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Friday 11th March 2016
Reception Class Assembly

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Reception class assembly this morning.  It was great to see and hear how much our reception children have learned about the human body, how it works and how moved.  Dancing to the Birdie Song again after all these years was great fun.  Well done to all the children for sharing their learning and their jokes, and for having the confidence to use the microphones in the school hall!


Thursday 10th March 2016
Year 6 Class Visit : Macclesfield Forest Art Workshop

Children in Year 6 visited Macclesfield forest to take part in an outdoor art workshop.


Wednesday 9th March 2016
Key Stage 1 Drama Workshop : Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Children in Year 1 and Year 2 today took part in a full-day drama workshop of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delivered by One Day Creative Arts.  They had the opportunity to develop their speaking voices.  Well done to everyone who took part, particularly those children who found their voice during the day.


Monday 7th March 2016
Year 5/6 Shakespeare Workshops

Children in Year 5 and Year 6 today took part in drama workshops focused on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.


Friday 26th February March 2016
Year 5 Class Assembly

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Year 5 class assembly this morning.  We learned a lot about the many different islands around the world, in particular life in the Scilly Isles.  You clearly have to love island life to live there.  Well done, Year 5, for your excellent and very clear presentation, particularly waiting for each other to sit down before the next speaker and for involving the audience.  


Thursday 25th February 2016
Year 6 visit to the theatre : Goodnight Mr Tom

Year 6 visited the Opera House in Manchester today for a performance of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’, the story of a young boy, William Beech, who was evacuated during World War II to live in the countryside with an elderly man, Tom Oakley.  Thanks, Year 6, for your excellent behaviour at the Opera House.


Friday 12th February 2016
Year 2 Class Assembly

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Year 2 class assembly this morning.  It was great to hear all about what Year 2 have been learning in class about London, including the Great Fire of London.   Well done everyone and thank you for your wonderful art work of famous London landmarks.


Friday 12th February 2016
School receives PUPIL PREMIUM AWARD from the DFE

We are delighted to announced that the school has received a Pupil Premium award for the attainment and progress of disadvantaged children since 2011.  Well done, everyone!
More information is available from our Pupil Premium page.


Friday 12th February 2016
Spelling Bee

Well done and thank you for all those children from Years 2 to 6 who took part in this morning’s Spelling Bee at Sandliands Primary School.  Although we did not win the competition, we are delighted with the efforts of all those who represented the school. 


Friday 5th February 2016
Swimming Gala

Well done to everyone who took part in the Swimming Gala this afternoon.

classassembly Friday 5th February 2016
Year 4 Class Assembly

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Year 4 class assembly this morning.  It was great to hear all about what Year 4 have been learning in class about the Ancient Egyptians.  Well done, Year 4.


Friday 8th January 2016
A great start the new calendar year.  
Happy new year, everyone!

The children (and staff) enjoyed visits to the theatre this week.  Both plays (Mr Popper’s Penguins and Hetty Feather) were very well performed at the Quays Theatre at The Lowry.  Great behaviour from all of the children, thanks everyone – staff at the The Lowry were very complimentary about the whole school.  As a school, we are committed to ensuring that all children have opportunities to experience art and culture outside school.  Every child visited the theatre this week.


Friday 18th December 2015
Christmas Concert

A huge thanks and “well done” to everyone involved in the Christmas concerts this week.  I got to appreciate the talents of our junior children as an audience member this Christmas.  Thanks to the children, Mrs Cheetham, Miss Whittaker and the whole Key Stage 2 team and children for two great performances.

We say goodbye to Miss Chapman (Year 3 teacher) this week and wish her well for the future.  In January, we will be joined by a new Year 3 teacher, Mrs Matthews.

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.


Friday 11th December 2015
Early Years and Key Stage 1 Christmas Plays
Well done, everyone!

I want to say “well done” and thank you to all of our Early Years children for their wonderful performances of their Christmas play, The Bossy King.  It is great to see so many children developing in confidence at just 3 and 4 years of age!  Our Year 1 and Year 2 children were also brilliant in their performances of It’s a Party.  I particularly enjoyed the singing in this play – it was great fun and sing well, with some lovely solos.  Well done, everyone!


Friday 20th November 2015
Visit from Chetham’s School of Music
Super recital of Early Music, thank you!

We were delighted this morning to welcome Dr Martyn Shaw and musicians from the Chetham’s School of Music, based in Manchester, to our morning assembly.  The students played a selection of pieces which were mostly ‘early music’ – pieces composed over 300 years ago.  The students played recorder, keyboard, Viol de Gamba (an early cello) and flute.  One student with soprano voice sang.  It was a very unusual programme of pieces – you could hear a pin drop as the children focussed on each performance.  Thanks to Dr Shaw and the students of Chetham’s for a wonderful performance.  Year 5 also took part in a music/dance workshop, learning a dance from the 17th century!


Friday 18th September
A Great week in the Isle of Man!
Well done and thank you, everyone!

Year 6 and staff had a great week in the Isle of Man last week.  The ferry crossings were probably our best yet (with no illness!) and the weather was mostly kind.  The staff team (Miss Chapman, Mrs Moran, Mrs Jones and myself) would like to thank all of the children for their great behaviour and enthusiasm.  We had a lovely time, thank you.  

Click HERE to read more about the Isle of man residential and see some photographs!







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