On Monday, Year 5 visited the British Museum to enhance their learning about the Ancient Egyptians. Mr Davies writes:
We visited the British Museum for several reasons. Firstly, we saw the legendary Rosetta Stone, which we studied in our Ancient Egypt topic. Next, one of the curators of the Museum gave us a talk about the oldest mummified body there (from approximately 5,500 years ago). Finally, the children had a chance to use mobile phones to create their own multimedia tomb paintings, to represent what they would like in the afterlife, had they lived in ancient Egypt.
Today, six of our Year 6 pupils visited Wetherby Prep School to challenge their mathematicians. They took part in a team challenge, working out a Maths problem using their logic and mathematical reasoning. They then finished the afternoon with a quick-fire Maths quiz. Our children cracked the puzzle really quickly and although they were slightly pipped to the post on the finished solution by the Wetherby boys, they definitely held their own! Well done Year 6.
On Friday, Year 6 had a well-deserved fun day out to Chessington to celebrate finishing their SATs tests. Everyone had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the range of rides, activities and attractions.
Amelia wrote about this report about the day:
Today, six of our budding engineers visited the Royal Albert Hall to conclude the ‘Evolution’ DT project. This was a project involving building mechanical structures, based on the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Amaluna’.
They presented work that the whole class had conceived, designed and built to other schools and the Rolls Royce engineers we have been working with. The audience were very impressed with their knowledge, passion and confidence (as was Mr Davies!).
Today, Year 5 visited the Wallace Collection to take part in an art workshop. Mr Davies writes:
‘The children were inspired by the story that Alex (an artist) read about Louis XV. They sketched objects that represented different parts of the story, before trying screen printing with various colour inks, to create an eclectic piece about the story. Alex was impressed with the ability and enthusiasm the children showed, as well their team work.’
Last week, Year 6 visited the London Transport Museum for a Junior Citizen workshop.
Mr Knight writes:
This week, Year 6 had a break from their SATs revision and enjoyed a day out of class. They were invited to participate in the Year 6 Junior Citizenship programme run by Westminster. The children are taught life skills essential to being a responsible member of our community. This was done through different real-life scenarios. There were six stations in total which were:
- How to travel safely on the underground tube
- How to use your zip card on the bus
- How to approach dogs in public
- Using the internet safely
- What to do in case of a fire
- How to cross the road safely
“The Westminster Junior Citizenship scheme is a unique and invaluable opportunity for Year 6 children to learn citizenship messages and life skills from participating agencies, including: the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Service, Westminster Council, the British Red Cross and our own Transport for London Safety and Citizenship Team. Students spend their morning session taking part in interactive scenarios that teach strategies for leading a safer and more responsible lifestyle.”
The forecast was lovely, which meant we could also enjoy a sunny picnic in the grounds of St Paul’s church, in the Covent Garden Piazza and play some team building games.
Overall the trip was a great success and all children had fun. Thanks to the staff and parents for making this trip possible.
Yesterday, Year 3 visited the Wallace Collection to investigate patterns. They observed patterns in artwork and furniture, and created their own prints to create repeated, symmetrical and rotational patterns.
On Friday, Year 6 took part in the Easter Experience at All Souls Church. They explored the story of Easter through drama and role play, and through looking at artefacts, to try and decide who was responsible for the death of Jesus.
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!
On Saturday, a group from our Year 6 class took part in a large concert at the Royal Festival Hall, organised by London Music Masters. They sang two pieces, ‘Flutter’ – an original composition – and ‘Music is Everything’ which was composed by six of the LMM schools, including St Mary’s.
Our children sang as part of a choir with children from other schools, with over 100 children playing the violins and kettle drums. It was very exciting!
Here is a video of our favourite part:
The children were a huge credit to St Mary’s and we are very proud of them. We also really enjoyed singing with children from St Barnabas School in Pimlico.