London open afternoon

Yesterday we finished our London topic in style. The children invited their parents in to school to show all of their learning.

Each group of children had made large-scale sculptures of different London landmarks and had to prepare a short presentation about each one. As well as this, the children were able to show their London websites by using the QR codes and iPads or by using the Chromebooks. Finally, there was the chance for parents to ask questions about the giant London skyline that the children had made.

The comments from the parents were very positive – they all said that the children knew a lot, had worked very hard and spoke clearly and politely. I am really proud of how well the children did and they should be proud of themselves as well. Thank you to all the parents who came in to see their children’s work – it was so busy and made for a lovely atmosphere.

The parents came at 2pm and stayed for one hour. Below is a time-lapse video of the afternoon made with the iPad app iMotion.

Year 5 open afternoon from St. Joseph’s Primary on Vimeo.

June 13, 2013

London – Kew Gardens

Last summer I went to London with my mum, my brother Fin and my aunt Geraldine. We stayed in a hotel for 2 days near Kew gardens

It was really good and we got to see all around London as well as all around Kew.

I really enjoyed it at Kew there was lots to see and do I liked climbing the trees and seeing all the different plants and flowers.

They have really weird and strange flowers and cacti at Kew and things that don’t grow any where else in this country.

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This Picture was in the Princess Diana Memorial Hot House, They had some tanks with different tropical fish, and animals in as well.

They have a water tray outside the Hot House and There were Mud Puppies in it that I tried to catch. They are a bit like a small fish and a bit like newts.


We went for a walk in the tree canopy it is a big tall bridge that goes around the trees and you can see all around Kew and look at all the trees

This is another green house we are about 30 feet up and all these plants are really big like in a real rain forest.


In the Evening we walked around London seeing all the sites like Trafalgar square, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace

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This is a Guard along the way to the Palace

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The next day we went to the Natural History Museum, it is full of animals and things about the natural world, like plants and trees and how things have changed.

These are some of the things we saw

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This is an escalator that goes up into the earth, and then they have a shop set up so that you can feel a earth quake and everything moves and shakes around you

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I really enjoyed my trip to London and I want to go and stay again there is lots to do and see.

My favourite place I went to was Kew Garden because they had lots to do and you can run around and climb trees and see all the animals and birds, it was a lot better then the museum because all the animals were dead there apart from some ants that were giant leave cutting ants, they were really good and you could see them in their nest.

I liked St. James park and Hyde Park they were good to.


Today at school,we learned all about the 7/7 bombing.This was a tragic event that happened on the 7th July 2005.People took into London on their backs bombs and set them of in the underground and London buses.Their were four men that did this and did it for there beliefs.They strapped bombs to their backs and let them of so it killed them so they could go up to their God.They believed that their God would thank them.  Unfortunately, 52 people  died and 700 were injured.This is a prayer I wrote:

Dear Lord,

Please let them that sadly died rest in peace.Help their family to get over their mourning,Help them to stay strong and have hope.Please help them who were injured regain their courage. Also, help them who are suffering because of terrorist attacks today.


Great Fire of London: eyewitness accounts

On Friday we were refreshing our memories about the Great Fire of London – why, when, how and where it started, as well as exploring the reasons why it spread so quickly.

We worked in pairs to interview characters who were there on those fateful days in 1666. Some children wanted to be Samuel Pepys, others were Thomas Farriner, while there was some great role-playing and imagination from children who put themselves into the situation.

Can you guess who is who?