We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold RE Quality Mark for our excellent practice in Religious Education. This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work put in by all the staff, as well as contributions by parents and our local community, to ensure that our children receive high quality Religious Education. Please do look at the RE page of our website to see examples of the children’s wonderful work.
We are passionate about this subject at St Mary’s because we believe that learning about each other’s religions and beliefs is an essential part of living in modern Britain and making a positive contribution to society, but most of all it is one of the ways to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. As a Church School, we also believe in the importance of teaching children about the Christian faith and giving them the skills to understand why Christians do what they do.
St Mary’s Bryanston Square C.E. Primary School
At this week’s hot chocolate, we heard about Year 4’s lesson on David and Goliath with a life-sized Goliath (!), and talked about playground improvements.
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.
Today, our families brought food to share from their home countries – all over the world! Children and adults dressed up in national costumes, too.
Here is this week’s newsletter, full of International Week pictures:
January 19th 2018
EYFS have been learning about Japan during International Week. They had a special visitor who showed the children how to make sushi and origami hats, and taught F2 about the special festival of Children’s Day, where they make beautiful fish kites. F1 learnt about the spring festival of Sakura, and made cherry blossom paintings. They also read the book ‘I live in Tokyo’ and found out about the bullet train, the fastest train in Japan.
We had some very special visitors to our Early Years garden this afternoon… green parakeets! They came to eat the food in our special bird feeders. Children in Early Years demonstrated great curiosity, while taking care to keep very quiet and still so they didn’t fly away.
We started the week learning about Mother Teresa of Calcutta in assembly, and what she thought was the most important human need.
Year 4 have been learning about India, and in particular, all about Hinduism. They have had two special visitors who taught them that there are over 330 million gods in Hinduism, and over a billion people follow the religion! They also learnt what life is like in India.
Year 1 have been learning about Indonesia, and really enjoyed hearing from their visitor:
Year 2 have been learning about Bangladesh and about Islam as the main religion in Bangladesh. They made roti bread, flags and waterlilies from clay (Bangladesh’s national flower) and had some very special visitors:
Year 6 learnt about China and Confucianism. Some of the Chinese children helped their classmates to practise writing Chinese characters and were visited by some of our parents, sharing their culture and practices with the class.
Year 3 learnt about Thailand, and Buddhism as practised in Thailand and had a special visitor talk about the culture of the country.
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.
On Friday, the children with 100% attendance last term had their reward celebration – a pizza and popcorn party. We are delighted that 44 children (around a quarter of our school) achieved 100%. Every child now has a personal target for this coming term – good luck, everyone!