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January Week 4

Friday 27th January

Strike Action Update - School Open!

You may be aware from media coverage that teaching union(s) have declared strike action, which will take place on Wednesday 1st February. The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over teachers’ pay. As we have notified everyone by text this week, the school will be open as normal on Wednesday.



Today, we awarded gold certificates for a number of our pupils for being at school every day in the Autumn Term. They have done amazingly well to avoid illness but most importantly they have not missed a single lesson. Well done to the following pupils:

Yr 1 Nora, Liam and Holly

Yr 3 Holly, Alya, Anwen, Amelia, Elsie and Junior

Yr 4 Zainab, Nadine, Ryan and Lukas

Yr 5 Arber, Sophia, Joshua, Brychan, Sina, Rehan and George

Yr 6 Catherine, Aidan, Katerina, Alex, Leo, Alyssa, Geethesri and Lois

Keeping our Children Safe Crossing the Road


Please help us to keep our children safe by refraining from parking on both corners of Baring Road which are marked with double yellow lines. Parking on these lines is dangerous. It creates a blind spot for cars pulling out and makes it difficult for families to cross the road safely. Please help our children get to school and home again safely. Thank you in advance for your co- operation.



This week Nursery have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have been very busy writing Chinese numbers, making lanterns, tasting noodles and as it is the year of the rabbit, we have also had our school bunnies, Toffee and Coco, staying with us in the classroom to join in the fun.

Here, Clara has dressed up in a Chinese costume and she is demonstrating her fantastic Chinese numbers which she painted with a thin brush.

Xheida has loved Chinese New Year. Here, she is holding up her Chinese 'Face Lantern' which she drew and decorated all by herself.

Kingfisher Nursery

This week we have continued with our Chinese new year theme, the children have enjoyed retelling the story of the zodiac animals and sampling some traditional food.



A great week in Reception. We have read the colour monster and have been talking about different feelings. We have been experimenting with mixing paints to find out what colours we can make, and have made colourful numberblock number rings.

Great work this week!

Acheievement Awards!

To everyone in reception for their fantastic progress in Phonics! Keep working hard at home too!

Year 1

Year 1 were excellent students in our Computing lessons this week. They have learnt how to log on to Purple Mash to compose pieces of music as well as to create digital pieces of art. They have their own Purple Mash usernames and passwords at the back of their reading diaries, so please have a go at home! We are focusing on using our number bonds to 10 to help us add within 20 in maths. We are progressing well with our Set 2 and 3 sounds in phonics and are beginning to retell the story of Where the Wild Things Are in our English lessons. Well done on another great week in Year 1!

Achievement Awards!

Achievement awards this week go to Illiana and Arianna C for their brilliant digital pieces of art in the style of Romero Britto.

Year 2

Year 2

In Maths we have finished multiplying and dividing. We are now learning about what fractions are and finding halves, quarters and two quarters.

In English, our writing inspiration is from a short film called 'Lone Robot'. We have discussed the character's thoughts and feelings and took part in a senses trail to describe the setting which was a forest.

We have been letting our creativity flow this week as our foundation subject has been Art. We have been looking at different self-portrait and portrait artists to inspire our art. Year 2 is full of artists! Can you guess who the self-portraits are of?


Reasoning- pages 18, 19 and 20

Achievement Awards!

This week the awards go to Sienna Maloney for her brilliant work on fractions and Biori for his continuous amazing effort in every subject this week !

Well done!

Kingfisher 1

Kingfisher 1 continued with Goldilocks and the Three Bears in English this week. They wrote a sorry letter to the three bears and retold the story in a variety of ways.

In Maths we have been exploring multiplication, beginning with understanding pairs, odd and even numbers and multiplication as repeated addition. Miss Nicholson was very pleased as all her odd socks were finally sorted into pairs!


Achievement Awards!

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

Year 3

In Year 3 this week, we have completed our block on multiplication and division in Maths by learning about finding out all of the possibilities, scaling and remainders.

In English, we have been focusing on technical vocabulary for our instructions on mummification and we learnt the order of the steps through drama.

In Art, we completed our 'drip paintings' in the style of Sir Frank Bowling and we've started to learn about Safe Relationships in PSHE.

Last week's CGP Pages:

English - pages 14 and 15 (phrases and noun phrases)

Maths - pages 30 and 31 (solving calculation problems)

This week's CGP Pages:

English - pages 40 and 41 (question marks)

Maths - no CGP pages as we have not started our next unit and have completed all of the other activities. Please continue to practise your 2, 5, 10, 3 and 4 times tables with the corresponding division facts.

Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement award goes to Lexi for her amazing art work. Her 'drip painting' was particularly impressive!

The second achievement award goes to Ryann for her thoughtful and caring ideas in PSHE lessons, and for generally being such a kind friend to others.

Year 4

This week in Maths, we have been looking at dividing 2 and 3- digit number by a 1-digit number with and without remainders as well as correspondence problems. In English, we have finished writing our metaphorical poems and are now looking at explanation texts.

In art, we have explored two different artists so far (Edvard Munch and Jackson Pollock) and have taken inspiration from their work to create our own. Year 4 loved the 'drip painting' technique of Jackson Pollock.


Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement awards goes to Abdullah and Gino for their excellent work in art. Well done!

Year 5

This week, Year 5 have been learning how to multiply mixed numbers and how to calculate fractions of amounts in Maths.

In English, we've started our new unit on non-chronological reports. The children analysed some examples and researched their chosen topic for their own report. This links with our new History unit on the Viking invasions of Britain, which the children have been really enjoying!

In History, they learned that the Vikings first invaded in 793AD and tried to conquer the most powerful of the 7 Anglo-Saxon kingdoms: Wessex. They failed, and instead a treaty was signed so that the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons could live peacefully in their own lands: England and Danelaw.

We're about halfway through our whole-class book - Kensuke's Kingdom - and the children are really enjoying the story! Please encourage your child to keep reading their library books at home.

CGP Books

Maths: pages 36-37 (multiplying with fractions)

English: pages 65-67 (paragraphs, headings and subheadings)


Achievement Awards!

This week's awards go to Uzair for remembering key dates and facts in History, and to Anastasia for her excellent research skills and note-taking about Norse mythology - well done!

Year 6

Year 6 have had a week of resilience as they have been learning algebra in Maths. It has been a difficult concept for some to grasp but they have persevered and I'm really proud of the progress they have all made.

In English, the children have been thinking about how it would have felt to live through a night of the Blitz. We have watched some videos and looked at photographs to really think about this in preparation of our next long write in character as someone who experienced life through that time.

The children have finished their London landscape designs for Art so next week, we are returning to History to continue their learning about how World War II impacted London. Thank you to those who have sent in books and family items linked to WWII - the children are gaining a lot of knowledge, looking and listening to the stories linked to these items.

CGP Homework

Maths - pages 48 and 49

English - pages 56 and 57

Achievement Awards!

This week's achievement awards go to Alex for his great grammar work using the senses to create figurative language and Catherine for her positive attitude to learning.

Kingfisher 2

In English this week, the children have been identifying types of adverbial phrases and sorting them into time, place and manner. They have also created sentences with fronted adverbials.

In Maths, the class have been looking at finding doubles using the part-whole model and using the halving part-whole model to share counters to find halves of given a number. They also looked at the strategies used to divide multiples of ten by 10.

Achievement Awards!

Well done to Mario and Nathan this week!

Mario has been making great progress and working hard with his reading and also did a good job typing up his descriptive work.

Nathan showed good independence when working on fronted adverbials. He persevered to tackle the challenge of the division problems and participated well in class discussions.


Mixed League Tournament


On Thursday we took two teams to a football competition at Friern Barnet Powerleague. Each team played four to five games against other schools in Barnet.

As always, they made us proud due to their teamwork, positive attitude, resilience and determination to do their best. Well done, Rohan, Qamazarda, Albion, Jack.D, Alex, Aidan, Zachary, Matteo, Lois, Hattie, Arbel, Xander, Sina, Josh.D and Muhammad.

Netball League


On Wednesday, we played our third game in the netball league against St.Andrews Primary School. Everyone at netball club has transformed in regard to the level of skill and the high standard of playing matches. Livingstone played incredibly well and scored 10 fantastic goals. The game ended 10-2 to us. Well done to Lois, Hattie, Geethesri, Catherine, Jack.D, Qamazarda and Albion.



Monday 30th:

  • Year 3 begin Swimming at New Barnet Leisure Centre for two weeks (except Tues 31st)
  • Year 5 School Journey to PGL Meeting for parents/carers in Year 6 classroom - 3:15 pm


Wednesday 1st:

  • Girls Football Match vs Whitefield, John King Cup - PM (AWAY)

Thursday 2nd:

  • Mixed League Football Match vs All Saints - 3:30 pm (HOME)

Monday 6th:

  • Activity Clubs for Spring Term 2 go online for booking.

Tuesday 7th:

  • Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 8th:

  • Selected KF2 Boccia Tournament at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre - PM
  • Girls Football Match vs Woodridge - 3:30 pm (HOME)

Thursday 9th:

  • Netball Match vs Underhill - 3.30 pm (AWAY)

Friday 10th:

  • Activity Clubs for Spring Term 1 finish
  • School finishes for Half Term at 3:15 pm (Cabin Club open)

HALF TERM: Monday 13th - Friday 17th February 2023 (School Closed)

Monday 20th:

  • Start of Spring Term 2 - pupils return to school.
  • Activity Clubs begin for Spring 2
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