Faraday School

London - E and SE

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 51 (Boys) 41 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 11 years
  • Founded: 2009

General Information

Faraday School is committed to giving every child a first-class traditional education in the arts and sciences, drawing as a resource upon the Core Knowledge approach, which imparts knowledge through traditional academic subjects.

Our small classes and quality staff allow for a personal approach to learning.  The Faraday curriculum is broad and stimulating, and includes specialist teaching in French, Music, Drama and Physical Education.

Facilities

We are located in a thriving artistic community close to the centre of London, overlooking the River Thames.

In addition to class music, individual lessons are available on a variety of instruments. Great importance is laid on the enjoyment and appreciation of a range of music and children are encouraged to join the school choir and musical ensembles.

Football and netball are the key sports taught alongside hockey, rounders and athletics. The children are often taken to the nearby park in fine weather and the Sports Day is currently held at Thames Barrier Park.

An extensive range of after school clubs are available, including drama, dance, Mandarin, art, drawing, football, Spanish, cooking, guitar, ballet, dance, design & technology and science. After school care can be provided until 5.30 pm.

Open Days

2019. Open Mornings: Thurs. 10th October 2pm, Tues. 15th October 9:30am, Tues. 29th October 9:30am

Fees

2019/2020. £3,686 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2014

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Claire Murdoch

Faraday School
Old Gate House
7 Trinity Buoy Wharf
London
London - E and SE
E14 0FH

[t]: 020 7719 9342
[w]: www.faradayschool.co.uk

Location Description

Faraday school is located at the historic Trinity Buoy Wharf, close to the City, Canary Wharf, the Isle of Dogs and in the heart of the Docklands, East London. It has views of the River Thames, across to the O2 Centre and is close to London City airport and ExCel.

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Our spectacular animation club film The Attack of the Plastic Pollution has won Best Animation at the 2019

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Cardiff International Film Festival.

The film is a collaborative project with Faraday’s sister school, Maple Walk Prep, in North West London, and was completed by last year’s club cohort.

It is a fantastical story imagining how the famous broadcaster and environmentalist, David Attenborough, tackles plastic pollution in the oceans.

On his journey on the high seas he encounters dolphins with plastic bags on their heads, seahorses carrying plastic cotton buds and a poor turtle with a straw up his nose.

He also meets Poseidon who grants him three wishes and the story imagines a world without plastic pollution.

The Animation club wrote, scripted, drew the animation and recorded the voiceovers.

Photo: Our Animation Club lead Dora Martinkova collecting her award.

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Our School Council members had the incredible chance to visit one of London’s most historic organisations, Fishmongers’ Hall – home of the Fishmongers’ Livery

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Company.

They took inspiration from the historic Coat of Arms on display at Fishmongers’ Hall and they are now going to design a unique one to represent Faraday School.

Good luck with your work School Council, we cannot wait to have our own Coat of Arms!

(Thank you to the Fishmongers’ Company for the opportunity and for the lovely tea and cakes we had together at the end of our trip. Visit http://www.fishhall.org.uk/ to find out more about the company).

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Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in a plastic workshop on Friday with scientists from the University of Kent, in Poplar

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Union.

The children learned that everything is made up of polymers and that polymers are made up of monomers. They were particularly surprised by the amount of products that we use everyday that have plastic in them.

During an experiment, the pupils put a liquid similar to the over-the-counter medicine Gaviscon into a calcium solution and it turned into a solid.  Then the scientist told them that if they put it in sodium, the change would be reversed. What they ended up with was a slimy material that they could pick up with the tweezers!

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us in ‘toasting’ 10

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years to Faraday yesterday afternoon. The school was buzzing all day with children in their anniversary t-shirts (designed by Felicity in Year 3), party games in buddy classes and of course eating birthday cake in the afternoon.

The staff and children have been working hard for a long time now preparing for the big event and were thrilled to share their art and highlights of Faraday with their families and visitors.

The future of Faraday is bright and we look forward to the next 10 years!

A HUGE thank you to our Friends of Faraday who funded our visit from Science Dome UK, Nigel set up his ginormous dome in our

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hall last Tuesday. It was so big it took over the entire hall and meant that lunch eating had to be moved to the roof!

Everyone visited the Dome and learned about earth and space, with Years 1-6 also learning about ‘Under water’. The 360-degree projection propelled us into another world, was engaging and magical all at the same time. The journey through space was very apt as this year commemorates the 50th year anniversary of the first landing on the moon. The blow up planetarium really wowed the children and sparked some very interesting and scientific conversations!

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Faraday pupils stormed to success at the annual Fourth Plinth Awards.

We were particularly delighted for Coco, who won the overall award for Tower Hamlets in the

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12 to 15 age group – even though she is only 10 years old.

Meanwhile Milun in Year 6 won the award for Tower Hamlets.

Finally, our very own Miss Golding won a teacher award for her coordination of the project and for the standards of our pupils’ work.

Well done everyone!

For more information about the awards.

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Faraday School are excited to have adopted a whole-school Growth Mindset approach this year.

In this vein, we held a workshop for local parents and carers, so

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that they can support their children to adopt a ‘I can do it’ attitude.

The workshop is run by parenting coach Nadim Saad, who is the author of a number of books on the subject.

The focus was primarily on the Early Years, although the subject matter is relevant to all ages.

 

What is Growth Mindset?

The terms fixed mindset and growth mindset describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. Children with a growth mindset believe that their brain can grow through practice and effort, and they therefore put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. Research proves that we can change a person’s mindset from fixed to growth, and when we do, it leads to increased motivation and achievement.

 

About Nadim Saad:

Nadim is a Parenting Coach and the author of five books including the highly acclaimed, Kids Don’t Come With a Manual. He drew from the latest research in child psychology and neuroscience, as well as his own experience as a father of three, to develop a programme of highly effective tools that have changed the lives of thousands of families. Besides his books and lectures, he has created children’s workshops with experienced child psychotherapists and teachers to develop children’s emotional intelligence and their confidence.

Congratulations to all of finalists who performed their poems to the school, their parents and our two external judges this afternoon.

The judges commented that they

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were in awe of the pupils’ confidence and how well they’d memorised their poems. Everyone’s performance was entertaining and extremely well received. Congratulations to the following winners and runners up:

KS1 Winner – Annabelle, Year 2

KS1 Runner up – Dixie, Reception

KS2 Winner – Mia, Year 4

KS2 Runner up – Isabelle, Year 5

Special thanks to our external judges – we were lucky enough to be joined by Andrew Ellams, Senior Deputy Head of St Pauls’ Girls’ School, and Peter Avery, a local poet enthusiast who has worked with Faraday on various poetry events in the past.  A summer premiere of our most recent project awaits!

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Lives of the Artists

Our creative Animation Club has launched their latest film – Donatello and Brunelleschi.

The story, which involves original artwork by our pupils and is scripted

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and animated by the club is a collaborative project with Faraday’s sister school Maple Walk.

The animation is inspired by the seminal book by Vasari, Lives of the Artists.

Club leader and the producer of the film, Dora Martinkova, sent the film to leading historian and bestselling author Ross King, who is known for his work on Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Leonardo da Vinci.

Mr King said the film is, “…very creative, clever and entertaining…”

He added: “I love the ‘special delivery’ scene when the Crucifix comes to Donatello. The students have done real justice to the friendship of the two men! I also like the ‘subplot’ in which Donatello learns to accept and deal with criticism, and to make his art better as a result. There’s a lesson there for us all!”

Meanwhile, leading Art Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon shared our film on his website and called it, “Quite simply one of the best Art History programmes we have seen this year”.

Our club has gone from strength to strength and has already won a number of animation awards.

To see our other films, visit our Animation Club page.

Years 5 & 6 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Pudding Mill Allotment in Stratford where Milun and Mia’s family have a plot. The purpose of

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their morning was to learn about the beehives that are going to house a new colony in the coming months and help prepare the surrounding area for their new home.

The children were eager to design what the bee keeper’s house should look like and got stuck in with their shovels and trowels to dig a small trench where trees have now been planted to help provide shelter around the hives. Workmen from Costain and TMX were on hand to talk to the group about the impact of the nearby Cross Rail development and how they’re supporting the gardeners to minimise disruption in the local area.

The children are all looking forward to their next trip in the summer term to meet the bees and see more growth around the allotment in the warmer weather!

On Tuesday 20th March, Years 3 & 4 performed James and the Giant Peach, to a hugely entertained audience. All the hard work Miss Ellie

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had thrown into her drama lessons really paid off, as the children created some very believable characters. This brilliant interpretation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, about a boy and his adventures inside a ginormous peach with a group of insects, had the audience enthralled throughout. The costumes that the parents had put together added terrific colour as we were taken on a roller coaster ride of fear and excitement; from the terrifying clutches of Aunts Sponge and Spiker, to bobbing up and down on the ocean inside the peach and finishing with the wild celebration scenes in New York City. Well done Years 3 & 4 on a thoroughly engaging performance!

Wow! What an amazing day World Book Day was at Faraday this year.

The costumes worn by the children brought books to life and introduced us

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to characters some of us had never met before. There were some very famous storybook heroes and villains found learning across the school. Dr Watson, Cruella Deville, Harry Potter, The Queen of Hearts, Mary Poppins and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas all found their way to Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Huge effort and attention was paid to the Best Dressed Potato competition and deciding class winners was extremely difficult. Thankfully, Little Red Riding Hood and Year 6 were able to choose some suitable first place potato book characters.

Every child at Faraday received a voucher entitling them to a free book, courtesy of WorldBookDay.com and the school hopes this will encourage everyone to keep reading as much as possible.

Keep reading!

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On Tuesday 31st January, Years 5-6 took part in the BBC Terrific Scientific Live Lesson. They learned all about ‘What happens when we eat?’ and

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explored how many papillae they have on their tongues, which classified them as ‘non-tasters’, ‘normal tasters’or ‘super tasters’. To do this, they had to colour their partner’s tongue with natural blue food colouring, look through the hole on the card and count how many papillae they could see.  From this, they could tell their partner what type of taster they were and share their likes and dislikes when it came to food!  Fascinating stuff!

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The Year 5 and 6 girls had an exciting day this week when they visited Blackheath High School for the European Day of Languages.

Our pupils

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had the chance to try French, Spanish, German and Mandarin, through a variety of games, songs and interactive workshops.

They also learned basic counting and how to introduce themselves.

The European Day of Languages is a Council of Europe initiative and has been running annually on the 26th September since 2001.

Faraday School will next term launch an additional bus route.

The Stratford bus service will add 4 new stops to our existing 18, to reach even

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more pupils from across East London and south of the river.

The school bus service is subsidised to try and encourage parents to ditch their cars and to reduce pollution on the road.

This year we are delighted to be working again with the East Community Transport (ECT) company, who provide our buses, drivers and passenger assistants.

Our collaboration with ECT has helped create new employment in the area and also supports their valuable outreach work.

New stops from September 2016 include Stratford, Leyton High Road, Langdon Park and New providence Wharf.

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