Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Apollo Music Project

Today a string quartet from the Apollo Music Project came to visit Year 4 for a special workshop about listening to and appreciating music.  

It was really exciting to see and hear the instruments close up.  The children listened really carefully and asked lots of interesting questions.  We learnt a lot!  

Year 4 are looking forward to their next session with Apollo Music.  

Fire Fire! Diary entries on the Great Fire of London

Year 2 have been writing diary entries detailing the events that occurred during the Great Fire of London and our feelings about this terrifying time. First, we had to ‘decorate’ the paper to publish on to make them appear as if they were really old! Then, we stuck feathers onto our pencils to transform them into quills. 

Step 1 - Stain the paper to make it look old.

Step 2 - Add quill to the end of your pencil.

Step 3 - Write up your beautiful and exciting work. 

Step 4 - Enjoy reading the finished piece! 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Los números - The numbers

In Reception we can count up to 12 in Spanish dancing 'La Macarena'

1: uno
2: dos
3: tres
4: cuatro
5: cinco
6: seis
7: siete
8: ocho
9: nueve
10: diez
11: once
12: doce

Ay macarena!

Young Voices Concert at the O2 Arena

On Monday, some children from the school choir took part in the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.  

They formed a mass choir which was made up of over 7,000 children from all over the country.  They performed with professional singers and dancers.  The whole experience was amazing!  

Well done to the children for learning all of those songs!

Monday, 29 January 2018

Year 4 London City Trip

Year 4 went to London City Airport on Tuesday 23rd January.
They researched arrivals and departures in live times.
They spoke to different workers and discovered the roles that they play. Children did plane spotting, watching planes both depart and arrive, there was plenty of excitement. 
Meeting the police and sniffer dogs and asking the police questions was definitely a highlight. 
Even though the sky was grey there were plenty of planes to be seen. 

Saturday, 27 January 2018

'Sticks tap high and sticks tap low'

At Gainsborough we love singing!  In Year 1 we have been singing the song 'Sticks tap high and sticks tap low'.  

Look at us making music and having fun!

Friday, 26 January 2018

London's Burning

Year 2 are learning how to play London's Burning on the glockenspiel.  

They have also started to read music.  

Have a listen to how they are getting on so far. 

Los días de la semana -- The days of the week

In Year 1 we are learning the days of the week.

We can sing them very fast!

In this activity we stuck the days of the week in the correct order:

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Trip to Tower of London

Welcome to the Tower of London.

Going back in time to Tudor London

Looking over at the Traitors Gate

Making our way to the White Tower
It was built by William the Conqueror during the early 1080s.
The White Tower was the castle's strongest point militarily, and provided accommodation for the king and his representatives, as well as a chapel.

Inside the White Tower are the armour of different kings including Henry VIII.
Also this Great beast called the Keeper, who holds important documents and gems.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Year 1 rhythm work

Year 1 have been creating their own rhythms using the characters Oscar, Henrietta and Joe. 

They have practised clapping their rhythms. 

Oscar, Oscar, Henrietta, Joe

What rhythm does your name make?  Can you clap it?

Djembe drumming in Nursery

Nursery have been playing the djembe drums this week.  They are drumming rhythms based on the fruits in the story 'Handa's Surprise'

banana, banana, mango, mango

Nursery are making music!

This week Nursery had a great music lesson.  We did lots of singing, dancing and played our claves along to the music.

Year 4 ukuleles

Year 4 are learning to play the ukulele.  This week we practised the chord A minor and started learning the song 'Autumn Leaves' which uses tremolo, strumming and plucking techniques.  

Monday, 22 January 2018

Storytellers in year 2

We have come up with our own versions of Anansi. He is no longer stuck in a melon. Now he is in a crunchy apple or a juicy pineapple. He was taken to Buckingham Palace and he is seeing some great London landmarks on his way. Do you know that he met a fluffy, energetic dog running around Hyde Park?! He also met a fat, stinky pig at Hackney City farm.

We then filmed each other reading our stories. We used some great story telling features to show off our exciting stories.


Food - Comida

This term in Gainsborough we are learning about food.

Year 5 has been giving their opinion about food saying:

I like: Me gusta
I do not like: No me gusta
I love: Me encanta
I hate: Odio

Try to guess the meaning of these sentences:

Friday, 19 January 2018

Our Rights

Art Club have been making digital posters to share their favourite Unicef Rights with other students. We were inspired by artists that use Typography in their work.  Look out for our colourful posters around school. We even thought about rights that we think should be included 'I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE AN ARTIST!' Empress, Year 2. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Great Fire of London workshop

On Monday 15th of January Year 2 took part in a fantastic storytelling workshop based on The Great Fire of London. We used props, costumes, actions and sound effects to re tell the fateful events of September 1666. We are looking forward to using this experience to write our own eyewitness accounts of The Great Fire.