In Nursery this week, the children have been developing their fine motor skills by practising using one handed tools and equipment. They had lots of fun creating faces with a selection of different herbs and vegetables! 🌽


Year 1 have made their own salt dough characters this week based on the stories they have been writing in literacy. They used interesting adjectives to describe their characters! 📝


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Thank you to , The Pupil Ambassadors and Eco-Warriors for an eye opening presentation on the schools new Sustainability Plan. The children were passionate, inspiring and did a great job of asking some very well thought-out questions.


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This week in science, year 5 have been investigating which materials are attracted to a magnet and are also conductors of electricity 🔌 Did you know not all metals are magnetic?


Last week we welcomed our local MP, Ellie Reeves, to our school. During her visit, she met with both our Pupil Ambassadors and Eco-Warriors. They presented our new Sustainability Plan for our school as well as having a question and answer session ♻️


Year 6 have been learning about the C Major Scale in music today. They started off by discussing how Major Scales have a happy sounding tonality and then had a go at playing the C Major Scale on Glockenspiels 🎶


In science this week, year 6 have been learning about Inheritance. They applied their knowledge about inherited characteristics to Mr Men and predicted what they thought the offspring of different Mr Men and Little Miss would look like! 👩‍🔬


We had a very special visitor handing out Principals awards this morning! All of our pupils were very excited to receive a visit from Mrs Elf 🌟


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Yesterday morning we took our nursery children to the local post box to post the Christmas and Winter cards that they have made for their families 📮


Our amazing Wellbeing Warriors are running a bake sale on the playground after school today! All proceeds will be used by the Wellbeing Warriors to host wellbeing events for pupils in our school. Please come along and purchase a yummy cake 🍰


In DT, year 1 have been making their very own moving picture books! They have made their fish move 📚


Today in DT, year 3 have been using fresh produce to create their own salads and salad dressings. How yummy do these look! 🥗


Years 4, 5 and 6 are at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley ready to watch this year's pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty' 🎭


Thank you so much to all of our staff and pupils for their amazing efforts for Christmas Jumper Day today- we have seen some fabulous jumpers and accessories 🤩 We have also raised some money for the incredible Save The Children charity 🌟


Third stop for year 6: standing on the remains of the very famous Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace Park


Stop two for year 6: Penge East station, which was originally named Penge Lane, opened in 1863. It is a grade II listed building which means it cannot be changed or demolished easily without the correct permission!


Year 6 are on a walking tour of their local area this morning as part of their geography topic. First stop- The Crooked Billet which has been a landmark in Penge since 1601 🏙️


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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1: 
River Ganges and River Rhine class 


Mr Turner is teaching River Ganges class and Miss Sayers is teaching River Rhine class. Mrs Learmouth, Mrs Heath and Miss Ing are supporting across Year 1.  


Welcome to Year 1! We hope you find the information below useful. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home. 

Key Times 


Children continue to be expected to read every night (they have their books in their book bags), and should also practise their number bonds to 20. 


River Rhine class have PE on Tuesday and Thursday, River Ganges have PE on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your children have their kits in school on these days.  


Due to current circumstances we are limiting trips and external visitors but will work to provide enrichment opportunities. 

Key Times 

For Year 1, the school day will begin at 8.45, and end at 3.20. Please be punctual. 


What are we learning? 


In Literacy this term we will begin by reading “Orion and the Dark” by Emma Yarlett. We will describe character’s feelings in the story and use adjectives to describe a setting. We are continuing develop our grammar skills with a focus on full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, question marks and exclamation marks. In the latter half of the term, we will be reading Lost and Found. 


In Maths this half term, we are beginning to look at Geometry, including 2D and 3D shapes. We will also focus on money and how to count and recognise coins. 


This half term in Science, we will continue to look at everyday materials and their properties. We will be examining everyday objects and describing what they are made from, how they feel, what they look like and are they magnetic. We will take a look at the Three Little Pigs and their building choices and which material would make the best curtains. 


We are learning all about our school and the key features of its environment. We will be learning how to use a map to plan a route and discuss the different ways in which we are able to travel to school. 


In History, we will be looking at how toys and games have changed. We will be looking at toys ranging from the Victorian era to now and look at what is the same and what is different. 


In RE, we will be learning about Islam with a focus on community and belonging. 


This term in computing, we will be looking at spreadsheets and how to use them. We will learn how to navigate the different rows and columns. 


In Art, we will be learning about painting with a focus on the artist Piet Mondrian. We will be focusing on the primary colours, red, yellow and blue as well as how to properly control the paintbrush within the lines. 


In PSHE we will be thinking about communities and how we are similar/different to others. We will be looking at individuals such as Asquith Xavier and Paul Stephenson. 


In PE we will be doing gymnastics. 


Music this term will be Creepy Crawly rhythms. Again, we will look at pulse and rhythm.  


In DT this term, we are learning how to make a fruit salad. We will be looking at different fruits from around the world and how they are grown. We will start by making a design brief and then finally, make our own fruit salads. 


How can I help at home? 

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 3- minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Sayers or Mr Turner or you can arrange a phone call by emailing the office. 

Look forward to hearing from you soon, 

Mr Turner and Miss Sayers