Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Tomorrow Project – with the Donmar Warehouse

Today, Year 6 performed a piece of drama they have been working on all week as part of ‘The Tomorrow Project‘ at RADA. The Donmar Warehouse theatre in Covent Garden runs this project to explore with schools what the world will be like in 30 years time. Our theme was ‘the schools of tomorrow’. The children had thought about the sort of skills they need for different jobs, and what classrooms in the future might look like (complete with Virtual Reality goggles!). They performed their piece in front of parents, actors and the pupils of the 3 other schools taking part.







Here is a clip of the children’s piece: Tomorrow Project Clip

Wear it Wild Day!

Today was Wear it Wild Day at St Mary’s. Children (and adults) dressed up as animals to support the work of WWF in protecting endangered animals. Year 2 had written to Miss Norman to ask for this day, after learning about the plight of different animals at London Zoo. This morning they shared some of their work in assembly, and all the children showed off their outfits!

Year 5 Canopic Jars

Year 5 have been learning about Ancient Egypt this term. In Art, they have been creating Canopic Jars, which were used by the Ancient Egyptians to preserve the mummified remains of people who had died. The Canopic Jars were decorated and buried alongside the mummies. Year 5 worked with clay to make their versions.

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Year 1 trip to Regent’s Park

Last week, Year 1 visited Regent’s Park as part of their learning in Science about trees.

They learnt the names of some common trees and about the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees.

Puffin Live Event

Yesterday, Year 5 and 6 attended a Puffin Live filming event at Sadlers Wells. The event was a Myth Writing Masterclass, featuring Rick Riordan who wrote the Percy Jackson series. The children had chosen a god or hero of their choice from Norse or Greek mythology, and some were selected to share their descriptions. The event was presented by Radzi Chinyanganya, the Blue Peter presenter. He was joined by medal-winning athletes from Team GB, who showed the children how to sprint.

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The children came away from the event with great ideas for writing, as well as a Percy Jackson t-shirt and book. It was a truly inspirational afternoon – thank you Puffin!

You can see the event on Thursday 26th May at 2pm – more details on the Puffin website: Puffin Virtually Live


Year 5 Outdoor Adventurous Activities

Year 5 have been learning different outdoor adventurous activities as part of their PE lessons this term. This is a new requirement of the PE curriculum and develops skills such as map reading, leadership and team work.

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St Mary’s Keeps Fit!

At St Mary’s, we have been thinking about many of the different ways of keeping healthy and staying active.

This week, we held ‘Shoesday Tuesday’ at the request of the school council to encourage both pupils and adults to walk to school.

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School Council letter May 2016






Year 5 and 6 pupils have been learning how to cycle safely over the last couple of weeks, and have also been finding out how to mend their bikes when they go wrong in a ‘FIX IT’ workshop.

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Wear it Wild Day

Year 2 have written to Miss Norman to ask the school to have a ‘Wear it Wild Day‘ on Friday 27th May. They started learning about endangered animals on a trip to London Zoo, and were moved by the plight of animals in our world that are nearing extinction. They then studied a range of different animals, writing reports about them, before writing their persuasive letters to the Headteacher. Posters, which the children made for homework, have now been put up around the school giving information about different at risk animals and asking the school to help.

So, on 27th May, everyone is invited to dress up as their favourite animal and bring a contribution of £1 for WWF (