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September 2022 Week 1

Welcome Back

We look forward to another promising year at Livingstone and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone returning to school and to our new pupils. Over the next couple of weeks more children will be joining Nursery and Reception class from families who are new to the school. We welcome them into the Livingstone family and look forward to working in partnership towards educational success!

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


It is with sadness that Buckingham Palace announced yesterday the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

Today all the pupils and staff paid tribute to her life, as our Monarch in assembly. Our thoughts were also with The Royal Family who have lost their Mother and Grandmother.

Incredibly poignant was the fact that only this week we received a letter from the Queen thanking the pupils of Livingstone in response to their letter of best wishes for the Platinum Jubilee (see below)




Despite all of the distruption over the last couple of years, most of our children managed to have good attendance.

We all want our children to have the best education possible, enabling them to reach their full potential. Good attendance and punctuality are vital for success at school, and to establish the positive life habits that are necessary for future success. We should be aiming for 100% attendance but the expected minimum is 96%. In real terms this allows for only 5 days absence for illness.

Absence for holidays will not be authorised and you are reminded that taking time off during term-time without the permission of the Head Teacher will incur a fine. It is important that you speak your families and consider that Weddings/Christenings and other family celebrations are booked for days when school is closed. School is closed for 13 weeks every year, plenty of time for such things.

All pupils are expected to be in the playground at 8.45 am every day. If pupils are not in school by the time the register is taken, the office is notified and the pupil will receive a late mark.

Authorised absences are only permitted for valid reasons, e.g.:

  • Genuine illness – not under the weather or tired
  • Medical or dental appointments – if they can’t be made outside of the school day
  • Religious observance
  • Family bereavement

Inform us on the first day of your child’s absence, and keep us updated throughout the absence period.

Wherever possible, parents should always try to arrange medical and dental appointments after school hours or during school holidays.

Please note: we do not advocate that sick children come into school. Pupils who have vomited and/or have diarrhoea should be kept away from school for 48 hours after the last incidence of vomiting/diarrhoea to avoid the risk of spreading infection to others, particularly to pupils in school with serious medical conditions.

If the school is not contacted and a valid reason is not provided for absence this is recorded as an unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised absences are those which the school does not consider essential or reasonable.

They can include:

  • Forgetting school term dates
  • Going on holiday
  • Arriving at school long after the register has closed.

Holidays during term time

The school cannot authorise an absence for a holiday during term time.

Taking holidays during term time means that pupils miss important school time – both educationally and for other school activities and it would be difficult for pupils to catch up on work when they return to school.

Exceptional circumstances do not include cheaper costs, family availability or weather conditions.

You may be fined if you take your child on holiday during term time without permission from the Headteacher.

Legal action can involve a Fixed Penalty notice or being taken to court.

A penalty notice of £60 may be issued as an alternative to prosecution, but this will rise to £120 if it is not paid within 21 days. Failure to pay a penalty notice will usually lead to prosecution

It is a legal offence to fail to ensure your child attends school regularly. Parents who fail to ensure that their children attend school face the risk of imprisonment and/ or parenting orders. Parenting orders involve attending a counselling and guidance programme, usually a parenting class.

Don’t underestimate the importance of 100 percent attendance. Even one day missed can have an effect on learning.

We must all work together to ensure that our children have the best education possible.

If you are having difficulties, please speak to your class teacher, Mrs Barton Mr Madle or Mrs Phelan.

Please take the time to read our Attendance Policy and guidance on the school website.

https://livingstoneprimaryschool.org/barnet/primary/ livingstone/site/pages/visionandethos/policies



Children should have their reading books and diaries in their bags every day. They should be reading at home every day and filling in their reading diary.

Thank you


Immanuel has used the 'crazy creatures' to create this fantastic Tyrannosaurus. Amazing job, Immanuel! Dinosaurs are his favourite animals.


Wow, Melisa has written her own name in chalk all by herself....Great job!


Kingfisher Nursery


The Kingfisher Nursery team were very excited to meet all parents and carers on Tuesday morning during our 'stay and play' session. The pupils have settled well and we are looking forward to a productive new academic year.


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We have had a brilliant first week in Reception. We have been exploring our new classroom, enjoying having school meals at lunchtime and learning lots of rules. We can't wait to meet the rest of our class on Monday!


Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement award goes to all of this week's new Reception pupils who have been brilliant settling in to their new class.

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1! The children have settled quickly and are so enthusiastic. We are learning how to sort, count and subitise in Maths this week. We got back to our Read Write Inc. phonics routine, and are looking forward to teaching in our three small groups for the rest of the half-term. For PSHE (Personal social health education), we are reading The Colour Monster and learning how to recognise our emotions. We look forward to meeting the parents at the Meet the Teacher session(s) next week.

Achievement Awards!

Achievement awards this week go to Phoebe for excellent phonics knowledge and Gino for working so hard in all of his subjects.

Year 2

Year 2 have had an excellent first week back. We are very happy to all be back together and we have settled in to our routines beautifully and have behaved very well.

In Maths, we have started learning about place value and have represented 2-digit numbers in different ways. Our foundation subject is history where we are learning about the Great Fire of London which the children have shown great enthusiasm in.


Achievement Awards!

This week's awards go to George and Tiannah for their good Maths work, recognising ones and tens in two digit numbers.

Kingfisher 1

Welcome to Kingfisher 1! We are proud of how well the children, especially the reception children, settled into the new routines, both in the provision and in their mainstream classes.

This week in Maths we have been exploring the place value of number, counting, comparing and ordering numbers.

In English we started our topic: All About Me. It was great getting to know everyone a bit better.

Achievement Awards!

This week the achievement award goes to Daniel, for excellent work in Maths and English, well done!

Year 3

Well done to all of Year 3 for coming back to school with brilliant attitudes and enthusiasm. Everyone has settled into class really well and we are looking forward to the year ahead.

We have started looking at place value in Maths have been enjoying PSHE lessons in the afternoon.


Achievement Awards!

This week's award goes to Georgie for a brilliant start to Year 3 and trying to work independently.

Year 4

Year 4 have had an excellent first week back and have really impressed Mrs Craddock and I with their outgoing and positive behaviour. This week, we have completed our baseline assessments to inform the up coming learning. The children all tried their best and should be extremely proud of themselves.

In Science, we have started learning all about sound. Exploring what it is and how we hear it.


Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement award goes to the whole of Year 4 for their positive start to the year. Well done!

Year 5

Year 5 have had an excellent first week back. They've completed their baseline assessments and in English, they've began their unit on fairy-tales from the villain's point-of-view. They read traditional tales with a twist and did some drama acting as the villains.

In Science, they learned about the properties of materials and did a virtual experiment on thermal insulators.


Achievement Awards!

This week's awards go to Kayce for being focused during assessments, and to Calvin for his line graph work in Science.

Year 6

Year 6 have settled in to their new classroom beautifully. This week we have completed baseline assessments and begun our first History topic the Victorians. Myself and Mrs Armstrong have been impressed with their maturity and positivity so far. Well done for a great first week, Year 6!

On Friday 23rd September at 3:15 pm there is a final meeting about School Journey to PGL in Year 6 where I will give you further information and a clothes list.


Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement awards go to Josh for his resilience and determination and Qama for his positive attitude.

Kingfisher 2

It's good to be back! The boys have enjoyed a week of 'Getting to Know You' activities and have come back ready to learn and work hard!


Achievement Awards!

Well done to each and every one of KF2 for making it a fun and successful week!

Barnet Education Arts Trust



Monday 12th:

  • Activity Clubs for Autumn 1 begin
  • Year 2 Great Fire of London Workshop

Tuesday 13th

  • Meet the Teacher for Years 1 - 6 (including Kingfisher) at 2:45 pm

Thursday 15th:

  • Meet the Teacher for Years 1 - 6 (including Kingfisher) at 9 am

Thursday 22nd:

  • Author visit for Years 5 and 6
  • Forest Toddler Group 9 - 11 am

Friday 23rd:

  • Final PGL Meeting for Year 6 Parents and Pupils at 3.15 pm in Year 6 classroom
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