The children have researched, designed and made cushions for their DT project.
Here are some extracts from the Viking dance that was created with a professional dance coach and really enhanced the Viking topic. When the dance was completed, the class performed it for Year 4.
The children enjoyed the visit from a ‘Viking’ as part of the History topic ‘Were the Vikings really vicious?’
They learned how the Vikings were traders, raiders, crafters, farmers and settlers by participating in activities, listening to stories and asking questions.
World Mental Health Awareness Day
Pupils and staff have been thinking about our mental health as part of World Mental Health Day. Please see the video and presentation below for more information on how you can find help and support others.05 Talking Mental Health Assembly Powerpoint
Today, the children were welcomed across to St Mary’s Church to take part in our ‘Experience Harvest’ event. There were five interactive stations where the children were encouraged to reflect upon the harvests of the sea, the garden, the grain, the flock and the earth. They had the opportunity to create a clay pinch pot, and an origami boat and work together to create a weave. Throughout the activities, the children thought about what we could learn from the harvest. For example: being patient like the farmers waiting for the perfect time to harvest their crops. We also thought about how we could be faithful to God, show humility to others (by putting their needs first) be joyful givers and be generous to those in need. Above all, the children learnt about being thankful for all that God has given us and learnt how to fill ourselves with peace. It was a truly lovely day.
Our current school opening times are 9:00am – 3:30pm.
This meets the Department for Education minimum requirement for all children to be in school for 32.5 hours per week
Arrival at school
The gates to the playground open at 8.40am. Children should arrive punctually between 8.45am and 8.55am. Children will be supervised on the playground from 8.50am and then asked to enter school through the Reception, Key Stage 1 or 2 entrances at 8:55am.
KS 1 and KS 2 9:00 – 12:00
School starts at 9:00am. Please ensure your child is in their classroom before the door is closed at 9.00am. If your child is late, please take them to the main office and sign them in. If your child is ill, please inform the school office before 9.30am.
10:25 – 10: 40am – KS 1
10: 40- 10:55am – KS 2
KS1 12.00- 1.30pm KS2 12.00- 1.00pm
1:30 – 3:30pm KS 1 1:00 – 3:30pm KS 2
2:35 – 2: 50pm – KS 1
2:15 – 2: 30pm – KS 2
Children should be picked up from their classroom door.
If you are going to be late picking your child up please ensure you contact the school office
as soon as possible so the teacher can be informed. If your child has not been picked up by 3.40pm they will be brought to the school office to be collected.
Gold School Games Mark
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Gold School Games Mark for our commitment to sport and keeping our children active! A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped us to achieve this award!
Blackpool Zoo Trip
Year 1 had a wonderful time visiting Blackpool Zoo recently.
Year 2 had a wonderful day learning about animals and their habitats at Blackpool Zoo. There have been so many awe and wonder moments today. Such smiling faces and squeals of delight!!! It has been a privilege to witness the happiness today and to finally take them out on a class trip.
Year 2 have waited patiently for 3 weeks to see if the 7 eggs that we put in an incubator would hatch. 6 new lives have joined our world and have been named. We have all enjoyed cuddling and caring for them and are sad to see them go to their new home. It inspired us to write great information and instructional texts linked to this science topic.
Year 2 had a reflective session with Father Paul today. We all enjoyed a peaceful and spiritual Circle Time.
Year 2 have enjoyed using vocal sounds, body parts and musical instruments to accompany music inspired by British myths and Legends.
The children from Year Two to Year Six have spent time at St Mary’s Church, to participate in the ‘Experience Church’ event. This gave them the opportunity to reflect, discuss and learn about the importance of the different parts of the Church and the role that they play in the life of the Church. The stations included: the entrance, Lectern, Font, Altar, Votive Stand, Kneelers and the stories in the windows. The children really enjoyed creating their own stained glass windows, to create candle holders to reflect that ‘Jesus is the Light of the World.’ They also created origami birds, in which they folded their worries, and flew them away. Lots of deeper discussions were held about Christians being disciples of God and about the importance of prayer. The children learnt about the Christian values and the value of what we can bring to the Church and take away into the wider world.
We were given one piece of jigsaw each to inspect. We had to be like ‘Dr Resilience’ and notice the smaller details. This caused lots of puzzlement and questions in our minds like ‘What is that?’ ‘Where could it be?’ ‘Has someone else got a piece from my jigsaw and how can I tell?’ We then worked with a partner to look at what clues we could see in fragmented pictures/ parts of photographs. We carefully looked for clues to see what we could notice and thought about what sort of place it could be and gave reasons how we knew. We discussed what we know about the seaside and our experiences of these localities. We shared our picture with another pair and compared similarities and differences. We then used the pieces to complete the seaside jigsaws.
Travelling Science Show
Year 2 had an amazing travelling science show visit where they looked at ways to change materials to produce unexpected effects, explored and tested the properties of materials in unusual and astounding ways and enjoyed taking part in interactive experiments to answer questions such as ‘How many people can fit through a sheet of paper?’ ‘Why is it not a good idea to bring your packed lunch to school in a paper bag?’ and ‘Can we make a piece of tissue so strong that no one can rip it?’ It was awesome!
The Disgusting Sandwich
Year 2 had such fun following instructions to make their very own disgusting sandwiches like in the story that we had read. They were amazing chefs and thought of lots of verbs to collect and synonyms vocabulary for ‘disgusting’. We are looking forward to writing our own disgusting soup recipes.
We really enjoyed making our own timelines about different explorers.
Reception Class proudly presented a wonderful performance of the Wriggly Nativity.
Straw and Order Show
This year, Years 1 and 2 have performed ‘Straw and Order’. This show was set in a courtroom where the judge had to listen to 2 sides of a story and give their verdict.The donkeys and cows were both represented in court to decide who the stable belonged to! After realising that being respectful towards each other, understanding differences and being kind and sharing is better, they agreed to all live together in peace and harmony! This was a lovely Christmas message that reflects ‘Love one another like Jesus loves us’. We were so proud of all our infant pupils who performed so well in front of 2 large audiences. They danced, sang and acted brilliantly.
Oldham Rotary Carol Concert Peformance
The woodwind ensemble and school choir were delighted to perform live at the Oldham Rotary Carol Concert on Saturday evening. Both groups performed superbly and enjoyed a fabulous evening. We were delighted to be able to help raise funds for Maggie’s Oldham by taking part at this event.
Reception & Year 6 Buddies Service
We are very proud to welcome our Reception Class of 2020 to St Mary’s School.
Today our Reception pupils were presented with their own special prayer books by Rev Katy.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control Year 6 were unable to be part of this service but sent their love and best wishes to each of their buddies.
For this year Harvest St Mary’s will be supporting Mary’s Meals and the fantastic work they do. Please watch the video and make any donations via the link below the video.
Welcome to our page for our new Reception Class children who start with us September 2020
This is a video of your School Buddies
Ash Wednesday Service
The children took part in a thought-provoking Ash Wednesday Service. This was led by Reverend Katy Cunliffe, who was accompanied by Reverend Dorothy and Mr Sanderson to mark the beginning of Lent.
Christmas Jumper Day
All pupils came to school wearing their Christmas Jumper to raise money for Christmas Jumper Day. Pupils and staff raised over £200.
Pupils from the School Council ran the event and started the day with worship to explain how by wearing a Christmas Jumper and making a donation we are helping other children around the world.