Dear Parents and Carers
What a busy week it has been! We started the week with an assembly dedicated to International Women’s Day, with a fun game where we had to guess the occupations of four visitors. It made us all think about how we could be anything we want to be when we grow up, through following our interests and working hard. Next we had STEAM Day, an annual celebration at Lansbury Lawrence as part of British Science Week. While carrying on as normal in school, we have also been following the news and government advice very closely with regard to the corona-virus. We are promoting good personal hygiene in school and performing extra risk assessments with regard to trips and visitors. If you or your child develop a persistent cough or high temperature, current government advice is to self isolate at home for 7 days or until the temperature returns to normal. There is an online tool from the NHS which will help you decide what to do in case of illness:
We will keep you informed of any further developments and if you have any concerns please do speak to a member of staff.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. At Lansbury Lawrence, we have a special celebration of the subjects once a year during British Science Week, called STEAM Day. STEAM Day is very special because children have the opportunity to visit all of the other classrooms around the school to take part in different activities. Through STEAM Day, our youngest and oldest children learn together and the day is very memorable for everyone. Thank you to all of the parents who came in to support STEAM Day this year.
For STEAM Day, Bluebell Class made a volcano experiment. First the children learnt about what volcanoes look like and what they do – erupt! Then we spoke about the different components we needed for our experiment. This included smelling the sour vinegar, washing up liquid and white baking powder.
To make the experiment:
- We filled a cup half full with water.
- We added 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda.
- We added 2 drops of red food colouring.
- We added a squirt of washing up liquid.
- We added a quarter cup of vinegar.
We all watched in amazement when the volcano erupted!
This year is the second year we have been a part of Debate Mate, a national competition for children in primary and secondary schools, and this year we were proud to host one of the competition heats at Lansbury Lawrence. One of the motions debated was, ‘This house believes that no matter what your job is, we should all be paid the same’. Children spoke for and against this argument. The second motion was, ‘This house would ban all exams’. As you can imagine, this was a very interesting debate! Well done to everyone who took part, and we are keeping fingers crossed that we make it through to the final rounds of the competition. We are currently 23rd in the whole of the UK, which is already a massive achievement.
Year 2 visit Tower Bridge
Year 2 have been learning about ‘Where We Live’. We have been learning all about different London landmarks such as; The Shard, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, etc. When we were at Tower Bridge we were able to see the Engine Rooms that were used to make the bridge open and close when big ships were passing through and we were able to go into the bridge and walk across it. Some of us were even brave enough to stand on the glass floor and look down to the water and traffic below. We were told about a story about a bus, years ago, that was still on the bridge when it started to open to let a ship through. The bus had to jump over the gap onto the other side! Thankfully everyone on the bus was ok! We had a lovely time and we learnt so much!
Well done to Fabiha and Aisha in Hokusai Class, whose competition entry, ‘Flexing Dog’ was chosen as a runner up in the Canry Wharf Old Flo competition. You can see their sculpture on display in the Community Gallery at Canry Wharf over the next two months.
Friday 3rd April
End of Spring term