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October Week 1


Friday 8th October

Happy Birthday Kingfisher!

Next week, on Tuesday 12th October, our Kingfisher Provision will be celebrating 20 happy years of Education.

Pupils, parents/carers, staff and friends of Livingstone both past and present, will share memories in a special assembly that go back to when it all started 20 years ago to the present day.

Next week, the newsletter will feature this special event and we will share the history of the Kingfisher provision.

All Kingfisher Parents/Carers are invited to join us at 2pm.


Walk for the World!


October is International Walk to School Month.

International Walk to School Month gives children and parents an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. Walkers from around the world walk to school together for various reasons - all hoping to create communities that are safe places to walk.

At Livingstone, we want to make want to make our community and world a better place. Let's all try out best to take part in Walk to School October.

Share your experience taking part in Walk to School October using #walkfortheworld with @LivingstoneEN4

5-Minute Walking Bubbles


5-Minute Walking Bubbles encourages families to park at least 5-minutes away from school.

We understand that not everyone is able to walk to school, so Walking Bubbles gives parents and children the opportunity to walk, scoot or cycle to school. This will create a safer space for our community and allows pupils to take part in the Walk to School initiative.

Spooky Adventure II


Tuesday 19th October 2021

Spooky Adventure II will be held in the pond area from 10.00 am onwards.

The cost per child is £3.00 which includes games, spooky dance corner, a visit to the haunted house and mini gift bag. A small sweetie cone will be included in bag (please let us know if you would prefer your child not to have the sweetie cone and we will give an alternative).

Spending Money - prices range from 50p to £3.00

  • Please place this in a named purse/ envelope ON THE DAY OF THE SPOOKY ADVENTURE.
  • Children will be able to spend their money on:
  • Glitter Tattoos / Tattoos /Cupcakes
  • Face painting
  • Fidget stall and many more.

Children can come to school dressed in their fancy dress clothes. No masks or accessories please.

If you would like your child to attend the Spooky Adventure please make your payment online via School Money by Friday 15th October.

See you there!

The PTA Team

Parent Consultations


As we continue to 'move' with the times and consider the environment (going paperless) and teacher's time, we are trialing a new way of booking your parent consultation with your child's teacher. Yesterday you received a link via text to book a face-to-face consultation by selecting a time that suits you on the dates given. It works on a first come, first served basis. Each parent can only make one appointment per child and if you leave it too late, the time slot will be taken by other parents. Kingfisher and Nightingale parents need to book a slot with their mainstream teacher first and then Mrs Snell, Mrs Sudbury, Mrs Ferdenzi and Mrs Kwan will be in touch.

Thank you to the parents/carers who have already booked their appointment. Unfortunately, there have some glitches trying to collate the data from the forms sent and because of this, we have had to send the booking forms again and are kindly asking you to book your appointments again now the issue has been resolved.

Thank you for your understanding and continuous co-operation.

If you have any queries then please email the office and they will let the class teacher know.

Toddler Forest School


Yesterday's toddler forest group welcomed an Instagram Blogger based in Barnet who loves to blog about wonderful events, activities, cultural trips and beauty spots in London and Herfordshire. Check out the spectacular Instagram post in about our Forest School in full @Barnet Family Adventures following her visit.

Attendance Matters!


Attendance at Livingstone is very good but we should always aim to be better! The fact is that every school day counts. If your child regularly misses school or is regularly late this can have an negative effect on lots of important aspects in his/ her school life.

Don’t underestimate the importance of 100% attendance. Even one day missed can have an effect on learning over the course of a school year. Government advice states that to reach their full potential, children need to attend school for at least 96% of the school year.

4 school days missed = 98%

7 school days missed = 96% (which is below the expected minimum)

19 school days missed = 90%

38 school days missed = 80%

Five minutes late each day is the same as missing three school days.

This weeks attendance:

Reception 96%

Yr 1 91%

Yr 2 96%

Yr 3 94%

Yr 4 95%

Yr 5 95%

Yr 6 97%

*KF1, KF2 and Nightingales are included in their Mainstream Classes.

Well done to Reception, Yr 2 and Yr 6 for being over 96%.


The children are busy sorting out some of the autumn materials they have collected from Hadley Wood. Drita and Yasmin are sorting the conkers from the acorns. They know that conkers are usually round and acorns are usually oval. Good sorting, girls!

We are learning all about autumn creatures. Jaxon is drawing a "spikey hedgehog ... it lives in the garden". Jaxon holds his pen so beautifully and he always takes great care with his drawings. Well done, Jaxon!

Kingfisher Nursery

This week in Kingfisher Nursery we have continued with our autumn theme and have been taking a close look at spiders.

The children have been learning all about our eight legged 'friends.' We have been reading stories, singing songs and creating art based on them. The children have worked hard and had lots of fun!


This week has been very exciting in Reception! We walked in to a Gruffalo den in the classroom, Gruffalo crumble messy play and all of the soft toy characters to retell the story with. We walked through the 'deep dark' woods and found dens, logpile houses and treetop worlds. We will continue our Gruffalo theme as the children loved it so much and are all now fantastic at retelling their favourite parts. We have also been introduced to our new classroom pets - the stick insects! Some of the children have enjoyed letting them crawl on them. We are continuing to learn a new sound in phonics each day and before half term will be sending home sound books to practise daily. In the meantime, please use the reading diary to record any reading that you are doing at home. Great work Reception!

Nirvani - for always being enthusiastic and eager to learn

Ethan - for being well behaved and always following instructions

Year 1

This week Year 1 have started our Science topic: Everyday Materials. We have searched our classroom, playground, pond area and school for interesting objects. Then we looked carefully to see from which material(s) these objects are made. Perhaps you can have a look at objects in your homes to see if they are made from fabric, plastic, wood, metal, fabric or glass. Music has been lots of fun as well, as we are learning to sing and rap a Hip Hop song whilst keeping the pulse. We are strengthening our core muscles with our 'plank challenge' in Gymnastics. Well done on another fantastic week!

This week's achievement awards go to George and Liana for keeping the pulse to the music. performing our song with great enthusiasm and having a positive attitude towards all of our subjects in Year 1.

Year 2

This week in Year 2, we have started our wonderful history topic The Great Fire of London. On Monday afternoon, we had a fantastic workshop where we learnt all about the streets of London at the time, we played a game about the plague (an awful disease in London at the time), we acted act how the people of London tried to put out the fire and we also learnt about King Charles 11 who was the king at the time. It was a fabulous workshop where we went back in time!

In Maths, we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to get ourselves ready to start Times Tables Rockstars towards the end of the half term. We have been creating our own number lines in twos outdoors using objects from outside which was great fun! We have also been very busy in Year 2 learning songs for our KS1 Infant Music Festival that will be taking place in November. We have learnt a Japanese song that is in a round. We've been working on keeping the song going as a two part round which has been difficult at times but we are mastering this! We have also started to learn another song 'Tzena, Tzena' which is very fast but we are all really enjoying it. What amazing singers we are in year 2!

This week our first achievement award goes to Junior for his fantastic effort when counting in tens and twos. Keep up the great work Junior.

The second award goes to Lukas for his wonderful writing this week based on the book in his phonics group, the hairy fairy. He used lovely language

Kingfisher 1

Kingfisher have had a busy week!

In Maths, we learnt about Positions and Directions. We explored different positions (e.g. 'on top', 'behind', 'in front', 'below') through small-world play. Pupils followed verbal and visual instructions to place teddies into different positions in our village. We also learnt about directions (e.g. 'forwards', 'backwards', 'left', 'right'). Pupils had a great time using Bee-Bots to consolidate their learning of positions and directions this week.

In English, pupils enjoyed our story 'Oliver's Fruit Salad'. We looked at different fruits within the story, we cut up various fruits and pupils were encouraged to explore the smell, feel and taste of different fruits. Pupils worked really well to follow instructions to make our own fruit salad! Fantastic effort from all of our pupils!

This week's Kingfisher 1 achievement award goes to Dilan for a brilliant attitude for learning throughout the week!

Year 3

Year 3 had their first trip to Waltham Abbey Gardens for a Stone Age discovery day. It was a day full of 'ooo', 'ahhh' and 'wow' moments. The children were able to look at a prehistoric timeline to understand prehistoric dates. Together, we looked at a range of different artefacts to understand what life was like in the Stone Age. In groups, we explored the park to find different plants and participated in some cave drawings. The highlight of the trip was everyone getting the chance to make a fire using iron steels and cotton wool. The children made Livingstone proud with their excellent behaviour and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun.

This week's awards go to Gino for his excellent attitude towards his learning and Charlotte for her great enthusiasm towards all of our subjects.

Year 4

This week in Year 4, we have been busing learning all about the Romans and how they influenced modern day Britain. We have looked at the Roman invasion, their role in developing an extensive transport system and how they impacted religion in Britain.

We are all looking forward to our trip on Monday, to the famous and important town of Verulamium to find out more.

In Maths, we have been exploring negative numbers and counting in 25s. In English, we have started exploring the features used in a newspaper report to recount the events that happened between the Iron Man and Space-bat-angel-dragon. The children took part in drama, taking the role of news reporters to understand the style of writing.

Well done, Year 4!

This week's awards go to Arber for his positive and hardworking attitude in English, and to Brychan for consistently challenging himself in Maths.

Year 5

This week, we have been learning about addition and subtraction in Maths, including how to do the column method and bar models.

In English, the children are loving our new unit on Evol (an adventure about a legendary phoenix being hunted by a mysterious man - with a twist at the end) and have shown a good understanding of complex sentences and personification.

Our Science topic this term is on properties of materials. We have been classifying materials based on their properties and did an investigation to see which material was the most effective thermal insulator.

Parents, we have swimming starting on Monday. Please send your child in with their swimming costume, swimming hat, a towel and goggles (if you've given permission for your child to wear them).

Recommended CGP book pages: Maths pages 11-13 and English pages 14-15

This week's awards go to Alyssa for her excellent attitude to learning, and to Teddy for his effort in English - well done!

Year 6

This week, Year 6 participated in a Shakespeare workshop where they acted out the story of Romeo and Juliet. It is clear we have some keen actors for when we come to our summer show. We have also been busy completing our long write based upon the Victorians - they all produced some fantastic writing! Well done for a great week, Year 6!

This week's achievement awards go to Maxxilia for always trying her best and Stephanos for working hard and being a fantastic role model. Well done!

Kingfisher 2

In Maths, this week, we have started our new topic, 'Addition and Subtraction'. We have been learning to count in different steps from 0 and used our classroom resources to help with finding number bonds to 10 and using multiples of 10,within 100.

The new topic for English is 'Instructional Writing' and the boys had fun creating and following instructions to decorate biscuits. Little Miss Bossy needed our help when using 'Imperative (Bossy) Verbs' and the children wrote some great 'bossy' sentences of their own! (They can be very bossy when they want to be!) They added time connectives too!!

This week's award goes to Zack, who has been a superstar both in Year 6 and KF2. Zack has created some really impressive work for RE, writing about rites of passage and produced some fabulous art work, experimenting with shading for effect - well done!


In Nightingales this week we have been learning different methods for subtraction. We have worked hard practising our mental methods using our fingers and counting back.

In English, we have written our own super hero comics including action and speech bubbles. We really enjoyed dressing up and acting in role as the characters.

This week's award goes to Jamie for trying really hard to sound out and write words himself. Well done Jamie!

Parent Rep Meeting



Vacancy - NURSERY










We are currently looking for a new parent rep for Nursery. If you would like to get involved with the school and help out please enquire in the office. The role of parent rep is to put forward any general concerns or positive feed back the parents in your year group may have about the school.

We meet once a term to discuss issues. We also work with and as part of the PTA, who raise money through organising fun events for the children. If you would like to become involved, now is your chance.


In Reception, reading diaries will be handed out today. Texts will be coming home with information about Reading books and Phonic Booklets. If parents/ carers have any questions, please ask the teaching team.


Since lockdown, the amount of screen time pupils were having impacted on the use of Mathletics. Fewer pupils have ended up using it, therefore it has been decided that Mathletics will no longer be used by the school and alternatives will be sent home. However, if you already have your password for Mathletics, you will still be able to access it until November this year.


Donations from the PTA are going towards a defibrillator for the school and the football clubs who access the school at weekends.


The price of cabin club has gone up, but it is still fantastic value for money.

Mrs. Kelly and her team provide a high standard of care for the children on a daily basis and in order to maintain the standards the price had to go up.


Year 5 will be having intensive swimming lessons everyday for 2 weeks starting next week. Year 4 are scheduled to have theirs next.

Evidence has shown that the intensive lessons produce better results than doing lessons once a week.


Parents in Year 5 have been asking for more homework. Mrs. Phelan will ensure that work books and Brain Boosters will be sent out and there are plenty of activities that can be accessed online or through the library service


Parents have asked if Miss Papas could run Greek lessons. Mrs. Phelan feels that unfortunately there isn’t enough time in the week to do this at the moment.


Parents have enquired if the school could look into a zebra crossing being put in near the school. Mrs Phelan will speak with the school governors and Mr.Sudbury and see what can be done on the matter.

Library News

Thank you to Mrs Armstrong and her team of helpers for re-vamping the library. They gave the library a well-needed makeover and thinned out some of the books to make way for new titles.

Pupils were allowed to choose from the selection of books removed from the shelves and given the chance to re-cycle them into their own home collection of books.


Diary Dates

October 2021

Monday 11th:

Black History Month

Yr 5 begin Swimming at New Barnet Leisure Centre - every morning for two weeks

Tuesday 12th:

Kingfisher 20th Birthday Celebrations

Monday 18th:

Activity clubs for Autumn 2 go online for booking via School Money

Year 4 Harvest Assembly to KS1 pupils

Tuesday 19th

Spooky Adventure Returns (times to be confirmed)

Wednesday 20th:

Parent Consultations for Years 3, 4, 5, 6, Nightingales and KF2 - 9.00 - 11.15 AM

Parent Consultations for Reception, Years 1, 2 and KF1 - 1.00 - 3.15 PM

Thursday 21st:

Parent Consultations for all classes - 3.30 - 5.45 PM

Friday 22nd:

Activity clubs finish for half term - please make sure you book for the Autumn 2 clubs

School finishes for Half Term at 3.15 pm

Half Term - Monday 25th to Friday 29th October 2021

November 2021

Monday 1st:

Autumn 2 term begins - pupils return to school

Activity clubs begin for Autumn 2

Tuesday 9th:

Year 5 Reading Impact Meeting

Wednesday 10th:

Year 6 Reading Impact Meeting

Thursday 11th:

Year 4 Reading Impact Meeting

Flu Nasal Spray - offered to whole school

Friday 12th:

Year 3 Reading Impact Meeting

Monday 15th:

Year 1 Reading Impact Meeting

Year 5 and 6 Netball Match v Danegrove (home) - 3.15pm

Tuesday 16th:

Year 2 Reading Impact Meeting

Thursday 18th:

Reception Reading Impact Meeting

Year 5 and 6 Girls Football Match v St. Andrews (home) - 3.15pm

Monday 29th:

INSET Day - School closed to pupils

More dates will follow...

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