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The whole of the Lower School spent the day exploring maths and problem solving. In the morning, there was a workshop, led by the visiting Problem Solving Company, and the children undertook all sorts of hands-on maths challenges – a Numicon-shaped biscuit, anyone? In the afternoon, the focus shifted to maths in art, with creations including pasta mandalas and Kandinsky-inspired prints. The children demonstrated a real enthusiasm for maths and collaborative work, and a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all!
Thank you to the Year 1 parents who attended the presentation on Wednesday. We hope that you found the talk informative and that it gave you ideas as to how you can support your child with maths at home.
On Thursday, Year 5 embarked upon their first school trip of the academic year. They went to Kew Gardens, where they participated in a fascinating workshop on the evolution and adaptation of plants. The children explored the Victorian greenhouses and came face-to-face with some of the oldest – and indeed, some of the strangest – plants in the world!
On Thursday, the Year 4 parents were invited to have lunch with their children and teachers. During the meal, each table was given a conversation starter that had the hall buzzing with lively chatter! Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be? A: Invisibility, Teleporting, Flying, Infinite wishes and even The ability to steal all other superpowers!
In a very tough tournament, the team found it difficult to score goals, as they finished third in their group. The performances, however, showed real character – their attractive passing game and general composure on the ball were a big plus as they continue to develop as a team.
Many congratulations to the children who were awarded certificates following their recent LAMDA exams.
The time is drawing near for Harvest Festival! At this time of year we come together as a school to be thankful for all we have and use it as an opportunity to help those in need. We ask that the children bring in items to help those at the ‘Ace of Clubs’ in Clapham. This is an organisation that helps the homeless, and other disadvantaged people in the community. They are always extremely grateful for any donations and have requested various goods; not all of them are harvest items, but are needed all the same! Our Harvest Festival assembly will be on 18 October (the last day of half term). Please could your child bring in his/her items and take them straight into the hall.
Here are some items that the shelter have said would be very helpful:
Long grain easy cook rice, pasta, basmati rice, pasta sauces, corned beef, tuna, tinned soup, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, baked beans, tinned beans/pulses, rice pudding, custard, olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut milk, mayonnaise, ketchup, salt, herbs, spices, long-life milk, coffee, tea, sugar, biscuits
Sleeping bags, blankets, thermals, underwear, socks, shoes, trainers, hats, gloves, waterproof clothing, belts, warm clothing.
Shower gels, shampoo, deodorants, toothpaste & brushes, shaving foam, razors, hairbrushes and combs, hand and body creams, nail cutters, cotton buds, flannels.
Washing powder, washing up liquid, J-cloths, plastic cutlery, plastic beakers, kitchen towel, take away containers.
Unwanted oyster cards, pots & pans, toasters, kettles, unwanted electrical appliances, unlocked mobile phones, phone chargers. Vouchers to spend in Sainsbury’s to purchase meat and dairy products.
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M K Hodge 27 September 2019