need to have between 50p - £2. Children will need real money as in the past we have had lots of plastic coins offered.

The stall will be available on March 11th, 12th & 13th. Each class will have an allotted time to go and visit the stall and spend any money they may have bought in.

Diary Events

On Monday 2nd we have the School Council going to visit the Mayor in her Parlour. Tuesday sees the boys football team going to King George’s playing fields for the football tournament. Chris Wormwell – a KS1 author – is visiting on Monday as well and will be available to sign books after school. Our Health & Safety team are doing their internal walk on Wednesday, and Willow have their Sharing assembly in the morning. On Thursday 5th March it is World Book Day. We are delighted to inform you that the author Anne Fine will be coming to talk to the children and will be available for a book signing after school. Friday 6th March is the day for the Cedar maths party (starting at 9am) and our Year 1 trip to the library.

Sharing Assembly: Willow Wednesday 4th @ 9.05am
We look forward to hearing what Willow class have been learning about so far this term.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Let's Go 20

The newly appointed JTA's have started their jobs and are taking their responsibilities very seriously. Bright and early this morning they were at the main gate to the school giving out information regarding the Go 20 Brake campaign. 
This campaign encourages drivers to slow down to 20 mph or below around homes, schools and shops. If everyone was to drive at 20 mph it would make our streets and communities safer, happier and healthier. 

Did you Know? 

Safer Driving 
At 30 mph, it takes six car lengths to stop, at 20 mph it takes half that. 
Healthier Living
Less fast traffic equals more walking and cycling. Families feel more able to get out and about. 
Happier Communities
Eight in ten people want 20 limits where people live. 
Use Less Fuel
Staying under 20 mph in towns means less speeding up and down. So you use less fuel and pollute less. 
Cost savings
Safer streets mean more people can get about cheaply. Fewer road casualties and healthier living saves the taxpayer money.
No Big Hold Ups 
20 limits don't tend to make journeys longer. There's just less stopping and starting. 


Well done guys, a great start to your job as a JTA. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Junior Travel Ambassadors Old and New!

Today we said a sad farewell to the Junior Travel Ambassadors 2014. They have served the Broadford community very well over the last 12 months. These pupils have demonstrated their ability to represent their school at the JTA’s conference and even won the quiz. They have handled their responsibility very well and have made sure that the children who walk to school receive their badges. Now it is time for them to pass the flag to the new JTA’s. Thank you very much for your hard work Nathan, Georgina, Dylan and Sophie. You have been fantastic. Mrs Keeler, who is the travel co-ordinator for the LEA, presented the children with a lovely souvenir as a thank you for their dedication. 

Congratulations to the newly appointed Junior Travel Ambassador's or JTA's for short.

Katherine Barrett
Kieran Dash
Daniel Joy
Melissa Krasniqi

Their role will include making other children aware of the Walk to school or WoW project. They will also highlight the need for being bright to be seen when travelling on the roads and pavements during the autumn and winter months.

Look out for assemblies, competitions and campaigns coming soon! 

The Big Pedal 2015

2nd - 20th March, 2015

Get set… we’re taking part in The Big Pedal 2015, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.
Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the challenge runs from 2 to 20 March. It’s free to enter and we would love everyone to be involved.

The details
On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. Our best 10 days will determine our final position in the challenge. We’ll be competing against other schools right across the UK, and if we clock up the most bike and scooter journeys we’ll win!
Why we’re taking part
It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling to school on their bikes and scooters. We will be competing to become one of the UK’s top schools for two-wheeled journeys and will be in with a chance to win prizes including bike and scooter stunt shows, exciting days out with the YHA and fantastic cycle and scooter storage.
Journeys made by parents, guardians and siblings, known as supporter journeys, are also eligible for prizes. Schools with the most supporter journeys will be entered in to a prize draw to win one of 10 family passes from The National Trust. There is also a prize draw to win a family cycling holiday from Saddle Skedaddle. Enter the competition at  
What’s next?
All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle or scoot to school every day during the event, and join them on their way – parent and sibling journeys count too!

For more information about the event and details of prizes, go to

Please get in touch if you have any questions. Enjoy the ride!

Shaping the Future of CPD - Broadford Presentation

We were delighted to be asked to present our thoughts on how Continuous Professional Development can be used to drive forward school improvement. At the Iris Connect event there were a wide range of schools and organisations represented. Since the meeting we have had the chance to share our practice with Sir Tim Brighouse and are attempting to forge a partnership with a group of schools in Washington State - USA.

It was also a good chance to listen to some new ideas and reflect on the next steps forward to ensure we keep improving the quality of teaching and learning at Broadford Primary.

Three Pupils Shortlisted for National Awards!

We received a fantastic letter this week from the University of Birmingham. Before Christmas the children were asked to think of someone special whom they would like to thank. It could be a close relative, someone who cares for them, a professional or someone who they feel has made a difference in their lives or those of others. They were then asked to write a thank you letter to that person explaining their thoughts.

At the time Mrs Hoffman was very impressed with the responses from the pupils and we rewarded children in school. However the letters were also submitted as part of a national competition run by the University of Birmingham. Three of our pupils returned to school yesterday to hear this news...

Dear Ms Verity Hoffman,
Thank you for taking part in the Thank You Letter Awards!
We received a huge number of very impressive and heartfelt thank you letters from students across the UK.  All of the letters we received were entered into the National Thank You Letter Awards and after a lot of discussion, we have shortlisted the following students from your school: 

Chloe Trew
Ellie-Jo Stapleton
Finley Linvingstone

We would like to invite them and you to attend the Thank You Letter Awards Ceremony at University of Birmingham on 10th March 2014 from 11am – 2.00pm.  The event will give everyone the chance to see the Thank You Letters displayed and contribute to a Gratitude Wall.  Lunch will be provided and the winners of the national competition will be announced, with prizes presented by a special guest, to be revealed nearer the time.  A provisional timetable for the event is attached.

We can offer you 3 places for students, and one place for yourself to attend.  The young people attending are also welcome to bring one adult each – this may be their parent or guardian or, if it’s appropriate, one of the people they mentioned in their thank you letter. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Thank You Letter Awards Ceremony!

Best wishes,


Well done to Finley, Ellie Jo and Chloe... we are very proud of you indeed!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Year 6 - Royal Courts of Justice

Pupils from Broadford Primary School had the amazing opportunity to present a case at the Royal Courts of Justice. Working with the National Centre for Citizenship and Law, the pupils had to discuss the case of a child called Nathaniel. In Court 64, the class split into four teams: Judge, clerks and usher; prosecution; defence and then finally the jury. After hearing the evidence from both sides Judge Joseph Bowden directed the jury to make a decision about whether Nathaniel was guilty or not guilty of robbery.

I really thought that he should be acquitted. He seemed to be a good boy and he was in the wrong place at the wrong time
Russell Lockhart - Juror

The case is quite clear and so is the law. Nathaniel was there and did push the lady over. He didn't try and stop the events and is therefore equally guilty.
Joe Faust - Prosecution

The Pupils learnt that High Court proceedings are normally heard by a single judge, although certain kinds of proceedings, especially in the Queen's Bench Division, are assigned to a Divisional Court, a bench of two or more judges. Exceptionally the court may sit with a jury, but in practice normally only in defamation cases or cases against the police. Litigants are normally represented by counsel, but may be represented by solicitors qualified to hold a right of audience, or they may act in person.

In our case, Joseph got to sit in the chair of a High Court Judge - and wear the wig! 

Afterwards we met one of the clerks to the High Court Judges who explained her role and the skills she needs.

It is incredibly important that I am well organised and prepared in time. My Judge needs his paperwork ready for each case and it can't be late. I also have to make sure that he has everything he needs for the cases we are involved in each week. 
Allison - Judge Clerk

Year 6 - Year 7 Secondary Transfer Information

As part of a review of Admissions processes the Borough will no longer be posting letters to parents with the results of their ‘Secondary School Transfer’ application.

As this is the first year that all parents have submitted their applications electronically, parents will receive an e-mail with the outcome of their application during the evening of 2 March 2015 where they will also be advised to log back into their eAdmissions account to respond to the offer.

The email will also advise parents to visit the Havering website to download one of the generic letters which will explain what they can do in the event where they did not get their 1st preference school.

Letters will however be sent to those parents who have applied under any social and medical criterion.

If you have any questions, please contact the School Admissions Team on 01708 433531

Harold Hill Spelling Bee

Just in case you have lost your spelling lists, here is a copy of the words that have been given out so far. The Harold Hill Spelling Bee is held at Drapers Academy during the summer term. We are looking for the best spellers in the whole of the school to make up our key stage 1 & 2 teams. 
The second round of the school spelling bee will take place in classrooms just before the Easter holidays. 

Good luck!

Key Stage 1 - Term 1
Key Stage 1 - Term 2 
Key Stage 2 - Term 1 

Key Stage 2 - Term 2 

Coconut Coming Home

We have had a hugely memorable day at the Royal Courts of Justice. We are now on the 2.10pm from Liverpool Street and expect to be back at Harold Wood for 2.45pm.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Super Readers

Congratulations to our latest batch of Reading certificate winners. Conner picked up his Bronze award. Chloe & Deborah received their Silver awards and Georgia became a Free Reader.

We're In The Paper - Book Bench

Don't forget to pick up a copy of the Romford Recorder this week. On the Press Gang Page our Super readers are featured with the new book bench.

Thank you to Albie, Ramone, Dylan, Sienna, Emily, Georgina & Sophie for their efforts with Jenny Leonard for bringing the design to life! Hopefully Anne Fine will be able to spot her Killer Cat when she visits next week!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Learning Power Awards:

These are the key skills that our children will need to learn effectively in class and be successful later in life. Reece Wager, Vinnie Brand & Riley Groom have demonstrated effective reciprocity this week – able to listen carefully, work collaboratively and take turns.

Yazmin Satti, Olivia Wheal, Ben Green & Thomas Royer have shown that they can manage distractions and notice patterns in their work. Well done for earning your Resilience certificate!

Nikola Urban, Archy Gore, Sam Murcia & Mason Lepleyhave all planned carefully, revised her ideas and can talk about her learning which is why she received a Reflectiveness award.

Tracker Awards:

Caleb & Thomas Royer have earned enough merits to collect their Bronze certificate. Simon Ositelu & Levan Towe-Enu have collected their Silver pencil. Abyan Abidin has picked up their Silver certificate.

Rashida Sillah, Ben Green, Tony Marshall & Lillie Jo Guidotti have managed to reach the Golden Bookmark. Spencer Griffiths, Lewis Makolli & Adam Trower have collected their Gold certificate today and go forward to Platinum.

Sharna Dodge, Jack Eve, Sienna Nickson & Emily Johnson have collected their pencil and pen set. Tumelo Sibanda has stuck the last sticker on his Platinum tracker.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Weekly Winners

Congratulations to our certificate winners this week:
Alfie & Molly - their super writing and use of powerful connectives was great

Fallon - she showed great resilience when set a challenging task

Simon & Bryan - both gave very interesting facts about names and footballers

Charlie - he was the E for Excellence winner in Aspen

Freddie - for his research about horse shoe crabs

Star Readers & Writers

Star Writers:
Ellis Curtis Rich, Megan Lewis, Maliat Bakreen, Ruby Burchell, Katherine Barrett, Olamide Otegbola, Jack Dempsey, Mya Takhar, Cydney Ridley, Dylan Vidal & Michael Rack: these children have all produced pieces of outstanding writing this week. Look out for examples of their work on the blog!

Star Reading Awards:
Ruby Burchell, Melisa Uluer, Kaitlun Smethurst, Brooklyn Meggoe, Adhuan Kaushal, Georgie Crane, Harry Hann, Samuel Hatwell, Matthew Munjere, Chloe Rose & Tyler Wager have read 10 books and collect their Bronze award. Chloe Trew, Bradley Joy, Martina Rensch, Jack Eves & Deborah Mushonga have also managed to get their bookmark for 25 completed books. Teni Adu has won her award for 100 books completed so far this year.

Holly Maskell has managed to complete the World War 1 reading medal, choosing three books from the WW1 collection. Jack Eve & Tegan Sage have both managed to submit Wally-tastic entries for the National Literacy Trust competition.

E for Excellence Winners:

These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.

Tommy Watson – Mulberry

Georgie Crane – Pine

Liam Bovell – Cedar

Sergiu Babaianu – Cherry

Maizie Leigh Parker – Ash

Tegan Sage – Rowan

Brandon Lee Bundy – Birch

Sami Hatton – Willow

Sophie Adams – Elm

Ella Mae Wall – Maple

Andrea Birlea – Coconut

Daniel Oladipo – Palm

Andreea Gabreanu – Apple

Roxy Smith – Aspen

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Book Bench Completed

Pupils from Broadford Primary School completed their very own book bench this week, with the help of artist Jenny Leonard. Inspired by the The National Literacy Trust's Books about Town project in 2014 the pupils asked if they could have their very own book bench for the library area:

"I went on the trail with the other Spinebreakers. We loved the amazing book designs and the art that had been created. When we got back to school we asked our School Council if they could persuade Mr Drakes to buy one for us!"
Sienna Nickson - aged 8 Rowan Class

Miss Sparkes, the school librarian, consulted with the children and asked about their favourite books and characters. These ideas were then put together to form the basis of the design.

"It was great to hear the children talking so excitedly about their favourite book characters. We have also had a number of authors to visit and it was a fabulous way of creating a lasting memory of how they have encouraged the children to read"
Miss Roseanne Sparkes - school librarian

In the Summer of 2014, trails of benches shaped as open books, decorated by professional illustrators and local artists, appeared around London for the public to enjoy. The National Literacy Trust, which was established in 1993, is an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK - their Patron is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. They work to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged areas via community projects, support for schools and campaigning.

If you were to design a book bench of your own, what characters or books would you choose?

Diary Dates

School Closed: Friday 13th INSET
We will be closed on Friday 13th February so that staff can have training on the new Science scheme that we are going to bring in… Empiribox. This is an approach based very much on practical investigations, which we think will really help to inspire the children’s interest in Science. Pupils are due back at school on February 23rd.

Diary Events
We start the next half term with a visit to the Royal Courts of Justice for Year 6 (Coconut on Monday & Palm on Wednesday). In the afternoon Year 1&2 Spinebreakers are going to the Hilldene library. On Tuesday our Year 2 pupils are going to Tesco as part of the Farm to Fork project and our girls have a football competition at King George playing fields. On Wednesday we have Sharing Assembly for Elm and our nurse in. We are sending someMore Able Writers from Year 2&3 to Scotts Primary on Thursday 26th February. The week finishes with a dance workshop from Urban Strides – the team who supported the Young Voices event at the O2.

School Nurse Drop In: Wednesday 25th @ 8.30am
Our school nurse will be available for a drop in session from 8.30am to 9.30am. Please come to the main office if you wish to see her.

Sharing Assembly: Elm Wednesday 25th @ 9.05am
We look forward to hearing what Elm class have been learning about so far this term.

Weekly Winners: MDA, Presentation & Housepoints

MDA Award Winners:
These wonderful children have been particularly helpful at lunchtimes this week.
EYFS & KS1 Maliat Bakreen KS2 Brandon Brown

Certificate of Presentation:
Vittorio Omwanghe, Kaden Nicol, Denayo Meggoe, & Deborah Mushonga have both produced work that is of high quality this week. They have demonstrated real pride in their handwriting and presentation… well done to both of you!

Red - Faringdon 51
Blue - Chatteris 43
Yellow - Dulverton 52
Green - Cricklade 43
Orange - Dudley 49

Congratulations to Green (Cricklade) who have won the half term competition for the housepoints. Opening doors, being polite, wearing correct uniform and acting in a kind way: these are all reasons why the Green team has managed to earn so many points. Well done!

Tracker Rewards

Well done to our pupils who have completed the next stage of their trackers:

Sophie & Harry - have collected their Gold Tracker
Tolu - completed her Star Award
Timi - picked up his first Bronze certificate

Friday, 13 February 2015


KS1& EYFS: Pine 96.7%
KS2: Coconut 96.5%
Overall: 94.4%

Coconut have made it a clean sweep so far for the KS2 attendance trophy. However Pine class have managed to top the league overall this week. Unfortunately – out of 14 classes – only 5 managed to have an attendance score over 95%. In the second half of the term we must do our best to ensure that every child is here for every day.

Learning Challenge Awards:

These children have managed to complete areas of their Learning Challenge this half term: Arya Shah, Kiera Baker, Florence Ayres, Indie Sale, Brooke Atkinson & Evie Cottam.

If you still have tasks to complete, we look forward to seeing your work after half term.

Team Broadford: Bronze & Silver Award

Congratulations to Sharna Dodge, Caitlin Parmenter & Lucy Lockhart have now contributed enough hours to earn their Bronze Award for volunteering.

Sophie Hann & Razvan Gabreanu have been giving up their time at lunch to help as a play leader – playing with other children, leading activities and supervising the play equipment – and now qualify for their Silver Award & Team Broadford pencil.

Fact Hunters: Names & cancer

This week we have had a tremendous number of interesting facts being shared by the children. Congratulations to the following children who have amazed us with their ability to hunt out interesting snippets of information:

Simon Ositelu
Muhammad is the most popular babies’ name in England and Wales, when its three main spelling variations are counted. Amelia was the top name for girls for the third year in a row. More than 7,400 boys were called Muhammad, Mohammed or Mohammad last year.

Maisie Cohen
There are more than 200 types of cancer, each with different causes, symptoms and treatments. More than 331,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2011 in the UK, that's around 910 people every day.

Fact Hunters: Planets, lamps & birds

Brandon Cohen
The Solar System was formed approximately 4.6 billion years ago and consists of the Sun, planets, dwarf planets and other astronomical objects bound in its orbit. Amazingly 99.86% of the system’s mass is found in the Sun and the majority of the remaining 0.14% is contained within the solar system’s eight planets.

Tumelo Sibanda
Archaeologists found lamps, pottery jars and other items dated to the 10th century BC, the era according to the Old Testament of King David and his son Solomon, who built the Temple in Jerusalem. Which may mean the story of David & Goliath is true.

Emma Groom
Amazingly flamingoes are monogamous birds that only lay a single egg each year. If the egg is lost or damaged they do not normally lay a replacement.

School Closed: Friday 13th INSET

We will be closed on Friday 13th February so that staff can have training on the new Science scheme that we are going to bring in… Empiribox. This is an approach based very much on practical investigations, which we think will really help to inspire the children’s interest in Science. Pupils are due back at school on February 23rd.