Collecting, wrapping and filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child has become woven into the culture here at St Mary’s Primary School. Parents find themselves storing away boxes after the ‘new
Performance of Macbeth by Young Shakespeare Company What an incredible experience for our year 6 children to see the play they are studying brought to life in such a dramatic,
Children from our Reception, Year 1 & 2 classes were treated to a talk by Nick Butterworth award winning author and illustrator of the QPootle 5 and Percy the Park
Our first topic in Year 1 this year was ‘Get Out Of My Swamp’. Shrek needed some help investigating who had been in his swamp. Using the clues left behind,
Collecting, wrapping and filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child has become woven into the culture here at St Mary’s Primary School. Parents find themselves storing away boxes after the ‘new school shoe’ purchases and children squirrel away possible toys, games and other mementos for the boxes long before they are due to be collected. This year children brought in 104 boxes full to the brim that will be sent across the globe for children less fortunate than themselves to enjoy. What a great start to the festive season for the school.
Performance of Macbeth by Young Shakespeare Company
What an incredible experience for our year 6 children to see the play they are studying brought to life in such a dramatic, interactive way. The children were mesmerised throughout and their comments sum up the impact the performance had on them.
‘I would 100% recommend your play to others and I’d love to see some of your other shows because I’m sure they’re brilliant.’
‘You have inspired me to read more Shakespeare plays’
‘I have never seen a Shakespeare play before, so this being my first one, I think it will stick in my mind forever.’
‘My favourite part was the battle and how you made the swords sound real but we actually had to use our imagination to see the swords!’
We are very excited to see the longer term impact on the childrens’ drama work, reading and writing.
Children from our Reception, Year 1 & 2 classes were treated to a talk by Nick Butterworth award winning author and illustrator of the QPootle 5 and Percy the Park Keeper Series of books. Nick is a passionate advocate for parents reading with their children even when children are capable of reading books themselves. He shared stories of his family and his childhood in a way that had the children engrossed and laughing along at the anecdotes. They also loved the drawings he did especially the dragon created from a child’s squiggly line! Children were able to purchase books or bring along their own copy of their favourite Nick Butterworth book for him to sign which proved exceptionally popular. Thank you to Nick for his boundless enthusiasm and Mrs Wood for organising the event on behalf of the school.
Our first topic in Year 1 this year was ‘Get Out Of My Swamp’. Shrek needed some help investigating who had been in his swamp. Using the clues left behind, the children solved the crime and eventually worked out who it was. They were so excited that a number of them were horrified in the first week when Mrs Rogers suggested that they would investigate the following week and volunteered to come in at the weekend!
To celebrate the end of the topic, the children dressed up as their favourite fairy tale characters and spent the morning writing stories. Thank you to all the parents who supported us in this topic and helped make the last day so special.
On Friday 14th October, Year 5 visited the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Hertfordshire. This beautiful building was given to the Hindu community by George Harrison (from The Beatles).
The children were taken on a tour of the George Harrison gardens and compassionate farm, where they enjoyed meeting the cows and bulls. After this, they were treated to an interactive presentation on Hindu beliefs and stories of creation, where children exchanged flower garlands to ensure good Karma and dressed up as Hindu Gods and Goddesses that are worshipped by Hindus around the world. The children were also led through some mantra meditations, that left everybody feeling clam and at peace.
We were then invited to join the Hindu school children from the Temple in their worship of Vishnu and Krishna. This took place in a room with a beautiful shrine, where the children soaked up the joyful atmosphere of singing, dancing and music performed by the children from the Temple’s Primary School.
Mr Heath and Miss Oggelsby were extremely proud of the way the children engaged with all the activities, and the Temple staff made particular mention of how impressive the children’s understanding of the Hindu faith was. Well done Year 5!
A special celebration of Poems and Poets was held this week. The children were inspired to read, write, share and perform their favourite poems with some fantastic results. There were Haiku style poems from our Year 3 children based on their Stone Age topic and Vedas from our Year 5 children celebrating their India topic. Each of our Infant classes learnt and performed a poem to their parents including the ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘Ten things found in a Wizard’s Pocket’. At break time the children discovered that a Poetry Graffiti artist had been at work covering the school buildings with quotes from famous poems. ‘This school has gone Poetry crazy’ one child laughed as the children raced to find the different poems.