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Our reading buddies had their first meeting today. Year 10 pupils are assisting Year 1 with their daily reading. Every Tuesday & Friday afternoon they will meet & read together


Year 6 Cambridge had a fantastic day cooking a WWII inspired menu! Definitely some budding chefs in the class! 👩‍🍳🥕🥔🧅🧁👨‍🍳


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Thank you so much to all the Dahl and Christie house students who took park in our charity 5k run for and


The first group from Cambridge have begun their WW2 cooking project. We can’t wait to see the finished products!


Today the Year 4 and 5 corridor were greeted by a naughty little visitor! 🎅🏼🎉


Year 5 had a fabulous day on Monday where they really brought their learning to life, they took part in an Ancient Greek day and explored foods, buildings and the olympics! What a fantastic day! 🫒🍇🏹🤼🏅🏛


Look at this amazing Christmas Card design, well done to Kate! 🎅🏼🎄


Calling all Dahl and Christie house members! It would be lovely to see as many of you taking part in this as possible! 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️


What a fantastic week we have all had raising awareness of anti-bullying and the importance of kindness! It is so lovely to hear all of the kind comments students and staff have been sharing with one another, this is definitely something we will continue to do!


A great idea for our primary budding artists 👩‍🎨 🎨🖌🖍


Year 2 have been learning the kindness dance as part of anti-bullying week! What a lovely way to promote kindness across the school.


We have been sending each other kind messages in Year 6 today! They were all very well received! 🗣📝💌#AntiBullyingWeek


Odd Socks Day has got off to a fantastic start in Primary!


It is so lovely to see students from across Samuel Ryder representing school this morning in the remembrance parade.


We look forward to seeing the children and staff representing SRA tomorrow to pay their respects for those who have died when fighting for our country


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We believe leads to another. It can change the course of a conversation & break the cycle of bullying. That's why we're supporting 2021 this November. You can too:


It was lovely to see the children and staff get into character! A fantastic day had by all! 🔥🤩


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Our students will observe the minute silence to commemorate Armistice Day. Please join us.


Reception have loved learning about Diwali all week. In maths they were finding and recording numbers that were hidden in colourful rice.


Perseverance paid off for some of our Year 3 children today during the circus session at lunchtime.


A great start to the week. Our new Year 6 play leaders led a circus skills session for Year 3.


Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed listening to music that their grandparents may have listened to when they were young, as part of their ‘Changes through time’ history topic. They enjoyed dancing and said it made them feel happy, excited and energetic. 🎼💃


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We'd be delighted to welcome you to our Primary Open Day on Tuesday 16th November. For more information, and to book a tour please contact our main reception on: 01727 859382.


Year 6 have been eager to learn more about and have used the current issues they are seeing in the media to debate, share their views and listen to the views of others. There was a rich discussion and some valuable points made.


Welcome back everyone. The children were greeted by Chris from St. Luke’s Church, who talked about caring for ourselves and our environment. The children shared ways they can make a difference.


Year 6 have had a fantastic afternoon taking part in a house swimming gala! Thank you to the PE staff for organising. 🏊‍♂️💦


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Our primary students had great fun in the tag rugby tournament! Some amazing play✨


A fantastic effort! Well done to our Year 6 girls! 👏🏻🌟🏅


Miss Wallace has created this fabulous book recommendation display in the library in celebration of Black History Month. Why don’t you try some of these suggestions and enjoy some of these amazing stories!


Year 1 and 2 Eco Club created some fantastic bug hotels today. They wanted to provide a safe environment for the insects they have been learning about.


Some fantastic netball on display from Year 6 in their house games event today. Well done to everyone and thank you to some of our Year 7 students for supporting and umpiring.


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We are looking forward to launching our new lunch menu this month, with lots of exciting new ideas. Our first theme day is next week on Thursday 7th October and primary students will have the lunch option of making their own pizza and ice cream - yum yum!


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Our primary X country squad ready for their races this evening✨


Year 6 took their maths learning outside to solve different reasoning challenges. These were linked to their WW2 learning and were developing their higher order thinking skills as part of their drive to be great scholars.


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It’s been 2 years since our last Christmas Fair and we are really excited to bring it back this year !! Let’s make it our best one yet !!


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We have a Bags2school collection on 22/9/21 - a letter will be sent out via EduLink with details


KS2 were invited to be Language Ambassadors today. They watched a presentation from Mrs Schenk and we are excited to see the hard work that will be on display in language learning this year and beyond.


Express Yourself - Children's Mental Health Week (1-7 February 2021)

Posted on 29/01/2021

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Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

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Children's Mental Health Week at SRA

At Samuel Ryder Academy, we are proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme this year is ‘express yourself’.

We recognise that talking about mental health and expressing our feelings can be difficult, no matter our age.  Now, more than ever, it's important to share how we’re feeling with others and, as part of our mental health awareness initiative, we have organised a range of activities for our students throughout the week to keep the conversation of children's mental health going.

Incorporating this year's theme, we are encouraging students and families to take part in the activities and suggestions put together by our departments below. You will also find listed some helpful resources that you may wish to explore during the remote learning phase independently as a family.

Wednesday 3 February

To ensure that students have dedicated time for this awareness week, on Wednesday afternoon for Years 7 -13 there will be no timetabled lessons but we are encouraging them to take part in the opportunities that we will advertise. For Years R – 6 the dedicated time for this will be session 1 on Wednesday.


If you would like to share any of the activities you've tried during Children's Mental Health Week on social media, please use the hastag #SRAexpressyourself so we can follow your journey.

Please follow us on social media for more daily activities and updates throughout the week.

Twitter: @SRA_StAlbans @SRAPrimary Facebook: @SamuelRyderAcademy

What is mental health?

Here are some videos you may wish to share with your child when discussing mental health this week.

Video aimed at primary aged students


Video aimed at secondary aged students


Department activity suggestions 

Try these at home or in school with your bubble during Children's Mental Health Week.


Write a short monologue or poem of their thoughts and feelings – How have you expressed yourself during lockdown?  This could be filmed as an extension.

Geography - geog your health

The Geography Department would like you to take a picture of you doing something outside- it could be you exercising, doing your hobby or going for a walk. Extra recognition will be given to those who can explain the geography in the photo around them.

English - express yourself through poetry

Write a poem around the theme of Express Yourself.

You could write about something you’re really enjoy doing, about how you are feeling currently, about your hopes for the future or maybe even the things you miss about life pre-lockdown. There is no limit to the possibilities...

Maths - try these fun challenges

Primary students: 

How many different shapes can you spot during your walk? How many times did you see each shape? Can you draw a diagram (poster, bar chart, pictogram, tally chart) to represent this data?

Secondary students:

Try these origami challenges

Origami Challenge One - Easy Origami Turtle - How to Make Turtle Step by Step

Origami Challenge Two - How To Make an Easy Origami Butterfly (in 3 MINUTES!)

Origami Challenge Three - How to make Origami Hummingbird

Share images of any designs you make!




Your task is to create a piece of artwork (drawing, painting, collage, 3D model or digital art), any size you wish, on the following daily theme: 

Monday - My current mood

Tuesday - My environment

Wednesday - A precious object 

Thursday - A wonderful memory

Friday - A hope/dream

Please tweet your artwork on the day of the theme to @SRA_art_. Or email it to your art teacher or to Mrs Wilkinson and we will tweet your daily entries via the SRA Art Twitter page. Have fun!

Food Technology 

To make a dish that you enjoy making and of course eating!

This dish makes you happy which is a very important thing at the moment.

Show the step-by-steps of making your dish and you cooking it.

We'd also love to see the completed dish... before you eat it!

Design Technology

The Rube Goldberg Machine!!

We want you to watch these videos for inspiration and create your own version of the Rube Goldberg Machine!  If anything the videos will make you smile.

Be creative with the items you use and the methods to get the machine to work.

Video your machine in action and upload it to Seesaw or send us the link to watch it.

Good Luck!

Can you take on Mr Pett and beat his times!

Can you take on these challenges and beat Mr Pett

  • How long can you plank for? Mr Pett’s time was 2 mins18 secs
  • How many pages can you read in 20 minutes? Mr Pett’s was 18 pages

Useful resources:

Please find below some helpful websites and resources you may also wish to explore as part of Children's Mental Health Week.

Children's Mental Heath Week - free resources which can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.

Young Minds - lots of free resources and tips from a leading movement that aims to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - videos and free resources from a world leading mental health charity for children and families.

Herts Mind Network - delivering essential mental health support in Hertfordshire, providing a diverse range of services from our seven Wellbeing Centres and other venues across all ten districts of the county. Funded locally, our services are available to all residents in Hertfordshire over the age of 18 and we offer dedicated services for 15-18 year olds.





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