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Miss Barlow's Weekly Words

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Miss Barlow of the week gone by. Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 11

    Published 24/03/17, by Admin

    “Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 10

    Published 17/03/17, by Admin

    “Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 9

    Published 10/03/17, by Admin

    “Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

    In assembly this morning, I asked the girls: “What have we enjoyed this week?” The list was huge! Reception’s Bug Hunt, Year 1’s Houses and Homes Walk, ISA Hockey, U10A Netball Match vs The Magnets, two Spring Concerts, International Women’s Day plus it was also Career’s Week!

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 8

    Published 03/03/17, by Admin

    “Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

    World Book Day! Well…. What can I say? What a magnificent effort everyone made to dress up and engage with their favourite character from their favourite book. From Mary Poppins to Matilda, everyone looked fantastic and I was so pleased to see so many of the girls “up-cycling” clothing and possessions which they already owned.

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 7

    Published 24/02/17, by Admin

    “Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 6

    Published 10/02/17, by Admin

    “Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

    This week was all about the Dance Show! Well, that is not strictly true; we still taught the girls (lots in fact!) and competed in the London West ISA Regional Tournament. But I cannot let the success of the bi-annual Dance Show pass by without it’s own feature in our weekly bulletin…

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 5

    Published 03/02/17, by Admin

    This week has been National Storytelling Week and the girls have been telling stories, hearing stories and writing stories. One of the highlights was when the older classes visited the younger classes to share stories. As well as this, every class have been encouraged to tell stories in a variety of ways. Year 6 decided to use Rap to tell a story linked to their topic of ‘The Unexplained’ (you can see a video of this below) and the class were took part in a storytelling activity which invited them to jump in to take on a character from the story of Chun Ping.

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 4

    Published 27/01/17, by Admin

    As the Dance Show gets ever closer, rehearsals are in full swing (as I am sure you are all aware!) But, as always, other exciting activities in the classroom continue to happen and this week has been no exception.

    In Reception, the class became scientists this week; learning about ice, melting and also which colours can be mixed together to make blue. The girls had to find out the quickest way to melt their ice cubes to release the 5p inside.  

    In Year 1, dinosaurs are still the focus and this week the class learned about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. (By the way, the topic homework which is coming in is just fantastic!)

    The Year 2 girls are continuing to learn about castles and they have been carrying out their own research to produce factfiles. The girls have been using the Chromebooks to type up their research using Purple Mash software.

    Google Forms and surveys have been the topic of the week for Year 3. The girls created their own survey to find out which chocolate bars would be the most popular. They then emailed the Google Form to their friends at school, for them to fill in.  

    I walked into the Year 4 classroom this week, just at the moment the girls were discussing, in quite some detail (!) mummification linked to their Temples and Tombs topic - very interesting indeed….!

    As well as taking a trip to the Stanley Spencer Museum today, Year 5 have been learning all about The Blitz; writing newspaper reports and comic strips to portray what happened.

    And finally, the staff have been treated to “BIDMAS” raps performed by Year 6 who have been learning about the order of operations. The girls are also continuing to enjoy their class reader, Skellig, and have produced some fantastic diary entries.

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 3

    Published 20/01/17, by Admin

    “Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

    Apart from the Dance Show auditions and rehearsals, which are in full swing, this week has been another successful week. The girls have played fixtures, visited Davenies for the annual General Knowledge Quiz and been transported into outer space nonetheless! Year 6 have been investigating volume and surface area of cubes and cuboids- it was a challenging task but the girls did brilliantly! The girls in Year 5, travelled to Junior Boys to learn about space in the Learning Dome. In Year 4, the girls have been learning about Egyptian God and have made beautiful Cartouches. Year 3 endured the ultimate test in Science this week! They had the task of holding a piece of chocolate in their mouth and finding out how long it took to melt. Some held it in their mouths for a few minutes I’m told - I’m not sure I could have done this!

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 2

    Published 13/01/17, by Admin

    During this first full week, the girls have been learning many new and interesting things. Year 6 have been looking closely at a short film: “Alma” during English as a stimulus for some wonderfully creative writing. Year 5 have embarked on a secret mission - I really don’t know what they are doing but I am very intrigued. I think it has something to do with our marketing department. They have also been investigating World War 2 and have been writing non chronological reports. Year 4 have been investigating and building 3d shapes, cracking secret codes and exploring the differences between Ancient Egypt and Egypt today . In Year 3, through the Willy Wonka door, the girls have been using their descriptive writing skills to write about chocolate. They have also posed questions about chocolate and researched the answers. One was: “How is white chocolate made?” Year 2 took a trip to the National Archives on Thursday to look at sources from 1666 including a map of London drawn a year after the Great Fire of London. One of the girls said that, “It was the best trip she has ever been on!” Time travel is still on Year 1’s agenda and this week the girls have been learning all about the dinosaurs. They have made dinosaurs out of clay and have been learning about the habitats which they lived in. This has been much excitement!

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Lent 1

    Published 06/01/17, by Admin

    Happy New Year!

    Welcome back to a new year and a new term. We have been full of New Year’s Resolutions since returning back on Wednesday including: “being kinder to my brother”, “helping more around the house”, “improve my English skills” and “be more of a risk taker”. As always, the girls have come back full of energy and ready to take on the exciting challenges that this new term provides.

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  • Miss Barlow's Words Autumn Term Week 12

    Published 09/12/16, by Admin

    Another term passes by, and wow what a busy term it has been. (I know I say it every term…!) The girls have achieved so much in the classroom and experienced so much outside of the classroom, including: ISA Swimming, Young Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, Christmas Tree Decorating at St Luke's, Hampton Court, Living Rainforest, Stubbings Memorial, residential trips to Marchant’s Hill & Osmington Bay, Netball Tour to Newquay, Pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Maidenhead and Me Art Competition, Christmas Productions, and not to mention numerous netball and hockey matches.

    Each class has enjoyed a new topic this term and produced some exceptional work both in School and at home. Seeing the girls take ownership of their learning, and really run with an area which they are interested in has been fantastic.

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