Visiting St George The Martyr

This week years 3 and 4 visited St George the Martyr in Borough as part of their learning about Christianity. It was also a history lesson for most pupils who were not aware of the church’s past, its link to Charles Dickens and the damage it suffered in the Blitz. Thank you to Father Jonathan for making us feel so welcome.

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Choir sings at ‘Dog and Pot’ sculpture unveiling

On Wednesday, Charles Dickens Primary School choir were immensely proud to be a part of the unveiling of the ‘Dog and Pot’ sculpture  at the corner of Union Street and Blackfriars Road, on the last day of the Charles Dickens bicentenary. As a 12 year old boy, Dickens used to walk past a statue of a dog and pot over a shop as he went to work (yes, work), vowing to one day go back to school and make something of himself. He later immortalised it in his autobiography:

My usual way home was over Blackfriars Bridge and down that turning in the Blackfriars Road which has Rowland Hill’s chapel on one side, and the likeness of a golden dog licking a golden pot over a shop door on the other.


Hello From Mr Bailey In Montreal – look who he has found….

Hello everyone at Charles Dickens – I hope you are keeping well!

Imagine my surprise during a visit to a very informative museum in Montreal, called the Chateau Ramezay, when I spotted this bust of a familiar person! And I thought I was the first person from Charles Dickens Primary to make it to Montreal…..

Love from Mr Bailey

Charles Dickens and The Borough – Can You Beat Our Quiz Champions?

Last Thursday, we held our school quiz night for parents and staff.  Lots of very knowledgeable parents meant that our staff teams were beaten yet again!

For those of you who couldn’t join us , try your hand at the Charles Dickens round – how well do you know Mr Dickens and his connections to The Borough? Click here for questions and answers ( no cheating!) . 

Congratulations to the winning team ‘What Larks Pip?’ . They won a rather splendid trophy and hopefully will return again next year to retain their title.

Many thanks to all those who organised this event – Ms Gemmell and The Parents and Community Team! A special thanks to Mr Nicol, a wonderful nursery parent, for writing and hosting the quiz with Mr Mackinnon!

We are getting ready for our BIG Charles Dickens Birthday Party!

Mrs Buchanan has been making the big birthday cake – complete with 200 candles ready for all the children to blow out on Tuesday morning.

before the icing and candles…

and …ta dah!

Miss Roberts has been speaking to Charles Dickens School in Berlin – they are going to celebrate with us on Tuesday via Skype.

Miss Alcock has organised lots of Victorian games for all the children to try at playtime.

Ms Rhys Evans and Miss Wittering have been practising our special Charles Dickens Song.

All that is left now is for all the children to get their costumes ready for Tuesday! Don’t forget we hope to see everyone in Victorian styled clothes or  dressed up as one of the characters from Dickens’ books?


Charles Dickens Bicentenary – Year 1 and 2- Local History Quiz!

Year 1 and 2 classes have been on a local history hunt this week – exploring Borough and finding the answers to questions like…

Where is the Marshalsea Prison wall still standing?

If you would like to have a go at the quiz, click Charles Dickens Quiz for the question sheet ( lots of clues in the photographs below if you get stuck)

Here are some photographs from Nickelby Class on their history hunt! Have a look at Oliver, Nickelby and Pickwick blogs for more learning!

Mr Dickens! Consider Yourself.. Our Friend….

This week is Charles Dickens week . Lots of interesting learning is taking place  linked to the life and times of Charles Dickens .

We have been learning our Charles Dickens Birthday Song – thank you to our friend Mr Bailey for writing the lyrics despite  being so far away in sunny Montreal! 

click here for the lyrics    Charles Dickens celebration song

and sing along here to the melody of Consider Yourself – instrumental version of consider yourself 

We will be performing the song ( weather permitting) on Tuesday in the playground after school! 

Yesterday, Peggotty Class shared with us the history of Borough Market and in particular the Biography of Mrs King’s Pork Pies.  We now know the names and life stories behind this family business. Thank you to Ian Hartland of Mrs King’s Pork Pies  and his team for helping Peggotty Class learn so much – we are all now really keen to try a Melton Mowbray Pie.

Peggotty class also taught us all about Mud larking  – this practice of scavenging along the banks of the Thames River was extremely popular in the times of Dickens (although illegal) – you can go Mudlarking today but you need a licence!

More Dickens- related learning on its way!