On Thursday, Year 6 were invited to join Wetherby Prep School for a day of ‘Religion and Science’ workshops. 4 different speakers – 3 scientists and a priest – spoke about the links between faith and Science, and shared some of their own experiences. They described how Science answers many of our ‘how’ questions, but religion seeks to answer our ‘why’ questions. The children particularly enjoyed the demonstration at the end, where the scientists made slime and inflated a balloon with vinegar!
This week a group of Year 5 girls took part in a Westminster-wide football tournament at Paddington Recreation Ground. They played valiantly and managed to score a few goals.
Miss Bell says:
‘One of the teachers from Queen’s ollege commented on their sportsmanship which was excellent and they also initiated a friendly match against Hampden Gurney at the end of the competition as neither got into the semi-finals. They approached the other school’s adult and organised it themselves so it was great to see their enthusiasm.’
This term, Year 5 have started working with Rolls Royce and the Royal Albert Hall on a Design Technology project called ‘Evolution’. The project centres around the Cirque du Soleil performance of Amaluna, which they saw on Friday at the RAH. They are now working on designing a structure inspired by the show, and will be helped in their work by Rolls Royce engineers. It is a very exciting opportunity and we are delighted to be taking part.
Today, Year 6 visited Wadham College in Oxford to get a taste of Oxford University life!
The day started in Wadham College’s chapel, where children showed immense respect and curiosity about University life.
They quizzed students about what it’s like to study at Oxford, had a tour of the college and ate their lunch in the refectory. The Chaplain, Revd Wendy Wale, also introduced the children to the college’s welfare dog, Jonah, which the children loved.
It was a particularly exciting day for one of our pupils, whose parents both studied at Wadham. Tradition dictates that a child whose parents both went to Wadham College is allowed to stand on the quad grass (which is completely out of bounds to anyone else!).
After learning all about the college, they did a short tour of Oxford, finding out about the inspiration and history behind C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories.
Year 3 are taking part in a project to create artwork for the Magistrates’ Court on Marylebone Road. Last term, they were visited by a blacksmith, who gave them tips and ideas. Now, 5 children’s work has been chosen to be turned into full-scale pieces of art, both inside and outside the Court.
Dalal and Matilda’s artwork has been selected for the front entrance, and Layla, Lucy and Saryu’s work will be displayed inside the building. Expected completion of the Art project at the front of the Court is July 2017. The school will recieve a certifictate, as will each of the girls.
On Wednesday, Year 4 visited the Wallace Collection to pilot a workshop using the artefacts as a basis for learning about Maths in different contexts. They searched for circles, spheres and ellipses in the art, then learnt about the parts of a circle. Toby (the armouries curator) spoke to them about shields and then they used the shields they saw to design their own.
Yesterday, Year 5 visited the Thames Barrier. This is an incredible mechanism, which protects London from any flooding, which it has done successfully ever since its inception. The children had a great time and learnt lots of interesting information to support their Geography curriculum learning.
Year 4 are working with the Royal Academy of Music on a composition project. In their first session, they looked at clips from ‘Planet Earth 2’ and created backing music to capture their mood. Here, they are building tension for the scene where snakes chase an iguana:
And this is the music they composed to describe the walk of the penguins: