How does a lion catch its food? 

On our treasure hunt, the fierce lion asked “How does a lion catch its food?”

We read the book The Lion and the Mouse to investigate. This is a picture book that tells a story without words:

At one point in the story, the lion catches a mouse…

… but in the end it is the mouse who saves the lion!

We used the book to create freeze frames. Can you tell who is playing the lion and mouse in each pair?

  Next,  we looked at the book Lions to find out  more. This is an information book that is full of fun facts:

We found out that it is actually the lioness who does most of the hunting. We also discovered this picture of a lioness catching a zebra:

So, how does a lion catch its food?

“She is catching. She is using claws. She runs fast.”
“Lions eat zebras. They hunt buffalos. They tumble down a hill with their food.”
“They fight the zebra. They run. They look.”
“It drags its prey. It fights the prey. They eat a zebra.”


Have you heard of Glastonbury Festival? It is a huge music and arts festival in Somerset, and it is happening this weekend. We are very ‘rock and roll’ in Reception, so held our very own mini-Glastonbury in our outside area. Luckily it was warm and sunny all day.  


The camping area
The wellbeing corner (caring for minibeasts)
Performers at the arena
Headlining at the Pyramid Stage!

How does a seed grow? 

The goat on the wobbly bridge asked “How does a seed grow?” We investigated using cress seeds. We followed these instructions: 

How to grow cress: 

1. Put cotton wool in a tray. 

2. Sprinkle the cotton wool with water. 

3. Scatter the seeds on top. 

      We observed what happened next:

After one day.

After three days.
We came up with this description of how a seed grows: “First the seed swells. Then roots and shoots appear. Next, the stalks get taller and light green leaves begin to sprout. Finally, the leaves expand and turn dark green.”
As cress is a leaf vegetable, we were able to eat it once it was fully grown. We made cress sandwiches. They were spicy and delicious!    


We love adventures! 

Our new topic is We Love Adventures! We started off by going on a treasure hunt around the school.  

Although we tried our best to tiptoe silently, we woke up some animals along the way. They asked us these questions and we did our best to answer:

“How does a seed grow?”

“How does a lion catch its food?”

“Is a whale a fish?”

“How does water become solid?”

“How does a turtle stay alive?”

We were a little disappointed to find that the treasure box at the end of the hunt was empty. This half term, we are going to focus on the animals’ questions. If we get the answers right, maybe we will get real treasure next time!   

Our treasure hunt chant:

We’re going on a treasure hunt and we’re not scared, 

We’re going on a treasure hunt and we’re not scared. 

Shh! Shh! Don’t wake up the animals. 

But where is the treasure? 

We don’t know! 

SOX Appeal

Friday 12th  June 2015

Last week, the School Council introduced Peter Wood, the Chief Executive of the 999 Club, to the whole school   community in assembly.  He described the impact of the children’s fundraising efforts, which resulted in so many of the users of the 999 Club’s Winter Shelter having a clean, warm sleeping bag for the night.  He also took the opportunity to launch the following appeal: WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH OUR SOX APPEAL

Over 6,500 people sleep out on the streets every year in London alone. From all walks of life, for all sorts of reasons. Every offer of help can make a difference.

Those of us living in our own homes take for granted our access to clean, comfortable feet. We like to keep them dry and warm. Every day we put on clean socks and set off on our daily journeys. Perhaps we do not stop to think how lucky we are as we pull on our matching socks…In fact if our socks do not match we cast aside the ‘odd’ ones; they do not fit in, they do not look right on their own. So we hide them in bags and boxes and cupboards and we hope that one day their twin will appear and make them whole again. Then we can wear them once again with pride!


During this time we go out and buy more matching socks to wear whilst the waiting game for the matching pair is played out slowly. Often the pairs are never reunited and the odd socks are deemed unfit for our feet. In homes all over the country the piles of odd socks mount up…


We have realised that in London alone there are 13,000 feet that probably do not mind if the clean, dry socks are not quite the same colour or matching pattern!

This is the reason that we have launched our SOX APPEAL. We want to reunite your odd socks with feet who need them.  The aim is to collect 13,000 odd socks to represent the feet that need them and we can’t do this without your help.

What you can do today – please dig out your spares (and pairs) and place them in the giant pink sock by the registers.  We will pass them on to the 999 Club where each sock will be put to good use. We are looking for adult sizes in all styles and any colour but they need to be clean and hole free.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Christine Carnell, a teaching assistant from Holbeach for making this humongous sock to place your donations in.


You can find the Sox Appeal display by the registers with the other School Council displays.

School Council Assembly

Tuesday 2nd June

Today the School Councillors lead an assembly they had prepared, showcasing their memorable experiences and work on behalf of the school community this year.


They reminded everyone of the fundraising initiatives that everyone participated in, raising money for sleeping bags from the 999 Club.  Peter Wood, the Chief Executive of the 999 Club, returned to school to share the impact of our efforts.

P1010110He brought a sleeping bag with him to illustrate the importance of providing something clean and warm for people at their Night Shelter to sleep in.  He described how much he had enjoyed working with the councillors earlier in the year and would like to continue working in partnership with us.


The councillors shared the signed David Walliams’ books, CDs and audiobooks, which will be sold at the Summer Fair on the 27th June to raise money for the 999 Club.


The children also explained how the School Council had been instrumental in ensuring the standard of lunches has improved significantly and took the opportunity to thank Chris, our new school cook.


He talked about how the school cooks have been working hard to cook meals made from fresh, healthy ingredients that children love to eat.  He explained that he really welcomes feedback from the children on a day to day basis, whether it’s a simple thank you or a suggestion about how the food might be even better.


Gia and Bea concluded the assembly by talking about the skills they have developed by leading the School Council this year.


WE Day

Thursday 5th March 2015

Year 4 & 5 School Councillors with Mr Barrett and Mr Ephson

Today is We Day, a huge celebration of the young volunteers (that’s us) who have taken part in a year of local and global action to help other people. 

We met at school at 6:45 am, before making our way to Wembley Stadium by coach.

As we emerged from the coach at 8am, we were greeted by hordes of excited young people from all over the country, all queuing eagerly to see and hear the activists, actors and performers who would take the stage throughout the day. There was a tangible buzz in the air and we couldn’t wait for it to start. Then we did wait. Until 9:45 am, when it was time for the countdown.  “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 11,” shouted by 12,000-strong sea of students. Then grand opening…. Boris Johnson!  He kicked off the day with some energetic words of congratulations and encouragement.

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The day was split into 4 ‘periods’, all teaching us about different aspects of EMPOWERMENT: economic, technological, social and educational. All the way through, we were inspired by the stories of people who had struggled to achieve success in life, people who have built charities to effect social change and young visionaries who had dared to chase a dream to its fulfillment.  Every one of them was cheered on by the incredibly noisy crowd.


Aside from all we learned, we were treated to amazing performances by Sean Mendez,  Bars and Melody, Connor Maynard, Mr Probz to name a few.

Last of all, and most importantly, we all made a pledge today. It was a pledge to put our energy into WE, not ME.


WE can affect poverty, inequality, injustice and make the world a better place.

Who is going to be the change?



Creating an Exciting New Menu at Edmund Waller

Thursday 26th February

Full School Council Meeting

During the last school council meeting, councillors shared the feed back from their classes, about what they like about school dinners and what could be improved

 likes and even better if
CakesSalad bar – esp the cucumber and tomatoesThere are two choices – main and vegetarian

It is healthy

There is variety


Sometimes the servers don’t listen to our choicesThe burger meat is dry – could we have ketchup, please?In KS1 there is food on the floor between sittings.  We think the children should pick up any dropped food, like they do in KS2

There is not always a vegetarian option at the end of service

It can be noisy

We would like a better variety of veg (sweetcorn and peas feature a lot)

The custard is too hot and watery


Today, Angela the Operations Manager at Chartwells visited the School Council to talk about school meals at Edmund Waller.

The councillors started by telling her their ideal school meals.  She noticed that very few of the children mentioned vegetables and explained that companies who provide school meals have to follow the government Food Standards.

They also need to bear in mind some other factors, such as the equipment available in the kitchen and what children like to eat.  The councillors used this information to redesign their ideal school meals.

We will be talking with the Chartwell development chef and Angela will return in the Summer term to give the school councillors a tour of the school kitchen.

Recognition from the House of Commons

February 2015

The School Council entered the Speaker’s School Council Awards, which is organised by the Rt. Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. They described the important work they have been doing in partnership with the 999 Club to raise awareness of homelessness.  The judges were incredibly impressed by the commitment and passion with which all the school councillor entrants dedicated themselves to their amazing projects. To celebrate the achievements of our school councillors, we have been awarded a digital badge, which we will display on our school website.  The School Council will also be receiving a certificate of recognition in the post, which will be framed and displayed in school.We made a difference badge 2015

Raising Funds for the Homeless – January Update

In the autumn term, the Yr 6 members of the School Council met with Mayor of Lewisham: Sir Steve Bullock and the members of the Young Mayor’s Team to find out about the work they do.  The children were particularly inspired by the way the Young Mayor of Lewisham works with a team to improve aspects of the local community.  This year the School Council voted to raise awareness about homelessness in the school and local community and to raise some money to help homeless people.  The initial fundraising was to buy sleeping bags for the 999 Club’s Winter Shelter.

In Yr 2 – 6 classes School Councillors lead meetings where children discussed: why some people do not have a home; what they thought people should know about homeless people; how they could raise money to help homeless people.  They also talked about their existing impression of the homeless: their age, appearance, thoughts, feelings, personalities etc.

Councillors shared these impressions with Peter Wood, the director of the 999 Club, a local charity that Helps People to Help Themselves, when he visited them in November.  He helped the School Council to plan an assembly to launch the fundraising campaign, where they shared their new understanding of the socio-economic and emotional reasons for people becoming homeless, as well as the physical consequences of homelessness.  They thought that it was important that their classmates understood why people become homeless and how every child can contribute in a small way to make a big difference.  They also emphasised the importance of children donating from their own pocket money or money they have earned from jobs etc. rather than just asking parents for the money.

How to Treat Homeless People

The first fundraising initiative was to buy sleeping bags, so each guest has a warm, clean bed for the night.  The School Councillors organised the following fundraising activities:

Autumn: A Pyjama Day on the last day of term, where children donated some of their pocket money to come to school in their PJs.


Autumn: Guess the Number of Sweets in a Jar for a 50p donation.

Counting the Sweets in a Jar before revealing the winner

Spring: Pre-Loved Bring and Buy Sale.

Hi Edmund Waller!  This is Abdul & Nia and we represent 4W and 4A on the School Council.  On Friday 16th January 2015, our School Council will be holding the Bring & Buy sale in Cooke Hall at 3.30pm. You could bring anything of interest to you that YOU think somebody will like to buy.  We thought of things like toys, books, DVDs etc.  We would not like anything that is broken or damaged.  We are raising money for sleeping bags for homeless people, because it is very cold and wet. So please have a good search around your home.  We would also love donations of cakes and sweets but if you bring in food bring it on Thursday 15th January please.  Please could you bring any donations to the school office.

Spring: The Council will decide how to maximise on the donations from HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Summer: They will also consider how to raise awareness of homelessness in the local community during the Spring and Summer months (when the voice of homeless charities are traditionally quieter) in partnership with the 999 Club.

At the end of the Autumn term, the Winner of the Guess the Sweets in a Jar competition was announced and we celebrated Pyjama Day with a Whole School Assembly.  Children watched a video to remind them of the valuable work the 999 Club does to help the homeless.

The current fundraising total is: £403.50 – children were proud that this money came from their own pocket money etc. rather than asking their parents to put their hands in their pockets.

The children wrote thank you letters acknowledging the generosity of Peter Woods from the 999 Club, who has given his time an expertise and  HarperCollins, who publish David Walliam’s ‘Mr Stink’ and have donated a large number of books, audiobooks and DVDs to help fundraising.

Councillors have also created a learning display in the school entrance, where they share the aims of their project, chart our fundraising progress on a Blue Peter style ‘thermometer’ they designed themselves and record the nightly temperature in Lewisham – which helps put our fundraising for sleeping bags into context.

School Council Learning Wall