Friday, 15th January 2015
Lower School Newsletter

Learning in the Lower School

Kindergarten and Reception have set up their Doctor’s surgery in the classroom. There they can set up appointments, meet the doctor, take messages, administer first aid to a variety of sick toys and wait patiently in the waiting room.  Both classes are covering Senses and Emotions this term in their Unit of Inquiry and here is a picture of them exploring in the sensory room.

Year 6 and Year 5 visited the Upper School this week as part of their transition. They met M1 students, took part in lessons, met more Upper School staff and had a really interesting and enjoyable experience.

Year 2 have been thinking hard about good questions to ask that would help them find out about inventions and machines. They even saw a picture of the first helicopter designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Year 5 enjoyed finding out about space at the Science Museum and followed this up with work about the differences between a galaxy, a solar system and a universe. Can you explain those differences?

Year 4 have started to look at their Unit of Inquiry about exploration. They were visited by Christopher Columbus (who looked a lot like Mr. van den Bosch). Mr. Columbus told us he was inspired to explore and find the Spice Islands from reading the diaries of Marco Polo.

Year 3 performed their assembly to the parents this morning. It was both educational and informative. They shared what they had learnt about fables and the morals behind them, demonstrated by the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. They also performed a little show about houses called Through the Keyhole. It looked a lot of fun.

On Tuesday, Year 1 had their lessons at the Victorian classroom at St Albans Cathedral.

They did the 3R's (reading, writing and arithmetic) in the Victorian way. The children dressed in Victorian costumes and played various games from over 100 years ago. It was an amazing day but they were glad to be back at Dwight School.

Our footballers took part in a five-a-side competition earlier this week. Mr Cusack was impressed with their tenacity and team spirit. After a difficult start they went on to win 50% of their matches.

Lower School clubs started successfully this week. We have Archery taking place in the Hall. In Performance Club the students were informed that the production this term is going to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, they are super excited and cannot wait to start rehearsing next week. In Stop Animation Club students experimented and worked together to create short films and in EAL club the students played fun language games with word cards.

Super Question and Language of the Week

Super Question
Our Super Question was What is the name of the British Astronaut currently in space?. Angad in 4V got it right when he said it was Tim Peake. This week the Super Question is What was the name of female prime Minister elected in India 50 years ago?

Language of the Week
Our Language of the Week was Portuguese and we were helped by Ines in Year 5. Next week it is Romanian.

More News

Introduction to LAMDA
At Dwight School London we are proud to provide LAMDA lessons. LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom and has a global reputation for excellence. LAMDA provide courses and examinations for children aged Year 3 and above covering a range of drama based skills. Over the past three years our LAMDA examination results at Dwight have been consistently excellent with most students achieving High Merits and Distinctions.

Mrs. Macmull is our fully qualified LAMDA teacher. If you think your child might be interested then please contact her on her email, you can also learn more about LAMDA at

Important Dates for this Term

  • Portfolios sent home - 21st January to be returned by 28th January
  • Mid-Year School Reports sent home - 11th February
  • World Book Day -  3rd March
  • Fun Run and International Breakfast - **Now changed to 12th February
  • Upper Primary Show Performance - 6.30pm Wednesday, 23rd March
More details about these events will follow shortly.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 19th January
Year 5 and 6 Football Match vs Hereward House @ Dwight Sports Ground on Dale Green Road

Friday, 22nd January
Trip to Geffryre Museum

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