Link School Visit

This Thursday (22nd March) we were invited to visit our partner school in Romiley, St. Christopher’s.

We went by coach and when we arrived we were taken to the hall where our partner class (Year 5) were ready to welcome us warmly. We played circle games and a bingo game where we had to find out as much as we could about each other.

Throughout the day we did a variety of activities –  art, tower building and a back-to-back drawing where someone had to describe a photo while the partner drew exactly what they were told.  All were fun!

We played out in their fab playground and impressive trim trail. We noticed that the school had a lot of Saints and references to Mass on their walls as they are a Roman Catholic school with close ties to the local church.

We look forward to welcoming them to Gorse Hill in June.

 

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Library Visit

We have been very lucky this week having an extra special focus on reading.
On Wednesday we were entertained by the author Steve Skidmore in the morning and a healthy walk to Stretford Library in the afternoon. Zach was our class representative at lunchtime when children were invited to lunch with Steve.
The librarian, Mark, was very friendly and helpful. He explained how books are “shelved” and briefly outlined the Dewy System of shelving non-fiction. We were pleased and proud to hear he thought we were a great bunch asking and answering questions enthusiastically. Most of us now have our own library tickets and are looking forward to making good use of them.
Next week we are visiting St Christopher’s in Romiley as they are linking schools partner. We are looking forward to meeting up with our friends again.

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World Book Day

Simi taught us to sound out our names using the sounds of French alphabet.

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Egyptian Day

On Wednesday we were very lucky to have an Egyptian expert talking to us about Ancient Egypt. He was able to show us lots of amazing photographs and artefacts.  We asked him lots of questions and we had the opportunity to write hieroglyphics on papyrus.  A great start to our Learning Challenge – why did the Egyptians love their mummies?

Some children were able to visit Manchester University Museum during the half term break and some children have completed interesting mini-projects. Thanks.

Our new Golden Time activities have begun and we have chosen interesting ones – movie making, recorder playing, You Tube challenges, book making, sports and cooking. Let us hope we don’t lose any time off our hour!

In maths we have started new topics of area and shape and in science we are investigating electricity (in a safe way!).

In a few weeks, we shall be producing good newspaper reports after we have researched the features needed.  Maybe a future career?

Next Thursday is World Book Day and we hope you will be able to attend our reading breakfast and see us all dressed up as a character from a book.

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Childline

This week the NSPCC came to school and led a very useful and important assembly all about the rights of children to be safe.
The visitors showed a clever way to remember the phone number to use if the children feel the need to talk to a grown up about worries they may have however small. See if your child remembers!
We also were invited to attend the Year 5 assembly where we learned all about Rainforests in an entertaining way.
We are really improving our French with the French Assistant, Simi. We are able to make up our own sentences around how we feel, our age and even describe various animals. Our accents are improving too.
Class 10 have really enjoyed being actors and directors learning about stage directions and have written plays about the Billy Goats Gruff.
Division continues to be a challenge for some of us but with persistence and resilience I am sure we shall achieve.
After the half term break we start a new round of Golden Time activities and I trust Class 10 shall be losing less time.
Hope everyone enjoys the break and returns to school safe and well on Tuesday 20th February.

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Photos

Here are some recent photographs of Class 10.

Lots of small words from TOLERANCE

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February Half Term

On our return on Tuesday 20th February our new Learning Challenge will be set around the Ancient Egyptians.
It would be great if Class 10 could start to research this very interesting period.
Perhaps visit the library or investigate online or even visit to Manchester University Museum where there is a very interesting section devoted to Ancient Egypt- mummies and all (and free).
There will be table points on offer to any one bringing in lots of information and findings. Good luck and enjoy!

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Geography Day

On Monday the whole school had a geography curriculum day and Class 10 chose to research Italy as we had earlier focused our Learning Challenges around Ancient Rome.
We found out about the flag and some of the famous buildings and about the physical aspects of the country. We also mentioned pizza!
In English we are now moving on to play scripts and some of us have had a chance to act during our Guided Reading time.
We are still being challenged with division problems and facing questions to challenge our mathematical thinking and reasoning skills.
We had a very successful result with making small words from the word TOLERANCE – we were impressed with ourselves! Maybe you could try this one at home too.
We are finishing next Friday 9th February for a week. Hope you all have a good break and get treated well for Valentine’s Day!

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Local Artist

This week we were thrilled to discover a famous artist who was not only a Mancunian but was actually born here in Gorse Hill on Haddon Street. Francis Lennon was the artist for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. We spotted that her style is similar to Lowry’s.
In maths we are getting to grips with long division and next week we shall be solving word problems using these new skills.
We have completed our adventure stories in Big Write and look forward to you reading them at Parents’ Evening in March.
During our p.e. sessions we are lucky to be having lessons from an international player.
We continue with our morning challenges such as how many words we could find in the word spaghetti? And slightly deeper thunks such is it fair that rich people can employ people to make them even richer whilst there are people living on the streets? Some very interesting discussion were had!
All children should be up and running with Bug Club and My Maths but should there be any issues please let us know.
There is a lunchtime My Maths club for any child who cannot access the internet at home.

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Famous Mancunians

We started our new Learning Challenge with a vote to decide one of our small rewards. The twist was I only allowed the boys to vote! I am both pleased and proud to report that everyone was offended especially the boys at the inequality!
This led to the introduction of the Suffragette movement and in particular Emily Pankhurst. She is our first Famous Mancunian we are researching The children were keen to find out which particular era she was from. Their initial thoughts were Victorian using pictures as a clue. They have been fascinated to learn that Emily actually lived under three different monarchs which led to discussions surrounding succession. We have learned about abdication and made comparisons between Edward and Harry! The children are now about to work in small groups to present their research about Emily and choose how they wish to present their findings.
We are all really enjoying our focussed book, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe which is inspiring story writing with a theme of entering a different world. Some great ideas!
We are introducing a Daily Challenge which could be a variety of things – practical and encouraging deep thinking. For example “Were the Suffragettes right to follow their policy of ‘deeds not words?’ and how many small words can you make from the longer word spaghetti?
It would be great if parents/carers could talk to the children about any favourite famous Mancunians you have. The children have shown interest in many of these especially people like Tony Warren!

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