Head's Newsletter

A message from Mrs. Fleming

There has been a lot of media coverage about the new National curriculum and DfE assessment procedures recently. For our school the implementation of the new curriculum has just been a matter of tweaking what we were doing already and, whilst it is more challenging and there is more breadth to what the children are now learning, they are managing well with the new expectations. The abolishment of levels has confused many people. The levels enabled teachers and parents to monitor the children’s progress and highlight the next steps in their learning – however it was felt that though this system had many advantages these were outweighed by the pressure that many children around the country were put under to work through the levels without developing a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught.

To explain this further we are delighted that Mr Steve Marshall, a Local Authority Advisor from Barnet, will be leading a parents workshop/information session on Wednesday 8th June at our school. It would be lovely to see many of you there and a good opportunity for you to seek clarification about the new assessment procedures and expectations of the children.

Upcoming Events

23rd-27th May: Year 2 SATS

Wednesday 25th May
Reception trip to Queen’s Park
10:30am: Year 6 Library visit
3:40pm: Year 6 PGL meeting
6:00pm: Year 5 secondary Transfer meeting

Thursday 19th May
9:10am: 1B Assembly

Friday 27th May
Years 4,5 & 6 Science trip to Brompton cemetery
9:10am: Learning Celebration


6th-10th June: Year 6 on PGL trip

Tuesday 7th June
6:30pm SJSA meeting

Wednesday 8th June
PE Intra sports competition – all pupils
7:00pm: Life Without Levels Parents Workshop

Thursday 9th May
9:10am: 2M Assembly
2:00pm: Year 4 going to Westminster Cathedral for Good Shepherd Mass

Friday 10th June
9:10am: Learning Celebration

Year 5 Secondary Transfer meeting

There will be a meeting for all Year 5 parents to discuss secondary transfer on Wednesday 25th May at 6:00pm. The process of applying to secondary schools will be discussed and parents will have the opportunity to ask questions about applying for state secondary schools in London. We look forward to seeing many of you ate the meeting.

Wrap a London Bus Competition

Calling all Key Stage 2 children!

As part of ‘Transported by Design’, a programme that celebrates TfL’s rich and iconic design heritage, they are inviting all Key Stage 2 (KS2) children (Years 3 – 6) in London to enter their competition to create a colourful and striking design to wrap a London bus. Designs should reflect children’s favourite local places and landmarks, using coloured pencils, felt tips, paint or collage.

Entries must be emailed or posted by 10th June 2016 to kidswrappedbus@exterionmedia.co.uk or posted to Amy Terry, Marketing & Development, London Transport Museum, 39 Wellington Street,London, WC2E 7BB, and the winning design will be announced at the end of June.

The winning design will be wrapped on a London bus which will be on display at the ‘Transported by Design Festival’ in Regent Street on Sunday 3 July. The winner will also receive a family trip to the London Transport Museum and a £50 voucher for the Museum shop, as well as a special London Transport Museum Outreach visit for their school.

ICT News

Internet Matters is a great site where online safety experts guide you through the many issues that children can experience when using the internet.

Welcome to...

... Maria, baby sister to Daniel in Year 4 who was born on Saturday in Belarus. We send all the family our very best wishes at this joyful time.

Please pray for...

... the Hanna family. Ruby and Mirelle’s grandad died last week. We ask that you keep them in your prayers at this sad time.

Merit Winners

Reception - Romina and Merit

Year 1 - Thomas & Tamara

Year 2 - Amalia & Dali

Year 3 - Ace & Max

Year 4 - The whole class

Year 5 - Otis & Mattia

Year 6 - Julian

House Points

Class Attendance

Congratulations to 1N and Year 5 on their excellent attendance this week and to Classes RG, all of Key Stage 1 and Year 4 for their outstanding punctuality.