From the Headmaster:
As I was enjoying the build up to the start of term I did find myself humming the David Bowie song "Changes" which probably most accurately describes what has been a relatively busy last two months.
The very long awaited cabin was finally lowered from the sky back in July. I shall spare you the details of the administration involved in arranging the road closure, logistics of the crane company and then the fun involved in finding the owner of the car parked directly in front of the school slowing the whole process down by two hours...
Flu Vaccination Form
I would be grateful if the forms regarding the flu vaccination could be returned to the school office by Monday 11th September.
Early Years Funding
We would ask that forms relating to Early Years Funding be returned by Monday 11th September at the very latest.
You may well be aware that the 30 hours provision has caused a number of challenges to a large number of nurseries. We are facing a degree of difficulty in obtaining the necessary information. Following a meeting early next week, we anticipate being in a more informed position and will communicate this accordingly.
News from the Classes
Well, what a super start to the year! I think we can safely say that it has been a particularly smooth start, with all of the children settling into their wonderful new classroom with ease. We very much look forward to displaying our artwork on our new display boards and to enjoying our first full week on Monday.
Welcome to Second Steps! The children have been exploring their new classroom environment as well as making three new friends. Second Steps have enjoyed different activities within the classroom and have all settled in really well on their first week back. We have explored the outdoor area, looking for different nature objects and found many across and shells without snails. Well done for making such a great start to the term.
What a great start to the term. Reception have throughly enjoyed participating in a range of activities including a self portrait activity which are now up on display in the classrooms for you to look at. Reception even got to use the new music room for their first Music lesson!
WOW! What a wonderful start to the new school year.
The new Year 1 children have have made the transition from Reception to Year 1 with confidence and enthusiasm.
This year, Year 1 will be making an exciting journey through time when they consider, ‘How toys have changed over time and why’. Our focus will be on changes and significant events within living memory, so it will be a great opportunity for family members to share their own memories with the children. Perhaps some of you have toys from your childhood that you would like to share?
In Science, the children will be developing their enquiry skills though questions such as 'do people with big feet need big gloves' or ‘Why are humans not like tigers?’ which will give them opportunities to identify common and more unusual animals and compare their needs to their own.
This week in Science we focused on body parts - identifying and naming external parts and then building a model to identify our internal organs and work out their purpose.
Year 2 have had many exciting activities. Introducing them to the classroom, the children were challenged to search and find various items, activities, and objects of interest. Many found our puzzle box - none could open it. The children were also introduced to Mrs Leech, who will be taking them for humanities this year. As well as writing rules, the children created a time capsule which will be dug up at the end of the year to show just how much changes in a year.
Year 3 & Year 4
Year 3 & 4 have made a super start to the term, they are raring to go!
In English, we have been looking at our Superhero alter egos to help us work out our strengths and our targets for the new term.
In Mathematics, we have been revisiting the basics of place value and even managed to get into hundreds of millions!
In Science, we are learning about the respiratory system and how our lungs work. We are looking forward to using the rather impressive Science Lab in Canbury School for all practical activities starting next week.
In Humanities, we have started our adventure into the world of Ancient Egypt, working out how we find out about ancient civilisations through archaeology, using primary and secondary sources. I have been very impressed at how much the children have grown up over the holidays and how focused they have been from day one! They are certainly setting a great example as the top of the school!
Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school or across driveways for the safety of all of our children.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.