Yesterday, Year 6 went across the road to the building site where the new M&G ‘Marylebone Garden’ is being built. They had a tour of the site, spoke to several members of the construction and management team (including the site manager, marketing manager and quantity surveyor) and had an opportunity to ask questions about the site. They learnt about all the different jobs required to construct a project of that scale.
The children also signed some ceiling tiles, which were then placed into the suspended ceiling, to be discovered at a future date!
On Tuesday 6th February, 11 girls from year 5 and 6 went to Paddington Rec to compete in the girls’ football tournament. Everyone played superbly (we did not lose a game!). We won 2 games and drew 3, with Sara scoring 2 goals and Jenin 1 goal. Well done to the whole team for a great day out!
Yesterday, our Year 5/6 boys’ football team took part in a Westminster-wide competition. Here is a match report by one of the team:
On the 29th of January 2018, some boys from years 5-6 went to a football tournament.
Fist we had a warm up passing the ball to each other and having a run around. The first match was a draw (0-0), the second match was a defeat (1-0), and the third match was another defeat (2-0). Then we were knocked out so we couldn’t go through to the semi-finals.
After that we went to another pitch to play some friendlies. For our first friendly we versed Saint Vincent’s Primary School, and lost 1-0, but we finally won our last friendly 2-1!
Finally we got our stuff and made our way back to school. We enjoyed the day and hope to win better and learn from our mistakes that we made.
On Tuesday 23rd January, 24 Year 3 and 4 children participated in the Sportshall Athletics competition. They represented St Mary’s very well and showed all our school values – we came back with an award for Honesty! A highlight was Alyah and Olivia winning the Girls Hurdles relay.
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.
We had a really fantastic afternoon, with KS2 performing their Nativity show. With familiar sounding tunes, rock bands telling the Christmas story and a wealth of witty one-liners, it was a truly unforgettable experience! Well done KS2.
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!