Category Archives: Curriculum

Champion Writers – 23.3.18

We love writing at St Mary’s and want to celebrate the best writing our children do, week by week. The children whose writing is particularly brilliant are called our ‘Champion Writers’. Here are this week’s Champion Writers from Year 1 and Year 3:

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Science Week 2018

Last Week was Science Week and every class was busy investigating, hypothesising and predicting! Here are some examples of what they explored over the week:

Year 6 at the ‘Easter Experience’

Yesterday, Year 6 went to All Souls’ Church in Langham Place for the ‘Easter Experience’. They investigated various different simulated crime scenes, with evidence from the Easter story, to try and work out who might have been responsible for the death of Jesus. They enjoyed the creative and imaginative approach to the story, and thinking about it from a legal perspective.

Year 1 Trip to the Tower of London

On Wednesday, Year 1 visited the Tower of London as part of their topic on Castles. They really enjoyed their workshop, all about the history of the Tower, and pretending to be Beefeaters (the special soldiers who guard the Tower)!

Science Week 2018

Science WeekLooking for ways to celebrate British Science Week 2018? Here at St Mary’s, the children in Key Stages 1 and 2 have been asked to carry out a simple science investigation at home. Your class teacher should have given you instructions to follow or ideas.

If you’re looking for other ideas (or want to do a little something extra), here are some websites that might help:

https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/

http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/stem-activities-for-kids/

http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys.html

https://www.crestawards.org/all-superstar-activities/

Looking for an activity that doesn’t require too many resources? Some of the British Science Week website and CREST awards investigations don’t need anything more than items you’d find lying around your house, so why not try one of those?

Be ready to talk about what you get up to! We’re all looking forward to seeing your investigations, or photographs of what you have been doing.

Make sure you ask an adult for help!

Year 6 Trip to Wadham College, Oxford

On Monday, Year 6 visited Wadham College in Oxford. They met students, toured the college and ate their lunch in a real life student refectory! Afterwards, they toured the city of Oxford, learning about the history of the city and some of the authors who had lived and studied there. Do you recognise the lamppost and know which famous series of books it inspired?

It was a great experience for the children, enabling them to think about their own futures in a new way.

F1 – Unleavened Bread Making

Yesterday in F1, the children learnt about the story of the Last Supper and made unleavened bread to share with each other. They used flour, butter, oil, eggs, honey and salt to make their bread, but no yeast. They waited while it cooked in the oven and then ate it round a table together, just like Jesus and his disciples did at the Last Supper.

Book Week – Book Cover Doors…

This week, every class has been decorating their classroom door to resemble a favourite book cover. There has been a brilliant range of books across all ages, and the children and staff have done an incredible job. Sarah Bedford, our Chair of Governors, judged them and decided that Year 1’s cover for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was the best. They will win £100 of books and resources for their class.

World Book Day

Today, we celebrated World Book Day at St Mary’s. Despite the snow, many children and staff came to school dressed as a word, for our whole school vocabulary parade. There were some fantastic costumes and the children very eloquently gave examples of how to put their word into a sentence. Well done, everyone. You have done an amazing job today!

Also this week, we have had mystery readers in class each day, trips to Daunt’s Bookshop and ‘Drop Everything And Read’. Here are some of the children reading in a DEAR session: