Monday, 16 January 2017

Let's Investigate!

In Science children across the school have been donning their lab coats and safety specs and conducting some scientific investigations.

Years 1 and 2 focused on plants and spent time looking at the features of plants and what they are used for. Pupils got their hands dirty examining the plants  and identifying the different parts. They used magnifying glasses to look at minute parts of the plants and even to spot some creepy crawlies that have taken up home on the plants!

Our focus on plants saw Years 1 and 2 conduct some scientific investigations
on different types of plants

Children in Years 3 and 4 are focusing on teeth as part of their Science lessons and in particular which liquids rot our teeth. Pupils have placed egg shells in four different liquids - orange juice, milk, vinegar and cola and will review in a week the changes in the egg shells.

Children in Years 3 and 4 display their "teeth" experiment

Monday, 9 January 2017

Primary Maths Challenge

Children in Years 5 and 6 recently enjoyed taking part in the Primary Maths Challenge and were delighted with their certificates.

The Challenge not only tests the children's knowledge of maths but also their ability to read and answer questions accurately in a timed situation. It also helps pupils understand the importance of checking their work.
If you're wondering just how challenging the questions are you can download past papers and answers here.

Pupils proudly displaying their certificates from the Primary Maths Challenge

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A Helping Hand from Kellogg's

We are delighted to have received a £200 donation from Kellogg's to enhance our before school club with brand new equipment, following a national competition win.

We entered a competition which was featured in the cereal company’s Breakfast Club e-newsletter, and were one of 200 lucky schools across the UK to be awarded a donation.
Children can be dropped off at school each day from 8am for no extra cost. Each morning there are different clubs and activities available for the children to participate in from sporting activities such as running to making and tasting club.  

Head Teacher Norah Johnson said: “We are so grateful to receive this generous donation. We will purchase a new toaster and some supplies for our project “breakfast from around the world” for our making and tasting club. We would like to thank Kellogg’s for their support – it is great to see businesses supporting local communities.”

Pupils enjoyed a French breakfast recently of croissants and jam

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Spreading Joy at Christmas

Children in our juniors have been helping the elderly in the local community to get into the Christmas spirit by performing carol concerts at two local nursing homes.

Our first stop was Abney Court Care Home in Cheadle where children in Years 5 and 6 treated residents to a range of songs from Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer to traditional carols. The residents had a lovely time listening and chatting to the children.
Years 5 & 6 singing at Abney Court in Cheadle
Next stop was closer to home; all of our juniors went to Priestnall Court Care Home in Heaton Mersey. The children sang a lovely selection of songs and the residents joined in too!

The Juniors performing at Priestnall Court

Music teacher Jane Shaw commented: "The children work very hard to learn the words to a range of Christmas songs so they can give an amazing performance. It's so delightful to watch the joy on the faces of the residents; in fact a few of them were so moved they shed tears of joy. We teach the children that Christmas is about sharing and caring, not just receiving, and these concerts are an excellent way to demonstrate this."

Friday, 9 December 2016

Show and Tell

We were treated to an entertaining show and tell session in our assembly. First up was Nursery and Reception who were awarded certificates for achieving their target of independently getting dressed for PE and changed back into their uniform again. They then recited a comical poem that they have managed to learn in just one week!
Nursery and Reception with their certificates

Next it was the turn of Year 1 who shared some lovely language work they have done relating to their class reading book Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present. We also got to see an amazing snow globe that the children have been making in class.
Pupils from Year 1

Year 1/2 shared some fascinating facts about the solar system and sang us their amazing numbers song.
Our Year1/2 space experts!

Last up was a pupil from Year 4 who had written an amazing piece of creative writing which she read to us. What a bunch of talented pupils we have!

A captivating tale from Year 4

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Panto fun for all!

Pupils and staff had a fantastic time watching Chaplins production of Dick Whittington. Elvis the cat was a big hit as were the comic antics of "Idle Jack".

We were joined by children from local nurseries too who enjoyed an afternoon of fun.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "It is great to be able to team up with local nurseries to enjoy an entertaining pantomime at Christmas. We're very fortunate to be situated next door to the Community Centre which allows for a stage production. Children from nursery all the way up to Year 6 were captivated by the show and it proved a great start to the festive season!" 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Step into Christmas!

We put our singing voices to good use this week; children in Year 1 and Year 2 were singing on stage at the Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre Christmas Lights Switch On and our Juniors performed at the Lights Switch On at Merseyway in Stockport. Both events were organised by South Manchester and Cheshire radio station Imagine FM.

Pupils were in fine voice and had plenty of smiles for their audiences! All this singing has made us feel very Christmassy!

Junior school children performing at Merseyway Lights Switch On

Children in Year 1 and Year 2 performing at Parrs Wood Lights Switch On