Some of our Key Stage 1 children enjoying their yummy hot chocolates - served up on 'Hot Chocolate Fridays' organised by the St Martin's Fundraising Team for the whole school to take part in.
(1st October 2021)
Sports Days Term 6: All of the classes had the opportunity to take part in Archery, Javelin and Hurdles as well as racing each other on the grass track. Well done to all the children who took part. They enjoyed all of the activities and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship supporting each other through each activity.
Butterfly Visit 16th July: Year 1 were visited by Munching Caterpillars from the Butterfly Conservation Trust at the end of term. The children learnt the difference between a butterfly and a moth, also how many species of each there are in the UK. They then had the chance to look at some moths closely and to plant some outdoor plants to attract butterflies to the school. The children all enjoyed the experience and have taken home their own seeds to encourage butterflies in the wild.
Year 4 Overnight Camp Adventure 1st and 2nd July: Year 4 had an amazing time at Osprey Camp! They took part in an assault course, enjoyed den building, fire wood collecting, cricket and a farm tour. The children had the opportunity to play games around the camp site, create gods eyes and play in the forest area. They were a credit to the school and staff were incredibly impressed. The Year 4 Team hope they enjoyed it as much as they did! The children returned to school for a shared a picnic lunch provided by our Kitchen Team.
Year 6 Residential Camp 5th-9th July 2021: The Year 6 children had an amazing week at Grittleton House. The camp was a huge success this year and this was the first time we have used this venue. The children took part in a fantastic range of activities during their stay and we are looking forward to taking our new Year 6 classes at the end of September.
St Martin’s takes part in 'England Does The Daily Mile' event 30th April:
This national event aims to raise awareness about better mental health. All of the children and staff had so much fun as they ran ‘The Daily Mile’ in their year group bubbles throughout the day and the sun was shining!
Bikeability Training: Well done to the Year 6 cycle groups who all completed their Level 2 Bikeability Training. Life Cycle trainers Shena, Gillian and Simon complimented the children on their hard work and fantastic behaviour during their training. The children were all awarded with Level 2 certificates and badges shared during our Achievement Assemblies. Bikeability training aims to develop children’s riding skills and confidence.
Earth Day: On 22nd April, St Martin's School came together to celebrate Earth Day. The children discussed how important our world is and explored the small steps that they could take to protect our planet.
All classes were challenged with an hour of using no electricity in their classrooms and the children designed beautiful mini-posters that will be placed around the school to promote looking after our planet. Some classes took part in Earth Day experiments during the day. Classes 3E and 3BH have buried some objects in the school grounds to see if they are biodegradable and will dig them up at the end of this month to find out.
World Book Day: On Friday 5th March St Martin’s took part in World Book Day celebrations. It was fantastic to see everyone dressed up as their favourite book characters, joining in with World Book Day activities organised by their teachers and sharing stories. Everyone was encouraged to get involved, whether in school or via online learning at home.
Thank you to so many of you who shared your child’s World Book Day photos which were entered into a draw. The year group winners were:
Oskar - Reception winner The Sharpe family - Year 1 winner
William - Year 2 winner Dougie - Year 3 winner
Reece - Year 4 winner The Griffin Family - Year 5 winner
Emil - Year 6 winner
All the winning entries received a book prize.
Cooking with Chartwells: During Term 4, Reception and Year 3 classes enjoyed a visit from Chartwells who came in to show them how to create their own pizzas. The children made pizza dough, chose their toppings and had it cooked for them to taste. They thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you Chartwells!
Santa Run: Over the last two weeks the children and staff have attempted to run/walk the distance from St Martin's to the North Pole. They were all given a Santa hat to get them into the Christmas spirit. It was going to be a tough challenge as we started late in the term. The children had great fun and made a fantastic effort in completing 1,754 miles of the 2,600 mile journey - burning a massive 175,000 calories. We think they have all earned a few treats over the Christmas period.
A big well done to everyone for taking part!
Christmas Lunches: Well done to all the staff involved in organising and providing such a fabulous Christmas Lunch experience for all the children to enjoy again this year. A special thank you to our brilliant kitchen team and lunchtime supervisors who all worked extremely hard. There was a lovely festive atmosphere and buzz of excitement in our dining hall.
Cards and Decorations for the Local Community: As the school choir children would usually visit local Care Homes to sing carols, this year the whole school took part in designing Christmas cards to be distributed to several local Care Homes. They also created decorations for Weston General Hospital. We delivered over 400 which the children enjoyed making.
KS2 pupils cards included greetings, poems and Christmas jokes for each individual Care Home resident to enjoy. Our Reception and KS1 pupils painted snow globes, designed angels and snowmen pictures which were all laminated to be used as decorations around the hospital. Here are some of their fantastic finished pieces which we would like to share with you!
Children In Need:
St Martin’s supported Children In Need on 13th November. We held a non uniform day and all of the children and staff were invited to come to school choosing to wear any of the colours linked to the ‘5 Ways To Wellbeing’ to fundraise for BBC Children in Need. We raised a fantastic £463.44 - thank you again for your amazing support.
Anti-Bullying Week 16th-20th November: It was wonderful to see so many children wearing their odd socks to help us raise awareness and celebrate ‘Odd Socks Day’. We also held a special virtual assembly for National Anti-Bullying week.
Year 3 Iron Age WOW Day 2nd December: The Year 3 classes had an amazing and exciting Iron Age WOW. The children dressed up in fantastic Iron Age outfits, and experienced life in the Iron Age through various hands on activities. They all practised their spear throwing skills using javelins on the playground, and also designed and decorated their own Iron Age spear tip and Iron Age shield using Celtic patterns as well as Iron Age pinch pots out of clay. It was an incredible day enjoyed by all!
Harvest for Foodbank Weston-super-Mare:
Thank you to families and staff at St Martin’s for your generous donations to the local Foodbank charity which supports local families in need. We received a fantastic amount of grocery items for our Harvest event. A special thank you to Hugh (Reception) and Charlie (Year 6) whose grandad kindly donated this wonderful harvest loaf.
During the first weeks back at school in September, all the children took part in a project based on ‘Here We Are’ – a book by Oliver Jeffers. Their final task was to write notes for planet earth giving advice to anyone who lives here. We used them to create these amazing displays.
A ‘Thank You' to our NHS and Care Workers: We are really grateful to everyone who kindly sent in their beautifully written ’Thank You Poems’ and colourful Rainbow pictures. 🌈✍️
Weston General Hospital asked if St Martin’s pupils would like to be involved in creating Rainbow pictures for their Juniper Ward - where they are creating a ‘Rainbow Room’.
We have now sent these wonderful pictures to Weston General Hospital at Uphill and also sent copies together with the children's poems to local Care Homes, in support of our NHS and care workers - and to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’.
(click on the above images to view)
2.6 challenge: On Sunday 26 April when the 40th London Marathon would have been held, some photos of our pupil’s completed their various challenges:
Lola class 4O and Mrs Kelly support staff, each completed 26 miles in 1 week - combination of Lola cycling and Mrs Kelly running.
Ms Somers admin staff, covered 2.6 miles Monks Hill and Milton Hill
"A huge well done to everyone involved in supporting the UK charities fundraising event and they received some lovely messages of thanks from their chosen charities".
Easter Competition April 2020: We received these fantastic entries for our Easter Competition sent into school during the Easter week. Congratulations to our Key Stage Winners, Emily class 6U and Grace Y1 Chestnut, who each won an Easter basket full of treats (kindly donated by Worle Lions Club).
Well done to all our entrants and we thought we would share this colourful collage of bonnets, cakes, decorated eggs, lego model, Easter gardens and sculptures.
World Book Day 2020: It was fantastic to see everyone dressed up and joining in with our World Book Day activities, competitions and storytimes throughout the day. Pupils and staff were all invited to come to school dressed in their favourite colour, as our theme was based on the popular book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. Our Lunchtime Library was busy with crayon making activity and 'library shelfies' with the giant crayons.
Year 6 Bristol Educational Visit 3rd and 4th March 2020: Year 6 classes had a fantastic time on their visit to Bristol where they had the opportunity to discover the City by boat and learn all about its links to the Transatlantic Slave Trade. They were also able to explore the ‘Bristol Life and Places’ Exhibitions in the M Shed Museum to learn even more about the local history of Bristol. They will be using the information to enhance their writing over the next few weeks.
Ski Group 2020 update: they completed their final day of skiing today and all 46 children skied a run together this afternoon. They have all done really well and achieved so much, from complete beginners to everyone skiing down blue slopes by mid week.
During the week the children watched a ski and light show where instructors performed tricks and jumps on the slopes. They also enjoyed a Games Night and finished with a Disco earlier this evening.
6th March, Ski Group 2020
Ski Trip 2020 Group are all having an amazing time. They arrived at Alpe D’Huez on Saturday - completed their ski fit with boots, ski’s, poles and helmets ready for Day 1 skiing on Sunday.
They’ve enjoyed plenty of fresh snow, blue skies, watched some ice hockey on the way back to the hotel. Quiz and games night this evening, after dinner. More updates to follow.
3rd March 2020, Ski Group 2020
MAT Rugby Tournament at Becket Primary: Our Year 4 entered a MAT Rugby Tournament at Becket School on 13th February. It was a competitive afternoon with some great Rugby and effort on display. The weather had been unfavourable but that didn't stop the children playing in the right spirit and enjoying the games in the mud! The team, made up of Charlie, Sibu, Louis, Ash, James, Nell, Natasha and Lola finished in 4th place over all. Well done to everyone involved!
Maths Enrichment Day: On 6th February, a group of Year 3 pupils from St Martin's took part in a Maths Workshop with children from Becket, Mendip Green, Milton Park, Worle Village and Lympsham Primary Schools. The workshop was led by Pete Hall a Maths Consultant. During the day the pupils worked together on various challenges. It was a fun filled day which everyone really benefited.
Dinosaur Museum Year 1: On 17th January Year 1 children showcased their work from their ‘Dinosaur’ topic, creating a Museum. Classes came to visit their Museum. Year 1 invited their families and were very excited and enthusiastic to share all of their knowledge about dinosaurs and amazing models they created. It was a fantastic celebration of the children's learning and we received some lovely comments from their families.
Sports News Term 3:
In January St Martin’s took part in the North Somerset Schools Gymnastics Level 1 and Level 2 Competitions. Our level 1 Team: Grace, Bethany, Lily, Adelina and Anna-Maria. Our level 2 team: Ella, Libby, Katie, Poppy and Amelia.
The girls were given routines to learn before the day which they practised during their lunch breaks and at home. They also had to complete a vault jump. Both teams earned respectable scores and a special mention to Grace in the Level 1 team who finished 7th out of 62 gymnasts in the individual competition, an outstanding achievement! Well done to all the girls who took part.
St Martin’s also entered the North Somerset Dodecathlon. This event gave children the opportunity to take part in 12 multi-skill challenges, with an emphasis on teamwork and self belief. Well done again to Chloe, Harvey, Evie, Ruby, Erin, Shayan, Ava, Asya, Nicolas and Hasnain who represented the school brilliantly!
Year 4 Roman Display at Weston Museum: On 18th December Year 4 had the opportunity to showcase their work from the Romans Topic at the Weston Museum. They all worked extremely hard producing work to be displayed, even writing informative labels to go with each item on show. The Museum's education and history department were so impressed with the pieces that they produced.
Craft and Sewing Club: During Term 2, Mrs Mann and Mrs Doe were running a lunchtime Craft and Sewing Club for Year 5 and 6 pupils. The children produced some amazing and creative items including mugs, hair bows, Christmas stockings as well as some of their own designs! A big thank you to our former LSA Mrs Redman, who came every week to help our group.
Sportshall Athletics: Our Year 5 and 6 pupils entered the North Somerset Schools Sportshall Athletics tournament during Term 2, in which they competed in a variety of running, jumping and throwing events. The children who took part were fantastic and the school finished in 4th place over all.
A huge well done to our team: Joe, Omar, Taylor, Seren, Myles, Poppy, Nikki, Henry, Summer, Mia, Lebron, Roman, Brooke, Alfie, Michail, Chloe, Dorcas and Megan!
Swimming Festival: A group of Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils took part in a Swimming Festival in December, which involved them participating in numerous races and events such as front crawl, back stroke and woggle relay. Although no results were taken on the day, our children represented the school with pride and gave maximum effort in every race!
Well done to Jasmine, Mea, Billie, Maria, Libby, Ash, Jessica, Freddie and Bradley!
Dodgeball Tournament: The Year 5 and 6 Dodgeball Team competed in the North Somerset Dodgeball Tournament at Hutton Moor at the start of Term 3. This was a brilliant event in which our school finished 3rd out of 19 schools, a great achievement! There was some outstanding skill on show matched with sportsmanship and behaviour second to none.
A huge well done to the team: Joe, Henry, Regis, Chase, Violet, Kinisi and Bethany.
Raise The Roof: On 27th November, Year 3 and Year 4 children from St Martin’s, Worle Village and Worlebury St Paul’s came together for ‘Raise the Roof’.
The children had learnt songs about saving the planet and created things to wear made out of recycling. They all performed beautifully! A big thank you to Anne Clough from North Somerset Music Service for teaching us the songs and leading the performance.
Children in Need: This fundraising event was a great success again this year! The Year 4 School Councillors and St Martin’s Fundraising Team members led the fundraising activities in the hall brilliantly. The children raised £679.92 for BBC Children in Need this year! Thank you all so much for your support and donations.
Year 3 Iron Age WOW Day 29th November: Year 3 had a fantastic day learning about the Iron Age. The children handled spears, swords, shields, animals skins and even chain mail! They also took part in warrior training.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and left with a wealth of knowledge about the Iron Age. A massive thank you to Matt from ‘Experience the Iron Age’ who made the past come to life for the children in Year 3.
Year 2 WOW Day: On 12th November Year 2 classes took part in a Great Fire of London WOW day as part of their History topic this term.
Year 4 Caerleon Roman Fort Visit 14th November, by Freija and Lola Class 4O: “Firstly, Year 4 went to the Museum and tried on armour in the barracks. Secondly, we looked at all the jewellery and coins. We then went to the baths and saw remains of the Roman Baths followed by a yummy lunch. We went into the hut and Freya was a rich person and Lola was a slave. We then returned to school.”
Year 4 Museum Workshop: During Term 2, our Year 4 children took part in a Museum Workshop. Miss Bell from Weston Museum visited us with a selection of artefacts and taught us how to put together an exciting museum display in preparation for our own Museum. The children learnt how to set up a display and how to make appropriate labels for different artefacts.
Phonics Workshops: At the beginning of term Mrs Mutch ran a series of Phonics Workshops for Reception and Year 1 parents. We had a fantastic up take from parents and the workshops were a huge success. Thank you to those parents and carers who attended and also left some wonderful feedback.
“Thank you for a brilliant workshop. Very helpful. Really informative and will definitely help me support reading and writing at home.”
“Excellent workshop, thank you. Very informative and some great suggestions.” “Really good and helpful Phonics workshop by Mrs Mutch.”
Harvest Assembly and Reception Harvest Celebration: On Monday 21st October staff and children at St Martin's welcomed Frederique and Alvin from the Weston-super-Mare Foodbank to their Harvest Celebration. This was led by the Year 2 pupils. Thank you to everyone who brought in food items, also to the Foodbank representatives who explained all about the local Foodbank charity.
The Reception class parents and carers were invited to a Harvest Celebration on 24th October. This was their first performance to an audience and we are very proud of them, well done! Thank you to all our parents, carers and family who were able to come along and support their event.
Drum Workshop: The Year 5 classes all had an opportunity to play a range of African Drums and percussions instruments during a workshop at the start of Term 2. The children enjoyed it and will continue to use the school African Drums during the remainder of the year.
Thank you to Roger Sansom from the North Somerset Music Service who led the workshop.
Gardening Club visit Mayor Parlour: Congratulations again to our Gardening Club who received 3rd Prize for their entry in the WSM Horticultural Society, Plant a Wheelbarrow Schools Competition. On 11th October, the children and Mrs Baker visited the Mayors Parlour and were each presented with a medal during a prize giving session. They met the Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Councillor Mark Canniford and Mrs Estelle Canniford.
They saw photos of the original house, grounds, silverware and previous Mayors. The children enjoyed refreshments and snacks before returning to school.
Year 6 Morfa Bay Residential Camp: Many of our Year 6 pupils attended Morfa Bay for their residential camp again this year. They had an amazing time and were able to participate in a wide range of adventurous activities, from abseiling and climbing to sea activities and mountain biking.
It was great to see so many children overcoming fears and also developing a new passion for some of the activities throughout the week.
Writing Enrichment Day: St Martin’s had a special visitor during Term 1 - Kate Williams one of the UK’s leading children’s poets. Kate hosted a Writing Enrichment workshop for groups of children from St Martin's, Becket, Milton and Lympsham Primary Schools. The children learnt about rhyme, rhythm, riddles and wordplay and with their imaginations set roaming they were inspired to create their own forest theme poems.
Kate signed personalised copies of illustrated poetry books which are available to borrow from our school library.
Grant Koper Author Visit: Key Stage 1 and Reception children were also treated to a visit from author Grant Koper during Term 1.
Grant gave a ‘live reading’ to the children, reading his book ‘The Day Granny’s Knickers Blew Away’. He then answered children’s questions about being an author. His answers were inspiring to the children and he gave them the opportunity to write a story and send it to his website www.grantkoper.com Grant Koper will publish the very best stories he reads on his website for others to share. Each child received an official certificate to say they had attended a live reading and met the author.
Year 4 Music Lessons: The Year 4 classes are really enjoying their trumpet lessons this term. Thank you Mr Sansom from North Somerset Music Service for coming in to introduce trumpets to us as part of the Music Service Prelude Programme.
Year 5 and 6 Netball Festival 25th September: Some of our Y5/Y6 pupils took part in a North Somerset Netball Festival at Bristol Grammar School. The girls learned various new skills and the rules of High 5 Netball before playing some friendly fixtures against other schools. All the children involved represented the school exceptionally! A huge well done to Megan M, Chloe B, Amelie T, Savannah E, Kinisi N, Poppy B, Maria G, Adelina M and Maisie H who took part.
Multi-Sports Festival Term 1: A group of our Year 4 children attended a multi-sports festival at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, trying out 2 sports from the Modern Pentathlon - Fencing and Laser Pistol Shooting. They also had the chance to meet Team GB athlete and world champion Modern Pentathlete Samantha Murray, who brought her Olympic medals along which they got to hold and wear! Well done to Nell L, Ash E, Ava S, Dina C, Isaac S and Jacob S who all attended.
Sports Leaders: Eden P and Michail O have been selected as our Lead Sports Ambassadors. They attended a training morning and have been given valuable experience of leadership and gained skills which they will be using in school and with the other Sports Ambassadors.
Crumble in the Club 27th September: Children at After School Club had an opportunity to try an apple and pear crumble and custard, made using fruit from trees in the school grounds. Leo and Maisie Y5 had a ‘masterchef’ session with Mrs James (Playworker) and prepared the crumble mixture the old fashioned ‘rubbing’ way.
All the children really enjoyed their pudding – even those who had never experienced a crumble before.
Wales & West Utilities Competition Winner: Congratulations to Morgan Y5 who has scooped the top prize in a national gas safety Competition, for the rap song he created 'Carbon Monoxide is not cool!' Morgan beat off thousands of entries from across the UK, he wanted to create something which was interesting and fun for people his age, so chose to write a rap to a well-known tune!
Morgan initially won the Regional Wales & West Utilities CO Safety Competition but was crowned overall National Winner at an event which took place at the House of Commons, where he collected a trophy along with a further cash prize of £450 for himself and an additional £900 for our school.
The organisers said "Morgan's entry had captured the attention of all the judges and he has done a fantastic job in bringing to life a very serious issue".
Morgan quoted "to have won the regional competition was great but when I found out that I'd been named national winner, I couldn't believe it! I now hope that my entry will give other people the information on the dangers of CO and what to do if they suspect it."
We are all really proud of Morgan for his hard work in entering and winning this competition. Morgan's entry explained a very serious subject in an easy to understand and entertaining rap, using IT to make the information accessible and memorable.
Celebration of Learning Event - 11th July: St Martin's held an Celebration of Learning Event at St Martin's School. We had a fantastic turnout and it was wonderful to see so many parents and families come along to share and celebrate children's work and successes from this past year.
The school looked amazing with all of the art projects on display which the children had completed during their Art Weeks. We were treated to music performances in the hall by the School Choir, Year 2 Singing and Dance Group. There were lots of fun activities for everyone to enjoy, library activities, sports in the gym, Year 3 Rain Forest Cafe selling tropical cocktails, Year 6 shared Science experiments, fundraising raffle organised by the School Council and the BBQ was popular as were the ice creams. Thank you to everyone who attended our special evening and thank you to the staff and governors for their hard work.
Folly Farm Bristol Educational Visit - 1st July: Both Year 1 classes visited Folly Farm, Bishop Sutton where they enjoyed a nature trail to identify different plants, used pebbles to explore colour and match to the different things they found in the woodland. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a great detail shout lifecycles. Thank you also to our parent helpers and class students.
Kaleidoscope MAT Science Fair 3rd & 4th July: St Martin's hosted a Science Fair. Our pupils in Years 1 to 6 took turns to visit along with children from some of our other MAT schools. They enjoyed having a go on the smoothie bike, learning about robotics, magnets and electricity plus much much more. Thank you to the Kaleidoscope Science Network for all their hard in planning and organising the fair.
Environmental Club Visit to Wraxall: On Wednesday, the Environmental Club spent the morning at the North Somerset Agricultural Show for Primary Schools. They were taught about the farming industry, how different food products are made and got to meet some very cute farm animals. The children and staff had a great morning and enjoyed getting up close to all the animals.
Weston Rotary Art Competition: We had a fantastic amount of entries for the Weston Rotary Art Competition. Local schools entered their finest works and we were lucky to have a winner! Well done to Chloe B Year 4 for her entry. Chloe won a voucher for St Martin's School, and was also awarded a voucher prize for herself and presented with a 1st Prize certificate which we shared in our Achievement Assembly. Well done also to runners up for their entries.
Buddies Afternoon Tea: On 16th July, an afternoon tea party was held for our more recent Year 5 ‘Buddies’. This group of 16 children have gone above and beyond in giving their own time over lunchtime play to help Lunchtime Supervisors and Y2 and Y3 children on the top playground. Many of these have helped throughout the year and many are now helping twice or even three times a week. The afternoon started with various games in the dining hall before sitting down together to a ‘feast’ of jam and cucumber sandwiches, cakes, scones with jam and clotted cream – and even strawberries dipped in chocolate! All this was washed down with a fruit punch. All the children loved the experience and many of the children made ‘toasts’ and ‘speeches’! Ms Barnes came in to see the children and to thank them for their dedicated work and time. She reiterated how much they are appreciated by the lunchtime staff and also by the younger children with whom they play.
This was a ‘first’ for this event but one which we hope to continue in future years. Many thanks to Mrs James (Lunchtime Supervisor) for giving up her time to prepare the fantastic food and help with the event.
Year 4 Overnight Camp June 2019: The Year 4 pupils took part in an overnight camping trip to Fernhill Farm and enjoyed a range of outdoor activities including the much anticipated assault course, games and farm tour. The visit was a great success and the children ended the day with hot chocolate and marshmallows around the camp fire. For many children this was their first experience of camping and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and all had a fantastic experience. The children were a credit to our school and their behaviour was praised by the Osprey camp staff.
Thank you to our staff and some of our student teachers who gave up their own time to take the children. Thank you also to the team from Osprey for making the visit so enjoyable again this year. Additional photos will be on display in the Year 4 classrooms at our Celebration of Learning evening.
Year 2 Bug Hunt June 2019: The children have been working hard learning all about minibeasts and their habitats. They held Minibeast trails for their parents, writing letters inviting their families to a Bug Hunt Trail around the school. The children had the opportunity to show off their posters, fact files and drawings. They loved hunting for bugs!
All of the children were fantastic and showed off their amazing knowledge. Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came along to this event making it such a success.
Reception Classes Drama Workshop June 2019: Reception classes had a very special surprise when they were all invited to take part in a ‘Drama4All’ workshop led by Perform for Schools. Peter Pan came to visit the children to take them on an adventure all the way to 'Neverland' where they tricked Captain Hook and stole his treasure. The children explored drama through different techniques. They acted out being characters such as 'Tinkerbell', 'Wendy', 'Tick Tock Crocodile' and they even got turned into Peter Pan's shadow. The children had a wonderful experience. Everyone fully participated and the children were full of smiles and laughter.
Scooter Workshops: On 17th June, Year 2 classes welcomed Neville from For2Feet who took groups of children onto the back playground to polish up their Scooter Skills. The sessions are designed to increase childrens’ safety when out on their scooters as part of our 'Walk to School' initiative. The children then went out with him onto the pavements around the school so they could assess risks in the real world. The children had a fantastic time and the workshop sessions were a brilliant success.
Year 5 & 6 Level 2 cycle training Term 6: Well done to our cycle groups who completed their Level 2 cycle training organised by Life Cycle UK. They received their badges and Bikeability packs and were awarded with their Certificates in our end of year Achievement Assembly.
WOW Walk to School Challenge: St. Martin’s Primary School is excited to be taking part in a fantastic nationwide challenge to encourage more children and their families to walk to school year-round. A ‘Living Streets’ representative hosted an assembly to talk to the whole school about the ‘Walk to School Challenge’ looking to get as many children as possible experiencing the benefits walking to school brings. The children log their daily on our interactive WOW Travel Tracker. For more information you may visit: www.livingstreets.org.uk/walktoschool
“Join us, thousands of schools and around one million pupils enjoying the benefits of walking to school across the UK. Let’s swap those school runs for school walks”.
‘Who Lives in the Garden?’
The Reception classes have been closely observing real caterpillars. They have observed the changes and discussed the processes they noticed. After the caterpillars made their chrysalides, the children saw them emerge and turn into butterflies.
At the start of Term 6 the children released the butterflies cheering them on as they flew off.
After School Club Green Fingers: The children who attend our After School Club have been busy growing plants from seed, successfully growing radishes, spring onion, lettuce, peppers, celery, sweetcorn, tomatoes, strawberries, basil and coriander. They enjoy salad daily as part of their after school meal and soon plan to make soup and tomato pasta sauce. The children have all enjoyed caring for the plants and watching them grow.
Environmental News Update: Environmental Club have been busy planting and growing sunflowers and planning their entry into the wheelbarrow competition during Term 5 and 6. They have collected a huge amount of old batteries to be recycled. Please remember to keep bringing in your old batteries, a collection container can be found in the school office reception area. Please also send in any finished eco bricks as we will be starting to make our eco brick sofa during Term 6.
Book Fair: We can now announce that we raised a fantastic £303.61 in commission from books purchased at the Scholastic Book Fair in Term 4. St Martin’s will use this money to purchase new books for the Library and classes. Thank you to our parents and carers again for your support.
Year 5 First Aid Training: Our Year 5 classes completed their first aid learning with St John Ambulance during Term 5. Each class completed a day of training which included the primary survey (DRABC), recovery position, dealing with choking, dressing a wound etc. Well done to our Year 5 pupils!
The St John Ambulance trainer commented on how much she had enjoyed working with the children at St Martin’s School.
Exmoor Zoo Workshop Visit: At the start of Term 5 Reception and Year 3 classes enjoyed a visit from Exmoor Zoo. Year 3 learnt all about tropical rainforest habitat as well as meeting some of the creatures. "I loved that we could see a scorpion up close and that it changed colour under an infra-red lamp." Emme L-N
Reception children had the opportunity to learn facts about different animals including a snake, spider, giant African land snail, stick insect and millipede. All children had the opportunity to touch the animals if they wanted to. The children really loved the experience and were very well behaved.
The Exmoor Zoo staff both complimented on how well behaved all of the pupils were and they enjoyed their visit to St Martin’s School.
Maths Enrichment Day April 2019: A group of 6 Year 3 children took part in a Maths day. Mrs Large from '4 the love of maths' came into school and worked with the children on a variety of different challenging maths activities. The day was very hands on with lots of practical activities to take part in. Children from Mendip Green, Lympsham, Milton Park, Worle Village and Becket also attended the day allowing us to meet and work with new people.
Easter Competitions: It was lovely to see all the colourful and creative Easter Egg, Bonnet and Poetry entries brought in by children across the year groups. Thank you to everyone who took part again this year. The year group winners were all announced in achievement assemblies and each presented with a certificate and novelty Easter prize.
Maths Challenge Term 4: 8 of our Y4 and Y5 children took part in a Maths Challenge against other schools within our Kaleidoscope MAT. The challenge was held at Becket School and the children worked collaboratively, in teams of 4, answering questions on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. All the children who took part did brilliantly. Well done to our St Martin’s Team A who came joint 2nd.
North Somerset Dance Festival Term 4: Our Year 2 Dance Group pupils performed at the Weston Playhouse Theatre. A fantastic well done to all of the children who took part – they were absolutely amazing and a credit to our school and their families. Thank you to all the staff who supported in rehearsal and helped behind the scenes on the night. Particular thanks go to Miss Muff, Miss Parker and Mr Marshall for their organising.
Red Nose Day 15th March: The School Council organised Red Nose Day again this year. Pupils were invited to wear their own clothes to school, something red or Comic Relief. In the afternoon a Talent Show took place where every class was represented by their class nominated pupil, who had the opportunity to perform on stage to the
whole school with their own special talent act.
We raised an amazing £336.87, thank you for your support.
St Martin’s Ski Group: 11 pupils from St Martin's swapped their classrooms for the mountains for a week’s Skiing in La Plagne France, together with pupils from other local Primary Schools. They had a fantastic visit and the children were brilliant all week on and off the slopes. Thank you again to Mr Marshall and Ms Barnes for taking them and ensuring they had a great time.
World Book Day 7th March: The children came to school dressed up for World Book Day. This year we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ and asked pupils to come to school dressed either as a famous bear, a bear character or other book characters. During the day the children had the chance to take part in a variety of book related activities including treasure hunts and drama activities.
World Cup Cricket Cup: St Martin’s was very honoured to receive a special visit by the New Zealand cricketer Rachel Priest and the ICC Cricket World Cup. Rachel currently plays for Weston Storm. All of the children had the opportunity to meet Rachel, ask her questions about her career and learn some fun facts about the trophy and World Cup. Each class had a photograph taken with the Cricket World Cup which is currently touring the country prior to the Cricket World Cup this summer.
We were very privileged as we were the only school in Weston, and surrounding area, to receive a visit. The photographs will be displayed in their classrooms.
(Sports Committee with Rachel Priest New Zealand cricketer)
Year 5/6 Netball: At the beginning of Term 4 our Year 5/6 Netball Team were involved in our MAT Netball Tournament held at Ashcombe Primary School. The team performed brilliantly winning 4 out of 5 matches. Unfortunately, the one loss came against the only other unbeaten team meaning that St Martin's finished in 2nd place. Well done to all involved.
Eco Warrior Club: The Eco Warrior Team have put together a project where they plan to build a structure within the school grounds using Ecobricks. The team visited classrooms to talk to the children about their project and how to make an Ecobrick. Thank you to everyone who has either started or brought in an Ecobrick so far. We are very impressed! Please keep making them and bringing them in, making sure you pack them as tight as you can. The Ecobricks can be taken to your child’s classroom.
NSPCC Groovy Moves: St Martin’s School raised a fantastic amount of £1,674.06 for this charity, thank you to everyone who participated and for your generous support. Congratulations to class 4O who had the most sponsorship participants.
Maths Enrichment Day 25th January: A group of Year 5 pupils from St Martin's took part in a Maths Workshop with children from other local schools, led by one of the UKs leading Maths tutors - Hazel Large. During the day the pupils had to work together to; solve numerous shape and space problems, apply reasoning to solve puzzles and complete mental calculation games. It was a fun filled day of exploration and challenges, to which everyone really benefited.
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TEAM North Somerset - A big well done to Abi, Eisra and Jaro who were selected to represent North Somerset in a competition against South Gloucestershire. All children performed brilliantly well and came away as winners with gold medals for their efforts. A big well done for representing your county and the school so brilliantly.
Year 2 Multi Sports - Some of our Year 2 children attended a Multi Sports event at fellow Kaleidoscope school Becket Primary. Children were given the opportunity to try Boccia, Archery, Tri Golf, Speed Stacking and Kurling. The children loved every minute and were beaming with smiles all morning.
Well done Reeun, Harrison, Darcey, Meika, Sebastian, Amelie, Lola and Liam.
Year 5/6 Gymnastics at Nailsea: Our Year 5/6 girls Gymnastics squad attended a competition at Gemini Gymnastics where they competed against 18 other teams in Floor and Vault. The girls practised daily for two weeks prior to the event and this certainly paid off with all girls performing brilliantly in both disciplines. A particular highlight was Jasmine achieving a score of 19.55 out of 20 across the two events earning her an individual Silver Medal.
In the team competition St Martin's finished 2nd and earned a silver medal for their efforts. A massive well done to Abi, Jasmine, Bethany, Eisra, Libby, Colette, Harmony, Ava, Porsha and Ellie.
Year 5 and 6 Author Visit: Thank you to Joffre White - Author, a UK Patron of Reading & Reading & Writing Motivator for his fantastic visit in January. After an assembly with the Year 5 & 6 classes, he did creative writing workshops with our Year 6 pupils to inspire their story writing. At lunchtime he did a Questions and Answers session in the Library - lots of children came to meet him including a huge number of boys who were very inspired by Joffre.
Explorer Dome: During Terms 2 and 3, Years 4 and 5 had the opportunity to go into the Explorer Dome where they learnt all about their Sound and Light topics. There were many interactive hands on activities that the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Christmas Fair: A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make our Fair such a success. Thank you to the staff, parents, governors, student teachers and pupils who helped on the day and in the run up to the Fair. We were amazed by the number of people who came along. There was a great atmosphere and a wonderful start to our Christmas festivities.
The children enjoyed Santa's Grotto, Christmas stalls, refreshments and cakes, while the School Choir sang a lovely selection of festive songs in the Hall. The Fair closed with a Grand Prize Draw. We raised over £1,500 - thank you again for supporting this Fundraising Event.
Visit to MP John Penrose Surgery at The Campus: Well done to Ollie, Erick and Kyle who presented their ideas on ‘reducing plastic pollution in Weston-super-Mare’ to John Penrose MP, on 14th December, at his surgery at The Campus. Y6 classes have worked on this as part of their theme “Does the world need saving?” They represented the School brilliantly in their presentation and had a really mature conversation about their findings and concerns afterwards. They also delivered letters written by the rest of Y6 for Mr Penrose to read.
John Penrose later shared his thoughts about the discussion on Twitter https://twitter.com/johnpenrosenews/status/1073663242730397696?s=21
Christmas Carols at Local Care Home: Some of Beech Class visited Jasmine Court nursing home on 13th December, to sing Christmas carols to the residents. They sang beautifully and everyone commented on their fantastic behaviour. Afterwards they had refreshments and cakes and chatted to the residents and staff.
Welly Walks to St Martin’s Church: On 14th November the Reception children walked to St Martins Church where Mr Elliott, Church Warden, told them all about St Martin's. Afterwards they went down to the War Memorial on the High Street to see the poppies. The children behaved beautifully during their first trip. Well done Reception!
Remembrance Day Assembly: On 9th November, Year 6 led a special whole school Remembrance Assembly. They talked about World War I, read poems, sang hymns and we also held a one minute silence. Well done and thank you to Year 6. It was lovely to see so many children come to school in their various scout, brownie, cubs and guiding uniforms.
Raise The Roof Term 2: Year 3 and 4 classes were joined by children from Becket Primary School to sing songs about ‘School Life’. The event was led by Anne Clough from North Somerset Music Service. This was a fantastic morning of singing together. The children had a thoroughly enjoyable morning and all sang beautifully.
Harvest Celebration: Reception class parents and carers were invited to a Harvest Celebration where the reception children performed songs and told the story of The Little Red Hen. Thank you to all our parents, carers and family who were able to come along and support their performance, we received some lovely written comments:
“Lovely harvest celebration from reception classes, amazing how they had learnt the song and actions in such a short space of time! Well done.”
Harvest Assembly: The staff and children at St Martin's welcomed Frederique Wigmore, Manger from Foodbank in Weston-super-Mare, to their Harvest Celebration. This was led by the Year 5 children and Rev Julie Fleming closed the Service with a prayer. Members of the School Council helped to pack up all the donations which were collected by the Foodbank charity.
Year 5/6 Boys and Girls Football Qualifiers: Our football teams were recently invited to take part in Football qualifiers held at Weston Super Mare FC. St Martin's Girls and Boys Football Teams have both qualified to the Level 3 Finals and represent North Somerset.
Year 5 African Drum Workshop October 2018: Year 5 took part in an African Drumming session. The children learnt about and had the chance to play a variety of real African instruments from four African countries during the workshop. It was a great opportunity to learn about these instruments and practice different rhythms and beats. All the children thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sand Point Visit on 2nd October: Year 6 classes all enjoyed their visit to Sand Point where they found lots of little fossils on the beach at Middle Hope Beach as part of their geography work. The children participated in a variety of activities to develop team building and had an opportunity to apply their recently learnt Geography skills in field sketching, map work and classification.
Year 3 Bee Keeping: During Term 1 the Year 3 classes welcomed Fearne's Grandad, Dave, to talk to them all about Bee Keeping. They were fascinated by all the different facts he shared in addition to seeing protective clothing and seeing the bees themselves! What an amazing experience.
Why not read the Year 3 ‘Bee Amazing Fact’ books made by the Year 3 pupils coming to our school library soon.
Celebration of Learning Event 10th July: We had a fantastic turnout for our Celebrating Learning event again this year, which proved to be a huge success. Parents were able to experience learning first-hand as well as see their children's work, successes and also art projects completed during Art Week. The school looked amazing with all of the children’s work on display. We were treated to music performances in the Hall, lots of fun activities, Fundraising Raffle, an Auction and the BBQ was popular as were the ice creams. Thank you to everyone who attended our special evening and I would like to thank the staff and Governors for making the event possible.
St Martin's Schools 'Plant a Wheelbarrow' entry to the Weston Horticultural Society Competition, judged at the Summer Flower Show with a presentation and trophies awarded at the Mayor’s Parlour.
What the judges said about the wheelbarrow entry and our children: “Your pupils are to be congratulated on their effort in producing an excellent display and they can be proud of their achievement. The inclusion of hand made flags representing the home nations of your children shows their understanding of association and integration. We were also very impressed with the enthusiasm and politeness of the children. They are super ambassadors for your school.”
Year 1 Art Exhibition: The Year 1 classes held an Art Exhibition in school for their parents/carers on 19th July in their classrooms. We received some lovely comments from parents; “Fantastic pictures, thank you for letting us come into school to see them! Beautiful drawings..amazing pictures well done.”
Year 3 Egyptian Exhibition for parents - Friday 20th July: Parents were invited to come along to the school to share Year 3 classes Egyptian class work which was on display in the Hall. There were some fantastic displays.
Year 1 Bristol Zoo Visit 21st June: Year 1 classes enjoyed their visit to Bristol Zoo where the children learnt lots of interesting facts about the different animals that come from eggs and enjoyed a picnic lunch.
Thank you again to our parent helpers who accompanied us on the visit.
Year 2 Tyntesfield for 'Art Attack' Term 6: Year 2 had fantastic trips to Tyntesfield this term. They looked around the chapel, made mosaics and created their own clay Hunky Punks. They were all really well behaved and represented the school really well. Thank you to our parent/carer helpers who accompanied us on this trip.
Year 3 Bristol Museum Visit: Year 3 enjoyed a fantastic trip to Bristol Museum. They looked around the Egyptian exhibition and found out lots of information about what life was like for people in Egyptian times. They also got to handle lots of Egyptian artefacts and had to work out what objects were and also how they were used in Egyptian times. The children are now looking forward to using all of this knowledge to help them put together their Egyptian exhibition at the end of this term.
Year 5 Fleet Air Arm Museum Visit: Year 5 classes enjoyed their Educational Visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, in Yeovilton on 27th June. The children were given a guided tour around the museum by 3 friendly volunteers who knew a lot of interesting facts about the different planes. The children took part in a workshop where they learnt about evacuees, made gas mask boxes and took part in a pretend air raid drill. They also had an opportunity to sit in a real fighter plane cockpit, experience the inside of a helicopter and were invited to go onto the first concord ever made. Some of the children were lucky enough to witness the Royal Navy take part in some flying practice! They all had a fantastic day. Thank you to all of the parents who helped on the day.
Healthy School Week 18th – 22nd June:
Scooter workshop: Reception and Key Stage 1 classes took part in a scooter workshop involving different scooter skills, activities and an obstacle course. All children did very well and were rewarded with a certificate for taking part.
Smoothie Bike: Some classes in Key Stage 2 and Reception were given the opportunity to use a bike to blend fruit to make a smoothie. The bike and smoothie run completely on energy from pedalling. Once the children had blended the fruit to make a smoothie they were able to drink it.
Dr Bike: The qualified mobile mechanic visited St Martin’s School to service and repair bikes ready for summer bike rides. All of the work undertaken was completely free of charge – this service is provided by the North Somerset sustainable transport team.
Year 1 Writers Day Term 6: The Classes were visited by writer and poet Stan Cullimore this term. The children had a fantastic day immersed in creativity by writing our own poems, stories and plays. At the end of the day the children performed them to an audience.
Weston Rotary Art Competition: We had a fantastic amount of entries for the Weston Rotary Art Competition from EYFS, KS1 and KS2 Art Week. 27 schools entered their finest works and we were very lucky to have a winner! Well done to Lucy class 4S - her fantastic sketch of a lion won a Highly Commended Certificate and Prize at the Award Ceremony on Tuesday. Mrs Byron was extremely proud to watch Lucy collect her prize and see her work displayed at the show in The Campus Library. What a fantastic ambassador for our school!
The show runs from now until 9th July, so if you would like to see all of the entries please pop along to the Library just behind Matalan and Boots Stores, Locking Castle.
Royal Wedding Celebrations 18th May 2018: Our Children really enjoyed the Royal Wedding Celebration. Thank you to our parents/carers for supplying the cakes, food and drinks. Our Royal Wedding Bake-Off competition was wonderful with some amazing cakes entered.
Congratulations to our Winners of the Bake-Off Competition:
1st Prize Roman H - Ash Class
2nd Prize Maya and Harmony H - Classes 6U and 5JM
3rd Prize Jacob R - Class 4G
Winners were announced the following Achievement Assembly, each presented with a Certificate. Thank you again to everyone who took part, we were amazed by the standard of the entries into the competition last week.