Royal Festival Hall
On 18th October Year 3 were able to extend their music knowledge with a visit to the Royal Festival Hall for the Bright Sparks concert.
Visit to Rome
On our annual Pilgrimage to Rome from 16th to 20th October, the Year 5 children were able to attend beautiful masses at the Beda College, the English College and at the tomb of St John Paul II. Visits included St Paul’s Outside the Walls and prayers at the tomb of St Paul, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Colosseum.
It was a great privilege to be so near to Pope Francis at the Papal Audience and to visit Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, the palace of St Helen. The children prayed the rosary on the Holy Steps. A visit to St Francis’ Basilica and the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli on a trip to Assisi was a further blessing for the children. Finally a tour of St Peter’s and San Clemente Basilica rounded off a truly memorable Pilgrimage with wonderful blessings.
In Year 6, we have been looking at landscapes in Art and on 10th October we went to the National Gallery to see paintings of landscapes by a variety of artists. We looked at the use of colour, the size of objects in the paintings and how the artists made objects look close or far away.
In Year 5 we have been learning about Judaism in Religion and on 9th October, we visited a Jewish Museum to investigate and appreciate the Jewish faith. This was carried out through learning about Jewish artefacts such as; The Torah, pointer, calligraphy and scrolls.
Some children experienced the tasting of Jewish foods similar to those celebrated during the Passover (Pesach) meal. Many Year 5 children had an opportunity to learn the Jewish alphabet and afterwards created their names using an old fashioned Jewish quill and ink pot. Throughout the Museum children learned about and appreciated various aspects of Jewish culture including, family life, celebration of faith and a collection of religious events.
National Portrait Gallery
In Year 1 we have been learning about portraits in our art topic. To further our learning we visited the National Portrait Gallery on the 29th September. We studied different styles and materials used to create portraits.
Pilgrimage to Walsingham
On 20th September Year 5 also enjoyed our third annual Our Lady of Grace pilgrimage to Walsingham. The staff received many compliments from other pilgrims for the prayerful mass and the blessing of the children’s singing.
We were delighted that Fr John Armitage celebrated mass for the two schools. We learnt the story of England’s Nazareth and walked the Holy Mile praying the Rosary.
John Bosco Camp
From 13th to 15th September, Year 6 had a marvellous opportunity to explore our natural world at a three day camp at the John Bosco site with the year 6 from St Joachim’s. We investigated habitats finding mini beasts and field mice! We also learn how to classify trees and wild flowers as part of our science fieldwork. Geography field skills including orienteering were also developed and we enjoyed canoeing, archery, making new friends and sleeping in tents.
On 6th July Year 4 took part in a science event called Big Bang at Newham College along with other primary and secondary school pupils. There were activities set up in different rooms relating to a variety of science topics such as forces, birds of prey and dissolving.
On 4th July, Year 6 classes went to St John Bosco Camp for a transition day along with pupils from other Newham schools. We took part in a variety of activities including meditation and sign language as well as discussing the transition to secondary school and the changes we might expect.