Inspired by our trip to the Hampshire Cass Mountain Centre, we wrote this diary about our adventures.
Air quality work in school
We’ve been doing lots of work in school this year in relation to improving the air quality in and outside of the building and improving awareness on high pollution days.
We we’re very pleased to see we were not featured in the 50 most polluted school in London article in the Evening Standard.
This is mainly because Nitrogen Dioxide levels around the school have steadily reduced over the last few years as a result of the traffic calming measures on Aldgate High Street and the establishment of public squares on either side of the school, reducing the traffic flow.
Over the summer the City air quality team supported installations of air filtration systems in the Baby Room. We are monitoring the impact of these systems before we make a decision about installing them elsewhere in the school building.
There have also been major improvements to the school gardens. In the early years this has included green screening the Aldgate High Street fence and the installation of watering systems on all of the Ivy planters to promote growth. Over the next 18 months you should see a thicker covering of ivy over most of the railings in school, helping to capture tiny particles.
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We’ve had lots of visits and events in school during the autumn term. From music to sport, museums to outdoor and adventurous activity, the children have enjoyed many new and inspiring experiences.
Class 6 have just returned from their residential visit to the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Our Brecon visits are generously supported by Sir John Cass’s Foundation. The Foundation has a partnership with Hampshire County Council, who run this excellent activity Centre. We have built our relationship over the last few years and the children now attend in Year 5 and again in Year 6. This enables them to develop and extend their learning, building their confidence and ability to take risks. This year highlights included pony trekking and camping outside overnight. The pictures from the journey have just been published online on the Head’s Blog.
Class 3 and 4 are taking part in a project with the Barbican with Poet, Michael Rosen. The classes have received delivery of a very old school desk full of all sort of childhood treasures. The children will be writing poems about the contents of the desks and working with Michael Rosen later in the term.
Class 5 are getting very involved in their new topic on The Vikings. The children have visited the British Museum to learn from the artefacts and objects on display. In fact, everyone is so involved that their new stick insects have been named with Viking names– Loki, Odin, Freya and Thor . Our new insect arrivals relate to Class 5’s science project on living things, life cycles and growth.
Class 4 have been learning all about The Romans. On Friday, the children took part in a special themed day which included dressing up and performing their class assembly. Check out their amazing shields!
Class 3 have also been on a visit to the Natural History Museum. This was linked to their History project in class on the Stone Age and their science work on rocks and fossils. Children used the rocks, bones and fossils and found lots of amazing discoveries about prehistoric history. Mr Jones has made a great video of their adventures, you can see it on the Head’s Blog.
Ironmongers and Carpenters have been learning all about traditional tales. The children have settled quickly into Year 1 and have started learning in the national curriculum subject area. Children are currently hunting for a wanted wolf– can you help find him!?
In Discoverers, children have been learning all about autumn. They have collected conkers and leaves, explored the natural environment and have used them to make a lovely display.
For Year 1-4 the Musicians Company have also been into school with some of the young musicians they support. Children were enthralled by the performances on the tuba, trumpet, clarinet and bassoon.
Thank you for your generosity in donating gifts for our Harvest Festival. We held our Church Service at St Botolph’s yesterday and the children gathered to say prayers and sing in thanks for the gift of food! We will be sharing the donations with the Tower Hamlets Food bank who will be collecting things from school next week. That does give you a few more days to bring in your donations if you missed the deadline. The display is on the landing outside the main hall if you would like to have a look.
The story we explored in our Service was about a farmer planting seeds. He planted four seeds– one was in the hot sun, it wilted and died, one had no space to spread it’s roots, another was enveloped by another plant. The fourth seed did well because it had just the right spot, and just the right nourishment.
In the Bible there is a book called the Book of Psalms. These are poems and songs that were written thousands of years ago. Psalm 1 includes these words:
Happy are those…
who find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord…
They are like trees that grow beside a stream,
that bear fruit at the right time,
and whose leaves do not dry up
For Christians, Harvest is also about the Fruit of the Spirit—the good things that grow in our lives when they are rooted in God’s word.
What fruits of the spirit can you think of?
Which ones are growing in your lives? We’re going to be thinking about those questions in our assemblies next week in school.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
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