Cranfield Church of England Academy's mission to be 'at the heart of Cranfield Village' came to life this Remembrance Sunday. Marking the centenary of the end of World War One, in conjunction with Holywell School, the Academy opened the doors of its' Saint Peter's Site for a very special 'Gallery of Remembrance'. Attended by up to 500 people during the morning and early afternoon, visitors were delighted by the array of artwork on display, contributed to by children aged from 2 to 14 years old.
On Friday Tuesday 5th June 2018, children in Years One to Four participated in the school’s first ever 5K Race for Life! Organised superbly by Mrs Gedny, the event was a spectacle to behold, with children at both sites uniting in aid of the Institute of Cancer Research. The atmosphere on the day was simply superb with children and adults cheering each other on and showing those all-important values we think about each day at Cranfield Academy. What an amazing day for our school community and a fundraising total of over £2100 quite simply being the icing on the cake! Well done children and thank you to all for the kind donations and well wishes.
It has been wonderful to welcome Caedmon from Rock Steady to both St. Peter's and St. Paul's sites this year. Children from across the school join Caedmon once a week in their self-named bands and develop their instrumental or vocal skills in their band role! Band members can be drummers, guitarists, keyboard players and singers! Thank you to all of the children involved who were courageous enough to show off their talents and help the school rock on!
There was a good deal of commotion in a Bethlehem stable when the animals realised that there was a baby in the barn! Saint Peter’s Key Stage One performed excellently, particularly after having lost out on valuable rehearsal time because of a ‘snow day’! The cows, sheep, pigs, cat and cockerel all learnt about their special guest from the donkey that brought the baby along as well as the guests that followed. As more and more visitors arrived to greet the new king, the animals slowly realised what a privilege it was to share their home with such an important baby. Well done for a triumphant performance.
The traditional Christmas story was retold in a whole school performance at Saint Paul’s Site this year as some alien visitors, who became stranded on earth met a group of school children rehearsing their Christmas play! The children, from Reception to Year Four, performed together beautifully. Well done children for an excellent, second Christmas performance at Saint Paul’s Site.
Congratulations to the Reception Children at St. Peter's for their wonderful performance of a Wriggly Nativity. Every angel, sheep, shepherd and lamb used all of their excited energy to wriggle their way through a wonderful Christmas musical! Congratulations children. Our thanks to Mrs Edmond, Mrs Adams, Mrs Hargreaves and all of the St. Peter's Early Years team for their wonderful efforts in putting on a special Nativity performance.
Congratulations to the children who attended our Tag Rugby Tournament with Mrs Gedny. The children represented the school brilliantly, winning 3 matches and drawing 1. Congratulations children!
We were so proud to congratulate our first ever set of Little Cranes Graduates on Thursday 20th July 2017. Looking forward to 'big School', the children were delighted to receive their Little Cranes certificate, in addition to their first ever book bag for Cranfield Church of England Academy! Our sincere thanks to the Key Workers and Parents for their support this year; our first with a Pre-School!
Congratulations to all of our wonderful Little Cranes who accomplished their Magnificent Mile! Lots of parents joined us for the mile, which saw our Little Cranes climb the hill on Saint Paul’s field and complete challenging obstacles along the route! Children performed tremendously well, having to complete the course five times to achieve the full mile, and were proud to receive their ‘Magnificent Mile’ certificate. Our most sincere thanks to sponsors for their kindness and generosity. The current grand total is an amazing £513.00, which we are using to put towards our saving for a ‘CleverTouch’ Interactive Screen in our Pre-School.
What an amazing Sports Day Key Stage Two had this year. The sun shone down beautifully upon the children as, united in their country teams, the children competed in a circuit of activities followed by the exciting races and the final baton relay! Congratulations to all involved, our Charlie Marsh Award winner and this year's winning Key Stage Two country! A superb year of sport at Cranfield once again draws to a close!
What a fantastic afternoon it was for all of the parents from both Saint Peter's and Saint Paul's Sites to come together on Tuesday 4th July. Congratulations to our young Sporting Superstars who showed off their exemplary talents superbly, and to the parents, grandparents and friends of our school who came along and got in the spirit of things!
Following a last minute change of plan due to the unreliable British Weather, Redwings held their own Sports Day at Saint Paul's Site. Although without the added element of fun with their friends in Robins and Wrens, the children were delighted to show off their talents to their parents. Our thanks to Miss Brooks and Mrs Craig for their support in taking the beautiful photos seen in this gallery.
What fun there was to be had at the Cranfield Friends 2017 Summer Fayre! It was a delight to see parents from both school sites, and the Pre-School, come together to have lots of fun, all while supporting our wonderful school! From delicious food stalls to a wide range of fun activities, games and competitions designed for the children to have lots of fun and a superb bouncy castle and slide, the day really was a success for our growing school community.
Year Two were amazed to have the beautiful birds from Herring Green Farm visit as part of their 'Amazing Animals ' topic. The children loved handling the birds, finding out all about them, and seeing them fly in the school hall! What an excellent learning experience!
Robins, Wrens and Redwings had a super time at Stockwood Discovery Centre! What an exciting trip for the children to enjoy! Our sincere thanks to the many grown-ups who planned and supported the trip, in addition to the parents for letting the children have such a wonderful experience.
On Friday 19th May, Year Two celebrated a successful Progress Week with a magnificent Medieval Day! The school was overrun by knights, princesses and medieval men and women, who were transported back in time to the 1300s by Lady Catherine from Gripping History. The children thoroughly enjoyed their special day and have learnt a lot from this wonderful experience.
Some of our super Year Four children had a wonderful time in the Redborne Sports Partnership Cricket Tournament on Thursday 25th May! They were so proud to meet and spend time with the former England Women's Cricket Team Captain, Charlotte Edwards! Our thanks to Mr Hearn, Mrs Boyles and Mr Sofer for accompanying the children on this exciting day out!
Some of our Year Four's had a fantastic time enjoying a Sports Quad Kids Event at Holywell Middle School!
Year Three and Four were delighted to contribute to the development of Waypost Wood in Cranfield. The trees should last for 900 years! What an amazing way for our children to impact on their local community! Thank you children, and well done for your hard work!
As part of their learning, the children in Puffins, Penguins and Parrots had a wonderful day at Mead Open Farm! Our thanks to the Year One teaching team for organising such a special day.
Well done to the Year Four children who successfully completed our first ever Cross Country Run! Thanks to all of the parents and grown-ups for joining us on the run and supporting our healthy lifestyles!
Year Four's 'To Infinity and Beyond' topic has included an exciting Rocket Week. Children worked in Space Teams and put their learning powers into action to create their own team Rocket. The results are rather impressive!
What a wonderful Cricket Tournament we had this year. Held and organised by our wonderful P.E. Teacher, Mrs Gedny, a thrilling series of Cricket matches kept the spectators entertained. In between innings, a rather-civilised cream tea was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to all of the children who participated beautifully, thanks to the parents and grandparents who came along with chairs, blankets and picnics to support and enjoy and of course, to Mrs Gedny whose energy and enthusiasm knows no bounds.
World Book Day is a celebration! It's a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. In fact, it's the biggest celebration of its kind and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. Every year, we celebrate World Book Day with a whole week of exciting activities! This year, the children have thoroughly enjoyed bringing two books to life through Dance and Drama; Reception and Key Stage One brought 'Where the Wild Things Are' to life, and Key Stage Two, the BFG! How exciting! Our thanks to our Literacy Leader, Mrs Merry, for doing a superb job in organising such enriching events.
Ahoy me hearties! Perilous Pirates invaded the Key Stage One Playground at Saint Peter's with an exciting day to celebrate the learning in their Perilous Pirates topic. The children shared their learning excellently with parents, in addition to enjoying making some hearty Pirate grog and gold chocolate coins with the wonderful Pirate Bush (thank you Mrs Bush!). We hope the children thoroughly enjoyed their special day!
Enjoying, Achieving and Learning was brought to life in the most adventurous way on Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th of January 2017. 42 Year Four children took on their learning adventure with great enthusiasm, demonstrating their values at all times. A huge well done to the children who achieved so much on this amazing residential trip!
Robins and Wrens enjoyed some fun in in the snow on Friday 13th January. We wonder if there will be any more this year? The children hope so!
winner, winner Turkey Dinner! Our huge thanks and well done to Mrs Shiner and her fantastic catering team who once again have managed to put on a most superb Christmas Dinner, this year for both sites on the same day! Proudly wearing their festive hats and enjoying some traditional Christmas Crackers, the children had an amazing and delicious lunch. Our thanks to the staff who helped throughout lunchtime with the serving of dinners. Teachers as waiters - like Christmas, it happens just once a year!
Just like Saint Paul's Site, this small but perfectly formed gallery shows the effort our Reception, Year One and Two children put into their superb Christmas Performance. Well done to all of the children and staff who performed superbly for a very large and enthusiastic audience.
What a wonderful day of learning was had by the children of Year Three at Saint Alban's Cathedral. As part of their R.E. learning on the question, 'Has Christmas lost its true meaning?', the children explored the beautiful Cathedral, Christian traditions at Christmas time and even participated in a clay workshop, creating a 'Christmas symbol' tile. The children had a fantastic day and our thanks to all staff who attended and supported the trip, in addition to parents for contributing financially towards it.
Year Four were very fortunate on the 14th December to visit St Peter and St Paul Church and attend ‘Christmas Cracked’. Supported by Rachel Foster, Reverend Hugh, Pastor Steve and members of Open the Book, the children had a fantastic time with events retold from the Christmas Story. Reverend Hugh as a nutty Professor was a particular highlight! From charades, to quizzes and Christmas Crafts, a wonderful time was had by all. Thank you to all the grown-ups who organised this special event for our Year Four children.
Wow! A huge well done to Year One and Two children at Saint Peter's Site who put on a dazzling dance show for their audiences this year. Four performances in total were attended by a wealth of very proud grown-ups who watched as the Bethlehem Broadcasting Corporation (BBC!) welcomed a heavenly host of nativity celebrities ready to celebrate Jesus' birth with what can only be described as, Strictly, the Nativity! Our most sincere gratitude to the Teaching Team in Years One and Two who went above and beyond this year in creating a performance to remember.
A very big well done to Robins and Wrens at Saint Peter's Site who performed superbly, 'A Miracle In Town'. The children performed, sung and even danced brilliantly and we know that their grown-ups who came to enjoy this special Christmas Story are as proud of them as we are. Our thanks to the teaching team in Robins and Wrens who put such great efforts into making this year's Saint Peter's Reception Nativity, an extra special one!
What a wonderful time the parents of Year Four had when they visited the children's Egyptian Museum. What a fantastic way to celebrate the learning in Year Four this term.
Year Two have had a wonderful half term learning all about 'Fire and Ice'. As part of their learning on Fire, they have developed their History skills whilst learning about the Great Fire of London! The famous story of the forgetful baker has had Year Two children absolutely fascinated and delighted to be able to bring their learning to life with their very own 'Great Fire'. Thank you to Miss George & Mrs Massey for creating such enriching learning opportunities!
On the 16th November Year 3 had an exciting Roman Day! The children learnt a great deal and enjoyed their experiences with genuine Roman artefacts. The day finished off quite suitably with a Gladiator Battle! Just another day at school for our superb Year 3 children and staff!
Robins and Wrens enjoyed a delightful Autumn Walk this October. They enjoyed spotting signs of Autumn. Thank you to all of the grown ups who came along and supported the children in their learning.
The official opening ceremony of our Saint Paul's Site at Braeburn Way was held on Tuesday 11th October 2016. Our thanks to all of the attendees and to all of the staff who have made Cranfield Academy being a dual-site school a seamless and successful process.
Congratulations to the entire Little Cranes Pre-School Team who enjoyed a successful and exciting first day of our brand new Pre-School. With lots of toys and equipment to provide superb enjoyment, achievement and learning, the first day for our Little Cranes was an absolute joy to behold. Thank you to the entire Pre-School Team for a wonderful start to an exciting future for the village's, and the Academy's Pre-School provision.
On Tuesday 12th June 2016, Year Two visited Whipsnade Zoo as part of their "Amazing Animals" topic. Despite the rainy British weather, a managerie of animals were explored and enjoyed by the children on this extra special day out! Many thanks to all of the staff involved in organising this wonderful experience for the children and parents for their financial support!
What lucky children we have in Key Stage One. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed a celebratory end of year picnic together with games, snacks and delicious cakes. Thank you to the teachers for making this a special occasion to celebrate an excellent year of learning.
What an amazing Sports Day Key Stage Two had this year. The sun shone down beautifully upon the children as, united in their country teams, the children competed in a circuit of activities, a sack race, a baton relay and the all-new hammer throw, an event which was not to be missed! Congratulations to all involved, our Charlie Marsh Award winner and this year's winning Key Stage Two country, New Zealand! A superb year of sport at Cranfield once again draws to a close!
For the first time ever, Reception and Key Stage One joined sporting forces this year, to have a mammoth School Sports Day, and what a fantastic afternoon it was for all! Congratulations to our young Sporting Superstars who showed off their exemplary talents superbly, and to the parents, grandparents and friends of our school who came along and got in the spirit of things! Final congratulations to the overall winning country, Poland!
The Cranfield Choir, Guitar Club, Violin Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble, Pianists and even a flute soloist were delighted to be able to invite the school, parents and special guests to our third Annual Proms. Hosted beautifully and with the utmost professionalism by Harvey and Keeley, two exceptional young role models in our school, the afternoon was a wonderful way to celebrate music at Cranfield Academy! Well done to all involved; music seems to get better and better each year!
Year Two were delighted to welcome the Wilstead Bird of Prey Sanctuary into school today. The children were fascinated by information about the birds brought into school to visit! The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the birds fly around the hall and having the opportunity to hold them!
What an amazing trip for our EYFS children. Following a flight departure from Cranfield University to 'Rio De Janeiro', the children landed safely to visit their very own Olympic Stadium (Stantonbury Campus) and participated in their very own special Olympics events. The children's enjoyment in this gallery is a joy to behold. What a wonderful 'role-play' experience for our youngest children to have enjoyed. Sincere thanks to the EYFS Team, Mr Townsend and the team at Cranfield Airfield who made these wonderful experiences possible.
As we move towards opening our second dual-site, keep an eye on this gallery to watch the building work progress! Updates will be posted on Twitter and our Latest News feed to ensure you are aware of any updates made. Our thanks to Mrs McLachlan for the majority of these update photos!
Year Four have had two wonderful sporting opportunities recently, a wonderful Kwik-Cricket Tournament attended by 12 of our Year Fours, and a super Tri-Golf Workshop provided by the Redborne Sports Partnership. What fun!
It has been a most fantastic International Week! Our annual celebration of countries and cultures from around the world has been based this year around the theme of ‘the arts’! In the gallery, you will see some wonderful American Cheerleading, a fabulous Gamelan Orchestral experience and an amazing food tasting event! What a special week for us all!
On Friday 20th, all children participated in the school’s first ever 5K Race for Life! With the races being launched by Organised superbly by Mrs Gedny, the event was a spectacle to behold. The atmosphere on the day was simply superb with children and adults cheering each other on and showing those all-important values we think about each day at Cranfield Academy. What an amazing day for our school community and a fundraising total nearing £2000 is quite simply the icing on the cake! Well done children and thank you to all for the kind donations and well wishes.
If you go down in the woods today, you'll be sure of a big surprise! Year Four thoroughly enjoyed their Science walk to the Thrift measuring the trees they planted two years ago and exploring habitats.
Why Mrs Farbon...the hall is full of dinosaurs! Dinosaurs descended upon our school for Year 3's very special Dinosaur Day! To celebrate the end of their topic Year 3 had a superb day being taken back to the Jurassic period and investigating the incredible world of the dinosaurs. The photos show the transformation of the school hall and the joy of the children in Year 3! What a wonderful example of our school motto in action. Our sincere thanks to Graham, from Portals to the Past, for bringing the children's learning to life in the most magnificent way!
Thank you to our Cranfield Choir who presented a beautiful St George's Day Service in the Church this year. Choir taught us about both the legend and the true story of Saint George, and provided us with pause for thought about how we may learn from the Patron Saint of England. Choir sang beautifully, When a Knight Won His Spurs and the school joined in with 'Here I Am Lord'.
The sound of the Air Raid Siren beckoned through the school today as Year Four stepped back in time to World War Two. The children arrived at school in the most wonderful WWII costumes. Evacuees, land army ladies and soldiers descended on Cranfield Academy! A fabulous day was had by all, we were joined by Corporal Vincent and Bunty, who came from Portals to the Past. They led an array of wonderful activities during the day and always compliment us when they visit each year. A big thank you for a fantastic effort with the children's costumes!
Thank you so much to Mrs Bobby and Mrs Gedny for organising and choreographing a wonderful Bollywood Dance Club. The Year Four Girls had a wonderful time after school each week and performed beautifully to their parents.
What a wonderful afternoon have had enjoying 'Easter Cracked'. Supported wonderfully by Rachel Foster, Reverend Hugh, Pastor Steve and our super Open the Book actors, the children were enthralled with the storytelling, games, quizzes and activities offered. The children's awe and wonder during Pastor Steve's retelling of the crucifixion was a joy to behold. Thank you to all the grown ups involved in making this wonderful opportunity possible.
We were delighted to be able to welcome back Whirldwind Wendy to school today, getting us excited about our upcoming Science week! Whirldwind Wendy taught us about air flow and air particles with some very fun experiments!
It was wonderful to be able to open up two more pieces of play equipment today! On our Key Stage One Playground, our brand new Captain Mannering Castle. In EYFS, a second trim trail! Playtimes just got a whole lot better. We feel our playground provision, including the Tyre Parks and Toy Sheds really now can be called 'truly Cranfield'!
Elmer's in Reception, The Stick Man is teaching Year One and a Gangsta Granny is in Year Four! It can only mean one thing - World Book Day at Cranfield Church of England Academy. A super World Book Day was had by all! Sincere thanks to the parents who contributed so significantly to the children's beautiful costumes. World Book Day is all about instilling a joy of reading in our children and World Book Day this year certainly did just that!
Today has been a very special day in the history of Cranfield Academy with the dig ceremony of our second school site! We were joined by a host of adults including our school governors, Reverend Hugh, Headteacher of Holywell Middle School Mr Haddon, our longest serving teacher Mrs Lesley Gillett, Councillor Mark Versallion, Open the Book and many more! Even Harris, our wonderful reading dog came along to give the new school a good sniff! Our Academy Parliament members who represented the school beautifully enjoyed meeting 'Ivor Goodsite' and joining with the grown ups to celebrate the building work beginning. Here's to an exciting future for Cranfield Church of England Academy!
What a triumphant Summer Fete we had this year. Organised tirelessly by the PTA members, staff, children and families had a wonderful day in the sun. Thank you to all of the volunteer helpers, donations and stall holders in creating an excellent day of fundraising.
What better to come back to from our Church service than Turkey and all the trimmings? A wonderful Christmas lunch was cooked for all by our wonderful Catering team - a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all!
Congratulations to our wonderful Year One Girls who put on a wonderful performance to celebrate the end of their Thursday evening Bollywood club each week! The girls performed beautifully and have clearly enjoyed their dance sessions, taught superbly by Mrs Bobby and Mrs Gedny. What lucky children!
Our Year Four residential trip to Caythorpe Court was an incredible learning adventure for the 49 children and 7 adults attending! Values were developed in abundance on this exciting 3 day trip! A superb gallery showing our Year Four children for what they are - outstanding young people! Congratulations to all the children who achieved so much on their learning adventure.
On Saturday 5th July, children, parents, teachers and friends of Cranfield didn't let the rain spoil the annual PTA Summer Fete! Bouncy castles, face painting, raffles, a tombola, line dancing, the Academy Choir and much more were enjoyed as our dedicated PTA created a wonderful day for all to enjoy! Many thanks to the PTA for organising this event and raising valued funds for our Academy.
The entire school were excited and delighted to sit down together for our annual Christmas Dinner. A big thank you goes to Mrs Shiner and the entire Catering Team who put on an absolute feast! We are pretty certain a couple of teachers were seen going back for seconds..! The children enjoy sitting down for a Christmas lunch with their teachers each year; what a special time of year it is!
he Christmas Performances were completed with the children in Year Three and Four’s amusing and poignant performance of Straw and Order! We do hope the audiences enjoyed the children’s acting, singing and dancing. The effort put into the teacher’s, staff and of course the children made this year’s performance one to remember!
Christmas With The Aliens, presented superbly by our children in Year One and Two, was a great nativity in which some alien visitors became stranded on earth with a broken spaceship! Invited to watch the 'Cranfield Christmas play', the friendly aliens discovered an amazing story which they want the whole universe to hear!
The children in Robins, Wrens and Redwings put on a wonderful Christmas performance this year. Everyone loves making snowmen, but what happens when there isn't enough snow? With wonderful confidence, beautiful singing and delightful dancing, the importance of teamwork was taught beautifully to the audience with a festive, snowy twist. Congratulations to all of the children on a wonderful performance.
What a wonderful Bazaar we had again this year, thanks to the hard work of our PTA. Games galore, festive singing, delicious food and a special visit to Santa's Grotto! A wonderful start to the festive season at Cranfield and our sincere thanks to the PTA for making such special events take place. All funds raised will go directly to the school.
The children in Year Four had a most fantastic time in the Church of St Peter and St Paul. With efforts from Rachel Foster, Open the Book, Reverend Hugh and his wife and Pastor Steve the children had a fantastic time finding out about the Christmas Story, enjoying games and crafts and an all together good time. What a fantastic time of year and a wonderful opportunity for the children, thank you to all the adults who made this event possible.
Following a term of learning to play the African drums, Owls and Ospreys Class put on a superb performance showing off their developed musical skills. Our sincere thanks go to Malcolm Smith, our drumming teacher, who really did bring our school motto to life in these music lessons.
Year 3 had a fantastic Roman Day as part of their topic learning. With a visit from Mark from Portals to the Past the children's knowledge of the Romans has been brought to exciting life for the children. An amazing day, with fantastic costumes finished with an exciting Gladiator battle! A big thank you to the Year Three Parents for supporting this event with financial contributions and costumes.
Take a look at some of the amazing learning at home produced by Year One as part of their 'Superheroes' topic! Impressive!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Year One Superheroes who descended on school today to mark the beginning of their new topic, Superheroes! We can't wait to see all of the learning which will take place within Year One's new, exciting topic!
Much to the amazement of a busy Mrs Lewin and Mr White this weekend, was the discovery of some suspected-precious Roman artefacts! Upon digging some soil to lay a path to a toy shed, the shocked members of staff left what they could see was something particularly special for the children to discover on Monday morning!
The Key Stage One children, staff and parents were determined to not let the rain stop our Sporting fun in this year's Sports Day! A huge thank you to all who persevered during the changing elements! The children enjoyed showing off their fantastic Sporting skills and progress and great sportsmanship was demonstrated at all times. Congratulations to our winning team!
What a fantastic Sports Day with our wonderful Key Stage Two children! The smiles on the faces in these photos say it all! Sincere thanks to all adults who made our Sports Day a huge success! Congratulations to the Uganda team who won first place!
Children in Year Four celebrated National Cricket Week in style with a very civilised Cricket tournament in the sunshine. With a traditional cream tea between innings and claps from the audience, a wonderful atmosphere was created! Thank you to Mrs, Mr and Master Gedny and Mr Davenport for supporting this wonderful sporting event.
Year Two were delighted to welcome Emily from the English School of Falconry who shared superb information with the children about the birds she brought into school to visit! The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the children fly around the hall and thoroughly enjoyed holding them!
The EYFS children had the most fantastic morning handling animals, mini-beasts and reptiles with Safari Stu! What a fantastic way to enjoy, achieve and learn!
Wow! What a week! The children have experienced truly unique activities during our 2015 International Week. From Henna on hands to a Bollywood Assembly, the children have been enthralled in learning about different cultures across the world!
Our school is a vibrant and stimulating place. Our teachers take great pride in making the school as inviting and colorful as possible! Enjoy exploring photos of our wonderful Academy.
The entire Academy had a super day learning about the importance of Sun Safety! We look forward to seeing the children following the Five S's each day and making sure they are 'Sun Safe Superstars'!
Year Four stepped back in time today! The children arrived at school in the most wonderful WWII costumes. Evacuees, land army ladies and soldiers descended on Cranfield Academy! A fabulous day was had by all, we were joined by Corporal Vincent and Bunty, who came from Portals to the Past. They led an array of wonderful activities during the day. A big thank you for a fantastic effort with the children's costumes!
We were so lucky to have such a gorgeous sunny Spring afternoon to allow the children to display their wonderful Gardens on a Plate. Mrs Mitford, our Art and D and T Leader was thrilled with the enthusiasm from both parents and children in making them. The inventiveness and work that had gone into them was outstanding!
Dinosaurs descended upon our school for Year 3's very special Dinosaur Day! To celebrate the end of their topic Year 3 had a superb day being taken back to the Jurassic period and investigating the incredible world of the dinosaurs. The photos show the transformation of the school hall and the joy of the children in Year 3! What a wonderful example of our school motto in action!
A super Science week was had by all at Cranfield Academy. From visits by real-life Professors to some Mad Scientists, down to the perfect timetabling of an Eclipse (so Cranfield!), the children's enthusiasm for Science was clear! Thank you to Mrs Massey, our wonderful Science Leader, for working to create such fantastic opportunities for us all to enjoy, achieve and learn.
EYFS were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Rust who showed them a recovery truck and how he was able to put a 'broken-down' car onto the back of it to take it to a garage. What a lot of vehicles we have had visiting us recently!
EYFS were very lucky to have Mr Vaughan visit in March to talk about his job as a paramedic and to show them all the scientific equipment in his car! What a wonderful experience for our children!
The children in the Early Years Foundation Stage had a great time looking at the buildings in Cranfield and spotting what was made from wood, metal, brick and plastic. They even took some of the photographs themselves!
The entire Academy came together to do something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. From dressing in pyjamas to a tremendous Cranfield Bake Off and a super performance from the Cranfield Children's Choir, we are very grateful to everybody for their commitment to helping others. Well done Cranfield!
There's Gruffalos in the Playground, Wallys in the classrooms and Miss Trunchbull is marching around shouting orders! It can only mean one thing - World Book Day at Cranfield Church of England Academy. From a brilliant book swap to a fantastic DEAR moment (Drop Everything and Read!), a super World Book Day was had by all! Sincere thanks to the parents who contributed so significantly to the children's beautiful costumes. World Book Day is all about instilling a joy of reading in our children and World Book Day this year certainly did just that!
On the 26th February, 51 perilous pirates decended in to Key Stage One! Year Two had a superb Pirate day to celebrate the end of their topic - "Perilous Pirates". From making and tasting Grog to creating Pirate wanted posters, a great day was had by all. In fact, not a single child was made to walk the plank! Sincere thanks to all the parents who put so much effort into the children's wonderful costumes. The children's assembly was super and we hope all of the parents felt very proud of their little pirates.
The children in EYFS thoroughly enjoyed the light dusting of snow received in February!
Our Year Four residential trip to Caythorpe Court was an incredible learning adventure! Values were developed in abundance on this exciting 3 day trip! A superb gallery showing our Year Four children for what they are - outstanding young people! Congratulations to all the children who achieved so much on their learning adventure.
What a fantastic performance choir put on for parents, families and friends of the school! Welcomed with mulled wine and delicious cakes, parents enjoyed a feast of both food and song! The nativity story was told with a chocolate-themed twist and Choir sang proudly in their beautiful new uniform. Sincere thanks to the PTA for purchasing these for the children! What a wonderful, united choir!
We enjoyed a visit to our church to celebrate Christmas together as a school. Mrs Farbon read us On Angel Wings by Michael Morpurgu and we sang songs about the Nativity Story. Our sincere thanks as ever go to Reverend Hugh who helped us to think about Jesus by showing the gifts given by the three wise women! Reverend Hugh has a way of captivating us in our religious reflections. A Happy Christmas to one and all!
The story of a caring Caretaker determined to tell the children the story of Christmas was a joy to watch this Christmas. From sleepy sheep to three lost Kings with a rather useful Cat-Nav, the children sang, danced, acted and performed with great professionalism! A huge well done to all in Key Stage Two!
Read all about it! Key Stage One thoroughly enjoyed performing Angel Express, no less than three times! The children’s singing, dancing and enthusiasm for the Nativity Story was a delight to behold. Well done Year One and Two. We are all very proud of your wonderful efforts.
Is there any greater way to get into the Christmas spirit than watching our youngest children in their first Christmas performance? The children in the Early Years put on an outstanding performance of the Nativity, enjoyed by all of the parents and staff. Well done Robins and Wrens!
Year Four have very much enjoyed walking like Egyptians this term. Their wealth of learning was absolutely evident on our Egyptian Day where parents visited classrooms which were transformed into Egyptian Museums! Congratulations to Mrs Massey, Miss Hubbert and all of the Year Four Egyptologists for a superb topic this term.
Year 3 had an amazing Roman day exploring the dramatic change in Britain following the arrival of the Roman legions, taking a tour through a bath-house and feeling the excitement of the games in the arena. Bringing Ancient Rome to life with real Roman artefacts, we would like to thank Mark from Portals to the Past for a fantastic day of enjoyment and learning. The children's superb costumes further served to make the day even more special! Sincere thanks to parents for their support with these. Thank you finally must go to Mrs Piatczanyn and Miss Hutchinson for organising an amazing end to what has been a most-enjoyed topic for Year 3.
As part of their learning in their Fire and Ice topic, Year Two Children began learning about The Great Fire of London with a fantastic WOW day! With help from Mr P and Miss Flynn, Year Two learnt about the Great Fire and how it began! They created their own Stuart houses and saw for themselves, the effects of tightly-packed, dry wooden houses and a forgetful bakers actions! The children were amazed by the flames! A wonderful example of learning being brought to life at Cranfield. Well done Year Two!
We are delighted to announce that a grand total of £317.46 was raised by the children of Cranfield in our "Pennies for Pudsey" day. Sincere thanks to all our parents and families for their support. Congratulations children for your superb fundraising efforts.
On the 11th November, the children spent our first whole school Values day showing 'love and care' for soldiers past and present. The discussions, learning and poppies made by the children were a delight to behold. A display of all of the poppies shows the effort the children put into this very special day.
On the 24th June, Year 2 began their "bird week" with a very special visit from some beautiful birds of prey! Kyle from the Shuttleworth Bird of Prey Centre told us lots of information and we were lucky enough to be able to handle these wonderful birds ourselves! What an amazing opportunity to enjoy, achieve and learn!
Year 4 had a fantastic time at Flitwick Tennis Club on Tuesday 17th June. 8 children were selected to represent Cranfield Academy and had a wonderful time. They showed off their wonderful tennis skills and Mrs Gedny and Mrs Massey were incredibly proud of them.
Dinosaurs descended upon our school for Year 3's very special Dinosaur Day! To celebrate the end of their topic Year 3 had a superb day being taken back to the Jurassic period and investigating the incredible world of the dinosaurs. The photos show the transformation of the school hall and the joy of the children in Year 3! What a wonderful example of our school motto in action!
From learning about Medieval castles, the uniform of a knight to having our very own jousting tournament, the Year Two children had a fantastic day learning all about this fascinating period of time as part of their topic - "Turrets and Tiaras". The children were amazed at the artefacts shown and had super hands-on opportunities. Thank you to parents for their efforts with so many wonderful costumes.
Key Stage One had a wonderful time on Tuesday 11th March by planting trees in a local area of natural beauty. Guy Lambourne from the Forest Centre very kindly organised our tree planting and made us imagine seeing our trees in twenty years! The fresh air and satisfaction of planting trees was enjoyed by us all! Well done children!
World Book Day is a calendar favourite at Cranfield Academy! From seeing staff dressed as book characters, to children dressed beautifully as their favourite characters to a well turned out book swap involving a whopping 500 books being swapped! A real joy and love of books was demonstrated by all!
Our fabulous Tag Rugby Team, led proudly and passionately by Mrs Gedny and excellently coached by professional Wootton Upper referee Benjamin, were led to bronze victory at the recent Bedfordshire School Games Tournament at Luton Inspire Sports Village! In true Cranfield style, Mrs Gedny (bursting with pride), organised a celebratory dinner with the team consisting of pizza, cake and balloons! A very well deserved celebration for our children!
Year 3 children were stunned to have made an unexpected prehistoric discovery! Both children and teachers were shocked and excited to learn that a range of large 'dinosaur shaped' footprints had been found on our playing field leading toward the tyre park, where, on closer inspection, three oversized speckled eggs were gently nestled. Hopeful that the eggs are from dinosaurs, our enthusiastic Year 3 children are continuing their enquiries by becoming journalists. What an egg-citing event! Watch this space as Year 3 children are left wondering if these eggs will hatch!
Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the study of plant and animal fossils as part of their exciting topic, "Walking with Dinosaurs". To develop an understanding of the patience and perseverance a palaeontologist requires for successful excavations of prehistoric fossils, the children were challenged to use 'archaeological tools' to carefully extract chocolate chips from cookies! The children were encouraged to ensure there was little damage done to their prehistoric finds and were entirely absorbed by their learning challenge! A yummy gallery for you to enjoy!
Year Four embarked on their special trip to Cambridge in February and had an amazing 3 days away! A fantastic gallery filled with photos which say much more than a thousand words! Sincere thanks to all the parents and staff who supported this fantastic experience for our children.
Year 2 were very lucky to have received some very special visitors this week! None other than our local firefighter team! The fire brigade very kindly taught us all about fire safety. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the fire engine and having a go on the hose! The smiles on the children's faces are a joy to behold in this gallery.
A delicious Christmas lunch was prepared by our wonderful Catering team - a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all!
Year 3 had an amazing Roman day exploring the dramatic change in Britain following the arrival of the Roman legions, taking a tour through a bath-house and feeling the excitement of the games in the arena. Bringing Ancient Rome to life with real Roman artefacts, we would like to thank Mark from Portals to the Past for a fantastic day of enjoyment and learning. The children's superb costumes further served to make the day even more special! Sincere thanks to parents for their support with these. Thank you finally must go to Miss Metson and Miss Hutchinson for organising an amazing end to what has been a most-enjoyed topic for Year 3.
Key Stage One performed superbly their version of the Nativity Story entitled Prickly Hay! The children's singing, acting and dancing were met with tremendous rounds of applause from their families and teachers. Congratulations and well done to all of the Key Stage One children!
The children in the Early Years put on an outstanding performance of the Nativity this year, with a very special "wiggly" theme. The performance was enjoyed by all of the parents and staff. Well done Robins and Wrens!
We are delighted to announce that a grand total of £437.43 was raised by the children of Cranfield in our "Pennies for Pudsey" day. Sincere thanks to all our parents and families for their support. Congratulations children for your superb fundraising efforts.
As part of their learning in their Fire and Ice topic, Year Two Children began learning about The Great Fire of London with a fantastic WOW day! With help from Mrs Bull and Miss Flynn, Year Two learnt about the Great Fire and how it began! They created their own Stuart houses and saw for themselves, the effects of tightly-packed, dry wooden houses and a forgetful bakers actions! The children were amazed by the flames! A wonderful example of learning being brought to life at Cranfield. Well done Year Two!
In aid of Cancer Research, the entire Cranfield Community thoroughly enjoyed our first ever Mad Hair Day! Children and staff thought of the most creative hairstyles they could think of and made generous donations to a wonderful charity. The school raised a whopping £218.72! Well done everybody!
In a most surprising start to our week, Year 3 were stunned to have our wonderful Site Agent, Mrs Lewin, barge into their learning today! Shocked, stunned and most amazed, Mrs Lewin reported the finding of some very special objects buried deep within the vegetable patch of our school! To find out the who, what, when, where and why, please speak to the Year Three Journalists who are swiftly working on reporting this ground-breaking (literally!) story in their own newspaper reports.
Children were delighted to have welcomed the Olympic Torch to our school on 12th June 2013! Paraded proudly by our new Sports Ambassadors for 2013 to 2014, the torch was shown, ran behind and photographed with each class. The Olympic legacy and its values of determination, respect, friendship, excellence, inspiration, courage and equality continue to live on at Cranfield! A particular highlight of the event was the teaching staff's turn to run with the torch! Held proudly by Mrs Farbon, the torch had never been paraded so elegantly! Thank you to Miss Metson and the Redborne Sports Partnership for organising this. We hope to have a gallery on our galleries page for photos of this special event very soon!
Following our competition for Mural designs, we are delighted to have had a grand unveiling to reveal the fruition of all of the children's hard work! The creation of the mural has been a whole school effort and will brighten the wall for years to come! The result is something truly amazing - particular thanks must go to Mrs Mitford and Kristina Bullen, a local graphics designer who kindly donated her time and expertise!
On the 1st July, Year 2 began their "bird week" with a very special visit from four beautiful birds of prey! Mike from the Shuttleworth Bird of Prey Centre told us lots of information and we were lucky enough to be able to handle these wonderful animals ourselves!
On Wednesday 19th June 2013, Year Two visited Whipsnade Zoo as part of their "Amazing Animals" topic. Our first ever visit to Whipsnade was a huge success; marred only by the sunshine which according to the children was "that little bit too hot!". Nevertheless, a managerie of animals were explored and enjoyed by the children on this extra special day out! Many thanks to all of the staff involved in organising this wonderful experience for the children and parents for their financial support!