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Year 6 children presented their letters to Harriet Harman MP

Year 6 children presented their letters to Harriet Harman MP that they had written linked to God’s Global Goal: 13 – Climate Action.  They talked about how they want to be ‘agents of change’ and would like to see Rye Lane improved with less litter.

Ms Harman promised to write back. Here is a picture of our pupils with Harriet Harman MP.

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Ed Gray and Murals at SMMS

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Rotherhithe artist Ed Gray has been working with children from Years 4, 5 and 6 from St Mary Magdalene CE Primary School Peckham to create two large scale murals.

The artist, best known for his London figurative street scenes, has collaborated with the children to create two new murals that reveal  a day in the life of the school from the pupils’ viewpoint.

The first panel depicts pupils at home preparing for the school day, then arriving at school, greeting friends and learning in class as well as receiving and eating their school lunch. The second panel focuses on creativity and teamwork in the school with play, music, dancing and sport all featuring prominently.

Ed initally discussed ideas with pupils in a brainstorming session and then ran life-drawing classes that reenacted the key daily moments that the pupils described. The murals are intended  to reflect the values of the school; trust, honesty, love, peace, forgiveness, wonder, thankfulness, compassion, hope and the importance of the uniqueness of each child.

“I’ve worked on a few ambitious 2D and 3D projects at St Mary Magdalene. For this project we went even further, taking inspiration from images from Renaissance old master Giotto’s beautiful mural cycles. The children have been amazing to work with. They have learnt so much about drawing, colour mixing, paintbrush control and narrative composition.

Despite the incredible talent in the huge UK creative industries’ sector Art and craft is often squeezed out of the curriculum of so many schools so it’s vitally important that creative professionals collaborate on projects with pupils that are ambitious and build confidence in new ways. I’m grateful that the pupils were able to dedicate the necessary time to making these murals such a joyous celebration of school life.”

Ed Gray

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Literacy Tree

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It has been such a pleasure for The Literacy Tree to work at St Mary Magdalene’s this year: they have such a dynamic group of teachers who have fully-embraced Teaching Through A Text. As a result, the outcomes have been brilliant for the children. They have all experienced such a rich diet of quality literature and quality literacy experiences and the results are astounding!



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Orchestral Playing Day at The Royal Festival Hall

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Year 5 have been working with Southwark Music Service learning to play the flute and saxophone. This week they participated in a Southwark Orchestral Playing Day in The Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank. The event involved a workshop with renowned conductor & composer Scott Stroman in which they performed a piece they have been working on in school, some improvised music that they created with Scott & the secondary school children participating and performed in a piece with everyone together.

“It was an amazing experience.  There were so many people there to watch us and they were really supportive,”  Joshua Oyenola in Year 5.

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Road Safety – The Riot Act Workshop

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The Southwark Road Safety team worked with Year 5 and Year 6 in an interactive C.S.I. style workshop, promoting transitional road safety skills in an interactive way, addressing the dangers of distractions from phones, music and peer influence around roads.

“I enjoyed it because it taught us how to make sure we are always being safe near roads and what can happen if we don’t.” Lauren Year 6

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