Friday, 12 July 2019

Year 6 - Teachers in Training

Earlier this year, pupils in Year 6 were tasked with preparing and delivering a lesson for their classmates on a subject of their choice. They enjoyed lesson planning and they wowed their classmates with some fascinating subjects. We've summarised their lessons below.

LS delivered a fascinating lesson on the skills associated with skateboarding. She explained the rules of the sport which she became involved with a number of years ago and the children were excited to look at her personalised board with all the stickers on. They were also able to see the knee and elbow pads and the helmet. It was a very enjoyable lesson with lots of exciting information about how skilled skateboarders are. The children also enjoyed trying all the safety gear and having a go on the skateboard!

WP delivered a great lesson on what being a Scout is all about. He brought in many items of clothing associated with the Scouting Movement and explained in great detail the aims and objectives of the organisation. The children and Mrs Johnson were very impressed with his extensive array of badges, which he has been awarded for different events and training sessions. It was a very informative lesson about an organisation which WP is obviously very passionate about!

JB has a passion for football and he was eager to pass on his skills during the lesson. The children were introduced to the basics of the game and enjoyed looking at the various pieces of kit which JB brought into school to support his lesson. At the end of the session all of the children went outside to practise some skills and have some fun with the "beautiful game".

HB enjoys all aspects of Karate and delivered a very interesting lesson on the basics. The children were able to try some of the equipment and clothing which she used to enhance her lesson and her pupils enjoyed working through some of the basic moves which she taught them.

SCL delivered a great lesson on synchronised swimming and despite not being able to demonstrate her special moves in the water, the children had great fun listening to her stories about how to partake in her chosen sport. She brought lots of equipment into class to support her lesson and the children pretended to be in the water, using her equipment. The Year 6 classroom became our "swimming pool!" 

BO'M delivered an interesting lesson on lacrosse, which started in the classroom with the theory behind the sport. She then took her pupils outside to enjoy a practical session in the sunshine. Everyone had great fun and realised that it is not easy to catch a ball in full flight and send it into the back of the net, using a lacrosse stick!  Well done B, we all loved your lesson!

EB loves horses and she was excited about delivering a lesson on this topic. She passed on some very interesting information about horses and her pupils were very excited when they were trying on the various pieces of equipment which are required for horse riding lessons.  We had lots of photos but alas it was not possible to bring a horse into the classroom as a prop for the lesson so we had to imagine it was there!

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Moving On

Pupils in Year 6 enjoyed a visit from CiST for a special workshop to prepare them for moving on to secondary school. Activities included putting on ties, role playing scenarios, packing school bags and using maps to learn how to navigate themselves around school!

Pupils had an opportunity to discuss their concerns and raise queries and shared details of what they were looking forward to in the next stage of their education.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

An Outstanding Variety Performance

Pupils across the school came together to wow the audience at our annual Summer Show.

They took to the stage to entertain the packed room with singing, poems, limericks, dancing and instrumental performances.

Performing a range of traditional songs including 'The Skye Boat Song' and 'Cockles and Mussels' the children sang confidently.

There were some fantastic keyboard solos from pupils as young as six and brilliant whole class performances on the recorders and the ukuleles.


Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "Our pupils enjoy entertaining others and they were particularly keen to put on a show that enabled them to showcase their range of musical talents. They had a lot of fun on stage, it was lovely to see."

Friday, 28 June 2019

Fun at Forest School

On a beautiful Summer's day, our Pre-Prep class made the journey, on foot, across Heaton Mersey common to local school Tithe Barn for a session at their Forest School.

The boys and girls had great fun building dens, climbing rope ladders, relaxing in hammocks and climbing trees.

They then all settled down for a campfire and enjoyed toasting their marshmallows!

Pre-Prep teacher, Sarah Jones, commented "The children are growing in confidence with each visit to Forest School. It is remarkable to see the transformation - they are happy to brave climbing trees and rope ladders now and they are encouraging each other to take part in all of the activities. It is lovely to see lots of teamwork to overcome challenges. In fact, the biggest challenge we faced was getting them to go back to school - they were keen to spend the entire day at Forest School!".

Monday, 17 June 2019

Outstanding Performances at the Annual Talent Show

A number of pupils took to the stage for our annual Talent Show. Singing, dancing, joke telling, piano playing and mind reading were just some of the talents on display! You can see the highlights by clicking the links below.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Pre-Prep's Forest School Experience

Pre-Prep pupils donned their wellies and waterproofs for a trip to Tithe Barn School where they took part in a fascinating Forest School adventure.

Over the next four weeks Pre-Prep will be visiting the Forest School run by Mr Stamper. They will take part in a range of activities including den building, rope swinging, sensory treasure hunts and craft projects.

Forest schools, which provide children with the chance to learn in the great outdoors, have grown in popularity in recent years. The hands-on learning helps develop confidence, self esteem and can strengthen social relationships.

Pre-Prep Teacher Mrs Jones commented "I am a great believer that when you take learning outside the classroom you often see a different side to the children. The quietest children often find their voice and confidence to have a go at things. Even though you are doing the same work that you do in the classroom they are often more willing to challenge themselves e.g. to work out how many more leaves they need to add to the pile to make x! It was lovely to see the children working in teams to solve problems and explore. Even the walk to Tithe Barn across Heaton Mersey Common was educational with us spotting birds, trees and insects!".

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Come Fly With Me!

Our Pre-Prep pupils have been busy turning our home corner into Manchester Airport! With the holiday season upon us our topic on airports is very timely.

We have been learning about the different roles at the airport, what we need to do to get ready for holidays and all about air travel. We've been wheeling our luggage around, settling our 'children' on the flight and getting ourselves ready for take off!