Below are some highlights of our busy life at school….
Year 2 started their Pedestrian Training course, this will continue to take place for a further 3 weeks teaching them a greater awareness of road and pavement safety.
To celebrate another term of hard work the children had a non-uniform day and took part in their own class Christmas parties full of games, dancing and fun activities.
Our annual end of term Christmas Music Concert was another show-stopping occasion, magnificently put together by Miss. Dawn (head of music). We look forward to our next musical event.
Our Christmas Fair was a wonderful event full of activities such as face painting/glitter tattoos, Book, DVD and kids market and a luxury market for the adults. It was a great success overall raising £1670.04 in total!
The EYFS and Year 1 children put on a magnificent performance for their Christmas Nativity Concert.
Year 5 visited The British Museum, to look at an exhibition on Ancient Greece. Some of the children said the following:
“I enjoyed seeing the Parthenon with all the sculptures on it, because it looked so real.” F.R.
“I liked that everything we have been studying was all there in the Museum” S.B.
Year 3 had a wonderful visit to The Italian Bookshop where they were read a Christmas Story. Here are a selection of the children’s reactions:
“Today we went to the Italian bookshop, and I really liked it when Ornella read us “Un canto di Natale”. We also chose lots of books for our school library” S.K.
“I liked it a lot because she read us one of my favourite Christmas stories and I could choose a book that I’ve always desired! I want to go back!” G.S.
‘Fuori Classe’ documentary film screening.
We were privileged to have a screening of the documentary film “Out of Class – the School of Possible” by Michele Aiello and Stefano Collizzolli, followed by a Q&A session with the directors. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to not only watch the film but have the chance to speak directly with its creators.
EYFS and KS1 visited London Zoo and it was a wonderful day for the children who got to see all the magnificent animals such as lions, penguins and snakes! Then they saw the spectacular Living Nativity with real life camels and 3 wise men. They even had the chance to meet Santa!
“I loved seeing the penguins, it was so fun!” N.S.
“The Zoo was an exciting and fun exploration, they even gave us a zoo planner to take home!” L.G.
The school took part in workshops run by The Inner Peace Association, an organisation which was started in Italy. The workshops taught the children, SIAL staff and parents/carers how to achieve inner peace using music, visual arts and meditation; leading to more positive and harmonious relations with themselves and those around them.
Flu Vaccination Session
Year 4 took an exciting trip to The Science Museum to see the ‘It Takes Guts’ exhibition. A few of the children made the following comments about the trip:
‘I learnt that it takes a long time for food to be digested in our bodies’ A.G.
‘I learnt that in our food there are important vitamins, minerals, fats and fibres’ F.C.
Year 1 visited The Museum of Childhood (Toy Museum) where they explored toys from the past and got hands on experience with the interactive displays. Year 1 had a lot of fun playing in the seaside exhibit, trying on different costumes and hearing a range of exciting stories. A fun, busy day for all!
Our Year 6 class took part in a very informative Pedestrian Training session on Friday afternoon where they learnt about road safety.
Year 6 had a wonderful trip to Kew Gardens where they studied the Botanical Gardens and had a lesson in identifying, naming and classifying the different plants they can find.
Some of the children made comments such as:
‘I really enjoyed the visit to Kew Gardens, the plants in the glasshouse were amazing: huge palms, cactus and some carnivorous plants too.’ N.C.
‘It was good fun doing sketches of all the plants we saw.’ L.F.
During our weekly school assembly the badges for the positions of responsibility were awarded to the elected children.
Our Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs) for this year attended a special workshop at Holland Park Ecology Centre which introduced them to their new roles and responsibilities.
For the second year in a row one of our students has won the inter-school competition “The best sentence” and “The best drawing” organised by Native Scientist!
Native Scientist (www.nativescientist.com) is a nonprofit enterprise which works with international scientists and teachers to promote science and language learning among school pupils. In the last two years Native Scientist has run some inspiring science-based workshops with our Primary children.
Elections of our House Captain, Vice House Captain, House Sports Captain, Vice House Sports Captain & Prefects.
Years 1 to 5 took part in a fun dance-themed workshop in the school. A couple of the children’s comments were:
“It was really exciting because we did really fun warming up exercises” S.A.
“We danced lots and listened to funny Cartoon Music.” G.F.
Elections for our Head Girl, Head Boy and their Deputies.
E-safety Meeting for parents and carers.
We participated in the annual Jeans for Genes fundraising event to raise money for children in the UK affected by life changing genetic disorders. If you would like to read more information about the charity please visit the website at http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/
The Year 4 children had a wonderful time at the Poltrona Frau art workshop run by Andrea Bartoli (founder of Farm Cultural Park and Cristina Nardi). They produced some amazing pieces of art and made comments such as:
“Yesterday I went on a trip and I liked it because I drew things and I like drawing. We did two videos about
what we made and I had so much fun” – E.P.
“We did an art project about a front of a house and we saw a video of Favara in Sicily. I would recommend it
to a friend because it was a lot of fun. And at the end they gave us a yummy biscuit.” – S.V.
We were very pleased to receive a visit from Perform. By all accounts the
children had a fantastic time exploring the theme of Under The Sea and using drama, dance and singing to
help develop their confidence, concentration and social skills.
Elections for our new School Council. For those who are not familiar with this
arrangement, a school council is a group of children elected by their class to represent their opinions and
raise issues with the head teachers and governors in the school – this mainly takes the form of meetings
chaired by a class teacher or key stage co-ordinator. The school council can also take forward projects on
behalf of the children and be involved in planning and things like the School Development Plan and
interviewing new staff.
We were visited by a delegation of Italian senators. They were all extremely impressed
with the children and the school, and were full of praise for what the school is achieving so far and its future