RETURN TO SENDER January 19, 2018
There are those who maintain communicating by putting pen to paper is a thing of the past.
However, that's news to these Year Six epistle writers. When the call went out for children to be penpals for the residents of the Dalemead Retirement Home in St Margarets, these young scholars volunteered to become missive monitors. We have recently set up links with the home, making regular visits with groups of children to read and enjoy art and singing sessions with the residents. So successful has been the scheme, that we thought it would be wonderful to set up our own 'Adopt a Granny' letter swap scheme. To kick off the youngsters wrote to their new friends, giving details of their hobbies and families and were thrilled to receive similar notes from the residents.
Plans are afoot for a face-to-face meet with their new chums, as well as a continuation of postal exchanges. The instant gratification of messenger and what's app are all well and good, but the thrill of receiving a crisp, paper-based message through the post is a mite more satisfying.
The smiles on the faces of the children when we told them 'you've got mail' was a joy to see and it appeared in an envelope, not an inbox ...
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM December 2017
This week our Year 6s continued their historical and military tuition by spending time in the WW1 galleries at the Imperial War Museum. They explored the interactive zones and artefacts left from WW1.
In the afternoon, the children kick started their WW2 projects by meeting three evacuees who lived through the blitz to tell their stories.
Moving, remarkable and very special.
PUTTING THE BUSY INTO BUSINESS December 2017
Thank you to all the parents and pupils who attended – and splashed the cash – at the St. Stephen's Enterprise Fair. Our budding entrepreneurs set up a bustling market to showcase their businesses as part of the 'Putting Young Minds to Work' programme run by Stride Ventures.
Sponsored by Tech 21: a local technology company based in Twickenham, our young impressarios will be spending today counting up their profits, evaluating their performance and hopefully enjoying the spoils of their success.
INTERNET SAFETY WORKSHOPS December 2017
Last week our Year 6 pupils took part in a forum theatre Cyberbullying Workshop which aimed to get the children thinking about the choices and consequences around cyberbullying. This was followed by individual classes to coach the children, preparing them to cascade their learnings to their fellow pupils in Year 5.
This included working on their own play or workshop or delivering information in different styles – I.e. a TV advert, a comic book, a game show or a computer game. They then worked on their own ideas within the classroom setting with their teacher. The following day, the separate classes examined the various ideas that had been generated and put together their presentation, going on to deliver their workshops to the younger classes.
These are valuable opportunities for our older children to not only learn about important issues themselves, but to also understand how they can lead by example and influence their peers by sharing their own experiences.
Year 6 Trip to Belgium
This week, Year 6 embarked on their school trip to Ypres, Belgium.
Year 6 Trip to Belgium - the next instalment...
The Menin Gate, Messines and the Passchendaele Musem