Saturday, 29 June 2013

A Wonderful Week!

Well, what a busy week it has been in St. George's Class!

Yesterday, the children performed their excellent assembly and everyone enjoyed watching them- we had lots of lovely comments from the other children, teachers and families. Well done for learning those lines and performing so confidently!

After our assembly, we went to the Horniman Museum. We enjoyed a hands-on workshop, looking at puppets from around the world.

We also loved the Amazon Adventure exhibition. We saw many dangerous creatures that live in the Amazon River, felt an electric eel's zap, tried to lift an anaconda and even had a dance on an Amazonian dance floor!

Source: Horniman Museum

After school, many of the children and families from St. George's Class came along to the launch night of the exhibition featuring our spectacular rhino. It was lots of fun- the gallery was an exciting room full of super artwork by children from schools across Southwark. Keep your eyes peeled to see if we feature in any of our local newspapers!

Well done St. George's Class for a busy and productive week- have a well-deserved rest this weekend.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Believe in Yourself! ASSEMBLY

On Friday (28th) at 9am, St. George's Class will be performing their final class assembly! Please do come along and watch!

The theme of our assembly is 'Believe in Yourself'. We will be singing a song called 'Believe in Yourself' from Sesame Street. I have found a few videos of some famous singers performing this song- which one do you prefer? Remember to practise the song at home so it's perfect for next week.

Show your parents- they will recognise these singers!

This one doesn't have an interesting video, but you can hear the version of the song that we will be using:

Remember to bring in your costumes for the assembly on Wednesday (remember to read your letter carefully). Go over your lines and your song this weekend!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

A Special Visitor

Source: Royal Ballet

Today we were very lucky to have a special visitor; David Pickering. He dances for the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. He came to teach us about the ballet of The Firebird, which he has performed in himself! He taught us lots of movements and helped us to use proper dancer's posture. We worked in groups to make different shapes with our bodies and move between them in interesting ways. We even got to leap like a firebird!

Source: Royal Ballet

Did you enjoy our ballet lesson today? What was the highlight for you?

Light Sources

This afternoon, we were learning about different sources of light.

We played these games as part of our lesson and lots of you asked me to put them on the blog- so here they are!

We watched a video of a dance group called 'Attraction' who were the winners of Britain's Got Talent this year. We discussed how they used light and shadow- particularly how they made their shadows bigger and smaller.

Can you remember how they did it?

Bomomo Kandinksy Pictures

Today we used a great website called 'Bomomo' to create some pictures in the style of Russian artist Kandinsky.

It was really fun and we produced some super artwork.

Click this link to make some of your own at home:

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

A Special Invitation

You are invited to the launch night of the exhibition featuring our wonderful paper rhino.

The rhino (and lots of other fantastic artwork by other children) will be exhibited at:

The Vibe Gallery
N001 The Biscuit Factory
Tower Bridge Business Complex
100 Clements Road
SE16 4DG


Friday 28th June



Please do come along with your parents, families and friends to see your super art work on display in a real art gallery!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Visit Russia!

This week your homework was to create an advert or poster persuading people to visit Russia. There were so many wonderful examples that I have made this slideshow, so that you can look through them and be convinced to 'Rush to Russia'!

Click through the slides to see the posters and adverts:

Around Our Classroom This Week

Take a look at these pictures of our classroom this week. You can see that we have been learning all about Russia and the Firebird.

What else can you spot?

Russian Teacakes- Snowballs!

Today we did some cooking in St. George's Class. As part of our Russia topic, we followed and made a recipe for Russian Teacakes, called 'Snowballs'.

Here are some pictures of the master chefs at work!

We followed this recipe (click the link to view it):

The English conversions for the ingredients are:

227g butter, softened
64g icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
228g plain flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt

Remember to work with an adult if you are cooking at home- you must be careful with hot or sharp items in the kitchen. Also remember to wash your hands before and after cooking!

We followed the recipe, but did not include the nuts- as our school is nut free. They came out really well and looked and tasted beautiful!

Did you enjoy making the cakes? Did you enjoy eating them?!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Russia Fact Files

At the beginning of our Russia topic, we used ICT to research the country. We practised using a search engine safely and revised how to copy and paste to edit a document.

Here are a couple of lovely examples of Russia Fact Files completed independently by children in St. George's Class, using their ICT skills.

By Antonio

By Alfie

Well done!

The Hungry Forest

As Prince Ivan approached the 'Edge of the Kingdom' in Firebird, we used the illustration and description to inspire another great class poem.

We looked at this spooky picture:

We completed 'Zone of Relevance' diagrams about  the picture. The words that we thought described the scene really well went into the red zone, then as they got less relevant they were put further out on the target board. The words that really didn't describe the scene well were put right outside the target in the white area.

Then we worked in small groups to write some words and phrases that we thought described the picture in an interesting way.

We used these super ideas (plus lots more!) to write our class poem. We used the ladder game again;  great lines from different children were written onto strips of paper. We stuck them on the board, then moved them around until we had the poem just right. We left the title until last, to make sure it suited the poem perfectly.

Here is our ladder poem:

The final poem:

The Hungry Forest

The moon shines as a spotlight of hope,
Calmer than anyone had ever known,
The sky as dark as the wolf's heart,
As black as a raven's wing.

The trees cover the moonlight,
Branches snapping menacingly in the whispering forest,
Eyes glowing from the mysterious bushes,
Hungry for meat.

By St. George's Class

Sunday, 16 June 2013

A Very Busy Week!

We had a very busy week in St. George's Class last week, celebrating One World Week. We had lots of visitors to 'Russia' who came to learn about our country and get their passport stamped. We also had the opportunity to travel around the world, visiting the other countries set up in the classrooms around the school.

We visited; China, Madagascar, Tanzania, Finland, New Zealand, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Mali, Peru, Norway, Canada and the Antarctic.

Which was your favourite? What did you learn?

We will be putting up some photographs of things we spotted on our tour of the world next week.

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On Monday, we participated in a sponsored walk to raise money for the orphanage in Zambia that our school supports. If you still have sponsorship money to collect, please bring it in next week!

On Wednesday, we played in a World Cup football tournament.
The Middle School players of the tournament were:

Alex D.
Lucia B.

Congratulations! The overall winners of the tournament were Brazil- well done!

Source: 123rf

On Thursday morning we had a special mass to celebrate St. Anthony of Padua's feast day and to congratulate our First Holy Communicants.

In the afternoon, we had an exciting assembly to celebrate One World Week. Each class showed the school something they had learned or made about their country. We sang a Russian folk song called 'Minka'. Everyone enjoyed it!

On Friday, we had our whole school photograph in the morning. In the afternoon we had a party in class- we tasted some sweet Russian blinis with honey and raisins, then had a dance to some super Russian music.

After school on Friday, some of the children came to International Evening. It was lots of fun! We tasted some delicious food from around the world, everyone came in different national costumes and there was dancing from different cultures. A great evening! Thank you to everyone that came and to those who worked so hard to make the evening such a success.

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We're looking forward to learning more about Russia next week, with a special visitor on Thursday and lots more fun with Firebird!