Special Projects

The GIFT Team visited St. Peter’s High School for a sharing of Advent ideas in December 2017. The morning was filled with activities relating to Advent and how we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. We got the opportunity to meet with other GIFT Chaplaincy Teams and share ideas. We then took part in a special Advent mass. 

All Key Stage 2 pupils enjoyed listening to the choir on Friday 1st December in Church where they performed their Advent Service. 

In December 2017 our year 6 pupils took part in a Space Measures Mission and rocket launching workshop around school with Mr Riley.  The children worked as part of a team to navigate to control points to answer space themed questions about measuring.  They then, still working as a team, used the credits gained in part one of the workshop to purchase items to build a Rocket launcher.  Pupils had to work out how to get their rocket to fly the maximum distance.  All pupils really enjoyed the workshop! 

Mr North visited Class 11 this term 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. 

For Design and Technology in Class 1, we had Amanda Flemming come in to help us make playground structures. In groups of 10 the made a slide, swings and seesaws. 

St Richard’s celebrates its community cohesion with a selection of work from across the key stages presented in a special book 

All our Year 6 children are learning about commitment and vocations in our religion lessons.  The children met with Father Dever who told the children all about his journey in becoming a priest.  Father Dever explained to the children all about his calling, his education and his ordination and his journey to St Richard’s Church.  The children asked Father Dever questions about his role as our Parish Priest and Head of Governors of our school and learned a great deal about his life in our Parish.  Thank you Father Dever. 

In Science in Class 5 we have been learning all about fossils! Mr North came to see us to teach us all about them. We sorted igneous and sedimentary rocks, explored fossils in a fossil hunt, sketched fossils and painted a cast mould of a fossil. 

Class 11 took part in a fantastic workshop with Amanda Morrow all about ‘Electricity’. We discovered what a circuit is and all of the components that are used to make a circuit. In pairs, we investigated building different circuits and how to draw these using the correct scientific symbols. In the afternoon, we created our own model circuits featuring a light up component. 

Class 11 took part in a wonderful art workshop with Jenny Ulyatt and Sarah Hill based on our current topic of ‘World War Two’. During the workshop, we learnt about the Dunkirk evacuation and the role of the British forces during this key event in the war. Throughout the day, we studied various drawing and painting techniques; we experimented with drawing explosions, air crafts and ships. We then applied these skills to producing our own water colour paintings depicting our interpretations of the events in France. 

Class 12 enjoyed an art session with Jenny and Sarah.  They used watercolours to create pictures depicting Dunkirk. 

Class 12 enjoyed an Electricity workshop with Amanda Morrow 

In Class 13 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. 

All year 6 pupils received a visit from Greater Manchester Fire Service to learn all about ‘Treacle’, a health and safety initiative for bonfire night.  The pupils were also treated to using the fire hose on the fire engine. 

Mr North visited Class 13 this term 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.