Newsletter 25th January 2019

From the Head

I am delighted to tell you that Mr Turner has now returned from his Paternity leave having welcomed his new baby boy, Ellis Christopher Turner on 3rd January 2019. Ellis was born at 10:22am weighing 7lb14, exactly the same weight as Joshua! Mother and baby are doing well and Joshua is adjusting to becoming a big brother. Mr Turner is readjusting to a lack of sleep…

Thank you to the parents who have signed up to our Outdoor Play and Learning presentation on Tuesday 29th January at 2pm; for those of you who are unable to make it, we will send information home via ParentPay.

The new building is progressing well and this week, the new pitch has started to take shape. The windows will be going in over the next few weeks and the children are very excited to see the progress on a daily basis.

Safer Internet Day is on 5th February 2019 and we will be adding to our continuous teaching of this subject by hosting some specific workshops for children, staff and parents, led by Barabarani. We have had workshops hosted by Barabarani in the past which have been excellent, thought provoking and filled with tips for parents and staff. We will be sending out more information to you regarding this next week but please save the date as this is an area that is changing so quickly, we could all do with some support in helping our children to stay safe online. The parents’ meeting will be held in the evening and we will confirm timings next week.

Our School Nurse, Angie Court, works in school every Wednesday and will be running drop in coffee mornings once a term for parents who would like any general advice on their children’s health, behaviour, bedwetting, sleep etc. The first coffee morning will take place after half term so look out for the posters advertising this over the next few weeks. If you would like to make a one to one appointment to meet with Anglie regarding your child, please contact the School Office who will arrange this for you.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

Kind regards, Miss Holloway



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.

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Year 6

It has been another busy week for Year 6. At Games on Monday, the children faced a bracing, cold wind, but this did not phase them. Despite this, the children showed great resilience and kept going throughout the afternoon.

On Tuesday, the children came into school with great excitement for our trip to a trampoline park, Air Jump. This was a well deserved treat for all of the children following the end of their 11+ examinations. They showed excellent listening skills throughout the day, especially when the Air Jump staff were delivering their safety briefing. They were very mindful of others when bouncing on the trampolines.

In maths this week, we have revised different methods of long division and found that knowing the multiples of a number was one of the most important steps to get right. We also looked at what common factors are and found the use of a Venn diagram very helpful when identifying the common factors between two numbers. Following this, we applied our knowledge to reasoning problems by explaining our answers using mathematical vocabulary.

On Thursday, we started our new Power of Reading text: Varmints by Helen Ward. We considered the dictionary meaning of the word, varmint, which meant a mischievous child or animal. We found this meaning to be contrasting to the image on the front of the book. We used this knowledge and evidence from the image to make predictions about what the book will be about.

In our IPC topic, Out of Africa, the children learnt about Specification by looking a genome from a fictional animal. We used a website that allowed us to create ‘phylogenetic trees’ to see how closely related different species are, depending on their genetic traits.

Year 5

During English this week, we have started our new text Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. To begin with we explored the image of a wood engraving, which depicts wooden poles in the foreground submerged in water and a city in the distance. The children discussed what they thought the image was showing, who might be showing this image to them and what impression this gave them of the story. The children had fantastic ideas and demonstrated great inference of the image and had informative predictions that were well developed. After reading the first chapter, we did some drama and created freeze frames whilst thinking careful as to how we could express our character thoughts and feelings.

In maths this week, the children have been exploring factors and multiples. The children have taken part in a few investigations using manipulatives. They worked together to test their multiplication knowledge and to find common multiples. Following this, the children used manipulatives to demonstrate the commutative law of multiplication and we demonstrated how to ensure we have found all the factors. We will be continuing or multiplication and division topic throughout this half term so it vital that the children continue to practise their times tables.

On Wednesday, 5K wowed us with their fantastic assembly and Miss Kiely was incredibly impressed with how confident they were. Well done 5K for demonstrating all your hard work with such confidence!

Year 4

We have had wonderful week in Year 4. Tuesday saw a fabulous swimming lesson with the children showing us their fantastic listening skills with the swimming instructors. It is wonderful to see how much some are growing in confidence and ability in such a short space of time.

We had a very chilly afternoon of games of Wednesday, but the children all showed great resilience during their outside activities and were rewarded by extra time inside playing games drawing on their skills and good sportsmanship including twister, table tennis and dominoes. Thank you for reminding them to bring in extra layers to wear while we are outside.

In English we have returned to our Philip Pullman text, ‘I Was a Rat!’. The children have enjoyed remembering the story so far and hearing more about what has happened to poor Roger. We recreated a courtroom scene in class to decide Roger’s fate. The children took on their roles with enthusiasm, we had a prosecution and defence team and a jury who were taken outside to deliberate! You’ll be pleased to hear that they showed Roger mercy and, by a majority vote, chose not to execute him!

Please can we ask that you support your child in learning how to tie their shoelaces and ties independently. While we are more than happy to help, these are important skills that they will need to master.

Year 3

This week, Year 3 settled down to a regular routine at school after the excitement of last week’s Emotional Well Being and Mental Health sessions. Instead, they were faced with multiplication, Horrid Henry and how humans work, particularly their teeth! Their teeth had to be used this week as they made and ate a cake under Mr Pradic’s guidance.

We are focussing on multiplying and dividing by three at the moment. The children have been set a variety of problems in this area, and it is good to see how they show resilience in solving questions which were initially difficult for them. Next, we shall progress to the four times table.

Horrid Henry is a popular series of books with many of the children in Year 3. In our English lessons this week, we examined the plot and characters within one of his stories. Some of the children noticed differences between the TV versions of the stories and the original version in the book which created an interesting discussion.

In our IPC topic “How Humans Work”, the Year group considered what we knew about this subject. Some children already seemed to know quite a lot. Examples included diet, digestion and life cycles. We have begun our work on the subject of teeth, and we hope that this weekend’s Home Learning task will continue this!

Year 2

This week the children have been introduced to their new Power of Reading book. The have met a small, plump dog named Claude and his trusty friend Sir Bobblysock. So far, the children know that Claude wears a red beret and lovely red jumper. He also lives with Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes. The are looking forward to finding out about Claude’s adventures over the coming weeks. Please do not buy any of these books just yet as it will spoil our exciting lessons.

In Maths the children have continued to look at money. Some of them would make marvellous bankers. Please continue to encourage your children to tip out purses or piggy banks at home and to count amounts of money ( In Year 2 we record amounts as £5 and 23p - not £5.23 at this stage).

The children were very proud to introduce themselves as a famous person from the past at the start of the week. We had Florence Nightingale, Edmund Hillary, Amelia Earhart and Pablo Picasso, to name just a few. The children spoke very clearly about the research that they had done at home. Many thanks for all of your help and support in doing this. From this work, the children have created wonderful commemorative shields to mark the person’s life. We look forward to meeting more people from the past over the coming term. Next week, we will be learning about Christopher Columbus. If you have any books about him or get a chance to visit the library to find out more about this famous explorer, it would be great for you to have a talk at home together. Feel free to send any books into school with your children to share (please ensure they are named).

Year 1

This week we have started our new topic ‘The Magic Toymaker’. The children received a special message from the toy maker himself asking them to look after his toyshop while he is away on holiday. He gave the children the task of creating a new toy using construction kits or materials of their choice. We had some imaginative ideas including Peppa Pig, fidget spinners, rockets and play houses. In the Knowledge Harvest, the children in teams used a mind mapping technique to jot down all their previous knowledge about toys. Year 1 all really enjoyed bringing in their favourite toys from home. To develop their speaking and listening skills, the children took it in turns to show and tell their toys, answering questions like ‘Why is it special?’ and ‘What is it made from?’ Today, they learnt about persuasive language and wrote their own adverts for their toy.

In English, we have started our Power of Reading text Traction Man by Mini Grey. The children loved the story and enjoyed his adventures as a heroic action figure. They created a Traction Man poster surrounded by exciting adjectives to describe him. The children thought of words such as powerful, heroic, strong, fast, loyal and brave. Watch this space for Traction Man adventures of their own.

In Maths, the children used ten frames with cubes and the part whole model to continue their learning of the teen numbers and some children also partitioned numbers above 20. We listened to a rap about teen numbers. Here is a link to the rap.

We have also been practising reading and writing numbers in words and digits.

We returned to Forest School this week and were pleased to see it was not as cold as earlier on in the week. The children revisited the rules of forest school and then had some well deserved free outdoor learning time together. They enjoyed making chocolate milkshakes, soup and cake in the mud kitchen. Some used sticks as light sabers and others enjoyed jumping in muddy puddles!

Please see literacy planet for some new home learning.

If you are in 1Mc use this link for our class song.


What a busy week, Reception have learnt all about nurses this week. We received a visit from Mrs Morton who demonstrated how to use a stethoscope and listen to our breathing. We also investigated how germs are spread and learnt how to wash our hands to get rid of the germs. The children have found out about the different organs in their bodies making their own tabards.

Next week, we look forward to welcoming a police officer and finding about all about their job.

Happy birthday to Mrs Dougall!

Reception and Nursery enjoyed celebrating Mrs Dougall’s birthday, singing to her in assembly and throwing a party.


The week began with some rather scary germs visiting Nursery. The children learnt all about when and how to wash their hands properly, ensuring they were nice and clean. We discussed the importance of hand hygiene to help prevent us from becoming ill.

The children enjoyed learning about Topsy and Tim’s visit to hospital and finding out about all the different people who work there. We were very lucky that Rosie’s mummy is a specialist nurse and she came to teach both Nursery and Reception all about her job. The children had great fun listening to each other's heart beats, giving their toys oxygen and applying bandages to damaged limbs. I think we have some budding future medical practitioners in Nursery!

Thank you Mrs Morton for a fantastic session.

Next week we will be focussing on the work of the police and look forward to welcoming PC Schaller.

Have a lovely weekend.


Fundraising Concert

Every year since 2006 we have held an Evening of Music to showcase some of the wonderful talent of our parents and friends of St Olave’s, as well as the children, and to raise money for The Stephen Jota Centre in Uganda. We have sponsored Gloria and Joseph to attend school during this time and they are always very appreciative of the School’s support. The children are now coming to the end of their schooling and we will plan how best to support the Stephen Jota Center in the future. Mrs Lane last year visited Guinea with her Djembe drumming group and led an assembly for the children about her visit on her return. This year, we would like to support Mrs Lane in fundraising for a new classroom roof by splitting the proceeds of the concert between the Stephen Jota Center in Uganda and Fore Forte School in the village of Dubreke.

The concert will be held on Thursday 9th May at 7pm. If you are interested in taking part, or would like more information, please get in touch. We greatly appreciate your involvement in this event; if you know of any performers who may be interested, please do contact me.

Thank you

Mrs Farrell

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