As London moves to Tier 2 of COVID restrictions, I want to clarify that the changes do not impact schools. The only adjustment we will make, due to the increase in risk, will be to complete the remainder of parents’ meetings next week via Zoom. We are communicating with the families that this affects.
While it is a joy to see the school community spread out across Hartland Road and Clarence Way, please can I remind parents about maintaining the necessary distance at the beginning and end of the day.
Councillor Angela Mason has written a letter to Camden families highlighting the importance of us continuing to work together, you can read the letter here.
World Mental Health Day
Children celebrated World Mental Health day this week in a variety of ways, from circle times and story times to whole class mindfulness.
Reception read books by Todd Parr, discussing the pictures and concepts and encouraging open discussions about feeling and worries.
Year 1 thought about how we can treat ourselves and each other with kindness and care. They each spoke about another child in the class and why they liked and cared for them, and thought about what made us all special and unique.
Year 2 focused on the importance of mindfulness to help us with frustrations and anger. After a 10 minutes peace session, they wrote down their thoughts in thought bubbles to get everything they were feeling off their chests. Then they explored the idea of gratitude and created a class appreciation board for the day.
Year 3 learnt about different types of feelings and how these feelings show on our bodies. The children explored a range of feelings and thought about when they usually arise. They will be moving on to think of ways we can manage different feelings when they come up.
Year 4 reflected on gratitude and thinking positively. They used oil pastels and water colour to draw ‘rays of gratitude’ from their silhouettes. Around this, they wrote what they are grateful for. They also reflected on how we can practise gratitude to change negative thoughts into positive thoughts.
Year 5 reflected on what mental health means to them. They then discussed different methods that they like to use to help them in moments when they are finding mental health tricky. They created a recommended list of tools as a class, and then each chose a new one to try next time they need support.
Year 6 thought about how we can develop gratitude. They had a thank you time session then discussed and recorded what they could be grateful for within themselves, in each other and in the world.
The Anna Freud Centre advice for parents/carers during coronavirus, can be found here: https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus-support/coronavirus/
Emerging Minds resources, including a podcast can be found here: https://emergingminds.org.uk/
The Public Health England site Every Mind Matters includes advice for parents and carers and can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Remember that the NHS Mental Health and Support Team are offering an online webinar series for all parents/carers of primary school children in Camden. Click here for more information.
Pupil Leadership Team
We are delighted to have our new pupil leadership team in place – follow this link to find out who our leaders are this year. Despite the restrictions on whole school events, our teams are currently working on ways of communicating remotely with the rest of the school. Look out for the return of the head boy/girl team news update….
Attendance and Early Birds
Y2 – 99.3% Y4 – 99.3%
Y2 & Y4
Well done to the classes that had the highest attendance and best punctuality. Please can we remind parents of the importance of children arriving in time for the start of the school day. Lateness is unsettling for children who need to be able to begin their day smoothly with their peers.
Enjoy Reception’s wonderful assembly about their learning this term. A password has been sent out along with the newsletter texting message. Click here for video.
Unfortunately there has been a delay to the flu spray vaccine. We have been told that it will now be on Tuesday 20th October. This means, if you did not return your flu vaccination consent by the deadline, you have got another chance to do so by Monday.
Black History Month
Look out for pictures of learning on the class pages next week.
Camden’s Black History season has a ‘Back to the Future’ theme which looks back but promotes moving forward. To join the celebrations go to: https://lovecamden.org/blackhistoryseason
If you also want to find out more at home with your child there are various websites to explore, including:
Secondary Schools in Camden
While Y6 parents are in the process of selecting secondary school choices, many parents from younger classes may well have started to think about this important transition. We collaborate with an organisation called ‘Meet the Parents’ who believe that you should hear about schools from parents and pupils that have first-hand experience. While many of these meetings have taken place, here is a film to give you a taste of Camden Secondary Schools.
A reminder for Y6 parents that the closing date for applications is Saturday 31st October.
A huge congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 girls football team on their amazing performance in an after school competition earlier this week. The girls played in a total of 5 games: 3 times against Netley Primary School and twice against Eleanor Palmer Primary School. They managed a 1-1 draw, then a 1-0 and 2-1 win in their games against Netley, and they also won 1-0 and 2-0 against Eleanor Palmer. Skye scored two sublime goals, whilst Betty, Jia and Aesha scored one goal each. Special mentions go to Lacey for her excellent display in defence throughout and to Betty for being the stand out player of the competition. Great job girls!
Assemblies this half term:
|Fri 23rd Oct||Y4|
|Fri 6th Nov||Y6|
|Fri 13th Nov||Y1|
Please see the table below for days and times.
|Before school (8.00-8.40am)|| ||Y6 multi-sport|| Y1 multi-sport|
|After school (3.30-4.30pm)||Y4 multi-sport||Y3 multi-sport||Y5 multi-sport||Y2 multi-sport |
Our incredibly supportive PiP reps are keen to begin finding creative ways of fundraising and to add to the Fantasy Football, look out for information about:
- Dress up days
- Infant and junior tea towels
Donations via ParentPay for iPads
Boost your donations by 25%! Any donations you have recently made to the school towards our iPad fundraising, or any future donations to the school, could be eligible for Gift Aid. If you are a UK tax payer and want to boost your donations click here for a Gift Aid form. Please email an electronically completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring back to school with your child. This will help us get even closer to our target. Thank you for your continued support.
- Individual and group lessons are now taking place; if you would like to take up an instrument, please contact Camden Music
- Recorder for Y3 is on Wednesdays
- Class bands for Y4, Y5 & Y6 are on Thursdays. If you would like an additional one to one brass lesson, please contact Camden Music.
Cooperation is an important part of living together in any community – at home, in school and in the local area.
In the Bible we learn about a man who was sick and couldn’t walk which meant he was was not able to get close to Jesus when he was teaching. We also hear how the man’s friends and community worked out a way for him to be able to get to Jesus which in turn resulted in the man being healed. None of this would have happened if his friends hadn’t cooperated and worked together to get him to Jesus.
This lesson reminds us that, by cooperating with one another – in however small a way – we can help each other to achieve more or make someone’s life easier.
But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Teaching – the best job in the world!
Are you interested in training to teach – or know someone who is? Here in Camden, led by our partners at Eleanor Palmer, we run an outstanding primary teacher training programme (PGCE) in conjunction with UCL/Institute of Education where you will get the chance to train in fantastic local schools. This programme brought us our own fantastic [INSERT NAMES OF SD ALUMNI AT YOUR SCHOOL]. Recruitment has just launched for entry in September 2021. If you would like to hear about our programme and what we can offer please do book to attend the next virtual Open Morning – on Thursday 5 November 10.30am-11.30am to find out more about our teacher training programme. To book your place or for more information email Vicky@eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk, call her on 020 7485 2155 or follow the teacher training link on EP’s website https://www.eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk/school-direct/.
Castlehaven Community Centre is a hub of opportunities and events so please go to their website for details of what they have to offer including the projects below:
- Activ8 Programme is a new after school club for children from 8-13 years old.
- The Community Park and and Horticulture Hub runs various family events and activities.
- C-19 Foodbank is currently running for people and families in need at Clarence Hall in the Clarence Way Estate.
- Recent months have seen many changes at Littlehaven Nursery resulting in the provision being recognised as being ‘good’ by Ofsted. Some of our new Reception families speak highly of the nursery and about how much their children enjoyed it. They currently have nursery spaces so please contact them if you would like to find out more.
- We also wanted to let you know that Littlehaven Nursery is currently running a breakfast club for children in Reception and Year 1
Term dates for 2020 – 2021
|First day of autumn term||Thursday 3rd September 2020|
|Half term||Monday 26th – Friday 30th October|
|Last day of autumn term||Friday 18th December|
|First day of spring term||Monday 4th January 2021|
|Half term||Monday 15th – Friday 19th February|
|Last day of spring term||Thursday 1st April|
|First day of summer term||Monday 19th April|
|Half term||Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June|
|Last day of summer term||Friday 16th July|