Monthly Archives: January 2017

Year 5 Cirque du Soleil Trip/ Evolution Project

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.

Year 6 Trip to Oxford University

Today, Year 6 visited Wadham College in Oxford to get a taste of Oxford University life!

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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 Artwork for Westminster Magistrates Court

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.

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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.

Year 4 Maths Workshop at the Wallace Collection

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.

 

School Council at British Land Offices

Today, the School Council visited the offices of British Land with Mrs Leith and Miss Norman.

We have a very close partnership with British Land. Volunteers read with children in our school every week, and one of our Governors also works for British Land. They also run an annual art project and have sponsored our school library.

We met with Matthew Webster, who spoke to the children about the impact buildings and cities can have upon our well-being and health, to give the children ideas for further improving our own school environment. Some of the different ideas we discussed were: the importance of having plants and natural materials in the building, different ways to encourage people to interact with each other to build relationships, and the need to motivate people to be active throughout the day. Lots of food for thought!

This is what the children said:

“I learnt that people in hospital reovered better when they viewed greenery than when they viewed metalworks.” Sebastian – Y4

“It was so interesting finding out more about your organisation and how you try to make the world a greener place. We are also grateful for your brilliant facts you taught us, such as: don’t have any electronics at your bedtime mostly because your eyes are used to the light and are telling you to wake up.” Jaffar – Y6

“I never knew about the Kalahari Bushmen.” Mehdi – Y3

We all had a really interesting time and loved seeing the newly designed offices.

Year 5 Trip to Thames Barrier

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.

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Year 4 Royal Academy of Music Project

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:

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