Newsletter 15th February 2019

From the Head

What a lovely spring day to end the half term; let’s hope the warmer weather is here to stay! We have had such a busy half term and the children and staff are looking forward to a well deserved rest.

The building work next door has reached an exciting stage and as the windows and doors are fitted, we have started to choose floor and paint colours. The outside area is also developing nicely and all of us are looking forward to the extended space this will give us for playtimes and sport lessons and practice.

I have been delighted to see the pride on the children’s faces as I have visited their classrooms and seen the fantastic learning they have completed. The progress the children are making is excellent and I know that you will enjoy sharing these successes at our upcoming Parents’ Evenings on 20th and 21st March. You will receive your child’s mid year reports prior to Parents’ Evening which will identify strengths and areas for development for the coming months. It will also give suggestions on how to support your child’s learning at home; it is clear that with your continued support, the children will make accelerated progress. Again, I cannot emphasise strongly enough the importance of reading with and to your child, and hearing them read aloud; research shows that children who read aloud for 20 minutes daily learn 3000 - 4000 more words per year than children who do not. After half term, the children will be celebrating World Book day and we will have an increased focus on reading, so please continue to support this at home.

Finally, as I found out on Monday, there is no such thing as ‘keeping secrets’ at St Olave’s as I was invited to a special assembly celebrating my ‘big’ birthday. The children had each written messages inside beautiful birthday cards with the theme of my favourite books, and I was treated to a rousing version of ‘Happy Birthday’ by the whole school. I was then presented by an incredible cake made (with help from Mrs Dourmoush) by the Year 4 children… Best Birthday Ever!

I hope you all enjoy a relaxing half term break whether at home or away and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 25th February.

Kind regards, Miss Holloway


Active Travel

Well done to the active travel heroes who have continued to walk and cycle to school, throughout the cold winter months! We had a breakfast with porridge, toast, cereal and hot drinks to celebrate on Thursday. Following on from the Rights Respecting Schools work about clean air, we looked at a really interesting scientific experiment by King’s College, London. Which form of travel exposes you to the most air pollution in London: driving, travelling on a bus, cycling or walking? This is a fascinating short film about what they discovered:


Red Nose Day

This year we are raising money for Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March. The children can pay £2 to wear a funny face to school and come to the Talent Show in the afternoon. A “funny face” could include a red nose, a wig, or a painted face. They still need to wear their full school uniform.

Upper School children will have the opportunity to show off their talents in a Talent Show. Ideas for a talent may include singing, dancing, telling jokes, magic. It should only last for 3 or 4 minutes, and it can be as an individual or in a group. The judges will watch the acts at lunchtimes from 4th March. The best acts will get to perform in front of the whole school at our Talent Show on Friday 15th March.

We really appreciate your support. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Mrs Farrell


On Tuesday, Year 3 travelled to Sidcup Sports Club for their second football fixture. Learning from their experiences from their first match, Year 3 put in a very impressive performance. They showed great teamwork and organisation throughout the match. We won the fixture 3-0, with some very composed finishing in front of goal. Well done Year 3!

Thursday saw Year 6 girls enter a football tournament against 12 other schools. The girls showed good organisation and tactics in each match. With a real desire to compete and great work ethic, the girls were a credit to the school. A mixed bag of results by winning, drawing and losing in various matches, but the Year 6 girls had a great time competing during each game. Well done Year 6!

Year 6

Our week started with our first ever Rights Respecting Day on Tuesday. The Year 6 Rights Respecting Ambassadors did a fantastic job delivering an assembly, which introduced Unicef’s OutRight Campaign: focusing on children’s right to clean air. We used Paddington’s story of him moving from Peru to a London to find a better life. We compared the two environments by considering differences in air quality. It was interesting to discuss which environment the children would prefer to live in and why. Although Peru has cleaner air, the children thought the risk of earthquakes might put them off living there. We then sorted images using a traffic light system into items that are good for our health and reduce pollution and others that are bad for the environment. Finally, we recorded why we thought clean air is important to us and our future.

In English, we used the descriptive phrases from the work we did last week and developed them to create a poem. The children used figurative language such as personification, similes and metaphors to create the desired effect on their reader.The children used their imagination well and were able to bring the image to life using various literary techniques. In maths, we have moved onto comparing and ordering fractions with different denominators this week. Through the use of bar modelling, we were able to quickly compare fractions but we found it was important to make sure all of the bars were the same length so they were equivalent.

On Wednesday afternoon, we were treated to a wonderful instrumental concert by Years 5 and 6. The children who performed, showcased their talents in guitar, piano, violin and singing. It was wonderful to see them take the stage with confidence. Thank you to all of the parents who came and watched.

We hope you all have a lovely half term break.

Year 5

In our final week of this term, the children have continued to work hard and strive to improve in all areas of their learning. We have been very impressed with their resilience and determination as we have continued to prepare for our secondary transfer.

On Tuesday, we had our first Rights Respecting Day. Year 5 were keen to learn more after their assembly where they were introduced to Unicef’s OutRight Campaign: focusing on children’s right to clean air. We used Paddington’s story of him moving from Peru to London to find a better life. We compared the two environments by considering differences in air quality, way of life and dangers. It was interesting to discuss which environment the children would prefer to live in and why. Following on from this, the children used a traffic light system to rate the environmental impact of certain activities. The children raised interesting points when discussing the impact that some environmental products might have on the environment that could be negative. The children reflected on why having clean air was so important to them.

During maths this week, we have been learning all about squared and cubed numbers. In addition to this, we have been revising multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000. The children were tasked with finding a pattern between multiplying and dividing by these numbers and discovered that the number of zeros was equal to the number of place values they had to move.

On Wednesday afternoon, we were blown away by the talent in the instrumental concert by Years 5 and 6. It was wonderful to see them take the stage with confidence. Thank you to all of the parents who came and watched.

We hope you all have a restful half term break.

Year 4

A tremendously busy week in the run up to half term - everyone has worked very hard this term and will be looking forward to a rest!

On Tuesday, we had our first Rights Respecting Day! Using Paddington’s story to inspire us, we considered our right to breathe ‘clean air’ and what things around us contribute to air pollution. We thought about the environmental differences between Paddington’s home environment of the forest in Peru and London, then discussed which would be a healthier environment to live in. We then used a traffic light system to rate different activities in terms of how good or bad they are for our environment. This linked really well with the school travel plan and encouraging people to travel by walking and cycling, especially for shorter journeys.

We had our last swimming lesson on Tuesday. We have been so impressed by how much progress all of the children have made over the past 6 weeks - please do keep it up outside of school!

In English, we have enjoyed exploring the second chapter of our new text, ‘Secrets of a Sun King’, and cannot wait to discover what the mysterious package contains! We used our artistic licenses to write a letter from a missing, and presumed dead, professor and with predictions ranging from treasure maps to curses and ancient artefacts, we are looking forward to following Lil’s adventures. The children are also responding really well to the daily spelling sessions. The approach of the children teaching each other works incredibly well, as you can see in the clip.

Maths has seen a focus on multiplication skills and practicing different writtens methods to find the correct answer. We established that multiplication is commutative, meaning that it does not matter which order you multiply the numbers and that we can use this to ensure we are multiplying efficiently.

Our Temples, Tombs and Treasures topic has seen us explore Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. We have compared their skills and abilities and used our drawing skills to create our own images of them.

Have a fabulous half term break!

Year 3

Our final week before half term has been very busy involving Maths assessments, Rights Respecting Days and writing using our own characters amongst others. It is to the credit of the Year 3 cohort that they are able to complete these activities in good humour and with their best effort.

The Rights Respecting day focussed on the issue of air pollution. We had some interesting discussions around the topic, with many of the children able to identify different sources of air pollution and the potential impact it has on our health and the environment. It certainly made us feel more appreciative of our green spaces and the need for trees! We had already asked the children to do a piece of home learning on this theme, and the results of this were very interesting with lots of thoughtful observations being made.

The second part of the home learning assignment last weekend was to create a character who would form the basis of our writing this week. Plenty of ‘’orrible’, ‘gruesome’ and ‘awful’ characters were ‘born’ ready to star in their own stories. Again, this was very well done with many of the children saying that they had little or no parental input into this task!

Some more of the Year 3 children also took part this week in an art lesson with Miss Capata, where they had to carefully observe the tiniest detail in the world around them. They started the session by using magnifying glasses to spot the details in things we usually take little notice of. They were encouraged to ‘use their eyes to their maximum potential’ and copy down the tiny markings found on outdoor objects and natural surfaces e.g. bark, leaves, gravel, benches etc. Keeping their pencils sharp and focussing well on the task, they produced dozens of small, beautifully detailed sketches. In the second half of the session we came indoors and worked independently with mirrors and coloured pencils to copy, again, in as much detail as possible, our own eyes. They were shown examples of how by ‘observing’ something, we can learn that the colours, textures and patterns of something we take for granted can surprise and amaze us!

Year 2

The children took part in Rights Respecting Day on Tuesday. They listened carefully to some important discussion about their rights, which we have asked them to share with you at home. Their learning was focused on the right to breathe clean air and they contributed some great ideas to help improve the quality of air in the local area. These included walking, cycling and even car shares to get to school.

Our history based topic, ‘People of the Past’ continues to amaze and inspire the children. This week they enjoyed learning about Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. They were intrigued to see how his personal experiences had influenced his work with sound and vibrations. They saw how telephones have changed over time and had much to say about Bell’s prediction that, “The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.” Growing up with iPhones and FaceTime, the children had a lot to contribute and thought that Bell would be pleased with the progress made.

Keeping to the theme of invention and technology, the children demonstrated some impressive ICT skills when using iPads to make an information text about Alexander Bell. They enjoyed presenting their work in a different format, choosing text and photographs, and thought it was great fun to send their finished piece to the office for printing and collection!

On Wednesday, we travelled to the Polka Children’s Theatre in Wimbledon to watch the production ‘The Wind in the Willows.’ The children were hooked from beginning to end, following Toad and his friends on their exciting adventure. They loved the colourful puppets and the snow that fell over the audience at the end. The children were a great audience and we were very proud of their behaviour.

2DS had a wonderful time cooking with Mrs Dourmoush and Mr Finch. They followed instructions carefully and learned how to make a Victoria sponge cake. The children thoroughly enjoyed mixing all the ingredients and of course tasting the golden cake at the end, oozing with strawberry jam and fit for any Queen of England. 2R will have their turn at cooking after the half term break.

We have chosen not to set home learning for the half term break, but would like the children to read as much as possible - from their school reading books as well as dipping into any other great books you may have at home or find at the library. It is important that the children develop a love for reading, so please encourage them to explore a range of material.

Many children have spoken about trips and visits they will be going on and we look forward to hearing about these when we return to school after the break. Please take this time to go out and experience things, whether that is a trip to the park or somewhere further afield.

Have a wonderful half term break.

Year 1

On Tuesday the whole school had our first ever Rights Respecting Day. Earlier on in the year, the children had assemblies and lessons in order to understand all the Rights of the child. They had in depth discussions about what the rights and articles chosen by UNICEF are. This week the children were focusing on the right to have clean air. Using the story of Paddington, the children had to think about two contrasting environments that Paddington called home, he was born in Peru and then moved to London. The children were excellent at describing the leafy green, humid amazon rainforest and showed a great understanding of how the trees and nature give us oxygen and clean air. We then discussed how different the air in main cities is due to pollutants from man made vehicles and factories. The children were keen to discuss different ways we can help to make London less polluted. They had to work in teams to identify and categorise sources of pollution.

On Wednesday, the children enjoyed a special trip to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon to see a performance of The Wind in the Willows. They loved meeting the various animal characters in the story, especially Ratty, Mole, Toad and wise old Badger! We were so pleased with how well the children behaved and what a great audience they were.

In our IPC topic ‘The Magic Toymaker’ the children learnt about some games from the past. They read instructions on how to play marbles and some even had a go at using marbles at playtime. We also explored a painting called ‘The ToyShop’ by Peter Blake. We discussed how paintings can help us to learn about the past. The children enjoyed closely observing the painting and identifying the various toys and games they could see.

In Computing the children have finally finished a project they have been working on using the app Book Creator. The task involved using the green screen to project an image of their skeleton and main organs onto their own bodies as pictures for their book. They then wrote sentences to describe the function of each organ.

For home learning over half term, we have sent home a questionnaire for the children to complete with you. We want the children to find out about the types of toys you played with as a child and to compare these with the toys they play with today.


So the last week of the half term as been as busy as ever. Our focus this week has been on some more people that help us - Opticians. We have had fun in the role play area trying on glasses and even designing our own. On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome a parent to tell us all about his job as an optician, thank you Mr Hansjee for telling us about all the different tests that opticians carry out.

Also this week we have been learning about the importance of the air that we breathe and what impact air pollution can have on our health. We thought about how Paddington must have felt when he left his rainforest and came to the big city of London with its pollution and traffic jams. We all agreed that one of the best ways to reduce pollution in our area was to walk or cycle whenever possible instead of using our cars.


It has been an action packed week in Nursery to finish off this half term. Mr Hansjee told us all about his job as an optician and showed the children some of the equipment he uses to carry out various eye tests. We had lots of fun trying them out wearing very funny glasses!

Thank you Mr Hansjee for taking time out to visit us.

The Nursery children participated in St Olave’s first Rights Respecting Day and had a discussion about air pollution. They were very articulate in describing how cars and buses are harmful to the environment. They agreed that riding a bicycle or scooter was much better.

On Wednesday we went by bus to Eltham Fire Station. Blue Watch told us all about being a firefighter. They let us spray water from the hose pipes, climb on board the fire appliance and demonstrated how to come down the pole. It was amazing!

We’ve also been learning about 2D shapes this half term and the children were introduced to a shape game on the Ipads. They had to use their problem solving skills to find the correct shapes to post into the various holes.

It’s been such a busy but fun half term and the children have really made great strides in their learning.

We will be continuing with our topic “People Who Help Us” after half term and learning about professions such as builders, hairdressers, vets and shop keepers.

Don’t forget that Tapestry will be activated next week, so please do upload your own pictures and videos to your child’s account. Wishing you a restful half term.



Save The Date

  • Rainbow Day 22nd March (children wear their own clothes and donate unwanted uniform)
  • Quiz Night 29th March
  • Second hand Uniform Sale 1st April

More dates to follow soon.

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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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 we had a visit from Mrs Collie, Mrs Marsh’s mother, and her 7-year-old Golden Retriever, Inca. Mrs Collie and Inca are part of The Southern Golden Retriever Display Team. They perform at the world’s largest dog show “Crufts” every year, performing obedience routines to music. We watched some of the display from 2018, including Radzi Chinyangan (Blue Peter presenter) having a turn at working with a dog. The display team perform for fun and to raise money for charity - they have their own merchandise including keyrings and fridge magnets. They train for two to three years before taking part, getting used to people sneezing, balloons popping, the roar of the crowds, and they learn routines to music. Inca has been training since she was a puppy and has been awarded bronze, silver and gold rosettes.

Inca loves picking things up and retrieving things. She demonstrated finding and fetching toys and weights from various places in the classroom, was very well behaved, let everyone stroke her, and earned treats for good behaviour.

Thank you very much to Mrs Collie and Inca for coming to visit Pet Club - we will look out for the Display Team on television at Crufts this year.

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