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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. 

St Vincent De Paul Reflection

Date: 27th Sep 2019 @ 1:52pm

Today in school we have been celebrating the a Feast of St Vincent. Every child in the school has decorated a square with a picture of themself or St Vincent and wrote ways they could be like him. Mrs McDuff led a reflection for Year 3 & Year 4. Each child brought their square into the hall and laid it on the floor to form a cross shape. We listened to the reading from ‘The sermon on the mount’ and we discussed how this tells us how we should live to be more like St Vincent and more like Jesus. 

William Morris Art

Date: 25th Sep 2019 @ 2:55pm

We looked at some William Morris designs and copied a design and then did our own inspired by William Morris.

By Phoebe

Science investigation

Date: 20th Sep 2019 @ 2:40pm

In our science lessons today we carried out a scientific investigation. Using an idea from our ‘Switched on Science’ scheme of work we used ‘sweetie rocks’ to learn about the properties of rocks. We sorted them using criteria such as chalky, soft, hard, layered and stretchy. We discussed how we had sorted our sweets and why. We then moved on to a second science lesson when we sorted real rocks. The children loved these very practical lessons! 

Collective Worship

Date: 11th Sep 2019 @ 9:52am

This morning Genny led us in a lovely Collective Worship on the theme of new beginnings.

We listened to a reading from Isaiah 43:18-19

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

 

After listening to the reading we wrote our own prayers about making a new start, forgetting arguments in the past and thinking about what we can do to help others.

Thank you for starting us off so well Genny, we are looking forward to next week’s Collective Worship!

Welcome to Reception

Date: 2nd Nov 2018 @ 4:19pm

Welcome to an exciting year in Reception!

The children have all settled well into Reception and they have embarked on an exciting learning journey. In Reception, we learn through play using our Continuous Provision both indoor and outdoor. We ensure that our areas fulful the Early Learning Goals and enable the children to 'Let your light shine.' 

In our outdoor Sand Area we have a variety of activities that promote a love of story telling and mathematical language and knowledge. These activities are demonstrated through our Measuring Station, which include a variety of  measuring jugs, cylinders and funnels. Story telling activities are promoted through using the Small World in our Sand Area.

Our Outdoor Provision also features areas that focus on physical development, such as, balance, coordination, catching and throwing.

Imaginative play is encouraged throughout all the areas in our Continuous Provision, including the stage, play house, the home corner, small world and construction.

In Reception we are learning about our country and the values that we uphold. We have been teaching the children about democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect. We ensure that these values are promoted in all areas of the children's learning and development.

We look forward to supporting the children througout their learning journey and watching them flourish during the year.

Please click on the following links to visit each class' page:

Miss Hollins' Class

Miss Sheppard's Class

Mrs Jennings & Mrs Gerrard's Class

 

 

Welcome to Year 2

Date: 7th Nov 2018 @ 3:50pm

Welcome to Year 2, a fast paced year full of new responsibilities and exciting challenges. Our ultimate aim is to give children the confidence and resiliance for moving into Key Stage 2. We want children to become independent learners, all within a fun environment. 

The children have settled into their classes and have begun an exciting year. The children have already enjoyed different topics within writing such as 'Spooky Stories', and  'Winter Wonderland Stories' and are currently learning about 'The Great Fire of London' in History. This is a thoroughly enjoyable topic and the children are already very enthusiastic about it, many having already done their own independent research. The children have also produced some great art work using different mediums, creating a fantastic display in our classrooms.

This term we have been particularly focussing on our presentation and handwriting, with the aim to be joining all the letters correctly. You may have heard your child talking about the 'presentation pencil' for maths and writing, the children receive this special pencil when they have tried really hard. 

Thank you for your encouragement and continued support at home particularly using the online resources, we have had some great feedback about them and the children have really enjoyed using them. Please feel free to direct any questions you have to your class teacher. We look forward to working with you during the year.

Please click on the following links to visit each class' page

Mrs Sutton

Miss Campbell

Mrs Maguire/ Mr Sands

 

Welcome to Year 3

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 8:09am

Welcome to Year Three!

We have lots of exciting and different topics to look forward to this year. In History we will be learning about the Stone Age to Iron Age and Ancient Egyptians. In the Stone Age topic we will be researching facts and making our very own clay cave paintings. We will also be writing our own stories based on the 'Stone Age Boy'. In Science we will be learning about our amazing bodies and how to keep healthy. We will also look forward to learning all about rocks, soils and fossils as well as forces and magnets.

As the children will be making their First Holy Communion this year, we will be learning about other Sacraments, such as Baptism. We will come together as a year group and re-enact a Baptism, reflecting on this special event. We will begin to reflect on how we can prepare for the birth of Jesus and why Mary was chosen to do such a special job.

Our focus in Maths will be on place value and developing mental strategies. There is a big focus on times tables in Year 3 and we will be using TT Rockstars to support this. We will be practising telling the time and describing properties of 3D shapes.

In English we will be looking at the 'BFG' and we will write our own narrative with our own giant that we will create. We will perform poetry, focussing on expression, pace and tone. We will also write our own poem based on the 'Magic Box' by Kit Wright. Our grammar focus will be using adverbials of time and place and we will look at prepositions to explain where and when things happen.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to all the exciting things that Year 3 has to bring.

Please click on the following links to visit your class page:

Mrs Leather's Class

Mrs McDuff's Class

Miss Jamieson's Class

Contact the School

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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