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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Year Six Educational Visit to the National Army Museum, Chelsea

On a bright, sunny Septembers day, St Mary Magdalen’s Year 6 travelled, by public transport, to the national Army Museum in Chelsea.

They attended a hands on workshop, looking at artefacts from the First World War to discover to whom they belonged. Uniforms, medals, written information were displayed on four tables and each group had to present their findings to the class. Many interesting facts about the war were gained by this experience. This included how the food was rationed, what food the soldiers ate and how the Sikh Regiment had different food and uniform to comply with their religion. Most of all, Year 6 showed a sense of empathy for the soldiers and their families during the war. We also learnt about poppies, their colour and what they signify. Year 6 learnt why poppies are still sold today, how they help veterans of ongoing conflicts and recent wars as well as past wars.

The children then went on to explore the museum. With delight, the pupils went on to learn about all aspects of army life by engaging in very interactive displays.

Thank you to our staff who organised and attended the visit. A big thank you to parents who made this visit possible. Year 6 and staff want to say  a big thank you to the National Army Museum for a truly memorable visit.







All fired up!

 On Wednesday, Year 2 went on an educational school visit to The Museum of London to learn more about The Great Fire of London. They recorded what they could see on worksheets and then handled artefacts durng a learning workshop. Their favourite part of the day, was the role-play, where they relived the events of the Great Fire. 

We would like to say big ‘THANK YOU’ to Mrs Saunders, Mrs Sheppard and the two mums who accompanied and helped us. Year 2 behaved very well as they travelled on trains, tubes and walked in central London. 

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Gold Award for Year 4

This week we were very lucky enough to have a visit from Bianca Williams and Aled Davies courtesy of Discovery Education and Nike to award Year 4 and Mr Pinks a Gold Award for their work with Active Kids Do Better. To receive the award Year 4 had to ensure they were physically active for an hour every day from when they started back in February 2018.

On the day Bianca and Aled joined in with assembly and a special PE lesson with Year 4. During assembly the whole school was introduced to Bianca and Aled as Year 4 and Mr Pinks received their award before a number of challenges for the Children and Mr Pinks. The whole school loved the dance off challenge at the end but unfortunately were not able to win the ultimate prize of no homework for a whole year.

After assembly, Year 4 had the chance to join in a special PE lesson with Bianca and Aled before taking part in our exercise routine in the classroom. The Children had a great day celebrating their success with Bianca and Aled and are now even more determined to keep up with their physical activity every day!

Our Year 3 Athletes!


This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Peter Bakare to help our class with their exercises. After all our training over the last few weeks, Year 3 were more than ready for action and couldn’t wait to get started. Everyone completed the exercises successfully and had a real sense of achievement from completing the circuit.
It is now time to make sure all Year 3’s sponsorship forms are returned to the School with all the money raised by no later than Wednesday 3rd October 2018.  

Dig, Set and Hit!


On Wednesday 26th September 2018, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Team GB Volleyball player Peter Bakare. He came in to speak to the Children about his experience of being a professional athlete and to help everyone complete their sponsored exercises.
               
All the classes have now successfully completed their exercises with Year 2 completing them on Thursday morning after their trip on Wednesday. The Children were roared on through their exercises by their classmates, staff and, of course, Peter Bakare himself. The four exercises were Spotty dogs, Leg drives, Push-ups and Star jumps which were all done for a minute at a time and are certainly a lot harder than one might think.
               
After our exercises it was time for an assembly with Peter for the whole school. Peter explained about how he got into Volleyball and how he had to keep working hard to reach his goals. Most importantly Peter explained how a positive outlook helped him overcome the challenges in his path to London 2012 and how important it is to keep aiming for your dreams no matter what gets in your way.
                
Now the exercises have been completed, it is time for all your sponsorship forms to be returned to the School Office with the money that has been raised. All forms and money raised must be returned to the School Office by no later than Wednesday 3rd October 2018. Remember there are prizes for raising certain amounts of money listed below and the money raised goes towards buying resources for our School and helping support our athletes with their training.

Prizes:

£5 or more raised gets a blue Sports for Schools wristband.

£15 or more raised gets a red wristband signed by Peter Bakare and a blue wristband.

£30 or more raised gets a signed poster of Peter Bakare and both wristbands.



Year 1’s Assembly – International Day of Peace.


On Friday the 21st September, our Year 1 children led our whole school International Day of Peace Assembly.

Our Year 1 children had been learning about International Day of Peace and wanted to share their learning with the rest of the school. In class, we made our own peace doves and wrote what we believe all people in the world should have. These included healthy food, clean water, a home, friends, love and respect. The Year 1 children want peace for the whole world!

Mrs Labiche also helped us write a prayer for children who are less fortunate than we are. The Year 1 children ended their assembly by setting a challenge to the rest of the school. They challenged their older peers to think about how they can bring peace to our local and global community.  

Parents and Carers, please feel free to visit the following websites with your children for videos, articles and stories from around the world about this fantastic day.



Thank you,

Year 1, Mrs Labiche and Mrs Osborne







Monday, 24 September 2018

A big thank you to the Book Trust from Reception Class


Reception Class received a wonderful gift from the Book Trust, Little Monkey by Marta Altes. We really enjoyed sharing the story together in class. The children had a guess of what might happen in the story before we read it; one of the suggestions -  "I think they're going to go to a secret tree hideout." That wasn't quite what happened in the story but we still enjoyed reading it together!

We love sharing books in class and the children will be taking home books weekly for carers and children to read together. 

"Some day you will be old enough to read fairy tales again." C.S. Lewis

It's Harvest Time in Year 5!

Year 5 Harvesting the potato crop and picking tomatoes in science.


Chosen by God

This week we have been looking at the story of Abraham, we have reflected on God's promise to him and Sarah. We also looked at God's call to Abraham and his faith in God to trust that he was chosen for something special. ​

Journies with Marv!



Last weekend, our new class member, Marv the Monkey, went home with Ehinomehen. Looking at the diary, it appears he had a great time!


Marv the Monkey joined Year 2 at the start of this term and gets a special treat by going home for the weekend with a child who has worked exceptionally hard in their work; or has shown good manners or who has shown extreme kindness to others. The chosen child then writes in Marv the Monkey’s diary, telling us what he was up to when he stayed with them.



Friday, 21 September 2018

Year 6 Blog 21.09.18

This week Year 6 were given their roles within the school following the announcement of Head Boy and Head Girl. Every pupil who stood up and read their statements about why they would be good for the role presented in a very clear and confident voice to the whole school. The votes were counted after every child had cast their vote and the results were very close. 

This year our Head Boy is Elvis and our Head Girl is Ella. They will be supported by their deputies: Ochuko, Abigail and Olivia. 

We are delighted with the results, as we feel confident that these pupils will be excellent ambassadors for St Mary Magdalen’s. 

Every pupil in Year 6 is expected to have a responsibility within the school. They all applied for a role such as: house captain, sports captain, computer monitor, Key Stage 1 monitors and charity monitors. All of Year 6 have been awarded a badge to represent their area of responsibility.   






Thursday, 20 September 2018

A visit from a furry friend

Year 1 was very lucky to have Newton come and visit our class. Newton is a one-year-old Cockapoo Dog who came into our school last week to help us learn more about what animals need. We learnt that dogs need water, food, exercise and lots of love. We decided that humans and dogs may be different but we have similar needs. We really enjoyed playing with Newton and hope he comes back soon. 


He was so cute. 
- Leina 

His fur felt soft.
- Sherina

Newton is a kind little dog and he has white fur. 
- Odin


Newton has to have clean water and lots of food to keep him healthy.
- Aureliana 

Newton needs to have lots of exercise. 
- William 

Newton needs to have a home. 
- Frankie 

Newton is good. 
- Aramide 

Year 3's Training Camp

This week our budding young athletes in Year 3 have been training hard to get ready for our sponsored exercises next week. On Tuesday, we were joined by Year 1, so that they could learn the exercises too. The four exercises we have been practising are: Spotty dogs, Push ups, Leg drives and Star jumps. Next week, we will have to do all four of these exercises for a whole minute without stopping which, as we have found out this week, is quite hard. 

If you wish to sponsor your child for next week then please either fill in the form that was sent home last Wednesday or use the link below to sponsor your child online.

www.sportsforschools.org/event/SE104

Friday, 14 September 2018

Estimating Fun in Year 2 Maths

Year 2 were all learning how to estimate  using a range of objects, from pasta shells to counters. It was good to see how they worked together to develop their understanding of estimation and counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.



This Week In Year 5

This week Years 5 and 6 had a workshop about Radicalisation, Terrorism and Modern Slavery.

Year 5 were asked to write a brief recount of what they found most interesting and what resonated with them.

Here is an example of a child's account.



The children were inspired greatly and were able to verbalise this during English lessons this week. 

Just Enough UK workshop in Year 6

Year Six were lucky enough to experience a workshop run by Rachel, from Just Enough UK, on Anti-Radicalisation and Modern Slavery. 

This is a difficult subject to discuss with primary school children, but through role-play, Year Six pupils were able to understand both of these issues. They were able to enact scenarios that explained to them, through direct experience, how the lack of certain resources such as oil and wealth, around the world made them valuable. This leads to the most advantaged and mobile people being able to take more than their fair share of these resources. This in turn could lead to one of the causes of war.

The difference between war and terrorism was explained- terrorism was an act of violence but war went on for a longer period of time.

It was stated very clearly that all religions promote “peace.” 

Rachel stated that “Voice” always triumphs against “Violence”. Role models such as Martin Luther King, Mahatma Ghandi, Rosa Parks and recently Malala were mentioned as using their voice against oppression. 

Internet safety was discussed and how the internet is a window you can look out of but likewise people you do not know can look in on you. The main message was if someone you do not know, tries to contact you on the internet always tell an adult.


Modern slavery was highlighted through another role play. This showed how easy it was to take someone young, to a country where they do not speak the language, take away their passport and possessions and put them in situations where they work for no personal gain.
This modern slavery is worth £150,000,000,000 a year. 

Thank you Rachel for coming to St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic School to make our children more aware of both subjects and therefore safer.