On Friday, Year 1 were given the opportunity to go to the Academy of Ancient Music’s rehearsal of B Minor Mass by JS Bach (1685-1750). Year 1 children are all learning either the violin or the cello this year, and it was a great chance for them to see where this could lead to and experience live music so close up!
Thank you, London Music Masters, for this amazing opportunity.
Last week, Year 5 visited the Imperial War Musem in Lambeth, as part of their topic on World War 2. This is what Ayida said about the trip:
‘We were following the story of the Allpress family, who survived the war. We learnt about rationing, and how little food people were allowed. It was really exciting, and unbelievable, because of all the differences compared to now.’
Today, Year 6 were visited by a PhD student about his scientific work and his Christian faith. They have been studying Creation in Religious Education and thinking about how Christians combine their religious beliefs with their understanding of Science. The children had written to Mr Shaw beforehand and had composed some really insightful questions, such as ”why did you choose to study Science if you thought it might affect your faith?” During the discussion, the children took notes about things they found particularly interesting, or answers to the questions they had.
We are very grateful to Barnabas Shaw for visiting us today.
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!
Weekly Newsletter for Friday 13th October: Oct 13th 2017
Today is our Year 5 children’s last day at Sayers Croft. They are enjoying team challenges this morning:
On Friday, Year 1 had a visit from two of our local community police officers. They are studying the first black British police officer, John Kent, as part of Black History Month.
They had a great time learning about the job of the police officers, and especially trying on their helmets! They also learnt about how to be safe and be careful with strangers.
The children slept very well and are wide awake and ready for their activities this morning. They will be caving, having a go at a low ropes course, exploring the WW2 trail and finding their way around the woods using compasses. A jam-packed day, full of adventure!
The children also celebrated a special birthday.
Sayers Croft ropes
This year, for the first time, our Year 5s have gone to Sayers Croft Activity Centre in Ewhurst, Surrey. They are undertaking outdoor adventurous activities (part of the PE curriculum) and mapwork activities (part of the Geography curriulum), as well as team building and learning to stay away from home! Today, they tackled the blindfold trail, maze and orienteering challenge:
Year 6 have been learning about Creation in their RE (using Understanding Christianity), and reflecting on what it means to them through art and poetry. Here are some of their original poems:
St Mary’s has been awarded the Gold level accreditation for its work on encouraging children to travel to school in a healthy and sustainable way, and for its work on air quality.
Well done to all the children, staff and parents who helped us to achieve this. We are also grateful for the help we received from Westminster City Council.