George Spicer newsletter - Thursday 10th June 2021
Welcome back to the last half of term for the 2020/21 academic year, which is going to be very busy with lots of exciting activities. Trip letters are being sent out by the Year groups as the teachers have come up with new and alternative ways for the children to have local or in-school experiences. Keep an eye on your emails and ensure that ParentPay accounts are topped up.
The weather is lovely at present! Please remember to send your child in with a water bottle, also in this hot weather it's advisable to put sun cream on them and possibly a hat/cap.
FoGs Activities - reminders
Tomorrow, Friday 11th June, there will be an ice lolly sale on both sites after school. Please come and support us! This marks the start of the FoGs Summer Fun Day - scroll down within the newsletter to read more.
SAVE THE DATE - We plan to hold a George Spicer Garden Party at Kimberley Gardens from 10am-4pm on Saturday 17th July, when all restrictions are expected to be lifted. We hope you can join us to help raise money for the school.
Punctuality: Well done to Ash, Oak, Sparrow, Bluebell, Anubis class for getting 100% for punctuality
Scholastic book update
Thank you to the families who ordered books via Scholastic for the past ½ term. We have received just under £25 in commission to spend on books for the children.
Look out for the next newsletter in the coming term to raise more money for books for everyone!
Thank you for garden donations
A big thank you to Constantine’s dad who donated troughs, trellises and bark chipping to improve the outoor areas at Kimberley Gardens. Mrs Cassidy, Mrs Ranger, Mr Burr, Ms Wade and colleagues have done a brilliant job gardening over 1/2 term. Photos will follow in the coming weeks.
Reception had a shock on Tuesday morning when they came into school to see their classrooms had been destroyed by something! We discovered it was a dinosaur! We looked at the CCTV and saw a real dinosaur in the playground and in our classrooms. We wrote down questions about what we'd like to find out so we can create our very own learning journey.
Year 1 - Willow Class
In Mental Health week, the children in Willow class thoroughly enjoyed taking time out in the outside area to do some reading. On Wednesday, we took advantage of the glorious weather and decided to do the same thing again. The children particularly enjoyed reading stories to their friends and spending time in our outside area.
This week, Year 3 have enjoyed creating shadows in Science. They conducted an experiment to see how we could make a shadow larger and smaller. The children discovered that the closer the object to the light source, the bigger the shadow will be.
Year 4 learning
This week, Year 4 made the most of the local environment and went over to the playing fields for their PE lesson. The lesson focused on their throwing and catching skills and ended in a team game of rounders.
In our geography lesson, children used atlases to locate countries within Europe.
They have also been tending their class edible gardens and making sure that they are well watered in this heat!
In year 5 we have been learning how to print. We thought about the positive and negative space on our tiles and what the pattern would look like. We traced our sunflower sketches onto a printing tile and then experimented carving different lines and textures. Lastly, we used acrylic paint to create a repeat pattern of our sunflower.
Year 6 - Planetarium Visit
On Monday, Year 6 were lucky enough to be able to visit a planetarium in the school. We got to learn facts about the planets as well as look at their position in the solar system. We were blown away by how far the moon actually is from Earth.
Miss Grant’s Reading Challenge
Hope you all enjoyed visiting a library over half term. Macy went with her grandma and she looks very happy to be borrowing some books.
Primrose – Lyla-Rose - Children's Cookbook by Fiona Watt – It makes me happy because it has recipes to make cupcakes and flapjacks. My favourite recipe is marshmallow crispies because I like marshmallows. You need to follow the instructions to make sweet treats.
Daffodil – Aine – Princess Dreams by Lori Froeb –My favourite part is when they are in the boat and the lights go up. Rapunzel is my favourite because she has long hair. Rapunzel has a sister and I have a sister.
Bluebell – Ayla – Max the Brave by Ed Vere – This is my favourite book as it shows you that even if you are little you can still be brave. I like the page where Max sees the goldfish because he thinks he is a mouse. I like Max chasing the mouse.
Snowdrop – Joshua – Snowball by Sue Hendra – It is a funny book, he goes into town and he went into somebodies washing line. He rolled down the hill and grew and his hands and legs were gone!
Willow – Erin – Ellie’s Magic Wish by Kale Daubney – I like it because Ellie’s magic wish comes true. I liked that she had a magic wand. Her clothes are sparkly and shiny.
Elm – Jameelah – Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History by Yashti Harrison – It is all about black history. I like reading this at home. I think ballerina is my favourite.
Oak – Lerey – Beauty and the Beast by Disney – It is my favourite story because it has a beast. Beauty the princess is my favourite character. I like it because it a nice story.
Ash – Stickman by Julia Donaldson
Maddie – I liked when they go to the beach because they build a sandcastle.
Callis –I like when they went to the park and the stickman played games.
Sparrow – Drusilla and her Brothers by Dyan Sheldon – I like Drusilla because she is funny and a strong character for beating all of her brothers. Her brothers try to tease her but she gets them in trouble. Year 2 will love it because it will make you laugh and Drusilla comes out on top in the end!
Owl – Jasin – Little Blue, Big Blue by Malachy Doyle – I like this book because the mummy whale saves the baby whale from danger. My favourite characters are the black and white whales because they are my favourite colour. Read this book if you like books about adventures.
Robin – Gabriella – The Night Before Christmas by Clement c. Moore – I like this book because it makes me happy and reminds me of Santa. My favourite character is Santa because he has all the presents. You should read this book if you love nice stories and you want to feel happy.
Woodpecker – Ajayan - Doughnuts for a dragon by Adam Guillain and Charlotte Guillain. This book will make you giggle. In the book, you will meet lots of amazing characters. If you like donuts, you should read this book!
Fred - Horrible Histories by Terry Deary, Peter Hepplewhite, and Neil Tonge - It’s all about history and the world wars which is very interesting. Great illustrations to go with the book.
Susannah- Agatha Oddly by Lena Jones - Great characters and detective work to find out who the murderer is.
Isabella- Slime by David Walliams - All about horrible adults and the plan doesn’t go to accordingly.
Isaac- Skullduggery Unpleasant by Derek Landy – A skeleton detective and his adventures trying to stop the apocalypse occurring. Very interesting vocabulary.
Theseus - Indigo - The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling - I liked that it was very adventurous when they were searching for the Ickabog. I also enjoyed the fact that there was a little bit of magic in the story, it made it more exciting. I would definitely recommend this book to other children that like the Harry Potter books!
Achilles - Alex - Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan - It's an excellent adventure book about two children, Arther and Rose, who go on lots of amazing adventures together. The get into lots of sticky situations but always find a solution to every problem the encounter. The vocabulary is incredible, and I will be stealing some of it to use in my writing. The good news is that there is also a follow up, which I have just started to read. I highly recommend this book.
Heracles - Dillan - Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink - I would recommend this book as it teaches you discipline, how to stand up to bullies and not be afraid.
Odysseus - Carolyn - The last chance hotel by Nicki Thornton - I like this book because it is full of magic, murder and mystery.
Hurricanes – Issie – Unbirthday by Liz Braswell - I really like this book and my favourite character is Alice because she is adventurous and looks like she will be fun to be around. I would recommend this book to anyone and in particular to Nyla because we have similar taste in books, and I think he will love it.
Lancasters – Bobby - Cowboy Pug by Laura James - This is a very good book because all the characters face adventures and obstacles which I like to read about. My favourite character is Pug because he is the goofiest and funniest character. I would recommend this book to dog lovers and animal lovers.
Spitfires - Sophie – Wonder by R. J. Palacio - I like the book Wonder because each chapter is from a different perspective. My favourite character is August because even though he doesn't look like everyone else he still keeps going and doesn't let anything knock him down.
Defiants - Chloe - Blended by Sharon M. Draper - My favourite book is blended because the book shows how the girl struggles in life and people who read the book might take inspiration in how she copes in the book. The book is about a girl named Isabella who has parents who are from different backgrounds. She tries to find herself, and to understand is she is black or white. She learns about how it doesn't matter what you look like, but it matters to care and that is why this is my favourite book.
Miss Spillman's Esafety tips
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Now that summer is here, cycling is a great way to travel to school and also to see much of our lovely area. If you don't own a bike or if the children have outgrown theirs then there will be a second hand bike market on Saturday 12th June, 10am – 4pm at Enfield Library Green (outside Enfield Town Library). You will be able to buy a second hand bike and sell your old one.
Now lockdown restrictions are easing and the weather is getting better, a few hours discovering a new walking/cycling route to help you explore cultural places on your doorstep is exactly what you need after months of being locked indoors.
Enfield Council have produced a new cultural walking and cycling map to help you to plan your route taking in points of interest, heritage, public art and cultural venues around Enfield. Please click the link Cycling and walking map
Virtual Summer Funday Raffle - First Prize 4th Generation Amazon Echo Dot and Smart Plug, 2nd Prize, 12 Personalised Cupcakes made by Maria West* Third Prize, 2 Dimante Wine Glasses with a bottle of Castellio del Diablo.