Celebration of Learning Evening: Thank you to everyone who attended our special evening Tuesday 11th July. The school looked amazing with all of the children's work on display. We were treated to performances by our Dance Club, the Year 4 Ukulele group and the Choir. The BBQ was popular as were the ice creams. I would like to thank the staff and Governors for making the event possible.
Weston Flower Show July 2017: Judges from Weston Flower Show visited the school and awarded us a 3rd Place. Year 5 worked with Miss Daniels and Mr Davis to present a wheelbarrow of flowers. Our display commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Worle in June 1942, with a representation of a signpost in the town that still has a bullet hole from the night of the raid.
Year 6 Leavers Events July 2017: The Year 6 children and staff had a busy and fun packed few weeks to end their time at St Martin's School. The pupils performed 'The Amazing Adventures of Superstan' to both pupils and their parents. The children were amazing and showed what a talented group they are with their singing, dancing and acting skills. All of this could not have happened without the pupils who formed the back stage crew and the Year 6 staff team. We had some lovely comments from our parents/carers: “Absolutely brilliant..you all worked so hard..amazing! Fantastic performance – you should all be very proud of yourselves and your teachers.. the best performance we have ever seen, well done to you all.”
The Year 6 pupils raised a fantastic amount of over £412.40 for the CLIC charity through fundraising activities and stalls during School and after their leaver performances.
The week was rounded off with their Disco which they all enjoyed - a special thank you to Miss Short (House DJ), Mrs Fogwill, Mrs Campbell and Mrs Burrell for the planning and running of this event. They were also treated to a Movie Trip to the Odeon Cinema and finally a Leaver's BBQ on their last day.
Key Stage 1 Treasure Hunt: At the end of June we held our Key Stage One reading treasure hunt around school. This year it was based on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Parents searched the school with their children for clues that would help them spell out the words hungry and butterfly. Everyone had a wonderful time and all those who took part received a Certificate.
Year 5 Visit to Churchill Secondary School: A visit to Churchill School end of June, enabled our Year 5 children to experience a number of lessons in a secondary school. Children made spinning models in Science, tried coding with computers and wrote a descriptive text. On a lovely sunny day, we also got to use the quads and field for some sports activities.
Festival of Nature: On Friday 9th June, a group of children and the Eco-Warrior Club members went to the
Festival of Nature in Bristol. The children had an opportunity to take part in three different activities which were run by a variety of Wildlife and Environmental Organsisations. The children learnt about moths and butterflies, snakes and local food produce.
“It was very educational” Lily Year 4.
Rotary Club Arts Competition: We were over the moon to receive news that 2 of this year’s entries in the Rotary Primary Arts Competition received prizes. Isabel Bates from Year 6 received 1st place in her age range for a beautiful piece of sketching based on work created by Diane Wright. Olivia Huxtable-Fox Year 3 won Highly Commended for her watercolour work based on work created by Paul Klee. The School also received an £80 voucher which we will use to buy art equipment for the School.
Maths Enrichment Day: On Tuesday St Martin’s hosted a Maths Enrichment Day for a group of our Year 3 pupils who were joined by other local Primary Schools. All of the children enjoyed the day and were inspired and motivated to join in with all of the Maths activities throughout the day. Thank you to Pete Hall, Primary Consultant - ‘Making Maths Fun!’ who led the day.
Olivia 3M: “I really liked the day and had fun with the Maths challenges”.
Madeleine 3E: “The day helped with my Maths – I loved playing the Maths games”.
Year 4 Overnight Camp: On 6th and 7th June, 61 of our Year 4 children attended an overnight camp at Fernhill Farm. The event was a great success and the children enjoyed many different activities including: team building games; an assault course; a tour of the farm with farmer Andy; sat around the campfire and enjoyed hot chocolate with marshmallows and played wide games. They all had great fun sleeping in tents and enjoying the outdoors. The children were well behaved and returned tired but happy from their visit.
Art Week: w.c. 15th May the children in KS2 took part in Art Week. The 4 year groups were split across the ten classes and each experienced a different type of Art. All the children explored the work of artists and then created their own work based on the work they were shown. The final pieces look great and will be displayed during our Celebration of Learning Evening on Tuesday 11th July (more information to follow).
Worle Local History Society Meeting: On 4th May, WLHS met in our School hall in the evening to listen to Bob Champ present the School's history as a Junior School between 1971 and 2011 (when it became a Primary School). More than a hundred people were present, including ex-students, staff and Mr. Gilbert, Headteacher from 1972-1992. Mr Davis hosted the event for the school and led a tour around the buildings. Really positive comments about the look and feel of the School were made by all those who attended this event.
Year 5 visit to Worlebury Hill Fort: On 4th May, children in Year 5 walked from the School to the Hillfort where staff from Heritage England explained the Iron Age history of the site, which is over 2,500 years old. They learnt about how the site is in danger of being slowly destroyed by tree roots and people taking stones from the ancient walls. They also participated in a range of activities, including grinding flour, making bread, building the wall of an iron age house and making coins.
Spelling Bee: On 5th March, St Martin's hosted a Spelling Bee for all of the Schools in the collaboration. Each class sent two representatives to compete in the grand final. The children who represented their classes had already competed within their own class and had worked extremely hard to learn a large list of words. The children had to stand up, alongside the other children in their year group, and spell words aloud. Due to the incredibly high standard of spelling, it took a long time to find our winners from each year group! Eventually, after a tense but exciting morning, we were able to find the best speller in each year.
All the children should be extremely proud of their hard work to learn the spellings, their excellent behaviour as well as their positive attitude throughout the competition.
Year 5 Easter Performance: Year 5 performed to a very strong turnout of parents at the end of Term 4. The Easter Celebration included an Easter performance including a shadow puppet show demonstrating the children's learning on light and shadows. After the Show, parents were invited to stay for refreshments and Easter Biscuits which the children had made in class.
Year 6 Lifeskills: At the beginning of March, Year 6 went on their Educational Visit to the Lifeskills Centre in Bristol. During their visit, the children participated in a range of real life situations which they may experience at home. They had the opportunity to make telephone calls to an operator to report different scenarios, preparing them for situations they may be faced with in everyday life.
Mother’s Day Assembly: On 23rd March Reception classes organised a Mother’s Day Tea. They welcomed their Mum’s with an uplifting assembly followed by home made refreshments and gifts in the classrooms. What a super way to thank our Mums!
Year 5 Archery: Our Year 5 Archery team had the opportunity to take part in a competition held at Priory School end of Term 4. Out of 14 teams St Martin's finished 7th in our first ever competitive event. A big well done to Alfie, Caitlin, Joseph and Emilia.
The Big Pit: During Term 4, the Year 5 classes enjoyed their educational visit to The Big Pit. They were taken on a guided tour by voluntary guides who were retired miners, sharing stories about what life was like working underground. The Big Pit staff commented on the childrens excellent behaviour during their visit. They also visited the Iron Works outdoor museum learning how iron was smelted from the mined iron ore.
Easter Performances Year 2 and Year 5: During the last week of Term 4, the Year 2 classes invited parents and carers to their performance where they shared Easter Songs and told the Easter Story. This included a fun song about Easter eggs and chocolate.
The Year 5 classes also put on their Easter Performance to parents and carers, performing a variety of hymns and songs relating to Easter. They also read extracts from the Easter poems they had written in class. They put on a shadow puppet show covering what they had learnt at the Big Pit Educational Visit, using the puppets they had made in class. The show also included other topics the children have covered this term. Afterwards, parents and carers were invited to stay for refreshments and homemade Easter biscuits which the children had helped to bake.
Year 4 Ancient Greek WOW Day: On the last day of Term 4, the Year 4 children and staff enjoyed an Ancient Greek WOW Day. They dressed up in Greek costume, made theatre masks and clay tiles. During the afternoon the children also enjoyed a Greek feast followed by Olympic Games.
Year 3 Google Expeditions: During Term 4 we were visited by Lucy and Grieg from Google, who wowed us with 'Google Expeditions'. Our children and staff wore headsets which enabled them to explore 3D worlds, visiting The Great Wall of China, underwater and space scenes and even a tour of the human body. This was a great day and our children really enjoyed the experience.
E-Safety Quality Mark: On 10th March, we were visited by an E-Safety Inspector for our 360 Degree Safe e-Safety Accreditation Mark. He reviewed all of our e-Safety curriculum, policies, systems and practice. The Inspector also interviewed staff, children, parents and governors. We are delighted to say that after all of this, we successfully achieved the Quality Mark. Well done and thank you to staff, governors and parents who supported us to achieve this Mark, also to our iTeam who help promote our SMART e-safety school rules. Thank you particularly to Mr Ellis and Miss Jewell for their work in leading this area.
Reception Classes Model Village: Our Reception Classes opened their Model Village to parents/carers and grandparents - they were amazed how impressive the Model Village looked. The children all worked hard and the detail of the models was excellent. You may click on the following link to view a short video of the Model Village which has been uploaded onto our school website: http://www.stmartinsschool.org.uk/school-blog-4/
Science Day: On 15th March St Martin's hosted a Science Fair to celebrate National Science Week. We were also joined by Becket and Worle Village Primary Schools.
At this event we were lucky enough to have stalls from Local Universities covering areas of Science from the ‘Brain’ to ‘Light’ and ‘Healthy Living’. Children from each School's Science Club also ran a Science stall where they demonstrated what they had been learning about - and offered explanations, teaching other children new things. A big thank you to Mrs Organ and Miss Saunders for leading this Event.
Reading Meeting - Wednesday 1st March at 3.15pm: Thank you to everyone who attended the reading meeting. We have received some very positive feedback from parents/carers and will be running a Phonics refresher session in the near future in response to requests. Parents/carers who attended the meeting had questions about the amount of times their children need to read at home. We expect the children to read at home 5 times a week. They do not need to read their entire reading book each time and can sometimes choose to read a book or text from home. Sometimes you could share a story with your child as well and this could be used as one of their reading sessions for the week. All we ask is that you add a date and signature to your child’s Reading Record. Thank you for your ongoing support with your child’s reading.
Go Green Week: The whole School took part in ‘Go Green Week’ where the pupils took part in a Reduce Challenge – using as little electricity as possible throughout the school day, no computers, Ipads, laptops or lights. The children were learning about 'waste' and reducing this by cutting down on electricity and food waste.
Year 1 Guide Dog Visit Term 4: Year One had a visit from Murphy the Trainee Guide Dog and his puppy walkers. The children learnt all about how Guide Dogs help people who are Blind and how the dogs are trained. The children asked some really interesting questions and are looking forward to next term when they hope to raise enough money to Sponsor a Guide Dog Puppy in training.
Ski Trip - Alpe D'Huez February 2017: Before half term a group of children from St Martin's, Locking and Mead Vale Primary School's swapped their classroom for the mountain for a weeks skiing in Alpe D'Huez, France. From complete beginners to parallel skiers in one week, the children had a fantastic experience they will never forget. Children had the opportunity to share their experience with the rest of the school in a recent achievement assembly and were presented with their Ski Awards. A big well done to everyone involved with the trip and a huge thank you to Mr Marshall and Ms Barnes for leading the trip.
Explorer Dome Visited St Martin’s: At the beginning of Term 4, Year 4 and 5 pupils enjoyed another great visit from Explorer Dome who explained ‘Sound’ to Year 4 and ‘Light’ to Year 5. The group gave us a fantastic explanation of how our senses work and left a memorable impression.
Year 3 Ancient Egypt Topic: The Year 3 children completed their Ancient Egypt Topic by holding an Ancient Egyptian Invention Exhibition in the School Hall. They created models, writing, hieroglyphics, persuasive videos and artwork as a culmination of a term of work on the civilization of Ancient Egypt. At the beginning of Term 4, visitors from across the St Martin's School Community were invited in to listen to children at the exhibition and browse the stalls before voting for their favourite stand, the winners of the stand receiving an exciting prize. Thank you to our parents/carers for such a good turn out.
North Somerset Gymnastics Competition: This week a group of St Martin's girls attended the North Somerset Level 1 and Level 2 team Gymnastics Finals at Gemini Gym Club, Nailsea. St Martin's competed against several other North Somerset Schools in both Floor and Vault classes. The routines for both levels were slightly different but difficult to remember and put together.
All of our children performed well in the Floor section of the competition but performed particularly well in the vault. Although we were only just pipped to a place on the podium, all of the children enjoyed the experience. Collette U had cause for celebration when she was presented with a Bronze medal in the Individual Competition. A big well done to all the girls involved on the day.
Year 3 Waterstones Book Stand: Year 3 have been working extremely hard over Terms 1 and 2 to write and produce a book, a sequel to Satoshi Kitamura’s Stone Age Boy. Iron Age Child is a culmination of a series of mini projects leading to the final product of a picture book. Another mini project was writing a voyage and return story in keeping with the ‘Stone age Boy’. They also sketched animal pictures, peer critiqued their work and re- drafted them until the children were proud of their final attempts. All children in Year 3 contributed in some way to their class’ book.
To celebrate the success of this project, Waterstones Booksellers (Sovereign Centre, Weston-super-Mare) kindly agreed to let our children promote their books to the general public for the day. All children and Year 3 staff who attended thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We would like to say a huge thank you to the staff of Waterstones, and Manager Georgina, for being so helpful and looking after us throughout the day.
Able Writers Day Term 3: St Martin’s hosted an enrichment opportunity for some of our Year 4 writers to work with published author, poet and musician, Stan Cullimore. We were joined by four other local Primary Schools. The day was a great success and all our children enjoyed
being inspired to create some brilliant poems and stories.
Achievement For All - Quality Lead School Status: On 7th November we were delighted to be officially presented with our Achievement For All Quality Lead Status. We were joined by Sheila Smith, the North Somerset Director for People and Communities, Laura Bromberg, Achievement For All Regional Director and Neil Harris, our Achievement For All Coach. This is an extremely prestigious and rare award (we were the first Primary School in our region to achieve this award) and recognises the hard work and dedication of our staff and children at school and in the community. It shows that our children make good progress, including those who have significant barriers to overcome. ‘It is a stamp of quality for our standards.’ Well done to everyone.
Christmas Carols at Fig Tree Care Home: Pupils from St Martin’s were invited to visit Fig Tree Care Home to sing Carols. A group of Year 5 children sang a selection of carols to the residents and sang beautifully. The residents enjoyed their visit and joined in with the songs. Well done to all of the children who rehearsed during their lunchtime and thank you to Miss Short who organised this event.
North Somerset ESFA Football Finals: Our St Martin’s Boys Football Team took part in the Finals last Tuesday, at Nailsea School. They had already claimed a place through qualifying from the Weston Finals earlier this year. The team did extremely well with a number of players taking part in unfamiliar positions. Despite losing their first game against Northleaze they went on to have two exciting draws against Windwhistle and Golden Valley, missing out on going further in the competition by 1 goal. Goals were scored by Ollie, Jake and Jude. A big well done to all the boys that participated.
Year 5 Bake Off November 2016: Our Year 5 parents and carers were invited to the Year 5 classes for their ‘Bake Off’ WOW Day event this Term, which completed their DT Topic for this Term. The children had 2 earlier practice runs before their final bake. Thank you to the members of our Edwards & Ward kitchen staff who judged the cooking. All of the children did extremely well and congratulations to the Winners.
Winners from 5S: 1st place Leah, 2nd place Bianca, 3rd place Morgan
Winners from 5D: 1st place Imogen, 2nd place Summer, joint 3rd place Dominic and Samuil
St Martin’s Achieves Travel Award November 2016: During a whole school assembly, St Martin's School received the Bronze award from Modeshift STARS and North Somerset for all the hard work and effort made to change the way children travel to school. As a result we have more children safely riding bikes and scooters to school which is healthier for them and kinder to the planet. A special thanks goes to Mrs Chadwick and all our children who have been Travel Ambassadors over the last 2 years, also to the parents who are supporting us in trying to make the journey to school as safe and healthy as possible.
Children In Need – 'Spotacular’ Friday 18th November: A very big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who made donations of money and cakes for our fundraising event. We had a great day dressing up and eating cakes! We raised an amazing £750. St Martin’s will donate £375 to Children in Need helping children in Britain and £375 will go to UNICEF Emergency Children Fund to help buy coats and hats for children caught up in conflict and disasters across the World to help them through the winter. This was an amazing effort by everyone and we are all so proud to be able to make a positive difference to the lives of other children.
Raise the Roof: Last week our Year 3 and 4 children took part in the North Somerset “Raise the Roof” music event held here atSt Martin’s. They were joined by Year 3 and 4 children from Mendip Green and Kewstoke Schools. The children sang a variety of songs which they had been learning in class, the theme was “Music and Literacy”. Expertly led by Anne Clough from North Somerset Music Service. The children really did Raise the Roof off of our school hall with their fantastic singing and they all had great fun.
New School Library Opening: On 31st October we were very lucky to welcome best selling, award winning Author of ‘The Last Wild’ triology, Piers Torday to open our new library. Piers is a keen supporter of libraries and the importance of reading for pleasure in children’s lives so we were thrilled when, as part of our opening ceremony celebration, he agreed to take part in an a very inspirational ‘Question and Answer’ session with our wonderful Pupil Librarians. After this Mr Marriott and Mr Torday made some inspiring speeches before our author cut the ribbon and the library was officially open! There followed a book signing where our children had the opportunity to meet the author and receive their copy of his work including the newly released ‘There May Be A Castle’. The opening celebrations continued throughout the week with all year groups visiting the library to take part in a book themed activity... We are open daily from 8.30am-8.45am and after school Monday – Thursday 3.00-3.30pm and look forward to seeing you!
Maths Enrichment Day November 2016: A group of our Year 5 pupils took part in a Maths Day at St Martin’s, joined by groups of pupils from Milton Park and Castle Batch Primary Schools. Mr Hall, Mathematician, led the days workshop The children worked in their groups and enjoyed a variety of practical Mathematical challenges.
“We really enjoyed the day, not only because Maths is our favourite subject.
Mr Hall made the day fun and interesting, we completed lots of puzzles. We created pictures of animals using various shapes.
We even tried to break a World Record where we had to use Egyptian equations to solve a puzzle, it was against the clock and we fell short by a few minutes!” Luke B and Alyssa J.
North Somerset Football Finals November 2016: Both the St Martin's Boys and Girls Football Teams participated in the Weston Schools Football Finals at Worle Secondary School. The girls beat Uphill Primary with two great goals from Ebony Parr and Grace Stokes. Unfortunately they lost their other two games against Bournville and Locking by the narrow margin of 1-0 in both games, narrowly missing out on a place at the County Finals.
The boys were outstanding in their games, beating Worlebury 2-0 with a goal scored by Jake Mold, and one own goal. They went on to beat Castle Batch 1-0 with a goal from Tiernan Cook and drew 0-0 with Mead Vale. The final was contested between St Martin's and St George's with St Martin's winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ollie Bryant. The boys will now go on to the County Finals at Nailsea School later this month.
A big well done to all the children who took part! Photos of the event can be found on our School Twitter account @stmartinsworle
Writing Enrichment Day - October 2016: Our School was visited by Kate Williams, a Poet, who held a poetry workshop for the Year 6 children. During the day the children unlocked their imagination and produced creative poetry about leaves and their town at night. These were some of the titles of the Poems the children produced:
Harvest Festival October 2016: St Martin's celebrated 'being thankful for the food we have' through our Harvest Festivals. We thank Revd Amyes for leading the Key Stage 2 Assembly. We would like to thank everyone for their kind donations of food. We had a wonderful display in the Hall, which will be delivered to Weston Foodbank to support them in their valuable work supporting our community. Our Reception children performed some wonderful harvest songs to a packed hall. Thank you to those parents/carers and family members who attended this event. We finished our celebrations today with a special Key Stage 1 Assembly.
Governors Learning Walk: Towards the end of Term 1 Friday the Governors School Improvement Committee carried out a Learning Walk across the school. Governors were impressed by the collaborative working they saw, the warmth of the welcome they received when visiting the classes and how motivated and proud the children were of their work and learning.
Space Week Competition Term 1: To celebrate National Space Week, St Martin’s ran a competition to design something space related, this could have been a piece of art work or a model. The entries were amazing. Congratulations to Hannah Umpleby (Yr2 Beech) Alfie Bailey (Yr1 Maple) and Corey Gardner (Yr1 Chestnut) our KS1 winners, also Caitlyn Davidson (5D), William Robinson (3J) and Oliver Martin (3J) our KS2 winners.
Year 3 WOW Day: Year 3 children spent two wonderful WOW days at the end of Term 1 to celebrate the end of their Stone Age Topic and to introduce the beginning of their Iron Age Topic. On the Stone Age WOW day children watched fish being prepared and cooked 'Stone Age' style, they made Stone Age bracelets and created Stone Age cave paintings. On the Iron Age WOW day children were treated to a very special visitor from the Iron Age, where they took part in a variety of activities such as creating Iron Age shields and spears and completing warrior training. Pictures of the two days can be found on the Schools Twitter account: @stmartinsworle
Year 6 Camp: A fantastic week was had by all of the children and staff who went to Morfa Bay for a week of adventure, fun and excitement. The weather was beautiful throughout the week andallowed everyone to enjoy the activities unhindered - who knew the sea could be so warm in October? The children took advantage of the great range of activities available, overcoming individual challenges on some and working as a team on others. Highlights of the week included the muddy assault course, the sea activities, zipwire, climbing activities, not to mention the WW1 experience, orienteering, archery and evening activities.
Year 6 Shelter D&T Project: A group of Year 6 children designed and made shelters suitable for surviving in different environments. They worked co-operatively in small groups to create their own designs, choose materials and use a range of skills to build them. The challenge enabled them to evaluate their work and make changes to improve their structures, before completing their final product. The whole group were also involved in making a life size Igloo using the milk cartons which parents donated.
Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge: We had 74 children sign up for the Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge at Libraries in Weston. 11 of our KS2 children completed the challenge and read 6 books over the holidays and 13 of our KS1 children. All of the 12 adults who signed up to take part also completed the challenge. During our Celebration Assembly ‘Reading Champ’ Trophies were awarded for all those children and adults who completed the Reading Challenge.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 29th September 2016: St Martin’s took part in ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to all the parents, carers, family and friends who attended and enjoyed a well deserved cuppa and cake – we raised over £150 for this fantastic cause.
North Somerset Cross Country Competition October 2016: St Martin’s entered the North Somerset Cross Country Competition which took place at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. A group of 4 boys and 4 girls from Year 5 were selected to represent the school in this event and they all performed brilliantly. A special mention to Imogen Old who finished 12th and has qualified to represent North Somerset. “Well done to all those who took part; Reece, Alex, Ruby, Imogen, Tommy, Dominic, Kiera and Alysha.”
Year 1 Library Visit: During Term 1 all the Year 1 classes had a fabulous visit to Worle Library. The children learnt how to borrow books and had a good look at the non-fiction books in the Library. They will now be writing their own books about dinosaurs to put in Worle Library in the near future.
WOW Day Year 4 October 2016: Our 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. The children also tried various types of Roman food during a feast.
Celebration of Learning: St Martin's held this end of term event where the children had an opportunity to express how proud they were of their work and projects this year - it was wonderful that parents/carers were able to come along to share in their success. The children's amazing artwork was displayed throughout the school. There were also opportunities to 'have a go' at some exciting activities as well as refreshments and a BBQ. Thank you for attending and your continuing support. Congratulations to Mrs Stadden who won the Silent Auction for the signed Bristol Rovers Football.
ICT Showcase July 2016: Four members of our iTeam attended the West of England ICT Conference to showcase how the school have been using an augmented reality app called Aurasma. Many people commented on how well the children delivered information about the app, its uses and how it is safe to use within schools. The children were also able to talk to a range of people about Computing products and try out some of the newest technology.
Spelling Bee Competition at Priory School: Four children, who had already competed against their class mates, went on to compete against other Year 4 and 5 children from other local Primary Schools. They had to get through some tough heats. Three of our children made it through to the grand final in the School Hall. After several rounds of very hard spellings, Letitia was awarded 2nd place. Well done to Letitia Batterbee, Ryan Errington, Jude Wait and Gabriel Toth who all did amazingly well.
Tyntesfield Estate Educational Visit: Our Year 2 classes enjoyed their visit to the National Trust Tyntesfield Estate, in Wraxall in July. They visited the Chapel to view the mosaics, then each child made their own mosaic and clay “hunky punk”. The staff at Tyntesfield commented on how well behaved and enthusiastic all of the groups were.
Royal Ocassion Celebrations Day: St Martin’s School celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday with each class organising their own competitions and activities. Other activities included a ‘Design a commemorative plate’ competition and lunchtime picnics which started with ‘God Save the Queen’ played by the Year 4/5 Trumpets. The children wore their crowns which they paraded during judging in the afternoon. The whole school was invited to come to school wearing red, white and blue colours. All our pupils and staff each received a ceramic celebration mug to mark the Royal Occasion.
Year 4 Overnight Adventure: Our Year 4 classes took part in an Overnight Adventure at Fernhill Farm which was a great success. The 54 children who went enjoyed many different activities including: team building games; an assault course; a tour of the farm with farmer Andy; watched Willow the sheepdog in action; saw a sheep shearing demonstration; sat around the campfire for a BBQ and played wide games.
Treasure Hunt Reception and KS1 June 2016: A Treasure Hunt for Reception and Key Stage 1 classes was held after school. Children were able to attend with their parents/carers and went around school looking for Elmer’s colours. When they had finished they coloured their Elmer’s in the hall. A winner was drawn from all the people who attended. The winner was presented with a set of Elmer books. Well done Jenna Cooper from Year. Watch out for another hunt next year.
Author Visits Year 4 - Term 6: St Martin's hosted an enrichment opportunity for some of our Year 4's to work with published author, poet and musician, Stan Cullimore. They were joined by pupils from other local schools and the day proved to be a huge success.
Local Primary Creative Writing Competition - June 2016: Three children from Year 5 attended a presentation at Worle Community School where they were presented with Certificates by Executive Principal Neville Coles. Congratulations to Erin Straughan for 2nd place, also to Yasmin Briar and Jessica Andrews who were awarded Highly Commended.
Rotary Club Primary Art Competition: St Martin’s entered Samira and Emilia’s batik art into the Rotary Primary Art Competition. Congratulations to Simara Timofte-Balasan who won 1st Prize for Years 3 & 4 entries. All work was put on display in the Campus Library.
St Martin’s Sporting Events:
North Somerset Schools Tri-Golf ‘Open’ and Year 3 and 4 Tennis: A group of Year 4 pupils had the opportunity to test their Tennis and Golf skills at a new North Somerset event at Bristol Grammar School. Children participated in lots of fun games and events throughout the morning and learnt lots of new skills associated with these two sports.
North Somerset Cricket Competition: Our Year 6 boys entered the North Somerset Cricket Competition at Nailsea CC. Our first game was to decide if we entered the Quarter Finals or Friendly Finals. Unfortunately St Martin's lost the first game by just three runs and entered the friendly finals. St Martin's then played St Anne's and St Georges with both games being won by St Martin's with some fantastic batting and bowling displays.
Euro Football Tournament: Throughout Term 6, all classes took part in a Euro Football Tournament to run in line with the European Championships in France. Each class was assigned a country to represent throughout the Tournament. The children were able to wear a shirt from their country or the colour to represent it during games. Winners, semi-finals and quarter finalists to be announced.
St Martin’s Swimming Gala at Hutton Moor: During May St Martin’s took part in the North Somerset Primary School Swimming Gala which at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. Congratulations to Will, Joe, Daniel, Dan, Ella, Megan, Emma and Olivia who all represented our School.
Year 2 Victorian WOW Day: The Year 2 classes were visited to Weston Museum when they held workshops with each class discussing Weston in Victorian times. The children all had an opportunity to dress up in Victorian costume, make Victorian toys, place buildings on a map and make spinning disks.
Year 5 WOW Day: Year 5 classes were visited by local members of a history Society. They brought in many Roman Artefacts which they shared with the children.
Festival of Nature: Ten children from St Martin’s Gardening Club travelled to Bristol today to visit the Festival of Nature which was held at Bristol Harbourside. They looked at algae and pond life through microscopes and learnt about food chains and how Science can be used to investigate our natural environment.
SIAMs Inspection: Our School recently underwent our Church School SIAMs Inspection. We are delighted to say that our report is now on our school website and that we are thrilled with our ‘Good’ grade. The Inspector was very complimentary about our children and all aspects of school life. Thank you to our children, staff , parents and Governors for this achievement.
RE Quality Mark: We are pleased to have achieved the Silver RE Quality Mark award by the external assessor who visited us. They interviewed staff and children and examined planning, work and assessment data to ensure we met the standards for this award. A big thank you to Mrs Byron for leading RE so successfully.
Bristol Rovers Matchday Experience: On Saturday 7th May a group of children visited Bristol Rovers for a Match Day experience. They had training in the morning with coaches, followed by a tour of the ground and then they met the players. Our children acted as flagbearers for the historic game that saw Bristol Rovers score in the last minute of injury time to gain promotion to League 1.
Multi Skills Sporting Event at Worle School: During May Willow class walked to Worle School for a fun Multi Sports activity organised by Worle School students as part of their Young Leaders Course. There were lots of fun, games and activities for local Primary School pupils - all children had a fantastic afternoon and all our children represented St Martin's well.
LIBRARY UPDATE Term 5: 'Is your Pet a Book Worm' Competition Winners were announced at our Achievement Assembly. Book Prizes were awarded for overall winners in both KS1 and KS2 ‘Funniest Bookworm Pets!’ Congratulations to Rhys, Maple Class KS1 Winner and Jess Class 5D KS2 Winner. All pupils who entered this Competition received a trophy.
St Martin’s Appearing in BBC Programme: The BBC are producing a new children’s CBBC programme called Top Class, which they will be filming during April. Congratulations to our St Martin’s Team who were successful in being selected to appear on the brand new show! The children have a wonderful opportunity to travel up to Glasgow, all expenses paid, during the filming at BBC Glasgow.
Sport Relief – Friday 18th March: A huge thank you to everyone who made a donation towards our efforts to raise money for sport relief. We had great fun when the whole school came together for our world record attempt to pass the hula hoop along the longest human chain. School Sports Teaching also arranged many other sporting events during the day. The total amount raised was £437.72.
Sponsor Read: Our ‘Ready Steady Read’ total sponsor money received was £638.00 giving us an amazing return of £1,020.80 in Usborne Books for our School.
Book Fair: A big thank you to Rayne Burrell for organising our Book Fair. Our pupil Fundraising Team also did a fantastic job helping. We managed to raise a fantastic £816.64 towards new School library books. Thank you for supporting this initiative.
Football at Ashton Gate: Our St Martin's Boys Football Team represented North Somerset at the Bristol School Cup Finals. The tournament was held at the home of Bristol City FC, Ashton Gate. This was a fantastic opportunity for the boys not only to play on a professional pitch, in a new state of the art ground, but also test themselves against some of the best schools in Bristol. All three games were closely contested, the first game a narrow 1-0 loss, the second finished 1-1 and the final game was very close ending 0-0. St Martin's didn't qualify for the Quarter Finals but all of the boys can be proud of their efforts.
North Somerset Tag Rugby Finals: St Martin's were in action again when the Boys and Girls Year 6 Rugby Team attended the North Somerset Finals at Nailsea and Backwell RFC. St Martin's won convincingly against Castle Batch 4-2 followed by a close game winning 4-3 against Worle Village. The final group played against Crockerne with a brilliant 5-2 victory. We played a strong Sandford team in the quarter final, narrowly ending St Martin's hopes. The team should be very proud of their efforts. Well done all involved.
Year 3 Bristol Museum and Windmill Hill City Farm Educational Visit: Year 3 children visited Bristol Museum and Windmill Hill City Farm as a celebration of their learning in various topics during Term 4. They visited the City Farm to learn all about how food gets from 'Farm to Fork' and which animals live on a farm. It was also a chance to look at how a farm contributes to making a balanced diet. At Bristol Museum the children explored different artefacts related to their 'Ancient Egypt' topic, as well as investigating different exhibits relating to previous rock, fossil and skeleton topics. For lunch the children visited Brandon Hill Park, home of Cabot Tower.
Warburtons Workshops: As part of Year 3’s Healthy Eating Science Topic, we have been holding interactive workshops run by members of Warburton’s incorporating sandwich making activities and a focus on what is needed for a balanced diet.
Year 5 Easter Performance: Year 5 performed to a very strong turnout of parents on Wednesday afternoon. The Easter celebration included shadow puppet shows, demonstrating the children's learning on light and shadows, a short Easter play and the grand finale... a performance of five trumpet songs. After the show, parents and children returned to classrooms for a shared learning experience.
Year 2 Easter Performance and St Martin’s Church Visit: Year 2 parents and carers were invited to a special Easter Service, where the children sang songs they had been rehearsing. The children also shared stories with the meaning of Easter during their Service. The Year 2 children also had an opportunity to look around St Martin’s Church last week. Rev Larcombe gave an Easter talk and also shared the background of the Church, stain glass windows, artefacts and crosses.
Year 2 Enrichment Science Day
During Term 3 we had a Wildlife Scientists representative visit our Year 2 pupils. Groups of children from other Primary Schools also attended this event. He brought in a collection of various animals which live in the rainforest. The children were all extremely excited to meet some of these animals for the first time, the collection included geckos, stick insects, tarantula, frogs, snakes and cockroaches. The visit formed part of their current Science Topic on Animals.
Eggsellent Eggs – Year 1
At the end of February Year 1 had a visit from Farmer Nick who left the classes 12 eggs in an incubator, to look after until they hatch. The children were very excited to hear all about what will happen inside the eggs and are looking forward to Farmer Nick’s return visit the following week when they will find out if they are all going to hatch.
During Term 3 Explorer Dome visited the School to demonstrate how we see light and it’s importance to life on earth. Years 4 and 5 enjoyed the amazing interactive experience.
Stargazing Event at St Martin’s School
During February St Martin’s held it's first Stargazing Event. Year 5 have been learning about Space, Planets and the Stars. Year 5 pupils, parents and carers were all invited along and we had a fantastic turn out. Last term the children wrote their own stories about Space - these were also shared and read out to parents during the evening.
Our Library celebrated ‘National Libraries Day’ this week with some Alice In Wonderland inspired activities. The children enjoyed playing croquet with ‘flamingos’ and ‘hedgehogs’ just like the game played by Alice in the Queen of Hearts garden! They also made ‘Unbirthday’ cards and entered a trivia competition to win the ‘Wonderland’ Cup!
Year 6 Educational Visit to Life Skills, Bristol Term 3: All of our Year 6 children went along to the Life Skills Centre at Bristol for an Educational Visit. They learnt basic safety awareness, for example crossing the road safely, first aid awareness, purchasing items at a shop and tendering money. Also the importance of checking your home smoke detector, amongst many other important lifeskills.
Year 3 and 4 Multi Sports Event at Hutton Moor: At the start of Term 3 a group of Year 3 and 4 children attended a fun Multi Sports Competition at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. For most it was the first time competing at a large joint Primary School event and all rose to the occasion. The children had the chance to take part in numerous challenging events that tested lots of skills. All children came away with medals to celebrate their achievements.
Well done to Porsha Hyett, Connor Park, Ryan Alton, Evie Vowles, Tristan Nancholas, Lily Yea, Tyler Smith, Emilia Szaja and Brendon Webb.
Library News: Congratulations to our ‘Book On A Plate’ Competition Winner – Jessica Newman Year 2 Hazel. Her fantastic plate featured Harry Potter arriving at Hogwarts for the first time in JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. Well done Jessica and a big ‘thank you and well done’ to everyone else who entered our Competition.
Able Writers Day: Children from local schools joined us in January for a wonderful day with the author David Gatwood. He has inspired the children’s creative writing and story writing skills by sharing his own experiences. All of the children benifited from his experience and took part in a workshop to develop their own writing skills. We would like to say a huge thank you to David for giving up his time.