The Autumn Studio: Belinda Zhawi
Last Autumn, Art club had the pleasure of visiting the The Serpentine Gallery for a workshop based on an exhibition from artist and poet Belinda Zhawi.
The children spent the morning walking around the exhibition and sketching their favourite artworks, some had never visited an art gallery before and so it was a very exciting experience.
Later in the workshop, the students worked in groups with Belinda to create a sonic poem that drew connections between their experiences, ideas in the exhibitions and her artistic practise.
Our large nature garden has a diverse and wide range of plants and animals. We have a wormery, ant farm, bird’s nests; we have planted herbs and a variety of fruit and vegetables which we harvest and either eat, cook or sell at Borough Market; fruit trees donated by The Princes Trust are particular favourites among the students. On this occasion 4C went on a habitat hunt whilst studying mini beasts!
We have acquired HEALTHY SCHOOLS GOLD Status again!
To continue our promotion of Healthy Eating, our first trip for 2020 – 2021 at Berrymede was to The Kids Cookery Club in Acton, where pupils form years 4 and 6 were provided an opportunity to use simple recipes to create enjoyable, healthy meals. Children experimented with a variety of vegetables, learning how to cook safely and whilst observing social distancing. The results were delicious savoury cheese muffins fit for a king! The children had a fabulous time!
Berrymede’s More Able Gifted & Talented Students (MAG&T)
‘Gifted and talented’ describes children with the ability or potential to develop significantly ahead of their peers:
- ‘gifted’ learners are those with abilities in one or more academic subjects, such as maths or English
- ‘talented’ learners are those who have practical skills in areas such as sport, music, design or creative and performing arts
Skills and attributes such as leadership, decision-making and organisation may also be taken into account.
At Berrymede Junior School, once students have been identified as MAG&T, they will be provided with greater challenges in lessons, and provided with further opportunities outside of lessons to further develop their talents.
Each term, MAG&T students are expected to teach mini lessons, to class across the school. This helps the students to develop their planning skills and research skills as well as build confidence. The student will also attend school trips: a visit to Roehampton University. The purpose of this trip is to give students exposure to further education; thus allowing them to start making informed decisions about university through higher education talk, workshops and university tours.
Our after school knitting and sewing club encourage children’s creativity, self-confidence and expression!
Each term, our students will take part in different projects that will help them to learn how to sew using a sewing machine, develop sewing techniques, design and make their own products e.g. Eco-friendly bags, cushion covers, skirts and customised t-shirts.
Our knitting club is designed to give children the time and space to develop knitting techniques, texture of yarns and pattern through a variety of very creative projects. The students will knit their own scarves, ear-warmers and fingerless gloves.
Berrymede staff and students are very creative and always keen to learn new skills that are not only artistic but have a practical use. On this occasions 4C designed their own desk seat sacks using the pillow cases sent in from home. These look fabulous and have helped 4C be even more organised.
4 lucky year 6 students got to participate in the first CPR Teaching workshop for children run by Kids Save Lives which is linked with UCL. The event included lectures, videos and breakout sessions where the children had hands on experience of practicing CPR. Members of Teaching Faculty at the event included Doctors, Nurses and medical students. See a video
Berrymede students helped to open the new Acton Gardens Sainsbury ‘s this morning. Our Head Girl even got to help cut the ribbon. The children were rewarded for the help with goodie bags which they all loved.
Six children from Berrymede joined the DildarTai Kwamdo opening championship last weekend and they did very well, winning 4 gold and 5 Bronze medals. Thank you to all those involved in helping them achieve this success. We look forward to their achievements in future competitions.
6C visited Niskham School in West London as part of the school linking programme through the school Faith and Belief Forum. BJS students worked with a class there to explore ideas around values and identity. A great day was had by everyone and new friendships formed as a result. We look forward to hosting Nishkam students in the new year