This term we have been investigating our local area and learning all about the political history of Poplar. We have learned all about Minnie and George Lansbury and their involvement in protesting against the unfair treatment of the people of Poplar. We even took a trip around Canary Wharf and the Lansbury Estate, to find out more about our local landmarks and how they were relevant to our learning.

We have studied the lives of local suffragettes this half term and investigated how they have contributed to the fight for equality. We finished by writing a biography about Minnie Lansbury, a local teacher and politician who fought hard for the rights of women, orphans and the poor her whole life.

To summarise our learning we have created double-page displays to answer the Big Question ‘What is the significance of the Poplar Rates Rebellion?’ Have a look!

Our class artist this year is Zaha Hadid. Zaha – known as the Queen of Curve, for her uniquely designed buildings – was the first woman and the first Muslim to be awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honour. She has designed many beautiful and bizarre buildings around the world, including Stratford’s own London Aquatic Centre. In her honour, we have designed our own weird and wonderful structures and built them out of clay. Check them out!

Congratulations to our brand new School Council Representatives – Safiyyah & Zayd!