Well done to our KS2 children for reaching the final of the Nottingham City Road Safety Quiz. Eight children represented our school brilliantly last night. St Mary’s came 7th out of all the Nottingham City primary schools.
As the weather appears to be changing, please send your child to school with a sun hat and sun cream (with their name on). Please apply sun cream on exposed skin before school each morning as children are out for a long time at break and lunch time.
I would like to thank Miss Smith for increasing her hours and for moving to Year 4 in November. From the week commencing 14th May, Miss Smith will return to teaching for three days (Monday – Wednesday) and Mrs Caine, who we welcome back from maternity leave, will teach Year 4 on a Thursday and Friday.
Well done to the children and staff in Years 2 and 6 who have worked very hard all year to prepare for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1 SATs, which will begin on Monday 14th May. The rest of the classes will be completing the normal end of year assessments in June and the annual reports will inform parents about progress and attainment.
Over this term, all classes will focus on the role the Holy Spirit plays in our lives through the themes of Pentecost, Reconciliation and the Universal Church (World).
This term, Partake Theatre visited all Y1-Y4 and helped to bring our history topics to life! Year 1 and 2 explored the Great Fire of London – dressing up as people from 1666 and re-enacting the event. Year 3 and Year 4 enjoyed their Ancient Egyptian Day - smelling different spices the Egyptians used, investigating artefacts, acting out mummification and, most popular of all, an afternoon of role play, dressing up and enacting a burial ceremony of a Pharaoh. Year 5 and Year 6 created a range of Mayan artefacts, including totems, Mayan symbols and Mayan-lettering embossed artwork. They also enjoyed a range of drama activities. These enrichment opportunities helped to build the necessary skills of enquiry and develop a firm interest in the topic. The days were a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all the children.
On Tuesday 1st May at 9am our Community Public Health Support Worker, Deb Stone, is holding a coffee morning. She will be talking about ways in which we can promote and encourage children to develop positive attitudes to food. At the end of the session, she will be available to talk to you about any other health issues that you would like to raise.
We held a family workshop in school on Wednesday 7th March for parents and carers from Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6. Eleven parents attended and they explored ways in which our children can be respectful and safe online and to promote positive cyber citizenship.
On Tuesday 20th March, 24 parents/carers from the Foundation Stage attended a coffee morning. During the session, parents had the opportunity to work with their children to create an Easter Bonnet, ready for the Foundation Easter Parade.
“It was a wonderful experience as I got to meet other parents and spent quality time making something together with my daughter. I am looking forward to the next one” (EYFS parent)
I have received the attached letter from Traffic and Safety Development at Nottingham City Council. Local residents have contacted their councillors with concerns about parking. The council have proposed a residents’ permit parking scheme between 8am and 6pm and have planned a small number of shared use bays. Unfortunately, from the plan, it only seems to provide our parents and Scotholme parents with about 14 spaces for the drop off and pick up times. This concerns me greatly. I have spoken to the Headteacher at Scotholme Primary School and we will be writing letters to object to this proposal. As this will have a negative impact on the majority of our parents, I would appreciate if you could take some time out to write a letter detailing your concerns.