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Performance poet visit
Thanks to the generosity of F.O.S.S, the school was able to enjoy a visit from multicultural poet Donavan Christopher, aka Rappaman on Monday, 23 April. He spent the day in school and following an all-school assembly, led workshops in each class. We had a great session with him and he was very impressed with the raps we came up with.
As part of their Geography lessons, Class 4 had a visit from Meriem and Mehmed who are from Bulgaria. The children listened as Meriem and Mehmed described life in their native country. During their presentation, they told the class about the beautiful buildings, the weather, the customs, religious beliefs and tourist attractions from that part of Eastern Europe. The class then tried reciting the Bulgarian alphabet. They also had the chance to try some traditional Bulgarian food – lutenitca and lokum (Bulgarian delight).
RE trip to York Mosque and the Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy
On Monday 16 April, Class 4 went on an RE trip. Firstly, they visited the Mosque in York. The Imam there talked to the children about his faith and asked them lots of questions about their knowledge of Islam. He was very impressed with what they knew. The children in turn, asked many questions of the Imam. They also got a chance to look in the new mosque which is being built as the old mosque is too small now. From York, the class travelled to the Buddhist centre just outside Pocklington. After lunch the children re-enacted Buddha's life story and took part in meditation. Again they answered questions and asked many questions. Their behaviour was impeccable and they were a credit to the school!
We Made £5 Grow!
Thanks to everyone who helped and supported us during our Make £5 Grow project. There were nine teams and we sold a variety of products from bird feeders to buns to painted stones. In total, we were given £105 by Virgin Bank and our total profit to date is £841.15 with money still coming in. We'll be spending the money on a class trip to The Forbidden Corner in North Yorkshire.
On a wet and windy Friday, Miss Brindley and Mr Edwards ventured into York with GEMpire, one of class 4's Make £5 Grow teams. The team, made up of Bethany, Eve and Lily, was chosen by Virgin Bank staff to go into the branch and set up a stall to sell the class's products to the public. It was a valuable learning experience for the girls as they had to target their market and really work hard to secure sales. Don't forget, the last sale takes place after school tomorrow (Tuesday 20 March). Many thanks for all your continued support.
Orienteering at Woldgate School
It was a busy old Tuesday after school for Class 4. As well as doing the Make £5 Grow sale, four pupils took part in an orienteering competition at Woldgate School. Despite the very wet and muddy conditions, they all made it round - some getting a bit muddier than others! Well done Amy, Bethany, Finley and Matthew. Thanks to the parents who provided transport.
WORLD BOOK DAY
Because of the snow last week, World Book Day was rearranged and staff and children got into the spirit coming to school as their favourite characters. Horrid Henry, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Paddington Bear...the list is endless!
A trio of Mary Poppins!
Mrs Brown from St Martin's Messy Church came into Class 4 recently to tell the children all about Messy Church. The class took part in fun activities including making butter - this activity reminds us that the Spirit changes us. The children had to make a hat with three sheets of newspaper - the three sheets represent the Trinity and another task saw them blowing three bubbles in one - again representing the Trinity. The next Messy Church is here at school on Sunday 18 March at 3.30pm. All ages welcome.
Make £5 Grow
Due to the inclement weather, this week's sale was held indoors and again sales were brisk. Thanks to all those who supported Class 4. Next week's sale will be on Wednesday 7 March after school.
Indoor Make £5 Grow sale
It's Class 4's Make £5 Grow sale tomorrow (Tuesday 27 February.) Weather-permitting, it'll be held on the playground after school. In the case of inclement weather, the sale will take place in Class 4's classroom. Due to the Parent Consultations' evening, next week's sale will take place on Wednesday 7 March. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you and your money!
MAKE £5 GROW
Class 4's first Make £5 Grow sale took place on Tuesday 20 February in the playground after school. It was very well supported. The children did amazingly well and a good deal of money changed hands! Thank you to everyone who bought something. There was a good variety of stalls from bird boxes to painted rocks; from glitter tea lights to handmade biscuits. Next week's sale takes place on Tuesday 27 February. On the week of the parents' consultation evenings, the sale will take place on the Wednesday (7 March) instead.
Stressed? Buy a stress ball - or two.
Waiting for the rush!
Scented candles and glitter tea lights on sale.
Something for our feathered friends.
Grabbing a bargain.
PITCHING OUR MAKE £5 GROW IDEAS
Just before we broke up, representatives from Virgin Bank in York came to Class 4 to listen to the children's ideas and to give out advice. The children asked questions and their ideas were judged and prizes given out. One lucky team will be going to Virgin Bank in York to sell theirs and other children's wares.
Preparations are well under way for Class 4's Make £5 Grow project. The first sale will be after school on Tuesday 20 February. Bring your pennies (and £s!)
Pupils in Class 4, each with their £5.
A TASTE OF PASSOVER
In RE, Class 4 has been learning about the Jewish festival of Passover when people remember how the children of Israel were led out of slavery in Egypt. The class enjoyed some traditional Passover foods - Charoset - which with its chopped apples represents the mortar used by the slaves; Matzah crackers - representing the fact that the Israelites couldn't wait for their bread to rise and red grape juice (wine) representing freedom from slavery.
Class 4 have been taking part in Active English, which combines writing, creativity and physical exercise!
A Sad Goodbye
Today is my last day at St Martin's School, after having worked here for over 8 years it's a very sad day for me. The school, children and staff are wonderful and I shall sorely miss coming here each day. Miss Brindley and Class 4 are fabulous and do brilliant things...keep being amazing, love Miss Andrews xx
History of Medicine Project
Class 4 really enjoyed our History topic looking at medicine through the ages, so much so, the children did a homework project on a period of history that they were particularly interested in. We had some Tudor herbs, Medieval humours and Plague Doctors. Parents came to our open afternoon and Class 3 popped in for a visit. The children had certainly put in a lot of effort.
This half term in D&T we have been learning about yeast and bread making. We decided to do this topic in the form of 'The Great British Bake Off' - Bread Week! Over the weeks the children had to research, design then make their bread. We were very lucky to have the assistance and knowledge of 2 professional bread bakers...Vicky and Jess from Patacakes Bakery in Dunnington, they came in for 3 weeks to help and finally judge the children's finished products. It was an extremely tense final with the overall winning team creating a very tasty raisin bread.
All of KS2 attended a Creative Writing day at Beningbrough Hall, the children were split into groups to write a collaborative piece. Each group were taken to a room, given a character, genre and item to include in their story. A great day was had by all and the children showed what fabulous imaginations they have!
We took the Year 6's out for a 'Leavers meal' to Cosmo in York. We had a walk down by the river and ate far too much for lunch but it was delicious!
To end the topic on food in our French lessons, we held 'market stalls' where we had to buy and sell fruit and vegetables using French language only.
Our annual end of year play took place this half term, we performed 'Porridge' to audiences over 2 nights. A great time was had by all...some of us loved our costumes more than others!
Class 4 had a day at Stocksbridge Technology Centre learning about various ways to grow fruit and vegetables. At the end of the day everybody got to bring home a bag of vegetables to enjoy which they had picked.
We had a few days away on residential at Dearne Valley Kingswood. We tried lots of different activities...
During SATs week, the rest of the class spent some time on a maths pizza project. The children were given the brief of creating maths related toppings, for example we had some ratio, fractions, doubling and symmetry. They designed the pizzas on paper, worked out the ingredients for the base then made the dough and put their toppings on. Once the pizzas were finished we compared their designs to their finished product then shared them with the Year 6's to celebrate the end of SATs.
In History we have been learning about Tudor Life. We decided to end the topic by holding a Tudor project afternoon for parents and children in Class 3 to come and see everything we have learnt.
Our finished bowls from Fangfoss Pottery, we are very pleased with them!
We were invited by Jerry and Lyn Grant, from Fangfoss Pottery, to spend an afternoon learning how they work and also making our own bowls using leaves we found.
Class 4 enjoying World Book Day (spot the 2 Wallys in the background...).
Mr Simms and Mr Edwards performing the Class 4 dance - maybe enjoying themselves a little too much!
This half term we have been learning about Anne Frank by reading her diary and moving on to writing radio play scripts based on her story. Below are the recordings of our plays, we hope you enjoy listening to them...
We have had a little visitor in Class 4 over the festive period, the cheeky Elf! Each night he has had a bit of fun in our classroom, the children have had fun coming in and finding what he's been up to!
Our English topic is currently Rap Poetry, this rap was written by one of the year 6 pupils.
To round off our topics of Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and From Bean to Bar, we visited York Chocolate Story to learn more about the process. We had a great time tasting the chocolate and we made our own lollies!
We designed and created Buddhist shrines to bring our topic to a close.
As part of our Buddhist topic, we decided to create our own mandalas using coloured sand.
On Thursday 23rd June, the EU referendum took place. We at St Martin's decided to hold our own vote...the children voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU.
To bring some more understanding of how Fairtrade works and why we should support it, we held a Fairtrade afternoon for the whole school. Dr & Mrs Smith came to give a talk and answer questions, they also brought various Fairtrade products to buy and we supplied cakes and drinks made with Fairtrade ingredients.
We spent the day at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre learning all about the Buddhist faith. Polly, who is a volunteer at the centre, took us around the hall explaining the history and the day to day life. We then spent some time in the meditation room having a go at 'Take 5' meditation we also acted out the story of Buddha. Afterwards the Buddhist nun, Lekmo, answered any questions the children had regarding Buddhism and the life of a nun/monk.
We held our final sale for Virgin Money 'Make £5 Grow' scheme, Anna from Virgin Bank came to support us and we handed over the cheque to repay the loan the children were given. The children raised an amazing £795 over the course of the enterprise, great work by the pupils and many thanks to the parents for giving their support. We are now looking forward to a great day out at York Maze with the profits!
As part of our Virgin Money 'Make £5 Grow' enterprise we are currently taking part in, we were kindly offered the opportunity to hold a stall at Langlands garden centre by Mr and Mrs Ducker. 5 groups of children took up this offer and raised a huge £161 on the day. Fantastic!
As part of our Easter activities in class, we learnt about the meaning behind a simnel cake and enjoyed tasting it. We also made lovely Easter cards using a block printing technique that we had been doing in art.
After our Big Easter day, we created a display to show the activities we took part in.
The whole school took part in our annual Big Easter day, we went round the different stations having a go at the activities. Rev Jan joined us for the afternoon too.
In Class 4 we have a reward system of a 'ping pong pot', when the pot is full the children choose a treat. This time they decided they'd love a chocolate fountain so...we gave them a chocolate fountain!
We spent the day at York Minster
We are currently taking part in the Virgin Money 'Grow £5' scheme. The children have each received a £5 loan from Virgin Money to invest in their own business. Each week we have been holding selling opportunities in school. The children are hoping to raise enough money to pay for a fun day out towards the end of the school year.
In our Geography lessons we have been looking at the question 'Why on Earth?' We have been very lucky to have had reports sent back from a 6 week boat journey, which began in Singapore and has just ended in Ghana, by Mr Collins our Admin Officer's husband. Mr Collins works for the oil industry and has been involved in a huge project to build and sail a 'floating oil rig' which is to be used off the Ghanian coast for approx the next 25 years. We have been in email contact with Mr Collins along the journey, asking questions ranging from 'how do you get water?' to 'have you seen any sea creatures?' Mr Collins left the ship to come home on leave for a couple of weeks and came into school to talk about his experiences and answer more questions from the children.
We spent an afternoon looking at 'What is a Diocese' and learning about the York Diocese. The whole of KS2 got together and split into 5 groups, we went around each 'station' in our groups and had a go at the different activities. Afterwards we came back together to look at the different ideas and thoughts from all the groups and discuss what we had learnt.
We really enjoyed learning about and creating stoles for the different times of The Litergical Calendar. We were so inspired that we made our own stole for Reverend Jan to wear at our 2015 leavers service.
Virgin Money Grow £5 trip to Forbidden Corner
Year 6 Sponsored Bike Ride 2015
REaction visited our class, we discussed the 'Send My Friend To School' campaign, had a drama workshop based on the creation story and played drums.
Kingswood Residential, we had a great time doing all the different activities
Reverend Jan came into Class 4 to talk to us about Liturgical Colours and Art in Christianity. She brought her stoles in to look at and try on, we are now going to design and make our own.
We had an assembly followed by a workshop by Childline to discuss keeping safe and what to do if we are worried.
'Make £5 Grow'
We took part in 'Make £5 Grow' with Virgin Money. Virgin bank lent each child £5 to grow, the children chose whether they did this alone or in groups.
Over 12 weeks the children researched, advertised, made/bought and sold stock and kept profit and loss accounts. The children were very enthusiastic about this project as we gave them the choice of what they would like to do with any profit they made at the end...the decision being a day trip!
As the weeks rolled by, the profits began to creep up and by the end of the final sale day the class had made a total combined profit of an amazing £918.38! This beats the total made by any other school taken part in Virgin Money 'Make £5 Grow'.
With the money we are able to pay for the full class to enjoy a trip to The Forbidden Corner, the bus journey, lunch and ice-creams. Great work everyone!
We have been trying a new approach with our homework during the last half term where the children can choose which piece they do each week from a list of 15.
This seems to have been very well received, so much so that we decided to dedicate a display board to the work the children bring in.
There has been lots of baking (which is always gratefully received!), fact sheets, paintings and games, to name but a few. The children have used their imaginations and creativity to make some amazing pieces of work.
Class 4's New Homework Board and Homework Activities
Please read our Autumn Curriculum letter to see what we will be learning about.
Christmas Jumper and Christmas Activity Day fun in Class 4!
Class 4 running their stalls at the school Christmas Fair.
Some Class 4 pupils have been training to become school Playleaders, here they are receiving their certificates and caps.
Winner! Sean won the East Riding of Yorkshire Bikeability competition, over 2000 children have taken part in Bikeability this year. Here he is receiving his prize.
Class 4's homework was to design a maths game that would teach and challenge the players maths skills. The proof of the pudding was the children teaching and playing their games with their classmates.
Class 4 taking part in Bikeability Cycle Training
Class 4's Marvellous Medicine History Project
Class 4 children, as part of our history of medicine, did an extra curricular homework project on a period of their choice, to look at the illnesses and remedies of that time. The children thoroughly enjoyed their work and it culminated in an open afternoon for parents to come and see all their hard work.
Class 4's healthy eating D&T day.
Class 4's team building day at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park.