Have a look at our gallery of Henry VIII and five of his wives. Can you guess who is missing?
These portraits were created as part of our first Context topic, The Tudors. We have been learning about the life of King Henry, who hailed from a Welsh family, and came to power in the 16th Century, as well as what life was like for people, rich and poor in Tudor times.
Our Class Trip to Llancaiach Fawr.
As part of our Context Topic on The Tudors we were able to step back in time and find out what life was like in the 16th and 17th Centuries by visiting Llancaiach Fawr near Nelson.
The house 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 said to be one of the finest examples of a semi-fortified manor in Wales today.
We were taken on a tour of the house with the help of "guides" acting as servants of the day. We learned what life was like for boys and girls, the rich and for the poor, what they ate, what they did for entertainment and how they kept themselves healthy. We even got the chance to make a popular herbal remedy from the time - the "Plague Bag" which it was believed would ward off the deadly plague.
After lunch it was time to take part in a Petty Sessions Court hearing, before learning about the medicine of the day and having a go at making our own soap ball, a luxury only enjoyed by the rich before playing traditional Tudor games in the courtyard of the Manor House.
We were very blessed that two priests who have had a close relationship with St Mary's over the last 40 years concelebrated mass with pupils, parents and parishioners in the school.
Fr Delaney had returned to Cardiff to mark the Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination and we are grateful that we could be part of such a special celebration.
We stepped back in time to find out more about the fayre enjoyed by Tudors, rich and poor, before getting the chance to make our own Tudor bread with the help of the History Chefs.
We celebrated the end of a very interesting topic on The Tudors with a banquet fit for a King, and as luck would have it, His Majesty King Henry VIII was able to accept the invitation and attend the St Mary's Banquet, along with many lords and ladies from across Cardiff.
Guests enjoyed some tasty Tudor fayre from jam tarts to sausages before challenging the visitors from Class to a game of chess with a difference.
Class 7 checkmated Class 6 in an edible chess tournament of chocolate chess and were crowned grandmasters, much to their delight. Pupils had made the chess pieces in advance as part of their research on Tudor food and where in the world it came from.
The celebration concluded with a traditional Tudor dance, before guests were transported back to the 21st Century.
Have a look at some of our poetry inspired by Kit Wright's The Magic Box.
We have been experimenting to find what solids dissolve in water and what speeds the process up. We have carried out a series of experiments using sugar, coffee, salt, bicarbonate of soda and flour. We discovered that heat and stirring speed up the process.
As part of our Christmas theatre trip to see Wind in the Willows pupils were challenged to create a gallery of portraits of Toad's 21st Century famous relatives. Our artwork will be on display in the foyer of the Sherman Theatre during the festive season.
We have been learning how to make an electrical circuit using wires, crocodile clips, a cell, bulbs, buzzers and switches as well as practising drawing a circuit accurately using the correct scientific symbols.
As part of our work on renewable energy we made collages of geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, biomass and wind energy.
AS part of our preparation for Christmas and our focus on Advent we made Advent Wreaths.
As part of our Context topic on "Wonderful World" we spent a day in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. As well as enjoying the scenery, watching wildlife and walking in the hills, we also took part in some survival training and learned to build dens to keep us sheltered in any weather. In just one day these shelters came in very useful as we experienced sun, rain, hail and cold winds in just a few hours on our trip.