Year 6 have gone off to PGL on the very first day of the year! They began their final year by boarding a coach to Hindhead, then getting straight onto the trapeze showing their bravery right from the start. Keep checking here as we will post updates when new photos come through. We are also tweeting as @SMBSschool
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 6 performed the musical ‘Olivia’ to pupils, staff, parents and governors. It was a highly entertaining tale of life in Victorian Britain, based losely on Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Eliza Doolittle, Sherlock Holmes, George Bernard Shaw and Ebenezer Scrooge all made an appearance! The children did a great job, with both comedy and some very touching solos.
They were then presented with the school cups and our new school leavers’ medals.
Today, Year 5 and 6 practised what it would be like to be in secondary school. They had a timetable to follow and different lessons to go to throughout the morning. There were Drama, Chemistry and Philosophy lessons for them to sample. In Drama, children used a Midsummer Night’s Dream to create their own drama, in Chemistry they learnt how to test the pH of a liquid, and in Philosophy they debated questions such as ‘how should animals be treated?’ and ‘are the best things in life free?’
Yesterday, Key Stage 2 all visited All Souls Church on Regent’s Street for a joint service with All Souls School. The two choirs came together to sing pieces they had both learnt, including a medley of Beatles songs. All Souls read from the Bible and St Mary’s led the prayers. Everyone sang their hearts out and it was a wonderful occasion. We were particularly privileged to have Noel Tredinnick playing for us.
Here is a clip of our Beatles medley:
And here is a clip of ‘Great is Your Faithfulness’:
Today, Year 5 went to the ‘Wonderlab’ at the Science Museum. The children had a great time experimenting with the Wonderlab’s 50 different hands-on scientific investigations.
They then took part in a presentation called ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’, in which children got to blow things up to show how fire is created and can be used to help us.
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.
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.