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Forest School Starts at Phoenix

At Phoenix we have recently introduced Forest School for our children.

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. These sessions are used to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

Some of these activities are held on the school premises and some are held off site at King’s Wood in Challock. These activities are held in all weathers and the children often get very wet and muddy.

The aim of these sessions is that the children will learn:

  • Practical bush-craft skills, including fire-lighting, knife-craft, knots and shelter building

  • Conservation activities and the ‘leave no trace’ philosophy

  • Naturalist skills, including plant identification and animal tracks and signs

During these sessions the children will have the opportunity to work with hand-tools, e.g. palm drills and saws, as well as working with small fires. The children will be taught how to use the equipment properly as well as being taught how to stay safe outside and being made aware of any potential hazards.

These session are life skills that everyone needs in order to ensure their own, and others, safety by providing learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

At Phoenix, all sessions are run by our newly-trained Forest Schools practitioner, Mrs Jeffery: “After taking my son to an outdoor toddler group I could see how much he loved being outside in the natural environment, and I wanted to offer that same opportunity to the children at school. Giving the children the freedom to lead their own learning, to explore and discover, to be independent, to take risks and achieve, is a truly rewarding experience”

 

Mr Tibbles and Miss Turner meet Robert Winston

On Wednesday 28th November, Mr Tibbles and Miss Turner travelled up to London to attend the Early Excellence Conference in Canada Water. Whilst they are there they had the opportunity to meet Robert Winston who was speaking.

He spoke about the science of learning and how learning affects brain development. His work has shown how important happiness and wellbeing are to a child’s ability to learn and reminded us that our role is not solely to teach the children but to get them learning.

Apparently, music has a large role to play in brain development and Mr Tibbles was especially pleased to hear this message given the amount of music that already takes place at Phoenix School.

Miss Turner said that it was "An absolutely fantastic day meeting inspiring, knowledgeable professionals who have not only filled me with confidence about what we already do not only in the Early Years but across the school and to reflect on ways that can only make it better for the children.”

Phoenix School Gains Anti-Bullying Award

Over the past 12 months we have been working hard towards this Anti-Bullying accreditation as we are always looking for ways to implement and maintain a safe and supportive learning community, where bullying is not tolerated. We are really pleased to announce that we have managed to achieve this award. We are really proud of the efforts of the staff, pupils, governors and parents of Phoenix Community Primary School and would like to particuarly thank Miss Leavey and Mrs Davis, who have been instrumental in gaining this award.

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Team Phoenix Does Snowdon

We did it!

On Thursday 29th October, fifteen members of staff from Phoenix Community Primary School walked, climbed and scrambled their way up to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1,085 metres above sea level.

 Team Snowdon: Vicky Murphy, Laura Uprichard, Hilary McGrath, Di Davis, Becky Hindle, Dena Bebell, Rachel Turner, Claire Sledger, Rachel Leavey, Sharon Penfold, Maxine Hills, Michelle Downey, Donna Rogers, Shaun King and James Tibbles

The purpose of our trek was to raise money for CLIC Sargent and, as of the 1st November, we have had over 100 donations and raised over £2500 for this incredible charity. There is still money coming in and it is not too late to donate: 

This was an incredible achievement and certainly not an easy one. Our thanks to all of 'Team Phoenix' and everyone who supported them: physically, financially and emotionally!

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PARENTAL PRAISE FOR PHOENIX SCHOOL

At our recent parents' evening one of our school governors posed parents a question: What are you and your family enjoying about our school?"

We had some very postive comments and a selection are below:

“Seeing my child happy and developing in all subjects well.”

“We like learning our letters and reading together.”

“Kids get to enjoy themselves after school and we like how well the staff help and deal with problems when needed.”

“School is not long enough.”

“We like the new house points system.”

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