On Wednesday 10th October 2018, the ‘digital leaders’ from KS2 took a trip to the Bluewater Apple Store. Every year, a child from every class is selected as the digital leader: – someone who will help their classmates with any problems they are having with their iPad. The trip to the Apple Store was a chance to learn a bit more about how iPads can be used in learning, and our digital leaders certainly did that! They all had the opportunity to use the Apple Pencil for drawing, creating illustrations and designs to include in a poster that was then displayed on the large video wall in the store. They all had a great time!
As part of their topic on ‘Outrageous Outdoors’, Year 4 visited Woodlands Farm on Monday 9th October 2018. They learnt how to use a compass and map to do orienteering. They also built shelters in the woods and tested them to see how waterproof they were (not very, is the answer! But with more time they would have been).
This summer term, Year 1’s topic was The Beach. We have looked at and compared the geographical features of beaches here in the UK as well as those in other countries too. The beach has historically been a popular family destination and this gave us the opportunity to explore how the clothes, entertainment and appearance of beaches have changed over time.
On Tuesday the 3rd of July all of Year 1 had the opportunity to experience a Typical British Day Out at the Seaside. We put on our socks and sandals, brought our buckets and spades, built sand castles and went for a paddle. The only thing not in-keeping was the weather which (although windy) was absolutely fantastic!
A great time was had by all. Many thanks as always to all our parents for their donations and support on the day: we couldn’t do it without you!
On Friday 29th June 2018, Year 4 went on a trip to a borough-wide sports day called Sportathon! They were loads of activities for them to try, such as long jump, javelin, hockey, netball, golf, and even wheel chair racing. Everyone gave it their all and even though we didn’t come home with a medal the children performed amazingly and had a great day.
On Thursday 7th June 2018, Year 4 welcomed some visitors from the Crossness Pumping Station as part of their topic on the Vile Victorian. The session began with a demonstration of their incredible working recreation of Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s sewageworks solution to the Great Stink of 1858.
The children then joined in the action in two shifts as toilet flushers all across town from Battersea to New Cross, and pump engine operators at Deptford or Crossness Pumping Stations, processing Victorian London’s waste through Bazalgette’s system of pipes and pumps and out into the river Thames at the countryside site, around which Thamesmead would be built some many years later. Further volunteers released the sewage from the Crossness reservoir into the Thames at the high tide mark, whenceforth it was carried out to sea. Using the superbly-constructed model, it was possible to monitor and record the exact volumes of waste as they proceeded efficiently through each stage. We discussed the merits and also some thoughtful disadvantages of Bazalgette’s sewage solution regarding oceanic pollution.
The remainder of the session saw the children as mechanical engineers designing and creating their own model boxes with hand-operated beam engines, resulting in Jack-in-the-Boxes, starfishes and ballerinas. It was certainly memorable day for children.
Rapturous applause, whoops and hollers of delight fell about the hall at the culmination of year 4’s astounding SNAP theatre performance of ‘A Victorian London’ on Thursday 24th May 2018. Esteemed maestro, ‘Andy’ had orchestrated the audacious ensemble in merely six days, spread across the first summer half term. Professional actor, Meghan, and dancer, Catie, also lent their expertise to the production. The dazzlingly bright shining stars of the show were, of course, each and every one of the children. Aged but 8 or 9 apiece, the plucky rascals defied their erstwhile limitations to present their VIP audience with a heart-wrenching tale of woe and resilience, that took their character, ‘Margaret’, back in time to the Woolwich workhouse, over the picnicking hillocks of Greenwich Park, through the rigours of two courthouses, a grandiose mansion and a villain’s squalid den, to ultimately face an actual tidal wave aboard a convict ship bound for Australia! It was a tale of the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, of injustice and suffering, of resilience and hope and of the mysteries of time and fate. Viva Margaret Greenwood.