We’ve Grown Leeks

We’ve Grown Leeks

This week, the outdoor club did some weeding and winter tidying in their vegetable plot. They dug out a huge dandelion and thistle and also some lovely leeks and red cabbages!

It is great to see and smell the plants you have grown – well done!

Maple Class Bike & Scooter Week

Maple Class Bike & Scooter Week

This week all of the children brought in bikes and scooters as part of our ‘Off We Go!’ topic.

The children talked about how to be safe when they are riding, by looking out for others and wearing their helmets.

They made ‘START’ ‘STOP’ and ‘PARKING’ signs in chalk on the playground floor and then made ‘LEFT’ and ‘RIGHT’ signs to direct each other with later.

The children have uses the ipad to time each other on their bikes and recorded how many laps of the playground the children could ride in one minute.

Maple Classes Year 6 Buddies came to spend time with the children and their bikes. They spent time using the signs they had made and then organised a fantastic bike race!

It has been brilliantly fun to watch the children enthusiastically learning with their wheels! Two children have learned to ride their bikes on their own without stabilisers this week already! Well done Maple Class!

Outdoor Club

Outdoor Club

The Children at St Mary’s Outdoor Club have written letters to the Hartfield & District Horticultural Society.

The children discussed what they would like to do next year and what tools and resources would help them.

These included secateurs to tend to the Willow structure we have at school and some trugs to help us transport and move compost.

The children researched tools on the internet and worked out the costs of the tools they had found. The children then wrote letters to the Horticultural society and illustrated them, which we then sent off in the post.

The children’s requests were discussed and we are very excited that we have been awarded £150!

We will let you know how we are using the new tools and resources as the Year goes on. A huge thank you to our volunteer Mrs Johnson, for her help every week and to Alan Morris at Hartfield Horticultural Society.

We look forward to an exciting Spring Term and Beyond!

Christmas Party in the Church

Christmas Party in the Church

Katrina organised a party at the church as a celebration of Jesus birthday. The children talked about what you need for a celebration.

 “a cake”. – Jacob

“decorations…. you have some there and there is a sign” –Isabella

“There are balloons, they are for a party”- Emily

The children helped telling the Nativity story. They discussed the long journey and how Joseph helped Mary. They then sang some songs with actions about the star

“The star is like a diamond in the sky”. -Isabella

Then the children pretended to be the animals in the story which they had acted in the Nativity play. Then they all had a party blower and a hat to have a celebration in the classroom afterwards.

We would like to say a huge Thank you to Katrina for our party and all of the fantastic learning activities she has provided over the years with Maple Class.

St. Mary’s School Nativity 2018

St. Mary’s School Nativity 2018

St. Mary’s School Nativity 2018

FRANCES TAYLOR

Acting Head of School

Superstar!

 

…that was the name of this year’s nativity and Superstars they were – all of them!  This lovely story about the true meaning of Christmas was told by the whole school, through song, actions and words.  To a packed church for both performances the children  demonstrated their ability to learn a lot of songs and words as well as their admirable confidence to perform in front of others.   We love this time of year and listening to the children joining in with every word we know they do too.  Do enjoy watching this film of the performances put together by our very willing parent volunteer Mr Martin – Lawrence – thank you!

Maple Class Trip to Pooh Corner

Maple Class Trip to Pooh Corner

We had a brilliant adventure last week, walking to the local shop ‘Pooh Corner’. We had some juice and cakes, then read a story about Winnie the Pooh. We brought money and all paid for our cakes ourselves and then we had time to go to the playground on the way back to school. What a fantastic adventure, thank you so much to all of our volunteers and workers at Pooh Corner for making us so welcome.