We had the most amazing day on Friday! Beach day was full of fantastic activities and included donkey rides, making sand sculptors in the huge sandpit, enjoying a bounce on the bouncy castle and playing football. It was great to eat our lunch outside and enjoy an ice- cream before we watched the Punch and Judy Show. In the classroom we read The Rainbow Fish and then made fish to put on our class display.A huge thanks to Mr Halliwell and team for all their hardwork. It was a fantastic day and even the weather was good.
I didn’t know what to expect when I asked Mrs Thomson, if I could organise a day where the beach came to St Matthews and after today I am glad she said yes.I hope that the children enjoyed the day because it has given me some great memories which I think I will treasure. Seeing both the year 5’s and 6’s in the sandpit was amazing. They were in their element building and creating. Year 5 produced not only some fantastic castles but there were mermaids and turtle sculptures as well. It was incredible, thank you Mr Boulton for your time in creating a brilliant sand pit, the children are going to be disappointed when it goes.The donkeys were marvellous! All the children enjoyed either petting or riding them. It was great to see the children’s faces as they came off the donkeys; I have never seen such big smiles.Once again thank you to everyone – children, staff and parents, who all made the day so much fun!
On Tuesday, 12 children from St Matthew’s represented our school in the throwing and jumping events as part of District Sports. Our results from this event will be combined with our results this coming Tuesday at the Running events night.Our jumping team: Our throwing team: Some of our jumpers in action: Some of our throwers in action: Look out for our results next week!
Last week, in recorder lessons, Mrs B brought in the whole family of recorders. We learnt their names and then some of us had a go at playing them. A normal recorder is the second one in from the left.On Friday, the whole school enjoyed a fantastic day of activities, organised by Mr Halliwell.First we did some craft work with Mrs Newbould. We used paper plates to make aquariums. They looked great! Then we went outside to play on the bouncy castle. That was hard work! After the bouncy castle we had a chance to put our creative skills to the test again with time in the giant sand pit. We tried to build different sand sculptures. It was quite tricky, particularly when it poured with rain – just like being on a beach in England really! Finally we met two rather gorgeous donkeys called Holly and Basil. They were both rescues and are now used in TV programmes and films. Over lunch, we enjoyed a picnic outside. Those of us who had hot dinners, still got to eat our fish and chips out on the field with everyone else.We finished the day with a fantastic Punch and Judy show for the whole school to enjoy.
Wowsers! What another incredibly busy week!Monday to Thursday were normal working days, with plenty of reading, writing and maths going on. In English, we’ve been concentrating on using precise adjectives and adverbs in our descriptions of creatures based on those in Shaun Tan’s book The Lost Thing. In spelling lessons we’ve been enthusiastically learning about homophones and in Maths we’ve be ordering and partitioning large numbers.Today, Friday, was a bit different, though. For our beach day, we dressed in shorts and tshirts and brought our buckets and spades to school. We rode donkeys, bounced on a castle, dug in the big sandpit and munched fish and chips outside. In the afternoon, the fun continued as we ate ice-cream and watched a Punch and Judy show. We really had a magical day.
WOW! What a fun-filled day!Firstly we went on the bouncy castle… Then we headed straight to the donkeys. They were called Basil and Holly. Holly was the bigger one of the two. Calmly we rode them around the field. Next we made some seaside craft out of paper plates. We could chose from making a turtle, fish, crab or shark.Afterwards we headed to the sand pit and had a wonderful time building sandcastles and burying our feet. In the afternoon we had fish and chips on the field, ate an ice cream and watched a hilarious Punch and Judy show… What a BRILLIANT day!!!
This week we started our new term by learning how to tell the time. We looked at o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to times at the start of the week. We explored what the 2 (or sometimes 3) hands are called and what they tell us and we explored some key vocabulary related to time – e.g. noon, midnight, midday, am, pm, morning and afternoon. Towards the end of the week we started looking at reading time to the nearest 5 minute and 1 minute intervals. In English we have been writing our own innovations of a hero story. We have been looking at Theseus and the Minotaur as our example. We then changed a few small details in the story to make our own version. Mrs Strachan and Miss Beebee’s was called Daisy and the Snorse. Next week, we will be inventing our own hero stories, where we will get the chance to use our own ideas. In PE, we played Cricket with Miss Beebee. We looked at some of the key skills first: batting, catching and throwing accurately, before applying these to a modified game. With Miss Szarko and the Year 4’s we had a fun afternoon doing multiskills.
Today I took 10 children from Year 5 and 6 to the Kwik Cricket tournament at Stroud Cricket Club.We played two games.Our first was against Miserden, where we won with a great score difference!Our second game was against Whitminster. It was a really close game and we really closed the gap in the last two overs. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough and we were 10 points down. This loss meant that we didn’t go through to the finals but we had all played well we so we were proud of ourselves anyway!
It has been a fast paced start to the week – in fact I can’t believe it is Friday already! Although with the warm weather some of the children will be looking forward to a rest I am sure.In the last week of term, to end our Egyptian topic, we tried to construct a milk bottle pyramid. Using two teams we were aiming to build a strong structure; although not the greatest of building materials we were able to fashion a small pyramid of St Matthews out of the milk bottles! The children had great fun in doing it and had to use their successful learner skills as well as their problem solving abilities to build the pyramid.In our first week back we have started exploring our new topic – Brazil. The children seemed to really be interested in Brazil as a country, as well as the geography and history. We will be looking at the country as well as the Olympics which are being held there of course.In science we have started to look at space and our solar system. The children having been exploring the effect the sun has upon the Earth. They have been discovering about seasons as well as how the sun controls day and night.
It was great to come back to school and have sunny days! We have been outside for our multi skills session and really enjoyed working with the Year 3 class. Today we went down to the Forest school area and listened to a story about the Rainforests.We have new homework activities and have been deciding on the animal we would like to write about for our first activity. It was very exciting to hear about the Rainforest Roadshow that is coming to school in July and we look forward to finding out more about it.Our topic display is beginning to look good but we do need a few more toy animals! Some of the class have been sent on a mission to search at home this weekend.
I wish I could post a photo of our class assembly here but I was too busy! But I was so impressed with the way they all confidently performed and smiled their way through it. I hope you managed to get some photos or even film some of it. I have had several teachers tell me how much they enjoyed it and even some children from other classes. I hope you are proud of them- they have come such a long way. If you do have any photos, I would love to see them- you could post them on Evernote. Thanks.Today we had our first Forest Friday. We will be having Forest Fridays every Friday until the end of term after assembly and before lunch. went for a nature walk first of all, to see if we could find any caterpillars. We didn’t, but we found a lot of evidence they had been around- many holes in leaves. We did find several ladybirds which was exciting. We also found some elderflowers in the car park. We will be using these to make elderflower cordial next week. Look out for them along the canal path and have a smell of them- they smell lovely!Finding elderflower bushes in the car park! We are already learning our topic story and Lilly has already made her own story map, with some help from mum and dad and told her own version on our storytelling chair at the end of the day.Maxie received the *****Certificate of Achievement**** today for his super recent progress in reading and writing.Enjoy the weekend!