🔬👩🔬 Sublime Science 👨🔬🔭
This week a company called Sublime Science visited Galliard where the whole school participated in some awe-inspiring science workshops.
Year 6 pupils found out about the company and wrote some persuasive letters to Mrs Clifford asking if she could arrange for them to visit our school. Their persuasive techniques were successful and the children have certainly gained a lot from their visit!
Nursery and Reception enjoyed a spectacular assembly where they watched in awe as smoke rings floated across the room and the presenter made elephant’s toothpaste!
“The smoke came out like sonic rings!” (Isa, Butterfly Class)
Year 1 learnt about different types of forces including gravity and observed a tin can being crushed by air pressure. They also looked at spinning forces and made mini tornadoes.
“I liked it when the can got squashed – it was cool!” (Kalina, 1R)
“I liked it when the big ball floated up because I thought it wouldn’t go up because it was too heavy.” (Jaiveer, 1R)
Year 2 observed some chemical changes, had a go at launching rockets and watched a water rocket launch high up into the school grounds.
I liked it when he puffed air inside a bottle and it went really high in the sky!” (Elif, 2K)
Years 3 and 4 were amazed at some chemical reactions that were used as part of a magic trick and also made their own slime.
“It was so fun and amazing – I liked the bit where the water in the cup turned into a solid so it wouldn’t go in the next cup.” (Sophia, 4S)
“The scientist was funny and did magic tricks. It was fun making slime – I’ve always wanted to do make it. It felt like jelly.” (Furkan, 4S)
Years 5 and 6 made sherbet using icing sugar, bicarbonate of soda and citric acid and learnt about the importance of accurately measuring out chemicals to get the correct mix. They also learnt about different types of forces.
“We learnt the names of different forces like centrifugal force and centripetal force and saw how opposing forces act together.” (Kevin, 6M)
"We did an amazing experiment where we enjoyed combining sweet, sour and bitter tastes to make Sherbet, I didn’t know that’s how some sweets were made.” (Leena, 6M)
Thank you to Sublime Science for a memorable couple of days which has sparked the children’s curiosity!
Sublime Science Rocket
📚 Reading Ambassadors 📚
We are so proud of our Year 6 Reading Ambassadors who are motivating, inspiring and supporting our Year 2 children become more confident and fluent readers. Each day, they listen to their assigned reading buddy read and they model for them how they could improve. Already, we can see the positive impact this is having on the older and the younger pupils. It is joy to see our Year 6 pupils being positive learning mentors and what a wonderful legacy they are leaving.
Queen Elizabeth II Platinum
Galliard had a fantastic time celebrating the Jubilee just before half term. It began with a picnic lunch on the field. This was followed by aa small parade where the children were able to show off their red, white and blue costumes and decorations. Then we listened to some of our youngest pupils share their thoughts about the Queen and some of poetry winners read their poems with a real sense of pride. After this we were treated to a folk-dance spectacle with our country dancers performing a number of dances including some around the maypole. We all ended a wonderful afternoon singing the National Athem. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hopefully the memory of what they did at school for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee will stay with them for a very long time.
👸 Queen's Jubilee Poetry Winners 👑
Well done to all our wonderful Galliard poets who have received their winning copies of The Children's Poetry for Her Majesty, with each child's poem published. A copy is on its way to Her Majesty and we hope she enjoys reading all their amazing poems inside.
Extra copies can also be purchased on Amazon (all the money goes to charity), please see the link below:
🔬 Science Exhibition 🔍
This week, Galliard held a Science Exhibition where parents and children came to see all of the entries from our Easter Science Competition. Our Science Ambassadors did a great job talking about all of the children's work and they enjoyed carrying out demonstrations of Victoria's erupting volcano! It was great to see so many fantastic projects!
Well done to everyone who took part!
🏆 Winners ⭐
Congratulations to the winners and runners up!
Quotes from the children:
"I liked showing my instrument to lots of people because it made me feel proud." Vinne 4P
"Victoria's volcano was amazing because she used a lot of ingredients to make it explode - it was so exciting watching it and seeing everyone clap at the end. The exhibition has made me want to explore more about science." Hanisha 4P
"I loved that everyone liked my instrument , I told them lots of things like how I made it and how long it took and how it can teach you about pitch." Beren 4P.
It was an extraordinary experience filled with fun and education - I made my volcano erupt 15 times! I will always remember this day." Victoria 6O
"I love that everyone produced something different and came up with brilliant ideas which could be very inspirational for later years." Leena 6M
"It was very exciting seeing all of the amazing work that everyone did and surprising that the volcano erupted well." Javeria 6M
"I think it was very successful and couldn't have gone better! It was so much fun and I loved telling people about our projects." Azana 6M
"Everyone put a lot of work into their projects and it was an amazing experience." Lili 6M
"It was amazing. I was really surprised with how many children took part, especially from Reception. There were so many fantastic entries!" Mum of Josephine in Poppy Class
Enfield Communication and Advice Service
On Thursday 28th April we were pleased to host a coffee morning for the Enfield Communication and Advice Service so that they could introduce this new service to our parents. The parents who attended asked some very interesting questions and a number of them have now signed up for the 7 week, remote learning course on how parents can support their children with talking and understanding. If you were unable to make it but would like to find out more, please see the attached flyer.
Thank you for your support.
📝 Ryman Trip ✒️
Our Eco Assistants helped prevent more than 1,500 used pens from being thrown into landfill on 27th April. The children took them to the Ryman shop in Enfield Town, which is a special collection point: instead of just being thrown away, the pens are used to make a range of recycled products.
Classes throughout Galliard have been placing their used pens and highlighters in special boxes for the last few weeks and the Assistants collected and counted them just before the trip. Some of the emptied boxes are already filling up ready for the next drop-off!
On recycling, if you have any unwanted textiles (e.g. clothes, bags, belts, shoes, etc), please place them in our Textile Recycling Bank (outside the main entrance). Thank you.
📕 Book Gifting 🎁
Today we had our second book gifting event. What a great turnout! Lots of our KS2 children enjoyed choosing some of our much-loved books to help them begin their own libraries at home. Thank you to all our families who continue to support their children with their reading at home.
Did you know….
- 1 in 11 disadvantaged children in the UK say that they don’t have a book of their own.
- Children who say they have a book of their own are six times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than their peers who don’t own a book (22% vs. 3.6%)
National Literacy Trust
🧥 Design a Lab Coat competition 🔬
This term, classes have been discussing the issues around food waste and have designed some lab coats using this theme for the Baylab Design a Labcoat competition. Well done to everyone who took part! Here are some of our entries…
Did you know …
- The UN estimate of global food waste in 2019 was 931 million tonnes!
- 70% of this food waste came from households.
- This could have provided over 16 billion meals!
You can help reduce food waste by:
Storing food correctly
Trying out preservation methods
🔴🔴🔴 Red Nose Day 🔴🔴🔴
On Friday 18th March children and staff took part in raising money for Red Nose Day by paying a £1 donation to wear something red. The money helps people who are living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and across the world. This includes supporting people fleeing the war in Ukraine and other ongoing conflicts. Across the school, children made masks, danced, made red nose biscuits, Rahjai 6P made a habitat out of Lego for his nose and in Reception they found a lady bird who had dressed up for the day too.
So far we have raised.....
👸 Galliard Poetry Competition Winners 👑
We are really excited to announce that the following children's poems submitted for the Queen's Jubilee Poetry Competition have all been selected as winning entries! This means their poems will be published in
a special book which will be sent to the Queen.
Click on the Union Jack Flag below to view all the competition winners entries
Well done to everyone, we are extremely proud of you all.
📚 World Book Day 📖
On Thursday 3rd March, Galliard Primary School was transformed into a wonderland of different characters as we celebrated World Book Day! The day was jam-packed with activities which promoted a love of reading throughout the whole school. There were special guest readers, book scavenger hunts, quizzes and games, reading ambassadors, mixed year group paired reading, and the all-important 'Drop Everything And Read' bell which sounded several times across the day. Sunbeam, Moonbeam, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 also took part in a fabulous costume parade, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to show off their amazing outfits!
It was a magical celebration of reading. Be sure to check out the individual year group pages for more information and to see some pictures.
👑 The Queen’s Jubilee Poetry Competition 👸
Below are a few entries for the Queen’s Jubilee Poetry Competition run by the Edmonton Green shopping centre, to celebrate the upcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The children have been working really hard on them this week and should be very proud of their beautiful poems.
The winners’ poems will be published into a book that will be sent to the Queen and will also be available to purchase on Amazon.
Wishing all our entries luck!
📚 Readathon 📚
After the huge success of the Autumn Reading Challenge, our children are being invited once again to pick up their books and get reading! Galliard will be running a 'Readathon' for two weeks, between the 7th and 18th March. The idea is simple, for children to read as much as they can; anything from comics to classics, audio books to blogs- it is all about reading on their own terms!
Pupils can receive sponsorship for their reading. The money raised will go towards new books and storyteller visits for our nearest major children's hospital. In addition, Galliard will also receive free books for taking part.
Taking part in the Readathon and being sponsored motivates children to read. It gives their reading a purpose, unites them in a common goal and allows them to make a difference in the lives of those children less fortunate than themselves.
Children will be given a sponsorship card, reading record card and unique URL to record their reading online. At the end of the Readathon, children can bring the funds they have raised into school. Alternatively, sponsors can pay online at www.readforgood.org
Be sure to check out how Galliard is doing here: Track My Read Details | Track My Read
Please encourage all children to take part- we would love to see some photos of them reading in unusual places too!
📝 The meeting of the House and Vice Captains
Our House and Vice Captains met with Mrs Clifford to discuss the pupil survey recently undertaken. Each issue was discussed and further added before a plan of action was put together. Bedford will be following up on concerns raised by pupils regarding the toilets and will met with Mr Morris the Site Manager to help resolve some of these. York will be looking into how playtimes and lunchtimes in the playground can be improved and will meet with Mrs Benjamin to discuss the purchase of some equipment. Grosvenor will speak with Mrs Anthanasi about how lessons and classroom equipment can be improved while Richmond will focus on improving life in the small hall at dinner time. They will meet with the lunchtime team and our kitchen staff. All in all, a productive meeting. All teams will be producing a Flipgrid video to share with staff and the children the outcomes of their meetings.
4Mc & 6P
who are the times tables rock star champions for this half term!
🎸 Virtual Author Visit with Adam Hill 🔍
Today, Y4 children met Adam Hill, the author of Rockstar Detectives. Thank you to Puffin books for an entertaining morning. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to Adam reading an extract from his latest book and found out what inspired Adam’s book – including his career as a comedian and his love of music. Did you know his daughters helped him design the front cover? Thank you Adam Hill for being a great inspiration!
Here’s just some of the exciting history books we’ve been able to buy with our Book Fair rewards!
Thank you, parents and carers, for your support and hope to see you again at our next Book Fair which will be held in the Small Hall during Parents’ Evenings, 9th and 10th February.
Year 5 and 6 took part in a live webinar this week on Earth and Space. They learnt many interesting facts and had the opportunity to ask some scientists various questions.
The children met a scientist who studies astrophysics and works at the Science Museum. She is currently studying a new planet called 55 Cancri e which is a planet that doesn’t spin. This means that it is always daytime on one side of the planet and always night time on the other. She thinks that the surface of the planet may be lava. In 2029, they will be launching a telescope to find out what the air is like on this planet.
The children also met another scientist who works in a planetarium as a presenter. She discussed the following questions:
- How do the planets move relative to the sun?
- How do we get night and day? Why do shadows change during the day?
- Why does the moon look different during the month?
Thank you to STEM Learning
- = + Year 2 Parent Workshop + = -
It was great to see so many families at our first maths parent workshop which focused on addition and subtraction. Miss Kadem shared the expectations for children by the end of the year and outlined how addition and subtraction is taught at Galliard. We hope parents left feeling clear about how their children are taught to add and subtract and with ideas of what they can do to support children's learning at home.
- + = Year 4 Parent Workshop = + -
Thank you to all the parents who came along to our Year 4 parent workshop on multiplication. Parents were given details about the multiplication tables check that children will take part in in June and had the chance to try out different games and activities that will help support their children in practising their times tables at home. Miss Kadem explained the progression in multiplication and how this is taught and modelled the methods that children learn at school when multiplying large numbers.
Here are some useful Maths resources from the workshop above
Some children in Years 2 and 4 have been taking part in Maths Masterclasses with Miss Kadem to work on and master a specific mathematical skill.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, the children in the Year 2 master class have been working hard on subtracting
2-digits from 2-digits and have been using dienes and empty number lines to help them.
⚽ Virtual Author Visit with Jeff Kinney ⚽
Year 4 children thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful virtual visit by Jeff Kinney. We explored his latest book (The Big Shot) and he also showed us he creates his stories. He spends a lot of time editing his writing. Take a look at his very detailed writing book. What a wonderful insight for our children.
At Galliard we love reading and know how important it is to champion this for all our pupils. We are looking to update our book stock in our library and felt that this was the perfect opportunity to gift some of our much-loved books to our KS1 children to help them begin to build their own libraries at home.
The children were so excited to be able to browse and select some books, they even brought along their brothers and sisters. We hope that the children enjoy their new books and stay hooked on reading!
1 in 11 disadvantaged children in the UK say that they don’t have a book of their own.
Children who say they have a book of their own are six times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than their peers who don’t own a book (22% vs. 3.6%)
National Literacy Trust
I AM A TIGER
This week Reception have enjoyed listening to the story ‘I am a Tiger’ written by Karl Newson and Ross Collins.
The children have engaged with the story all week and enjoyed joining in with the words and actions as it is read to them by an adult. They have also been exploring the characters through a range of creative activities including role play, mask making, small world play and drawing activities.
NSPCC Assembly - Speak Out Stay Safe
Year 4 enjoyed an online safety assembly which featured Ant and Dec. The children met Buddy, a friendly, green speech bubble who believes that children should be able to speak out to someone if they are ever worried or unhappy. Thank you NSPCC!
Singing Around the Christmas Tree
Thank you to all our talented teachers, office and support staff who led the singing around our Christmas tree.
It was wonderful to see so many parents and children join in too.
Opportunities like these remind us all of the strength of the Galliard community.
Thank you and happy holiday to all.
Children and staff enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal with music and fun.
Our Eco Council attended an afternoon Eco Workshop at which they created a range of posters for use in school to support our ‘Wipe out Waste’ theme.
They also listened to an informative presentation about rubbish delivered by representatives from Enfield Council.
After the Workshop, the Enfield Council team handed out recycling information leaflets to parents and carers by the School Gate.
Virtual Visit by Nick Sharratt
On Friday Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a wonderful virtual author visit by Nick Sharratt.
The children heard him read some of his stories - 'Shark in the Park', 'You Choose' and his new story 'Oh no, Shark in the Snow'.
The children also had an opportunity to become illustrators and drew some wonderful pictures of a shark, a crab, a snail and many more.
Thank you, Puffin Books for this great opportunity for the children!
Eco Councillors Tree Planting
Our Eco Councillors were privileged to take part in a historic reforestation project when they planted oak and cherry saplings in Botany Bay in early December. Their sterling efforts were witnessed by the Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy, the head of and members of Enfield Council and members of Thames 21.
“I liked it a lot because if we grow more trees, the trees will take away the bad air and then we will have clean air,” said Arvellys of 4P. “When we were digging, I didn’t expect to find beetle larva. That was great!”
“I had a really nice time because I liked digging the holes,” commented Sonny of 5DO. “Fitting the plastic protective cover was the hardest bit.”
“It was exciting because I’ve always wanted to plant trees,” added 6O’s Victoria.
All 12 of our Councillors considered the day educational, fun and saw how important it is to help tolook after our local area. It is hoped that our Eco Assistants will be able to plant some more trees at the site in 2022.
Thames 21 is working in partnership with Enfield Council to create one of London’s newest woodlands in Enfield Chase.
If you would like to take part in the project, which is open to members of the public, follow the link below.
Harvest Festival at Galliard
Thank you all for your kind food donations during our Harvest Thanks Giving.
Our vice captains accompanied myself (Mrs Conway) and Mrs Dettmer to the food bank to deliver the donations and were very quickly put to work sorting the food.
Caterpillar Class Story Time & Rhyme Time
Some of the Mummies joined us this week for rhyme time.
We are so proud of how well our 2 year olds have settled into Nursery life and wanted to share this.
The children engage enthusiastically in these sessions whilst being sensitively supported by the Nursery Practitioners.
1, 2, 3, Do the Dinosaur
We have been loving our '1,2,3 do the Dinosaur' book and explored lots of dinosaur related activities, such as making fossils out of salt dough or creating dinosaur footprints.
We have been acting out '1,2,3 do the Dinosaur' story and made our own versions. Every child received their own copy of the book to share with their families at home.
Virtual Visit by Jacqueline Wilson
On Friday we enjoyed a wonderful virtual author visit by Jacqueline Wilson. Thank you to Puffin Books for this great opportunity. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her story ideas and finding out about the writing process. It was definitely a magical experience for our children. We also found out about Rachel Dean who is Jacqueline Wilson's new illustrator... 📚 🌈
Year 4 Poetry Workshop
On Friday 15th October children in Year 4 enjoyed a poetry workshop with
@nealzetterpoet. Thank you to the team at 'Starfish Aspire and Shine' who delivered a wonderful poetry day. Our children created magical poems. We definitely have some future poets...
Black History Month Competition
October was a month to celebrate Black History and the children at Galliard did exactly that. Children were asked to think about their Black History Hero and present the information in a creative way. There were lots of amazing entries – we had posters, poems, factual reports, videos and some children even made models. It is clear that there are lots of inspiration Black Heroes, some even living in our communities. Choosing the winners wasn’t easy as all children put lots of effort into their entries.
Here are a list of the winners in each year group and their work. I’m sure you’ll agree that their work is fantastic!
1st place – Sidal
2nd place – Arsema
3rd place – Elias
1st place – Lesa
2nd place – Tamirah
3rd place – Shannon
1st place – Hooriya
2nd place – Michael
3rd place – Ronny
1st place – Chidubem
2nd place – Keyaan
3rd place – James
1st place – Sawda
2nd place – Victoria
3rd place – Jahshya
Well done to all those who entered and Congratulations to our winners!
Year 2 1st place
Year 2 2nd place
Year 2 3rd place
Children in Year 5 took part in an anti-bullying workshop. Below are statements from some of the children.
Evie- I enjoyed the bullying workshop because we acted out different scenes to do with power imbalances and bullying. I had fun with my group. It is important to stop bullying people.
Asya- I learnt in the bullying workshop that bullying is when something happens again and again and it is on purpose. Sometimes people bully others because they are jealous.
Christiano- We watched a video showing a power imbalance between 4 friends playing an online game. One friend started to bully another because she wasn't happy in the game, and then others joined in. We acted as different characters and showed a power imbalance.
Year 3 and 4 Breakfast Cafes
We welcomed children and parents to join us at the breakfast cafe.
The children were so excited to have their parents come into school and really enjoyed sharing their books with them today.
Raising the profile of reading has been a priority for the school and the children treated us all to a fantastic reading song which they have learnt in assemblies this term.
Year 3 & 4 Parent Workshop - Reading
Year 2 Reading Cafe
We had an impressive turnout for our Reading Cafe in year 2.
Year 2 children across the country will be carrying out their phonics screening check this half term and I felt very proud when all our year 2 children joined in the speed sound lesson led by Ms Kiran and showed off the progress they have made with phonics since September.
Year 2 Parent Workshop - Reading
Read Write Inc. workshops in Year 1
Thank you to all our Year 1 parents who were able to join us for our RWI phonics workshops. In Year 1 the children are building on their knowledge of sound and are using this knowledge to support them in their early reading.
Thank you to all the children who joined us in the hall to show the parents what a speed sound lesson looks like in the classroom.
You were amazing!
Year 1 - Reading and Phonic Workshop
It has been lovely to welcome parents back into school. We have been doing a series of workshops and story cafes for children across the school this half term which have focused on reading.
Learning how to read is the single most important thing that we will teach children at primary school.
It is a gateway skill, that once mastered, helps to open up the curriculum for the children. As with all newly acquired skills it requires practice.
We thank all our parents and carers for encouraging their children to read regularly and for championing story time at home.
Getting children hooked on books and feeling successful as readers will have a far reaching impact in the years ahead.
It doesn’t matter what you read but you MUST read a lot!
Last half term Year 3 had a real treat when they met ‘real life’ author, Andy Shepherd for a virtual visit. The children have been listening to Andy’s book, ‘The Boy who grew dragons’, the first book of a series that follows the adventures of Tomas, his friends and their collection of naughty dragons.
Andy showed the children around her writing room which was full of dragons and we even found out that she likes to write her stories while bouncing on a giant swiss ball! Andy had some great advice for the children too. She told them that it doesn’t matter what you read but it important that you READ A LOT and even spend time listening to audio books too.
She said as a child she loved to use her imagination to escape into new worlds and it is that sense of magic that she has tried to put into her own books. She always dreamed of becoming a writer but she had been too scared to try for a very long time. She told the children to dream big and to do something about those dreams.
Every story started with a ‘what if…’
What if I turned on the light and shrunk?
What if the book I am reading sucked me in?
What if inside every acorn grew a fairy?
Can you think of a ‘What if yourself?’
Andy Shepherd Author of The Boy Who Grew Dragon
October is Black History Month and at Galliard we love to celebrate our diverse and rich culture throughout the year and October is a time to focus on Black History.
For information on our Black History Month Competition click here and take a look at our Year 6 children video above.
House Captains Afternoon Tea
Mrs Clifford our Headteacher met with our newly elected house captains and enjoyed a spot of afternoon tea.
They are a real credit to the school, polite, enthusiastic and articulate.