Pupil Voice

Pupil Voice

At Gordonbrock, we pride ourselves on our students having a voice. We value their views on every aspect of school life where possible. We want to nurture a culture where all children feel listened to, valued, respected and empowered.

Science Curriculum Pupil Voice June 2017

"I like it when we go outside in the playground to do our Science learning." (Year 2 Pupil)
"I really like it when we are setting up the experiments and when we get to take things home!" (Year 3 Pupil)
"I enjoy using timers, thermometers and beakers." (Year 6 Pupil)
"The best experiment was when we looked at the glow sticks because we planned it out." (Year 3 Pupil)
"It was amazing when we saw the ice melting on a metal block and wooden block." (Year 4 Pupil)
"I like it when we go outside in the playground to do our Science learning." (Year 2 Pupil)
"I really like it when we are setting up the experiments and when we get to take things home!" (Year 3 Pupil)
"The best experiment was when we looked at the glow sticks because we planned it out." (Year 3 Pupil)
"It was amazing when we saw the ice melting on a metal block and wooden block." (Year 4 Pupil)
"I enjoy using timers, thermometers and beakers." (Year 6 Pupil)

Feeling Safe at School  - Spring Term 2017

During an assembly Miss Gilmore reminded the children in Years 3,4,5,6 of the importance of feeling safe and happy when they are at school. She talked about the many adults in school who are able to listen and help if any child has a worry that he/she might need to talk about. The children then shared their thoughts on what makes Gordonbrock School a safe place for them to play and learn.

Miss Gilmore was very impressed with the children’s understanding of what it means to be safe and she was delighted that Gordonbrock children were able to describe many ways in which they are kept safe at school.

Some of the things said included;
"We record our names on the register so we know who is in school"
"Adults on playground duty help us"
"We have fire alarm drills"
"CCTV in the office area checks who comes in and out of our school"
"Adults deal with behaviour issues"
"We wear our uniform on trips"
"Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants listen to us"
"First Aid staff help us"
"School gates are locked - no one can just come in or go out and we cant get lost"

RE Pupil Interview  - Spring Term 2017

The Year 1 Spring RE Topic was Sikhism/Hinduism.  The children said the following were highlights; looking at Puja trays, how they pray – learning that they sing a special song, learning about special clothes they wear and learning about the different gods.

The Year 2 Spring RE Topic was Sikhism/Christianity.  The children said the following were highlights; writing our own Easter Stories, making them into books and acting them out.

The Year 3 Spring RE Topic was Islam.  The children said the following were highlights; when we got to read and look at the Koran, making information posters about the Koran, when we had to write 5 things that we couldn’t live without and when we learned about the 5 pillars.

The Year 4 Spring RE Topic was Buddhism.  The children said the following were highlights; learning about the story of Buddha – watched a video and made notes, acting out Siddatha and the Swan and drawing and making the Eight Nobel Truths and posters about it.

The Year 5 Spring RE Topic was Christianity.  The children said the following were highlights; the timeline of Jesus and the Easter story events, reading and acting out the miracles, listening to the Parables and making our own miracles.

Strengths of the School  - Spring Term 2017

During an assembly Miss Gilmore asked the children to think about some of the strengths of the school, some of the answers included;
"KAGAN Learning"
"Anti-Bullying"
"Positivity towards each other"
"The Football Team"
"How clean we keep the school"
"Inclusive - friendships"
"Charity events"

Topic Pupil Interview  - Autumn Term 2017

The Year 1 Autumn Term Topic was Toys.  The children said the following were highlights; bringing a teddy to school, drawing their toys, toy museum, playing with old toys, making a cup and ball and finding the suitcase with lost toys in.

The Year 2 Autumn Term Topic was The Great Fire of London.  The children said the following were highlights; writing diary entries, making bread, making Tudor houses, having the drama group in and doing drama and pretending to be Thomas Farriner.

The Year 3 Autumn Term Topic was WWII.  The children said the following were highlights; acting out the evacuee’s story that we watched, making Anderson shelters, making ration cookies, drawing Anderson shelters, WWII workshop, going to Horton Kirby, doing their own presentations on aspects that they wanted to research and all the children said that the things they did really made them feel like they were there.

The Year 4 Autumn Term Topic was Celts and Romans. The children said the following were highlights; dressing up as Romans with Roman armour, going to Lullingstone villa, watching videos about how it used to be, looking at old maps and guessing where stuff would be and debate

The Year 5 Autumn Term Topic was Invaders &  Settlers - Anglo Saxons to Vikings.  The children said the following were highlights; making broaches, doing a newspaper report about a Viking raid, making shields, Kent Life Museum trip, viking feast, writing longboat poems, writing mini sagas, naming swords, writing runes and making our own villages

The Year 6 Autumn Term Topic was Monarchs.  The children said the following were highlights; Tower of London Trip, Henry VII debates, investigating who killed the princes in the tower and looking at portraits and symbolism.

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