Monday, 27 November 2017

Primary Maths Challenge

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 took part in the annual Primary Maths Challenge. The nationwide competition runs in the Autumn Term each year and gives pupils the opportunity to take part in a fun and exciting challenge.

The question paper is made up of 25 questions and pupils are allocated 45 minutes to answer as many as they can. The first 20 questions are multiple choice. The challenge makes pupils think outside the box and helps to improve their problem solving skills.

Pupils are awarded certificates for reaching a certain score, and pupils who achieve a high score go through to participate in the Bonus Round in February. This year five of our pupils qualified for bronze silver or gold certificates and one pupil is progressing to the Bonus Round.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "The Primary Maths Challenge is a great way to challenge even the most able mathematicians. All pupils in Years 5 and 6 take part and score well. It is a great tool in demonstrating to pupils the importance of reading the question carefully. Pupils look forward to taking part each year and enjoy seeing their progress from Year 5 to Year 6."

If you would like to try the challenge at home past papers (and answers) can be printed from the website.

Pupils in Years 5 & 6 proudly display their certificates

Friday, 24 November 2017

Heartstart: Teaching Simple Skills to Save Lives

We are accredited by the British Heart Foundation to deliver the schools Heartstart training programme. Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 are trained in emergency life support which ranges from the basics of assessing a casualty and getting help to the more advanced aspects of the course such as learning how to perform CPR.

Using the great resources provided by the British Heart Foundation, we teach children a range of skills so that they know what to do in a life-threatening emergency.

The sessions are very hands on and enable the children to demonstrate the techniques they are learning such as putting somebody in the recovery position or performing CPR on our rescue Anne manikin.

Headteacher, Norah Johnson, commented "We started to deliver the programme a number of years ago when one of our parents, who is a consultant, offered to assist us to set it up. We now have six members of staff who are trained to teach Heartstart to our pupils and this has enabled us to roll it out to pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. The children receive training each year in different aspects of dealing with a life-threatening emergency and we provide regular refresher sessions to ensure their skills remain current.
Equipping children with skills above and beyond the academics is so important and we feel that the Heartstart programme provides our pupils with vital knowledge."

Pupils learn how to treat an unconscious casualty

Checking for breathing

Excellent Heartstart resources

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

PTA Christmas Fair - All Welcome!

The PTA Christmas Fair takes place on Saturday 2 December between 1pm and 3pm.

There will be lots to entertain the whole family including Santa and his Grotto, games, crafts, tombolas and some bargains to bag on our toys, books and gifts stalls.

This is the biggest PTA fundraiser of the year. PTA funds raised in previous years have purchased new gymnastics equipment, new Science equipment, fantastic resources for before and after school clubs, a new library for our Infants and have helped to subsidise the cost of school trips.

So pop along to enjoy a great family afternoon and to help support our PTA.

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!".