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NEWS - 20 DEC 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,
As you may have heard Mrs Radcliffe had a nasty fall on Friday and unfortunately fractured her sternum. She
is being well looked after by her family and sends her heartfelt apologies for missing the end of term. She
wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. She knows that we are all thinking of her and
wishing her a speedy recovery.

It has been an extremely busy and eventful term. We are very proud of all that the children have achieved and how they are all fantastic ambassadors of our school. Each class has shared some of their highlights of the term below.

All the staff at St Mary’s wish you a peaceful and relaxing Christmas holiday and we look forward to seeing you back safe and sound on Wednesday 4th January at 8.30am. We would like to thank you all for your continued
support and commitment to the school.


This term our topic has been all about ‘People Who Help Us. The children have learnt so much about the roles and responsibilities of Doctors and Nurses, Firefighters, Police Officers, Refuse Collectors and Postal Workers.

Each area of learning in the classroom has enabled the children to practice the skills being taught and allowed them to interpret them at their own pace and in their chosen area. The children have really embraced the topic and have had some brilliant ideas for role play and we are very proud of the progress they have made in 14 weeks.

Reception Class have performed in front of an audience delivering our class assembly and our part in the Nativity performance, ‘Super Star’.

We are learning to stay fit and healthy. We have been learning to sort healthy and unhealthy foods. We have been learning to bandage!

I am learning to use my phonic knowledge. Next term our topic is all about ‘Bears’. The children will be learning about different countries, global
warming, facts about different types of bears and their habitats so lots to look forward to!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

We have had wonderful term learning all about Castles. It seems such a long time ago now that we visited Arundel Castle to kick-start out topic. It was a glorious day and we learnt so much about life in medieval times. Since then we have written castle fact files, fairy-tale stories, practised a medieval dance ready for our banquet and even made our own shields. It really has been a busy term!

Our Science topi c this term has been all about ‘The Seasons’ and we focussed particularly on autumn and winter. We investigated shadows and
the amount of daylight there is for each season. Towards the end of term we focussed on learning our scene for the Nativity as well as practising the
songs. Miss Harling, whose first Nativity it was,says that we were brilliant and she’s very proud of us all.

To celebrate the end of our topic we are having a Medieval Banquet to
showcase all our hard work to our parents. We have really achieved a lot this term and we are looking forward to learning all about Toys in the spring term.

Year 2’s topic this term has been The Great Fire of London. The children have really enjoyed learning about what life was like in the 1600s and how different it was to their own lives today. We started off by travelling
back through history, putting the Great Fire into the right place on the timeline. We read lots of non-fiction books about the fire and found out about people’s experiences of the fire, through newspaper reports and
Samuel Pepys’ diary. We used these to write our own recounts about what it would have been like to have lived in the bakery on the night of the fire. We learnt about how news travelled in Tudor times and pretended to be town criers, trying to get people to safety, using our loudest voices! Year 2 produced a brilliant assembly, acting out the story of the fire through mime. The children also learnt to sing ‘London’s burning’ as a round.

This helped them to work together as a team and to practice their reading and performance skills. In art, the children learnt about blending colours and created beautiful silhouette pictures of the fire. They also took a virtual tour of the streets of London in 1666 and used this to help them sketch Tudor houses. In science, we studied materials and learnt about how houses were constructed in Tudor times. We thought about the properties of materials and redesigned London streets to help prevent future fires. In DT, we set up the
Pudding lane bakery and learnt all about how bread is made. We tasted different types of bread, baked bread rolls, learnt how to shape and plait dough and wrote our own recipes.

The highlight of our topic was a visit to the Museum of London. Here the children explored the highly interactive exhibition, Fire! Fire! They particularly enjoyed watching the fire spread across the map of London and trying to put it out using different equipment. They examined artefacts from the fire and packed their trunks with their most precious goods.

To round off our term, Year 2 took the lead in the nativity play. They worked incredibly hard learning their lines, polishing their performance skills and practicing their singing. They did 3 fantastic performances and we were all very proud of them.

Next term, our new topic will see us jetting off on adventures around the globe, when we will be learning all about the world’s continents and oceans.


Our topic this term was the Stone Age and Iron Age.  We visited Butser Ancient Farm and a Neolithic Stone Age house.  We experienced chalk carving and chalk clunching which is  when chalk needs to be crushed and then added to mud, straw and water to make a mix used to build a self-supporting wall.  We also made wattle fences.  We then presented our information in assembly for our parents.  We have been busy making decorations for the Christmas fair and learning our song for the Christmas Carol CD which we enjoyed recording.   Miss Howells has greatly missed her class and is looking forward to a great spring term.  The children are looking forward to learning about the Titanic, visiting the Sea City Museum and making their own Titanic models. A great start to Key Stage 2.


The central autumn topic in Year 4 was the Second World War and, although a serious subject, I must say the children loved it from the very beginning and showed great interest.

We have covered key speeches from Neville Chamberlain as well as king George VI and we have discussed the Axis and Allies, looking at the geography and locations of all those involved.

We have also had some realia such as uniforms, genuine gas masks and gas boxes, ration books and ID cards which the children later recreated. We made use of them on the Evacuation Morning as they were part of the Evacuee’s suitcase essentials.

That was a very special event for both the children and the parents giving the pupils a taster of what it was like to be evacuated during the War. All dressed in WW2 costumes, children walked to their carer's house and were given some household tasks like tidying, cleaning, dusting, helping in the kitchen or in the garden. It was great fun and a truly unforgettable experience.

In the second part of the autumn term children visited the Rural Life Centre in Tilford where they were able to see a superb exhibition taking them back to the 1940s. Sitting in the classroom just like in the forties, lying down in a Morrison shelter, darning old socks, making pom poms and using a water pump definitely brought the history curriculum to life.

We were also very lucky to listen to the local wartime historian Bill Pollington, chair of the Royal British Legion in Chiddingfold.  Mr Pollington showed us many interesting books and pictures from the Second World War and talked about local heroes. The children were burning with curiosity and asked plenty of questions.

We finished the WW2 topic with the 1940s Tea Dance Party where Y4 children presented their singing, dancing and acting abilities to parents. To add more authenticity to our party we were using rationing recipes to prepare eggless cakes and Crunchies.

We hope all those that attended enjoyed stepping back in time just as much as we have.


Year 5 have had a fantastic and productive Autumn Term. We have loved learning about Ancient Greece and have particularly enjoyed our Olympic Games Greek day which took place on December the 15th. The children mad Greek salad and tatziki in the morning and then participated in an Opening Ceremony followed by Olympic Games in the afternoon. Year 5 worked on the planning and organisation of the day in teams for 4 weeks prior to the event ensuring that the whole day was managed by them, developing their leadership and teambuilding skills. Everyone had a wonderful time and teams were awarded points for sportsmanship and effort. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to children who stood out the most for their efforts and engagement; however every child worked incredibly hard to pull off an amazing event. Thank you to the art, geography, sports and technology teams - you made the day a great success. The winning sports event team was Australia followed by Holland, with Great Britain and Canada not far behind.

This term we have worked very hard in all of our lessons and enjoyed our music, computing, art and PE especially! We have also been inspired by writing about the BFG and Harry Potter! It has been an exciting time and we are looking forward to the spring term and our new Space topic.


It has been a busy term in Year 6 and the class are now settled into their roles as pupil leaders and are all working hard towards their personal targets. We covered some exciting topics and subjects this year and the students have thoroughly enjoyed learning about a variety of different things, including map reading and the creation of felt phone cases in DT. Our main topic for the term was WWI and we have learnt about everything from how and why the war started life in the trenches and at home during the war to the development of women’s roles in society as a result of the ongoing conflicts. Year 6 was fascinated by the depth and breadth of information available and our topic was topped off by a fabulous trip to the Imperial War Museum, London. We had a great day looking at all the exhibits and artefacts; I know I can’t wait to go back next year!

We are looking forward to our new topic of The Mayans and the Aztecs, as well as interesting new Science topics of ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ and ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We will also be stepping things up a gear in preparation for their fast approaching SATS tests in May, with intensive lessons in all core subjects. Have a lovely Christmas Year 6! Please enjoy some of these pictures from the Imperial War Museum trip.


There are spaces in Athletics Kickstart club for January. This club may not run if it does not have sufficient numbers so please sign up for this exciting club!

Also, in our RUN THE WORLD challenge we have over 1000 miles to Budapest for the Judo World Championships!



Coming Soon: Hannah will restart Friday Night Thing from the middle of January. More details to follow but in order for it to run some volunteer helpers, to go on a rota, will be necessary please can you contact Hannah ( if you are willing to be a helper!


Christmas Eve 4pm ‘Crib Service’ – all age fun telling the Christmas story.



In the New Year, to become more efficient St Mary’s will be actively encouraging all payments for school trips, dinner money etc to be made online via Scopay.  Access to this can be found from the school website under the parents section.  Please help us to become a “cash-less” office and also save you time finding the correct change/cheque book.


Please ensure that your school dinner monies have been paid for this term.  Going forward if money is owed for school dinners unfortunately your child will be unable to continue with school dinners until payment in full has been made.


Thank you to all those parents who have made their contribution to the school fund this term.  This is much appreciated and a vital source of income for the school class rooms.  It enables teachers to provide pupils with additional extras enhancing the learning experience.  Just a gentle reminder to those who have yet to contribute that you can do so online via our website.


Thank you to all those for donated a £1.00 for Christmas Jumper day on December 16th, we are pleased to announce that we raised £84.00 for Save the Children.


For reception place for September 2017, the deadline for applications is 15 January 2017. Parents who miss the deadline reduce their chances of getting one of their preferred schools, so apply online by visiting

With Very Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

From all at

St Mary’s

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