All things planetary.

November 30, 2018

We were delighted to welcome Ryan MacDonald into school this week.  He is a planetary expert currently studying for a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge.  His talk was engaging and informative, especially as he is part way through the selection process for the proposed Mars One mission.

If you would like to develop the children’s interest further:    Institute of Astronomy holds public open evenings (Wednesdays at 7.15pm). During open evenings, there are both talks on Astronomy and the chance to use their telescopes (if the sky is clear). More details are available here: https://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/public.

We also had a special science lesson that challenged us to find a way to ‘remix’ the colours of the rainbow to make white light.

We are rewriting stories of Rama and Sita and are publishing these next week in time to show you at Family Friday.

LEARNING CHALLENGES:

number challenges

Can you add the correct punctuation to this passage from The Iron Man?  Editing Challenge

NEXT WEEK:

PE will be outside next week so please make sure children have appropriate (warm) kit.

Wednesday:  trip to Great St Mary’s Church for a creative morning; singing carols and admiring the beautiful architecture and art of the church. Please remember to bring warm clothes, a healthy snack, water bottle and £2 for the bus fare.

Friday:   Family Friday.

Please see below for announcements from FOCUS:

THANK YOU TO OUR CLASS REPS:

Boguslawa Kaplan & Agnieszka Skwark

WINTERFEST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Please join us for our annual Winterfest on Friday, 7th of December from 3:30-6:00 pm. View what we have planned at Programme. Year 3, 4 and 5 parents have been asked to support the Festive Games and Secret Gift Rooms located in the Upstairs Seminar Rooms.

Please see your class reps to volunteer for a 30-45 minute slot. If you aren’t able to work a stall, please consider helping set up after school on Thursday the 6th, or any time on Friday the 7th from 8:30 am-3:15 pm; email focusucps@gmail.com.

WINTERFEST DONATIONS NEEDED

Cakes/baked goods – Deliver on 7th of Dec.

The following can be dropped off at Reception or Donation Boxes located around School:

Chocolate/candy (leftover Halloween candy is great!) for tombola

Raffle items large or small (we’ll group smaller items together into gift baskets)

Bottles of wine or other beverages

New or used items in great condition that would make good gifts for the “SECRET room”, where students can pick out a “gift” for their parents and have it wrapped.

Gift wrapping paper and supplies

Stuffed animals/soft toys for adopt a pet stall

HOLIDAY TREES ON SALE The deadline for orders is Saturday, 1st of December at bit.ly/focustrees. Click on DETAILS on the top left for tree types, prices and payment options etc. Click on TICKETS to order. Please pick up your tree on Saturday, 8th of December at the school car park. We’ve now added two potted options following parents’ request: Norway Spruce, 70-90cm, £35, or 90-110cm, £40 (email to order). For questions, please contact focusxmastrees@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Sat 1 Dec – Deadline for Christmas Tree Orders

Mon 3 Dec-Fri 14 Dec – Year 2 Post Office – drop off cards your children have made for fellow students, teachers, etc. at drop off and collection (except Fridays)

Fri 7 Dec, 3:30-6:00 pm – Winterfest

Sat 8 Dec, 8:15 am-noonish – Christmas Tree Collection

Fri 14 Dec after school – Reception Bake Sale and Garden Club Jumble Sale

Mon 17 Dec – School Disco