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 - Adam Z, Isobel S, Amelie T, Maciek L, Tristin D, Michail O, Jamillah R, Maria G.
Spelling Bee: On Tuesday 2nd April, St Martin's hosted a fantastic Spelling Bee competition. The event, which was attended by a group of children from all our Kaleidoscope MAT schools, enabled the spellers from each of the schools to take part in the grand final. Each child had already competed in heats in their own schools to find the champions in each year group. They then completed against the other children in the MAT to find the champion spellers. It was a closely fought competition and the children had to move on to unseen words as the spelling was of such a high standard across all the schools. Congratulations to Worle Village Primary School who came 1st overall. The St Martin's children should be extremely proud of both their spelling and their resilience during this event. The children received their medals and certificates in our achievement assemblies.
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: Cat E, Ilana S, Ellie B-G, Ionah E, Eisra T, Hannah L, Weronika O
Year 3 Multi Sports:
At the beginning of Term 4, a group of Year 3 children attended a North Somerset Multi Skills event at Hutton Moor. Children had the opportunity to try a range of sports such as Laser Shooting, Racket Pack, Badminton, Speed Stacking and Baton Twirling. All children had a fantastic time and enjoyed trying some new sports.
A big well done to all involved: Carys P, Louis C, Charlie D, Taylah H, Nell L, Ash E, Lola K, Fearn W, Alfie B, Bart C, Cassidy M, Charlie F, Pippa S-C, Jason G, Hasnain H
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.
Watoto Choir Visit February 2019: St Martin’s received a visit from the Watoto Choir who performed dances and songs to the whole school. The choir is a group of Ugandan orphaned children who have been rescued from living on the streets and are placed into a foster family. They are provided with education, medication and a church community. The photos really don’t show the amazing energy and enthusiasm they shared with us. They were an absolutely inspirational group of children who were a delight to have visit us at St Martin’s.
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.
SPORT NEWS TERM 3:
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.
North Somerset Ski Trip 2020 - We held a parents information meeting about our school Ski Trip in February 2020, thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended. There will be further information going out after February half term. If you haven't previously registered your interest for the Ski Trip 2020, and would like to find out more, please let us know.
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.
Year 4 and 5 Multi Sports Festival: In January some of our Year 4 and 5 children have taken part in a fantastic Multi Sports event at Hutton Moor where children were given the opportunity to try a number of events including Kurling, Boccia and Tri Golf. All the children had a fantastic experience and were all awarded golf medals for their efforts.
Well done to all Involved – Regis S, Finley E, Ellis S, Tyler R, Owen S, Peyton S, Victoria S, Lily H, Laura M, Seren D, Lena L, Rio S and Freya T.
Year 5 and 6 Sportshall Athletics: During January a group of Year 5 and 6 children attended the North Somerset Sportshall Athletics at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. St Martin's competed against 17 other schools from North Somerset in a number of track and field events.
Our group of girls performed brilliantly on the track with our boys excelling on the field. We eventually finished the event in Silver medal position and qualified to represent North Somerset at the Level 3 Winter Games being held at UWE.
A big well done to all involved - Joe F, Bradley K, Roman W, Billy H, Jaro T, Arsen M, Jacob R, Reuben A, Joshua J, Abi P, Evie V, Summer T, Eisra T, Ruby T, Jasmine O, Dorcas A, Porsha H and Weronika O.
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
Yew Tree Farm ‘Christmas Story Event’:
On 11th December Beech class visited Yew Tree Farm to take part in a live Nativity. The children were taken on the journey the shepherds took to find the baby Jesus and they were really surprised to see a real baby Jesus.
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.
North Somerset Dodgeball Tournament: During December a group of our children attended the Dodgeball Tournament held at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre together with other local schools. St Martin’s lost their first game then went on to win every event and eventually finished as Bronze medalists. A big well done to all children involved; Jaroslav T, Jonathan W, Joshua DJ, Kinisi N, Jasmine O and Paul N.
Scarecrow Competition: Thank you to all the children who took part in the scarecrow competition, there were some fantastic entries and it was a really hard decision. The winner of the Competition is Natasha from class 3J. Natasha will help Miss Daniels build the scarecrow ready to go into the quad during the Spring.
Children In Need 16th November: We had an 'Extra Special' visitor in school on Monday. Pudsey Bear came in to school and we were able to have a photo with him. Thank you to ASDA in Weston-Super-Mare for sending him to visit us! St Martin’s held various fundraising activities for the Children In Need Appeal again this year, which were organised by the School Council which included a giant Cake Sale, Treasure Hunt and decorate a large Pudsey Bear picture with pennies. All pupils were invited to take part in ‘Wear Odd Socks Day’ on Wednesday. A special thank you also to Mrs Mallin and Mrs Lansdowne parent volunteers for their help during the week.
We raised a fantastic amount of £625.29 for this cause. Congratulations to Jasmine C 3C and Morgan H 5G who were our winners of the Pudsey Treasure Hunt.
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 6 Morfa: Many of our Year 6 pupils attended Morfa Bay on Camp. They had a fantastic 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 developing a new passion for some activities. Thank you to all of the staff who helped make the week a success...
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.
Kaleidoscope Year 6 Event: On 6th July, Year 6 children from all of the Kaleidoscope schools went to Hutton Primary School for the afternoon. Each school sang a song from their Year 6 productions and two joint songs to finish. Our children delivered a fantastic performance. It was a great event and Hutton Primary School provided drink and cake.
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.
Also on display was St Martin's Schools 'Plant a Wheelbarrow' entry to the Weston Horticultural Society Competition for Schools 2018 which will be judged at the Flower Show on 11th August, 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.
World Cup Tournament: To celebrate the World Cup the children have been taken part in our own World Cup Lunchtime Competition during Term 6. Congratulations to the following class winners:
Year 3 and 4 competition - Class 4G
Year 5 and 6 competition - 6U
Player of the tournament for consistent performances throughout was Chace from 4G.
Sports Day: On 25th and 27th June we held our annual sport day events, all the classes took part in various sporting activities showing great effort and enthusiasm.
Well done to all of the children who took part and thank you to our parents/carers for coming along and supporting on the day. The Year Group winners were announced in our Achievement Assembly today:
Reception – Ash Class Year 1 – Chestnut Class Year 2 – Hazel Class
Year 3 – Class 3W Year 4 – Class 4LG Year 5 – Class 5JM Year 6 – Class 6C
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.
Year 4 Overnight Camp Outdoor Adventure 12th & 13th June: Year 4 set off on their overnight camping trip to Fernhill Farm on 12th June. They enjoyed a range of outdoor activities including an assault course, a water fight and team building games. The event was a great success and the children ended the day with a talent show followed by 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. Thank you to the staff who gave up their own time to take the children and also to the team from Osprey for making the visit so enjoyable.
Reception Seaquarium Educational Visit: Both Reception classes enjoyed their visit to the Seaquarium and Weston Beach today. We learnt lots of interesting facts about the different sea creatures. The children all enjoyed digging on the beach followed with a delicious ice-cream at PJ's ice cream parlour. The childrens' behaviour was exemplary they were brilliant ambassadors for St Martin's. Thank you again to our parent helpers who accompanied us on today’s visit. (6th June 2018)
Avon Wildlife Trust Visit and Bristol Water Project: At the beginning of Term 5, the Year 4 children were fortunate to be visited by the Avon Wildlife Trust and Bristol Water giving the children an opportunity to take part in activities and workshops. They learned how to look after the elvers which they cared for during 4 weeks. During a visit, Avon Wildlife Trust taught the children about conservation issues and projects which are in place to help the eels survival.
At the end of Term 5, the Year 4 classes visited Blagdon Lake to release the elvers. During the day the children worked closely with Bristol Water and Avon Wildlife Trust representatives to learn more about Blagdon Lake and Eel Conservation. They had an opportunity to feed rainbow trout and were also involved in poetry and art workshops.
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.
Year 5 and 6 Kwik Cricket: On 21st May St Martin's attended an Athletics event hosted by fellow Kaleidoscope MAT School Hutton Primary. Unfortunately, we aren't aware of the results yet as scores are being collated. St Martin's had a fantastic morning and showed particularly well in the running events. Well done Jasmine, Abi, Jaro, Bradley and Ben.
On 22nd May St Martin's Year 5/6 Boys played in the North Somerset P.E Association Keiling Cricket Festival held at Nailsea Cricket Club. For several of our Year 5 and 6 children this was their first experience of competitive cricket and they coped brilliantly. St Martin's won 1 out of their 3 matches. Well done to Jaro, Ben, Jack, Marley, Jude, Luke, Reece and Alex.
Multi-Skills Tournament: During Term 4, 6 children from KS1 visited Christ Church Primary School and took part in a multi-skills sports event with other schools within our Academy. The children were able to take part in 6 different activities which included: a penalty shoot out, bean bag throw, standing long jump and other activities to test their skills. The children were a credit to the school and tried really hard throughout the event. St Martin's gained the highest amount of points across the activities and were overall winners of the event.
Congratulations to Mason in Maple Class, Reeun in Chestnut, Jenson in Willow,
Sport Relief March 2018: St Martin’s took part in Sport Relief, where children and staff were invited to come into school dressed as their favourite sportsperson for a donation. They also took part in sporting activities during the school day and participated in the ‘Sport Relief Mile’. The School Council sold Sport Relief bands during break times. We raised over £400 in total for this charity, thank you again for your generous support.
Easter Bonnet and Decorated Egg Competitions: We had a fantastic response to our Easter Bonnet and Decorated Egg Competitions on the last day of Term 4. Thank you to everyone who took part, the eggs and bonnets were all amazing. A certificate and chocolate Easter Bunny was awarded to each of our year group winners.
Easter Bonnet Year Group Winners:
Roman in Reception, Ethan Shilton Year 1, Lola Kelly Year 2, Poppy Belbin Year 3,
Owen Year 4, Dillan Burt Year 5, Josiah Year 6.
Decorated Easter Egg Year Group Winners:
Sebastian Prentice in Reception, Alan Delak Year 1, James Millard Year 2, Rostislav Venkov Year 3,
Amelia Way Year 4, Wiktoria Delak Year 5, Kalem Lawrence Year 6.
Spelling Bee 15th March: Children from Years 1 - 6 took part in a spelling Bee at Ashcombe School. They were competing against children from schools across the Kaleidoscope Multi Academy Trust. All those who took part performed really well, spelling some very difficult words and all of them represented the school very well. Special congratulations go to those who came first in their age group. Roman in Year 4, Arsen in Year 5 and Divine in Year 6. Well done to the whole team as St Martin's were overall winners of the event.
Science Fair Term 4: St Martin’s hosted a Science Fair to celebrate Science Week. There were a range of fantastic stalls, including those set up and run by children from the Kaleidoscope Schools. During the day Year 5 children from all the Kaleidoscope Schools attended the Fair and took part in a workshop run by Space Detectives. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and we would like to thank all the staff from the Kaleidoscope who helped make it possible.
Enrichment Science Day: Year 2 children had a visit from Paul Carpenter and his creepy crawlies! They heard about his travels over the world and the amazing creatures he studied. The children spent the morning learning about a range of animals. They stroked a tarantula, a tortoise and a snake skin. They learnt about how animals warn off their prey and survive in the wild. The children thoroughly enjoyed watching the live venomous snakes and poisonous dart frogs.
North Somerset Dance Festival 20th March 2018:
Well done to all our fantastic dancers who performed at the Weston Playhouse Theatre. The children performed two dances ‘Starlight Express’ and ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’. They looked amazing on stage and were a credit to our school and families.
Thank you to all the staff who helped out on the evening and in particular Miss Muff, Miss Haughton and Mrs Muff who have worked with the children to put together such a great performance.
We had some lovely comments from members of the audience. Our parents and carers also forwarded lovely comments to the school:
"An absolutely amazing show..both performances were brilliant..
they were all fab, well done all !
WOW! What an amazing team of children and teachers we have at St Martins School."
World Book Day 1st March 2018: pupils and staff came to school dressed in their fantastic World Book Day costumes. Children were able to take part in a variety of Dr Seuss based activities within school and many of them took part in the design a new hat for the Cat In The Hat competition.
And the Snow Day photo winners are...
Thank you for all our Snow Day photos posted onto our St Martin's School Facebook page. It was a difficult decision but the following pictures were the winners.
Each has won an Easter Egg and one free day at the School Sports Teaching Easter Holiday Club @ St Martin's.
Many thanks to School Sports Teaching for their very generous donation of the prizes.
Reception Class Treasure Hunt: Our Reception classes, Elm and Ash, are planning a treasure hunt around Worle High Street. The Treasure Hunt will run over the Easter holidays and will bring together our Superhero topic and our local community. A small group of children, with the help of Mrs Byron and some parent helpers, visited shops and businesses along Worle High Street. We asked our shops and businesses to help us host the treasure hunt by displaying our art work in their windows.
Every shop we visited were very pleased to see us and extremely helpful with our cause. We look forward to working with them in the future- so watch this space! There will be more exciting news to follow about how the whole of St Martin's School and our neighbours can work together to celebrate our learning!
Reception WOW Day February 2018: The Reception children looked amazing as they dressed as Super Heroes for the WOW. They went on a treasure hunt around the school to find Super Heroes and learnt theimportance of eating fruit and vegetables each day.
English Enrichment Day Term 3: On Monday, St Martin’s welcomed children from local schools to Writers Enrichment day. The day was led by Tanya Landman, an award winning local Author. The children had the opportunity to be involved with story telling and creative writing. Tanya brought along some of her own books which the children were excited to purchase and get signed!
Year 3/4 Dodecathlon: During Term 3 a group of Year 3/4 children went to Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to take part in the North Somerset Schools Dodecathlon which is a multi sports event giving children the opportunity to try a range of sports. The children tried Laser Shooting, Tri Golf, Badminton as well as a range of fun games and activities. The children performed really well and finished in 3rd place out of 24 schools. They had a great time. Well done to Seren, Maciek, Nicky, Owen, Kiera, Logan, Olivia, Freya, Keelan, Thomas, Lilly, Lucy, Ella and Archie.
Year 5/6 Girls Gymnastics Term 3: Some of our Year 5/6 girls were invited to take part in the Level 2 North Somerset Gymnastics competition held at Gemini Gym Club in Nailsea. There were 28 teams from across North Somerset and some excellent gymnasts. All girls performed brilliantly with Imogen O scoring the top marks for St Martin's with a score of 19.05 out of 20. Imogen narrowly missed out on Bronze in the individual competition. In the team competition St Martin's were announced as finishing in 4th position overall, but we have since been made aware of an error on the scoring spreadsheet and we have been told we actually finished in 2nd Place.
St Martin's now qualify for the Level 3 summer school games later in the year. Children were made aware of the mistake in assembly and presented with their Silver medals. A big well done to Imogen, Jasmine, Abigail, Ellie and Eisra.
School Council Visit to Weston Foodbank Term 3: Our School Council pupils learnt about the Foodbank Charity and the work they do in the local community. The Foodbank not only appreciated our harvest donations but also all the work the school council have done by labelling food and packing parcels. Well done School Council, you were shiny ambassadors for St Martin's!
School Choir Christmas Events:
Christmas Carols at Puxton Park: It was great to see so many of our children and families supporting our choir at Puxton Park for the Christmas Lights Ceremony. Around 60 members of the school choir took part and sang beautifully - we were proud of them. We had some lovely comments from people who attended remarking on their fantastic singing and behaviour. A huge thanks to all of the staff who organised and supported this event.
Christmas Carols at Wick St Lawrence Church: A small group of the school choir also attended a service at Wick St Lawrence Church to sing carols, as part of their Angel festival. The audience thoroughly enjoyed their singing and everyone commented on their exceptional singing and behaviour. The children enjoyed their drink and biscuits after and were thrilled with their gifts of chocolates and an angel Christmas decoration.
Christmas Fair: We were amazed and delighted by the number of people who came to our Christmas Fair again this year. There was a great atmosphere in the school and it was a wonderful start to our Christmas festivities. We raised a fantastic amount of £1,371.15. Thank you to the Fundraising Committee, Parents, Governors and Staff who worked so hard preparing for the Christmas Fair during the weeks running up to the event, setting up on the day and running stalls - our fundraising events could not take place without all of this generous help.
St Martin's Sport News Term 2:
November 2017 Year 5/6 Boys and Girls Football: St Martin’s football teams were in action again with both Year 5/6 Boys and Girls teams playing against St Anne’s in a qualifier for the upcoming North Somerset finals.
The girls were in fine form and despite it being a first competitive match for some the nerves didn't show with everyone playing well and showing great effort and enthusiasm, which resulted in a 4-0 win and Imogen Old scoring all four goals. Well done to Imogen, Maya, Abi, Lexi, Leah and Ruby.
The boys were involved in a very tight game with St Anne's and despite taking a 2 goal lead were left with a nervy finish when St Anne's made it 2-1. Despite this the boys remained calm and disciplined and still created chances on the break. Goals were scored by Ollie Bryant and Reece Parsons. Well done to Reece, Oliie, Ben, Alex, Zack, Jude, Alfie, Dan and Luke.
The girls are now through to the North Somerset Finals in the new year. The boys have now been drawn to play against Locking Primary School in a further qualifying round to be played on Monday 4th December.
Year 3 Multi Skills Festival: A group of Year 3 children went to Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to take part in a Multi Skills Festival organised by the North Somerset P.E Association. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to take part in a range of sports and have a go without the pressure of competition. The activities on offer were Laser Shooting, Tennis, Badminton and Fencing. The children thoroughly enjoyed having a go at some new sports aswell as perfecting their skills in some they have previously tried. All children were presented with a medal for their efforts. Well done to Poppy, Lexi, Ifrit, Kady, Michail, Myles, Alfie and Todd.
Children In Need Day: Thank you again to everyone for the generous donations raising money for Children In Need and UNICEF. Thank you also to the School Council for organising the days events, we raised an amazing £659.65 from dressing up day and the big Cake Sale.
Remembrance Service: On Friday 10th November, Year 6 led our Remembrance Service. They talked about World War I, read poems and sang hymns. We also held a two minute silence. Well done to Year 6 and thank you to Rev Fleming for attending and closing our service with a prayer.
Harvest Donations for Foodbank: Thank you again to all our parents/carers and pupils for your generous donations during Harvest week. As a school we collected a total of 160kg for the local Foodbank charity.
Year 6 Residential Camp Morfa Bay September 2017: All of the children and staff who went to Morfa Bay had a fantastic time. They enjoyed a week of adventure, fun and excitement. 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 3 Stone Age and Iron Age WOW Days: At the end of Term 1 Year 3 had a great WOW Day to end their Stone Age topic. The children designed and created cave paintings, made jewellery and made their own hand prints like the Stone Age people would have done. They watched Miss Daniels gut fish and experienced how it would have been cooked over an open fire!
At the start of Term 2, the Year 3 children all enjoyed their 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.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! We would like to thank everyone who came to the Macmillan coffee morning it was a great success and so nice to see so many people, as well as new parents and families to our School. We are happy to announce we raised just under £600.00, including the non-school uniform mufti money. This was a fantastic amount!
Visit to the Mayor’s Parlour: On Tuesday a group of Year 6 pupils were invited to the Mayor's Parlour to celebrate St Martin’s School being awarded 3rd place in the Weston Horticultural Society ‘Plant a Wheelbarrow Competition 2017’. The children enjoyed meeting the Lady Mayoress and were able to try on a Mayoress robe and hat. The children were a credit to the school and were presented with a trophy and a medal each for their achievements.
Year 4 Roman WOW Day: During Term 1 the Year 4 Roman WOW day, the children dressed up and learnt about daily life. They studied Roman numerals and Roman food and then created a menu using the information they had learnt. The 4S classroom was transformed into a Roman Bath House and the children experienced what it would have been like to wash in the different temperature rooms and use a Roman strigil. The children are now looking forward to learning even more about the Romans at their Educational Visit to the Caerleon Roman Museum shortly.
Commemorative Centenary Service: On Wednesday 4th October, St Martin’s Year 5 and 6 attended St Martin’s Church where they were joined by Parents/Carers, Governors and Members of Worle History Society to take part in a service of commemoration for Mr Frederick Gardiner and Mr John Rennie Durnell. Both men were former teachers at our school and their deaths 100 years ago at the Battle of Passchendaele, were recorded by the then headteacher in the school logbook. The service was led by Year 5 and included readings about the conditions at the Battle of Passchendaele and biographies of the two men’s lives. Candles were lit in remembrance and a minutes silence was observed. Mr Fleming, the vicar’s husband, closed the service with a prayer in which he sprinkled petals to represent all those that have suffered and those that suffer still, as a result of conflict.
Before returning to school Mr Marriott thanked the readers who confidently and clearly conveyed the stories of Mr Durnell and Mr Gardiner and the very important message of how we, as a school, are connected to that war 100 years ago.
School Council Educational Visit to Houses of Parliament, September 2017: Part of the School Council had a successful trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. The day was very busy. They were lucky enough to see a live debate in the House of Commons, tour the palace of Westminster and had a workshop about Campaigning - which they hope to use during the year. They also met our MP John Penrose who kindly talked to the School Council about his job as an MP and answered their questions. The children were a credit to the school, and families, and thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
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.
Maths Enrichment Day: 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”.
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.
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.