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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.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Year 5 on Inter-faith week

This week I produced and presented our poster on Sikhism for a whole school assembly as part of the Inter-faith week. As part of our Inter-faith week I produced my presentation with my group.

The whole school did well on their presentations for Inter-faith week and our class was presenting Sikhism. We also listened to the presentations of other classes on other world faiths. I really liked listening to everyone's presentations, Year 1 did Christianity, Year 2 did Islam, Year 3 did Hinduism, Year 4 did Buddhism and Year 6 did Judaism. I really enjoyed Inter-faith week.

by Vanessa

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin!

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are very excited to announce that the Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to our school!

It will be in the hall from Friday the 7th of December to Thursday the 13th of December. 
Open between 8:30am – 9:00am before school and 3:30pm – 4:00pm after school.

Please come along and have a look at what books are on offer, a great way to start your Christmas shopping!

Mrs Osborne

An intruder in Year 1!

Our Year 1 children entered their classroom after lunch to quite the surprise!
Their classroom was in a complete mess. During lunchtime, The Big Bad Wolf had come into their classroom and taken the biscuits Mrs Osborne had put on the bookshelf.

Thankfully some of the children had actually seen the tail of the wolf as he was leaving the classroom and used their best interview skills to tell Police Sergeant Osborne exactly what had happened. 

The Big Bad Wolf had also left us a message on our whiteboard. He wanted us to use some very technical Maths vocabulary to explain how he had broken into the classroom and across our classroom floor to the biscuits.

We had a lovely afternoon using our new Maths vocabulary to describe the Wolf’s movements and we hope he does not surprise us with any more visits.

Mrs Osborne & Mrs Labiche

Year 3 cooking up a storm!

The Year 3's in cooking club have been learning how to prepare and cook a variety of meals on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs Labiche and Mrs Sheppard. On the menu this week were fried chicken wraps that by all accounts were absolutely delicious.

Inter-faith week at St Mary Magdalen’s catholic School

Miss Antwi, our Religious Education subject leader, organised an Inter-faith week for our school. Each class researched a different religion.

All of the Year Six pupils studied Judaism.

Led by Mrs Azodo, they researched the key aspects of the Jewish faith using the internet and books. They put all of this information together in the style of a large Torah Scroll. 

This explained the history of the Jewish faith and how God wants Jews to live.

The week ended with a whole school assembly where each class presented their work to the school.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Stand up for your beliefs – Year 6

On Thursday, 22nd November the whole of Year 6 travelled to Beckenham Cinema to watch the film, ’Ferdinand’. This is a film with a very strong message as the voice of the bull explains, “Although Ferdinand is a pacifist, I would also say he is a very strong fighter because he is willing to stand up for what he believes in”. 

The main character, Ferdinand is supposed to become a champion bull in the Spanish bullring but instead tries to buck the trend by running away and leading a peaceful life on a farm. He is captured and is trained for bullfights. He refuses to fight and the matador allows him to live and return to his quiet life. 

Year 6 pupils enjoyed the film and a polite round of applause was started at the end of the film, which spread across the whole of the cinema. 

Thank you to Miss Antwi for arranging this visit and to the parents and staff for taking the children. 

Interfaith Week with Year 2

During Interfaith Week, Year 2 learnt about the Islam faith. They learnt that Islam was founded by the Prophet Muhammad and that somebody who follows Islam is called a Muslim. Additionally, they learnt that the name given to God by Muslims is Allah and The Holy Book for Muslims is called the Qur’an. 

The children tried writing the Arabic word for Allah. They found this very tricky! However, I was pleased with the lovely artwork they produced of Islamic mosques, silhouetted against colourful skies.

At the end of the week, all the classes had an opportunity to share their new learning with the rest of the school in assembly.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Year 3 go to the Into Film festival!

Last Friday, Year 3 set off on a journey that would take them around the world, to Atlantis and back! We set off to take part in the Into Film festival and we were very lucky to be able to watch Hotel Transylvania 3 as part of the event.

Setting off early from school, we had a quick train journey and dash down East Croydon high street to get to Vue Croydon Grants Cinema. The children loved being able to take part in the festival and were talking about the movie all through the day. We particularly enjoyed learning how to do the Macarena dance in order to fight off any evil Krakens we might run into over the weekend.

We would like to thank Ms Antwi, for arranging and organising our visit to the Into Film festival, and all the parents who accompanied Year 3 on the day as without you this wonderful experience would not have been able to go ahead.

BBC Children in Need fundraising in Year 1

Year 1 had a wonderful time learning about how we can contribute to support children across the UK.  They came dressed up in all their wonderful spots and participated in a fantastic assembly led by Mrs Campbell – Hill. They heard stories about how their donations will affect children in all areas of the UK and help support the BBC Children in Need fundraising.

In the afternoon, they had a wonderful time decorating their very own biscuits with Mrs Labiche and Miss Davies. A massive thank you to Cliff and our kitchen team for making the biscuits that we could decorate.

Please feel free to have a look at the following website to see exactly how our fundraising will help this fantastic charity.

We Remember

As part of our preparation for Remembrance day we have all written prayers thanking God for the sacrifice those before us have made.

Year 4 go to the British Museum

As part of our class topic 'Ancient Egypt' we visited the British Museum. 

We were lucky enough to attend a talk all about life in Ancient Egypt, using all the interesting information we learned about we then went on an exciting walk of exploration around the Museum's great Egypt galleries.

The Iron Man

In Year, 4 we have been reading ' The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. We have worked hard to immerse ourselves in the story and have completed a variety of tasks around it. 

Year 5 Science

Year 5 making a human model to show the movements of the Earth sun and moon. Also measuring shadows to observe how they change over time.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Reception support Children in Need

In Reception we loved dressing up, making Pudsey masks, activity sheets and decorating our own biscuits. We also learnt about where the money they raised would go and how Children in Need support children and families around the country. The children talked about how this was one way they could show kindness to others. We will continue to learn about kindness and how to show this to others, please continue to reinforce this at home too.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Year 3's visit to Ladywell Fields

On Wednesday 14th November 2018, Year 3 set off to Ladywell Fields for an educational visit to learn about rocks and soil. We learnt lots about where rocks came from and how there are many different types of rock as well as learning that soil isn't just made up of one thing. To prove that soil was made up of many things we decided to take part in an experiment.

First, we had to dig up some soil and place it into a plastic bottle. We had to fill the bottles up to about three quarters full and then add some water to fill the rest of the bottle to the top. When the bottles were full we had to place the lid firmly back on our bottles and shake them around as much as we could. After we had finished with the shaking we then had to leave the bottles to settle for a few minutes before we could look at the results.

The results proved exactly what we were looking for and we have brought our experiments back to class for further analysis in our Science lessons.


Movie Time!

Our Year 1 and Year 2 children were very lucky to get to go for a special visit to Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel. The morning started on the peak hour, very busy over ground train and then a short walk to the cinema. At the cinema we enjoyed watching The Big Bad Fox and other Tales.

This short animated movie tells three different stories about some very interesting animals and their adventures. 

Thank you to all parents who came on our visit. The children had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie. A special thank you to our Head Teacher Sally Saunders for also coming along with us. 

Movie Reviews from the Children

I liked when the chicks thought that the big bad fox was their Mummy.
- Odin

The movie was so funny.
- Eduard

My favourite part was when the wolf tried to eat the chicks.
- Derek

My favourite part was when the Duck and the Rabbit pretended to be Santa Claus. 
- Akari 

It was funny when the chicks wanted to be just like the big bad fox.
- Anneshia 

I really enjoyed the Christmas story. It was so funny!
- Bryan

My favourite part was when chicks tried to scare away the Big Bad Wolf.
_ Sara

I liked it when the animals tried to post the baby to the parents.
- Elsa

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Year 6 survival!

Great excitement and much chatter as the Kindles and the times tables application by PiXL (Partners in Excellence) was introduced by Mr Pinks. There was an air of anticipation as the Year Six played against each other to answer the questions correctly in the quickest time.

Survival was the challenge, twelve randomly generated questions with 5 seconds to solve. Answer a question wrong and you are eliminated. The winner celebrated with coloured balloons on their kindle and, more importantly, the award of much sought after points for our school.

Quotes from the pupils:

“Competitive and educational” Timi

“(Survival was) Blood curdling and exciting” Olivia

“A Sophisticated and educational experience.” Ochuko

“Intense and challenging.” Marley

“Brain challenging” Ella

“Fun for all the class.” Samuel.

Thank you to the Parents and Teachers Association whose fundraising made this possible. We look forward to our Year Six mastering their times tables.

Look out for other year groups kindling their education over the next few weeks!

We Wish You a Hairy Kiss, Miss!

Over the last 2 weeks, Year 3 have been studying poems by Rachel Rooney including our class favourite 'We Wish You a Hairy Kiss Miss'. We have really enjoyed looking at and performing a variety of different poems by Rachel Rooney and this week we have started to look at writing our own poems.

We decided that to help write our poems we needed some inspiration so we grabbed our coats and went outside to brave the weather. We went all around the school using our senses to gain as much inspiration as we could and discussed the language we could use to tell people about what we have seen. 

We are now using our notes and drawings from our little adventure to help write our own poems and we will be looking to publish some on our blog over the next few weeks.