Thursday, 16 November 2017

Taking to the Stage to Help Launch Christmas!

Pupils across the school performed at two public concerts to mark the start of the festive period!

Pupils in Years 1 and 2 took to the stage to perform seven songs at the Christmas Lights Switch On at Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre. The children entertained the crowd with classics including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Away in a Manger. There was even some super dancing too!

On the following night pupils in the Juniors belted out the tunes to entertain the audience at Merseyway in Stockport Town Centre.

Both events were organised by South Manchester based radio station Imagine FM.

Headteacher, Norah Johnson, commented "Performing at the Lights Switch On events is a great opportunity for our children to showcase their talents and entertain others. Over the festive period we take part in several carol concerts to help spread joy within our local community".

To see our pupils in action visit our youtube channel.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Year 6 Remembrance Assembly

Pupils in Year 6 performed a thought-provoking assembly on Friday to mark Remembrance. They reflected on the meaning of Remembrance Sunday and confidently explained to the audience of pupils, staff and parents, the story of the poppy.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

A Walking Tour of Historic Stockport

As part of their History topic focusing on local history, pupils in Years 5 and 6 hopped on the bus to make the short journey to the town centre to seek out some of the historic sites of Stockport.

They started off at the famous viaduct and were amazed to learn it consists of 27 arches and more than 11 million bricks! Next stop was the Plaza to marvel at this beautifully restored Art Deco theatre.

The next destination was the Market Place where pupils enjoyed looking at the array of stalls and the stunning 'glass umbrella' roof. It was then over the road to view the wonderful Staircase House, Stockport's oldest townhouse where they loved exploring the interactive displays.

After a pleasant stroll along Great Underbank taking in a number of historic buildings along the way, the group continued to St Mary's Church, the oldest parish church in Stockport. They were lucky enough to have a tour of the church by a very knowledgeable volunteer.

Teacher Miss MacCarron commented " We have been studying the history of Stockport and have been drawing some of the historic sites using photographs from the internet, so it was great for the pupils to actually see all of the different places. They were particularly impressed with the viaduct which has proved a popular subject for our young artists!".

Friday, 27 October 2017

An Autumn Themed Day

Pupils in Pre-Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed an Autumn themed day. They worked in mixed age groups across three classrooms on three different Autumn themed activities.

The Pre-Prep classroom was transformed into 'Granny's kitchen' for a spot of pumpkin soup making. Year 1 became the base for hedgehog collage making using lovely Autumn treasures. Year 2 was the messy room where pupils got busy mixing Autumn colours and using their hands and fingers to produce Autumnal trees.

The pupils enjoyed working together and working with different teachers on each activity.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

A Lovely Autumnal Walk

Across the school pupils have been focusing on Autumn, looking at the different aspects of the Season from the weather to the wildlife.

Pupils in the Pre-Prep and Infants enjoyed a lovely nature walk through Heaton Mersey to spot signs of Autumn and collect Autumnal treasure! They observed the trees, especially the array of colours, they collected conkers and acorns and they paused to listen to the sounds of Autumn.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Harvest Celebration

We celebrated Harvest time with a wonderful assembly. Pupils have been working hard to learn some lovely Harvest songs and one of our Year 6 pupils shared a beautiful Harvest prayer.

Our families have been donating produce for Stockport based charity, The Wellspring as part of our Harvest Festival. At the assembly, Headteacher Norah Johnson explained to the children why we donate food and toiletries to the charity and how families across Stockport will benefit from our generosity.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Taking Care of our Minds

As part of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, we welcomed Jill Elston from Christians in Schools Trust  to our assembly to talk to staff and pupils about looking after their minds.

Jill talked about how people often place lots of emphasis on keeping their bodies healthy but often overlook caring for their minds. She discussed the concept of creating a 'mind apple' where people could list their 5-a-day for the mind to plan how to keep it healthy.

Jill provided some great ideas for 'mind apples' including watching the clouds, reading, physical activity, sleep, spending time with friends and enjoying some quiet time alone. Pupils then put some of the ideas to the test with Year 5 spending a few minutes in the playground to look at the clouds and the trees and to listen to the birds. Other pupils spent time dancing and listening to music.

Headteacher, Mrs Johnson, then worked with Jill to prepare her own 'mind apple' so pupils could see how easy it was to do. Pupils were keen to produce their own 'mind apples' and had some great ideas of how to ensure they cared for their minds as well as their bodies.