Friday, 24th February 2017

Lower School Newsletter

Learning in the Lower School

Welcome Back

We hope you had a good half term break.


Lower School Book Week

We are very excited about Book Week taking place all of next week. There will be a variety of activities and competitions including: a book character potato competition!; a decorate the class door in the style of a scene from a book competition; a dress-up-as-a-book character day (on Friday 3rd); guest readers, who will visit classes throughout the week. We have a guest author/poet spending the day with us on Thursday. Her name is Chrissie Gittens she will be selling some of her books after school on Thursday for £6 each. There is also a writes of passage activity.  Students will be asked to write about a book they have read that meant a lot to them. These will be on display in the hall (with the potato entries). We would really appreciate it if you, our parents, could also fill in a writes of passage template where you tell us about a book you have read that was meaningful and why. The children will bring this home on Monday, 27th February. Please send this in with your child anytime next week. And finally, our Parent Association are hosting Book Week Disco on Friday, 3rd March from 6.30-8.00pm for Years 3-6.


Musical Skills

We encourage children to learn in a variety of ways and music is one of them as it can be great at embedding understanding and promoting creativity. Mr. Mastoridis has recently shared some work that links music with the children's inquiries. Here is a film of the children in Year 5 linking music with their recent Earth, Sun and Moon Inquiry.


Two new teams for Dwight 
This week our Boys Under 9 Football Team and our Girls Year 5 and 6 Netball Team represented the school against Hereward House and St Johns respectively. Both teams are relatively new and although they didn't win this week it was great that they had an opportunity to try out their skills against students from other schools.



Before the break Year 5 shared some of their learning as part of an exhibition about Space. I spent some time talking to Sofia about training to be an astronaut, and to João about applying to become an astronaut. I also watched several clips of stop motion films that demonstrated the children's understanding of the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon.


Exhibitions are a key component of children's learning. It is generally well known that if children teach something to other children or adults then their level of understanding increases significantly. Exhibitions facilitate this type of learning. 


We are now only 3 months away form our Year 6 IBPYP Exhibition which is scheduled for June 15th. I encourage all Upper Primary children and their parents to go to have a look at the IB Middle Years (IBMYP) Exhibition which is also known as the Personal Project Evening. It is scheduled to take place at the Jubilee building next Tuesday, 28th February from 6.00-8.00pm. It will also be an opportunity to meet the incoming Upper School Principal, Mr Andy Atkinson.



Good Luck To Ms. Pitts and Mrs. Weber

Both Ms. Pitts and Mrs. Weber are being risktakers. They are planning to complete the Camino de Santiago walk over Easter. The walk is over 120 km long! They will start their walk in Portugal and finish in Spain. They are walking for charity and any donation will be given to The North London Hospice via their JustGiving web page.


  • School finishes at 3.40pm and children who are not involved in after school clubs must leave the school premises by no later than 4.00pm. 
  • If you arrive late at school, please bring your child to the office to register, we will then ensure that your child gets to their class. You can also email the school at

The Week Ahead

  • Year 6 Trip to the Imperial War Museum on Wednesday, 1st March.
  • Book Week in the Lower School takes place for the whole week.
  • Football fixture vs Hereward House takes place on Tuesday, 28th February.
  • There is a Drama Workshop taking place at the Lower School for Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 on Wednesday morning 1st  March.
  • Class Photograph Day in the Lower School is scheduled for Wednesday, 1st March.
  • An inter-school competition for both the Upper and Lower School Netball Team takes place on Friday 3rd March.
  • Our Fourth Plinth Art competition has been extended to March 3rd. Mrs Boughton informs me that all entries need to be accompanied by your full name, age and a title:

Updates and Key dates for 2017

  1. Year 5 have their 3-day & 2 night residential trip in Suffolk from 22-24th March.
  2. Year 4 have their 2 day & 1 night residential trip in Greater London from 23-24th March.
  3. Dwight Lower School International Fun Run and Breakfast takes place on Friday, 31st March.  

Super Question and Language of the Week

Last week our question was How many years has queen Elizabeth II been the Queen? 65 was the correct answer given by Haruki in Y3S He wins a Sparky for being knowledgeable. Next week we would like to know What celebratory day took place in America last Monday? 
Our Language of the week was Dutch, as it is spoken in many different countries including  Suriname in South America. Thanks to Sterre and Ellis who both helped us learn new Dutch words.

Have a great weekend.

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal

Dwight Parent Association Events


Coffee Morning
The next Parent Association Coffee Morning is from 9.00am on Friday, 10th March at Cafe Nero, 776 Finchley High Rd, London N12 9QH. We look forward to seeing you there.


Tuesday - 28 February 2017
All day
Wednesday - 1 March 2017
All day
Friday - 3 March 2017
All day

Dwight School London

6, Friern Barnet Lane. N11 3LX

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