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Bring a Parent to Forest School

It was a gorgeous summers day as we set off as a whole school and parents to the woods. The children were fantastically independent in their walk and we spent time listening to and spotting crickets and grasshoppers in the meadow as we waited to climb the stiles. Some...

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Isle of Wight Day Four

After our adventures in the woods yesterday, we spent the evening splashing about in the sea! You could hear the screams and laughter from the opposite side of the island, I’m sure! This morning we set off on what we thought was going to be a nice stroll around the...

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Isle of Wight Day Three

Today’s adventures were woodland based. We spent the morning swinging through the trees and building shelters. The children had to prove their shelters were storm-worthy, which meant the teachers had a great time getting them with water pistols! We then enjoyed a...

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Isle of Wight Day Two

Hello from sunny Isle of Wight! We spent the morning designing and creating rafts that were supposed to keep us dry in the water. However, as predicted, most of us ended up getting pretty wet - not sure how that happened! We then had a go at snorkelling before tucking...

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Isle of Wight Day One

We’ve arrived! After quite a few sweets and a slight delay getting on the ferry, the children are currently sitting on the beach, enjoying the view. They have all settled in to their rooms and even had to make their own beds - a task that stumped quite a few of them I...

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Greek day at Chiddingly

On Monday 24th June, Willow class dressed up and took their learning about Greeks over to Chiddingly School to share a whole day of 'Hands on History' with their Federation counterparts! In mixed school groups, the children rotated around three brilliant activities...

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Singing Nation

On Friday 21st June, thanks to the PTFA and your generous donations over the last year, we had a whole school workshop with Singing Nation. From 9 o'clock and throughout the day, the school was filled with beautiful singing as the children learnt not one, but two...

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Maple Class Forest School

The children started their afternoon by looking out for and collecting rubbish, using a new grabber. By the end of the afternoon they had a whole bag full and talked about how different materials such as metal and glass could be recycled. The whole class fitted in a...

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Maple Class Pirate Day

Today the class was taken over by a band of pirates! We played some Pirate games and learned how to follow instructions from the captain of the ship, running from port to starboard, scrubbing the decks and saving each other from being a ‘pirate overboard!’ The crew...

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Outdoor Club

We started a wild challenge, which is about doing 30 days of wild activities. We took off our shoes and socks to feel the ground beneath our feet. We looked at clouds and talked about what we could see. We hunted for mini-beasts and we had a go at making daisy chains....

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PALS Assembly

On Monday 20th May, the children took part in our latest Progress and Learning Assembly. Once again, the children brought their books to the assembly and they all sat with someone from a different year group, to share what they had learnt so far this term. Here are...

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Maple Class Forest School

The clouds looked ominous, but Maple Class headed out in their wellies and waterproofs ready to adventure and look for mini beasts on the walk and in the woods Splashing in puddles is great fun! There were some great puddles along the way! The children spotted some...

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Outdoor Club

The children got very excited about using our ‘Bug Hunter’ kit and set off exploring our grounds for different minibeasts. They collected leaves, mud and sticks to put with them during their explorations. They then returned the creatures to their original habitats at...

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Year 5 Bikeability Course

Thank you to Chris and Emma, our instructors from the Road Safety Education Team at East Sussex County Council. Here we are starting off on a four day course towards Level One and Level Two of Bikeability, and we couldn't have been luckier with the weather this week!...

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Cherry Class at Coleman’s Hatch Fete

On Saturday 11th May some children from Cherry and one from Maple went to the Coleman's Hatch Trinity Church Vintage Fair and performed the “Barber's Pole” maypole dance. The children all did so well as we had not had much time to learn the dance. The weather also was...

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Outdoor Club

This week the children have been busy planting seeds. Lots of sunflowers, nasturtiums and other bee and insect friendly plants. They have been great at remembering to water them! The children spent the afternoon chicken proofing our vegetable patch. They used...

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Willow Class Forest School

Willow had a fantastic time in the forest on Thursday and, except for a few spots of rain on the walk down there, stayed dry and toasty around the fire! On the walk we were keeping our eyes our for bluebells which are out in force and looking really beautiful. Thanks...

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Maple Trip to the Briar’s Field Centre & Pooh Bridge

On the 1st of May we visited the Briar’s Field Centre. Mrs and Mr Rowberry helped us to pond dip and identify lots of different bugs which lived in and on the two ponds. We found water fleas, mayflies, water beetles, pond skaters and tadpoles. The children all used...

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Cherry Class Visits British Wildlife Centre

We had a fantastic time at The British Wildlife Centre. We saw lots of different animals from rats and mice to the Scottish wildcats. We met Flo the fox who thinks that she is a dog and likes playing with the keepers. We saw different types of deer and handled some...

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Cherry Class Forest School

As part of ‘The Great British Spring Clean’, Cherry class donned gloves and spread out in a long line to do a litter sweep of the croft. It turns out they are fantastic at noticing small bits of rubbish and they managed to fill two bags full. Fantastic work Cherry...

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Maple Class Forest School

In the morning, we had a go at using a saw to cut logs to make ‘ Dino Log Dogs’ The children talked about how to keep themselves safe by wearing gloves to protect their hands. They used their imaginations to create dinosaur faces for their logs and had a go at tying...

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St Mary’s Does Red Nose Day / Comic Relief 2019

The school has been awash with an array of all things red including the infamous red noses, for Mufti Day today, in celebration of Comic Relief and Red Nose Day. After a morning of curriculum based activities centred around the importance of this bi annual event, we...

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Maple Class Dinosaur Assembly

We ran the Thursday Assembly to share our topic learning about Dinosaurs We learned the poem ‘Dinosaur Roar!’ from a book we had read. The children explained how big some dinosaurs were. Some children showed their dinosaur paintings and read the writing they had done...

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Lilac and Maple Class Buddy Time Forest School

This week it was extremely windy, so we decided to adventure through the fields, rather than the woods. Maple Class had been reading the story of ‘We are going on a Bear Hunt’, so had a great time saying lines of the story as we squelched through mud and splashed in...

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School Vision

Staff, governors and parents have been working hard to outline our whole school vision. This has resulted in a vision that drives St Mary’s core values of ‘love, strength and faith’, but now ensures that all members of our school community can clearly define what our...

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Maple Class Hedge Planting

We were lucky enough to be given lots of hedge plants from the Woodland Trust, so we decided to use some to develop our outside grass bank area. We turfed a trench and loosened the soil to prepare it for the plants. The children found beetles and worms when they were...

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Willow Class Forest School

This week, it was Willow class' turn to go into the forest. With the promise of sunshine in the afternoon, we braved the initial showers and made it to the forest without getting too soaked. That is, with the exception of Hope and Ashleigh who were pouring out their...

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Outdoor Club

We have recently been given some money from the Hartfield Horticultural Society to help us by tools and equipment for our club at school. We were very excited to open a delivery of new garden tools We out them straight to use to help us plant some hedging plants,...

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Samba Comes To St Mary’s

Fairtrade Fortnight was kicked off this week with Samba Workshops for all four classes at St Mary's. Many thanks to the PTFA for funding one of three musical workshops for the children this year. [gallery type="rectangular" link="file"...

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Cherry Class Forest School

It started to rain as we set out, but we managed to have a great afternoon anyway! We talked about the points of a compass and identified features of the village which were to our North, South, East, and West. We looked a maps of our journey and then worked out that...

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Fairtrade Fortnight Bake Off

This is our very first Fairtrade Fortnight at St Mary's, as we work our way towards achieving our first FairAware Award. As the theme this year is Cocoa we thought it would be fun to hold our very own bake off at school and the children did not disappoint with an...

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Maple Class Forest School

The sun shone and we spotted spring crocuses with honey bees and talked about them finding nectar to make honey from. We sung a song of spring: ‘Spring is here said the bumblebee, How do you know said the old oak tree? Because I saw a daffodil, Dancing with the...

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Whole School Trip to Ashdown Forest

A wonderful day was had by all on our Whole School Trip to the Ashdown Forest. The weather was kind to us as we explored, climbed, hiked and splashed our way through the day. The magnificent Forest Leaders led us in different workshops as we all learnt new skills and...

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Progress and Learning Assembly

Each term, we have a PALS (Progress and learning) assembly, where the children share their books from the term and identify where and how they have made progress. It’s great to see the children sharing their books with children from other classes, and hearing how...

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Chinese New Year

Tuesday 5th February was Chinese New Year, so as part of their topic 'Where in the world are we?', Willow class spent the day exploring this important Chinese festival. The class spent the morning rotating around 4 different activities. These included having great fun...

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Whole School Orienteering Day

On Monday 28th January, Mr D organised a fantastic day of orienteering to help the children put into practice the skills that some of them have been learning in P.E. this term. Mr D had arranged a 'shop' full of items that the children would need to build a den - such...

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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...

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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...

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Maple Class Forest School January 17th 2019

It was a freezing day, but we wrapped up really warm, with hats and gloves and set off to look for birds along the way to the woods. Some children collected soft items, such as moss, grass or sticks to build a nest for the birds. [gallery order="DESC"...

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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...

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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"-...

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Engineering Day

Willow Class - Engineering Day 18 DECEMBER, 2018 On Thursday 6th December, Willow class spent the morning being Engineers! Mr Martin-Lawrence came in, bringing with him a robot and lots of other fantastic electronic activities for the children to have a go at! To...

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Whole School Forest School December 13th 2018

The children have worked so hard this term and have performed brilliantly at both of their Nativity performances, that we decided to all go to the woods as a whole school adventure. The sun shone, the frost was still crunching underfoot and we had a fantastic time in...

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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,...

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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...

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Remembrance Week Walk to War Memorial

Today we each carried a cross, marked with the name of a victim of the war from Hartfield. The children amazed us with the respect and reverence they showed as they walked through the Churchyard, past some of the heroes’ graves stones, and then, led by James Castle,...

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Maple Class Forest School

The sun shone and we talked about the difference in the weather from yesterday’s rain, when we got soaked walking to church. We talked about how the size of the puddle on the school drive changes when it rains and when the sun comes out. [gallery order="DESC"...

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Pause Day

This week the whole school has gone 'off curriculum' to learn about World War 1 in commemoration of 100 years since the end of World War 1 in 1918. We have written prayers, poems and read stories all linked to the week of Remembrance. On Wednesday we had a pause...

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Thrive Day

We are a Thrive school - a school that puts children first and uses the Thrive programme to support them. Mrs Leahy organised a wonderful day where the whole school could access thrive activities for the whole day! All the teachers and teaching assistants are trained...

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Malawi Day

Our Starfish Malawi champions arranged a Starfish Malawi Day - and it was brilliant! The whole school came dressed in the Malawi flag colours of red green and black so we all looked the part too. An amazing well done to Seren, Elodie, Ellie, Phoebe, Ellen, Elouise,...

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St Mary’s University of Life

This week we had our first St Mary’s University of life morning and an opportunity for the children to choose an hour long session in amongst other activities; yoga, hairdressing, chicken keeping, chess, hockey, light, prisms and rainbows, arts and crafts and...

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Willow Class Forest School

The Children loved explaining the walk to Forest School to Miss Hare and Miss Williams. They spent time noticing the changes that Autumn had brought to the environment. Once in the woods some children wanted to explore by using the tools to dig and investigate what...

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Cherry Class Forest School

We walked to the woods in the Autumn sunshine and stopped to collect some wheat which the children found along the way. Once in the woods, the children made potions, mixing the wheat, leaves, mud, moss and water together. [gallery order="DESC" type="rectangular"...

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Lilac’s Victorian Day at the Weald & Downland Museum

On Tuesday 16th October Lilac, along with their counterpart classes from the Pioneer Federation; Chiddingly and East Hoathly attended a ‘Victorian’ Day down near Chichester. Amongst other activities each group took part in a personalised workshop with Lilac enjoy-ing...

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Cherry Class Fire Station Visit

Cherry Class went to visit Forest Row Fire station as part of their learning topic for the "The Great Fire of London". First we had a talk about fire safety at home and what to do if there was a fire at night. Then we tried on the clothes that fire fighters wear  -...

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Cross Country

After the cross country event in school recently we sent no fewer than 24 runners from years 3 to 6 across to Beacon school to take part in the area cross country event. With so many schools taking part we were thrilled to be so well represented in all the races. ...

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Harvest Service

t was lovely to see so many parents and friends of the school at our Harvest Service today.  Reverend Julie and Katrina led us in thanks and inspired us with the theme of generosity.  Thank you to all those who sent in harvest gifts.  Tony Cox from the East Grinstead...

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First Egg

Today we were thrilled that one of our hens (we are not sure if it was Tulip or Rose) laid her first egg! The blue egg was cleverly laid in the nesting box and we all had a look in assembly. When we cracked it open we couldn't believe it was a double yoker! Hopefully...

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Learning Powers

You may have heard your children talking about some wonderful characters recently... Curious Cat, Concentrating Crocodile or even Persevering Parrot. These are our Learning Power characters who have been created over the last year to help the children with their...

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Outdoor Club

In outdoor club we have been harvesting some of our fruit and vegetables this week. We enjoyed eating raspberries and blackberries and have brought in the chard, tomatoes and squash to add to our Assembly table, to help celebrate Harvest in the run up to our annual...

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