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.

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!


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.

Class 1 did lots of data handling with tallies, pictograms and bar charts.

Class 2 worked on perimeter and used different measuring tools to find the perimeter of different parts of the playground.

Class 3 created their own games and mazes using equipment. They had different targets and scores and had to use mental maths to work out who won each game. The children were very inventive with their games and scores!

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In October some of the children from Class 3 went on their residential holiday to Lockerbie where they took part in a range of outdoor pursuit and survival activities. They had a great time – not only learning a wealth of new skills but building up friendships old and new and they really had to learn resistance when they survived a real-life two day power cut! You can read more about their adventures here and here.

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Class Three were learning about life in Victorian times and they finished their project by holding a Victorian Day. It was

fantastic. Everyone got into their parts, including Miss Taylor and Miss Bishop! We thought they all looked great in their Victorian outfits.

As part of the project they baked Victoria sponges – and very much enjoyed eating them.

And they all wore name badges. They found that some of their names were already popular in Victorian times so they didn’t need to change them at all e.g. Daniel and Eli. Other names have Victorian versions so Abigail became Abigale. For the children whose names didn’t translate we let them pick their own name – we even ended up with a Horace for the day!

The children also made Victorian crafts including a Decoupage photo frame – complete with their photo and Victorian Christmas cards and performed their own puppet theatres.

It was all very exciting.

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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.

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Practical work is very important to us at St Mary’s. Here we see Class Two at work on their Rocks Project. They started by examining and sorting rocks paying close attention to the features, then they devised experiments to learn about the permeability of different rocks.