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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, 15 February 2019

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Reception have been learning about the Spring Festival, celebrating the Lunar New Year. They have learnt about how it is celebrated all over the world​ with drama, art, dance and music. As a class we have made fans, lanterns, dragon masks and dragon puppets. The children have enjoyed reading information books about the Lunar New Year and experiencing real Lunar New Year objects, such as fans, food, chopsticks, clothes, lanterns, dragon puppets and music. We also enjoyed the story of the Chinese Zodiac Race, learning about the Chinese calendar and linking this to learning about ordinal numbers in Maths. We used these in our own New Year Parade; dancing to Chinese Dragon Dance music.  When asked the children said their favourite part of the Lunar New Year celebration was watching Dragon Dances and making up their own. 

Year 2 Scientists – The Material Hunters!

This week, Y2 were on the hunt for different types of materials around the school. They needed to identify objects and then say what they were made of.

After this, they looked at how one object was made of several materials and used the word ‘properties’ to explain the suitability of each material.

For example, for a car, they found that the ‘properties’ included hardness (metal), softness (fabric for the seats), glass (transparency) and so on.

Well done, Year 2 for great detective work!

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Year 1!

Year 1 children had a wonderful week learning more about Chinese New Year.

During our English lesson, we learnt many facts about both China and how people all over the world celebrate Chinese New Year. We also learnt how to write our name in Mandarin.

We used our art skills to create our own dragon masks.  During PE, we used our masks and learnt the famous Dragon Dance. We were very lucky to have our friends in Year 3 to help us learn the dragon dance.

Kung Hei Fat Choi – Happy New Year

Friday, 8 February 2019

Computing in Reception

This week Reception children have used the Kindles to play a Maths game on Busy Things a London Grid for Learning program. In whole class Maths carpet sessions we have been learning to count amount and match to the correct numeral. Children were successful in their learning because they loved playing the game and were helping each other to solve the problems. Everytime the little pink men did their dance cheers rang round the classroom! Thank you to the parents who raised money for the Kindles they are making a real difference to the children's learning.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Inventions! Inventors! Innovative!

The children have started exploring inventors and their inventions from the past. One of the key inventors of our time was Alexander Bell, inventor of the telephone.

The photographs show the children working in pairs carrying out research on this famous man. 

Parents, why not ask your children what they remember from researching him, as well as Sir Isaac Newton?

Mud, Glorious Mud!

Our Reception Class enjoy exploring outdoors. This year we have created a Mud Kitchen in the Outside Area. Reception's menu includes mud soup and soil cupcakes, with optional sides of worms! During this play the children have shown amazing negotiating skills, taking turns to be the chef. They are also developing excellent communication skills, talking about something they love doing; getting involved and messy! We will continue to develop our Mud Kitchen throughout the year, possibly turning it into a cafe depending on the children's interests. Parents and Carers could continue this wonderful learning by taking the children on nature walks in the park or taking the children to our local Sydenham Hill Woods. 

Who doesn't love a Mud Pie?!?

Year 6

Year 6 have been busy studying Louis Sachar’s book,’ Holes’ which is set in Texas, USA. 

This book has many challenging themes including friendships, justice, racism and stereotypes. 

We have chosen this book as it links directly with our whole school theme of Inventors and Inventions. The main character’s father is an inventor. 

We have been learning to look at a character in depth and using quotes and evidence from the text to support our opinions on the character of The Warden.  The pupils were able to use written description to illustrate and develop their ideas on her character.