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Emotional Survival Kit

Home learning in Colchester

 One student from Colchester North has been staying busy and enjoyed doing some arts and crafts at home whilst self isolating.

Colchester on Self Isolation

 At Colchester North some of us have been self- isolating and learning at home. J and his mum are an amazing team!!

Science Projects @ Colchester North

For Science Week the children at Colchester North have looked at how polar animals stay warm in artic conditions, designed a boat and tested for the best propeller and taken part in an egg drop experiment.

When asked about what other items the children could use as propellers for their boats, one child said… "I don't think a fork would work very well!"

I gotta feeling oooh oooh. Braintree Sensations

The children at Braintree have enjoyed talking about and explaining their feelings using our life-sized ginger bread person. 

How do you feel?
I feel a bit squirmy, a tad jumpy and a little tense. :-))

E-Safety in Colchester North


For Safer Internet Day on the 11th of February 2020, the children at Colchester North have been learning all about how to stay safe online. The children made a laptop and created some rules to help them stay safe online.

Steve Jobs eat your heart out

Is this Clacton's answer to Vincent Van Gogh?

​We are very proud of our resident artist. This student uses their talent for art to help self regulate.

Please sit back and enjoy greatness in progress...

The Pig
The Eagle
The Dog

Chinese New Year Celebrations In Colchester

Fortune cookies, dragons and rats – it's Chinese New Year.

To find out more about what is special and valuable to others in the world, we have been finding out about Chinese New Year.We have also been practising some of our skills in design and technology to make felt rats and Chinese dragons. We used pneumatics in the dragons to make the dragon's nose move.  

Sensations At Colchester North

Sue Bell and Dimitra Theodoropoulou from Kids Inspire led an interesting and valuable training morning for the GROW teams at the start of this term. Part of our training was about learning how to ground ourselves. We had to 'stabilise' our feet and seat bones before being taken through a body scan and then draw the sensations we felt using patterns and symbols on a body map.  

At GROW Colchester North we had a go with the pupils. They weren't sure at first but soon one pupil was dozing off and another later filled her body map with sensations on her head, hands, feet and in her stomach. Her picture describing those sensations is below. She noted particularly how bright her eyes felt. Another pupil described his feet as being in long grass.