Curriculum

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St. Richard’s Curriculum Statement

St. Richard’s is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014.

We have updated our school-based schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum.  Teachers have and are receiving training in the key areas of curriculum change and we are ready to provide an outstanding curriculum.

The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners.  Our curriculum will continue to be exciting and will inspire the children to nurture a passion for learning.  It will be taught in an engaging and stimulating way which will include trips (using our three school mini-buses) to motivate and widen our pupils’ experiences; in school subject specialist days (i.e. Greek and Roman Days); topic based cross-curricular learning to help inspire and motivate; whole school entries to competitions; and will promote the key values and prepare all our pupils for life in modern Britain.

Curriculum

Religion

On 6th March, the GIFT Team attended a training and commissioning day at Salford Cathedral. The aim of the day was to meet with other schools to discuss the role of the GIFT Team within our schools, different models of working and to prepare individual actions plans within our teams. In the afternoon, we took part in a commissioning celebration. The day was a fantastic opportunity to share new ideas with GIFT Teams from other schools and discuss how we can promote the word of God within our school. We came back equipped with lots of exciting ideas and ways in which we can develop our GIFT Team. Currently, we are working on our first task of setting up our own GIFT Team Chaplaincy room. Keep your eyes peeled for news of the grand opening! 

Class 11 were learning all about Palm Sunday. 

Today in Class 11 we learnt that on this day, during the 16th century, Christians would return to their ‘mother’ church. This was the main church in the town, the church they had been baptised in, or the cathedral.  Mothering Sunday was one of the few days that servants and maids had off and it allowed them to go home to visit their mothers.  In the UK, Mothering Sunday is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This day was also known as Refreshment Sunday. We learnt that Lent is a time of fasting, when people refrain from eating.  Refreshment Sunday is a day when the rules about Lent are relaxed a little. 

Ann Wilson, a representative from Cafod, came to our assembly today to tell us all about the wonderful work Cafod does around the world.  The children took part in the assembly and learned lots of interesting information about the charity. 

Class 2 performed a wonderful assembly all about St Patrick, here we are all ready to perform! 

Class 2 celebrate Chinese New Year 

Our theme in religion in Class 8 has been looking at the gifts of love and friendship. We have thought about how God showed his love for us by sending his son to Earth to look after and guide us. We know that the current season in the Church’s calendar is Advent and this comes from the Latin word for ‘coming’. A Christingle is a symbol of Advent which Christians use to represent the different gifts that God has presented to us. Have a look at how we made our very own. 

All Year 6 children from St Richard’s attended the Marist Centre for a day of reflection and took part in various activities to learn about responsibility.  They took part in small and large group sessions learning how to be responsible in school, at home, in the community and to be responsible for their own possessions and those of others.  All the children enjoyed writing their own prayers, taking part in small group drama sessions, showing their understanding of God’s love for us and how we can show our love for Him. 

Nursery – God’s Wonderful World – We looked at the creation story and all of the wonderful things that God has made.  We walked around the school grounds and Father Dever’s garden looking at all of the things around us.  We talked about the different things that we like in God’s Wonderful World.  We selected the things that we liked the best and drew a picture.  We made some of the things from God’s World. 

In religion, Class 12 have been covering ‘Loving’ as our religion topic.  We discussed how love is shown for others with a big focus on unconditional love.  We understand how values inspire and influence Christians to demonstrate unconditional love.  The children created a jigsaw heart of many different ways that unconditional love can be portrayed. 

In Religion in Class 5 we have been writing prayers about our families. 

In our Religion lessons in Class 1 we have been learning all about families and how we are all part of God’s family.  We wrote our own bedtime prayers thinking about all the things we wanted to thank God for. 

In Class 4′s Religion lessons we created our own artwork for the Creation Story. 

In Class 11 we have been writing letters to Bishop John Arnold to tell him all about how much we value our Church. 

In Religion in Class 8, we have been looking at the historical family of Jesus and we learnt the story of Jacob. We each became a member of Jacob’s family, firstly to think about their role within family life and then we considered how he and his brother felt, based on their parent’s attitudes towards them. There were some fabulous freeze frames created by the class along the way. 

Here at St Richard’s we come together for a celebration assembly each Friday during which we acknowledge and reward achievement in a range of areas including, behaviour in class, around school and in the dining hall, reading, writing, mathematics and sport.  Prayer forms an integral part of this assembly. 

In Class 11 in our Religion we were looking at all the gifts God has given us. 

In out Religion lesson in Class 11 we have been learning about Mother Teresa, Mother Angelica and Cafod. 

Art

On Wednesday, Jenny and Sarah visited Class 8 for a day looking at the work of Van Gogh. We began by practicing our drawing skills. We had a 20 second challenge to draw objects, which got better each time and we also completed a blind drawing challenge when we weren’t allowed to look at our sketchbooks. After this, we practiced using watercolour paint to make a background called a wash. We studied the London skyline and sketched this using our knowledge of shapes. In the afternoon, we then produced our very own versions of ‘The Starry Night’ as well as making a pop-up Van Gogh’s bedroom. 

To celebrate Earth day in Class 8, we looked at the artist David Hockney and explored his use of colour and texture. We then painted our own landscapes using techniques practiced. Additionally, we used photographs as a stimulus to generate thoughts about global warming and produced our very own, table-top tweets. 

In Class 4 we used clay to create landmarks. 

Class 4 enjoyed a day of painting with watercolours with Jenny Ulyatt and Sarah Hill to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

Today in Class 10 we made clay Christmas decorations. Firstly, we did sketches of our designs, carefully thinking about ideas related to Christmas. Then we used clay to create our designs. Once they were dry, we painted them with a glitter coat to make them look sparkly. 

In Class 4 in our Art/DT lesson we made these lovely Christmas decorations. 

In Class 8 we were very fortunate to have a visit from Mr North during which we created three different pieces of Roman and Celtic artwork in one day. Firstly, we started by making torcs which involved twisting wire, moulding plasticine and painting our end product in a silver or gold metallic paint to make them look authentic. Then we produced some metal art by tracing an image onto metal foils. We practiced embellishing letters and creating textures too. Finally, throughout the afternoon, we designed and created our own Roman mosaics. 

In Class 13 we are studying The Amazon Rainforest in our Literacy and Art lessons. 

In Art/DT we learned all about how to have a healthy plate at mealtimes. 

In Class 4 in our Art lessons we painted portraits of ourselves. 

In Class 6 pupils created silhouettes of spooky castles using chalk and templates of their own making.  These will be the settings for the Literacy work. 

Class 14 took part in a day of art with Jennt Ulyatt and Sarah Hill.  The children had to draw an animal that they felt was portrayed in the poem ‘The Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll.  They looked at rainforests and what kind of trees and wildlife live there.  The children moved on to observational drawing, completing a toucan, a jaguar and a monkey, using basic shapes.  Following that pupils moved on to sketching landscapes of jungles which they then painted using watercolours.  Jenny taught pupils how to use watercolours, mixing colours on the pallet then transferring it to their paintings.  When the children finished painting their pictures they were then given plasticine to make the animal they drew at the beginning of the session. 

Click here to read all about Class 13′s workshop with Jenny Ulyatt and Sarah Hill The Jabberwocky and the Rainforest

Design Technology

Class 11 made enjoyed making a volcano during their Design Technology lesson. 

In Class 14 today we took part in a workshop with Amanda.  We started off by investigating pneumatic systems.  We drew and made 3 different systems using a balloon and a milk bottle, 2 syringes and a tube and 3 syringes and tubes.  We learnt all about how these systems worked.  We then went on to design a monster.  We then made the monster using a box, paper, glue, sellotape and scissors.  Our monsters could move due to the syringes and tubes we inserted into specific areas of our monsters.  We had a brilliant day and are very proud of our monsters.  

When Amanda Morrow came to join us in Class 8, we used our previous science topic of electricity to create our very own game. First of all, we predicted whether a circuit would work based on its diagram; then we tested them. After that, we created our very own circuit using a buzzer. Using modelling wire, we moulded our unique, steady hand game before deciding on a name and designing a background. [Gallery not found]

In Class 8 as well as our history and literacy work, for design and technology we picked up our needles and threads and stitched our own poppies for Remembrance Day. First of all, we mastered the skills of threading a needle and tying a knot before we moved onto using a template to create our shapes. With a variety of running and back stitches, we attached our three separate shapes together to create a 3D poppy. 

Class 12 had the pleasure of having Amanda Fleming in to teach them all about pulleys and electric motors. This was linked to Design and Technology and our Literacy topic. They had a fantastic day and created their very own electric Christmas themed buggies. 

Nursery – Owl Babies – We made an owl puppet using feathers.  We gave our owls two eyes and a beak. 

In Class 14 we are studying Native Americans and we designed and made totem poles and teepees. 

In Class 4 Mrs Bradbury visited our classroom and helped us to create puppets of fairytale characters in our DT lesson. 

 

In Class 2 we had Amanda Fleming in our class and she was teaching us how to make moving pictures using levers and sliders. We all had to create our own moving pictures and we had to use different skills such as  drawing, cutting and gluing. It was great fun! 

Amanda Fleming visited Class 4.  We had a lovely day making vehicles.

History

On Wednesday 10th May, classes 7 and 8 boarded the coach and headed to Chester for the Roman experience. Throughout the day, we learnt about Roman Chester through visiting the Roman gardens, amphitheatre and DEWA museum where archaeologists are still excavating to find Roman remains. In true Roman style, we watched two gladiators (a.k.a Miss Corrigan and Mr Bourne) fight using a shield (scutum) and a sword (gladius) in the amphitheatre. To finish the day off, we marched back to the museum whilst chanting, ‘Sin, sin, sin, dex, sin!’ 

Class 12 have been learning all about Ancient Greece. Tony North visited our class and we learnt many hoplite tactics, and re-enacted The Battle of Marathon. It was a thoroughly engaging day and class 12 had great fun. See pictures on the website of Class 12 dressed as Greek hoplites. 

Class 14 visited Stockport Air Raid Shelters as part of their WWII project in History.  The children enjoyed a day as an evacuee and learning all about The Blitz.  

In Class 11 today we worked in groups to research many different Egyptian Gods: Thoth, Isis, Osiris, Ra, Horus and Nut. We understand that Egyptian Gods were important as they took part in creation. Some brought the flood every year, some offered protections and some took care of the people after they died; Others were either local Gods, who represented towns, or minor Gods who represented plants and animals. The ancient Egyptians believed that it was important to recognise and worship these Gods and Goddesses so that life could continue to run smoothly. 

Today in Class 10 we took part in a workshop to develop our understanding of Egyptian gods and pharaohs. During the morning, we took part in lots of fun activities including quizzes and games. We learnt about whom the gods and pharaohs were; where they lived; how people worshiped them and their significance in ancient Egyptian history. We got the chance to study Egyptian hieroglyphs and some of us even got the opportunity to dress up! In the afternoon, we made various Egyptian artefacts including daggers, jewellery, drawings, clay statues and an obelisk. 

In class 10 we researched different Egyptian Gods for example: Thoth, Isis, Osiris, Horus and Anubis. We understand that Egyptian Gods were important as they took part in creation. The ancient Egyptians believed that it was important to recognise and worship these Gods and Goddesses so that life could continue to run smoothly. Each pair researched a different God/Goddess and then we presented our ideas, as a poster, to the rest of the class. We then discussed which God or Goddess possessed the most important powers. 

In Class 11 we took part in an Egyptian Workshop with Tony North. 

Geography

In Class 8 we were extremely excited when we had a visit from United Utilities to link our science and geography lessons. We learnt all about the water cycle and began to understand the effect that we have when we waste this natural resource. As a class, we all created promises to decide how we could reduce the amount of water that we waste because some of us are classed as ‘water wasters’! 

In Class 10 as part of our current topic ‘Volcanoes and Earthquakes’ we made our own model volcanoes. We recapped on the structure of a volcano and what causes a volcano to erupt. We used plastic bottles, papier mache and paint to create our very own models. Once the models were dry, it was time for the explosion: to create this we mixed together washing up liquid, baking soda, food colouring and vinegar. We had lots of fun watching them explode! 

In Class 14 we are studying Native Americans and we designed and made totem poles and teepees. 

In Geography in Class 2 we have been learning all about our local area. 

In Class 8 in our Topic lessons we have been learning all about the physical and human features of the UK. 

ICT

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On Tuesday 7th February in Class 8, it was Safer Internet day and we were lucky enough to have a workshop all about keeping safe whilst we are online. We discussed the different ways in which we use the internet as a class and then learnt how we can stay safe through the ‘SMART’ rules. As a fun activity, we also completed some problem solving, thinking about how we can all work together to keep the internet safe. 

As Christmas is drawing near, we have started to read ‘The Christmasaurus’ written by Tom Fletcher. We also watched and took part in the live webcast with Tom himself. He demonstrated how to draw the Christmasaurus whilst we tried to keep up. It has definitely started to feel like Christmas in class 8. 

Pupils in Class 6 used Lego to make sets based on their Literacy story, which will be used for an animation project.  Pupils used exciting sentences to write Frankenstein inspired stories. 

PSHE

Smilers of the Week. 

For Healthy Eating Week, class 8 enjoyed tasting different fruits. Some of them we had heard of but had never tasted them; others were brand new to us. Additionally, we listened to the songs of the Singing Dentist, teaching us all about oral hygiene as it is National Smile Month and we took part in daily ‘Just Dance’ videos to contribute to our healthy lifestyle. 

St Paul’s R.C. Primary School visited Class 14 to learn all about Eid Celebrations.  The children in Class 14 came into school in their traditional dress and taught all the pupils about what happens during Ramadam and Eid.  The children created their own Mendhi patterns and created their own Mosque picture using collage techniques.  Many of the parents of the pupils of Class 14 prepared, cooked and delivered samples of the food eaten during the Eid Celebrations so that the children from St Paul’s and St Richard’s could enjoy the experiences.  Many thanks to all the pupils and parents.  

A selection of PSHE work from Class 2. 

We made a pictogram about how many children in class 2 liked each fruit. We now know that grapes were the most liked and pineapple, peach and apples were the least liked.  We won the name the exotic fruit competition! 

As part of our PSHE studies in Class 8, we have explored what it means to be ‘fairtrade’. We have looked at the stories of how tea is made and arrives in our supermarkets as well as becoming members of the supply chain for producing bananas. This made us realise that sometimes, people aren’t paid as fairly as we think they should be. 

In our PSHE lessons in Class 8, we have been exploring various groups within our community. We began to think about the elderly and how some people can suffer from illness and mobility issues. Then, unexpectedly, we were transformed into old people… 

Class 2 made fruit kebabs as part of our PSHE lesson on Healthy Eating. 

Nursery – ME Portraits – We painted a portrait of ourselves.  We looked in a mirror and discussed our features, including hair colour, style and eye colour.  We talked about what we look like.  We used paint and chose appropriate colours. 

In Reception 1 we talked about all of the people who make our home special.  We then drew our families and decorated our own houses. 

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In PSHE in Class 1 we were learning all about foods that are healthy and foods that are unhealthy.  We worked really hard to sort the pictures into the right categories. 

Literacy

Over the last six weeks, Class 10 took part in a ‘City Stars Literacy Project’ delivered by Manchester City Football Club. During our English lessons, we learnt all about how football can be linked to Literacy and explored aspects such as, how to scout out players, how to complete a match report, commentating on a game and reporting on games through the media. In the final session, we were lucky enough to have a Manchester City stadium tour at the Etihad Stadium. 

Class 8 were very lucky to visit Manchester Central Library during Shakespeare week. We worked with a poet named Craig Bradley who explored rhyme with us through sonnets and songs. We then learnt all about Shakespeare’s life and had a chance to view Shakespeare’s ‘Second Folio’. 

For our Literacy lessons in Class 8, we watched a video called “Baboon on the Moon” and we began to think about how he was there and how he felt being there. We each became both a journalist and the Baboon to express our thoughts and feelings before writing a monologue from the perspective of this character. 

Class 9 produced this Newspaper Report on The vikings. Newspaper Report on The Vikings

As Christmas is drawing near, we have started to read ‘The Christmasaurus’ written by Tom Fletcher. We also watched and took part in the live webcast with Tom himself. He demonstrated how to draw the Christmasaurus whilst we tried to keep up. It has definitely started to feel like Christmas in class 8. 

To mark Remembrance Day in Class 8, we studied a local soldier who lived on Chapel Street, Gorton. In literacy, we then began to consider what life would have been like in the trenches during the First World War. With the help of Mr Kennedy, our classroom was transferred and became the trenches on the Western Front in France 1914. We re-enacted the events that took place in December 1914 when the fighting temporarily ceased over Christmas. 

In Class 10 we took part in a fantastic workshop with Mr Kennedy. The workshop was a fabulous opportunity to showcase all of our wonderful learning that we have been doing in English over the last few weeks. In our taught sessions, we have been writing a balanced argument around the controversial topic of whether or not orca whales should be kept in captivity, in places such as SeaWorld. We starred in our own TV talk show, ‘10Talk’, with Miss Defoe and Mr Kennedy acting as presenters. Firstly, four of us took on different roles and expressed our opinions on SeaWorld through a hot seating exercise. After that, we split into groups and were assigned a side of the argument to discuss and present. Finally, we explored our own opinions using a technique called ‘opinion line.’ 

In Class 2, we have been reading the story Funny Bones this week and we got the chance to become actors and act out the story. We played the big skeleton, the little skeleton and the dog skeleton. We had to pretend to go to the park and throw a stick for the dog. When the dog broke to pieces, we had to put him back together again. It was very good fun! 

In Class 2 we have been reading the story Funny Bones and using our cutting and sticking abilities we sequenced the story in our Literacy books. 

In Class 2 we rewrote the story of Funny Bones in our own words using adjectives. 

Nursery – Elmer – We enjoyed reading the different stories and adventures of ‘Elmer’.  We looked at the shape – square.  We were able to select squares and make a pattern like Elmer.  We talked about different colours and what Elmer got up to in his stories. 

Nursery – Name – We were able to paint over our names.  We selected the colour that we would like to use. 

Nursery – Rainbow Fish – We looked at the story of the Rainbow Fish.  We talked about how important it is to share.  We each made a promise…we discussed what we could do to make others happy.  We decorated a Rainbow Fish template. 

In Reception 1 we read the story of The Rainbow Fish and thought about how to be kind.  We then made class promises.  Reception 1 also enjoyed painting their own fish and exploring different textures and effects. 

In Reception 2 we have been reading the story of The Rainbow Fish.  We then labelled our own Rainbow Fish as part of our literacy work. [Gallery not found]

In Reception 2 we have been reading all about Elmer’s adventures.  We then labelled our own Elmer and coloured a pictures of him. [Gallery not found]

In class 14 we have been studying Romeo & Juliet in our Literacy lessons.  One pupil, at home, created a 3D storyboard to show the entire play. 

In Class 14 we wrote short stories based on the book The Jungle Book where Mowgli tries to escape from Shere Khan. 

In Class 14 we wrote exciting sentences about Alice in Wonderland. 

In Class 13 we are studying The Amazon Rainforest in our Literacy and Art lessons. 

In Literacy in Class 9 we have been studying the story of Rhodopis.  We wrote a diary entry as part of this topic in English and Hieroglyphics. 

In Class 7 in our Literacy lessons we have been learning about Roald Dahl.  We made up our own Roald Dahl characters and wrote a character description for them. 

In Class 7 we enjoy reading in our reading garden. 

In Class 7 we designed a mirror image of our names in bubble writing and decorated them.  We then wrote acrostic poems all about ourselves. 

In Class 3 in our Literacy lessons we have been reading Little Red Riding Hood.  We then used a variety of adjectives to rewrite the story. 

In Class 6 pupils created silhouettes of spooky castles using chalk and templates of their own making.  These will be the settings for the Literacy work. 

Pupils in Class 6 used Lego to make sets based on their Literacy story, which will be used for an animation project.  Pupils used exciting sentences to write Frankenstein inspired stories. 

In our Literacy lessons in Class 10 we have been drafting a narrative about an Egyptian Myth and Daniella has written a fabulous opener using lots of interesting vocabulary and exciting sentences. 

In Class 11 we have been writing letters to Bishop John Arnold to tell him all about how much we value our Church. 

In Class 8 we were joined by Mr Kennedy for an exciting drama lesson in which we all became the main character of our class reader, the BFG. Having thought about his appearance and function, we then explored the other giants in the story including the Bloodbottler and the Fleshlumpeating Giant. Later that morning, we also appeared on the fictional TV show ‘Gigantic Giants’  to introduce our very own giant that we had created. 

To celebrate 100 Years of Roald Dahl, Class 8 took part in a live webcast, along with hundreds of other schools children. During this webcast, we were able to draw an oompa-loompa as directed by Quentin Blake. It was hard to keep up with him as he drew very quickly! It must be all those years of practice… 

In Class 10 the children have been studying ‘Instructions’ in English. They have been writing their own instructions on ‘How to make an Egyptian mummy’. To help with the process, the children carried out the mummification process using a tomato (dead body), bicarbonate soda and salt (natron), hand wash (palm oil) and tissue paper (linen).  After carrying this out practically, they wrote their own set of instructions. 

Manchester Actor Company visited St Richard’s today to perform poems to our Year 6 children.  There were various poems performed from authors including William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare and Wildred Owens.  Ruth, Gavin and Nathan brought all the poems to life and the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon watching them.  The children also enjoyed asking questions at the end.  Thank you Manchester Actor Company. 

In Class 11 the children have been studying ‘Instructions’ in English. They have been writing their own instructions on ‘How to make an Egyptian mummy’. To help with the process, the children carried out the mummification process using a tomato (dead body), bicarbonate soda and salt (natron), hand wash (palm oil) and tissue paper (linen).  After carrying this out practically, they wrote their own set of instructions. 

Mathematics

Class 11 were making shapes during their maths lesson. 

We have been learning all about time in class 8, practising using both digital and analogue clock. We have also learnt how to convert 12 hour time into 24 hour time and order times throughout the day. 

In the week leading up to the Easter holidays, class 8 completed a treasure hunt as part of a numeracy lesson. Inside mini Easter eggs were hidden questions which we had to apply our previous learning. Each problem led onto another which we had to hunt around the playground for. The two fastest teams were even treated to their very own Easter egg! 

Today in Class 11, we worked in partners to create our own board game. Firstly, we decided on the resources we needed and then we made up our own instructions. After constructing our own rules and trialling our game, we rotated around the class and taught other teams how to play our game.  Each game helped with our mathematical fluency, particularly in the areas of fractions, decimals and percentages. 

In numeracy in Class 8, we have been ensuring that we are confident in each of the four operations. Having focused on addition, subtraction and multiplication, it was time to tackle division. We practically showed that we can use the written method for short division by using masking tape and post-it notes on the table tops. 

Class 2 were learning all about measuring in our Maths lesson. 

In Reception 2 we read all about Elmer and using this book we completed maths worksheets recognising numbers by completing a colour by numbers worksheet and also colouring in pictures of Elmer making number patterns in cross curricular activities. [Gallery not found]

In Numeracy in Class 9 we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 and 1 million. 

In Class 7 we enjoyed making our own graph in Numeracy incorporating all the pupils’ birthdays. 

In our Numeracy lessons in Class 5 we have been learning strategies relating to 10/100 more or less. 

In Class 5 in our Numeracy lessons we have been learning how to partition numbers and how to use this knowledge for solving problems. 

In our Numeracy lessons in Class 3 we have been learning how to do column addition. 

In our Maths lessons in Class 4 we have been learning all about adding larger numbers. 

Pupils in Class 8 have been learning mental strategies for the addition and subtraction of numbers 10 and 100.  They have also been learning how to solve word problems involving negative numbers. 

In our Science lessons we have been learning all about the planets in our Solar System.  We then created Maths word problems using the information we had researched. 

PE

PE News October 2016 Click here to read all about St Richard’s PE and Sports News

St Richard’s Netball Team 

St Richard’s attended Belle Vue Leisure Centre for a morning of sport hosted by the Staff and pupils of St Peter’s.  Thank you Mr Neilson from St Richard’s and Miss Dixon from St Peter’s for a great morning of sport which was enjoyed by all. 

Class 14 enjoyed a session of BMX bike riding at Manchester Cycling Centre, they had a great time! 

As part of the Change 4 Life scheme, a number of children from classes 7 and 8 went to Loreto High School for an afternoon of physical activity. We practiced lots of different activities including standing long jump, target throwing, shooting basketball hoops and speed bounce. Fred the Red was also there and was cheering us on throughout the day and he even took part in the warm up! 

Science

In Class 8 we were extremely excited when we had a visit from United Utilities to link our science and geography lessons. We learnt all about the water cycle and began to understand the effect that we have when we waste this natural resource. As a class, we all created promises to decide how we could reduce the amount of water that we waste because some of us are classed as ‘water wasters’! 

In Class 8 for the BBC Scientifc experiements that are taking place across the country, we have identified what type of ‘taster’ we are. Using food colouring, we painted our tongues and counted the fungiform papillae (white bumps) which indicated whether we were non-tasters, tasters or super-tasters. 

For the second Terrific Scientific experiement in Class 8, we kept a sleep diary for the week starting Tuesday 28th March – Tuesday 3rd April. This is because the clocks were going forward an hour and we wanted to identify whether it had any effect on our reaction times. We used a reaction time test and the KSS scale to figure out how quickly we could respond. 

During science week in Class 8, we tried out a whole variety of mini experiments. The majority of the investigations looked at ‘change’ as this was the theme of this year’s Science week. 

For Science week in Class 8, we were had a visit from the Science Boffins. We watched various different experiments including how dry ice can be used for special effects in films and on television. Using a rocket template, we then built our own rockets ready to launch. 

Amanda joined us in Class 8 for the second time this year and we applied our knowledge and understanding of circuits from both our previous workshop and our science lessons. We were given a design brief to create a lamp for a young child so we had to come up with a relevant theme. Some children chose Spongebob Squarepants and others chose Puss in Boots. Have a look at our fully-functioning lamps that we can switch on and off. 

Class 10 enjoyed a forces workshop with Amanda Marrow.  

When Amanda Morrow came to join us in Class 8, we used our previous science topic of electricity to create our very own game. First of all, we predicted whether a circuit would work based on its diagram; then we tested them. After that, we created our very own circuit using a buzzer. Using modelling wire, we moulded our unique, steady hand game before deciding on a name and designing a background. [Gallery not found]

Another investigation that we carried out in Class 8 was to identify which temperature of water would allow chocolate to melt the quickest, turning from a solid to a liquid. We knew that we needed heat, but we weren’t sure just how much. We found that the chocolate which was floating in a tray of 40°C water started to melt within 5 minutes, but 30°C and 5°C were too cool. After half an hour, chocolate eventually started to melt over the tray of 30°C water however it would be no good in a rush! 

Amanda joined us in Class 8 for a second time this year and this time, we had a greater emphasis on the design element of Design and Technology. We used lightbulbs instead of buzzers this time around and using a circuit, designed and made our own lamps. 

In Class 8 our current science topic is ‘States of Matter’ so we have been learning all about solids, liquids and gases. We wanted to find out which of three soft drinks is the fizziest and whether gases actually weighed anything. To do this, we weighed a bottle of Coca-Cola, Lucozade and Fanta before taking it in turns to shake them vigorously, hoping to remove all of the gas bubbles. We found out that Lucozade was the fizziest of these drinks as there was the biggest difference between the fizzy and flat weights. 

Class 13 enjoyed an Evolution Workshop with Mr Tony North 

Class 11 enjoyed a practical Science lesson on Forces. 

In Class 8 in science, we have been learning about electricity. We practiced making our own complete circuits and then began to test different materials to identify whether they are conductors or insulators of electric current. 

In our Science lessons in Class 1 we were learning all about the different parts of the body.  We drew around a member of the class and labelled the different parts.  Then we have a go ourselves! 

In our Science lessons we have been learning all about the planets in our Solar System.  We then created Maths word problems using the information we had researched. 

On Tuesday 4th October 2016, Mr North visited Class 14 to deliver a full day workshop on ‘Evolution’.  We first learned about the different groups of animals: cnidarians, molluscs, vertebrates and arthropods and examples of each.  We discussed the ‘Tree of Life’ and how we are all related, followed by a practical activity where we placed animals into different time periods, going back millions of years to periods such as the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, amongst others.  In groups, we then placed fossils on our own timelines, naming the type of animal and the period it belonged to.  We moved on to discussing @Adaptations’ and how animals have changed over time to aid their own survival.  Interesting clips on feeding, teeth, mouth, nose, limbs, stingers and traps, and farming adaptations were explored and discussed leading into a range of group tasks.  We rotated around lots of stations engaging in practical activities including:  ’Habitats’ – we placed the animals on the board according to whether they were land, sea or air animals, discussing their adaptation and how this was useful to them.  ’Transitions’ – we ordered pictures and discussed the changes over time, stating how these changes were useful.  ’Peppered Moth Experiment’ – we timed each other to see how many light and dark moths we could spot on light and dark trees discussing how the moths were affected by the pollution in the 1800s. causing trees to darken and therefore endangering the light moths that could be easily seen.  ’Teeth’ – we examined a range of teeth, noting the difference between carnivore and herbivore teeth, and mammal/non-mammal teeth.  As a whole-class we played a ‘mimicry’ game, discussing how some animals adapt to look like others, to help them survive.  We also played a ‘camouflage’ game discussing this adaptation for survival.  Finally, we had the opportunity to put everything we’d learned into practice by designing our own animal, labelling its features that were useful for survival in its habitat.  In teams, we presented our animal to the rest of the class. 

In Class 10 as part of our science topic, ‘Earth and Space’, we have been learning about the phases of the moon. We used Oreo biscuits to create the phases of the moon, in our table groups. We had to think carefully about what each phase looks like and recreate it as a diagram. Each group then presented their work and explained it to the rest of the class. 

In Class 11 today we watched a number of videos to help to understand the Moon’s orbit around the Earth and why the moon appears to change when seen from the Earth.  We have learnt that the moon is lit up by the Sun. Half of the moon is lit up and half of it is in darkness. When the dark side of the moon is facing the Earth we cannot see it; this is called a New Moon. As the moon orbits the Earth we can see more and more of the illuminated side.  At various stages in its orbit it is called a crescent moon, quarter moon, full moon and gibbous moon. When we can see the entire sunlit side of the moon it is called a full moon.  Today, we worked cooperatively in groups, using Oreo biscuits to recreate the phases of the moon. We have labelled the new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent. 

In Class 11 we took part in an Egyptian Workshop with Tony North.