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Ofsted Early Years March 2022 rated Good, Ofsted School June 2019 rated Good

'Children thrive in the early years'

'Strong, reflective teaching in a nurturing environment ensures that children achieve well'

'Pupils behave well, are polite and courteous'

Herts CC Early Years Effectiveness Inspection Feb 2020 - Children are well supervised and procedures for keeping them safe are effective

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Past events


September
Macmillan Coffee Morning
On 24/9, we, held our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning. What a lovely occasion! It was lovely to see parents back in the school hall too . A special mention to Kavyasree. She organised a book sale to raise more funds and a poster for everyone to sign just for fun. Well done! In fact, I was incredibly proud of all the Year 6 pupils. They served cakes beautifully, helped the younger children choose their cakes, chatted to the parents and – best of all – tidied away afterwards. We raised £303 and Longwood will make that up to £500. A successful event!

International Focus – Film Festival
We ran an International Film Festival, as part of our intercultural focus this term. All children in Moatfield, Fisher and school visited 8 different classrooms to watch 8 different films about 8 different countries. After discussing what they had learnt about each country, the children added a flag to their “passport” and wrote or drew something they could remember. The whole day was huge fun and hopefully everyone learnt some new facts.

Oct
Crazy Hair Day
Yesterday was Crazy Hair Day. It was so much fun to see the effort that some of the children had gone to. Thank you to FoL for thinking up ways for us to enjoy ourselves whilst raising funds for extras. We raised about £75 which will be used to buy treats soon.

Harvest Festival
In October, we celebrated our Harvest Festival at St. James’ Church. It was such a lovely occasion. It was great to see so many parents at the church. The children performed beautifully and I was immensely proud of our school. The songs and poems reflected our recent intercultural focus and the children behaved impeccably, looked incredibly smart and performed with confidence and competence. We had the world premiere of “Longwoodese”; everyone could see all five attributes clearly on show this morning.

Nov
Diwali
Everyone was greeted at the entrance to Longwood with an amazing Diwali display. It has been lovely to share some Indian culture and see the entrance look so inviting and colourful. Parents donated Indian sweets for the children to enjoy and the children loved tasting them. In assembly, we learnt about various Diwali traditions and we even did some Indian dancing. Then Attenborough and Old Park visited the Jain temple in Bushey whilst the children at school created Rangoli patterns, made diva lamps, learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and had their hands painted with henna.

Remembrance Day
On 11/11, we honoured war veterans and our history by observing a 2-minute silence in the playground. All children joined in and even the youngest Frogmore children seemed to understand the seriousness of the event. Keya and Joshen read acrostic poems that they had written earlier in the week and Mrs Bresler read “In Flanders Fields”. It was a lovely little ceremony.
Children In Need – Dress Cool and Dance At School
For Children in Need, we had so much fun dressing cool at school. There was a lunchtime boogie in the playground, with many favourite tunes blasting out for the children to rock along to. Please look at for photos in the “Gallery” section of the website. Thank you for all donations to Children in Need. We raised £190.

International Focus – African Day
We held an African Day as part of our intercultural focus this term. We gave children all sorts of experiences over the term (one of our 5 E’s) and today they had the chance to learn some African drumming techniques and take part in a Black History drama workshop. We enjoyed welcoming two visitors; one from Benin and the other from the Ivory Coast. We added pins to our world map to welcome them to Longwood. There is a video of the drumming on the website.

Dec
Chanukah
In assembly, we heard the story of Chanukah. Some of our Jewish children lit the Chanukah candles and recited a blessing. It’s so lovely to celebrate such a mix of cultures at Longwood.

Christmas
Fisher, Hillfield and Sarratt children were entertained by Mr Marvel. I think it’s fair to say that a great time was had by all! We had a visit from one of Santa’s elves. Santa was extremely busy but he sent a lovely friendly elf to deliver presents and reindeer dust to the children. Your child should have brought their present home. Broadwater and Hartspring performed their Nativity to their parents. It was an excellent performance, full of fun and great acting/singing. Everyone loved it! After lunch on Tuesday, it was Sarratt’s turn to perform their Nativity musical production to their parents. It was a lovely show and the audience had a great time. On Wednesday, the children in Broadwater and above were thrilled to watch a fantastic pantomime of Sleeping Beauty (oh yes they were!). This was put on by a visiting theatre company who we have welcomed to Longwood many times now. We were, as usual, blown away by the great production and especially the clever way they portrayed seven characters with only three actors. This was followed by Christmas lunch. The children enjoyed their chicken nugget treat and had fun wearing their homemade crowns (younger children) and making funky Christmas glasses (older children). Of course the highlight was eating the Christmas cookies which had been brought in for a competition organised by the school council. On Thursday, it was Hillfield’s turn to entertain their parents with an extremely cute Christmas show. They sang, acted, danced and played their instruments really well and loved wearing their costumes. Their parents all loved it. On Friday, we had more Christmas fun. As well as a quiz, the children had to compete to make the longest paper chain, guess different seasonal sounds and we played the Tray Game with objects from assemblies this term. It was such a lovely atmosphere, if a little loud at times!

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day
The children enjoyed wearing their Christmas jumpers and I am delighted to announce that we raised £100 for Save The Children Fund.

Jan
Gratitude Workshop
We (virtually) welcomed Sheena Tanna-Shah back to Longwood. She ran four workshops on the theme of Gratitude. The children thought carefully about what they are grateful for and why. It was very calming and the children agreed that they felt very peaceful afterwards.

Happiness Workshop
Jermaine from the Hemraj Goyal Foundation came to run a personal development workshop for our older pupils to promote life skills, positive mindsets and resilience. This followed a request from Kavyasree, who attended one of his workshops out of school and thought it would be good for Longwood. She was absolutely right and everyone enjoyed the activities and thinking about the importance of being happy and how to achieve happiness in our lives.

Dress to Express
We had a virtual visit from Matt, a representative from Peace2Be. He told the children about Peace2Be and how they support Mental Health in schools. He also showed us a simple breathing exercise that we can do whenever will feel angry or worried or just a bit stressed. Thank you to everyone who supported Place2Be by dressing to express their feelings. The children said that they felt calm, excited, relaxed, happy, in love and mixed! We raised £78.53.

Feb
Chinese New Year
Many of the classes have been learning about Chinese New Year this week. We are now in the Year of the Tiger. Oliver (Hillfield) enjoyed telling his classmates about his family traditions and he gave everyone a gift. Sarratt children loved making tigers and Chinese hats. Moatfield children made bunting and lanterns. Other nursery rooms also joined in the fun but some got too busy and didn’t take photos. Hartspring learnt the story of the animal race to name the years. Xīnnián hǎo (新年好), everyone!

Queen’s Green Canopy
On Monday, we all gathered in the garden for a tree-planting ceremony. This was to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and we have joined thousands of other schools to help fulfil Prince Charles’ vision which is to create a “Queen’s Green Canopy”. We planted a Braeburn/Bramley apple tree which was bought for Longwood by our wonderful FoL – many thanks. The children watched the tree being planted and then we all sang the National Anthem!

Mar
World Book Day
We chose “The Day The Crayons Quit” as our focus for the day and it was so much fun to see everyone dressed up as a crayon. We welcomed Elka Evalds to Longwood. She is a relatively new author and ran storytelling and creative writing sessions for the school children, as well as talking to them about life as an author. We also enjoyed some virtual workshops with Lou Kuenzler, who has written a variety of books aimed at children of different ages. The children (and many parents) wrote book reviews this week and these are displayed in the entrance to Longwood. I now have a long reading list and I think the children do too. It’s been a lovely day!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The children in Old Park and Attenborough gave two amazing performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All those weeks of planning and rehearsing really paid off and the shows were a triumph. The parents became trees in a piece of immersive theatre and we transformed the hall into a woodland theatre in the round. The evening performance was particularly special as we began the first scene outside in the garden under a beautiful full moon and twinkling fairy lights (and a helicopter flying overhead – not planned!). It was a huge team effort and I am, as always, grateful to the wonderful staff team.

Red Nose Day
It was so much fun to see the children dressed up as heroes and superheroes. All the donations for dressing up and buying red noses mounted up and we raised a total of £323.29. What a fantastic effort!

Skipping Workshop
The school children took part in skipping workshops. Skipping is so beneficial for our physical health and mental wellbeing. The children had to concentrate hard to coordinate their arms and jumping, often working in twos. Lots of laughter was heard all day long! Double-dutch skipping was a real hit. Well done to Mack for winning the competition!

Peace Hospice Bunny Hops Challenge
The children had great fun and we raised £699.51. What a huge total.

April
Passover
Old Park have just started learning about Judaism in their RE lessons. As it is currently the middle of Passover, Mrs May brought in lots of artefacts and taught the children about the story of the Exodus from Egypt and how Jewish people celebrate freedom today. Everyone enjoyed eating matzot and charoset and some of the children were brave enough to try a piece of (very hot) horseradish.

Young Voices Concert
An absolute highlight was the KS2 trip to Wembley Arena to take part in a choir concert. The whole experience was absolutely fantastic. The children (and teachers) had worked hard for months to learn all their words and actions. They had had to cope with the disappointment of the concert being postponed and then a period in limbo where we had no idea if it would ever take place. Eventually, all the emotional turmoil was worthwhile and the concert was simply joyous. There were 95 primary schools there with around 4600 children. The rest of the arena was full of parents, family and friends all supporting their children and enjoying a professional concert. I was proud of the behaviour of our children throughout and personally loved the whole experience. I know the children loved it too and I doubt they will ever forget performing at Wembley! There are a few photos on the website and one video. The quality is not great due to lighting and setting, but they give a flavour. The parents enjoyed it too and I received emails with comments such as “I thought YV was magical and inspiring….think you guys have done a great job and hope the children are inspired to continue their music journey to ever more wonderful events!”, “Thank you so much for the time and effort that went into Young Voices. It was a brilliant evening and one full of joy” and “Please could you pass on our gratitude to all that made last night happen, including you. Such a magical show and we will never forget watching xxx singing his heart out at Wembley! Something to treasure forever.”

May
Music Assembly
Our music assembly was a celebration of hard work, enthusiasm and talent. Many of our children took part, either playing their chosen instrument or singing in our school choir. I never cease to be amazed that children are prepared to get up and perform in front of their peers and an audience. Some of them were very nervous, others were confident, for some it was their first time, for others it was after a few years of dedicated practice. The programme was varied and ranged from pieces of music played by children who are just beginning their musical journey to proficient performances from children who are working towards their grade 4 exams. Well done and thank you to every single participant.

Old Park Residential
The children took part in a fabulous trip to PGL in Liddington. They experienced many different activities including zip wires, canoeing, archery, fencing and buggy building and have faced a variety of new situations and challenges. They have had so much fun and learnt many new skills.

Ascension Day
We welcomed Father Sam from St Michael’s Church into assembly to talk about Ascension Day. We enjoyed thinking about things that “ascend” (go up) and what happens to them. We love learning about different religions and developing the important British value of tolerance.

Gymnastics Display
This was a lovely celebration of skills that the children have been working on all year. It was a polished performance; the children had learnt routines and they put their hearts and souls into giving their best. We are lucky to have fantastic resources and instructors on hand at the leisure centre and the children are clearly developing their strength and dexterity well.

Sharing Work with Parents
The children loved talking to their parents about what goes on all day at Longwood. They proudly showed some of their work and explained what they have been learning. Parents were delighted and enjoyed sharing their children’s learning experiences.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
We set up all sorts of fun activities in the playground. The children loved decorating crown-shaped biscuits, playing with props in the photo booth, having their picture taken with the Queen, pinning the tail on the corgi, as well as art activities in individual classrooms. For lunch, we took all the tables outside into the glorious sunshine and enjoyed snack starters, followed by pizza and then ice-creams with jubilee sprinkles. Rabbie the clown entertained everyone with his silly jokes and magic tricks and we all laughed at his silly dances. It was a truly lovely occasion.

Longwood’s Got Talent
Our talent show featured 23 acts in total, ranging from poetry to dancing to comedy to singing with lots more in between. The judges had a really hard choice to make. Everyone enjoyed the show, especially those children who took part and made the event so much fun. Well done to School Council for organising it all.

June
FoL Bingo
We all enjoyed an evening of Bingo. Madame was our caller. I think that every child won something, whether it was for a line, a full house or in the raffle. There were also spot prizes for maths and French knowledge. We raised £212.

Ukraine Fundraiser
Thank you to James Sanderson for coming to Longwood. The children in Old Park raised money to buy underwear for children in Ukraine. James has set up a charity and will be driving his van to Ukraine soon. It will be full of donations for refugees, including loads of underwear which we have bought from sponsorship money raised by swimming lengths of the pool at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre. James told the children about his last trip to Ukraine, including the three-day journey and crossing the Romanian border. The children asked him many questions about the living conditions in Ukraine and his background and charity. This is true learning – James brought the terrible situation in Eastern Europe alive for the children. We raised ££2132 plus an additional £1700 which Kavyasree raised herself!

Sports Day
What an incredible day, full of atmosphere and emotion. We went over to the field for the preschool sports day. The mood was great. The children loved their games and races, especially racing with their parents. The school children joined the field for a picnic at midday. I looked around and was filled with pride for Longwood. Everyone was happy as we enjoyed sandwiches and snacks together – children of all ages and their parents. Although overcast, the weather was kind to us and the rain held off. After lunch, we all enjoyed the main school sports. There was a carousel of games where the children earned lots of points for their houses. Then we had traditional races; flat race, egg and spoon, skipping and sack race. After a very sweet “buddy run” (Year 6 and Broadwater), we held parent races and then everyone returned to school for certificates. Mrs Bointon totalled all the points from the preschool games and the main school games and races and the winning house was Morpurgo. As we handed out the final medal, the heavens opened – wow, we were so lucky!

July
Outdoor Environment Week
On Monday, Broadwater, Hartspring, Attenborough and Old Park classes went to Lee Valley for a Habitat Discovery Day. Everyone enjoyed a day of searching for creepy crawlies on land and in the water. It was amazing how many different species we found. We were incredibly lucky to have such perfect weather for the occasion and we all learnt so much.
Meanwhile, Sarratt and Hillfield spent the whole day outdoors too. They did all sorts of activities including a traffic survey, making giant bubbles, playing in the sandpit, a barefoot sensory experience, parachute games, maths games, obstacle races and bug hunts. There was so much for them to do that they spent all day Tuesday outdoors too and some activities ran into Wednesday and Thursday.
On Tuesday, Broadwater, Hartspring and Old Park went to Cassiobury Park for a day of pond-dipping, raft building and floating, tree spotting, bird spotting and litter-picking. We loved the whole day and learnt so much along the way. Meanwhile, Attenborough had a lovely day at Wood Farm on Tuesday, learning lots about wildflowers, trees and pond life. They watered over 100 tree saplings and walked over 5 miles!
The children have also been exploring stories on the theme of gardening and thinking about how the outdoor environment can be improved. Old Park have read “The Promise”, Attenborough have read “The Secret Sky Garden”, Hartspring and Broadwater have read “The Extraordinary Gardener” and Sarratt and Hillfield have read “Errol’s Garden”. It has been lovely to link literacy to our learning this week. Please ask your child about their book.
Thank you to FoL for part-funding our Outdoor Week. It has been amazing.


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