Nursery Easter Egg Hunt

Reception and Nursery had a wonderful but windy morning on Tuesday 2nd April 2019. The children joined together with a multitude of their parents and enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt set up by our lovely Nursery Staff. The children explored Highfield Park throughout the morning in search of hidden delicious easter eggs! Have a look at the fantastic pictures below!

‘Silence in the Pod’ @ the Spetchells

Throughout the course of today (Tuesday 19th March 2019) classes took it in turns to visit the Spetchells Centre from Reception to Year 4, the children walked down with impeccable behaviour (And a huge thank you to our parent helpers throughout the school for your help!) and then when down at the library, the children listened to a reading of an age-appropriate book while children took it in turns to visit the ‘Pod’ a quiet reading space with the option of audible books using headphones to not disturb other readers. The children had a fantastic time reading while they waited and some even found a new favourite book!

SMP Art Day – Space!

Today we have held our whole school art day, where each class followed the theme of space art in keeping with the year of space.

Reception used pastels and blended them to create the planets in our solar system and learned a rhyme to remember the names of all of the planets.

Year 1 also used pastels and blended the colours together and enhanced them with glitter to create images of galaxies.

Year 2 focussed on images from the Hubble telescope and used hairdryers as a technique to blow the paint across the paper to create their masterpieces.

Year 3 have done lots of learning about planets throughout the day and used pointillism to create their planets.

Year 4 went on a journey into an unknown solar system and created pictures using pastels and blended the colours to create their new planets.

Year 5/6 used Surat’s technique of pointillism to create space art using various paint and paper clips and cotton buds.

Race for Life 2019

Arrangements have been made for our School and Nursery to run their very own Race for Life in support of Cancer Research UK. A fantastic cause that affects so many of us both directly and indirectly through our lives, and we hope to support their research so more people can get better chances of survival from Cancer.

The race itself has been arranged for Friday 1st February 2019, and the timings are as follows:

• For our Nursery: Race begins at 9am and should finish at approximately 9:25!
• For School: Race begins at 9:30 (approx.) and should finish by 11am at the latest.

Please feel free to come along and support your child/ren (or even take part in the race!)

If you would like to join in our fundraising, then please see the donation link: here

Thank you so much!

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!