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.
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.
On Monday 2nd October, KS1 and KS2 students made their way to Paddington Rec for our school Cross Country.
Children ran the following distances:
Year 1 and 2: 600m
Year 3 and 4: 1km
Year 5 and 6: 1.6km (1 mile)
A particularly exciting race was the Year 6 girls, which was an extremely tight finish for 3rd place! Congratulations to the top 6 finishers from each year group, who will represent St Mary’s at the inter-school competition at Regent’s Park. Well done to everyone for participating and showing great sportsmanship!
Today we had a glorious Sports Day at Paddington Rec. Every class rotated round the six fun activities, including skipping, egg and spoon and long jump. Then children in Years 3-6 all took part in a giant relay race, followed by a teachers/ parents/ Year 6 race (which the teachers won, of course!!). It is a fantastic day. Huge thanks to Ms Bell and Chris from QPR for organising it.
Great team support from Year 3 – well done!
Yesterday, Year 1 performed for parents and pupils at their end of year violin concert. They have been learning the violin three times a week with London Music Masters, and will carry on next year. The children made a lovely, clear sound with their bows and sang and acted out some fun songs too!
Well done, Year 1 – we are really proud of you.
Today the children in Year 1 celebrated the life of our Queen, which marked the end of their History topic on Queen Elizabeth II. The children made crowns, Union Jack flags and painted portraits of the Queen. They also made cucumber sandwiches which they ate with a small cake at a garden tea party.
As part of STEM week, Year 1 and 2 studied caterpillars and watched how they turned into butterflies.
Last week, they released their butterflies into the wild!
Today, classes shared what they had learnt and made in STEM week last week. We heard about making 3D bubbles in Reception (F2), studying caterpillars and butterflies in KS1 and creating drinks, jam tarts and bird houses in KS2! Well done, everyone.
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.