Frances Lennon Art

Frances Lennon Art

On Wednesday, the granddaughter of local artist, Frances Lennon, came to work with class 13.

Frances Lennon’s Granddaughter, Anne-Marie Royal, shared works of art with the class. Many of the pictures, portrayed childhood memories of the artist life in Gorse Hill.

Class 13 spent the afternoon drawing and painting in the style of Frances Lennon. Their artwork will be displayed at the SIP bar in Stretford on the 7th, 8th and 9th of April as part of an exhibition to celebrate local artists.

Please try to visit this exhibition and celebrate our fantastic community.

 

Fitness Friday

Fitness Friday

Each half-term, at Gorse Hill Primary School, we are lucky to celebrate Fitness Friday. Every year group gets the chance to take part in a fitness activity and there is a fun family session held after school.

Year 6 enjoyed a very energetic HIIT (High, Intensity, Interval, Training) workout. It was a great way to start the day. Here are some photos from the session.

In science we have been looking at the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on our bodies. What fitness activities do you enjoy doing the most and why?

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SATS 2017

SATS 2017

Thank you to everyone for attending the SATs meeting last night. Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it, here is an informative video which gives you the key information regarding SATs paper content and marking scheme.

This video explains just what the KS2 SATS are and when they will be taking place this year.

It is essential that all pupils are in school every day of SATS week. We will provide a free breakfast club during SATs week to help the children relax and be ready for each paper.
All we ask is that pupils try their hardest and do the best that they can.

There will be a reward for pupils at the end of SATS week for all their hard work.

Please watch this video about the 2017 SATS. If you have any further questions or would like any extra support preparing for the SATs please let me know. Here are some ideas for helping your child prepare for SATS at home: learning weekly spellings, completing homework, reading and discussing different texts with your child, using a dictionary to find the meaning of unknown words etc.

You can also find some sample papers on the DFE website below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials

 

Who inspires you?

Who inspires you?

In Talk Homework this week, our big question was, ‘Who inspires you? Why?’

In class 13 we are going to explore this further in our English lessons. We are going to research an influential figure from past or recent history and write a Biography on that person.

We’ll share our work on the blog.

This is a great discussion to have at home… ‘Who inspires you and why?’

 

Visiting Viking

Visiting Viking

On Tuesday, a Viking called Njal Thorfinnson, came to Gorse Hill Primary School to teach us the Viking Way.

When we came into the hall, the Viking was asleep in his tent and snoring loudly. When he finally woke up, he blow a large horn. We learnt this was how Vikings greet each other. Luckily, he quickly established that we were friendly and we started to learn about what it was like to be a Viking.

I was very surprised to find out just how many layers of clothing Vikings wore. They vary rarely washed their clothes as the grease kept them waterproof. I imagine this was quite smelly!
We learnt how Vikings lived, how they traded and heard some of their famous sagas.
After lunch we made a Viking Long Ship and set sail on a Viking raid across the sea. We sailed to a small Island off the coast of Northumberland and found lots of plunder in Monastery.

This was a fantastic day. Please share your favourite memory of the day.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas. The first week back has flown!

We’ve started our new Learning Challenges, ‘Were Vikings all vicious?’ and ‘What would a journey through our body look like?’

Keep checking the blog each week to see more details of our exciting learning.

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Tree Planting

Tree Planting

Last week Year 6 helped with a tree planting project called, ‘New for Old’.

Gorgeous Gorse Hill have been working with the Greater Manchester Community forest organisation, ‘City of Trees’, on a project called ‘New for Old’. The idea is that we plant new trees dedicated to some of Gorse Hill’s oldest residents, who otherwise can struggle to get involved with the planting activities.  Gorgeous Gorse Hill have interviews some residents about their memories of tress and open spaces in the area and we have inscribed some of these into wooden ‘charms’ to hang on the trees.

Despite the rain and wind, we had great fun. Here are some of our photos from the day.

Let us know what you think…

Welcome back

Welcome back

I hope everyone enjoyed the half term holiday. I can’t believe how fast it went. We are only one week away from performing Macbeth at the Contact Theatre. Please can you make sure you learn your lines this week.

There will be no formal homework set this week because I really want you to concentrate on your lines but if you do have time… why not practise your quick recall of number facts on these fun maths games.

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Speed Grid Challenge Level 2

Speed Grid Challenge Level 3

Have a nice weekend!

What should Macbeth do?

What should Macbeth do?

Today in English, we have been exploring what it is like to be Macbeth’s conscience.
It was a dark place to go! After killing Duncan, the predictions of the Witches are still consuming him dark mind. He can’t forget their prediction that Banquo’s son’s will be King. The guilt of Duncan’s murder is immense. Banquo also heard the Witches prediction and might soon start to suspect Macbeth of his evil deeds.
Just what should Macbeth do?

We used a Conscience Alley to explore what is going through Macbeth’s mind as he ponders killing his best friend Duncan.
What should he do? What would you do?
Can you persuade Macbeth what to do?

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