14 May 2021

Primary High Notes 14th May 2021

Primary High Notes 14th May 2021

This week I have really enjoyed visiting pupils in their classroom, seeing the wonderful work going on. It is lovely to see the amazing things they are learning and most importantly, their academic curiosity and desire to know more.

Is knowledge power? This was the question I posed in my live primary assembly yesterday. Throughout both lockdowns I am sure many of us have taken part in a Zoom quiz or two. It was lovely hearing from the children about the different quizzes they have enjoyed over the last 12 months. Coming from a family full of teachers, and having very competitive siblings, I have certainly enjoyed some very interesting and hard fought quizzes! I am sure we would all agree that with knowledge certainly has come power, the ability to answer questions and possibly win! Interestingly the knowledge of the correct collective nouns in the fifteenth century was seen as giving power to the elite. Created by the elite for the elite, they were written down in books of etiquette designed to instruct the nobility on how not to embarrass themselves while out hunting, hawking or fishing.  For the medieval nobleman, knowing that the correct term for a group of ferrets was a busyness, for hares a flick and for hounds a mute was a badge of honour. Did you know that the collective noun for rhinos is a crash and it is a rafter of turkeys and a misbelief of painters (because portrait artists often made their subjects look rather better than they did in real life). However, there is no official list of collective nouns, though my guess would be there are many people out there who think they have the definitive answers.  The trouble is that new ideas are always being added, rendering any compilation obsolete as soon as its author thinks they have finished. So we concluded that knowledge can give you power but without wisdom, your knowledge is useless as this quote shows:

The difference between knowledge and wisdom - to have knowledge is to appreciate that a tomato is a fruit: to have wisdom is not to put one in a fruit salad.

Best wishes,

WW2 Day for Year 6

Year 6 stepped back in time on Thursday, dressed as evacuees, to bring their history topic to life. The morning began with drama and role play activities, with the children experiencing how it would have felt to be an evacuee. They expended energy in a lively jitterbug dance and revived a range of traditional games, in the classroom and outside at playtime. The day was enjoyed by all!

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mr Lee's assembly to both Primary and Seniors on Tuesday discussed the topic of self-care and how we can respond if things don't go as we'd hoped.  Do we make excuses and blame everything on others, even if we know we could have done things differently, or do we blame everything on ourselves, even if we did our best and there's nothing more we could reasonably have done?  The trick is to find a balance, a sweet spot, "just right", like Goldilocks!

Dance Club

Children in Reception have had another super exciting session at Mrs Liddle’s lunch time dance club. They are all enjoying learning a routine to be recorded and showcased to parents later on in the term!

Yummy Fruit Salad!

As part of their topic work this half term, the Wrens have been making fruit salad! We had some really interesting discussions about the different fruit- we were really surprised to find that there was a big stone in the middle of the mango! The children developed their fine motor skills by using a knife and fork to cut up the ingredients. Of course, the best part was the taste test!



This week, Year 5 started their ‘Bikeability’ Level 1 and 2 course.  All children completed a range of activities on their bikes to test their proficiency and understanding of road safety.  They raced, completed 60-second checks, played ‘hot potatoes’, ‘Joe says’ and ‘follow the snake leader’… all without getting off their bikes!  The Year 5s summed up their Bikeability in one word…. “Amazing!” and would like to thank Joe, their instructor, and Cycle Derby for a wonderful experience. They can’t wait for Level 2 in June!


Safeguarding Corner

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, the BBC have created this useful article and video about how to spot the signs of anxiety. Find out more here:

A new resource has been released from the London Grid for Learning with some great tips about how to keep your child safe online. You can find the top tips here: 

Home (lgfl.net)

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