Friday, 20th May 2016
Lower School Newsletter

Learning in the Lower School

The weeks seem to be flying by and Year 6 is having a great time in New York. They have been to the UN, to MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art), to see the Statue of Liberty by speed boat, to Times Square, to the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central station; to the 9/11 Museum and they even visited Hershey’s Candy Store! To find out more about their adventures and see more pictures, please check their blog at

Whilst Year 6 has been away, we have asked Year 5 to be the role models for the Lower School. We have reminded them that they will soon be in Year 6 and therefore they will be ambassadors for the Lower School. They have responded well and risen to the challenge of demonstrating more of the learner profile, becoming more responsible and being more committed to their work.

Kindergarten and Reception produced a lovely assembly on Thursday. They shared the story of the little seed, they sang songs, they danced, they showed a stop motion video of a life cycle and they shared lots of learning with us. I was really impressed with their knowledge and their ability to work together and the confident way that they presented their assembly to the rest of the school and over 50 parents! For many of them, it is their first sharing assembly.

Year 2 had a lovely, action-packed assembly on Tuesday. They set up the biggest stage so far this year and presented a shadow puppet theatre show. They shared their learning with a smile on their faces and talked about light sources, shadow puppetry and poetry in detail.

Finally, the Kindergarten and Reception students have been learning about life cycles. They have had a small incubator in their classroom and several unhatched eggs.  Each day the students have been observing any changes waiting for the eggs to hatch.  I’m pleased to say that 8 chicks have hatched recently.  It is great for the students to see such a process from such close quarters and it also gives me the opportunity to think about what we should call the chicks …. I’ve decided upon- Kentucky, Nugget, Korma, Tikka, Masala, Coronation, Kebab, and Satay!

Super Question and Language of the Week

Super Question

This week our super question was to find out What is the name of the English broadcaster and naturalist that has made literally hundreds of documentaries about science and planet Earth; he has just celebrated his 90th birthday? Sir David Attenborough was the correct answer given by Alexander in Year 5. He gets a Sparky for being Knowledgeable.

Next week the Super Question is a hard one – “Where is the G7?”

Language of the Week
Our language of the week was Tagalog and Mrs. McCullough helped us. Next week our language of the week is Urdu.

More News

Development Tuesday
Please be reminded that this Tuesday is Development Tuesday. Lower School will be closing at 2.30pm and there are no after school clubs. The teachers will be developing, reflecting and reviewing their IBPYP Units of Inquiry. Development Tuesdays take place five times a year and the final one is set for Tuesday, 5th July.

Prize Giving and Talent Show

On Thursday morning, you are all invited to our Prize Giving & Talent Show that will take place in the hall from 9.00am until 10.30am. This event showcases the students' talents and rewards ten lucky students who have shown the most improvement against the learner profile.  Last year it featured singing, acting, Irish dancing musical performances and much more. We are looking forward to seeing you at the show.

Trips Update

Trips are an integral part of the students' learning and we are proud of the many opportunities that we have helped establish over the last few years. Trips have made our curriculum very rich, more meaningful and memorable for the students, whether it is visiting an allotment or taking a seat at the Houses of Parliament. Our recent inspections have acknowledged the impact of our trips and how they have helped support learning.

From September 2016, there will be no charges for day trips that link in with the students' learning. Residential trips will now be invoiced. The cost for these trips next term will appear in the first term (16-17) invoices of our Year 5 students (who will be visiting France in Year 6) and for our Y6 students (who will be taking part in a 3-day residential called Bushcraft in September as M1 students).

Book Fair

Thanks to those of you who purchased books or helped to run our Book Fair in ECO 1 this week. We sold many books and initial estimates make us think that we may have collected around  £900 so far ( with one day to go!).

Wear It Wild

On Friday, 27th May we have decided to support WWF and to have a Wear It Wild Day. The purpose of the day is to heighten the students' awareness of the need to protect wild animals and endangered species.  This links in well with our chosen charity: WWF.

We ask the students to wear something wild next Friday and donate £1 for doing so. The money collected will go straight to the WWF charity. For more details check the website

Parental Updates

  1. Please be aware not to park on the zig-zag lines outside the school.
  2. Please note that you should have received a username and password for the Parent Portal part of the website that was launched recently. If you have not received this information please contact Karen Strickland.
  3. Please try to avoid allowing your children to run through the staff car park before and after school. If you have to come through the car park with your children it is important that they are accompanied at all times.

Major Diary dates coming up (more details to follow)




All of Lower School

Sports Day

Thursday 9th June

Whole School

Summer Fair

Saturday 18th June

All of Lower School

3-way Conference

Tuesday, 21st June

Year 6

End of Year Exhibition

Thursday, 30th June

Year 6

Leaver Assembly

Friday, 8th July

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 21st May
Year 6 return from New York

Tuesday, 24th May
Development Tuesday
Year 6 Meeting - 6pm, Dwight Cafe

Thursday, 26th May
Prize Giving and Talent Show

Friday, 27th May
Wear it Wild Day
EAL Trip to the Museum of London



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