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!






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


Receptions Baking Extravaganza

Reception were hard at work yesterday making a large amount of cakes and treats for the Coffee Afternoon today. Everyone brought in some ingredients and worked together to help make the scrumptious treats for this great cause! Try and grab one of their delicious delicacies today if you’re coming along at 2pm! ( if there’s any left that is!)  A huge thank you to our parent helpers Mrs Taplin, Mrs Burgess and Mrs Clubbs for their cookery expertise and assistance!

This post has also been posted on our Facebook Page:

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?

27.03.2018 – School Council Trip to London 2018

On Tuesday 27th March 2018, our School council had an amazing adventure and opportunity to visit our capital city of London. They visited platform 9 3/4’s from the Harry Potter Films, took a trip on the London Eye, visited the Houses of Parliament and saw the sights of London!

All in all it was a fantastic time, which I’m sure none of them will forget anytime soon! They co-visited with our partner primary school, Sacred Heart and the trip has helped build friendships between the councils which will no doubt flourish when the children move onto St. Thomas More, when their time comes!

Check out the timeline in photographs!


Cheery faces, bright and early for their 6:30am train down to London! Full of energy for the adventure ahead!

The children’s first stop was Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Films! A magical first stop on a magical journey!



They travelled on the London Underground to reach Green Park and had a fun (and dry!) time exploring the park and surrounding area. They even managed to get some great photographs near Buckingham palace!

Our children had the opportunity to go on the London Eye as well as a truly fantastic ‘4D Experience’ (We know it was amazing but we don’t want to spoil it for you!)

From the London Eye they travelled over to the Houses of Parliament and were lucky enough to be shown around by a guide! They learned about the Suffragette movement, the buildings History and so much more! One of the highlights of their visit to the Houses was being able to meet our very own local MP Mr Guy Opperman! They also got to watch (from a viewing balcony) an actual debate in the House of Commons!

From there they headed back to London Kings Cross (via the ‘tube’) and grabbed some warm Mcdonalds for tea to eat on the train! The children, and staff!, were absolutely exhausted after a fun-filled day!


Reception – Fun in the Snow (days!)

Thank you all so much for sending in your photographs during the snow days for the various challenges set, we hope you enjoyed the activities as much as we enjoyed the photographs!

Baking – What amazing bakers we have in our reception class, don’t they all look delicious!

Sledging – You all made the cold look like so much fun!

Snowmen – Look at these imaginative creations, from big to small to upside down! Fantastic!

Writing and Snow Dogs – We can all agree that dogs love the snow so these days are always enjoyed by our furry friends!


World Book Day 2018

We have had an absolutely fantastic time with World Book Day today. Some of the costumes the children (and staff!) have created and wore have been stunning, have a look at a small selection of some of the outfits!

What we have been up to: January 2018

Have a look at some of the amazing things we’ve been up to here in Reception this January:


We created a puppet show and showed everyone some great adventures!











We held a liturgy for the Year of Mary, Mother of God.








We had a chance to play some amazing and interesting instruments with Mr Tobin.









 We made our own books as part of our work on Traditional Tales.

What have we been up to: November 2017


As work has begun in our garden we have not been able to get outdoors but this has not stopped us.

As a whole school we had a Judaism Day. Our class focussed on Hanukkah. We learned a Jewish dance used at special celebrations. We performed our dance at the end of the day for the whole school. We also made Hanukkias and could tell the story behind them
Remembrance Liturgy


We celebrated Remembrance Day by having a special Liturgy. We invited Sargent Wallace in for a special show and tell. He told us about service men and women and why how we remember them. He also taught us to march (a little better than we already do). We performed a special song “Light a candle for Peace” and performed a Liturgy for our parents and the whole school. We made poppies and drew pictures of poppies in Flanders field. We made a special poppy wreath and Sargent Wallace took it and lay it on the War Memorial at Bishop Auckland.
Shapes, shapes everywhere

This month we have been looking at shapes in our environments, whilst measuring we also discovered that we could become shapes ourselves.

We have been measuring with string and then rulers and discovered that some of us are taller than others.

As part of our shapes we looked at Kandinsky and discovered that he loved circles we made a new display in the main hall using different sized circles and contrasting colours. We had to really concentrate when we were cutting the circles out and then shared different colours with our friends.

Once Upon a Time

We have revamped our book area into a magical Once Upon a Time area. We have written book reviews about our favourite books.


14/11/2017 – Reception’s New Display


Reception have started on their new display piece for the school hall! They’re using what they’ve learned in their Expressive Art and Design lessons to create this lovely display that is absolutely fantastic to look at. If you ever get a chance, do pop in and have a look!

Every single one of the children worked exceptionally hard in cutting and designing their shapes for the board, each of the children designed their own coloured piece of fruit for the tree!


In their art lessons the children have been learning about the Russian artist ‘Wassaily Kandinsky’ who did many amazing pieces of artwork during his life, one such art piece was his famous ‘Kandinsky’s Circles’ (Pictured: Left) which has proven to be quite the inspiration for our Reception Class and their new display!