Year 3 visit Studland

Year 3 were lucky enough to be invited to view the Cyril Diver exhibition at Studland Study Centre, and to undertake some fieldwork looking for plants that were recorded by him at Studland 80 years ago. There were fascinating photos and specimens of insects to look at, and microscopes, too, for close-ups of moss, moths’ wings and beetles’ legs.

Read more about the Cyril Diver Project at Studland.

Brownsea Island trip

After a whole year, Year 3 made it to Brownsea Island. It was good British Summer Weather – windy and damp – but we had a great day, including red squirrels, peacocks, hens and chicks, cricket, lots of walking.

Year 3 at Studland

Year 3 had a super day at the National Trust Study Centre at Studland. We collected leaves from around the study centre and defined their shape and features using the scientific terms. Then we ranged farther from the centre, collecting even more leaves to add to our impressive posters. After lunch (in the shade – it was hot and sunny by now!) we walked through the dunes to the beach and made sand sculptures of Jurassic Coast creatures. Mr Mauro found a barrel jellyfish which had been blown onshore by the wind.


On Friday years 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed an afternoon of poetry.  Year 4 performed versions of The Jabberwocky and year 5 performed poems they had written inspired by a picture of a magic bed!

Year 3 & 4 Tri-Golf

Twenty children from years 3 & 4 had a brilliant morning at the Purbeck School taking part in a Tri-Golf competition. There were different games requiring putting or chipping skills. Our teams scored very respectable totals of 360 and 390, but sadly there were not enough to get us through to the Dorset Games finals.

Fossil Morning in Year 3

Year 3 were very lucky to have a visit from palaeontologist Simon from Swanage Youth Hostel. They found out how fossils were formed, which fossils can be found on the Jurassic Coast, and enjoyed examining and drawing fossils, designing dinosaurs and making plaster casts of ammonites.

Year 4 Swimming Gala

Last Wednesday Year 4 took part in the Swanage Primary Swimming Gala at the Swanage Bay View Pool. There were teams from the four primary schools competing. The children took it in turns to swim back stroke, breast stroke and free-style. There were also two relay races. Oliver and Thomas from year 3 helped make up the numbers to our year 4 team which consisted of;

Paris, Helena, Heidi, Maddie, Thomas and Sebastian.

The children worked very hard and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Overall we came 2nd place! Well done St. Mary’s! 

Year 4 swimming team.

Year 4 swimming team.