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We have made it altogether to the final week of the school year! This week we have had a magic show, a Hunky Dory disco, The Steve Hewlett Ventriloquism Show (BGT finalist 2013)We are ready to laugh together, dance together, perform of the big stage together. We have finished our GO Ventures and raised loads of money for charity. We have 3 wonderful community nights with music, rides, entertainment, food and fun. Thank you all for coming and helping to end this year's GO Fest in such a Hunky Dory way! Many of our school community are also celebrating Eid together and with their wider families...we wish them an Eid Mubarak. We wish all our families and safe and happy summer holiday.

The school office is open through the summer if you need it. Back to school on Thursday 2nd September


We will keep moving on to enjoy the last two weeks of GO Fest and our school term TOGETHER! We have been making up for lost time and catching up on our awesome GO ventures such as gaining our Charity Champion stickers through brilliant fund raising ideas. From handmade bracelets to sponsored head shaving, we had it all this week in Goldbeaters! As a definite highlight of the week we were fortunate enough to be able to run our fun and practical science day activities. We explored scientific principles such as elasticity, mass, shape, force, density and volume through silly and educational methods. To mention a few, we raced to use chopsticks to move the most cubes of jelly in a minute, we used tools to separate rice and macaroni, we experimented with spring based toys that bounce around the table and we tried to add solutions of different densities together see if they mix! Our 60 Y6 pupils Class of 2021 graduated with a beautiful outdoor ceremony on Friday evening.


And of course...we had watermelon!


Some changes to GO Fest this week unfortunately, Big thanks go to all our families for helping this week, especially all those who completed 2 days of learning on SeeSaw and all those that watched the film and Mr F's message at the weekend and have helped get their children back to school safely for the last 2 weeks of term.

An important message from Mr F

Strawberry Scrumptious Week! 


It's finally back! Sing Up is BACK! Each and every class has been working so hard to prepare their performances and they have been eagerly anticipating being able to observe our different year group bubbles. Unfortunately due to the delayed full easing we couldn't have all the year groups perform at the same time and we had to do it outside, but did it matter? Not at all! It was a brilliant day of TEEM singing, TEEM performing and absolutely gorgeous weather.


Double bubble this week, on top of our continuing GO ventures, we had our Country Rangers event at the Orion field. All year groups across the federation were able to engage with fun orienteering challenges, practical puzzles and obstacle courses to name a few things. Children were also able to take part in some barbecue preparation. They put together their own cheesy pitas and chocolate stuffed bananas, which were then promptly and happily devoured. It has been an active and fun filled week of Go Fest and there's still so much more to come!

Bumblebees class has won the Mathletics for the third time in a row. Massive Congratulations!!!!

Top Mathletes 2021

Congratulations to the Top Ten Mathletes of Summer Term!





















Go Fest Week 3 - PINAPPLE PALS 


We are feeling good! We are feeling positive! We are TEEM-ing! 

This week Goldbeaters has used our Pineapple Pals vibe and groove to stay upbeat and not let anything get us down. One of our most amazing Go Fest privileges is to be able watch this amazing performance.. the Ilai show is BACK! Every single class has been able to experience the mesmorising and awe inspiring skills and talents put on display by Ilai and his brilliant entertainers. See? Go Fest is still very much in full swing, just look at these Ilai show pictures below! On top of that we have been actively pursuing our GO venture's, such as painting and finalising our pottery for our Artist GO venture throughout the school and preparing to be Charity Champions like year 3 creating their own jewellry to be sold. Finally in year 4 we are pursuing exciting and adventurous independent activities like our Shakespeare production!



Despite the Prime Minister's announcement that restrictions will not be completely lifting until the last week of our school year we are keeping upbeat and positive, in true Goldbeaters and GO Fest style. Community Evening WILL happen in the last week - we will be able to TEEM (meet up) This week we've tasted fresh guavas, Y6 have been out on an adventure day,  Y2 spent a glorious day on the beach at Walton-on-the-Naze and we have all been country rangers learning outside and doing a cookout! Many of us have started our Olympic Torch Relay and taken part in MasterChef. Many of us had done our National Duty and sent the Queen a birthday card! We've been entertained by some performers and their special talents. It is so great to see live events! Enjoy the photos of this week's learning.



GO Fest has begun in truly tropical style with some beautiful summer weather and an amazing week of learning! The Colour Rangers are helping to organise 20 GO ventures for all of us to complete over this half term, which include important life skills, outdoor learning, day trips out of school, singing, dancing, cooking and much more. Mango Moves week wouldn't be complete without a cool refreshing glass of mango juice on Friday!

Back in the I-Shine Theatre - 27th & 28th May

We were thrilled to get back into the theatre. We thought we were watching a film but had the best surprise to see the Do It Dude, the Colour Rangers and Yellow Man LIVE in person!

The excitement of Go Fest was truly felt by all...we can not wait to get back to school to start our GoVentures!

Ready to sing and dance!

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Go Fest Coming Soon

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Word Up: Purple Week


It's the last week of a WONDERFUL Word Up. The world is definitely much more colourful and HUNKY DORY.  Tuesday was HUNKY DORY DAY.  We produced our own images of Hunky Dory World and exchanged the I Care bricks we have earnt over the last 8 weeks.

Word Up: Purple Week

Word Up: Jungle Green Week

All through Word Up we have been captivated by The Colour Rangers, Greytone and The Do It Dude. Greytone went missing in Orange Week and this week every child at Goldbeaters wrote a persuasive letter to him as to why he should come back. Will their letters make a difference to him? Will Do It Dude and the Colour Rangers find him? We'll find out next week...

The characteristic of green week has been dependability. Are you reliable? Trustworthy? Loyal? A good and true friend? Friday was a spectacle of green-ness is school, a perfect colour to celebrate Eid. We hope that all our school community who celebrated Eid this week had a very special time.

Word Up 2021: Orangutan Orange Week

Find and show your confidence this week. Super boost with an orange. Check out the packaging on these oranges delivered today especially for Goldies!

Orangutan Orange week was all about showing our confidence. We had a confidence day and celebrated the end of another week of Word Up with fresh orange juice and a vitamin C packed orange that we decorated ourselves.

Word Up: Jam Red Week

Bringing stories to life improves our language skills and our imagination. This always shows in the quality of our writing. The theme of the week this week is being sociable. Talking well, choosing the best word to convey our meaning, being confident at making conversation. Workshops in school this week have included storytelling sessions and masked drama. Our after school Sunshine Club has started for all children to have the opportunity to be active and sociable together after the school day has ended. The week ended with Fresh Bread Friday served jam of course!

Word Up: Space Cadet Blue Week

The theme for this week is all about being adventurous and having some fun. Y6 had astronauts day and we had a super boost event this week for Y3 and Y4 - a virtual reality space workshop. We were transported into space for an intergalactic adventure!

True Blue Day - Friday 23rd April

Thinking about a quality of blue today - true blue can mean loyal, honest and committed. We reflected on the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, his incredible service to Great Britain and the Commonwealth and his unwavering care of The Queen for the last 73 years.


We have also thought of some other heroes throughout this year, who have worked constantly throughout the Coronavirus pandemic to keep the country running and as many people as safe and well as possible. These people never gave up...doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, headteachers, teachers and support staff, delivery drivers, supermarket workers, cleaners, electricians, plumbers, farmers, police, firefighters, our parent community, and many many more We say THANK YOU!

Word Up: Chocolate Brown Week

We are feeling thankful this week - the third week of Word Up. Hunky Dory world is taking shape...things are more colourful, gorgeous and positive. We were so thankful for the sunny weather - and got plenty of fresh air and fun outside doing a chocolate challenge. Have a look below at some of the other things we appreciate. 

Word Up: Banana Yellow Week

It's been a sunny yellow and positive week of Word Up this week. Our awesome colour power is yellow which is helping us to be positive, smiley and encourage others and make a Hunky Dory World. Our classroom doors look POSITIVE, our learning is POSITIVE, our doodles are POSITIVE and we are POSITIVE.  We've eaten bananas for snack and enjoyed banana milkshakes. Did you know that the potassium ions in bananas carry a positive charge?  Make sure to tune in on Sunday to the Word Up Show Episode to find out our next awesome colour power! 

Thank you to the Do it Dude and the Colour Rangers and the #OneKIndLearning film crew! You are awesome and we love watching One KInd and The Word Up Show.

Word Up Week 1: Bubble Gum Pink Week

Everything about pink week has been GORGEOUS. Our awesome colour power has tinged our world with pink for kindness and helpfulness. We've done gorgeous reading and writing and plenty jibber jabber talking. We've even done gorgeous PE! This Friday we had a Gorgeous Clothes Day to raise money for Red Nose Day. We are GORGEOUS!

12th March 2021 - Bringing it back - WORD UP 2021

The Do It Dude is back - he was rescued from the capture of the evil Grey Tone and together with the Colour Rangers and all the children of Goldbeaters and Orion (Team Awesome) Word Up 2021 is launched. 

The Word Up Launch!

March 8th 2021 - Bringing it Back

We are thrilled to be back TOGETHER again. We are bringing back the smiles, the kindness, the friendship and the care. Well done children. parents and staff for a wonderful week Bringing it Back at Goldbeaters

Safer Internet Day 

With so many children spending so much time online, staying safe has never been so important. Check out our video for Safer Internet Day 2021 and see if you can see any familiar faces...

Fabruary 8th - 15th - Children's Mental Health Week 2021

We all need to take care of our mental health - just as we try to keep our body healthy by eating well and exercising we need to keep our mind fit and well too. There are lots of ways to do this - have fresh air, get your heart beating by exercising, having quiet, calm time, being with a friend, doing something you really love, laughing out loud, doing something kind for others. Lockdown and home learning has meant that we haven't been able to do some of these things as much as we would usually. Have a look below to see what we've done this week to raise spirits and improve our mental health.


A film every day from the AWESOME film crew has really made us smile!

January 29th 2021 

To all of you fantastic children and parents who are learning together at home we say a huge WELL DONE! You have been trying so hard, your teachers have seen very impressive pieces of work uploaded to SeeSaw every day and those of you who have returned learning packs, you have done really well. It is really tough having to learn at home and you are making everyone proud. Parents, you are AMAZING! 


The next 2 weeks of work (Week 5 & 6) are ready for you to collect and a new Do More Blue Pack to keep you awesome. We are here to help if you get stuck or need anything.

Y3 Home Learning

Y5 Home Learning

Y6 Home Learning

January 22nd 2021

After 3 weeks of term we are half way through our STAY AWESOME challenge. Children and parents home learning, you are doing brilliantly! Don't forget to check SeeSaw every day to see your daily timetable, tasks and teaching videos. Watch One Kind Learning on Mondays and Fridays and pick up the Awesome Sauce Pack. Keep up your hard work and keep busy We are here to help you if you need it. You are AWESOME!


Lots of children are also staying safe and staying AWESOME in school. It's strange to not be altogether but there is lots of learning, PE and happy playtimes. Thanks Mr F for the chocolate buns you gave us to celebrate Fantastic Friday. You are AWESOME too!

January 2021

Wishing all our community a happy new year. It's been a hard start to the year but we are here to help you. Make sure you are keeping up to date with Mr F's messages. There will be 2 One Kind Learning films a week to keep your children busy and your children's teachers will upload daily learning via SeeSaw every day. There will be a schedule you can follow. Not sure how? We will help. Need even more for your children - we will help.


Golden Lights Festival 2020

A very different Golden Lights Festival this year but very special nonetheless. Every child created a scene within an individual box. Children worked hard to learn and develop new artistic and creative skills, including 3D sculpture, finger knitting, decoupage and pom pomming. The boxes were exhibited and classes had a viewing. We hope you agree that they are really impressive and very beautiful.

Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 11th December 2020

Today was National Christmas Jumper Day and Goldies kids, as always did their best to come to school in something sparkly, christmassy or colourful. Smiles all round!

Hot Chocolate Friday - Friday 4th December

A hot chocolate treat for all the children who were able to step it up this week. The weather has turned really cold and the hot chocolate was perfect. Thanks Mr F and all the staff who made and poured it for us to enjoy.

GIVE IT - The Art of Kindness

It's beginning to feel a bit like Christmas! We are getting ready for Golden Lights and the Xmas trees are up. This year they are Kindness Trees. Can you see the gifts under the tree? There are 11. One for each day until the end of term...Friday's gift was the gift of fun! Have a look at Y6 together enjoying their gift. What will the next gift be?

Do More - One Kind Learning - Family Art Task

Well done and thanks to all the Goldbeaters families who spent some time this weekend creating a family portrait. The art brought back into school was stunning - we hope you had fun together!

Togetherness Thursday (26th November 2020)

We have been colouring our world with togetherness this week. Being together is such a great feeling. Together with our families, together with our friends, together with our teachers and classmates. It's been tricky to be together this year but we managed to meet some buddies across the school in some clever ways! We sent messages to each other, made films for each other, met via Zoom to play Bingo and do quizzes and even waved from a distance. We are always better together!

Cone Together - Friday 20th November

Celebrating teamwork

Teams come in all different sizes. In our year groups we are in teams of 60 plus our adults so that's a really big team all working together and helping each other. Some teams are just 2 people like Ben & Jerry, makers of delicious ice-cream. Not only did these 2 men work really hard to set up an ice-cream company but they also campaign against injustice and support lots of worthy causes. Peace, love & ice-cream!

BBC CHILDREN in NEED 2020 - Friday 13th November


Wow! Huge effort from every single child today all dressed up smart or silly style and all bringing money to support Children in Need. Together, we filled our school with hearts, we learned the dance moves from One Kind Learning Special film, we got tricky with "in the bin" trick shots and we went to the One Kind Learning Pop Shop and filled a happy bag for home time. What a smiley school today and what incredible thanks our brilliant children and parents gave. We are proud to be TOGETHER!

Pop Up Art

We can't go to an art gallery this month because of lockdown so art came to us at Goldbeaters and we viewed a pop up art installation. The weird and wonderful world of RED...



We are ready to MOVE IT this month! Our colour is RED and we are having a month of TOGETHERNESS. Togetherness is a hugely important aspect of life. It involves being supportive, caring, showing friendship and sometimes sharing a challenge. Togetherness unites us, gives us security, support and a sense of belonging. It encourages us to love one another. This month we will really show "I CARE" and some amazing teamwork. We will help our school community and others. We will MOVE IT!

Look at these stunning Keith Haring images we have created for a togetherness mural in our classrooms

Half Term Food Hub

Over the week of half term footballer Mesut Ozil sponsored the cooking of delicious fresh and healthy meals which were distributed from the food hub at The Orion for Goldstar families who could enjoy them at home. The meals were packaged to go with a selection of fruit provided by The BYT Project. Thank you to chef Stefan Pappert for cooking the meals throughout the night so they would be ready for each morning and to Mr F who made sure the food got to families who needed them. Thanks also to the staff team who volunteered time to help out.

One Kind Learning Season 3 - Episode 1

Watch our brand NEW episode of One Kind Learning and use the activities in Do More 1 to keep busy at home!

Amazing first half term!

Thank you all for an amazing first half term of 2020/21.  Things have been a little different and there have been some changes but we're so glad we're all back at school.  Have a brilliant week and look our for a brand NEW episode of One Kind Learning. 

Let's Go Colour Our World with Art

During our new "colourful" day we get creative in the afternoons. Our corridors have been transformed into galleries with each class creating a large canvas full of colour. Check out our creativity in the photos below. 

Black History Month at Goldbeaters

This week every year group celebrated Black History. Children had some amazing debates, wrote speeches, poems and facts, Lots of children were inspired to do even more learning at home. We are so lucky to be a part of such a diverse school community where respect, and equality is part of our daily lives.

The Big Draw - Thursday 15th October

Today we had a special drawing morning - using shapes to draw a range of animals. Did you know that drawing  can really help establish and develop concentration, it improves hand eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and increases children's confidence. Look at the concentration, effort and skills that have gone into these pictures.

Apple Week - Celebrating Rocktober

We had a different variety of apple every day for 7 days! Red delicious, Baeburn, Fiji, Cox, Pink Lady are just some of the 7,500 apple varieties that exist worldwide. Did you know that apples are 25% air and that's why they float in water? Cut an apple in half to see the five seed pockets inside - they are called carpels. Eating 2 apples a day can really improve your health.

World Smile Day - October 2nd

Help Me Help You!

Easy home task for every parent today. Just say YAY! to your children and give them a huge smile. Even though it was raining heavily this morning parents and children came to school with huge smiles. Smiles are definitely contagious!

Watch Mr Flathers' 3 minute message!

Find out what we've been up to during out first month back at school and see how you can help our latest campaign - Help Me Help You!

Macmillan Art Day - Friday 25th September

We all wore something green today and donated some money to say thanks and show our gratitude to the amazing Macmillan nurses who do such an important and difficult job. We did some green themed art. Each child also took home today a gift for their family to show thanks to them too and to say well done for our first month back at school this year.

Peace Day 2020

We marked the International Day of Peace this year by being thoughtful and mindful about what peace means to us and to others round the world. We did some peaceful art in our classrooms

Quest 2020/21 - Lets Go Colour our World with our new Colourful Day

We have returned to school this year to embrace our new kind of learning - A COLOURFUL DAY. We have a BIG morning with longer literacy and numeracy sessions. This means we have time for new important learning and also to recap areas that we might have missed or not understood. We read and write every single day. We have a nurturing afternoon which includes art lessons, science, music, drama, PE and PSHE and a Zones of Regulation lesson. Afternoons are calm and creative and we love them!


Our quest this year uses colour to help us return to an I Shine way of thinking

Orange is for energy, excitement and enthusiasm

Green is calming and also says "Let's Go!"

Red is the colour of love - it symbolises our commitment to our friends and family

Blue is the colour of trust, unity, loyalty and confidence

Yellow is sunny, cheerful and positive

Pink is for putting your heart and soul into all that you do

Go Fest 2020 - LIVE and at a Distance 

Wow - what an incredible way to finish a quite remarkable year.  Thank you to all of our guests, performers and most importantly the children for making it such a special time for everyone.  You can see more pictures and videos over on the Go Fest 2020 page. 

Schools can do it!

Our children and staff are so happy to be here and we want to spread the word that schools can do it!  Help young people get back to school and back to normal by sharing our poster. 

School is back...a welcome and some important info

Whether your children are staying at home for now or are coming back to school, find out what will be happening over the next few weeks.  We're all in this together. 

Back to school in June

Check out the One Kind Learning Special to see an important message from Mr Flathers or read the document below to find out about our plans for getting back to school. 

15 Day Genius Challenge 

Have you got what it takes to complete One Kind Learning's 15 Day Genius Challenge?  Watch our film to find out more and then download the templates to help you. 

Home Learning 

We know things are a little bit different at the moment, but we've tried to make this as exciting and easy for you to still enjoy your learning at home.  Check our Mr F's NEW #OneKindLearningChannel on YouTube, have a look at the Home Learning page where you'll find lots of links, games and advice.  Stay safe!


  • Children will be in school on Thursday and Friday.
  • From Monday 23 March the school will be closed.
  • Some children CAN come to school on March 23. Families will be contacted when we have heard from the government. Here is a rough idea…if your child has an EHCP, if your child is a vulnerable child (you receive help from social services) and if you are a key worker.
  • Home learning packs have been prepared for all pupils.
  • One Kind Learning begins on Monday for all our pupils.
  • We will announce services for you at our hub (school) as soon as we can.

The Gold Star Family will get through this time.

Coronavirus - Hands, Faces, Spaces 

Our schools are currently helping children and adults stay safer with a hygiene campaign called Hands Faces Spaces. The aim is to help everyone understand how to actively reduce the spread of infection.  Have a closer look at the documents below to find out more. 

World Book Day 2020

We celebrated World Book Day slightly differently this year, as we all wore traditional clothes and colours from our countries.  Thank you to everyone for making such an incredible effort!

Do It Dude’s Travel Book

Have you seen The Do It Dude’s new mini series?  Find out about a different continent each week and see how many facts you can remember!

Positive Word Power! PWP with the Do It Dude

Can you be a Secret Word Agent?  Find out how with The Do It Dude.

Happy Birthday!

A double Birthday celebration for the federation, with Orion reaching it’s 20th year whilst we turned 90!  Thank you to Jack and Joel who came to celebrate with us all.  We’ve also been learning lots about Europe in week three of Word Up - have a look at the Word Up 2020 page to find out more.

The Tech Show

Huge thanks to everyone who came along to our Safer Internet Day event at Orion, The Tech Show.  It was great to see so many families having fun with technology from now and the past as well as finding out how to stay safe online.  Find out more on The Tech Show page

Word Up Week Two

Word Up continued with more incredible visitors - adventurous author Marcus Alexander wowed us all with his exciting stories from around the world.  We were also lucky enough to meet travel writer, author, radio and tv presenter Sarah Tucker who inspired us all - thank you! Check out the Word Up 2020 page to find out more.

Word Up and DO IT Dude Word Up Episode 2

Word Up! Word Up!

Word Up 2020 is here and what an incredible first week we've had.  Huge thanks to our special guests,storyteller Phil McDermott and climate change activist David Saddington.  We've also been busy with our brand new doodle books, writing about what might have happened to the Do It Dude and the awesome opening show.  Check out the Word Up 2020 page to find out more.

Coming soon...The Tech Show

An event for Orion and Goldbeaters families this Safer Internet Day. Tickets only 50p per person and will be on sale soon!

Think Pink

Happy New Year and welcome back!  We’ve had an amazing first week of 2020, thinking PINK to rock the world with kindness.