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Books, Books, Books!

Last week we celebrated World Book Day across the federation.

All the children spent the day making their reading and book corners more inviting and engaging with the new books they had chosen. Thank you to our partner,  Norton Rose Fulbright for donating money towards this treat.

The employees of Norton Rose Fulbright will be voting for the best book corner transformations over the next few week, the winning classes will win a special prize.

Here are some of the things the children and staff had to say at Tower Bridge:

I had fun on World Book Day. We did lots of reading as this is what World Book Day is about. I dressed up as Batman! We got new books for our classroom. I felt so excited because there were books I hadn’t read and there were some I didn’t know. I took one home and shared it with my mum.

Leroy

Everyone’s costumes were stunning. I was Harry Potter. He’s my favourite character. I had so much fun.

Marwan

Last Friday everyone in school dressed up as their favourite book character. We had a chance to read spectacular new books. World Book Day is about celebrating all the memoires, novels, non-fiction and fiction books around the world having fun just while reading them. It is very important to read books because they can help you improve on your speech and writing during school and in life.

Hannah and Alexis

On World Book Day I was Mrs Twit and helped organise the book corner. We even got to make our own book marks which was so much fun. Then we coloured butterflies different colours and we got our new books. The books were delivered and wrapped up. We had Horrid Henry, Roald Dahl, Jeremy Strong and David Walliams. We all got to take a new book home to read.

Sharon

Children were happy to get new books. They were excited to put their own ideas into the class book corner.

Sarah Maugey

The children all looked fabulous! They enjoyed making their props to decorate the book corners.

Lisa Rowland

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Digital Leaders Lead Safer Internet Day

 

This week we celebrated Safer Internet Day. Classes took part in a range of activities to support the e-safety we already embed into our curriculum. We are very lucky to have 4 amazing pupils who support all the staff and children as their role as Digital Leaders. They planned questionnaires and tasks as part of a makewav.es badge that Year 5 and Year 6 completed. At the end of the day they lead a whole school assembly.

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Here is a blog from one of our brilliant digital leaders:

Safer Internet Day is all about how to be safe on the Internet. If we do not make safe decisions then people could be harmed. Many children around the world are affected by cyberbullying because some people do not care who they hurt. That’s why we celebrate Safer Internet Day – to teach everyone how to stay safe while using the Internet. Here at Tower Bridge, the digital leaders have performed an assembly to help teach our fellow school mates about the importance of Internet Safety. By Hannah, Year 5

Parents were invited to attend a workshop with PC Williams and our ICT Technician who helped advise on safer settings on devices in the home. Thank you to all the parents who came and asked lots of great questions.

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“I’m glad I attended the workshop. Lots of information that I can use to secure using internet. Thank you.”

If you were not able to attend and would like more information, please click on the links below:

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Bridges at Bett 2017

On Thursday the Digital Leaders from the federation went to the Excel Exhibition Centre to look at all the new products and ideas to enhance ICT provision at the schools. Here is their report:

Today we had a fun experience coming to BETT and seeing many different companies. My favourite part was to go and see how to programme a Lego build using an iPad. I really enjoyed looking at the inventions and examining how they work. The funniest thing we saw was the dancing robots. This is because they were dancing to “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. We met an interesting lady who talked to us about the human body. We got lots of free stuff from some people. We had pens, superhero masks, bags, sweets, stress balls and popcorn. Something which really intrigued us were the 3D printers. We watched pots, skulls and the Millennium Falcon printed out.

By Dayo, Salma, Taahir, Adam, Hawa, Hannah, Fyori and Anna – The Bridges Federation Digital Leader Team.

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Running at Snowsfields

At the beginning  of the year we were encouraged to do a 5 minute run around the playground to make sure that we stay fit and healthy. Throughout the terms, it has become more and more challenging. We have had many people saying that they feel healthier and are able to do more laps than they previously did.  As part of our Sports’ leaders responsibilities, we have identified some of the children who found this activity a little bit difficult. We are now supporting them during the running activity and gave them each a running diary so they can write about their achievement and how they are building up their resilience! Our target is for all the children to run a mile a day.

All children are trying to beat their goals and go above and beyond, which makes Snowfields Primary a healthy and hardworking school.

By the Sports’ Leaders at Snowsfields

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Rainbow News

This week in Rainbow class, we have been busy baking currant buns as part of our literacy work on ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. We had fun tasting the ingredients first and then kneading the dough and rolling it into balls. We also noticed the changes that happen when you add sugar to the yeast and water mixture-Lots of bubbles form and rise to the surface. We wrote about what we had done in literacy and sampled our delicious currant buns at snack time. Next week, we will be making brown bread!

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We won an Oscar!

Back in December some of us took part in a road safety project. We were directed by Dan Hobson from @theriotact to produce a film on how to keep safe on the roads.

On the 17/1/17, we were escorted to an award winning ceremony. All of us were competing against other schools but we were very lucky to win an amazing award –an Oscar!-for having the best creative and innovative concept.

By: L.A & N.A

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‘It was good to meet you all today and watch the wonderful film you made. In fact I am in awe of the talent we have in  our Southwark schools.’

Vivienne Harris

Southwark Safety Officer

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Snowsfields Got Talent!

KS2 had their annual ‘Talent Show’ and as always, it was brilliant!  Well done to our talented children who showcased their diverse skills! We were entertained by a range of acts, including: contemporary dance routines, street dance, singers and rappers. Congratulations to NK Dynamix who was our overall winner, The Four Angels in 2nd place and The Lucky Stars in 3rd place.

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EYFS Winter Concert

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We performed in our Winter Concert and showed off all our speaking and singing talents to our parents. We sang lots of different songs and learnt lots of Makaton signs too! Our parents were really proud of us and we had lots of fun showing our work from this topic and being really brave on the stage!

 

 

 

 

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Daisy the Donkey

Our KS1 Christmas performance is the highlight of the Autumn term and I’m sure you’ll agree that this year was no exception! The children executed the songs with such enthusiasm and enjoyment which was only matched  by the quality of their performance! Well done to our talented children and thanks to all staff members who worked so hard to enable the children to perform so confidently!

A special thank you goes to COSTAIN and STREAMWIRE for funding the amazing costumes and props.

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The Hour of Code 2016

The children have joined tens of  millions of students across 180 countries to complete the ‘Hour of Code’. This event takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week.  Our digital leaders helped the younger classes access the computer coding session.

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Hats, hats, hats!

Thank you to the Foundation Stage parents who attended our hat making workshop. Children and parents have thoroughly enjoyed the session and produced some lovely hats for the EYFS Winter Concert. We are looking forward to seeing all of the parents from Caterpillar and Butterfly classes on 14th December at 10:00.

 

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Winter Wonderland

The children in Foundation Stage have been learning about winter and the changes that take place around us during this season. These are some of the homework projects they have completed this half term.

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Lantern Parade 2016

On Monday 5th December, the federation choir and Year 5 from Snowsfields and Tower Bridge gathered to parade their lanterns from Potter’s Fields to Hay’s Galleria. The Mayor of Southwark turned on the lights and we all sang carols, led by the choir. We certainly caught the attention of people leaving their offices and tourists by the river. It was a wonderful event. Thanks so much to the children, staff and parents who came. Thankyou to our partners –  TeamLondonBridge and Potter’s Fields for giving the children such a wonderful opportunity.

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NACE ‘New to Able’ training day at Snowsfields

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On Monday 21st November, we were pleased to welcome 34 delegates from across the South East who attended a one day seminar for G&T coordinators .

This course was a led by Pauline Hinchliffe a NACE Award Challenge assessor who provided the coordinators with the foundations that support good provision and guidance on strategies for creating high expectations and challenge in the classroom. We were really proud as a NACE Challenge Award school to share with our guests some of the good practice and provision our more able children benefit from at the Bridges Federation.

 

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Shine Mentors at Snowsfields

shineThe pupils from year 5 and 6 classes met their Shine mentors yesterday!

The project which is organised by Shine Mentoring has been running across the Bridges Federation for several years and has

been very successful.

The children benefit from some 1:1 coaching and mentoring, throughout their last years at primary school. The mentors are all university

students studying at Kings College London.

We are pleased to welcome all of the mentors to Snowsfields and hope that they have a successful time, helping our pupils make progress!

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Rotherhithe Bridge

Andrew Dawes from @ReFormArchi shared with our KS2 classes some interesting facts about the proposed  pedestrian and cyclist bridge which will connect south east London to the Docklands.

Did you know that there are 32 bridges across the River Thames to the west of Tower Bridge and only one to the east?

If the project goes ahead, the Rotherhithe Bridge will be the longest bascule opening bridge in the world.

Click on the link below to have a look at a computer generated animation of the bridge

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It’s a long way to Tipperary…

‘Our assembly was a short reconstruction of what life was like for young Londoners during World War II. Children were known as Evacuees as they had to leave the city and travel to the country side where they were safe from deadly air raids. During the assembly, we shared some facts about what the evacuation process was like. Some children had a wonderful time on farms and villages while others had a really bad experience and only stayed with their host families for a few weeks, before returning home ’ Dayo and J’Cele.

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It’s party time at City Hall

On Wednesday 9th November, many of our Blue class pupils accompanied by their  parents and carers attended the launch party for the Guy Fox 7th book  ‘Saving, Investments and Pensions’. Here is what Martina and Emily had to say about the special evening.

‘We had an amazing time on the 9th floor of City Hall. It started with a quiz about savings, pensions and how to invest your money. Money cannot buy happiness but it can buy you the things you need to survive and help you enjoy your life. The message we have for you the reader is that starting a saving account is the best thing you can do! A saving account is a bank account that allows you to put some money aside and earn some interest on it. Another way to make your money go a long way is to invest it in hope that it will make you more money. As you get older, you need to start putting money in a pot for your old age.

The volunteers from Willis Watson Towers were fantastic and so was the food! We had some scrumptious fish and chips and some delicious mini burgers!

Andy Haldane the Chief Economist at the Bank of England showed us a ONE HUNDRED MILLION bank note! He was really impressed with everything we learnt during the  Guy Fox project. Everyone had a great time and our book look wonderful!

Thank you to Kourtney from Guy Fox for allowing us to take part in the project!’

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