Thorntree News & Events 2015-2016
On Tuesday 15th September Year 2 and Year 5 had their Fire Safety Talks.
On Friday 18th September we held our annual Jeans for Genes Day, raising £320. People from the charity came to us to use some of our children in a photo shoot for their website. This involved the children posing alongside some amazing cupcakes! The reason why we were chosen was because we have supported the charity for so many years on an annual basis.
On Monday 21st September we held the first Speech and Language Drop-in sessions for parents.
On Wednesday 23rd September The Reception Class went to feed the animals in Maryon Wilson Park.
Results from the Parent Questionnaire were very positive. Click here to read the full summary.
On Saturday 3rd October, one of our Year 4 pupils, Connor Sheppard-Owen, completed the Bear Gryll's 1km Survival Challenge for Cubs in Trent Park. He raised an amazing £350 which will go towards improving our school playgrounds.
On Wednesday 7th October the morning Nursery children went to feed the animals at Maryon Wilson Park.
On Thursday 8th October we held our Harvest assemblies.
On Friday 9th October Year 6 helped to deliver the harvest parcels to elderly local residents.
On Friday 9th October we held a cake sale to raise funds for donkeys at the Brooke Animal Welfare center. Miss Manos, Year 1 teacher, also ran a half-marathon for this charity. Altogether we raised £200.
On Thursday 15th October three of our governors were in the lower playground to meet parents and carers.
On Thursday 22nd October the afternoon children went to feed the animals in Maryon Wilson Park.
On Thursday 22nd October we held Halloween discos for Nursery & Infants and also for the Junior classes. There were some amazing costumes.
On Friday 6th November we collected our old clothes and donated them via the Phil the Bag scheme. We raised £103 for our school playground fund.
Maths Week took place during the week beginning 9th November. We held Cookies and Calculations meetings for parents of all years to learn about how we teach maths in their children's classes. The meetings were very popular.
On Wednesday 11th November, our Year 2 class went up to the memorial in Charlton Village to lay the Thorntree Remembrance wreath.
Mr Pizzey came to visit us again this year. Mr Pizzey was a child at Thorntree during World War II. When he visits he talks about what it was like being a child during the war, about rationing and the Blitz. The children are always fascinated listening to his stories.
Anti-bullying Week took place during the week beginning 16th November. This year's theme was 'Make Some noise', encouraging children to speak out if they are bullied or if they see someone else being bullied. Each class discussed bullying and created their own class pledges.
On Thursday 19th October our Governors were present in the upper playgrounds again, available to chat to parents and carers.
On Friday 20th October Year 3 went on a trip to the Greenwich Heritage Centre.
23rd to 27th October was Road Safety Week.
On Monday 30th October Year 2 went to Greenwich to watch a Nativity play.
On Friday 4th December we held our annual Christmas Fayre. We raised £458.73 and the classes loved running their own stalls, raising funds for their own classrooms.
On Friday 4th December Year 1 went on a trip to the Fire Station.
On Monday 7th December Year 6 went to Charlton House to help design one of their flowerbeds.
On Wednesday 9th December Year 2 held a Family Literacy session for parents and carers.
On Tuesday 15th December the Nursery and Infant classes performed the Nativity play to their parents and carers.
On Wednesday 16th December all classes had their Christmas parties.
On Thursday 17th December the Junior classes held their annual Carol Concert at St Thomas' church.
On Friday 15th January we held a cake sale and white elephant sale, raising a total of £169.55.
On Friday 29th January, Year 2 went on a trip to the Tower of London.
On Monday 1st February, the Fire Brigade visited the Nursery along with their fire engine.
On Tuesday 2nd February it was competition day for Mr Miller's High Five Netball Club.
On Wednesday 3rd February Year 1 went on a trip to the Greenwich Heritage Museum to learn about toys from the past.
On Friday 5th February the afternoon Nursery class went over to the park to visit the animals.
On Tuesday 9th February we participated in the Safer Internet Day. The theme was 'Play Your Part for a Better Internet'.
Wednesday 10th February until Friday 12th February saw our Year 5 class go on the annual trip to Arethusa, a residential centre in Upnor, near Rochester. The children enjoyed a wide range of activities including swimming, kayaking, a rope course, rock climbing, orienteering and rocket building.
On Thursday 11th February every class sang a song to the rest of the school in the Sing Up Assembly, in celebration of National Sing Up Day.
On Thursday 11th February the school's Governors were present in the playgrounds to meet and talk to parents and carers.
On Friday 12th February FOTA organised a cake sale.
On Monday 22nd February Year 6 began their Bikeability course, aimed at improving their cycling skills and road safety awareness.
On Thursday 25th February Year 3 went on a trip to the British Museum.
On Monday 14th March Year 6 went on a trip to the Ragged Museum.
On Thursday 17th March both the Infants and the Juniors had their annual Easter assemblies. Each class performed a song as well as whole school songs too.
On Friday 18th March it was Sport Relief Day.
On Monday 21st March Year 4 went on a trip to the Greenwich Ecology Park. We also held our annual Decorate and Egg Competition.
On Tuesday 22nd March Year 1 went on a trip to Hall Place to participate in a Victorian Wash Day Workshop.
On Thursday 24th March it was Wear A Hat Day, raising money for a brain tumour charity.
On Thursday 14th April Reception went on a trip to the Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
On Friday 22nd April Reception went on a trip to visit the Cutty Sark.
On Friday 29th April Reception had a Forest School Campfire session.
On Wednesday 11th May Year 1 has lessons in the Woodlands.
On Friday 13th May Year 4 went on a trip to the Heritage Centre for their Roman class topic.
Week beginning 16th May was Walk to School Week.
On Thursday 19th May the Choir performed in a Singing Spectacular.
On Thursday 19th May our Year 3 and Year 4 gymnastic group participated in a gymnastics competition.
The week beginning 23rd May was Science Week. A representative of the RSPB came in and did outdoor workshops. Andrew the Bug Man came in and each class got close up with a wide range of insects and reptiles. A female scientist working in the pharmaceutical industry came in to talk with Years 5 and 6. All classes did their own scientific experiments.
On Monday 23rd May, Year 3 went to the Bright Sparks Concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
On Thursday 26th May our Year 5 and Year 6 gymnastic group participated in a gymnastics competition. The four children came first and so went on to compete at Crystal Palace.
On Friday 27th May Year 4 went to the Book Festival Day.
On Monday 7th June Year 6 went to Down House to learn more about the life and work of Charles Darwin.
On Thursday 9th June, we held our annual May Day celebrations. The school was decorated with flowers and all classes performed a dance. Year 3 were the focus of the event, providing the May King and May Queen and performing three traditional dances with our Maypole.
On Friday 10th June the Nursery classes went on their annual seaside trip to Westbrook Bay.
The week of the 13th June was Book Week, a week full of activities to celebrate literature and books. There were competitions, classroom door decorating, fancy dress Friday and much more. This year we focussed on William Shakespeare and Roald Dahl.
20th-24th June saw the annual residential trip by Year 6 to Swanage. The weather held out and they had an amazing time.
On Thursday 23rd June Year 4 participated in the Greenwich Sportathon.
The week beginning Monday 27th June was Food Week. The children did numerous activities on food themes and all classes visited the Tesco store in Welling. At the store they were given a tour of all the back areas and learnt about the processes involved in getting food from farm to their homes.
On Wednesday 29th June we held our Nursery and Infants Sports Day.
On Wednesday 29th June Year 6 went to a Junior Citizenship session.
On Friday 1st July we held our Junior Sports Day in Maryon Park.
On Friday 1st July Reception class went to the London Aquarium.
On Tuesday 5th July, at the culmination of their sessions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Year 3 did their musical performance to their parents and to the Year 2 class.
All classes had 'transition' days on the 4th, 5th and 6th July to get to know their new teachers and classrooms for next year.
On Friday 8th July Year 2 went on their annual seaside trip.
On Friday 8th July we held a Wine Tasting evening, hosted by an ex-parent. A great time was had by all!
On Saturday 9th July we held our annual Summer Fayre. It was another great success. There were games, a bouncy castle, a BBQ, stalls and a bouncy castle. Families socialised and relaxed on the field in the glorious sunshine.
On Thursday 14th July Year 6 performed Romeo and Juliet to staff and their parents as their end of year production.
Jeans for Genes Day - £320
Brooke Animal Welfare Center - £200
Phil the Bag - £103
The Demelza Hospice - £206
Save the Children (Christmas Jumper day) - £105
Christmas Fayre & raffle - £458.73
January Cake Sale - £98.90
White Elephant stall - £78.65
Sport Relief - £190
March Cake Sale - £100
Wear A Hat Day for Brain Tumour Awareness - £720
Brooke Animal Welfare Center - £168
Summer Fayre - £850