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2018 - 2019
World Book Day - March 2019
Totternhoe CE Academy had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day on Friday 8th March. Among the costumes were characters such as Matilda, The Lorax, Harry Potter, Horrid Henry, Dennis the Menace, The Worst Witch and Little Red Riding Hood to name a few. The staff joined in too. Staff dressed up as characters from David Walliams' books, including The Midnight Gang, Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy, Mr Stink and the Demon Dentist. The children with the best home-made costumes from each year group were awarded a certificate and an extra World Book Day voucher to spend. As the theme this year was 'Share a Story', each teacher shared a story with their class. Reception heard, 'Owl Babies', Year 1, 'Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob', Year 2, 'I'll Take You to Mrs Cole', Year 3, 'The Magic Paintbrush' and Year 4, 'Until I Met Dudley.' As well as this, in our mixed year group houses, we had 'Book Buddies', something that we do throughout the school year. The older children read the books that they and their younger partner had brought in. We are all looking forward to celebrating again next year with our NEW Year 5s!
Festival of Sport - 27.02.19
Children in Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 took part in a 'Festival of Sport' ran by the Young Leaders at Leighton Middle. They took part in activities such as floor curling, archery, tennis, throwing and catching, bowling and rolling balls onto a target. They all had a lot of fun - the younger children especially loved the trip in the minibus! Miss Hughes and Miss Smith were very impressed with their behaviour throughout the event.
Susie Davids Author Visit - 25.02.19
We were all very excited to welcome local author Susie Davids to Totternhoe. She spent some time with each key stage where she read one of her stories (Alfie and the Greatest Creatures: Alfie in the Tropics) and answered all of the children's questions. This story is part of a set of stories that follows Alfie's quest to find the greatest animal. We are all excited to welcome her back in May for another reading!
KS1 & KS2 Gymnastics @ Harlequin Gym - 05.02.2019
KS1 and KS2 took part in the LLSSP Gymnastics event at Harlequin Gym. KS1 performed a choregraphed routine to Aladdin's 'Arabian Nights' and also an individual vault piece. Half of KS2 performed a set body management routine and the other half performed a set floor management routine. They also all performed an individual vault piece. Mrs Beary, Mrs Backhouse and Miss Jesson were extremely proud of their confidence, performance and team work!
Sports for Champions Athlete Visit - Luke Lennon-Ford - 16.01.19
On 16th January, we were visited by Team GB's Luke Lennon-Ford, a 400m sprinter. The children all took part in a 4 minute circuit which included leg drives, star jumps, spotty dogs and press ups. They were very supportive of each other and cheered their classmates on. The whole school then went to an assembly held by Luke where he told us about his daily routine, showed us some of the workouts that he does, talked about what he eats and also gave us the opportunity to ask him any questions. We learnt that his personal best was 45 seconds and that he has been recorded running at 26mph. With the money that the children raised through sponsorship, we were able to send Team GB £487.80. We also raised £94.20 for school.
Y3/4 Sports Hall Athletics @ Cedars - 15.11.18
8 children from Year 3 and 4 took part in the Sports Hall Athletics at Cedars. There were a variety of activities that they had to complete including long jump, throwing, speed bounce and relay races. They worked incredibly well as a team and were supportive of each other at all times. Thank you to Mrs. Harvey who accompanied us.
Y3/4 Tag Rugby @ Cedars - 08.11.18
Well done to our Year 3 and 4 tag rugby team. They worked well as a collective team and improved with each match that they played. Thank you to Mr. Street for running a session prior to the event. A big well done also goes to the children that had never played tag rugby before!
Dunstable Town FC Football Tournament - 20.10.18
Congratulations to Totternworth for the wonderful football that they played at Dunstable Town FC's friendly Football Tournament at Weatherfield. There was some amazing football by all involved! The children were then treated to lunch and invited to be mascots at Dunstable Town FC's match against Corby Town where they drew 3-3.
Year 3 and 4 Boys Football - 27.9.18
A big well done to the Year 3 and 4 boys who took part in the football tournament at Cedars Upper School. They all showed great sportsmanship and team work throughout all four of their matches on a beautiful, sunny Thursday afternoon.
2017 - 2018
School Games Gold Mark Award - 3.7.18
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2017/2018 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust, rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. We are extremely proud of the children for their dedication to all aspects of school sport . We are pleased that the hard work of everyone at Totternhoe has been rewarded this year. We look forward to applying once again in 2019!
MKDons Football Competition - 17.5.18
Well done to the Year 4s who took part in the football competition held at Stadium MK, home of the MKDons. The children all played very hard, showed great team spirit, perseverance and sportsmanship. They all looked professional and were very well behaved.
Congratulations to our fantastic football team. They braved the hot weather and joined the football festival held at Weatherfield Academy. We are extremely proud of all the players, who showed great team spirit as well as our Totternhoe values of; Justice, perseverance and service.
8.3.18 Indoor Athletics
Well done to our indoor athletics team who traveled to Vandyke Upper. Mr Seymour has just sent through our results...
Your School Highlights from the day.
2nd Place in Pitcher Event
4th Place in Jumper Event
Determination School Games Value Award -
Nominated by the PE and School Sport Apprentices
7th Place Overall
We are all over the moon that we won the Value award! We are super proud of you all.
We are now a RWI MODEL school!!
We were very proud to receive national recognition from the Oxford University Press in the award of Model School Status for our phonics teaching in the Read Write Inc scheme.
The award recognises the commitment, passion and excellence of the staff's delivery of the program and the progress of the children we teach. This is an exceptional achievement as the school has been delivering the program for less than 2 years.
Ruth Miskin (creator of the program), says, “I am so thrilled that the children in Totternhoe Lower School are making such fast progress. Model Schools are vital in our drive to help children in other schools make the same progress.”
Oxford University Press Educational Consultant, Angela Boba says “I am delighted that Totternhoe Lower School has become a Read Write Inc. Model School. It has been fantastic to see the school develop and flourish, it’s great that other schools in the area can visit and see their brilliant Read Write Inc. lessons in action.”
Angela attended the celebration assembly at the end of Autumn term to present the certificate to the school
We will now be used as examples of good practice for other schools.
The consultation period to become a primary school has now ended. Thank you to everyone that completed a form to share your views. Please read Octobers newsletter for the outcome!
Our very own Mr Kelly won the Volunteer of the year award at the same ceremony for all his years of dedicated work both as a governor at our school and for his commitment to the British Heart Foundation. Well done Mr Kelly.
6th October 17
WE ARE A RWI BADGE SCHOOL!
We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.
We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.
Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.
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Thank you for all the support at home with reading and phonics.
Victorian day was a huge success! Thank you everyone for the effort with costumes, the children looked amazing. We were celebrating 150 years of a school being in Totternhoe. Please see here for more information about what the school looked like 150 years ago.
Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
Fri 29th Septmeber
Well done everyone you have raised £145.55! School council, House Captains and PA all worked together to ensure a super time was head by all.
Thank you to everyone that attended the Phonics Workshops. We hope they were useful. If you have any suggestions or comments, remember to come to parent forum or jot them down for the suggestions box in the foyer.
Year 3 and 4 at the Living Rainforest.
I am delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Bronze RE Quality Mark. The inspector was especially impressed with his meeting with the children and how well they spoke about what RE means to them and the school.
2016 - 2017
Tring Museum - Holly class
January 2019 News
Dear Parents / Carers,
Back to school on Monday 7th January. It is WOW day.. what will the teachers have in store for you all??
Remember Rowan and Holly class your wow day starts with an educational visit on Tuesday!
I hope you have all had an amazing Christmas holiday and are ready for lots of exciting learning this, very short, half term.
Children's Wordle 2017
Staff Wordle 2017
Attendance Teddy winners
On Saturday 25th June, Totternhoe families joined with other Leighton Buzzard Lowers to celebrate the 'Year of the Arts' at Leedon Lower. A colourful explosion of song and dance and a super conclusion to our own arts week. Well done everyone.
Totternhoe Lower School feature in OXFORD UNITED Football Club's programme!
Dr Alexandrou has started a Match Attax Club during Golden Time with Year 4. The project looks at Literacy and Numeracy through the medium of the ever popular swap cards. Read the full article here.
Oak and Sycamore in the Capital!
Oak and Sycamore class visited the British Museum, London for their Fantastic Finish.
What an amazing learning experience for everyone.!
What an amazing learning experience for everyone.!