Newsletter 8th February 2019

From the Head

Thank you to the parents that attended our presentation on ‘Online Safety’ by Paul James this week; although it was a late evening, the messages were relevant to all parents and encouraged me to speak to my own children about their digital footprint. Starting any conversation about online safety can be difficult, especially as our children get older, as they can believe that they know more than us. But a useful tip I picked up this week is to ask my children to show me how to keep safe on a particular app. This way, I can gauge their understanding while also keeping up to date with current apps and online use. As always, open channels of conversation with your child are crucial to a positive relationship and behaviour both on and off line. I shall be sending home the information covered over the coming weeks for those parents who were unable to attend. My thanks to Mr Turner for organising the Safer Internet day activities for the children; this topic is covered in lessons throughout the year and has been in the news a lot over the past few weeks, so do have conversations with your child about how they stay safe online.

Today has been a wonderful celebration of Chinese New Year and Miss Ireland has decorated the school, provided themed items for playtimes and organised fabulous cross curricular dance workshops to celebrate this festival. You can read all about the day later in the Newsletter.

I look forward to seeing some of you at our first Spring concert on Wednesday as our Year 5 and 6 instrumentalists perform for us in the School Hall.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend

Kind regards,

Miss Holloway, Headteacher

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday all of the children were treated to age appropriate online safety workshops.

The children in Reception and Nursery were treated to a reading of Chicken Clicking which introduced the idea of online safety, and the need to be careful when talking to others online, to our youngest students in a very accessible way.

The children also designed their own Cyber 5 hands which taught the children 5 rules to follow to stay safe online - 1. Don’t tell your name and age on the age on the internet, 2. Don’t tell anybody your password, 3. Don’t talk to strangers, 4. Only go on good pages (pages that an adult, such as your parents or teachers) say are ok, 5. If you see something bad or sad, tell an adult.

Year 1 & 2 children learned about the importance of friendship and supporting each other in the playground and online. They were treated to a story called Kim and the computer giant which encouraged the children to remember that you don’t know who you’re playing against when you’re playing with strangers online. The idea of ‘online friends’ was discussed and the children were reminded of the importance of not giving away personal information about ourselves.

‘Remember it’s always best to tell an adult if you are feeling unsafe online’

The Upper School learned about Keeping Safe in the Real and Virtual World

The beginning of the talk revolved around the difference between the real and virtual world and what makes a dangerous weapon in both. Photography was discussed in depth including the amazing capabilities of modern devices that can take photos, edit them and share them online in seconds. This talk raised awareness of how people can abuse devices such as mobile phones and tablets in order to do harm to others. Again the importance of not sharing personal information online was reinforced, especially when sharing photos and videos.

Years 5 & 6 were also told about the importance of taking care when opening links as it’s very easy to install viruses and malware.

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend the parents Online Safety Talk.

Chinese New Year

We were so lucky to have professional dancer, Hannah, from ‘West End in Schools’ join us on Friday to teach Years 1 to 6 a special dance about the ‘Great Race’. Hannah was incredibly impressed with the way the children approached the dance, showing resilience when moves may have been challenging, great focus and teamwork when it came to performing the final dance to their teachers. We also had a number of children come in to school wearing traditional Chinese clothes with one of these children opening our celebrations on Friday by singing a song about friendship in Chinese to the whole school! In class, the children have learnt about Chinese culture, created their own dragons, made Chinese food and much, much more. In the playground, the children have embraced Chinese culture through role play activities and traditional Chinese games such as ‘Cat and Mouse’ and ‘Catch the Dragon’s Tail’. The theme continued at lunch time when the children were served Chinese rice, Chow Mein and lemon chicken, complete with Chinese trivia on their dining tables. We love celebrating festivals! Kung Hei Fat Choy! Miss Ireland

Sports News

A busy week for Year 4 this week, as there were three fixtures taking place. On Monday, some children travelled to Farringtons School for their first football match. With hard work, determination, and good teamwork shown throughout the game, the team managed to secure a 3-1 victory. A great game, matched by a great attitude shown by the team. Well done to all the children involved!

Wednesday saw St Olave’s Year 4 travel to Sidcup Sports Club to compete against West Lodge. A superb team effort and lessons learnt from Monday’s fixture, our children were victorious in a very tight and hard fought game, 4-3. A very exciting game for everyone involved, well done to Year 4.

Thursday saw Year 4 girls participate in a football festival which aimed to develop their skills. They competed in a variety of different challenges; focusing on specific skills used during the game such as shooting, heading, passing, dribbling, goalkeeping and small sided matches against each other. The girls were a credit to the school and we are looking forward to seeing them put their skills to their test in a fixture in the future.

Year 6

On Tuesday, Year 6 spent the whole day focusing on being safe in and outside of school. We started the day by welcoming Miss Holloway to our class. She discussed St Olave’s Safeguarding Child Friendly Policy with the children and she explained the different ways that we keep children safe in school. This policy also tells the children what to do if they are unsure about something or feel unsafe at any point. Your child should have brought this home so if would be useful to sit down with them to discuss this further if you have the time. In the afternoon, we had a fantastic workshop about being safe online; the children learnt about cyberbullying as well as how to keep their personal information safe. The children came up with some good suggestions of how to keep safe online and realised how important it is to not give away any personal information.

On Wednesday, we had an excellent trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery. We spent the morning walking about the gallery in small groups and learning about different painting styles. The children saw paintings from various artists such as: Rembrandt and Poussin. In the afternoon, they had an art workshop based around landscapes and nature. The children really enjoyed using unusual tools such toothbrushes, kebab sticks and wooden forks to creates patterns using black ink. They then created a journey through a landscape using the same tools and map symbols.

In English, we listened to a sound clip from the film of Varmints. The children used their imagination to create their own images and wrote words and phrases associated with it on tracing paper. It was really interesting to hear what picture the sound created in their heads. In IPC, the children looked at features of different animal groups such a amphibians and reptiles. They then created their own Dinosaur top trump cards.

Year 5

We are mathematicians! This week in maths, we have applied our understanding of prime numbers to solve word problems. We created posters and fact sheets about prime numbers to leave on our desk to use as prompts during our maths lessons. We have also recalled our knowledge of factors to solve problems and to also help provide evidence for our conclusions. Later in the week we moved on to square and cubed numbers. Next week we will come to the end of our multiplication and division unit.

In English, we have been focusing on our comprehension. The children have been using PEE (Point, Evidence, Explanation) to support inferences that they are making within a given text. We have also been writing in role as a travel agents to persuade our clients to go on holiday to our recommended locations. We focused on paragraphing our ideas to ensure that we had a well structured and thought through letter. Having organised our points using subheadings and bullet points during our planning phase, we found this much easier to do.

In our IPC lessons this week, we started to gather ideas to create a product for people to use on their holidays. We worked with a partner to discuss possible costs, materials and usability. We created a design plan and thought about how we could develop our product. Ideas included waterproof socks, interactive glasses, retractable skis and an air conditioned suitcase! Move over Dragons’ Den!

Year 4

What a busy week in Year 4! There’s been football, internet safety, factor pairs and explanation texts, to name just a few!

We’ve had a football focus this week! The boys took part in 2 football matches managing to win both of them! The girls then took part in a football skills session with lots of other Greenwich schools. All of the children represented St Olave’s very well and should be commended for their efforts.

Tuesday was Safer Internet Day and the children participated in a very informative workshop about how to stay safe online. It was interesting to consider all the different ways we use the internet and the children showed a good understanding of how to stay safe.

Following on from our fantastic visit to the Maidstone Museum last week, we have worked to create instructional iMovies about how to mummify an orange and then worked hard in class to produce an explanation text, being careful to include both the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ so that our reader fully understands the process.

We received some lovely feedback from the coach driver, following on from the trip. He took the time to let us know that the children’s behaviour and manners were outstanding. They were the best he had seen in over twenty years of driving coaches.

We have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year this week, and took part in a fantastic dance workshop this afternoon following our Chinese inspired lunch - you should ask the children to show you their moves later!

Just a reminder that it is our last swimming lesson next week. Thank you for helping the children to have their kit each week. There will be a swimming gala just before Easter to celebrate their successes, so look out for a letter with more details after half term.

Year 3

Another busy week ensued for Year 3 as the children continued to study Horrid Henry stories, attempt to solve calculations on multiplication and division and cope with the amazing details of digestion in IPC...not to mention, Internet Safety Day!

We have been concentrating on Horrid Henry and his friends so that the children can begin to create their own characters in this style. This will form part of the weekend’s home learning. It has been good to see the children enjoying these stories.

As we approach the end of our unit on multiplication and division, the children are increasing their accuracy and ability to tackle and work out worded problems. We hope that they are still using Times Tables Rock Stars at home as well as school, as this resource is specifically designed to assist these areas of Mathematics.

Year 3 had great fun simulating the action of digestion by using a variety of ingredients, some mixing bowls and tights! See if your mini scientist can explain to you the process of digestion and remember what each ‘part’ represented. As you can see from the photos and video below it was very ‘hands on’!

Next week as part of our Rights agenda, the children will be considering how greatly air pollution affects them at St Olave’s. There is also a section of this weekend’s home learning in which the children can write and draw about the air pollution where they live.

Year 2

The children are thoroughly enjoying their “People of the Past” topic and enthused as they learned about Florence Nightingale this week. She was determined to follow her dream, despite her father’s disapproval, and became an inspirational nurse and the founder of modern nursing. There is the Florence Nightingale museum within St Thomas’s Hospital that you might like to visit during half term or maybe you could have a walk around the hospital’s grounds to see if you can find her statue.

In English, the children joined Claude on his visit to the city. They listened to the sounds of beeping horns, rushing traffic, chugging taxis and people on their phones. They imagined the smells of hot dog stalls and the fumes from buses and also considered the things that they would see in a vibrant and busy city. From their discussion, the children produced some wonderful poems describing city life. Next week, the children will get to see where Claude actually goes on his adventure to the ‘big smoke’!

In maths we have started our multiplication focus. We have identified sets of a given number and are beginning to understand what times tables actually are! It is easy to learn times tables by rote but it is important that the children know that 3 x 5 is the same as three 5p coins, or three children holding 5 pencils each or 5 + 5 + 5. We will be continuing with this learning next week.

On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day. The children had a workshop and were taught about the importance of online safety. They showed a clear understanding of stranger danger and were able to think about whether ‘online friends’ are truly friends that they can trust. They learned to be kind when playing games online and know that it is important to tell an adult or family member if they become worried whilst gaming or are unsure of anything as they are browsing the Internet for learning.

Today we have celebrated Chinese New Year as a school and have had delicious Chinese food at lunchtime, a dance workshop and role play items in the playground to share. The children were thrilled that it is the Year of the Pig as we have many “pink pig lovers” in Year 2!

With our Safer Internet workshop in mind, we are asking the children to do their home learning on the Internet this weekend. We would usually ask for the children to visit a library and delve into books whilst doing topic based homework but, this weekend, we would like the children to find out about famous inventors whilst exploring the Internet for answers with you. We hope that you enjoy completing this home learning together.

Year 1

What an exciting week in Year 1! On Monday, the children continued their learning of our whole school topic ‘Healthy Me’ in their PSHEE lesson. The children had to choose a side of the room to stand on to show if they thought something was healthy or unhealthy. The children made some very good decisions and they were able to give reasons for their choices. 1M even made up their own ‘Healthy Me’ song; see our Twitter account for a fantastic rendition.

On Tuesday, it was Safer Internet Day and the whole school had a workshop. In Year 1 the children were introduced to Lee and Kim who love playing an animal magic game on the computer. The children were shown the dangers of playing games online in an excellent age related way. They had discussions about stranger danger and how ‘online friends’ are not necessarily who they say they are. They learnt the importance of ‘telling someone’ if they ever feel worried about online games. A superhero called SID protects the children on the internet and he likes to fly around and teach children how to stay safe. He also loves to sing:

In class, the children were introduced to Smartie the Penguin who lives with his parent penguins and got an iPad for his birthday. Smartie’s story taught the children about asking someone for help before pressing the button.


The children designed their own Smartie the Penguin posters to help them remember how to stay safe online.

1Mc were busily preparing for their first ever class assembly and when the day arrived, they surpassed all expectations by remembering all their words and speaking and singing with great confidence. The children told and acted out the story ‘Almost Anything’ by Sophy Henn. It is a story about having the magic or power inside to try new things and to never give up, a message often spoken about in the daily life of our school. The children sang ‘I’ve got the power in me!’ at the top of their voices sending that all important message of resilience home to the whole school. They then described their learning to date in their topic ‘The Magic Toymaker’. The children described their favourite toys, read out adverts using persuasive writing, used adjectives to describe Traction Man and some even read their own Traction Man adventure stories. Well done to 1Mc for a great assembly!

This week was the start of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig. The children had an assembly with Miss Ireland celebrating the new year and some children talked about how they celebrate the new year with their families. Maya even sang a song to the school in Chinese. How brave! Thank you also to Keira for bringing in fortune cookies to share with us all. Today they all enjoyed a dance workshop to learn about the Great Race and how the animals were chosen for each year. They also enjoyed a Chinese lunch together and used role play items at playtime!


This week's topic has inspired the children in Reception to become Firefighters when they grow up. Our trip to the fire station was a success! The children have come back enthusiastically recounting their experiences of the fire station.

We think even Ms Foreman is considering a career change.

On Tuesday we listened to a story all about internet safety and sang a song about the cyber 5. We have also celebrated Chinese New Year this week, making dragon masks and lucky money envelopes.


Kung Hei Fat Choy!

The children in Nursery celebrated the year of the Pig this week. They listened with enthusiasm to the story of The Great Race, finding out the order of the animals the different years are named after. They enjoyed working in groups to retell the story with puppets.

All the children have created their own dragon puppets and watched video clips of dragon and lion dancing from Chinatown in London. As a class we made a large lion head and have performed our own lion dance complete with musical accompaniment. Please take a look at the clip below.

We learnt about lucky red money envelopes, chinese lanterns, chinese symbols and even learnt a new song. We also tasted some special Chinese stir fry and had a go at using finger chopsticks!

Unfortunately we had to cancel our trip to Eltham fire station due to the buses being diverted, however we have rescheduled for next Wednesday. We will also be welcoming another parent visitor to talk to us about his job as an optician.

Have a lovely weekend.


Match Funding

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.

The Giving Machine

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St Olave’s School Trust on TheGivingMachine: https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/causes/st-olaves-school-trust-266085

Bromley Festival of Music and Speech

We have received confirmation that the School Choir (Years 3-6) will be taking part in the Choirs section on Friday 15 March at 19.00. There will be a letter in the next week confirming the arrangements.

Thank you, Miss Beacom

Pet Club

This week Mrs Binfield and her pet Molly visited us. Molly is a 7 year old Cockerpoo. It was Molly’s 7th birthday the day before her visit, and she had had a birthday haircut. Mrs Binfield told us that one dog year is equivalent to seven human years, so Molly would be 49 if she were a human!

Molly only barks when she sees a squirrel, cat or fox. She has a great sense of smell, likes to have her tummy tickled, and does not moult or lose her fur. Mrs Binfield measures out Molly’s food carefully each day and had brought in a bit of her dinner so the children could feed her. They were also able to groom Molly and she lay very still. Thank you Mrs Binfield and Molly for coming to visit us.

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