NEWSLETTER SPRING TERM 2018
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD Friday 26th January 2018
Dear Parents The girls have completed another successful week in school and have been getting to grips with their new spring curriculum topics. Take a look at their class pages towards the end of the newsletter to find out more… Health and Well-being week was a huge success thanks to the superb organisation of our Pastoral Lead, Fiorella. The girls have been educated in practices which will keep their minds and bodies healthy, and particularly enjoyed the growth mind-set lessons with their teachers and the exciting addition of tasting tables during their lunch break. Fiorella and Olivia have embarked on a Leadership project with Buckingham University to identify areas for school improvement in which they can lead change. They spent the past two days with other colleagues from the Alpha Plus Group, sharing experiences and working on their projects. We are an outstanding school because of the staff we have teaching here, and so it is vital that we invest time in our staff for the continued success of our school and to develop future school leaders. These past two days have been delightful for me as I have been back in class covering Olivia on a full teaching timetable. I’m not sure I match up to the Year 1 and 2 pupils’ expectations as homework was forgotten and I may have revealed the ending to their current ‘Power of Reading’ text, Zeraffa Giraffa (which I think they were actually quite pleased about!) We all look forward to the return of our teachers on Monday! Wishing you an enjoyable weekend. Laura
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SCHOOL NOTICES End of day collections Please be reminded that the office must be informed if your daughter is being collected by another parent for a playdate. We are unable to let children leave with anyone other than their authorised adults without specific prior parental permission.
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 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:
Thursday 1st February 10-11 Thursday 8th February 10-11 Prospective parents can book a place on a tour by contacting Jess. Lost property Please can all children search at home for any extra uniform pieces/hats/ scarves which they may have accidentally taken with their own belongings? If any are found, please hand them in to Jess.
KINDNESS AWARD Fatima (Year 4) Fatima received the kindness award for consistently showing kindness to all at St. Anthonyâ€™s Girls. Fatima works well collaboratively, and always has positive words to say to her classmates, Well done, Fatima!
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: DATE CHANGE 19TH & 20TH MARCH (AVAILABLE TO LOOK AT DURING PARENT CONSULTATION MEETINGS) 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 SUMMER TERM STARTS: 18TH APRIL
THEMED DAYS/WEEKS 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 26th January 2018 Serena—REC
For her attention to detail and concentration while writing.
For creating a gripping headline and opening paragraph for a Newspaper Report
Soha for her enthusiasm and focus in Science this week, especially in decoding MRS GREN!
Helena used the features of fairy tales to write her own imaginative tale!
RECEPTION Health and Well-being NEWS Week From the 15th to 19th of January, the children and staff participated in our second annual Health and Well-being Week. Throughout the week, the children participated in a range of activities to encourage healthy bodies and minds. Health and Well-being Week aims to promote life long habits to provide the girls with the tools to have a successful and happy future. Alison, from our morning Yoga Bugs club, shared her knowledge of yoga and mindfulness with us.
The younger girls learnt a traditional Yoga Sun Salutation sequence, which moves the body in a flowing sequence that invigorates and stretches from head to toes. Then they explored the power of their breath and how they can vary it, using colourful scarves which they then used to mindfully create a beautiful silent rainbow mandala together.
Throughout Health and Wellbeing Week, the girls were introduced to new healthy foods! Some girls enjoyed the mackerel, some the purple sprouting broccoli. Everyone loved the exotic fruits that reminded us of tropical holidays. Brookwoods, our school caterer, visited us throughout the week to deliver nutritional lessons. We learnt about the importance of breakfast and the effects of sugar on our bodies. Many of us have now decided to swap the golden syrup on our morning porridge for delicious fresh fruit instead!
The older girls explored how they were feeling using the weather as an analogy for feelings and their transient nature. They also explored the concept of being only in the current moment, through a short Yoga sequence taken blindfolded. Both sessions ended with a short lying relaxation which gave the girls the opportunity for a few minutes to "Do Nothing", just breathe and be.
RECEPTION Health and Well-being NEWS Week
Growth Mindset Throughout Health and Wellbeing week, the girls learnt about developing their growth mind set. Reception and KS1 focused on developing their positive self talk. KS2 focused on ‘The Learning Pit’. Growth mind set is about developing the strategies to climb yourself out of the learning pit when you're faced with challenging tasks. All children enjoyed mindfulness sessions and quiet relaxation times throughout the week. Instead of saying “I give up” I will say “ I am going to try!”
To end Health and Well-being Week, we received a visit from Dr. Sheelna and Viorica from Heath Street Dental. Dr. Sheelna reminded us of correct tooth brushing techniques to remove plaque and avoid tooth decay. We also learnt that certain foods will help keep our teeth healthier. Who knew an apple a day keeps the dentist away!
RECEPTION NEWS This week we have sailed the rough seas, travelled through space and drove to the local bookshop in our role-play area. We have loved using our imagination to turn our boxes into anything our heart desires. During our Literacy lessons we have learnt to write diary entries from the perspective of our main characters Birt and Etho. Birt feels lonely when Etho welcomes a new friend to Sudden Hill. We wrote about Birt’s feelings and discussed ways of cheering up our friends. During Maths, we are learning to add two groups of numbers together. We can add by counting them all together and are learning to add by counting on. We have enjoyed using pegs, unifix cubes, fish and coloured stones to help us with our addition problems.
In Topic we are learning about Space. We are learning about the importance and beauty of the Sun. We painted our own Suns by using cling film and paint. We used our fingers to move and blend the paint to create our own unique Sun. We have also explored shadows and created shadow puppets to retell the story of The Three Little Pigs. During Health and Wellbeing Week, we explored the story Giraffe’s Can’t Dance. We discussed how Giraffe felt when he couldn’t dance in the Jungle Ball. We thought of phrases he could say to himself to help him persevere. We were happy to find that Giraffe can dance after all! If you practice and try you can accomplish your goals.
YEAR 1 & 2 NEWS We love Zeraffa Giraffa! By reading the story together, we have travelled from the plains of Africa, sailed down the beautiful, sparkling River Nile and ended up trekking from Marseilles to bustling Paris on foot! We wrote a shared poem using our senses to describe our journey down the Nile! We have also written diary entries from the servant boy Atir’s perspective during the journey, and role-played as French eyewitnesses to Zeraffa’s Parisian arrival (including an accent attempt by Olivia—quelle horreur!) We will use these eyewitness statements to create a newspaper report detailing the giraffe’s arrival in France and the giraffe-mania that swept through the city.
Did you know it is based on a true story from 1832?
In Maths, Year 2 have been practising addition and subtraction within 1000! They have been regrouping hundreds, tens and ones to find the answer. We can feel our brains growing! Year 1 have practised missing number equations, remembering that the ‘equals’ sign = means the same as on other side. 4 + 2 = 7—1! In Science, we are learning about things that are living, nonliving and dead! We know that things that are living have characteristic life processes. We met a lady called MRS GREN who helped us to remember them! We know things that are nonliving have never done these things and things that are dead come from (or once were) materials that were alive!
Do you know what the E in MRS GREN stands for?
YEAR 3 NEWS We all agreed there’s no better place for the Iron Man to live than a metal scrapyard! We wrote some wonderfully descriptive scrapyard poetry to describe the sounds of the scrapyard once the Iron Man had moved in.
Black, greasy stove gnawed on like a cucumber —Syra
The Iron Man has certainly grabbed our attention this week with a surprising plot twist. The introduction of a shocking new character has inspired us to become newspaper reporters. We’ve been roleplaying some potential eye witnesses for our report, gathering some facts and drawing images to incorporate in a full page spread about this interesting turn of events within the book.
In maths this week we have been perfecting the column method for adding and subtracting numbers up to 10,000. We have been using lots of apparatus in class to show just what happens when you borrow and carry numbers when working out sums of big numbers.
Muddy, old refrigerators chewed on like a gummy bear– Sofia
“Dusty, old springs slurped like noodles” —Athena
Health and well-being week introduced us to some new foods, mind-sets and activities to keep our mind and body healthy and happy. We had the opportunity to talk to some local dentists who gave us some great tips for keeping our teeth healthy. We now know just exactly what happens to our teeth when we have sugary foods and drinks.
YEAR 4 NEWS We are continuing to enjoy our Power of Reading text ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.’ We have been busy writing character and setting descriptions, as well as diaries from Edward’s point of view. This week we used the ‘story within a story’ in the text to form the basis of our own fairy tale which we really enjoyed writing! We thought of some rather imaginative alternative endings to the fairy tale! We were thrilled to leave division behind (although not forever, as Helen reminded us that we will soon be revisiting it!) and begin our new Maths unit in which we investigated tables, bar charts and line graphs. We were very enthusiastic and worked hard to answer challenging questions based on the data presented in different ways. We had the opportunity to think of our own questions about the data, as well as to collect and present our own data which is what we are doing in the photograph!
Our topic lesson this week enabled us to conduct independent research on Ancient Maya gods. We investigated the Maya beliefs and religion and chose some Maya gods to investigate in more detail. We used iPads and laptops to do our own research.
We have been thinking about how we learn and have been creating our own ‘learning pits’ The ‘learning pit’ is an analogy to help us understand that more challenge leads to greater depth of learning. If we are not challenging ourselves then we are not learning. We have been discussing how we can turn our feelings of frustration when we encounter a challenging task, into a positive experience that we can learn from. We are already developing a growth mind set in lessons