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Welcome to Burnt Oak Junior School

YR 5 have now settled in at Downe and are looking forward to their activities after lunch.

Thank you for visiting our website. We are a very busy school with lots of amazing learning taking place everyday. Everyone at Burnt Oak Junior School has the highest aspirations for all the children and we are constantly striving towards excellence in everything. We are a unique community with a 'family ' feel that nurtures and cares for everyone who is part of it with an ethos of putting children first.

We are proud to be part of The Pioneer Academy which is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

‘…and the main thing is learning’.

Mrs Jill Ivil  -  Head Teacher

Super Sports Day 2018

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The sun was shining as our annual sports day took place last Thursday. All the different houses competed for the Burnt Oak trophy by taking part in a variety of sporting activities. The final sprint races ended in some exciting finshes. The competition was close throughout but in the end it was Atlas house that was crowned the overall winners. Thank you to Miss Moore for organising such a fantastic event. Also thank you to all of the families that turned up to cheer the children on.

Year 6 visit Greenwich University

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On Friday, Year 6 had the opportunity to spend the day at Greenwich University, Avery Hill Campus. They attended tutorials learning spanish, science, art and history. Belvedere Junior School also joined us for the day and the children enjoyed playing sports with them on the park during lunch. The day ended with an uplifting lecture about the importance of reading with all the children participating. It was a  thoroughly enjoyable expereince and maybe some of our children will become students at the university in the future!

Super Science week!

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This week we have had our annual Science Week. All the children have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of exciting science experiments including making giant bubbles on the field! Our Grandparents joined us for workshops where volcanoes were made, flying egg transporters designed and rates of fitness were tested! Thank you to Miss Tomlin who worked so hard to organise such a great week!

Royal Wedding Celebrations

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The sun was shining as the whole school went onto the field to enjoy a 'posh' picnic to celebrate the royal wedding. There were cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and lots of other goodies eaten. All the children had a lovely time playing games and having fun.

The 'Great Burnt Oak Raffle' winners!

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The 'Great Burnt Oak Raffle' was drawn today with lots of children winning a variety of experiences to enjoy over the coming weeks. These included being the Head Teacher for a day, helping the Site Managers and an extra playtime for their class. All the winners are pictured above with their chosen prize. Thank you for your support in buying the tickets. All the money will go towards the new ICT suite.

The BOJ cafe opens for SATS week!

The Burnt Oak cafe opened it's doors this morning to provide breakfast for our year 6 children before they took their first SATs test. All the children seemed very relaxed and enjoyed chatting together in a calm atmosphere. They particularly enjoyed being waited on by members of the BOJ staff!

sats breakfast 2018

Year 4 visit the British Museum

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To launch their new topic on 'The Egyptians', year 4 visited the British Museum. They saw lots of amazing artefacts from Ancient Egypt and learnt lots of new information to support them in their learning. All the children enjoyed the experience and were very well behaved. Well done!

End of term fun!

Easter hats 2018

Easter Hat Parade

The spring term ended on a high today with our Easter hat parade. So many of the children made such an effort with their Easter themed hats and they took pride in parading them up and down our enormous catwalk! The judges had a very difficult job to decide who the winners were but in the end they chose Edward, Huda, Jack, Inas, Jack T, Kitty, James and Maci. 

 Thank you for your donations to the Brain Tumour Research charity.

Burnt Oak's Got Talent

There was tension and excitement in the air this afternoon as this year's talent show took place. All the acts performed with confidence and the variety of talents displayed was amazing. Our judges had a very hard job deciding on the winners but in the end they were:

Year 3 - Scarlett H for her fantastic singing voice

Year 4 - Maisie A for her great rapping and singing

Year 5 - Chloe H, Summer P, Katie, Chloe H and Ella for being the amazing Spice Girls

Year 6 - James and Franky K for raising the roof as PJ and Duncan

Well done to all the children who took part and for giving us an afternoon of entertainment.

BOJ's got talent 2018

Aspirational Learners!

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Aspiration is part of The Pioneer's Academy mantra and also included in our vision statement for the school. All the children were asked to fill in a leaf to go onto the 'Aspiration Tree'. Our children aspire to be and do a variety of fantastic things: rugby players, doctors, dancers, architects, the list is endless!

diversity leaf

World Book Day

Grandparents at WBD

We finally managed to celebrate World Book Day after postponing it from last week. Miss Farrer did a splendid job of organising the day with all the children participating in a variety of booked based activities. The highlight of the day was having our Grandparents visiting to join in the fun. Thank you to all the Grandparents who came along and especially those who dressed up as well. They all receved a golden Head Teacher sticker! Also a big thank you to all of the children and parents who made such an effort with their fabulous costumes.


Change for Life multi-skills festival at Hurstmere

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Some of our children were chosen to attend the C4life multi-skills festival at Hurstmere Secondary School. They all received a certificate and had a wonderful time exploring lots of different sports. They also bumped into our Sports Champions who have been attending the Junior Leadership Academy and they were helping to run the events. There were also ex BOJ pupils particiapting too and it was lovely for the children to catch up with them and to see they were still activiely involved in volunteering through sport. Thank you to Miss Moore for organising the trip and also to Mrs Rudd for supervising and being the chief photographer!

Fun in the Snow!

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All of the children enjoyed having some fun in the snow at the end of the day. I would like to say a big thank you to all of the children who made the effort to come into school today. It is much appreciated.

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Happy Chinese New Year!)

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We have been celebrating Chinese New Year at BOJ. All the children had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including the dragon dance, making lanterns, chinese calligraphy and many more. We shared the day with Chatsworth Infants also. We invited the year 2 children into BOJ and our year 5 children went to Chatsworth to join in with their celebrations. It was a great day with all of the children having lots of fun learning about a different culture!

Rainbow Day

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It has been Equality Week at BOJ which ended in 'Rainbow Day'. The children have been learning all about how important it is to treat everyone as an equal no matter what their race, gender, sexual orientation etc. They have been learning about some famous people from the past who have helped fight for equal rights within the world. Mrs McManus has also set a competition for the half term holiday. Details of this are on the end of half term newsletter.

TPA Head boys and girls

Head boy and head girl RH 2018

All the Head Boys and Girls from The Pioneer Academy schools had the chance to meet one another this week. They all gathered together at Redhill Primary School where they had a tour, joined in a lesson and had the opportunity to chat about their different schools. Next half term they are all going to meet at Broadmead and Stewart Fleming Primary School.

We love learning new topics!

All year groups have thrown themselves into their new topics this half term. Year 3 have been learning about The Rainforest, Year 4 have been redesigning the school as shelter in the event of an earthquake, Year 5 have been learning about the planets and Year 6 are hosting their own elections for their topic 'Champions of Change'. There is a great learning buzz around the school!

100% attendance

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Well done to all the children who achieved 100% attendance last term. All the children were rewarded with a certificate in assembly. We also congratulated 4F on being the class with the best attendance for whole of last term. They will be planning a special treat with their teacher Miss Farrer.

We have also introduced a non uniform day for any class that achieves 100% attendance in a week. Last week 6M, 5S, 4M and 4F all had 100% attendance so have been rewarded by wearing their own clothes on Friday. Well done and keep it up!

Christmas at BOJ

Christmas was celebrated in full at BOJ with lots of exciting events. Our choir sang at Bexleyheath, we invited over 250 grandparents in for our coffee morning, the PTA ran their festive fun morning, the whole school enjoyed a christmas lunch, years 3 and 4 put on their production of 'Lights, Camel, Action' and every class enjoyed participating in the sing off on the last day of term. Everyone had a fantastic, festive time!

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Friendship Day


We celebrated Friendship Day within school with lots of exciting activities. All the children had the opportunity to work with their existing friends and to make new friends throughout the school. The children were encouraged to show RAOK to everyone (random acts of kindness!).

PJ day for Children in Need

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We supported Children in Need by asking children to make a £1 donation for them to be able their PJs for the day. There were lots of wonderful and fluffy creations being worn and everybody looked very relaxed! Year 6 had a extra treat and visited Chatsworth Infants. They remimisced about their time at the school and joined in the many activities with the children.

Thank you for your kind donations to this worthy charity.

CIN at CIS 2

BOJ's library relaunch

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This week our library has been re-opened following a fantastic make over. Miss Farrer has been very busy sorting the books, decorating the space and generally making it a special place to be. New librarians have been appointed from years 5 and 6 and they all have been given responsibilities in order to ensure the library is used properly. If you want to have a peek at the library when you visit this week for parent's evening then feel free!

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Un Day at BOJ!


To end the half term we celebrated United Nations day. Every class chose a different country from the UN to investgate. We invited our Grandparents in to learn alongside us and to share in the experience. They made some lovely comment such as:

'Wonderful to see how the children are being taught'.

'A very pleasant morning, stretched their imaginations. A joy!'

All the children and staff dressed up and it was a great day. Thank you to all the Grandparents who came to support the day and also to the parents who helped their child with their costumes.

Year 4 visit Wide Horizons


Year 4 visited the 'Wide Horizons' environmental centre in Eltham. This was to support their science topic of 'Habitats'. All the children had a fantastic time looking for a variety of different mini beasts and creatures. They also made some wonderful creatures with clay. All of the the children were beautifully behaved and were a credit to the school. Well done.

Year 4's fabulous habitats

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Year 4 have been very busy designing and making a variety of habitats for their homework. This is to support their science learning within school. All of the children have been very creative with their designs and were very excited to see that some insects had already made themselves at home. Thank you to all the parents (and grandparents) who have supported the children with this activity.

Harvest Festival

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We held our Harvest Festival this week. Fr Philip came into school  to lead and join in with our celebrations. Some of our new year 3 children read a lovely harvest poem.

The Co-op foodbank are collecting all the wonderful donations you have given in order to benefit others. Thank you for supporting the school.

We are getting creative!

Latisha with box

This week is Creative Writing Week at BOJ. The teachers have planned a variety of exciting opportunities that will give all the children the chance to use their fantatsic imaginations. They will also be developing their skills as writers and learning together to produce magical stories, poems, reports, recounts ..... the list is endless!

Amy and Lucy writing

BOJ at the tag-rugby Megafest!

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On Thursday, we were extremely excited to represent Bexley at the London Youth Games for the tag-rugby Megafest. The Megafest is aimed at children who have never really participated in tag-rugby before and works on the core values of discipline, respect, enjoyment, sportsmanship and teamwork. Out of all of the schools in Bexley, Burnt Oak Junior School were selected!

 The day was filled with tag-based sessions run by volunteers, students and RFU representatives. We received fantastic feedback from the coaches on how polite our children were and what great knowledge they had of the game.

Year 6 at the Houses of Parliament


On Tuesday, Year 6 had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament. They were given a tour of the House of Commons, Westminster Hall and saw the Queen's robing room. All the children found the experience very interesting and were all very well behaved.

BOJ in top 5!

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In December the best performing primary schools in Bexley in the Key Stage 2 tests were revealed. Primary school league tables show with schools ranked by what percentage of its students are meeting the expected standard. The Government has now published the results, ranking schools by the percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard. Based on those rankings Burnt Oak came out in 5th place.

We were very proud of this result and it confirms that the school is on its journey towards being outstanding!

Dare to Inspire - George Fouche

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We were very lucky to have ex South Africian rubgy Union player George Fouche visit BOJ this week. He worked with the children in year 5 and 6 on how to meet their dreams. He also took a whole school assembly where he told the children of his inspirational story. All the children were totally transfixed and hung on his every word! Thank you to George for giving everyone an uplifting experience.

Super Sports Champions

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Our Sport Champions received their training this week from Miss Allsop, who is Bexley's School Games Coorindator. They leant how to lead children in fun games and how to promote physical activities at lunch time and playtimes. A very big thank you to Miss Allsop for taking the time to train our young leaders and we look forward to them taking on their new positions within the school.

Remembrance Assembly


We all took part in a special remembrance assembly to celebrate and remember all the people who have given their lives during wars past and present. Year 6 read some of their  poems based on WW1 and we all took part in a 2 minute silence to show our respects. Mr Royle, our govenor, attended the assembly and was amazed at quality of the poems that year 6 had written.  All the children behaved themselves beautifully and the whole experience was very moving.

Thank you for supporting the poppy appeal. Lots of money has been raised to go to the Royal British Legion.

BOJ Governors visit meet school council

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Today some of the school council members had the opportunity to meet the BOJ governors. They talked about their role on the school council and then the governors explained how they support the school. Lots of questions were asked by both the children and governors in order to find out more about each other's roles. The children spoke very positively about BOJ and what they enjoyed most about being a pupil here.

Sidcup Fire Bridage visits BOJ


We have been lucky to have had a visit from three members of  Sidcup Fire Brigade. They gave all the  children a fire safety talk where the children learnt about the role of a fire officer, how to keep themselves safe around fire and also what to do in an emergency. Afterwards the children were able to climb aboard a fire engine and to use the actual hose!


Head boy and Head girl elections


It has been election fever at BOJ this week with the Head boy and Head girl elections. Lots of children put themselves forward for the roles and delivered specches that were both persuasive and inspirational. Everyone in the school cast their vote and once they were all counted it was announced that Teddy P was the new Head boy and Darcey G was the new Head girl. Their deputies are Nathan C and Kimberley M. Well done to everyone who took part

debbie and Kelly

Year 6 Bikeability

James and Daniel bike

This week some of the Year 6  participated in the Bexley Bikeability scheme. This involved the children being taken out in the local neighbourhood to learn about how to keep themselves safe when riding their bikes. All the children were beautifully behaved and enjoyed this worthwhile experience.

New Topics!

All year groups have got stuck into their new topics this week. Year 4 had an especially yummy time yesterday when their classrooms were turned into their very own 'Kaspas'. All the children enjoyed pancakes with a variety of delicious toppings. They had a very special waitress to serve them as you can see in the photo below.


Year 3 have been making shelters to launch their topic on 'The Stone 'Age'.


Year 5 have researched and made models from the Roman Times to launch their topic of 'The Bold and the Brave'.


Year 6 have researched and produced group presentations about an important historical event to launch their topic  'The Time Tunnel'.

Year 6 parent SATs presentation

Please find a copy of the Year 6 SATs presentation to parents above.

Jeans for Genes Day

Jeans for Genes 2017

All the children had the opportunity  to wear jeans to school in order to raise money for children affected by life-changing genetic disorders. Your kind donations will fund the care and support children, and their families need today. We managed to raise over £220.00. Thank you for your generosity.