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July Week 1

Friday 8th July

As we approach the end of the current academic year – the first to be relatively unaffected by COVID for some time – we would like to express our gratitude to the parents and carers upon whose cooperation and support we have relied over the past two years. Inevitably, not all of the decisions we have made have met with everyone’s approval, and when we have been made aware of any dissatisfaction, we have always worked hard to rectify mistakes or make changes where possible. We are always pleased to hear constructive and helpful suggestions for improvement from parents and carers; we would appreciate that these are relayed to the school leadership team directly rather than via the parent reps. Thank you.

Reception Graduation


This week, we got to enjoy one of the Livingstone high- lights of the Year - The Livingstone Reception Graduation Assembly. Congratulations to the Reception Class of 2022! We are so proud of all of the progress the children have made this year and their incredible enthusiasm for learning. They have had an amazing year and are ready to move to their new class. Thank you to Ms Purse, Ms Knappett and Ms Edwards and also to the Kingfisher team of Mrs Ferdenzi, Mrs Kotracova, Mrs Craddock and Mrs Cavozzi.

Anyone for Tennis!


When Chris Ward our PE governor won tickets for Wimbledon in the schools' ballot, he offered them to Livingstone School and for the first time ever we were able to take a small group to pupils to the event. Given the difficulty in obtaining tickets, for some of us this may have been a one-in a life-time experience. Thank you to Mr Ward for his kind donation and fingers crossed he wins again next year!

Livingstone Pupil Excels at the London Gymnastic Championships!


Lily McMahon, in Year 6 came first out of 20 top rated competitors in the Rhythmic Gymnastic Ribbon Competition. This highly prestigious event is part of Lily's journey to represent Great Britain in the 2028 or 2032 Olympics. Congratulations Lily!

Remember, you saw her here first!


This week in the Nursery we finished our mini-topic on the story of 'The Train Ride'. The journey ends at the sea - and, here, Mikey is starting to paint part of a sea frieze to accompany the story. He is painting seaweed and concentrating so hard to keep within the lines! Excellent concentration, Mikey!


Priya is driving our home-made train to the seaside! She has really enjoyed acting out parts of the story of 'The Train Ride' and remembering all of the vocabulary. Well done, Priya!


Kingfisher Nursery

Kingfisher Nursery have had a sea-tastic week!

This week we explored our 'under the sea' theme, looking at the different sea animals and making our own. We used communication boards to request different colours as we created foam printed seahorses and fish. Children used pipettes, working on their fine motor skills, to squeeze out the colour paint they chose before printing. We counted how many tentacles an octopus has we stuck them down, counting one at a time.

We used our 'under the sea' theme as as opportunity to explore wet sensory play. Children enjoyed playing jelly and finding all the hidden sea creatures within it!

We've had a lovely week and look forward to our 'Pirates' theme next week!


This week has been an amazing end to our hard work learning lines, songs and dances for our Graduation. Thank you to everybody who came to watch, we hope you enjoyed it!

Achievement Awards!

The whole class! Well done for all of your hard work!

Year 1

Year 1 continue to impress us with their musical skills and knowledge. We practise keeping the pulse, and are able to appraise music in different styles such as Blues, Baroque and Latin. This week, we even learnt how to play notes on the glockenspiel. They coped very well with assessment week and have shown great progress and achievement in Maths and English. Keep up the fantastic work!


Achievement Awards!

Achievement awards this week go to Lexie and Keojah for their excellent musical contributions to our lessons.

Year 2

Another productive week in Year 2! We have now completed our Geography topic about the seaside and we self- and peer- assessed our Southend trip recounts in English. For the rest of the week we focused on revising spelling, grammar and practising cursive handwriting so that we can be ready for Year 3. Please continue to practise that at home.

In Maths, we continued our unit of time, and more specifically, identifying, measuring and comparing the duration of events. Well done for another week of hard work Year 2!

Homework: You are going to get all their CGP books home. Please complete all tasks that have been left over in the next 8 weeks.

Achievement Awards!

This week's awards go to Skye for his amazing mental Maths while calculating durations of events and Ryann for her lovely recount of the beach trip.

Kingfisher 1

We have had a busy and enjoyable couple of weeks!

Last week we had our class trip to Little Dinosaurs, everyone behaved beautifully and had great fun!

This week we said an emotional 'Goodbye Mog' as we completed our author study. The children reflected on the themes and made intelligent comments in discussions.

In Maths it was marvellous multiplication, again all the children worked very hard.

In our penultimate week we will be all about pirates, a favourite theme for many.

Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement award goes to all the KF Reception pupils who were so good in their graduation performance, amazing!

Year 3

Year 3 have been very fortunate to attend two trips. Last week, we visited the Roald Dahl Museum which linked to our English work and yesterday we visited Alexandra Palace which linked to our geography topic about hills and mountains. Everyone behaved really well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. As our foundation subject has been geography, children have learnt how different mountains are formed and identified the features of a mountain along with creating a map of Alexandra Palace.

This week, we have completed our end of year assessments in Maths and English. Well done, Year 3!

Achievement Awards!

This week's awards go to Charlotte of her informative and detailed newspaper report and Renuka for her secure knowledge in geography.

Year 4

This week, Year 4 have worked incredibly hard on their end of year assessments. It's been great to see their positive and mature attitudes towards these. We are extremely proud of all their efforts and achievements this year and they should be to!

Y4 trip to the British Museum on Monday 11th July - Please ensure that your child is at school on time with a packed lunch, plenty or water and clothing that is appropriate for the weather on the day. We will be back at school for 3:15 pm.

Y4 - For the end of year show, children will need to wear their uniform with black shoes/trainers and we will be providing knee high stripy socks for them to wear. The performances will be on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July. Children will be required back at school for 6:00 pm.


Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement awards go to Josh and Calvin for exceptional behaviour across all lessons and wowing so many adults across the school.

Year 5

Year 5 had French Day yesterday as they couldn't go to Paris as planned. Miss Papas organised a fabulous day of fun-filled events: food tasting, quizzes, ordering food in French and doing virtual tours of famous landmarks.

The children also completed their final piece of writing of the year: a vlog from Alex's (a character in Pig Heart Boy) point-of-view. They had to fast-forward years into the future and create their own scenarios for the characters in the book. They did a fantastic job! They completed their end-of- year assessments this week too, impressing us with their knowledge, determination and resilience.


. There are no more Saturday School sessions this year (including tomorow)

. Y5 are expected to be in at 6pm for the evening performances on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July

CGP Books

Maths: pages 44-45 (metric units)

English: pages 65-67 (paragraphs and headings)

Achievement Awards!

This week's awards go to Christopher and Catherine for their excellent vlogs - well done you two!

Year 6

Year 6 had a great time at Chessington this week and represented Livingstone beautifully. We have just a week left until our first performance on Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies so please encourage your children to have learnt their lines as there will be no scripts from Monday! I have also sent home what your child will need for their costume - sorry for the late notice. Can their costume please be in school as soon as possible.


Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement awards go to Maxxilia and Jasmine for knowing their lines for the show.

Kingfisher 2

This week in Kingfisher 2 we have been learning about measurements and recapping weight and mass.

The children used the language of ’heavier and lighter’ to compare the mass of objects and experimented using balance scales and cubes.

In English, we have started our theme on ‘Dinosaurs’ and been completing comprehensions and writing expanded noun phrases to describe them.

Achievement Awards!

This week’s award goes to Freddie who wrote a lovely independent sentence using an expanded noun phrase and adverb. Well done Freddie!

Parent Rep Meeting 29.06.2022 (last one of the year)


Giovanna Phelan - Headteacher

Megan Atkinson- Nursery

Laura Blackaller - Reception

Ellen Patmore - Year 1 (Apologies)

Melissa Gosling - Year 2

Kate Orr- Year 3

Lina Cavozzi - Year 4

Shelly Farmer Year 4 and Kingfisher 2

Paula Falco - Year 5

Nina Kornhauser – Year 6 (Apologies)


Q. Will Year 4 have a school trip this term?

A. The school is aiming to take Year 4 to the British Museum; this has been impacted by tube/train strikes. Kingfisher have already been to Paradise Park for their trip.

In addition to this, Year 4 will be having their usual sleepover night at school but without the sleepover bit. Instead they will have all the excitement of being at school until 10pm, playing games eating food and having fun.

Q Are we having Livingstone’s Got Talent?

A. The school feels that they are doing so much this term that the talent show will not be happening this year but Mrs. Phelan will speak to class teachers and see if any kids who wish to perform can do so at their class party or in their class rooms at some point towards the end of term.

Going green and the reward system

Livingstone is aiming to become greener and will be making a conscious effort not to give plastic rewards to the children.

Dojos, golden time, soft play and non plastic rewards will be given instead.

Each year group have a differentiated reward system and this will be set out to parents at the beginning of the new term in the Curriculum booklets

School Behaviour Policy

Our school behaviour policy is set out on our school website for anyone who is interested.

Breakfast Club

Some parents have asked if it is possible for the breakfast club to open earlier. Sadly not enough people have come forward to make this work, but we will review the demand to see if this changes. As we are only a one-form entry school, the demands aren’t enough to make it work with staffing and costs.

School Choir

The school choir sang beautifully at the Artsdepot the other week. Not only did they excel on stage but they were also asked to sing in the restaurant where they were eating their pizza . A kind priest who was there at the time was so impressed he paid for their food. Mrs. Phelan and Mrs. Segal said it was like something out of a movie. The children sang so beautifully and the kind gesture from the priest made their day very special. Any parent wishing to get back their pizza money please go to the School Office.

The Artsdepot Choir Performance DVD

Anyone wishing to purchase the DVD of the choir performing need to do so via the school. However the cost is set by the Artsdepot and the Barnet Music Hub, not by the school. As stated at the concert, all the money made from the DVD will go back to the children and making the event happen next year.

Q, Can the school provide Halal school meals?

A. Mrs. Phelan has looked into the possibility of Halal school meals and unfortunately we don’t have a high enough demand for this to work at this moment in time.


We are so happy to announce that the school has a defibrillator on site!

A big thank you to AC Finchley Football Club, who use our field for training and made it possible for the school to have this on site.


The PTA has work extremely hard this year to create fun school community events for the children and families at Livingstone School. This is all done on a voluntary basis and would not happen if we didn’t have the help and support of parents and teachers.

The PTA is looking at how we can make things better for next year, we are always looking to make things as fun and accessible for all. One of the things we are looking at is the costing for families and will aim to make it more affordable next year. However, this is a fundraising event so there will always be a cost to families.

Next year we will hold the fair out of school hours, not in school time for the children first. This was something we introduced due to Covid restrictions and carried over this year.

BEAT - One Voice Choirs


Diary Dates

JULY 2022

Tuesday 12th:

  • Sports Day AM for Nursery, Reception and KS1 at 9am - 11am
  • Sports Day PM for Nursery and KS2 at 1.30pm - 3pm

Thursday 14th:

  • Back up date for Sports Day

Friday 15th:

  • Activity Clubs finish for Summer Term
  • Years 4, 5 and 6 Dress Rehearsal for Show - 9am (performance for families with small children with tickets).

Monday 18th:

  • Years 4, 5 and 6 Show - Evening Performance to begin at 6:30pm (ticket only)

Tuesday 19th:

  • Years 4, 5 and 6 Show - Evening Performance to begin at 6:30pm (ticket only)

Wednesday 20th:

  • Year 6 Prom (more details to follow)

Thursday 21st:

  • Year 6 Leavers Assembly - Year 6 Parents welcome at 9am
  • End of Term - School finishes at 2pm (No Cabin Club)
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