Phase Two had a Christmas Craft Day. The parents were invited to make mince pies with the children!
This year, the staff, children and wider community of our school have taken part in Operation Christmas Child.
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is immeasurable. It is all about changing children’s lives all over the world through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.
It has made us feel really positive that we have made a child's life happier.
Phase 3 have been learning about the Stone Age. For the culmination of our topic, we held a Stone Age day. Mrs Duncan was baking Stone Age bread, Mr Spink making Stone Age jewellery and Mr Hermann was creating homemade ink and staining fabrics. It was a busy day, which ended with the phase and parents getting together to celebrate what had been learned.
Our school celebrated being global citizens as we enjoyed a day full of activities and fundraising. The children were challenged to think on a truly global scale and had some great discussions! We learnt lots more about our partner school, Empowering Children, in Freetown. We managed to raise £265 on the day and this will contribute greatly as Empowering Children purchase furniture for their classrooms! A huge thank you to all who contributed!
We had another very successful Stay and Play session last Wednesday. The focus was on Knowledge of the World. The children thoroughly enjoyed making grass heads and bird feeders from recycled materials, weaving different materials and tasting breads from different countries.
It was wonderful to see the children interacting with their family members and showing them how they learn in their school environment. Thank you to all the relatives who came. We hope it has helped you to better understand how children learn in this particular curriculum area.
We had a very successful and fun-filled afternoon during our number stay and play workshop. There was a fabulous turn out of parents, carers and family members. It was delightful to watch them creating number rhyme activities and having lots of fun at the same time.
We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite characters. In Mrs Duncan's class we made character posters of David Walliams characters.
Our pupils have been working hard with their parents to make their own Chinese dragon at home! We told them they could use any materials and it could be as big or small as they liked! Scroll down to find out more and look at just some of the fantastic dragons!
On Wednesday 20th January, the whole school had a Mexican school dinner. There were chicken wraps, with a choice of chicken, minced beef, vegetables, beans, cheese , sour cream or salsa. If you preferred chilli con carne, you could have that instead. Along with your main meal, you could have sunshine rice, Mexican potatoes, vegetables or salad from the salad bar. For dessert you could choose from fruit filled wraps with chocolate and ice cream or a Mexican cookie or shortbread with custard.
At the end of every term, each teacher nominates an RE book from a child in their class. The book should demonstrate excellent learning, presentation and progress.
Here are the children in Foundation Stage and Phase 1 who were chosen. Well done to Jessica Burgess who won a fantastic Bible Sticker book.
Phase 3 had a Christmas activity Day. They did a variety of Christmas themed activities and finished the day with a Christmas quiz and Christmas music. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and relatives who came to help!
Mrs Duncan's activity was mince pies.......not the ones that you can buy from a supermarket! The children actually made mince pies from scratch!
To introduce St Mary Queen of Martyr's partnership with Empowering Children School in Freetown, our class enjoyed a very special Skype video call with the pupils live from Sierra Leone! We had prepared questions and were welcomed by traditional African songs and dances from children of all ages who attend school there! As the children and their families in Sierra Leone have been recovering from devastating floods, we were extremely happy to see every single child smiling ear to ear throughout our conversation.
The pupils had to work in groups. They set up a science investigation to discover the effects of friction against different materials.
We had great fun with our Voyagers and Explorers topic this week. Our focus this week was Mexico, more specifically, Mexican food. Our DT topic was to test, design and make a tortilla, as well as learning about the important Health and Safety aspects of cooking. Come and see what we did and what we found out!
We competed last week at Kingswood Academy in a 5 a side football tournament.
On Wedensday 15th October, we had a Roman day in school! We went round the different class teachers in Year 3 and 4 and learnt lots about the Romans. In Mrs Duncan's room we made Roman honey cakes, in Mr Spink's classroom we learnt about the army and made Roman shields and in Miss Richert's room we made togas and brooches. We were also very lucky because some of our family members came into school to help out as well!