News & Events

RHS Spring Festival, Malvern

We were delighted to be invited by the Royal Horticultural Society and BAM Construction to the RHS Spring Festival at Malvern on 12th May.  Our Year 5 outdoor learning leaders went on this visit and were accompanied by Mr Watson and Mrs Townsend. They had the opportunity to visit the show gardens and to attend the award ceremony for the Schools’ Gardens competition. The visit has given them lots of ideas for the current land use topic in Year 5 and 6. They have also been inspired to enter the RHS schools’ competition at Malvern next year.

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The Big Sale, written by Coragh & Hannah, Year 6

As an end-of-year water slide party was going to be very expensive, Year 6 decided to raise money to pay for it.  All Year 6 pupils were invited to contribute their ideas. We finally agreed to hold a ‘Big Sale’ after school.  Although we had many brilliant ideas, we eventually agreed on: cakes, scones, brownies, cards, raffle, bracelets and face painting.

After a tiring week of doing SATs, we were relieved to get started on the exciting event ahead of us. The tasks were allocated to the pupils who were split into groups of four to six children. It seemed as busy as a factory as everyone worked tirelessly to achieve their goal.

Having set up our stalls in the hall, we waited anxiously for customers. What if nobody came? Fortunately we had nothing to worry about.  When the bell rang, children and parents swarmed into the hall and eagerly bought everything in sight.

On Monday the money was counted.  Can you guess how much we raised? An amazing £177.36!

Well done to our Year 6 and a big thank you to everyone who supported us.

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Greece Visit

In April, pupils from Year 5 and 6 visited our partner school in Patras, Greece as part of our Erasmus+ FIND project.  They worked with staff and pupils from our partner schools in Malta, Italy, Poland, Norway and Greece. The focus of the work was robotics and engineering. We were very proud of our pupils as they presented their robotics work at an international conference in Greece.  The team also visited the Acropolis in Athens and Ancient Olympia. They had special permission to visit the International Olympic Academy and learn more about the Olympic philosophy.  Staff and pupils had a fantastic week and have come back to Howes ready to lead some exciting robotics workshops for all classes.

Read more about the FIND Project here

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Ancient Greece Museum

Year 5 and Year 6 worked really hard to make Ancient Greek artifacts to display in their Ancient Greece museum. The museum was open to the whole school community and was really well attended. Everyone commented on how much the children knew about Ancient Greece and about how well they communicated the information.  It was a really successful day.

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Be Enterprising, Succeed Together

Our two year European BEST project (Be Enterprising, Succeed Together) came to an exciting finish with children receiving investments to set up and run their own businesses. Children raised an amazing £500 in four weeks from their business ventures. They decided to give the profits to local charity Zoe’s Place.

We have worked with partner schools in Malta, Poland, Greece, Estonia, Italy and Norway looking at future career options and developing entrepreneurial skills. Children in all schools have had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of running a business including product design, marketing, economics, human resources and management. Children have also explored career options across Europe and have found out what qualifications and experience are needed for different jobs.

Children have been interested to learn about life in our partner countries and have even had the chance to visit schools in Norway and Poland. Children from our partner schools came to visit Howes in June 2015 and they worked with our pupils to create a jobs fair. We were very proud to be invited to 10 Downing Street as part of this visit.

Pupils from all schools involved in the BEST project reported that they have got a much better understanding of how to set up and run their own business. They also said that they have been inspired to take part in other European projects and to consider working abroad when they finish education.

For more information about the BEST project, please visit the BEST project website by clicking on the logo below:

BEST Project

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