This afternoon we invited the parents (and some of the teachers) to watch the gymnastics club perform the things that they have been working on for the past two terms. 2 people at a time performed their routines, showcasing some of the skills that they have learnt, while the rest of us were vaulting or performing rhythmic routines using ribbons. A huge well done to all of the children who have attended the club, thank you for your commitment, you did brilliantly tonight!
This week we got a letter from the troll! We have been busy writing our storybooks so hopefully he will like them. Some of us have drawn pictures of what we think he looks like in our books.Later this same week we went to church for Experience Easter. We visited various stations set up in the church and learnt about the Easter story and the message of Easter. We were so well behaved in church, our teachers were very proud of us.Today it was Sports Relief! We all came dressed in Sportswear, or as our favourite Sporting Personality! Everybody made a super effort. This afternoon we helped run a school marathon.The Y6s came and took us round the track, twice. It was great fun and we talked afterwards about how our heart beats faster when we run, which helps to keep us fit. Nathaniel Regel received the certificate today for being a kind friend and always trying his best. Well done Nathaniel!
We have had another busy week in Year 3. On Wednesday afternoon we looked at some Stone Age cave paintings and the stories that they told us. We then had a go at drawing some of our own.This afternoon we went outside to have a go at creating a cave painting on the outside of the school! First we used chalk to draw on the building. Then we had a go at using stones to draw on the playground. It was quite tricky to make the marks show up, so we needed to use our Science knowledge from Thursday afternoon to help us choose the best rock to use. Pictures of our individual art work have gone into our topic books, ready for you to see at the open afternoon next week!
We were joined in school today by a range of sporting superstars, from cricketers to gymnasts, horse riders to cyclists, footballers to skiers!This afternoon the whole school (including teachers) took part in running a double marathon! This was approx. 540 laps of the Football pitch.Here are some action shots of some of us going round!
Year 6 have had a great day, dressed as their favourite sports personalities. We have a mixture of cricketers, footballers, gymnasts and rugby players. This meant we were perfectly dressed to run a marathon! The whole school worked together to run laps of the field to clock up the distance of a marathon. Year 6 had to run extra to help the Reception children along. They did it all with a smile on their face though!Take a look at some of our sports clothing.
Year 2 have been working very hard to write a report about the Great White Shark. We’ve been sorting information into sections and trying to start our sentences in different ways.We are really proud of our work! In Maths, we have been working on our division, some of us are even able to divide with remainders.On Thursday afternoon, we began to make our collage fish to go on our class display. We had to persevere and concentrate, but we made good progress.
On Thursday 17th March the St-Matthews Football B Team played an away match against Callowell School. It was a closely fought game with some great skill displayed by both teams, but we were eventually defeated by two late goals. A special mention goes to Toby Hodges for some great goal-keeping and to Charlie Griffin for stepping in as captain.The team was: Toby Hodges, Jack Bedwell, Elliott King, Luke Faruggia, Kyra Cooke, Charlie Griffin, Hannah Owen and Casey Aylott.
Last night we had our final Gymnastics club of the term. We practised the skills that we have been learning for the past two terms and combined them to begin making routines.Next week we would like to invite parents in to come and watch us perform our routines to music as well as showcase some of our other skills. Eva and Lucy Eva and Lucy Eva, Lucy, Kiara and EmilyEva, Emily and Kiara.Lucy and EmilyEva – she isn’t falling over, just mid round off!Emily, Kiara and Lucy.Emily, Kiara and Lucy.Kiara, Emily, Eva and Lucy.Hannah and Faith Hannah. Hannah and FaithHannah and FaithRuby, Aaron and Amy.Ruby, Aaron and Amy.Aaron.Thomas.Ruby, Aaron, Amy and Thomas.Ruby, Aaron, Amy and Thomas.Ruby, Aaron, Amy and Thomas.Ruby.Ruby, Aaron, Amy and Thomas. Ruby, Amy and Thomas.
We qualified a couple of weeks ago, having played the group stages at Leonard Stanley.We won against Kings Stanley and Bussage. We then drew against Leonard Stanley, but because they had scored more goals in the previous two games, they went through as the winners of our group and we went through as the runners up. Our captain was Eva. Today we then played the finals.We lost against Gastrells and Callowell, but we won against Nailsworth and Woodchester.This meant, with our score from last week against Leonard Stanley, that overall we came 4th. Today we were captained by Daisie. This means that we have the 4th best Netball team in the whole of the Stroud Area!! A fantastic achievement, the team should be very proud of themselves.Team: Lucy, Hannah M, Daisie, Eva and Ruby – Yr 6. Jack Br and Elias – Yr 5.More pictures will be added tomorrow….
Here is an insight into some of the activities I have personally been involved in over the first half of the year.
- SpiritualGarden – We finished the first stage of the Spiritual Garden just in time for the SIAMS inspection. This was only possible due to the commitment from our parents and staff who gave their time to create such a great reflective space for the children, families and hopefully the whole community.In the spring, we will be inviting parents to join us again to improve on the space and to aid us in maintaining the garden. The school council are also getting involved in the next stage of planning with one of the ideas being a covered seating area.
- School Mentor – The school takes the needs of the whole child very seriously and we all know that a happy, settled child will make a successful learner, so with that in mind, St Matthew’s now has a school mentor. She is available to the children whenever the need arises. There are lunchtime drop in sessions and planned one to one sessions to provide the children with a sympathetic ear. (We all need one of those at times!)
- The Den – Building on the school’s ethos of supporting the whole child, the creation of The Den has given us a special space to help a specific group of children who may need to work on areas of their social and emotional wellbeing. Children are chosen to attend three afternoons a week and learn all about building their confidence, resilience and self-esteem so they can work in a team, build trusting relationships, cope with stressful situations and have lots of fun in learning many other new skills.
- Family Support Worker – As many of you may know, I have now moved out of the classroom with my role of TA and am now the new Family Support Worker in School. I am truly enjoying this new role and my door is always open for a chat and a cuppa, all morning 9-12.30 and after 3pm, Tuesday to Friday. My role is to support the whole family, so if you need to share a worry or concern, I’m here for you all and will help to try to find a solution. Alternatively you can email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01453 764705
- Triple P Parenting Course – we have successfully completed our second course this January with an amazing group of willing parents. We have had lots of laughs and made some lovely new friends while realising that we all have similar struggles bringing up our children.
Thanks for visiting my page, I will try to keep you posted on upcoming events that I am involved in and hope to catch up with you all sometime.