Week Ending 6th May 2022
This week we have been continuing to learn about decimals in Maths. Now we can add, subtract, multiply and even divide decimals! In English, we have been writing adverts for Bug Hotels. With all their persuasive language and hyperbole I want to stay at every hotel.
In science, we tried our hand at worm charming. We spread soapy water on the ground and tapped to attract the worms to the surface. Unfortunately, we only managed to charm one worm but we discussed why in our conclusions.
Week Ending 23rd April
We have had a great and busy first week back at school. In Maths, we have begun to look at adding and subtracting decimals. We have also begun our topic, Beast Creator. In English, we have begun to write a non-chronological report on either ants or Monarch butterflies. We even managed to go outside and map what minibeasts we could find in the school grounds in Geography.
A special well done to, Harry, Scarlett, Kian, Lily and Alfie for leading Class 5's Liturgy this week!
Week ending 25th March
Today was the Easter Bonnet Parade. It was amazing to see all of their creations. Well done to Fallon and Theo for winning the competition.
Week ending 18th March
KCSP Science Day
This week class 5 & 6 participated in our Academy Science Investigation with nineteen other primary schools!
They started the day catching up with other schools via a ‘Zoom’ meeting and were then given the question – How can you get a bottle to flip and land on its base every time?
This generated both excitement and interest in both classes and the children were able to apply their ‘Comparative Testing’ skills when investigating the question.
Children worked successfully in groups and demonstrated how they could accurately carry out the fair investigation, record their results and then apply this data to their conclusion.
In class 5 each group compared their results and the overall class conclusion was that a bottle with a flat base was the most successful option.
Week comm. 28.2.2022
WORLD BOOK DAY 2022
Thursday was the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day and this was fully embraced by everyone at St Mary’s!
The children all dressed as characters from a variety of books and we send a huge ‘Thank you’ to all the parents who enabled this to happen.
Our day started with a whole school assembly and the hall was filled with excited readers!
Each child participated in a variety of Reading workshops that included creating super villains, comic strips & book tokens, designing forest dioramas, acting out different book scenarios and find Wally in school to name but a few.
At the end of a busy and very productive day the children came together to share their favourite experiences and celebrate their successes.
Together we are a family of readers!
Week ending 4th March
This week we had pancake day. The children really enjoyed the pancake races!
We have been learning about separating mixtures in Science. We had three water samples from Alchemy Island, one was contaminated with salt, the other oil and the last one gravel. Using evaporation, filtration and sieving we managed to separate the mixtures from the water.
Week ending 25th February
This week we began our Alchemy Island topic and solved a riddle to discover where we will begin our journey. We have written openings to fantasy stories about travelling through portals into Alchemy Island. We then created a short piece of music about travelling through the portal. We used different instruments and worked together in small groups to create and then perform our portal music.
Week ending 11th February
This Tuesday was Internet Safety Day. We talked about how best to keep ourselves safe online.
This week we finished our topic of the Groundbreaking Greeks. The children have learnt so much about the different Greeks and the impact they had on the modern world. They have really enjoyed learning about them and are sad to finish the topic but we look forward to Alchemy Island next term.
In RE, we have been learning about the events of the Last Supper. In groups we created friezes of the Last Supper and explained the role of the bread and the wine.
Week ending 4th February
This week was class 5's Liturgy. Jess, Ethan, Tiana and James told the school about our focus in RE this term. We have focused on the idea of our Local Church and Community. We had slides to show the artwork we created to represent Jesus' mission. They spoke really clearly and managed to say the challenging words. Well Done!!
Week Ending 28th January
This week the children have worked hard on their fractions in Maths. In English, our focus has been writing a balanced argument about whether or not the school day should be lengthened. The children enjoyed debating the topic and everybody had the opportunity to argue each side. We chose a judge who helped decided which argument they thought was more convincing.
In History, we have continued to explore the Ancient Greeks. Our main focus this week was on the different significant people that lived during that era and their impact on the world today.
Week ending 7th January
We have had a great first week back after half term. This week we have been practising our written multiplication method and the children have enjoyed challenging themselves with reasoning questions.
In RE, we have begun our new topic of the local community. We have created artwork inspired by Jesus' mission and linked to the scripture Isaiah 61: 1-2, 10-11 and Luke 4: 14-22.
'This is about Jesus spreading the Holy Spirit and the belief in God. This shows a woman embracing the Holy Spirit'.
Week ending 3rd December
This week we created models of satellites, rovers and shuttles in DT. Before we began to create our designs, we drew our plans and labelled the materials we'd use. Even Pickle the Punctuality Pup loved our models.
'It went really well!' - Lily
'we made rockets out of rubbish and they looked really good!' - Charlie
'Mine didn't go as planned but I'm still happy with what I made.' - Tara
Week ending 26th November
This week we have been learning lots about our Space Topic. We have been investigating gravity in Science. We learnt that gravity is a force and can be measured in Newtons. We investigated the force of different objects in the classroom using force measures. We also investigated the size of craters by dropping different sized balls at different heights into flour.
'We had to be very precise with our measurements,' - Charlie
'It was quite messy but fun!' - Issy
Week ending 19th November
This week, we have been focusing on multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1,000 in maths and in English, we have been learning about free-verse poetry. We themed are poems on space and performed them to the class.
A hard shove off the wall,
Glides him to the other side,
Looking out the window,
Seeing the marble blue Earth,
Fun and entertainment,
Crystal clear water,
Happy grin from ear to ear!
In DT, we practised our sewing. We use embroidery thread to sew a moon and stars design, some even used sequins to decorate.
Week ending 12th November
This week, we had Forest School. We made bird feeders out of cheerios and pipe cleaners. We made obstacle courses and had opportunities to play in the mud kitchen as well as creating mud art.
In PE, we continued to develop our Hockey skills and teamwork.
'I really enjoyed hockey' - Charlie
In Science, we are still learning about Space. This week we have focused on learning about the phases of the moon.
Week ending 5th November
We have had a busy first week back. We have started our new topic Stargazers which has already captured the interest of the class.
In English, we create mnemonics to remember the order of the planets and created fact files full of information about the Solar System.
In science, we learnt about day and night. We demonstrated day and night by using torches to represent the sun and globes/balls to represent the Earth.
'I think it was really fun to do and learn about how the Sun creates night and day'. - Ella
Week ending 22nd October
This week, we played bench ball in PE.
"It was really fun!" - Jessica
We have been looking at poetry this week. We have written our own poems about gardens and nature.
"I liked writing poems a lot!" - Lily
"We learnt about free verses and rhyming patterns," - Tara
This week has also been Diversity week and we have learnt about Jean-Michel Basquiat. We created Diversity Graffiti artwork inspired by him.
"It's interesting learning about the art he did" - Ella
Week ending 15th October
We have been learning about line graphs in maths this week. We used computers to create line graphs on Excel spreadsheets.
'I thought they were tricky but I managed to solve them.' - Charlie
This week was also Class 5's assembly. They told the school all about allotments and the learning they have done this term. They did extremely well in their assembly, speaking clearly to the school and remember their lines.
'I was scared but it was really good in the end.' - Tiana
Week ending 7th October.
This week we have been looking at the artwork of Georgia O'Keeffe. We explored her use of tint and shade to recreate her artwork.
"It was really fun this week," - Ella
We have also been writing descriptive stories based on The Secret Garden. We have spent the entire week adding to our stories and practising our editing skills.
"I liked using the thesaurus, it was really fun!" - Issy
An extract from Kaelan's story;
'After a few seconds, Harry was anxious and confused, he had so many questions but he decided to keep them to himself. The green monster scuttled away into a different garden. Cautiously, Harry decided to follow the mysterious, fluffy, green monster through the cave.'
Week ending 1st October
This week we have been reading The Secret Garden and described using the author's language for inspiration. We made bread during cooking and described how it tasted and why yeast is important. In Maths, we have been learning the column method for addition and subtraction.
"It was fun to make bread and eat it!" Scarlett.
"It tasted gorgeous!" Tara.
Week Ending 24th September
In maths, we have been learning about Roman Numerals. "I think it was clever and good to learn about it," said Ella.
In science, we have been doing an investigation about the germination of cress. "It was interesting, I was surprised that the one in the cupboard grew and was yellow," said Harry R.
In PE, we were learning about teamwork games and new field activities. "It was exciting!" said Ethan.
In our Allotment topic, we have been focusing on geography and looking at where different fruits originated from around the world.
This week was also Class 5's Liturgy. We spoke about our Unique God given gifts and recited a poem that we had written together. A big well done to Charlie, Kareem, Harry, Yasmin and Yvonne for their part in leading the Liturgy.
Walmer Castle Trip
We went to Walmer Castle and met Sarah (the gardener) who told us all about the plants in the Kitchen Garden.
"She was helpful telling us about the plants," said Fallon.
"Sarah helped us learn about allotments by telling us about the food and flowers she grows," said Tara.
We drew the wonderful colourful flowers in our sketch books. During lunch time, we ate our lunch on the Oval Lawn and played games.
"Sarah let us have special permission to take some of the flowers back to school," said Ethan. We are planning to press these flowers.
"I really enjoyed today!" said Lily.
Week ending 17th September
This week we had Forest School. We made "a functional waterslide" (Ethan) and roasted marshmallows on the campfire that we built together. We learned how to create a fire using flint and steel.
"The hammock was really fun," said Mia.
"We got to climb trees which was good fun," said Jessica.
Harley said, "It was really fun in the woods!"
"I played hide and seek with Charlie, Harry B, Kasper, Tiana, Theo and Harry R, Kasper couldn't find us, it was good!" said Kaelan.
Week ending 10th September
On Monday, we made tabbouleh and we planted Cosmos seeds as well as making observational sketches.
Yasmin said, "It was a fun day!"
Kaelan said, "My seed is starting to grow already!"
In Maths, we have done rounding and place value.
"It was good and tricky, you really have to pay attention to the number," said Theo.
This week, we have started doing athletics in PE and enjoyed throwing javelins.
"PE was very fun indeed," said Kareem.