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Issue No. 2 | November 2019

The British School of Saint Petersburg

Headmaster’s Message

As the days grow colder, it’s easy to hibernate, at BSSP the opposite is true.

Russian Lessons

We made scary (yet fluffy) ghost decorations for the Halloween Disco.

House Event

Our very first competition saw the four houses compete in an art competition

Y1-2: IMPRESSIVE

NURSERY: DINOSAURS

MUSIC: SOFT AND LOUD

OPEN DAY

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Head’s Message

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Pre-Nursery & Nursery

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Reception

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Year One & Two

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With classes having started new topics, I have been on my own voyage of discovery down the corridors.

We recently started our new topic ‘Dinosaurs’, and so far we have been digging for dinosaur bones.

We can read all our Phase 1 phonic sounds and are beginning to apply this knowledge to sounding out simple CVC words.

The increase in confidence, and proficiency in the childrens’ skills, have made for some fantastic written pieces.

Year Three & Four

October has been another exciting month in Year 3/4! In English we have been reading Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson.

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Music

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Physical Education

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Russian Language

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Events

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Open Day

Nursery continued to learn about the beat this month, but we are also now responding to soft and loud music.

We have been playing tennis. Alongside learning how to hold and swing the racquet, we also focussed on balance.

This month we looked forward to Halloween. We made scary (yet fluffy) ghost decorations for the Halloween Disco with all the classes. to celebrate the end of our first half term, we took a whole school trip to the zoo and held a Halloween Disco. Parents were able to join in with their children’s lessons, experience the morning routine and see how lessons are taught.


HEADMASTER’S MESSAGE As the days grow shorter and colder, it’s easy for people to hibernate and hide away in St Petersburg, but at school the very opposite has been true. After coming back from a half term break, the children have enthusiastically worked on all the tasks set before them. With classes having started new topics, I have been on my own voyage of discovery down the corridors. Facts about the Solar System were recited to me in Reception. It was pointed out to me which dinosaur was the Pterodactyl in Nursery. In Year 1-2 I was soundly beaten in a mathematics estimating game and Year 3-4 explained to me all those items that emitted light and which surfaces reflect it. And that’s only the beginning. There’s so much to be excited about during the forthcoming half term. We have House competitions in Mental Maths and Sport. There’s Bonfire Night, a Staff Pantomime and of course the children’s Winter Performance. Whisper it quietly, there’s also a rumour Santa Claus will be paying us a visit in December before his programme becomes too heavy. For now, however, I’ll leave you with the fact that the Fourth Little Pig (yes, he exists) built his house with a flat roof due to the fact it offers more wind resistance - Thank you Year 3-4. It’s said that you learn something new every day; at The British School of St Petersburg it’s actually every hour. 3


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PRE-NURSERY & NURSERY We recently started our new topic ‘Dinosaurs’, and so far we have been digging for dinosaur bones.

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DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS We ended our topic ‘All About Me’ by learning about our 5 senses. The children enjoyed working out which senses they used in different activities and then each child made a book all about their senses which they were able to share with friends and family members. We recently started our new topic ‘Dinosaurs’, and so far we have been digging for dinosaur bones and enjoying the small world dinosaur play. We are looking forward to learning more about dinosaurs as our topic continues. The children are becoming very confident with their Phase 1 phonics sounds, this was evident as they went on a sound hunt around the school and were excited to find, recognise, record and say the sounds they found. Our morning circle time routine has been increased to include; self registration, a counting activity and name recognition activities. The children enjoy the morning circle time and the familiarity the activities/ routine provides, without realising how many skills they are using during this activity. The end of this month was ‘Spooktacular’! We enjoyed participating in many Halloween activities and crafts and even invited Year 3-4 into our class to join in our Halloween Continuous Provision activities. These activities included counting spiders, fine motor activities with pegs, scooping pumpkin containers and making spider’s webs. Newsletter

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RECEPTION We have also begun our astronaut training. After receiving a letter from NASA astronaut Ken Moon.

ASTRONAUT TRAINING The month of October has shown that our Reception students are resilient and can tackle situations head on, we have successfully trained to become Superheroes and can now help those in danger and know what to do in an emergency! We can read all our Phase 1 phonic sounds and are beginning to apply this knowledge to sounding out and blending simple CVC words. We are writing our names more confidently and writing sounds as we hear them. During maths we have learnt all about shapes and where we see them in our environment. After a shape hunt in school we found that there are a lot of rectangles around but not very many triangles. We are now moving on to learning what a pattern is and how to follow and create one of our own, so far there has been a lot of pattern dancing and chants, which we love! We have also begun our astronaut training. After receiving a letter from NASA astronaut Ken Moon, we are in the process of building a rocket ship so we can follow in the footsteps of iconic astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Our class mascot Frank the Kiwi is excited follow in Laika’s wake and don the spacesuit with us (although he’s hoping for a better ending to his space adventure). Will we find out just how big the Sun is or will we find new life in a different galaxy? Stay tuned! Newsletter

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YEAR ONE & TWO The children loved expressing themselves during art, particularly through a Munch inspired “Scream� masterpiece.

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This month saw the end of our first half term at the British School of St Petersburg. The increase in confidence, and proficiency in the childrens’ skills, have made for some fantastic written pieces. To tie in with our imperative verb and instructing writing, Miss Pimm enlisted the help of Year 1-2 to write some steps on how Nursery and Reception can carefully wash their hands. Mr Clarke was so impressed with these that he displayed them in all the bathrooms. In Science, we concluded our unit on forces by experimenting with air resistance. We made air spinners and dropped them three times, recording the speed of each fall. The children then made changes to their spinner and predicted how it would alter the speed at which it fell. After a final drop with our adapted air spinners, a lengthy discussion followed about how weight and wingspan can impact on the fall of an object. The children loved expressing themselves during art, particularly through a Munch inspired “Scream” masterpiece. This recent week saw the children preparing for our Halloween Disco by creating Funny Bones skeletons, as well as apple printing of Jack o’ lanterns. We were also very excited to share our learning with our parents in our first Open Morning. Our families came to take part in a measurement lesson, where we completed symmetrical patterns and measured our hands. One parent even volunteered to be traced around, so we could measure her. If these first two months are anything to go by, the remainder of this coming year is going to be nothing short of sensational.

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The British School of St. Petersburg October has been another exciting month in Year 3/4! In English we have been reading Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. The children spent time exploring the characters and creating their own character descriptions, as well as identifying the rhyming words and composing their own poetry. We have also been building on our punctuation and grammar skills, as well as retrieving information from texts. Maths has seen us naming and describing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We made our own 3D shapes from play dough and labelled the number of faces, edges and vertices each shape had. We used our knowledge of the properties of shapes to sort them using Venn and Carroll diagrams. In number, we have been practising our multiplication tables and using the inverse to check our calculations. In science, we started exploring all about light and shadows. After discussing and sorting objects into light sources and light reflectors, we used torches and items from the classroom to discover how light travels and how shadows can change shape. This month we completed our work on the great Russian figures, Peter I and Catherine II and began our next topic - the Vikings. Using our geographical skills we have pinpointed on maps where the Vikings came from and where they invaded and settled. We have also researched just how successful Viking longships were. The highlight of this month was the culmination of our work on the art topic of Abstract Expressionism. After planning and experimenting on smaller pieces, the children were given large canvases to create large ‘Pollock’ inspired art work. They dripped, dribbled, flicked and splashed paint to create wonderful expressionist masterpieces. 10

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YEAR THREE & FOUR Our speaking skills have been developing excellently, especially after having to solve the mystery of the straw, sticks, bricks and tail left strewn across the classroom floor.

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MUSIC Reception have just started their ‘Space’ unit and they love the song entitled, ‘Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon,’

Nursery continued to learn about the beat this month, but we are also now responding to soft and loud music. We listen to a piece of Music each week and the children respond by drawing and colouring pictures. This gives them a good listening experience and enables them to consider that music can be different for certain occasions. Reception have just started their ‘Space’ unit and they love the song entitled, ‘Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon,’ where they pretend to be a rocket ship and blast off. We have also been creating our own group compositions using percussion instruments. In Year 1/2, we have been using different percussion instruments to respond to the beat and to play our songs. We use music and movement to help reinforce the beat, as well as body percussion. There has also been an exploration of different sounds as we think about pitch and melodies. In Year 3/4 we composed a piece of music using the Pentatonic Scale, which was very successful. We then started our topic on ‘The Vikings’ and are singing songs about ‘Loki the Joker’ and ‘Odin’. To enrich our Viking universe we have begun to compose pieces using keyboards and glockenspiels that help create this ambience.

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IMPORTANCE OF BALANCE A new half term has seen various new sports being introduced to the canon. From Reception upwards, we have been playing tennis. Alongside learning how to hold and swing the racquet, a lot of thought has gone into the positioning of our feet and the importance of being balanced in case the ball doesn’t land where we expect. We have been hurdling and running through ladders in order to quicken our feet and get into position. In addition to this, we were treated to a special visit from Coach Richard of The British Football School. He came to run a session that focussed on making sure everyone was always looking up and moving into space as well as taking small touches of the football when dribbling it inside the area. It surely won’t be long before Zenit are sending scouts.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION A lot of thought has gone into the positioning of our feet and the importance of being balanced in case the ball doesn’t land where we expect.

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RUSSIAN LANGUAGE In Year 3-4 we have started a new topic - “Speech”. We will continue learning this throughout November.

This month we looked forward to Halloween. We made scary (yet fluffy) ghost decorations for the Halloween Disco with all the classes. At the beginning of the month we had a close look at the colour palette and made pasta rainbows, even mixing colours higher up the school. In Reception and Nursery we continued learning facts about The World Around Us. In Nursery, we did our best to differentiate shapes depending on colour and size. In Reception we started speaking about Outer Space. We have learned the order of the planets in our Solar System and designed spacesuits and spaceships for our space voyage. In Year 1-2 we have almost finished the sounds and letters of the alphabet. We’ve now started writing sentences and reading them as well. During our topic, we have begun to look at “Celebrations”. We spoke about traditions and discussed one of the most important holidays in Russia - New Year’s Eve. In Year 3-4 we have started a new topic - “Speech”. We will continue learning this throughout November. We now can differentiate, judging by the noun answer if the question was who or what. In our topic lessons we are now looking at - “Shopping”. We spoke about the history of money and different currencies across the globe. We have learnt the difference between services and goods.

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ZOO TRIP & HALLOWEEN DISCO As part of the curriculum, every class looks into animals, either as part of their science or topic lessons.

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STARS OF THE SHOW To celebrate the end of our first half term, we took a whole school trip to the zoo. As part of the curriculum, every class looks into animals, either as part of their science or topic lessons. The difference between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores was discussed prior to our visit and how we can tell these animals by their types of teeth. Reception took a great interest in the spiders and mini beasts, acknowledging that some of these small creatures can be dangerous despite their diminutive stature. The main stars of the show, however, were the polar bears. A lot of conversation revolved around whether they were enjoying the cold temperatures more than the other animals and why the colour of their fur was white. On our return to school, we celebrated with a Halloween Disco. All the children and staff arrived at school in a costume and even the parents joined us later in their spookiest attire! Everyone was able to dance to scary songs, bob for apples, play pumpkin bowling and pin the nose on the witch. Prizes galore were handed out for the best dressed children (and adults) and the room was covered in decorations crafted by the children. The pumpkins on show had been designed by our House teams and carefully carved by teachers. It was definitely a treat for everyone involved. A big thank you goes to Miss Pimm for organising such a memorable event.

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OPEN DAY Parents were able to join in with their children’s lessons, experience the morning routine and see how lessons in the UK Curriculum are taught.

We were delighted to welcome our parents back to school for an Open Day. All of our parents were able to join in with their children’s lessons, experience the morning routine and see how lessons using the UK National Curriculum are taught. A couple of parents volunteered to be measured as part of a mathematics topic and a few showed off their painting skills during the morning activities. As well as doing calculations and sounding out their phonics, parents also stayed for our Celebration Assembly, cheering on the individual and House team winners for that week. This was followed up by a seminar delivered by Miss Herman, Miss Preece and Mrs Oaten on how to continue learning at home and during the holidays, with a specific focus on routines, reading, writing and mathematics.

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The British School of St. Petersburg October 2019 Newsletter  

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Monthly newsletter from The British School of Saint Petersburg.