From the Headmaster:
We clearly have some very talented engineers in school. The Year 2 and Year 3 children were challenged to design a storage solution for the scooters that are parked at school each morning. There are some most ingenious designs that are very worthy of recognition. We will be announcing the winning design at the assembly on Thursday and actually turning the design into reality.
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 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.
I was delighted that so many of you were able to join me for the coffee morning on Wednesday. The general theme was 'the start of term'. Four weeks in to the start of term seemed to be a good time to review what has gone well and what we can do even better. As it was at the last coffee morning, the discussion was extremely positive and simply concerned with ensuring communication flows and that the children benefit from being part of a school that is thriving.
We have already acted on the suggestion that when sending an SMS to parents that we specify which child the message may concern for those with siblings. Likewise, receiving an alert if your child is due to receive a certificate is a small but well received step. Class parent representatives have kindly agreed to make contact with other parents to begin to update the welcome booklet not just for new parents but also to help the transition into a new year group - 'what would you have liked to have known?' and 'what did you find useful?' will help further improve the packs and literature that we send out to you all.
We are reviewing the 'uniform experience' and ensuring that the list is clear and comprehensive. Similarly, I will be meeting with representatives from Lester Bowden to ensure they are fully informed as to what is required.
We had a very positive discussion about homework which then led onto the suggestion that a homework workshop is held to provide tips and techniques on how to help your child. As an extension to this, we will also be holding further workshops on how we teach numeracy and literacy at various stages across the school as well as an interactive art workshop where you can join your children in learning various techniques and produce a joint masterpiece. Dates will be confirmed in the upcoming Deerstalker.
Information from First Steps
This week in First Steps, we had a very exciting visit from Story Storks. This involved an interactive workshop consisting of singing, dancing and acting out the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We all loved it. We also got to play instruments! It was wonderful and very funny!
Additionally, we helped create a Harvest festival box to put all of the food inside that we collected from our lovely parents. We took this box to church on Thursday and some of us received certificates for some wonderful work that we had completed this week.
Our teachers are very pleased with how well we have settled into the school and with how happy we seem!
Information from Second Steps
Expressive Arts and Design has been high on the agenda this week in Second Steps. On Tuesday morning we enjoyed and joined in with a wonderful Story Storks performance about Jack and the Beanstalk. This incorporated our topic of the senses.
Miss Georgina had a fun Performing Arts session where we imagined using our senses again, to smell, listen and feel things at the seaside. We hope you all enjoyed our singing and actions for our Harvest festival song, Red Big Combine Harvester. We certainly loved performing for you!
Alongside this we have worked hard on our letter of the week 't' and carried out lots of practical maths investigations. In all, a busy and enjoyable week.
Information from Reception
Reception have really enjoyed learning about Harvest and the story of Harvest Festival. We have also loved talking about our family portraits that were brought in from home. This generated much discussion about who we care for and why they are special to us. In Mathematics, we have been learning about 2-D shapes where we created our shape dinosaurs. Next week we are looking forward to leaning about the properties of 2-D shapes and also 3-D shapes.
Information from Year 1
This week Year 1 have continued to develop their artistic skills. We were inspired by the story Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and our objective was to use sculpture to develop our ideas and imagination. We designed and created environmental art at woodland school using only natural objects; leaves, twigs, pebbles and acorns to make people, squirrels, fish and hens.
In Literacy we have been exploring another fantastic story; Handa’s surprise and Year 1 decided to write their own surprise stories set in Britain for our Big Write!
In Mathematicss, we have been measuring and exploring centimetres and metres to find out how big our school is!
Information from Year 2 and Year 3
This week in Owl Class we have been learning about the multiplication and division family of facts. We particularly enjoyed making use of the lovely weather and working outside doing some physical Mathematics.
In Literacy, we have been continuing to develop our independent skills along with our comprehension. We have been looking at Proper Nouns doing our SPaG lesson. Please continue to point these out to children on signs around your local area. The children are really enjoying their Art lessons which has linked in lovely with our topic of 'Famous for more than 5 minutes.' This week, we have explored the work of Vincent van Gogh and created some wonderful sunflowers using a variety of water pastels.
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.
Demi Ibiyemi - Persevering with his maths activity.
Anjali Gupta - Perseverance in maths - adding and taking away using a blank number line.
Zachary Warner - Perseverance - learning 100 high frequency words.
April Williams - Persevering in Literacy by correcting her mistakes and solving the problem
Pascal Barikor - All round positive attitude.
Eva Liu - Excellent communication in stay-sing and play and for settling well into First Steps.
Abigail Lewis - Independently cutting and naming 3-D shapes.
William Pawsey-Persaud - excellent participation and vocabulary during Big Talk and, eager participation and confident and enthusiastic performing.
Holy Yapp - Always participating enthusiastically and singing beautifully.
Mahya Rutasikwa - Exceptional participation in both music and ballet.
Molly Sutterby - Joining in all the songs with confidence.
Mitah Verma - Excellent participation and singing.
Jennifer Kemp - Fantastic solo rendition of 'Big Red Combine Harvester.'
Jago Jones - Lovely and enthusiastic singing.
Krisha Karavakar - Excellent listening and confident singing.
Dates for the Diary -
Monday 3rd October - Flu Vaccination (Years 1-3, optional).
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
Thursday 13th October - Year 2 and Year 3 Visit to Madame Tussauds (tbc*).
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.
Thursday 10th November - Future Schools Evening - Shrewsbury House & Notre Dame.
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 - 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.
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.
September 24th - October 5th - Gabrielle McLean, Rachel Lewis, Sophie Felton & Zahraa Alyacoby.