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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.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Autumn in Year 1

Our Year 1 children have been busy learning all about autumn. They have learnt about how our local environment has changed as we move into autumn. The have also learnt about what different animals do in autumn to prepare for winter. The year 1 children have had so much fun collecting beautiful autumn leaves and bringing them into school to show their friends. 

Children have used this scientific knowledge to write a sense poem about autumn. Their poems have been entered into the 2018 Young Writers Sense Poetry Competition. Good luck to all the Year 1 children on their entries! 

Mrs Osborne and Mrs Labiche are so proud of the poems you wrote, and hope some of you go on to become famous poets!







Year 3 & 4 Netball stars!


On Tuesday 16th October 2018 a group of Year 3 & 4 children set off to represent our school at the Netball Development Festival at Sydenham High School. The children had a chance to learn the rules of the game and practise their skills with children from other schools. The day comprised of an introduction to


H5 netball, where children learnt more about the key rules, positions and court restrictions. The day ended with a mini game where children could use some of the skills they had learnt throughout the day. 























Our children really enjoyed learning more about this sport and worked so well with the instructors to refine their netball skills. Our children were recognised as the most respectful school of the day and were given a certificate to recognise their outstanding behaviour.  

A special thank you to Mrs Sheppard for coming on the trip and Mr Pinks for organising and enabling our children to be a part of this fantastic event. Well done to all the children who took part in this special day, we are so proud of the way you behaved throughout the day and the way you played as a team!

Mrs Osborne




Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Ready, Steady, Cook Take 2!

On Thursday, 11th October, the second group from Year 6 visited Lewisham Training Kitchen to cook their own lunch. They were taught about using information on the side of food packets and tins to understand the nutritional values.  The children were told about healthy diet and how important having a slow release breakfast such as porridge is for their energy levels.  


Some quotes from the school visit:

“I learnt how many grams of sugar you should have in a day” Juliana.

“I learnt how to read labels on food for their nutritional value” Ochuko.

“I have never cut an onion before and now I can do it safely.” Michaela

“ I have learnt a life skill which I will need as I get older” Elvis.

“I learnt about food hygiene and how to use different coloured boards for chopping different food groups! Timi.








Year 5 and 6 Netball

 On Thursday 11th October 2018 a group of Year 5 & 6 children set off to represent our school at the Netball Pathway Competition at Sydenham High School. The children had a chance to learn the rules of the game and practise their skills with children from other schools. The day comprised of group stage round robin matches. Our children played amazingly and worked together. They are to be congratulated for coming in at 3rd place in their group stage.


A special thank you to Ms Pelage for coming on the trip and Mr Pinks for organising and enabling our children to be a part of this fantastic event. Well done to all the children who took part in this special day!

Mrs Osborne













The Results are in …

Our report from our Section 48 inspection has now been published and you can access the full report from the link below.

St Mary Magdalen’s Section 48 report

We are very happy with our outcome and would like to thank all the staff, children and parents for their hard work in achieving this outcome. 

We are also looking forward to the change of assessment within the subject of Religious Education as this will allow our children to showcase the incredible progress they make without being capped in Key Stage 2. The changes to the assessment system bring Religious Education in line with the other core subjects which should make it easier for everyone to see the excellent progress our children make throughout their time in our School.

On fire writing by Year 2!

I was very impressed with how well the children were able to write about our school visit to the Museum of London. I was particularly pleased with how much information they were able to record. Well done, Year 2! 

We are now learning about what impact the Great Fire had on London. The children’s work on London Past and Present, are one example of this learning. They also learnt about using primary sources such as Samuel Pepys’s diary as a first-hand account of the fire. 





We're Going on a Sound Hunt...

Reception have really been enjoying our book; Happy Birthday Maisy! So we decided to become lots of Maisys and go on a listening walk as part of our Phonics lesson this week. On the way the children listened carefully and these are some of the sounds they heard; "footsteps", the bubbles in the "fish tank", "leaves in the trees" and "an aeroplane". 


The children are playing lots of listening games in class. Some of the games we are playing are on the website http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-1.html​ I'm sure they would love to play them at home too.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Ready, Steady, Cook! - Take 2

On Thursday, 11th October, the second group from Year 6 visited Lewisham Training Kitchen to cook their own lunch. They were taught about using information on the side of food packets and tins to understand the nutritional values.  The children were told about healthy diet and how important having a slow release breakfast such as porridge is for their energy levels.  

Some quotes from the school visit:

“I learnt how many grams of sugar you should have in a day” Juliana.

“I learnt how to read labels on food for their nutritional value” Ochuko.

“I have never cut an onion before and now I can do it safely.” Michaela

“ I have learnt a life skill which I will need as I get older” Elvis.

“I learnt about food hygiene and how to use different coloured boards for chopping different food groups! Timi.






Year 5 learning with Millwall

One of a series of lessons with Millwall coach Luke that has been organised by Mr Pinks. The Pupils are going through the different functions of some body organs, such as the liver, lungs, skin, intestines, brain, heart, kidneys and the stomach, and learning some fun facts about each of them.



 

Year 2's Assembly


On Tuesday, some the Year 2 children shared their learning about their school visit to The Museum of London, with the rest of the school in assembly. I was very impressed with how audible and articulate they were when recounting the events of our visit.  They were able to recall a lot of the information they had learnt and answer questions that were posed to them by Mrs Saunders.

Well done, children! (Mrs Murphy).




Descriptive Poetry

In English we have been looking at Descriptive Poetry and the children had a chance to write their own poem on something they love.

There were many beautifully written pieces of work and I am very proud of everyone for putting so much effort into their work.

"I love my chocolates,

It's glorious

My chocolate is a piece of artwork"


"I always run to my chicken and rice with soup

and eat it as rapidly as a cheetah!"



"I can see my amazing Lola, 

she is as bright as a shooting star"


Friday, 5 October 2018

Australian animal invasion in Year 1!

We have been reading a book called, Wombat Stew. We think it is a very funny book. We really like all the weird Australian animals and the things they put into the stew. We have acted it out, written about it and created our own front cover illustration. We have also learned the Wombat Stew song, and have enjoyed singing it in class. Our favourite part of the book is when the ‘’Clever Ding’o tastes the stew and runs away into the Australian bush. 

Blog written by William, Jeffery, Khepra, Aaliyah, Odin, Thomas, Leina and Mrs Osborne. 






It's Rustle Time!

Reception are really enjoying their music and performing arts lesson with Rustle on Mondays. They all join in with enthusiasm and have already learnt several new songs and actions. I'm sure they will soon be performing them for everyone at home!


Ready, Steady, Cook!

This week a group of year 6 pupils travelled to the Lewisham Training Kitchen where they skillfully prepared, cooked and ate their own lunches. On the menu this week were meatballs in tomato sauce served in a toasted panini with salad. The children learnt about the importance of kitchen hygiene, health and safety.

They were greeted by our old school cook, Shereene, who was especially delighted to see them as they were in Reception when she left our school to take on her new role as Training Kitchen Manager.  She was shocked by how much they had grown and matured since she last saw them! Shereene gave the children a safety talk about working in a kitchen. They learnt about: handwashing before handling food, the choice of chopping board to use according to its colour, how to use safety gloves which were made out of steel to protect their hands from cuts when using sharp knives, and finally how to secure a chopping board safely on a worktop.

Shereen then proceeded to show the children how to make turkey meatballs in a tomato sauce from scratch. This showed all of the processes needed to be mastered before Year 6 were let loose chopping and cooking. The pupils learnt how to season correctly, how to chop onions and chillies and how to cook meat.  The staff were impressed with the skills shown by our pupils when they were preparing and cooking.

Lewisham Training Kitchen is a whole community project run in partnership between Chartwells, Lewisham Council and Phoenix Community Housing. Chartwells are part of the Compass Group, the catering company who provides our school lunches.

There are six fully fitted stations in the kitchen. Each has its own cooker, oven, microwave and sink. Each one is also fully set up with all the equipment you need around you to start creating healthy, nutritious food.

The children had a great morning! Thank you Shereene and Russell, her apprentice, at the Lewisham Training Kitchen project!

Here are some quotes from the morning:

Theo- “Wow I am not taking this home because my Dad will eat it”.

Daniel- “These are the best meatballs I have ever tasted in my life”.