Sensational Soloist

On Tuesday evening, I sang a solo in the Lewisham Music Summer Gala at the Royal Festival Hall, in a song called ‘Sing’. There were five songs including that, ‘Sing and Swing’, ‘Listen to Us’, ‘My Town’ and ‘Oremi Je Ka Jo’. It was an amazing experience and I am still stunned by the memory of it. When our choir were performing, we did not do it just on our own, we sang it altogether, with twenty five other choirs. The amount of children was huge, about eight hundred! I was one of two who was picked to sing a solo on my own.

In the dressing room before hand, I was really nervous about it, as many people would be. Thankfully, I have a really good friend, who sprayed water on me to make me laugh!   Surprisingly, this worked.

During the performance, I had to stand at the edge of the stage, where there was another choir singing a completely different part. The rest of my choir were high on the balcony.


Me singing at the front.
Me singing at the front of the stage.

We sang the first song (‘Listen to Us’) and then I walked to the front and the music began. I counted the three and a bit bars before my part and then I began to sing. The conductor, Clare Caddick, had told me to really pronounce my ts, and during my part I remembered to do this, which made it sound a lot better. I stepped back and sang through the rest of the song at the front. Then I finished the song and bowed, before returning to the edge and singing through the last few songs.

For the penultimate song, the other soloist- John- sang his part brilliantly, before we launched into the final song. At the end everybody congratulated me and I met my parents. They were really proud of me, and I was really proud of myself!

This was a really amazing experience, and I enjoyed it so much. I would just like to thank Ms. Holder and Mr. Barrett for coordinating the whole thing, and teaching us the songs.

Mandarin Songs to Practise for the Summer Concert

On Thursday 13th May, the children will performing in two Summer Concerts at St Catherine’s Church.

10:00 until 11:00 – Reception, Yr1, Yr2, Yr3

13:50 until 15:10 – Yr4, Yr5, Yr6, Orch, Choir, S Pans

The children in Years 2 and 3 will be singing:

小兔子乖乖  (xiǎo tù zǐ guāi guāi) “Well-Behaved Little Rabbit”

The children in Years 4-6 will be singing:

蜗牛与黄鹂鸟 (Wō niú yǔ huáng lí  niǎo) Snail and Oriole Birds

You can listen to the songs by pressing the hyperlinks above.  The lyrics to both songs can be found on the PowerPoint below.

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Happy practising.




5M Half Term Projects

Throughout the term, students of 5M have been having fun learning about the Roman Empire during their topic classes. Over the half term break, the students are to complete a project of their choosing on the condition that it relates to the Roman Empire and that it is historically accurate.

We set aside a small portion of today’s lesson to brainstorm some possible project ideas. This is what the students came up with:

  • Write a Roman mythology story set in the modern day.
  • Produce a booklet, leaflet or poster on Roman gods, gladiators, the Roman army or any other significant part of the Roman Empire.
  • A diary entry written from your perspective but set in Roman times.
  • Roman fashion design.
  • Build or design a model of a Roman villa, The Colosseum, a chariot or any example of Roman architecture or technology.

Here are some great websites to help you with your research:

BBC Bitesize 

Primary Homework Help – The Romans

Ducksters – Ancient Rome

Students are also reminded to continue to practice their timetables and to make sure that they are accessing Bug-Club and Mathletics from home if possible.

Most importantly, enjoy a safe and relaxing break and make sure to have fun and enjoy the sunshine!

Mr McArthur.



Favourite Children’s Books

Over the Easter Break, we are researching the greatest children’s books of all time.  We are going to be interviewing as many people as we can to find out what books they enjoyed as children and the reasons why, so that we can make a definitive list to help Year 5 to make more informed choices in the future.

We will return to school on Thursday, 20th April with a presentation, in the format of our choice, to share with the class.

The Book Trust’s Top 100 Children’s Books

If you don’t have the opportunity to share your favourite children’s book with our class, then please comment below so we can learn what your recommendations are.


Remember, children are also expected to be practising their target times-tables and reading regularly with an adult each week.  Also, children can help continue with the fantastic progress they are currently been making by continuing to access MathleticsBug Club and Languagenut over the holidays.