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Cardinal Road Nursery & Infant School

‘Creating Opportunities’

Special Events



Cardinal Road had a fantastic start to the New Year with all year groups being welcomed back by a pantomime performance of either Dick Whitington or Little Red Riding Hood.

For some children, in particular because of the limits during the past two years of pandemic, this was their very first experience of live theatre and they were completely enthralled.

The shows then provided rich opportunities for  speaking, language and recording their views and ideas after the performance.

Shortly after the pantomine year groups were then treated to a live music assembly by the company Sound Steps, who came in to inspire children to begin their musical journey and encourage them to take up playing a musical instrument.

These enriching experiences are at the heart of our mission statement at Cardinal Road; "Creating Opportunities" and it is fantastic to see their return.

Keep logging in to the class pages to see what else your children have been up to!

Dick Whitington Pantomime and Soundsteps




Wed 19 Jan - 5:15pm - Yr 2 Assessment Meeting for Yr 2 Parents/Carers

Thur 20 Jan - 9:00am - Yr 2 Assessment Meeting for Yr 2 Parents/Carers

Thur 27 Jan - 9:00am - Green Class Assembly for Parents/Carers

Mon 14 - Fri 18 Feb - Half Term School Closed

Mon 21 Feb - Inset Day School Closed



We have managed to provide the children with lots of wonderful opportunities to meet our three curriculum drivers of "Real Life Experiences", "Community" and "Emotional Literacy" during the Autumn term.


Click on the children tab and then the year group to see details and photos in "What we have been learning"



It was lovely to be able to have our Harvest Festival this year and for the first time in a very long time the children were able to come together and sing their favourite harvest songs and recite wonderful poems.


A massive thank you to all who donated the toiletries for our Harvest Festival.  Riverside Vineyard were delighted to receive these and will be distributed amongst the community.


It was great to see so many parents who attended the two assemblies.  Hopefully there will be many more opportunities for this to happen in the future now that things are virtually getting back to normal.



On September 24th, on a sunny Friday morning, we saw the long awaited return of a school parent and carer event.

Year 2 children and staff had been busy baking and creating some delicious cakes all week to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Charity and families had also been very generous with their donations.

The event took place outside and was well attended, with children helping to serve cakes and work out change, while parents and carers enjoyed a morning treat.

After parents had left, all the Year 2 children came outside to enjoy tasting their hard work and it was lovely to hear how their understanding of what charity means has grown and developed.

This was the first of hopefully many events that will contribute to our School Driver "Real Life Experiences" throughout the school year.

A big thank you to everyone involved for making the morning such a success; Year 2 have raised in excess of £341 so far, with donations still coming in; what an impressive total!

Dazzling Dance Workshops!


During the last week before Summer half-term we welcomed KZ Dance Company to our school, so that children could experience a Bollywood style dance workshop.

The weather was very kind as we socially distanced in the playground and it was an absolute delight to see the excited faces and awe and wonder return as children experienced something new.

All the children, including some from Nursery and the Speech and Language Workshop participated and worked towards a finished dance piece, which they performed at the end of their session.

The school had a real buzz as the music drifted around the classrooms and the colourful umbrellas and costume brightened up the playground.

Many thanks to the dance company for providing such an enjoyable end to the half-term.

Dance Workshops Bollywood style.

Thank You Asda


Supermarket giant Asda has donated 7,000 laptops to schools in need across the country as part of a new digital inclusion pledge.  The chain said every store in the UK will be able to donate at least 10 devices to local schools during lockdown.


We have been extremely fortunate to have been donated ten laptops from Asda.


Roger Burnley, CEO and President of Asda, said : "It's clear that digital exclusion is an issue affecting many thousands of children who attend schools in communities that we serve."


The supermarket formed the partnership with manufacturer Dell and has invested £2million to deliver the pledge.  Each laptop comes with a tech bundle that includes a headset and a mobile internet dongle with a data allowance of 20GB from Asda's network partner Vodafone.


Many thanks to Ms S Vohra, our Asda Community Champion, who is the driving force behind supporting our school.


Thank you Ms Vohra for nominating the school from all the pupils and staff at Cardinal Road Infant and Nursery School.

New Year Pantomime Treat!

January 2020


The new year got off to a spectacular start as children from Reception, Year 1 and 2 and the Speech and Language Workshop were treated to an amazing performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.


The costumes, scenery and lighting left the children open mouthed and for some it was their very first experience of live performers. The cast entertained with songs, actions and lots of audience participation and it was lovely to see staff and children sharing the thrills and comedy of the story line together.


Happy New Year everyone!


Term Dates 2019-2020

Christmas comes to Cardinal Road! December 2019


Through the month of December children have had the opportunity to share a real sense of school community and the pleasure that comes from making gifts for others, rehearsing and performing for family and friends, and celebrating and having fun together. All these real life experiences develop their emotional literacy and link to our "Be kind" aim.

Here are a selection of some of the activities that have made this such a special time.

FRIENDS Santa's Grotto.

Children from every year group had the chance to meet a very special visitor at the Cardinal Road Santa's Grotto after school. There was also a selection of delicious treats to purchase and Christmas face painting and henna decorating. Thank you so much to all our wonderful volunteers who spent many hours organising and our fantastic community who donated all sorts of amazing gifts.

The children left with big smiles on their faces and a lovely memory of a special time.

Year 1 Multi-skills Day


Cardinal Road School entered a team in to Hounslow's Year 1 Multi-Skills competition. We competed against 36 other teams and aimed high! We had to use lots of the skills that we have been learning in our PE lessons. 


We are proud to say that we came in 1st PLACE!!


Congratulations to our Year 1 children that took part. You should all be very proud. Have a look out for our trophy in the school!

FRIENDS Volunteer Morning


An enormous thank you to our wonderful FRIENDS volunteers who braved the wind and the rain to help make the school look bright and colourful. The rain just held off for long enough while all the planters were filled with winter flowers and the walkway containers were also given the star treatment.

All the children had a lovely surprise when they came out of their classrooms for playtime and asked if some "magic fairies" had visited the school!

All parents and carers are automatically members of our FRIENDS of Cardinal Road and are welcome to support the school and the children through meetings and different events.

Watch out for details of class reps outside each class after half-term and the first planning meeting for our amazing Santa's Grotto event. 



Cardinal Road celebrated Black History week with a wide range of experiences for the children involving lots of different subject areas such as History, Literacy, Geography, Art and D.T. (see Curriculum maps).

The highlight of the week involved some very special visitors to the school who led drumming workshops for all of the children over two days. They told traditional African stories and shared their knowledge of Black History with each class. Lots of fun was had and there was a lovely celebration of the sounds and colours of Africa. 

The Jungle Book Production.

As a final treat for a wonderful year filled with learning and growing, all children came together in the school hall to watch a fabulous performance of "The Jungle Book" as part of their Golden Award Day.


The costumes and set were colourful and impressive and the audience were entertained with singing, dancing and acting while they clapped along and helped the main character defeat the ferocious tiger.


Have a fantastic summer holiday everyone and we will see all those smiling faces in September!

An Outstanding Celebration!

On Monday 24th June Cardinal Road Nursery and Infant School enjoyed a day of fun and magic to celebrate their recent Outstanding OFSTED Judgement.

All children were treated to a spectacular magic show, where they were wowed with Science tricks, an ever growing rabbit and disappearing milk! Several children were selected to assist the accident prone magician and there was certainly a lot of eager audience participation.

Each class also spent the morning making special colour themed table decorations and hats, as well as baking delicious food and learning lots of important cooking skills in preparation for an Outstanding Banquet later that day.


The whole school gathered in their covered walkway to share a wonderful afternoon together and everyone enjoyed the party atmosphere. The food disappeared in record time and it was great to see pupils sharing with each other and the Year 2 pupils looking after the younger members of the school.


Head teacher Maggie Nowak said “This was a lovely way to thank our whole school community for all the dedication and hard work that they put in every day. Our school aim is to Aim High, Work Hard and Be Kind and we are so proud of our children, staff, governors, parents and carers who all contributed to this OFSTED judgement.”


The school’s drivers which underpin the school curriculum are Real Life Experiences, Community and Emotional Literacy. The celebrations will certainly be remembered for a long time to come and provided valuable opportunities to be part of a very special event.


Over the past few months Mrs Dale and other staff members have undertaken the enormous task of auditing, sorting and organising all of the library books in the school, so that they could be classified in a way that makes it really easy for pupils and staff to find the books that they are looking for.

We are pleased to announce that the new library facilities are now... OPEN!

As well as using the library during school time Year 2 will begin borrowing a book a week to take home after half-term and Year 1 will also have this opportunity later in the year.

An enormous thank you to Mrs Dale for all of her hard work, watch this space for Library Monitors, who will share the responsibility of keeping our beautiful library well organised and tidy.

We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.

We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

This badge recognises that we:

  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children
  • Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training
  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin Consultant Trainer
  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.

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