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From the Headteacher
Even though it has only been one month since I last wrote to you with my 'Welcome Back Letter', it feels considerably longer - but in a good way. I have never been one for subscribing to the notion that 'Time flies when you're having fun'. I firmly believe that time does not matter when everyone is at their most productive. This is definitely the case here at CIS this term. I cannot express suitable words to commend how well each and every student has not just settled down to learning since the 31st August but has shown such positive character and good form to not just hit the ground running but to hit the ground with a turn of speed that would leave a certain Mr. Bolt standing.
Your children are amazing people. They relish and absorb the rigors and challenges presented to them every minute of every day by their teachers and they visibly thrive and flourish in their learning environments whether it be classroom, playground, swimming pool, assembly hall or just in their general, purposeful movement around the campus. This is especially true this term of our ECA (clubs) programme. I must share with you my delight at finding out that this term shows the highest ever sign-up attendance by all students, across the whole school. Well done students, you have listened to very good advice and taken advantage of an incredibly wide range of extra curricular activities.
I hope you all received the calendar of events and proposed trips & visits calendar recently? The staff of CIS work very hard every year to make sure that you and your children get maximal opportunities for learning in its broadest definition, as not all learning takes place in a classroom or even a school for that matter. I hope you are able to take up the amazing opportunities offered this year for our overseas ventures.
Have you had time to review your child's planned curriculum for this term? Primary curriculum overviews can be found on our website, whilst Secondary programmes of study can be viewed on the student login area of the CIS Intranet.
Looking to the more immediate future, Saturday 3rd October sees our second Parent - Teacher Brunch. I hope you have secured your admission tickets from the school office and I look forward to meeting you and any of your friends you may be bringing with you. This event is a key part of our continuous work to ensure that you are as informed about school life as is possible. The recent Coffee Mornings in Primary and Secondary and the forthcoming Parent Teacher Conferences and Open Classrooms / Student Led Conferences all add value to our aim of having an informed and knowledgeable Parent body.
Thank you for finding time to read this first newsletter of the year. If you have enjoyed it, please give thanks to teachers as you pass by them next time you are in school.
My very best wishes to you all,
From the Assistant Headteachers
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the new academic session. I hope you all had a good break and have settled into the rigours of school life. It is very pleasing to see the Year 7 students adventuring into the world of secondary with a lot enthusiasm and expectations. For some, it has been a huge shift from being the “Big” boy or girl in Primary to becoming the ‘’small’’ boy or girl in Secondary.The CIS Parent Clubs started the week beginning on the 7th of September. The clubs have grown in numbers and the competition has intensified, especially with the CIS Parent Football Club. Tobe’s dad is the captain of team A football club and they recorded their first win on the 17th of Sept - we hope this isn’t a one-off. The tennis club, co-facilitated by Temilade’s mum, kicked off on Saturday 12 September with some amazing tennis battles between Seungyun’s and Pracheeta’s dad.
Please see the schedule below and email the facilitator directly for more information. Yoga is likely to be next on the list so be on the lookout.
Punctuality is a very important human characteristic that we would like to continue to imbibe in our students. This term, we took some steps to make sure that our students appreciate the importance of punctuality. We are very pleased that the steps are yielding even better results that we anticipated; the average number of students that are late to school has reduced by 75%.
Below are extracts from this online article http://www.prolificliving.com/the-importance-of-being-punctual/
No, that is not an emergency!
The short list below shows examples of what is not an emergency, and rather results from lack of planning and a personal choice:
You spill coffee (or any beverage) on yourself on your way out the door.
Your children making you late. For whatever reason.
You have an argument with your spouse, your partner, your neighbor and then you are late.
Your dog or cat or other four-legged friend does something to make you late. Anything!
You answer an unexpected call which runs over and makes you late.
You ‘lose track of time’ and are thereby, you guessed it, late.
You forget altogether about the appointment and are embarrassingly late.
You are “stuck” in ‘unavoidable’ traffic or re-routed due to construction routes.
Below are 11 more reasons why punctuality matters in a professional world among smart people:
You show respect for the Person B in your life.
You respect yourself enough to keep your word.
You prove that you can be trustworthy.
You are appreciated for being on time.
You are regarded as a reliable person.
You are seen as a professional.
You are taken seriously and on your word.
You build a strong reputation for your character.
You open doors and attract more opportunities to yourself.
You eliminate stress from your life by removing the anxiety of being late.
You do the right thing and feel good about it.
Learning outside the classroom is extremely important and the array of local and international trips offered every academic session ensures that our students are exposed to the various learning opportunities outside the classroom. Recently, I was introduced to Corporate Kids, a company that is made up of experienced teachers, language tutors and tour managers with considerable educational experience and people skills. I think it would be value for money exploring the various services that they offer. See the link below.
“If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality, I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.”
Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral)
Raising attainment in various ways
High Expectations, Self-regulation, Organisational skills
I mentioned in a previous article that I would give an update on the effectiveness of the new Homework Timetables. While ‘homework’ as a topic for the first newsletter may not be apt, I feel it is always beneficial to gain more understanding of this controversial topic and iron out a few issues. Usually, raising attainment is aligned with learning and teaching practices within the classroom and by association so is homework.
Can you imagine a world where students can’t wait to get home from school to do their homework? As you laugh at that notion, just know that it can happen. We have been focusing our efforts to increase technology in the classroom (Lenovo and HP laptop scheme), coupled with student interest and online collaboration, there is a way to learn how to motivate students to enjoy doing their homework. Here’s how.
Organisation - This is where it starts. When a student follows school procedure by recording the homework in their homework diary it makes for easy access. You know where to look, what it is, when it's due and in some cases, why that particular homework was given. Always check their homework timetable to verify what homework should be completed.
Appeal to their interests - Studies have shown that when teachers merge student interest into their homework assignments, students are more likely complete the assignment. We do this through cross-curricular projects.
Keep it short and sweet - The purpose of homework is for students to practice a concept learned, or extend what they have just learned. The duration and the frequency is dependent upon the purpose for the homework assignment. Our homework policy (on the student Intranet) makes recommendations on the amount of time teachers expect a student to spend on a subject per day.
Study buddy - The concept of a study buddy isn’t something new, it’s actually been around for a very long time. In the world of 21st century teaching we have transformed this into online social e-learning. In other words - edmodo. Have you ever seen a group of kids gathered around the lunch table or in the hallway all huddled together? Students love being with their peers, and they thrive when they get the opportunity to be together. This brings me to the use of technology.
Utilising technology - Embrace the use of new technologies by giving your children the opportunity to do their homework on a laptop or online. Studies show that students thrive when given computer-based homework assignments. Websites such as bitesize.co.uk, myimaths.com, ixl.com and edmodo.com are fun, interactive ways to keep students engaged, as well as motivate them to do their homework.
Homework can improve student learning, and help students develop habits that will bring them far beyond the classroom. By helping them be better organised, appealing to their interests and utilising technology, we can motivate our students to not only do their homework, but actually like it.
Assistant Headteacher (Academics)
Knowing how to put sounds together to make recognisable words enables young children explore our world through exciting lenses. Reading becomes a doorway to the independent exploration of new lands, new adventures, space explorations or even a walk through the past. Every child should gain this level of independence as early as possible.At CIS, we have various platforms through which our students can improve their reading: physical books in class (the Oxford Reading Tree series and some free readers), physical books in the Library and e-books via Britannica, Oxford Owl and Literacy Pro. We encourage all our students to read on a daily basis and provide different resources to support them. Should you have enquiries about any of the e-books, please speak with your child’s class teacher.As adult learners, we also need to keep up with our reading such that we improve our professional practices. There isn’t one custodian of all knowledge and so sharing best practice ensures that we remain relevant in a dynamic world. In one of the books I am currently reading (Future-Focused Leadership by Gary Marx) I found a quote which sums up the need to keep reading:
“Information isn’t in the hands of one person,” says James Surowiecki in The Wisdom of Crowds (2004). “It’s dispersed across many people. So relying only on your private information to make a decision guarantees that it will be less informed than it could be.”
So Garfield is indeed right when he says ‘Reading makes life a lot easier!’ I wish you the very best on your reading journeys this academic session.
Assistant Headteacher (Primary)
From the Teachers
Design and Technology
Welcome back from Summer Break. I am sure that we all have tried to have a restful break but now it is time to get back into the saddle and starting afresh.
Some things have changed in Design and Technology with the school investing in new tooling, equipment and materials, especially rigid polystyrene for the vacuum forming machine.
Along with this is the new fluidizing bath for powder dip coating of metals. We are gradually building up the skills and knowledge of our students in this specialist subject area.
Fluidiser Bath New reducing plate Rigid polystyrene sheets
New vibrating/fret saw
Year 10 are embarking on their two year GCSE Resistant Materials course by starting the new academic year with a brand new project being introduced into the department. A table top, coin football game, which will introduce them to new tools and processes. We look forward to seeing some brilliant outcomes later on and a match or two.
Mr. French, Head of Design and Technology.
Mr. Benjamin, Design and Technology Technician.
English & Drama
A hearty welcome back from the Summer Break! It is hard to believe that the first term is edging ever closer to the mid-stage and a lot has been happening in the English & Drama Department.
We have begun the year with baseline assessments so that students have targets as a focus for their learning. So every student from Year 7 to Year 11 should be able to tell any adult – from a teacher in any subject, a teaching assistant, a school visitor, a school inspector to a curious (or concerned) parent - what their targets are. The targets are manageable and – I would like to think –
easily achievable. If you have any concerns about your son/daughter, then do feel free to discuss them with me on: email@example.com.
Last year we made good use of our resources (see right one of the book titles that Key Stage 4 study) and stored many of the texts in our classrooms in the department. To make our students more responsible and reliable members of the wider community, we have asked them to take books from the library. A number of texts (see left - To Kill a Mockingbird) will be booked out from
the library in your son/daughter’s names and they will have to take good care of the novels, textbooks, etc. If you want to know more about the texts we use, then again, please feel free to contact me.
This year the department has see the arrival of new staff members and I feel privileged to work alongside people who really care about the pupils they teach. One of the key questions I ask myself when I set a classroom task is whether I would have enjoyed it when
I was an adolescent/older child. The world has changed from the time when we had chalkboards, board dusters and teachers wearing a mortar board and gown, and I’m glad to say that we have staff members who try to relate with the school’s pupil needs.
I am very lucky to work with Mrs Abisola Idowu, our SENCO, who deals with children - with special needs (we should remember that Albert Einstein would have received SEN support if he was alive now and placed in a modern school) - and whose teaching experience is, to my mind, quite “formidable’’, if I can use such a neologism.
She teaches English to Years 7, 8 and 10 students and we work alongside Mrs Ireti Ghatekha-Ogbomo who teaches Key Stage 3 students. We are assisted by Miss Vivienne Ndem, who is an 8C Form Tutor and we receive support from many enthusiastic staff members including Mr Peter Amayo, Mr
Stanley Mememe, Mrs Josephine Igwe, Miss Ebere Iroko and Miss Ogechi Ebule – to mention a few. We also have a new Drama teacher, Miss Olayinka Adeponle, who is introducing students to Shakespeare in a child-friendly way, among other tasks.
A meeting was arranged with Mrs Morenikeji Plumptre, Head of Library Services, about the Literacy Week scheduled for February next year and we are planning to have plenty of interesting events arranged and the theme for the week will be: ‘What if Shakespeare could rap?” Could we picture him wearing Reeboks, shades and a baseball cap holding the “mic” and delivering a sonnet? We will see…
In October we will receive visitors
who will consider whether the school as a whole and the English and Drama Department in particular is delivering a curriculum rich and varied as the ones used in British schools. The inspectors will be asking us how our pupils would fare if they were in a British school – in the United Kingdom. In my role embedding literacy across the curriculum, we will be ensuring that students have an awareness of language with hidden meaning, idioms, figures of speech and poetic devices: they will be looking at language the same way that students in the United Kingdom see the written word. And so I expect many students will be experimenting with language at home and broadening their vocabulary using words with Latinate prefixes and suffixes. I would love to hear from parents whose sons/daughters have started to clearly widen their vocabulary and if you are a parent concerned about your child’s literacy, then please contact me or one of my colleagues responsible for literacy: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or myself (see above).
A coffee morning was arranged recently where we worked alongside my dear colleague, Mr Korede, and showed that Woody Guthrie can really mix with Fela Kuti and poetry can “jive”with lyrics. If you are a parent with a passion for the English language and you would like to discuss your interests in an assembly, then we would like to hear from you (and support you with a presentation). We need to keep passion for learning alive in young minds!
Head of English
From the Music Department
Welcome to the dynamic world of CIS Secondary Music. My name is Korede Omopeloye and I am the Secondary Music Teacher and Head of the Music Department at CIS. As always, I am excited about exploring the concepts of music performance and composition with the students.
Our aim at CIS is to give your child a broad and balanced musical education and to support the development of a passion for learning and appreciating music. We believe in developing every student’s individual musical skills.
The students are in for a truly multi-cultural, interactive and informative learning experience—complete with performances of Jazz improvisations, 12 bar blues, drumming patterns of West Africa and Egyptian Halawaya. We will be going back in time to the medieval era to explore organum, psalmody, and parallel motion with links to History and Geography. We will also study programme music, baroque music, minimalism and impressionism, and will link this with Art and English (poetry for song composition).
A considerable part of our learning will take place in the virtual classroom. The students received the Music edmodo group code in the first week of school. We look forward to an exciting and musically creative year ahead.
Head of Music
From the SEN Department
Welcome to the SEN Department.
At CIS, we aim to enable all children, including those with Special Educational Needs, supporting pupils to develop their confidence, independence and positive self-esteem in a secure and caring environment.
This year promises to be full of excitement and wonderful opportunities for the children as we are currently planning a number of training sessions for the staff of the SEN Department and we have ordered many new Learning resources to further support our children.
This term, in the Secondary SEN Department we will be offering opportunities for some of our children to pursue alternative qualifications like Edexcel Functional Skills, ASDAN courses and Btec.This is in line with our belief that every child is an achiever.
As the new SENco, I look forward to partnering with you so we can achieve the best. - “Most people see what is, and never see what can be”- Albert Einstein
“We have no special needs children. Just children…with special needs.”
– Uwe Maurer
Mrs Abisola Idowu
From the Physical Education Department
Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development.
My name is Olugbenga Payne and I am the Head Coach at CIS. Our goal for this academic year is to ensure that a balanced programme of physical education is created which would be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. This is aimed at providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity and developing the competitive spirits of our school teams. Together with the other coaches, I have hopefully designed a high quality programme to satisfy the needs, abilities and interests of all children. We would also be looking at participation in a whole lot of sporting competitions with other schools like Football, Swimming, Athletics, Tennis, Basketball, Gymnastics, Table Tennis and Rugby.
Games like Volleyball, Cricket, Lacrosse, Rounders and Badminton would also be added to the list of sports that we would be offering for this academic year. We are still very much committed to our sporting ECAs and will continue to meet the individual needs of every child.
The students have already set their sporting targets and it is our duty to ensure that we create the atmosphere that would help every child to meet his or her targets.
We welcome back every student of CIS and we are looking forward to achieving a Golden year with them in the world of sports.
Water Polo Football game situation
Teaching Buoyancy in Swimming
We would like to begin by welcoming you back from another successful year of Mathematics at CIS. Our IGCSE Mathematics candidates performed excellently in their May/June examinations. We recorded our best results ever - 100% A*-B grades. This means we have set the bar higher this year for our ‘casualty’ grade. No longer will we refer to casualties as grade D earners but as grade Cs earners.
We hope to have some Year Ten Students (Mathematics and Further Pure Mathematics) join this year’s examination cohort.
Our youngest group, the Year Seven Students are also welcome to the Mathematics Department. An exciting year full of opportunities in and out of school is in store for all our Mathematicians. As we progress with our goal of embedding Numeracy across the curriculum, our Mathematicians will take part in stimulating and engaging activities that will address real world scenarios which span across other curriculum areas.
Events, activities and projects
Numeracy across the curriculum
SAMO (South African Mathematics Olympiad
AMC 8 (American Mathematics Challenge)
3.14 pi Day
Nigerian and African Mathematics Olympiads
United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Challenges
Inter-house Mathematics Challenge
Raising attainment not anxiety
If figuring out how to split the bill fairly at a restaurant is enough to leave you feeling sweaty and nervous, maybe you are not the most qualified person to help a child with his or her maths homework. A new study, published online this week in the journal Psychological Science, confirms this, suggesting that children internalise their parents’ maths anxiety — and that when maths-anxious parents try to help their children with their maths homework, it often ends up backfiring.
Well, what can be done, I hear you say? In one word - Myimaths.
For those of you are unfamiliar with this fantastic online resource, it serves three purposes:
Allows for independence and puts learners in control
It makes mathematics visually stimulating
Learners are motivated to consolidate and practise skills at home - so there can never be a night of ‘No homework’
Parents, you can support your child by using his/her login details emailed earlier on in the week. Access the ‘My Results’ page to see progress made.
Head of Mathematics
Welcome back CIS community. I hope you all had a restful summer holiday and spent quality time with your children. I definitely did something spectacular...I drove from Toronto to Kentucky with my hubby and the kids to the blare of ‘Cheerleader’! Needless to say that the song is permanently etched in my memory!
Yet another exciting school year, new children under our care, but the same set of expectations...In KS2 we appreciate that procedures and routines form the backbone of the classroom daily life and in essence we are devoting these first weeks to teaching, rehearsing and reinforcing those little steps that will make accomplishing different classroom tasks a seamless affair.
As such, every September I always ask myself "What do I expect all my students to know and be able to do?" I tie these expectations right into our procedures and routines- the result is more on task time and less behavioural distractions.
Below are some of the posters we made to buttress our procedures and routines:
Mrs. Fidelma Anudu
Year 6A, KS2 Manager
From Key Stage 1 Music
The first term is promising to be full of music activities. We are looking forward to celebrating Nigeria's Independence Day, when children will learn to sing the Nigerian National Anthem and explore the vibrant sounds of Nigerian traditional music.
Before the half term break, the music department will organise a concert of vocal and instrumental music, featuring some of our gifted and talented young musicians. After a grand and very successful concert last term, we have decided to hold it every term to accommodate as many performers as possible.
At the end of the term, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils will present a very special, delightful and as always grandiose Christmas Production.
We, teachers and students, are full of excitement and enthusiasm to execute all these wonderful plans into reality this term and always.
(KS1 Music teacher)
From Primary French.
Bienvenue!! Welcome back to a new school year. This year a lot of fun learning will be taking place in the French room as the children take virtual trips to France. There will be a lot more interesting interactive themed lessons this year. Role play activities, outdoor learning, arts and craft and of course lots of singing. Our goal is to ensure that we build an environment where the children feel immersed in acquiring the French language!
This term Key stage 1 will learn how to greet, count, use colours in French, obey classroom instructions in French, using phrases such as qu’est ce que cést? How to say their age, the family, animals.
Key stage 2 will learn about the French culture, France in Europe, sports, adjectives, nationalities and conjugation.
Voici nos photos!
Year 1 -learning about and making “La tricolore”- The French Flag. Year 2 Making comic strips with greetings learnt.
Year 3 Learning different sports played outdoors.
Years 5 and 6 playing out greeting roles in class.
Please feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org , if you have any concerns about your child's learning.
French Teacher (Primary)
From Primary Computing / ICT
Its another fantastic new session to explore, experience and appreciate computing curriculum and the IT technology of our world.
As is our custom at CIS, students will learn lots of new ways, new apps and programs to make learning and the use of IT fun.
We started on a very busy schedule with handing out of laptops and netbooks for student’s use and it’s still ongoing and we hope to sort all this out before the end of the month.
Our academic part - Reception children are being introduced to the proper use of a computer system; learning about the different parts that make up a computer such as the keyboard, mouse, screen and the big black box (system unit).
Students are now learning the art of using their keyboard and the word processing program to create, edit and design documents, they will learn research and presentation techniques and skills as well and will further learn different shortcut keys used to finish documents in quicktime.
Our Years 1 and 2 students will apply all these word processing skills to their use of the computer applications, keeping them abreast with current technology use in research, editing and presentation. All of this will be achieved through different software and application packages such as the Microsoft Office 2013, Safe search sites (such as google kids), Video Editor, Granada Learning Software, Tizzy Tools to name but a few.
Regards and best wishes,
Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1 ICT.
From the School Library
Welcome back to another great school year. I would like to start by saying how pleased I am by the positive feedback I have received from my initial welcome letter. CIS Library takes pride in our dedication to supporting learning in every way possible, we therefore have made available a number of e-resources that will aid both the teachers and the students in getting the best out of their teaching and learning.
By now, I am sure many of you would have heard about the new programme we have now introduced. This reading programme helps to motivate, monitor and encourage independent readers with a focus on comprehension.
Literacy Pro accurately assesses students' reading comprehension. Students take the LitPro Test, a computer-adaptive assessment that determines their Lexile level. This computer-adaptive test measures a student's reading comprehension using authentic passages from fiction and non-fiction texts. The student gets a Lexile measure when he or she completes the LitPro Test. Your child's teacher then can effectively challenge and guide reading in a progressive and systematic style.
The teachers from Year 2 and upwards by now should have sent you the results of the students. As the Year 1 students are just moving up from Reception, a more appropriate assessment will be done for them in Term 2. However, the Year 1 teachers will be sending you details soon on accessing Oxford Owl, as this is a very exciting way to see reading progress with younger readers.
Should you have any enquires about this programme, do not hesitate to ask your child's class teacher or myself.
This is an eBooks platform for students, a fantastic way for students and staff to access educational resources, titles and bestselling fiction wherever they are, used by hundreds of school, colleges and universities worldwide. With over 300,000 titles available on their platform.
Please visit the school library or send an email to email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org for the link and the activation of your account.
Students and staff have access to Britannica Online. Encyclopaedia Britannica is a leading provider of learning and knowledge products, which provides one of the world’s most trusted sources of information on every topic imaginable – from the origins of the universe, to current events and everything in between.
The recent Britannica Online School Edition is a unique, online resource designed to meet the learning needs of students and teachers.
Teachers can be confident that students of all ages can safely research online.
All of the content within Encyclopædia Britannica is based upon the expert knowledge of over 4,500 global contributors.
Britannica’s unique editorial process ensures that all content is non-biased, non-political and factual.
Staff and students can access this link from the School Intranet.
How to assist your child to access:
- Open your school email address
- Open a link in Google
- Type in students.cislagos.com to get to the students area of the intranet.
- When there, go to library click on library resources
- Click on Britannica Online. Then the first link at the bottom of the welcome message
- Log in with cis(surname), i.e. cisplumptre.
This is a programme we want to introduce to promote more student involvement in the Library. We have had many students coming to tell us that they will be interested in being part of this, we therefore will from the 5th of October put out fliers requesting that students who are interested put down their names. We will be taking a maximum of 20 students within the school year so admission will be based on a first come, first appointed principle.
This will be opened to Years 5 - 9 students only. The students will be trained and a duty roaster will be made for them.
Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing more of you using our School Library.
Morenikeji R. Plumptre (Mrs.)
Head of Library Services
From Primary Art.
Mrs Olga & Mrs Hayley
“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes!!! Leave the world more interesting for you being here.”
Please ensure that your children bring an art shirt or apron to the art room
The Reception children are being introduced to mixing and creating Primary and Secondary colours.
The Year 1 children have been making Magic Umbrellas to master their ability of creating Secondary colours from Primary colours.
Year 2 children have been making Underwater Collages to show their knowledge of Primary and Secondary colours, and learning about collage techniques.
Year 3 children were using a printing technique to make their patterns.
They were also creating pattern work inspired by the Aboriginals.
The Year 4 students have been creating cool and warm colour pictures using felt-pen and paint, inspired by the works of Chuck Close.
The Year 5 and 6 students have been studying still-life, drawing and shading their own still-life images using pencil and shading techniques.
Mrs Hayley ~ KS1 Mrs Olga ~ KS2
From the Humanities Department
“We must turn to the humanities if we are to meet the need for meaning in an age of vast but pointless powers. Only the humanities can help us with the question of what living is for”. - Stanley Fish
Welcome parents to the 2015/2016 academic session. My name is Anthony Manafa and I am the Head of Humanities and Head of KS3. I equally teach Year 9 and KS4 Geography. It is amazing how one academic year had just gone. I am indeed very happy to reach everyone through this forum.
The humanities department comprises History, Geography, Business Studies, Global Citizenship and Religious Education. These subjects are highly respected by leading universities and employers because they develop critical thinking, the ability to use evidence in support of arguments and students’ extended writing and speaking. We facilitate learning within the ambience of traditional British values of care, consideration, trust and
respect. From Sources of Finance, to Believing in God; from the Boxing Day Tsunami to Movie-induced Tourism and the Changing Roles of International Organisations, students are inspired and encouraged to wonder at and understand people and the world around them.
We make full use of the IT facilities, and other school and local sites as well as organise educational visits. New international trip planned for this school year is a visit to Pembrokeshire National Park in Wales (South West of United Kingdom) to examine the culture of the original inhabitants and impact of tourism as well as a cross curricular collaboration with the Arts. Other trips are within Nigeria and include: National Meteorological Centre, Oshodi-Lagos, Elegushi Beach, Lekki-Lagos, Olumo Rock, Abeokuta – Ogun State, National Conservation Centre, Lekki-Lagos, and Slave Port, Badagry.
My team of teachers is on hand to assist students through this great and exploratory journey of awe. Mrs. Francisca Iwelumo is now to teach Religious Education from KS3 to KS4 as well as Year 7 and 8 Geography. Mr. Emmanuel Ogberefor teaches History from KS3 to KS4 and Year 7 Geography, and our latest addition Mr. Oluwaseyi Popoola teaches KS4 Business Studies, Global Citizenship and Year 8 Geography.
Do feel free to contact us via email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org for any issue pertaining to the department.
Head of Humanities and KS3.
From Year 4.
This year in 4C, we have learners who are enthusiastic and bursting with positive energy. They come into school ready to learn, brimming with ideas and a can-do attitude.
So far, we have explored new frontiers in Numeracy such as the place values, addition of up to 4-digit numbers and Roman numerals that the children found interesting and exhilarating. In Literacy, they have developed the abilities of comprehension and questioning. This has created opportunities for the children to work in groups; a skill that is being fostered through SMSC lessons.
Together as a class community, we look forward to a ‘fun’tastic academic year, solving challenges and getting positive results with the aim of developing our critical reasoning skills!
Welcome to Pre-School where learning takes place through fun, messy, constructive and structured play.
Settling down can be challenging for anyone, even the best of adults, so we decided to create a soft landing pad for our dear Pre-Schoolers. One of the friendliest Teddy Bears, ‘Bill’, from Teddy land, was invited to Pre-School. He was probably a little nervous to be in Pre-School for the very first time but excited about making new friends. The children were eagerly thrilled and as such, when it was time to share their names, no-one in Pre-School was hesitant.
As the weeks progressed the children were reeling out the names of their friends and Teachers. This left us with consequences, for the very first time in ‘Teddy Land’, they said goodbye to one of their friendliest Teddies, ‘Bill’.
He loved Pre-School and decided it was the perfect place to be as the environment was warm, receptive and in a few days of visiting, effective learning had taken place.
Once again, welcome to Pre-School. Would you like to visit us? - However be warned, you might have to pack your bags with the plan of not going back home.
Welcome to a new school year and an exciting time in Nursery B. This year, a lot of fun learning will be taking place in our class. The weeks so far have been exciting and action packed with engaging learning experiences, learning routines and expectations of our class as well as getting reacquainted with old friends and meeting new ones.
We enjoyed both outdoor and indoor environments during which we engaged in interactive activities such as our usual circle and group games, activity tables, stories, Rhymes and centre time just to mention a few.
Activities were organised to capture imagination and interest to enable the children choose activities freely by themselves, from the different areas to play with and to return. Emphasis was placed on choosing activities freely and returning appropriately before getting another material.
We established our hygiene routine by engaging in hand washing exercises before eating, after using the washroom and after play.
A great emphasis is placed on the notion of play as it is through this means that children find stimulation, well-being and happiness. To ensure that the children are continually stimulated and interested, suitably challenging and motivating activities are planned and provided, which respond to children’s individual interests and we support them in these through careful and sensitive adult interactions.
Take a sneak peek at fun ways in which we are learning in Nursery B:
2 little dickey birds sitting on the wall
What better way to learn about listening than to explore the sounds of birds in our surroundings with our listen ears.
Class Teacher, Nursery B
Welcome back to the new school year; I hope you had a fabulous summer. A special welcome to our children who seem to have enjoyed their new start and have settled well into their new classes. Without a doubt I see they are quickly learning class routines/procedures and getting to know their new teachers.
We welcomed Ms Jolene to Reception this year; an experienced Foundation Stage teacher originally from South Africa, you will find her working in Reception B.
For this half term, our theme is ‘Working Together’. The children have been busy getting to know each other by participating in fun and stimulating activities that promote cooperative/social play, teamwork, behavioural expectations, ability to negotiate and solve problems without aggression both indoors and outdoors.
Our activities for the children integrate all areas of the Early Years Development Matters Curriculum which gives our children the opportunities to enjoy learning through exploration, being independent and thinking critically. So far, they have learnt to recognise numbers to 10 and recite to 20, identify letters and sounds s,a,t with emphasis on forming the letters using the correct formation as well as discussing and meeting our families through our ‘family tree’ project.
They have also been enjoying the burst of our improved and well resourced outdoor facility. Margaret McMillan (c1925) stated, “The best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky”. I strongly agree with this. In the past four weeks of free flow between our indoor and outdoor provision, we have witnessed increased interest, enjoyment, enthusiasm for discovering new learning, and an immense sense of wonder/excitement.
The children have:
become aware of and respect the needs/ feelings of others, and reflect this in their behavior
learnt to follow class and playground rules
developed tolerance and perseverance
adventurously investigated using their bodies in different ways
Below are some of our fun moments.
“I love this! I can make swirls” “Mrs A, look! It’s dripping, it’s trickling down”
Together we will build the longest train track ever!
As we continue to share and support these play based learning opportunities with your children, they are not only developing crucial life skills but also preparing their brains for adulthood.
Mrs. Olubusola Akinpelu
FS & KS 1 Middle Manager
From Year 3.
Paragraph Writing in Year 3.
What you say and how you say it matters.
In writing, children begin by learning letters, then words, and finally sentences. In time, students learn how to write a paragraph by taking those sentences and organizing them around a common topic. Learning how to write a paragraph can be challenging since it requires knowing how to write a great topic sentence, using supporting details as well as finding a strong concluding sentence.Writing a paragraph means understanding which ideas go together and where a new paragraph should begin. Year 3B has linked Healthy Eating in Topic as one of the resources to help in writing a paragraph as well as improve their paragraph writing skills.
The children brought in the recipe for making sandwiches and burgers, took their time to prepare and make them and finally enjoyed the yummy and sumptuous snack.This was the best recipe to producing fantastic paragraphs in class! The children can now boast of having ‘Giant Bites’ at paragraph writing.
Class Teacher, Year 3B.
From Year 5B
Welcome to the Fantastic Fives. This session started with great enthusiasm from children and teachers. On the quest to become more independent and responsible learners, our children started off by establishing the class routine and procedures which drives their conduct and learning in class as well as the school.
Children have been solidifying their knowledge of addition, subtraction, rounding up, and mental multiplication.
In Literacy, we have been writing recounts. We revisited the functions of the parts of speech, explored several prefixes and how we can use prefixes to predict meanings of words. We also read a range of books from significant authors and attempted to adopt writing styles of Roald Dahl. Reading is now more interesting and objective with Literacy Pro. Children are now aware of their lexile level and books they can read in order to achieve a higher level.
In Topic, we have been examining the invasion of Britain by the Anglo-Saxons. We have investigated who the Anglo-Saxons are, their main tribes, routes taken to Britain and their settlements. Our children enjoyed recreating Anglo-Saxon community. They also compared the life cycle of various animals to human and investigated why some animals are endangered or extinct.
Endangered and Extinct Animals
Our Life Cycles
From Year 1
Our Year 1 experience so far…
It was not just another school resumption for us; it was also the beginning of our journey into Key Stage 1. As much as we were excited to be in our new class, there were a lot of changes we had to get used to.
For example, now we close an hour later than we did in Foundation Stage; but that is fine because we are now big boys and girls. Secondly, our homework is now daily but, guess what, we get to do some on Edmodo, which is every Tuesday and Thursday…we really love this! It gives us the opportunity to practise our ICT skills and we get to also see our friends’ comments.
We had the right attitude and put in our best effort and now, look how settled and happy we are in Year 1...
We work together as a team
Numeracy Games: Using ICT to support our learning is such fun
We are confident and actively involved in our learning.
Celebrating the Queen: Meet Queen Elizabeth’s friends…
Ordering Numbers: Outdoor learning makes a difference…we love it.
Drama: 3…2…1…action! We simply love our Drama lessons!
Our Senses: Eyes closed… but using the sense of hearing to get to a destination
2D shapes: What 2D shapes can you spot?
Now see what we made out of them!
Respect: What is respect?
How do we show respect? Look, we found pictures in magazines to answer these questions…
… and we wrote about our work.
Patterns: We learnt about patterns and made some of own…
Directions and Positions: See who has followed instruction and climbed the ladder from number 7 all the way to number 27!
See, we settled in smoothly and are sure enjoying learning!
From Year 2.
Welcome to Year 2. We are so excited to welcome our young learners into the final lap of Key Stage 1. The first few weeks of school have been splendid! The children have been working very hard with all curriculum based activities and having fun in the process.
In Numeracy we have been reviewing and counting numbers to 100, ordering numbers, spelling number names, skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We also identified 2D shapes and their properties. The children also explored using non-standard tools to measure length, weight and capacity.
Using our shoes to skip count in twos.
We used our 2D shapes to create pictures and wrote all about it. You may come and check them out in our classes.
Using straws to find the length of the class carpet. Can you guess how many straws long?
The spotlights in Literacy were writing a recount of our Summer Holiday, identifying spelling patterns / rules in words, making and writing correct sentences with capitals and full stops, identifying and using verbs in sentences and identifying elements of a good story using our story mountain. Learning about instructions was a lot of fun as we all followed the given instructions to make an “Octopus Puppet.”
Short Summer Stories from 2C
Following instructions to make our Octopus Puppets
In Topic we have looked at the differences between living and non-living things and discussed what living things need to survive. We also explored the five food groups and how they help our bodies. The children had a blast identifying and sorting different kinds of food into their various groups and realising how the food pyramid helps us make healthy food choices.
This year promises to be exciting. The children will engage in lots of collaborative learning with a focus on preparing them to be able to meet the expectations of Key Stage 2 while we maximize every opportunity that will enhance non-academic aspect of learning through S.M.S.C - Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural which is embedded in our everyday learning that takes place within the class.
Our resolute commitment to teamwork is our driving force as a T.E.A.M - Together Everyone Achieves More.
Working as a team to plan our story.
We still have lots of fun and exciting topics to look forward to this term as we grow and work together as a team.
Mrs. Patricia Onyia.
For the Year 2 Team.
From the African Studies Department.
This was a particularly exciting term to begin for the African Studies Department—one of us returning after two terms away on maternity leave and the other, a new member—and it promises to be a term of continuous discovery.
Year 1 has started by discovering where their classmates are from and learning that we can guess people’s heritage by looking at their style of dressing. They will be focusing on the unique dress style of the Yorubas. In Year 2, the children discover the joy of travel by “flying” to Ghana and learning how to read maps.
Year 3 pupils discover how easy it is to learn a language, bidding an eager “Sannu” to the beautiful language of the Hausas. Year 4 discover the intricacies of one of the most ancient cultures: the San Bushmen. In Year 5, we take on the task of encouraging others to discover—creating tourism brochures about Kenya.
Year Three learning Hausa
The Year 6 students discover Nigeria’s past by researching key concepts and people related to the Nigerian-Biafran war.
Year Six researchers
Do keep updated with our learning on Edmodo and discover Africa with us.
Princess Akin-Olugbade and Chisom Owoseni
From the Art & Design Department.
"Every story has an end, but in life every ending is just a new beginning."-Anonymous
"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."- T.S. Elliot
"Boldness has genius, power and magic. Engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin, and the work will be completed."- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Welcome back to another wonderful, creative, and above all dynamic new academic session!
Just as the opening quotes have said we fully appreciate the magic of a new year and intend to add a lot of vigour and energy in our production of eye-catching art. From Year 7 all the way to Year 11 our young artists have been constructively engaged exploring various themes like "Identity", collaborating with the MFL department by producing colourful posters to publicise their recently held European Day of Languages, and showing our support for our beloved Queen Elizabeth II as she recently attained an astonishing milestone as the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Our young artists through each task showcased a large dose of artistic license, let loose and expressed themselves in unique fashion. As we build on the skills learnt this month, we expect to explore an even more exciting genres like the Pop and Abstract Art Movements which our young artists will definitely love.
I close with a quote from an anonymous Chinese painter who stated one very useful blueprint for creative success for our young artists to imbibe: "Do not grasp the brush before the spirit and the thoughts are concentrated."
Head of Art & Design.
From the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department.
Welcome back from the Summer vacation! I hope everyone has had a good rest and that students are ready for an exciting new year acquiring another language. The academic year has started with some changes. I feel privileged to start the year working alongside a highly experienced and committed new member of staff, Mr Clement Konan. Mr Konan has come direct from South London – Battersea, to those who know the capital - where he has taught for many years and he brings to the department his substantial experience and a dedication to student-centred learning. A first language French speaker, he teaches French and Spanish; a talented linguist, he is fluent in three languages – the teaching language medium, of course, and the languages he teaches. I am sure parents and students alike will extend a warm welcome to him.
Mr Jean-Claude Grebe, another highly committed and experienced member of the MFL Department (French and Spanish), has developed recently a new role as the school’s first Health and Safety Officer. In addition, he has been working as the School House and Events Organizer - acting as an arbiter between the highly competitive school houses.
The MFL Department organised the European Day of Languages (EDL) on Tuesday, 22 September; the actual EDL is celebrated on 26 September, and because it falls on a Saturday this year, we decided to celebrate it on the day we had our assemblies. Mrs Ludmila Oresanya, Mrs Grethe Fayose, both of whom teach in our primary school, Mr Bhila and one of our parents, Mrs Rosie Maloof, gave taster lessons in – respectively – Russian, Dutch, Zulu and Arabic. I noticed a few students taking notes and I suspect parents might have been introduced to these different and fascinating languages. Later that day, we had food from around the world cooked by our mothers, fathers and possibly our students, giving the day a true international feel. We really give our heartfelt thanks to those parents and students who contributed food made our EDL a memorable occasion for our students who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We would like to express our gratitude to the Art and Music Departments,
particularly to Mr Jay Elone and Mr Korede who have worked with us. The art
students produced incredible posters in many languages while Mr Korede played some interesting French and Latino music.
The MFL Department is planning a trip to France and Switzerland, a country where the official languages include French, German and Italian. Spanish classes will of course also be provided. It is not just a multi-lingual nation but a staggeringly beautiful place. The Alpine scenery is pure “picture postcard” combined with its painted chalets, rugged landscape and snow-topped summits. We will offer a trip which will get students to be fully immersed in the culture of languages learnt in school and to see an environment which has cross curricular ties to Art, Geography and even Music: we only have to think of the following to see the subject connections - the late Jura and Alpine paintings of Gustave Courbet were inspired by this landscape, alpine flora includes semperviviums, Ice Age rock formations, and the setting to Rossini’s opera, William Tell.
We feel it is important that all students are able to make links with cross-curricular links: there has been plenty of UK research since the 1980s to show that students learn better when they make ties between different subjects. Linking, say, French to Music or Geography goes a long way, too, to making our students fully rounded individuals, able to make critical thinking connections. We highly recommend our students to sign up for this trip when you receive the detailed letter and we hope to arrange more interesting events as the year unrolls.
Head of MFL.
From the Science Department.
A new term, a new year. Welcome back! 2014-2015 was another successful year for the Science Department. The year saw some wonderful projects from our KS3 students, an incredible Science Exhibition and to cap it all, very good GCSE results from our KS4 students.
We maintained our 100% A*- C record in Science; Psychology also recorded 100% A* - C and the newly introduced Separate Sciences all recorded 75% A*-C. Congratulations go out to the outgoing Year 11s for working hard throughout the year and making themselves and CIS proud.
This year has started with a bang. The Year 7s impressed in their safety induction tests and were awarded with certificates and badges in assembly. Our appreciation go to the parents who came along and who also got involved. The Year 7s are showing great enthusiasm and we will continue to nurture this in the department and make them enjoy Science even more.
Year 10 Psychology students have shown clear perspective thinking in tackling how the brain works. They are enjoying looking into what we normally just take for granted. To quote one of the students, “I have really enjoyed psychology, I find it interesting -to see all the work that our brains do especially without us knowing. And I understand what we've learned so far - depth cues (monocular/binocular), stereopsis, how we see.”
The Science department always takes education to another level. We aim to educate, enthuse and entertain our students in and outside the classroom. In light of this we have always organised trips that are educational as well as entertaining: edutainment. This year, with other departments, we are taking out students to Sugar Bay Resort, Durban (February half term) where the students will learn while doing exciting activities all in one place. First week of Easter holidays will see us teaming up with the ICT department to the exciting state of Florida in USA. We aim to bring the world of space alive to our students by giving them first-hand experience of what space centres, space shuttles, astronauts are like. Make sure you do not let your child miss these exciting opportunities.
We would like to welcome Mr Stephen Okonjor to our department who joins Mr K Bhila (HOD), Mrs O Peters, Miss V Mordi, Mr S Jubril and Mr E Falodun.
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. - Stephen Hawking
HoD Science and Psychology.