This week, Year 1 and 2 were invited to attend a unique performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ directed by Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson, at the Hinde St Methodist Church in Marylebone. They participated in a discussion with Sue on what their favourite instrument was from the orchestra, then sat and listened as Anna told the story while Sue conducted the orchestra. Afterwards, they were given an opportunity to try out some of the instruments that were used in the performance. All of the children were super ambassadors for the school, and loved the experience of seeing story telling and music come together.
On Tuesday, F2 visited Pizza Express on Baker Street to have a go at making their own pizzas.
This morning, children from our School Council and Green Team visited Mansion House in the City of London to speak at the National Air Quality Summit, hosted by the Lord Mayor of London and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London. Mayors and representatives from around the country were present to think about how this issue can be tackled as a whole country.
Having been introduced by Mr Khan, each member of our team spoke about a different topic, from sustainable travel to greening of our site to air quality monitoring. They were confident and eloquent, and gave everyone lots to think about. The Mayor of the Midlands and the Mayor of Manchester also spoke and said how impressed they were with the children, and how concerned they were to make changes so our children and their children can grow up with cleaner air and better health.
It was a huge privilege to be involved! We also loved seeing the building, including the amazing gold and silver, and one of the Mayor of London’s new electric buses.
You can find out more about the event here: https://www.airqualitynews.com/2018/06/20/london-commits-to-tenfold-increase-in-electric-buses/
On Friday, Year 2 visited the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasdon, West London, as part of their topic on Hinduism. When they got off the bus, they were immediately astonished by the size of the Mandir and how white and ‘shiny’ it was. They described it as ‘magnificent, amazing, beautiful’. Inside, they really enjoyed looking at the wooden carvings all over the walls, the colourful carpets and the marble ceilings. They watched a film about the making of the Mandir and also observed a prayer ceremony, comparing it with ceremonies in their own religions.
On the way, the children tried out our new air quality masks to help them breathe better as they travelled around the streets of London.
Today, Year 3 visited Kew Gardens for a science workshop about plants. They learned all about what each part of a plant does, and found a variety of bees in the gardens. Everyone was surprised to learn that even creatures like bats, lizards and frogs can be pollinators!
Today, Year 3 visited the London Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple. They learned about Siddhartha and meditation, as well as how to make origami lotus flowers.
This is part of their summer term RE topic, ‘What does it mean to be a Buddhist?’
Here is this week’s newsletter, including an appeal for the North Paddington Food Bank: April 27th 2018
Here are this week’s dojo winners having hot chocolate:
Yesterday, Year 6 went to All Souls’ Church in Langham Place for the ‘Easter Experience’. They investigated various different simulated crime scenes, with evidence from the Easter story, to try and work out who might have been responsible for the death of Jesus. They enjoyed the creative and imaginative approach to the story, and thinking about it from a legal perspective.
On Wednesday, children from Year 5 went to the Little Venice Sports Centre for a Westminster-wide basketball competition. Their sportmanship was commented on as being outstanding, and they competed very well against more experienced and taller teams. Well done, Year 5!
On Wednesday, Year 1 visited the Tower of London as part of their topic on Castles. They really enjoyed their workshop, all about the history of the Tower, and pretending to be Beefeaters (the special soldiers who guard the Tower)!