Welcome to Blackbirds
Class Teacher: Miss Bridewell
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Cooper
Other adults that work with us: Mrs Smith (Tuesday Afternoon), Mr Telfer and Mr Williams (P.E. four terms a year)
Maths - Measuring Capacity
5th November - 16th November
The Best Christmas Present in the World
In Blackbirds we have been reading the story 'The Best Christmas Present in the World' by Michael Morpurgo which is all about the Christmas Truce which happened on the 25th December 1914 during WWI between the German soldiers and the British soldiers.
After reading and discussing the events of WWI the children wrote some truly beautiful diary entries from the point of view of a British soldier who took part in the Christmas Truce.
22nd - 23rd October
For the last two days of term, Blackbirds have read The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig which links in nicely with our Mental Health Awareness week.
The story discusses the life of a pixie who can only tell the truth and this upsets lots of people.
However, towards the end of the book, The Truth Pixie finds a little girl who really needs to be told the truth so that she can get through some difficult times in her life.
As a class we discussed what we thought were the really important parts of the story and the messages we need to take away with us.
Our favourite part of the story said 'But you'll never know happy unless you know sad.'
We liked it because we had never thought about happiness like this before and it was very thought provoking.
Matt Haig was at the Salisbury Literary Festival at the weekend.
Miss Bridewell was lucky enough to meet Matt Haig and get a signed copy of The Truth Fairy as well as being able to tell him all about St. Martin's hard work raising money for Young Minds.
We have spent the week learning about mental health for Young Minds’ campaign #HelloYellow and learning about different ways to cope with mental health issues. We were lucky enough to have That’s TV Salisbury come in to film some of our activities. On Wednesday, we had lots of children running a Mile for Mental Health, on Friday we dressed up in yellow clothes and had a Cake Sale.
Children brought in money for dressing in yellow as well as parents spending money on cakes. It was lovely to have support from everyone from our school community for this well deserving organisation. We successfully raised £180 for the #HelloYellow campaign!
If you would like to see the video by That's TV Salisbury for our #HelloYellow activities. Please visit YouTube and search for 'St. Martin's Mental Health' or follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymY8FU-NKxo&safe=active#action=share
Children went outside to see which materials were the best to make curtains.
The children had to decide whether the materials were opaque (don't let any light through), translucent (let some light through), or transparent (let a lot of light through).
The children found that the red carpet would make the best curtain because it was opaque and would not let any light through.
Thank you, Miss Bridewell
In our Art sessions, we are learning about Vincent Van Gogh who painted Starry Starry Night.