Year 5 worked with the storyteller, Anna Conomos, to recreate the traditional Mexican tale of ‘The Woman who Outshone the Sun’, or ‘La Mujer que Brillaba aún más que el Sol’. They called their story ‘The Spirit of Nature’, and worked together to write the scripts, and songs, which they weaved together in their performance. Sometimes they sang in English, and sometimes in Spanish! They collaborated with our music teacher, Michael, as they acted, sang, and danced to bring the story to life. Year 5 delivered a strong message of tolerance and understanding in this shared creative piece, which was enjoyed by the performers and the audience in a special assembly.
In May, one of the most EXCTING and INCREDIBLE events in the history of Blue Gate Fields Junior School took place! Four pupils from year 5 starred live in The Paul O’Grady Show on ITV 1 to discuss the imminent general election. Abdul Quadir, Tracy, Humaira and Taha were chauffeur driver to the ITV studios along with a very enthusiastic Jackie and Drew and there were met by Paul O’Grady himself and, of course, his beloved dog Olga.
The pupils were part of a panel who were asking Paul and other guests, including a Professor of Politics, about the election and the importance of voting.
We are all SO proud of the four pupils that took part! It was such a memorable experience and one we will ever forget.
Class 8 went to St Paul's Cathedral. Inside there was a star on the floor and our guide for the day said that the star represents light. Christopher Wren built the cathedral and he is buried inside it. St Paul's Cathedral was the fifth cathedral build on the site as all the previous cathedrals were burnt down. We visited the whispering gallery and the golden gallery; it was a fantastic experience. The golden gallery was right at the top and we had to climb a lot of stairs. The view from the top was breath taking and wonderful. We really enjoyed our trip!
Jackie’s literacy group have worked exceptionally hard on the National Literacy Trust Book Bench project this term. As part of this project, they threw themselves into studying a focus book and used writing, drama and art to explore the themes and issues within it. The group chose the gripping novel ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens and were all so moved by Oliver’s story, his life in the workhouse and his relationships with characters such as Fagin and the artful dodger. The group also visited the Foundling Hospital near Russell Square and discovered what life was like as a founding in Victorian London.
With the help of our amazing artist in residence, Julia, the group worked tirelessly on some incredible artwork using still life and life drawings. These were themed around Victorian artefacts and characters in the book. These were put together as part of a collage which created our extraordinary book bench!
The bench was selected to go on display at The Embassy Tea Gallery and, there, the group also met the author Eleanor Updale whose book ‘Montmorency’ had also inspired another bench.
You can now see the fabulous bench for yourselves on display in our school opposite the library.