The whole school enjoyed attending Holy Trinity church this morning for the annual harvest service. Each class contributed to show what work they had done about the festival: KS1 sang about harvest crops, Year 3 read some prayers, Year 4 read some poems and Year 5 explained about harvest celebrations in different countries. All the children performed beautifully – well done to everyone who took part!
Many thanks as well to all those who brought in food donations - our tables were overflowing. Please accept our sincere thanks for your support and generosity.
Year 3 had a great time today when they visited the historical city of Chester and travelled back in time nearly 2,000 years to find out what life was like for people living in and around the large Roman fort which used to be there.
In the morning, the children were given training by a Roman legionary soldier on how to work in the Roman army. They learnt how to: march properly in a straight line, use their shield and sword (or 'gladius' in Latin) to fight with and how to form a 'testudo' (tortoise) shape to walk fiercely into battle as a group. Inside Chester's Roman ampitheatre, they also learnt about how Roman gladiators fought and how dangerous animals like bears were put into the arena alongside prisoners for entertainment.
After dinner, the children were then given a guided tour around the Dewa Roman Experience. Their journey began by boarding a Roman ship to sail across the sea to the country of Britannia and up the river Dee to Chester. Inside a recreation of the fort, they learnt about how Romans: treated illnesses using herbal medicines, prepared healthy - if not appetising - meals using ingredients like mice and jellyfish, and how they went to bath houses to wash and relax with friends. Inside the museum, the children also enjoyed observing some remains of modern archaeological digs and dressing up as Roman citizens to re-enact how they lived.
The whole school enjoyed watching a performance of The Light Fantastic by the Kinetic Theatre Company this morning. In the story, all the colour had been stolen from the world and the children had to help Roy Gee find out who had done it by taking part in some science experiments like using trays for mirrors, ice-cubes for prisms and saucers for lenses. They even had to had to explore the structure of our solar system to help solve the problem!
Today's challenge for year 3 was to make a food for an Celtic army. They needed something that would give the men energy and be something that could feed lots of people. The class decided that a meat and vegetable soup would be perfect. Each group had to think about the different ingredients they were including in their soup.
Some groups designed their soup using chicken stock and cubed beef. Whilst other groups descided they would prefer beef stock with mince meat.
All the class had to peel, chop and slice a range of vegetables to add to the soup. Some of the children helped fry the meat and vegetables. At the end of the lesson, they tasted their food and evaluated their recipes.
The whole school has had an exciting time developing their scientific investigation skills during a special 'Inspire Science' week:
The 'mad scientist' Zainy Zee gave an exciting, interactive science assembly to everyone and the infants were also visited by Zoo Lab who brought along some excotic animals for the children to handle.
Year 3 enjoyed learning how to apply different effects to text using the Pages app this afternoon.
Two 'Mad Science' teachers visited school on Monday to first give Years 1-6 an assembly about different types of energy (including static, electrical and combustion)...
...after that, they then give each of the classes a special science lesson:
Representatives from the Middleton Rotary Club gave a special assembly this morning to award the school and our Rota Kids children with a certificate to recognise our work for them this year.
They praised our fantastic effort in donating over 100 teddies to Manchester Children’s Hospice and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
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