St Mary's Church of England (Aided) Primary School


Term 6 June 2014
Week 5
Another busy week beckons: many involved with the Musical Evening on Tuesday 8th July from 6pm till 7pm, which promises to be very enjoyable, and will feature a wide variety of performances including from Singing Club and our Year 5/6 instrumental groups. Tickets available from Mrs Curtis/Mrs English.

Wednesday 9th July is the Year 6 Leavers' Tea Dance, 6pm till 8pm in the school hall and children need to have returned a completed permission slip to attend.

Thursday 10th July is KS2 Sports day and will feature a short carousel of events followed by races. Please make sure children have their correct kit and trainers in school on the day.

Week 4
Year 6 children have been enjoying their transition visits to new schools, and we're enjoying having them all back together again! "Oliver!" rehearsals have been continuing, and we're really looking forward to what should be magnificent performances in the last week of term.

Everyone's excited about visiting Warwick Castle on Friday 4th July - children need to arrive promptly (after 8.30am but by 8.45am in classrooms) in school uniform and please remember inhalers, packed lunch, coat/sunhat and a rucksack. We'll be leaving school at 8.45am and returning at around 4pm. Many thanks to parents and carers for all your contributions to the cost of this trip.

Year 5 will be helping run KS1 sports day on Thursday 3rd July, and we've been practising hard in preparation for KS2 Sports day next week (Thursday 10th July).

Key dates
Friday 4th July                            Year 5/6 trip to Warwick Castle
Tues 1st July/Tues 8th July          Year 6 - School Nurse sessions
Weds 9th July                              Leavers' Tea Dance 6pm- 8pm at school
Thurs 10th July                            KS2 Sports Day - pm
Tues 15th July                             "Oliver!" performance to school - afternoon 
                                                   "Oliver!" performance to parents - evening
Weds 16th July                            "Oliver!" performance to parents - evening

Thurs 17th July                            Leavers' service 9.45am at St Mary's church
                                                   - whole school attending and parents welcome
Fri 18th July                                Last day of term - finish 2pm

Our Year 5 tag-rugby team were fantastic in the Chippy tournament - here are some fab pictures of them in action courtesy of Mrs Chambers:



Week 1 was really busy for us all! Year 5 children, aided magnificently by Mrs Gibson, Mrs Jordan and Mrs Dunn, have risen well to the challenge of planning and running Charities Week. Activities have included selling fruitpots and squash at breaktimes, a cake sale, film nights and a sponsored run. The week concluded with a non-uniform day and mini-fete with a huge range of stalls and games for everyone to enjoy. Year 5 children and staff are very grateful for all the support they have received, and have chosen two charities that the money raised will go towards: the Blue Cross and Cancer Research UK.

Term 5 April 2014

During this term we have been enjoying learning about World War Two, particularly in Enrichment where we have been engaged in a huge range of activities across our three classes related to the theme "Make do and Mend", including knitting, sewing clothes, gardening, cooking wartime recipes and building a replica air-raid shelter! 






We have been working on timeslip stories in English and are reading "Blitzed" by Robert Swindells as a class novel.  In Science we are investigating reversible and irreversible changes and separating mixtures of materials. We have been practising athletics and cricket in PE and are very much looking forward to Ms Smales' return. 
A number of children have benefitted from the chance to undertake cycling proficiency training and we are very grateful to the team of volunteers who provide this opportunity. Our library sessions on Thursday afternoons are very popular and we have a group of fantastic Junior librarians working hard at lunchtimes and after school to assist Mrs Edwards. 

Key dates
Week beginning 12th May    KS2 assessments for Year 6 children
Week beginning 19th May    Assessment week for Year 5
Friday 23rd May                End of term 5
Week beginning 2nd June    Charities week (organised by Year 5) 

Term 4 February 2014

Key dates

Week commencing 24th February 2014 - International arts week
Thursday 6th March - World Book Day and Open Evening for International Arts Week 4pm - 6pm
Wednesday 12th March - Book swap for World Book week and storytelling event being held from 6-7pm. 
Friday 14th March - World Book week non-school uniform dress-up day
Tuesday 18th March - Year 5 Music Festival at Chipping Norton School 2:15 -5:45pm
Wednesday 26th March - Parents Evening
Thursday 27th March - Parents Evening
Thursday 3rd April - Easter church service
Friday 4th April- End of Term 4 for the Easter holidays

Term 3 January 2014

During this term Years 5 and 6 will be reading the book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. They will be using the text to write persuasive holiday brochures, with a focus upon adjectives, nouns and subordinate clauses. They will also look at text types such as newspaper reports, narrative, non-chronological reports and letter writing. At the end of the term, the children will be watching the film in order to make comparisons between the portrayal of the characters in the book and on screen.
Swimming will continue this term, along with music lessons for Violin, Cello, Brass and Clarinet. In Science lessons the children will be studying micro-organisms followed by a topic focusing upon forces. This will entail a variety of practical investigations and experiments. Their enrichment lessons will be teaching them about the famous artist Andy Warhol and they will be using his techniques to recreate both pieces of his vibrant artwork and to create their own interpretations.

During enrichment, the children are studying Popart and Andy Warhol. They are creating their own canvas potraits alongside popart images of Disney characters and zoo animals. 

We hope that this will be another busy and enjoyable term for the children. 
Term 1 and 2 September to December 2013 
Over the next two terms the children will be learning about the Victorians. They will look at the Pre-Raphaelites, Victorian arts and crafts, Decoupage, Brunel's Bridges, The British Empire, The life of Queen Victoria, The Industrial Revolution, Inventions, Leisure time, Music Hall, The Cadbury Quakers and William Morris. They will also have a weekly music lesson where they will be taught to play either the violin, clarinet, cello or a brass instrument. These lessons will take place for one hour a week on a Tuesday afternoon throughout the year.

In Science, the children are learning about Electricity and how to make circuits, using the scientific symbols to represent the components for their circuit. They will carry out a variety of investigations to enhance their scientific knowledge and understanding.

Our text during English this term is Street Child by Berlie Doherty and the children are currently using this to write a report on Victorian children and their lifestyle. They will also be receiving daily spelling lessons and guided reading sessions to enhance their reading comprehension skills.

PE lessons will include Gym, Football and Hockey this term and Ms Smales will be organising a selection of after school sports clubs and tournaments.

The Year 6 children are looking forward to their trip to Liddington in October and preparations for this are already underway!

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