Diwali Shared Learning – Reception Classes: The Reception Classes enjoyed a Shared Learning afternoon participating in activities linked to the Hindu Festival Diwali - the festival of light. Parents and carers joined in with making divas, coconut sweets and rangoli patterns. Photos can be seen on the reception BLOG.
St Martin’s Day Assembly – Year 1: On Wednesday 11th November the children in Year 1 presented their Assembly to parents, carers and families, to tell the story of St Martin. The children all made and carried lanterns and after the performance invited everyone back to the classroom to enjoy hot chocolate and biscuits. It was a lovely event and we were very proud of the children, especially when they sang a song in German.
Raise the Roof: This week Year 3 and 4 took part in the North Somerset “Raise the Roof” music event held here at St Martin’s. They were joined by Year 3 and 4 children from Mendip Green and Kewstoke Schools to enjoy sharing the work they have been doing on “Music and Maths”. Expertly led by Caro Barrett and Anne Clough from North Somerset Music Services, the 360 children really did Raise the Roof off of our school hall with their fantastic singing. Children from all 3 schools used their voices, hands, feet and instruments to perform a wonderful mix of songs, all with a mathematical twist.
Remembrance Day – At Our Library: As part of our act of Remembrance this year, we created a book to commemorate our personal connections to the men and women who suffered or gave their lives during war. We also created a ‘Virtual’ poppy field display using the Aurasma app on the school iPads. Each named Poppy on the display ‘comes alive’ and tells the stories of people commemorated in our ‘St Martin’s Remembers’ book.
North Somerset Cross Country – Hutton Moor Term 1: Well done to all the Year 3 and Year 6 children who attended the North Somerset Cross Country Competition at Hutton Moor. There were over 500 children taking part from across North Somerset. All the children performed really well and showed great stamina, enthusiasm and determination. A big well done to Zadie Ham, Hollie Biggs, Ella Matthews, Helen Wagner,
Abdul Basit, Tom Lewis, Daisy Collis, Ellie Burge, Billy Healey, Hayden O'Hare and Reuben Anderson.
Special mentions go to Jasmine Old who finished 6th out of 80 and Abigail Page who finished 19th out of 80.
Also to Leighton Hislop who finished 13th out of 80 in the Year 3 boys event.
Arguably the best performances were from Ollie Chillman who finished 4th out of 100 and Joel Frost who finished 11th out of 100 and were selected to represent North Somerset. You have all done St Martin's proud.
Year 1 WOW Day October 2015: Year 1 children held a WOW day to celebrate the end of their dinosaur topic. The children visited each others classes and took part in a variety of Art and DT activities including clay models and dinosaur hats. The children all had a great time with our toy dinosaurs during the day.
Harvest Assembly: Thank you to everyone who supported our Harvest Assemblies. The food you donated was gratefully received by the Weston Foodbank. The Reception Classes provided a lovely Assembly for Parents and Carers yesterday which included a RAP about The Little Red Hen as well as other songs. Thank you also to Rev Elms and Rev Amyes for their role in our celebrations.
Year 4 and 5 to SS Great Britain: This educational visit was a fantastic experience for both year groups. The children enjoyed a tour of the boat followed by a presentation about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Following their visit, the children wrote recounts, produced scale drawings of the SS Great Britain and took on a Bridge Building Challenge.
World 5000 Metre Challenge: This term St Martin's were part of the World 5000 Metre Challenge at Mendip Green School. This was a worldwide event and thousands of schools competed. The aim of this event was to break the record set by Kenenisa Bekele of 12:37.35 minutes in a relay format. Unfortunately, we didn't come close to breaking the record but the children had a fantastic time trying. This was a brilliant event attended by all four collaboration schools. Thanks to Mr Oakley at Mendip Green for all his hard work organising the Event.
Year 3 Stone Age Topic - Term 1: As part of the Year 3 topic on Stone Age this term, the pupils have been learning about the diet of Stone Age people and food available. The classes took part in preparing fresh fish and cooking on a fire pit.
MORFA Residential Camp – October 2015: Our Year 6 children had an enjoyable and memorable week at Morfa Bay. On arrival the weather was foggy and wet however it improved and the children were able to participate in their activities in the sunshine! The children enjoyed a variety of activities such as; climbing, mountain biking, abseiling, body boarding, zip wire, muddy assault course, WW1 trench, bushcraft and archery.
Here are a few words on how the children summed up their residential stay:
“I was really nervous about the sea activities but I pushed my boundaries
and found out I really enjoyed body boarding.”- Courtney
“The instructors were really encouraging. They helped us when we found things scary
but never pushed us too far!” Ned
“I was petrified of heights but I managed to abseil which was a great achievement.” Kayla Marie
School Council Visit to London Parliament - Term 1: The School Council had a successful visit to London. They had an excellent tour of the Palace of Westminster, including the House of Commons and House of Lords. They learnt about democracy in our country as well as lots of information about the amazing building. They met our MP John Penrose and were able to ask him lots of questions! They even managed to squeeze in some site-seeing and shopping! The children’s interest and questioning were a credit to them during their very long day. A big thank you to Ms Barnes, Mrs Campbell and Mr Phillips who organised and took them on their London Visit.
WOW Days Year 2 and Year 4 - Term 1:
Year 2 pupils came to school dressed as their favourite Super Hero as part of their topic on Heroes and Villains. The children collected data to find out the most popular super hero. They also tested various materials to find the best waterproof suit for Traction Man.
Year 4 pupils came to school dressed as Romans to take part in their Roman WOW Day, which formed part of their Curriculum theme. They enjoyed creating mosaics, Roman Numerals and a Roman Baths experience.
St Martin’s on TV: We were delighted to be featured on the ‘Made In Bristol’ news programme during September. The focus was on Peer Tutoring – a Scheme we have been using over the last year. Well done to the children who were interviewed, they came across clearly and confidently.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: Friday 25th September St Martin’s took part in ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Around 50 parents and carers attended where they enjoyed a well deserved cuppa and cake whilst raising money for this fantastic cause. During the morning a raffle also took place adding to the grand total of £270.00! Thank you to everyone who attended and donating to this extremely important charity.
School Council – Educational Visit to ‘The Wild Place’ : In recognition of their hard work this year, the School Council pupils together with Year 6 Writing Group were invited to an Educational Visit to ‘The Wild Place’. The children all had a fantastic time exploring the Woodland Trail, Barefoot Trail, Butterfly Maze, Meadow and Madagasca areas amongst many other activities.