Thanks to the PTA who organised a fabulous Christmas Market this year in school. We raised an enormous £1500 for school projects. And we had a great time!
We joined together with local schools and community groups last week to take part in the first Aldgate Lantern Parade. Children paraded around the local area with lanterns they had made in art projects this term in school.
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.
Children enjoyed an excellent Mathematics day this week. In year 5 and 6 there was some great collaborate work with peer tutoring in a fun practical session.
Year 4 chose arithmetic– they just love numbers in that class. Year 3 enjoyed working together playing games including number operations Bingo. In early years
children made balance cakes, estimating how many pieces of Lego they can hold in their hands or cup !
What a day?! What a race! The children really enjoyed our first egg roll. Check out some of the pictures below.
We had a morning telling jokes to each other on the playground today. Thank you for your effort to get dressed up and join in with the fun.
I've just returned from Stansted Mountfitchet. The children are having a glorious time. We had an excellent day yesterday and enjoyed 3 different activities- gardening, archery and shelter building. In the evening the children had the opportunity to explore the grounds and play in the different activity areas. We settled down inside with board games when it got dark and enjoyed a hot chocolate before bed time.
Everyone slept fairly well- two rooms we're excellent and we had very few tears indeed about missing home.
This morning everyone woke up bright and early and after a short period of free time we had a breakfast of croissants, toast, cereals and porridge. Ms McCarthy inspected rooms at 8.45am and then children enjoyed a play on the adventure playground.
There is a full day of activities on Tuesday including mountain biking, campfire building and art. It's roast chicken for lunch followed by Jacket potatoes for the evening meal.
And, just one more sleep before the children get home on Wednesday. There will be more photos on the website and twitter later on today. Don't worry if you don't see a picture of your child - some children don't like having their picture taken and we don't have a very reliable internet connection at any of the Centres we visit! I can assure you, everyone is having a great time!
We are working with HAWTHORN GREEN RESIDENTIAL HOME to create a new show that will be written by me entirely from the words of the elderly and performed by the young people. The children have already visited the residential home and will be working in Performing Arts to develop this new show. We're hoping to perform the piece at the Rag Factory in East London and the Barbican in the City of London.
You can find out more on Dom's website, including it's interesting name ...The Fly Tipping Project!
BBC Newsround filmed a debate about homework at school earlier last week. The team were joined by some of our pupils and representatives from the ATL and the Campaign for Real Education who were presenting their arguments for and against homework in schools.
You can find out what our children thought after the Christmas holidays when this will be featured on Newsround.
Wow! A tight deadline but you have really risen to the challenge, Sir John Cass! Here are some of the entries to the Christmas Card competition..
We've been busy creating a sculture with artist, Reza Ben Gajr. Inspired by Anthony Gormley and our RE project on budhism the children created a meltal and perspex person. You can see it displayed in the City on Broadgate Circus for a few days before it makes it way back to school.
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