Our Memorable Event: a Treasure Hunt

At the beginning of term we went on a Treasure Hunt and were really upset when there wasn’t any treasure.

Now we have found out the answers to all the questions and went back to tell the teddies.P1010757 P1010758 P1010759 P1010760

Zoe answered question number one which was ‘what is the difference between a crocodile and an alligator ?’   She said ‘Their teeth are different.’P1010762 P1010764 P1010765 P1010766 P1010767 P1010768

George had the answer for  ‘Why does a bear hibernate?

He said ‘They hibernate in the winter when there isn’t any food and wake up in the Spring when there is.’
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Charlie was able to answer question number three, What was the first aeroplane like ? He said ‘It was made of wood and had flat wings.’P1010777 P1010778 P1010779 P1010780 P1010781Ernie told the teddy bear with question number four all about his grand parents who went in a canoe in a river with hippos and crocodiles.

 

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Samir could answer question number five which was ‘How does a bus driver know where to go? He said he uses a map on his computer.P1010793 P1010794 P1010795 P1010796 P1010797 P1010798 P1010800 P1010801 P1010802 P1010803 P1010804

Betsy told the bear that the best material for a boat was wood because it floats. So we had completed the challenge and answered all the questions correctly. P1010805 P1010807 P1010808 P1010809 P1010810 P1010811 P1010812

Our reward was a treasure chest full of treasure. Well done Reception B !

VE Day

Last Friday, the Year 3 children celebrated the end of their Dig for Victory topic with a VE Day celebration at school.P1020892 - Copy

Megan: “VE Day celebrates the end of World War II in Europe (VE stands for Victory in Europe.  Megan used to think that it meant ‘Victory for England’, so she has learnt something new).  We usually celebrate on the 8th of May every year but our celebration was at the end of our topic in July.  At the end of World War II, lots of communities had street parties, where they celebrated the end of the war together.  Before our street party, we pretended to be different countries or dictators and we did a drama activity where we  learnt the order in which different countries joined the war.”

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Abdullahi: “I am going to explain how we got ready for our street party.  We made Union Flags to decorate the playground and worked in a team to put out the tables and chairs.  We had food to eat like biscuits, cake and sandwiches.  I also drank lemon juice that was so sour, it made me run around the playground.  In World War II, they didn’t have very much food, so people had a little ration book to make sure the food was shared out fairly.  This was because the Germans used submarines to attack the boats with food on them.  I am glad I did not live during World War II, the bombs would have been scary. Some of the bombs had teeth on them.”

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‘Offline’ Tickets Available Now – Exclusively Online

The Year 6 children have created a brand new opera called Offline, which which will premier at 7pm on Thursday 20th July at The Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel.  

Thea is a withdrawn, 12-year-old girl who sets out on a quest to find popularity. When she reaches her goal, she discovers that friendship can disappear at a click of a button. Life takes an unexpected turn as Thea comes face to face with a new friend who changes everything…

Tickets are now available to buy exclusively online(!) from the Genesis Cinema Box OfficePlease select family  tickets from the available options, which are priced at £5 each.  

OFFLINE - A Musical Film by Students of Edmund Waller School

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, Orchestra, Choir and Steel 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.

 

 

 

LEGO City Building Competition.

 

On Monday, the Year 5 children competed in a LEGO City Building Competition, as part of their topic: Designing for Life.  There was a real buzz of purposeful creativity in the room, as the children worked brilliantly in teams to create their cities.

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Learning how to create a tower.
Learning how to create a tower.
Learning about simple circuits.
Learning about simple circuits.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.

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Creating our Cities – Road Mapping

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Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Lighting my house – science and DT in action.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
White Houses were a popular choice – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – house building.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.

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Creating our Cities - real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.

There were thoughtfully designed houses and shops, lit from within by some carefully wired lights; some aerial train lines, which grew less precarious as the morning progressed and some artfully designed leisure spaces.  You can see the children enjoying the process here.

Creating our Cities - wiring the house, science and DT in action.
Creating our Cities – wiring the house, science and DT in action.

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Creating our Cities - real creative focus and collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus and collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
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Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
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Who is the expert?

 

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Sophisticated transport network – real creative collaboration.
Train line demonstration - adding power and vehicles.
Train line demonstration – adding power and vehicles.

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Powering our Cities - real creative focus.
Powering our Cities – real creative focus.

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Wiring the train line - real creative focus.
Wiring the train line – real creative focus.

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Creating our Cities - real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.

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Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative reflection.
Creating our Cities – real creative reflection.

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And here are the finished cities!  We would like to thank Derrick Speed for facilitating such an enjoyable, action-packed workshop.  It was great to see the children hard at work, designing for life.

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Creating our Cities - the end result!
Creating our Cities – the end result!

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RE Peace Walk

On Wednesday afternoon the year 5 classes had a peace workshop with Rev Sheridan James. Sheridan told us about lots of ways to feel peaceful or to try and find peace in our daily lives. We had this peace workshop, so that we could get a better understanding of what peace meant for our RE work.

First Sheridan showed us a PowerPoint with lots of pictures of what she thought was peaceful. Then Sheridan told us about her pilgrimage to Iona, which is an island in Scotland where Christianity first began. She chose to do a pilgrimage to Iona, because it’s popular for its singing and Sheridan loves to sing.

A few years ago Sheridan did a 6 day retreat in st Beuno’s in North Wales which is when you stay silent for a whole 6 days! It made her feel peaceful and relaxed. We talked about how everyone around her were doing it for the same reason so they were respectful and stayed silent as well. This meant it was calm and peace

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In R.E year 5 have been learning about peace so the Rev Sheridan James came to our school to educate us about peace. First Sheridan told us about where she finds peace then she asked us where we find peace, I said my garden. Next she sad that churches can be noisy but they can also be very peaceful.

 

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On the 3/2/17 the Reverend Sheridan from St Catherine’s Church came to our school to give us a peace talk. She told us about her silent pilgrimage for 6 days and how she had to be very quiet and not make any noise. If she made a massive commotion in the area, she would trigger other people’s noises and make a problem. We also went on a silent pilgrimage to St Catherine’s Church that is located at the top of Telegraph Hill Park. We all carried one stone each and on the journey, year 5 stopped two times to say a little chant; “Peace within us peace all around us”. We then carried on our journey. When we arrived, we all put down our stones create a lovely Peace Cairn on the steps of the church.

Silent Pilgrimage
Silent Pilgrimage

 

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Peace means when you’re doing something relaxing and being silent and taking in every -thing that’s around you. You find peace in places that are calm and silent it’s not just about finding peace you can also make peace by calming yourself down, maybe spending a little time alone. A women called Sheridan  came into our school and gave us a talk about peace. She told us lots of new and interesting facts about peace.  Sheridan also told us when she went pilgrimage she had six day of silence. Sheridan challenged us to walk up to Telegraph Hill in silence, which is about 15 minutes away from our school.

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Lewisham Junior Orchestra

Is your child aged 9 or above?

Do they play an orchestral brass, percussion, string or woodwind instrument to at least Grade 1 standard? 

On Thursday 16th February (the Thursday of half term), Lewisham Junior Orchestra running a workshop, enabling instrumentalists to play as part of a large orchestra with children form other schools.  The day will culminate with a performance for friends and family.  You can read further information and download an application form from our website, here.  Please apply directly to Lewisham Music Service by Friday 10th February.

 

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Guess the Number of Marbles in a Jar

Don’t forget that you can take part in our final 999 Club fundraiser of the year: Guess the Number of Marbles in a Jar on the playground before school every morning, starting on Tuesday.  Councillors will be by the main gate from 8:30am.  30p per guess.  All proceeds will go to The 999 Club to buy sleeping bags for their Winter Shelter.  Leon, one of our School Councillors tells you more about the event here.