Friday, 20th October 2017

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

Learning in the Lower School
Year 6 have had a particularly busy week. On Monday they spent the day at the Upper School. They attended several lessons: Science, Humanities (known as Individuals and Societies), Design, an English lesson with Mr. Dickenson and a Maths lesson with Ms. Bursuc. The feedback was very positive. It is good that our students are getting to know the teachers in Upper school as well as the routines and rooms within the buildings.


Year 6 also visited the Science Museum on Tuesday to have a presentation about guts! It was informative and it served as a good way to introduce the class to their Unit of Inquiry on the Human Body.


Kindergarten and Reception visited the train station this week. They enjoyed exploring the local area and were very well behaved. On Wednesday afternoon all of the Kindergarten and Reception students were joined by Years 1 and 2 to celebrate their Autumn Party. It was a great event, the children wore fancy dress outfits and I met four spidermen, four princesses, a sheep and a shark! They were entertained by a lovely lady who introduced them to some magic tricks, songs and plenty of jokes. Please see the photos above.



On Monday  I spent some time  with the Maths Club hosted by Mrs. Brooks. I met with Kelvin in Year 3 who was solving a mathematical problem online, Alex in Year 5 who was trying to park a digital car in as fewer moves as possible and I spent some time discussing sudoko grids with Alfie, Tess and Yoni. It was a fun club and I enjoyed sharing the learning with the children.


House Spirit Day.

On Friday we spent the day launching our new Houses and their colours. Our new Houses are called Artists, Pioneers and Visionaries. Their colours are white, blue and red respectively. We spent the day mixing students form across the school, to discuss House logos, chants, competitions , charities and competitive sports.


ACE Time, Parent Workshops and Parent Consultations 

Thank -you to all those people who attended ACE time and the workshops this week. It was great to see so many of you and to celebrate and share our learning. Our next event involving parents is the Parent Consultations on October 31st. An emailed link was sent out on Tuesday for parents to chose their Parent Consultation slot. The Parent Consultations take place from 2.30-6.30pm in the classrooms. School does continue until 3.40pm. Also on that day we have a Parent Workshop about Phonics starting at 1.30-2.30, if you have not done so already, please  register here.

DPA Events for Lower School

Many thanks to the Dwight Parents Association who helped source and run an Autumn party on Wednesday . 


The DPA have also organised an event for our Year 3-6 students who are invited to come to our Halloween Disco on Friday, 3rd November from 6.30-8pm. Home made posters are now being displayed in the corridors to remind children about the's starting to scare me a little !! Tickets cost £5, please register here.


Student Council News

The Student Council chose the food to sell at the Student Council shop last week. We hope to start running the shop next month. Look out for more details.

Ski Trip 
Every year we host a ski trip that involves the Upper School and Lower School students and some of their parents too  This year the event will take place during the February half term. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Ali Miley at

Dwight Radio

Our radio programme continues to thrive. We have been sharing shows for our students to listen to  at break and lunch in the Relaxation Station.

We have received some great feedback about our radio programme. Click here to visit our Dwight Radio page and tune in.

Holiday Club Dates

Over the half term break we will be resurfacing our playground and so we will not be running a holiday club. Place are still available for other weeks throughout the year If you are still interested please click here.


  • British Summer Time ends - Please note that on 29th October British Summer Time ends and the clocks go back one hour. We want to remind all parents and students of the importance of being safe and being seen when the nights get darker quicker. Reflective clothing is a great way to be bright and be seen during the next few months.

Key dates for this term

Useful diary dates for next week October 30 - Nov 3rd
  1. Parent Consultations Tuesday, 31st October 2.30 - 6.30pm
  2. Phonics Workshop Tuesday, 31st October 1.30 - 2.30pm
  3. Year 3 Art Trip to Royal Academy Art on 2nd November
  4. Football Match vs Gower School on 3rd November
  5. Halloween Fancy Dress Disco is on Friday, 3rd November - tickets are available here

Useful dates for the next half term

  1. School Individual Photos 9/11/17
  2. Swimming competitions 16/11/17 and 20/11/17
  3. Maths Day 21/11/17
  4. Book Fair starts week of 20/11/17
  5. Flu jabs are on 28/11/17
  6. Christmas Shows for  Lower Primary Students  will be on 5/12/17 and 6/12/17 

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our Super Question last week was:   What is the most visited city in the World? Josh in Year 5  got the right answer: Bangkok in Thailand, and he gets a Sparky for being knowledgeable. Last week Guilherme got it right.  (I want to send my apologies to Guilherme who had a a typo in his name in the newsletter.) He is the youngest ever student to win a Sparky for answering the Super Question.



Our Super Question this week is What happened in the UK 30 years ago on October 1987?


Our thunk of the week - (A thunk is a question that makes the brain go ouch!) - This week I asked the students to consider the following - If giraffes ruled the world - how would it be different?


Have a good weekend and a lovely half term break.

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal


Dwight Parent Association News and Events

Out and About Events for Parents


Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibit @ the V&A Museum

Discover how Cristobal Balenciaga's exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs shaped modern fashion. The exhibit examines the work and legacy of the influential Spanish couturier with over 100 pieces crafted by the master of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.

Date: Friday, 10th November

Meet: 9:00am West Finchley tube station or 9:45am at the V&A Museum main ticketing entrance – Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL – for a 10am timed entry into the exhibit.

Cost: £12 for tickets

Tickets: Pre-booking is essential. Click here to book your own ticket for the 10am entrance on 10th November.


After the exhibit we can peruse more of the museum or have lunch as a group.


Please let Michele – know when you book so she knows who is joining.


Wednesday - 25 October 2017
All day
Thursday - 26 October 2017
All day
Friday - 27 October 2017
All day

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