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Livingstone Newsletter

February Week 4

Friday 24th February

After 22 years of outstanding service to the school, we are saying goodbye to Mrs Barrett as she moves on to enjoy her well- deserved retirement.

She has been an integral part of the success of Livingstone and all of the pupils that she has worked with. Her last day of service will be Tuesday and she will be missed by everyone. We wish her well in her retirement. Best wishes!


PTA Glow in the Dark Party

Everyone and almost everywhere at Livingstone has been glowing today! The Glow in the Dark Party was a huge success, and everyone had an amazing time. It took a lot of preparation and hard work to set up and would not have been half as good if it wasn't for Mrs Cavozzi, Mr Sudbury and all our other dedicated PTA members making sure the children had the best time dancing and singing as well as enjoying all the brilliant activities the vast number of stalls had to offer. They all deserve a really big THANK YOU!

World Book Day 2023

We are celebrating World Book Day on Friday 3rd March. The children can dress up on that day as any of the following:

. Their favourite fictional book character (e.g. Wimpy Kid, Demon Dentist or Cruella Di Ville)

. Someone/something real (non-fiction) such as a Viking, a Roman, a doctor, a celebrity or a sportsperson

. Someone ready for a bedtime story by wearing pyjamas

We are also doing a mystery book swap. Please can your children wrap up a book they don't want anymore that's in good condition and decorate the outside with key words about it. We'll be giving them some A3 paper for this on Monday.

They will also be bringing home a £1 book voucher next week. They can use this at supermarkets and bookshops to get £1 off any book of their choice, or exchange it for a free World Book Day book. Please encourage your children to use this voucher.

Teacher Strikes - Thursday 2nd March


Livingstone School was able to fully open on the the first strike day but this is less likely to be the case on Thursday 2nd March as the negotiations on the issues have not been resolved. Please ensure that you have a back-up for your child/ren on that day, as we may get closures on the day itself. We expect to get more information from the local authority and the unions next week and will send any information by text.

IMPACT Meetings for Parents and Carers


This half term, we are inviting parents/carers in for an hour-long phonics/spelling session, where you will have the opportunity to take part in activities with your child and their class teacher. Sessions are between 9:00 am and 10:00 am - please see below the dates set for each year group (excluding EYFS as these have taken place already).

We highly recommend that you join us for this session so you can…

see the variety of resources we use to support learning.

experience activities that your child completes.

work with your child.

get ideas on how to support and encourage your child’s learning at home.

Monday 27th February:

Year 5 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Tuesday 28th February:

Year 6 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Thursday 2nd March:

Kingfisher 2 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:10 - 9:40 am

Friday 3rd:

Year 4 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Monday 6th:

Year 1 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00- 10:00 am

Tuesday 7th:

Year 3 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Thursday 9th:

Kingfisher 1 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:10- 9:40 am

Friday 10th:

Year 2 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am


This week in the Nursery we have been making pancakes! The children loved learning about what ingredients are needed for a pancake recipe and the method for making them. The children loved pouring, sifting and mixing the ingredients together to make a yummy pancake batter.

Kingfisher Nursery

This week Kingfisher Nursery have had a great time exploring the traditions of Shrove Tuesday. They have been flipping pancakes as well as drawing, tracing and reading stories based on the theme.



We've had such a busy week here in Reception. You could say we've been as busy as 'The Jolly Postman'!

We have been counting out the correct number of stamps and adding them to our numbered envelopes. Exploring 3D shapes and weighing them as a post office assistant would with the parcels that are waiting for delivery as well as practising our letter sounds as we posted them into the 'sounds' box.

Also, the letters we have been writing got posted when we went on a lovely walk in the local area looking for post boxes. The creativity has been flowing in our Art corner, we have been designing our own stamps and making collage post boxes.

Playtime today was a lot of fun too, the children turned themselves into one big moving dragon!

Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement award goes to all of Reception for such a great week of learning and their enthusiasm towards our new book theme!

Year 1

Year 1 had a fantastic time at Pickled Pepper Bookshop meeting the author and illustrator, Claire Alexander, and receiving their own signed copies of 'The Think Ups'. They listened carefully to Claire explain the process of creating a children's book and enjoyed creating amazing illustrations of their own.


Achievement awards this week go to Billy and Rosie for their excellent map reading skills during our Geography lessons. They were brilliant at locating the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world in an atlas and on a globe.

Year 2

In Maths, children have been working on identifying the value of different coins, making specific amounts using those coins as well as finding different ways to make amounts of money combining pounds and pence. In English, we have started a new key text called Mrs Armitage on Wheels, which the children seem to have enjoyed acting out in order to verbally retell the story.

In History, we have been looking at Transport and how that has changed over the past 150 years. Children looked at different primary sources to compare what the Great Northern Railway used to be like last century, what trains were used and why. They also explored other modes of transport people used to commute, like horses and carts, trolleybuses, trams and buses.


Arithmetic- pages 41, 42 and 46

Grammar, punctuation and spelling- page 5.

Achievement Awards!

This week's awards go to Orla for her brilliant arithmetic skills and Zachariah for asking interesting questions about our History topic of transport.

Kingfisher 1

This week we have started our theme of stories from different cultures. Handa's Surprise was where we began. The children enjoyed listening to and retelling the story with props and spent time describing the animals and the fruits.

In Maths the topic was time, the children have been sequencing activities, reading time on the clocks and drawing their own clocks.


This week's achievement award goes to Dilan for his excellent reading.

Year 3

In Year 3 we have started work on Roald Dahl's 'The Twits.' We have looked at the structures of each trick, we've story mapped some of the tricks and today we enjoyed role playing the tricks, particularly 'the wormy spaghetti' trick. In the coming weeks, we will be creating and writing our own trick.

In Maths we have now finished with measurements, we have been adding and subtracting different measurements making sure we have converted them into the same unit of measurements.

In the afternoons, we have been learning about different places of worship looking at Christianity and Islam. We have compared he religions and looked at their similarities which we have found really interesting.

CGP Pages

Maths - 48 & 49 Perimeter

English - 78 & 79 suffix 'ous' - this weeks spelling focus

Achievement Awards!

Our first achievement award goes to Georgie for her excellent work in Maths subtracting measurements and converting them into the same unit of measurements.

The second award goes to Dotty for her wonderful narrating during the role play of Roald Dahl's wormy spaghetti trick. She performed her work exceptionally well with great expression.

Year 4

Year 4 have had a busy first week back. In Maths, we have started looking at fractions. In English, we have been looking at gathering vocabulary to describe Pompeii before, during and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In D&T we have started our unit of work on electrical systems where we have been exploring simple circuits and switches. We will be using our knowledge and skill to design, create and evaluate a torch for Mr Sudbury.

CGP Books

Maths: Using times tables - page 26

English: Words Ending in 'Shun' - pages 84 - 85

Timetables: 7 x 6 and 6 x 7 7 x 8 and 8 x 7 6 x 8 and 8 x 6 7 x 7 8 x 8


This week's achievement awards go to Eren and Leah for the brilliant work with fractions in Maths. Well done!

Year 5

This week in Maths, the children learned about percentages and their fraction and decimal equivalents, such as...

3/10 = 30/100 = 30% = 0.3

87/100 = 0.87 = 87%

6/100 = 0.06 = 6%

In English, the children have loved learning about the characters in Kensuke's Kingdom and are very enthusiastic about the letter writing they'll be doing in a few weeks time.

In Science, we started our learning on Earth and Space. They know that our solar system has eight planets that orbit around the sun, rotating as they do so. They also learned that the moon orbits the Earth.

CGP Books

Maths: pages 44-45 (percentages)

English: pages 80-81 (ance, ancy, ence, ency)


This week's awards go to Xander for being a supportive partner and to Diya for her excellent English work.

Year 6

This week in Year 6, the children have been transferring their knowledge and research about World War II into English to write a non-chronological report. We look forward to reading their informative reports.

In Maths, the new topic is ratio; the children have used their previous learning in fractions and their times table knowledge to

Homework pages

Maths - pages 36 and 37

English - pages 52 and 53


Achievement Awards!

Jack D - for his hard work in all lessons this week.

Maggie - for using prior leaning in her ratio work this week.

KIngfisher 2

In Maths this week, the children have been measuring and comparing length and height using both cm’s and m’s.

In English, they have sequenced instructions for making pancakes and written their own instructions, using time adverbials and commas in lists. Some of us even cooked some pancakes in our Friday cooking session.

The boys also really impressed us by performing a lovely poem (written by Mrs Snell) to say farewell to Mrs Barrett in her goodbye assembly.


This week’s award goes to Jaydon for really trying hard in all areas of his work and impressing us with his maths knowledge.


Parent Representative Meeting 27.01.23



Giovanna Phelan- Head teacher

Carrie Lowin- Reception

Laura Blackaller- Year 1

Charlotte Gosling- Year 2

Kate Orr- Year 4

Shelly Farmer- Year 5 and Kingfisher 2

Paula Falco- Year 6


Jackie Scott- Reception

Austin Scott- Reception

Melissa Gosling- Year 3

Lina Cavozzi- Year 5

BIRTHDAY TREATS - A gentle reminder to parents, that if you wish to bring a small treat into school to celebrate your child’s birthday please do not send edible treats. Instead, a small token for example a pencil would be preferable. Thank you.

RECEPTION - Are the reception children supposed to go in at 8.45m or 8.50am. Along the same lines, ‘do reception gather at the gate at 3.10pm or 3.15pm? Please could the gate to the main playground be opened a few minutes earlier? This will help parents who have to be at work by 9am.


Nursery has an opening time of 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm

Pupils eligible for 15 hours start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm

Pupils eligible for 30 hours start at 9.00am and finish at 3.00pm.

This allows a 15 minute arrival and departure slot for pupils to dropped off and collected.

Reception Class has an opening time of 8.50am and finishes at 3.10pm which allows for parents to drop off older pupils at 8.40am and collect at 3.15pm and to space out the drop off and collection of the Nursery pupils.

The CABIN Club is available for Parents/carers needing their children to be dropped off any earlier than 8.40 or collected later than 3.15.

Finally, the intention is to always be punctual but sometimes due to circumstances beyond their control, there may be delay.

CHOIR - Is there still a choir and if so how do the children join?

A. The choir started this term and runs for half an hour at the end of the day on Thursday. More times will be added nearer the time of the music festival.

INDUSTRIAL ACTION (Strike Days) - Parents are asking about the strike on Wednesday as some need to sort childcare asap.

The school remained open for all children Wednesday 1st February. This is likely to change on future strike days, as some teachers may choose to go on strike, if no changes are implemented after the first strike.

EXTRA SCHOOL CLUBS - A parent has requested some extra clubs at school such as tennis and chess.

A. Unfortunately due to the high cost of staff and resources, there has to be a high demand for the clubs to cover the costs. Also, we need the staff to run the current clubs and to have staff available to teach the children. This is something we can review in the future.

PETE’S SATURDAY FOOTBALL - The school has decided that because of the rise in energy bills, the school will close on Saturday as it is the time where the school can save money by not turning the heating on.

Pete’s Saturday football club will continue as normal but it will be up to Pete to decide if he would like to run the club when the weather is less favourable. Unfortunately, when the weather is too bad, football may have to be cancelled. Hopefully the weather will warm up soon!

SPRING BALL - The PTA are hosting a Glow in the Dark Party for the children this spring with FREE entry as a thank you to all the support families have given to the school. Letters have been sent home already.

New Age Kurling

Some children from Years 3 and 4 represented Livingstone in a Kurling event at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre on Tuesday. Children practiced their disk throwing aiming at a target to score points. It was a great fun day where the children got to play 5 games each against other schools. We had one team who placed 4th out of 20 schools! Well done to Sufyan, Alex, Taha, Georgie, Mario, Gino, Medina and Anastasia.



Monday 27th:

  • Year 5 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Tuesday 28th:

  • Year 6 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Girls Football Match vs Foulds 3:30 pm (AWAY)

MARCH 2023

Wednesday 1st:

  • KS2 Cross Country Competition at Oakhill Park - PM
  • Year 5 Parent Consultations 1:30 - 3:30pm (re-scheduled from last week)

Thursday 2nd:

  • Kingfisher 2 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:10 - 9:40 am
  • Mixed Football Match vs Cromer Road 3:30 pm (HOME)

Friday 3rd:

  • World Book Day - Non-Fiction Character Costumes or Pyjamas
  • Year 4 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Monday 6th:

  • Year 1 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00- 10:00 am

Tuesday 7th:

  • Year 3 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 190:00 am

Thursday 9th:

  • Kingfisher 1 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:10- 9:40 am

Friday 10th:

  • Year 2 IMPACT Meeting for Parents/Carers 9:00 - 10:00 am
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