We gathered together in front of our new altar for October, the month of the Rosary, for a collective worship written and led by Olivia, Elliot and Teresa.
Have a look at our portrait gallery of Henry VIII and his six wives.
The Tudors: We have been using the rhyme "divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived", to remember what happened to each of Henry's wives.
Science: Separating Mixtures using filter paper, magnets and evaporation.
The challenge this week was to find out ways to separate mixtures. Pupils were given different mixtures including salt and water, sand and rice, sand, rice and drawing pins, flour and rice as well as sand and water and polystyrene balls. They had to come up with a way to separate each ingredient.
Using sieves, filter paper and magnets they got to work.
Mrs Jones demonstrated how to use evaporation to separate a salt solution.
RE: Our Talents
"We hold many talents."
Our RE display celebrates our talents. Every child had to design a star which described their talents or in some cases they were asked to write about the qualities they saw in a friend.
This week in science we had to test out how temperature and stirring affect dissolving. We mixed sugar with cold, tepid and then hot water and timed how long it took to dissolve in each. We then re-tested, but this time we introduced stirring and compared the difference in our results.
We found out that temperature and stirring speeds us dissolving.
We worked in groups to investigate which substances dissolved in water. We tested paint, coffee, salt, sugar, pebbles, flour, bicarbonate of soda and rice. We completed a table of results listing which substances dissolved, which did not dissolve and which reacted.
Our Class Trip to Llancaiach Fawr.
The Manor House near Nelson, was built around 1550 for Dafydd ap Richard.
The Manor was designed to be easily defended during the turbulent reigns of Tudor kings and queens and is considered to be one of the best examples of a semi-fortified manor in Wales today.
As well as touring the house, pupils took part in three workshops. They learned about how the rich and poor lived, what they ate, the differences between boys and girls.
They sat in on a Petty Sessions hearing of Court before learning about the medicine of the day, made their own "Plague Bag" which was the only defence the poor would have against the deadly plague, crafted their own soap ball like the rich ladies of the time and then found out what life was like for Tudor children by playing games such as drop the handkerchief and "Goose and Frog" in the courtyard of the Manor House.
Our Welsh wall is chockablock with words. Tests your Welsh and see if you can translate the graffiti.
Our new display board is celebrating our best work. Every pupil has a their own Hollywood star from the Walk of Fame and Mrs Jones will choose the best pieces of work to feature on the display, as well as highlighting pupils' achievements and success stories.
At this harvest time of year we have been thinking about all we have and what we should be thankful for in our lives. We have a Cafod box on our harvest prayer corner. Any donations of loose change would be gratefully received.
A collective worship led by Breanna, Olivia and Isabella.
We shared our knowledge to create bubble maps detailing what we had learned from our trip to Llancaiach Fawr.
We had to find out how best to dissolve jelly. We made predictions and tested out our theories by trying to dissolve jelly in cold, then tepid and finally hot water. The first time we stirred, then we retested by not stirring. We used a timer to work out which method was fastest. Finally we repeated our experiment by using smaller pieces of jelly.
We had a lesson with a difference when we stepped back in time with the History Chefs to discover the food, good and bad enjoyed by the rich and poor in Tudor times. After much lively discussion about the dishes of the day we got to make our own Tudor bread.
Pupils in Class 6 have written thank you letters to the History Chefs to let them know they really enjoyed the workshop. Carys and Ceri were so impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of pupils in St Mary's they told staff they would love to return. In a note to Mrs Jones, Carys said: "You have a lovely school and all the students were so polite and enthusiastic."
Here are some of our thank you letter to the History Chefs.
Have a look at some of our best homework which has made it onto our interactive Tudor Display table.
To prepare for our Tudor banquet we made some Tudor treats including Marzipan-fruits out of playdough. The results were worthy of Masterchef!
Our Tudor Banquet
To celebrate the end of our topic, Class 6 and Class 7 came together in Tudor dress to sample some tasty fayre, play chocolate chess and dance a traditional Tudor dance.
Our Class Mass: November 10, 2017.
Thank you to Fr Bord who celebrated today's mass and thank you to all the members of our school community and parish who were able attend. Here are some pictures of the mass taken by Lili.
The entire class shared the Pupil of the Week award this week for helping ensure it was a beautiful class mass.
As part of Anti-bullying Week we have been working out the definition of a bully and thinking of good ways to help the victims of bullying. To raise awareness we have designed and created posters, made badges, and even created our own informational songs, raps and documentaries to help everyone in our school be even better friends. Here are some of our short films and songs.