Learning, Special Days & More

Themed Days, School Trips, Shows, Parties, Meals and lots of Wonderful Things…

At St Mary’s learning isn’t just about sitting at a desk – there are far more ways than that for developing our skills.

At the end of December Class One performed their Nativity show to packed audiences and everyone’s delight. It was the culmination of a half-term’s work and was absolutely wonderful.

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On Monday 10th December children from Years 4 and 5 spent an afternoon doing Conservation work with Ribble Rivers Trust. They learned about looking after the countryside and our environment, they planted trees, fitted protective mesh, worked really hard and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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On Wednesday 5th of December, Class 3 had a wonderful Victorian Day. All the staff and children came to school in Victorian dress; they started the trip at Gawthorpe Hall spending a packed morning doing Victorian crafts, cooking and games, they met the Father Christmas and then finished with a Victorian afternoon at school.

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In October some of our children went on a residential trip to France. They were completely immersed in French life for the trip, which included a visit to a market, cafés, a chocolate factory and a moving but interesting trip to the Somme Battlefields.

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On Wednesday 26th September Year 6 attended Bowley Bookfest to celebrate everything good about reading. The children took part in different activities based on books and reading as well as listening to a number of children’s authors and illustrators. Some of the children got their books signed by Chris Riddell (Children’s Laureate 2015-2017).

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On Tuesday 13th March Class 3 had a Mindfulness and Meditation Session. We all had great fun and some of the activities included exploring our emotions and understanding that it’s normal to feel different ways (whether it’s worried, stressed, happy, sad). We were taught how to breathe in order to calm ourselves down. We took time to concentrate on just one task using one sense. We had to separate barley from rice using only touch (we had to have our eyes closed)- no distractions, just us and the grains.
We also learnt about the Superhero stance which helps us to feel more confident through standing in a certain way for 2 minutes. Another task included trying out a variety of child yoga poses which we loved! We also took the time to smell and fully observe a raison before eating it. We couldn’t eat it straight away but when we did, it made us appreciate the taste and we learnt that this is something we should always do with food along with the world around us.
Miss Ashcroft taught us different ways to keep calm and appreciate the beautiful world we live in!

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On Thursday 12th October we had an Outdoor Classroom Day – each class having a lesson outside and benifiting from creative learning whilst enjoying the lovely autumn weather.

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In Class One we love working outside. Here you can see us in Gardening Club, making dens, learning with Forest Schools and on our visit with the Firefighters.