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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.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Gardening Club

Children from year three and four planting tiny tomato seeds.




The Nature Detectives are on the hunt...

This week Reception are continuing to explore our theme of The Living World. We went to the garden, and with our partners, we hunted for minibeasts. The children found woodlice, worms, a ladybird, ants, flies, but the children were disappointed not to find even one Incy Wincy spider. Once they were back in class the children wrote about their favourite minibeasts they found. We have also started the "Our Garden" display in class and the children have already painted, drawn and cut creatures for the display. Our Reception Nature Detectives have continued hunting for minibeasts in our outside area and have found snails and slugs, which we will keep away from our growing Sunflowers!





Thursday, 2 May 2019

Explore Learning Lewisham

A huge thank you to the team at Explore Learning Lewisham for coming into school today and taking our whole school assembly about your latest writing competition. It was great to then have you do an English writing workshop in Year 3 & 4. I know our children thoroughly enjoyed starting their stories around the theme of 'A Chance To Change The World'. We had all sorts of ideas from planting more trees, creating enough homes for everybody and superheroes who could stop knife crime for good. We can't wait to read and share the finished stories with you.


Good luck to all our students who are competing in this competition! ​

Moon Lane Ink Bookshop

Year 1 children had an amazing time going to Moon Lane Ink Bookshop. While we were there, we were lucky enough to have Rachel read us a range of books that all linked to our Creative Curriculum topic, Living World. This was a wonderful time for us to relax and enjoy the magic of books. 

A massive thank you to all the parents who came to help, we could not have gone without you. 

Thoughts from the children 
I had a great time.
 - Odin


I had fun listening to Rachel read so many books to us.
- Akari 

I enjoyed learning about different things. I learnt about mountains. 
- Jeffery 

I enjoyed listening to the story about a 100-year-old fish.
- Aureliana 

I learnt about volcanos.
- Oliver

I enjoyed looking at the illustrations, they were beautiful. 
- Ti- Era 

There were so many books in the shop.
- Leina 

Friday, 26 April 2019

Easter egg hunt in Year 1


Year 1 children had a wonderful time trying to find the Easter eggs they had designed.
A huge thank you to Mrs Labiche for hiding all the eggs and making our Easter egg bags.

We hope you all had a very nice Easter holiday and are ready for Summer term!






Reception's Living World

In Reception this week we have begun to explore our theme of "The Living World". We have been focussing on our garden and finding living creatures. The children have found spiders, ants, slugs and centipedes and are looking out for them. ​We thought about what animals makes an animal a minibeast and began to group them. As well as hunting for minibeasts this week, Reception have planted our own Sunflowers. The children discussed what our plants would need and we stared by filling the pots with compost. The children then took a seed and examined it carefully - "Look it has black and white lines!" After planting their seed in the pot the children were ready to water and they hope our sunflowers will grow as tall as giants - we'll see!




Friday, 5 April 2019

If music be the food of love, play on

Our Year 1 children have spent the last couple of weeks learning about how to be lyricists. They started by looking at songs written by some very famous lyricists including, Sir Elton John, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sir Timothy Rice and Alan Menken. 

Over the next week, they worked with a friend to write their own lyrics. We started this process by listening to some instrumental music and finding a story for our song. There songs used descriptive language, alliteration and rhyme. 

We are so proud of the songs you all wrote. Well done! 







Tuesday, 26 March 2019

National Shakespeare Week

This week our school has been celebrating National Shakespeare Week. This has allowed our children to focus and engage with the language of one of the finest playwrights in history. The enthusiasm and passion throughout the week has been fantastic and concluded in each class presenting something at our Friday VIP assembly. 

Love in the woods, magic and mischief with A Midsummer Night's Dream in Reception Class this week! In Reception, we have listened to a reading of parts of the play and watched the Cbeebies play acted out. Reception loved the silliness in the play, and made puppets and retold the story in their own words.

Year 1 spent the week looking at one of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest. They performed the first scene from this famous play. They had actors, dancers, musicians and artists all contributing to creating the famous storm scene.  

Our Year 2 children wrote a mini fact file on the famous poet/playwright and then, the children learnt about and wrote out one of Shakespeare’s popular plays: Romeo and Juliet. In assembly, some of the children even got the opportunity to perform a rap song about Shakespeare – a great end to the week for such a distinguished writer!

A huge thank you to all staff members for the time and effort you put into planning your Shakespeare week!  






Monday, 25 March 2019

Prayer Club

Today we had our second edition of The Prayer Club, which is held every Friday lunchtime and facilitated by Miss Antwi.

The Prayer Club is a place where children, and teachers, can come and reflect and pray together. 

Here at St Mary Magdalen's prayer is an important part of our school life so it feels appropriate to have a safe space where children can do this.

The session is free flowing and offers the children a chance to pray for others and raise any prayer requests. We also spend time reflecting using music, the children really enjoy the sessions and is a perfect way to end the busy week.


Dividing and multiplying by 10

This week Year 4 have been working with decimals in Mathematics, we started to learn about how to divide and multiply them by 10.

"I really enjoyed discovering and experiencing this new method and now I feel much more confident in math"




Human Respiratory System

This week in science year six measured their lung capacity! How big can you get the balloon in just one puff?



Fresh Free Vegetables

Gardening club harvested some of the purple sprouting broccoli to share with children at lunchtime.





Shakespeare's Week in Year 2

Year 2 focused on one of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy plays: Romeo and Juliet.
The children saw and heard different versions of the play throughout the week and rewrote the play in their own words. At the end of the week, the whole school did short presentations on what they had learnt. 

Thank you to Mrs Osbourne for organising the week.



Year 6's educational visit to Lee Fire Station



Here are some short reports from year Six explaining what Citizenship day was about.
Yesterday the whole of Year Six went on an educational yet fun trip to Lee Fire Station. We learnt about drug awareness, knife crime, fire safety and road safety.

Citizenship day has taught me a lot! So now I can confidently say I know what to do in these scenarios.

Timi

Year Six travelled to Lee Fire Station. When we got there the first activity we did was how to travel safely on a bus. We learn that if there was anyone committing a crime to just sit somewhere else, don’t tell the driver or you could become a target. When you are 11 years old you have to carry an Oyster Card. If you get caught without one, you will have a warning, if you get caught a second time you will have to pay an £80 fine.

One of the most important things we learnt was how to stay safe in case of fire. We learnt that you should check your fire alarm once a week by pressing the button and should make sure that dust does not block the sides, as this will make the alarm less sensitive. We also learnt that if there is a fire in the room, put the back of your hand on the door handle to see if it is hot, shout make noise attract attention, if it is cold it is safe to open it.

Leila

The fist workshop we did was about knife crime. We learnt that is illegal to carry a knife, to buy and sell some types of knives. They told us about “Joint enterprise” how you could be sent to prison for just being with someone that commits a crime or knowing that a crime will be committed.

Marley

Thank you to Lee Fire Station for hosting this event the Police and other agencies who gave very informative workshops enabling our pupils to travel safely to secondary school.

Year 4 Shakespeare Week

This week we have celebrated Shakespeare Week in true Shakespearean style by creating our own performances based on some of his most famous plays.

We started the week by rewriting Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Macbeth once we had done this we began making them into role plays which we performed for each other. We really enjoyed learning about such an important British figure and it felt wonderfully inspiring to make our own versions.


Millwall Football Tournament

Last week seven of our Year 1 and 2 children represented our school in a six a side football tournament at the Lions Centre. They played against seven other schools throughout the day and worked really well as a team. They had the opportunity to continue to develop their football skills and I was so proud of the determination, resilience and good sportsmanship they showed. Well done! 

 

Friday, 22 March 2019

To South Kensington and Beyond!

Yesterday, Year 3 went on an adventure across London to the Science Museum. We were looking at how Science has helped shape the modern world we live in as part of our School theme of inventions and inventors this term. We were able to look at the Making the Modern World gallery which housed Science and technology from the last 250 years. We looked at the development of the car and the aeroplane that link with two of our inventors of the week, the Wright brothers and Henry Ford, and we were also able to look at how household items have changed over the years.

After visiting the Making the Modern World gallery, we had a quick look around the Exploring Space gallery. We learnt about the different planets and how we have improved our technology to be able to visit planets that are further and further away. We also had some discussions about whether we would want to go to Space ourselves and if we did, whether we would be prepared to go into suspended animation to explore further into Space than ever before.

In the afternoon, we visited the Wonderlab which gave Year 3 the chance to take part in a range of different experiments. Some of our favourite experiments looked at forces by comparing the speed we could go down a slide using different materials, light by freezing our shadows onto a wall and sound by passing the sound through different objects.

We finished the day with a Science show on electricity. We looked at how electricity is created with a generator and how it is then transferred to all of our homes using conductors and insulators. We had the chance to generate our own electricity and to experiment with conductors and insulators before celebrating electricity with a big party at the end.







Year 1 Library Visit


Last week the Year 1 children went to the Crofton Park Community Library. 

At the library, we met Liberian Juan. He spoke to us about his job and why he loves reading. He was also able to read us both a fiction and nonfiction book. 
After that, we had the opportunity to explore the library and pick a book to borrow.

A special thank you to all the parents who came with us. 

Any library books that were borrowed need to be returned by the 5th of April 2019.