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Year 2 Visit to St James Church for the Christmas Experience

posted 8 Dec 2017, 06:02 by Tony Woodward

On Tuesday 5th December, Year 2 visited the wonderful St James’ Church.  When we arrived we went into a real time machine.  This took us to 700BC. Firstly, we met a prophet who told us that one day a little, special baby will be born and he will rescue the world.  Then we met an angel and Mary. The angel told Mary that one day she will have a baby, who would be the son of God.  Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem on a tired, thirsty donkey.  When they eventually got there, there was no room at the inn.  They had to stay in a hot, stinky stable.  Jesus was then born.  We then met one of the wise men who showed us the gifts that were taken to baby Jesus.  They were gold, frankincense and myrrh.  We were able to see lots of animals, which were all inside the church.  There was a soft donkey, a furry dog, a smooth duck and nice sheep.  We all really liked the animals and meeting the different characters around the church.  At the end we sat around a table and discussed why Christians and lots of other people celebrate Christmas.

 

By Chloe and Lucien, Year 2 Owls

Visit from Sarah Shafi

posted 8 Dec 2017, 06:01 by Tony Woodward

On Thursday 7th December, Sarah Shafi (the creator of the Ridiculous Witches series ), came to Tetherdown School to discuss her new and improved children’s books with Y4, Y5 and Y6.  Everybody was extremely inquisitive, and were very excited to find out more about her six new hilarious books. She let us in on a little secret and told us some top tips on how to start and end a story.  In addition, she mysteriously told us that she is working on a seventh exciting novel.  Sara has started to write a book about her experiences and life in general.  We were able to ask questions about anything puzzling us and were interested to know more about her books.  Now we were coming to the end of the interesting and inspiring talk; everybody was so eager to know more.  Kindly, she gave away three copies of her books to the best questioners.  

By Safia and Marco Year 6

Mapping Week

posted 24 Nov 2017, 03:26 by Tony Woodward

Mapping Week

Last week was mapping week, an exciting, fun-filled week where our activities were dedicated to maps. All pupils old and young took part in all the thrilling mapping events. We would like to thank all those kind parents and relatives who have generously donated their time to come in and talked or presented something to the classes.

Firstly, on Monday morning, all students were split into their MAGIC groups and participated in a number of various activities. Each class teacher had set up a unique activity. I know for one, that as being in it; Mr Fossey’s class mapped their dream classroom with a younger partner and have heard that in Ms Hughes’s class made dioramas of aspects of school that help you outside of school. After lunch, all children headed back to their classes and got on with some more, amazing map-related tasks.

Secondly, on Tuesday, Year 5 took part in an enjoyable orienteering task. We were split into groups of 3 by Mr Holloway. In addition to that, we were given an atlas, a sheet with the task that we needed to complete on it, a trundle wheel, a pencil and a leaflet showing Ms Hughes, Ms Ashraf and Mr Holloway’s itinerary. The task was to travel around the world (a display of cones with flags on them which were a certain distance apart) and go to the countries on each of the Teachers’ itinerary and work out how far apart the countries were from each other and what countries the flags represented.

On Wednesday, the great Tetherdown Tiddler Treasure Hunt began for the Year 6s and their enthusiastic and exhilarated Reception partners. Filled with endless thrills they bounded round the school floors following the many different clues. Kindly, Josie, with the help of Ms Ashraf put up 41 little people. Josie is a street artist and puts up these mini figures all around Muswell Hill so a huge thanks to her as without her and her artistic flair the hunt, linking different years, would never have taken place.

That Thursday, our class: Year 5 Chameleons were partnered up with a Year 1 class to go on this mini orienteering adventure. We were split into four different groups: yellow floor, blue floor, red floor and green floor. In our groups we trekked round our floor with an adult and our pairs following the clues. Every clue was made by the Year 5 students to challenge but not puzzle our partners. As well as that, Aldena, Josie, Ms Ashraf and Ms Hughes constructed a video all about the Tetherdown tiddlers to show the little ones. Some clues required you to know where North, South, West and East are (North being the way in which the office faces) and some tested your knowledge of the school building and playgrounds.

The next day, on Friday, we had an extremely special assembly where each class presented what they had been working on as a class project during the week. We saw many amazing pieces of writing, art, maps and maths. All the pupils had really come together through the week. Lastly but definitely not least, Francesca and Poppy handed over a picture frame filled with photos of Josie and her mini figures. Josie was delighted with her gift and we all hope that she knows how much we really do thank her.

Overall, mapping week was a fantastic, joyous event which built on our understanding of maps and the world around us. Yet again, a huge thanks to all the parents and staff who contributed to this fun event.

By Francesca and Clara

It’s definitely Autumn in Year 1!

posted 10 Nov 2017, 00:44 by Tony Woodward

In our Science learning this week, we have been observing and discussing the changes across the seasons, including the weather and day length.

We went outside in our beautiful playground to look closely at the living environment and to observe the seasonal changes taking place. We looked for evidence to prove that Autumn is our current season and we collected colourful Autumn leaves and took photos of trees and the sky. Year 1 parents will also be pleased to know that we have been talking about the need to wear warmer clothing now that the days are getting colder!

We made a class poster to share our observations and thoughts on what we know about Autumn.

Superworm to the rescue!

posted 2 Oct 2017, 09:55 by Tetherdown Primary   [ updated 2 Oct 2017, 10:00 ]

Year 1 have been reading Julia Donaldson’s story ‘Superworm’. As part of our learning we have been undertaking many ‘wormy’ investigations! This has included discovering interesting facts about worms, writing about worms and painting pictures of worms. On Thursday we set off to Cherry Tree Woods on a worm hunt to collect worms for our own wormeries.  We have been making homes for our worms so that we can observe their behaviour and then next week will release them back in to our school garden.

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Year 3 Parrot’s Fantastic Church Trip

posted 25 May 2017, 05:17 by Tony Woodward

On Wednesday 24th of May Year 3 Parrots visited St James’ Church to sing, recite poems and play tunes on our ocarinas to the ‘elderley people’ for their Tea Time Club. Although we were very nervous we overcame our fears and had a fantastic time.

While we were there we recited a selection of poems such as ‘The Little Worm’ and ‘Great Green Globs’. Also we sang lovely tunes like: ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘All things Bright and Beautiful’. Other Egyptian songs included ‘Egypt, the Gift of the Nile’ and ‘How to Make a Mummy’. After this we had some squash and yummy biscuits. Then we asked our attentive audience some questions. Amazingly, a Lady called ‘Janet’ had just turned 100 the day before our performance and we merrily sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. It made her smile. Then we looked at her letter from the Queen. It was mounted in a gold, wooden frame and looked very special.

George’s favourite part of the trip was meeting the old people because they reminded him of his great grandpa who was really kind. Maisie’s favourite thing was eating the biscuits and drinking the squash. Overall, Parrots had an amazing time on the trip and were very proud to show off their musical skills. Straight after the performance, one of the elderly people told Ms Joseph that she used to be a primary school teacher many years ago and that “Your children are amazing and their behaviour is exemplary!” 

Nathan Fox inspires children to take part in PE and develop their love of sport!

posted 20 Jan 2017, 05:58 by Tetherdown Primary

On Thursday Nathan Fox British Triple Jump Champion and hopeful Olympic contender in the 202 Olympics came in to school and inspired our children to take part in physical activities.  They had great fun – even the staff – running on the spot, spotty dogs and fantastic press-ups! Every child had a go and Nathan commented that we were one of the most enthusiastic and fittest schools he has visited!  Nathan then led an assembly about his sporting journey to success and gave the children some wonderful messages about the enjoyment of sport and the importance of perseverance.  Please keep collecting your sponsor money: there are prizes for those children collecting the most funds, including a signed poster of Nathan Fox in action! 

 

Many thanks to Mr Holloway for organising this event and to all the staff for their enthusiasm and participation.






Senior Choir at the O2 Arena - Young Voices Choir 2017!

posted 19 Jan 2017, 05:45 by Tetherdown Primary   [ updated 20 Jan 2017, 05:50 ]

On Tuesday the 17th of January, The Tetherdown Choir (seniors) went to sing with Young Voices at the O2 arena. Young Voices is the world’s biggest choir get together.  We sang eleven songs and had many special guests. Natalie Williams, a jazz singer, came in to sing for us but not just that, the world champion beatboxers came in! Amazingly, a dance group, called the Urban Striders, came in and did some brilliant moves with us and for us. The Tetherdown Choir had an awesome time at the O2 and sung their hearts out.  Thank you Miss Champion for all your hard work!

By Daisy, Catrin and Janya   

In the GROOOOOOVE!


Term Dates 2017-18

posted 17 Jan 2017, 03:38 by Tetherdown Primary

Term dates are now available for next year (2017-18).  Please click here for details.

"500 words" - Radio 2 Writing Competition

posted 16 Jan 2017, 09:11 by Tetherdown Primary

This very exciting national writing competition ‘500 words’ has returned for another year. ‘500 words’ is a Radio 2 competition for which the children write a short creative and fictional story in no more than 500 words.  The winners will be invited to the Tower of London where they will meet the Duchess of Cornwall and various celebrities. Prizes include Chris Evans’ height in books and 500 books for the school. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to develop their skills in writing for enjoyment and become young published writers.

The competition opens on the 16th January 2017 and closes for entries at 7.00pm on the 23rd of February 2017. All entries need to be typed up on a word document and entry is via an online entry form available at www.bbc.co.uk/500words. We will be raising the profile of this initiative in assembly next week and encourage your child to enter.  You can find all the details about the competition on www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1

Kind regards

Miss Sweeney

English Co-ordinator

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