The children have been having lots of fun at our Minibest Hotel this term! We have had quite a few different visitors, particularly snails, who like munching on the food we leave for them. It is a wonderful way of engaging children with animals to foster their awe and wonder, and also to develop their language as they talk about what they can see.
Today, six of our Year 6 pupils visited Wetherby Prep School to challenge their mathematicians. They took part in a team challenge, working out a Maths problem using their logic and mathematical reasoning. They then finished the afternoon with a quick-fire Maths quiz. Our children cracked the puzzle really quickly and although they were slightly pipped to the post on the finished solution by the Wetherby boys, they definitely held their own! Well done Year 6.
This week, Year 2 visited London Zoo to learn more about endangered animals. They have been studying different animals and finding out why they are endangered and what we can do to prevent this.
Today, six of our budding engineers visited the Royal Albert Hall to conclude the ‘Evolution’ DT project. This was a project involving building mechanical structures, based on the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Amaluna’.
They presented work that the whole class had conceived, designed and built to other schools and the Rolls Royce engineers we have been working with. The audience were very impressed with their knowledge, passion and confidence (as was Mr Davies!).
Today, Year 5 visited the Wallace Collection to take part in an art workshop. Mr Davies writes:
‘The children were inspired by the story that Alex (an artist) read about Louis XV. They sketched objects that represented different parts of the story, before trying screen printing with various colour inks, to create an eclectic piece about the story. Alex was impressed with the ability and enthusiasm the children showed, as well their team work.’
Last week, Year 6 visited the London Transport Museum for a Junior Citizen workshop.
Mr Knight writes:
This week, Year 6 had a break from their SATs revision and enjoyed a day out of class. They were invited to participate in the Year 6 Junior Citizenship programme run by Westminster. The children are taught life skills essential to being a responsible member of our community. This was done through different real-life scenarios. There were six stations in total which were:
- How to travel safely on the underground tube
- How to use your zip card on the bus
- How to approach dogs in public
- Using the internet safely
- What to do in case of a fire
- How to cross the road safely
“The Westminster Junior Citizenship scheme is a unique and invaluable opportunity for Year 6 children to learn citizenship messages and life skills from participating agencies, including: the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Service, Westminster Council, the British Red Cross and our own Transport for London Safety and Citizenship Team. Students spend their morning session taking part in interactive scenarios that teach strategies for leading a safer and more responsible lifestyle.”
The forecast was lovely, which meant we could also enjoy a sunny picnic in the grounds of St Paul’s church, in the Covent Garden Piazza and play some team building games.
Overall the trip was a great success and all children had fun. Thanks to the staff and parents for making this trip possible.
Yesterday, Year 3 visited the Wallace Collection to investigate patterns. They observed patterns in artwork and furniture, and created their own prints to create repeated, symmetrical and rotational patterns.
Last week, F1 visited ‘The Garden’ in the Science Museum. It was a very exciting and interactive experience for the children, which allowed them to discover Science through play. They had a chance to explore water, construction, light and sound. They have deepened their understanding about floating and sinking as a result. They also found out about shadows and reflections.
On Friday, Year 6 took part in the Easter Experience at All Souls Church. They explored the story of Easter through drama and role play, and through looking at artefacts, to try and decide who was responsible for the death of Jesus.
Yesterday, Year 1 performed for the first time in front of the whole school and their parents. They have all been learning the violin since September with teachers from London Music Masters, and it was great to see how confident they now are at playing. They also had a visit from a professional violinist, Marc Bouchkov, who inspired them with his incredible playing.