We started the week learning about Mother Teresa of Calcutta in assembly, and what she thought was the most important human need.
Year 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:
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:
Year 6 learnt about China and Confucianism. Some of the Chinese children helped their classmates to practise writing Chinese characters and were visited by some of our parents, sharing their culture and practices with the class.
Year 3 learnt about Thailand, and Buddhism as practised in Thailand and had a special visitor talk about the culture of the country.
Year 5 have been working on a project to support one of our local charities – the West London Mission homeless shelter, near school. This has been part of their learning in RE this term. They were reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas for Christians, and what sort of message they think Jesus would want to communicate to the world now. They had specifically said in their class RE feedback that they wanted to get more involved in charitable activities, and they have really enjoyed developing this aspect of their RE lessons.
The children wrote to the other classes in the school asking them to bring donations, and have been collecting them all week. They also made posters to display around school, sharing what they think the true message of Christmas is for Christians. This afternoon they delivered their gifts and found out more about the work of the centre. Well done, Year 5!
We were delighted that 4 of our children have had their artwork turned into displays in Leicester Square! They had to create a design which incorporated a London landmark and a Christmas theme. The children drew famous public buildings, places of worship or bridges and then decorated them with Christmas symbols and images. We are very proud of what they have produced.
The winners went to Leicester Square on Tuesday to receive a certificate and to see their artwork in situ.
As part of Westminster’s strategy to make roads such as Enford Street ’20 miles per hour’ zones, they have been visiting schools with a road safety presentation. The children really enjoyed it and were challenged to think about how they can keep themselves safe when they are out and about.
On Monday, Year 6 went to the Grosvenor House Hotel to cheer for the award winners and celebrities at the Pride of Britain Awards. They behaved extremely well and were very polite and well-mannered to all the people they met. They enjoyed getting the celebrities to sign their autograph books and chat to them.
Yesterday, we held our Harvest Festival in church. The children brought in lots of gifts of food for North Paddington Food Bank. We sang some of our favourite songs, on the themes of ‘Rescue’ and giving thanks. The choir sang a medley based on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Year 5 prayed for us really beautifully.
At St Mary’s we have been celebrating Black History Month throughout October. Each class has been learning about someone who was the first black person in their field in Britain. Here are some of the things they have been learning about:
Year 6 learnt about Diane Abbott, one of the first black British MPs, and held their own parliamentary debate about school uniform:
Year 3 learnt about the first black British bishop, Bishop Wilfred Wood, and made their own mitres and stoles:
Year 5 have learnt about James Peters, the first black British rugby player, who had an incredible life story!
On Monday 2nd October, KS1 and KS2 students made their way to Paddington Rec for our school Cross Country.
Children ran the following distances:
Year 1 and 2: 600m
Year 3 and 4: 1km
Year 5 and 6: 1.6km (1 mile)
A particularly exciting race was the Year 6 girls, which was an extremely tight finish for 3rd place! Congratulations to the top 6 finishers from each year group, who will represent St Mary’s at the inter-school competition at Regent’s Park. Well done to everyone for participating and showing great sportsmanship!
This year, we have started a weekly time of Collective Worship in the classroom, for children to explore our assembly themes in even greater depth with their classteacher. As part of this, we are also using a variety of creative ways to pray and reflect, both about ourselves and the world around us.