This week, the nursery have been re-building their igloo (Milk Bottles) since people have been kicking the ball into it and winds have been blowing it about. So they brought it inside and re-built it. They also made a role-play café in there home corner. Some abstract art took to their walls and the nursery children got all excited when they found out that their new topic was food! They are going to be learning where food comes from and why we need it.
Jack, Frieda, Molly, Elodie and Julika volunteered to be part of a Literacy Group to develop and write the script for the Gruffalo show.
Thinking about characters … demonstrating how Mouse might feel on meeting Fox for the first time in the forest.
Molly demonstrating sly Fox.
Rehearsing our roles …
The children learned their lines, where to position themselves on stage, when they should talk and how a stage performance is created and performed using music, microphones and lighting.
Practising dance routines …
We did lots of practising!
Creating scenery ….
The children designed and created most of the scenery for the show. The children made ‘skirts’ for their chairs which they then decorated, as well as making flowers to decorate the front of the stage.
Making costumes ….
The children helped to create and decorate some of their own costumes, discussing colours and drawing designs for costumes, cutting out fabrics, painting petals …
Making props ….
The children helped to decorate a large tree for the forest, brilliantly created for us by Mr. Kelly, a Nursery parent. The children worked as a team to create ‘the nut’ using a balloon and papier- mache, before painting it.
Advertising our show …
Our show poster – designed by the children and very kindly produced for us by Arthur’s Dad. The children decided we needed to have a programme for the audience and discussed what should be included in it.
Getting ready for the big day …
Costumes and make-up – assisted by our wonderful parents and helpers.
The BIG performance!
We learned to say ‘break a leg’ to wish each other luck before a performance!
On Tuesday the 7th of February a group of very brave P6/7s went to represent St Mary’s at the Stirling schools cross country. There were over 350 people taking part in the event, from over 20 schools. The course consisted of 2 laps, one big lap one small lap. First up was the primary 6 boys Murdo dug in deep and did a great run. Near the finishing area there was a steep and super muddy hill. Lots of people took a tumble in the mud but luckily no one was hurt! Next up Ailis, Jade, Molly and Madeline ran for the P6 girls they all ran really well and ended up very muddy! In 4th place was Cameron, Fin and Jonathan also ran an amazing run finishing within 2 places of each other! The final race was the P7 girls. Our racer was Catriona she was very proud of her run and so was everyone else. After the race we took a very muddy and wet team selfie!
We have started a new term here at St Mary’s and have changed committee groups. Kilbryde have taken over the Media group and we are going to update the twitter page weekly. We are also making an achievements page on the school website.
By Julie & Neil
We visited a real post office. When we were there a postman spoke to us and told us what we needed to set up our post office. We made special identity cards, we painted a bright red post box and made a special area for sorting our letters.
We even designed our own stamps, for first and second class posting. The first class stamps were 5p and second class is 2p.
St Mary’s EPS has had a very special history topic called Shaping Our Nation. We worked on this in partnership with the Smith Museum and our topic was launched by having a night at the museum sleepover for P4-6.
Throughout October and November all the classes in St Mary’s EPS were preparing different parts of the project for when they took over the Smith Museum once again – to share their learning. P7 started their World War 2 topic. They used an app called ‘Morfo’ to make key figures in WW2 come to life.
Primary 5/6 were doing, People Who Shaped Our Nation, for example William Wallace and Sir Alexander Fleming. They chose four important people throughout history and gave persuasive speeches to try to prove who they thought was the most important and influential, our parents had to vote based on how persuasive we were.
Primary 3/4 were learning all about Romans and used their knowledge to create, from scratch, and perform, an opera called ‘The Pottery Promise’. They did all the composition, instruments, script, acting and props themselves!
Primary 1/2 were learning about jobs in the olden days and how these people used jobs to help other people. They made a blacksmiths, a castle kitchen and a school and set these up in the museum.
On Tuesday the 29th of November the day came for sharing our learning and everyone was very excited but also nervous. The museum, as normal, was open to the public but family members were given a special invitation to visit the museum. Everything was set and ready to go. There were 2 sessions, the first session was a great success and a quote from a parent was “It’s amazing how you have managed to do all this so well!”
Some children had a packed tea at the museum which went down very well with the pupils, before more guest came to hear about our learning in the evening. The day was a great success with the whole school coming together as a big team. Some quotes from the pupils of St Marys were “I think it was a brilliant learning experience for me from the aspect of our WW2 topic.”(Lukas P7)
“I learned more about being a team and about William Wallace.”(Chiara P6)
It is safe to say that history was really brought life through this way of learning and sharing.
In the Glen Finglas forest P5/6 met lots of magical creatures on a learning journey expedition about the plants and wonders of the wood. Luckily they were friendly…
Primary 5/6 had just arrived and were trekking through the woods on a slightly overgrown stone path when one of the rangers suddenly said, “Stop! There’s some Rowan berries growing on that bush!” The other ranger informed everyone that Rowan berries are extremely magical because the top of them where the stalk joins is in the shape of a star. Everything in the forest with a star shape is magic! So Primary 5/6 decided to pick a few and then they set off again into the thick of the woods. 10 seconds later they noticed a tree hopper up a tree and marvelled at the song he was making with his fiddle. They shouted at him and when he saw them he almost fell off his branch!
He told them where they could find Granny Lichen who was another creature of the woods so the children ran off to find Granny. They trekked around the forest finding more tree hoppers on the way until they eventually found the Banaboocha! The Banaboocha is a forest spirit but is rarely seen by humans. It is the magic of the forest! The Banaboocha handed them a magic potion made from all the edible plants and mushrooms of the forest and they added it to some tea for everyone to drink. However, only after everyone managed to get a tree hopper friend out of a tall tree! When the boys and girls were eating apples, they discovered that apples also have a magical star in them when they are cut in half!
When asked about Glen Finglas Wood, Astrud (P5) said, “Glen Finglas Wood is enjoyable for all who are there”. Julie (P6) said that, “Glen Finglas Wood would please all. It was an amazing day!” Leo (P5) said “It was well organised but very entertaining”.
Everyone had a mystical day and would love to go back!
Over the past weeks we have enjoying regular visits to to local forest. The nursery children have contributed to the planning of these sessions. This includes: activities to do, having a snack, free choice to run around, climb trees, bug hunt and putting up a shelter to have a rest area. Now that we are familiar with the area we are planning to take a small fire bowl and toast marshmallows.
A lovely start to the year! In September, the whole school had an exquisite time doing gardening and making their playground more attractive and making it a better place for wildlife and insects. The playground is now growing tasty food that everyone can enjoy together.
Every class from nursery to P7 have been given a barrel and planted something in it. Everyone has worked really hard planting it, keeping it nice and will continue to do so. The whole school feel very proud of the playground.
Nursery have planted a Hazel Nut Tree, Saskatoon JB 30 which is a shrubby Canadian blue berry type fruit and viloa cornuta – you can eat the flowers!
Primary 1 have planted yummy Apple Julyred, Victoria Rhubarb and Bloddy Sorrels.
Primary 2 have planted Beauty of Moray apples, Champagne Rhubarb and Roseroot.
Primary 3 have planted Apple Api, Timperely Rhubarb and salad burnet.
Primary 4 have planted Tam Jeffreys which are nice stripey eating apples. They have also planted Strawberry Symphony and annual herbs.
Primary 5 have planted an Ashmead’s Kernel Apple tree, champagne rhubarb and annual herbs.
Primary 6 have planted a Bardsey Apple tree, annual herbs and small sweet Alpine Strawberries.
Lastly, Primary 7 have planted Raspberry Allgold and three wild strawberries.
The boys and girls at St. Marys cannot wait till the plants bloom and are they are very excited to taste the yummy food they planted.