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23/10/18

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Mrs RS

Get your parents to check their emails. I sent out some info on how to research apprenticeships, available apprenticeships and upcoming apprenticeships. https://t.co/ethsUPGzqL

23/10/18

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Miss E

Spent the day with these future engineers working on their GCSE NEA. Very good progress made https://t.co/cNrnd25IkM

23/10/18

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Miss K Driver

Half term aspiration sessions in Art are in full swing! https://t.co/YjxEQLe563

22/10/18

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ESJ Maths

Half term aspiration session. with mr Badar https://t.co/LlGnMwJKMl

21/10/18

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Miss E

Half term aspiration sessions begin tomorrow. https://t.co/Iq4CcRpg7R

19/10/18

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Epping St John’s Sixth Form

The Sixth Form team in action at the Harlow Post-16 event! We can’t wait to see you all at our open day on the 12th November :) https://t.co/niLz91JhyS

19/10/18

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Ben Murphy CC

Dear Parents / Carers, do you or your children have a teacher who is deserving of recognition ? If so, perhaps you will consider the . Applications can be submitted here: https://t.co/sh6LE0fsuJ https://t.co/8Rq05xRWgZ

19/10/18

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C Hines

Fab message today from with some wonderful news and feedback about Charlie! Very proud mum 😃 He’s just loving and is flourishing. Long may it continue!

19/10/18

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BMAT

The school day had a new rhythm to it on . Every lesson in all subjects for Year 7 and 8 at , in Epping, had a poetry element to it on the themed day. Full story - https://t.co/hVOEjqfl86 https://t.co/yPMU3pQyMb

19/10/18

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Epping Primary

We had lots of special visitors at our parade on Wednesday, but the ones who have definitely grown the most are our very first YF pupils from 2008, it was lovely to have them back again to help us celebrate. Thank you very much to for bring them back to us! https://t.co/1wswNrHi06

19/10/18

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BMAT STEM Academy

Lego robotics workshop welcome year 9 and and thank you

19/10/18

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BMAT STEM Academy

We have built a robot! and https://t.co/1kkKBtjFHa

18/10/18

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Mrs RS

Been another busy week in 6th form. Recruiting potential newbies to the ESJ family at the Harlow Post 16 event, attending careers talks on how to get into teaching, helping out in extra curricular clubs, getting offers back from universities and tomorrow WEAR IT PINK. https://t.co/TNqpklRRIn

18/10/18

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Natalie Revell

It was lovely to see the year 13’s presenting the awards for the ESJ bake off today! 😀🙌🍰 https://t.co/qXxlUVnxzM

18/10/18

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Miss E

More ESJers attended aspiration sessions today in Science and Engineering. https://t.co/GLP19GUdqa

17/10/18

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Miss E

ESJ aspiration sessions in full flow. Well done to all our year 11s making the most of what we have on offer and thanks to staff for being there for them https://t.co/pt9Op1m8s6

17/10/18

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BMAT

A Year 11 expectation evening has been held at so families can fully support children in their studies. Full story -https://t.co/QQi6pj617d https://t.co/L3WKBOsJea

16/10/18

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Natalie Revell

remember that if you’re interested in teaching there is a talk being given at 2pm tomorrow! If you signed up make sure you’re there! 😀🙌👩🏼‍🏫 https://t.co/YKdaDgCL7l

16/10/18

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nibs buses

Service 494 to is now just leaving Abridge. Due to continuing traffic problems this morning on the M25.

16/10/18

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Service 491 to is now running approx 15 mins late. Due to continuing traffic problems on the A414.

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Literacy Drive At ESJ

Literacy Drive At ESJ

Posted: 11th June 2018

Epping St John’s School has been on a journey of transformation over the last couple of years, with students achieving the best results in the school’s history last summer.

As work continues to improve further, a focus has been put on to reading and writing.

Serife Horner, head of English and lead practitioner for literacy, said: “The whole culture at Epping St John’s School is changing and students want to get involved in literacy. They have lost that embarrassment around reading books and they will happily sit around school and read.

“I have been working closely with my colleagues in other departments, so we are all pushing literacy together. In maths, we have displayed an alphabet of key terms, including visual aids for our students with English as an additional language. In history, we created visual glossaries of key historical vocabulary and in art, we are focusing on how to improve students’ ability to write about specific artistic styles and their own work for GCSE and A-level exams.

“What we want is for our students to be able to compete with everyone on a global scale, irrespective of their background or access to a library.”

Initiatives introduced at the school include –

* a three-stage reading programme, which started with encouraging students to read for pleasure by looking at play adaptations of classics, which were read in class while focusing on tone of voice. Further reading age tests showed some students made two years’ worth of progress within seven months. The second stage, which has just started, focuses on fluency and students’ ability to read aloud without losing meaning. Students are listening to audio books, stopping regularly to discuss tone of voice and impact of punctuation. The third stage will see students reading for comprehension; reading both fiction and non-fiction and drawing explicit and implicit meanings from them.

* Year 7 to 9 students enjoy the opportunity to DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), where everything stops at a certain time of the day for students to pick up a book and read for ten minutes. The success of the scheme was demonstrated when £600 was raised during a book fair, compared to a goal set of £300. The scheme will be rolled out to the rest of the school.

* A display board spells out the “Dirty 30” most commonly misspelled words and students in all year groups are tested on them each term.

* A word of the week is shared around the school and students challenged to use it in their work. Teachers look out for the word and send celebratory notes home when students make use of their new-found vocabulary.

* World Book Day was spread across a whole week at the school to celebrate reading. Students took part in a book scavenger hunt where they had to track down teachers who had their favourite book titles written on them, sparking conversations about books to read. The whole school completed a reading relay where an extract from a short story was read at the end of every lesson, so the whole story was completed by lunch for students to discuss during SMSC time.

A trip to Harry Potter World is on the calendar for Year 7 students to complement their study of the text and the department also hopes to welcome in authors, to hear from advertising specialists who will speak with students about the language they use in their work, as well as challenging students to not judge a book by its cover, allowing them to choose books just from their synopsis.

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