2nd October, 2023
Monday 2nd October, 2023
Ms McIntosh's Update
A number of school visits have already taken place. Nearly all year groups have visited Brixton Library, with Year 2's visit taking place this week. Next half term, we are aiming to ensure that every child has their own library card, so that we can continue to develop the love of reading that is at the heart of everything that we do at Stockwell.
We are also organising our annual residential trips for Year 4 and Year 6. Mr Hirsch, Ms Bioksic and Mrs Fraga met with the Year 4 parents to go through the arrangements. Please make sure that you book a place for your child if you would like them to go along. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please let us know. We can help.
Year 6's meeting will be taking place on Thursday 19th October.
It is not too late to book a place for your child on either of these trips, so please get in touch if you would like your child to take part.
ASA started last week, with the range of clubs ever increasing. It's not too late to book a space as a few clubs still have places. We have an array of clubs, including: sports, crafts, cooking, music, games and languages. There is definitely something for everyone.
Pupil leaders have started to take up their roles across the school. The School Council met with Miss Mansell last week, to discuss their roles and think about how they will shape the year ahead. The House Captains will be doing the same this week. To find out more about all of our pupil leaders and their roles, click here, or scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter to the Pupil Leadership section. In our next issue, each group will tell you more about their roles and responsibilities. Watch this space.
On Friday, we held our annual MacMillan Coffee Morning (Afternoon Tea Party). The playground was full of parents, carers and children enjoying the Autumnal sunshine. Thank you to everyone that donated cakes, biscuits, pastries and other baked goods. The office smelt like a bakery all day!
Thank you to all of the staff and parents that helped to sell at the end of the day. There was a great atmosphere and it was lovely to see people laughing and dancing, while raising money for this very worthwhile cause.
A special thank you to the parents that helped us to set up and get everything ready. Your support was invaluable.
A HUGE thank you to Mrs Fraga, Mrs Bonsu and Ms Peres for organising the whole event. We have started the year in great style, providing opportunities for the community to come together while supporting those in need.
In all, we raised £509.96, which is a fabulous amount to be able to donate to MacMillan.
Jeans 4 Genes
On Friday 22nd September, we honoured Jeans for Genes day, coming to school in all of our finest denim. The children had learned about this important event in their assemblies that week.
Jeans for Genes' ambition is that every individual, and their families, can access the right support at times when it’s needed most.
Stockwell Primary school raised £171 for this brilliant cause. This money will go towards making Jeans for Genes' ambition a reality.
We are still on our Makaton journey. The signs that we will be introducing next week are 'What?' and 'Where?'
A number of people have expressed interest in taking part in a Makaton Parent workshop. If you would like to learn Makaton alongside your child, please register your interest below.
Would you be interested in joining a Makaton workshop?
Everyone of the children had a amazing time and it will be a moment they will remember for the rest of their lives.
We are already accumulating a fair amount of lost property. Please ensure that everything you send into school is labelled with your child's name and class.
We put out the lost property twice a week, in the courtyard at the front of the school. Please remember to check this for your child's missing belongings.
Dates for your Diaries
- 5th October: Parent Phonics Workshops (9am and 3:30pm)
- 6th October: Year 2 Library Trip
- 6th October: Year 6 British Museum Trip
- 6th October: Year 1 Slade Gardens Trip
- 9th - 13th October: Wellbeing Week
- 10th October: World Mental Health Day (Wear Yellow)
- 11th October: Parent Phonics and Spelling Drop-in
- 12th October: Parent Google Classroom/ Homework Workshop
- 17th & 18th October: Parent Teacher Consultations
- 18th October: Open Morning
- 18th October: Year 3 Library Trip
- 19th October: Year 6 Residential Parent Meeting
- 19th October: EYFS Parent Drop-In and Meet and Greet
- 20th October: PTA Non-Uniform Day
We have improved since the last newsletter, with our attendance standing at 96% last week. Well done everyone, for making such an effort to be in school every day.
Parent and Carer Support
Reception Meet and Greet
We are planning to host a Meet and Greet for Reception parents later this term. This is your chance to get to know the other Reception parents, find out about the work of the PTA and get to know some of the school staff. This will take place on the morning of Thursday, 19th October - more information to follow.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Call to Action
Can you help out around the school? Are you a keen gardener? Do you have skills or knowledge that the children would benefit from? Visit our Call to Action page to let us know how you can help.
We let space around the school.
You can hire the school hall, and grounds, on a regular basis or as a one off.
Need a space for a party?
Looking for a pitch for your team?
Contact the school office on:
to make an enquiry.
Our Learning Updates
Last week, the Preschool children were learning about different feelings that related to the book of the week ‘Wemblerly Worried’. The children were using different resources to create collages of different expressions. They said how they were feeling using single words such as happy, sad and angry and worried. This supported their understanding of new vocabulary. The children were encouraged do observational portraits of themselves, showing how they were feeling, which supported their early mark making (the first steps towards writing). The children explored water to scoop and pour, helping to develop their hand-eye coordination, which is a stepping stone to their overall physical development, improving their fine motor skills.
In C&L, children will listen to simple stories from our key text, 'We All Belong', and develop our understanding of what is happening, with the help of the pictures.
In PSED, the children will be learning about diversity: what makes us different and unique, such as skin colour, types of hair, gender and culture. This will be achieved through different activities and doing observational drawing and discussions about themselves, so that children feel valued and belong.
In Maths, the children will take part in finger rhymes with numbers; this will be implemented during our registration time by counting heads and, during circle time, by singing nursery rhymes with numbers.In Understanding the World, the children will be learning about the features of their and other families. We will be observing each other: what we look like and creating images of ourselves, our families and friends.
In Literacy, we are going to be reading ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘I Can Share’.
In Maths, we are going to begin matching quantities to numerals. To do this we will need to practise counting, and learn what the numbers zero to five look like.
In Understanding of the World, we will talk a little about our experiences of different countries and any differences that can be seen between these countries when we look at photos.
In Expressive Arts and Design, we will continue to develop our drawing skills so that when we draw objects they are within an enclosed shape.
As part of our learning in PSED, we will learn about friends and what makes a good friend.
The Nursery Team would like to ask for the following donations:
Items for our Dolls
Baby clothes that we could use to dress our dolls
Baby bottles that we could use to feed our dolls
Baby brushes or combs
This week, in Literacy, we are reading the book ‘I’m Special, I’m Me!’ Children will then retell the story through role play. They will be encouraged to use words from the story to support their retelling.
In Maths, the children will learn that collections of objects can be sorted into sets based on attributes such as length, size and height. They will be given lots of opportunities to sort objects and put them into categories.
In Understanding the World, the children are going to talk about the seasons of the year and we are going to be discussing the differences between each season.
In Expressive Arts and Design, the children will make their own collages to represent what they want to be when they grow up whilst thinking about the process of collaging, resources and how to convey a character.
In English, we continue to focus on the story ‘Lost in the Toy Museum.’ This week, we are exploring
characters and settings in more detail and we will learn how to describe them using exciting adjectives.
In Maths, we are comparing and ordering numbers within 10. We will be looking at the prices of toys to
find which are cheaper and more expensive! We will also start to learn how to use a number line.
For topic, our Geography lesson will be a walk around our local area on Friday 6th October. We will look at the different buildings and businesses we can see to help us develop our understanding of our community.
Linked to our topic of Toys, in Art, we will learn how to draw a teddy bear, step by step, looking closely
at the shape of each part of the teddy and sketching lightly with our pencils in case we make a mistake!
As part of our learning in PSHCE, we will reflect on the many things that make us unique and in RE, we
will have a class discussion to decide if belonging to a religion is like being part of a very big family!
The year 1 team would like to remind you it is important children read at home every day to practise
the phonics sounds they have been learning. Books must return to school to be changed on Thursdays.
In English, we are going to explore how to write a diary entry. We will be researching Mary Kingsley and writing about a day in her life.
In Maths we are learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s, and 3s. We will be investigating patterns found when you count in these multiples.
In History, we will looking at the life of Mary Kingsley, who is famous for her explorations across Africa. We will also be comparing the different continents, comparing them by looking at their weather, size, the number of countries with in them.
In Art, we will be practising different collage techniques and exploring how they could be used when creating a portrait of themselves.
In Science, we are exploring balanced diets and looking at the food pyramid. The children will look at what the different food categories do how much they should have of each to make their diet balanced.
Reminders:The Year 2 team would like to remind you about the trip to the library on the Friday 6th of October. The children will not need a packed lunch.
This week, we will be continuing with play scripts, the focus being on the Egyptian fairytale 'Cinderella of the Nile'. The children will be creating story maps, and comic strips to aid their final scripts.
In Maths, we will be moving onto addition and subtraction. We will be recapping our number bond knowledge with the primary focus on pattern spotting when adding or subtracting 1s, 10s and 100s.
In Science, we will be exploring the different components in soil and the different types of soil. Additionally, we will be carrying out an investigation to find which type of soil is found in Stockwell Primary School . We wil discuss what this means for how the crops and plants in our school garden grow.
We will continue testing folding and joining techniques in DT, leading onto designing the illustrations for our 'Cinderella of the Nile' pop up books.
In History, we will be exploring the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and its significance to archeologists. In Geography, we will be investigating symbols found on ordnance survey maps and creating some of our own for key locations in Ancient Egypt.
In English, we are going to conduct research on the first African emperor, Lucius Septimius Severus. We
will look at the features of newspaper articles and compose a diary entry.
In Maths, we will identify Roman numerals, mastering the skill of reading and writing them beyond 50,
adhering to the common rules. Additionally, we will practise rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and
In Science, we will identify the different types of human teeth and their function.
In Art, we will experiment with various clay techniques and use tools to engrave lines, shapes and
In Humanities, we will create an advertisement for an early settlement, considering what settlers
looked for when choosing a place to settle.
The year 4 team would like to remind you that Google Classroom is now up and running. Each student
has received their individual login details. Homework assignments will be distributed every Friday and
should be submitted by the following Wednesday.
We have been using our knowledge of the Stone Age to write some amazing narratives with a historical setting. We have been using our song to help us write speeches. Ask a Year 5 to show you!
We have moved up in our place value journey and this week has been about rounding. We have been challenging ourselves and impressing our teachers.
This half term we are learning about Living things and their Habitats. We have started to explore the habitats around us and the wildlife within it.
In Art, we are working up to an amazing drawing of a Viking. This week we started to look into Kelvin Okafor and we critiqued his work. His drawings were so good they looked like photographs. We particularly loved his portrait of Skepta.In line with guided reading and English we have been researching into the Stone Age during our History lessons. We have been learning about the different houses and clothes per period.
In English, we are going to be looking at creation stories from around the world and then creating our own based on the story of Wakanda.
In Maths, we are looking at multiplication and division and how to solve these kinds of problems using formal methods.
In Science, we will continue to study evolution and inheritance and develop our understanding of how offspring inherit specific traits from their parents.
In Art, we will continue to look at Laulo Senbanjo and create our own art inspired by his work.
Reminders:The 6 team would like to remind you that children should bring their PE kits to school and not come in wearing them. For swimming, we also would like to remind you that it is a requirement of the pool that all children have a swimming cap.
We have a wide range of Pupil Leadership roles available to pupils of all ages across the school. Some are nominated by staff, some are elected via a democratic voting process in class and some apply for their jobs and go through a rigorous recruitment process.
I am delighted to let you know that all of Stockwell's Pupil Leadership posts have now been filled as follows: