Year 5 have been working on a project to support one of our local charities – the West London Mission homeless shelter, near school. This has been part of their learning in RE this term. They were reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas for Christians, and what sort of message they think Jesus would want to communicate to the world now. They had specifically said in their class RE feedback that they wanted to get more involved in charitable activities, and they have really enjoyed developing this aspect of their RE lessons.
The children wrote to the other classes in the school asking them to bring donations, and have been collecting them all week. They also made posters to display around school, sharing what they think the true message of Christmas is for Christians. This afternoon they delivered their gifts and found out more about the work of the centre. Well done, Year 5!
Our school choir are very busy at the moment, singing carols around our local community.
On Friday, some of the children visited Portman Nursery to sing carols in their Christmas jumpers (which they did with some great jingle bell backing!).
On Sunday, they sang at the St Mary’s Church Christingle service, delighting the whole congregation with their fabulous version of Away in a Manger.
On Tuesday, some of the choir sang at the British Land offices for the people who work there. We have a very close link with British Land, so were delighted to be able to sing for them!
We are so delighted to have a strong link with both Wetherby Preparatory School and Wetherby Senior School. Boys from the senior school come weekly to work with some of our Year 6 students. You can find out more in the current edition of their school magazine, on pages 12-15:
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.
Yesterday, Year 4 had a brilliant time visiting QPR football club for a ‘meet the author’ day. This was part of the Premier League’s Primary Stars programme. They met Matt Oldfield, who has written a book about Lionel Messi, and Will Mabbitt who has written a pirate adventure story called ‘The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones’. They also had a tour of the stadium.
Today, Year 6 were visited by a Humanist, who provided an alternative view about belief in science and reason, as part of our RE topic on Creation and Science.
Jeremy Rodell from Humanists UK came and discussed the main beliefs of Humanists, and that they use logic, reason and empathy to decide how to live their lives.
They discovered how science has changed its opinion over the years, when determining how old the Earth is. The children also tried to solve a murder using different forms of evidence.
The children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 delighted us yesterday by performing what they have been learning in their lessons with London Music Masters. The Year 1 violinists and cellists performed for the first time. Year 2 showed what amazing progress they have made since last year (as you can hear in the video clip below). Year 3 and 4 sang beautifully in parts some of the songs they have learnt with Miss Rosanne. It was also so great to see so many parents attending and enjoying the children’s music making.
Last week, Year 5 visited the Imperial War Musem in Lambeth, as part of their topic on World War 2. This is what Ayida said about the trip:
‘We were following the story of the Allpress family, who survived the war. We learnt about rationing, and how little food people were allowed. It was really exciting, and unbelievable, because of all the differences compared to now.’
As part of Westminster’s strategy to make roads such as Enford Street ’20 miles per hour’ zones, they have been visiting schools with a road safety presentation. The children really enjoyed it and were challenged to think about how they can keep themselves safe when they are out and about.
Last week, our girls’ football team played a friendly game of football against the girls from Hampden Gurney school. This was arranged by QPR, who work with us every week in school.
Well done to Hampden Gurney, who beat our girls 3 – 0, and well done to all the girls for taking part so sportingly!
Video girls football