From the Headmaster:
Whilst I have enjoyed a variety of experiences in the last twenty years of being a teacher, it did come as a little surprise on Thursday when Reverend Coupland handed me a strange object to hold. The continuing theme of 'Wonderful World' explored rocks this week. Whilst strictly speaking it was a fossil I was holding, i did detect a little hesitation from some children to shake my hand when awarding certificates a short while later. Do ask your children about the fossil I was kindly handed; it was certainly a new experience for me.
Scooter Rack Design
Certainly worthy of a design award, the design by Gabriel Clarke certainly fulfilled all of the criteria that we were looking for. As with all good engineering, it was a very simple solution, well designed. The handle of the scooter will sit between two pieces of wooden doweling with the weight of the scooter doing the rest!
I did think Gabriel was most magnaminous when he came to receive the certificate, ensuring that his father also received some of the attention for helping. We have started the work to bring his (Gabriel) work to fruition. I am told it will be ready for installation by half term. I very much look forward to seeing it in action.
Information from First Steps
It has been an enjoyable and busy week in First Steps. The children have had great fun creating bluebird collages for our colour of the week, learning lots of number songs and building our fine motor skills with play dough. We also tried yoga and some of us had a fantastic time exploring Richmond Park during Woodland School, looking under logs to see what mini beasts we could find.
Information from Second Steps
Phonics and Big Write has been one of Second Steps main learning focus this week. We have concentrated on learning the letter name and sound 'p'. We have had fun recognising the letter and objects that begin with 'p' within our classroom and school environment.
Incorporating our letter 'p' focus, the children have had great fun whisking up their own magical ‘potion’ using glitter, sparkles, ‘purple and pink paint.’ We used our senses to listen, see and touch the bubbling potion. They worked extremely hard to independently write some of their ingredients demonstrating excellent letter recognition and formation.
Following our Topic ‘Senses,’ the children enjoyed tasting a variety of food with different flavours and tastes which was a great guessing game for them all, even surprising their teachers with their love for eating lemon!
Information from Reception
This week, Reception have been very busy. We have learnt all about 3D shapes including their properties and have been sorting them into different categories. In our circle time we have been busy talking all about our emotions and have been role playing different scenarios to help the children resolve their own conflicts. In Literacy, we have been starting our independent writing and have labelled our own human bodies and faces!
Information from Year 1
This week Year 1 have been exploring our favourite author Michael Rosen. We read the story Little Rabbit Foo Foo and then became author illustrators to create a new version with different characters.
We know this story so well that we can Big Talk it from start to finish with actions.
In Mathematics, we have been focusing on subtraction; learning all the words associated with taking away and exploring subtraction using number lines and cubes.
Information from Year 2 and Year 3
This week in Owl Class we have been using our senses to develop our independent writing. This has enabled us to create some wonderful descriptive stories about being stranded on a desert island. We have also been looking at inverted commas during our SPaG lesson. In Mathematics, we have been looking at 3D shapes and their properties and sorting them into a venn diagrams. The children are really enjoying their Science lessons. We have been exploring what healthy living means, how we can stay fit classifying foods into different food groups. Our food diaries provided a wonderful opportunity to ascertain what foods we eat.
After School Activities
The link to apply for a place on the various activities can be found here - https://goo.gl/forms/KKIVxldDMvPPCTti2
If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club next week. These requests can be accommodated up to 2pm each day, with the form being taken off line at 2pm to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements.Places for after school club are restricted to children attending Second Steps through to Year 3. https://goo.gl/forms/2KxdpmMIGgE6fICV2
Should you need to cancel an After School Club session, please contact Mrs Blower directly to amend the form.
Drop off and Collection Arrangements
The side gate is open each day from 8.00am-8.05am for early bird drop off. It will then be opened again from 8.15am-8.30am for drop off, and 3.30pm - 3.40pm for collection. Early bird drop off is for children only and you should leave your children with the member of staff on duty.
If you are running late, please inform Mrs Blower so we can make the necessary arrangements.
You are welcome to bring your children to breakfast club which opens its doors at 7.30am. £5 per session to be paid on the day.
Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking across their drives when dropping off or collecting your 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.
Christmas Fayre Meeting @ The Albert 7pm Wednesday.
Coffee Morning, Wednesday 8.30am.
Elena Greenaway - Exceptional independent writing.
Jennifer Kemp - Amazing letter formation and recognition
Gabby McLean- Fantastic independent writing
Harris Kane - For working super hard in phonics
Tristan Oliver - Excellent story ending on a 'cliff-hanger.'
Elena Vasilikostas - Amazing subtraction using a number line.
Oliver Blower - For superb use if inverted commas.
Max Verdult - All round positive attitude.
Dates for the Diary -
Tuesday 11th October - Year 1 Visit to Kingston Museum.
Wednesday 12th October 8.30am-9.30am - Coffee Morning.
Wednesday 12th October 7pm - Christmas Fayre Meeting @ The Albert
Wednesday 19th October - Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings, 5.30pm - 8.00pm.
Thursday 20th October - Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings, 5.30pm - 8.00pm.
Friday 21st October - Staff INSET. School closed for half term.
Monday 7th November - Term Resumes.
Monday 7th November - Year 1 Visit to the National Gallery.
Tuesday 8th November - Reception Class Phonics Workshop 9am - 9.30am.
Thursday 10th November - Future Schools Evening - Shrewsbury House & Notre Dame.
Friday 11th November - Art Workshop with your Year 2 and 3 child 2pm-3.30pm- With limited places, please contact Mrs Blower if you would like to attend.
Wednesday 16th November - First Steps & Reception Class Visit to Chessington Garden Centre.
Wednesday 16th November - 6.00pm-7.00pm - Coffee Evening.
Thursday 17th November - Second Steps Visit to Chessington Garden Centre.
Monday 28th November - Hampton Court Palace Visit (Year 1, 2 and 3)
Monday 28th November - Football vs Westbury House (A)
Wednesday 30th November - No Swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.
Thursday 1st December - Choir singing at Galsworthy House.
Saturday 3rd December - Christmas Fayre.
Monday 5th December - The Forgotten Christmas Elf (Story Storks Theatre Show) at All Saints Church
Wednesday 7th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.
Wednesday 14th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.
Thursday 15th December - Christmas Nativity 11am. Last Day of term.
Term resumes - Tuesday 10th January 2017.
October 6th - 13th - Holly Yap & Lana Abdeen