We started the week learning about Mother Teresa of Calcutta in assembly, and what she thought was the most important human need.
On Monday afternoon, one of our parents came in to share with Year 4 all about Hinduism. They learnt that there are over 330 million gods in Hinduism, and over a billion people follow the religion!
On Tuesday, another parent came to speak to year 1 about Indonesia:
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 well. 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.
Our weekly newsletter for 12th January: January 12th 2018
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.
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.
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!
This afternoon, Early Years delighted us with their Nativity play: The Sleepy Shepherd. They sang so beautifully and acted out all the parts really well to tell the Christmas story. Huge thanks to the staff for all their hard work putting the show together.
We also took a collection for ‘Save the Children’ at the end.
Here is this week’s newsletter: December 15th 2017
We are so delighted to have a strong link with both Wetherby Preparatory School and Wetherby Senior School. Boys from the senior school come weekly to work with some of our Year 6 students. You can find out more in the current edition of their school magazine, on pages 12-15:
Year 1 had a ‘Toys Day’ in class last week as part of their History topic. The children brought in toys from home and really enjoyed talking about these to the class. They also made toys, painted pictures of toys and played traditional games in the playground such as ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’
Later in the day the children enjoyed asking Miss Cahill questions about the toys she used to play with when she was their age.