Prestbury St. Mary's CofE Juniors, Cheltenham

  • Leaders are resolute in promoting a culture that focuses on the importance and enjoyment of education.
    -Ofsted 2016
  • The behaviour of the pupils is outstanding and truly reflects the commitment of the staff to live and work alongside learners so that all are inspired to give of their very best.
    -Ofsted 2016
  • Pupils do not want to waste any learning time, preferring instead to involve themselves with all aspects of school life.
    -SIAMS 2017
  • Teachers help you. It feels as if they are always right next to you and will help you with anything.
    -Pupil
  • The teachers always encourage you to do your best.
    -Pupil
  • 'The school has a fantastic staff team who are incredibly well led by the headteacher and the senior leadership team. The job they do is tremendous.'
    -Parent
  • My child has made tremendous progress because he feels valued.
    -Parent
  • St Mary's makes you feel that your child is special and individual.
    -Parent
  • The teachers always encourage you to do your best.
    -Pupil
  • We work hard but we have fun, too!
    -Pupil
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2015 - 2016 Archive Gallery

ISingPop - An amazing event! (44 images)

Two schools became one as all the children of Prestbury St. Mary's C of E Infants and Juniors came together to celebrate their Christian distinctiveness through song. The afternoon and evening concerts were an amazing success and a big thanks to everyone who made it happen.

Created: 24 Jun 16 10:11 | Last modified: 24 Jun 16 12:15

Democratic Referendum held at Prestbury St Mary's CofE Junior School (30 images)

On Friday 17th June, the Junior school held a referendum to decide whether the pupils should be allowed to use the school field during lunchtimes. The School Council have led discussion meetings with all classes and each child cast their vote. Thanks to Mrs Forbes, our Governor responsible for SMSC, who joined us for the vote. At 3.15pm today the outcome was announced- 192 to 42 votes in favour of using the school field at lunchtime! Democracy is alive and well in Prestbury.

Created: 17 Jun 16 12:12 | Last modified: 22 Jun 16 18:23

Christian Values Pebble Treat! (41 images)

Each time a pupil demonstrates a Christian value, they receive a pebble which goes in to our Values Vase. When the vase is full, the pupils decide on a treat - this time the whole school was involved in a 'Choose Your Subject' day. On offer were Games, Cookery, Ceramics, Drama and ICT and all pupils took part.

Created: 20 May 16 14:59 | Last modified: 20 May 16 15:51

Coil Pots Ceramics Project (23 images)

In Art this term, Year 4 have been learning to make ceramic coil pots. Exploring the clay, learning how it feels and how it can be shaped or joined was great, messy fun and really helped when it came to making the final pots. We decorated our creations with patterns and images inspired by the stunning Anglo-Saxon treasure trove discovered at Sutton Hoo.

Created: 20 Apr 16 08:13 | Last modified: 20 Apr 16 08:21

Y4JM Visit to Welsh Bicknor (40 images)

Year Four’s residential visit to Welsh Bicknor has once again been a highlight of the year. Our three days were packed from morning ‘til night with exciting adventures, fun activities, delicious food and brilliant team work! To support our Science work on Living Things and their Habitats, we became animal detectives searching for signs of wildlife and investigated the effects that rising water levels could have on their habitat. We also took time to explore our values of Peace through sensory activities in the woods and Creativity with a natural art project. A demanding hike took us up into glorious sunshine on top of the hill where we built some rather impressive shelters. Our evenings were filled with very enjoyable, if a little sticky, bread making and a well-earned movie night. We finished our visit with challenging teamwork games like the Giant Marble Run and an archery session, both brilliantly run by the YHA staff. There were many weary-looking, faces on the return journey, but every one of them was wearing a big smile.

Created: 24 Mar 16 14:27 | Last modified: 24 Mar 16 15:09

Y4PD visit to Welsh Bicknor (39 images)

Year Four’s residential visit to Welsh Bicknor has once again been a highlight of the year. Our three days were packed from morning ‘til night with exciting adventures, fun activities, delicious food and brilliant team work! To support our Science work on Living Things and their Habitats, we became animal detectives searching for signs of wildlife and investigated the effects that rising water levels could have on their habitat. We also took time to explore our values of Peace through sensory activities in the woods and Creativity with a natural art project. A demanding hike took us up into glorious sunshine on top of the hill where we built some rather impressive shelters. Our evenings were filled with very enjoyable, if a little sticky, bread making and a well-earned movie night. We finished our visit with challenging teamwork games like the Giant Marble Run and an archery session, both brilliantly run by the YHA staff. There were many weary-looking, faces on the return journey, but every one of them was wearing a big smile.

Created: 24 Mar 16 14:57 | Last modified: 24 Mar 16 15:08

Exploring Communion (27 images)

As part of our RE curriculum, Year 3 and 4 spent time learning about the meaning of Holy Communion. Rev Liz Palin led the day and we crushed grapes, looked at chalices and made sourdough bread rolls to explore how Holy Communion is celebrated with bread and wine. To help the children understand how it is an important act of ‘remembering’ for Christians, they brought in and shared together things from home that help them to remember something special or important.

Created: 21 Mar 16 17:09 | Last modified: 21 Mar 16 17:12

Japanese students visit Y6 (16 images)

Year 6 were very excited to have 28 Japanese students come to spend a morning with us. They gave us a presentation about school life in Japan and then our children had a go at different activities such as origami. We were so proud of how welcoming and friendly our children were and they certainly deserved their reward of different types of Japanese sweets and chocolate!

Created: 18 Mar 16 13:46 | Last modified: 18 Mar 16 13:48

Prestbury goes back in time! (48 images)

Join us on a journey back in time as we become Egyptians, Vikings, Greeks and Victorians......

Created: 2 Mar 16 08:00 | Last modified: 2 Mar 16 09:36

Pancake Day was 'fliptastic'. (44 images)

On Tuesday 9th February the whole school celebrated Shrove Tuesday by having a sponsored pancake flip in the school hall. The PTFA arrived at school armed with frying pans and pancakes and every pupil had the chance to see how many flips they could do in 1 minute. Even the teachers had a go! We all had a ‘flippin’ fantastic time whilst raising money for the school.

Created: 9 Feb 16 16:29 | Last modified: 9 Feb 16 16:39

Sounds like a lot of fun! (21 images)

As part of our science, Year 4 took part in sound workshops. Mrs Follis, a science expert from STEMworks visited us and led some fascinating activities. We played sound bingo and then set off around the school using data loggers to measure sound levels in different places (it was a perfect chance to show our Christian value of trust, too). Back in class we used computer software to look at the ‘stories’ that line graphs could tell us about what we had recorded and asked our own questions about our graphs. We learnt lots about what sound is, how it is made and how it can be measured.

Created: 2 Feb 16 09:18 | Last modified: 2 Feb 16 09:21

Y3 Experience Christmas (19 images)

One of the main events in year three this term has been the spiritually uplifting ‘Experience Christmas’ at St Mary’s Church. The church had set up various scenes recreating key events of the Christmas story. The children were able to travel around the church and engage in the Christmas story being brought to life. It was a wonderful, heartening experience for both the children and the teachers.

Created: 17 Dec 15 11:08 | Last modified: 17 Dec 15 11:13

Romans Attack! (24 images)

What do you do if you are a Roman general hunting down your enemy the Rebel King Caractacus and you eventually track him down he has prepared for battle in a well-protected hill fort? Use your technology to build roman siege engines, of course! Year 4 have been researching, testing and building their own model roman onagers (catapults) ready for a final assault on the King’s defences.

Created: 16 Dec 15 14:46 | Last modified: 16 Dec 15 14:53

Y4 Experience Christmas (14 images)

Year Four sought refuge from the heavy rain in St Mary’s church where the ministry team had put together a range of activities, from role play to creating model gifts for the baby Jesus, to help the children ‘Experience Christmas’. Everyone enjoyed moving from station to station around the church and exploring the Christmas story from new perspectives. By the time we headed home, the children had so much to talk about they barely noticed the downpour at all.

Created: 16 Dec 15 14:42 | Last modified: 16 Dec 15 14:44

May the force be with you! (13 images)

Y5CT investigated the effects of air resistance and realised that it’s not just liquids that push against you when you move through them. Air does too, even though you can’t see it. We battled with the force of air resistance as we tried to run across the playground with large sheets of card. It was hard work!

Created: 16 Dec 15 14:23 | Last modified: 16 Dec 15 14:26

Y3 Christmas production of (56 images)

Year Three have been working really hard on their Christmas Production, ‘Silent Night’. The children take the audience back to 18th Century Austria, where the people of a small village prepare their Christmas Eve pageant, only to discover some naughty mice have nibbled on the church organ! The children go on to tell the audience the story of how the carol, ‘Silent Night’ came to be, through comedy, wonderful acting and uplifting music and song. Congratulations Year Three on a captivating, heart-warming production.

Created: 10 Dec 15 14:23 | Last modified: 11 Dec 15 08:50

Paper Spinners – x marks the spot! (8 images)

On Wednesday 9th December, Y5CT planned a fair test to investigate how paper spinners fell to the floor. We decided which variables we would change and which ones we would keep the same. Once we had decided what we would measure, it was time to get on with the investigation. Most of us decided to change either the weight or size of the paper spinners and to measure the speed with which it fell to the floor. Some of us decided to investigate the accuracy with which the paper spinner fell by observing how close each spinner came to landing on an ‘X’ on the ground. We will be using our results to talk about the effects of air resistance.

Created: 10 Dec 15 12:06 | Last modified: 10 Dec 15 12:08

Y4 visit Chedworth Roman Villa (30 images)

Year Four’s day at Chedworth Roman Villa proved to be rather busy. We worked as archaeologists, sorting and classifying genuine artefacts (bones, tiles and shells and more) from Roman Britain. Our work had just begun as we were temporarily enslaved, given tunics and slave tags to wear and forced to grind the herbs needed to make medicine bags for our Roman masters. On a guided tour of the Villa, we took in the beautifully mosaic dining rooms, the baths, a scared spring and the impressive hypocaust heating system, before finishing with the ‘pleasure’ of viewing a Roman latrine. It was a fantastic chance to show off our impressive knowledge of life in Roman Britain and discover even more about this fascinating part of our local history.

Created: 3 Dec 15 16:34 | Last modified: 3 Dec 15 16:42

Cross Country (14 images)

Wednesday 18th October, frost, icy winds and driving rain. In truly horrid conditions each child competed bravely and cheerfully! The girls were first up and gave a great performance coming 5th overall. Next up was the girls’ hoop race where Prestbury came second. The boys’ race was won by our Prestbury Y6 competitor and finally, the boys’ hoop race, where Prestbury boys, put in great effort to take second place. Overall Prestbury took second place - well done to you all. A huge thank you to our helpers and our supporters who battled with the conditions too!

Created: 26 Nov 15 14:35 | Last modified: 27 Nov 15 10:48

Amazing PGL (335 images)

Y6 had the most amazing time at PGL. From Raft building to abseiling, Challenge Course to Trapeze, we had a go at everything! Lots of memories were made and personal goals achieved. Thanks to all the parents who supported this visit. We hope you enjoy the gallery.

Created: 5 Nov 15 16:05 | Last modified: 5 Nov 15 17:25

Y6 visit to Chepstow Castle (49 images)

We really enjoyed our visit to Chepstow Castle. As part of our history topic, we studied how to defend and attack a castle, why William 1st built Chepstow Castle and what it was like to live in a castle on a daily basis.

Created: 8 Oct 15 14:17 | Last modified: 8 Oct 15 14:30