We use our talents in the service of others!


Well done to the choir who entertained the Potters Bar Community Club with their singing this afternoon. They sang a range of Christmas carols and songs of worship. It was wonderful for the children to be able to share their talents with others and to have a chance to bring a small piece of Christmas spirit to the elderly of our town community.



Reception Class Week 11

This week Reception have joined the rest of the school in focussing on the story Traction Man by Mini Grey. The story is based around the heroic adventures of Traction Man, an action figure who thinks he is a superhero.

Throughout the week, the children helped to create our own ‘Superheroes Headquarters’. They set up lots of systems so that the class superheroes could be dispatched to an emergency situation within seconds! This included: taking the initial emergency telephone call, recording the information, pressing the emergency red button, sounding the alarm and communicating the essential information to the superheroes.

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Many of the children made vital superhero equipment to aid rescue missions and others thought about what they would be like if they were a superhero and had special powers!

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On Thursday we received some shocking news from Traction Man himself, in the form of a letter. He told us that he needed some help from the class superheroes. The Evil Pillows (Baddies in the story) had stolen our marbles and were coming back to take all of the class cars!

The children had to act fast! They drew plans showing how they were going to trap The Evil Pillows, made magic potions, looked for clues, made the traps and built hide outs, to lay in wait for the cushioned thieves.

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We finished off the week with a visit to the art gallery. We enjoyed looking at the whole school’s art work and finding our own!

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Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

The Reception Team

Choir supporting our local comunity

Congratulations to the choir who sang at the Act4 URC Christmas Fayre today. You all did brilliantly and were a credit to your parents and to our school. I received an email from the Director of music, Stephen Jones….

It was lovely to hear the choir today. I thought their singing was excellent. As I said after your performance, I was impressed by their clear words, good choir discipline, excellent intonation, beautiful tuning in the two part singing (not only in, but especially in the chromatic lines of ‘White Christmas’), performance demeanour – there were some smiling faces, lots of great mouth shapes and dropped jaws, good ensemble stemming from their evident good training – things like watching the conductor, and responding to the beat. There was lots of energy too, especially in your finale ‘Rocking around the Christmas tree’ which the choir sang with great panache and evident enjoyment. All in all, a very pleasing performance of which everyone can feel proud.

Thank you to all the parents who made it possible for the choir to perform today and to Miss Donatantonio for all her hard work with the junior choir.

Well done everyone!

Liz Heymoz


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Week 11: 24th November

This week, the children have continued their work in English based on the wonderful story of Traction Man.  They have spent several days writing their own recounts and editing their work.  We have been delighted by their wonderful writing and how they have worked well together assisting one another in our editing sessions.

In RE we have learnt more about Lectio Divina (the process of praying with scripture) and how we can learn more about God’s love for us through reading His Word.

In ICT we have continued learning about programming and finding out more about how we can write our own algorithms.

A number of children took part in the Sports afternoon at Dame Alice Owen.  Our Year 3 and 4 team came 2nd overall which was a great result.  Well done!

That same afternoon, the Year 3 and 4 children came together to work together and one of the activities they did was play Maths Games.  Again, it was lovely for me to watch the children play together, building self-concept and developing positive attitudes towards mathematics. 

On Friday afternoon, our Main Hall was transformed into an art gallery and the children really enjoyed looking at their wonderful art work.

Have a lovely weekend.

Homework: please click here The Angel Gabriel Words

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Year 6 – 24/11/17

In Science this week, we learnt about and modelled the 4 components that make up blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma.

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In English, the children have been busy writing and editing recounts from Traction Man’s perspective, with the target being to convey the egotistical personality of the character. Some wonderful language has been used and the resultant pieces of writing have an excellent humorous tone to them.

Maths has been all about developing fraction sense by becoming more confident and fluent when thinking about fractional magnitude.

We joined forces with Year 5 in PE this week and took advantage of the good weather by working on different athletics skills outside.

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The class enjoyed seeing their framed artwork being exhibited in the hall on Friday afternoon and appreciated looking at what masterpieces the other classes had also produced.

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As always, the children ended the week spending time with their Reception reading partners. It really is such a pleasure watching them interact so amazingly with their buddies.

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Home learning letter is here.

The Advent Service script is here. I haven’t yet added the names of who’s reading what, but I’m sure most of you remember which part I’ve given you. I will aim to re-upload when I’ve got round to adding the names.

Well done for your hard work as usual this week. Have a fantastic weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

19th November – 24th November in Y3

Year 3 have enjoyed starting their new science topic Light and Dark this week. We thought about what life would be like without light and tested whether humans could see without any light sources – we can’t!


We have also created sculptures and pictures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy this week  which was great fun. The children were extremely creative.

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Our Traction Man recounts are fantastic! The children have been working hard to edit and improve them ready for a big write next week;be prepared for a hall of fame on next week’s blog.

In maths we have completed many different number problems where the children had to use systematic approaches as well as trial and improvement. Can you solve this NRICH problem? We managed to find four different combinations in class!

1,2,3 Magic Square:

Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total (6).

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We hope you had a chance to view our art this afternoon; we really enjoyed visiting the art gallery.

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In computing we have learnt what algorithms are and how they are used to instruct computers. We then wrote and tested our own algorithms for making paper airplanes and brushing our teeth!


Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Pringle

Week 11

This week in science, we have been learning about taking repeated measurements to improve reliability. We created autogyros with different blade surface areas, and timed how long they took to fall. In this lesson, we required our maths skills to calculate the surface areas and find the averages of our results.

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We have now concluded our Traction Man recounts and I have been impressed by the standard of writing. The children really engaged with the text and wrote in role brilliantly. I could see they considered their word choices, took inspiration from the story and used parentheses with increasing confidence.

On Thursday, we teamed up with year 6 to practise our athletic skills.

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Have a great weekend,


Mrs Lines



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Week 11 Blog

This week the children have continued to engage in activities based around Traction Man. They all enjoyed developing their ant team learning power to work in small groups and delegate character parts. There was some brilliant acting from many budding actors and actresses! We all enjoyed watching them perform in class.

In Maths, the children have been learning how to add two numbers using the counting on method using a number line to support them.

Have a great weekend!

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13th – 17th November in Y3

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We have had a fun filled week in year 3, reading, acting out and writing about Traction Man. The children have been immersed in their learning and are eager to start writing their Traction Man recounts.

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As part of Anti-Bullying week we created an anti-bullying pledge and celebrated our similarities and differences. Please watch one the videos we shared and discussed in class https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcFICCVWliY


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We have also written beautiful letters to Angel Gabriel from Mary and started to create some beautiful Annunciation art work for our Advent display.

I hope you have a restful weekend,

Miss Pringle


Reception Class Week 10

This week, Reception have been participating in National Anti-Bullying Week.

The theme this year was ‘All Different, All Equal’ and the class have spent a lot of time celebrating what makes us unique.


We used the book ‘The Rainbow Fish to the Rescue’ to explore different types of bullying. In the story, a little striped fish is left out because he looks different to the other fish. This was a great way to start talking about what bullying is, in a way the children could understand and relate to.

This is what some of the children said about bullying…


“A person who keeps biting you all the time is being a bully. That is not good. I will never, ever be a bully. No way.”


“A bully person always says to another person, ‘I’m going to fight you!’ and they just keep on fighting everyone all the time.”


“A bully will leave you out and not share.”


“A bully is a mean person. They fight people all the time. They make people sad all the time. I don’t like bullies.”


“A bully goes around pushing kids all the time. It is a really bad thing.”


“Bullying is things like always biting or hurting the same boy all the time. It is very unkind.”


“If someone is hurting you at school, you need to tell the teacher.”


“Bullies make people sad. They make children cry. It is not kind.”

Sometimes bullies call you bad names. You are not allowed to do that. You need to tell your mummy or you should tell your teacher.”

Mrs Theo was on a first aid course for two days this week, and so Reception Class had our Modern Foreign Languages leader, Mrs Moccia. She took the opportunity to speak some French with the class, alongside the French student visiting our class this week!

Next week, we will be focussing our learning around the book, Traction Man by Mini Grey, as well as rehearsing for our fast approaching class nativity.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team.