Curriculum 2015-2016

Curriculum

Religion

The Nursery celebrated St Richard’s Feast Day by visiting St Richard’s church. 

Class 11 spent a day of reflection at the Marist Centre 

Celebrating Religious Festivals in the Nursery – our displays 

Celebrating Diwali in Reception 2

Reception 1 Easter activities 

In Class 2 during our PSHE lesson we made Diva lamps to celebrate the festival of Diwali. 

We have been learning about the celebration of Diwali this weekin Reception 1  and we created diva lamps out of clay. We had to use different tools to make patterns and painted the detail carefully. We now know that Diwali is the festival of light.  Reception 1 have won the first ever trophy for being the best behaved class during lunch time. We were very excited!  When reading the book the Rainbow Fish, we created some clay fish. We stuck some sequins onto the fish so that they looked like scales and then we painted them. We made sure they were on our display near the water area for all to see! 

We have been learning about people who help us in our community. We were delighted to have Veronica our lollypop lady join us in class to teach the children how to cross the road safely.

Reception 2 had a lovely time celebrating Chinese New Year! They listened to the story and acted it out, they made lanterns and monkeys, they tasted some lovely Chinese food and made dragon masks and performed a special dance during PE! They even learned how to write their letters and numbers in Chinese! 

In Class 9 we began to think about the needs of elderly people and some of the difficulties that they can face during their later years. Here, we were trying to empathise with some of these difficulties that they can encounter. 

Fr Dever kindly came to visit Reception 2 to talk to us all about Palm Sunday. He brought palm leaves for the children and we all joined together for our palm procession. We sang songs and waved our palm leaves as we walked around the school grounds. 

At St Richard’s we like to reward and acknowledge the achievements of our pupils.  Every Friday we have an assembly where we pray together and celebrate the children’s achievements.  We celebrate the following awards every week:  star of the week, best behaved class at lunchtime and excellent behaviour.  At the end of every month we have a longer assembly where we celebrate the achievements of the children with the following awards:  star of the week, excellent behaviour, best behaved class at lunchtime, moving up a reading level, accelerated reading programme awards, Lexia awards, Mathletics awards, star writer of the month, star mathematician of the month and prefect of the month.  The children thoroughly enjoy these assemblies and work hard in order to win.  

The children from the Nursery and Reception classes have been working hard to raise money for St. Joseph’s Penny. They had a sponsored walk on Monday 14th March in Crowcroft Park. Luckily the weather was beautiful and the children were able to have a well-deserved picnic afterwards. The staff, children and their family members really enjoyed the afternoon. Thank you to all those who were able to join us. 

Father Dever kindly came to visit Reception 2 on Ash Wednesday. We sang songs and thought about all of the good things we are going to do during Lent. 

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday in Reception 2 by having pancakes in class! We cut them in half and shared them with our friend. The children chose their toppings and had a pancake feast! We also talked about Lent and watched video clips of the teachers talking about what they are going to give up and take up for Lent. This helped the children to think about what they could do. 

Father Dever visits Class 2 

Year 6 pupils visited the Marist Centre.  They took part in workshops and drama based around the topic of ‘Responsibility’.  The children had a lot of fun and learned about their responsibilities at home, at school and in the world. 

Art

Class 13 took part in a workshop with Jenny Ulyatt 

Class 11 had a visit from Jenny Ulyatt who taught a watercolour workshop 

In Class 3 we made our own Jackson Pollock Paintings 

Pennine Studios visited Class 5 and we made this wonderful artwork. 

In Class 5 we have been working with Pennine Studios on a Kandinsky art project and the results are outstanding! We had lots of fun. 

We visited the John Ryland’s Library on the 5th November where we learned how to make our own books. In the afternoon we visited MOSI where we attended a workshop about our science topic electricity.  On Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th November, Jenny Ulyat came in to teach us how to use watercolours.  

18.11.15 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.

In Class 9 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. 

Class 13 took part in a Greet Art workshop with Pennine Studios. 

Design Technology

In Class 5 as part of our D & T lessons we designed healthy eating sandwiches.  Then during Healthy Eating Week we made the sandwiches and ate them.  Some of us liked are sandwiches while others didn’t. 

In Class 5 recently, Amanda paid us a visit to help us design and create purses as part of our DT curriculum.  We had to decide which seam would be best for our purses. Using a template we cut the felt and fastened it together with pins.  After sewing the felt together we designed the front and back of the purse and used ribbon, sequins and felt to produce our final pieces. 

Class 6 worked with Amanda from Discover and Create to design, stitch and make their own purses. 

In Reception 2 for DT this halfterm we made moving windmills using split pins and card. 

In Class 9 we visited John Rylands Library to learn how books were made and make our very own. We used different tools including an awl and a needle and thread to sew and bind the book. 

Cross- curricular D&T, Topic and Maths – In class 8 we have been learning about the types of food the ancient Romans ate. We sampled and evaluated a range of breads and designed our own focaccia bread. We followed a recipe’s instructions, weighing out and measuring ingredients. 

Reception 2 made free standing structures today! They worked with Amanda from ‘Discover and Create’ and made a playground. The children made slides, swings and sea-saws from straws, pipe cleaners and glue. 

Class 3 took part in a Design Technology Workshop with Amanda Fleming.  We had a lot of fun making our cars! 

Class 8 went to the John Ryland’s Library to learn how books are made. We used different tools including an awl and a needle and thread to sew and bind our own books. We also explored the Gothic Victorian library. 

Class 7 visited the John Ryland’s Library on the 5th November where we learned how to make our own books.

Class 1 pupils took part in a Design Technology Workshop with Amanda Fleming.  They made slides, swings and see-saws. 

In Class 2 in our Design Technology lesson we designed and made our own Aliens. 

Class 4 took part in a Design Technology Workshop with Amanda Fleming 

In Class 9 this half term a special visitor, Amanda Flemming, came in to do some D&T work on Levers and Linkages.  We learnt about links and levers in everyday objects and we also looked at moving picture books for young children. We practised making different prototypes and learnt about fixed pivots and loose pivots. Our work culminated in us producing our own pages of a moving picture book. 

In Class 9 in our first half term, we were extremely lucky to be visited by Amanda Fleming and were briefed with designing and creating a moving children’s storybook. Children learnt how Levers and Linkages are used to make books move, as well as how they are used in everyday objects. By the end of the day, all children had successfully made their own Levers and Linkages, with loose and fixed pivots, to produce a page of a storybook with moving characters. 

Class 12 have also created their very own felt pencil case in Design and Technology. They investigated: different designs; different fasteners; and a range of different decorations that they could use. 

Class 12 took part in  Amanda Fleming’s Design and Technology Workshop. Pupils have learnt all about pulleys, gears and motors and designed and made their own unique buggies. Class 12 used their imaginations and creativity whilst designing and making their very own vehicles. 

Class 13 took part in Amanda Fleming’s Design Technology Workshop.  Pupils learned all about pulleys, gears and motors and designed and made their own buggies.  Class 13 thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and had lots of fun designing and making their vehicles. 

In class 5 we have been building Stone Age Neolithic houses. The children researched and gathered the materials needed to build their houses. We then used air drying clay to construct the walls and sticks and dried grass to form the roof.  We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon building our houses. Class 5 will soon be the home of its very own Stone Age village! 

French

Class 13 received these letters and cards from their pen-pals in France. 


History

Class 12 visited Stockport Air Raid Shelter on the 17th May to learn all about World War II.   All of the children dressed as evacuees and had a fantastic day. 

Class 5 had a visitor who came into class to talk about Belle Vue.  He brought some artefacts and some posters. 

In Class 9 as we are studying the Romans, we explored the variety of Roman pots and pottery that existed during this period. Having analysed those that existed, we designed our own pottery based upon the styles that we had seen. We then each made our own Roman pot using a pinching method and then imprinted our individual design into the clay. Once these dried thoroughly, we painted the clay in a terracotta colour for authenticity and some children chose to embellish their design using metallic paints. 

In Class 9 as part of our topic, we have been studying the Romans and as well as making our own Roman pottery, we then explored the Roman mosaics and how they were used. We then practiced printing repeated patterns through block printing. 

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. 

In our history lesson in Class 2 Mrs Bradbury came into our class to tell us all about the toys she played with when she was little. 

On 30th November, historian Tony North visited class 8 to teach us more about the Romans. We learnt about Roman mosaic art and made some of our own. We also tried on Roman armour, learnt about the Roman army and made our own weapon (a sword, a dagger or a spear) to take home. 

A historian, Tony North, came to visit Class 9 to teach us more about the Romans which we are currently studying in history. We looked at a variety of buildings that exist in a Roman settlement and then made our own Roman settlement by using nets of 3D shapes. In the afternoon, we then learnt more about the army, some children even got to try on the armour and hold a sword! We each then made our own sword, dagger, shield or spear.  

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

Class 12 had a fantastic day learning about Greek warfare with Tony North.  The children learnt many hoplite tactics, how they ranked their hoplites and all about their armour. The children created shields and helmets which was great fun and re-enacted the Battle of Marathon. They also used their Literacy skills and debated whether or not Athens should fight the Persians or give in? 

Class 13 took part in an Ancient Greeks Workshop with Mr Tony North.  Pupils, in small groups, made all the various parts of The Parthenon which was then glued together.  Pupils also drew and painted Ancient Greek Art onto card, tiles and pottery.  All pupils had a great time, learnt a lot about Ancient Greece and produced amazing pieces of artwork. 

Class 13 visited Stockport Air Raid Shelters on Armistice Day.  They had an amazing day, dressing up and thoroughly enjoying the day. 

History Display in our Library 

ICT

Pupils Animation link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yirsi6tc4E

PSHE

Class 5 celebrates Brazilian Day 

For Healthy Eating Week, Class 8 did lots of themed work: we looked at the Eatwell Plate and how to have a healthy balanced diet; we calculated the amount of sugar in popular drinks; we took part in 5-a-day fitness activities and we did a Masterchef Challenge where we had to make a Carprese salad and were judged for our presentation, cleanliness and the taste of the food. We really enjoyed investigating food and we are looking forward to our healthy eating workshop later on this term! 

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 Monday 23rd May, Class 12 took part in an injury minimization programme at the Royal Infirmary Hospital in Manchester.  They gained valuable knowledge of how to deal with potential life experiences regarding injuries, how to deliver CPR, how to respond to an emergency and how to place somebody in the recovery position. Overall, the children had a great morning and learnt lots. 

In Class 5 during our PHSE lesson we discussed our feelings towards different events in our lives.  We each took a card, read it and then told the class a time when we had felt that emotion. We decided whether the feeling was good, bad or both.  Some of us were scared when we first went swimming. It was a sad time when one of us had to say goodbye to their father who was returning to Africa.  Others were happy when it was Christmas or their birthday.  Since it was a beautiful afternoon we continued our lesson on Fr. Dever’s lawn. 

Class 4 enjoyed making smoothies as part of our lesson on Healthy Eating 

In Reception 2 this term we have been learning about transport and how to keep safe on the road. We hope you enjoyed our assembly on this topic, here are some of the photos from it. 

In Reception 2 we had a lovely afternoon celebrating St George’s day with our friends in the Nursery and Reception 1. We made castles, shields, flags and even played English sports like tennis! Thank you to everyone who made our day special. 

Zika’s mum Silvia, who is an optician, kindly came to visit us in Reception 2 class today. She brought in lenses, charts and a torch to show the children how she examines people’s eyes. The children asked questions and learned all about her job. 

Isaac’s mum Charity, who is a nurse, came to visit the Reception classes. She explained to the children how she became a nurse and all of the important jobs she has to do. She also talked to the children about the different instruments that doctors and nurses use to help people feel better. We all really enjoyed her visit! 

To celebrate St Patricks day in Reception 1, we decorated our room with an Irish flag and lots of green decorations. We made St Patricks party hats using green glitter and shamrocks. We also had to write why we feel we are lucky and this is now displayed in our classroom. 

In Class 9 leading up to St Patrick’s Day, we have all tried to learn how to Irish dance. We started by watching various people who can Irish dance-old people, young people, people all over the world! We then watched an Irish dancing display on St Patrick’s Day in a special assembly. For our St Joseph’s Penny appeal, we decided to carry out a sponsored Irish dance during which we would try to keep moving for half an hour. It was difficult, but we managed it. We successfully raised money through being sponsored to complete this activity and we are all proud of our individual efforts. 

In Class 9 we began to think about the needs of elderly people and some of the difficulties that they can face during their later years. Here, we were trying to empathise with some of these difficulties that they can encounter. 

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day Mrs Fildes, Miss Corrigan, Miss McGinn and pupils from St Richard’s together with Mrs Fildes’ dancing group performed a selection of Irish dances for the whole school – well done to all participating it was enjoyed by everyone 

Beannachtaí na féile Pádraig oraibh! (St. Patrick’s Day greetings to all!)  In Reception 2 we have had a fantastic time learning all about Ireland and St. Patrick this week. The children made their own shamrock biscuits, leprechaun hats and rainbows. They wrote all the reasons why they are lucky for our class display. They learned how to speak a little bit of Irish and sang some songs too. We all really enjoyed the Irish dancing performance by Miss Corrigan, Miss Mc Ginn and the Year 5 children and Mrs Fildes and her dance class. Thank you for celebrating with us! 

We have been learning about people who help us in our community. We were delighted to have Veronica our lollypop lady join us in class to teach the children how to cross the road safely.

Reception 2 had a lovely time celebrating Chinese New Year! They listened to the story and acted it out, they made lanterns and monkeys, they tasted some lovely Chinese food and made dragon masks and performed a special dance during PE! They even learned how to write their letters and numbers in Chinese! 

Our experiences in the Nursery 

In reception, a nurse came into our class to teach us how to wash our hands properly. We had some bug gel that showed fake germs on our hands under a UV light. We then washed our hands properly making sure we did in between our fingers and the backs of our hands, and then we got to check our hands again under the light to check that all the germs were gone! 

We have been learning about the celebration of Diwali this weekin Reception 1  and we created diva lamps out of clay. We had to use different tools to make patterns and painted the detail carefully. We now know that Diwali is the festival of light.  Reception 1 have won the first ever trophy for being the best behaved class during lunch time. We were very excited!  When reading the book the Rainbow Fish, we created some clay fish. We stuck some sequins onto the fish so that they looked like scales and then we painted them. We made sure they were on our display near the water area for all to see! 

In Reception 2 we had a nurse come to visit us to talk to us all about staying healthy. She taught the children how and when to wash their hands and answered all of their questions. 

Celebrating Diwali in Reception 2

In Class 2 during our PSHE lesson we made Diva lamps to celebrate the festival of Diwali. 

In Class 2 we made our own fruit kebabs.  We chose the fruit we liked, cut it up ourselves and put it on the kebab stick.  We had a great time and the kebabs were delicious. 

Class 3 handwashing with the School Nurse 

Class 4 handwashing with the School Nurse 

Literacy

Class 12 had some great fun when preparing for their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test a few weeks ago. We enjoyed playing a competitive balloon popping game which contained SPAG questions inside. It was extremely exciting and the children did excellent answering the questions in their groups. 

Class 8 have been writing play scripts based on The Gruffalo. They very kindly came to visit the Reception classes to perform their play for us. 

In Reception 2 we read the story and watched the film of Gnomeo and Juliet for Shakespeare Week. The children planted grass and created a garden for the gnomes. 

We have just celebrated Shakespeare week in class 9 and we explored his history, as well as some of his work. We focused on the idioms that we still use today that were invented and used in his plays. Additionally, we tried to create our own Shakespearean insults. 

Mr Kennedy joined us once again in class 9 to help us to understand what a play script is and the different features that they have. We used our class reader, James and the Giant Peach, as our focus text and we each became James, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge. Having done this, we created a class play script as a shared write, discussing each of the features and why they are needed. We are now going to change a very well-known children’s story into a play script! 

In Class 9 we have completed writing explanation texts based upon the theme of Wallace and Gromit. Wallace wrote to us because his blue prints had been stolen and he needed us to come up with some new inventions. We each created a new, useful invention and then thought carefully about how it would work. We wrote an explanation text to support our illustration and sent them to Wallace. We then created our own animations on the iPads to show how they could work. 

Guy Bass visits Aleena in Class 7 to drop off an amazing piece of artwork by Stitch Head illustrator Pete Williamson, based on the character she created called ‘Clover’, who stars in Guy’s new book 

Award winning author Guy Bass visited Class 6 to share his latest book in the pupil’s favourite series – Stitch Head 

Guy Bass signs pupil’s copies of his latest novel, Stitch Head – The Monster Hunter 

In our Nursery we read, act out and take part in activities relating to traditional tales.  We have made a gingerbread man and searched for him around school when he ran away (The Gingerbread Man), we went on a bear hunt and made porridge for the three bears (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and we made peppermint creams and bread for Hansel and Gretel (Hansel & Gretel).  We love our traditional tales! 

     

We have been looking at the story Monkey Puzzle in Reception 1. Mr Kennedy, a drama specialist, came into Reception 1 and helped us act out the story. We pretended to be explorers in the jungle and all of the different animals. We had lots of fun! 

This term in Reception 1 we have been learning about fairytales! This week we read Cinderella and the children have really enjoyed it. They have been dressing up and role playing in our very own castle! They have designed their own castles using watercolours and built them out of sand and lego. On Monday the children found a shoe in our classroom! We decided to measure everyone’s feet to find out who owned the shoe. The children also made ‘lost’ posters to try and find the owner. 

The Rainbow Fish in Reception 2 

In Class 2 as part of our Literacy topic on instructions we followed instructions to make jam sandwiches. 

Pupil’s work in Class 6 

In Class 7 we visited the John Ryland’s Library on the 5th November where we learned how to make our own books. 

Class 8 went to the John Ryland’s Library to learn how books are made. We used different tools including an awl and a needle and thread to sew and bind our own books. We also explored the Gothic Victorian library. 

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 9 in Literacy this half term, we have been writing non-chronological reports about endangered animals. Mr Kennedy came in and all children had been invited to the ‘World Animal Expert Conference’. Children became experts about a specific endangered species and produced a presentation on this species.

Instruction writing in Reception 2 – how to plant seeds 

Mathematics

In Class 10 in our maths lesson we have been learning about reflection. 

Class 10 were drawing and measuring angles in our maths lesson 

In Reception 1 in Maths we have been learning about time! We each had a clock and learned to tell the time to the nearest hour! 

This half term in Class 9, we have focused on geometry in maths and we particularly enjoyed looking at symmetry in shapes. Here, we used mirrors to find various lines of symmetry in these 2D polygons. We then practiced using lines of symmetry to reflect images and patterns. 

In Class 9 we recapped our knowledge and understanding of fractions by using cubes to create number sentences of fractions using the same denominator. Initially we started using fractions less than one whole however we then applied our knowledge beyond one whole. 

Subtraction in Reception 2 

In Class 3 we have been learning all about fractions.  We cut a lovely cake into pieces to demonstrate how fractions are used. 

In Maths we have been learning fractions. We have been halving different objects like biscuits and crumpets and we now understand that you should have two pieces. We then shared our food by giving half of it to our friends. 

PE

Year 5 & 6 pupils spent the afternoon at Belle Vue Sports Centre attending a sport day.  The pupils enjoyed the session hosted by Miss Dixon and pupils from St Peter’s. 

Class 13 enjoyed a day out at The Anderton Centre.  Pupils enjoyed a morning of building shelters, making fires and making smoores and bread around the campfire.  They then enjoyed an afternoon of canoe rafting where they worked in teams to paddle across the reservoir and playing in the water.  The whole class thoroughly enjoyed the day, thank you Mark, Matty and Vicky. 

Class 13 enjoyed a morning of BMX bike riding at Manchester Cycle Centre.  They received tuition from the coaches there who taught them how to ride a BMX bike over the jumps at the centre. The children really enjoyed the experience. 

Class 13 enjoyed an afternoon with the coaches from City in the Community.  They were taught football skills and enjoyed the afternoon. 

Class 13 spent the morning learning orienteering with Dan and Claire.  They learned the basic skills of orienteering, following maps and using a compass, and had an enjoyable morning. 

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! 

Class 10 visited St Peter’s High School to play Rugby 

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! 

Reception 2’s first PE Lesson 

Class 10 took part in a PE lesson with Miss Dixon from St Peter’s High School. 

Class 11 Gymnastics Lesson 

Science

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. 

Class 11 made soda bread with Mrs Garrity – it was lovely! 

Reception 1 planting project Planting news in Reception 1

Miss Crosby very kindly took photos of the baby animals at her farm to show the children in Reception 2.  We have been learning all about the changes that happen during Spring. 

Class 12 went to The Museum of Science and Industry for their Science topics: Electricity and Light. We explored the museum and took part in two workshops called The Wonder of Light and Circuit City. We had a great day and the children are looking forward to returning in the foreseeable future. 

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 our science topic this half term is ‘States of Matter’ and we started off by comparing different temperatures of water. We noticed that our hands changed temperature once we has submerged our hands firstly in a cold bucket and hot bucket and then put them into a warm container. Additionally, we have carried out experiments to identify how the temperature of water changes over time.  We then made chocolate cornflake cakes and our own ice cream. We melted the chocolate and butter and mixed with golden syrup before adding in the cornflakes. Then, we attempted to make our own ice cream in sealable bags, using ice (and some serious rubbing and shaking) as the mechanism to encourage our ingredients to start to freeze. 

In Class 9 during our trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, we carried out a variety of experiments to consolidate our understanding of our Electricity topic in science. We focused particularly on conductors and insulators, predicting those which would complete the circuit and others where the electricity couldn’t flow. 

A Lady from United Utilities came in to teach year 4 more about the water cycle, water safety and saving water. We took part in an interactive workshop and made water promises, suggesting ways in which we could save water at home.

Reception 2 planting 

Class 8 went to the MOSI museum for part of this half term’s science topic on Electricity. We did science experiments on the interactive floor and then we watched an electricity show where we learnt how to make a working circuit and which materials conduct and insulate against electricity. 

Class 7 visited MOSI where we attended a workshop about our science topic electricity. 

In science, we have been learning all about electricity and how to make a working circuit. At the end of this topic, we then had a visit from Mr Pilling who brought with him a copious amount of Lego. Using this Lego, we designed and built our own houses, flats and hotels before adding a circuit into them so that they would light up. We used our knowledge to connect the light-up bases using crocodile clips, wires and batteries as well as creating an electric train that we could move both forwards and backwards. Once our houses lit up, we put them altogether to make a Lego city. 

In Class 10 we are learning about the cycle of the moon. 

Class 11 visited Jodrell Bank as part of our Science topic – we had a great time.  

In Science, Class 12 has learnt all about micro- organisms. We know that all living organisms need water, air and food, but we wondered what environment temperature yeast prefers. We decided to carry out an investigation too find out. We came to the conclusion that as the yeast feeds on the sugar, it produces carbon dioxide. With no place to go but up, this gas slowly fills the balloon.  From our results, we believe that yeast works best with cold water at 20 degrees celsius. We know this because we tested different temperatures of water such as: 45 degrees celsius and 70 degrees Celsius. The balloon which filled with the most carbon dioxide had the coolest water. 

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.  

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

Class 13 made circuits using a bulb, switch, and battery in our Science lesson.