Mattersey Primary School

Cultural Capital- academic year 2021/2022


"You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose". 

Dr Seuss 


At Mattersey, one of our key aims is to give our pupils a wide range of opportunities and experiences to develop their cultural capital. As a school, we want to build our pupils’ knowledge and skills by immersing them in the world they live in. 

Summer Production 2022: Summer Nights 

Our whole school production was a triumph: pupils vibrantly performed with confidence and enthusiasm. Music, dance and drama are an important part of our creative curriculum at Mattersey and we really value the experience that this gave our pupils. A real team effort! 

Visit from the Fire Fighters from Retford Black Watch- July 2022

We were so lucky to have a visit from the fire fighters from Retford Black Watch. The pupils enjoyed learning about fire safety, meeting the team and  looking round the Fire Engine. 

Sports Day: July 2022

Thank you so much to all our parents and families who turned out to support us for Sports Day. There was such a lovely atmosphere and our
Mattersey pupils doing what they do best – older pupils supporting younger pupils and all supporting each other. Fabulous team Work, resilience and kindness on show from Team Mattersey!

Austerfield Study Centre: Hive Class Residential- 11th/12th July 2022

The Hive Class enjoyed their residential- our first school residential since Covid. The pupils had a ‘hands-on minds-on' learning experience to enrich both their academic and social development. The pupils enjoyed spending time taking part in outdoor activities- we completed Pond Life, Wild Art, Survival Skills and the Animal house. They were a credit to Mattersey- resilient, curious and amazing in their support of each other with their team work. It was a really fabulous experience for our pupils to have the adventure of being with their friends away from home and to develop our 'What Matters at Mattersey' learning characteristics. 

Harley Gallery, Wellbeck- The mystery of the Portland Tiara - 7th July 2022

The Hive Class showed curiosity and respect on our visit to the Harley Gallery for their art detectives workshop. The pupils enjoyed touring the gallery and investigating the mystery of the missing Portland tiara. What a beautiful place to visit and appreciate an interesting collection of art work- the pupils particularly enjoyed their time in the education room writing newspaper reports and making their own tiaras. 

Expressive Arts Workshop- 4th July 2022

Mrs Cowan from the Elizabethan Academy, our feeder school, came to join us for an Expressive  Arts workshop and to talk to the pupils  about art scholarships to the Elizabethan Academy. Our pupils were fantastic in their efforts with the Queen tribute performance and we were very pleased to invite parents into watch their performance. All Y5 pupils were given the form to apply for the art scholarship and we had many interested pupils who are enthusiastic to share their talents in music, art and drama. 

Elizabethan Family Sports Day: 30th June 2022

The Hive Class showed resilience, enthusiasm and team work competing against the family of primary schools at the Elizabethan Academy's Family sports day. Amazing efforts from Team Mattersey! 

 Trampolining and Basketball Event: June 2022

This week our Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils from the Burrow class took part in a trampolining event at our feeder secondary school, The Elizabethan Academy.  As you can see, although it had it’s up and downs, it was an extremely fun day! All of our pupils showed amazing Teamwork and Enthusiasm. 

 DAaRT Life Skills Education: June 2022

The DAaRT Life Skills Education primary programme was delivered to our year 5 and 6 pupils recently. The programme equips pupils with a range of knowledge and skills which they can use as they transition to secondary and beyond. This week saw the DAaRT alumni graduate with PC Ros Manson presenting them with their certificates. Well done to all of our pupils, and a special mention to Alexa, Scarlett, Joshua T, Eliza and Emily for taking the lead in the graduation assembly. Special thanks to Officer Manson for coming back to celebrate with us.

Jubilee Tree: June 2022

On Thursday the sun shone for us again for our Platinum Jubilee Oak Tree Planting Ceremony. It was wonderful to welcome parents and governors to school to join in our service which was led by pupil leaders Joshua and Alexa. Many thanks to the Tomlinson family for making the fabulous bench and plaque and also to Mrs Teasdale for accompanying the children on the keyboard with their singing. In honour of Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee 2022, each family were presented with this once in a lifetime history book for children which tells the story of a young princess who grew up to become our longest reigning monarch, and celebrates the achievements, people and places that have become part of her remarkable legacy. Thank you to everyone who made this such a special day. 

Assembly with Nottinghamshire Police: June 2022

PCSO Stothard visited school to talk to all of our pupils about how to keep safe. Year 5/6 pupils then had a special presentation in accordance with National Knife Crime Week. This is an incredibly important message to get across to young children, especially at this age when they could be vulnerable to peer pressure going up to secondary school.

KS2 Athletics Event at Retford Oaks Academy: June 2022

Great news! Mattersey came 6/13 competing schools at the athletics event at Retford Oaks. Ahead of us were some pretty big schools so our team performed fabulously coming first in many events! Here are some images showing great teamwork and resilience from our Mattersey pupils. 

Mattersey's Party in the Park for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee: 2nd June 2022

We were so delighted to be asked by Mattersey's Parish Council to be part of a fantastic party in the park to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Staff, pupils and parents came together in the half term break to celebrate- running a marvellous cake stall, tombola and refreshments. The pupils entertained guests at the event and had a wonderful time alongside the rest of our village community. We very much wanted to be part of our local community for this special event, but we also managed to raise nearly £500 for school funds which is truly incredible. Special thanks go to the staff, PTFA and pupils who came along. True team work- we all matter at Mattersey! 

Key Stage 2 Boys Football Event: May 2022

Boys from the Hive Class visited Retford Oaks Academy to take part in a Football event organised by Worksop Town FC. They had a wonderful time, demonstrating enthusiasm and resilience as they were put through their paces. Well done, boys! 

Visit from the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw: May 2022

We welcomed an important visitor into school today; Mr Brendan Clarke-Smith MP who is our Member of Parliament representing Bassetlaw. We were able to show him around school visiting each class then we had a questions and answers assembly in the hall.

The children posed some very good questions ranging from whether he had met Boris Johnson, our Prime Minister; whether he had seen the Queen; whether he had visited Downing Street; and who was the most famous person he had met (Joanna Lumley was the answer)!

He then told us about his role as a member of parliament and the sorts of things he gets involved in both in his constituency as well as in the House of Commons. The children had learned about 'bobbing' in class and were amazed to hear that MP's do it during Prime Minister's Questions! If you don't know what 'bobbing' is, ask one of your children! He was really impressed with questions the children posed and our little school!

Hopefully, the children may even have the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament over the coming year on a special educational trip. 

Road Safety Workshops- visit from Via East Midlands Limited: May 2022

We had a visit from road safety officers from Via East Midlands to run workshops on road safety for all of our pupils in school. Children learnt about traffic signs and the importance of wearing seatbelts and using car seats. We also explored how to be safe when walking to school and riding on our bikes and scooters. As our pupils develop their independence, it is really important that they know how to keep themselves as safe as possible. Older pupils listened to a talk and watched a video about road traffic and accidents- Year 5 and 6 pupils are preparing to transition to secondary school and so guidance for keeping themselves safe when catching buses and getting to school independently is an important part of this transition so we know that they leave Mattersey, prepared for the next steps of their lives. 

Mega Rugby Festival and Girls Football Tournament: Retford Oaks Academy April 2022

Our pupils enjoyed opportunities to work competitively with coaches from Worksop Town Academy as they visited Retford Oaks. A girls football event and then a rugby festival organised by Bassetlaw School Games. Our pupils experienced the sport facilities and working with coaches, as well as demonstrating what matters at Mattersey: enthusiasm, teamwork and respect. Well done KS2!


Plant a Tree for the Jubilee: April 2022

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.
With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations. As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. Mattersey Parish Council kindly asked the children of our school to play their part to enhance our environment by planting these trees on our school site. Along with the kind help of Mrs Fullwood and Mrs Skelton, the children planted 30 saplings including rowan, birch and beech. Each child/family wrote their names on the plastic protectors so they could identify them as their own tree in future. 

Easter Service 2022:

After snowfall (yes, in March!) changed our plans, we welcomed Rev. Becky and Tony Harris into school hall for our Easter Service. Hive Class pupils read from the Bible with confidence and respect, and our Burrow Class pupils enthusiastically shared their class Easter poem and their fabulous chick-themed art work. Special thanks to Rev. Becky and Tony Harris whose warmth, humour and passion really supported our pupils in their understanding of the meaning and importance of Easter for Christians. 

We were also able to draw our Easter raffle which our PTFA have worked so hard on, raising £400 for school funds. 

British Science Week 2022 : 11th-20th March   

We thoroughly enjoyed Science week at Mattersey. Hive Class pupils visited QEHS in Gainsborough and enjoyed a range of activities at their STEM fair– the earthquake simulator, RAF robotics and squeaky pop test seemed to be the favourite workshops amongst our pupils. 

We also welcomed Premier Foods into school on Thursday where pupils found out all about growth with food and did a bottle investigation with yeast, as well as making their own bread. 

Comic Relief 2022:

We raised funds for Comic Relief by celebrating red nose day with a non uniform day. We sold red noses and special red nose day themed cupcakes too. 

Southwell Minster Time Travelling Pilgrimage: March 2022 

Pupils explored prayer, communion, pilgrimage, creation, choristers and the Chapter House in the magnificent Minster. 

World Book Day 2022
We celebrated our love of reading by dressing up as a favourite book character or author. The pupils went to so much trouble it was very difficult to select our costume winners. We shared a new book, ‘Love is...’ by Sarah Maycock and Lily Murray. The Hive Class then completed some beautiful watercolour  paintings linked to the illustrations in the text. 

Bikeability January 2022: pupils in the Hive Class have started their Bikeability training and completed Level 1. Bikeability is a government recognised scheme to support children to become confident and responsible cyclists. Year 5/6 pupils will progress to Level 2 next week. 

It's a Nativity: 

The pupils and staff welcomed our community into school; parents, families and friends, governors and members of our village community to perform, 'It's a Nativity'. It was so wonderful to perform live for our audience and special guest Rev. Becky supported us to celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas. The heartfelt singing and confidence of our pupils made us all very proud. 

Community visit: December 2021. Pupils from the Hive Class visited Lound Hall Care home at the end of term to sing Christmas Carols to the residents. This was such a lovely thing to be able to do within our local community, and we ensured that we were Covid safe by standing under a gazebo outside. Great enthusiasm and kindness was shown by our pupils in doing this to bring a smile to the residents’ faces so close to the festive season. 

Pantomime Trip December 2021The whole school enjoyed a trip to the theatre, Trinity Arts Centre Gainsborough, to see their production of 'Aladdin'. It was a fabulous production and the perfect treat for the staff and pupils after a busy term. We even got to meet the cast at the end!

Children in Need November 2021: our pupils have chosen a day of fundraising for this very worthwhile charity.; we’ve all taken part in a non uniform day and selling Pudsey biscuits to raise money. Well done Team Mattersey!

Anti-Bullying week (November 2021) We raised awareness by wearing odd socks to school and then pupils and staff worked in groups to edit our anti bullying policy together. 

Remembrance Day:2021 we were so lucky to receive a visit from Ann Hickman from the Royal British Legion to lead an assembly with our key stage 1 and 2 pupils about why we remember. She told the pupils all about the work of the British Legion and why it is so important. Such a pleasure to welcome Ann back into school and so important for our children to hear things from her point of view. Olivia and Emily from the pupil leadership team have been selling poppies at break time. 

Orienteering: To develop their practical skills in PE and Geography, the Hive Class are working with orienteering expert Mr Parkinson every Friday afternoon. Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. Each week, the pupils have different maps and challenges to complete.   

Enrichment PE: Miss Cheyette has organised our enrichment activities with Archery for both classes in school: 

Science at Mattersey: Dr Young from Worksop College visited us to give Key Stage 2 a Chemistry workshop. Pupils were so enthused with the experiments- lots of excitement- we love Chemistry at Mattersey! 

Shakespeare Rocks: We believe the Arts are a really important part of developing our pupils creativity and talent, and we were very proud to perform 'Shakespeare Rocks' in our outdoor theatre setting for a live audience. Our production involved all of our pupils in a range of roles from acting, singing, set design and prop making- a real Team Mattersey effort! What was also wonderful, was how much our pupils loved learning about William Shakespeare, his life and his works. 'Macbeth' was a particular favourite in The Hive Class. Enter text...

You are a Champion! Competition winners: Mattersey pupils were lucky to win a free ticket to an exclusive Marcus Rashford interview from the National Literacy Trust.  We also were sent a free copy of his new book, You Are A Champion. Pupils in the Hive Class enjoyed watching the interview and learning about how Rashford overcame difficulties to become a top football player.  It promoted lots of discussion in the classroom and the book has also gone down really well in our reading area.  

Butterfly Conservation: We were so lucky to have a visitor in school from the East Midland’s Butterfly Conservation team. We learnt all about this important work and even took part in a butterfly hunt: 

Show and Tell: We love Show and Tell sessions at Mattersey, and we were totally inspired with Zoom learning during the lockdown periods as it meant children could share their pets and features of life at home with their peers. We’ve continued this in school as the pupils got so much out of it, and have welcomed many visitors to school since then…puppies, ducklings, hamsters…the most recent being Valais black nosed sheep. Such meaningful experiences for our children to see and hear about different animals, but so fantastic that our children will confidently talk about their pets and answer questions. Here we learnt all about this special breed of sheep, how to look after them and their distinctive features: 

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