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Mystery Number: June 2016

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  We have been learning about inverse calculations and worked in pairs to find ‘the mystery number’ using calculators
to check our sums using the opposite calculation.

The Great Alma Bake Off: July 2016

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Last week Alma hosted a fantastic Jewish Care Bake Day. All three year groups participated in baking cakes, cookies and biscuits. A big thank you to everyone who purchased one of the bake off delights as well as to our parent volunteer who kindly donated all the baking ingredients. All contributions went towards raising vital funds for Jewish Care.


YR2: Biography writing in action

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On Wednesday 27th September, Year 2 had a special visitor! Mrs Rose's mum came in to school to answer the children's questions all about her life in preparation for their biography writing in English lessons. Hannah Simons answered the questions that the children prepared and explained that she is an Indian Jew from Mumbai but made Aliyah to Israel when she was 7. She taught year 2 about Jewish Indian customs and brought in 3 generations of family photos as well as a sari and Indian bridal jewellery for the class to explore. Year 2 will be writing all about her life over the coming weeks.


Creativity Day

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We had an excellent Creativity day! We learnt all about George Suerat, the famous Pointillist artist. Year 3 worked hard in teams to recreate their own version of 'A Sunday Afternoon' using an abstract Pointillist technique. The other classes also created their own versions of Pointilism paintings. In addition the children created role plays to represent the characters in the painting.



YR1: Magic beans

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Phonics and writing fun in year 1 practising using tricky words, phase 3 sounds, phase 4 blends and phase 5 sounds. Some of the children used magic beans to create words!  



YR2: Dress and Identity

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Year 2's new topic is Dress & Identity! To introduce the topic, we discussed our school uniforms and what their purpose is. On Friday, Police Officers PC David Morrow and PC Marge visited Year 2 to talk about why their uniform was so important and what it means to them. We even got to try on the different helmets! 




YR1: Learning In Depth Market

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Year 1 held their own 'Learning in Depth' market where they had the opportunity to buy and sell items relating to each child's topic- from magnificent magnets to home made ants!




YR2: Cinema and film clay sculptures

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Year 2 chose 'Cinema & Film' as their Summer term topic. Because of this, they have been talking about their favourite film characters. They had an arty lesson learning clay skills to make sculptures of their favourite characters.


Nov 18 Rec: Visit from Whetstone Fire Brigade

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Reception had a very special visit form the Whetstone Fire Station. The firefighters spoke to the children about what to do in an emergency and about the importance of smoke alarms. The class then got to go into the fire truck where they sat in the big seats and looked at the helmets, walkie talkies and uniforms inside the engine. The children then enjoyed squirting the water from the hose to knock down a cone in the playground. This was all linked to Reception's topic of "Our World", where the children were looking at their local area and the people that help them.


Our World

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This week in Jewish Learning with Morah Raya we were introduced to our new theme for the next 7 weeks: OUR WORLD! We learned about the story of creation and some of us even worked on the iPad with Morah Lihi to create a poster about the 6th day, although we all enjoyed experiencing the 7th day the most - we spent at least 1 whole minute resting!!


The Alma Chanukah Party



The annual Alma Chanukah party was a riot of sugar, wild kids and content parents, glitter and icing – a perfect combination. This was the first big event in our new school, and it worked brilliantly.

The classrooms were transformed into hives of creativity and fun – from chanunkia and dreidle making, complete with lots of glue and glitter, to a classroom making use of little hands to roll out over 500 Chanukah candles (maybe Alma should start a factory…)

No Chanukah party would be complete without chocolate coins and doughnuts, and there were signs that our little school is growing (either in numbers or waist-line) as there were no doughnuts left this year, unlike previous years when we had to force them on unsuspecting members of the public.

The highlight for most parents was watching their children perform Chanukah songs in their class groups. The cute kids in Reception did a great little dance, Year 1 got jiggy with glow sticks, Year 3 gave us a rendition of the songs that would later be performed in the Houses of Parliament, and Year 2 sung the school anthem – Sufganiyot.

One of Alma’s greatest attributes is the sense of a unique communityparents, children and staff always relish the opportunity to hang out, come together and celebrate, and this is the catalyst behind such a  special atmosphere within the school. Long may it continue.

By Laura Southern



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On Monday 12th of December the pupils in year 3 attended the Annual Chanukah Reception at the Houses of Parliament. Despite the long day and late night, children sang a number of beautiful Chanukah songs to an audience and we are all very proud of them! 



Nature study

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Year one spent some time playing detective - investigating living organisms and cells. Many thanks to Nitzan Gonen

for sharing these insights with our class. 


YR2: The Great Fire of London

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Year 2 set up a cinema to watch a live stream from the Museum of London all about the Great Fire of London! They were given a virtual tour of the museum's artefacts and  were able to ask questions live to the curators.


Magnet mayhem!

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 Year 2 have been learning about magnets in science! They had a carousel of 5 different activities - exploring materials, sorting metals, magnetic games, predicting the strength of the magnet based on it's size and moving magnets without touching them! It has been a really fun and learning packed time in year 2 science!

Healthy body healthy mind

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Year one were fortunate enough to have a visit from nutritional therapist Laura Southern, who spoke to us all about healthy eating. We looked at how different types of food affect the body and learned about eating 'a traffic light' of different fruits and vegetables to help our minds and our bodies stay in tip top shape. 


Exploring our senses

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Year 1 have been exploring senses. We know that objects feel different when our nerve endings are covered with a sock! We also experimented with tasting and smelling more than one thing at a time. 

Liquid Science

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Year 3 have been super swanky scientists this week! We tested which liquids would rot our teeth, using egg shells to represent teeth. 
We worked in partners and tested Coca Cola, vinegar and water and we recorded our results on an investigation sheet.


Gymnastics Antics

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Reception have been participating in gymnastics lessons led by Miss Lee. The children are working so hard to safely put the equipment out and away once we are finished. 

YR2: Mental Maths Skills

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This week, we were practising our mental maths skills. We chose a task (10 more or less, multiples of 10 more or less, number bonds) and chose the resources to help us (dienes, numicon, unifx). We worked in pairs or groups to help each other with our core skills!  


YR2: Tu B'shvat Learning Day

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On Friday 10th February, we celebrated Tu B'shvat Learning Day! We wore earthy colours and raised money for JNF. We made Kandinsky inspired paintings of trees, created leaf rubbings and made posters about how to look after our environment. We even tasted different Israeli fruits and learnt the appropriate brachot (blessings). Here is a photo of Year 2 and reception enjoying tasting new fruits!


Sports Day 2017

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Alma Primary held their annual sports day in May at Queenswell School. It was a fun-filled morning that included dressing up activities, spacehopper jumping, traditional egg and spoon races, as well as others. The morning finished with impressive races from mums and dads, as well as some healthy competition with class running races. There were smiles on all faces, even through the rain at some points! A great morning was had by all.

YR2: The Museum Of London Docklands

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On 15th June, Year 2 had a science trip to the Museum of London Docklands during which the children learnt about forces and motion and what makes boats move. They learnt that London is where it is because people wanted to be near the Thames  and that boats were first moved by rowing (paddles), then by sails (wind) and then eventually by engines. They learnt how boats used the wind to steer the sails before engines and had a go at this themselves. Afterwards, in the workshop, the children had a chance to get stuck in and practise moving boats along water using wind and energy from a tightened elastic band. This showed us how boats with propellers could reverse without turning all the way around. Year 2 had a fantastic time, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt a huge amount about the science of boats. They were brilliant representatives of Alma and were very enthusiastic and sensible around the museum, making us very proud.

World Book Day: March 2017

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We celebrated national World Book Day on Thursday morning! We started with a costume parade for the whole school, continued by designing our own covers for our favourite books, of which some will be chosen to decorate our new library! Then we worked with other year groups to write silly and funny stories and read books together. Morah Dorit/Moreh Ofer even read us a story in Ivrit! All Tzedakah money collected will go to Book Aid International which sends books to children less fortunate than us




YR2 March: Trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood

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On Friday 31st March, Year 2 went to the V&A Museum of Childhood for a workshop all about the History of Clothes! We learnt about what people wore in Victorian days, looked at old types of fastenings (buttons of all materials, hook & eye) and new types of fastenings (velcro), played with belts and laces and sorted clothes by materials. We had an amazing and fun day and learnt so much! And of course, everyone's favourite part of any trip - lunch!




April 2017: Our School Seder

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On April 5th we experienced a very special school Seder. We decorated, dined and danced the day away with each other and learnt all about the story of Passover. 




Yom Ha'atsma'ut 2017

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On Yom Ha'atsma'ut, Israel's 69th Independence Day, Alma Primary School went on a "journey" to Israel with their "passports" (written in Ivrit). After our morning tfillot in which we sang "im tirtsu" - a quotation from Herzl himself, we watched a video on interesting facts on Israel and "took off" to visit four different cities in the country.
1. Jerusalem:
The Jerusalem Station covered a presentation of the holy sites in Israel's capital city. We heard songs like "yerushalayim shel zahav" and discussed the old and new neighbourhoods. Most exciting, though, was the arts and crafts activity that followed: a golden mosaic to decorate the ancient city walls! 
2. Tel Aviv:
The city that never sleeps is full of high tech companies and innovations that our small start up nation has generated for the good of the world, such as the irrigation drip, Waze app, cherry tomato and more. Children worked in small groups to create ideas of their own, such as a time machine, a "smart" food vending machine, a robot that does your house chores, a never ending chocolate fountain and more.
3. Galilee
In the North of Israel you can find many various ethnicities and religions, such as Christians, Druze, Muslims, Bahais, Circassians and of course - Jews. Students were made familiar with the Israelis relationships with their neighbours and heard a story about two brothers who had an argument. We then had to suggest ways to make "shlom bayit" - peace at home.
4. Eilat:
Kids "ran" an Israeli restaurant making chocolate balls and taking selfies on the Red Sea "beach".







YR2: 3D Shapes and Measuring Mayhem!

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Year 2 have been learning all about the properties of 3D shapes by exploring real life objects! What 3D shapes can you find at home? The children have also been leaarning to use a variety of measurements including litres and millilitres.

2017: Maths Learning Week

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What an exciting week Alma Primary has had! The children had completely different problem solving investigations, created number fact information posters and completed some very challenging investigations! They worked so hard at home to create their incredible maths hats and it was wonderful to see such a colourful hat parade today! All the Alma staff made their very own maths hats too!

Annual Camping Trip 2017

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Now, the stereotype goes that modern Jewish people aren’t particularly comfortable when confronted with non-wifi environments, aka “nature,” but to see the Alma families arriving at the campsite after school on Friday was like a time warp to what it must’ve been like back in the desert: the cold hard efficiency of practiced hands setting up for another night beneath the stars. Well, at least for the Israelis, and non-Reception parents. Cars were unpacked, instructions consulted, tents rose up, tents sagged, instructions were reconsulted, tents stayed up, mattresses inflated. Then, at the end, partners asked if there was anything that they could do to help.
With shelter taken care of, and the kosher BBQ readied to cross off Maslow’s other needs of food and spiritual fulfilment, parents mingled and visited with their neighbours, in order to scope out each other’s accommodations in a pique of tent envy. And all the while, children ran about with abandon, utterly free to explore, play and commune with the great outdoors, within eye sight, and suncream on.
For that's what it's all really about isn’t it? The children. Getting the children so tired that they’ll pass out as soon as possible and leave us alone so we can have a beer with our friends in peace. So we can spend the rest of the night waking up every two hours and falling over the tent’s guy ropes on our way to the toilet, aka “nature.” 
Saturday’s arrival brings me to my top camping tip: situate your tent near Yonatan Sasson. That guy can cook yo! His breakfast is so delicious it almost makes being woken up at 5am worth it. The morning’s treasure hunt was fun and gave the children the opportunity to be able to whine all over the campsite, but to be honest, I was somewhat distracted by that greatest of camping fears. The packing up of a wet tent. 
Having to re-erect the tent to dry, would break me, so I spent the majority of the day fixated on my weather app like a hawk. Then my phone battery went, so I had to look at the sky. Weighing up my children’s happiness against my sanity, I called it. Our tent came down faster than an IBS sufferer’s trousers, and when those first drops fell and our tent was safely in the car, I knew the relief of Andy Dufresne at the end of The Shawshank Redemption. Although I probably smelt worse. 
Reflecting in the side-mirrors reflection as we pulled away from the site, on our way to reembracing modernity at the drive-thru, I felt overwhelming gratitude to those who’d organised the camping and various activities, and awe and admiration for the true heroes of the occasion. Those staying until the Sunday.
By Josh Howie


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In year three we are building shelters, a basic need for human survival, and showing the shabbat prohibition related to it. 

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