Not content with performing at yesterday’s World Book Day assembly, some of our Year 2 children demanded the opportunity for a repeat performance this morning so that we could share with the world the myth that is ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’…

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World Book Day was a huge success again this year. The day saw every class select their favourite book and work with that throughout the day. Some fantastic work was shared in a whole school assembly on the afternoon, with, arguably, Y2 stealing the show with their hip-hop dance routine based on their chosen book Giraffes Can’t Dance. And Brett the Giraffe showed us that, actually, he can dance! A great day ended with every child in school being awarded a book. Other ‘favourite’ books included: Dinosaurs Love Underpants, The Girl Who Loved Wellies, The Lost Happy Endings, Charlotte’s Web and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.

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So many exciting things planned for World Book Day at Bader. What better way to start the day than with a story…

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Raid the library…

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Some of our Y4 and Y5 boys brought something new to Thornaby this afternoon – land yachting on Harold Wilson Field. Thank you Zenith Leisure + Adam Parr for the great pics!

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Our school dinners are the best! Our cook, Carmela + her wonderful team (Shirley, Jackie, Sammie and Anne) serve up great meals, always with a smile and with the utmost respect and care for our children. What a thrill it was today to go to the hatch to find that my favourite dinner was on the menu. And was it good!

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In September last year our Year 6 visited Amsterdam. When there, they visited the amazing Van Gogh Museum and were inspired enough to produce some fantastic art work themselves, on their return to school. Not to be outdone, our Reception age children have produced their own work. They are looking forward to the day when they go to the same museum. That day will come!

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A sample of Year 6’s visit and their art work…

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We are proud to be supporters of the amazing work that is going on in Rwanda. Rwanda has the highest primary school enrolment rates in Africa. For both boys and girls, it is on track to achieve universal access to primary education by the end of this year. The Rwandan Education Board (REB) has been relentless in its focus on building capacities to plan, implement and monitor programmes and interventions aimed at ensuring equitable access to quality education, including early childhood education services. The REB sought support from the NAHT and the British Council in the development of a mentoring programme for Rwandan head teachers. I am delighted to say that I am involved in that project and that Bader Primary School is now developing a partnership with Bugarama Primary School in Rwanda; a partnership that will be mutually beneficial for both school communities. My head teacher colleague at Bugarama is Mr Simon Ndayambaje. We both share a determination to make our partnership work for the benefit of all school community members.

A link to more information on this initiative –

Mentoring of Rwandan head teachers gathers momentum – LF January 2015

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I am delighted to say that our school is now committed to a working partnership with the Moscow Innovative Language Centre. Thank you to Polina Vladykina of MILC who made first contact with our school. The partnership will see some of our youngest children communicating with their bi-lingual Russian peers, developing an appreciation and understanding of one another’s cultures and respective languages. We are to schedule weekly Skype sessions between our school’s children and look forward to what promises to be a truly exciting and rewarding initiative.

Here is a resource produced by MILC that highlights the benefits of the early learning of a second language.

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We anticipate that this work will further bolster our school’s commitment to language development, that including the programme of Latin teaching currently being piloted in Year 5.

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