Ready for Battle!

This coming Monday, 5th March, children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be heading to Cadogan Hall to take part in the exciting participatory concert – “Battle of Britain”.

We will form the largest section of the audience on the day and we really want make an incredible sound when we sing.

To make the day special as possible, please help us with the following:

  1. Encourage you child to practise using the music playlist below (most are under a minute long).
  2. Download the word sheet below
  3. Send you child to school on Monday in WW2 clothing. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it will make a big difference to the mood if we up in some sort of WW2 dress. Being so cold, practicality must still come first, of course!
  4. If you want to see even more, including interesting articles on the Battle of Britain, see the Classical Roadshow Website:

Download (PDF, 131KB)

Practice over the weekend with the song playlist below here:


Battle of Trafalgar – Our Day on the Stage

In Cadogan Hall, we watched and sang along to a brilliant recount of the Battle of Trafalgar.  We traveled there by train and tube.  On arriving, we ate our lunch, unfortunately I did not manage to eat all of it.  It was deafening eating lunch, as there were hundreds of children chatting and singing, as not all the schools were eating.  The Year 4s traveled together with Miss Izibili.  Once we had all sat down, the marvelous conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra demonstrated what each instrument sounded like.  Some sounds can make you feel nauseous or queasy, other sounds can make you feel excited or scared.  I made up a story related to how each instrument sounded.
Edmund Waller Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
We had to remain ready throughout the rehearsals


Rehearsing with the orchestra, ballet and presenter.
Rehearsing with the orchestra, ballet and presenter
After that, we saw the performance and it was phenomenal!  I could have wished for nothing better from them.  It sounded beautiful when all the children and adults sang together.  At the beginning, it was sad.  When they celebrated Nelson’s birthday it was enjoyable.  The audience laughed when the dancers brought Lord Nelson a birthday cake through and danced around him.  We were told to dress as the crew of a ship and I dressed up in a striped navy blue and white top with denim jeans.  I go skiing every year, so I have a collection of medals and badges, which I pinned to my top.  I really enjoyed the educational visit to Cadogan Hall.
 – Olivia, 4B (abridged)
Us in our dressing room
Us in our dressing room

Cadogan Hall Visit – details and songs to practice

Hello everyone,

As you know, Years 4, 5 and 6 will be heading to Cadogan Hall next week Monday, 23rd March.

Please come in wearing Navy type costume. Look at this picture for inspiration:

You could wear something like this.
You could wear something like this.

You don’t have to go out and buy anything. Any piece of cloth will do for a scarf, and white, navy or black trousers will be fine. Black shoes are best. A striped top would be perfect if you can get hold of one.


You can practice at home with these recordings:

Audience Word Sheet (click to download)

01 Rule Britannia

03 The Wind is Foul (A)

04 The Wind is Fould (B)

09 Jolly Good Fellow

11 Heart of Oak v2-3 Audience

13 Heart of Oak v2-3 (Stage Choir ONLY)

19 Sail Sail for Trafalgar Bay

21 The West Wind was with us

23 Rule Britannia Reprise Audience

25 Rule Britannia Reprise (Stage Choir ONLY)


We Day

Year 4 & 5 School Councillors with Mr Barrett and Mr Ephson


Today is We Day, a huge celebration of the young volunteers (that’s us) who have taken part in a year of local

and global action to help other people.

We met at school at 6:45 am, before making our way to Wembley Stadium by coach.

As we emerged from the coach at 8am, we were greeted by hordes of excited young people from all over the

country, all queuing eagerly to see and hear the activists, actors and performers who would take the stage

throughout the day. There was a tangible buzz in the air and we couldn’t wait for it to start. Then we did wait.

Until 9:45 am, when it was time for the countdown.

“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 11,” shouted by 12,000-strong sea of students. Then grand opening…. Boris Johnson!

He kicked off the day with some energetic words of congratulations and encouragement.

The day was split into 4 ‘periods’, all teaching us about different aspects of EMPOWERMENT: economic,

technological, social and educational. All the way through, we were inspired by the stories of people who had

struggled to achieve success in life, people who have built charities to effect social change and young

visionaries who had dared to chase a dream to its fulfilment.

Every one of them was cheered on by the incredibly noisy crowd.

Aside from all we learned, we were treated to amazing performances by Sean Mendez,  Bars and Melody,

Connor Maynard, Mr Probz to name a few.

Last of all, and most importantly, we all made a pledge today. It was a pledge to put our energy into WE, not ME.

WE can affect poverty, inequality, injustice and make the world a better place.

Who is going to be the change?


Creating An Exciting New Menu at Edmund Waller

Full School Council Meeting

During the last school council meeting, councillors shared the feed back from their classes, about what they like

about school dinners and what could be improved


Salad bar – esp the cucumber and


There are two choices – main and


It is healthy

There is variety

Today, Angela the Operations Manager at Chartwells visited the School Council to talk about school meals at

Edmund Waller.

The councillors started by telling her their ideal school meals. She noticed that very few of the children

mentioned vegetables and explained that companies who provide school meals have to follow the government

Food Standards.

They also need to bear in mind some other factors, such as the equipment available in the kitchen and what

children like to eat. The councillors used this information to redesign their ideal school meals.

We will be talking with the Chartwell development chef and Angela will return in the Summer term to give the

school councillors a tour of the school kitchen.