Summer Fair 2019

Can I thank all parents and children for spending so much money this year at the Summer Fair! There was a wonderful range of activities, food and entertainment which made for a very colourful scene.

It was great to see some of our parents contributing to food stalls and adding to the general excitement of the afternoon. We were blessed with lovely weather which made for great photos that I am sure you will all enjoy.

Thanks also to all the staff at Ben Jonson for making it such a success. Due to everybody’s contributions we made a staggering £1500  in just 1 hour!

The money raised will be spent on playground equipment for children to make sure they are having the best possible playtimes and lunchtimes. Enjoy the summer! – Charlie

Bring on Summer Fair 2020!!!

July 12, 2019 at 11:49 Leave a comment

Maths Week 2019

We have had a very exciting maths week here at Ben Jonson. Our theme this year has been problem solving.

All week, the children have been putting their problem solving skills into practice, including participating in a team based maths trail around our big playground!

A lot of fun has been had by all – happy maths week everyone!

From Louise and Ayesha

July 1, 2019 at 09:30 Leave a comment

Sports Day 2019

This year, Sports Day was spread across two days for KS1 and KS2 at Mile End Stadium and Ben Jonson Primary school. On both days, we were lucky to have the sun beaming down on us as children competed in a variety of track and field events in the morning. In the afternoon, children took part in the finals for each event, being passionately cheered on by their peers and parents. -Aaron

It was Reception and KS1 Sports Day at Ben Jonson yesterday. The sun shone down on us and we all had a great time. Thank you to Aaron and the staff team for making it such a successful event! – Monica

Rumour has it that the most competitive part of Reception and KS1 Sports day at Ben Jonson was not the children’s events. Thank you to our wonderful parents and staff for fully participating in our sports day! Thankfully my running days are over as I would have certainly lost! – Monica


To conclude the day, we had the luxury of the super competitive parents race which didn’t fail to disappoint. All in all, there was great fun had by all. – Aaron


June 21, 2019 at 14:45 Leave a comment

Science Week 2019

“What a fantastic Science Week it has been so far! We’ve been going Robot mad at Ben Jonson, creating, building and programming some wonderful instances of Artificial Intelligence. Even a burst boiler in the kitchen, meaning that school was cancelled on Monday, could not set our learning back. On Tuesday, classes started their lessons on robots in class. I have had some wonderful conversations with children about what robots are and what the future holds for robots. In one Year 4 class, we even got onto the subject of a Utopia, where people were free to lead easy lives as most jobs would be done by robots! In Key Stage 1, the children were programming the B-Bots, using their maths skills to plot a course!

Wednesday saw a visit from Howard from HG Education. He delivered a whole school assembly, where we learnt about his Tesla car and the future of cars. Howard thinks that in seven years’ time we won’t even need to drive as driverless Uber cars will take us everywhere! Imagine that! He showed us his robotic scooter, his drones and spoke with great passion about technology. Years 3,4 and some children from Year 5 built their own robot in our family workshops and some battled them in true Robot Wars style. Meanwhile, up in Year 5 and Year 6, Zan from Zobotics was doing some great coding with the children, where they were coding a pre-built robot using laptops.

On Thursday we had a wonderful turn out for the Year 1 and Reception Family Workshops. Children used recycled materials to build their own superb robots. Check out the photos! A big thank you to all the parents who have come to the Family Workshops so far! We have rearranged the Family Workshops that were cancelled on Monday to Tuesday next week (5th February). Flores and Aegean’s Family Workshop will be at 9:30 – 10:30, Tasman and Aegean at 11:15 and at 2:00 – 3:15 will be the Year 2 Family Workshop! We look forward to seeing more parents at these events!

Many thanks, Alex and Meredith – The Science Team”

February 1, 2019 at 15:35 Leave a comment

Gilwell Day 4

Hello all! Alex here at Gilwell!

We had a very enjoyable end to Wednesday with the film Journey 2, before everyone got a good night’s sleep.

Thursday began with boiled eggs and toast in the Branchett Lodge, followed by a spectacular round of room inspections! Highlights included hand sanitizer attached to room doors and some lovely performances to welcome the adults into the rooms.

We had our last round of Gilwell-led activities today. Group 9 made pizza, brownies and S’mores in the back woods cooking! Delicious! We had baguettes once more for lunch with a special treat of a Twix before going for yet another stunning hike with views across picturesque Enfield, surely one of the jewels in the crown of North London boroughs. Two more activity sessions culminated in Emily and I climbing to the top of the climbing wall!

Dinner tonight was southern fried chicken breasts with corn on the cob and chips – my personal favourite of the week. It was followed by a light chocolate mousse. You can’t have the last day of Gilwell without the campfire and we had yet another superb time. We sang Everywhere We Go, My Song is a Good Song, Popacatopetyl, Boom-Chic-A-Boom, Blackbird, Driving Down the Road and (of course) the Bungalow!

We got back to the Branchett Lodge and played card and board games and had some hot chocolate before getting ready for bed. We have mixed emotions – joyful at the magic of another great Gilwell visit but also sad because tomorrow we have to leave! See you back at school!

October 4, 2018 at 23:09 Leave a comment

Gilwell 2018 Day 3

Hello all from Gilwell! Alex here…

The end of day two was a wonderful experience with lovely burgers and chips served by Chef Chris. After dinner we retired to the Peter Harrison lodge for a movie / cinema night. We watched the modern Disney classic of Zootropolis and had some delicious popcorn. After the movie, it was time for bed. Children and adults alike had a very well earned sleep!

Day two began with beans on toast and cereal for breakfast before the Branchett Lodge went outside to play football and cricket. We had one activity session before lunch, with kayaking being particularly memorable as David got in the lake and menaced the kayakers! Lunch was cheese sandwiches, tuna sandwiches and chicken sandwiches.

One of the highlights of Gilwell is always the hike to the hill with stunning views over to central London. We ran down the hill and took some super class photos. Once we finished with the hill, we visited the Gilwell shop to spend our spending money on souvenirs. With no Gilwell-led activities in the afternoon, we had a bumper free time session. Branchett lodge enjoyed a game of football and a superb game of rounders! In Peter Harrison lodge we played 20 questions! I was a goat!

Dinner tonight was a beautiful pasta bake with chocolate brownies and ice cream! We are now settling down to our second cinema night, watching Journey 2 – The Mysterious Island.


October 3, 2018 at 20:15 3 comments

Gilwell Day 2

To finish day one we had a lovely Cajun chicken dinner. Mmmmmmm. After this, we were all surprised by the visit of a very special guest. NO! It was not Sheila! It was Monica! She was shown to some wonderfully tidy rooms before joining us around the campfire for some singing. We sang Eye of the Tiger, Everywhere We Go, We Are The Champions, Stand By Me, Radio Gaga, Blackbird, Yellow Submarine, Lean on Me and the Gilwell classic Bungalow! After the campfire we had some lovely hot chocolate before a much needed rest.

We have had an action packed second day at Gilwell with lots of exciting activities. In both lodges we had a lovely scrambled egg on toast breakfast with lots of tasty cereal. Two activities were sandwiched either side of lunch, where we were treated to baguettes, fruit and doughnuts! What a treat! Tonight we are looking forward to our first movie night following on from yesterday evenings campfire!


October 2, 2018 at 15:20 10 comments

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