Fox Primary School weekly newsletter 19/10/18
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This week in pictures
Year 3 have produced amazing pumpkin inspired artwork by Yayoi Kusama.
Year 4, 5 and 6 visited Great Ormond Street to learn CPR skills.
Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to work with W11 opera company on their new show 'Shadowrock'.
Dates for your diary
29th October - 2nd November 


Mon 29th October 
Tues 30th  Oct
  • Children back to school 
  • RB parents lunch 
Wed 31st Oct  
Thurs 1st Nov
  • Year 4 swimming
Fri 2nd Nov
  • Year 6 - National Child Measurement Programme

Upcoming Dates :
  • Year 5 visit the River Thames - Monday 5th Nov
  • KS1 parents spelling workshop - Monday 5th Nov - 8.50am
  • Year 6 visit Kew Gardens - Monday 5th Nov
  • Year 5 charity event - shoe share for UNICEF
  • Year 3 film trip - Friday 9th Nov
  • Choir performing at WW1 Centenary event - Fri 9th Nov 
Bump my head winners
Congratulations to the  winners from the 'school bump my head' competition. These designs will now be used as stickers to point out when a child gets a bump on their head. The winners were chosen by the Head Girl and Head Boy and were taken across all phases.  Obviously the school notifies parents and carers when a child bumps their head  and does not rely solely upon a sticker!
Federating with Avonmore Primary School - consultation
For the last two years the Fox Federation has been working very closely with Avonmore Primary School in West Kensington. Subject specialists and leadership have worked with the teachers there to put in place a strong structure and a robust plan for the future. Paul Cotter took on the role of Executive Head and Maya Wittleton, who worked for many years at Fox and went on to become Deputy Head at Ashburnham, is now the Head teacher at Avonmore.

We would like to bring Avonmore into our Federation to formalise the partnership between us. Currently, Avonmore has its own Governing Body. By joining the Federation, that Governing Body would be dissolved, and our Governing Body would be reconstituted to have responsibility for an additional school. Attached is a letter explaining the reasoning and process.

Click here to read the letter.
Poppy Day Poem Competition - Phase B and C (Year 2 - 6)

On Sunday 11th November 2018 it will be 100 years since the end of World War I. It is highly likely that we are all connected to The First World War in some way or another. Much of what we know about World War I is due to poems written at the time. 

We are asking children to write their own poems around the theme of remembrance. More information can be found out 

Fox Book Club - Cloudbusting

The next Year 5 and 6 Fox Book Club meeting is on Tuesday 6th November 3:45 -4:45 and we will be discussing ‘Cloudbusting’ by Malorie Blackman. Please read it and come ready to share your ideas with other children and parents/carers from Years 5 and 6. As always, there will be snacks and drinks to accompany the discussions. See you at Book Club!

Reading Gladiators

We were thrilled to have so many parents, carers and pupils attend our first Reading Gladiators sessions of the year. Year 2 and 3 should be immensely proud of their commitment to Reading Gladiators already this year! ‘The Glassmaker’s Daughter’ was a lovely book to kick the year off and a particular highlight was the group’s discussions on what it meant to truly be happy. Remember, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Year 4 and 5 Reading Gladiators thoroughly enjoyed discussing the entertaining Angelino from ‘The Tale of Angelino’ by David Almond. We focused on the different characters and talked about how David Almond creates humour in the story.  We also started the mini challenge below, which can be completed over half term. Best entries will be displayed in the library! Please hand any entries to Mr Byrne Smith in Year 4.

Mini Challenge – Ms Monteverdi’s Art Class
David Almond is passionate about allowing children time and  space to dream, to exercise their imaginations.
Create a scene entitled ‘A World of Pure Imagination’, showing a snapshot of the world from within your imagination.
You could add an imaginary friend, something that scares you, your future self, your favourite thing. Arrange them on a large sheet of paper with an annotation such as ...a dream/a friend/a fear.

Fabulous Year 6 poetry 
Year 5 - French baking extravaganza!
Year 5 have been baking bread as part of their DT project. We were lucky enough to be taught by a local baker - Jean-Christophe from Maison Puget on Portobello Road. 
The bread was very tasty - feedback from the parents was particularly favourable! Watch out Paul Hollywood!
Recommended App.
If you think your child might have some ‘tablet time’ over the half term period, then I highly recommend the apps produced by the Dragon Box team.  In particular, I would recommend Dragon Box numbers, for children in Year 1, Reception and below.   This app is quite incredible in its ability to help children develop number sense: proportionality, place value, part-part whole and simple addition and subtraction – all through the medium of play.  It is no wonder that it has won several prizes and awards.  Dragon Box also have several other apps suitable for primary aged children – including Dragon Box Big Numbers, which is a very playful approach to understanding formal column addition and subtraction.  For those of you with children in Year 5 or 6 or older, they also have incredible apps on algebra and geometry.  Last but not least, they’ve just produced an app to teach and explore the rules of chess.  It doesn’t disappoint.    I’ve tried them all – they are very good.    So, if your children are going to be on a screen over the half term, better that it’s spent playing something really good and educational!! 
Year 4, 5 and 6 visit Great Ormond Street Hospital to learn CPR skills

Year 4, 5 and 6 visited Great Ormond Street Hospital this week to celebrate 'Restart a Heart day'. They were lucky enough to have personalised tuition from paramedics, nurses and medical staff on how to do CPR. They also were introduced to a defibrillator machine. We are lucky enough to have our own defibrillator machine in school (on the ground floor-look for the green sign). 
If you'd like to learn more about this, you can visit
Life saver interactive DVD:
Resuscitation Council UK web site:
St. John's Ambulance: 
Please don't drive up Edge Street
Please can  parents refrain from  driving  up  Edge Street in the morning and afternoon to drop and pick up their children. We have many children and their families congregating around the Edge Street entrance  and rushing up the road/pavement to get to school. Children are not always as observant as they should be. If parents need to drive,  they should find a nearby parking space and drop their children off appropriately. 
Whole School Attendance this HALF TERM 98.35%
  RC   Diego
RP Conor
1C Roly
1J Alexander
2J Darina
2S Connie
3F Maddie
3M Zakki
4GT  Tani
4B Nessie
5B Elizabeth
5C Maryam
6J Lily
6M Tahira
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