UKS2 have been studying the text Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman for the last three weeks. This week they used the characteristics of a known fairy tale featured in the book and changed one of the literary elements to create a new tale, which included a different set of characters, a new setting and a changed conflict or resolution as a launching point for children’s own ‘Grimm’ tales. The children thoroughly enjoyed publishing and illustrating their new Grimm tales for others to enjoy.
We have always taken Remembrance Day seriously at Hollydale knowing that so many gave their lives so that we could we could in a peaceful society today.
On Friday 17th November 2017, School Council visited The Royal British Legion to donate the money from the fundraiser they organised last week selling clay poppies to the school community. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit which consisted of a quiz, paper poppy art, dressing up and role playing as well as a pop up photo booth. They vowed they would fundraise again next year as their visit highlighted to them just how important it is to remember, look after and support our local communities.
This week schools all around the country discussed ways to stop bullying. At Hollydale, we also took part in activities to help us understand more about bullying, how we can recognise it and how we can work together to stop it. These are some of the activities and events that we participated in to raise awareness of bullying as part of our anti-bullying week. All children started the week by making an anti-bullying poster with the winners announced in assembly on Friday. Some children included the theme ‘All different, all equal’. KS2 produced ‘stop’ signs with a simple message to say how we can stop people from being bullied and who we could tell if it happens. UKS2 also investigated bullying online, also known as ‘Cyberbullying’ and produced leaflets or booklets to show what it meant and how it could be reported to adults and stopped. LKS2 took part in role play to show children what bullying meant, how to recognise bullying and who they should report it to if it happened to them. On Wednesday at 1.35pm, the whole school stopped what they were doing, also known as DEAR (drop everything and read). We read silently for 15 minutes to help us reflect on and think about bullying and ways to stop it. On Friday, the whole school came in wearing odd socks and blue to raise awareness of anti-bullying. The school raised £220 through selling anti-bullying wrist bands throughout the week and £1 donations on ‘wear blue/odd socks’ day. Some children commented on the week by saying “I now what different types of bullying is and who I can tell if it happens to me.” (Year 5 child)
Playing games and solving problems and puzzles make our lessons fun. COLA master classes for bright mathematicians. Maths in EYFS. Lot's of fun ways to learn about numbers.
School Council have been selling clay poppies this week made by the children of Hollydale to support The Royal British Legion. They will be visiting the headquarters on Friday 17th November 2017 to donate all the money they've fundraised in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in wars fighting to protect our country.
Wonderful extended writing outcomes on display across the school this term covering a range of genres in Literacy.
Today 10 children from KS2 went to the Pecan foodbank in Peckham. The children found out how the foodbank operated, where its food came from and how the food is allocated. They also had a tour of the stock room and food storage area and packed and labelled food parcels. They sorted out the tinned food in accordance with sell by dates. They all really enjoyed the trip and promised to regularly donate to the foodbank to help local people in crisis!
To end their learning on their topic of World War 2, UKS2 held a street party. Children came dressed as evacuees, British generals and even Churchill made an appearance! What a fantastic showcase of learning and a great end to the first half term! Well done, UKS2.
Well done to all these children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 by reading at least 3 books during the summer holidays. They were presented with certificates this morning by our local librarian Jacob Meno from Nunhead Library.
We were very lucky this year to have Valerie Bloom visit us to launch our Black History Month 2017 celebrations. The children were able to ask Valerie a raft of different questions about her career and her books. Valerie was very impressed by the work Hollydale had done based on texts: Hot like Fire and Fruits.
It’s Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 22 September 2017, please bring your child to school in their jeans and let them join in the fun! The money raised provides vital care and support for thousands of children with life-altering genetic disorders. Please bring a £1 donation (or more!) for our collection box. If you’d like to find out more about how our support will help, please visit their website at jeansforgenes.org
The summer holiday is the ideal chance for children to enjoy reading new texts. To support with this, we have put together some recommended reading lists to help you and your child choose the books they would like to read. The book lists can be downloaded here http://hollydale.continio.co.uk/curriculum/reading-for-pleasure/ We are always looking to expand and improve our lists so, if you or your child can recommend a book that is not on the list, please let Ms Sultana know. Don’t forget to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge 2017. Click here https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ to find out more. Enjoy a lovely summer of reading!
Last night the Year 3 and 4 children performed at Bold Tendencies Car Park with the Multi Storey Orchestra. The children have been working with the orchestra for the last few weeks on a piece called ‘In Colour’. The theme was inspired by a Bold Tendencies project exploring how people are impacted physically and emotionally by the colour around them. The concert gave our pupils the opportunity to showcase their learning alongside the orchestra and their singing and performance was outstanding.
The NSPCC were in school this week to talk to children about Speak out, Stay safe. The NSPCC led an engaging assembly and children gave some considered and thoughtful responses.
On Friday 23rd June, Hollydale supported ‘Green for Grenfell’. Children were asked to donate £1 and all money raised was sent to the charities supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. For more details, please see: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/schools-asked-wear-greenforgrenfell
As part of our learning about life in Great Britain, Hollydale held their own mock election on Thursday. The children watched Newsround clips about the main parties and then were taken to the Polling station in the hall to cast their vote. Later that day, after the polls had closed, Y6 pupils counted the votes and acted as Returning Officers to announce them to the school. The winner of our general election was Labour with 120 votes. Here are some of the thoughts of the children: On Wednesday 7th June Year 5 learnt about the General Election and why Theresa May broke the 5 year rule. The General Election is when you vote for the next Government if you are 18 or older and if you have lived abroad for less than 15 years. It was called a snap election because it is supposed to be every 5 years but it got cut to 2 years. Tomi, Year 5 I know that the Conservatives have the most seats in Parliament, but no one has won so that means it is a hung parliament. I want Labour to win because Jeremy Corbyn said he would let people age 16 and over vote and he said we would not pay for university. Nana, Year 6 I enjoyed voting in the election, it felt very real because of the way the polling station was set up. It was a very hard decision because a lot of parties seemed really good. We watched videos with lots of information about the parties. Hawa, Year 4
We will be having a non-uniform day on Friday 24th March in order to raise money for the Red Nose Day appeal. For a small donation of £1.00, children will be allowed to come to school wearing red – this can be red clothes, red hat or even red hair! All money raised will be donated to the Red Nose Day appeal to support some of their hugely important charity work. Get your jokes ready! Classes will be holding a joke contest – children can tell one joke to their class. The class will vote on their favourite joke which will be shared in their key stage assembly. We are hoping you will support us and we will be able to raise a significant amount of money for the Red Nose Day Appeal. Thank you in advance for your generosity.