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A Visit to Parliament

On Wednesday 28th February, Year 5 braved the snowy conditions and went to Westminster as part of their learning about Democracy.

 

Year 5 went to Parliament. The journey was really cold because… THERE WAS SNOW! The last time it snowed was in 2009! 30 minutes later we were just outside Parliament but you would think it would take 5 minutes to get inside, but it actually took half an hour because of the biggest queue ever! While we were waiting in the queue we were freezing! When we got into Parliament all the suffering we had in the queue was forgiven…right when you arrive in Parliament you see a glistening ceiling that is pure gold! We got into groups. I was in Melissa’s group. We saw about 90 paintings – all beautiful. It was an experience I will never forget!

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School Closure

Tower Bridge and Snowfields schools will be closed tomorrow  Friday 2nd March due to weather warnings and travel disruption. We will reopen on Monday 5th March. Keep warm and stay safe!

 

We will be closed today due to the adverse weather conditions. We will keep parents informed by text message about tomorrow. Stay safe, stay warm. World Book Day will take place, we shall reschedule and see all your wonderful costumes soon!

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The Bridges Running Club- for parents, carers and staff!

In September 2016 we introduced the ‘daily mile’ for the children at the Bridges Federation. We noticed that this had a brilliant impact on the children’s health and well-being. They were more resilient and focused in class too.

Following this success we wanted to include our parents and staff too. We knew that many of us wanted to run, but we didn’t for a range of different reasons. Maybe we lacked childcare in the evenings, maybe we didn’t feel confident or maybe we just didn’t know where to start! So the Bridges Running Club began.

On January 5th 2018, full of new year resolutions, a small group of staff and parents met in the playground nervously, ready to begin a journey from ‘couch to 5km’. The group successfully completed week 1 of the NHS programme and the word started to spread.

The group has grown each week as we welcome new members and we are continuing our running journey- walking, running and meeting new faces. At the end of each session we are all still smiling!

If you would like to join us, we meet every Friday at 8.55am in the school playground. You do not need to be experienced, everyone is very welcome. If you have any questions about the group, please feel free to ask a member of staff and we’d be happy to help!

As we progress over the term we hope to take part in a parkrun at Southwark Park, or maybe a Race for Life in the summer.

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Lantern Parade

It has come to be an annual tradition where year 5 have been involved with the Lantern Parade at Potters Fields and Hay’s Galleria, kindly organised by Team London Bridge.

Helen Harrison runs the lantern making workshops and always manages to think of wonderful Christmas themed things that can be made into lanterns. This year we made penguins, candles, robins and holly.

It takes around three days for the children to make the lanterns and the process starts with using bamboo sticks to create the basic structure and shape. Once this has been done, tissue paper is then used to create the exterior of the lantern using a large amount of glue to strengthen the layers.

Once they are dry, Helen is able to insert the battery powered lights ready for the parade.

At the parade, the lanterns are carried along Potters Fields to the stone steps where the choir sing some songs while the lanterns are held above them. From there the children walk to Hay’s Galleria, accompanied by those who have come to watch, to see the Christmas Tree lights  being officially turned on. The choir then finish the evening by singing a few more songs under the tree.

It is always a special and magical evening which the children love being part of. The current year 4 are already excited for their turn…

Click on this link to watch a short video of the parade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMOgs5P6Rfw

          

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Blue Class: Lanterns of Light

This week we had a lantern workshop. We had to make them for a lantern parade!! First we put ourselves in two groups. I was in the Berry group. On the first day we met Helen who was our teacher. First we made the shape with bamboo. The next day we covered it with strong tissue. Then we stuck on paper.

Aya

For the last three days we have been making lanterns for the up-coming Christmas parade on 30th November. It will be dark so we are going to light them. Helen (an artist) helped us make them. We made them with: bamboo, sticks, strong tissue paper and coloured tissue paper.

Mohammed

 

We made a lantern we loved it and did it in 3 days. We are going to light them up when it is dark. We had help from Helen – she is a very good artist. We had to use lots of tape and glue.

George

This week

This week we had a lantern workshop. We had to make them for a lantern parade!! First we put ourselves in two groups. I was in the Berry group. On the first day we met Helen who was our teacher. First we made the shape with bamboo. The next day we covered it with strong tissue. Then we stuck on paper.

Aya

For the last three days we have been making lanterns for the up-coming Christmas parade on 30th November. It will be dark so we are going to light them. Helen (an artist) helped us make them. We made them with: bamboo, sticks, strong tissue paper and coloured tissue paper.

Mohammed

 

We made a lantern we loved it and did it in 3 days. We are going to light them up when it is dark. We had help from Helen – she is a very good artist. We had to use lots of tape and glue.

George

This week we spent 3 days working on lanterns for the up-coming parade. We first started with a circle and ended with a bird. The tricky thing was bending the bamboo sticks. Me and Camilla had some help from Helen. I think it will look nice for the parade.

Amina

This week we have spent three days making robins (a bird) and holly (Christmas flowers) lanterns. We put lights in them so you’ll definitely spot us when we’re going to Hay’s Galleria on the 30th November on Thursday. We spent a lot of time on these so please come.

Musa

This week we spent 3 days making lanterns for the parade on 30th November. We have been using bamboo for the sticks and using strong tissue paper. The person who helped us is a great artist. It was truly fun and I hope we do it again.

This week we had a lantern workshop. We had to make them for a lantern parade!! First we put ourselves in two groups. I was in the Berry group. On the first day we met Helen who was our teacher. First we made the shape with bamboo. The next day we covered it with strong tissue. Then we stuck on paper.

Aya

For the last three days we have been making lanterns for the up-coming Christmas parade on 30th November. It will be dark so we are going to light them. Helen (an artist) helped us make them. We made them with: bamboo, sticks, strong tissue paper and coloured tissue paper.

Mohammed

 

We made a lantern we loved it and did it in 3 days. We are going to light them up when it is dark. We had help from Helen – she is a very good artist. We had to use lots of tape and glue.

George

This week we spent 3 days working on lanterns for the up-coming parade. We first started with a circle and ended with a bird. The tricky thing was bending the bamboo sticks. Me and Camilla had some help from Helen. I think it will look nice for the parade.

Amina

This week we have spent three days making robins (a bird) and holly (Christmas flowers) lanterns. We put lights in them so you’ll definitely spot us when we’re going to Hay’s Galleria on the 30th November on Thursday. We spent a lot of time on these so please come.

Musa

This week we spent 3 days making lanterns for the parade on 30th November. We have been using bamboo for the sticks and using strong tissue paper. The person who helped us is a great artist. It was truly fun and I hope we do it again.

This week we had a lantern workshop. We had to make them for a lantern parade!! First we put ourselves in two groups. I was in the Berry group. On the first day we met Helen who was our teacher. First we made the shape with bamboo. The next day we covered it with strong tissue. Then we stuck on paper.

Aya

For the last three days we have been making lanterns for the up-coming Christmas parade on 30th November. It will be dark so we are going to light them. Helen (an artist) helped us make them. We made them with: bamboo, sticks, strong tissue paper and coloured tissue paper.

Mohammed

 

We made a lantern we loved it and did it in 3 days. We are going to light them up when it is dark. We had help from Helen – she is a very good artist. We had to use lots of tape and glue.

George

This week we spent 3 days working on lanterns for the up-coming parade. We first started with a circle and ended with a bird. The tricky thing was bending the bamboo sticks. Me and Camilla had some help from Helen. I think it will look nice for the parade.

Amina

This week we have spent three days making robins (a bird) and holly (Christmas flowers) lanterns. We put lights in them so you’ll definitely spot us when we’re going to Hay’s Galleria on the 30th November on Thursday. We spent a lot of time on these so please come.

Musa

This week we spent 3 days making lanterns for the parade on 30th November. We have been using bamboo for the sticks and using strong tissue paper. The person who helped us is a great artist. It was truly fun and I hope we do it again.

Raphael

Raphael

Raphael

we spent 3 days working on lanterns for the up-coming parade. We first started with a circle and ended with a bird. The tricky thing was bending the bamboo sticks. Me and Camilla had some help from Helen. I think it will look nice for the parade.

Amina

This week we have spent three days making robins (a bird) and holly (Christmas flowers) lanterns. We put lights in them so you’ll definitely spot us when we’re going to Hay’s Galleria on the 30th November on Thursday. We spent a lot of time on these so please come.

Musa

This week we spent 3 days making lanterns for the parade on 30th November. We have been using bamboo for the sticks and using strong tissue paper. The person who helped us is a great artist. It was truly fun and I hope we do it again.

Raphael

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Paddington!

Some of our children were lucky to be invited to the official launch of the new film: Paddington 2!

 

They went to meet Paddington at MoreLondon, who happened to bring another star of the film, Hugh Bonneville as well as the Mayor, Sadiq Khan. The children behaved beautifully, even though Paddington was being a little bit naughty.

Here is a link to the event. The children had an amazing time!

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INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2017!

International Week celebrated Black history Month with a special focus on scientists and inventors.

The children have spent this week writing biographies, creating portraits and writing poetry to be read aloud at International Evening.

We had learnt about Bessie Coleman as part of Black History Month. On Tuesday and Wednesday we made portraits of her in the morning. In the afternoon we made models of planes on foam. We cut out the pieces and painted them. After that we came to International Evening. We ate food and I did the drumming performance. At the end I took a picture with my family and went home. Akilah

This year’s International Week was sensational. Year five learnt about Bessie Coleman, the first black female pilot in the world! The thing that stood out for me was International Evening. The drummers that had been practising for that very special evening also there was various types of foods like: bread, cake, chicken and lots of snacks. During that week we made portraits of Bessie Coleman, made mini planes in honour of Bessie and flags for International Evening. Zaki

At International evening I ate mouth-watering food. Then we had to do a drumming rehearsal and that was great. We were very nervous if anything went wrong. The audience came down and watched us do the show. First drumming, and there were no mistakes. Then me and Samia read Imagine. The choir sang amazing and tuneful songs. The fashion show started and I was first to pose. We had to walk across with our stunning outfits and show off. Overall I was glad to participate. Safaa

 

 

 

 

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LPESSN – Girls in Sport Week

The LPESSN (London PE and Sport School Network) held some events to celebrate Women in Sport. Girls from the federation took part in American Football and Boxing.

On Monday some of us went to learn how to play American football. First we learnt what the people were called and we played. I was partnered up with someone from another school. It was tricky at first. I think we should play more of it in the school and I am sure other children in the school will enjoy it, but during it we needed to use tags as barging at each other is not allowed. We learnt how to kick the ball over the cross bar. It was the best day and we were given badges.

Aya, Year 5

We went to Bacon’s college to play   American Football. We were in two teams. The first team was attacking and the other team had to defend. We had so much fun it was the best day. We also did some warm ups and other games. We had tags around our waists—the other team had to get them.

At the end of playing football the lady gave us badges.

Faith, Year 5

 

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Cross Country Running

For the past year, children have been running everyday for 5 minutes at the beginning of morning play. They have been building up their stamina and resilience – some are even running a mile each morning!!!
Last week some of the Year 5 and 6 pupils went to Southwark Park to take part in a 2km cross country run, and that afternoon we were treated to an assembly from parkrun junior to inspire us even more1

“The race was very tiring but I still had a lot of fun!” Ahmed
“This was fun and it was tiring!” Sophie
“The race was fun but it took out a lot of my energy!” Hannah
“Today I felt that the race was good and I tried my best.” Faith
“This was a great experience because we got to work as a team and develop our running skills.” Victoria
“First I came first then third! We all tried our best.” George
“I was happy because I wasn’t losing any energy so I love the running!” Zach
“It looks easy, however pushed hard to get through it. We worked well as a team and came 5th out of 300 people!” Adam
“I felt like I was going to lose, but I came 7th!” Michael
“Today’s running was tricky.” Rubie
“Running is fun.” Amina