On Monday, we held our Sports Day at Paddington Recreation Ground. It was a swelteringly hot day, but despite that we managed to have a great time doing different activities. There was an egg and spoon race, long jump, sprinting and football dribbling amongst other things. We finished with an adults vs Year 6 relay race, which the children easily won! Well done, everyone, and thank you to Mr Pendlebury for organising it.
Today, we awarded children with certificates for their participation, and medals for the children who made the greatest effort and showed the best sportsmanship. We also announced that BLUE team had won this year. Congratulations!
It was wonderful to hear the progress made by our violinists and cellists this week at our end of year Music Masters concert. It was particularly lovely to hear all the children playing their instruments together in ensemble pieces. Well done Year 1 and 2!
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.
Yesterday, Year 2 went to Regent’s Park for a multi-skills day, where they tried out different sports. It was a lovely day for it!
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!
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.
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.
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.
We love writing at St Mary’s and want to celebrate the best writing our children do, week by week. The children whose writing is particularly brilliant are called our ‘Champion Writers’. Here are this week’s Champion Writers from Year 1 and Year 3:
On Wednesday, Year 1 visited the Tower of London as part of their topic on Castles. They really enjoyed their workshop, all about the history of the Tower, and pretending to be Beefeaters (the special soldiers who guard the Tower)!