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UPDATE  Oct 2022

NURSERY

In nursery we have been continuing our colour theme looking at rainbows. We've enjoyed counting along with the Number blocks and learning about shapes. This week we have been out and about looking for the signs of autumn.

RECEPTION

The children have settled well into our school routines and have started making progress in maths and literacy. They are beginning to make new friendships and are saying each other’s names, which is lovely to hear. We are seeing a great attitude to learning and the children are embracing all the learning opportunities given to them.

Thank you for all support with the sponsored bounce. We hope the children enjoyed themselves, and we know they will enjoy the benefits of the funds raised.

YEAR 1

The children have thoroughly enjoyed this half-term and settled into the Year 1 routine extremely well.

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.

This half-term, we have continued to practise our cutting and chopping skills. Children used these techniques to make their own fruit salads. They really enjoyed the session and loved eating the fruit even more!

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

In Year 2 we have had a busy end to the half-term. This week we celebrated European Day of Languages by learning about Spain. We now know where Spain is on a map in relation to the United Kingdom and learnt how to count in Spanish. We made Spanish fans and enjoyed dancing to Spanish music.

In English, we collected information on different London landmarks. We used this information to create non-chronological reports which will be displayed at open evening towards the end of the school year.

We also had a fantastic time creating London landmarks on Big Box Day. We used our DT skills to plan, collect materials, build and evaluate our finished product. We worked together in our teams and are very proud of our Year 2 version of London.

YEAR 3

Year 3 have had a fantastic term learning about Extreme Earth topics.  We created our own tornadoes in a bottle using washing up liquid and glitter.

We have also been learning the recorder.

YEAR 4

Year 4 had a fantastic day celebrating European Day of Languages. We practised our map skills and located the capital cities and countries within Europe. As we continue our topic of Brazil, we learnt some Portuguese phrases as well as researching the country and enjoyed sharing our amazing facts.

We looked at familiar traditional tales and learnt about where they originated from. We put all of our work from the day in a special pack and cannot wait to share it with you at open evening in the summer.

YEAR 5

Wow, what an amazing few weeks Year 5 have had! We have been learning about Africa and the rise and fall of the Kingdom of Benin.

In science, we have been finding out about different animals and how they reproduce.

During Wellbeing Week, we had an enthusiastic African drumming session with Steve. The children created their own rhythms by using the names of African animals. You may have seen the decorative glitter jars that the children created; these are a tool to support them to be able to regulate their emotions.

5G were the winners of our Year 5 sports day. All children enjoyed taking part and the dressing up race was by far the most exciting race for all! Well done everyone!

The highlight of the last few weeks has definitely been our trip to Call of the Wild! Although it was a bit rainy, we learned a lot about animals and their habitats. The meerkat talk was particularly interesting and the children had lots and lots of questions for the keeper. During our talk on the lemurs, the animals were very friendly and even bounced on the children’s heads!

 

We are looking forward to another half-term full of exciting learning opportunities and new experiences.

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 have 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 barriers of their designs.

We have also recently been discussing the importance of breakfast and have encouraged the children to ensure that they have time to eat breakfast daily to boost their energy levels.  

EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES

On Monday 17th October, we celebrated the European Day of Languages, taking part in a variety of activities across the school. The children immersed themselves in languages for the day and spent time researching and learning about the fantastic linguistic diversity across our continent. 

Each year group chose a country to study, and, in class, pupils completed several activities: an inter-class quiz, research, map work, food tasting (to name a few) and took part in a competition to design a new symbol for the official European Day of Languages t-shirt for 2023. 

Another huge hit was the special themed lunch which will now become part of the Autumn 2 menu! Everyone had a fantastic time and loved celebrating this occasion together.  Thank you to the teachers who planned the exciting activities!

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.

FOOTBALL

Both teams have been in action.  The girls team won the recent Castle Point and Rochford Festival.  They have now progressed through to the Essex County Finals. They also played their first match in the Under 11s Girls cup winning 14-3 and progressing to the next round.

Two school teams also competed in a festival at Waterside.

They all enjoyed the experience and represented the school impeccably.

They also played a match against a very strong team from Grovewood.  They have also played their first league game of the season, narrowly losing 4-3 to Leigh Beck Juniors.

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.

 ATTENDANCE THIS HALF TERM

Congratulations to 3G who had the best attendance of all the classes this half term 97.4%. There will be a reward for you after half-term!!

SCARECROW COMPETITION

Mrs Hughes organised a competition to design our scarecrow for the Canvey Schools Scarecrow Competition. Avarie’s design was chosen as the Northwick Park entry.  It was highly commended by the judging panel. 

DIARY DATES

Fri 21st October         1.00 + 3.00 Y2 London Exhibition

Tue 1st November       Year 5 Parent RSE sessions 9.00

                                 + 5.00

Wed 9th November      Year 4 Brazilian Carnival Day

HALF TERM - MON 24th OCT to FRI 28th OCT

Busy Bears Open 7.15 – 6.00pm as usual. – please book early as places are limited -  please contact bthompson@northwickpark.essex.sch.uk to book.

School re-opens Monday 31st October

TRAINING DAYS

The school will be closed for training on:

  • Thur 24th Nov
  • Fri 25th Nov

(Busy Bears Open as usual)

ADVANCE NOTICE – BUSY BEARS AT  CHRISTMAS

Busy Bears will close at 6.00pm on Thursday 22nd December and will RE-OPEN at 7.15am on Thursday 5th January 2023.