Newsletter 21st September 2018

From the Head

It has been another busy week at St Olave’s; lots of you have been following the children’s learning on Twitter and you can read more about each Year group below. We had our first FRSC meeting of the year on Wednesday evening which was really well supported; thank you to all parents who attended; it was lovely to see you all and to welcome many new faces to the committee! You can read more about the FRSC below.

Next week I will be attending the IAPS Annual Heads’ Conference in Wales from Tuesday to Friday. Mr Turner will be looking after the school in my absence and he will be in daily contact with me to keep me updated!

I have welcomed my daughter’s German exchange partner to stay with us this week so am off for a weekend of touristy sightseeing in the London rain this weekend. Keep dry everyone and I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards, Miss Holloway


WELCOME BACK! We would like to welcome parents and students back to school. We hope you all had a fantastic summer break and have now settled into the new school year routine.


Tickets for the St Olave’s FRSC monthly draw for the Autumn term will be available to purchase through ParentPay from Thursday 20th September until Thursday 27th September 2018. The prize pool for last term was just over £300; well done to all the winners!


  • Second hand uniform sale - Monday 8th October 3.00pm - 4.30pm
  • Quiz Night - Friday 16th November 7.00pm
  • Christmas Fayre - Saturday 1st December 11am - 2pm


Many large companies offer match funding benefits to employees - where they match a figure your chosen charity raises - up to £700 per time. We'd love to hear from anyone whose company offers this benefit, as we are a registered charity and could therefore increase the revenue from the events we run enormously. If just a handful of parents stepped forward it would make a massive difference. Your HR department will be able to confirm if your company participates in the scheme - most large banks do, as well as other sectors.


We would love to have some committee members from Nursery and Year 6; please see any member of the FRSC or Mrs Farrell on the gate if you would like to find out more. Anyone willing to offer help, services or donations, please see Mrs Farrell for further information.


Now the weather is more autumnal please make sure your child wears a coat to school every day. The children will be going out to play, even if there is light rain. Please make sure all school uniform is named.

Thank you.

Year 6

Year 6 had a great start to the week with a beautiful afternoon at Footscray Rugby Club for their games lesson. They showed great teamwork and listening skills throughout the afternoon and enjoyed the competitive element of all of the activities. On Tuesday, we made some predictions about our new Power of Reading text, ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill. By just using visual clues, we were able to make deductions about the story and justified our ideas with evidence from the front cover. We then read the introduction to the book and identified character traits for Ernest Shackleton; we were surprised how much we could infer from just reading a few paragraphs.

In maths this week, we have begun to explore the White Rose Maths curriculum to revisit place value for numbers up to 10,000,000. The children have liked the visual representation of numbers using the bar model method. We were impressed by their approach to the reasoning questions as they were able to justify their answers using examples. We will continue to investigate place value next week.

In IPC and science this week, we have started our new topic: Being Human. We started the week by researching the names of the main bones in our body. We also considered the different types of joints in our body and their functions. In science, Mr Schaller used plastic models of hearts to show the children how the blood flows in and out of our hearts. They also produced some fantastic paper models of the heart showing all of the different compartments.

We were also lucky enough to have our first cooking lesson with Mr Pradic. The children baked some very tasty bread and they all enjoyed eating it at the end of the day - we look forward to our next cooking session!

Year 5

Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed their space IPC topic. So far the children have created wonderful presentations of facts they have researched as part of their home learning. We shared these with each other during our science lesson on Wednesday. Some children created fact sheets, posters and diagrams and we even had a fantastic interactive presentation on an iPad. Year 5 also created a model of the solar system in relation to the Sun.

In maths this week, we applied our place value knowledge to round numbers within 100 000, counted sequences in powers of 10 and compared and ordered numbers to one million. The children have been applying their skills to problem solving and reasoning questions based on these concepts and have been able to use mathematical vocabulary such as ‘digit, numeral and place value’ when explaining their answers.

In our English lessons, we continued the story ‘Cosmic’. We were very excited to hear that Frank Cottrell Boyce liked our tweet on Twitter this week and we plan to send him more of our ‘Cosmic’ work throughout our study of this text. The children have worked incredibly hard on identifying verbs and adjectives to create effective character descriptions. Year 5 have astounded us with their imaginative expanded noun phrases and we will be applying this in our written work next week.

Year 4

The children completed an independent writing assessment this week. This baseline is useful as it will be referred to throughout the year to show the progress the children are making. It has helped us to see the next step that will most help each child and to make personalised writing targets for them. They wrote all about their favourite film -’The Greatest Showman’ is clearly well-loved! We were very impressed by the effort the children put into their writing and the detailed descriptions that they included.

In maths we are all getting more familiar with the White Rose approach. The children are finding the visual images helpful and are getting better at discussing whether they agree or not with statements by explaining their reasons. It was heartening to see children who were confident to express their own views, even when they are differ from the majority. Also, those who are open minded enough to listen to others and change their mind.

The new bilingual French, cookery and computing lessons with Mr Pradic and Madame Banfield have been a great success. The classic French madeleines that the children made were absolutely delicious. This really has been a feast of a fortnight for cooking as the children made the most sensational sushi (complete with pickled ginger) with Mrs Dourmoush as well.

Year 3

Year 3 had an exciting start to the week when we travelled back in time to the Stone Age (a particularly quiet part of Southwood Park) for some foraging, fire-making and shelter building for very small people! Our taste of what it would have been like to be a hunter gatherer in the Stone Age proved it was very hard work! One of our basic human survival skills, that of keeping warm, proved particularly challenging and tiring as the children attempted to create fire! Fortunately (for the adults who really didn’t want to be responsible for starting a fire!) the children failed miserably. It did, however, serve as a good illustration to just how difficult it was to survive and how skillful and resourceful our ancestors were.

Year 2

This week we have done lots of practical maths work using tens and ones. We used a variety of resources including money, numicon and tens and ones rods to consolidate our understanding. We have continued reading our book, ‘The Lonely Beast’, and have followed him on his eventful journey. The children wrote in character, imagining themselves as the beast, and produced some great diary entries. During our IPC lessons the children have enjoyed looking at pictures of themselves as babies and have discussed how they have changed since birth.

The children are looking forward to visiting Howletts Wild Animal Park on Monday. They will be learning about gorillas in their natural habitat along with a variety of other wild animals. If the forecast on Monday is for rain, please ensure that your children wear their school waterproof coat instead of their blazer as we will be outside for the duration of the day, regardless of the weather. Please make sure that your children have arrived in school by 8:20 am. The children do not need to bring their book bags or handwriting homework in on this day. Please bring these into school on Tuesday.

Enjoy your weekend and remember an early night on Sunday!

Message from Miss Beacom: Year 2 need their recorders and folders in school every Wednesday for carousel. You may buy your recorders via ParentPay.

Year 1

Year 1 loved reading the story of FunnyBones by Janet and Alan Ahlberg this week. They were introduced to the terminology of adjectives. Using the pictures from the story, the children had to replace the word ‘dark’ with other interesting adjectives. They enjoyed creating their own versions of the story. The children have begun to create their own Big Skeleton character using cotton wool buds and through this have been trying to learn the names of the bones.

In maths, the children have been revisiting the place value of numbers. They have been practising skills such as finding one more and one less and counting backwards. The children have developed their reasoning skills, answering questions such as ‘True or False: one more than 7 is the same as 1 less than 9.’

In our IPC topic this week, the children thought about who they want to be when they grow up and the jobs they would like to do. We had a wide range of job aspirations from firefighters to presenters on CBeebies, cowboys to sailors! We also enjoyed finding out about where our friends and families are from in the world. We answered the questions, ‘Where were you born?’ and ‘Where are your families from?’. To explore this further, we used GoogleEarth to find all the countries of the world our class families are linked with.


It was a Squash and a squeeze this week in Reception.

The children have enjoyed retelling the story by making books and building their own houses using different construction materials. We have counted how many animals can be squeezed into our houses, using language like it is tiny, titchy, pokey, teeny and weeny. We have continued this learning outside, painting houses and building dens.

We are looking forward to our first forest school session; follow us on Twitter to see how we got on.


The Nursery children have been very busy counting and making farm animals to “squash and squeeze” into houses. They have enjoyed retelling the story “A Squash and a Squeeze” using puppets, small world toys and with dens in the outside area.

Next week we will be reading the story “What the Ladybird Heard” and visiting the allotment with Mr Pradic in preparation for Harvest.

Now that the children are changing into their plimsolls for PE, please can you ensure that both their school shoes are named. Many thanks. Have a lovely weekend.



Book Fair- Monday 24th September- Thursday 27th September 3.30pm-4.15pm

We have The Travelling Book Fair visiting our school next week. Every class will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair during the week and it will stay open until 4.15pm on Monday 24th September to Thursday 27th September for those who wish to choose a book with their child. The Travelling Book Fair also have discounted Gift Vouchers available at www.travellingbooks.co.uk/parents meaning you can get more books for your money!

Active Travel

It was great seeing how many children met the Bike Challenge last term. The cyclists were quite young, with a number of them from Year 1, and yet they managed to ride to school for an impressive number of days. We enjoyed a special breakfast together at the end of term. What is even better, as a parent pointed out, is that cycling to school has now become a daily habit for a number of families.

The Bike Challenge will take place again this term and the challenge cards will be given out over the next few days. Some parents are keen for their children to travel to school in a variety of active ways and we have decided to extend the scheme to include walking, scooting and skateboards. Afterall, all these methods of active travel help the children’s fitness and help them to arrive at school feeling more alert and ready to learn.

The cards for the Walking Challenge (which includes scooters and skateboards) will also be given out over the next few days. To meet the challenge, your child needs to walk all the way to school from home or from a point which is at least a 15 minute walk to the school. There will be a giant Active Breakfast for everyone who achieves the walking or cycling challenge, in the school hall at the end of this half term!

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