On Thursday, Year 6 went to ZSL London Zoo to see different biomes. A biome is a particular habitat for different plants and animals, eg the rainforest where sloths live and hibiscus flowers grow. It was really fun seeing the different animals, and finding out new facts – some of which were almost unbelievable! Did you know that otters are carnivores, for example? The children very bravely stroked Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches and enjoyed watching red kangeroos in the outback biome.
As part of International week, every class has been learning about the religion of the country they are studying. Today, we had a visitor from London Central Mosque to talk to Year 1 and Year 5 about Islam as practised in Indonesia and Malaysia. Suleiman talked about how the mosques in these countries are usually surrounded by water, and how there are more Muslims in Indonesia than anywhere else in the world (around 240 million!). Year 5 learnt about how Islam came to Malaysia through the trade routes between China and the Middle East. It was fascinating and we all learnt a lot!
Year 5 also had one of our parents visiting to talk about life in Malaysia.
Year 4 have been learning about Michelangelo in Art, and how he painted the Sistene Chapel ceiling in the Vatican. They had a go at imagining what it might be like to paint a ceiling!
They also looked carefully at Michelangelo’s ceiling painting and his sculpture ‘the Pieta’ and discussed what the meaning of them might be. They recognised stories that they have studied in RE, such as Creation and Adam and Eve.
Yesterday, children from our Animation Club and other budding artists visited the Regent Street Cinema to be judges for the British Animation Awards. This is a huge honour and we were delighted to have been invited! The children watched 6 short films, giving them a score out of 10 and writing down their feedback. The results of their judgements will be announced in March as the ‘Children’s Choice Award’. They also had a great time making thaumathropes and animating them on a laptop! It was a wonderful day.
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.