Newsletter 14th September 2018

From the Head

We have completed our first full week back at school and it has been a real pleasure to have seen your children settle in so well to their new classes. Our Nursery children have had their first full week, have stayed for lunch every day and Mrs Warner and the staff are delighted to see that they all have very healthy appetites! And I am so proud of our Year 6 children who have risen to the challenges of their first secondary transfer examinations this week with maturity, resilience and confidence. Whether they have now finished sitting examinations or are still preparing, every single child really did their absolute best and did it with a smile on their faces. Well done to you all.

Thank you for attending the Welcome meetings held this week; it was lovely to see so many of you able to attend and I know that the information given out will be very useful. Please do take note of the advice given at the meetings, particularly with regard to naming uniform and having the correct equipment every day; it really does make things easier for the children and staff.

As I walk around the school, it is such a delight to share in the children’s learning. I am so proud to work with such a fantastic team of staff who really have worked hard to plan such exciting learning opportunities for your children and are busy getting to know their strengths and areas of development.

Tomorrow is the annual New Eltham Festival and as usual, we have a stall just outside the Co-op by New Eltham Train Station. The Festival is an excellent opportunity for us to support our local community and I would love to see some of you pop by and visit our stall between 10.00am and 3.00pm tomorrow. Fingers crossed for dry weather!

Finally, please do follow our new Twitter accounts using the links below; the staff and children are keen to have as many followers as possible so please get busy liking and retweeting!

Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you have a lovely relaxing time and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Kind regards, Miss Holloway

Year 6

Well done to Year 6! They have had a very eventful week. On Monday, we had our first games lesson of the year at Footscray Rugby Club, the children enjoyed experiencing four different sports in smaller groups; Football, Hockey, Tag Rugby and Circuit Training. Please can you make sure that your child has their full PE kit (plus tracksuit and water bottle) with football boots and shin pads for next Monday. On Wednesday, the Bexley 11+ examination was held in the hall; the children were extremely mature and well prepared for the experience. In the afternoon, we took the whole of the year group to Mr Mulligan’s Dino Golf for a relaxing, competitive and fun round of adventure golf, a few golf balls were lost, a few holes in one were shot and everyone had a fantastic time!

Year 5

This week the children in Year 5 were very excited to find out which story they would be reading in their English lessons. They were pleased to learn that the story was ‘Cosmic’ and this links with our space themed IPC topic. In our first English lesson, the children studied the front cover of the book, finding clues and evidence that could help them guess what the story might be about. We then went on to read about ‘Liam’ who is a 12 year old boy from Bootle and is often mistaken as a grown-up, due to his height! The children enjoyed the humour in the story so far and went on to create their own character descriptions for Liam’s appearance and emotions. We look forward to reading more next week!

In maths lessons this week we have focused on the place value of numbers up to 100 000, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and we also learnt about Roman numerals. We also started our Year 5 NVR and VR lessons this week. We were amazed by the reasoning skills shown by Year 5 and many of the children commented on looking forward to practicing this as part of their home learning. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed their first swimming lesson - and what a super group of swimmers they are! The new Year 5 children have shown a superb work ethic this week and have settled into new routines very well. We hope they all enjoy a well deserved rest over the weekend and look forward to more adventures next week!

Year 4

The fantastic entry point to our new topic Active Planet was a drama experience with Freshwater Theatre Company. The children got into role as explorers discovering different volcanoes and earthquakes around the world. They learnt a great deal in one hour and it has stimulated their curiosity about the learning to come.

In Maths the children were exploring Roman numerals this week. They used straws to make their own numbers with a partner and enjoyed puzzling out how to make larger numbers.

Year 3

It has been a week of “firsts” for our brave Year 3 learners but they have shown enthusiasm, co-operation and resilience for new activities.

For many of the group, it was a new way of thinking about maths as we continued our place value work with questions about reasoning.

The children have tried very hard with these reasoning questions, and showed the same level of effort when they walked to their first Games lesson of the Upper School on Wednesday afternoon.

Concluding our ‘Brainwave’ topic this week, we learnt more about how our brains work.

Year 2

This week, Year 2 found a big, black, hairy monster with yellow eyes and no mouth arrive in their classrooms! They looked at a picture of people running away from him but soon discovered that he is ‘The Lonely Beast’ who has come to the city in search of friends. The children are looking forward to finding out more about him during their English lessons over the coming weeks.

We also started our first IPC topic of the year called, ‘I’m Alive’ with an experiment. The children looked at some shop bought cress and were asked the question, “Do seeds need soil to grow?”. The children went on to make their own Mr Potato Heads and planted seeds inside the top of them. They are going to find out if their potatoes will grow some cress hair, despite the seeds not being planted in soil. Fingers crossed for a nice cheese and cress sandwich next week!!

Year 1

On Wednesday, Year 1 tuned into Schools Fitness Week with The Body Coach Joe Wicks. (A video can be viewed via our twitter account. Please follow @StOlavesYr1) They all got their heart rates up by following a workout video live on YouTube. This linked really well with our learning last week about the brain and how exercise is important in keeping our mind and body healthy!

On Thursday, the children learnt about Roald Dahl to celebrate his birthday. They thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story of The Enormous Crocodile. They produced some beautiful illustrations of the various characters. In assembly, the children were exposed to many famous Roald Dahl characters and recognised some of them from the books and films.

This week, the children started thinking about their families as part of our Who Am I? topic. They drew family portraits, showing who they live with. The children explored their heritage through discussion and used Google Earth to find the countries they have connections with.


Reception enjoyed reading and investigating Julia Donaldson’s story ‘The Gruffalo’. We made Gruffalo crumble, stick puppets, masks and used clay to mould the Gruffalo. We also prepared for our first trip to the library by going on a Gruffalo hunt. On our walk we picked up leaves to add to our woodland animal small worlds and stick to our Gruffalo’s tummy in our outside learning. We enjoyed looking at the different colours, shapes and sizes, discussing how the leaves were changing and about seasons.

Thank you for attending our information evening on Wednesday, it was lovely to see you all there. We have started our Green speed sound books this week, which need to be returned each morning. Please also remember to bring in a pair of wellies to be kept in school so that we can access our outdoor area in all weathers.


There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!

What a busy first full week in Nursery. We started the week with a visit to the library, where the librarian read us the story of “The Gruffalo”. Back at school we had great fun making Gruffalo stick puppets and using them to act out the story. The children also put their creative skills to good use, designing their own “Gruffalos” with terrible claws and terrible teeth in their terrible jaws. At the end of the week the children enjoyed making Gruffalo masks and were really excited to scare all the teachers!

It was lovely seeing you all at the parent information evening on Wednesday. Just a reminder that all children will need a pair of named wellington boots and a pair of named plimsolls. Thank you.

Next week we will be focussing on the story “A Squash and a Squeeze”.

Have a relaxing weekend.



On Wednesday 26th of September, with many other schools across Europe, we will celebrate European Day of Languages. We will have a special assembly in the morning and, throughout the day, each class will be able to take part in a whole range of activities.

In order to celebrate properly the exceptional linguistic and cultural wealth of our school community, we would like you to complete the following questionnaire. It is very short and easy to complete. Please return it by Friday 21st of September latest. Thank you very much in advance.

Madame Banfield



FRSC first meeting Wednesday 19th September 8.00pm at school.

The Fundraising and Social Committee provide important fundraising for extra resources for our children as well as the fun events throughout the year. And we need YOU! We have our first meeting coming up and we need new committee members in order to continue! If you want to support the FRSC in any capacity, please come along on Wednesday 19th September for tea, refreshments and a chat! Please contact Mrs Farrell at office@stolaves.org.uk for more info. Thank you in advance for your support!

Second-hand Uniform Sale 8th October

The FRSC will be holding a second-hand uniform sale on 8th October and are asking for donations of uniform - please make sure you have removed any name labels beforehand. You can bring in any donations in the mornings and leave them with Mrs Farrell on the gate. Thank you.

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