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Jun 22, 2018

This week in Lower Phase we are so proud and impressed with the amazing performance of our youngest children in Nursery class assembly. The children all worked hard and showed how brave they could be to perform to such a large audience. Well done to all the children and adults who helped them get performance ready, your hard work really paid off!

Jun 15, 2018

This week in Lower Phase the children have been fascinated by the life cycle of the frog. They have found and looked after tadpoles and seen the process of their adaptation into a frog. They have learnt lots of interesting non-fiction facts and have even put these into an information leaflet.

When these amazing amphibians have turned into frogs the children have released them back in to the wild of the School pond.   

May 25, 2018

This week in Lower Phase has been another exciting week. The children have had lots of exciting events. This week every child in the school got to choose a book and take it home. Thank you to both Miss Williams and Miss Meyer for organising this.

In Nursery the children were so grown up and had their first trip to Battersea park library. The children loved reading lots of books and listening to Racheal reading the children some chosen stories. Thank you to all our parents who came to support the children.

Reception had a very exciting afternoon where they celebrated their topic dinosaurs with a roaring party. They made all the food, cakes and monster sandwiches.

Well done to all the children in Lower Phase as they have worked so hard this half term.

May 18, 2018

In Nursery we are practising how to write our name without using our name cards. We have been developing our fine motor skills with lots of fun activities and this helps to train and strengthen our wrists and fingers, ready for us to write! There are lots of mark making opportunities throughout Nursery to help us practise our letter formation too!


May 18, 2018

In Nursery we are practising how to write our name without using our name cards. We have been developing our fine motor skills with lots of fun activities and this helps to train and strengthen our wrists and fingers, ready for us to write! There are lots of mark making opportunities throughout Nursery to help us practise our letter formation too!


May 10, 2018

This week has been another busy week in the Lower Phase. Year 1 have been writing non-fiction reports all about the different facts of two of our largest aquatic animals, the shark and the humpback whale. The children acted out presenting the BBC- British Broadcasting at Chesterton.

Reception have been so lucky and had yet another amazing scientist in Mr Terry, he did lots of fun and exploding experiments. Mr Terry has travelled all the way from Australia and has grandchildren at Chesterton and he was very keen to come in and share his talent and passion for science which the children really enjoyed. Thank you so much to Mr Terry.

In Nursery this week the children have been challenging themselves with their writing and practising writing their name without their name card, getting ready for Reception next year. Keep up the hard work.

Apr 25, 2018

This week the children in year 1 have visited Battersea local mosque. As part of our diverse RE curriculum the children are learning all about the Islamic religion. This is now the children's second visit to a religious building.

They learnt about the importance and symbolism of the building. How it is used for worship and how Muslims prepare to worship and why.

Thank you so much to Falcon Road mosque for inviting us in and allowing the children to learn and explore and a huge thank you to all the parents who came with us, we couldn't have gone without you. 

Apr 20, 2018

This week in Year 1 we have been embracing the beautiful sunshine and using it to help us in our learning. We went into the outdoor music garden and using different pitched drums we managed to perform a beautiful Chesterton styled version "The drunken Sailor"!

Hopefully the sun keeps shining for some more outdoor learning!

Mar 22, 2018

This week in the Lower phase we have been continuing our love of science and understanding the world. We have had a very special visitor who has come all the way from the South American Rainforest to tell us about the different animals and plants that live there. Thank you to Adrian Barnett for all your amazing non-fiction facts.

Also this week in the nursery, children have been observing the life cycle of plants and how they change when they grow older. They have been experimenting with different objects and exploring things that sink or float. They have experimented with colour change, texture and balancing/tower building.

Mar 15, 2018

This week in Lower Phase we have had a really exciting week. Not only has it been an amazing science week but we have had some amazing visitors in and been on exciting trips.

In year 1 this week as part of their topic learning about South America the children visited London Zoo. They explored the Rainforest and observed lots of animals in remakes of their natural habitats. The children also got to test out their scientific knowledge of how to classify animals based on there features in an exciting workshop.

In Reception this week as part of their topic of 'People who help us' the children had a visit for the Police. They learnt all about how they help us in everyday life and how they protect us when needed. The children got to try on the uniforms and sit on a real police motorcycle.

Nursery have also had an exciting week exploring science week they have been experimenting with colour, water, texture and looking at how the world around us has been changing for the season of spring.

Mar 13, 2018

This week in Reception the children have shown interest in the use of the drains following the heavy rain. So the children have been working together to see how far they could make water travel. They have been experimenting with materials, quantity and distance.

Mar 2, 2018

This week the children in lower phase have not only just been enjoying the seasonal snow but have also been celebrating their love for books. This week is the national celebration of world book day and in lower phase we have enjoyed so many exciting activities. 

This week we have had reading breakfast where the children and their families came to school early to eat a healthy breakfast and read their favourite books together. 

All classes met the famous and fabulous author Nicholas Allen who not only shared his wonderful journey to becoming a famous author and illustrator but also shared some astonishing magic tricks. 

We also had a visit from the super hero 'Book Man' who encouraged the children to share their love for books and join in with stories. 

Feb 23, 2018

This week in Lower Phase both Nursery and Reception have been learning in Forest School. Children have been looking at different camping equipment and thinking how to use it safely, exploring natural materials and working as a team to build different constructions.

The children have also been exploring the physical possibilities of the outdoor environment by tree climbing, rolling down hills amongst a few fun activities.

In the Forest School the children are encouraged to take calculated risks and the adults are there to support and protect them.


Feb 9, 2018

This week in lower phase we have had another busy week. The children in Nursery and Reception have been exploring the amazing change in the weather and were rushing outside to explore the snow. They spoke about the change in the property of rain to snow and discussed how the weather changes through the different seasons.

In Year 1 we were really proud of 1T's class Assembly, the children practised their lines and learnt the songs and dances in order to celebrate their learning all about the South American Rainforest. The children performed clearly and confidently in front of the whole school and should be proud of their hard work. Thank you again to all our parents for their wonderful costumes helping them learn their lines and coming to watch.

Feb 2, 2018

This week in Lower Phase we have had a very exciting week again. Year 1 took part in their first ever 'Spelling Bee' all the children showed amazing resilience and represented the house colours with pride in the completion.

This week in all our classes we also had a very special visitor who came into teach the children some makaton as part of Equality week, the children joined in with the actions and songs. They learnt lots of signs and different ways of saying hello.

Jan 18, 2018

We were very excited this week as part of our South America topic, we have been writing non-fiction facts all about some of the creatures that you may find in the Amazon Rainforest. One of the creatures that the children were very excited to explore and learn about was the Anaconda.

Miss Harris then told the children about how snakes scales feel and said that she had corn snakes at home, so she very kindly brought in one of them. The next day the children meet Cairo the snake and felt his scales and looked at how they used their tongues to smell by tasting  the air.

The children in Year 1 were very brave and were keen to touch the snake and feel his skin. After this the children decided that the snake felt, smooth, slippery, tingly, soft and flickered. 

Jan 12, 2018

This week we have had another fun and fantastic week in Lower Phase. Nursery have now fully transformed their learning space into an enchanting land for our Nursery pirates.

This week in Reception they have been investigating their transport topic and have been using recycled materials to make different modes of transport. The children showed great characteristics of effective learning, being active and thinking critically in order to make their different modes of transport.

In year 1 the teachers this week have been so impressed with their maturity of the children and how they have settled back into the term and are so excited to challenge their learning and reach their learning goals for 2018.

Jan 8, 2018

Last week in Lower Phase all our classes launched themselves into their new topics! A huge thank you to all our parents who came along to support their children's learning, we had so much fun and the children have already started challenging themselves by using some wonderful topical language.

Thanks to this wonderful work the classrooms have changed overnight into a pirate ship or the underground or even the Amazon rainforest.

Dec 13, 2017

At the end of last week the children in Year 1 have been celebrating their learning of their topic 'Kings and Queens'. They have become experts throughout the year comparing the monarchs Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth II, looking at different palaces and castles features.

Designing umbrellas, dragons and sandwiches both practically and on the iPads. They have worked really hard this term and have shown all our school values and have even made up rules for the day in which they rule the Kingdom.

So to celebrate their achievement the children came into school dressed as Kings, Princes, Queens, Princess, Knights and even dragons. We changed the Year 1 class rooms into the Banquet hall and the ballroom to celebrate.

Dec 11, 2017

Last week in Nursery we revisited some of the traditional tales that we have been reading. Nursery particularly enjoyed the Three Little Pigs story and outside in the Nursery garden, some of the children wanted to build a house for them.

They thought carefully about how to build a house made of bricks and talked to each other about their ideas, making sure that they included a kitchen, a fireplace and a door. They loved pretending to be the big bad wolf. Uh oh, here he comes, he’ll huff and he’ll puff, but will he blow the house down?

Dec 8, 2017

This week in Reception, we have been learning all about the Gruffalo's Child. We thought about why the Gruffalo's Child might have been scared and how we could make her feel better. We wrote letters to the Gruffalo's child in our very own Gruffalo den and even made some Gruffalo crumble! The children worked well as a team, they were able to follow a recipe safely and hygienically and cut them all up to make a yummy crumble.

Also thank you to all our parents for attending Parent evening this week, we have really enjoyed celebrating your children's learning and appreciate your support.

Dec 4, 2017

This week in Year 1 we have been testing out our knowledge of materials and their properties to see which material would be most effective for the Queens umbrella.

The children discussed fair testing and making sure that their results were as accurate as they could. We worked together to record our findings and reflect on our hypothesis to see if our predictions were right.

Nov 24, 2017

This week the whole of Lower Phase have had so much fun getting active. We have done a whole class circuit session which were lead by professional athletes. The children enjoyed the hard work that they had to do an discussed the effect that exercise has on our bodies.

We then met the professional spring hurdler Serita Solomon, who spoke to us about what it takes to become a professional athlete and how our school values reflect this with resilience, pride, kindness and determination that we too can reach our goals.

A special thank you to all our wonderful families who have raised money over the past few weeks to support young athletes.

Nov 17, 2017

This week we were thrilled to invite our existing parents and our new parents to our Reception open morning. We had a great turn out and both the staff and the children took pride in showing them around our amazing early years environment. Thank you to all those who came and please don't forget to sign up for a place in our fantastic Reception classes for September 2018.

If you need any further information or support please come in to the school to book an appointment and we will happily support you were possible.

Nov 10, 2017

This week Year 1 had a special visitor, Major Hall came into speak to the children about what it is like working for the Queen. The children behaved amazingly and asked some very insightful questions.