Year 5 Learn All About Time Travellers
Just before the Christmas break, all year 5 children visited the Brunel Museum as part of their topic on ‘Time Travellers’. They took a boat tour around the river Thames and learnt all about how the Victorians lived. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and had the opportunity to learn about so many different things.
We had some wonderful Christmas performances this year. Each one was spectacular and completely wowed the audience. The children sang, danced and kept everyone thoroughly entertained. Governors and friends of the school were impressed by the children and their confidence. We have some very talented pupils here at Alfred Salter.
We ran our Book Fair from Monday to Wednesday in the first week of December and each afternoon was very busy. There was a great selection to pick from and books for all abilities. Thank you to those who bought books from the wish list for individual classes. We also received some rewards which we will be using to purchase some exciting reads. There will be another Book Fair in the Spring Term. Happy Reading!
Year 2 get to meet Miss Nightingale!
Year 2 visited the Florence Nightingale Museum as part of their Creative Learning Journey (CLJ) topic on Heroes and Heroines. The children met ‘Miss Nightingale’ during their visit. She talked to them about her life and work, and why she went to the Crimea to improve conditions for the soldiers. The children also had the opportunity to handle some real and replica objects and explore the museum. At the end of the session, Miss Nightingale showed the children replica uniforms for a Crimean nurse and soldier, which they were able to try on.
Children In Need
On Friday 18th November, we all dressed in something spotty and had a bake sale to raise money for Children in Need. We raised £369.15 and we would like to say a massive thank you to the school council and all the parent/carers who baked cakes and treats, they went down very well!
The Choir Sing at the Scandinavian Christmas Market!
On Friday 18th November, the school choir sang some Christmas carols at the Scandanavian Christmas Market on Albion Street. The children presented traditional carols and a Christmas song with original lyrics written by last Year’s Year 5 (now Year 6), to the tune of Little Mix’s Black Magic. The audience showed their appreciation for the performance and the children enjoyed a visit from Santa and Moomin (a Scandinavian cartoon character).
To celebrate the Film Festival, Year 1 and 4 went to the cinema.
Year 1 watched Zootopia, a film about a bunny cop and a cunning fox working together and uncover a conspiracy.
The children really enjoyed it and found it an inspirational tale about not giving up and trying your best. Some of the comments from Year 1 included ‘that was awesome’ and ‘the music was great’. Year 1 will be discussing theme of perseverance in class and how important it is.
Year 4 watched Capture the Flag, a film about a young surfer who rallies his friends to stop a billionaire from rewriting history as a way to hoard Helium 3, the clean energy of the future.
One of the pupils has written a piece about the film and you can read all about it below.
Royal Festival Hall
This term, Year 6 have been working with the inspirational jazz pianist and composer Pete Letanka, to improvise and compose their own song and piece of music. On Wednesday 9th November, the group rehearsed and performed this music at the Royal Festival Hall with some other schools from Southwark. The group were amazing and brilliant ambassadors for the school. They composed and performed their own piece and absolutely ‘raised the roof’ with their song.
The pupils involved wowed the audience and we received really positive feedback from other schools as well as members of the audience. We are so very proud of our pupils and absolutely astonished at the amount of confidence they have to perform in front of hundreds of people.
One of the parents said ‘I was really happy and amazed at the talent all the children showed, also that all of the children had made up their own lyrics for the songs which were great and quite funny’.
Thank you to everybody involved and thank you to all the parent/carers for their support
Reception got the opportunity to meet 2 real policemen.
PC George and PC Andy came in this month with their car and the children were able to ask questions, find out about safety and were also able to sit in the car. They tried on helmets and hats, looked at badges and found out what it is like to be a policeman.
PC George is also an ex-pupil and it is so great to see previous Alfred Salter pupils doing so well.
This month we held a whole school Dance Festival. All pupils took part in a range of dance performances and wowed the crowd of parents and carers with their talents. The pupils were also able to see inspirational performances from professional dancers.
This year our Midsummer Exhibition was extremely well attended by parents and carers, school staff, school governors and people from the local community. Children’s work was displayed and celebrated from across the school, and gave the opportunity for all to see the learning journey the children made across the key stages.
As part of their English lessons, Year 3 have been studying the book 'Leon and the place Between'. The story is about a little boy who volunteers in a circus and gets transported to a mysterious world. Year 3 created their own stories and took part in a circus workshop, where they learnt circus skills to perform to Key Stage 1 pupils.
This month Year 2 pupils had the opportunity to visit Arethusa Venture Centre where they took part in activities such as Archery, Climbing, High Ropes, Orienteering and Rocket Building. The children all enjoyed the residential and developed their independence as well as team building skills.
Reception visit to Stave Hill
As part of our topic 'Animals Around the World', we went on a mini beast hunt and woodland walk at Stave Hill Ecological Park. We used nets and magnifiers to observe mini beasts and spotter sheets to record what we found. The children extended their learning in reception by using these methods in our outside learning environment.
National Diversity Awards 2016
Shaun won Diversity Champion in Education Category at the National Excellence in Diversity Awards. In the same week he was awarded the Mayor of Southwark’s Highest Civic Honour at Southwark Cathedral and has honoured by David Cameron with a ‘Points of Light’ award at 10 Downing Street for his work on Inclusion for All.
Parent Workshop: Healthy Eating and Exercise
This term, Sharon, our Family Support Worker has organised a series of workshops for parents and carers around Family Health and Safety. The first one was around Healthy Eating and Exercise and was delivered by the School Nurse. Parents who attended said the workshop was very useful and informative.
Further workshops happening this term include: Children’s Emotionally Wellbeing, First Aid, Domestic Awareness, Internet Safety, and Puberty and Relationships.
Alfred Salter Primary School Attendance and Punctuality Tree
At Alfred Salter Primary School we like to celebrate all the good attendance and punctuality we have across the school. We have recently commissioned an artist to design and make this tree to display weekly updates on attendance and punctuality for each class. It is situated in the main corridor for all to see!
Parents Spring Craft Fayre
This month we held another Spring Craft Fayre for parents and carers where many wonderful creations were made. We would like to thank everyone who donated cakes and took part in the Fayre. We managed to raise £120!
World Book Day
This month we celebrated World Book Day. Everyone was invited to dress up as their favourite book character, including the school staff! We all had a wonderful day celebrating reading and literature.
As part of Sport Relief on Friday 18th March 2016, the children at Alfred Salter Primary School took part in a 1 mile run/walk around the astroturf. The children enjoyed dressing up in fun accessories and we raised an amazing £987!
Health and Wellbeing Conference
This month 8 pupils were invited to speak at a Health and Wellbeing conference held at Millwall Football Stadium. The children were led by Shaun in giving a presentation about our diverse heritage topic and the ‘Boy’ project in school. The presentation was well received and all attendants thanked the children for their inspiring words.
In February the Pupils in photography club were asked to provide photos of the local environment for hoardings at the gate of the Quebec Quarter development in Quebec Way. They went to unveil their work on a special outing. Well done to all those pupils who had their work printed.
This term a group of children took part in a Pentathlon. The children participated in a range of athletics events including javelin, shot put, standing long jump and wheelchair and running races. A fantastic day had by all! 'This is the best day of my life!' one pupil said.
On the 4th of November, Sir Simon Hughes joined us for our special assembly where our mosaic was unveiled and the celebrations of our 20th Anniversary began!
Scandinavian Christmas Market 2015
The School Choir made a performance at the Scandinavian Christmas Market this month. All the children enjoyed taking part in this local event.
Isle of Wight
Year 4 took part in a residential trip to the Isle of Wight where they experienced a wide range of outdoor activities as well as team building exercises. They all had a great time!
Making our Mosaic
This month we have been getting ready to celebrate the school’s 20th Anniversary. All classes have taken part in CLJ Topic about ‘Our School Heritage’ where they have learnt about the local area, the history of the school and Alfred Salter himself. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic. We have also been working with artists to make a whole school mosaic to celebrate our Anniversary and the school’s ethos.