And finally,…….Macclesfield Forest

Our final trip, as part of the Linking Schools project, didn’t quite run to plan with many coach problems. However, we were the luckiest school as our coach eventually turned up!

St. Christopher’s weren’t as fortunate and were unable to join us there. All the children, in both schools, were terribly disappointed, but we decided to stay….and it was an amazing day.

Watch our video and experience the joy of teamwork in the forest!

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Shopping Channel Auditions

As part of our English lessons on persuasive writing, all the children were given a variety of objects to try to ‘sell’ to the public.

They had to try to think of as many features and include persuasive devices that we he seen in brochures to help encourage people to purchase them.

This was part of the preparation for writing a holiday brochure to an imaginary place of their choosing. The finished products will make up our first English display in our new classroom in September.

Watch our auditions:
Who did a good job?
Which product would YOU purchase?
Could you do better yourself? Have a go at home over the holidays!

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Welcome to Gorse Hill

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The highwayman murderer

Class 11 were trying to find out who killed the highwayman in the court of England. Some children were suspects,lawyers,the jury,eye witnesses and one child was the judge. After some teeth-crunching questions we found out that Tim the Ostler committed this crime and he  was maliciously executed!

 

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Didsbury Mosque – What is it like for a Muslim in the UK?

What amazing hospitality was shown to us this week at Disbury Mosque!

As part of our R.E. Learning Challenge, ‘ What is it like for Muslims in the UK?’, we were able to visit one of the biggest mosques in Manchester.

Here we were given a slideshow presentation that helped to explain what the religion was about, followed by a tour of the mosque rooms. They showered us with gifts for school, to help us with resources on our topic and offered all the children refreshments – biscuits and a drink – at the end of our visit.

The children were permitted to look at and handle the books and artefacts and the Iman even let us hear the call to prayer!

A very educational and welcoming visit – thanks to all involved in this organisation.

A special thanks to the children who read some of the prayers in Arabic and demonstrated how Muslims pray for our class! All the children were able to answer key questions about the mosques and the religion.

We are also hoping to organise a visit to St Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, just down the road, next half term.

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Anglo Saxon Raider in School!!

On Friday, we were all shocked to find a strange gentleman from a bygone era wandering around our classrooms! On further investigation, it appears he had arrived from Angle Saxon Britain, over 1,500 years ago!

He was very friendly, compared to those we had heard of, and was extremely helpful in explaining what it was like for a warrior in the Dark Ages…some children were even able to handle some of his equipment including a precious sword and long axe that literally floored most who tried to hold it aloft. I’m delighted to say Mrs Tahanci was able to keep it raised for just over 8 seconds….all other amateurs only managed 1 second….back to the gym everyone!

Here are a few photos before I get round to making another video!

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Linking Schools – Gorse Hill visits St Christopher’s RC

As soon as we had arrived back from our Robinwood adventure, we were off to sunny Stockport to visit our linked School – St Christopher’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Romiley, Stockport for our second meeting.

A wonderful welcome with old friends and a chance to make new. We took part in a number of activities and had a great time enjoying their outdoor areas, with football as an all time favourite with the regular players!

We are really looking forward to welcoming them all to our school in June!

Have a look at some of the highlights so far:

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Robinwood Day 3

Our final day and a full day’s worth of activities before we leave.

How is it that what went in the suitcase never seems to fit back on. Also, how come a bedroom is able to ‘Eat’ socks, underwear, tops, trousers etc. And leave no trace? One of the unanswered mysteries of the universe!

However, that did not get in the way of crate challenge, climbing, Knights’ Quest, Caving, Archery, Rocket Olympics and the bracing walk back to the coach – seemed much quicker going down hill.

Better still, the weather has been very kind for a Yorkshire village and we stayed mainly dry until the walk back – apologies for muddy shoes! (Wait ’til dry; scrape off excess mud; place into old pillowcase and put in washing machine on fast wash. Then leave, upside down on radiator, to dry)

Last photos for now – Looking forward to welcoming all parents and relatives for the children’s presentations after the Easter Holiday – watch out for a confirmed date!

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Robinwood Day 2

Amazing second day – Zombie Apocalyse in the caves, trapeze; potentially the most challenging activity at Robinwood; Canoeing on the lake with footballs; Challenge courses to prepare for the life of a knight and a surprise visitor!

All children are now exhausted and tucked in bed…. yet more to do tomorrow.

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Robinwood Day 1

 

What an exhausting first day starting with the hike up to the castle on the hill and ending with a team challenge….but what a lot in between!

From rocket building to zipwire; climbing to quest;archery to crate challenge; the children have certainly been kept busy on the first day of our adventure.

Bravery and perseverance along with team building and increased confidence has meant all children have had an amazing first day and are now drifting off into a welcomed sleep, ready for an early start and more adventures tomorrow…

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