Our Virtual Tour – Have a Look Inside Edmund Waller.

Do you have a child who will start school next September?

We’ve prepared a video to introduce you to our Early Years phase, and to offer a glimpse of what the rest of Edmund Waller is like. We hope to welcome you and your child soon.

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Summer Concert – Watch Again!

What a way to end the term. If you want to relive the End of Year Concert, do so using the links below.

If you’d like to see the faces of other audience members, then feel free to also join the Zoom meeting, details of which were circulated by email on Friday. Whether you choose to Zoom or not, you will need to watch via the YouTube video.

We look forward to enjoying the night with you.

Joining in the Online Summer Celebration (guide tracks now added)

As you will know by now, our usual Summer Celebration will be replaced by an online event – a way of connecting at the end of the year and wishing each other a healthy, happy summer.

The Idea

Amongst some other items, we are aiming to create something like this for each year group:

Your child’s year group will have a song and hopefully, they will have learned it at home and during Zoom rehearsals.

We hope that lots of you will take part. Below you can view, play and download the lyrics and guide tracks for your child’s year group. At the bottom of the table, you can find the whole school songs.

Guide Tracks and Lyrics

Year GroupLyricsGuide Track
Rec Space Oddity Lyrics Space Oddity (guide)
Year 1Dinosaur Song LyricsDinosaur Song (guide)
Year 2Fire! Songs Lyrics Fire! Songs (guide)
Year 3In the Mood Lyrics In the Mood (guide)
Year 4Let Me Take You To Rio Lyrics

Samba Players’ Information
Let Me Take You To Rio (guide)
Year 5Hail Caesar! Lyrics
(children sing the whole thing)
Hail Caesar! (guide)
(children sing the whole thing)
Year 6Walk Like an Egyptian LyricsWalk Like an Egyptian (guide)
ALL ClassesI’m Coming Out Lyrics
Dance your socks off – you and your children!
Space Oddity Lyrics
I’m Coming Out (guide)
Dance your socks off – you and your children!
Space Oddity (guide)

For this to work, we need you to capture your child’s performance at home, and then send it to us. We will then combine the recordings from each year group.


We encourage children to have as much fun as possible creating the videos, dressing up, singing, dancing. Make it enjoyable. There is no pressure to sound perfect. Teachers will have given guidance in home learning.

Playing and Recording

  1. Download and play the guide track above for you child’s year group on one device (device A), making sure your child knows the song.
  2. Find a quiet place with good light to make the recording.
  3. Use a separate device (device B) to record the performance. This should be whichever device has the best camera.
  4. In order to sing in time and in tune, your child will need to hear the music playing from device A through earphones while they perform.

The resulting video should not include the backing music.

Tip: Record close to your child to avoid having too much echo in the room. This tends to improve the overall sound.

If your child’s performance includes dance, it may be best to record an audio/sound file (voice note) separately. Please send both files in the same way.

Naming Videos (very important)

Please rename your files before sending (ChildName_class_song). It will really help the editing process.





Due to the large size of video files, you may need to use a service such as WeTransfer, Gdrive,  OneDrive or Dropbox. If you have problems with sending your video, it would be very helpful to us if you would ask friends for support, only contacting the school as a last resort.

If you are able to choose the subject line of the email you send, please include the same information as the file name.

Please send files by Sunday 28th June to:


The above email address is a shared mailbox which will be monitored for submissions only.

The Event – 7pm, Monday 20th July

The event will be a live, free, publicly viewable stream on the internet. Feel free to invite family and friends to watch. The link to the stream will be shared nearer the time and will be posted on the school website.

NB: We will treat your sending of video and audio files as consent to use your child’s image and performance in this way. For this reason, we ask that you send the file from your own email account, and not that of your child.

Rehearsal Tracks

These are NOT the backing tracks to use for your recordings. These are to help with learning the songs. The tracks for recording will be posted by Wednesday evening and you’ll get an email. It is important that everyone uses the correct track for the recording, or we’ll all be singing out of time!

Whole School – Space Oddity

Whole School – I’m Coming Out

Year 1 – Dinosaur Song

Year 2 – Fire Songs

The Pepys Report
Run to the Water
London’s Burning

Year 3 – “In the Mood” (from 1:20)

Year 4 – “Let Me Take You To Rio” (learn Chorus only)

Year 5 – “Hail Caesar” (chorus only)

Year 6 – “Walk Like an Egyptian”

Join us for Monday Morning Singing Assembly!

We will resume Monday morning singing on Monday 15th June using the existing invitations sent earlier in the term. We hope you can join us. For those who have not taken part before, details are below.

Key Stage 1 (Rec, 1 & 2): 9:40am – 9:55am

Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4,5 & 6): 10:30am – 10:45am

We will be using an online meeting platform called Zoom. If you want to join in, but have never used Zoom before, we suggest you download it in advance by clicking on the invitations when they arrive.

Meeting invitations will be resent to parents by email. If you have not been receiving the weekly newsletter by email, you may need to update your contact details with the office.

Notes for those participating:

  • Please do not share the link outside of Edmund Waller
  • If you can, please rename your ID to your child’s FIRST name only.
  • Please keep video ON. The whole point is to see each other, and it helps us to check who is online. Adults unaccompanied by a child, and those we cannot identify, will be removed.
  • Bearing in mind that you can be seen, remember to let other people in the house know that the camera is on. This should avoid any embarrassing surprises.
  • To help us start on time, please log on a few minutes before the start so we can admit everyone together. The meeting will be locked to new participants soon after it has begun

Looking forward to seeing you!

Lila and the Secret of Rain

Mrs Scholl reads “Lila and the Secret of Rain” by David Conway and Jude Daly

The beautiful story of how Lila saves her village by telling the sky the saddest thing she knows. For months the sun has burned down on Lila’s Kenyan village. It is too hot to gather firewood, too hot to weed the garden, even too hot to milk the cow. Without rain the well will run dry and the crops will fail. Lila is so worried that when her grandfather whispers to her the secret of rain, she decides to go and talk to the sky herself.

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; Reprint edition (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847800351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847800350

About the Author

David Conway was born in Ireland but moved to England as a baby, and has lived here ever since. He currently works at home, bringing up his daughter and son, and writing for children. His poetry has been published in many anthologies, including Loose Change in association with War on Want. David lives in North London.

Jude Daly was born in London and emigrated to South Africa as a young child. She went to art college in Cape Town, and now lives there with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, and their two sons.

Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer

Miss Boxall reads “Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer” by Bob Wilson

It seems that nothing can save Huddersgate Albion from a terrible defeat on the home ground. Until Stanley Bagshaw finds his way on the pitch that is – after that anything can happen.

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher: Barn Owl Books (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190301526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903015261

The Egg

Mrs Mooney reads “The Egg” by M.P. Robertson.

George knows something isn’t right when he finds more than he bargained for under his mother’s favourite chicken….but when the egg hatches he finds himself looking after a baby dragon! George takes his job as a parent seriously, teaching the hatchling all sorts of ‘dragony’ ways, but the dragon begins to pine for his own kind, and one day he disappears…

  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; Paperback Reissue edition (20 Nov. 2008)
  • ASIN: B00I63BV5Q

Author Biography

Mark (M.P) Robertson was born in Parsons green, London in 1965. He studied illustration at Kingston Polytechnic.

After he graduated in 1988 he worked as a freelance illustrator. He has illustrated over a hundred covers and has provided countless pen and ink illustrations for many titles by distinguished authors, such as Joan Aiken, Robert Bolt, Robert Swindells, Adele Geras and Brian Patten.

In 1997 he wrote and illustrated his first picture book Seven ways to catch the Moon. He followed this with The Egg a story about a boy and a foundling dragon. His latest book Frank n Stan is a heart warming retelling of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic.

Nobody Owns the Sky

Miss Rogations reads “Nobody Owns the Sky” by Reeve Lindbergh

The story of Bessie Coleman becoming the first licensed African American aviator is sure to inspire readers to follow their own dreams.

As a young black woman in the 1920s, Bessie Coleman’s chances of becoming a pilot were slim. But she never let her dream die and became the first licensed African-American aviator. Reeve Lindbergh honors her memory with a poem that sings of her accomplishment. With bold illustrations by Pamela Paparone, Nobody Owns the Sky will inspire readers to follow their dreams.

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What’s this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (January 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763603619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763603618