Eid Lunch 2018

Our Eid lunch for children and families is an eagerly anticipated annual event in the Ben Jonson calendar. On Wednesday, we welcomed 150 family members into school to eat with their children. This was such a amazing occasion; many parents were quick to share their appreciation. The photographs below show the enjoyment and pleasure of everyone who attended. A massive thank you to Lamisi and the team in the kitchen who cooked over 800 meals and the food was delicious. The midday meal supervisors worked hard to ensure everything ran smoothly and effectively. The inclusion team did a fantastic job in organising the whole event keeping track of timing and looking after our lovely parents. My thanks go to all these teams (and the rest of the staff who helped out) who made the Eid Lunch a special occasion. Thank you to all our parents and carers who came to join us for a wonderful lunch.

September 20, 2018 at 15:35 Leave a comment

Enterprise Week 2018

This year there is a theme! Each class will develop a product or service that represents their country from the World Cup. They need to design and create a product or service that will appeal to children or adultsat Ben Jonson as part of a children’s summer fair.

Pupils will be asked to invest 20p into their class project, with the aim of making it back through a successful enterprise! The better thought out, planned and attractive the product or service, the better chance they have of making their money back! Any profit can be spent on a treat for the whole class.

July 6, 2018 at 14:29 Leave a comment

Sports Day 2018

This year at Ben Jonson, we had our first Sports Day at Mile End Stadium which was a huge success. Children had the best time ever! Children had a great time participating in a range of events in the blazing heat whilst their parents cheered them on during the final events.

It was lovely to see and hear the buzz of excitement in the stadium throughout the day and we are already looking forward to our Sports Day in 2019!! – Aaron

July 5, 2018 at 12:00 Leave a comment

Ancient Rome Performance & Museum Exhibition

Thank you to all the parents and family who came to the Ancient Rome Performance and Museum Exhibition put on by the children of Year 3 last week. Of course, a special well done also has to go out to the children who were fantastic. The performance consisted of an amazing Roman Column Dance by Timor Class, a superb explanation of Roman numerals and clocks from Arctic Class and two performances from Baffin, one all to do with effective Roman battle formations and one to do with how to put on a toga! If the performance was great, the museum exhibition that followed was incredible! – Alex

The children revelled in showing their parents all of their learning and the special projects they had done at home. We had replicas of Roman Shields and Roman Swords, beautiful Roman Mosaics, models of Roman temples, Roman coins made out of clay, amazing Greek myths and instructions on how to defeat an ancient beast. Well done to the Year 3 team, the children and another big thank you to the parents who made the afternoon so special. – Alex

March 27, 2018 at 09:28 Leave a comment

Science Week 2018

What a Science Week it has been this year. Monday saw the introduction of Millie the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the children and parents. Fortunately the savage beast from the Cretaceous Period was locked away in the cage! The children all then met Millie and another dino guest during our whole school assembly. From Monday to Wednesday, Chris the Dinosaur man did some incredible workshops with Reception, Years 1,2,4 and 6 where children were able to be junior palaeontologists and dig up dinosaur bones! Whilst all this was happening, Years 3 and 5 were lucky enough to visit the Natural History Museum, visiting the amazing dinosaur exhibition and taking part in wonderful workshops.

Meanwhile, in school, we welcomed parents and family members to the popular parent workshops. Year 3 created amazing dinosaur skeletons with straws, whilst year 2 created their own dinosaur faces out of paper plates. Years 5 and 6 were challenged to create microraptors – incredible flying dinosaurs.

In class, there has been a great deal of dinosaur learning taking place and the top scientists were rewarded at Friday’s Achievement Assembly with a certificate. As well as this, we have had some incredible art work created in the art competition. We had lots and lots of entries, with many receiving a certificate due to the quality of their work and special praise has to go to Leo, Aysha, Rhea and Marzan for being our four Science Week Art Competition Winners. We still have three more family workshops to come next week, which we are looking forward to immensely.

We are already thinking of themes for Science Week 2019! If you have any ideas, let Alex or Meredith know. Thanks!

February 5, 2018 at 09:18 1 comment

Family Homework

Every half-term holiday the children and families at Ben Jonson work together on a ‘Family Homework’. This half-term the theme was ‘Buildings’ and the response was amazing! Families worked creatively and inventively to produce remarkable outcomes. You can see some of the miraculous structures they produced in the range of images on our website.

If you look in our parents section on the website and click on ‘Family Homework’ you can find copies of previous family homework if you want to try some different approaches to learning at home. Enjoy!


November 17, 2017 at 12:34 Leave a comment

Gilwell 2017 – Part 3

Yes. That’s right. We’ve come to the end of another exciting Gilwell visit. It’s been fantastic watching the children take on new challenges and grow in confidence and independence this year.

Thursday was another fun filled activity day with three activity slots during the morning and afternoon. After the activities, the Peter Harrison lodge had a shop visit whilst the Branchet lodge had some cocoa. After this it was our final meal in the big meal tent! A sumptuous bbq chicken and chips or a broccoli and cheese pasta was followed with milk and white chocolate magnums. The children gave the catering team a richly deserved round of applause, which was lovely to see. The food has been excellent this year!

After dinner, we had another visit to our campfire and sang long into the night. Luckily, we had George and his guitar and he lead us in singing various Beatles classics, We Are the Champions, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, You’ve Got A Friend In Me and the Ben Jonson hit Ocean Blue. These were interspersed with Alex leading Everywhere We Go, Boom-chic-a-boom and (of course) The Bungalow. The highlight however was a group of children from Mediterranean Class who had written a song about a doll called Sheila!

Friday opened with a brioche breakfast, followed by the children tidying and packing up their rooms. We went on a lovely walk with a stunning view over to London city centre. The way there was a bit challenging due to the mud but the children showed great resilience in making it. All that was left to do now was have a final lunch and get on the coaches back to Ben Jonson!

The children have been magnificent. The adults have been superb – both those who were with us and those providing support from school. I would like to thank everyone for making Gilwell such a success once again! Roll on Gilwell 2018!


September 29, 2017 at 18:24 Leave a comment

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