Visitors and Workshops
African Animal Workshop
Yera Two have been reading, 'Meerkat Mail' in their English lessons because they are learning all about Meerkats. They invited an animal specialist to come into school and he brought along some amazing animals from Africa. They learnt various interesting facts about them and had the opportunity to touch the animals.
Can you tell how they were feeling based on our expressions?
Can you name the animals?
Do you know any interesting facts about these animals?
Night Zoo Keeper Workshops
Year 4 and Year 6 took part in a creativity workshop for the upcoming Sky Kids TV show, the Night Zoo Keeper. They were challenged to create an amazing-looking monster that lives in a volcano and design a secret language for some monkey monks. The most creative ideas have the chance to be included in the Night Zoo Keeper TV show.
Willow Weaving Workshops
Having had new landscaping on the roof area during the Spring, June's willow weaving workshops enabled the children to make some natural furniture to help develop the roof space. After a hard day of weaving our Year 2 and 3 classes were very proud of the willow palm tree they created.
Year One Parents Maths Workshops
Year One held parent workshops to look at a range of maths activities that can be carried out at home to support the children's learning at school. The pictures below show both Ruji's and Rukshana's classes enjoying some of the activities on offer with their parents.
Varendonck College Visit
In the first week back after the Easter break Smithy Street were pleased to welcome a group of students from Varendonk College in the Netherlands. The students were keen to try out their English as part of their London trip and were met in a lunchtime reception by our school council members
Year Two Maths Workshops
A series of parent workshops have been held this year for Year One and Two classes. The pictures below show Ellie's and Emma's class enjoying the session with their parents in the most recent workshops.
Shakespeare's Globe 'Children as Storytellers' Project
Our Year One classes have become involved with The Globe project, 'Children as Storytellers'. The opening session saw a visiting tutor from the Globe helped the children to act out Shakespeare's 'A Winters Tale' play. The children particularly enjoyed adding in the many sound effects that were needed although the weather outside on the day meant a howling wind was already provided!
Bike It - Be Bright Competition
As the dark winter nights take home the Bike-It group encouraged pupils to make sure they could be seen when using the roads and pavements at night with a competition to Be Bright. As the pictures show, pupils were encouraged to brighten up their coats, bikes and bags to make sure they could be seen by motorists.
Year Four - Sewing Workshops
Following several Design and Technology lessons through the Autumn term, 4B completed their sewing project in December. As the pictures show, they had to create their own stamp out of cardboard and print it onto fabric. Finally the print was cut out and sewn onto tote bags that the children could take home.
Year Three - Mary Anning Workshop
Year Three stepped back in time to 'meet' Mary Anning in their workshop to support their literacy learning on 'Stone Girl Bone Girl' where they have been finding out about the life of fossil collector and palaeontologist Mary Anning.
Year Three - Roman Workshop
Year Three followed on with their archaeological skills after the Time Truck session with a workshop on the Romans. As the pictures show they were studying artefacts that may have been found in the Roman era and trying to work out what this tells us about that time in History.
Time Truck Workshops
Shortly after half term, the school received its annual visit from the Time Truck. Nestled in the playground the Time Truck allowed each class to experience the techniques of archaeology and develop their Historical enquiry skills. As the quotes below show it was a great experience. 'I liked the Time Truck because we got to experience archaeology ourselves and try to identify some of the artefacts we found like jugs and smoking pipes and plates.' (Hafsa, 4B)
'I liked the Time Truck because when we dug inside the white box we found different types of artefacts from the past.' (Ziyad, 3L)
The pictures below show Year Three and Four during their sessions.
Year One - Parents Library Day
Rukshana's Year One class have started the new school year with a parents library sessions. To help the children explore the upper floors parents were invited in to spend some time reading in the school library and as the pictures show all the children quickly settled with their favourite books.
Year One - Parents Maths Workshops
Parents of both Year One classes were invited into school during June to take part in Maths Workshops with their children looking at a range of maths games and activities that could be sued to support learning at home.
Year One - Centre of the Cell
Year One pupils were visited by the scientists from the Centre of the Cell for a class based workshop. The pictures below show Bradley's class considering the properties of materials.
Year Six - Green Candle Project
A group of Year Six girls have been working on a Dance and Photography project in conjunction with Mulberry School. The end of the Spring Term saw the finale of the project with a display of the photographs and a showcase of the dance performances.
Year Five Islamic Art Workshop
Year Five took part in an Islamic Art workshop in March. The children studied some of the patterns that feature in Islamic art before making their own representations. The work needed some very careful use of compasses, which can be seen in the pictures below.
Year Two Maths Workshop
Year Two held parent workshops to look at a range of maths activities that can be carried out at home to support the children's learning at school. The pictures below show both Natalie's and Ellie's classes enjoying some of the activities on offer with their parents.
World Book Day Reading Workshop
To celebrate World Book Day, Laura's Year Three class held a parents reading workshop. Parents were invited into the class to spend time sharing books with their children and eat some reading snacks together!
Robot Wars Workshops
Smithy Street were lucky enough to host a coding workshop, Robot Wars, run by our business partners at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Children in Years 5 and 6 took part in the competition to design the best-looking robot, but also the most vicious! The robots battled each other at the end of the day, which was full of coding, teamwork and fun. Android 2000 were the team that won, but all the children who took part were buzzing with excitement for coding and programming throughout the whole day.
Road Safety Workshops
Smithy Street got involved with Road Safety Awareness Week by inviting Tower Hamlets road safety advisors into school to hold workshops with all classes. The pupils found about the dangers that the roads present for pedestrians and cyclists and some of the ways that we can stay safe when using the roads and pavements in the borough. Some of the activities can be seen in the pictures below.
Anti Bullying Workshops
As part of the national Anti Bullying Week all classes at Smithy Street took part in workshops looking at themes around bullying. The workshops used drama and role play to help the children explore the negative effects of bullying and develop solutions to stop bullying. The pictures show year three hard at work in their session.
Magic Lantern Art Workshops
The Magic Lantern group visited Smithy Street in November to explore artwork with classes and discuss the artists techniques and motivations. Year Three can be seen below enjoying their session.
Abacus Financial Literacy Project
Year Five pupils have been involved in the Abacus project this year. The project has featured weekly workshops aimed at developing the pupils understanding of money and improving their financial literacy. As the pictures show we are joined in the session by parents.
Anti Bullying Workshops
Mid-November saw the whole school take part in Anti Bullying Workshops. Each class held a fifty minute sessions where drama was used to explore issues around bullying. The pictures below show Year One and Year Four during their workshop.
Year One Maths Workshop for Parents and Pupils
Year One parents were invited into school to spend time playing maths games and completing maths activities they could use at home. The workshop was organised by Rakib and as the pictures show was very well attended by parents and greatly enjoyed by our enthusiastic young mathematicians
Year Three found out how the Romans lived in an all day interactive workshop. The highlight was finding out about the life of centurion soldiers and going into battle!
Postcards from the East End
Smithy Street pupils worked on an exciting Dance Project called Postcards from the Eastend. You can see their amazing video by clicking on the picture below.
Teddy Bear Hospital Workshop
Y2 pupils had a workshop led by a group of medical and dental students. They learnt about where the body parts are and how to take care of their teeth.
They had fun playing doctor and dentist and giving injections and x-raying! Sometimes it was necessary for teddy to get a plaster or even a bandage. This taught teddy not to be afraid to go to the doctors or dentists and nor will the children be in the future.