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Stanway Primary School
Villa Road, Stanway, CO3 0RH, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1206 574819

Welcome to Stanway Primary School

Stanway Primary School is situated in north east Essex, close to the town of Colchester. It originally opened in 1855 as a church school and was housed in a building near St. Albright's church. It moved to our present site in 1911 and was extended and remodelled in 1984. It is now classified as a community school with about two hundred and fifty children on the register.

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Eligible Pupils
Sketching Monday 12.35 - 1.05 Key Stage 2 Mrs Pincombe
Football Monday 3.15 - 4.15
Years 5 & 6
Mrs Campe
Choir Monday 3.15 - 4.00 Key Stage 2 Mrs Carter
ICT Monday 3.15 - 4.00 Key Stage 1 Miss Newman
Recorders* Wednesday 12.45 - 1.15 Year 2 Miss Gilfrin


Wednesday 3.15 - 4.00 Years 5 & 6 Mrs O'Mara
Recorders* Thursday 12.45 - 1.15 Key Stage 2 Mrs Carter/Miss Gilfrin
French Thursday 3.15 - 4.00 Key Stage 2 Mr Pulford
Netball Thursday 3.15 - 4.00 Key Stage 2 Mrs Parker



At the beginning of the Autumn term Mr Combes introduced a new scheme to the school. This was our activity afternoons. The whole school had the opportunity to do an activity that they wouldn't normally do. For the first term  it was Key Stage 1 and for the next term, Key Stage 2.

The children were split into activity  groups with a few children from each class in each group.  I asked Mr Combes why he had started this and he said it was to get children to work with other     children and staff that they wouldn't normally work with and most importantly, to have fun.

Here are some of the activities that take place:

When I went into this activity room it looked very interesting. There were lots of children doing different things, such as dying fabric, tie-dying, making Christmas cards and  making small and large banners. I spoke to one of the girls and she told me her favourite thing was tie-dying as it got really messy!

Mrs Moss's group was hard to interview because the food was incredibly  tempting! I interviewed Naomi and here is what she said:  "We have made lots  of things in cooking such as pizzas, truffles, sweets and ginger bread.

Stained Glass

I interviewed Evie in this group and I found it very interesting.  She told me that they had to bring in glass jars and then they planned how they would paint them and finally painted them.  I had a look at Polly's glass jar and it looked extremely professional !

Some finished Batik

Working in teams
Mr Combes,  the head teacher, had his group solving problems in teams. They have made towers out of art straws so they can support a Lego man and made bridges to support different weights. I interviewed Elliott and he said, "My favourite part was the iceberg game. It was kind of hard trying to solve the problems". 

Paper making
In Mrs Berry's paper making group they have been using marbled paper to make cubes. They also made pop up Christmas cards and picture frames.  Sacha said, "It was sometimes hard, but was fun and enjoyable too."   

Digital Photography
Mrs Roberts' group have been taking  pictures of things on the playground and on the field and have gone to the ICT suite to transform them on the computers. They applied different effects to the pictures, using a photo      editing package, then cut out photographs of themselves and put them into the photographs. Zoë said, "I enjoyed it, but I needed a bit of help sometimes."   

Problem solving activity

An enhanced photograph

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