Rainforest Animations

In Willow class today we continued to explore animation using 2Animate on Purple Mash. 

We took some inspiration from this amazing animation project created in 2011 by pupils at a primary school in Hull, working with a professional animator.

In Willow Class we love to code!

We have previously used 2Code in Purple Mash, explored some of the courses and activities – and lots more! Last week in a lesson with Computer Kat we decided to try some coding in Scratch to apply our developing skills, and computational thinking, in a new context. 

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and (if they choose to create an account and log in) share projects with people from all over the world. If you would like to explore Scratch some more at home, the site is free to use and can be used without logging in. You should always check with your parents or carers before you access any new sites at home – and in particular before making any accounts! If your parents or carers have questions, they can find out more about Scratch and the Scratch community, including the Privacy Notice and information about the community guidelines and expectations, here: 

Click to go to the tutorial!

At the end of the lesson we all agreed that we had found some of it hard, but that we had all learnt a lot!

Year 5/6 Dance Festival Success

Hello everyone! Last weekend (18th November) Oak Class took part in the Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival at York University. We were joined by 13 other schools/dance academies in performing a 5 minute dance we had created around a theme of…

Harvest Service

 A huge thankyou to all the parents and members of the community who joined us at St. Matthew’s for Harvest, and to the Selebian Singers for singing so beautifully. Our food gifts were gratefully received by Carecent and Arclight –…

Secondary School Application Deadline

Parents and carers of children in year 6 – remember that the Application deadline for secondary school places next year is fast approaching! Please read the Guide for Parents before applying for a school place, it contains key information on school admissions…

Year 5/6 trip to Castle Museum

On Thursday, Oak Class went on our Autumn Term trip to The Castle Museum  to learn more about our topic of Crime and Punishment. 

We explored the whole museum, taking a visit to Kirkgate and doing a little Victorian Street shopping!

We took part in 2 workshops, learning more about Dick Turpin and what jails and prisons were like back in the 1700’s!

A great day had by all!

Miss Brett

Visitors to School

I was delighted to welcome a team of visitors to school yesterday. It consisted of Derek Sutherland (Head of Primary Effectiveness and Achievement for City of York), Tina Clarke (Head of Fishergate), together with Karen Brunyee (one of our Governors)…

Starting School

The reception children have settled into school brilliantly…you would never have guessed they are new to the school. Our buddy system is working really well. The most important part of any child starting school is to be happy and feel safe in their environment. Our children are certainly full of smiles. 

I love teaching reception. It amazes me how much children develop, not just as little people but academically. Reception are currently learning letter sounds but before you know it they will be reading words and developing a real love of books! Like the older members of their class they have been enjoying activities based on the story ‘Supertato’. What a brilliant painting of the Evil Pea!! 

Reception parents will receive their log in instructions for Tapestry next week. This works similarly to Seesaw. It is an invaluable insight into your child’s learning experiences at school. 

Mrs Walton.


Roald Dahl Day!

On Friday 13th September, we celebrated Roald Dahl Day! The children in Willow class had a go at creating and describing a new member of Matilda’s class. In the afternoon, the children sketched their character or one of their favourite Roald Dahl characters in true Quentin Blake style! They used watercolours to add a pop of colour.

Mrs Rotchell

An exciting first day back!

Welcome back, everyone. We have had very busy first day back, with lots going on. It was lovely to welcome our new starters, together with children in other year groups who have joined us too. Here are a few photos of what school looks like at the moment. All ready for us to learn! 

At our staff meeting yesterday, we decided that a different member of staff would update this newsfeed every week, so watch out for news from around school as the year progresses!

Mrs Christison