Year 1 really got a feel for the Great Fire of London, when they set fire to the Tudor Houses they had made on Friday.


Odd Sock Day raised £187.44 for Children in Need on Friday and provided a great finale for our anti-bullying week celebrating 'All Different, All Equal'.


Thank you to parents who were able to attended the Mathematics Workshop for Reception parents last week. Handouts on website for those that couldn't make it. Don't forget Year 3 and Year 2 workshops this week & Year 1 the week after.


HPAD parent, Suzanne Hemming, sharing her new book 'She's not good for a girl, she's just good!' with Reception class last week.


Being different is cool! Don't forget to wear odd socks tomorrow to celebrate 'difference' as the finale to anti-bullying week and to raise money for 'Children in Need'


Year 1 hosted a visit from The Queen yesterday


Rosie’s Walk was a firm favourite of Ms Conduit’s as a child.


Power restored and everything up and running again. School will remain open as normal. Business as usual!


Power cut in SE22. No power to school. Power should be back around 10ish. School open on this basis.


Fantastic culmination to our Performance Poetry Week when everyone got to perform their poems in assembly on Friday.


Reception Parents - don't forget 'Stay and Read' tomorrow (Friday) at 9am.


Knights and Princesses take over Y2 as their new topic ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ was launched.


Y3 launched their topic ‘Gods and Mortals’ by immersing in Ancient Greek life & participating in a theatre production by


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Thank you from the Southwark Foodbank


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Reception Learning Overview - Autumn 2 2017

What are we learning?

This half term our topic will be ‘Celebrations’.

In Literacy, children will learn to ascribe meaning to the marks that they have made as they start to hear medial and end sounds in words to write most letters correctly and in sequence. As we move on to writing simple sentences, there will be a focus on using finger spaces between words. We will also continue our fortnightly ‘Enormous Write’ where children will write about the creative piece they make, which will relate to our topic.

In Maths, children will begin to learn about 3D shapes and their features, we will also be learning positional language, and moving on from counting to 10 and beyond, we will be learning how to order numbers, find one more and one less than a given number as well as adding two groups of objects together.

In PE, our focus this half term is negotiating space successfully as they run and being able to adjust speed and change direction to avoid obstacles. We will also be practicing an exciting firework dance as we begin to move in different ways.

In phonics, we will continue to follow the progression of sounds of the ‘Letters and Sounds programme’. Children will be grouped into smaller groups in phonics. These are some of the sounds that the children will learn:

  • e, u, r
  • h, b, f
  • ff, I, ll, ss
  • j, v, w
  • x, y, zz, qu

Children will also begin to learn some of the reception high frequency words: get, up, mum, had, his, him, but, big, back, of, if. We will also be learning the tricky words: the, to, he, she, I, we, me, be


We will be continuing our ‘Forest Time’ trips with small groups of children every Tuesday and we will also be going on our very first whole class trip to a Hindu temple on Wednesday 8th November!


We will be visiting Dulwich Library; each class will visit the library once per term.  In the Autumn Term the visits will be:

Willow Class – 20th November 2017

Chestnut Class -  27th November 2017


Now that the weather is getting colder please make sure your child wears their school coat each day– our outdoor learning continues all year round so they will be learning both inside and outside during the winter months. Please also ensure that children have their own (labelled) wellies on the days that we go to Forest Time.


Class routines and home learning

  • Your child should have a full P.E Kit (Harris round-neck t-shirt, black or navy trousers/shorts and black plimsolls in a Harris P.E kit bag). All items should be labelled with your child’s name. Children will be expected to try to undress and change themselves. To support children with this, you should encourage them to practise fastening and unfastening buttons and tying shoelaces at home.
  • Home learning will continue to include a ‘thinking question’, a maths activity and phonics (sounds of the week and high frequency words to practise reading and writing). This will be given to children on Friday and should be completed over the weekend, ready to hand in on Monday morning.
  • As always, we expect all children to read every day at home.  We will be looking at the reading records each time your child reads and it will be extremely helpful to read your comments on what you focused on at home, any sounds children recognised and anything they needed support with.  We will then be able comment on progress in school and suggest ways you can support your child further.