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posted 28 Jan 2019, 01:15 by Web Admin

This term, Pufferfish Class have been learning about ‘People Who Help Us’. This week, our theme has been ‘Lifeguards’ and the children have been exploring this role in a variety of ways. We made lifesavers in Art and Cookery and tried to rescue ‘Mandy’, our class puppet, by practising our throwing skills in PD.




posted 16 Jan 2019, 02:39 by Web Admin


Upper school hosted The Flying Pizza Theatre on 10th January who gave a great performance of Treasure Island. All students really enjoyed the show and participated well in the story. Thank you to Mrs Carter who kindly sponsored it as a Christmas gift for all the students in Upper School.

Lower School Update

posted 20 Dec 2018, 02:13 by Web Admin

Hi everyone – Lower School here!

We have all had a great half term full of lots of Christmas fun and thought we would share some photos of the great opportunities we have enjoyed over this term.

Presidents Sports Award Lunch

Lower School were lucky enough to get invited along to The Annual Presidents Christmas Lunch Awards at Barleylands on Tuesday 4th December. Students enjoyed a roast dinner, lots of party games and dancing; they also got too meet some famous faces such as Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Frank Bruno (Former Heavyweight Champion of the World) Peter Shilton (125 caps for England, Trevor Brooking (Former England and Westham player) plus many more! Pupils all received a gift bag from Santa full of lovely presents! Thank you to Mike Jackson at the Presidents Sports Club for inviting us along and for a day that we will always remember!


During the Awards Ceremony Amber Regan from Elephant Class was given a Trophy and Medal for her wonderful efforts in her Physical Development this year. Amber was nominated because:

“Amber has been working so hard on her physiotherpay programme both in school and outside of school too. She has been doing great standing in her frame and initiating steps in her walker too! During her half term she even worked on some treadmill training, wow! Amber also loves her swimming lessons and is always full of smiles as we do her hydrotherapy stretches to her favourite songs! Well done Amber, you have been working so hard on your physiotherapy and are an inspiration!”

Above: Amber Collecting her award from a number of sporting stars!

Christmas Production – Lights, Camel, Action!

Lower School have really enjoyed learning the songs and dances for the Christmas Production: Lights, Camel, Action! We have been practising lots in class and on the stage before the performances on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th December. We are so proud of how well the children did on the day of the production! Well done everyone – you were brilliant!

Above: Elephant Class performed a line dance and Giraffe class performed Camel Funk!

Above: Tiger Dance performed a Innkeepers Tango and Lion class were Disco Stars!


We would like to thank Strider Bike UK (@striderbikeuk) for donating a Bike for us to use in the Playground. The children in were thrilled when the bike was revealed and they have enjoyed learning to use it and building up their core strength when balancing on it in the playground! Thank you so much Strider Bike UK!

Bag Books

Thank you to the team at Book Bags for coming in and reading a sensory story to some of the pupils in Lion and Elephant class. We absolutely loved all the different sensory props used and look forward to reading with you again!

Christmas Dinner

On Thursday 13th December Lower School and Middle School had a delicious Christmas Dinner! Pupils enjoyed making table mats, party hats and crackers for the Dinner. Thanks to Linda and her team in the Kitchen for a wonderful roast and to all the parents that helped on the day!

Advent Calendar Donations

Thank you to Southend Cards and Stationary for providing Tiger Class with some Advent Calendars. Class used the advent calendars kindly given by Southend Cards to help with their number recognition skills.

Glastonbabies – Christmas show

On Tuesday 18th December, Glastonbabies came in to school to perform their latest Christmas Show! It was interactive & full of live music and excitement! We loved it – look forward to working with you again!

Lower School Party and Visit from Father Christmas

On Monday 17th December Lower School had a Christmas Party (thank you to everyone that sent in food) we enjoyed lots of party dances, party foods and also a visit from Father Christmas! It was a great way to end this term – Merry Christmas Everyone!


posted 13 Dec 2018, 00:56 by Web Admin

Well done to Pufferfish Class in our Early Years Department who won the 'Special' category in the AET Christmas Card Competition 2018!!

From AET:


posted 6 Dec 2018, 03:17 by Web Admin


During the Autumn Term, Columbus students have taken part in a Forest School programme with the 'Wilderness Foundation'. All sessions took place offsite and offered new experiences. The programme was student-led to increase independence and self-esteem. Students were given opportunities to enhance their personal skills, teamwork and problem solving through den and fire building, nature crafts and individual exploration.



posted 4 Dec 2018, 00:21 by Web Admin


FE have been enjoying various different sports at Basildon Sporting Village this term as part of their topic 'Sports in the Community’. So far, they have participated in Boccia, Dodgeball and Cricket. The students have been enthusiastic and have really worked together as a team; setting up and putting away equipment whilst improving their fitness and communication skills. Great work everyone!


Early Years – Halloween Fun!

posted 2 Nov 2018, 04:51 by Web Admin

The Early Years Department had a fantastically spooky and slimy Halloween party!




Upper School’s Monster Mash!

posted 1 Nov 2018, 02:10 by Web Admin

Upper School’s Monster Mash!

News from Nursery

posted 22 Oct 2018, 02:25 by Web Admin


The Nursery children are already settling in well and joining in with a variety of activities. During our Community visit to Hylands Park Jordan, Paris and Paisley explored the different equipment working on their Physical. Communication and Social skills.

Pupils in Middle School are learning about 'Light' in Science this term

posted 1 Oct 2018, 05:56 by Web Admin

Pupils in Middle School are learning about 'Light' in Science this term, demonstrating good exploration skills by investigating light sources and then categorising objects using worksheets to record their findings.

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