Friday, 17th June 2016
Lower School Newsletter

Learning in the Lower School


This week the students who take music and or LAMDA lessons got the chance to demonstrate their learning and skills in our Peri Assembly on Tuesday and Friday. It was great to see and hear a wide repertoire of live music and singing. All of the students were risk takers and demonstrated great confidence in their skills. It was great to see our younger students such as Emilio (Year 2) perform on the ukulele, and our older students such as Romilly (Y6) play the electric guitar and recite and perform a witty poem from memory.

Baking cookies at the Y3 Sleepover

Year 3 had their school sleepover last Friday. Everyone tells me that it was a great event for the students and that they were well-behaved throughout the evening and overnight. Special thanks to the Year 3 team who organised the event and well done to the Year 3 students – your next residential will be at Moat Mount for 2 nights!

Year 4, 5 and 6 were given the option of taking part in the Maths Junior Challenge recently. Over 3,700 schools took part. The challenge is designed to stretch participants and is based on an upper school level. I was very pleased to see so many students take part and be risk takers. Over 250,000 students took part nationally, including 25 Dwight Lower School students. Congratulations to them all and specifically to Kazuki, Kanta and Areg in Year 5 and 6, who got bronze and silver certificates putting them in the top 20% and 13% respectively.

Year 5 had a great day on Tuesday as they were joined by the actor, Adam Curtis and were given acting lessons featuring famous Shakespearean plays, particularly Macbeth. They enjoyed it and learnt the meanings of some of the Bard’s phrases. Next week the students will follow up with a DVD version of Shakespeare’s animated plays (PG) that I’m sure you will agree is a suitable way to develop their  knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare’s work.

Year 6 have split into smaller research teams for their IBPYP Exhibition. One of the groups went to the Natural History Museum as they continued their research on ancient civilisations and how they have shaped the beliefs and understandings of the world we live in today.

Super Question and Language of the Week

Super Question

This week our super question was to find out – Who is the king of Thailand?

Language of the Week
Our language of the week was Thai.

More News

Summer Fair Postponed and Rearranged for 17th September
The Summer Fair has been postponed, due to potential bad weather and possible damage to the field. We have reset the date for Saturday, 17th September. It will still take place at our sports field on Dale Green Road from 11am-2pm.  Both the Upper and Lower School still had their non-uniform days and collected a lot of items in preparation for the fair. Our Year 5 students were due to have a market day at the Summer Fair as part of their Unit of Inquiry. They have rescheduled and will sell their products on Friday, 24th June between 3 and 4pm.

Parental Updates

  1. Our Holiday Club sessions that take place over the summer with Ms. Tomlin are filling up. If you would like to attend please contact the closing date is 1st July.
  2. Our final cake sale of the year will take place on Friday, 24th hosted by parents from Reception and Year 1. (thank-you)
  3. Our final clubs conclude on Friday, 24th June.
  4. 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-Way Conference on Tuesday
On Tuesday, it is our 3-Way Conference. The purpose of this meeting is to share the successes of our learning. The Upper Primary meetings will take place in the hall and the Lower Primary will take place in the Lodge. We will set up refreshments for visiting parents in our Art room. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday between 2.30 and 6.30pm.

Have a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal

Major Diary dates coming up (more details to follow)




Year 6

End of Year Exhibition

Thursday, 30th June

All of Lower School

Development Tuesday

Tuesday, 5th July

Year 6

Leaver Assembly

Friday, 8th July

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 21st June
3-Way Conference



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