Friday 12th January 2018

Lower School Newsletter


Learning in the Lower School

I hope that you had a great break and may I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018. Here at the Lower School we are all pleased to be back and I am delighted to share with you some of the activities and learning that have taken place this week.

In Years 3 to 6 we have been risk-takers and have added golf, rock climbing and more swimming to our PE curriculum. Initial feedback has been very positive and we look forward to more updates throughout the term.


Year 2 have been discussing their senses for their new Unit of Inquiry and Year 1 have been looking at how they have changed over the years as part of their work too.


Year 5 started the term with a Big Bang. They produced very detailed planet models that demonstrated their understanding of solar system. These great 3-D models are now on display in our Reception area. They also visited the Science Museum on Tuesday to find out more AND on Thursday they were visited by a tent/dome shaped planetarium  that enabled them to lie down inside and watch the stars. The planetarium was such a success that years 3, 4 and 6 visited it as well!

Good luck to Josh and Elisa in Year 5 and Year 4 respectively. They both have been selected for the Swimming National Championships due to take place at the London Olympic Aquatic Centre on Sunday 21st January - Go Dwight!  

Healthy Eating, Internet Safety and our Safety Week

Over the last few weeks Eating and Internet Safety have been in the media spotlight. At School as well, we have always tried to encourage healthy eating habits, a balanced lifestyle and promoted healthy snacks.


Last week the UK government launched more information about healthy eating via a website called Change4life that you might find interesting. It features some food facts, nice recipes and activities to stay healthy. 


Internet Safety has also been highlighted recently. Please be aware that newer pieces of software and apps have chat rooms attached to them. It is important to reiterate that children should not speak to people online that they do not know. As software becomes ever more sophisticated, it is more  important to discuss and monitor your child's use.


During the week 5th-9th February we will be focusing even more on safety by hosting a Safety Week. We have three activities that will be taking place during the week:

  • We will be joined by the NSPCC who will talk to all of the children about being safe.
  • We will have a visit from our local police constable who will talk to classes about stranger danger and the law.
  • We will be talking about internet safety through the Digital Captains who will be reiterating good habits.

Curriculum Overviews

Our website is always interesting and you may wish to see what learning opportunities we have scheduled for Term 2. The link for Kindergarten and Reception is here, Years 1 to 6 is here.  It will give you a nice indication of what will be happening in your child's classroom this term.


Footballers and the F A Cup Final 

We are coming to the end of the football season within the school. There are only a few matches left. We have a match on Friday 12th and next Thursday and Friday for the boys. We also have a match on Friday, 19th for the girls. We recently sent out a letter to all families with students in Years 3-6 about getting tickets for the Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on May 5th. These are available until Jan 26th via your child's WisePay account. 

Upper School Taster Evening

Look out for information next week regarding the upcoming Upper School Taster Evening on Thursday, 25th January!

It is open to all, but we particularly encourage parents of students in Years 4, 5 and 6 students to attend. On the same day Year 6 students will also be having  a taster of Upper School life.


Term 1 Magazine

In case you missed it last term, check out our 32 page bumper issue Term 1 Magazine here! Printed copies will be available in the Lower School and Jubilee Reception areas later next week.


  • Please use the side gate by the Eco Building when entering and exiting the school.
  • We have a lot of lost property. Please do check if you think your child may have lost something. The (full) Lost property box is by the side of the Music room. Items that are not labelled or claimed may find their way to the DPA Second Hand Uniform shop!

Key dates for this term

 Useful dates for next week.

  1. Clubs Start on Monday, 15th January.
  2. Football Competition (Boys) Thursday, 18th January
  3. Football Matches (Girls and Boys)  Friday, 19th January
  4. Two Lower School Swimmers represent Dwight at the National Swimming Championships at the Olympic Aqua Centre in London - Sunday, 21st January

Useful dates for this term 

  1. We start our clubs in the week beginning 15th January 2018 and end on Friday March 16th.
  2. Year 6 Upper School transition day, Thursday, 25th January.
  3. Upper School Taster Evening, Thursday, 25th January.
  4. Young Voices Concert is on 31st January.
  5. Safety Week: 5th - 8th February.
  6. ACE Time takes place on Thursday, 8th February for Kindergarten, Reception, Years 1, 2 and 5.
  7. ACE Time takes place on Friday, 9th February for Years 3, 4 and 6.
  8. Mid Year Reports are sent out on 9th February.
  9. Language Day is on 22nd February.
  10. Year 5 go to Flatford Mill on 21st-23rd March.
  11. Year 4 go to Moat Mount on 22nd-23rd March.
  12. Year 3 have their class Residential Sleepover on 22nd March.

Super Question and Language of the Week

Our First Super Question of 2018 was:  Which city and country will host the Winter Olympics later this month? A sparky is available  for anyone who can share that answer on Monday 15th January.


Our first Language of the Week is going to be German.


Bis Bald!

Matt Parkin
Lower School Principal

Dwight Parent Association News and Events

January Out and About

It was a grand day out to Kensington Palace today, Friday, 12th January, with the Dwight Out and About Club to see the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibit. We do hope more of you can join us next month, please see the details below.


February Out and About

Date: Thursday, 8th February, 2018

Meet: 10:00am at West Finchley Tube station or 10:45 at the entrance of Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly London W1A 1ER

Cost: £ 40


The 311-year-old story of Fortnum & Mason is one that's full of surprises. Join the Fortnum and Mason archivist for a tour of the building (with tastings), to hear the fascinating tales behind one of Britain's most loved icons, ending up with – what else – a cup of Fortnum's famous tea. Tour is from 11 - 12.45pm and we can decide to stay for lunch after.

You will need to pre-purchase your own ticket via this link. Tickets are extremely limited, so don't delay!

Please let Michele know when you book your ticket so she knows who to expect -


Thursday - 18 January 2018
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday - 19 January 2018
All day

Dwight School London

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