Head's Newsletter

As we come to half term and the half way point of the year, it is an ideal time for reflection. The first half of this year has been very busy and full and during the course of this week I have had the chance to meet with all of the teachers to discuss the progress that the children have made so far. I have to say that I am so proud of all of the children who are all working so hard and are all making such fabulous progress. The year 5 assembly on Thursday was a good example of the children being engaged, enthused and creative learners. They did a marvellous job of combining E safety with the Tudors – a rare feat!

It has, of course, been E safety week in school and years 1-6 all had workshops with our E safety consultant friend, Belinda. Belinda was very impressed with the knowledge that the children showed and how sensible they are. As I am sure you know, it is really important to talk to your children about what they are doing on line, who they are talking to and how much screen time they have.

Jarvis is going home with Maisie today who is very gentle, kind and caring and I know she will look after Jarvis very well over half term.

Congratulations to Coach Grant and his Fiancée Jane who are getting married on Wednesday. We wish them all the best.

I hope that you all have a very restful and peaceful half term and I look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 25th February.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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Dates for Your Diary

February

Monday 25th
School term begins
Art week begins
Pink classes to visit Tate Modern
Violet 1 & 2 – visiting to Forest School

Tuesday 26th
Year 4 children to visit Tate Britain
KS1 & KS2 plate painting workshop

Wednesday 27th
Drama workshop for EYFS & KS1
Blue classes to visit Tate Modern

Thursday 28th
Violet classes to visit Tate Modern
Year 4 – 6 Swimming Gala @ Moberly Sports Centre team tbc

March

Friday 1st
Author Assembly 10am KS1 & KS2

Monday 4th
Coffee Morning for parents (no celebration assembly)
Scholastic Book Fair week
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec.

Tuesday 5th
Year 6 Junior Citizenship scheme
Nursery visiting Science Museum
Team of 10 girls Y3/Y4 football competition @ Paddington Rec

Wednesday 6th
Parent Teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6pm (school hall – all years)

Thursday 7th
Pink 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec.
Parent Teacher consultations 2:30pm – 6pm (school hall – all years)

Friday 8th
Dress as your favourite fictional character day

Monday 11th
Violet 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec.
Violet 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec.

Tuesday 12th
Team from Y5 & Y6 Basketball competition @ the Moberly centre

Wednesday 13th
School photographer (individual and school sibling)

Thursday 14th
Group of Y6 visiting St. Georges for “Scrapheap Challenge”


Merits

Rec B1 - Archie
Rec B2 - Grace
Pink 1 - Lukas
Pink 2 - Georges
Pink 3 - Mirelle
Blue 1 - n/a
Blue 2 - Rafa
Blue 3 - Michael
Violet 1 - Sofia
Violet 2 - Emma
Violet 3 - Gabriella

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Gisella
Rec B2 - Harry Ray
Pink 1 - Carlos
Pink 2 - Yannick
Pink 3 - Julia
Blue 1 - n/a
Blue 2 - Romina
Blue 3 - Matteo
Violet 1 - Amalia
Violet 2 - Stella
Violet 3 - Nina

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Violet Class News

What an exciting week it was in Year 5! We had the most fantastic time on our trip to the Tower of London, where we saw the crown jewels, the ravens and, of course, the famous Beefeaters amongst other things.

However, we hadn't quite rounded off our Tudor topic just yet as we had the small matter of our class assembly. Every single child performed confidently and with unwavering enthusiasm, in what was an entertaining spectacle!

We remind parents that Violet 1 and 2 are going to Forest Schools on the first Monday back (25th). Have a fabulous half-term break.

Mr McGee & Miss Burton

Pink Class News

It has been a really busy week. All the children have been working hard and are looking forward to the half term.

The first week back after half term will be Art week. The Pink classes will be visiting Tate Modern on Monday 25th February, they will need to be in full school uniform and will need to bring in a packed lunch.

In addition to this, they will be participating in a plate painting workshop, in school, on Tuesday 26th February.

We hope that you have a peaceful half term and that the children return to school refreshed after the break.

The Pink Team.

EYFS News

The Nursery class has had a fantastic half term. The children really enjoyed our topic 'People Who Help Us'. They were really interested and were fully engaged in all the exciting activities we planned.

We welcomed visitors who helped enhance our learning and understanding of how people help us and what we can do to help them.

Thank you to all our parent readers and parent chefs that came in this term. New rosters are filling up fast. Do continue to read to the children over the holiday. We have been talking about rhyming words and there are many books that are fun and engaging that identify rhyming verses.

In Reception we have had such a busy week. We started with a Chinese New Year story and made some fantastic 'Year of the Pig' lucky pictures and had a special story. Thank you to our parent helpers for this activity.

We have sent home a parent feedback questionnaire in your child's bag. This will help us when we are planning for our next half term as well as helping us what your child does outside of school.

Thank you to all our parents who attended our Parents' Workshops. We hope you found the presentation and work stations beneficial. The power point has been put on the school website.

Next term will be very exciting where we will be reading lots of fairy tales and traditional tales and we will focus on a few of our favourites. Week 1 is' Art Week' where we will be looking at art work by Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. Our second week back is 'Book Week' where we will be writing and illustrating our own stories. You may wish to help the children think of ideas of what they would like to write a story about.

We have lots of exciting things planned for the term.

Have a safe and restful holiday,
The Nursery and Reception Team

Blue Class News

It's been a busy final week before half term. Yesterday, Blue 1 and 2 performed their own version of Sleeping Beauty with Miss Hudson accompanying on the violin. It was indeed a delightful performance .

In English lessons we continued our work on list poems. The children did a great job of carefully choosing their vocabulary to create their own poems. The grammar focus this week was on possessive apostrophes. The children are becoming increasingly confident at identifying single and plural possession.

In other lessons this week we have: worked on our defensive skills in football, multiplied using the expanded method, found fractions of numbers and researched Egyptian gods.

Wishing you all a restful half term.

Head's Newsletter

Dear Pupils, Parent, Staff, and Governors,

We had another sport-filled week with our Year 5 and Year 6 girls reaching the semi-finals, showing great determination and sportsmanship in a nail-biting 1-0 defeat. They should be very proud of their efforts and were indeed a sterling example of fair play and team collaboration. Our sporting endeavours are also continuing next week with Swimming Gala trials and we are sure that all those pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 will try their very best.

The importance of outdoor learning and our enriched curriculum was also celebrated this week with Blue 3’s visit to Forest Schools in Paddington Recreation Ground, Y6’s trip to the Royal Albert Hall and Reception’s trip to the London Transport Museum. The children returned to school refreshed and engaged, ready to write about or speak about their learning experiences. These enriching opportunities are continuing next week not only with our focus on E-Safety and corresponding workshops for our pupils on Tuesday 12th February but also in Y5’s Tudor Tower of London workshop on Monday 11th February.

Nursery and Reception will be holding Maths Workshops for Parents on Wednesday 13th February and Thursday the 14th of February, respectively, from 9:00. These are perfect opportunities for parents to glean ideas, tips or strategies that they can share with their children to support them in their learning journey.

With the half-term holiday fast approaching, please set aside some time to think about your contribution to the school auction, the school’s most significant fund-raising event. Whether you donate an item or are able to give some time to help in the preparations, all offers are warmly welcomed. Donations can be made on the auction site. If you have any questions please email the auction team.

Jarvis is going home with Dawud today who demonstrates wonderful generosity of spirit to his peers and is always caring, kind and considerate to everyone in school.

May God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Mrs K Husain
Head teacher


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Dates for Your Diary

February

Monday 11th
E safety week begins
Violet 1 & 2 visiting the Tower of London
Friday 15th school ends 3:30pm

Wednesday 13th
Nursery class Maths workshop for parents 9 – 10am to be held in the class

Thursday 14th
Reception class Maths workshop for parents 9 – 10am to be held in the class
Blue 2 & Blue 3 Music workshop – Sleeping Beauty

Friday 15th
Swimming Gala (trials years 4, 5, 6 @ Porchester Baths)
No swimming for Year 3
HALF TERM BEGINS school ends 3:30pm

Monday 25th
School term begins
Art week begins
Pink classes to visit Tate Modern
Violet 1 & 2 – visiting to Forest School

Tuesday 26th
Year 4 children to visit Tate Modern
KS1 & KS2 plate painting workshop

Wednesday 27th
Drama workshop for EYFS & KS1
Blue classes to visit Tate Modern

Thursday 28th
Violet classes to visit Tate Modern
Year 4 – 6 Swimming Gala @ Moberly Sports Centre team tbc


March

Friday 1st
Author Assembly 10am KS1 & KS2

Monday 4th
Scholastic Book Fair week
Pink 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec.

Tuesday 5th
Year 6 Junior Citizenship scheme
Nursery visiting Science Museum
Team of 10 girls Y3/Y4 football competition @ Paddington Rec

Thursday 7th
Pink 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec.

Friday 8th
Dress as your favourite fictional character day

Monday 11th
Violet 2 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec.
Violet 1 visiting Forest Schools @ Paddington Rec.

Tuesday 12th
Team from Y5 & Y6 Basketball competition @ the Moberly centre

Wednesday 13th
School photographer (individual and school sibling)

Thursday 14th
Group of Y6 visiting St. Georges for “Scrapheap Challenge”


Merits

Rec B1 - Michael
Rec B2 - Youssef
Pink 1 - Guillaume
Pink 2 - Lowry
Pink 3 - Chialuka
Blue 1 - Kina
Blue 2 - Frederica
Blue 3 - Vivian
Violet 1 - Veronica
Violet 2 - Mila
Violet 3 - Oliwia

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Writer of the Week

Rec B1 - Caroline
Rec B2 - Mark
Pink 1 - Clara
Pink 2 - James
Pink 3 - Anna
Blue 1 - Isabella
Blue 2 - Bernice
Blue 3 - Roman
Violet 1 - Nikolai
Violet 2 - Harvey
Violet 3 - Lara

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EYFS News

The children in Nursery continued to enjoy our topic 'People Who Help Us'. They have been really interested and fully engaged in all the exciting activities we have planned. This week the quiet room became a hairdressers. We have read stories on looking after our hair and the children particularly enjoyed the story 'Nat's Naughty Nits'

We began our new topic in RE - Gathering - discussing how people gather together to hear God's word and how they are loved by God.

The children are enjoying our music sessions and beginning to respond to stop and start and following instructions, all a prerequisite to reading.

In Reception, we have had such a busy time! Our week included a trip to The London Transport Museum which gave us lots to talk, write, paint and draw about! It was a great learning experience for all.

Thank you to all of the parents who joined us - your help was greatly appreciated and we really could not have made it there without your help. The children were beautifully behaved.

On Thursday will be holding our Reception Curriculum Morning. There will be lots of ideas how to help your child in Reception in the final half of the year. Please join us if you can. 09.00-10.00 in the Reception Classroom.

Blue Class News

This week we began our new topic 'Listening and Sharing' in Religious Education. The children then discussed the celebration of the Eucharist and how we prepare for a Mass.

In English we have looked at the features of different forms of poetry. The children were able to explain rhyme structures and create their own alliterative poems using similes.

The Blue classes have been busy in Maths multiplying multi digit numbers, comparing fractions and working on their Mental Maths skills.

Year 4 has also been enjoying learning how to tackle non verbal and verbal reasoning questions on a Friday afternoon. This is a skill that will stand them in good stead as they enter Year 5.

The Blue team wish you all a most happy weekend.

Pink Class News

This week it was Pink 3’s assembly. They taught us some interesting facts about materials and we loved the song they sang!

The children have really enjoyed R.E this week while learning about the Presentation of the Lord.

In English we have started to look at poetry and are focusing on a poem called ‘I Love Chips’. Help you children to think of foods that rhyme such as mustard and custard.

We wish you a happy and peaceful weekend.

The Pink Team

Violet Class News

This week in RE Violet 1 and 2 studied a variety of paintings of the Last Supper. The children were fascinated by the different styles and techniques of Da Vinci and El Greco in particular. We all enjoyed converting metric units into imperial amounts in Maths. Our class novel Stormbreaker is getting more exciting by the minute, this week the children designed their very own spy gadgets and made incredible advertisements for these. We all enjoyed our visits to Maida Vale library and presenting our Tudor house projects to our class mates. We are really looking forward to Monday's visit to the Tower of London, remember to wrap up warm and to bring a packed lunch!


An amazing week for Violet 3! In Maths we have finding the Median, Mode, Mean and Range. Can you explain how to use all four of these on the following sequence: 34, 20, 73, 68, 12. We had a brilliant time at the Music and Maths workshop on Wednesday morning at the Royal Albert Hall. We learnt about beats in a bar and how we can convert this information between fractions, percentages and decimals. We then had a go at composing our own tunes at first using ipads and then on instruments, the trip finished with a quick look inside the spectacular Albert Hall. In RE, we explored scripture from Romans chapter 12 and we linked it to everyday life. Overall, an awesome week! Well done Violet 3!