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May Week 3

Friday 20th May

Founder's Day Platinum Jubilee Picnic

On Friday 27th May we will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a family picnic and dance performances from the pupils. The dances have been chosen to reflect the Queen's role as head of state for the UK and the Commonwealth and will be showcased in the All Weather Sports Pitch from 1.30pm.

Please bring a picnic and join us on the field from 12pm onwards and stay to watch the dancing at 1.30pm. Pupils can sit and eat the picnic with their families or join them with the school dinner of sausage and chips served in a bag, followed by a Jubilee Cup Cake.


Football Final

Where to begin! The girls have had a phenomenal season. They started playing together back in October and went on to play five games in their league and went through the season unbeaten. This is a massive accomplishment. We couldn't be more proud of how they conducted themselves during every game and training session, demonstrating a positive growth mindset. In addition to this, many opposing coaches have complimented our team on their integrity, hard work, skill and determination. We proudly achieved runners up medals from the final. They are winners to us! Well done to Arbel, Maisie, Zeynep, Hattie, Lois, Geethersi, Catherine, Kaitlin, Katerina.

Bring on next year!

Activity Clubs


On Monday at 8am, activity clubs for the Summer 2 term will be available online for booking.

We are pleased to announce that we have added Morning Family Yoga with Cat On The Mat Kids Yoga to our Summer timetable of clubs. The club will start the first week back after half term and take place every Thursday morning between 8:00 - 8:45 am for 6 weeks. Booking options for this club will be as follows:

£24 - child only

£30 - 1 child + adult

£42 - 2 child + adult

£54 - 3 child + adult

If you are booking for more than 1 child and an adult, please book under just one of your children's names.

Please be aware that as with all clubs, numbers are limited and based on a first come first serve basis.


Here in the Nursery this week, we have been continuing our mini topic on seeds and spring flowers. We have been painting beautiful spring flowers for our corridor display.

We have also been using balance scales to compare the weights of play food and other small resources. The children have worked carefully to add or take away items to make the scales balance.

Kingfisher Nursery

Kingfisher Nursery have continued our exciting minibeasts theme!

We worked on our fine motor skills by threading cheerios onto pipe cleaners to create wiggly worms! This was a great activity for working on our pincer grip and proved to be quite a tasty activity for the children too! We had a brilliant time creating bumble bees using our hand prints or a striped roller. We discussed the colours and patterns on a bee, how many features it had and what noises it made. Our communication boards were very handy to choose what colour paints we needed and what features we needed to complete our bees! We finished our week junk modelling to create our KFN bug house.

Well done, Kingfisher Nursery!


In Reception, we have continued our learning about Jack and the beanstalk. The children have been busy using all different materials to construct beanstalks, castles and even parachutes for Jack to get safely back home. We have been measuring the Giant's, Jack's, Miss Purse's and even our own feet! Well done Reception for great behaviour and effort this week.

James - For building an amazing parachute for Jack to get away from the giant. He even tested it and improved it so that it worked!

Phoebe - For her amazing effort and progress in Phonics. Keep it up!

Year 1

Year 1 have had another busy week. In Maths we have been learning how to halve shapes, objects and quantities. Next week, we will be learning how to quarter shapes, objects and quantities. Please help your child to practice this at home; for example, when slicing pizza, fruit or sharing out treats, toys etc.

In English we have now moved on to a new focus story ‘Clean Up’ also written by the same author as last weeks story ‘Look Up’. The children have shown great enthusiasm as we have followed Rocket (the main character) and her family to her Grandparents house at the beach. The story has been teaching us about the importance of keeping the planet clean and saving our sea life.

In Science, we have continued our learning on plants. We have learnt about the function of each part from flowers to trees as well as what wildflowers are in comparison to garden flowers. We also learnt about the parts of plants that we eat from the roots, stems, leaves, fruits and seeds.

Well done on another amazing week Year 1!


This weeks awards go to Sienna Maloney for her wonderful written work across all subjects and always remembering to use correct punctuation and Fred-talk her spellings when unsure.

Our second award goes to Dexter for his new found confidence and enthusiasm during our whole class sessions, getting involved and putting his hand up.

Year 2

Year 2 have had a brilliant week! We have started reading the book 'Rain Before Rainbows' and did an experiment using Skittles to make our own colourful rainbows. We have also started using joined up handwriting in preparation for Y3!

In Maths we have been solving problems using measurements (weight, capacity, temperature, money). We have finished our Georgia O'Keefe artwork and everyone is very impressed with Y2's talent!

On Friday afternoon, we also had Archery lessons that was very enjoyable!

Homework : Reasoning p.14-15

This week's achievement awards go to Scarlett for her resilience in problem solving and reasoning and Soroiyan for her amazing artwork in the style of Georgia O'Keefe.

Kingfisher 1

Kingfisher 1 have had a fabulous week!

In Maths we have been exploring capacity. We started off in the Capacity Café, serving drinks to each other and learning the vocabulary. We continued the week predicting, comparing and measuring. It was a bit messy in places and lots of fun.

In English our author study continued with 'Draw me a Star' by Eric Carle. The children drew stars, described them and retold the story. Some excellent writing was produced, well done everyone!

This week's achievement award goes to Alex for his brilliant writing, keep up the good work!

Year 3

Year 3 started swimming this week and they have been superb! It has been very busy this week but the children have behaved extremely well.

In English, we finished our trick chapters inspired by our class book 'The Twits'. They are truly gruesome and hilarious. Mrs Boucon and I have loved reading them. Next week, we will be publishing them and reading them to Reception.

In the afternoons, our foundation subject has been D.T which has been focused around textiles. To prepare us for making our product next week, we have been learning to sew. We can't wait for you see what we make.


Maths- pages 34-35

English-pages 78-79

This week's awards go to Ryan for his descriptive narrative based on ' The Twits' and Elia for making great improvements in swimming in just one week!

Year 4

This week in Year 4 we have been adding and subtracting money in Maths. In English, we have been planning our myths ready to write them next week. In Science, we have been exploring the journey of food, looking at the different body parts involved in digestion and what their roles are.


Maths: 48-49

English: 56-57


This week's awards go to Mya for always being kind and to Arbel for her positive attitude towards learning. Well done!

Year 5

This week, Year 5 have been learning all about angles around a point and in straight lines, which always total 360°and 180° respectively.

In English, they planned their Highwayman narratives and practised writing descriptively with a partner. We've also been reading our whole-class text for next term, 'Pig Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman - the children are loving the story and characters!

They've been scientists in the afternoons, learning all about pollination and how plants reproduce.

CGP Books

Maths: pages 60 and 61 (angle rules)

English: pages 54 and 55 (dashes for extra information)


This week's awards go to Kaitlin for always trying her best in lessons, and to Lois for her enthusiasm when planning her alternative ending in English. Well done!

Year 6

This week, Year 6 have been busy writing a suspense narrative based upon a short film called 'Francis'. They have all written fantastic pieces and created lots of mystery and suspense. They were a pleasure to read.

Next week, the focus of our writing will be a review of PGL or the RAF museum. I am looking forward to reading their thoughts about their experiences.

We have also begun our Geography topic 'South America and the Rainforest'. The children have been completing map work so far before we move on to looking at the Amazon Rainforest in more detail.


This week's achievement awards go to Ben and Lily M for their fantastic writing. Well done!

Kingfisher 2

This week, in Kingfisher 2 we have continued to work on the elements of instructional texts, including using commas to separate items in a list.

In Maths, we have been tackling 1 and 2-step problems involving measurement and working on comparing and ordering length in cm’s and m’s.

Today was a busy day as most of the boys joined their class to participate in the archery workshop. They had a great time!


Well done to Zack for a great week. He deserves the achievement award for challenging himself with spicy tasks and his consistently exceptional behaviour !

Zack has worked incredibly hard in reading and has made huge improvements in his phonics and spellings!

What a great role model to the other class members!


Look out for letters being sent out by the PTA with requests for donations, in preparation for the Summer Fair.

We know that families are being affected by the rise in the cost of living and so are mindful if donations are impacted this year. We appreciate all donations given and the outcomes of the generosity shown by families, governors and friends of Livingstone. This includes the new playground equipment in the Early Years Playground which has been paid for with £15,000 from the PTA.

Our next project is to update the KS1 playground and any funds collected at this event will go towards this new project.

Always remember, at Livingstone we always try to keep costs of trips low and often subsidise activities to ensure full participation. If you are unable to meet the costs of any outings or events, please let the office know as alternative funding may be available.




Laura Blackaller – Reception, Nina Kornhauser – Year 6, Megan Atkinson - Nursery, Ellen Patmore- Year 1, Melissa Gosling - Year 2, Lina Cavozzi – Year 4, Paula Falco - Year 5.


Giovanna Phelan – Head teacher

Kate Orr - Year 3

Shelly Farmer - Year 4 and Kingfisher



A.Please provide a swimming costume for girls (meaning no bikinis) and close fitting swimwear for boys (meaning no baggy surfer /football shorts).


A.It has been proven that the children progress at a greater speed when they are swimming every day over a two week period rather than once a week with. Great results have been achieved using this method and this approach is now being adopted by schools to ensure all pupils learn to swim.


A.Children can change their reading book when they have completed the Accelerated Reader Test. However, if for any reason they need a book at the same level of their reading book, they can take one out of the school library. Speak to the class teacher.


A.The school will send a text message out to parents if any changes happen, as soon as they are aware.


A.Unfortunately Cabin times cannot be extended as there isn’t a great demand for the extension. It would be difficult to staff and we would have to charge a premium for the service which would not make it very affordable for most families.


A.Brain Booster home work goes home at the end of every half term. It is in a yellow book and the tasks are stuck inside it. This homework is optional though we would recommend pupils doing some of the tasks. If class reps could screen shot the page of home work onto the class group chat, then this could help parent keep track of what is being sent out.


A.It is full of lots of information and up and coming events at the school your child will be involved in.

The school have chosen to put fewer photos on the letter to ensure important information wasn’t being missed. We do know that parents value the photos, so Year 6 PGL photos including ones that have not appeared on the newsletter will be given to each child on a data stick before they leave at the end of the year.

Barnet Educational Arts Trust (BEAT)


Creative Ensemble Course


Diary Dates

May 2022

Monday 23rd:

  • Science Week
  • Activity Clubs for Summer 2 go online for booking.

Tuesday 24th:

  • Year 5 Secondary School Transition Meeting for parents - 8.45am and 3.15pm

Thursday 26th:

  • Reception Vision and Hearing Tests - AM

Friday 27th:

  • Non-uniform Day - £1.00 donation for PTA Summer Fair
  • Founder's Day
  • End of Summer 1 term - School finishes at normal time for Half Term.
  • Activity Clubs finish for Summer 1

HALF TERM Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June 2022

June 2022

Monday 6th:

  • Summer 2 term begins - Pupils return to school
  • Phonics Screening Check Week
  • Activity Clubs begin for Summer 2

Friday 10th:

  • Non-uniform Day - Donations of good condition toys for Summer Fair Tombola
  • Years 3 and 4 Sports Festival on School Field

Thursday 16th:

  • Non-uniform Day - Donations of Chocolate and Sweets for Summer Fair Tombola

Friday 17th:

  • Fathers Day Stall - more info to follow
  • Year 3 Recorder Concert at 2pm - Year 3 parents invited to watch

Tuesday 21st:

  • Years 5 and 6 Sex Education Meeting for Parents at 9am

Thursday 23rd:

  • New Reception Class Intake Meeting for Parents at 9am

Friday 24th:

  • Summer Fair - See letters for more info
  • No Yoga Club

More dates will follow...

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