I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Chantry Primary Academy. We are a values-based school focused on empowering our pupils to be the best they can be. Our ethos is built on Chantry's Values, which include unity, respect and friendship. With our wow-factors and a book based learning experience, we believe that Chantry offers an excellent educational experience for our pupils.
We had an Ofsted inspection in February 2014 which found that Chantry is a good school where teachers have high expectations of pupils. As a result of these high expectations progress in writing is particularly strong and standards in reading are rapidly improving. In addition, inspectors said that: "The school promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well through the teaching of the school's values and different subjects, including sports, music and art." We invite you to read the full report by clicking here.
Chantry is a successful school which is a unique and exciting place to be. Children succeed at Chantry thanks to high quality learning experiences provided by our extensive and dedicated team. They also enjoy our creative approach to learning and feel secure in our caring school environment.
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Science Night 2014
Saturday 11th October-Sunday 12th October 2014
One of our most exciting visits took place this weekend when a group of Year 6 pupils travelled to the Science Museum in London to take part in the Science Night sleepover! The event allows primary aged pupils the chance to stay in the museum overnight whilst participating in a range of different workshops and activities, both on the Saturday night and the Sunday morning! This year, we were learning about digestion (in a gruesome way!), seeing what happens to the blood in our body and playing big body bingo!
We were also allowed to watch a movie on the 70ft IMAX screen and have fun in the interactive 'Launchpad' gallery. It was certainly a jam-packed evening, and a truly memorable one at that!
Sowing the Seeds
Friday 10th October 2014
Thirty pupils from Year 4, 5 and 6 had the chance to visit the University of Bedfordshire today to take part in the 'Sowing the Seeds' programme! This unique scheme allows local school-children the opportunity to gain an insight into university life and hopefully motivate them to start thinking about attending university from an early age. Those who attended today were certainly enthused about the visit and were amazed at the number of courses you could study if you attended university!
Space 2 Play fun!
Saturday 4th October 2014
The most recent of our monthly enrichment visits took us to the fantastic Space 2 Play indoor playground in Hitchin today where some Reception and Key Stage 1 children had the opportunity to use up lots of energy! The 5 level play frame, zip wire, go-karts, astra slides, sports pitches and tonnes of play equipment kept the children occupied for ages and they certainly had a tiring time! By the time we went home, there were lots of red faces (and 7 empty juice jugs) which we're sure were signs of having had a super time!
Pro-Kick penalty shoot out fun!
Tuesday 30th September 2014
We had super fun today, as the first of our Pro-Kick penalty shoot-outs took place! All the classes in Key Stage 2 had their turn throughout the day, with the aim of trying to kick the ball as fast as they could into the goal! A special 'speed radar' gun recorded the speeds (and there were some VERY fast speeds indeed!). It was also quite interesting to see how competitive the adults became, trying to outdo each other on how fast they could kick the ball! It's Reception and Key Stage One's turn on Thursday...we're sure that they will have just as much fun as the older pupils!
Saturday 27th September 2014
Today, as part of our Key Stage 2 trips schedule, a group of pupils visited Warwick Castle. Whilst there, they experienced a whole range of exciting activities, including the enormous boulder-firing trebuchet; a visit to the magical Merlin's Tower and watching a spectacular birds of prey show. The day involved lots of walking too, including a 550 step climb to the top of 'Caesar's Tower' (a very tiring experience!).
'Sense'ational Fun WOW Day
Wednesday 17th September 2014
Reception children had a dress for mess 'Sense-ational' fun day today as an introduction to the topic 'Ourselves'. The children took part in various activities related to the 5 senses, including making 'feely' collage pictures, wearing goggles that helped them to understand what it's like to have a visual impairment, feeling braille, distinguishing between different scents, tasting foods and playing listening games.
Congratulations to Charlie!
A special congratulations to Charlie who was lucky enough to be the Luton Town mascot at their recent home game against Cheltenham! The day saw Charlie taking part in lots of memorable experiences, including meeting all the players and the manager, training out on the pitch, having his shirt and programme signed, leading the players out on the pitch and even watching the game from the director's box! It was a very special day for Charlie and we're sure the pictures show how over the moon he was with the day!
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Year 5 had a fantastic treat today when they were visited by Olivia, a Bollywood dance instructor, who spent the day with the children, teaching them all about Bollywood dance! This exciting WOW factor was part of the children's study of the 'Grandpa Chatterji' book, which focuses on the Indian culture.
Both classes learnt different individual dance moves, then put them together to create some excellent routines that they practised, before parents came in to watch them perform just before the end of the day. The children picked the moves up easily and were eager to keep learning more and more as the session went on! They even looked the part with Indian style sashes and 'bindis' attached to their foreheads!
Olivia was very impressed with the children's efforts and enthusiasm throughout the day, so a big well done to them all!
Aboriginal art work
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Year 3 are loving their 'Bunda's Dreaming' book that they're reading at the moment, and today they completed some art work based on the Aboriginal 'coloured dots' idea (similar to the 'pointillism style). The children used small painted dots of a similar size to create a painting of an animal that was linked to Australia. They had to really concentrate to make sure that the dots were in the right places so that the animals looked accurate! With Australian music playing in each class, the children really got into the spirit of things and some brilliant pieces of art work were created!