Barnes Primary School Newsletter #15
7th February 2017
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This week’s photographs show some of the extraordinary 160 cakes that parents made with their children last weekend. We extend our thanks to all parents for their enthusiasm for our Bake Off initiatives. The first photograph shows some stunning artwork produced by children in one of Olivia Berners-Price’s small art groups.


News in Brief

Attendance last week was 97.7%. many thanks; let’s keep this up.

On Friday we will be finishing for half-term at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 pm.  After school clubs will start at 2.30pm until 3.30pm.   Children are once again invited to wear their own clothes and donate £1 to charity.  This half term we will be supporting FiSH:
The BCA is appealing for funds to help Fish Neighbourhood Care replace one of their minibuses so that older people in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen can continue to lead fulfilling, independent lives.  Please help raise the remaining £30,000 to buy a new bus.

Website update – the whole of the curriulum area (the final tab) has recently been updated. Further updates will undertaken over the half-term break. We want our website to be current and reflect how our school is at this time. There is some graet new material – look out for the recent Year 5 poetry recitals (Ozymandias; The Charge of the Light Brigade; The Rime of the Ancient mariner) under the News and Events tab.

Children return to school for the second half of the term on Monday 20th February.  All after school clubs will also resume on Monday.

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Repeat Articles

School lunch charges for this half term (3rd Jan to 10th Feb) have now been added to the children's accounts.  Please clear this debt as soon as possible along with any outstanding trips from last term.  Thank you for your immediate attention.
PTFA Quiz Night has sold out!

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The online booking system will be open from 7am on Wednesday 8th February.  Please click here to access the site.  If you experience any difficulty logging in, please email Jo -

Tuesday 7th March - 4.20pm to 7pm and 8th March - 9am to 3pm (nursery closed all day).

Tuesday 7th March - 3.30pm to 6pm and Thursday 9th - 4.20pm to 7pm (10 minute appointments)

KS1 & KS2
Thursday 2nd March - 4.20pm to 7pm (4G 3.30pm to 6pm), Tuesday 7th March - 3.30pm to 6pm and Thursday 9th March - 4.20pm to 7pm (15 minute appointments).
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Sports Events coming up:
7/2/17        Borough Swimming Gala Heats   Pools on the Park  
10/2/17 Boys Football Tournament   St Pauls School Lonsdale Road  
21/2/17 Tag Rugby match vs Holy Trinity   Vine Road Park  
22/2/17 Primary Y5&6 Netball Tournament   Old Deer Park Richmond  
23/2/17 Girls Football match vs East Sheen   Vine Road Park
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The human brain


House Reading competition

Thank you to parents who supported so many children to enter our House Reading Competition. It was wonderful to see such a large number taking part in the preliminary year group events. It was pupils themselves who chose participants to represent their respective houses. The overall champions were as follows:

Year 1 Isabelle Newman Mortlake
Year 2 Alfie Alexander-Beresford Bank
Year 3 Sophia Rolph Bank
Year 4 Demi Killian Castelnau
Year 5 Sofia Small Beverly
Year 6 Josie Evans Mortlake

Other winners were:
Year 1:  Robin Helavuori;  Sofia Stylvig and Iris Henson
Year 2:  Panya Jahromi; Helena Cussen and Maggie Conway – Hughes
Year 3: Ali Tait; Ella Fernie and Matilda Harvard-Walls
Year 4: Alby Griffiths; Emily Pegler and Ruby Waller
Year 5: Zhaslan Rakhimov; Adam Barnsley and Alexandra Harris
Year 6: Yndia Rausis; Tabitha Cumming and Gabriel Pavanello  
House Reading points
Joint first       Mortlake         10 points
Joint first       Bank               10 points
Joint third      Castlenau        5 points
Joint third      Beverly            5 points
Overall house points halfway through the year
1st  Mortlake            55 points
2nd Castelnau          46 points
3rd  Bank                  34 points
4th  Beverly              33 points

The next house event will be Reading in a Language Other than English. This opportunity to celebrate our community languages will take place on the first Friday after half-term, 24th February.

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Miss Potter set the children of Key Stage 2 a challenge: identifying fifteen photos of mystery locations in the United Kingdom.  This was part of our special theme day: 'The Country We Live In'.  The challenge was considerable and congratulations to our winners, who have identified all, or almost all, of the fifteen locations.  The winners were presented with a certificate and a small prize in assembly on Tuesday.  
  • James Morrow       6R
  • Jess Williams         6G
  • Tabitha Cumming   6G
  • Josie Hill                 4G
  • Sophie Harkin         3D
  • Arthur Cooke           3C

The mystery locations were:

1. John O'Groats

2. Lands End

3. Loch Ness

4. The Cheddar Gorge

5. Ben Nevis

6. Dan Yr Ogof caves

7. The Giant's Causeway

8. Glastonbury Tor

9. St Michael's Mount

10. Lulworth Cove

11. Scafell Pike, Lake District

12. Mount Snowdon

13. Lindisfarne

14. Durdle Door

15. Loch Avon, the Cairngorms

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What a start we have had to Art + Science = Wonder! As well as the incredibly diverse range of cakes that were brought into school, there were two special assemblies yesterday. The Bake Off assembly was astonishing: it was hard to fit the children into the Key Stage 2 hall – there were so many cakes. Later in the day, at the start of the afternoon John, an illustrator and writer, joined us and drew at speed as Mr Hartley told Eric Carle’s story ‘The Tiny Seed’. The children were enraptured by John’s extraordinary gift.
  •  Nursery have been working on handprints and spinning pictures
  • Reception pupils have been out in our forest school
  • Key Stage 1 are involved in a carousel of activities: creating sculptures of reptiles; doing observational drawings of minibeasts; creating vegetable prints and producing insect paintings
  • All key Stage 2 pupils have been making their own candles
  • Year 3 Pupils looking at taxonomy focusing onbutterflies and leaves. Working with wire, fabric, salt dough and sewing materials.
  • Year 4 Painting Fibonacci spirals on clay tiles and investigating Fibonacci in nature
  • Year 5 Pupils focusing on the work of  Famous painter Alexander Calder. Learning about colour theory and creating their own abstract paintings.
  • Year 6 studying the famous scientist Carl Linneaus –  close observational drawings of watercolour pictures of plants in the UK.
We would like to thank all parents who kindly worked with their children at home in preparation for our Arts Week – some wonderful models have been produced.  Please don't forget to login to parentmail and make your £5 donation to the cost of Arts Week.  Thank you!
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Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story for us; that’s over 277 million words! It’s very simple. Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity. We would like to encourage children from Barnes to take part in this initiative. We would also like entrants to submit their stories at school as part of a House Story Writing Competition.
Competition entries for the national event are now open and close at 7.00pm sharp on Thursday 23rd February.
We would like to ask children to submit to the national event online and subsequently hand in a copy to the school offices after half term for the school competition. Entry to the school competition will close on Monday 27th February.
Here is a link to the National event:
Entries should be handed in to classteachers by our closing date. A panel of school judges will choose the best stories for each year group (Year 2 to Year 6). Winning entries will be read out in our Friday school assemblies during next half-term.

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Please can parents note that the following games are being discussed on the playground by a small number of pupils in Key Stage 2:
  •  Halo - 15 certificate - this is routinely being acted out in the playground by a number of boys.
  • Call of Duty –  18 certificate this is definitely being played by the Year 4s
 We would be grateful if all parents could ensure that their child is not playing these, or any other game which has a higher certificate than their age.
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A team of judges, including some of our kitchen staff and Father Stephen from St Michael’s Church had the unenviable choice of picking some overall champions for our Bake Off Competition. Every single cake was a winner, but they opted for the following overall champions: 
Key Stage 1                                     Key Stage 2
Most original cake:                          Most original cake:
Ben Harkness 2M                            George Harrison 3M
Best looking cake                            Best looking cake
Kayson Oshilaya 1L                          Hannah Choudhury 6R                            
Best tasting cake                            Best tasting cake     
Will Gorley & Harvey                       Noah Bayliss 4G
James 2W
  •  Special Mention KS1 “The Human Brain” Holly Harkness 1H
  • Special Mention KS2 “Pollination”  Flora Harvard-Walls 1H/Matilda Harvard-Walls3M/Millie Topham 3M

Richmond schools - West London Waste school event


Come and join us at our Disco Soup to celebrate food, learn about food waste and healthy eating.  

Disco Soup is coming to Ham Youth Centre on Tuesday 21 February 2017 from 5.30 to 8.30pm. This free event for school children, parents and teachers has lots of activities to raise awareness about food waste and healthy eating. Join us and please spread the word among your pupils, parents and teachers – for more information please get in touch.

There will be music, Edible Education activities run by community organisation This Is Rubbish, and information stands by the Richmond-based charity School Food Matters and Richmond Foodbank. Everyone can get involved preparing the ingredients from surplus food provided by charities and supermarkets before our chef creates delicious dishes for everyone to enjoy together.

In 2015, 7.3 million tonnes of food was thrown away from homes. In fact, 4.4 million tonnes of that was perfectly fine and could have been eaten. Not only can reducing the amount of food thrown away save the average family with children about £700 a year but it can have environmental and social benefits too.


Please note that this event is exclusively for school children, accompanying parents and teachers. To reserve your free space please register using this Eventbrite link and this password HYCDiscoSoup2017. Alternatively you can contact us for more information and reserve your place by email: or call us on 020 8825 9468 and ask for the Waste Minimisation Team.
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Hammersmith Bridge closure – February half term 2017

Hammersmith and Fulham Council in partnership with TfL will be carrying out essential maintenance on Hammersmith Bridge and so the bridge will be closed during February half term (Saturday 11 February until Monday 20 February). 
Travel information: 
Bridge information:

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NAS Family Seminars

Dear All


The NAS family seminars have been held in Kingston for the last couple of years and have been open to both Kingston and Richmond families. To make them more accessible for all, I am pleased to say that some of the seminars will now be held in Richmond as well. The first one is going to be on 'Understanding autism' and is to be held at Heathfields Infant School on Tuesday 14th March. Please see the attached for more information. if you would like to book a place, please complete the application form and return to me at Grand Avenue. If you know of any families that might be interested then please pass the information on to them.


Best wishes


Jane Pidduck

Senior HLTA, Advisory Assistant for Inclusion, Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School

Understanding Autism
Application form
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Dear All
Pupils' behavioural issues and concentration can be due to sensory processing difficulties. These affect children with a range of special needs (ASD, ADHD, Speech Language and Communication, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia). If pupils' sensory needs are identified, a range of classroom strategies, from movement breaks to use of 'deep pressure' chair press ups, among others, can be adopted to support behavioural improvements.
85% of teaching staff attending Action-attainment's inset on sensory needs, commissioned by Twickenham Schools, went away with class room strategies to put into action and increased understanding. Teaching staff said the inset was "Inspirational and informative," and "Worth more than any course I have been on." 
A parallel outreach session for Twickenham parents led one to say, "Now I know it's time to take action," and another to comment, "Mind blowing... I hope all parents and teachers can hear and share this information."
Action-attainment's inset is delivered by a highly skilled team:
  • An occupational Therapist who has trained in sensory integration and delivered programmes to pupils & teachers in school settings 
  • A young man who brings his experience of using sensory strategies in school, college, university and working life
  • A parent who has worked with teaching staff and therapy professionals to put shared strategies into school, home and the community
 Visit our website to find out about Inset from Action-attainment along-side our range wrap-around learning programmes that support teachers and families alike
Action-attainment Website
Available for learning
Please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss your training needs and bookings.
With best wishes,
Tom Silver
Programme Administrator
Telephone: 0208 392 9946
Action-attainment Ltd
Company Number: 08818323 
(Registrar of Companies for England and Wales)
29 St Leonards Road, SW14 7LY
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Local Offer website

The Local Offer website contains information for families, children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). It contains a wealth of information about the support available in the local areas of Kingston and Richmond for conditions such dyslexia, ADHD, hearing impairment, learning difficulties and autism right through to more complex disabilities.


Even if you, or your child, do not need extra support you might find it interesting to find out why and how children with SEND are supported in school and in other areas of their lives so that they can have fun and fulfilling lives just like everybody else.


It’s also true to say that most children, at some point in their school careers will need a little extra help. This is where Reasonable Adjustments come in. There is a great film about Reasonable Adjustments that stars some of our local children and young people. This might be a good one to watch with your own children as a way of making them understand why some of their school friends may need some extra help sometimes.

Watch the Reasonable Adjustments film
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Barnes Primary School Newsletter No 15 - 7th February 2017
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