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Jul 19, 2022

Due to the very warm weather, Nursery have been thinking of ways to keep us cool and calm. We decided that plants must be thirsty too, so we went and watered the plants in the edible playground!

Jun 10, 2022

On Wednesday 8th June some of the Year 5 competition winners got to visit The House of Parliament. Pupils were given a tour of The Palaces of Westminster, The House of Commons and The House of Lord. They even sat in on some of the debates that were happening on the day.

May 17, 2022

This week we have been raising awareness of we walk to school week! We have been discussing the importance of this in class and during assemblies to stress the importance that no matter how small, we can all make a difference to looking after our planet! We have conducted surveys to observe how many children get to school by either walking, cycling, on a scooter or any other way that would be good for our environment. We spoke about our SDG goals and how if we do something as simple as walking to school, then what a difference we can make! Lets not just make it a week where we 'Walk to School' but lets do our best to attempt this nearly every day! 

Mar 28, 2022

This week in Nursery we focused on teamwork and sharing! We discussed about ways of being kind to each other and enjoyed playing throwing and catch with our friends in the garden. Before throwing the ball, the child had to share their feelings about coming to Nursery and meeting their friends, for example "When I come to Nursery I share with my friends!" or "When I come to Nursery, I feel happy because I play with my friends!"

Mar 15, 2022

Year 1 have been learning all about human and physical features in Geography this week to help us answer our big question, 'What is the difference between London and Rio?'. We learnt that human features are made by people and physical features are natural and sorted features into London and Rio and human and physical. We noticed that Rio has more physical features than London and began to think about whether we would rather live in a place with more human or physical features. We talked about some of the physical features of our local area and how we can protect them.

Mar 11, 2022

On the 11th March Chesterton School Council were invited to Battersea Park by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Richard C Field to a tree planting ceremony in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth's II's Platinum Jubilee.

Feb 25, 2022

This week the eco council (with the help of Henry) put a banner up outside the KS2 playground reminding everyone not to idle in their cars when waiting to pick up their children.

This is all part of an idling action event the Eco Council, Year's 4, 5 and 6 will be taking part in at the end of March to help improve the equality of air where we live.

Feb 11, 2022

This week it has been Children’s Mental Health week! We have promoted this in school through class yoga sessions, delivered by the wonderful Becks, ensuring that children recognise the importance of exploring different tools we can use to be calm and reflect. Year 3 have also been focussing on the importance of sustainability for our environment and how this affects humans in a positive way. We have explored lots of different areas we can be sustainable, including designing and creating sustainable bird feeders!

Jan 21, 2022

In 5F this week we role played a court room scene in our history lesson on Victorian crime and punishment. Children learnt about the different roles in a court room and how we can effectively use our voice to have our opinions heard during a debate.

Jan 20, 2022

This month is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Garden Watch. As part of this the Eco Council has been on a walk around the school to see what different bird habitats there are for bird at the school.

Jan 14, 2022

In geography this week, Year 6 have been looking at cities around the world. When discussing the features of a city, we reflected on how some cities are more sustainable than others. We looked at carbon emission, population and pollution across a number of cities across the world and compared them to one another.

Dec 2, 2021

The Eco Councillors have been introducing themselves and sharing their Eco Action Plan in assembly, they include: 

1.    Waste - To make sure everyone knows what each bin is used for – paper, food, waste 

2.    Marine - To reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles we have in school. 

3.    Biodiversity - To record the types of wildlife we have in and around our school  

To do this we need the whole school to get involved, so we will be ordering some new recycle bins so that all classes have one for waste and one recycling, designing posters for the playground bins so we all know what each one is for. We will also be selling Chesterton branded water bottles (for only £1) and taking part in the RSPB bird watch in January next year.  

Nov 25, 2021

This week in Year 1 we have been exploring the book 'Dinosaurs and All that rubbish' by Michael Foreman as part of our whole-class reading. We have been thinking about our planet and why it is important to us. The children enjoyed examining the role they play in looking after our planet and were supported to realise that they can make a difference through the choices they make every day. After reading the book, the children used freeze frames to represent key moments in the story. You can see them blasting off into space, picking up rubbish and being in awe of planet Earth. 

Nov 17, 2021

As part of Anti-Bullying Week pupils at Chesterton took part in odd socks day to raise awareness of the week.

Nov 5, 2021

We have a weekly forest school club for children in year 6. This week we have focussed on bonfire night where the children have been discussing fire safety and the importance of fire. All the children lit their own fire torches and learnt two techniques of lighting a fire (pyramid and waffle). Forest school encourages children to be independent, enjoy nature and take measured risks.

Oct 22, 2021

Today the School Council have been very busy bees packing up and moving all of the food that was donated for our Harvest Festival.

Oct 20, 2021

Today we celebrated the generosity of our community in our Harvest Festival assembly. We enjoyed singing, poetry readings from some of our House Captains, and sharing how we can support those in need through social action. A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make a difference to wider community! UNCRC Article #24

Oct 7, 2021

This week, year 4 have been learning about how they can use their voices to prevent others from going hungry. Year 4 know that all children have the right to the best possible health, which includes access to nutritious food (UNCRC Article #24). They were inspired by Marcus Rashford’s #WriteNow initiative and wrote some amazing letters to the local MP, Marsha de Cordova, using formal language.  

Oct 7, 2021

The Chesterton School Council met this week to discuss the posters entered in our British Values design competition, showing how we embody these values here at Chesterton. The council selected the winning posters from KS1 & KS2 and celebrated them in our whole school assembly and have been displayed in classrooms and around our school environment. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Sep 30, 2021

This year’s election is a record breaking with 70% of the children from year 6 applying to become a House Captain. The candidates have been busy preparing and thinking of new ideas to make the school a better place. This week, all the applicants presented their speech, which were of a very high standard indeed, in the aim of persuading voters to become their representative.

Whatever happens in the results, we are all proud of you and your ambition, dedication and ability to overcome your fears and present your speech in front of the whole school.

Good luck to you all and a huge well done!

Sep 29, 2021

We would like to introduce ourselves as the new Chesterton School Council. At our first meeting on Tuesday, we got off to a very busy start! We were looking at the British Values posters that all classes have been making recently, it was very tough decision, but we decided the winners for KS1&2 and we will be announcing the winners in assembly on Monday. Then we will be putting them up around the school, so keep your eyes peeled. 

During assembly on Monday, we will also be introducing ourselves properly and telling everyone why we wanted to be on the school council and what we have planned for the upcoming year. 

Sep 23, 2021

Year 5 have been looking at inclusivity in our PSHCE lesson this week. We linked this to SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities as we identified that, if some people cannot access all parts of society, then society cannot be considered equal.

We focused on London and which elements of our city are inclusive, for example ramps to access public transport. We also considered the negative consequences of a city that is not inclusive and what improvements could be made towards SDG10.

Sep 21, 2021

Meet the new Eco Council who meet for their first meeting this week. The meeting carried out an environmental review. Our first task will be to draft an action plan to show how to make our school an even greener place to enjoy and learning in.

Sep 17, 2021

This week classes exercised their democratic right and voted for their school council and Eco council representatives. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School we know that we have the right to share our opinions and have our voice heard (UNCRC Article #12). Stay tuned to find out who will be our new school representatives!

Sep 10, 2021

At Chesterton we are continually enriching and developing our curriculum so that it incorporates British Values as part of our overall PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Education) programme as well as within all subject areas. There are five British Values we actively reinforce at Chesterton, these are: 

  • Rule of law 
  • Democracy 
  • Tolerance of those with​ different faiths and beliefs  
  • Mutual respect 
  • Individual liberty  

To help support these, this week we have launched a poster a competition across the school. All children will be designing a poster in class which could be used to promote a different

British Value in their Key Stage. Look out for the winners in the newsletter in the next couple of weeks!