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Year 2 Computing Xplorers workshop

Date: 11th Mar 2020 @ 12:16pm

This week the year 2 children have enjoyed taking part in workshops which have been delivered by Computer Xplorers, Manchester.

The children received an introduction to programming and learnt the fundamentals of programming video games using an easy to understand drag and drop programming method. Through this the children developed logic, sequencing and maths skills as they created their own platform game. 

Thye were also able to add challenges and difficulties to their game which stretched their imagination and helped to develop all important thinking and problem solving skills.

The children participated in a micro:bit session which was a ‘build it and create it’ workshop using the micro:bit, pocket sized computer. The children created their own emoticon displays, sent coded messages and communicated with lights. 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and this will greatly enhance their learning within the Computing curriculum.

Year 2 visit from Community Support Officer - Safer Internet Day

Date: 4th Feb 2020 @ 8:43pm

Following on from yesterday’s activities for Safer Internet Day, this afternoon the Year 2 children enjoyed a visit from Community Support Officer, Martin Thomasson  from Altrincham Police Station. Martin delivered a power point presentation to the children and it contained very important messages about online safety and how to keep themselves  safe and different suitable websites. He also talked about appropriate use of electronic devices, not sharing personal information, online gaming and chat rooms. Many of the children shared their own personal experiences and knowledge and there was time for a question and answer session at the end. Mrs Butler, one of our school governors, came to see the presentation and was very impressed with the sensible approach and attitudes of the year 2 children towards online safety. 

Safer Internet Day in the Infant Department

Date: 4th Feb 2020 @ 8:19pm

Safer Internet Day in the Infant Department began with an assembly this morning led by the Junior Digital Leaders. Together, the Digital Leaders delivered a very informative assembly to the children. They talked through a power point presentation from the UK Safer Internet Centre. This year the theme is all about ‘Free to be me - exploring identity online.’ The Digital Leaders touched on incredibly important themes such as ‘What is the internet?’, ‘Is it ever safe to share personal information online?’, ‘Being kind online’ and ‘Asking parental consent to use websites.’  During the assembly, the children were invited to share their own experiences and knowledge. The children listened very attentively and the Digital Leaders shared very important information with them.

Following the assembly, the children went back to their own classes and completed lots of different activities and games about staying safe online. The year 1 children made posters based on the book ‘Smartie the Penguin’ which is all about online safety. The children then watched two video clips called ‘Free to be me - my online identity’ and following this they created their own ‘avatar’ and they made these into key rings that they can put on their school book bags which will serve as a talking point from today and a reminder of the important online safety messages that they were taught today. 

 

Year 5

Date: 24th Jan 2020 @ 10:16am

The Year 5 have had another busy week!

In science we have been learning about irreversible chemical reactions and made carbon dioxide by mixing materials. 

We had a visitor from The Cultural Diversity Service who taught us about Indian culture and Hinduism. 

Today, in music,  we continued to learn how to play brass instruments and can already play ‘Hot cross buns’.

 

 

The Christmas Experience at Tatton Park

Date: 24th Jan 2020 @ 5:21pm

For our 'Seasons and Celebrations' topic in our Knowledge and Understanding the World sessions, we went to Tatton Park to continue our Christmas celebrations. We were so lucky and got to meet Father Christmas! He told us the story of Jack Frost, sang songs with us, gave us a Christmas present and even told us that we are all on the 'good list'. Phew! We heard the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' around a fireplace that was all dressed in traditional Christmas decorations. As we walked around the farm, we came across a beautiful Nativity scene. Here, we sang 'Little Donkey' from our Christmas Nativity Performance for the real ife donkey that was resting there. As an additinonal treat, we came across Father Christmas' sleigh! We got to sit in it and even had the chance to ring the magical bell! After this, we went into the Mansion. Every room was decorated to match a well known fairytale. We were very clever and knew which fairytale all of the rooms were dressed up as. In one of the rooms we listened to the story of 'Cinderella' and saw her carriage, it was amazing! In the room, there was also Cinderella's glass slipper and we compared it to our own feet. After learning about size and order in our Maths session at school, we knew that the shoe was going to be too big for any of us children! What a busy, yet magical day we had at Tatton Park. One we won't forget!

Year 5 end of Autumn term news

Date: 18th Dec 2019 @ 4:02pm

We have had a busy but fun half term in year 5 and have taken part in some memorable experiences. We have enjoyed learning about space in Science and all made fantastic space projects at home to share with our classes. A group of children were invited to Alderley Edge School to meet the first British astronaut , Helen Sharman which was extremely inspirational. As part of our new topic ‘materials’ in Science, We did an investigation about the absorbency of nappies with Mrs Shaw.

In PE  we have been learning a group display to perform for our year 2 buddy classes in the new year. This week Mrs Farrell’s class performed a poem at the Advent service at church and have been feeling festive making Christmas stockings in D & T. 

As we sold the most raffles tickets for the Christmas fair, we also took part in a slime workshop with Mrs Shaw.

Christmas Stockings

Date: 16th Dec 2019 @ 2:56pm

When we were making Christmas Stockings , the teachers gave us some felt to make it out of . You could decorate it and we put whatever we liked on them . We used some thread and needles to sow the two sides together once we have decorated them . I thought it was really fun, I can’t wait to finish my stocking!

Engineering visit

Date: 29th Nov 2019 @ 1:34pm

This week, we were very lucky to have a visit from Civic Engineers. They came to talk to us about structural and civil engineering. We looked at our local area of Altrincham and in particular the car park on Regent Road. We were able to learn about the process of planning and what is involved. We moved to work in groups collaborativey to create a tall tower. We had to think about making sure it had a solid base and used cellotape to ensure it stayed together. We then planned a healthy street. We tried to include green areas and accessilibily for all. We included cycle pathways to limit the number of cars. Some children were awarded for their team spirit and innovative ideas. The pencils we were given were sustainable and once we have finished with them we can grow them into a sunflower. We all learnt so much and finished the afternoon with a story about Rosie the Engineer who discovered that the best results come after setbacks and mistakes. We felt very inspired. 

Atlantic Adventures!

Date: 27th Nov 2019 @ 2:08pm

Mr Phelan, (Ciara’s dad) came in to talk to us about the fantastic adventure that he will soon be taking part in - rowing solo across the Atlantic!

He showed us pictures of all of the food that he will have to pack to take with him for the 60 day (or so) journey, lots of chocolate, haribo and crisps! Jim will have a water maker on board to make his own water for drinking too.

Jim has been practising rowing, training and learning a lot of new skills like tying knots in preparation for the race.

The race starts from an island called La Gomera near Tenerife and finishes in Antigua.

There will be 35 other boats taking part with 109 competitors from 15 different countries.

We asked Jim why he was going to do this and he said that he wanted to challenge himself and learn new skills, he wanted to set an example to Ciara and her brother Sam (and anyone else) that you can do difficult things if you work really hard and keep trying and also he is going to raise money for Team Felix, a fantastic charity close to our hearts.

Jim will start his adventure on 12th December and we wish him all the best and look forward to hearing about his adventures when he gets back!

Year 6 Computing Roadshow

Date: 27th Nov 2019 @ 6:40pm

Today we welcomed ‘The Code Show’ to our school to show us computers through the ages. The children were able to experience Nintendo games, Commodore 64, Amstrad, BBC computer, a typewriter, Atari, Amiga, as well as the first electric car, The Sinclair C5! The children had so much fun tinkering with these technologies!

Year 4 - The Code Show - computers through the ages

Date: 27th Nov 2019 @ 2:40pm

Today we welcomed ‘The Code Show’ to our school to show us computers through the ages. The children were able to experience Nintendo games, Commodore 64, Amstrad, BBC computer, a typewriter, Atari, Amiga, as well as the first electric car, The Sinclair C5! The children had so much fun tinkering with these technologies!

Year 5 Science workshop

Date: 27th Nov 2019 @ 3:49pm

Year 5 learnt about their new science topic ‘materials’ with Mrs Shaw last week. They enjoyed classifying materials and testing the absorbency of nappies!

Science Workshops

Date: 20th Nov 2019 @ 12:24pm

Mrs Shaw came in to deliver a fantastic Science workshop to start our new Science topic - Materials!

Using the equipment in Gymnastics

Date: 19th Nov 2019 @ 10:42am

Today we learnt to use some of the balances, poses and movements that we have been practising on the equipment.

Yoga

Date: 11th Nov 2019 @ 3:04pm

We enjoyed a taster session of yoga this afternoon and started to learn some poses. Yoga can help us to become calm and mindful.

Our first craft club

Date: 6th Nov 2019 @ 4:41pm

Tonight we had our first after school craft club! The children were given a variety of materials and were able to make anything they liked that was based on a poppy. We were so impressed with the results. 

Year 5 Anglo Saxons & Viking Day

Date: 4th Nov 2019 @ 8:06pm

Today Year 5 enjoyed a visit from Mr Smith, an Anglo Saxon/Viking expert. He showed them many artefacts from the time and explained what they were for. They learned about clothing, food, weapons, how they lived, money, and much much more. 

Gymnastics

Date: 29th Oct 2019 @ 10:08am

Today we had our first gymnastics lesson in Year 5. Everyone has grown stronger and more flexible since last year, we enjoyed getting better at some of the same exercises and trying new things.

United Nations Day

Date: 18th Oct 2019 @ 2:07pm

Konnichiwa!

Today we have been celebrating United Nation Day. United Nations Day marks the birthday of our founding Charter – the landmark document that embodies the hopes, dreams and aspirations of “we the peoples”. 

On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment.

To repair broken trust.

To heal our planet.

To leave no one behind.

To uphold dignity for one and all, as united nations.

 

In Year 2 we have been learning about Japan. We have learnt lots of interesting facts including;

  • Japan's capital city is Tokyo
  • They have lots of yummy food such a Sushi and Sashimi!
  • It is the home of the beautiful, dormant volcano Mount Fuji
  • Their national sport is Sumo Wrestling

The children have had a fantastic day immersing themselves in Japenese culture by listening to Japenese music, researching the country, learning key phrases, learning how to write some words and numbers, and creating origami cats and Japenese dolls.

The children will be demonstrating their understanding, and continuing their research into Japan through their homework over half term. We hope they come home eager to tell you all the interesting facts they have learnt!

 

Working with our Buddies

Date: 17th Oct 2019 @ 2:58pm

We met up with our Buddy class today. It was lovely to learn a little bit more about our Buddies! 

Each class sang their special song from their Class Assembly to each other too.

Rosary with our buddy class

Date: 17th Oct 2019 @ 2:53pm

Today we had an opportunity to meet up with our Buddy classes to say the Rosary together during October.

The Mini Vinnies from the Junior classes led us in praying a decade of the rosary and in thinking about the work of Mission Together after the inspiring assembly we had from Mary Deardon earlier this week.

We finished with the Mission Together prayer using sign language together.

Our Class Assembly

Date: 17th Oct 2019 @ 11:40am

We enjoyed performing our class assembly about Celebrating our Gifts and Talents this morning, we have been working hard to learn our song and our lines and there were some fantastic performances from musicians and gymnasts too!

Science & R.E. Workshop

Date: 9th Oct 2019 @ 4:12pm

Today Year 3 took part in cross-curricular carousel of activities. This included discussing and re-enacting a Baptism where children took different roles such as the Priest, parents and Godparents.  The children learnt about the history of baptism and the signs and symbols used today. This followed a visit from Deacon John on Monday where the children had the opportunity to learn about and smell the oils used in baptism. They were also very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Shaw who taught us about how soil is formed. We learnt about the importance of worms in our soil. The children were able to hold them which they loved! They then talked about the three different rock types and finished with a volcanic eruption. 

School Council News

Date: 8th Oct 2019 @ 10:09am

Our Junior School Council met today to collect and discuss suggestions from their classes about how to improve the school and our environment. There were lots of great suggestions and we are going to start working on making some of these things happen!

All of the classes in the Juniors have an Infant Buddy Class and our Year 4 and 5 School Council members had the opportunity to meet up with the Year 1 and Year 2 School Council to design posters about the School Council.

They all worked really hard to make beautiful posters!

Clay cave art

Date: 4th Oct 2019 @ 3:54pm

Today we have had a very busy afternoon combining our design technology, art, science and history knowledge. We planned, designed and evaluated our cave art design and then transferred it onto a clay tile that we had created. We also made our own fossil imprints on clay. 

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St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

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