International Week – Early Years

EYFS have been learning about Japan during International Week. They had a special visitor who showed the children how to make sushi and origami hats, and taught F2 about the special festival of Children’s Day, where they make beautiful fish kites. F1 learnt about the spring festival of Sakura, and made cherry blossom paintings. They also read the book ‘I live in Tokyo’ and found out about the bullet train, the fastest train in Japan.

Parakeets in the Playground!

We had some very special visitors to our Early Years garden this afternoon… green parakeets! They came to eat the food in our special bird feeders. Children in Early Years demonstrated great curiosity, while taking care to keep very quiet and still so they didn’t fly away.

International Week

We started the week learning about Mother Teresa of Calcutta in assembly, and what she thought was the most important human need.

HinduismYear 4 have been learning about India, and in particular, all about Hinduism. They have had two special visitors who taught them that there are over 330 million gods in Hinduism, and over a billion people follow the religion! They also learnt what life is like in India.

 

Year 1 have been learning about Indonesia, and really enjoyed hearing from their visitor:

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Year 2 have been learning about Bangladesh and about Islam as the main religion in Bangladesh. They made roti bread, flags and waterlilies from clay (Bangladesh’s national flower) and had some very special visitors:

 

Violin recital

Today, the children enjoyed a recital by Ben Beilman from Philadelphia, USA. He played two pieces: Partita in D minor by J.S. Bach and a derivative piece by Bela Bartok. The children responded very well and were able to compare and contrast the pieces thoughtfully. One child in Y2 said ‘this is the best thing I’ve ever heard!’ We are very grateful to London Music Masters for this incredible opportunity.

Ben Beilman 1Ben Beilman

Painting on the ceiling!

Year 4 have been learning about Michelangelo in Art, and how he painted the Sistene Chapel ceiling in the Vatican. They had a go at imagining what it might be like to paint a ceiling!

They also looked carefully at Michelangelo’s ceiling painting and his sculpture ‘the Pieta’ and discussed what the meaning of them might be. They recognised stories that they have studied in RE, such as Creation and Adam and Eve.

British Animation Awards 2018

Yesterday, children from our Animation Club and other budding artists visited the Regent Street Cinema to be judges for the British Animation Awards. This is a huge honour and we were delighted to have been invited! The children watched 6 short films, giving them a score out of 10 and writing down their feedback. The results of their judgements will be announced in March as the ‘Children’s Choice Award’. They also had a great time making thaumathropes and animating them on a laptop! It was a wonderful day.

Attendance Celebration

On Friday, the children with 100% attendance last term had their reward celebration – a pizza and popcorn party. We are delighted that 44 children (around a quarter of our school) achieved 100%. Every child now has a personal target for this coming term – good luck, everyone!

pizza and popcorn Jan 18