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)!
Yesterday Year 2 celebrated the end of their History topic with a Florence Nightingale dress up day. The children had fun consolidating their learning through a variety of activities. These included learning basic first aid with our own Florence Nightingale (Mrs Kennedy) creating the royal Red Cross which was a medal awarded to Florence by Queen Victoria, role play at tidying the Scutari hospital so it was hygienic and finally designing a poster advertising for doctors and nurses, thinking about words that describe them.
Last week, Year 2 visited London Zoo to learn about the identification and classification of animals. They had a fantastic day, with a hands-on workshop and visiting lots of different animals. They also had a great walk through Regent’s Park, where they stopped to look at London Central Mosque.
Today, Years 1 and 2 performed their Nativity Play: Whoops-a-Daisy Angel. They did a lovely job of singing, dancing and acting out the story. Well done!
Year 1 had a ‘Toys Day’ in class last week as part of their History topic. The children brought in toys from home and really enjoyed talking about these to the class. They also made toys, painted pictures of toys and played traditional games in the playground such as ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’
Later in the day the children enjoyed asking Miss Cahill questions about the toys she used to play with when she was their age.
We were delighted that 4 of our children have had their artwork turned into displays in Leicester Square! They had to create a design which incorporated a London landmark and a Christmas theme. The children drew famous public buildings, places of worship or bridges and then decorated them with Christmas symbols and images. We are very proud of what they have produced.
The winners went to Leicester Square on Tuesday to receive a certificate and to see their artwork in situ.