Special Projects

Welcome to our G.I.F.T. Team Please click on this link to learn all about our G.I.F.T. Team. 

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. 

During our Friday assembly we celebrated St Patrick’s Day by wearing hats and badges and were entertained with Irish dancing by Rashe, Sachelle, Demi and Amy – fabulous dancing girls! 

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.  

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

Class 13 enjoyed an Evolution Workshop with Mr Tony North 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

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

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.