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Dazzling Dance Workshops!


During the last week before 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.



Fri 25 June - School Inset Day - School Closed

Tue 6 July - Reception Sports Day

Wed 7 July - Yr 1 Sports Day

Wed 7 July - 6:00pm - Reception Induction Meeting

Thur 8 July - 9:00am - Reception Induction Meeting

Fri 9 July - Yr 2 Sports Day

Wed 14 July - TBA - Parent Consultations

Thur 15 July - TBA - Parent Consultations

Fri 23 July - School Finishes

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.




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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 whole school community came together on Wednesday October 9th to celebrate and give thanks in an energetic Harvest Festival with a variety of poems, songs and rhymes from each class in Key Stage 1.

A big thank you to all the parents and carers for their kind contributions which were collected by the Riverside Vineyard Church as usual and will go to support different families in need.

Through experiences like these the children are really developing their understanding of charity and practising the school Aim and values of Be kind and Respect.

Macmillan Coffee Morning.


As part of their charity focus Year 2 held a September coffee morning in support of cancer research. All the classes used their maths skills to bake delicious cakes and practised adding money and giving change to make sure that they were ready for the big day.

The morning was a great success with £202.31 being raised. A big thank you to all parents who donated such a scrumptious array of different treats.

This event was a fantastic way to combine our three curriculum drivers; real life experiences, the lovely sense of community that the morning provided and the emotional literacy the children gained by discussing the importance of charity.

  Judo Workshops.


Year 2 followed up their Mini Olympics launch with a visit from a Judo expert as part of their Fit for Life topic. All of the children really enjoyed taking a risk and learning a new skill.

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!

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The first performance of "The Bee Musical" is on Wednesday 17th July at 9:15am for Year 2 parents/carers and younger children.  The second performance is on Thursday 18th July at 9:15am and is for adults only.  We would love to see you at the concert that is appropriate for you.  Please be punctual as latecomers will not be admitted as it causes too much disruption.




Our Summer Fete took place on a baking hot afternoon and was packed out with excited children, parents and carers sampling the many delicious treats, having a try at the various activities and buying lots of things they never even knew they needed!


Each class had worked really hard to contribute something for the occasion, making colourful bunting, preparing prizes and baking and decorating biscuits.


It was a great celebration of our whole school community and a fantastic experience for the children. 


A massive thank you to our FRIENDS of Cardinal Road who made the whole day possible, in particular the Committee Members and of course Rachel our Learning Mentor. Your dedication is really appreciated and makes such a difference.

Rock Steady Concert.


Parents, carers and children were treated to energetic performances by the latest Rock Steady bands with children from Reception through to Year 2 experimenting with a range of instruments. Lots of familiar songs were played allowing the eager audience to join in and play along.

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.

A repeat visit from Animal Fu


Following an enjoyable and successful visit last year, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were again treated to kung fu workshops run by the very popular Animal Fu company. All the children had a great time practising their moves and learning about how important "Respect" is to the art of Kung Fu.

The lucky winners being presented with their prizes in assembly by two of our FRIENDS committee members; it was a very difficult decision!

Look at our wonderful Easter Egg competition entries for our FRIENDS competition; well done Cardinal Road families for putting your creative skills into action.

Below are a few examples, please see year group pages for all entries. Winners to be announced at the end of the week, but congratulations to everyone who took part, the school is full of colour and smiles this morning!



On Monday March 18th and Tuesday March 19th the circus came to Cardinal Road! 

All the children from Reception to Year 2, as well as the Speech and Language Workshop, were treated to a spectacular interactive performance, followed by class workshops where they learnt a vast range of different skills.

On Tuesday morning the Year 2 children performed their newly learnt skills to a very appreciative audience of parents and carers.

These circus tricks really built on the "core skills" unit that Year 1 and 2 have been following in PE, and the children will now take these skills further using the exciting new equipment in school and also applying them to out of school sports and activities.


The workshops provided all children with the opportunity to engage in a real life experience, share their hard work with the school community and develop their emotional literacy relating to keeping trying, resilience and performing in front of an audience: all fantastic life long skills.

A big thank you to Steve whose sense of humour and ability to engage every type of audience was very impressive.

Here are a few examples of our new skills!




A very big thank you for all the money raised through donations, the purchase of Red Noses and the sale of Comic Relief Joke Books.


We raised an amazing £510.12.






This year Cardinal Road children and staff snuggled up for the day to share their favourite bedtime books. 

Pajamas and onesies were the dress code and everyone had a fantastic time swapping recommendations for what makes a great bedtime read;  do you have a favourite?

Safer Internet Day 2019

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, our pupils took part in a competition to design e-safety posters at home. The pupils brought their posters into school and voted on them in their classes. The discussions around the topic of e-safety had when looking at the posters were extremely positive. As you can see from the posters, our pupils have a good understanding of how to stay safe online.


Some of the winning entries as voted for by the children.

Happy New Year!


Cardinal Road started the new year with an exciting visit from a theatre company who performed their version of Cinderella to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. Everyone had lots of fun joining in with the songs and actions and helping Buttons to save the day!


It was great to see some children who had never been to a pantomime before experience the awe and wonder of live theatre for the first time and there was a lovely sense of community in the hall as the school came together on the second day of term.


Each year group had prepared for the visit with activities the day before and there were many speaking and listening opportunities after the show, as the playground was buzzing with favourite moments, characters and groups of children acting out their favourite scenes.

Christmas Lunch.

Staff and children joined together for a delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and a Christmas sing- a- long.

Merry Christmas everyone! 


FRIENDS Santa's Grotto

Santa visited Cardinal Road during the last full week of school before Christmas. FRIENDS of Cardinal Road organised stalls to entertain the waiting children and members of staff joined in to make the visit one to remember!

A big thank you in particular to Rachel and the FRIENDS Committee for all their hard work collecting donations, making gifts to sell, decorating the Grotto and manning the stalls during the three different after school events.

This event linked to all three of our school drivers, with children experiencing the value of giving as well as receiving  (Emotional Literacy), enjoying a visit to Father Christmas that they were still buzzing about the next day (Real Life Experiences) and the wonderful sense of community that was evident with families coming together to celebrate Christmas in the hall (Community).

Christmas comes to Cardinal Road!

True to our Cardinal Road tradition the school was transformed on the first of December, using hoops decorated by children from each class to create a beautiful scene in the walkway, hall and Nursery.

FRIENDS of Cardinal Road Volunteer Morning.


We are really grateful to our wonderful volunteers who came into school on Thursday 18th October. They all worked together to plant up many different containers with winter pansies, while another team took on the task of repainting the planting tyres.

The school environment now looks colourful and attractive and the pupils were really excited by the beautiful flowers that had "magically appeared" while they were busy learning that morning.

Thank you for supporting us and working so hard. We are really looking forward to seeing all of the plants grow through the next few months; many hands really do make light work!



As part of our Black History Week Cardinal Road had a very special visitor from Ghana in Africa!


 Kwame spent two days at school running a series of Art Workshops based on the traditional kente cloth patterns, as well as entertaining children with his drumming and instruments.

Children loved hearing the stories behind all of the printing symbols that they were using and parents had the chance to see all of their hard work with an art exhibition in the hall at the end of the last day. Medaase (thank you) Kwame!


Look out for the colourful collages on display next time you visit the school hall. 


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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July 2018


During the last week of term Year 2 said goodbye to Cardinal Road with an amazing show "The Bee Musical" which delighted and entertained audiences of children, (including Year 3 Victoria Junior School), staff, governors, parents  and the community. The performance ended with The Leavers Song and there was not a dry eye in the house! Governor Mr James then presented bookmarks for each Year 2 child. Thank you Year 2 we are really proud of you and good luck on your future journeys; remember to always Aim High!

The "Bee Musical" by Year 2.

Wednesday 11th July 2018


On Wednesday 11th July 2018 Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were joined by the 30 hours Nursery children and the Speech and Language Workshop to watch an amazing production of "The Little Princess".


This was a great opportunity for all our children to experience some live theatre, some for the very first time.


The lighting, set and sound effects wowed the children and the actors were really engaging as they played many different characters, with lots of costume changes and different accents.


All the audience joined in with cheering on the good characters, booing the bad characters and singing along to some popular songs.


A big thank you to Cardinal Road FRIENDS who paid for this fantastic event with proceeds from all the fund raising efforts this year; we all had a lovely time! 

The Little Princess Production

Thursday 1st March 2018

Animal Fu Workshops


We invited Mrs Fu to run Animal Fu workshops for each class in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We had lots of fun and learnt about how to keep our bodies healthy. Look at the photos to see the characters we met. Can you spot Mabu the Monkey and DJ Fin?

Thursday 8th February 2018

10 Year 2 pupils were invited to a borough Sports Day against many other schools in Hounslow at Cranford Community College. We took part in 6 different events throughout the day. We were in Lane 6, had our own zone to warm up and keep our belongings. The dome was huge and we loved every minute of our day. We did our best and were really proud of our achievements. We all received a special certificate of participation from Mrs Nowak during our whole school assembly.



Why not come and share a book with your child during Reading Morning.

For more information please see the class Teacher.




During our Learning to Respect Week, some members of the local community Police visited our school to give out information to Parents regarding the Borough's Learning to Respect Programme. 



Nursery 2018 - 2019


We are able to offer 30 hour places for eligible children from 9am-3pm from

September 2018 during term time.  For more information visit:


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