Newsletter 12th October 2018

From the Head

Thank you to those parents who have signed up to support us on World Food Day next Friday 19th October. It is not too late to sign up; please click on the following link and let us know what dishes you are able to provide.


We would welcome any dishes that celebrate the different cultures that make up our amazing school community; this event is always hugely popular and is very well supported. Please remember that all dishes provided must be nut free and you will need to provide a full list of ingredients please. If you are able to write a short description about the significance of the dish you have provided, that would be fantastic. Please note that children with allergies will be served food separately to ensure that no cross contamination can occur. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Our Year 6 children continue to be excellent role models to the younger children through their day to day conduct and through their monitor roles. This week, some of them prepared and delivered motivational speeches to their house groups to determine their new House Captains. Secondary school examination results are starting to be released and we will continue to support children in their preparation for secondary schools. We are so proud of every child and the hard work and effort that they apply to every day at school.

On Wednesday, we supported World Mental Health Awareness Day. As parents and teachers, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life. Encouraging children to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to cope with the ups and downs that life will throw at them as they grow up. It’s important that our children understand that emotions are normal, and that they have the confidence to ask for help if they are struggling.


We all have mental health. Mental health is about our feelings, our thinking, our emotions and our moods. Looking after our mental health is important.

We all have small feelings every day: These sometimes feel strong and overwhelming, whether happy or sad, but they go away before too long.

Sometimes we experience big feelings: These feel strong and overwhelming for a long time. They stop us doing what we want to in our lives.

We will continue to encourage the children to talk about their feelings and emotions; ask them if they have looked in the playground mirror lately!

I hope that you all enjoy a relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Kind regards,

Miss Holloway



Stop Press - thank you to all of you that supported our second hand uniform sale this week; we raised an incredible £1100 for the school. What an excellent start to the year!


  • Quiz Night - Friday 16th November 7.00pm
  • Christmas Fayre - Saturday 1st December 11am - 2pm


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.


We would love to have some committee members from Nursery and Year 6; please see any member of the FRSC or Mrs Farrell on the gate if you would like to find out more. Anyone willing to offer help, services or donations, please see Mrs Farrell for further information.


Remember, when you are buying Christmas presents online you can generate a free cash donation for us just by clicking via www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk. You’ll find over 2,200 of the most popular stores, so it’s easy for you to make a difference without it costing you a penny more than the normal purchase price of your item.

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


The children will be designing Christmas cards again this year which can be professionally made for you to purchase. The company we are using this year will also put the image into gift tags, tea towels and canvas bags - so lots of opportunities to get your shopping started early! This is a wonderful way to help raise extra funds for the school and family and friends will love receiving cards designed by your children! The proofs for these will be coming home after half term.

Learning Muscles

This week we have welcomed 15 Emperor Penguins to our school. There is one for each class and they are here to help teach the children how to become resilient learners. They have brought a tool kit with four tools. The children will be learning how to:

1. Recognise and manage distractions

2. Notice and sense things that will help with their learning

3. Get absorbed in the task and get lost in learning.

4. Have persistence and stick ability and to find other ways to achieve a goal.

If you would like to know more about our school Learning Muscles, please refer to your Parent Information Booklet by year group. You can talk to your child’s class teacher or contact Miss McNamara at a.mcnamara@stolaves.org.uk

Year 6

In English this week, Year 6 have continued to read Shackleton's Journey. We reached a point in the book, where Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, had ventured in the Weddell Sea and hit pack ice. In order to raise the moral of the crew, we took on the role of Shackleton and wrote a motivational speech to try and help his crew. After watching Barack Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ speech, we used the literary device of repetition and emotive language to engage our audience in our own speeches. We ended the week by delivering the speeches to the class; we were astounded by the children’s use of expression and intonation. There are definitely some future leaders in the class!

In maths, we started the week by practising our addition methods using column addition and then applied this knowledge to reasoning questions. Then we moved onto revising the method for long multiplication. We found it was important to remember the ‘magic zero’ and to multiply every digit in turn.

In IPC, we talked about the digestive system by starting our lesson with a matching activity. We were each given a name of the organ, its description and a drawing of the part and then had to find who had a card associated with the body part. After discussing each part in detail, we had the opportunity to look at a 3D model of the insides of our body. The challenge was putting all of the organs back in the right place after taking them out!

On Wednesday, we took some time to discuss World Mental Health Day. We talked about what mental health means and how it can affect people. We started the session by watching a poet, Suli Breaks perform a poem about the subject. We were very impressed at the children’s attitude towards the topic and how they acknowledged that mental health is an issue that you cannot always see so we need to be mindful of people’s feelings at all times.

Year 5

This week Year 5 have been practising column subtraction in their maths lessons. We then moved on to estimating and finding approximations. We discussed how using our rounding skills from previous weeks would help us when making estimations of a given sum as we could round the numbers to the nearest 1000 or 10000. Some of the children then realised they were rounding answers without even realising it!

In our English lessons this week Year 5 have been comparing and contrasting characters. We read over example texts and highlighted key vocabulary which demonstrated whether there was a similarity or a difference. The children enjoyed competing against each other when comparing and contrasting an extract from Harry Potter!

It was Year 5’s turn to have their art workshop with Miss Capata this week. The children learnt about the artist, Max Ernst and created their own collages. The children will be working with Miss Capata in small groups over the next couple of weeks, learning about the artist and creating artwork inspired by them.

For World Mental Health Day on Wednesday, we sat together as a group and had a discussion about what ‘mental health’ actually means. We read the story, ‘Scrambled Heads’ and discussed that some people may appear happy on the outside, but inside there may be much more happening. The children had great ideas and we considered ways that anybody could access the help that they may need.

Year 4

Another busy week in Year 4! I’m sure you will agree that the children performed beautifully at the Harvest Service last week. They had devised the actions themselves and communicated them very well to the congregation; we are very proud of all of them.

This week we have come to the end of our Place Value unit in maths. It has been wonderful seeing the children develop their problem solving and reasoning skills in an area of maths they feel confident in. We move onto addition and subtraction next!

In English the classes have swapped books! 4S will now be immersing themselves in Pompeii while 4OS become daring reporters about Natural Disasters.

The school was in for a treat on Wednesday with 4OS’s assembly all about volcanoes and earthquakes. The children performed their lines with confidence and flair - and treated everyone to a song at the end!

On Wednesday, we marked World Mental Health Day by reading the story ‘Scrambled Heads’. We had some lovely discussions about what mental health means and how we can help to look after our own and other people’s. The children were able to acknowledge the importance of being aware of mental health and we talked about some of the signs of feeling unhappy.

On Thursday, the first half of Year 4 made their own bread. The smell wafting from the classroom was delicious. The children tasted the bread when it was still warm and enthused about how different it tasted from ‘normal bread’.

Despite it only being October, we have designed our Christmas cards this week! We will be sending our designs off to be turned into Christmas cards and gift tags for you to purchase - the children enjoyed using their fingerprints to create a wonderful design!

Year 3

Following our success in the Harvest Festival with “The Rainbow People”, Year 3 decided to spend part of the week examining the mysterious case of ‘Otzi the Iceman’, as part of our IPC topic, “Scavengers and Settlers”. The children were presented with a collection of artefacts found at the scene of Otzi’s death, deep in an ice glacier. Some of the children were a little scared of Otzi’s appearance (well, he has been lying in the ice for 5,000 years) but they overcame their fear to become history detectives and state what they could learn from the clues.

We were also very pleased at the level of care and detail that the children had put into their IPC homework about Stone Age homes.

In Maths we have begun to look at the area of Addition and Subtraction. As part of our new White Rose curriculum, the children have spent some time using counting equipment and pictorial representation before calculating with numbers and symbols.

Finally, despite the fact that it is only October, the children in Year 3 designed some excellent front covers for Christmas cards which you, the parents, will have the opportunity to buy in the near future. So well done this week to all our amazing history detectives, number maestros and skilled artists!

Year 2

This week Year 2 have been interviewing The Lonely Beast to find out why he has come to the city. The children have learnt how to use question marks in sentences. They have also taken on the role of the Beast when answering these questions. The children were very creative in their ideas and produced some wonderful interview scripts.

On Wednesday we marked World Mental Health Day. We talked about how to be kind to one another and to ensure that we, and those around us, feel happy inside. The children were able to link this to The Lonely Beast and discussed how they could help others who feel lonely or unhappy.

We have had a week of learning about animal babies and how they grow. At the start of the week, for RE, we enjoyed the story of Noah’s Ark, which linked beautifully with our IPC learning. The children then looked at how both humans and animals change as they grow older. They learnt the correct names for animal babies and now know that a baby hedgehog is called a piglet whilst a baby monkey is called an infant.

In maths we have been looking at fact families, realising that there is more than one way of making a number.

Next week we will be taking a trip to the Polar Regions learning about the types of clothes needed to be worn in this environment, the shelters that are built and the animals that are found in this part of the world. This weekend we would like the children to find out some facts about polar bears in readiness for our work next week.

Year 1

In Year 1 this week we continued to read our Power of Reading text ‘The Jolly Postman’. We explored a leaflet that was sent to the Wicked Witch from Hobgoblin Supplies. The leaflet had adverts with a variety of items especially designed for witches. All the children loved exploring the adverts and delighted in the imaginative items available such as ‘frog powder, Boy pie mix, new newts and cauldrons.’ The children then wrote in role as a witch and wrote a formal letter of response asking for an item and giving reasons for their purchases.

Following on from this, the children were then given the task of creating their own item to sell for one of the other fairy tale characters. We focused on using alliteration to name our products to grab the attention of the buyer. The children were incredibly imaginative and challenged themselves to use alliteration. We have lots of children who could definitely work in advertising when they grow up!!!

In maths, the children were introduced to the number line focusing on missing numbers, finding one more and one less and number formation (lots of children are still reversing numbers at this stage). They were all challenged when the increments changed from counting in 1’s to 2’s. Knowing where to place a number on a number line is an abstract concept and will need consolidation.

On Wednesday it was World Mental Health Day. Year 1 thought about how to keep their minds healthy as well as their bodies. The children did some meditation, focusing on their breathing. This helped them to feel calm and relaxed, ready for learning! We discussed who we can talk to when we are feeling sad and how we can use kindness to cheer up someone’s day.

Today the children were introduced to the Resilient Emperor Penguins who have come to our school to help the children become better learners. In small groups, the children watched penguins try to climb a cliff and the incredible resilience and ‘never give up’ attitude that they display. We discussed the tools the Penguins brought with the, and thought about ways we can manage our own distractions. All the children enjoyed the feeling of wearing the ear defenders and understood how having the right environment is important in order to learn well.


The smell of pumpkin soup wafted around the Early Years department on Monday afternoon. After a busy morning peeling, chopping and dicing a variety of vegetables from the allotment, Mr Pradic made delicious soup. All the children had a taste and decided if they liked it.

‘STAND AND DELIVER, WHO GOES THERE?’ Bellowed the highway rat. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the learning based on this week’s book. They have even written their own version.


The Nursery children have enjoyed listening to and retelling the story of the naughty Highway Rat. The children discussed why his behaviour was inappropriate and how his actions had made the other animals sad and angry. We talked about what the Highway Rat should have done instead to make friends.

During circle time with Jigsaw Jenie, we had a discussion about what it feels like to belong to team Nursery and how we should all behave. The children came up with fantastic ideas such as helping each other, playing together, sharing and saying kind words. They painted self portraits to show how they feel about being part of St Olave’s Nursery.

Jigsaw Jenie also introduced the children to Ricky Resilience. The penguin told the children about how he learns and what to do if he finds something tricky. They enjoyed trying on Ricky’s ear defenders which helps him manage his distractions during challenging tasks. Ricky will be watching the children over the coming weeks and supporting them to become resilient learners too.

Next week we will be reading the story “Room on the Broom”.

Have a lovely weekend.


Active Travel

The Junior Travel Ambassadors have been thinking about a way to involve children who enjoy cycling and walking outside of school. Thank you to the parent who suggested this. Over half term, all the children will be challenged to do an amazing journey using active travel (by scooter, walking, cycling, etc.). The journey can be locally, in London or Kent, or on holiday somewhere... Entry forms will be given out next week with more details. There will be small prizes for 10 runners up as well as main prizes for the top three.

Well done to Marcus, Lilly, Ben and Rayyan for being the first four children in the school to earn their golden tickets for the Big Active Breakfast! If your child is completing a Walking Challenge Card, it is fine to hand it in when 14 boxes have been filled. It was a bit of a tight deadline, even for the most dedicated walker!

Pet Club

Grace from Year 6 (and Mrs Pons) came to visit Pet Club with two rabbits called Miffy and Gizmo. We learnt that they are nearly two years old (it is their birthday next week), and one of their favourite foods is basil. They are house rabbits and have a room to hop around in all day. They enjoyed exploring the classroom and let the children stroke them. Thank you very much Grace and Mrs Pons for visiting Pet Club.

Saturday Gardening Club

Gardening Club will be on at the allotments in Southwood Road tomorrow morning from 10.30 until 12.30pm. Feel free to drop in at any point and help if you can. I look forward to seeing you. If you want to bring tools and gloves, it would be appreciated.

Many thanks, Mr Pradic

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