Category Archives: Curriculum

RE Visitors

We have had some visitors into our school in the last week to share their lives and beliefs with the children. Year 4 had a visit by a Sikh, who talked about the 7 Ks of Sikhism and what life is like for him. Year 1 and 5 were visited by a Jewish believer, who spoke about different practices in Judaism. She also brought Challah bread, which the children were able to try!

Our children have told us they love these visits, because it helps them to understand the difference faith makes to a believer’s life – it makes it real and relevant for them. It also helps them to develop respect for others, which is one of our core Christian values.

We are very grateful to our visitors for giving up their time to come and see us.

 

Great Fire of London Re-enactment

Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London and this week they recreated it! They made wooden and paper houses in the style of 1666, and then watched as the fire travelled from house to house, burning them. Of course, our wonderful site manager, OJ was on hand to keep everything safe!

Art Day and Drama Performance

On Thursday, every class had a special art day on the theme of ‘Dreams’. This was to link with the Drama Club performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Friday. The children’s artwork is wonderful and they had a fantastic time creating it. Several classes also linked their writing to their art, and produced some really beautiful poetry and biographies of artists. Parents were invited to come and see the art, and those who did really enjoyed it!

Here are the Drama Club children taking a bow after their amazing performance:

Year 2 Trip to the Hyde Park Lookout Centre

On Monday 18 June, Year 2 went on a trip to the Lookout Centre, in Hyde Park. They went to  learn more about how animals change as they grow, and to understand that animals produce offspring that grow into adults as part of their Science topic. In English they have been learning about explanation texts and in particular life cycle stages of  a butterfly. The children behaved fantastically and enjoyed finding mini-beasts outdoors as well as pond dipping.

Peter and the Wolf Music Trip

This week, Year 1 and 2 were invited to attend a unique performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s  symphonic fairy tale of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ directed by  Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson, at the Hinde St Methodist Church in Marylebone.  They participated in a discussion with Sue on what their favourite instrument was from the orchestra, then sat and listened as Anna told the story while Sue conducted the orchestra. Afterwards, they were given an opportunity to try out some of the instruments that were used in the performance. All of the children were super ambassadors for the school, and loved the experience of seeing story telling and music come together.

F2 at Pizza Express

On Tuesday, F2 visited Pizza Express on Baker Street to have a go at making their own pizzas.

Mayor’s Visit – Writing Competition

Children across the school have been competing to produce the best piece of work linked to the Mayor of London’s Air Quality visit in May.

Here are some of the winners!

And here is the letter the Mayor of London sent to us after his visit: Mayor’s letter June18

 

Year 2’s Visit to a Hindu Mandir

On Friday, Year 2 visited the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasdon, West London, as part of their topic on Hinduism. When they got off the bus, they were immediately astonished by the size of the Mandir and how white and ‘shiny’ it was. They described it as ‘magnificent, amazing, beautiful’. Inside, they really enjoyed looking at the wooden carvings all over the walls, the colourful carpets and the marble ceilings. They watched a film about the making of the Mandir and also observed a prayer ceremony, comparing it with ceremonies in their own religions.

On the way, the children tried out our new air quality masks to help them breathe better as they travelled around the streets of London.

Year 3 trip to Kew Gardens

Today, Year 3 visited Kew Gardens for a science workshop about plants. They learned all about what each part of a plant does, and found a variety of bees in the gardens. Everyone was surprised to learn that even creatures like bats, lizards and frogs can be pollinators!

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