It’s Panto Time…(Oh No It Isn’t!)

For this year’s end of term production of Aladdin, Year 1 are singing ‘We Need a Better Plan’ to the tune of Eurovision entry ‘Dschinghis Khan’! Please keep practising the song at home!

The music and words are below.


Parents and Carers, we hope you enjoy having this tune in your head for the next few weeks! Tickets for Aladdin are available in the school office, see the newsletter for dates and times.


The whole school have been thinking about how mindfulness can help us to learn and feel relaxed and positive at school.

We have practised some mindfulness activities in class to help us feel calm and focused and helping our minds feel less busy.

Try the ‘5-Finger Breathing’ technique in this video and see how you feel.

How does concentrating on your breathing make you feel?

When could mindfulness help you?

Leave your ideas in the comments below!

100 Acts of Kindness

This week is Anti-Bullying Week and to take a stand against bullying and promote kindness, Clapham Manor is having a competition! Which class can complete the most acts of kindness? To log our acts of kindness we have a display in our classrooms and we are all trying to reach 100 acts of kindness.

Here is our display:

Can we fill up all 100 squares by the end of the week? Of course we can!

How have you been kind this week?

What are you going to do to spread the kindness?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!



The Lonely Beast

This week we started our new Power of Reading text which is The Lonely Beast. We started off the week by looking at the front cover with ‘lonely’ blanked out. The children had to think of their own adjectives to describe the beast. There were so many fantastic ones! The children placed their own adjectives onto the target based on how suitable they thought they were. The most suitable went in the green space and the least suitable went in the red space. Here is our finished target! We also created our own beasts which you can see on the border of the display.Can you think of two adjectives to describe your beast?

What do you think the story is going to be about?

Leave your ideas in the comments below!


Since half term, we have started P4C. P4C stands for Philosophy for Children and it is enquiry based learning which offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Children learn that their own ideas have value and that the ideas of other children have value too. This week, we discussed:

Is it braver to do something you’re scared of or to not be scared at all?

We had many interesting thoughts and ideas about this topic and the question generated a lot of discussion.

Do you think it is braver to do something you’re scared of or to not be scared at all?

Is it always safe to do something you’re scared of?

Leave your ideas in the comments below!

Ready, Steady, Blog!

We are pleased to announce that we have now rectified the technical issues that led to the delay in our class blogs being active and linked to our school website.

Now that we are back with a bang, don’t forget to check in with us regularly to see how well we are achieving across the curriculum and to keep up to date with all the happenings in each class.

We look forward to welcoming your comments and will be announcing a ‘Blog of the Week’ in each newsletter.

So what is left to say other than… ready, steady, blog!

Esio Trot

On Thursday 13th September it is the famous author Roald Dahl’s birthday and he would have been 102 years old! To celebrate this special day, we voted for a book to read in class and we chose Esio Trot.

What do you think is going to happen in the story?

What do you think ‘Esio Trot’ means?

Comment on this post to share your ideas.