Friday, 21st October 2016

Lower School Newsletter

Learning in the Lower School


Yesterday, October 20th, was World Values Day. Values in schools are important. Here at Dwight, the IB values are very prominent and are something that we encourage all staff and parents to demonstrate. Year 5 invited a professional values consultant from our Parent Association to help them discuss what values are, why they are important, and how companies and organisations are driven by values. For more information go to


As well as research about values, lots of other learning has been taking place during our last week before the half-term break. In Year 6 they have been writing recount articles for a newspaper. In Year 4 the students have been using the laptops to help find out more about their inquiries into Children's Rights. In Year 5 they have produced some collaborative art pieces based on their trip to an art museum on Monday. In Year 3 Sofia came to interview me and we talked about different people have different perspectives. She taught me how to read my favourite bilingual book called Caperucita Roja. Year 2 and Year 1 were visited by our local dentist who talked to both classes about health and about her role in the community. Both the Kindergarten and Reception classes have been producing lovely black and white art work that has been presented in their Black and White Gallery  in the Reception classroom.

Learning is fun, it is an important aspect of our school programme. We want our students to share their learning and so last Friday we invited over 70 parents to be part of their child's learning journey in our Back to School Day. As you can see from the photos, the parents enjoyed their day. They enjoyed our warm and welcoming atmosphere and many of them stayed for lunch too!


Swimming Team and Football Team

Miss Mills has been trialing our swim team in preparation for The Barnet Inter-School Swimming Tournament on November 17th.

The team captains are: Alexander J and Ines S in Year 6. Also in the team are: Milla, Josh, Saranya, Alexander B, Theo, Eliza and Antoni from Year 3 and 4. Along with Alexandra, Alexander J, Marika, Ben,  Alice, Joshua M, Sterre, Joshua S, Ines S, Tamar, Rione & Miya in Year 5 & 6 - Good luck swimmers!


Mr Williams has set up several football fixtures for our teams - who have their third match this afternoon.


Student Council and Charities 

Each year the Student Council provides a shortlist of charities for the students to vote on as their charity for the year. This year we have a local charity and an International one. Our local one is our neighbour, The North London Hospice, that celebrates its 25th anniversary next year and they voted to support War child  as their international charity.

School Drop Off and Pick Up  Reminders 

Please help us to be considerate of our neighbours when dropping children off, particularly in the morning. Please do not park on the zig-zag lines or block other cars in. Parking slightly further away from the school and walking in is a good way to get exercise with your child and would help ease the congestion around the school too.

Upcoming Trips

sYear 5 Museum of Brands Visit

On the 3rd November Year 5 will visit the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill. This will support their Unit of Inquiry on how Advertising can be a powerful tool used to persuade our choices. Students will need to  bring their coats and small bag to carry their lunch, drink bottle and clipboard.  This trip will not affect pick-up or drop-off timings. Sandwiches will be provided for those students who normally pay for a school lunch.


Parent EAL Lessons

When we return after the half-term break we will be starting EAL classes for parents every Thursday starting on 3rd November, click here for more details. We will also be hosting a Halloween Disco on Friday 4th November, please click here for more information.


ACE Time

On Thursday, 3rd November from 9-10.15am we will be hosting an informal coffee morning in the library where our parents can meet the EAL team. This will run alongside ACE time, which stands for Adult and Child Evaluation time.  It is a new feature in the Lower School. ACE time, is an hour slot (you do not need to attend for the whole hour) for you and your child to have the opportunity to share and discuss their learning journey. ACE time will be held on Thursday, 3rd November from 9-10am for Kindergarten, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and on Friday, 4th November from 9-10am  for Years 3 to 6. We will be sending an electronic reminder and sign-up sheet next week.

Super Question and Language of the Week

This week, Ellis in Year 3 correctly remembered that the name of the Hurricane that blew through Central and North America last week was called Hurricane Matthew. This week we asked the students what event took place on Monday in Manchester and Tuesday in London.


We did not have a Language of the week this week as we were deciding on which charities to vote for.


We hope you have a happy and safe half-term, be aware that the clock go back in the early hours of Sunday 30th October and school starts again on Monday, 31st October.


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