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Y5 visit to the Hindu Temple, Neasden

 

We are learning about Hinduism at the moment and we visited the Hindu Temple at Neasden. When we entered the Temple, we had to take our shoes off, which is to show respect. We met our tour guide who took us to a big room and showed us a video of how the temple was created. Based on Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s vision, the temple took many years to build. The marble was imported from Italy and was carved by 3,000 volunteers in India and then shipped to England.

We went to an exhibition on Hindu gods in the Temple. Brahma is the supreme god, but Hindus believe that he comes in the form of many gods. Every Hindu god is different and we were given a question and answer sheet so that we could learn more about these gods, including Ganesh, Shiva, Vishnu and Krishna.

We then watched a prayer service. Boys and girls had to sit in separate parts of the room and because they hold these services five times a day, the service was only 8 minutes long. We then looked around the room, looking at the beautiful carvings and pictures. We then went back to the room where we started for a question and answer session. We were also taught how to chant the Om to focus on the gods and the world.

There are many symbols associated with Hinduism and as part of our project we have each chosen one of these symbols which we have drawn out and which will eventually be made into batik. The designs include the Om, the lotus flower, the Hindu swastika and the Trident elephant.

The whole project on Hinduism has been really interesting. We have learnt many things including how Hindus wave their hands over flames and then over their heads which they believe keeps evil away. They have many ceremonies including Puja and another symbol is the Tilak which is a red dot placed on the forehead. We also thought the temple was very beautiful and we very much enjoyed our visit.

Amelie, Hannah and Joseph
Year 5

 

The rich curriculum of Year 6

We cover many subjects in our curriculum and this term we have been learning about World War 2 which is a cross curricular project involving history, English and PSHE.

The PSHE aspect was on human rights. Men went out to work in the armed services and but women stayed at home and worked in factories making things like bombs, so instead of just being housewives they became workers.

We also learnt about the holocaust where the Jewish people were made into scapegoats so that everything that was wrong in Germany could be blamed onto them and 6 million Jews were killed.

The Germans also killed Jews in the other countries in Europe that they invaded. We learnt about Anne Frank who lived in the Netherland and hid from the Germans. She kept a diary, but she and her family were captured and were all killed except her father, Otto. He decided to share her diary with the world so that everybody would know what had been happening.

The book called “Goodnight Mr Tom” is about a boy who was evacuated from London to the country and is taken in by Thomas Oakley who originally didn’t want to take in any evacuated children, but who learns to love him. We’ve learnt quite a lot about children being evacuated and also about the Kinder Transport where Jewish children were rescued from Europe to be looked after in England.

We’ve also been on a school trip to RAF Hendon. It was full of planes that had been in the war, both English and German, and there were also some old cars. We took part in a classroom experience where the desks had lids which opened as well as inkwells. We wrote our evacuee cards using the old fashioned pens and ink. The teacher was quite scary and when the siren went off we had to hide under our desks. We watched two short films, one on the bouncing bomb and the other was on the blitz and the Battle of Britain. At night when there was an air raid the people had to go into shelters for safety. The blitz lasted for 57 nights so the people didn’t get any sleep and were really tired.

We have also done an assembly on World War 2. We spoke about when Hitler came into power he started to build up his armed forces and take over other countries, but Britain didn’t want to get involved in a war. However, when he started to take over Poland, the British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, went to Munich to sign a treaty to stop him. But Hitler betrayed the agreement, invaded Poland, and so war was declared.

The children were evacuated, but because nothing happened, the children went back home. This was called the phoney war. But then the war really started and the children were evacuated again. We talked about Winston Churchill who gave speeches to give hope to the people. In class, we had written letters to our mothers pretending to be evacuees, and we read one of these out in the assembly.

We are really enjoying our work on World War 2 and the impact that it had on people’s lives and on the world. It is really important that everybody knows about what happened so that it never happens again.  It has made us think a lot and we are so lucky that we did not have to live during this period of history.

Gian Luc and Ted
Year 6

Y3 visit to St Paul’s Cathedral

 

         
         
         
     

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
Year 3

 

 

 

EcoVengers in action

 

     

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

     
     
     

Lost and Found

 

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
Year 2

Barvember

   

 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
Year 6

Friendship week

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
Year 6

Remembrance

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
Year 6

Y4 class assembly

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
Year 4

Police officer’s visit to Year 4

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.

Jamie
Year 4

Police officer’s visit to Year 5

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
Year 5

Visit to the food bank

  

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
Year 6

Welcome service

 

This morning we went to church for a special service because we are starting school. We walked there with our teachers and it was a bit windy, but when we walked back it was raining.

Our mummies and daddies were at the church and we sang three songs – Jesus bids us shine, God is good and Jesus’s ladder. Father Callum blessed some bookmarks for us and sprinkled water over us and he helped us pray.

It was a lovely service and we enjoyed it, especially the singing.

Beatrice and Otto
Year R

 

 

School production

 

  

Our junior production this year is called “The Golden Ticket”, but it is actually the story of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. We were really pleased when we heard about it because we knew we would be getting some chocolate!

We auditioned for roles in the summer term. This was really nerve-wracking, especially if we were auditioning for a singing role as we had never sang solo in public before.

When we got our role, then we started worrying about learning the lines. We thought we could practice our lines over the summer holiday, but then we got to the end of the summer holidays and we thought where did the summer go as we haven’t learnt all our lines yet. But we’ve worked really hard and suddenly the performances are only a week away. It has now started to feel very real.

Each of the Year 6 classes do two performances where they play the speaking parts and whilst one class is doing the speaking parts, the other class are the choir. The speaking parts have been split up very fairly, eg there are two Willy Wonkas for each performance as it is such a major part, and some of us with less lines have two parts.

We love the play and the jokes are really good. We are looking forward to the actual performances, although we are now feeling a bit nervous, but also excited. We have gained so much from rehearsing for the production. Some of us felt a bit embarrassed about performing, but now we have gained in confidence.

We are very grateful to Miss Wicks, our director, and to all the staff who all have contributed, and to our parents who have provided our costumes and also helped in coaching us.

Enjoy the show!

Niamh and Peter
Year 6

 

Macbeth

Yesterday, we were visited by the Young Shakespeare Company. They went through the story of Macbeth. We were given roles to play and act out and we had labels so that we all knew which parts we were playing. The king and the queen also had crowns. We were told our lines which we repeated and they were the original words as written by Shakespeare.  One of our favourite lines we can remember – “Double, double, toil and trouble.”

We had to think about the setting and picture it in our heads. We had to imagine what would happen next. We were divided into two and one side of the room had to think about the thoughts and feelings of Macbeth and the other side of the room were asked to think about the thoughts and feelings of Lady Macbeth.

We really enjoyed the experience. We had to use our own imagination which brought it alive for us and we really felt in the zone.

Ariana, Douglas and Louis
Year 6

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Last Friday St Paul’s School held a Macmillan tea afternoon. We brought in cakes from home and parents were invited in. Some of the house captains helped in the hall serving the cakes and all the Y6 children helped the younger children. The other house captains were in the entrance hall collecting donations from the parents. Each class came down to the hall and after we had picked our cake or biscuits, we took a drink and sat outside on the steps. We gave £2 each and we were allowed to pick 3 items.

It was a good experience. We liked helping out and we enjoyed eating the cakes. Our parents were really generous and we were proud to raise £1,424.19 for MacMillans.

Ariana, Douglas and Louis
Year 6

Armonico Consort

Last week, Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in a choir workshop run by Father Calum. First of all we sang some songs – A Keelie and Si Si Si. They were only short, and we didn’t know the language they were written in, but they were really enjoyable to sing. We learnt some other songs, one of which was a round, which was great.

Father Calum gave us some tips to help us. Firstly we had to open our mouths wide in order to project our singing and we had to learn when to take a deep breath in the songs. Another tip was to wobble our knees whilst we were singing so that we wouldn’t get tired when standing for a long time.

We really enjoyed the session and we hope that we can join this choir as it was such fun.

Alexander and Jessica
Year 5

Jigsaw

This year in PSHE we have started a new scheme, which the whole school is doing, called Jigsaw. Each class has a jigsaw piece and they are all different colours. Some classes have jigsaw pieces which are shaped like animals.

There are various different exercises we do in the Jigsaw lessons. One is where we have to think about a special place. The teacher uses a chime and we have to calm our minds and think about our place until the sound of the chime ends. The teacher puts pictures of examples up on the wall, eg a river or a garden or a car, but we can just think of our own special place as long as it’s peaceful. We have our eyes shut, our feet flat on the floor and our hands on our tummies to help us relax.

Another exercise was a worry spiral where we had to write down our worries, eg moving onto secondary school, SATs, leaving our friends. We’ve also had to write down our targets and dreams on some bunting-type flags.

One exercise, which was fun, was a cross between bingo and noughts and crosses. We had some questions in 3 lines with 3 questions in each line. We had to answer them and then we had to find out from others in the class what answers they had and see if we could match them and try and get a line. There were all sorts of questions, eg favourite food, worst school uniform colour, worst TV show, which sport we would like to win a medal in.

Jigsaw lessons usually takes place after lunch on a Friday afternoon, which is a good time because we have been rushing around in the lunch break and we are also tired from a week’s hard work. The activities are fun and enjoyable, particularly as there are no wrong answers, unlike in maths!

Amelia, Jackie, Kimi and Yasmina
Years 4 and 6

Moving to Key Stage 2

When we were in Year 2, we were a bit nervous about moving into Year 3. We were a bit worried because we thought the teachers would be really strict and the lessons really hard and we would have to do lots of different things.

But we really like our teachers – they are a bit stricter, but not really very strict and the lessons are harder, but not too hard, although we do 20 minutes more each day which is a bit more tiring. We do have to work faster now. Before we would get little breaks when we were working to stretch our arms, but now we get less time to relax during lessons.

Most of the subjects are the same although we do more science. There is one extra lesson that we have which is mindfulness colouring, which is supposed to settle us down after a break. We have different coloured exercise books but they are the same inside. In Year 2 we mostly used pencils and crayons but now we use gel pens much more. We still use pencils in our exercise books, but our teacher told us that when our writing is neat enough we will be given a pen licence so that we can use a Uniball pen. We should get this before we move into Year 4.

Our lunch times are shorter. In Year 2 we had playtime, then lunch, then a bit more playtime. But now we go straight into lunch from the lessons, which is better as we don’t get so hungry. The lunch hall is a bit different as we now have to collect our knives and forks when we collect our lunch whereas in Key Stage 1 the tables were all laid out for us. Also we sit in a different place which is nearer the kitchen.

In Key Stage 1 we had fruit and lunch provided for us. But now we have to bring in our own fruit and our parents have to pay for our lunch unless we bring in a packed lunch.

We enjoy being in Key Stage 2 as we feel much older and we are really looking forward to taking part in the junior production which is much bigger than the KS1 production. Also it is in the evening, so we will get to stay up a bit later which is really great!

Finn and Julia
Year 3

Good-bye St Paul’s from Year 6

We have some wonderful memories of our time in St Paul’s. We remember HYMB where we did many activities such as swimming and boating. A really fun activity was caving. It involved us in teamwork as we had to help each other through difficult obstacles and then we had to find our own way out which was quite complicated and involved us in group discussion, negotiation and decision-making. We stayed at the Youth Hostel overnight where we had great food and a disco.

Another wonderful memory was the junior production where we performed ‘Scrooge’. It was great fun and our parents really enjoyed the show as well.

The highlight of our time at St Paul’s is the school journey. We feel we have gained a lot of confidence as we stayed away from home for nearly a week. We got to know the other Year 6 class really well and have made some good friends. One of our favourite outings was to Monkeyworld. When we got back we enjoyed the 3-D model-making which gave us a chance to work together again.

We have many activities now as we approach the end of term. We have a leavers service at St Paul’s Church where we sing many songs and give thanks for our time at school. We will be singing ‘Sing’ which is the song that we sang when we were in Reception. Another song is ‘I turn to you’ which is a song to our parents. Both these songs are emotional and we may well cry.

There will be a leavers assembly where some pupils will receive awards. We will also be having a picnic followed by a disco in the school hall which we are looking forward to.

Our very last time at school will be spent in the quadrangle where we will be saying our final good-byes, signing each others’ shirts and thanking all the staff for providing a happy and safe school community for us. This will be a really sad time for us and it will be very emotional. But we are looking forward to our secondary schools and meeting new people. The next chapter in our lives will not be the same as St Paul’s but it will be exciting and we will still remain in touch with our friends.

Good-bye St Paul’s and thank you for this amazing journey we have been on with you.

Hannah and Lola
Year 6