Author: Linda Farruggio

Friday 24th May 2024

Friday 24th May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

The campaign to ‘Save our School’ is well underway. Thank you to those who attended the meeting on Tuesday to

hear from our Chair of Governors and to all who have supported thus far in completing the online form. For those parents who were unable to attend, we will be holding another meeting on Monday 3rd June 2024 at 6pm in the school hall. At the meeting we will update you on further progress and what you can do to help our campaign.

In other news, we were invited to send eight children to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to be ‘Junior Show Judges’. Nine Primary Schools were invited to the world’s most famous horticultural event to decide the winner of the first ever Children’s Choice Award on Press Day, the opening day of the show.  The children took their role as judges very seriously – taking note of the themes and how well they were reflected in the design, whether or not the plants chosen were attractive to wildlife, and how the garden made them feel. The children also had the chance to go on Gardener John’s show garden for some official photographs!

Below is a summary of the learning that has taken place across the school this week.

Early Years
We had lots of fun in Nursery and Reception this week reading the story ‘Mad about Minibeasts’. Nursery enjoyed going on a Minibeast Hunt and Reception created their own patterns. We also watched our caterpillars create their chrysalis’ and we moved them into their butterfly net. We cannot wait to see them hatch!
Year One
This week in Year One we have been learning about counting in tens, and partitioning between tens and ones. The children have also really enjoyed writing their own leaflets based on our chosen topics. We wrote a fact file about the country of Kenya and designed our own Kenyan fabric pattern!
Year Two
We have been very busy revising and sitting our SATS this week in Year Two. The children in Year Two have worked extremely hard, and Miss Henry is proud of you all. In art, this week, we have been busy creating monoprints of Florence Nightingale as well as beautiful collages of Florence Nightingale’s dress.
Year Three Year Four
This week, Year Three have been thinking about money. In our Lifesavers unit, we considered what we might do if we were given £5: spend it, save it or give it away. We also thought about how people around us might influence our decisions. In maths, we have been counting, adding and subtracting amounts of money. In Connected Curriculum, we created a filmed news report about the Trojan horse – the Ancient Greeks had quite the celebration on camera! This week the children have been wrapping up lots of their learning alongside practicing and performing a class assembly. In English, we have been reading and reciting poems. Moreover, the children have written personal responses to these poems and then researched the famous poet Benjamin Zephaniah. In maths, we have been learning all about time, we have learnt about seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. We have also learnt about the difference between analogue and digital clocks. In our French lesson, we learnt about the continents and how to write which country a continent is in.
Year Five
This week in Year Five we have been finishing our Connected Curriculum topic on Slavery and Abolition. The children have created a timeline of events that occurred from the beginning of the slave trade until its abolition is 1833. Additionally, the children have completed their topic on forces, in science by conducting an experiment; ‘Parachuting Egg Experiment’ which was a great way to encourage the children to think critically about ways to increase air resistance. The children created their own parachutes for their eggs and released them from a height – the test was to find out whether the egg made it safely to land or breaks when hitting the ground! Well done Year Five for another successful Term – have a relaxing and well-deserved break!
Year Six
In Year Six this week we are back to our usual timetable! We have begun to study ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd in English and to explore the characters of Ted and Kat. We have carried out number investigations in Maths and we have identified and discussed the Beatitudes in RE. Year Six also went on a trip to Go Ape this week and challenged their fears, whilst building their team-working skills by crossing high ropes in the trees! Some of the children have also been learning how to be safe on the roads in their bikeability sessions.

 Head Teacher awards were presented to the following children in this week’s celebration assembly.

EYFS Well done to Faith for being so kind to her classmates all week. She has been very thoughtful and a great helper to everyone in her class! Good job Faith!

Miracle has been working so hard on her phonics all week. She always tries her best and works hard so hard in Nursery’s lessons! Well done Miracle!

Year One Aaliyah for the patience and maturity she has shown this week throughout all of our lessons and for making huge strides in her writing and phonics work.

Isaac for always making his best effort during our lessons and for his fraction and geometry skills displayed over the last few weeks.

Year Two Tiwalade for continuing to work independently whilst displaying a growth mindset.

Malika for continuing to display the attributes of an ‘always’ child. Malika is always ready to learn and strives to complete a task to the best of her ability.

Year Three Sayem for writing the middle of his adventure story independently

Ruby for showing courage and resilience on her return to school

Year Four Amarey for taking part in more independent writing

Dana for growing in confidence with her reading and understanding of English

Year Five Chloe for always ensuring that she understands a subject or topic fully. If Chloe is unsure she will always ask for help and will request extra work to take home to ensure that she can practise at home! Well done Chloe – keep it up!

Caiden for performing well in all subjects last week and adapted smoothly when moving up into the art room. I am really impressed with Caiden’s attitude towards his work this week. It does not go unnoticed – keep it up Caiden!

Year Six To all the children for their hard work, determination, resilience and grace during the week that was SATs!

 

The house point totals for this week are:

 GARRISON 38  AUGUSTINE 38
 FRANKLIN 34  DICKENS 42

On a final note, next week is half term. we hope that you all enjoy a restful break and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 3rd June 2024 for the final half term of this academic year.

Kind regards

Mrs Warland

Head Teacher