Today we commemorated the centenary of the end of World War 1 with a special liturgy lead by Class 4. The children focussed on how love in action, can help to bring peace to our world. Children thought about what peace means to them.
How can we live out our life of love today in our words and actions? Love is an active thing; it requires action. We cannot love others if we ignore them, or fail to support or help them in practical ways.
As it is the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, St. Matthew’s have tasked themselves in making poppies to brighten up the School in remembrance of those that sacrificed their lives to keep our Country safe during the War.
Thank you all so much for the glass jars, have a look to see the fantastic work the children have used them for:
Children have lovingly made poppies to fill the variously sized jars that were so kindly donated. We then placed tea lights in each one, symbolising each year that has passed since the war ended in 1918. We feel that this has made the celebration extra special, as parents have donated their jars and children have added in their fantastic creations to create a whole-community created celebration!
Have a look at the jars fully arranged and on display for all to see!
This November, St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, with the help of the Mini Vinnie’s will be collecting shoe boxes for the ‘Samaritans PurseOperation Christmas Child’.
The Mini Vinnie’s have been working hard on this project and on Monday they lead an assembly in school to talk about how we can contribute to this cause.
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. We can be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child and it is a wonderful way to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.
For more information about how to put a shoe box together, please use the following link,
Space week ended with a ‘big bang’ today we saw received all the results of the missions completed by the children over the last 7 days. It also marks the start of our ‘Year of Space’ as we embark on our mission to learn more about Space science, engineering and maths over this academic year.
I have been hugely impressed to see the range of work produced by our children. We have received poems, information posters, research notes, space-related games, artwork, models, pictures and more. It was lovely to see that some children worked as independent researchers to produce fantastic pieces of Science and others were able to collaborate with fellow space explorers at home and present their findings as a team effort!
I am very excited about the work that we hope to do over the next year and will be in touch soon to update you with more Science News!
Thank you, as always, for supporting your children in their learning,
Even though our weekly swimming lesson had been cancelled, we still managed to keep fit and have a fun time doing sport this morning. Lead by Mrs Curry we enjoyed an inter-house competition of rounders. The games were super fun and very intense as everyone aimed to do their houses’ proud.
It was a tough call but the scores reflected:
1st. St. Cuthbert
2nd. St. Oswald
3rd. St. Aidan
4th. St. Bede
Congratulations to the House of St. Cuthbert for pulling slightly ahead with a few huge swings! What a lovely day for the competition as well, blue skies and gorgeous sunshine!
Throughout the school, we’ve been getting messy and creative! From finger painting to paper craft the children have worked their socks off to create their very own masterpieces this afternoon. This all follows the homework they were set to research the classes chosen artist: Van Gogh, Money, Picasso, Picasso, Dali & Seurat were among the fascinating individuals chosen for the day. Have a look at our artists in action, who knows perhaps one of them will be worth a fortune one day as a ‘Before they were famous’ painting?
As part of their topic, this term covering History, English, Music & Art, Class 4 have thoroughly enjoyed researching the local history throughout the Victorian era, in particular, our local coal mining communities and children working in mines. Following on from the visit to Beamish Museum and experiencing life in a mining community the children have carried out a lot of research of local pits including, for example, Wylam, Hartley, Durham and made models of mine shafts and associated buildings and equipment. Just like the mining children they have spent time today in our school Pit Village garden tending to their vegetable plants and flowers. They have also been making scarecrows to keep the birds and squirrels away.
What a fantastic start to the KS2 Salsa Classes this afternoon and the start of an amazing journey into spanish dance! This week they began to work on the basic moves of a variety of Spanish dances and enjoyed themselves in a new way to keep themselves fit!
More spaces are available for the KS2 Salsa Classes if you would like to join in on the fun, then please could you contact the school office or, pay via your ParentPay account. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
On Thursday 10th May, we had a fantastic trip to Beamish Museum. We took part in a Mining Investigation where we had to decide who we felt was responsible for the death of a young boy who worked at the Pit. We had to interview members of the Mining Pit Village and put the pieces of the puzzle together. We finished by putting the blame on the Mine Deputy! We made sure he lost his job for his crime.
We enjoyed our packed lunches in the park by the Town and then even had time to pop to the Sweet Shop. After this, we became detectives and had to solve a murder that had taken place down at the train station. Excellent questioning from all detectives ensured that we caught the murderer and he was arrested!
Today we’ve had our very own ‘Easter Egg Competition’ children from Nursery to Year 6 have brought in their wonderful creations to showcase in our competition. Have a look at some of the amazing entries below!
We know we’re not supposed to pick favourites but even Mrs Pye had such a hard time picking a favourite for the Easter Egg Competition this afternoon.
After a lot of deliberation and thought, three winners were decided upon by our judges, who each received a big yummy Easter egg of their own to enjoy over the holiday break.
KS1: Robson G (Class 1)
KS2: Louis B (Class 4)
Thanks again for your continued support and such creative ideas for your eggs, together we have raised £££££ for CAFOD international!
Finally, we hope you and your families have a fantastic Easter Break, and we will see you back on the 16th April!