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Welcome back after lockdown
After 6 months away from school for some children we are delighted to have finally fully re-opened. We are so proud of every single one of the
Our New Library
As we welcomed the children back we were able to reveal our new fantastic new library. Situated in the heart of our entrance hall it is a firm reminder to us all that reading is at the centre of everything we do at St Pius X.
New Outdoor area for EYFS
Over the summer holidays phase 1 of the redevelopment of our EYFS outdoor area was completed. The playground was extended and new paving laid to join the new area with the old. The new mud kitchen was installed and new areas set up. This is only the beginning of our redevelopment. Watch this space!
Danby Trip – Year 3
Year 3 travelled to Danby forest to take part in a Stone Age experience Day. They were teamed up into tribes and investigated some of the tress from that time that still grow today! They looked at how the stone age people used these trees to help them survive. Let loose into the woods, the children had to find resources, from the wild, to build their own shelters. They even got to light their own fires!
Macmillan Cake Decorating
This year we supported Macmillan Cancer Support’s Coffee Morning campaign ‘Nothing stops a coffee morning’. Across the week, all children had the opportunity to decorate their own cake or biscuit with Mrs Phoenix (our school cook). The children brought in a donation.
Stewart Park Trip – Year 1
Year 1 went on a Gruffalo Hunt to Stewart Park. We got on our walking boots and set off to find the Gruffalo. While we were at the park we went on a wildlife hunt looking for different types of trees and birds. We made tree rubbing pictures and hid in the woods were Mrs Tye read us the story ‘The Gruffalo’.
After School Clubs
After school clubs including computer club and Fitness club have been set up in our class bubbles. Year 5 have been introduced to ‘Bootcamp Style Fitness’ in fitness club and our online safety ambassadors have been working hard in Computing club.
Our introduction of new homework grids, which are based on a points system, have proven to be a huge hit with the children and their parents. A wide variety of creativity has been displayed for our first topics across the school the homework has consisted of lots of model making including. It has been great to see the children so enthusiastic about their homework and seeing how proud they are of their work.
Year 2 enjoyed their first memorable experience of the academic year. They travelled to Whorlton Castle for their topic to understand what life would have been like to live in a castle. After a look around the castle, Year 2 went on a hunt for pirate graves in Whorlton’s ancient grounds.
Halloween Pumpkin Competition
Our Pumpkin competition was a huge hit! The effort and creativity on display was amazing. Mrs Walker and Mr Bennett had such a hard job choosing our winning ‘Scariest Pumpkins’.The children also came to school dressed in Halloween costumes and thoroughly enjoyed the day. In such strange times, when halloweening and such event are restricted, it was great to see the children having so much fun, safely in their class bubbles.
We ended the term with Harvest Festival. The children brought in donations of food from their families to give to families in need. We will be making sure that these food donations go to families within our community who may need a helping hand over the coming months. Once again we thank our parents for their fantastic support.
We started the term by taking part in Parliament week with an aim to engage our pupils with people parliament, politics and democracy. The children took part in various activities which included research, debates and public speaking. Our school council were kept VERY busy this week.
We paid our respects to those who have lost their lives in service by creating a whole school display. We laid crosses made by a friend of the school which we had decorated in our bubbles.. Mrs Jackson held a very poignant (socially distanced) collective worship outside. Part of the collective worship was to place our 2p donations on the ground in the shape of a poppy. The children also completed work on the meaning of Remembrance Day in their bubbles. All children were given a knitted/crocheted poppy knitted by friends of the school community.
Children in Need
As part of children in need, we came to school in non-uniform (for a small donation) and took part in the BBC’s Children in Need, Strictly Dance Challenge. There was some very impressive moves on display.
This week we showed our support to anti-bullying week by all being ‘United Against Bullying’. We started the week wearing odd socks to show everybody is different. Throughout the week we all took part in various activities in our class bubbles. Some of these activities were led by the school council, peer mediators and Mr Bennett.