NEWSLETTER SPRING TERM 2018
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD Friday 12th January 2018 Dear Parents A very happy new year to you all and welcome back to our outstanding school! The excitement of our recent inspection outcome has not yet worn off and we move forward in our academic year confident that we are providing the highest quality education for our girls. You will be receiving the spring curriculum newsletter from your class teacher which will provide detail of the learning taking place over the course of the term. Next week, we celebrate ‘Health and Well-being’ week which will dedicate time in our curriculum to healthy practices for our minds and bodies. Safer Internet Day is celebrated nationally on 6th February and in the evening, I will be hosting a parent workshop which will discuss the benefits and potential risks to young people when using technology. More key dates can be found in the ‘Dates for your diary’ section of the newsletter. Those of you who use the minibus service will have met our new driver, Chris. In addition to the morning and afternoon shuttle, Chris will transport the girls for their swimming lessons, and sports lessons. Chris will also provide us with additional premises support to look after our beautiful school building. Please join me in warmly welcoming him. Wishing you a restful weekend. Laura
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SCHOOL NOTICES SCHOOL OPEN DAY TOURS Please note the following dates for our open day tours, should you know any families who are interested in visiting St. Anthonyâ€™s Girls. Saturday 13th January 10-12 Saturday 3rd February 10-12 Saturday 3rd March 10-12 We are also holding weekday tours to see the school in action on the following dates: Friday 19th January 10-11 Friday 26th January 10-11 Thursday 1st February 10-11 Thursday 8th February 10-11 Prospective parents can book a place on a tour by contacting Jess.
Sports Lessons For this next term of sport, the Yr1â€”4 girls will be travelling to Middlesex University, Hendon to use the multi-use activity courts. The journey takes approx. 10 mins on the school minibus and they are supervised by Elena and our Sports coach, Carl.
KINDNESS AWARD Aima (Year 3) Aima received the kindness award for warmly welcoming a visiting pupil to our school. During playtime, she engaged in conversation with her new friend and invited her into her game. Well done Aima!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY E-SAFETY PARENT INFORMATION EVENING: 6TH FEBRUARY 18:00-19:00 PUPIL TARGETS REPORTED TO PARENTS: 9TH FEBRUARY HALF-TERM BREAK: 12TH—16TH FEBRUARY FIRST DAY BACK: 19TH FEBRUARY BOOK WEEK DRESS UP DAY: 1ST MARCH MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST (CHARITY EVENT): 9TH MARCH 8:00 - 9:00 SCIENCE EXHIBITION: 16TH MARCH (AVAILABLE TO LOOK AT AFTER SCHOOL) PARENTS CONSULTATION MEETINGS: 19TH & 20TH MARCH EASTER BONNET PARADE: 23RD MARCH WHOLE SCHOOL EASTER ASSEMBLY:27TH MARCH 13:00 LAST DAY OF TERM: SCHOOL FINISHES 13:30 EASTER HOLIDAYS: 28TH MARCH—17TH APRIL TERM STARTS: 18TH APRIL
THEMED DAYS/WEEKS HEALTH AND WELLBEING WEEK: 15TH—19TH JANUARY E-SAFETY WEEK: 5TH—9TH FEBRUARY SAFER INTERNET DAY: 6TH FEBRUARY BOOK WEEK: 26TH FEB—2ND MARCH WORLD BOOK DAY: 1ST MARCH INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY: 8TH MARCH
BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK/ STEM WEEK: 12TH—16TH MARCH
SCHOOL TRIPS & OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES RECEPTION CHILD INITIATED LEARNING @ ST. ANTHONY’S BOYS: EVERY WEDNESDAY 1:20-3:00 YEAR 1&2 SPORTS @ MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, HENDON: EVERY FRIDAY 9:30-10:30 YEAR 3&4 SPORTS @ MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, HENDON: EVERY FRIDAY 10:30-11:30
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY Friday 12th January 2018 Melody—REC
Melody came back to school ready to learn! She is using finger spaces and full stops in her sentence.
Syra – for taking on new challenges and concepts in maths with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude.
Isabella made an excellent start to our work on our new PoR text ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’.
Irem can now confidently multiply by a 2 digit number using the formal written method.
HEALTH & WELL-BEING WEEK Next week will be Health and Well-being Week. Throughout the week children will learn about maintaining healthy minds and bodies. Children will have the opportunity to learn about healthy foods and discover new and exotic foods to try. Children will take part in Yoga and mindfulness lessons to develop their concentration and better manage their emotions. Throughout the week, teachers will focus on developing the girlâ€™s Growth Mindset. Your mindset determines your attitude towards learning. Children who develop a growth mindset have a more positive attitude towards challenges and ultimately become better learners. Fiorellaâ€” Head of Pastoral Care and Pupil Welfare
RECEPTION NEWS Reception have had a brilliant start to the Spring term. We have started our new Power of Reading text On Sudden Hill. Our story is about two boys who go up to Sudden Hill everyday with their boxes and have an adventure. Our role play area has turned into Sudden Hill! We love playing with the boxes and pretending to be inside a castle!
In Maths we are learning to find hidden numbers. Did you know that there is a 2 and a 5 inside a 7? We have enjoyed exploring numbers and finding as many hidden numbers as possible!
During topic we are learning about Space. This week we have made our own rocket ships using straws to blow them into the atmosphere! We have enjoyed making online rockets and watching them launch.
YEAR 1 & 2 NEWS Year 1 and 2 have had a busy week settling back into school after the Christmas break! Olivia loved hearing about all the exciting things that the class got up to during the holiday! We’ve started a new Power of Reading text, a story called Zeraffa Giraffa written by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jane Ray. We loved the beautiful, decorative pictures immediately! Before opening the book, Olivia presented us with story ’clues’ from Zeraffa Giraffa and we had to use them to create our own story! Instead of writing it down, we had to create a quick plan and then ’told’ our stories out loud! Some of us felt a bit nervous sharing our stories aloud but we loved hearing the imaginative tales the class had come up with and using expression and tone of voice to keep our audience interested.
Here we are as storytellers!
In Topic, we started our new Geography focussed linked to Zeraffa Giraffa called Safari! Some of us knew lots about safaris already such as what countries they take place in and what the weather might be like but we brainstormed the things we wanted to find out about! We learnt about Kenya, a country in the continent Africa, and used atlases to locate Kenya and its main places and landmarks. We discovered that Nairobi is the capital of Kenya but Mombasa is its biggest city!
Did you know Kenya is named after Mount Kenya, the country’s highest mountain!
YEAR 3 NEWS It’s great being back together after the lovely Christmas holiday. We’ve slotted back into our daily routine and have been hard at work.
We have been very intrigued by our new book study, a science fiction/modern fairy tale novel called The Iron Man written by Ted Hughes. The book begins with the unexpected arrival of a giant ‘metal man’ of unknown origin. This character has created quite the buzz of theories and questions around the classroom. We discovered that while exoskeletons
We have been paying close attention to Hughes style of serve as a fantastic suit of armour against writing, creating our own comparative descriptions of the Iron manyforward creaturestomust shed with the Man. We’repredators, really looking continuing their exoskeleton to develop, meaning book and seeing just who this Iron Man is and what will bethey can be unprotected and powerless come of him. for some period of time.
Coding this week involved selecting the write codes for our character to do a series of actions and movements! We were engrossed!
We ‘re very excited about starting our new Ancient Maya topic. We are particularly looking forward to learning about the discovery of the cocoa bean . We started looking at ancient Maya murals and began to draw our own images of Maya people. Typing an email to a character from Into the Forest
In music this week we explored syncopated rhythms, working in pairs to find the ‘off beat’
We then thought of some issues we are passionate about, created our own campaigns and had a debate!
YEAR 4 NEWS Year 4 have made a fantastic start to the Spring Term. We have returned from our break well rested, enthusiastic and eager to learn! A particular highlight of our week was when Helen introduced us to our new Power of Reading text ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.’ We were captivated by the image on the front cover, enabling us to predict what we think the book is going to be about! We have read a few chapters so far and we are loving the story!
We have continued to work hard on written multiplication which we have really enjoyed! We have explored multiplying by 10, multiplying multiples of ten and have now moved onto using the formal written method of multiplication to multiply two and three digit numbers. Now that we have cracked written multiplication, we can’t wait to learn how to use the written method to divide!
Did you know that Maya murals depict details of the everyday lives of the Ancient Maya people? We can therefore learn a great deal about the Maya people from the murals they created.
In Art, Laura introduced us to our new topic of Chocolate that we will be exploring this term. It will be the focus of our History, Geography and Art and D&T lessons, learning about the Ancient Maya and how chocolate was made! In our Art lesson we used sketching pencils to draw Maya murals of Maya people. We focused mainly on the crucial details of the flat foreheads and the exaggerated noses often used to depict the Ancient Maya people.