Friday, 22nd January 2015
Lower School Newsletter

Learning in the Lower School

Year 6 were visited by a local Councillor on Wednesday. Councillor Laurie Williams from Barnet Council helped the students to understand the process that he went through to become a councillor. The students in Year 6 are working on their Unit of Inquiry about Governance and they were intrigued to hear about how councils work, how decisions are made and how committees are formed to help the decision-making process. The students asked some insightful questions. Councillor Williams was impressed by their enthusiasm, knowledge and range of questions.

Some children from Reception have been identifying emotions this week. They have been drawing faces that display different emotions and trying to write the sounds that are in such words as angry, happy and sad.

Year 5 have made some great 3D models of the solar system this week, as part of their Unit of Inquiry. The Year 5 teachers were so pleased that they immediately displayed them in the main corridor.

Our footballers played against Hereward House School on Tuesday and lost a tight game 2:0. They play again on Wednesday, 27th January and we wish them well.

Next week we are launching a new initiative called our “Hour of Code” week. The children from all classes will be given specific ICT activities that will focus on coding skills. They have also had an exciting assembly from the Digital Leaders telling us all about coding and setting a coding competition!

On Thursday we were visited by fourteen teachers from state schools in Holland. They came to see a successful international school, and they particularly focused on how we met the needs of our students and continued to support and challenge them. They were exceptionally complimentary about the school and particularly the teaching staff and students they met.

Lower School Clubs continued this week. I was lucky enough to drop in on a club that Arun, an M1 student from the Upper School is leading. He is helping the students with computer coding through this club.

During Performance Club the auditions for the main roles in our play Charlie and the Chocolate Factory took place. Well done to everyone that auditioned, the standard was very high. Talia will be playing the role of Willy Wonka, with Romilly playing the role of Charlie.

In chess club this week I played a game against Ella. It is great to see the students thinking about chess moves and what the benefits or potential looses could be. Ella was very good and we managed to agree to a draw!

Super Question and Language of the Week

Super Question
Our Super Question was What was the name of female prime Minister elected in India 50 years ago? Joao got it right with Indira Ghandi. Our Super Question for this week is: Which world-famous author would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year?

Language of the Week
Our Language of the Week was Romanian and I was helped by Miya in Year 4, who researched the language and shared her findings with us. Next week our Language of the Week is Spanish.

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Curriculum Overviews and Portfolios
At Dwight School London we want to continue to share the fantastic learning that takes place at the school. This week we are sending home each child’s IBPYP portfolio for the week so that you can discuss specific pieces of work with your child and even give them a “thumbs up”. We also want to remind you that our termly overviews are now posted on our website you can access the Kindergarten and Reception overviews here. For the Year 1 to 6 overviews, please click here.

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

Monday, 25th January
Year 4 Trip to The Golden Hinde

Wednesday, 27th January
Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 Football Match vs Gower School @ Dwight Sports Field on Dale Green Road
Reception Trip to the Science Museum

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