Find out what has been going on at Smithy Street and how our pupil-bloggers feel about it in our School Blog below:
Date: 18th July
Blog entry by Zakki, Zain and Mariya (all 5K)
RE: Para-Athletics Trip
Yesterday, on the 18th July 2017, years 5 and 6 went on a trip to the World Para-Athletics Championships which took place at the London Olympic Stadium in Stratford Queen Elizabeth II’s Olympic Park opposite Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford. On our trip, we saw people from a variety of countries such as Portugal, China, Great Britain, India, South Africa, etc. Unlike your normal athletes and Games, these people were disabled, and did sports in wheelchairs, or they would use metal legs! There were many sports that took place, such as long jump, wheelchair races, metal leg races, and discus throwing.
For a few minutes of walking we were in the Olympic Park. We were told to line up near the wall so they can give us our tickets. We walked to the West Ham Stadium where they were going to take part. We sat on our seats we were told to sit in (I sat in seat 302). The first activity was the Women’s long jump. It was a very tense competition but Olivia Breen (who represents England) won at the end. Then it was men’s running (Richard Whitehead won) then it was the Javelin and a wheelchair race.
We even got to interview one of the athletes themselves called Lisa Wallace! She was in a wheelchair. She came 5th in wheel chair racing. We asked her questions and she answered them. Can you believe it? Nor can I. We were lucky enough because our teacher, Kate, has a brother called Tom, who is actually a journalist and was at the Stadium at the time. He got to ask the athlete to come out and talk to us. Yesterday was a day that I would never forget. (Especially the bit where they would put funny things on the screen; ‘Teacher Cam’, and they would zoom in to the teachers’ faces; ‘Dance Cam’, where they would show you dancing, and ‘Dab Cam’, where you would… well, dab.) It was such a thrilling day.
Date: 7th April 2017
Blog entry by: Paul Ian Cross (visiting author)
RE: School Visits and Fantastic Fairs
RE: I visited the Smithy Street School for my first author visit in March. I was invited for story time to read my picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, to four classes from Year 1 and Year 2. I really enjoyed my first school visit as an author. The children asked some fantastic questions about the story and also about writing in general. Each class had a fantastic Reading Corner with lots of books in for the children to read.
Year 2 had some great feedback from the day. Here are some of their comments below..."I found out that Paul had someone to help him with the pictures called an illustrator." Umaymah, Year 2
"I liked the part of the story where Praxx got in trouble by his mum because there was a lot of mess!" Cabdullahi, Year 2
"My favourite part of the story was when the robot kept on beeping!" Tasnia, Year 2
"Paul’s story setting was in space. An author needs to be good at writing and his book was good because it had loads of detail!" Tahmid, Year 2
During my visit, I was invited to make some artwork to add to the school mural, which was going to be displayed at the school fair. I visited again in April for the event. It was great to see my artwork included with everyone else's. I would like to thank the Smithy Street School for letting me visit and for making me feel so welcome. I had a fantastic time!
(Taken from Paul's own blog at http://www.pauliancross.co.uk/home/school-visits-and-fantastic-fairs )
Date: 5th December 2016
Blog entry by: Yaseera 2E
RE: Year Two trip to the Olympic Park
On Monday we went the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. First we went on the train to Westfield. Westfield was very busy. After a short walk we arrived at the great and exciting park. Then we went through the Olympic Park and we saw the Aquatics Centre and the high, scary Orbit tower. It wasn’t long before we stopped to have a break. I ate a yummy, sweet tangerine. By midday we had arrived at the small park. I played on the hammock. It went very high. After that we went to the Tumbling Bay Playground. It was very sandy. There was lots of different secret pathways. Then we went to have our lunch. I sat on the log. I saw the velodrome. Before walking back to school we had our yummy delicious lunch and played on the wooden climbing frame for ten minutes.
Date: 20th October 2016
Blog entry by: Nepa
RE: Please vote for our funding bid
Smithy Street school has applied for funding from Aviva to develop our after school club provision. The funding is granted only if we receive enough votes on the Aviva voting page which can be found via this link
https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-2450 . Please get voting to make sure Smithy Street gets access to this funding.
Date: 19th October 2016
Blog entry by: Year Six pupils not staying at Gorsefield
RE: Day Three at Gorsefield
The five of us who did not go to stay at Gorsefield got the chance to see everyone who did go as we travelled up with the second group. Everyone had cases but we just needed a small bag. The coach was a little late but the journey did not take long and we were soon there with our friends. Gorsefield was huge - it is a big white house on a massive green field with a lot of trees around. we helped the second group unpack their cases and then sat on the lawn to eat our lunch. We all had sandwiches. After lunch we went for walk in the nearby fields and through the woods. It was soon time to get back on the coach. we had to help the children who were coming back after the first three days to get their cases on board. We had one last look around and said goodbye to our friends who are staying until Friday. The trip home was quick. It was good to go as when everyone is talking about Gorsefield we will be able to imagine it all event though we didn't stay the night.
Date: 18th October 2016
Blog entry by: The Year Six children at Gorsefield
RE: Day Two
We all slept well and tucked into a cooked breakfast to set us up for the day. It was delicious and we could eat as much as we wanted. The beautiful autumn sunshine was perfect for a day outdoors and we split into four groups for the day’s activities which included; archery, cycling, campfire cooking and outdoor artwork. After a busy morning a roast dinner was a lunchtime treat. The food has been so good!
Jim visited in the afternoon as we carried on with the activities. Between the activities we got playtime and we could run around the huge grounds. Some of us will have to leave tomorrow when the rest of year six come up. We were glad we were in a group staying al week as there is still so much to do.
Date: 17th October 2016
Blog entry by: Jim
After several years of taking Year Six classes to Gorsefield last year was the first I encountered at Smithy Street where I became one of those waving the pupils off from the pavement rather than waving from inside the coach! This year as I again waved from the pavement the children seemed to be as excited as ever by the trip. For the first time we are taking some children for the whole week and some for half the week. Hopefully the size of the suitcases was a good indication of who was who!
As the coach pulled away, I had a pang of envy knowing the great time the children will have. The splendid Autumn sunshine will make Gorsefield look at its finest and the perfect setting for a few days of country walks, castle visits and outdoor adventure. The teachers rang just after 11.00 a.m. to let us know they had arrived safely with an easy trip up the motorway and the children were eagerly exploring the grounds before unpacking. As I write this in early afternoon eating my delayed lunchtime sandwich , I am also jealous thinking of the wonderful; home cooked lunch the children will have already tucked in to! Hopefully tomorrow we will have a further blog entry from one of the teachers on the trip.
Date: 19th September 2016
Blog entry by: Sharron
RE: Back to School
Wow, it has been a busy few weeks back to school!
The nerves I felt on day one soon disappeared with all the smiles of happy children and parents. At our first sharing assembly where we reviewed our first week back, children and teachers remarked on how welcoming the school felt and how everyone was positive and enthusiastic for the year ahead. Staff have been working incredibly hard to get their classrooms ready and there are some terrific displays up as a result! Informative and entertaining Eid assemblies were led by the Year 6 classes and it was great to see the great progress children have made in their presenting skills. Y1 children have also been confidently showing off their performance skills on our school blog. I hope to see what other classes have been learning on the blog too!
Date: 9th September 2016
Blog entry by: Chloe
RE: Starting at Smithy Street
It feels like a month but in reality it has only been one week since I walked through the gate, bright and early, for my first morning at Smithy Street. I have to admit to being a little bit nervous that morning – so many new faces, names and things to learn. I have had the most fantastic week! Everyone has been so welcoming. Being invited to see 2E’s poetry performance has to be highlight as well as snack time with Discovery Group. In the playground, so many children have smiled and said hello that I already feel part of something very special. In classes, I have seen children putting in their best effort, collaborating and sharing their ideas brilliantly.
I still have a lot of names and faces to learn but I don’t feel nervous anymore – I feel excited for the year ahead at Smithy Street.
Date: 5th September 2016
Blog entry by: Zakki 5K
RE: Back to School
Today, even though in my head I wanted to sleep because it still seemed like the summer holidays, I actually felt as good as new. I woke up early in the morning at around 07:30. I leapt out of bed as quick as a flash, knowing that today would be the best day of the whole school year! I brushed my teeth, got out of my pyjamas, and got ready to go to school. I was so excited that I nearly forgot to eat my breakfast! I got my schoolbag and rushed to school so that I wasn’t late. Even though I basically know the whole school in and out, I still got confused because I’m so used to going to Ruji’s class that I ended up on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROOF!!!
I ran as fast as I could to Kate Ellis’s class. I’ve heard tons of stories that Kate is the ‘best teacher in the world’ and all that, but now I was sure she was going to give me a beating with a cane if I was late! Luckily, I made it and I had like, I don’t know, five minutes to spare or something. Great!
I take back everything about the cane thing, because Kate is like the kindest person on Earth! Now that you know about Kate, here are the two other people that work in my class. Alison Stone is another teacher in my class. She is fair but sometimes she is a bit stern. Nargis is our TA. She is generous and caring. Kate told me to pick out a book from the Book Corner. Our first lesson was Literacy. We had to write a letter about ourselves and what we’re looking forward to in year 5. Now we’re learning about the book by Louis Sachar, “There’s A Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom!” I liked the book because the characters experienced different emotions. I asked her loads of questions about the work and she answered them all kindly. So far, Year 5 is great! I’m looking forward to learning more.
Date: 5th September 2016
Blog entry by: Nayiz 5K
RE: Back to School
When I woke up for my first day of school I was so excited. I quickly brushed my teeth and wore my new school clothes. I hurried to the sitting room and ate my breakfast.
I rushed to school so I wasn’t late, I got a bit muddled up with the classrooms, and then I finally found my class room .
The first day in year 5K was fantastic! We wrote a letter about what we like. What I think about year 5K is the work we do is fun. We met our other teacher Alison and our TA Nargis.
Date: 15th July 2016
Blog entry by: Jim
RE: A Busy Week!
The penultimate week of the year was certainly a packed week with a wide range of events, all somehow managing to avoid the summer showers!
Tuesday saw the Year One, Two and Three Sports Day at Stepney Green Park. We used a new format this year with fifteen different simultaneous activities for the children to attempt. We were fantastically supported by Stepney Green School’s Junior Sports Leaders, who ran each activity, along with our own Year Five pupils, who acted as team captains making sure each team got the their event on time. The sunshine just managed see off the dark clouds for a morning of fun which ended with the ‘Cumbria’ team amassing the highest points total.
With the rain falling heavily in the afternoon the Stepney Partnership Fun Day at Stepney Green School moved inside. This annual event sees a football competition between the teachers of the primary schools in the partnership. Smithy Street’s side managed a win and three draws in their five games with the author of today’s blog feeling the effects the next day!
Wednesday saw more anxious glances towards the sky in the hope the rain would hold off for the Smithy Street Summer Fair. A very heavy downpour in the afternoon looked to have moved the fair indoors but at 3.29 p.m. the rain ceased and the sun duly arrived to allow the fair to go ahead with each class able to sell the products they had designed, made, cooked or bought to the school community.
Thursday was Years Four, Five and Six’s turn for Sports Day. There was less doubt about the weather and again a new format saw six teams in each year group compete in a multi-sports event again magnificently helped by the Stepney Green Sports Leaders. Year Four’s competition was won by Cambridgeshire, with Durham winning the Year Five event and top score in the Year Six competition went to the Bristol team.
The busy week ended with parents invited into school on Friday afternoon to look through the children’s books and see some of the amazing work that has gone on through the year.
Whilst we were reliant on the luck of the weather, none of the events could have taken place without the hard work of the staff at school in arranging so many different events and activities in such a short period and the excellent support of all the parents in attending to support their children.
Date: 29th June 2016
Blog entry by: Iffat - 5H
In Year 5 we have been reading a book called, ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo. There is a foul fiend called Grendel who comes and tears the innocent Danes apart. Hrothgar is King of the Danes, Hygelac is King of the Geats, and finally Beowulf is Prince of the Geats. Beowulf believes that he is fearless and no one can defeat him.
The story begins when Grendel attacks the Dane’s mead hall and feasts on King Hrothgar’s men, but the monster doesn’t know what he is in for… Beowulf pounces on Grendel and twists off his arm with no fear at all! Helpless, Grendel then flees to his lair to die, leaving his mother to face the dreadful creature who murdered her son…
In Year 5, we have been creating our own monsters for Beowulf to fight. We have been focusing on our settings and where the fight will take place. Yesterday, we acted out our story using freeze frames. We are looking forward to writing our stories next week.
Date: 8th June 2016
Blog entry by: Karifa and Shuhmayya - 5H
RE: Migration Museum Project Exhibition
In Year 5, we have been learning about migration. Migration means when you move from one country or place to another. We’ve been to the Idea Store in Whitechapel and met Emily, the Education Officer for the Migration Museum Project. We brought our own keepsakes (keepsakes are items that represent your family history) and told our stories. Then, the staff set us a task. We were to create our own migration exhibition in our school. We then made a list of teachers and children to interview. We practised trying to interview our topic partners and were quite surprised about what we found out about them. We now have 7 weeks – yes, 7 weeks only! - to complete this task. The museum is not yet built, so they have to use different spaces to show their exhibitions. We wish them the best of luck to build their museum!
Date: 8th May 2016
Blog entry by: Mahdi - 5H
RE: Model making and looking after Coco
In Year 5H we have been learning about 3D model making in Art. We made figures out of Fimo, which is a type of modelling clay and we made our own scenes with our Fimo figures. We took pictures with iPads of our scenes. We printed our pictures in the ICT room to put them in our sketch books. Aiman, Samia and I also took Coco for a walk on the roof. Warning! If Coco runs ahead of you, say her name and stop. She is very obedient. She will notice that she is ahead of you and she will stop and stand beside you. Please don’t pull Coco’s neck though, as it will make her upset and give her a cough!
Date: 14th April 2016
Blog entry by: Hasan - 5H
RE: The Highwayman
Y5H have been reading Alfred Noye’s poem, called the Highwayman. The Highwayman was in love with the landlord’s daughter, Bess. She meant everything to him. He was also a robber as he stole money and possibly might have killed people. We acted out a play about the Highwayman and I was acting as one of the soldiers. When the soldiers came inside the landlord’s house, they drank the landlord’s beer and kidnapped Bess: kidnapped her so they could find the Highwayman because they knew that he loved her. By doing this they would be able to capture the Highwayman. When Bess was captured she killed herself, to warn the Highwayman about the danger, but it was too late! Eventually the soldiers caught him and then killed him. After that they were both ghosts. It was a haunting poem!
Date: 11th March 2016
Blog entry by: Abiyaz - 5H
RE: Boys’ Football Tournament
Five boys from each class in Year Five went to the Stepney Green football tournament. First we played against Ft. Mathias School and lost 3-0. Then, we played against Sir John Cass School and lost 2-0. We only narrowly lost our third game 1-0. Our last match was against Marion Richardson School and we drew 0-0. Although we lost most of our games, we had fun and improved our sportsmanship. We also were proud to represent our school.
Date: 9th March 2016
Blog entry by: Abiyaz - 5H
RE: Girls' Football Tournament
On the 9th March it was the Girl`s Stepney Football Tournament.
In the first game Nasteexo, Amelia, Rema, Sakima and Nadira played and Nasteexo, Hanna and Sara were subs. Rema was goalie, Nasteexo and Amelia were defenders and Sakima and Nadira were strikers. Then Sakima and Amelia had to go off, so Nasteexo and Hanna could play. Unfortunately, we lost. The final score was 2-0.
Date: 1st March 2016
Blog entry by: Irfaan, Nuh and Miraj - 5H
RE: Life in Year Five at Smithy Street
In Smithy Street Primary School the people are sensible and well educated. In Nursery and Reception we learn the basic things, and in Year 3 it gets harder. In Year 6 it gets really hard and then they take SATs, but don’t worry in Year 5 you are prepared for Year 6.
In P.E we have 2 different coaches: one is Peter and the other is Scott. We do sports such as: football, hockey, cricket, gymnastics, rounders and much more. Students really like to do P.E because it is active and fun.
In the playground there are lots of things to do. We have stages and climbing frames, we have very good staff that help and take care of us in the playground.