Spring Term

Geography-History Week

Once again we held the annual Geography and History week and with the help of 4 Year 5 children, we launched the week during our whole school assembly on Monday. Every year group was designated a specific historical era related to a part of the world. This year we continued to learn about the updated National Curriculum units and made them culturally relevant to the children at Elmwood Junior School.

Year 3 – The Maya Civilisation

Year 4 – Ancient Greece

Year 5 – Kingdom of Benin

Year 6 – Early Islamic Civilisation

The themed week was planned as a cross-curricular project with strong links between art and ICT. During the week, pupils practised and developed specific skills and participated in a quiz; one lower school quiz and one upper school quiz. The teams were compiled of children from each year group that represented their house. The work created has been created and is currently on display on the top corridor.


Whole School Quiz


Design a Banner Competition

Well done to everyone who entered our competiton to design a banner with a ‘Clean Air’ theme. The entries of the three runners-up (Adrian, Havin and Oumou) can be seen below alongside that of our winner Shaheer. Shaheer’s winning entry will be made into an actual banner which will be on display soon!

Banner Winners 1
Banner Winners 2


Clean Air Campaign

Well done to Annie in Year 5 who has received a reply from a letter she wrote to London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Annie had originally written to the mayor as part of the school’s clean air campaign. You can read his reply below. Congratulations Annie, keep up the campaigning!



Rollapaluza is a cycle sport like no other. Participants battle it out on bikes over a sprint distance at speeds in excess of 50mph. This is accompanied by music, an MC and cheering crowds. On Thursday 28th March Elmwood pupils had the chance to battle it out for themselves. The event was enjoyed by all and we would like to thank Miss McManus for organising it!



Online Safety Workshop: Wednesday 27th March

ESafety Workshop


Year 6: St. Valentine’s Day Event

On Thursday 14th of February a group of Year 6 pupils attended a special Valentine’s Day event organised by Kora ltd. The children had all prepared a piece of writing with the theme  ‘I Love Me’ which they shared with the elders at the CVA centre on London Road. The children then enjoyed a fish and chip lunch followed by some dancing! A great time was had by all and we would like to thank Anika for inviting us.

Year 5: Lanfranc Day

On Wednesday 6th February two classes from Year 5 spent the day at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy. The event was full of activity- including music, food and sport- and was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Lan 1


Lan 2


Year 4: Sound Start Concert

Well done to all the Year 4 children who took part in our mid-year Sound Start concerts on Tuesday 5th February. The strings, wind instruments, ukuleles and recorders were all sounding very tuneful as I’m sure those parents and carers who attended would agree!

Sound Start Feb 2019 4


Sound Start Feb 2019 3


Sound Start Feb 2019 2


Sound Start Feb 2019 1

George Knowland Award 2019 

Congratulations to Oumou and Shyam- winners of the George Knowland Award 2019. The certificates were presented in person by Eric Buckmaster on behalf of the Commando Veterans Association. Also in attendance was The Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon Councillor Bernadette Khan (pictured below with our winners), Rev. George Parsons and representatives from Featherstone Homes: a property company who have recently built ‘Knowland Mews’, a new development named in honour of George. Thank you to all those who attended- we hope to see you again next year!



Book Week 2019: Fancy Dress Parade

Well done to all the children, parents, carers and staff who made such huge efforts to participate in this year’s Fancy Dress Parade. As you can see from the photos below, the school hall was transformed into a kaleidoscope of invention and colour. The Fancy Dress Parade traditionally marks the end of the week which has also included: storytelling with Mrs Buck and Mr Cramp, writing competitions, book clubs and an author visit. Thank you to Mrs Maharaj for organising such an enjoyable week.

Fancy Dress 2019 1
Fancy Dress 2019 2
Fancy Dress 2019 3
Fancy Dress 2019 4



Book Week 2019: Dan Freedman

Author Dan Freedman visited the school on Thursday 24th January as part of our Book Week celebrations. Dan, author of the ‘Jamie Johnson’ series of books, undertook some filming, gave an inspirational talk on his career and signed some of his books for eager Elmwood pupils. Everyone at Elmwood would like to say thank you to Dan- we hope to see you again soon!

Book Week 2019 1
Book Week 2019 2


Film-making Competition Winners

Congratulations to Elmwood’s Digital Leaders for their entry into a national film-making competition. Placed third in the Grow On, Film It’ competition, judges said ‘Elmwood’s had that extra something that caught the eye’. Congratulations must also go to Mrs Henfry who helped organise the project. Have a look at some of the screenshots below.

Garden Film


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