Eisteddfod 2018 – a celebration of culture and the arts!

Yesterday the whole school enjoyed a joyful celebration of culture and the arts, the annual Eisteddfod. A traditional Welsh talent contest, Eisteddfod has been embraced by Charles Dickens Primary School as a showcase for the many talents of the children and a celebration of diversity, achievement, and simply taking part. Competitions were held throughout the day including poetry, dance, singing, musical performances and so much more. Every child in the school came away entertained, and whilst not every child could win, those that took part left feeling proud of their achievements. It was truly a special day and a big thank you must go to all the staff involved, but an even bigger thank you to children who made it so wonderful!

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Daily Mile Club

We’re excited to announce that, beginning on Tuesday 8th May, we will be running a ‘Daily Mile’ club in the mornings directly before school.  It is necessary to sign up for this club as there are limited spaces.  This club will take place, every morning from 08:45 – 09:00 with Mr Hunt on the rooftop playground.  The club is open for anyone from Reception to Year 6 to apply. Please see the email sent to all parents for more details on how to claim a space in the club.

What is the #DailyMile?

The #DailyMile is an initiative which encourages children to walk, run, or jog for one mile per day. The initiative started at a primary school in Scotland just four years ago and works on the idea that it only takes an average of 15 minutes for a child to run one mile. By doing this just once per day, a child’s physical and mental health will improve by a significant amount. It takes just four weeks for the #DailyMile to have a positive impact on a child’s fitness level, but these aren’t the only benefits. Headteachers from all over the UK have said that there is a noticeable improvement in pupils’ concentration, mood and behaviour.

The #DailyMile needs no specialist equipment! This means it’s completely free to get involved. Children run about in their school uniform, so there are no excuses. The #DailyMile is a one size fits all activity, meaning anybody, of any age, and any ability can get involved. This non-competitive form of exercise gives children the confidence they need to get involved in more sport outside of school. It encourages children to get outside, get fit, socialise and most importantly, have fun. Not even the weather can stop you! Head teachers have said that only snow or ice would stop them from doing their #DailyMile. Rain is no problem, just pop on your coat and go.


Emotional Well-Being and Resilience Workshop

Thank you to all of the MANY parents who attended this week’s workshop on Emotional Well-Being and Resilience and a further thank you to Pascale Mather, our visiting Educational Psychologist, for delivering the session.

The presentation was very informative and supportive, offering tips and advice on managing anxiety, encouraging our children to face their fears, prioritising the process over the outcome and focusing on positive behaviours.

By popular demand, we will be arranging another date in the diary for a follow up session in which Pascale will share the remaining top tips which we did not have time for this time and to open the discussion out to allow you, the parents, to share strategies which have and haven’t worked well and to ask any questions you might still have.

Click the link below for the Powerpoint presentation which was presented yesterday.

SLIDESHOW: Emotional Well-Being and Resilience Workshop

A Celebration of Music

The opportunities to learn a musical instrument afforded to the children at Charles Dickens Primary School are second to none. Today some of the children showed exactly what can be done with the help of excellent tuition, practice and a positive attitude. The whole school was treated to a moving violin recital followed by a splendid ensemble guitar performance. Incredibly, many of the musicians have only been learning since the start of the school year, and some only started playing their instrument in January! Congratulations to the children involved and a massive thank you to our wonderful music teachers.

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Happy St. George’s Day!

The children of Charles Dickens Primary School were treated to a highly entertaining re-telling of the tale of St. George and the dragon yesterday! The children learnt about the history and origins of St. George and why he is the patron saint of England. The children in Reception even baked some St. George’s Day biscuits for the wonderful performers who visited the school!

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Making French friends, enjoying the sea and some French freedom!

Yet another lovely, action-packed day in sunny Hardelot! We started our day in the Le Touquet market where the children purchased a dazzling array of trinkets (and perhaps a few French sweets…).

We then came back to the centre for a delicious picnic lunch in the sun before heading to meet our penpals at the Condette school. There were wonderful cross-cultural conversations, lovely songs and some very fun games.

Next stop: the beach! We were able to enjoy the glorious sunshine with some paddling, sandcastles and beach games. The children loved being by the sea and freezing their toes in the water.

We returned home sun-kissed and happy for another delicious three-course meal and some play in the woods. The children are now sound asleep after another brilliant day. They can’t wait to tell their families about their adventures tomorrow.

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Ocean Literacy – Learning about our Commonwealth Oceans on RV Endeavour – free teaching resources available!


This week, pupils from year 6 have taught by the scientists and crew of RV Endeavor and they learnt an unbelievable amount about oceans and the life within them.

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As part of Commonwealth Week, we were invited on board RV Endeavor, the ocean-going fisheries research vessel which is operated by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

They learnt just that as human populations increase and the negative effects on the marine environment also increase, never has there been a more crucial time for society to understand the science of our oceans. This knowledge and understanding of our ocean can be termed ’ocean literacy’.

In just two days, they learnt how the ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth and the weather experienced. Pupils also learnt about the diversity of life within the oceans including the Carribean Spiny Lobster ( our favourite).

Most importantly, we learnt that oceans and humans are inextricably linked and there is so much more we can do to protect these amazing and enormous parts of our world!

There are fantastic new teaching resources available for all schools on the TES here

Thank you to everyone at CEFAS for such a brilliant experience.


Corn dollies, bread making and French conversation – the first day for Year 5s in France.

What a fun and a sunny first day we’ve had in France! After a heroically early start, we plunged beneath the Channel with great excitement. Before we knew it, we were in belle France.

Our first stop was a wheat farm where we made delicious bread and learnt to weave corn in the traditional way. We had a fabulous crepe lunch (savoury for the main and sweet for dessert!) and enjoyed the fabulous sunshine.

After that, we settled into the Hardelot Centre. This involved the children making their own beds – quite a feat for some! This was followed by a wonderful three-course dinner before playtime in the woods.

The children are now listening to a riveting Mr Huxley story time and will be heading to bed shortly.

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