Last week we went on a school trip to St Paul’s Cathedral. Some ladies talked to us about how many cathedrals had been built where St Paul’s is now standing – there have been 5. The first three were churches and then a cathedral was built, but it was burnt down in the Great Fire of London in 1666.
None of the previous buildings had domes – this is the first one.
We went into the cathedral and we went down some stairs. On the floor was a big star. Then we looked up and saw a spiral staircase. We were told that the stairs had a lot of history. Harry Potter and Paddington were filmed there. When we looked up and turned our heads, it looked as though the stairs were spinning.
One of the reasons for our visit was to learn how the cathedral was built. We touched a pillar which was actually made of stone, but it was very smooth. We were then taught about how arches are made. Some wooden blocks were placed over a small wooden arch and when the wooden blocks were all in place, the small wooden arch was removed and the wooden blocks all stayed in place and formed an arch. This was very clever.
The last thing we did was light a candle to thank St Paul for the lovely building for people to look at.
We really liked the trip because we learnt a lot especially about how St Paul’s Cathedral was built. We think that Jesus must be really pleased about how much time Christopher Wren spent thinking about how to build the cathedral for people to enjoy.
Finn and Grace
In the month of December all of the EcoVengers, some parents and some people from Woodcroft planted 250 tree saplings inside the fence by the school gates. As loads of cars drive past our school every day, this hedges will help stop the pollution coming into our school and will be really good for us.
Matthew and Niamh
Years 2 and 6
This term, our project for English is making up a story based on a book. First we read the book “Lost and Found” which is about a boy who finds a penguin who is lost. He takes the penguin to the South Pole but then he finds the penguin is not lost, just lonely.
The story that we are making up starts with us choosing where we find the penguin. We will be taking him to the South Pole and first we have to decide what we are going to pack in our suitcase, so we write down what things we are taking and what they are for. Some of us have decided to pack things like food, water, an umbrella and raincoat.
Then we will be rowing down to the South Pole and we will be stopping in other countries to show the penguin around. We did our plan today and we will be writing out our story tomorrow.
We like making up stories and we are enjoying this project very much.
Hannah and Zack
Bar modelling is a tool which is used for solving mathematical problems by making them more visual and therefore easier to understand.
It is used from Year 1 to Year 6, but we only started in Year 3 because that is the year we were in when it was introduced to St Paul’s. We use it throughout the year, but we concentrate on this method particularly in the month of November, which is why it is called Barvember.
Basically, it starts off as a bar, or rectangle, which can then be split into sections depending on the particular problem. By drawing out the bars and sections, which can represent whatever is asked in the problem, it can become clearer as to how the problem can be solved.
We feel it is really helpful as it gives us confidence in solving certain mathematical problems and actually makes it easier because the problem is displayed visually which helps to explain it. We can actually use different methods of working out calculations which then shows a greater depth of understanding, and bar modelling is just one way, but it does make it easier for us and so that is why we like it.
Anna and Kaadi
This week it has been Friendship Week at St Paul’s. It used to be called anti bullying week but it changed because friendship is nicer. The whole point is to learn to be a better friend and a better person.
The week started with Odd Socks Day. This was a chance for everyone to show that we are different and we are all unique. Our socks were different colours, some of us wore football socks and some of us wore one sock up and one sock down. But we also showed friendship as some of us swopped socks with each other to ensure that we all had odd socks.
Then we had Teamwork Tuesday. The eight St Paul’s sports captains organised games for the rest of the school for play and fun based on teamwork. We had a game called Human Knot, which is where we stand in a circle and form ourselves into knots which have to be untied. Other games included an assault course and a 3-legged race. All the year groups were teamed with a different year group which ensured that the older children were patient and looked after the younger children. Even though it was raining and cold, we all had fun together.
Well-being Wednesday followed where the whole school learnt about on-line safety. The talks were all targeted for different age groups and the Year 6 talk was about safety on all the different devices and social media that we would come across in secondary schools. St Paul’s was the first school that received this special Year 6 talk and we learnt how to make sure that we had all the right privacy settings on the most popular social media platforms. We were also taught how to recognise fake bios and how to ensure that any videos that we made did not reveal our own identity.
Today we attended a church service at St Paul’s which focussed on friendship. Father Daniel got over his message to us using his glove puppet, Father Bear, about Jesus being our main friend who is always with us and that He would forgive us if we were not friendly at all times with Him.
We think that this Friendship Week has been a massive benefit for us all and has been a great success. We in Year 6 are being prepared to leave the St Paul’s School bubble so that we can learn how to deal with what the future has for us.
Evelyn and Peter
St Paul’s School always commemorates Remembrance Day which is actually on 11 November and this is when we remember about the soldiers who fought for us because they gave their lives so we could be free. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance because they were in the fields where battles took place.
We always sell poppies on Remembrance Day and this year the house captains stood on the waiting area every day before and after school selling to parents and in school we go round after lunch to each class to sell to the children. We have many different things to sell – bracelets, badges, poppies for cars as well as ordinary poppies. Because were able to sell to our parents as well as the children, we think we have collected more money this year because the collection boxes are very heavy!
Archie, Ariana, Douglas and KJ
We held our class assembly last Monday and Tuesday and it was on remembrance and heroes. In class we had talked about heroes and what makes a hero. A hero can be either male or female and must have performed a heroic act. We chose famous heroes, for instance the queen, and we chose personal heroes, for example relatives, which we then talked about in assembly. One of our class spoke about his great grandad who had been captured in 1940 and he read out an extract from one of his letters.
We talked about the meaning of “remembrance” which is the act of stopping to remember the people affected by war and to hope for a peaceful future. We recited two poems “In Flanders Field” which was written by a Canadian doctor who mourned the death of a close friend and “What are we fighting for” written by Brian Moses. We sang the hymn “I the Lord of sea and sky” and we ended our assembly with a prayer.
The whole project of preparing for our assembly made us really think about heroism in the lives of all people and to respect those who had performed the acts of heroism.
Kimi and Rhiannon
Today a police officer called PC Louise came to talk to us about safety with fireworks. She told us that our parents should be the person lighting fireworks and they should stand an arm’s length away and we should watch them from still further away. Some fireworks can go up to 200 metres high but if they don’t appear to have caught alight at first, then we mustn’t go back to them in case they explode. At proper firework displays we would be told where to stand so that it is safe.
If we are playing with sparklers we should keep it at arm’s length and that we should wear gloves so that we don’t get burnt from a spark. She also told us not to carry fireworks in our pockets.
The police attend displays and they, the fire brigade and the ambulance service all work together to try and make fireworks safe for us. The police also try and find anybody who is being silly with fireworks and throwing them at people.
It was a very interesting talk and it was good to warn children from doing silly things.
PC Louise talked to our year group about bullying. There are different types of bullying and she talked about bullying online which is called cyber bullying. She gave us some facts and figures on the whiteboard. Bullying happens mostly to people under 18.
Cyber bullying can make the person being bullied feel really unhappy and depressed as they believe that the bully is telling the truth. Some people might feel intimidated into doing something that they would not normally do and they can feel so depressed that they don’t want to leave the house and go to school. Some people who are bullied about their appearance can feel as though they want to commit suicide.
PC Louise told us that if we are bullied we should not be aggressive back as we might end up in trouble ourselves. Instead we should tell an adult and that should make it stop.
She talked about a game called ‘Fortnight’ and there’s a button to press if you feel you are being bullied. She asked if anybody playing on an X-box had experienced bullying, but thank goodness nobody had.
After the talk, she told us about her job. She used to be in police cars but now her job is to come into schools and talk to the pupils. Someone asked about what she carried in her bag and she explained she had pepper spray which would make a person stop what they were doing if they were up to no good. She also showed us her body camera which lit up when filming which would help protect her if she was being attacked.
The police officer’s talk was very informative and showed how important it was not to bully anybody as children’s lives could be horrible when they were grown up because they had been bullied when younger.
Elliot and Leila
Ten of us recently visited the North Enfield food bank. We supported this food bank at Harvest Festival and we sent 417.65 kg of food there this year.
We met the manager, Kelly, who showed us all round the warehouse where the food is stored. There are sections for each type of food and they also stock toiletries and things like nappies.
Kelly told us all about the history of food banks. It started from a shed in someone’s garden giving out food to those who needed it and now it has spread throughout the country. There are 500 workers who are all volunteers, but the managers are paid. We talked to some of the volunteers and they told us that the best bit was going home knowing they have helped someone.
The food is all donated and sell-by dates are all checked. Warburtons deliver bread to them twice a week and there are collections in many supermarkets. We actually packed a crate ready to be given to someone who needed it.
The people that are helped must have been given a voucher by a charity. On their first visit a checklist is made of any allergies, likes, dislikes, cooking facilities etc. The volunteers also chat with these people and they check how the food is getting home in order that they can it can be packed in the most suitable bags.
We are grateful for the opportunity we were given to visit the food bank. It has made us realise how lucky we are and some of us intend to become volunteers when we are old enough.
Anna and Archie