Today Y6 leave St. Philip’s. They will be missed and we wish them lots of luck in their future education!
Class 11 have been studying WWII for the past 6 weeks and have absolutely loved learning about this crucial historical period. To end the unit, Christian demonstrated his remarkable piano skills as he played us the classic song, “White Cliffs of Dover”. Some of the class’ wonderful homework is visible too…
Last Wednesday and Thursday the children from Reception to Year 6 took part in an African Drumming Workshop. They were taught by the African Drummer Rome Mossabir.
In the African Drumming Workshop, the children learned about how the drum was used traditionally and how it relates to the modern rhythms heard today. Using a variety of different sized instruments they were able to create a large class ensemble and were able to perform for each other.
Throughout the sessions, children were taught through the use of call and response helping them to understand how a drum works.
The African Drumming Workshop was incredibly rewarding and inspirational for all involved. Drumming has been shown to help:
- Improve teamwork and communication skills
- build confidence
- Increase cultural awareness and cohesion
- create an appreciation for diversity
- relieve stress
The children and the teachers all had a fantastic time!
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.
Children from Year 2, Miss Lavelle’s class, today led us in an assembly which focussed upon how God will always be with us as we travel along the journey of life. They showed us how far they have come on their Christian journey and talked about their hopes for the future. The first video below explains some of the pupils’ aspirations, the second how we must have high hopes!
At St. Philip’s we are extremely proud of our excellent choir. A member of the 2014 group, who recently left us to move onto high school, has spent time working on a cross-stitch memento of her time learning to sing. Mr Lee is depicted at the piano. Thanks, as always, to Mrs Summers who dedicates her time to leading the group. What a wonderful way to remember the choir!
Pupils in Year 3 have been learning about colours with our French teacher, Madame Birtwistle. They enjoyed learning the song below! Expect lots more French uploads in the near future…
Over the past few weeks our Y5/6 choir, led by Mrs Summers and Mr Lee, have sung their hearts out performing within the community. They have enjoyed singing at The Bridgewater Hall, The Palace Hotel, Nazareth House, Katherine House and of course at our school musical extravaganza! The children have worked exceptionally hard to bring joy and happiness to others this Christmas. A special thank you is needed for Mrs Summers and Mr Lee for their dedication and guidance.
We are very proud to present to our school’s resident band; The Minirockers. In this video the pupils are performing their own arrangement of Slade’s Christmas classic Merry Christmas Everyone at our annual musical evening. Keep an eye out for further performances in the future…
Pupils in Year 1, Mrs Welsh’s class, have been learning how to write and record a Podcast. Using the theme of the Queen’s Jubilee, the children worked in groups and composed their own music. They then wrote their own Jubilee messages and then read them out ‘over’ the music they created. Many thanks to Mrs Constadine for leading this task. A future in radio production may on the horizon…