Rememberance Day – Centenary Celebration

St. Matthew’s Remembers!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Samaritans Purse – Operation Christmas Child

This November, St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, with the help of the Mini Vinnie’s will be collecting shoe boxes for the ‘Samaritans Purse Operation 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,

https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/ (click on get involved)

Shoe-boxes need to be brought into school by Monday 19th November 2018.

World Space Week 2018

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,
Mrs Saunders
Science Coordinator

 

27.06.2018 – Inter-House Competiton:Rounders

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!

 

Art Day 2018

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?

Class 5: Buoyancy Lessons

Class 5 have had a fantastic time this week with a special guest visit from a Sea Cadet and Buoyancy Engineer, Sally Wilkinson. She demonstrated and explained all the vital parts of testing the buoyancy and strength of boats. She lead the children in experiments using marbles and plastic containers to test the weight limit of children’s boats using tubs of water. It was a fascinating and interesting lesson to watch and the children learned a huge amount from the visit. Thank you, Sally, for visiting us, we hope you can come back soon with more interesting experiments and lessons!

Class 5: Nature Garden

Thanks to Mrs Christer, we have two new additions to our nature garden: a seed feeder and a bird bath. We’re hoping they will keep our visitors happy and well fed. We’ve had 23 species of bird visit our garden since Mrs Saunders and year 6 set up the feeding stations in April. We have a great bird hide… Our classroom!
Mrs M Saunders

Have a look at the fantastic view that we can get from our classroom window.

Class 5: Be Outdoors Day

Year 6 have worked on creating images using only natural pigments and materials found in our school garden. We learnt about plant pigments and their role in photosynthesis as well as how artists can use them to create a range of colours.
Great work from the whole class, and a nice lesson after a week of SATS!

KS2 Salsa Classes

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.

28.03.2018 – Class 5 – Science

Year 6 finished their ‘electricity’ topic today by presenting their festive lighting circuits to our visiting ‘dragons’! As part of a Dragon’s Den challenge, they have had to design, build and test a festive lighting circuit that included a motor to operate a moving part in their circuit. They have worked very hard and used both science and DT skills to solve many problems whilst building their prototypes. Our visiting dragons were actually very tame and were extremely impressed with both the scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills displayed by the children. Well done year 6!