The whole school had an absolute ball celebrating Chinese New Year! Calligraphy, Chinese paper folding, lantern making and traditional lion dancing were just some of the excellent activities taking place around the school. A huge thank you to all the parents who supported the day; it was clear a huge effort had been made judging by the fantastic outfits the children arrived to school in. A whole school Lion Dance performance, courtesy of the Manchester Chinese Cultural Centre, left children completely mesmorised; some of our staff and children also had the opportunity to take part in it too. Have a peek at some of the highlights in the video below.
To celebrate the end of the half term, Class 9 and Class 10 took to the playground to set off their fantastic, homemade volcanoes. Children used vinegar and bicarbonate of soda or mints and coca cola to emulate a volcanic eruption. The children (and parents) made the volcanoes during their ‘What Makes the Earth Angry?’ topic. A huge thank you to the parents who gave their time to help produce such wonderful creations!
The Nursery enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year so much that they decided to make their own dragon. After painting two large boxes red, they decorated them with lots of shiny and colourful materials. The real fun was in the dancing though. The children really enjoyed trying to beat the drums in time to the music. Take a look at them dancing in the video which also shows a selection of the things they enjoyed during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Class 4 have been learning all about the weather. They read Pat Hutchin’s book ‘The Wind Blew’. They enjoyed it so much that they decided to make their own version of the book. Check out what happened when the wind blew at St.Philip’s…
As we all know, Sunday 14th February is St. Valentine’s Day. On Friday, pupils from Year 1, Miss McNamara’s class, led an assembly where they explained to pupils how love is the key message of the Gospel. Everybody now understands what is meant by ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Below is a video which explains what our pupils think love is all about…
This half term in Computing, Class 9 have been learning how to collect weather data. We identified different aspects of weather and the tools used to measure them. We then collated weather data for Salford over a 24 hour period using Microsoft Excel. Following this, we studied weather broadcasts. Using the ‘Green Screen’ app, we were able to produce our own weather reports. Here is just one example of the fantastic broadcasts produced.
In just one dance lesson, the fantastic children of Class 9 choreographed their own dances based on the formation of volcanoes. The children picked their own music thinking carefully about how it imitated the action of the magma. Enjoy the eruption!
This half term in Science, Class 9 have been studying different states of matter. Part of this topic involved learning all about the water cycle. The water cycle involves four main processes – evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. Yesterday in class, the children were given a bowl, water, cling film, ice and the use of a radiator. The children were asked to identify which part of the water cycle these items represented, and then had to work out how to use these items to recreate the water cycle. The results were impressive!
Over the past few weeks in Geography, Class 9 have been learning about ‘What makes the earth angry?’ This has included the study of tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanoes. To finish the topic, the children collectively wrote a personification poem about a volcano. The children chose a Hydra (a mythical beast) to represent the magma’s rise to the surface of the earth’s crust. The poem has been edited for the below animation which was put together using iMovie.
In our science topic this half term, Class 12 have been learning about Evolution and Inheritance and finding out about how scientists have discovered so much about the history of life. We made and carefully excavated our own fossils, before writing explanations about the process of fossilisation.