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The Big Bang Fair @ Carshalton College!

Today was another fantastic day for the Avenue/Overton Grange STEMinions club!
Students from both schools displayed their projects that they have been working on in our weekly club and were visited by TWO sets of judges, who are key players in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Even though it was a pretty daunting prospect, all of the Avenue children did us proud!! They spoke confidently about their projects and the elements of STEM that were involved in them and fielded some challenging questions from the (at times very serious) judges!!

Miss Banda (from Overton) and myself, were incredibly proud of all of the children for representing the schools so well and for sharing their passion for STEM.
A special congratulations must go to Zack and Max, who seriously impressed the Chief Judge herself and came top of the Junior category for their presentation about the nature surrounding Overton Grange.

Thank you to Miss Banda and the Overton STEM ambassadors (who are AWESOME!) for running the club and to Mrs Collins, Mrs Sandiford, Mrs Giddings and Mrs Lambert for walking the children over to Overton each week. These fantastic opportunities cannot happen without the extra commitment and support that everyone involved gives.

Well done to all involved – you are all superstar STEMinions!!!

Mrs Wright 🙂

STEMinions compete in the NPL Water Rocket Challenge 2017!

Last week, five awesome scientists from Avenue Primary (Hashim, Josh, Shaarminy, Shareena and Zack) , joined forces with children from Devonshire Primary and staff from Overton grange. They embarked on a mission at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and launched many rockets to claim some of the 25 awards presented!

The competition was fierce, with teams from many secondary schools and a handful of primary schools: Coloma, Ricards Lodge, Tiffin, Abbots Hill, Sacred Heart, St Johns, Broadwater, Oathall and Gumley House were just some of the schools in attendance.

Luckily, the STEMinions managed to bag three awards, including ‘best banner’, ‘least damaged egg when fired on a rocket’ and a very original award of ‘best sun protection’! The children from both teams worked incredibly well together and represented their schools fantastically!

To sum up this amazing day, the children thoroughly enjoyed it and wish they could participate again. Thank you to Miss Banda and Mr Thomas from Overton, for inviting us to this great event – we will be back!

Written by Zack & Mrs W 🙂

 

 

Reception: Beddington Park River Dipping

Curriculum link, Early Learning Goal 14: Understanding the world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to living things. They make observations of animals and plants.

Thank you to all of you who came along to the Reception Wandle Trust/Avenue Primary event at Beddington Park on Friday (16th June). It was lovely to see the children enjoying themselves with their families while learning about the river habitat and some of its inhabitants! Half the group started with a river bank safari, identifying different animals along the way, while the other group paddled in the river (water shoes or wellies on to protect feet) and helped to identify different river animals! We found many creatures, including shrimp, water spiders and bullheads. The prize catch of the day was a pair of five-year old sticklebacks! After looking at the animals closely, we released them back into the river carefully.

A huge thank you to David and Verity from the Wandle Trust for making this outing possible. If you would like to find out more about the Wandle Trust, please see their website: http://www.wandletrust.org/​

Years 5 & 6 Overton Grange STEM afternoon

The STEM event at Overton was a great success, and it was lovely to see Avenue families getting so involved with the activities. (Some even ate crickets, silk worms and giant ants!!!) To have almost fifty families in attendance was fantastic, and really positive for the future of STEM learning!

We hope to be involved in the next event and look forward to continuing to work with Ms Banda and Overton Grange, with our Year 6 STEMinions club!

As part of ‘Science Week’, Overton Grange are hosting a STEM event on Tuesday 14th March.

Thank you to all of you who returned your forms by Monday, 6th March – all 34 of you have your places reserved!

Key information:
* The event runs from 4pm to 7pm
* As you enter the school, there will be a register, reminding you of the 4 events you have signed up for
*When you have finished your first four workshops, you can try as many of the others as is possible in the time that is left!

If your child usually attends STEMinions club, they are very welcome to attend the event – with an adult.

(Members of the club were reminded that there is NO STEMinions club tomorrow.)

If you have any further queries, please contact the Avenue school office, who will put you in touch with Mrs Wright.

Lost in Space!

Congratulations to the whole of Year 5 for their fabulous performances today. It was so lovely to see every child play their part with enthusiasm, pride and such confidence!

The quantity and quality of learning that has taken place is just fantastic, and we hope that many of the children will have been inspired by Tim Peake and the team, and might consider a career in Europe’s space agency! (ESA)

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If you would like to further your learning, please visit the ESA website. There is an excellent children’s section. Visit the website here

Jo Fox, our ESERO Space Ambassador, was particularly excited to hear of Year 5’s achievements. Well done to everyone involved, and thank you to both of our fabulous audiences for your support!

Mrs Wright 🙂

Love Languages!

On Thursday 4th February 2016, Avenue Primary Academy took part in the “Love Languages” competition at “City of London Freemen’s School” in Ashtead. Our children presented a short role play in Spanish and sang a Spanish song about holidays.

The performance was strong as evidenced by Avenue Primary Academy being awarded a top 3 spot! There was one “Winner” for Year Groups 5 & 6, one “Runner up” and 3 “Judges highly commended”, with Avenue winning the 1st choice of judges highly commended! Judges were very complimentary on the children’s performance saying that the quality of language was of a very high standard.

Congratulations to Tanya, Saira, Mario, Noah, Zoe, Arvin, Amira and Mrs Petrakaki for their hard work!

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch!

This weekend sees the launch of the RSPB Garden Bird Watch! It takes just an hour and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

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More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part by counting the birds in their gardens . They’ll also make a record of the other wildlife they see throughout the year, providing a vital snapshot of UK nature. Download a FREE pack from the website to take part! http://www.rspb.org.uk/

Look out for birds around the school over the coming weeks, too. There are always lots to spot outside and soon there will be lots to spot INSIDE the building…but these will be of the lesser spotted 2D variety!!

Happy twitching!

Mrs Wright

‘Eco Kid’ competition!

Well done to every child who entered the ‘Eco Kid’ competition!

We had been looking on the internet for a character to use on all of our Eco work in school, but were unable to find one that really represented our school. Luckily, the children rose to the challenge and created some fantastic characters!

Huge congratulations go to Andrea in 6P and Max in Glow Worms, who were the overall winners of the competition!!

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Max’s design

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Andrea’s design

There were so many great entries that we were spoilt for choice and you may well spot some of the other characters on posters around the school throughout the year.

We look forward to using their characters to remind us to be more environmentally friendly around school!

Science: Avenue Primary working with the Principia Space Mission!

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We are very excited to announce that Avenue Primary has been selected to take part in  the ‘ESERO-UK Tim Peake Primary Project’!

On December 15th 2015, the European Space Agency (ESA) are sending their astronaut, Tim Peake, to the International Space Station for an exciting 6 month mission!  Tim has selected the name ‘Principia’ for the mission, to celebrate Isaac Newton’s ground-breaking text on physics, which described the principal laws of motion and gravity on which all space travel depends.

We will be working with ESERO-UK, the UK Space Education Office, who have created an exciting project for UK primary schools!

Official NASA portrait of British astronaut Timothy Peake.  Photo Date: August 28, 2013.  Location: Building 8, Room 183 - Photo Studio.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz

Tim was born in Chichester, West Sussex. He is married and has two children. He will take part in spacewalks and complex scientific research and experiments in the Columbus laboratory module, which is attached to the front of the 400-ton space station.

Tim is the only Briton ever to be accepted into the European Astronaut Corps and his mission will make him the first UK national to travel and work in space, under the Union Jack, on a British Government-funded mission!

Other British astronauts have either secured private funding – such as Helen Sharman, who flew on a Russian rocket in 1991 – or taken dual citizenship, such as Michael Foale and Piers Sellers, who flew missions on the US space shuttle.

This is a fantastic website that explains what the mission will entail, tells you much more about Tim and has a countdown to launch!! (To the second!) https://principia.org.ukYear 5 will be working extensively on the project, through their next topic and there will plenty of opportunities for children across the school to be involved, through assemblies, lessons, playground ‘train like an astronaut’ activities and even family challenges!!

Miss Bullock and I have already met with Jo Fox – our Space Ambassador and we are very excited about the project!

If any adults are interested in following Tim on Twitter, I am reliably informed that he does run his account himself, so it is possible to contact him directly on behalf of your child.

His handle is @astro_timpeake

We will keep you updated of further information about this exciting project!!

Mrs Wright 🙂

 

New Avenue Science Ambassadors (N.A.S.A!)

This term, every class from Year 1 – 6 has appointed two Science Ambassadors. These children volunteer their time and effort to help improve science teaching and learning at Avenue! During every topic lesson with a science focus , the children wear their lab coats to ensure that everyone is really aware of the science that is happening in their classroom. They also help their teachers to spot children who are demonstrating great ‘working scientifically’ skills and are extra eyes and ears for any potential health and safety issues!

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     Some of our Year 5 & 6 Science Ambassadors

We held our first lunchtime meeting last week and the children were very keen to discuss what science learning had happened in their classes & what they think makes a great science lesson. When we next meet, we will be thinking about exciting science activities that we would like to try in school!