We have had a very busy but successful year in Year 3. Here are some final pictures of topic things that we have made.On the last day of term we had great fun erupting our volcanoes. We used bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and vinegar to create an eruption. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the ‘lava’ to come flowing out the top of my volcano – it’s our challenge to try and make this happen at home over the summer holidays! We hope you all have a fantastic summer holidays!
Amy has not only created a fantastic picture of The Highwayman in her wanted poster, she has also backed this up with great character description. What I am really pleased with is that Amy used the poem to help with her description. This showed a very clear understanding of the text. This is also great to look at.Brilliant job Amy!
On Friday a team of 6 Year 5’s and 6 Year 6’s represented St Matthew’s brilliantly at the Stroud Schools Swimming Gala. Their behaviour was fantastic and as always, we were by far the loudest school; cheering on every single team member in their races. They were a credit to us! The competition was tough and included some schools who swim much more than once a week. This is the first time that St Matthew’s has competed in the Swimming gala in over 6 years, so we were thrilled to be there, whatever the outcome. We also had illness and injury affecting the team and some last minute changes to the team and the races they were participating in, which everyone coped with extremely well.Results in the heats:Girls Breastroke – Emily Kovac – 4thBoys Breastroke – Fin Hill – 3rdGirls Backstroke – Ruby Brook – 2ndBoys Backstroke – Harry Bunn – 4thGirls Front Crawl – Isobel Harper – 2ndBoys Front Crawl – Barney Nicholls – 2ndGirls Relay – Lucy Harrison (Backstroke), Ella-Mae Ahmad (Breastroke) and Eva Casey (Front Crawl) – 2ndBoys Relay – Sean McAllister (backstroke), Charlie Boulton (Breastroke) and Noah Wilkins (Front Crawl) – 3rdThe finals were then chosen by time. The 4 fastest swimmers over the two heats were then in the finals.Girls Backstroke – Ruby Brook – 3rdGirls Front Crawl – Isobel Harper – 2ndBoys Front Crawl – Barney Nicholls – 2nd. Overall Results:8th – Gastrells7th – Nailsworth6th – St Matthew’s!5th – Rodborough4th – Leonard Stanley3rd – Chalford Hill2nd – King Stanley1st – MinchinhamptonWe are chuffed with that result for our first time in the gala in such a long time and it is shown us that our Swimming lessons are heading in exactly the right direction, with more lane swimming planned for the future!
Last week 27 children represented St Matthew’s at the final evening of District Sports. They took part in a variety of running races, including individual races and relays.Year 3 Individual Races – Isabelle (9th), Tayla (4th), Jack (4th) and Archie (9th). Year 4 Individual Races – Maddy (1st, final = 3rd), Ruby (2nd), Tyler (1st, final = 2nd) and Max (1st, final = 3rd) Year 5 Individual Races – Leona (3rd), Lara (7th), Elias (6th) and Charlie (1st, final = 2nd). Year 6 Individual Races – Eva (2nd, final = 1st), Ruby (1st, final = 2nd), Fin (3rd, final = 5th) and Toby (6th). Junior Girls Relay Team – Izzy, Tayla, Maddy and Ruby – 5th Junior Boys Relay Team – Solly, Tyler, Max and Theo – 1st, final = 1st! Senior Girls Relay Team – Eva, Daisie, Lily and Emily – 5th Senior Boys Relay Team – Fin, Toby, Elias and Charlie – 5th Junior Mixed Relay Team – Ellie, Emma, Billy and Dylan – 7th Senior Mixed Relay Team – Ruby, Lara, Alfie and Ollie – 6thOverall we came 3rd!! Well Done team St Matts (and as ever we were by far the loudest school!)
Well, this will be my last year 5 blog! This week in class we have been finishing writing our own blogs. They have been all about beach day, what happened and how we all enjoyed it.In Maths we have been looking at statistic and timetables; so in the summer if you need to catch any form of public transport the children will be able to help.Help needed! This summer I would like the children to do an extreme reading challenge for the reading display in my new class. If the children could have their photograph taken reading a book whilst doing something unusual e.g. up a tree, on a plane or bouncing on a trampoline. As long as the photo shows that they are reading a book and promotes reading any idea is fine, please email me your photos to the school address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for my attention. I am very grateful.I also want to say a huge thank you to you all – children and parents – for making my first year at St Matthews so enjoyable. I hope you all have a wonderful sunny summer and look forward to seeing you back in September.
On Saturday a group of 8 staff took part in the Race for Life, Pretty Muddy at Cheltenham racecourse.We started with a big warm up with people from across the county before heading off together. We encountered some fantastic obstacles on the way, slowly covering us in more and more mud. As well as the obstacles there were also people throwing buckets of mud at you, some of us avoided them quite well. Others weren’t quite so lucky… Miss Szarko.Final amount of team sponsorship is still to be calculated but we raised nearly £50 in donations into the buckets at school. Thank you for your help! We hope you enjoy our before and after pictures…. T shirts kindly ssponsored by Batemans Stroud, in return we all donated on their behalf! Thank you Mrs B!Team selfie…before! After…As you can tell from our faces, great fun was had by all!
We had an amazing day on Tuesday ! The Rainforest Roadshow visited us for the whole day. In the morning we had the opportunity to meet a range of Rainforest creatures and learn all about where they live and how they survive. Sue talked to us about the issues surrounding deforestation, as well as telling us of her many visits to the Rainforests. In the afternnon we took part in a range of craft activities including sketching and making jewellery. Sue got busy with the face paints and we could all choose the design we wanted. We could have a design for an arm too!
We have had another couple of busy weeks in Year 3.At the end of last week, we had a very exciting Trinity Arts Day, organised by Mrs Newbould. We did four different activities over the day to help show us about the different parts of the trinity. As we were so busy, we didn’t have much time to take any photo’s but we did have a great day! At the end of the day, the whole school got together, with visitors from Scarlet House, for a final celebration assembly. We sang some of our favourite hymns and got to play our musical instruments along. There was a fantastic performance by the Worship Band and we got to perform two of our favourite songs on our recorders. What a busy day! This week we enjoyed learning how to draw trees. Miss Beebee showed us a little trick to make it slightly easier but it was still tricky to get our heads around. We then used oil pastels on Thursday to blend and mix a variety of colours together to create the effect of Cherry Blossom. Look out for our finished pieces in our Japan topic books. On Thursday afternoon we also led a very successful recorder concert. It was great to see lots of parents there and the whole school came to watch. Although we were a little bit nervous we performed really well and thoroughly enjoyed the concert. Now we are looking forward to the final couple of weeks in Year 3 before the summer holidays!
We had a lovely time in Forest School again this week. We were hunting for different seeds… We have started writing our innovated stories of Billy’s Bucket… Some of the titles we have are: Bethan’s Bucket, Bailey’s Bucket, Benji’s Bucket, Bella’s Bucket. Hopefully by the time you come in next week for our Open Morning and Afternoon we will have published our stories for our topic books.We have now chosen our buddies from the new Reception class and are excited to write a letter to them to introduce ourselves soon.Certificate of Achievement – RubenAcebook – Scarlett
After our celebration assembly today we had Forest Friday all morning. We built a large den, climbed a small tree, swung on the swing, painted logs with water and mud, looked for little creatures, balanced on logs, played wolves, superheroes and zombies, hiding in the bushes. We had an apple and milk for snack outside and 2 blackbirds visited us just as we were sitting quietly in base camp.After lunch we had our two focus pupil talks from Oscar and Toby. Harry Poole got the *Certificate of Achievement* for showing such perseverance daily in writing out his Hold a Sentence. He always finishes, even if it takes a long time.Parents are invited next Friday to join us for our last Forest Friday of the year! Do come if you can and look out for your invitation in your child’s bookbag soon.
On Tuesday, Year 2 jumped on the coach and went to Stratford Park Leisure Centre to take part in Kick Off Stroud’s multiskills morning. We joined children from lots of schools in the area to play games together. We were very patient, listened carefully and really well behaved: a real credit to our school. We’ve been working on our topic of Our Town. We used PicCollage to make a virtual collage of pictures of Stroud.On Problem Solving Friday was great fun this week. We had a circus of 5 different activities. Our favourites seemed to be making a symmetrical picture using Numicon and seeing what sort of complex repeating pattern we could make.