The Battle of Marathon

Class Wars… The Battle of Marathon

One of the best, and often the most enjoyable, ways to engage with history is to re-enact it. The children explored and discussed the historic battle of Marathon for their fifth lesson of this topic. This session saw them explore the political set-up of the independent city states within Ancient Greece (with a particular focus on Athens and Sparta), they investigated why, despite convention, Sparta refused to help the outnumbered Athenian army and why, despite the odds, the Athenians triumphed over the invading Persians. A lot to take in, right? The best way to convey their learning seemed to be through a re-enactment…. so that’s what we did. Check out some example below.

The Battle of Marathon (Trailer)

The Battle of Marathon – Snapdragon Class

The Battle of Marathon – Kingfisher Class

It’s All Greek to Me!

It’s All Greek To Me!

ἀνερρίφθω κύβος … It’s all Greek to me, though if you were to ask one of the Year Five children, they might know. That’s because they have been exploring the classical world of Ancient Greece. From the gods of Olympus to the battle of Troy, the children have poked, prodded, questioned and discussed every gory and glorious detail that these founders of western culture have to offer.

Curiosity is key, questioning is vital and the critical deductions of miniature historians warmly welcomed… Throughout this topic, the children have developed an incredibly mature approach to historical inquiry, the way we build a picture of the past and, possibly most important of all, what we can learn from it…



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The Year Five team and, indeed, the school want to congratulate every child on their hard work, resilience, determination and, of course, their triumphant success. Operation: Oliver! was not a simple nor straightforward one but the children of year five adapted, persevered and problem solved to eventually create the masterpiece that you all saw and loved.

We would also like to thank all of the adults, parents and helpers that participated in making this project the roaring success that it was.

We are immensely proud of each and every child, whether it be acting and singing or set and costume design that benefited from their creativity. We hope that they have seen the world of theatre from a new perspective and have generated memories of hard work, joy and comradery that will last a lifetime.

Well Done, Year Five!

For those that missed the performance, and those that simply want more Oliver, we recommend that you check out the video below. With special thanks to Mr Green for both the video and the astronomical amount of time and energy he has given us throughout the project.


Oliver! Get your tickets now!


Remember that tickets are still on sale for nexts weeks performances of Oliver!

The children have spent the past term giving everything to the production in a vast range of capacities; from costume and set design to the acting and singing.

Evening performances for friends and family will take place on:

Tuesday 10th December at 5.00pm

Wednesday 11th December at 5.00pm

Tickets cost £2.00 each

We look forward to seeing you there!



Times Tables Rock Stars

In the words of Jack Black in the timeless classic ‘School of Rock’ it is our duty to ‘pledge allegiance to The Band’. No matter what band you are in, you are part of something special and it is your job to support your fellow band members by leading them to fame, to fortune, to glory!

“But how?” I hear you ask. The answer is simple… you get multiplying! Log onto your T.T.Rockstars account, buy yourself a new outfit and rock out until you see numbers whilst you sleep.

Click on the image above to find out more about Maths Week England.

As a further incentive, we draw your attention to the ‘Maths Week England: Rock Out’ event that is currently underway. Simply log on, play on any mode you like and score as many correct answers as you can. As of Tuesday afternoon, St. Matthew’s was 358th in the UK… but we can make the top 100 – you know what to do!

Armistice Day, 2019


“We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders Fields.”

(An extract from ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae)

Reflection is an admirable and important pursuit and is all the more poignant at times such as Remembrance Day. 2019 marks one hundred and one years since the end of WWI and eighty years since the outbreak of WWII. As always, the school has been selling poppies on behalf of The Royal British Legion, whose webpage you can visit by clicking on the image above.

Year Five have been studying poetry during their writing sessions – What do think of this famous poem by John McCrae? How does it make you feel? What images does it conjure? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. The full poem can be found here.

Year Five Writing Competition

Big Congratulations to the Winners of the
‘Year Five Short Story Competition’

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The Triumphant Few – Emmanuel, Lily, Vanessa, Haleema & Zulaikha

The date: 11th September, two days until International Roald Dahl Day. Year five are having their weekly assembly, the focus of which is the enigmatic writer himself. Discussion and votes ensue and comments start flying on which book is the best, which character the most infamous and that’s when it happens – a question.

“Mr Kiley, how do you become a writer?”

The answer, as decided by year five, is a simple one – you write. You read wide and often and write as much as you read.

To encourage this, an enthusiastic Mr Kiley sets a writing competition – write anything you like, make it original, make it creative and write as though you are the greatest story teller in the world.

The Winners

With a deadline of the following Wednesday, an inbox tray is placed on Mr Kiley’s desk and the stories start to flood in. From horror to comedy to modern twists on ancient myth and legend – all of the entries are incredibly worthy but a triumphant few must be chosen.

Big congratulations to:

Haleema & Lily – ‘Saphina, The Goddess of War’

Vanessa – ‘The Adventures of Henry Mouse’

Zulaikha – ‘The Empty Rocking Chair’

Emmanuel – ‘Anglo Saxon Boy’

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