NEWSLETTER SUMMER TERM 2018
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD Friday 27th April 2018 Dear Parents A warm welcome back to you after our first full week of the Summer Term. The girls have settled in extremely well and have enjoyed sharing tales from their Easter holidays. The Summer Term is a very important time in the school year, as classes begin to step up expectations and make transition preparations for entry into the next year group. Induction meetings will be held in the second half of the term, and will provide insight into the year ahead as well as the opportunity to meet your child’s new class teacher. Please check the dates section of our newsletter. Our Environmental Club introduced their own initiative to the school calendar last Friday. In celebration of World Earth Day 2018, the girls decided that St. Anthony’s would not use paper for an entire school day to raise our global ecological awareness. Instead, they used chalk and whiteboards, went for a nature walk and made a pledge to reduce the amount of plastic they use in everyday lives. Year 3 are busy making their pledge on the front cover of this edition of the school newsletter. Next week, I will be attending an expo on ‘Firefly’: an online learning platform which will enable teachers, students and parents to share in each pupil’s learning journey. I have yet to find out exactly how ‘Firefly’ will work for St. Anthony’s School for Girls, but am excited by the prospect of introducing an interactive tool which will enhance the learning experience for both pupils and parents. As you are all now aware, Donal Brennan will be taking over the reins from September and we are currently organising an introduction evening to give all parents the opportunity to meet Donal (date to follow). Donal will also be hosting a Senior School Transfer meeting for Year 4 parents on 16th May. Mark Hanley-Browne will also be in attendance, along with myself and Paul Keyte, Headmaster of St. Anthony’s School for Boy’s. The team will be available to answer any questions you may have. Wishing you a restful weekend. Laura
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SCHOOL NOTICES WARMER WEATHER As we begin to move in to a period of warmer weather, please ensure your child comes to school with a summer hat, water bottle and wearing a high factor sunscreen. Hats may remain in school but water bottles must be taken home and washed daily. The girls have access to water fountains inside and outside of the school building, but water bottles make for easy access to drinking water during lessons and avoid wasting precious learning time. School hats can be purchased from: Uniform4Kids 1103/1105 Finchley Road, Temple Fortune, NW11 0QB. Tel: 020 8209 0999 Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
OPEN DAY TOURS FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS THURSDAY 10TH MAY 10:00-11:00 SATURDAY 19TH MAY 10:00-12:00 SATURDAY 9TH JUNE 10:00– 12:00 THURSDAY 28TH JUNE 10:00 - 11:00
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY SENIOR SCHOOL MEETING WITH DONAL BRENNAN (YEAR 4 PARENTS): 16TH MAY 18:00 RECEPTION CLASS SUPERHERO DAY: 23RD MAY HALF– TERM BREAK: 28TH MAY—1ST JUNE FIRST DAY BACK AFTER HALF-TERM: 4TH JUNE FATHER’S DAY BREAKFAST: 15TH JUNE 8:00 NEW CLASS INDUCTION EVENING (OPPORTUNITY TO MEET TEACHERS): 27TH JUNE 18:00 WELCOME PICNIC FOR NEW PUPILS HOSTED BY GIRLS: 28TH JUNE 15:30-17:00 ALL PARENTS WELCOME SCHOOL FAYRE WITH ST. ANTHONY’S BOYS: DATE TBC SPORTS DAY WITH ST. ANTHONY’S BOYS: DATE TBC END OF YEAR REPORTS: 2ND JULY MUSIC CONCERT: 5TH JULY 12:00—13:30
END OF TERM: 5TH JULY 13:30 FINISH
THEMED DAYS/WEEKS MATHS WEEK: 14TH—18TH MAY ARTS WEEK: 11TH—14TH JUNE/ SHAKESPEARE WEEK WITH ST. ANTHONY’S BOY’S
SCHOOL TRIPS & OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES YEAR 3&4 TRIP TO GUIDHALL ART GALLERY: 9TH MAY YEAR 4 ASCENSION DAY MASS WITH ST. ANT’S BOYS: 10TH MAY YEAR 4 ISA ATHLETICS COMPETITION, BEDFORD: FRIDAY 11TH MAY (ALL DAY EVENT) RECEPTION , YEAR 1 & 2 TRIP TO SEA LIFE AQUARIUM: 21ST JUNE PROMS AT ST. JUDES—YEAR 3&4 PERFORMING: 28TH JUNE 12:45—13:45 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
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY Friday 27th April 2018 Juno—REC
Juno had been working very hard in all areas of learning! This week she was working hard to add and subtract numbers within 8.
For her effort and enthusiasm when writing a diary entry about the Ascension, in character role as a disciple.
Emily made fantastic, imaginative predictions about the narrator from The Magic Finger during Literacy. She has been working tremendously on building her confidence during our lessons.
A detailed and sophisticated analysis of the poem ‘I am a writer.’
SCIENCE WEEK RECEPTION NEWS STEM WEEK From the 12th to 16th of March 2018, the children and staff participated in our second annual STEM Week. Throughout the week, the children took part in a range of investigative activities to encourage mathematical and scientific thinking and problem solving. A particular highlight of the week was our whole school trip to the Science Museum which we all thoroughly enjoyed! Another source of great excitement has been our newest additions to our school! Seven chicks have hatched from our hatching kit and we were very excited to learn about the life cycle of our chicks, as well as their habitat and environment.
World Maths Day 2018
Year 3 & 4 Robotics Workshop @ St Anthonyâ€™s School for Boys
RECEPTION NEWS STEM WEEK The main focus of STEM Week was a whole school project which required us to design and make an invention that would help the environment in some way. We thought of initial ideas in school, then went home to finalise our designs! We made our inventions out of 100% recyclable materials. Here are some photos of our work: RECEPTION & KS1
KS1 & 2
RECEPTION NEWS STEM WEEK A particular highlight of STEM Week was our whole school trip to the Science Museum of London. We were thrilled to investigate scientific and mathematical concepts through a range of exciting and engaging hands-on Our Reception, Year 1 and 2 pupils visited a range of hands-on explorative exhibits, including the Garden and the Pattern Pod. The Garden provided the girls with an opportunity to explore floating and sinking by watching water rush down from a huge bucket into a series of pools, explore ripples, bubbles, scooping and pouring. They tried different ways of moving water through the exhibit. They also visited the building zone where they investigated materials and forces while trying to find the correct tools to tighten screws and bolts. They experimented with balancing and moving materials using wheelbarrows, a bucket hoist and a snake chute. The Pattern Pod, a multi-sensory gallery which encouraged the girls to investigate patterns in the world around us, allowing them to explore patterns in different ways, developing their understanding of a range of mathematical concepts including: symmetry, 2D shapes and 3D patterns Our older pupils visited a variety of exciting zones of the Science Museum. They particularly enjoyed the â€˜Wonderlabâ€™ where they explored the curriculum themes of Forces, Electricity, Light, Sound, Matter, Space and Maths. The gallery captivated the imagination of the Year 3 and 4 girls through more than 50 cutting edge exhibits and immersive experiences. The girls adopted the role of scientists, investigating
RECEPTION NEWS Reception have come back to school with big eager smiles and taller than ever! This half term our Power of Reading text is Yucky Worms by Vivian French. This non-fiction picture book is centred around the humble earthworm. As we read Yucky Worms we will discover how amazing and important wriggly worms actually are. Don’t worry, no worms will be harmed in the process!
During Maths we have been learning to master our addition and subtraction facts to 10. Number facts are crucial to be successful at higher-level Maths concepts. In Reception we use toys, numicons, beans, shells and counters to support our number fact knowledge. We are learning to represent our number facts using number sentences, Whole-partpart models and number fact triangles.
Topic Reception have received the sunny weather with open arms. As we move into the warmer months Reception will spend more and more of their time outside. During child initiated play sessions we have the opportunity to play in our outdoor water tray, get messy in the designated messy area or make mud pies in our mud kitchen. We have especially enjoyed rediscovering Golder’s Green Park. This half term we are learning to be Superhero’s by helping to save our environment. The girls made superhero wands during an art lesson.
YEAR 1 & 2 NEWS Year 1 & 2 have come back refreshed from the Easter break ready for the excitement of the Summer term! We agreed hunting is wrong because no one has the right to harm animals! Take a look at some of our inferences below
We have begun work on our new text The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. Before reading the story, we had to make predictions about what we thought it would be about and what the characters were like just by looking at the illustrations! We had to be detectives and use the picture to find clues—we have learned that this is called inference—when we are asked to answer a question by using clues and our own opinion. After reading the beginning, we discovered some of the characters enjoy hunting and shooting animals! We decided to write a letter and try and persuade the Greggs that this is wrong and they should stop!
We have concluded work on our Real Heroes topic and have begun a Geography focus on Town and Country because The Magic Finger takes place in the countryside! Before we finished our study of famous nurses, the class worked in groups to conduct a debate, researching their choice for which nurse they thought was the most significant! Olivia found of all the arguments extremely compelling but in the end was persuaded by Clara and Emily’s choice of Mary Seacole,
YEAR 3 1 NEWS & 2 NEWS Paperless Day certainly didn’t stop us from working hard and learning - we just had to work in different ways! We grabbed some chalk and headed outside to fill our playground with long division calculations. We went on a nature walk and took the time to stop and listen to the birds and noises that the wind creates. We spotted a tortoise sunbathing in a pond and a heron watching us closely nearby. In art, we used laptops to create intricate mosaics, similar to the ones the Romans used on their floors and baths. Our paper bins remained empty at the end of the day and we all felt very good about ourPractise, practise, practise has certainly paid off in selves having not wasted one bit maths this week! We have worked really hard to learn of paper all day! and understand how to divide 3 digit numbers using the
long division method. Perseverance has paid off and we’re all very proud of the progress we’ve made!
The Roman invasion has begun. We’ve learned about the spread of the Roman Empire, the attempted invasion by Julius Caesar and the successful invasion and conquest by Claudius. We also discovered why the Romans built new roads in Britain and used atlases to map out where some of the main roads ran through England
YEAR 4 NEWS After the Easter holidays we were eager to discover the title of our Power of Reading text for the new half term. We thought it may have been another novel, as we have thoroughly enjoyed the Year 4 texts so far! Helen revealed the new text: Werewolf Club Rules And Other Poems. We hadn’t heard of this text before so we were curious to find out more! Helen told us that Werewolf Club Rules is a collection of poems written by Joseph Coelho. At first we were a little apprehensive about poetry but once we read one of the poems ‘I am a writer’ all our fears faded away once we realised we really enjoy poetry too! We investigated the impact of alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm to create effect and thought about what this poem told us about the poet. A thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the text! Friday 20th April was ‘Paperless Day’ where we were not allowed to use paper at school. We did this to highlight the issue of how much paper is being wasted and therefore, how our environment is being damaged by cutting down too many trees. We also reflected on our use of plastic and pledged to reduce our plastic usage in order to save our environment. As we did not use paper for the day, we used alternative methods to record our work such as whiteboards and pens, ipads and laptops. We even recorded our mathematical problems on chalk outside in the playground. Thank goodness it wasn’t raining!! We excitedly began our new history topic of the Romans. The began the topic by designing our own Roman mosaics. We used laptops to create our design. Joanne introduced us to the geography of the Roman Empire. We can’ t wait to learn more about this fascinating topic!!
In our Computing lessons we have been working hard to make our on-screen prototype of a computer controlled toy/game. We have designed our toy and used ‘Scratch’ to write code and debug in order to ensure it works effectively. We now need to further improve our toy by using a variety of input and output such as sensors, switches, motors and lights.