Friday, 12th May 2017

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

Successful Exchange

Our friends from Dwight New York arrived on Saturday, 6th May and left this morning Friday, 12th May. The exchange has many positive outcomes and one of them is that it gives the children a first-hand experience of what life is like in other countries. Throughout the week we have seen friendships blossom, minds open and cultural differences acknowledged and celebrated.

During the week our Dwight New York friends visited The London Eye, The London Dungeons, Covent Garden, The British Museum, and took part in a Harry Potter tour. They ate fish and chips, travelled on the tube and almost got lost! They completed their extensive tour of London on Thursday by visiting The Tower of London. They also got to meet Mr. Clarke, a visiting author, to discuss how to write books for children. I have to say a special thanks to all the host families without whom this exchange would not have been possible. They have given their time effort and energy into making this such a special week.


The next part of this exchange is that our Year 6 students will be flying to New York on the 20th May. they too will be hosted, will get to explore a great city and will learn more about another culture and about themselves. International education is great! 


Science Week next week
Mr. van den Bosch and the Dwight scientists have been working hard together as next week is Science Week in the Lower School. We have invited an inspirational Science group to excite, inform and educate the whole of the Lower School.

They are called the Science Boffins and on Thursday they will be sharing some exciting Science work, experiments and investigations to all year groups throughout the day. I look forward to sharing those details in next weeks newsletter. We are also launching a Science competition called a Bridge Competition led by the Dwight Scientists:

On Friday, 19th of May there will be a Science competition. Your task is to make a sturdy bridge that can hold as much weight as possible. We will test your bridge starting with 1kg and going up to 5kg. All classes will have one finalist. In the final we will pile even more weight on the winning bridges and we will find out who has made the sturdiest bridge. Kindergarten to Y2 will need to make one altogether in class and from Y3 to Y6 you have to make your own. All the students who entered the competition will receive 2 tokens, if you win the first round in your class you'll receive 5 tokens and go to the final. If you win the final then you'll get 10 tokens. Participation is optional but will be highly appreciated.


Materials: glue stick, sellotape, string, newspaper, cardboard and straws.

Dimensions: length approximately 50cm, depth approximately 20cm, height as long we can put our hand underneath your bridge. - Dwight Scientists


Bicycle Prowess
This week the Year 5 classes have been taking part in their Bikeability classes as part of the Year 5 wow lessons. They have been learning to be safer cyclists. They have been practicing signalling, steering, braking, becoming more road aware and ultimately better cyclists spoke with Sofia in Year 5 who said she really enjoyed it. See photos above.

Year 4 trip to the Crystal

Year 4 students went to visit the Crystal on Tuesday. They enjoyed travelling on the cable cars. They learnt about energy conservation, energy systems and renewable energy. This trip linked in nicely with  their Unit of Inquiry on Energy Sources and the Future. They took part in some interesting tasks, my two favourites were that one group had to control the energy usage for an imaginary city. Another practical activity they did was to find out how hard they would have to peddle to create enough power for general household appliances such as kettles, toasters and televisions.


Year 2 Trip to Sir John Soane's Museum

Throughout this term the students in Years 2 have been learning about light. They spoke to me about their visit to the Sir John Soane's Museum.  Amirkhan liked a lot of the pictures in the museum. Andrew learnt about a sarcophagus and whether light can pass through it or not.

Elliot explained that translucent items were those items that let a little bit of light through and Mika explained that light can reflect off mirrors. They had a great time at the museum and learnt a lot more about the properties of light.

Internet Safety

We have noticed that  some children in the Lower School have been posting videos online. Like many internet advice companies we believe that it is best not to until your children are older and if children must send a video it should only be sent to close and trusted family and friends.

A very good website to help parents with internet use is called Internet Matters and is available via this link.

Arts depot

We have started our rehearsals for the Arts depot Performance that takes place on Friday June 30th. Tickets are still available for the event that will feature all of the children from Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as the students from the Upper School. It should be a great occasion and we hope to see you there.


  • nSafety: The roads outside the school are busy and I wish to remind you to take care especially during drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Holidays: If you are spending some time away from school with your child, you do need to ask permission  and can do so by emailing Mr Parkin:
  • Late for school : If you arrive late at school, please take your child to the office to register, we will then ensure he/she gets to their class. You can also email the school at
  • Internet Safety: A reminder that if your child sees something inappropriate online please continue to encourage them to report it to you or a teacher

The Week Ahead

  • All of the Year groups will take part in our Science Week next week. 
  • Book Fair takes place next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school in the Hall.
  • Year 6 travel to New York on Saturday, 20th May. 

Updates and Key dates for Term 3

  1. Year 4 Class Assembly is scheduled for Friday, 26th May from 9-10am , with a follow up meeting for Year 4 parents with the Upper School Principal Designate Mr. Andy Atkinson.
  2. Year 3 sleepover is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, 8th June.
  3. Our Year 6 exhibition is on the evening of Thursday, 15th June.
  4. Our 3-way conference is on Tuesday, 20th June.
  5. Our Summer Fair is scheduled for Saturday, 24th June from 11am-2pm.
  6. Our Arts Depot Show is on Friday 30th June (see details above).
  7. Our Lower School Sports Day is on Wednesday, 5th July.

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our Super Question was to find out What election for a president started on Sunday, 23rd April and finished on Sunday, 7th May? The answer was The French Presidential Election and Rayaan from Year 5 correctly informed the school of this fact. Well done Rayaan you get a Sparky for being so knowledgeable.

For next week we have linked the Super Question to New York in honour of our guests from Dwight New York - What is the capital of  New York state? ( It is not New York City)


Have a good week

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal

In memory of Julia Watson.

As many of you know earlier this year our good friend, teacher and colleague sadly lost her battle with Breast Cancer.
In her memory, I have decided to take on the mammoth challenge of climbing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, 24.5 miles in 12 hours. The reason for the challenge is to raise money for Breast Cancer Care who provide valuable help and support to women throughout the UK who have to face this battle. Without such help the journey can be a much longer and lonelier one. If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking here and I thank you in advance for your support. Ali Miley, Admissions Officer.

Dwight Parent Association News and Events

Dwight School London International Cookbook

Have you submitted a recipe yet?! The Parent Association is hoping for your support in making this an exciting fundraising cookbook for our school community and we want great recipes from our students, parents and staff members! The cookbook price will be £15 and available for pick up at the Summer Fair. All proceeds will go directly to Parent Association.

A few rules about the recipes you submit:

  • The recipe must be in metric measurements – Tablespoons and teaspoons are ok (here's a link to help convert if you need it).
  • All the ingredients must be easily sourced at a London supermarket.
  • It can be a recipe from an existing cookbook – all we ask is that you site the source

You can use the form here to submit the recipe for inclusion in the cookbook. 

Please fill out the boxes that are applicable and PLEASE proofread and double check your entry before you submit it, as it will be published as is. We encourage you to also submit a photograph – either of the dish or of your family or your child for inclusion in the cookbook, as this will make the cookbook great. You are also welcome to submit a few recipes as this will give us flexibility if we get many similar ones.

The final deadline for your submission is Monday, 15th May.  So don't delay!!!!

Many thanks,

Parent Association


May Out and About eventBrixton Market food and history walking tour

Date: Friday, 26th May
Meet: 9.00am West Finchley Tube station or 9.50am in Brixton (exact details will be given the week of)
Tour is from 10am-1pm
Cost: £20 + lunch costs

Join us for a 3 hour guided walking tour of the Brixton Market area. John, from Liquid History, will give us an overview of the history of the area and the eateries. Afterwards we will grab lunch.

Please let Michele – if you are interested in joining or for more information.

June Out and About event – A re-scheulded tour of Chislehurst Caves in Kent (due to Storm Doris cancelling the last!)
Chislehurst Caves is a 35 km long series of intersecting tunnels used for chalk and flint mining from the 13–19th centuries.

Date: Thursday, 29th June
Meet: West Finchley tube station 9.00am – or Charing Cross rail station ticketing area at 9.45am – We will take the 10:06 Southeastern Train from Charing Cross to Chislehurst (30 min ride)
We will plan to take the 11.00am caves tour.
Cost: £6 to enter the caves and approx £12 for train ticket

Please let Michele – if you are interested in joining or for more information.



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