Special Projects 2015-2016

St Richard’s Primary School were surprised with a real treat today (16th June).  As well as having sports lessons with the coaches from City in the Community, many classes were allowed to have their photographs taken with the Capital One 2016 Winners Cup.  The children, as well as the staff, were very excited to have the real cup in their school.  Thank you Manchester City! 

On 20th April 2016, the Eco-Squad and Class 8 got together to set up a national experiment. Six months ago, Tim Peake, the first British Astronaut to reach the International Space Station, took 2kg of rocket seeds into space with him. He is giving schools across the country the opportunity to plant these seeds alongside seeds that have stayed on earth. We should compare their growth and enter our results on the national database. This will help scientists to see if plant life can survive in outer space. The experiment will last 6 weeks. We are looking forward to seeing the results. 

Nicky from United Utilities came to visit us in Class 9 to teach us all about the natural water cycle. We were able to recreate the water cycle in order and then began to think about safety issues, particularly how we should never swim in reservoirs during the Summer time because of their depth and temperature. We carried out an experiment ‘toilet tissue vs wipe’ to understand why we should only put the three P’s down the toilet to ensure that they don’t get blocked. Additionally, we explored how much water we actually use on a daily basis and we identified a class water waster and a class water saver. 

In Class 9 we were very lucky to have some of the Manchester City coaches come in for a football training session. We practiced many different skills such as jumping, dribbling and shooting. We were even able to record the speed that we kicked the ball! 

Alphabet Project 2016 – English heritage have partnered with MMU and they have asked us to take part in a project called Manchester Alphabet which has an A-Z description of places/things to do in Manchester. The children in year 4 have been looking at the original book created in 1906 by Roger Oldham and created their own version which will be displayed in the People’s History Museum in March. This is an example of working with a range of outside agencies to raise the profile of history at St Richards. It makes history more exciting for the pupils and will lead to further opportunities in the future. This is also a great example of cross curricular learning at St Richards as we included aspects of Art within the project. 

Class 9 joined in with an international live webcast which was hosted by children’s book publishers Penguin. During this time, an author, illustrator and caricaturist shared their expertise and helped to develop children’s creative skills. The children joined in a draw-along activity and acted out an extract from one of James Patterson’s books. 

In Class 7 we had a special visit from two professional artists, Jenny and Sarah, in which we studied Kandinsky’s artwork. The children chose their favourite buildings around the city and the emotions, shapes and colour they associate with these places. They trialled ways to mix primary colours to make secondary colours and explored creating textures before these skills were applied to produce their own versions of Manchester using watercolour paints. 

Artists Jenny Ulyatt and Sarah Hill came in to work with year 4. We looked at the work of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. He had synaesthesia, so whenever he listened to music he saw colours. We replicated this experience by drawing life like and abstract images of buildings in Manchester whilst listening to music and smelling different perfumes. We experimented with watercolours and painted images in a colour to represent our feelings towards each building.

Manchester Actors Company perform Romeo & Juliet for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils 

Class 13 took part in an Evolution Workshop with Mr Tony North 

Tony North visited Class 12 to teach us all about Evolution and Inheritance. The children were very excited to learn about this unit in Science. Tony worked with Class 12 for two full days, teaching us about Adaptation and Natural Selection.  Day one was thoroughly enjoyable and the children could not wait for Tony to return. The children were introduced to Charles Darwin and his theory of Evolution. They worked in small groups understanding and participating in numerous activities related to Evolution and Inheritance. In particular, the children loved the activity the ‘Tree of Life’. This gave them the opportunity to learn about the evolution of animal groups over millions of years including identifying fossils and also placing them on the ‘Tree of Life’.  Lastly, we ended the day with a carousel of activities. The children experienced the effects of camouflage, the evolution of birds, grouping carnivores and herbivores and ordering extinct and modern animals to learn about transitions in evolution. Subsequently, the children gained a much wider bank of knowledge related to adaptation.  Day 2 consisted of learning all about Natural Selection. This day started of much more complex, however, the children were highly engaged throughout. Tony created fantastic, hands on games for all ability groups to develop a further understanding. We did this through genes, inheritance, chromosomes and cells. The children found it very fascinating that 37 trillion cells were in their body. The ‘Cat Fur Colour’ activity was the children’s favourite. This made it very easy for them to understand how cats pass on different genes to their offspring. 

Mr Spry, Headteacher of Rostrevor College in Adelaide, Australia, and his wife, visit our Outstanding Literacy School