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Update

 OCTOBER 2023

MBE

I had a wonderful day last week when I went to Windsor Castle to receive my MBE.  Investitures are performed by King Charles, Prince William or Princess Anne and I had Princess Anne.  Talking to the staff at Windsor Castle, they told me that when it is Princess Anne, the whole ceremony lasts much longer as she takes time to talk at length to everyone who is receiving an award.  This was certainly true in my case. She was utterly charming and really easy to talk to.  As I said to Princess Anne (I never thought I would be writing this in a newsletter).

“Even after all these years, I continue to enjoy every single day of my job and it’s a privilege to work with such amazing children and staff and supportive families.”

The whole day was a very special occasion for myself and my family.

Have a lovely half-term break.

NURSERY

Nursery have all settled in well and are learning the routines. We have been learning about colours through Colourbots and have enjoyed using lots of different methods in our work. We have been colour mixing and colour sorting and have made a chart showing our favourite colour.

This week we have explored the signs of Autumn and enthusiastically collected leaves and twigs on our Autumn walk. We were so happy to wear our autumn hats home and used the leaves to make pictures of hedgehogs and mice. We have talked about the weather turning colder and needing to wear coats and hats now.

RECEPTION

We have had a really fun time in Reception. The children absolutely loved taking part in our Sponsored Bounce and we appreciate all the money raised. The children have really enjoyed our Friday activities and the PE, Art and Understanding.

The World Lessons have led to lots of learning opportunities. There has been a lot of focus this half term on name writing and recognition and the children are making good progress. We have now learnt 16 sounds in Read, Write, Inc and the children are getting better at recognising these when shown. We have started to read simple words and we are now giving out a sound blending worksheet every week.

The children really enjoy our Friday reading Assembly and are getting really competitive with the other classes in their attempts to win the reading owl. Can you please ensure you are writing in your child's yellow reading diary as this will help your child's class!

We hope the children have an amazing and well deserved Half Term break.

YEAR 1

The children have had a fantastic first half-term in Year 1. Over the last 7 weeks we have really enjoyed getting to know them.

hey have been working very hard in maths learning about place value and in English writing their own version of We’re going on a bear hunt.

In science, we have enjoyed learning about our bodies and our different senses. We looked at the human skeleton and have begun to recognise the different bones in our body.

We then had some fun practical lessons using our sense of smell and taste. Children smelt and tasted a variety of different foods and had to comment on what the food was and the flavour.

After half term, children will learn about Florence Nightingale and will have the fantastic opportunity of meeting her. We will then look forward to learning about Bonfire night and Christmas.

YEAR 2

Year 2 have been very busy towards the end of the first half-term. We spent the European Day of Languages learning about Spain by counting to 10 in Spanish, making fans and dancing the paso doble. 

We have had some excellent forest school sessions where we ate smores, drank hot chocolate and made bracelets. We also made Paddington Bear toast.

Year 2 participated in Big Box Day as part of our London topic. The children were excited to make all the different London landmarks. The children worked in teams to design and create the landmarks from a range of recycled materials. We used tape, glue, paper, scissors and boxes. We hope you enjoyed our Big Box Day exhibition!

YEAR 3

Year 3 has had a brilliant half-term. We have loved our topic ‘Extreme Earth’ and enjoyed making hurricanes out of clay and using glitter and washing up liquid in a bottle. We have learnt about other natural disasters, including volcanoes and earthquakes and also got to practise an earthquake drill. We enjoyed learning all about Italy during Languages Day. We got to try different Italian foods, learn how to say some basic phrases and learnt all about Pompeii. We also got to design our own t-shirts to celebrate Languages Day. We are looking forward to learning lots in the next half-term.

YEAR 4

Year 4 has had a fantastic term. We have settled well and have enjoyed learning all about the Amazon rainforest, creating animal fact files in English, reading stories from other cultures and experimenting with materials to understand the different states of matter in science.

In PE, we have been practising and perfecting our balances and rolls. Children have learnt how to forward roll, barrel roll and can all complete a straight roll. We then learnt how to sequence these skills and perform them to our peers.

Next half-term, we look forward to our forest school sessions and Year 4 will be having a carnival day as a part of our new topic on Brazil. On this day, children will be using their art and design skills to create their own carnival headwear, and we will be cooking some traditional Brazilian treats.

YEAR 5

Year 5 have had an enjoyable time recently; they even had the opportunity to 'visit' an Ancient Egyptian tomb which inspired them to write imaginative narratives. To conclude their topic, they enjoyed Egypt Day, which involved searching for Osiris' lost body parts, designing and creating Egyptian jewellery, making an Egyptian headdress and learning how to write their names in hieroglyphics. 

In science, children have looked at what being a scientist is and the different roles they could pursue. They have thought about which type of scientist they would like to be and explained why. 

During science lessons, they focused on forensic science and what it takes to solve crimes. The children looked at and analysed fingerprints, footprints, teeth marks and handwriting.  They've focused on how forensic scientists would use these methods in their work. There was a shock crime scene when the speaker was 'stolen' from the music room. Year 5 were called upon to use their newfound knowledge and skills to 'solve the crime'.

It has been a wonderful first half-term, and we are looking forward to starting our new topic: The Vikings!

YEAR 6

October has been an exciting month for Year 6! World War Two Day was an incredible opportunity for the children to immerse themselves in the re-enactment of Operation Pied Piper.

They all showed great enthusiasm to complete 1940’s lessons in the morning and then had a wonderful time shopping at stalls in the afternoon to buy items from their ration booklets using pre-decimal currency! We were blown away by their costumes and cannot wait to use them again in May.

Year 6 also experienced Shelter Day. All pupils showed fantastic resilience to the change in schedule and fully engrossed themselves in order to design and construct a model, Anderson Shelter. They developed their carpentry and joinery skills as well as using their problem-solving and teamwork skills to overcome the barriers of their designs. We have also recently been discussing the importance of breakfast and have encouraged children to ensure that they have time to eat breakfast daily to boost their energy levels.

HAPPY DAY

What a range of happy clothes were worn as we all enjoyed this annual event.  The stretchy men seemed to stretch even more than last year!

PARKING

We have received several complaints about inconsiderate parking outside the school entrance and in the surrounding roads.  Please be mindful when parking. Thank you.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The children all enjoyed a special Harvest Festival assembly led by Reverend Faye.  Thank you for the generous donations for local food banks.

READING CAFÉ

Our Reading Café has now closed for the term.  Once again, our reading cafés have been very well-supported.  Thank you to Mrs Painter and her team for the never-ending supply of cakes.

YEAR 6 MENTORS

All of Year 6 children have their own staff mentor.  The staff chose their child and there was great excitement in a special assembly today as the pairings were released!

DISCOS

What fun we all had wearing our party clothes, dancing with our friends, and making new friends.  Thank you to all the staff giving up their time to run the discos.

YOUNG CARERS

This month the young carers at Northwick Park have enjoyed a 'Noisy Tea’ afternoon together. We had a lovely time listening to music, making a rather large mess decorating spooky treats and speaking to each other about all the things we loved. We decided that our December meeting would be an arts and crafts theme with a popular request for some festive treats! At Northwick Park Academy, we are committed to ensuring that all students who are young carers are identified and supported effectively. If you think your child might be a young carer, please contact our Young Carers Operational Lead,

Mrs L Cooper by email at: LCooper@northwickpark.essex.sch.uk

Any information given to her will be treated sensitively, and no information will be shared without your knowledge.

FOOTBALL

Both teams attended the Castle Point and Rochford seven-a-side festivals at Waterside.  The girls' team was narrowly beaten in the semi-finals, so they ended up in third place and the boys and girls teams finished third in their group.

In a very competitive game, the girls' team won their Essex Cup match against Hockley Primary School 1-0 and have progressed to the last 16. The girls also played their first league game, winning 9-0 against Kingston.  A special mention to Mitzie, who didn’t play the whole match but still scored seven goals!

DIARY DATES

Tue 31st Oct                Flu immunisations

Wed 1st Nov                Y1 Hero Day

Wed 1st Nov                Y4 Forest School

Wed 1st Nov                Y6 Dodgeball Competition (selected  children)

Thur 2nd Nov               Football match

Mon 6th Nov                Football match

Tue 7th Nov                 Mixed Netball match

Tue 7th Nov                 Y5 RSE sessions for parents/carers

Wed 8th Nov                Y4 Forest School

Thur 9th Nov                Y4 Brazilian Carnival Day

Thur 9th Nov                Football match

Fri 10th Nov                 Girl’s football match

Mon 13th Nov              Girl’s football match

Wed 15th Nov              Y5 Forest School

Thur 16th Nov              Girl’s football match

Fri 17th Nov                 Y6 Basketball Competition

                                      (selected children)

Fri 17th Nov                 Children in Need – (Non-uniform 50p)

Wed 22nd Nov             Y6 Tag Rugby Festival (selected children)

Wed 22nd Nov             Y5 Forest School

Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October – School closed for half-term

Busy Bears open 7.15am – 6.00pm. Please contact: bthompson@northwickpark.essex.sch.uk to book.

TRAINING DAYS

Thursday 30th November

Friday 1st December

Busy Bears open 7.15am – 6.00pm please contact

bthompson@northwickpark.essex.sch.uk to book.

ADVANCE NOTICE

School is closing for Christmas on Wednesday 20th December at 1:30.

Busy Bears open

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd January

Busy Bears open 7.15am – 6.00pm. Please contact

bthompson@northwickpark.essex.sch.uk to book.

School re-opens on Thursday 4th January.