This week, Year 3 have started their Rivers topic in Geography. To launch the topic we had an exciting visit from The Thames Explorer Trust who work to improve, protect and promote the River Thames for both people and wildlife.
The children took part in different activities, learning about the different key features of a river and how to protect them. We also looked at transportation and how the river has changed over time. All of the children have thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and learned lots of interesting information!
On Thursday 21st April, the juniors all came together in the Hall and online to watch the Finals of the Junior Spelling Bee. Sixteen children, from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, representing the four Houses, had fought through two demanding rounds to compete against each other in the Finals to find the Spelling Bee Champion of 2022. The atmosphere in the Hall was tense as the competitors sweated over their first 10 words.
While these were being marked, the rest of the Juniors took part in the Roald Dahl Super Spell-off, in which they had to spell words taken from the Roald Dahl Dictionary. This competition within a competition was to find the House with the highest number of Super Spellers! After marking all the spelling lists, Red Leopards were declared the winners of this part of the competition.
Now we were ready for the ‘Sudden Death’ round of the Spelling Bee to find the best speller. Children were given a Year-group appropriate word to spell; if they spelled it correctly, they remained in the competition, but if they made a mistake, they were out! It was a gruelling test of their spelling skills, but in the end Lucas from Blue Lions was declared the winner.
Well done to all the contestants – you should all be very proud of yourselves –and huge congratulations to Lucas, our Spelling Bee Champion of 2022!
In Year 3 we have been studying the Roman Empire for our History. Today, we held a special event where we explored the theme "What did the Romans do for us?" All of the children looked fantastic in their costumes. We held an assembly, took part in a quiz and made posters and a Roman Shield. What an amazing day!
This year, British Science Week was celebrated across the UK from 11th - 20th March. The theme was Growth. At Lionel, children took part in lots of different and exciting Science investigations in school, beginning with every child planting a sunflower seed to see who can grow the tallest (this is an on-going competition as the sunflowers are still a couple of months off from being fully grown!).
Children were also invited to enter a poster competition to design a poster on the topic of growth. Lots of children from across the school sent in some really fantastic entries and it was difficult for the judges to choose a winner! In the end, three winners were chosen, one from Key Stage 1, one from Lower Key Stage 2 and one from Upper Key Stage 2. The three winners were each awarded a beautiful book on a science topic. Below are the three winning entries. Aren't they brilliant?
On Tuesday 8th March, Hounslow Council was invited to our school to facilitate our second environmental workshop for the year. Children from years 4, 5 and 6 participated and learnt about the harmful affects pollution and idling have on our atmosphere, environment and, more importantly, our health. Living in a densely populated area, it is important that we are turning off our cars when stationary to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals released into the atmosphere. Did you know…. An idling car can fill up to 150 balloons with harmful emissions every minute. Switching off your engine can go a long way to improving air quality. After we participated in the workshops, the Eco Council walked up and down Lionel Road speaking to parents and vehicle drivers about the importance of turning off their cars to ensure they are not idling. The Eco Council spoke very well and had over 15 pledges from our local community to switch off their cars when stationary. Well done Lionel Primary. Will you pledge to turn off your car when stationary to reduce the pollution in the atmosphere? Keep an eye out for upcoming environmental events at Lionel Primary School. Stay Green Lionel!
Please see the write up in Hounslow Travel Active
In February, children from Years 4-6 were invited to enter a national poetry writing competition run by Young Writers. The title of the competition was This Is Me and children were invited to write a poem on this theme. We were absolutely delighted with the number of children who entered the competition and in the quality of the poetry writing. All entries were deemed so good by the judges that they will be published in a collection of poems written by children from all over the country! We're looking forward to receiving a copy for the school in due course.
Below are a selection of the entries for you to enjoy. Happy poetry reading!
I wish I was a cheetah, running through the land,
Doing what I want, cause I’m in command,
I wish I was a cat, laying at home,
Or chilling on a beach, in the centre of Rome,
I wish I could fly, all the way to Japan,
Eat lots of sushi and join their clan,
I wish I was a tree, swishing in the breeze,
So, I wouldn’t have to eat, lots of carrots and peas,
I wish I was chocolate; sweet and yummy,
Bad for my teeth, but good for my tummy,
My world, is not like that,
Trees don’t go swish,
They die like fish,
Cheetahs don’t run,
They get hunted for fun,
People don’t fly,
Instead, they die,
Don’t destroy our world creation,
Instead, help our future generation!
By Anna Mrsi
I'm not entering the competition.
I'm not entering the competition,
I'm just not in to it.
It's not my thing.
I'm more of a reciter, less of a writer.
I like to run around kicking footballs, not so much writing on paper.
To speak myself, not let the pen talk to the paper.
I prefer to draw and colour not labelling and writing on whiteboards.
I'm not entering the competition
My dream is like any other dream,
I dream of it one day coming true.
I dream of exploring far and away,
I dream of making history.
I dream of being inside a spacecraft
wearing an astronaut suit and helmet,
I dream of taking off someplace,
and zooming off into outer space.
I don't just dream of making it to space,
I dream of landing on the moon.
Not one female has ever done that,
So I dream of being the first British female to land on the moon.
I have a dream just like everyone else,
which I hope one day I will complete.
I hope you keep on chasing your dreams,
and hopefully one day you will complete your dreams. By Nusaiba
Always with You
Kind and nice,
chubby and cute,
wherever you are
I'm there too.
On a plane,
in a helicopter,
on a bus
in the rain.
I'm a part of you
in the head, arms,
legs and heart;
I will never leave you.
By Sienna Louw
The Future is in Our Hands
Our climate is changing, we all know that
The earth is getting hotter, and that is a fact
The poles are melting,raising the sea levels
Our planet is heating, endangering the animals
Fires in Australia, hurricanes in New York
As weather becomes extreme,many lives are lost
It's time for change, stop burning fossil fuels
Our earth is all we have, we need to change the rules
By Shaurya Sethi
This is me!
This is me!
By Hanisha Chalana
Sporty enough to get through the test,
Makes an effort to do his best.
You and me can make a good team,
Always happy to help with gleam.
Never gives up.
Makes his friends cheer up,
Easy to be friends with,
Has fun every day.
Tries his best and offers help,
And at all times, trying to be myself!
By Smyan Metha
This is me!
To start with, do you know me?
How I am truly talented in the Spelling Bee,
I always seek for something difficult and challenging,
See, I am kind and knowledgeable: that's never changing!
I try new things but sometimes I fail,
So I try again and blow failure away in a gale!
Many people think I have a limit to be me,
Er! Er! They're wrong and that's why this is me!
By Kareena Nagpure
By Sienna Louw
Gunnersbury Park Museum
Year 1 History Topic
Yesterday the Year 1 children walked through Gunnersbury Park to the Museum for a Victorian Toys and Games workshop! On the way they looked for signs of Autumn and saw lots of crunchy leaves, conkers, squirrels looking for food to store, and empty tree branches. When we arrived at the museum, the children experienced Victorian Parlour games including "pass the slipper" and "Keeper of the Keys". They learned that Victorian Toys were made from materials that are very different than modern toys including: wooden pegs, wax, fabric, and lead! The children all had a fantastic day playing with cup and balls, flipbooks, kaleidoscopes, wooden acrobat toys, and seeing a zoetrope which was the first type of moving picture before movies and television.
"In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and break the cycle of bullying. Best of all, one kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. So, from the playground to Parliament, and from our phones to our homes, together, our actions can fire a chain reaction that powers positivity. It starts with one kind word. It starts today."
At Lionel, Anti-bullying week has been celebrated throughout the week and had the theme ‘One Kind Word.’ In celebration of this special time we have been spreading KINDNESS across our school.
Throughout the week we have been using a ‘7 Days of Kindness’ calendar which encouraged two acts of kindness each day – one for someone else and one for ourselves. Children across the school have learnt about what it means to be a bully, what to do if you are bullied. We believe that bullying of any kind is totally unacceptable and it will not be tolerated in our school. At Lionel, we take all incidents of bullying seriously.
We have dedicated Friday afternoon to a range of exciting anti-bullying activities. Please look at our amazing photos.
In English Year 1 have been learning about fire safety and writing poems about fire. To help them explore their sensory skills of listening, seeing and smelling they had the opportunity to watch a real fire being built and then set alight. They children loved taking part and had some wonderful ideas for their poems.
On Thursday 4th November we celebrated Diwali as a school. We took part in All About Diwali with Swapna Haddow. During this we learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and how to make paper diyas. It was wonderful to see all of the fantastic different diyas made throughout the school and to learn all about the festival of Diwali
At Lionel Primary School, we celebrate that we are from a range of backgrounds, with different beliefs, ideas and skills. This year, the focus for Black History Month was “Proud to Be” and we thought about all of the things that make us special.
Every year group also chose a different theme to learn about, from Stories, Explorers,
Sporting Legends, Artists and Musicians, Scientists and Inventors and the Windrush
Generation. Each class did a project on one significant black historical figure and presented their research, writing and artwork in special assemblies.
Anti Bullying Week
At Lionel, Anti-bullying week has been celebrated throughout the week and had the theme ‘One Kind Word.’ In celebration of this special time we have been spreading KINDNESS across our school. Throughout the week we have been using a ‘7 Days of Kindness’ calendar which encouraged two acts of kindness each day – one for someone else and one for ourselves. Children across the school have learnt about what it means to be a bully, what to do if you are bullied. We believe that bullying of any kind is totally unacceptable and it will not be tolerated in our school. At Lionel, we take all incidents of bullying seriously. We have dedicated Friday afternoon to a range of exciting anti-bullying activities. Please look at our amazing photos.
This week at Lionel, we have been treated to some fantastic poetry recitals from children from Year 3 all the way up to Year 6, in the Finals of our Key Stage 2 House Poetry by Heart Competition.
For the finals, we were delighted to welcome two of our Governors, Ms Bellwood and Mrs James, and Mrs Krivosic and Ms Baldwin to judge. Once again, the performances were brilliant – all the children seemed to have upped their game since Round 2, making judging extremely hard. In the end, the winners for each Year Group were:
Grace (Year 3 – Blue Lions)
Ava (Year 4 – Blue Lions)
Abdassamad (Year 5 – Yellow Jaguars)
Feras (Year 6 – Green Tigers)
All four performances were of an exceptional standard, but Ava’s recital of The Witches’ Chant adapted from Macbeth by William Shakespeare won the Overall Winner. Ava will have her name and House engraved on our House Poetry Competition Shield, joining those of past winners.
Below are the winning performances. We are sure you'll enjoy them as much as we have!
Blue House - Vinny and Lena
Red House - Junaid and Ruby
Green House - Crisan and Nicole
Yellow House - Shiloh and Anna
Lots of very brave and eloquent year 6 children presented their manifestos to everyone in school in a bid to win their votes! We were very proud of the Year 6s who took part being so good that it made it very close run contest. After all the votes were counted I can announce that the winners are above.
Thank you to Mr Heaton who planned and hosted the election and who ensured every pupil from Years 1 to 6 had a vote.
All of our Year 2 children took part in a Victorian themed day today. They learnt what it would have been like to be in a Victorian school.
Well done everyone for dressing up and joining in!
Year 6 took part in our first Lionel Careers Day. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn and take inspiration from different places of work. Thank you to Mrs Newth, Mr Hyde, Mrs Brown, Mrs Williams, Mrs Doremus and Mrs Bowerman for taking part and being so engaging and to Ms Johnston for doing a great job organising.
On Thursday 24th June, our KS2 girls took part in a coaching session run by Brentford Football Club at the Brentford Sports Hub.
There were a variety of activities run by FA qualified coaches and finished with small-sided matches.
We were joined by Josh De Silva (Brentford Midfielder) and VIP Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.
This year the event was organised across the week.
Which was a huge success. The children thoroughly enjoyed competing and trying out new races. Everyone earned a well deserved medal for their endeavours.
On Tuesday 11th May we were lucky enough to take part in a virtual author visit with Baroness Floella Benjamin. Everyone from Year 1 through to Year 6 took part on Tuesday morning. The event caused a real buzz around school with both staff and pupils saying how inspirational they found it. Below are a few quotes form the pupils -
I loved her positive attitude throughout the entire zoom live event. I absolutely loved when she sung at the end of the call. She has had an amazing life and has been so successful. She is so kind and is always smiling.
Holly – Sycamore Class – Year 6
I really enjoyed watching Floella Benjamin. She is a really positive person. Personally, I think she is the nicest person I’ve seen in a long time. Also, watching Floella Benjamin it’s made me more positive and more happy. She is a very big inspiration to me and I think she would be to anyone else you could think of. Lastly, she is a very lucky woman because she met the Queen and works for the House of Lords.
Finley – Sycamore Class – Year 6
I enjoyed the speech because it was very inspirational and it showed that even if you feel like giving you, don’t as you can be anything you want to be! I liked how she spoke about her journey and how she was eventually reunited with her family again after being left in Trinidad.
Mia – Oak Class - Year 6
The reason I liked Baroness Floella Benjamin’s talk was because she was very open with her life and did not hide anything. She was the first black Children’s TV presenter and speaks for the rights of children. This is one of the things she said – “Courage, Consideration, Contentment and Confidence”. Hafsa- Oak Class – Year 6
Floella Benjamin, a very positive person. She smiled the entire way and brought up the mood which I thoroughly enjoyed. Even though her incredible life story was long, it wasn’t boring. You would never want to stop listening. It’s almost like zoned out. Like you were there. I think Floella is an incredible role model and she is incredibly brave. Not only that she produces incredible stories, her acting is as if it is non-fiction. Her singing and dancing is unbelievable. She is even a member of the House of Lords. She is stunning and that was from the heart.
Marianna – Oak Class – Year 6
Floella Benjamin is so positive in every single way. It’s hard not to smile when you see her- she’s got an incredible nice heart. Even though she went through so much a kid because of her race she stayed strong and changes other peoples lives with her powerful words and positivity Her actions and the way she explained what her childhood was like beats all, she has so much energy and really inspires me. Floella has a one in a kind smile and as soon as she smiles its like another universe opens up. On top of this Floella Benjamin is very successful with just one saying, “Education is the passport to life” and she worked hard and stood by it until she came successful.
Saoirse – Oak Class – Year 6
Baroness Floella Benjamin is a determined and talented human, she has opened so many eyes to a new improved world where children have rights. Baroness Floella Benjamin has made me look at the World from an even better viewpoint. When I grow up and I’m older I want to be like Baroness Floella Benjamin.
Aliya – Oak Class - Year 6
I liked when she talked about people should be treated the same way you want to be treated. Also, when she first came to England she got bullied because of her skin colour so she fought all the people but after she got into trouble for doing that. So she stopped and started to think with her head more and ignored what they thought. Floella lived in a flat with 7 people and all she remembered was her Mum loved her. Now she is part of the parliament.
Anis – Sycamore Class – Year 6
Baroness Floella Benjamin spreads contentment, consideration, confidence and courage. I am so very excited to read her book “Coming to England” because she gives her whole life story as she is so open minded. She was also an amazing children’s TV presenter and surprisingly she is a member of the House of Lords. I also love how she speaks for children and she is the speaker for the rights of children. She came from Trinidad she was a little happy family until her father wanted to go to England, so he went and left her mother, her and her siblings. Then one day, her mother took her siblings with her and left to go to England and left the Baroness with her Aunt and Uncle. Until her Mum was invited her to go to England. Read the book to find out what happens next.
Honey- Oak – Year 6
Floella Benjamin has a really amazing life full of ups and downs. I loved her bubbly personality and how she is positive and always 100%. Her story inspires me and my classmates. I Love how she loved England until it loved her back. She could have rebelled but decided to stay strong. She taught me that sometimes you can change yourself before you change others.
Qayla- Year 6
Floella Benjamin had a zoom call, she told us how when she came to England and how things were different because during the Windrush generation white people hated coloured people. At school she overcame a lot of things. My favourite quote was: education is the passport for your life. She has become really successful by achieving everything and overcoming what was put in the way.
Olivia – Sycamore- Year 6
She is a very strong independent woman who talked about her life as a child to Lionel and we all loved it! She sung to us (it was amazing) and she told us a lot of sad and exciting things: like when she was bullied at school because of her skin (which is not OK). She also told us that she lived in a one bedroom flat with 8 people! Amazingly she is now a member of the House of Lords. She is 71 and looks like she is about 40! Summer – Sycamore -Year 6
Willow Class comments-
“I liked the advice that Floella was giving about how to lead a happy life.” Joy
“I liked the song that Floella sang called ’Smile’.” Nylah
“Floella told us that education is the passport to life which means that don’t worry what people say about you, concentrate on your learning.” Saanvi
“I remember that Floella said there was a day when she stopped fighting with her fists and started fighting with her mind which meant that her angry attitude changed to a positive one.” Rory
“I liked the way Floella was acting with her hands and her voice.” Bobby
Year 5 Comments
"I enjoyed the Floella Benjamin Workshop, it was encouraging and she told us her amazing story about her life. I will always remember this." Lena
"The Floella Benjamin call was amazing. I never thought I would meet someone with such talent and an amazing story." Leyton
"I liked the visit from Baroness Floella Benjamin because her story was so inspirational and positive." Alan
RED NOSE DAY has brought us together through laughter, showing just how powerful humour can be.
Together, we’ve raised a whopping grand total of £858.15 for Comic Relief and have smashed our School target of £500.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for getting your Noses On, donating and fundraising.
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON-Virtual workshop Year 6- Keeping safe
On Tuesday, Year 6 children attended a virtual session with Transport for London learning how to stay safe when out and about. As they will soon be travelling to their new secondary schools on their own, it is important that they understand the hazards of travelling around on foot, bicycle and public transport.
Here’s what our Year 6s had to say about the session:
"I never knew before the workshop that you had to
stand the length of your body plus one step away
from the curb when waiting for a bus or tube."
"I can’t wait to get my Zip card to travel to school with!"
"It was good to be reminded that I shouldn’t stare at my
phone when walking to school."
"We were told where it’s safe to sit on a bus and
that we shouldn’t stand near the driver."
On Friday at Lionel we have proudly celebrated the WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY. The children came to school wearing bright, happy clothes. In the afternoon, they have participated in a range of engaging activities and classroom discussion, where they learnt how to look after their own emotional well-being.
In Year 1, children explored how feelings can change and also differ from others in the same situation.
In Year 2, children identified how feelings can get stronger and how to manage these.
In Year 3, the importance of expressing feelings and emotions was explored.
In Year 4, children focused on managing their feelings and emotions in different situations.
In Year 5, the children learnt about mental health; what it means and how they can take care of it.
Lastly, Year 6, they explored how feelings and emotions are affected in changing, challenging or difficult times.
We would like to say a big thank you to all children for their amazing work!
Looking after our own mental health and well-being is extremely important, especially during difficult times.
Here at Lionel we are very excited about the arrival of our Pop-Up Book Hut from the London Children’s Book Project, a charity whose ambition is to put books into every home and to engage children and young people in choosing the books that appeal to them.
Today, a beautiful little green hut was delivered to school along with a donation of over 1000 new or ‘gently used’ books. Over the next few weeks, children will be invited to visit the hut with their teachers and their parents and carers (if you are able to do so) to choose their very own book. The book is for your child to keep, read and love.
Should your child finish their book before the end of this half term and wish to exchange it, they are welcome to do so. The hut will open at various points during the school day for your child to exchange.
This is a wonderful opportunity for all the children at Lionel to experience the excitement of choosing their own book and we would like to invite you to share this with them, if possible. Attached to this letter (and to be displayed on the hut) is a timetable showing mornings when each class will be able to visit the hut along with their parents/carers to choose a book. These sessions will run from 9.00am to 9.30am.
As we are such a big school, some classes will have already visited the hut before going with you, but we know that the children will still appreciate being able to show you the hut. They may use this opportunity to exchange their book, if they want to.
We hope that you and your children will share our excitement in this fantastic opportunity and we look forward to welcoming you to our Hut!
Happy 2020 and happy reading!
POP-UP HUT ARRIVES!
Classes to visit during the day.
BLACKBERRY AND PEACH CLASSES
WILLOW AND HAWTHORN CLASSES
OAK and MULBERRY CLASSES