NEWSLETTER SPRING TERM 2018
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD Friday 9th February 2018 Dear Parents Our school community recognised Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 6th with lessons which focused on how the girls can keep themselves safe online. The way children are using the internet is changing rapidly, and we as their care givers need to have a greater understanding of this, and the potential dangers they could come across. The message we are sharing with the girls is to see the internet as a valuable tool for gaining information, communicating and connecting with other people. Learning how to be responsible internet users will ensure that they are safe when they do engage in online activity. The activities each class took part in have been shared on our ‘Safer Internet Day’ page later in the newsletter, along with some advice for parents from www.internetmatters.org related to cyber bullying, safe social media profiles and where to report suspicious behaviour. This week also marked 100 years since the Representation of People Act was passed, which gave women the legal right to vote. The girls have had an introduction to the voting system through our school council activities and last term’s visit to Parliament. With International Women's Day coming up in March, we will spend time reflecting on this right, what this means to us and why the Suffragettes campaigned to bring about this change. Throughout the course of the week (5th—9th March), we hope to inspire the girls to pursue their passions and interests with a series of talks from inspirational women in our school community. I invite parents, family relations and friends to come and give a short talk about your careers, and share the skills and attributes which you feel have led to your success. If you would like to contribute your time to give a short talk to the girls, please register your interest via email. Wishing you a relaxing half-term break. Laura
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SCHOOL NOTICES Missingâ€”Kindness Award Badge! Our gold star pin has not been returned to school. Could you please check at home and return to school if found! Many thanks, Laura
SCHOOL OPEN DAY TOURS Please note the next date for our open day tour, should you know any families who are interested in visiting St. Anthonyâ€™s Girls. Saturday 3rd March 10-12 We are also holding weekday tours on Thursdays to see the school in action. Prospective parents can book a place on a tour by contacting Jess.
KINDNESS AWARD Romilly, Year 4 Congratulations to Romilly, who has been awarded the Kindness badge for consistently demonstrating kind and courteous behaviour to her friends and teachers. Romilly is the first to compliment a friend on a superb piece of work or their efforts in school. She is a loyal friend and often thinks of the needs of others. Well done, Romilly!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY HALF-TERM BREAK: 12TH—16TH FEBRUARY FIRST DAY BACK: 19TH FEBRUARY ‘PLAY IN A DAY’ ROAD SAFETY WORKSHOP IN SCHOOL FOR YEAR 3 & 4: 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 BOOK WEEK: 26TH FEB—2ND MARCH WORLD BOOK DAY: 1ST MARCH INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY: 8TH MARCH—TALKS TO BE GIVEN BY WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY 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 WHOLE SCHOOL TRIP TO SCIENCE MUSEUM: THURSDAY 15TH MARCH YEAR 3&4 TRIP TO CLASSICAL SPECTACULAR @ALBERT HALL: FRIDAY 16TH MARCH RECEPTION SCHOOL TRIP TO WILLOW’S FARM: 8TH MARCH
GOOD NEWS ASSEMBLY Friday 9th February 2018 Juno—REC
Juno has been working extremely hard to improve her writing. She is persistent and always tries her best.
For her growing confidence and determination when using bar models to tackle tricky, 2-step word problems
Anna was enthusiastic, inquisitive and sensible when we went to Golders Hill Park in Science to investigate our local habitat.
Ellie for her enthusiasm and determination to use bar models to help her calculate fractions of amounts.
What does being connected mean? Reception also explored what and who they are connected to by creating a web to show the important people and places in their lives. i.e. our family and friends, our school and home town. Year 1 & 2 created their very own digital footprints. They used familiar icons and their own ideas to show their likes and dislikes. They then discussed that these interests which builds up a picture of themselves and leaves a trace online.
Reception thought about five important adults who they could go to for help if they needed anything. They wrote those names on the fingers of their â€˜helping handsâ€™. We agreed that family members such as our Mum, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa are all people who can help us, as well as our teachers at school.
Year 3 discussed the things we would never share on the internet so we always keep safe when using the internet.
Year 4 created a social media profile which demonstrated things which are appropriate to share online such as our hobbies and interests. They then considered what was not appropriate to share online as they reveal too much private information such as our address and last name . They discussed the importance of privacy and why this keeps us safe when using the internet.
E-SAFETY—PARENT INFORMATION 10 things you need to know about cyberbullying ...
Get Involved The best way to keep your child safe online is to take an active interest right from the start. They need your love and protection online as much as they do in the real world. What your child is exposed to will depend on how they’re using the internet – social network users are more likely to experience cyberbullying, see sexual or violent images, or have contact with strangers.
What does a good social media profile look like?
Report suspected online grooming â€“ this could be a sexual chat, a child being asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable or someone insisting on meeting up www.ceop.police.uk
During Literacy we explored the illustrations in our story. We noticed how the weather and colours changed when our characters were sad or happy. We created our own happy and sad illustrations to match our story. We then sequenced and wrote a recount of our text, On Sudden Hill. We role played the story and showed each other our daring and brave faces. We learnt to draw a story mountain to help us plan a recount. Come to the Reception classroom to see our wonderful writing! In Maths we have been learning to add by counting on. We love singing â€˜5 little ducksâ€™ during Maths. We went to our local pond to see how many ducks were in the park altogether. We have also been learning about weight. We have enjoyed using our outdoor and indoor balancing scales to see which item was heavier. We learnt that bigger numbers are heavier than smaller numbers. 8 is heavier than 5 because 8 is more!
During Topic we have learnt all about rockets! We discovered that different types of rocket fins made our rockets go faster or slower. We experimented with different types of fins before creating our own rockets. We also learnt about air pollution and how to keep the air around our school clean. We decided to walk to school as often as we can to keep our air clean.
YEAR 1 & 2 NEWS This week, as part of our on-going Science learning about ‘Habitats and Living Things’, Year 1 & 2 ventured into the depths of Golders Hill Park to explore our local habitat. Having talked about desert, ocean and rainforest habitats, we were excited to find out more about a woodland habitat— including the plants and wildlife that can be found there! During our visit, we categorised the things we discovered into 3 categories: living, dead or never alive. We found ‘living’ squirrels, ‘dead’ leaves and rocks that were ‘never alive’!
We have loved learning all about the Maasai tribe in Geography during our Safari topic this week. We discovered so much about Maasai culture and how they live, even noticing similarities with our own lives! We found out that red is a special colour for the Maasai just like it is a special colour for Sophia in Chinese culture! Soha told us that the Maasai’s love of singing, dancing and music is also very important to people from Pakistan! We were all shocked when Olivia told us that in Maasai culture, the women are the house builders who make their houses out of mud, grass and even cow dung!
YEAR 3 1 NEWS & 2 NEWS In science, weâ€™ve been learning about how light travels in a straight line and when light hits an object, it is reflected. If the reflected light hits our eyes, we can see the object. We started thinking about how some objects reflect light better than others and conducted an experiment to test these materials in order to design a book bag that will keep us safe when walking near roads on dark mornings or evenings. We had great fun venturing into the science lab, with our lab coats on and making our very own reflection tester.
In Maths, Year 3 have been practising answering tricky 2step addition and subtraction word problems. Weâ€™ve have been using bar models to help us visualise the question.
Our newspaper reports were typed up, sent off for publication and are hot off the press! We were so excited to see the outcome of this incredible battle between The Iron Man and the Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon. This unpredictable book has taken us on quite the adventure and left us with a poignant message with some lovely class discussions about world peace.
YEAR 4 NEWS We have reached the end of yet another successful and enjoyable half term. We have all worked hard and have learnt a great deal! This week we were disappointed to reach the end of our Power of Reading text, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We agreed that this has been our favourite text so far in Year 4! We have been working on writing a biography of the main characterâ€™s life which has enabled us to retell the story in an interesting way. When learning mathematics, we find it most helpful to use practical resources to help us solve problems and explain our thinking. This week we used Cuisenaire rods, deines blocks, fraction towers and multilink cubes to help us visualise fractions in order to secure our understanding of an abstract concept.
We were thrilled to explore our local environment and excitedly used shovels to dig various areas of our school garden, hoping to find as many invertebrates as we could. As we have been learning to classify vertebrates and invertebrates, we had a good idea of what we were looking for. Our beautiful school grounds were a perfect place to go hunting! We found a variety of invertebrates, including slugs, snails, spiders, ants and centipedes! We used a classification key to help us identify organisms we did not recognise. We have continued to enjoy learning about the ancient Maya civilisation. We investigated a range of secondary sources, particularly paintings, to help us gain more of an insight into this fascinating period in history. We enjoyed making inferences about clues the paintings may give us.