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February Week 4

Friday 25th February

Learning to live with Covid

After two years of major disruption, we are moving slowly but steadily towards the end of the pandemic restrictions.

This means that from this week:

People no longer have to wear masks

People who test positive for Covid will no longer have to self-isolate.

No one will have to isolate or test daily for seven days if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

However, as Covid is still a health risk for a small minority of people, in line with government recommendations, we will still be advising that pupils and members of staff who are clearly unwell or testing positive, to stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days.

Staff will be encouraged to continue to test on a regular basis

The teaching environment will continue to be well ventilated at all times.

Good personal hygiene will be adhered to at all times.

These recommendations will continue until April 1st when free mass testing is removed. After this date, although it may not be possible to conduct a test to verify Covid, members of staff may be asked to stay at home and parents/carers may be asked to keep your child/ren off school, based of the severity of their illness (any illness), as was pre-Covid.


World Book Week


Next week is World Book Week, and we have many fun activities planned for the children to show our love of reading.

On Wednesday, we are having a 'Blind Date With a Book' book swap. Please send your child in with a pre-loved wrapped up book decorated with key words about it (such as 'Friendship', 'Animals', 'Mystery', 'Set in Africa').

On Thursday, the children can either dress- up as a book character or wear their pyjamas for a 'book before bedtime' costume. We are collecting donations for a children's mental health charity; if you wish to donate, please send your child with £1.

As if Thursday wasn't exciting enough, we are having an Artist Meets Author day! The children will spend the whole day learning about a famous author/poet and a famous artist, and then creating a piece of artwork inspired by both.

Today, your children will bring home a £1 book voucher. This can get them a FREE World Book Day book, or you can get £1 off any book. Please make the most of this amazing offer and use the voucher at participating bookshops and supermarkets.

Livingstone Spring Craft and Creation Fun Day


Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),

The Spring Craft n’ Creation Fun Day is taking place on Friday 11th March 2022.

It will be held in school from 9.30 am onwards.

The cost per child is £5.00, this includes an inflatable DISCO DOME to dance and bounce away, games and a small sweetie bag. Please let us know if you would prefer your child not to have the sweetie cone and we will give an alternative.

Other info:

Spending Money - please place this in a named purse/envelope ON THE DAY OF THE CRAFT N’ CREATION FUN DAY.

Children will be able to spend their money on:

Glitter Tattoos / Tattoos

Face painting

Make your own stress ball

Beads craft stall

Make your own bird feeder

Biscuit decorating

Flashing glow air horn with clip necklace, fidget squeeze toys, slinkys stall and many more

Prices range from 50p to £3.00

Clothes - Children can come to school dressed in their own clothes.

If you would like your child to attend the Spring Craft n’ Creation Fun Day please complete and return the slip on the letter sent home with your child. Payment can be made on School Money. Please return forms and payment by MONDAY 7th MARCH.

The PTA Team

IMPACT Maths Meetings

This half term, we are inviting parents/carers in for an hour-long Maths session, where you will have the opportunity to take part in activities with your child and their class teacher. Sessions will start at 9:00 am and end at 10:00 am - please see below the dates set for each year group.

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

  • see the variety of resources we use to support maths learning in school
  • experience maths activities that your child completes
  • work with your child
  • get ideas on how to support and encourage your child’s maths learning at home

Year 3: Thursday 10th March

Year 4: Tuesday 8th March

Year 5: Friday 11th March

Kingfisher 1 (Parents only workshop) : Monday 28th February

Kingfisher 2 (Parents only workshop) : Monday 7th March

Nightingales: Tuesday 1st March


Thank you to all the parents that have already joined us so far. We hope you have found the sessions valuable and enjoyable.

As mentioned in your meetings, here is a link to the National Numeracy Challenge. It's a platform on which you can create a login to help develop your own understanding of maths. It consists of small maths quizzes and support with how to approach any of the mathematical concepts you were not confident with.

https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/ challenge/

Also, here is a link to our website where you can find the White Rose calculation guidance documents, which can give you more of an understanding of the methods and approaches we use in school.


Parent Governor Election


The term of office of another Parent Governor has ended. It is therefore necessary to hold an election for a new governor. The following might help you decide if this role would interest you:

  • Becoming a governor is a very rewarding and worthwhile experience. Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to the school, willing to ask questions and offer appropriate challenge and support.
  • Governors are elected for a four-year term. They attend four Governing Body meetings a year, which are held in the evening, as well as termly committee meetings. The Governing Body makes decisions collectively.
  • The prime focus of the Governing Body is to develop the strategic direction of the school, be accountable to stakeholders and ensure that financial resources are spent appropriately. Governors need to work as an enthusiastic member of the team with the aim of raising and maintaining high educational standards for all children. Governors are asked to act always with integrity, honesty and objectivity in the best interests of the School.
  • All Governors are expected to read and understand straight forward budget reports and data information.
  • Training is available to develop and enhance knowledge and skills.
  • It is important to note that once elected, Parent Governors are a representative parent but not a delegate. This means they are not expected to report back to parents on any matters relating to the School or Governing Body without prior consent from the Governing Body.
  • If you would like to seek nomination as an elected Parent Governor, please collect a nomination form from the School Office. This form should be completed, with the accompanying personal statement of no more than 150 words, and returned to the Headteacher no later than 12 NOON on TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2022. The personal statement will only be used if more than one parent wishes to be considered for nomination; in which case, a ballot will be held.


We have been practicing our construction skills in Nursery this week. Sonny used the tap hammer to carefully to make this fantastic car. "The wheels make it go along and the top bits is where you can see out from". Well done, Sonny! Excellent work!


Wow, Luca has used the tap hammer to make the "Eiffel Tower in the sunshine". You are really clever, Luca, to know that the Eiffel Tower is in Paris! Brilliant work!


Kingfisher Nursery

Kingfisher Nursery have had a lovely start to the half term!

This week we have explored the Farm - focusing our learning about aspects of a typical farm. This included looking at different farm animals by labelling them, using various resources to create our own farm animals and then using our new knowledge of farm animals to sort them into groups as we counted them.

We had a great time exploring different crops grown on farms. This week we focused on carrots and cabbages. Pupils used their hands and various tools to dig out mini- carrots and mini-cabbages (brussels sprouts). We particularly enjoyed the sensory play this activity invited!


A fantastic week back in Reception with our start to traditional tales. Our learning has been based on the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. We now know it off by heart! We have retold the story using puppets, painted and decorated our own gingerbread people and even baked our own! This worked well with our learning in Maths all about weighing. We can now use the words 'heavy' and 'light' and compare objects using scales. We have made gingerbread men using shapes and written all about our favourite parts... particularly when the fox snaps him up! We have been having fantastic discussions about how the Gingerbread Man could have got across the river which has led to children building and testing some amazing bridges and boats this week. Great work Reception!

New phonics groups - please ask if you are unsure.

The sounds that have been learnt this week and should be revisited at home are:

Miss Edwards group: please continue to revisit all set 1 sounds and practise oral blending with your children

Miss Purse's group: ng, nk (please continue to practise sh, th, ch, qu as well)

Miss Knappett's group: ay, ee, igh

This week's achievement awards go to Aysha for settling in to Reception so nicely and Toby for always being so well behaved.

Year 1

Year 1 have settled back brilliantly after half term!

This week in Maths, we have been consolidating place value with numbers up to 50. The children have ordered numbers from smallest to greatest and can explain how many tens and ones are in a given two digit number.

We are working hard as we learn new sounds in Phonics and are having a really good go at using our storyteller voices.

In Geography, we have been learning to locate and label the seven continents on a map and recognise that Continents are made up of countries. We are also learning to locate and label the five oceans and recognise that oceans are large areas of sea shown in blue on a map or globe.

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the Maths Impact meeting on Monday. You can find a copy of the PowerPoint with links from the session on the Year 1 VLE page.

This week's achievement award goes to Deni for his amazing recollection of the seven world continents.

Our second award goes to George for his fabulous arithmetic in Maths.

Year 2

This week in Year 2 we have been reading an exciting story about Mrs Armitage who always tries to add some more oomph to her bike. We have had an amazing time role- playing, story mapping and writing a recount of the story.

In Maths, we have started looking at Fractions of a shape. We learned about equivalent fractions; we discussed about how two halves make a whole and two quarters equal a half.

The Foundation Topic this week is Geography. We are continuing with our transport theme from last half term so we are looking at London transport, the M25 motorway as well as A roads that go through London. We had a fun day 'travelling' with our toy cars around the UK trying to find which is the quickest route to Scotland and Wales!

This week's achievement award goes to Sufyan for his brilliant work in Geography, talking about our local area and transport.

It also goes to Nathaniel for his fantastic work in Maths, recognising halves and quarters.

Kingfisher 1

It is lovely to be back after our half term break, and all of the children in Kingfisher 1 have been busy working very hard.

This week in Maths we have been learning all about time. This includes daily routines, days of the weeks and months of the year as well as getting to know the clock face. The children have done brilliantly!

In English this half term we are looking at stories from other cultures and we began our journey in Kenya with 'Handa's Surprise.' The children made excellent observations about the setting, the characters and the animals and even tried the exotic fruits.

The children continue to make great progress with their phonics and reading, well done everyone!

This week the achievement award goes to Dilan for his excellent knowledge of days of the week and months of the year, well done!

Year 3

For History, we will be learning about Ancient Egypt and we will be answering our big question, ‘What can we find out about Ancient Egypt from what has survived?’ To introduce us to our new topic, we took part in a workshop led by an Egyptologist, Mr Egypt. It was a fun packed day full of lots of 'Ooooo' and 'Ahhhh' moments. They seemed to enjoy learning about a range of things linked to Ancient Egypt, from pyramids, pharaohs, the river Nile and looking and holding artefacts to learn about what life would have been like. The children were very well behaved and everyone left feeling inspired!

In English, we are reading a new book called 'Gregory Cool' as we will be writing a diary entry in a few weeks. This week we made predictions and inferences about the texts and described the main character, Gregory. In maths, we are continuing with money focusing on one-step and two-step word problems to find change.

CGP Books

Maths- page 42.

English-pages 52-53.

This week's achievement certificates go to Ravi for his wonderful knowledge linked to Ancient Egypt and Nadine for her fabulous reasoning and problem solving in maths.

Year 4

Year 4 have had a great first week back after the half term break.

This week in maths, we have been learning all about equivalent fractions. Year 4 have done fantastically by applying their times table knowledge to find fractions that are equal to one another.

In English, we have started preparing for our setting description of Pompeii before, during and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on the 24th August AD 79. We have been harvesting new vocabulary and applying it to our sensory descriptions.

In the afternoons, we have been learning about electricity. This week, year 4 carried out an investigation into which objects were electrical conductors and which were insulators. Below are a few pictures of the investigations.


Maths: page 29

English: page 5

This week's awards go to Arber for his excellent questioning in Science and to Calvin for his hard work and brilliant presentation. Well done!

Year 5

It's been a great first week back after half term. In Maths, the children have been subtracting proper fractions and mixed numbers.

In English, we have started our work on Kensuke's Kingdom (by Michael Morpurgo). The children loved reading the story last term, and now they'll be writing letters as the main character, Michael. This week they focused on the characters in the story by thinking about 'What if...' scenarios and doing drama.

In Science, we learned all about the Solar System and its 8 planets that orbit around the Sun (which is a star). Ask them about gas giants... the order of the planets... terrestrial planets... which one is the hottest... they can tell you it all!

CGP Books

Maths pages 30 - 31 (adding and subtracting fractions)

English pages 56 - 57 (apostrophes)


This week's awards go to Lisa for her excellent memory on Kensuke's Kingdom, and to Alyssa for her fantastic fraction work - well done, girls!

Year 6

It has been a great first week back from half- term. We have begun ratio in Maths, which will link nicely to our DT topic when we begin that in week 3 as we will be making soup. In English, the children are furthering their WWII knowledge by writing a non- chronological report on an aspect that interests them the most. Our Science topic is Evolution which has had some fascinating insights for the children and some real aha moments.

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Maths Impact session - I hope you found it useful.

Please book a parents consultation appointment, if you haven't already. I look forward to sharing your child's progress with you!


The first achievement award goes to Noah for always persevering with tasks and writing some great passive voice sentences. The second award goes to Sinan for his focus during lessons which means he is producing lovely work.

Kingfisher 2

This week in Kingfisher 2 we have been learning about Statistics in our maths sessions, the children have been constructing and interpreting tally charts and pictograms. As well as 1:1 correspondence, we have been using symbols representing 2s,5s and 10s and working well to identify the worth of half symbols.

In English, the children have been writing all about their half term activities, practising their comprehension and exploring sentence punctuation. The boys showed good skill whilst reading a text without any punctuation and identifying where each sentence ended and needed a full stop. They needed to remember that a capital letter followed the full stop.

We have also been using apostrophes for contracted words.

Zack did a great job, expanding the contracted form too!

Thumbs up to Nathan for this weeks achievement award! Nathan has been working hard in class and participated enthusiastically in Dance. He particularly enjoyed participating in the Year 5 cricket workshop yesterday and did a great job! Keep it up!


This week in Maths we have been learning about fractions. We have been learning about how to write fractions and draw images to match them.

In English, we have started our unit on Dinosaurs. We have really enjoyed reading dinosaur adventure stories and have been practising using adverbs and adjectives for description.


This week's award goes to Josh for excellent work representing fractions. Well done Josh!

Culture Capital


Some of you may of heard your children talking about the artist Ben Wilson. He has been a focus of ours as part of our learning in the Culture Capital assemblies.

During the half term break, Zach Anido in Year 5 had a very pleasant surprise whilst walking on the Millenium Bridge.....

It was near the end of the day and Zach and his family were making their way back to the tube station as it had started to rain quite hard. They were taking some photos on the bridge because the colours of the sky over London city were quite dramatic. Whilst walking, they noticed someone else also looking at the city's scenery and change of colours in the sky. At this point, Zach realised it was the very artist we have been leaning about in school, Ben Wilson!

Mr Wilson was more than happy to accept Zach's request of a photo!


Football vs Northside


On Wednesday, children who attend football club were selected to represent Livingstone in our next league fixture against Northside Primary School. Both teams were evenly matched showing great attacking and defending skills. There were some great saves made by our goalie and we had some brilliant goal attempts. The children showed excellent fighting spirit to bring the game to a final score of 2-1 to the opposing team. Despite the loss, it is clear that the children are improving and working well as a team. Well done to Lois, Arbel, Freddie, Qamarzada, Ged, Stephanos, Tyler, Noah, Sinan and Matteo.

Cricket Engagement Day

On Thursday, a coach from Middlesex Cricket Club visited to lead a session with Years 3-6. The session was designed to give children a taster about the sport. The children took part in different fun activities to help with different skills such as aiming, throwing, catching and batting.

Diary Dates

February 2022

Monday 28th:

KF1 IMPACT Maths meeting for parents/ carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Y5 PGL meeting - 3:15pm (face to face) in Y6

March 2022

Tuesday 1st:

Nightingales IMPACT Maths meeting for parents/carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

KS1 and KS2 Parent Consultations 4:30 - 6:30 pm

'Late' Maths IMPACT Meeting KS1 and KS2 Parents - KS1 4:45pm and KS2 5:15pm

Wednesday 2nd:

KS1 Parent Consultations 9:00 - 11:00 am

KS2 Parent Consultations 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Years 5/6 Boys football match vs Cromer Road 3.30 pm (Home)

Thursday 3rd:

World Book Day - Dressing-up in Pyjamas or as a Book Character

Netball match vs Churchill - 3.30 pm (Home)

Monday 7th:

KF2 IMPACT Maths meeting for parents/ carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Tuesday 8th:

Year 4 IMPACT Maths meeting for parents/ carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Years 5/6 Girls football match vs Trent - 3.30 pm (Home)

Thursday 10th:

Year 3 IMPACT Maths meeting for parents/ carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Friday 11th:

Year 5 IMPACT Maths meeting for parents/ carers 9:00 - 10:00 am

Monday 14th:

INSET Day - School closed

More dates will follow...

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