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Chinese New Year

恭喜发财 or ‘happiness and prosperity’ to all our friends!

The children enjoyed a fabulous experience as part of our Chinese New Year celebrations today, when we were joined by Li Bin who shared with the children many traditions linked to Chinese New Year and presented the children with a number of small tokens to take home. In Reception it was a delight to watch some of the children joining together to re-enact a dragon dance.

In Reception it was a delight to watch some of the children joining together to re-enact a dragon dance.

 

Traditional Tales Wow Day

What a surprise on Friday morning to discover that the Reception teachers had disappeared and their places taken by characters from Little Red Riding Hood.  Mrs. Goodman was disguised as grandma but bore a strong resemblance to the wolf as well - very strange!

Superhero Wow Day

This term the Year 1 children are learning all about superheroes.  On Wednesday they came to school dressed as their favourite superhero and what a lot of interesting costumes were worn!

Christmas Fayre

St. Mary’s was a hive of activity on Saturday 2 December when we held our annual Christmas Fayre. We are delighted to announce that due to overwhelming family support we raised a record breaking £1033!

African Drumming Workshop

On Tuesday our new Year 2 topic ‘Beat, Band, Boogie’ began with a bang (literally!) and a WOW start when Year 2 attended an African Drumming Workshop with World Beats Music. The children had a fabulous time and learnt to play the drum with different parts of their hand to create a range of sounds and learnt to beat to different rhythms. The reverberation of 30 children drumming throughout the school was quite something!

Celebration of Learning

Year 1 and 2 had an exciting time on Thursday sharing their homework tasks with each other. We were delighted to see the range of their projects from Lego volcanoes to dinosaur hats, fantasy maps, photos of them exploring Cogges Farm and interviews with local residents.

Diwali

This week we had a visit from Marcina, a classical Indian dance teacher as part of our celebration of Diwali. During the workshop the children acted out the story of Rama and Sita and, as you can see from the photo, our Year 2 children particularly enjoyed taking on the role of Hanuman’s monkey army.

St. Mary’s Music Festival

For two fabulous weeks in October the children of St. Mary’s had the opportunity to see and hear incredible music. We had visits from Witney Town Band, The School of Rock, Frank Harrison playing jazz, string instruments from Oxon County Music Service and Salt Box Music Discovery. Parents shared their talents too with Mr Lovell playing brass instruments and Mr Whitaker on guitar.

French

This academic year we have enriched our curriculum by introducing French teaching across the school. From Reception through to Year 2 our aim is to embed a love of languages from early on in life. French language and culture is led by our specialist French teacher Mademoiselle Reynolds.