Britain is only 35 km from France and is now linked by a tunnel under the English Channel. The south of Britain is mostly low-lying land, with hills and agricultural land; the north of England, Wales and Scotland are mostly covered in moorland and mountains. We live in London. Can you see where London is on the map?
London is the capital city of England. It is the biggest city in Britain and in Europe. In London you will find The Houses of Parliament and most of the government offices. Also Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen and the Royal family are located here too. The tallest building in London is the Canary Wharf Tower. London was the first city in the world to have an underground railway , known as the ‘Tube’.
<ul><li>Here is a map of the City of London. Our school is called Alma Primary School and it is located in the borough of Enfield . </li></ul>
A quick guide to London <ul><li>More than 270 nationalities make up the city. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 250 languages are spoken in the city, making the capital the most linguistically diverse city in the world. </li></ul>Over 32 languages are spoken at our school. Here are some of the children at our school.
<ul><li>Roads and Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Roads and motorways are Britain's primary domestic transport routes. There are some 225,000 miles (362,000 km) of roads in Britain. </li></ul><ul><li>Travel by car, van or taxi is by far the most common means of transport. The black cab is a famous London sighting. </li></ul><ul><li>Most people in Britain travel by car. About 75% of households have at least one car. </li></ul> Most goods are transported by roads in lorries.
<ul><li>Public Transport </li></ul>We have single decker and double decker buses. You can see them in our towns and cities. We use coaches for travelling longer distances or for going on school outings. There are many sightseeing, open top, buses in London and other cities.
<ul><li>Interesting Fact London was the first city in the world to have an underground railway, called the 'tube'. The first line was built in 1890. </li></ul><ul><li>Many people use the tube everyday </li></ul><ul><li>to travel to work. </li></ul>
Living in London <ul><li>Almost half of London's households are flats, maisonettes or apartments. </li></ul>Many of the children in our school live in the flats and maisonettes near the school.
The Queen and Prime Minister <ul><li>Queen Elizabeth </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) was born on 21 st April in 1926. She has been Queen since 6 th February 1952. Queen Elizabeth II is a ‘constitutional monarch’. This means that although she is officially the head of the state, the country is actually run by the government, led by the Prime Minister. </li></ul><ul><li>At present, the Prime Minister is David Cameron , who is the leader of the Conservative Party and Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats is his deputy. </li></ul>
Food and Drink <ul><li>British food has traditionally been based on beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable. </li></ul><ul><li>The most common and typical foods eaten in Britain include the sandwich, fish and chips, pies like the cornish pasty, trifle and roasts dinners. </li></ul>
Education <ul><li>Education is an important part of British Life. There are hundreds of </li></ul><ul><li>schools, colleges and universities, including some of the most famous </li></ul><ul><li>in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Education is free and compulsory for all children between the ages </li></ul><ul><li>of 5 - 16. Some children are educated at home rather than in school. </li></ul><ul><li>Children's education in England is normally divided into two separate </li></ul><ul><li>stages. They begin with primary education at the age of five and this </li></ul><ul><li>usually lasts until they are eleven. Then they move to secondary </li></ul><ul><li>school, there they stay until they reach sixteen, seventeen or eighteen </li></ul><ul><li>years of age. </li></ul>
Our School Alma Primary School Alma Road Ponders End EN3 4UQ
Learning at Alma At Alma a lot of our learning is through a ‘Creative’ Curriculum. Our Topic this term is ‘Changes’. Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 are learning how to speak French.
Our School <ul><li>Although our school is in a busy part of London we are lucky to have lots of space around our school building to learn and have fun in. </li></ul><ul><li>We have: </li></ul><ul><li>A large playground </li></ul>
<ul><li>A water play </li></ul><ul><li>and a </li></ul><ul><li>climbing area </li></ul>An area to sit and relax in
Eating at School For lunch we have a school dinner or a packed lunch.
Our School Day Our school day starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.10pm. We have a break in the morning at 10.45am and lunch at 12.00 mid-day. An Example of a Timetable Register Assembly Active 10 ICT Play-time Numeracy Lunch-time Topic Story Home-time
<ul><li>Learning and Teaching at Alma </li></ul><ul><li>A creative skills based approach to teaching the curriculum at Alma is in progress. Subjects such as Literacy, Science, ICT, Art, Music Design and Technology, History and Geography are linked and taught together. </li></ul><ul><li>Numeracy, Religious Education, PSHE and P.E are usually taught discretely. </li></ul>
Here is some of our creative learning. Year 1 Year 3 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
All the children at Alma are enthusiastic and have a thirst for knowledge and learning. Excited Engaged
Connections are made between subject areas. Literacy Dance ICT Visit History D&T Art Music
The children are confident and independent thinkers. Secure Confident Self-Belief
Children at Alma are encouraged to welcome challenge, make decisions and choices for themselves.
<ul><li>Here are some more photographs showing the children at Alma learning and having fun! </li></ul>