Art Week – creating the secret garden!

This week all the children are focusing on developing their art skills and spending some time reflecting on their creativity with a minimum of two hours of dedicated art lessons per day.

One of the exciting projects happening this week is the building of the secret garden. Children have built and are designing the walls of the garden as well as building giant sized mini beasts. Lets hope the chickens enjoy their new friends.

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We love the Bees!

Well done to Barkis Class who performed a creative extravaganza in support of environmental conservation.

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The children wrote their own script, complete with puns and two great songs and brilliant musical accompaniment  . They managed to pack in all their learning from this term. We learnt the balanced arguments for and against development of a park, how to use an SLR camera to take great photographs, why bees are important and all through an adapted story of Anthony Browne’s ‘Voices in the Park’.

Thank you to Mr Oxenham for all his hard work on this assembly and for sharing his talents and passion for music with his class this year!

Shakespeare at Westminster Abbey

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Today, five of our pupils had the thrilling experience of performing Shakespeare in Westminster Abbey! As part of the national “Shakespeare week”, we were invited by the organisers of the Shakespeare Schools Festival and Westminster Abbey to share some extracts from previous performances. Before the performance, the children were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of the Abbey, including a special visit to the tomb of Edward the Confessor. The children then took their places in Poets’ corner, in front of the Shakespeare memorial, in order to perform their pieces. We were very proud of all of the pupils, who managed to pull the performance together in record time – well done everyone!

Year Five Jazz Concert

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Last night, the Year Five pupils amazed their parents with a fantastic Jazz concert – the culmination of their work with our resident musician, Pete Letanka. The children improvised, played, sang and danced their way through a number of Jazz standards and original compositions. We were very impressed by the pupils’ commitment and bravery when they volunteered to sing and dance “freestyle” – just another example of our pupils’ amazing talents! Thanks to Pete and his band for working with us – we can’t wait for next time!

Peggotty Pupils are Forces of Nature!

Peggotty Class owned the stage of the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall yesterday evening as part of the Rambert Dance Company’s Schools’ Project.

The class worked with animateur Delene Gordon over the course of the Spring Term to develop a routine built-up of original choreography inspired by Mark Baldwin’s Strange Charm of Mother Nature, one of the pieces performed when the class visited Sadler’s Wells in November.

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Art Club Trip to the White Cube gallery

Just before breaking up for half term Mr Yusuf and the children in Art Club went on trip to the White Cube Gallery on Bermondsey Street to see a new exhibition by mixed media artist Christian Marclay. The exhibition has paintings, installations, sound works and video. We would recommend it! Here’s some pictures from the trip:

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Concert for Winter Performance!

Today, we were treated to an amazing performance by the Year 3 and 4 choir and ukulele clubs. Last term, Mr Oxenham and Ms Gemmell worked very hard with the children in order to compose and perform a fantastic original composition. The children were inspired by Charles Dickens and the resulting song “Hard Times” focuses on Dickens’ life as a child, when he lived on Lant Street. The talented team performed their piece on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe before Christmas and everyone was delighted to finally be given the chance to share their work. We can’t wait for their next creation!

Silent Movie premiere!

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On Wednesday night, Years Five and Six hosted an unforgettable evening as their Silent Movies were finally premiered! The children dressed in their finery to host and enjoy the first screening of their wonderful films. The Year Five Six team of teachers and support staff were all incredibly proud of the children as their hard work had clearly paid off. Although each of the four films was very different, all of the movies demonstrated the children’s careful planning, plotting, designing, filming and editing. Over the course of three months, the project has woven together the children’s learning in English, Art, Music and Computing and it was great to see the pupils use their team work skills to put the films together. It would be impossible to name individual children as they all played a significant role in the creation of the movies and we hope that you are equally as proud of your talented children!

Key Stage 1 Winter Show – A Christmas Recipe

Well done to all the children in Years 1 and 2 for an excellent show. The singing was joyful and full of energy and we loved all the different characters. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch – I am sure you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you also the staff and parent volunteers who directed, produced, made costumes, backdrops and who fill the children with lots of confidence.

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