It’s great to see Everyone back this week and we are full steam ahead. I’m really impressed with everyones’ commitment to learning and crew NML (soon to be renamed, watch this space…) are really settling in well. The involvement level of our crew sessions are developing, with richer conversation as we grow to trust and respect each other, in the safe environment we have nurtured during our first half term. Already I have seen them grow emotionally in this short time. I’m very excited to see how we will develop further.

One of the topics we have been investigating has been poverty. The students have asked lots of questions and have been able to empathise with the situations many people find themselves in. Some discussion turned, driven by the children, to problem solving and looking at ways in which they could make the lives of people in poverty better and what they thought they could do instead. From batch cooking meals to up-cycling, free-cycling and food banks.

During our community meeting we discussed this further with other crews, using a silent conversation. This is where the students were able to read, question, discuss and annotate other students written responses to a text. The text detailed someones (an adult) personal experience of poverty. After unpicking the information the students made their own contributions before passing it on to the next group for their input. It was really encouraging to see that this was also where students gained a good understanding of what it was to be in poverty, as some students were unable to connect to this subject before this activity.

I have also been really impressed by how the students are taking all this, uncertainty and change, in their stride, having to wear face-masks around school and in the corridors. Many students holding others accountable showing fantastic integrity and respect, by reminding fellow students to wear their masks. If we all do the right thing then everyone will be safe. Definitely a community minded bunch. Well done guys, keep going you are doing amazing.



Howls Reflection

During this half term we will begin to understand how engaging in and taking ownership of our own learning can really make a difference. Being mindful of our choices and using the people and resources around us to help when we find things difficult and be a kind and considerate community member by helping others when we know what we are doing. Making sure we are the leaders of our own learning.


And finally this week we have seen the launch of our eagerly awaited reading scheme. Students have downloaded the App and now have access to a wide range of reading material based on their reading ability. ask them to give you a tour.

See you soon…

— Welcome Back!

Single Stories…

Hi All!

great to see you all here again! One of the many things we have been looking at during our crew, is what it means to have a single story. Stories matter, they help us to understand the world. But all too often we have little information and form opinions that give us a single story… a viewpoint that isn’t quite accurate. This can become unintentionally damaging. We watched a TED talk (click on the link to see) about a successful author, but that her early writing had been from a single point of view. It had been from one perspective and with a small amount of information. She identified the problem with having single stories, how it can prevent us from truly connecting to the world around us and each other and how this can link to stereotypes, racism and unintentional damage from ill informed opinions.

I was so proud of our crew, we had fantastic thought provoking conversations, where we discussed at length our opinions, how these were formed, whether we had challenged these and sought other information to back this up, or if we had just taken things on face value. It was literally a light bulb moment for most of us and I am truly humbled at the thoughtfulness, mindfulness, courage and integrity of some of the wonderfully talented pupils that I get to work with.

Beautiful work

In Art, one of our newest crew members, Ben, produced this fantastic observational drawing. We are so proud of it and it is now hanging in pride of place on our crew wall. 

It’s hard to tell which one is the copy 🙂

Fantastic Work


It’s nice to be appreciated.


And finally for now, we have been taking time during our crew sessions to appreciate each other for our HOWLs (Habits of Working and Learning) and our character traits, by writing them a sticky note and popping it on our crew appreciation wall for all to see. At the end of the week pupils collect them up, read them and hand them out. We’ve started to collect some lovely thoughts on there already; Jasmin shared her amazing friends duck picture, which is also now on our crew wall.











Building the foundations

This week we have started to look at choosing our Crew name

The pupils were asked to think about the dynamics of our crew, the types of characters in it and how we are as a crew. Are we calm, caring, creative and understanding? or loud, fussy, mad, emotional? or even a mixture of all of these?

Building on form this, to look for an influential figure, (past or present) that would link to this and stand as a good role model that also resonates with our character values of :





Craftsmanship and quality

Joshua had some great ideas, showing courage by sharing these for critique and to help us with our own ideas. Some really thoughtful choices coming along, can’t wait to see what else we can bring to the table. Here is Joshua’s thoughts for our crew name…

“I have two chosen to represent us, the first is a main and the second is the backup. This was an explanation on how this would work…let’s begin.

Elon Musk

  • The way he has shown integrity is by devoting his whole life to save the planet like developing electric cars.
  • The way he has shown compassion is during the financial crisis Elon injected all of his money into Tesla to stop the company from going under.
  • He has shown respect by saying he respects the justice system
  • Elon has shown courage by being willing to send rockets into space despite being told it was a bad investment.
  • He has shown craftsmanship and quality by sending four rockets into space and correcting his mistakes every time.

David Beckham

  • David Beckham has shown integrity by starting his own charity and becoming UNICEF ambassador.
  • He has shown compassion by putting many years into perfecting the thing he enjoys.
  • I couldn’t find anything on respect (other than his fragrance) but I’m sure he has shown respect in some ways.
  • He has shown courage by speaking his mind and not being afraid of what  people think.

Joshua has clearly thought out how these people link to our core values, but I wonder how they link to us as a crew? Looking forward to hearing your responses, choices and reasons guys.

Continuing with beautiful work Louis inspired his class mates this week with this fantastic effort in Art. His peers all gathered round to learn what he did in order to achieve this level of observational drawing!

We would also like to welcome our new crew member Ben, we are so pleased to have him in our crew. He has fitted right in as if he has always been with us! 

And finally, for now, our crew have been using their heads, working together and building new friendships. A great start for a strong future!

Off to a flying start

Hi All,
An amazing start from crew NML, I’m so proud of how they have all come together and found a connection with each other. Through crew we have been looking at “getting to know you.” One of the things we have been looking at is diversity within our crew, through this we have seen similarities as well as differences and how we respect each others values, ideas, likes, dislikes, religions, hobbies and taste. Recognising that we can still be friends and help someone even if they don’t share the same ideals we do.
We’ve worked together to solve problems and discuss issues like if you were in a zombi apocalypse, which three people would you have – most of them would have a chef of some sort so that they could eat. and how to make the tallest spaghetti tower that will hold a marshmallow for 5 whole seconds.
We’ve talked about identity and finding your tribe and what is your superpower (something you are really good at) despite finding other things difficult, how do they see the world differently.
Understanding the values we need to have, such as Integrity, doing the right thing even when no-one is looking. Courage, to feel the fear and try anyway. Respect, to see things from another perspective and not judge others or make them feel bad if they don’t agree, has developed a good foundation for us to build a really strong group.
Lessons have also been really interesting with immersion giving them a little taster of what they will be diving in to with their case studies in the coming weeks.
Really exciting stuff. As this will be a new way of doing things to the children we have also talked about making mistakes being a really important part of the learning journey and if you don’t try how can you learn?
So in the wise words of Judy Hopps (Zootopia)

#Try, try everything!