This month has been full of fun, fundraising and festivals. The children learnt, first hand, about a variety of different religious festivals during their visits to the four different places of worship they managed to squeeze into this month. The first visit was to St Anne’s in Hoxton, then to the London Buddhist Centre, next was a visit to St Joan of Arc Catholic Church and the final visit was to Sandy’s Row Synagogue. In April they children will complete their visits with a trip to the East London Mosque. These visits have given them the opportunity to investigate festivals and celebrations with experts from each religion.  The children were respectful and inquisitive and learnt a lot from each visit.

During this month the children also celebrated World Book Day where they dressed as their favourite characters and then read their favourite book to the residents at the Mary Seacole Nursing Home. They also took to the streets to sell their jokes at Spitalfields Market where they raised a huge amount of money for Comic Relief. The final visit of this term was to the Hackney Empire to see the amazing adaptation of Micheal Murpurgo’s Running Wild.
Despite all of this time out and about in the community, the children have also produced some excellent written work in a unit of persuasive writing.  They created their own magnificent machine which they then had to advertise and write a formal letter to persuade a high street store to stock it. They have also written a selection of poems based on the work of Micheal Rosen and have practised performing them. During enrichment time, there has been opportunities to explore other festivals and celebrations around the world with their younger peers and our art and design project this month focused on the amazing architecture of St Anne’s Church in Hoxton. The children  were inspired after noticing  the gargoyles around the church building. This led to finding out more about the legend behind them and their practical use, then designing their own and finally creating their design with clay. The final pieces are so impressive and will be on display soon.