Year 2 Multi-skills Trip

Yesterday, Year 2 went to Regent’s Park for a multi-skills day, where they tried out different sports. It was a lovely day for it!

Great Fire of London Re-enactment

Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London and this week they recreated it! They made wooden and paper houses in the style of 1666, and then watched as the fire travelled from house to house, burning them. Of course, our wonderful site manager, OJ was on hand to keep everything safe!

Outdoor Prayer Day

Yesterday, we held our first outdoor Prayer Space Day led by St Mary’s Church. Using our Collective Worship theme of Jonah, there were different stations enabling the children to explore the themes of the story. There was even a whale’s mouth to go into!

Children thought about: who helps them to make choices, what they do when things are difficult, what they want to aim for, and forgiveness for the things we are sorry for.

We are very grateful to Kirstine and Charlotte from St Mary’s for running this wonderful day for us.

Art Day and Drama Performance

On Thursday, every class had a special art day on the theme of ‘Dreams’. This was to link with the Drama Club performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Friday. The children’s artwork is wonderful and they had a fantastic time creating it. Several classes also linked their writing to their art, and produced some really beautiful poetry and biographies of artists. Parents were invited to come and see the art, and those who did really enjoyed it!

Here are the Drama Club children taking a bow after their amazing performance:

Year 2 Trip to the Hyde Park Lookout Centre

On Monday 18 June, Year 2 went on a trip to the Lookout Centre, in Hyde Park. They went to  learn more about how animals change as they grow, and to understand that animals produce offspring that grow into adults as part of their Science topic. In English they have been learning about explanation texts and in particular life cycle stages of  a butterfly. The children behaved fantastically and enjoyed finding mini-beasts outdoors as well as pond dipping.

Peter and the Wolf Music Trip

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.

F2 at Pizza Express

On Tuesday, F2 visited Pizza Express on Baker Street to have a go at making their own pizzas.

National Air Quality Summit

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/

Play Street 2018

Yesterday, we held our second after-school Play Street event for pupils and their families. We had a huge variety of activities, including a disco bike, paint bike, the ever-popular smoothie bike, bike jewellery, craft activities, an ice cream stall (thanks to our Year 6 Yound Enterprise project) and lots of fun games. It was also wonderful to have a beautiful min-park lent to us for the afternoon, complete with hay bales and olive trees.

Many thanks to Westminster Council for closing the road, Sustrans for bringing the bikes, Marylebone LEN for running a seed-planting stall and providing information, and to My Time Active for the games. We are also grateful to the staff and parents who helped out, and to St Mary’s Church for running one of the stalls.