Today, the children in Year 1 had the opportunity to sit in a professional orchestra rehearsal at the South Bank Centre. They could see the musicians close up and were able to explore their instruments, some of which were very old. It was really inspiring for them and they had a great time. We are grateful to London Music Masters for making this possible.
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.
Last week, Year 1 visited Pizza Express to learn how to make pizzas and explore different ingredients. Here they are making and enjoying their pizzas:
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.
St Mary’s are taking part in the Prom Praise for Schools (PP4S) project this year. Members of the school choir are going to the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 21st March to take part in a giant concert with thousands of other children from across the Diocese of London.
As part of this project, musicians from the All Souls Orchestra, who will be playing in the concert (and their conductor, Noel Tredinnick) came to St Mary’s to lead an assembly. They taught the children some of the songs, played their instruments for us and taught us about the story of the Prodigal Son, which linked with our whole school value of Forgiveness.
We really enjoyed singing with them, especially ‘Count Your Blessings’ which we sang in 3 parts!
Last week, Year 1 visited the Tower of London as part of their Castles topic.
Here they are on their trip:
This afternoon, Year 1 and 2 put on their version of the Christmas Story, with a group of aliens stranded on earth telling the story. There were stars and angels and Mary and Joseph, who like the aliens, could find no home. The children acted brilliantly and sang their hearts out. Well done, we are very proud of you!
Last week, Year 2 had a Florence Nightingale theme day to support their learning in history. The children dressed up as soldiers and nurses, and recreated a hospital from the Crimean War in the classroom.
On Friday, Year 1 had a theme day learning all about toys.
Themed around their ‘Toys’ History topic they undertook several activities over the day. Children drew old toys, played with toys from the past and made their own ball and cup game which they really enjoyed playing with.
Children also wrote questions to ask Mr Riordan and he came in to answer the children’s questions, who explained all about toys and life from when he was young.
This week, Year 1 took their Art lesson outdoors and painted aspects of nature in the park.