Cookery Club celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes, delicious toppings and sharing them together at our “family table” which was beautiful set by the children.
This term Cookery Club children have been learning to follow recipes and work co-cooperatively together to learn new cookery skills, measure, work as a team and bake delicious recipes. Each child has developed new skills and has impressed Miss Genochio enormously with their careful and considerate teamwork. They are encourage to be as independent as possible and take on roles in the team. These roles may be Director (reading the recipe), Supply Manager (selecting and collecting the correct ingredients), Chef team (measure, mix, roll, cut etc). Everyone joins in with the clearing up!
The Club is excited to be working towards a special community project which will be launched during our Community Week at the end of March.
Fox Class had a wonderful day at London Zoo, exploring the animal kingdom and learning about different animals from different places around the world. We watched the lion watching us, we joined the giraffe for lunch and we even spied a sloth in the rainforest. Seeing the penguins and watching them being fed by the zoo keeper was a highlight for all of us.
Spring Watch! Children have been in our nature garden and spotting lots of signs of the changing season this week. It was exciting to spot the first snowdrops and crocuses bursting up in the grass meadow bringing colour and interest to the winter garden. Garden School classes have been planting seeds bulbs and learning about what will grow in our kitchen garden this year. As well as using the greenhouse, we are making the most of every window sill, the light and warmth inside to grow our young seeds until they are ready to go outside.
On Tuesday 22nd January a team of Year 4 and Year 5 children took part in the Thomas’ Day School, Fulham Maths Challenge. They were delighted to come 3rd in competition and we were all very proud of their achievement in their first maths competition. The challenges covered a wide range of the maths curriculum. They worked co-operatively as a team and the pre-challenge excitement (and a small amount nerves) were soon replaced by a great sense of pride and enjoyment.
Miss Bradley said “The children really impressed me. The competition really allowed them to demonstrate their higher level maths skills and stretch them too! They showed a really positive attitude as a team and how resilient they are in new and competitive situations.”
We have begun 2020 by announcing a range of reading challenges across the school. Reading is central to our curriculum and at the heart of our school culture.
Every class has had a set of new books to have read aloud at story time and KS1 and Year 5 have started their reading challenge for home reading. KS1 children are taking part in a reading treasure hunt to read as many different types of books and authors at home. Year 5 children are challenged to read for at least 20 minutes a day at home, keep record of their minutes and count them up at the end of term. The challenges were announced at the class Stay and Read session this month where parents come to class to read with their child.
Parents have also been to class this month at our Reception and KS1 Raising Readers- How to develop reading for pleasure and understanding
Blank Levels Questioning
In March, we will be celebrating World Book Day and KS2 parents will be invited to a workshop Raising Readers- The importance of vocabulary and how to help your child. The workshop will be delivered in partnership with the school’s Speech and Language Therapist and follows on from the EYFS and KS1 workshop early this year Communication and Language- developing vocabulary – why and how?
Every child sings at Sulivan and 65% of KS2 play an instrument. This year’s Christmas concert promised to impressed and this is did with great success. A festive feast of music, singing and performing by our KS1 and KS2 children.
The children sang with confidence and filled our hall with joy and festive cheer. From the Christmas Medley sung in 4 parts, the jolly Rudolph song and the mind blowing Twelve Days of Christmas sung and played in 12 parts, it really was treat for us all.
A huge round of applause for our Nursery and Reception children who told the story of the the Nativity song, speech and movement. The audience were so impressed by their confidence and team work. Bravo!