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April 2021                                  e-newsletter

Hello everyone
Welcome to our latest e-newsletter. Activities have been curtailed a bit recently due to a certain virus, but even so our schools have still managed to take part in some exciting activities.  Details are provided in the pages below.
It’s great that it is now the summer term, the weather is sunnier and warmer and the country is opening up as restrictions lift.  We continue with all of our Covid safe practices and we look forward to being able to engage in more and more activities in a safe way.
I hope you enjoy reading about the things the children have been involved in and look forward to writing to you again later in the summer term.

Dr. Penny Barratt

Michael's Suffolk Saunter for our Charity
by The Bridge Trust

Michael Streat from Woodbridge School, a super cyclist and fundraiser for The Bridge Charity, is raising funds for his latest effort in support of our children and young people. 

Michael will be cycling 84 Miles across Suffolk to raise money for our Charity. You can read his own words below and visit his campaign via this link to find out more.
My name is Michael Streat and I seek your support more keenly than ever, and for the 24th year running!  My friends and I are raising money for the Bridge School in Islington, a place I and my school, Woodbridge School, have very close links with forged through shared work and friendship.

Why does the school need money?

With resources immensely stretched by the cost of necessarily high staff-to-pupil ratios and the need to provide a vast range of highly specialist bespoke equipment (often only appropriate to one child, and then only for a short time while they grow), the children and  buildings remain woefully under-resourced in terms of many of the things other schools would take for granted as part of normal budgeting.

What will the money you donate be used for?

Your contribution will help in a small way to the bottomless financial needs of the Bridge children.  Money raised helps fund expensive sensory equipment, playground facilities, theatrical lighting and much more – all things that make an enormous difference to the way the children can enjoy their time at School; all things that would not have been bought without charitable support.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never share them with anyone or send you unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. They'll make sure Gift Aid (an additional 25%) is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer, too. That means more money goes to the charity, faster, with JustGiving.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Michael Streat
Woodbridge School

World Book Day 
by Penny Doswell

We had a fantastic World Book Day at Primary. So many amazing costumes and characters from our staff and students. Well done everyone!
We have had a busy term here at Secondary. Recently, classes have been making the most of the warmer Spring weather with outings to the local community, parks and woodland. We have begun to develop the outdoor green area to the right of the car park, for the students to enjoy.

We have added some seating and some logs to balance and climb on. We are collecting wooden pallets to build a Bug Hotel to attract more wildlife to the area. Bronze Class have made some bird feeders and hung them in the trees to encourage the birds.

We have some keen ornithologists amongst our students, so hopefully we will have some new visitors to spot on the feeders. Gold Class have been planting flowers and vegetables in pots in the classroom, ready to put into the raised beds once they have been built. The space will be used for gardening, outdoor learning, drama, storytelling, play and wellbeing. We will keep you updated as it progresses.

Julian Matthews
Head of The Bridge Secondary

Bottle Flip
by Julian Matthews

This Term saw the creation of ‘Bottle Flip’ - The Bridge Secondary’s House Band. So far they have performed two live gigs in the hall to an energetic (but socially distanced) crowd. The most recent performance on the last day of term was described as ‘legendary’. Watch this space for more updates about this musical phenomenon!

by Ed Ashcroft

We are really pleased that in partnership with Adult services we were able to open an additional space for the ILS this term. 

We have had a group of young adults and staff based at the Daylight centre and this will continue for the 1st summer half term.

The centre has excellent facilities and is normally open to up to 70 people with special educational needs. We have 6 young adults based at Daylight so lots of spaces to explore and work in. As you can see the students and staff look extremely settled in! The partnership has also been great in building informal links with adult services across the borough and giving our young adults the opportunity to experience transitions before (for several) this year they actually leave us.

Thanks to Adult Day Opportunity services for a small silver lining in what has been an extremely tough term. 

Happy Easter all from the team at the ILS.

Bonnie Bonnets! 
by Jody Tranter

To celebrate Easter, our students made easter bonnets with some creative crafting. See some of their amazing work below!

Red Nose Day
by Jody Tranter

Hungerford School had a fantastic Red Nose Day this year with lots of students taking part. See some of the pictures from the day below. 

PBL Update
by Phoebe Elkins

Hungerford has been working in collaboration with teachers from School 21 ( to develop their PBL teaching.  School 21 is an outstanding school, situated in East London who are also pioneers of project based learning.  Through weekly meetings we have been able to plan exciting, engaging and challenging projects for each class.
Reception have kicked of their new project 'How can we show how enormous animals really are?' with characteristic energy and curiosity.  Children have been reading Roald Dhal's brilliant book 'The Enormous Crocodile' and learning about comparative language.  They have been busy describing, drawing and painting crocodiles, and looking at rulers to see the size of them.  They will be building life size replicas of different animals, using wire mesh and papier-Mache, to present to the rest of the school alongside their findings about different creatures. 
Key Stage 1 went to the park on a bug hunt this week , to launch their project 'Can miniscule be mighty?'.  There was much discussion about the different insects they were able to identify and if Superworm really is that super.  The children will be learning about different insects, their adaptations and strengths, as well as meeting some more exotic insects next week when Ranger Stu comes to visit Hungerford with his minibeast menagerie.  
The library was transformed into an interactive, sensory Volcano experience this week for LKS2 and Rashford class.  Their new PBL commission is 'How can we tell the story of natural disaster', and will see them learning about different natural disasters around the world culminating in a science fair for the rest of the school.  They are also using their English lessons to read about natural disasters, creating soundscapes and descriptive writing to help us imagine experiencing one. 
Years 5 and 6 became palentolgists this week, to launch their new project 'How can we tour the timeline of evolution?'.  They began by unearthing fossils and identifying what they were. They will be learning all about how evolution helps species adapt for survival.  Their project will culminate in an exhibit, where the children will have created models and explanations of a new species, showing how they adapt over time and the characteristics they inherit. 

Support our Food Bank
by Hungerford School

Hungerford Primary School in Islington has seen a sharp uptick in need for support from its food bank since the start of the new term, which coincided with the start of the third national lock-down.

A GoFundMe has been launched to fund the food bank at Hungerford School. With your support, the food bank can help feed families at this difficult time.
Please visit this link for more information and to donate to the fund

Satellites at Work

by Rosie Whur & Jenny Gaze 

Satellite provision have been making some amazing stories with thorough planning. See some of their work below.
Ezra was able to complete his own chronological report about horses.
Kash planned his story using a story map tool.

The end result is below!

This is Musa’s detailed story planner to help him write out his final version:
Here’s an extract from Oliver’s story book.

Every Mind Matters

If you want to find resources from the NHS for mental health and well-being,
please do visit the Every Mind Matters website below.
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