We've been working hard to get this piece ready in time for Christmas. What do you think?
Thanks to the PTA who organised a fabulous Christmas Market this year in school. We raised an enormous £1500 for school projects. And we had a great time!
We joined together with local schools and community groups last week to take part in the first Aldgate Lantern Parade. Children paraded around the local area with lanterns they had made in art projects this term in school.
We enjoyed our annual Christmas Strings Concert this week in school. The children performed with such flair and enthusiasm. Our concerts showcase the work of our Strings project where every child in Key Stage 2 learns to play a violin, cello or double bass.
We did some research about how children get around the City. What do they think is accessible? Where would they like to go? We used an innovative interactive video booth to capture their thoughts.
Thank you for turning out today to the Christmas Market and our first lantern parade. Both events were a great success. The children have been working really hard over the last few weeks to create their lanterns and they have been really looking forward to the parade around our local area even in the freezing temperatures. It is certain a chilly start to advent!
I thought it might be a good idea to remind you about emergency procedures in the event that we have to close temporarily close the school. Today, our boiler broke down again. You may be aware that the boiler is now over 40 years old and is in desperate need of replacement. The governors have been working with the City of London and Sir John Cass’s Foundation to seek some financial support as the estimated costs for a new boiler and heating system are around £200,000.
If we have to close the school in an emergency we will notify you by text and email, indicating what has happened. We will keep you posted via our school website. As you can imagine, we very much hope we will never need to close the school—even for a short period– but it’s important that you know the procedure and always ensure your contact details up to date.
In other news, we’re getting ready for the many Christmas events over the next few weeks:
· On Monday 4th December, 2017 you are warmly invited to attend the Portsoken Ward Club Carol Concert at 6.00pm. You might be especially interested if your child is in our senior Year 5 and 6 choir.
· On Wednesday 6th December, 2017 we have our Strings Concert at 11am. This is for parents and carers with children in Year 4, 5 and 6. Year 3 will be performing later in the school year. During the afternoon Ironmongers and Class 2 will be showcasing their musical skills learnt during their drumming sessions this year. The performance will begin at 2.15pm in the school gym. Carpenters and Inventors will be performing later in the year.
· Key Stage 1’s Christmas Production is taking place on Tuesday 12th December at 10.45am and on Wednesday 13th December, 2017 at 11am. You must book tickets for the performance via the school office.
· On Thursday 14th December, 2017 our Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols is taking place at St Botolph’s Church at 2.00pm.
· On Friday 15th December, 2017 at 10.00am it’s the CCFC and Inventors Christmas Performance
· On Tuesday 19th December, 2017 children will be having their Christmas parties in class during the afternoon. Your child’s class teacher will let you know what you can send in as a donation.
I hope to see you at as many events as possible over the next few weeks.
I’m sure the children’s various performances and special events will warm all of our hearts as we travel through Advent to the end of term.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
Inspired by our trip to the Hampshire Cass Mountain Centre, we wrote this diary about our adventures.
Air quality work in school
We’ve been doing lots of work in school this year in relation to improving the air quality in and outside of the building and improving awareness on high pollution days.
We we’re very pleased to see we were not featured in the 50 most polluted school in London article in the Evening Standard.
This is mainly because Nitrogen Dioxide levels around the school have steadily reduced over the last few years as a result of the traffic calming measures on Aldgate High Street and the establishment of public squares on either side of the school, reducing the traffic flow.
Over the summer the City air quality team supported installations of air filtration systems in the Baby Room. We are monitoring the impact of these systems before we make a decision about installing them elsewhere in the school building.
There have also been major improvements to the school gardens. In the early years this has included green screening the Aldgate High Street fence and the installation of watering systems on all of the Ivy planters to promote growth. Over the next 18 months you should see a thicker covering of ivy over most of the railings in school, helping to capture tiny particles.
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We’ve had lots of visits and events in school during the autumn term. From music to sport, museums to outdoor and adventurous activity, the children have enjoyed many new and inspiring experiences.
Class 6 have just returned from their residential visit to the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Our Brecon visits are generously supported by Sir John Cass’s Foundation. The Foundation has a partnership with Hampshire County Council, who run this excellent activity Centre. We have built our relationship over the last few years and the children now attend in Year 5 and again in Year 6. This enables them to develop and extend their learning, building their confidence and ability to take risks. This year highlights included pony trekking and camping outside overnight. The pictures from the journey have just been published online on the Head’s Blog.
Class 3 and 4 are taking part in a project with the Barbican with Poet, Michael Rosen. The classes have received delivery of a very old school desk full of all sort of childhood treasures. The children will be writing poems about the contents of the desks and working with Michael Rosen later in the term.
Class 5 are getting very involved in their new topic on The Vikings. The children have visited the British Museum to learn from the artefacts and objects on display. In fact, everyone is so involved that their new stick insects have been named with Viking names– Loki, Odin, Freya and Thor . Our new insect arrivals relate to Class 5’s science project on living things, life cycles and growth.
Class 4 have been learning all about The Romans. On Friday, the children took part in a special themed day which included dressing up and performing their class assembly. Check out their amazing shields!
Class 3 have also been on a visit to the Natural History Museum. This was linked to their History project in class on the Stone Age and their science work on rocks and fossils. Children used the rocks, bones and fossils and found lots of amazing discoveries about prehistoric history. Mr Jones has made a great video of their adventures, you can see it on the Head’s Blog.
Ironmongers and Carpenters have been learning all about traditional tales. The children have settled quickly into Year 1 and have started learning in the national curriculum subject area. Children are currently hunting for a wanted wolf– can you help find him!?
In Discoverers, children have been learning all about autumn. They have collected conkers and leaves, explored the natural environment and have used them to make a lovely display.
For Year 1-4 the Musicians Company have also been into school with some of the young musicians they support. Children were enthralled by the performances on the tuba, trumpet, clarinet and bassoon.
Thank you for your generosity in donating gifts for our Harvest Festival. We held our Church Service at St Botolph’s yesterday and the children gathered to say prayers and sing in thanks for the gift of food! We will be sharing the donations with the Tower Hamlets Food bank who will be collecting things from school next week. That does give you a few more days to bring in your donations if you missed the deadline. The display is on the landing outside the main hall if you would like to have a look.
The story we explored in our Service was about a farmer planting seeds. He planted four seeds– one was in the hot sun, it wilted and died, one had no space to spread it’s roots, another was enveloped by another plant. The fourth seed did well because it had just the right spot, and just the right nourishment.
In the Bible there is a book called the Book of Psalms. These are poems and songs that were written thousands of years ago. Psalm 1 includes these words:
Happy are those…
who find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord…
They are like trees that grow beside a stream,
that bear fruit at the right time,
and whose leaves do not dry up
For Christians, Harvest is also about the Fruit of the Spirit—the good things that grow in our lives when they are rooted in God’s word.
What fruits of the spirit can you think of?
Which ones are growing in your lives? We’re going to be thinking about those questions in our assemblies next week in school.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
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