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March Week 2


Friday 10th March

Dance Festival

This week, many schools in Barnet, including Livingstone have participated in the annual Barnet Dance Festival at The Arts Depot. It is a fantastic opportunity for children to perform on a stage in an auditorium in front of a packed audience. Our Year 6 class have been practicing and practicing every week ahead of their big debut on Wednesday evening and their hard work paid off. What a show! To see the class come together and dance so beautifully was a joy to watch. We are very fortunate that the children can take part as it is an experience that they will never forget. Well done, Year 6!


Teacher Strikes Next Week


Livingstone School was able to fully open on the first and second strike days. This is NOT likely to be the case on Wednesday 15th AND Thursday 16th March as the negotiations on the issues have not been resolved. Please ensure that you have a back-up for your child/ren on these days, as we are highly likely to have class closures. We expect to get more information from the local authority and the unions next week and will send any information by text.

Parent Champions Coffee morning with special guest speakers from Chickenshed


A massive thank you to everyone who attended our coffee morning in The Cabin today as well as our amazing Parent Champions who made it happen! To find out more about the opportunities for children and adult workshops Chickenshed is currently providing, follow the links below:


https://www.chickenshed.org.uk/https:// www.chickenshed.org.uk/

Our next coffee morning will take place on Friday 12th May due to Easter break. You are all welcome to join us for a tea, coffee and a chat!

Nursery and Kingfisher Nursery

This week in the Nursery we have been reading the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. The children have got to know the story and the characters and have been brilliant with their efforts in saying what happens next in different parts. They have also been making their own gingerbread dough, rolling it out and using the cutters to make their own gingerbread men!

Kingfisher Nursery's key text has also been the gingerbread man. The children having enjoyed counting, colouring, making and decorating and especially eating gingerbread people.

We have also leaned into the weather and the children have been exploring their own igloo in the classroom. They even had a special visit from Olaf from Frozen!


Reception are popping into Spring (despite the snow!) and enjoying their new story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. They have been making their own collage butterflies, retelling the story and writing about all that the greedy caterpillar ate. The children are eagerly awaiting their very own class caterpillars to start their learning all about life cycles.


Lou - for fantastic enthusiasm and improvement in phonics and writing

George - for always being well behaved, pol

Year 1

Many thanks to the parents who joined us for Phonics Impact. The children really enjoyed showing you how we learn how to read and spell using Read Write Inc and we hope it was helpful in supporting your children at home.

This week in Year 1, we continued to focus on place value to 50 which you can consolidate in their Maths homework.

Our English lessons were based on the text, The Think-ups, which we heard Claire Alexander read to us at Pickled Pepper Bookshop.

We have finished our Geography topic, and had a fantastic time learning how to use an atlas to locate and find physical and human features in each of the 7 continents.

Next week we will begin our topic of 'past and 'present' in History. Please remember to send in photos of your children as babies, toddlers and Year 1 children.

Have a lovely weekend!

This weeks achievement awards go to Aysha and Daniel for their excellent independent work identifying the continents and oceans of the world.

Year 2

Year 2 visited the London Transport Museum on Tuesday linking to what we are learning about in History and Geography. It was a fun day out where children got to explore the underground, look at vehicles from the past and take part in a workshop learning about the first bus used in London and trams. This also inspired our English lessons as we recounted the trip. We have finished learning about money in Maths now and the children have worked hard to count pounds and pence along with adding and subtracting amounts of money.


Grammar, punctuation and spelling- pages 20 and 21.

Reasoning- pages 32,33 and 34.

Achievement Awards!

This week's certificates go to Sienna Madle for her fabulous recount in English and Zachias for his great problem solving in Maths.

Kingfisher 1

This week in English, Kingfisher 1 have been continuing to look at stories from other cultures. Our last book featuring Handa is called 'Handa's Noisy Night'. In the text we have explored the sounds of some unusual animals and compared them to everyday sounds. The children have described the emotions felt by the characters at different parts of the story.

In Maths the children have been progressing very well in their understanding of subtraction.

It was lovely to have so many parents join us for impact, we hope that you found it useful.

This week's achievement award goes to Daniel for his excellent reading and writing, well done!

Year 3

This week Year 3 have started to create their own trick based on Roald Dahl's 'The Twits'. We have really enjoyed coming up with our own tricks based on animals and food and we are really looking forward to starting to write our trick next week.

In Science, we have been learning all about rocks and fossils and we were really lucky to have Eva's Mum come into our class on Wednesday to show us lots of different fossils that she has. We found this really interesting, and we enjoyed holding the fossils looking at the closely. We also have started an experiment this week in science about soil, we are observing over time how soil is formed. Each week we will look at our soil and see if there are any changes taking place.

CGP Books

Maths - pg 33 equivalent fractions

English - pg 60 punctuating speech

This week our first achievement award goes to Leon for working really hard in all lessons and creating a great trick in his English work.

The second award goes to Alya for her excellent work on comparing non unit fractions in maths. Well done!

Year 4

This week in Year 4, we have been looking at equivalent fractions and adding two or more fractions of the same denominator in maths. In English, we have been looking at conjunctions and personifications for our writing next week.

In Science, we've been looking at the types of teeth, their function and how to maintain good oral hygiene. Today, we set up our tooth decay experiment to see how different liquids affect our enamel.


Maths: Adding and Subtracting Fractions - pages 30 to 31

SPaG: Verb Agreement - pages 30 to 31

TTRS: 12s


This week's achievement award goes to Elon for his hard working and positive attitude, and to Olivia for her excellent work in science.

Year 5

This week in Maths, Year 5 have been calculating the area of rectangles and compound shapes.

In English, they planned their letters based on Kensuke's Kingdom, did a partner write to practise using all the grammar they've learned, and then drafted their final letter as Michael to Michiya. They have absolutely loved this unit of work and I hope they'll be inspired to read more books by Michael Morpurgo in the future!

They've been musicians in the afternoons, learning all about jazz. They learned to play two jazz pieces on glockenspiels: Three Note Bossa and Five Note Swing. They enjoyed learning the head - and improvising too.

CGP Books

Maths: pages 58-59 (area)

English: pages 21-22 (conjunctions)

This week's awards go to Cairo and Joshua for their fantastic area work this week - well done, boys!

Year 6

This week, Year 6 have completed their fantastic non- chronological reports on WWII and have begun learning about the features of a letter as they are going to write a letter in role based upon a character from our class book 'Letters from a Lighthouse'.

In Maths, the current topic is co-ordinates where the children are applying their existing knowledge to work out the co-ordinates when the axis are un-numbered.

In our foundation lesson, our current topic is 'Celebrating Culture and Seasonality' in DT. The children sampled many different soups this week where they were surprised that they liked some; I know some requests for the soups will have come home to you especially for the red lentil soup! Next week, the children will be creating their own recipes and will then be making them so you can look forward to tasting their creations!

Homework pages

English: pages 26 and 35

Maths: pages 33 and 35


This week's achievement awards go to Aaliyah for her focus during lessons and Nathan for trying all of the soups during our soup tasting.

Kingfisher 2

This week in Kingfisher 2, we have been measuring and comparing mass, using both grams and kilograms. The children have been reading scales with various intervals and using the 4 operations to solve problems involving mass.

In English, we have been exploring persuasive devices including recognising fact or opinion regarding recycling/littering. The boys also looked at rhetorical questions and emotive language.


The achievement awards this week go to Jack and Freddie.

Jack regularly challenges himself and has shown himself to be supportive of his peers, especially in our cooking sessions.

Freddie has been working hard and sang beautifully in the singing assembly this week.

Good job!


MARCH 2023

Monday 13th:

  • Science Week
  • Year 6 Kindertransport Workshop in school - AM
  • Money Smart Workshop for Parents/Carers (registration required) 1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Netball Match vs Christchurch 3:30pm (HOME)

Tuesday 14th:

  • Year 3 Road Safety Workshop

Wednesday 15th:

  • Possible Teacher Strike Day - see below for more info

Thursday 16th:

  • Possible Teacher Strike Day - see below for more info

Friday 17th:

  • PTA Mother's Day Stall
  • Girls Football vs St Johns N20 3:30pm (AWAY)

Monday 20th:

  • Money Smart Workshop for Parents/Carers (registration required) 1:00 - 3:00pm

Tuesday 21st:

  • Girls Football London Youth Games.

Wednesday 22nd:

  • Red Nose Day Fundraising Day
  • Years 5/6 Sitting Volleyball competition at Ark Pioneer - AM

Thursday 23rd:

  • Kingfisher 1 and 2 Bowling Trip - PM
  • Girls Football vs Sacred Heart 3:30pm (HOME)

Friday 24th:

  • Selected Years 1/2 Football at Compton School - AM
  • Mixed Football vs Whitings Hill 3:30pm (HOME)
  • Year 3 Recorders Assembly 2:30 pm - Y3 parents/carers welcome

Monday 27th:

  • World Autism Acceptance Week
  • Girls and Mixed League Football vs Christchurch 3:30 pm (AWAY)
  • Activity Clubs for Summer 1 go online for booking

Thursday 30th:

  • Year 5's Easter Assembly 9:00am (Y5 parents welcome)
  • Cinema Night - more details to follow

Friday 31st:

  • End of Term - school finishes at 2:00pm (NO CABIN CLUB)

APRIL 2023

EASTER HOLIDAYS: Monday 3rd April - Friday 14th April (SCHOOL CLOSED)

Monday 17th:

  • Pupils return to school
  • Activity Clubs begin for Summer 1
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