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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, 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. 



Monday, 18 March 2019

Visit from Bishop Patrick Lynch

Friday was a special day here at St Mary Magdalen's as we were blessed enough to have a visit from Bishop Patrick Lynch.

He started his visit by joining our Collective Worship where he shared a truly inspirational message and reminded us about the importance of 'Aspiration, Inspiration and Perspiration'. He then had a tour of the school visiting every class and even had a brief talk with some. He expressed how pleased he was with our school and showed special interest in our wonderful displays and RE Books. It was truly a pleasure having him here in school and we are sure its an experience the children will always remember.








Friday, 15 March 2019

Prayer Club

Today saw the launch 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.

World Book Day in Year 1

We had a wonderful day celebration World Book Day.

We were very lucky to have our Year 6 friends come and read with us. We started this session listening to the world-renowned author Jeff Kinney, author of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, speak to us about how to become successful authors. He also spoke about the importance of reading as a way to further develop writing skills. 

We enjoyed spending time with our Year 6 friends and having them help us with our reading! Thank you! 








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Reception Parents and Carers Open Morning






















Thank you to those parents who came in on Thursday for the Open Morning. This is an opportunity for parents and carers in Reception to come in and read with their child. Research (PIRLS 2012, Kalb & van Ours 2013) shows that parental engagement over a pupil's school career is equivalent to adding an extra two to three years to pupil's education (Gross 2019). Reception parents and carers are encouraged to come and join us any Thursday morning 8.50- 9.10am and help make a real difference to their child's development.

World Book Day – Year 2’s Adventures in Book Land!


Year 2 had great fun when they celebrated World Book Day! They thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in the afternoon and having the opportunity to read and then design a book cover.

The photographs show some of the children immersing themselves in a range of books selected from the class library as well as the books they brought in.

Some children chose to read quietly to themselves, while others shared their enjoyment for reading with others.

I would love it if World Book Day was every day! I just love books! Please, please, please, encourage your children to read daily.