In STEM we thought about the differences between a scientist and an engineer. We then looked at some inventions of the last 100 years to see if it had been led by a scientist or an engineer. We thought about our 'inventions' and why we had chosen them, what we would hope to achieve by making our invention. So, to apply the skills needed by both scientists and engineers - resilience, different approaches to thinking and solving, working with others, being creative!! First we used straws to solve riddles - we didn't get all the answers!! Then we moved onto balloons - our first task to actually blow it up. We put a penny inside and then swirled the balloon to see its rotation. Sadly we ran out of time, so we'll be revisiting this task again next week. A necessary skill in itself - to revisit and rethink.
Today in STEM we investigated forces. We had to try to move a piece of paper from one end of the table to the other just using the milk bottle. Then we were given a 'mouse' template which we then created (sometimes taking several attempts) and launched into space! We learned that the force applied to the outside of the milk bottle propelled the air out of the milk bottle which was then captured inside the mouse cone sending it flying into the air. We also learned that for a space rocket to not fall down (due to the laws of gravity) it must reach speeds of 11km per second!! WOW
A special thank you the Liturgy group for confidently leading our Advent Mass today.
They read beautifully and their final reflection certainly focused our minds on the true meaning of Christmas as we await Jesus,
'Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace'.
We firmly believe that ‘every day counts’ and will only close the school if it is absolutely necessary. Whilst I realise that most children, even those that are driven to school, could walk here, many of our staff – especially, but not only, teaching staff – could not – they simply do not live within walking distance. The decision to close is only taken after consultation with Governors and the Headteachers of our neighbouring schools. As always the safety of our children, parents and staff will be paramount. We also have to take account of driving conditions and the state of pavements and roads around the school. As a parent myself, I do remember how difficult and frustrating it can be when arrangements have to be altered at short notice. However, I am sure that you will appreciate that conditions can change very quickly. Please rest assured that we will endeavour to keep the school open if at all possible and we will continue to try to make decisions to close school as early as we possibly can.
For your information, the normal procedure for closure is as follows:-
As soon as a decision to close the school has been made,
- A message will be sent via the school app
- The school website will be updated
- The Council will be notified, who in turn should update their website
The assumption should be that if you have not heard anything, the school is open.
Come and See End of Topic Celebrations and Remembrance Day
Further to the message sent out via the school app before half term, we have now finalised dates for the above. Apologies for any confusion caused - please disregard any previous notification of dates:
Come and See:
Come and See End of Topic Celebrations for Rec, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 will take place on Friday 8th November. Parents are invited to come into school at 9.15am to join their child’s class.
Come and See End of Topic Celebrations for Year 5 and Year 6 will take place on Friday 15th November. Parents are invited to come into school at 9.15am to join their child’s class.
Remembrance – Monday 11th October:
On Monday 11th October at 11 o’clock the whole school will observe a two minute silence.
To help mark the occasion we are also inviting all pupils who belong to uniformed organisations, such as Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Scouts, Guides, etc. to wear their uniform to school that day. All other children will be required to wear their usual school uniform.
Our Astronomy club is now up and running with our first meeting taking place last Tuesday. We are very grateful to the volunteers from the North Essex Astronomical Society for organising and running this club - a fabulous opportunity to study this subject in greater depth. Their enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on the children who had countless questions to ask! We were even treated to the opportunity to view an orrery (a clockwork model of the solar system) in action! For more information please click on the following hyperlink...
Year 5 / 6 Football Tournament - Shrub End
Thursday 10th October 2019
On Thursday, a group of boys took part in the Year 5/6 Colchester Blackwater Schools Football Tournament at Shrub End Football Ground. The team were amazing ambassadors for the school and only missed out on 2nd place by 1 point! Some amazing goals were scored and our goalkeeper was exceptional in goal. He sprung up to save some very powerful shots and impressed many spectators! Although we did not qualify for the next stage of the tournament, we did receive a very special award. This year, Colchester Blackwater Partnership has introduced a ‘Spirit of the Games Award’ for each event they hold. This recognises the honesty, respect, passion, determination, teamwork and self-belief that a team demonstrates throughout an event. At the football tournament, team managers had to score the opposing teams on these elements and I am very proud to say that St Teresa’s won the inaugural ‘Spirit of the Games’ award. The boys should be so proud of representing our school in such an outstanding way and impressing so many other team managers. I am certainly looking forward to our league beginning this season!
On Friday 27th September, Year 5 hosted a MacMillan Coffee 'Morning' which lasted all day! Each year group and respective parents were invited to join Year 5 in the Church Hall where a cake and a drink were waiting for them! Other activities included 'Guess the name of the Bear', 'Guess the Number of Berries in a Pie' , as well as a raffle for an amazing chocolate cake! Year 5 are very grateful for all the support and generosity shown by Children, Parents, Parishioners and Staff alike in supporting this charity.
In year 2 we had a busy day looking at lots of different European countries!
We started off our day with a traditional Polish story by Mrs Fairbank. We learnt lots of new Polish words, and we acted out the story using props!
We read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ in French, and then drew our favourite parts into our books – most of us drew all the different foods he ate on different days! We learnt lots of new vocabulary words for food, and the days of the week!
We then went to Italy, and learnt about traditional Italian pizza recipes, then had a go making our own! We decorated flowers using different colours we had learnt in Italian, ready for an art display!
Finally, we learnt about a French artist called George Seurat, who invented Pointillism. We then had a go doing our own pointillism painting, basing our paintings on European flags!
Immersing ourselves in European language and culture through quizzes, games and investigations!
Using maps, iPads and clues we travelled through Europe looking for places in different countries.
European Language Day - from the paella kitchen. 128 meals created, Spanish used for our ingredients and we even had time to do a little flamenco dancing!!
Reception Class focused on Italy! They made their own amazing flags, practised writing their name, learning how to say 'Mi chiamo'. The children also started to create their own 3D craft pizzas! Watch this space for some photographs of their culinary craft delights!
Please see the flyer below that we have received from Brentwood Catholic Children's Society detailing counselling services that they can offer to families.
Please see below the letter received from Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education and Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for School Standards.
The letter congratulated us on our KS2 SATs results in reading which put us in the top 1% of primary schools in England!
Position Statement regarding formation of Multi Academy Trusts Brentwood Diocese- November 2018
Please click here to view the above document
Young Children and Screen Time - A guide for Parents and Carers
Please click here to view a very informative guide for Parents and Carers with regard to Young Children and Screen Time.
50th Anniversary Whole School Photograph
Wednesday 20th September 2017
Today we gathered together to mark 50 years of our school by having a whole school photograph taken. Remember to keep checking for updates to find out how to order your photograph.
WELCOME BACK JONATHAN
Thursday 7th September 2017
On this day, 50 years ago, the first child, Jonathan Moser entered our school. 50 years on, he was back to celebrate this memorial event with us! He was joined by the most recent child to join our school!
Please click on the link below to read the full article.