To support their learning this term, Zoolab visited Cygnus and Tucana Classes and all the children had the opportunity to handle and learn about a bearded dragon, a chilli rose tarantula, a gerbil, a giant cockroach and a corn snake. They learnt lots of amazing facts about these animals.
This term, the children in Pegasus Class are having their PE lessons at Adventure Plus, an outdoor activity centre in Clanfield. Over the summer terms, the children will be developing their archery and climbing skills and later in the term, they will be camping overnight at the centre and having the opportunity to take part in a range of outdoor learning activities including mountain biking, canoeing, slacklining and fencing.
All the children visited our Prayer Spaces in St Peter’s Church. Kirsty Morgan from BeSpace talked about different kinds of prayer and then the children had the opportunity to pray through a range of creative activities. The children thought carefully about forgiveness, joy, love and new life. Thank you to Kirsty, Tessa Farley and the staff of St Peter’s for leading the Prayer Spaces. It was lovely that the Prayer Spaces were open for families to visit after the Easter Egg Hunt and to see the children leading their families through the activities and talking about prayer so confidently.
It was a glorious afternoon for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Many families arrived to follow the clues and win their Easter Eggs. There was also face-painting, an Easter raffle, 'Guess the number of eggs in the jar' and a wonderful cake sale, selling traditional Simnel Cake. Thank you to Sam Lawton and the Friends of St Peter's (FoSPs) who organised this event and to all the parents and children who came along.
The children’s Easter bonnets were, yet again, a marvellous sight. It was a lovely afternoon when the children paraded around the village displaying their bonnets for all to see. Thanks to all those who joined us as well as everyone in the village who came out to see the children.
Our Mothering Sunday Service, led by Reverend MacInnes at St Peter's Church was a joyous occasion. The congregation took part in the tradition of ‘Clipping the Church’, and managed to encircle the entire church! The children’s lovely daffodil artwork was displayed and all the mums received an extra treat of a bunch of flowers and a delicious cake bought at the FoSPs Cake Sale, raising £50 which was shared between the school and the church.
Well done to our gymnasts who took part this term in the West Oxfordshire Key Steps Gymnastics Competition. Congratulations to our Key Stage 1 team who won the silver medal, and our Key Stage 2 team who came fifth overall. Also congratulations to Sophie who won an individual bronze medal. Thank you to Mrs Lawton and Mrs Gilroy for coaching the children.
This year, the staff and children celebrated British Science Week with all the children participating in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities throughout the week. Science Oxford visited the school and provided exciting hands-on workshops for each class. The Reception and Year 1 children used their observations and knowledge to predict which objects would bounce and which would break and then they made their own slime and investigated its properties. The children in Pegasus Class explored different creatures’ habitats and adaptations. They used playdough and other craft materials to build their own creatures, thinking about what adaptations would help them to live in a particular habitat. All the children had a great week and thoroughly enjoyed all the opportunities to develop their scientific knowledge and skills!
The Year 2s took part in the Burford Partnership Key Stage 1 Music Festival, ‘Billy No Buzz!’, a delightful musical about the acceptance of others who may be different to ourselves. After their afternoon rehearsal the children gave a wonderful performance to parents.
This year St Peter’s celebrated National Storytelling Week, with stories of dragons and dinosaurs. The children had a wonderful week of storytelling, including telling stories with their own sockasaurus puppets and workshops provided by The Story Museum in the pumpkin tent. Thank you to Mrs Morris and the School Council for organising ‘Cook for Books’ and to everyone who supported this event. Over £180 was raised for buying information books for our libraries.
Tucana and Cygnus Classes visited the Natural History Museum in Oxford to learn all about dinosuars. The children were able to examine fossils and bones and ask the experts lots of questions.
This is what the children wrote about the visit.
We looked at the Iguanadon skeleton and the T-rex skeleton and its enormous head. I didn't know that I walked under a T-rex skeleton and when I looked up it made me jump and gave me a scare. There were so many fossils, I didn't know which one to look at first. In the classroom we touched a stuffed animal. Its skin was really bumpy. We learnt that flyying dinosaurs and underwater dinosaurs aren't actually dinosaurs! We learn lots of other things too.
Please see all of the photos in the Photo Gallery on the Children's Pages.
Well done to all the children who came to school today for their excellent teamwork when building their snowmen!
Please see all of the photos in the Photo Gallery on the Children's Pages.
"After 13 wonderful years at St Peter’s the day has finally come for me to move on. I have loved every moment of working here with all the fabulous children and staff over the years and being part of the St Peter’s family. I will miss everyone enormously but the time is right for me to venture to new challenges. I would like to thank everyone for all the memories that I will always holds close to my heart, as well as all the kind words and thoughtful gifts. I will look forward to returning to St Peter’s in the future and hearing about all the wonderful things that the children have been doing."
It was a wonderful evening when the children in Pegasus Class performed Christmas Carols and Bible readings telling the Christmas Story. With the moon shining above, it was a magical event enjoyed by children, parents and staff.
All the children and staff enjoyed a delicious traditional Christmas dinner at The Plough followed by a visit from Father Christmas, who gave all the children gifts. We cannot thank Stewart and Gemma and all the staff at The Plough enough for all their hard work in making this such a special occasion, and, of course, Father Christmas himself, who was so kind to visit us at his busiest time of year!
All of the children were true stars in this year’s Nativity, 'It's a Baby'. What wonderful performances they gave, with such enthusiastic singing and acting. Thanks to all the staff who worked so hard with the children to give them this opportunity; rehearsing songs and lines and organising costumes - it was a great team effort. Also many thanks to Sue Morris, who played the piano for us.
It was marvellous to see such a wonderful turn out for the Christingle Service at St Peter's Church in Alvescot. The children spent time in school makingChristingles for the congregation, using oranges kindly donated by The Cotswold Wildlife Park. Readings were given by staff and children of St Peter's Primary School and the Christingle 50 Song, 'Light A Candle' was sang beautifully by Mrs Karen Stratford.
For 50 years Christingle collections have helped The Children’s Society to work with more than a million children and young people.We hope that our donations will make a difference for young people this Christmas
Thank you to everyone who made this year's Christmas Bazaar such a lovely occasion and great success. A special thanks goes to Father Christmas who spent the afternoon with us at his busiest time of year. It was a wonderful afternoon and raised over £1,500.
The whole school gathered at the war memorial for two minutes silence and prayers to mark Armistice Day. It was lovely that villagers joined us to mark this special occasion.
Our harvest festival this year was a family service, led by Reverend MacInnes. Thank you to all the families who were able to join us in our harvest celebration, to the children for their singing, prayers and reading and to everyone who made donations for the Witney Food Bank.
Due to the heavy rain, unfortunately our sponsored Autumn Walk around the village had to be postponed however the Harvest Show was a great success. Many thanks to all the children who worked so hard to produce their wonderful creations for the show. It made it a very difficult job for our judges Mrs Chapman, Mrs Phipps and Mrs King.
This year's categories were the best nature crown, best drawing painting of St Peter's School, best animal handprint art, best animal made from a vegetable and best painted pumpkin. Please see the Photo Gallery for photographs of some of the children's creations.
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