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19th July 18
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Year 6 Celebration Evening

Wednesday was a special evening for Year 6 as along with their parents and staff they came to school to celebrate their time at Aughton Christ Church.

The evening started with a quiz which included a picture round, general knowledge, catchphase and a round on how well do you know Aughton Christ Church School! The children enjoyed being part of a team with their families and friends!

At the end of the quiz, whilst the scores were being tallied up, the children took the opportunity to sing to their parents. They sang ‘How far I'll go’ and ‘Ghost’ - beautiful singing by all the children.

Before the night drew to an end everyone thoroughly enjoyed watching a photostory compilation of photographs taken of the children over the last 7 years! This brought back a lot of fantastic memories for Year 6 and also displayed just how much they have done and achieved whilst at our school. 

It was nice to see so many parents and children sharing this special time together!

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Year 2 Class Assembly

Our week came to a lovely end as Year 2 held their class assembly in front of parents, carers, grandparents and the rest of the school.

The children began their assembly by a group of children reminiscing about what they have enjoyed during their time in Year 2, their trip to Knowsley Safari, a bug hunt, making chocolate factories as part of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Throughout the assembly the children acted out what they had learnt over the year – all about Florence Nightingale, The Fire of London, Paddington Bear and the great explorers Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong.

The children displayed their talents by using Spanish to have a conversation and to sing a song reciting the months of the year.

Well done to Year 2 for a super assembly and some fantastic acting and singing! It was a great send off for Year 2 as they prepare to move up to the juniors.

We are all extremely proud of their achievements!

We would like to thank Miss Fletcher, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Hunter for all their hard work in putting together an assembly that clearly displayed everyone’s talents!

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Simba’s Story 2018

After months of learning parts, dance routines and songs our drama club production of ‘Simba’s story’ took place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July in the Ministry Centre.

Written and produced by Mrs Chapple with technical support by Mrs Brewer, our version of The Lion King was a huge team effort involving all of the 70 children who attend drama club. The children who were involved were all tremendous and held the audience spellbound with their acting, singing and dancing.

The biggest thank you must go to all the cast for their incredible dedication and hard work and we sadly say goodbye to our year 6 members who we are sure will continue with their acting and performing as they move into high school.

Good Luck to all our year 6 children and remember:

“Hakuna Matata”, (no worries)

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The sun was shining on Wednesday as our new Reception children and their families joined the rest of the infants for our annual Teddy Bear’s picnic. Children, parents, grandparents, friends and not forgetting the Teddy Bears chatted, played and ate the delicious food.

All the Teddies came dressed up for the occasion with costumes ranging from an England footballer, tennis player, a fairy princess and many more! Thank you to all the children who put a lot of effort into dressing their Teddies!

Thank you to everyone who came along and a massive thank you must go to the PHA, who organised an event that was enjoyed by everyone.  

Click here to see photos of our picnic.

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Reception visit to Blackpool Zoo

This week saw our Reception Class making their annual trip to Blackpool Zoo.

The children were very excited about going to the Zoo. Reception has been learning about endangered species and animals. Did you know there are 1500 animals at Blackpool Zoo?

The sun was shining as the children walked around the zoo taking in the sights of many animals. They particularly enjoyed seeing the orang-utans, the penguins, the giraffe and okapi. After a picnic lunch wqtching the sealions, the children visited the new elephant enclosure and finished at the dinasaur park.

Reception had a brilliant time at the Zoo!

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We have had two exciting science mornings this week for KS1 and KS2, which have been led by our Year 6 children. Our mornings consisted of a showcase of small experiments in which the children were asked to think scientifically and explain what they were seeing using scientific vocabulary. Amongst the favourites were snake venom, the strongest books in the world and water on a penny.

The children really enjoyed their mornings and expanded their scientific understanding further with the help of the exceptional modelling of the Year 6 children.

 

 

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Year 4 Adventure Day and Camp

Last weekend our Year 4 children went on their Adventure Day and Camp.  It was an amazing experience for all the children involved as they focused on key map skills and navigated their way around the West Lancashire country side.  Starting at Parbold and Appley Bridge, the children split into three groups and navigated their way to Rock and River.  After their 10 km trek, they enjoyed a meal and set up camp for the night.  Once the tents were orgainsed, the children had the opportunity to develop team skills through initiative games, roast marshmellows on a campfire and explore the area of a night listening to sounds and enjoying the countryside at dusk.  Before Bed, the children enjoyed a campfire sing a long as they performed their own poems to music.  

After an exciting night under canvas, the children woke to a lovely cooked breakfast and after taking down and packing away their tents then enjoyed the opportunity to' Den Build' and explore 'Rock and River' through an orienteering task before being collected by their parents at lunch time.  

Throughout the whole experience all of the children did themselves proud as they approached everything with a smile and overcame many challenges along the way. The children also grew in independence and resilience ensuring they are now fully prepared for all of the adventures that lie ahead in year 5.  

As a school we were extremely proud of everyone.

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Reception Class Assembly

This week saw a fantastic display of all our Reception children’s talents as they performed their class assembly for parents, grandparents and the rest of the school.

The assembly began with the children performing the story of ‘Jack and the Flum Flum Tree’. The narration, singing and acting by all the children was outstanding. It is quite clear we have some budding actors in our Reception class!

All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as did the audience, who clearly enjoyed seeing our Reception class put on a super assembly.

We would like to thank Miss Geeson, Mrs Warrack and Mrs Hunter for all their hard work in putting this assembly together.

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Year 5 Visit to Waterstones

As part of Year 5’s topic ‘It’s a jungle out there’ the children have each produced a story book. The children wrote their own story and then bound them into a book with some amazing art work on the front covers.

As a result of the exceptional quality of the children’s books Waterstones were invited to view the books. They were so overwhelmed with the quality and hard work the children have put into the books they invited the children to display them in their shop window.

Today saw our Year 5 children visit Waterstones to see their books on display.

We would like to thank Waterstones for allowing the children to show their books. A massive thank you must go to the children for all their hard work and dedication into producing these fantastic books!

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Year 1 Visit to Martin Mere

The sun was still shining this week as Year 1 made their annual visit Martin Mere.

On arrival the children joined in with activities which included ‘What do eggs and baby birds need’ and ‘What are the differences between birds and me?'

Year 1 had a picnic lunch, a play on the adventure play area and before heading back to school the children had a self-guided tour to explore the wild walk area and waterfowl gardens.

The children learnt a great deal about the environment around them and how the wildlife interacts with each other.

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The rain stayed away for the Juniors as their sports day went ahead!

The morning saw the team events take place followed by further events after lunch in front of parents, grandparents, carers and friends.

All the children competed in various events which included the sack race, skipping race, sprint, long distance, throwing and the relay race. There were some excellent individual performances but at the end of the day it was a great team effort. On the day it was Beech who picked up the trophy!

We would like to thank all the spectators for their support, but especially the children who displayed a lot of talent and clearly had a great time.

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Infant Sports Day

The weather was good today as Parents, Grandparents and Carers came to watch the children in action at the infant sports day.

All the children enjoyed participating in the races. The races included the bat and bean bag race, the skipping race, a running race, an obstacle race and the quoit race.  

We are very proud of all our infants who showed a lot of talent and skill! It was quite clear all the children had a great time! Thank you to all the spectators who came along and encouraged all the children.

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The weather did not dampen our spirits on Saturday as lots people visited our annual Summer Fair.

Everyone clearly enjoyed the many stalls and activities on offer, whether it was as active as wetting Mr Swift and Mr Kennedy in the stocks, playing inflatable golf, or just wandering around having a turn on the tombola, buying books, toys or balloons, hook a duck, coconut shy, or simply relaxing and enjoying the wonderful refreshments on offer.

A massive thank you to all the people who donated prizes for the raffle, tombola and our coloured boxes! We would also like to thank parents, friends and staff for all their hard work on the day!

Lastly, our biggest thank you must go to all the PHA for their hard work and commitment in organising another brilliant Summer Fair.

 Click here to see some photos of the day!

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Prayer Day

This week saw all our children taking part in Prayer Day in School & Church.

The stations involved a Prayer Walk, Bubble Prayers, Pray for the World.  All the stations were led by our WOW Group who were absolutely amazing and should be very proud of all their hard work in putting this together.

We all had a fantastic Prayer Day which reflected the children’s commitment and understanding of prayer and our values.

Lastly, we would like to thank our curate Sarah and Mrs Jones for all their hard work, which was very much appreciated by all the staff and children.

 Click here to see photos of our Prayer Day.

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Year 6 Visit to Alder Hey Children's Hospital

During the Spring Term we were excited to take part in 'Read for Good'. This sponsored read has a long track record of encouraging students to read for fun. Pupils choose what they wanted to read and the money raised provided books for Alder Hey Hospital. Overall, the children raised over £900.

Today, Mrs Chapple and Mr Kennedy accompanied 10 of our Year 6 children to the hospital to read to some of the patients. This reflected our value of ‘service’ and all the Year 6 children were commended by staff at the hospital for their superb attitudes and reading abilities.

We would like to thank all the children who took part in the readathon and the Year 6 children who attended the hospital.

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Crosby Marina Residential

Year 5 children had a fantastic time at Crosby Marina last week. The sun was shining as they donned their watersuits and life jackets to venture onto the lake for their first kayaking lesson.

After a fantastic tea the children took part in some evening activities which included orienteering, nightline and space camp games. To complete their very busy day the children had a wander down to the beach and watched the sunset! 

The following day the sun was out again whilst the children took part in sailing and raft building.

Year 5 had a fun packed two days at the Marina and are now looking forward to more kayaking lessons over the coming weeks.

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Enterprise Week

All the children have been busy innovating this week as they put together their business enterprises for our ‘School Enterprise Week’. This has been a fantastic enterprise week when all the children have been able to apply their skills from across the curriculum.  

This year’s theme was based around ‘The World Cup’. The money raised from this week will be put towards our new outdoor library.

On Thursday, market stalls were set up where all the products the children had made went on sale. Products made included jewellery, books, bookmarks, cakes, mini footballs made out of clay and many more.

We would like to thank all the parents, grandparents and carers who came along to support our market.

All the children really enjoyed the experience of the making and selling of their products. We would like to thank them all their hard work.

Well done to you all!

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Year 1 Visit to Church

As part of their R.E. Year 1 have been learning all about Baptism and made a visit to church for a mock baptism. Children came to school all dressed smartly ready for their special occasion.

The children pretended to be parents and God Parents to the baby doll which they had already chosen the name - Benjamin Alfie.

All the children gathered around the font as Sarah the curate, dressed in her robes, poured the water into the font. Sarah made the sign of the cross on the baby’s head.

To finish the service everyone joined in prayers to welcome the baby into church.

Back at school the children had a party to celebrate the baptism and had the opportunity to share the things they brought in from their own baptisms with each other.

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Year 2 visit to Knowsley Safari Park

The sun was shining on Monday as Year 2 went to Knowsley Safari Park.

The children began their day with a Safari drive around the park viewing lions, buffalo and deers.

The children joined in a lesson where they learnt about different habitats – Havana, Dessert and Artic. They were shown cockroaches, stick insects, stroked a snake and many more items of interest

After lunch year 2 had a quick play in the park before making their way to the birds of prey.

Before saying their goodbyes the children went to the sea lion enclosure and watched a super show. The sea lions were very clever, clapping and balancing a ball on their noses.

They certainly saw a lot of animals and creatures and learnt a lot more about animal care and the protection of endangered species.

It was a visit Year 2 will remember for a long time!

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Celebrating the Royal Wedding

We had a very special lunch time on Friday as we joined in with the celebrations of the Royal Wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Year 3 Visit to Tatton Park

Year 3 had an exciting day on Thursday 17th May as they made a visit to Tatton Park to take part in an Anglo Saxon and Viking, living history day. All the children dressed up as Anglo Saxons for the day. 

Throughout the morning the children baked flat bread over an open fire and learnt how to thresh, winnow and grind the wheat to make flour. They made thumb pots out of clay and went into the grounds to learn all about hunting.

After a picnic lunch the children learnt more interesting facts about pig farming as this was very important aspect to the life of Anglo Saxons. 

Year 3 had a fantastic day and looked wonderful in their amazing costumes.

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Year 5 Class Assembly and Rainforest Day

It was the turn of Year 5 to perform their class assembly to their parents, grandparents and the rest of the school on Friday. Not only did they put on a superb assembly they also arranged a ‘Save the Rainforest Day!’

The assembly was based around what the children have leant over the past year, the Greeks, the Victorians and the Rainforest. As the audience sat back two scientists came to the rescue of Year 5 who had lost their Oomph! So off the scientists went to come up with a solution…

Throughout the assembly the children showed off their talents with some fantastic acting and singing with some superb signing. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the assembly and the children found a great way of passing on the knowledge they have built up about the topics they have studied this year.

We would like to thank Mrs Frackelton and Mrs Hall for all their hard work in putting this assembly together.  

Following their assembly the children in Year 5 set up all their event stations for 'Save the Rainforest Day'. These included running races, selling cakes, Tree Top Treats, Beat the Goalie, make your own keyrings and many more. During the day the rest of the school were given the opportunity to take part in the events.

The children played a fantastic part in organising the day showing a great level of maturity and enthusiasm throughout. Mrs Frackelton was delighted with how the children organised and ran the various events for the rest of the school!

All the great ideas for the day were generated by Year 5 who wanted to raise money for the Land for Life who look after indigenous people within the Amazon Rainforest.

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Midstream Garden Centre

On Thursday 3rd May Reception Class visited Midstream Garden Centre. When the children arrived at the garden centre they were asked to help the staff find the escaped animals. They hunted high and low and eventually found them all!

After solving the mystery, the children then went on to the horticultural area to learn about planting and growing. There the children took part in planting broad beans, peas, pumpkin and beetroot seeds, which they were able to bring back to school to continue the cultivating process.

Reception returned to school with their planted seeds excited to develop their gardening skills and observe the changes in their vegetables as they grow.

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Year 4 Class Assembly

 

On Thursday 19th April Year 4 presented their class assembly in front of parents, grandparents and the rest of the school.

The theme of this year’s assembly was led by their topic of the Stone Age. Children found an ‘Ancient Special Book’ which without warning sucked them in the page of the book and took them back in time.  During their adventure the children displayed what it would have been like to live in those times.

Throughout the assembly the children showed how much they had learnt about the Stone Age – how cave paintings looked, the fact that during the Stone Age money wasn’t invented and when the pyramids in Ancient Egypt were built.

Well done to year 4 for a super assembly and some fantastic singing and acting.

We would like to thank Ms Jenkins, Mrs Birtles and Mrs Jones for all their hard work in putting the assembly together which clearly displayed all the children talents to the full.

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Year 1 Visit to Ellesmere Port

The weather was dry on Monday as Year 1 went to Ellesmere Port Boat Museum as part of their topic ‘Happy Homes’.

On arrival at the boat museum the children learnt all about Narrow Boat Art and had a go at making rag rugs, decorated plates and painting. These activities helped the children develop their understanding of the way Narrow Boat people lived. 

Year 1 had their lunch on a narrow boat, as it sailed along the Shropshire Union Canal. 

After lunch the children travelled back in time to see how people of a certain era lived. All the children dressed up in costumes depicting different eras from the past. Throughout the day Year 1 learnt all about how house boats were once used for the moving of cargo until the industrial revolution when transport was moved to rail.

All the children returned to school having had lots of fun!

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A Special Service 

This morning saw a very special worship for Mr Moughtin as he is retiring as Vicar from our Parish. Whilst his role in our school as a Governor and Chair of Governors has been significant, he has been perhaps best known to the children in school for coming in to lead us in Worship. Over 25 years, he has shared with us his own experiences, bible stories and values that reflect the teachings of Jesus and help make our school such a special place. Mr Moughtin has welcomed over 700 new Reception children into school and helped to guide them all through their first years of education ensuring the messages of Jesus lie at the center of their lives. Throughout their time with us he has provided guidance and support, not only for the children but for the staff and parents of our school. Our school is a Caring Christian Community and for 25 years Mr Moughtin has supported and led this vision for everyone.  

Today’s worship was an opportunity to reflect on the wonderful times we have shared together and to wish Mr Moughtin every blessing as he retires and moves on to a new stage of his life. But it is also a time to be thankful. To be thankful for all the years of support and dedication that have helped to shape our school into the wonderful place it is today. On behalf of all of the children who have passed through Aughton Christ Church C of E Primary School, their parents and the staff who have worked here, we offer a very sincere thank you for his dedication, support, leadership and care.

We would also like to wish him a thoroughly well-deserved, happy and healthy retirement with his wonderful family.

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Our Spring term ended this week with our Infants taking part in their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The children were divided into mixed age groups and were given clues to read to find the missing Easter words. The Easter words were hidden all around the school and the children had great fun working together to find the answers to the clues.

All the children had a super time!

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Local Artist Visit to School

Today a local artist, Angie Thompson, came into school to spend the day working with Year 4.  They studied a photograph of the clock tower in Ormskirk and made their own sketches of it.  Next they used different materials to investigate how to show texture in their drawings.  Angie told the children lots of different stories about people from the past and the jobs that they had in Ormskirk.

The children then created their own 3D structure of the clock tower and drawings to represent the different jobs that people have in Ormskirk today.

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This week saw all our children taking part in the Easter Experience in church and school.

The Experience consisted of the children being involved in workshops to learn all about Holy Week. The children visited five stations to find out about the events of Easter. The stations were Servant King, Remember Me, Sharing our sorrows, Hopes & Dreams and Resurrection.The stations outside consisted of The Arrest, The Prayer and The Denial

All the children have shown a real interest and enjoyed learning about the significance of Easter in the Christian calendar.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the experience such a success and so enjoyable for the children.

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Ferry Across the Mersey!

On Monday 20th March, Year 6 went on a trip to Liverpool, designed to enhance their learning of the topic ‘Ferry Across the Mersey’.

As the children approached the city centre by train they observed the old dock buildings. After a short walk down to the Pier Head the children embarked on a cruise on the River Mersey, stopping at Birkenhead and Woodside, before observing the spectacular view of the Liverpool waterfront as they returned to the terminal.

After having lunch at the Liverpool Musuem the children had the opportunity to explore the Great Port looking at the development of the dock system and its impact on city infrastructure and employmen. It explores how the city expanded due to the opportunities of the Industrial Revolution and development of world trade. The museum was very interactive as well as informative!

Year 6 also had the chance to take part in an interactive classroom based session looking at the imports and exports from the port of Liverpool.

All the children had a brilliant day learning more about the history of Liverpool.

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Year 5 Visit to Stanley Park

The extremely wet weather did not dampen the spirits of  Year 5 as they took the short trip, to Stanley Park in Liverpool as part of their topic ‘Ye Olden Days’

Over the last few weeks Year 5 have been looking at The Victorian era. To enhance their learning this trip was designed to show the children the important part Stanley Park played in people’s lives in those times. Stanley Park is renowned as one of the finest examples of Victorian parks in Liverpool.

On the way to Stanley Park the children were able to visit Goodison Park the home of Everton Football Club. Everton Football Club played a very important role in the Victorian era, having started playing football in Stanley Park before moving to Anfield – the current Liverpool Football Club. After a disagreement Everton moved across the park and set up home at Goodison Park.  The children sat in the executive seats, had their photographs taken at the side of the pitch and the dugouts. We would like to thank Everton Football Club for their generous hospitality.

In Stanley Park, the children visited the bandstand outside the Isla Gladstone Conservatory, looked around the gardens as well as discussing the usage of the park in the Victorian times.

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Author Guy Bass - Visit to School

As a follow on from our World Book Day, we invited a very talented author, Guy Bass, into school to talk to the children about his experiences and his love of books.

During the assembly, Guy explained how as a child he was convinced he was going to be a dinosaur for his full time job, when he realised this was not possible he put his thoughts and ideas into writing about dinosaurs.

Guy read an extract from his book ‘Spynasaur’ whilst Jacob from year 6 dressed as a dinosaur to act it out.

Before leaving, Guy visited year 5 for a question and answer session which was followed by a book signing.

We would like to thank Guy for making the visit to school and sharing his love of books and writing with the children.

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Fairy Tales

To celebrate ‘World Book Day’ children and staff came to school dressed up as character from a fairy tale.

The children had put a lot of thought into their costumes whether it was from Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Three Bears, Peter Pan and many more. During the morning they all had the opportunity to display them to the rest of the school in our assembly.

The day really enthused the children’s interest in books and gave them the chance to bring their favourite characters to life, as well as having a lot of fun listening and reading extracts and writing character and setting descriptions.

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Winter Wonderland

Children and staff were very excited this morning as our playing fields were transformed into a winter wonderland with snow.

A beautiful blue sky made a fantastic backdrop as children and staff donned their hats, gloves and wellies to play in the snow.

Everyone had fun in the snow!

Take a look at our snowy photographs!

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Year 1 Class Assembly

On Tuesday 27th February, Year 1 performed their class assembly to Parents, Grandparents and the rest of the school.

They began their assembly by showing what they have enjoyed learning this term. They started with an array of their favourite songs, Pinocchio with instruments, London’s Burning, A sailor went to sea, Days of the week and Months of the year.

In English, Year 1 have been looking at traditional tales and rhymes. The children acted out their favourite story ‘The 3 Little Pigs’. The narration, singing and acting by the children was outstanding. All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the audience also clearly enjoyed seeing our Year 1 class put on a super assembly

A big thank you to Mrs Fazakerley, Miss Kenyon, Mrs Rawsthorne and Mrs Oldfield for all their hard work in putting this assembly together.

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Year 5 Victorian Day

On Thursday 22nd February, Year 5 children had a busy day in bringing what they have learnt in their topic of ‘The Victorians – Ye Olden Days’ to life!

The children arrived at school dressed up as a Victorian child. During the morning they re-enacted what it would have been like if they had gone to school in the Victorians times. All the children had to follow classroom rules such as not speaking unless you are spoken to and stand when a teacher walked into the room.

Throughout the morning the children did some poetry reciting, writing and arithmetic using chalk and slates, chanting times tables and they made gruel! In these lessons only the best was good enough!

In the afternoon the children took part in Victorian parlour party pieces such as playing the violin and piano and acting. 

All the children enjoyed the experience of the day! 

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A Special Visitor to School!

We were delighted that Beth Tweddle paid an unexpected visit to our school on Wednesday. Our Athletics Team had the privilege of meeting Beth. They were very much inspired by her achievements as they went to compete in the 'Superstars Event' at St Bedes later that day!

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Design a Book Cover Competition

Over the last few weeks children have had the opportunity to design a book cover for a class text they are studying.

We had many entries and here are our overall winners. 

 

Thank you to all the children who designed a book cover. There were some fantastic ideas and designs which made the judging very difficult.

Well done to you all!

Click here to read more about our 'Readathon' and 'Extreme Reading Competition'

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Year 3 Visit to Buddhist Centre

On Friday 9th February Year 3 visited the Buddhist Centre in Preston.  In R.E. the children have been learning about Buddhism and this trip was an opportunity for the children to develop their understanding of this religion.

The children were greeted by Pagpa, a Buddhist monk, who showed the children into the prayer room after having removed their shoes. Pagpa explained the meaning and benefits of meditation in the life of a Buddhist.

The children were given the opportunity to ask many questions as well as looking at the display of Buddhist Offerings, such as flowers, chocolate, water and tea.

Year 3 returned to school knowing a lot more about the Buddhist Faith.

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Reception Visit to the Library

On Thursday 8th February our Reception class boarded the train into Ormskirk to make the journey to Ormskirk Library.

In English, Reception have been learning all about stories so it was nice for them to visit the library and have a librarian talk to them about their books and how the library works. Linda the Librarian read the children a story ‘Mr Pusskins’.

Before leaving the library the children were allowed to have a look around at all the books.

Reception really enjoyed their visit to the library introducing them to everything the Library has to offer.

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Online Safety Week

This week saw all our children participating in special assemblies and workshops to support our weekly curriculum about learning to keep safe online. All the children know how to stay SMART online.

As part of our commitment to online safety, we invited an I.C.T advisor and specialist, Dr. Robert Musker into school once again to run these workshops. Dr Musker worked with children from the Infants and Years 3 and 4 which had a huge benefit to the children.

To build on our parent’s sessions from last term, we also arranged for a drop in session for parents to take the opportunity to talk one to one with an expert in this field. 

We continue to learn how to be safe in our computing lessons. To view some helpful information click here for our Online Safety Section.

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Year 5 Visit - Hindu Temple

On Tuesday 6th February Year 5 visited the Hindu Temple in Preston. Over the last half term the children in Year 5 have been learning all about the Hindu Faith This trip was designed to develop the children’s understanding of this religion.

Hinduism is the oldest faith and the third largest religion in the world. During the visit the children were given the opportunity to look around the Temple, play instruments, join in with some singing and ask many interesting questions. 

Year 5 returned to school with a much greater knowledge of Hinduism.

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Fantastic Book Awards Winners

We are delighted to announce our Year 5 FBA Club have won Lancashire’s Fake Cake Competition.

As a result of all the hard work year 5 children have put into this project the school has won a food themed book hamper and an image of their cake will be printed on the FBA book marks in September. 

The fake cake is currently on display in our school library should you wish to see it.

We would like to thank Mrs Jones who has led the club and all the Year 5 children who have been involved.

Remember - KEEP READING! 

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Church-School Partnership Award Level 2

Our school had the pleasure of welcoming Archdeacon Jennifer, the Archdeacon of Wigan and West Lancashire, and Reverend Carol Close for a very special worship service this week.

Archdeacon Jennifer came to our school to present us with the Church School Partnership Award 2. Over the last two years, in partnership with our church, we have been working towards this award which celebrates the link between the school and church. This award is given to schools and churches who demonstrate a proven record of working together in a range of innovative ways such as Easter Experience, classes visiting church, WOW worships, supporting the community and our school values, among other things.

Last term, Reverend Carol Close enjoyed spending a day in school, as part of the assessment, meeting staff and children, looking around school, taking part in collective worship and talking to the children about the work we have done on our school values.

Joining us at the presentation service were, Rev. R Moughtin, Rev. S O’Donoghue, and our Chair of Governors Stuart Jackson.

This is an award we are immensely proud of as a school and our thanks go to everyone that has been involved. However, our biggest thanks must go to our children who have demonstrated great commitment to the ethos of our school and reflect our Christian values in all that they do.

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Year 4 had a very enjoyable morning on Friday thinking about what they have been learning in their topic the Stone Age.

Throughout the morning the children joined in many different activities. These included clay lamp making, string making, looking at different artefacts and investigating what they are made of and what they were used for in the Stone Age period.

They also had the opportunity to use Charcoal - replicating cave markings using charcoal and looking at the type of clothes that the Stone Age people would have worn and how they changed through time.

All the children showed a real interest in gaining a better understanding of the Stone Age.

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Year 1 Walk

On Monday Year 1 went for a walk around Aughton to look at the variety of different types of homes we have in the area, for example detached, semi-detached, bungalows and terraced houses.

The children have been looking at houses as part of their topic ‘Happy Homes’. Whilst on their walk the children also had the opportunity to look at other types of building usage, like the church and shops.

Year 1 had a great time walking around the surrounding area and learning more about the built environment they live in.

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Stable Story - Junior Carol Service

On Monday 18th December parents, grandparents, carers and friends joined us in church to watch the Junior Carol Concert – Stable Story. 

The lights in church were dimmed while Year 6 sang to the congregation by candlelight.

The Church provided a perfect setting as the story of Christmas unfolded. There was superb singing and acting from all the children together with great narration. A special thank you must go to the children who sang some amazing solo renditions and to the children from Year 5 whose percussion really added to the atmosphere.

We are extremely proud of all the children and thank them for their excellent performances.

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Reception Nativity - Born In Bethlehem

This week saw our Reception class taking their first steps on the stage as they told the story of ‘Born In Bethlehem’.

Throughout the performance there was some superb acting and beautiful singing.  The children sang songs such as A Bumpy Ride, Here's The New Baby, The Shepherd's Song, Silver Star, My Gift for the King,finishing with ‘The Baby Born to be King!’

It was quite clear from the children’s performance they really enjoyed themselves, as did the audience. Well done Reception - we certainly have some budding actors!

A special thank you to our narrators, Willow and Jessica from Year 6 who did a fantastic job.

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A Miracle in Town - Year 1 and 2 Nativity

                            

It certainly felt like Christmas in school this week when Year 1 and Year 2 performed their nativity play, ‘A Miracle in Town’. 

The Christmas story was told with an air of excitement as the children retold the story of a miracle that came to Bethlehem, with a clip-clopping little donkey, kings, camel, shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph and of course the miracle himself, Jesus.

The Nativity was accompanied by some wonderful acting and singing and superb narration by Year 2.

A packed audience of relations and friends enjoyed a great performance. A huge thank you must go to all the children who showed off all their talents - we are extremely proud of all the children!

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Breakfast with Father Christmas

Our infants had a very special visitor this morning when Father Christmas paid a flying visit to our school and joined them for breakfast. Whilst the children all enjoyed having breakfast with their mums, dads and grandparents, Father Christmas wandered round talking and listening to the children’s wishes.

We would like to thank Father Christmas for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and visit us.

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Year 3 Roman Day

On Friday 8th December, Year 3 had a busy day in bringing what they have learnt in their topic work on the Romans to life!

The children arrived at school looking fantastic dressed as either a Roman or a Celt. During the morning they re-enacted what it would have been like to live in the Roman era. On Thursday the children made roman bread from an ancient roman recipe. They tasted and evaluated the bread and also sampled anchovies, dates, olives and grapes.

After lunch the children planned, designed and evaluated a roman mosaic tile and tester out thier chariots they had already made. The children looked at Roman Numerals and played a game of ‘Who wants to be a Roman Millionaire’

All the children had a fabulous time!

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It's All Greek to Me!

Year 5 have had a very busy time in bringing together what they have learnt over the last few weeks with their topic work on The Greeks – ‘It’s All Greek to Me’

The day began with the children arriving at school dressed up in Greek costumes. During the morning they re-enacted what it would have been like to live in the Greek era. They had a slave auction with each child either a merchant or a slave. The children discussed their characters and their roles and what it must have felt like.

Throughout the day the children tried Greek cuisine, making Greek masks, participated in a mini Olympics and took part in some Greek dancing.

All the children had a very enjoyable day whilst enhancing their learning of the Greeks.

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Tudor Day in School

This week saw Year 4 arrive at school dressed up, as they brought back to life the Tudor Era!

The children started the day by learning basic Latin phrases. Did you know the Latin for ‘Hello’ is ‘Salve’, ‘Goodbye’ is Vale, ‘Good day’ is ‘Bonum diem’? As in the Tudor times the children wrote these phrases using a feather quill.

Throughout the day, Year 4 had the opportunity to make Tudor ruffs, Tudor sweets and designed a Lancashire Rose badge.

Towards the end of the day the children learnt some Tudor dancing and sang songs about Henry VIII.

All the children had a very exciting day bringing together and experiencing what they have learnt about the Tudor Times!

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We Shall Never Surrender...

On Tuesday 21st November children from Year 6 had a busy day finding out what it would have been like to be evacuated in World War 2 as they were evacuated to church.

The children arrived at school dressed up as an Evacuee child. During the morning the children experienced how they would have felt leaving their parents and being told which family they would be going to live with and carrying identity cards and gas masks.

After lunch, Year 6 then made a visit to Hillcroft Nursing Home where the children were able to ask the residents questions about their own experiences during the war and sang an array of songs from that era.

Year 6 had a very informative day re-enacting what it would have been like to have been evacuated during World War Two.

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Operation Christmas Child

Since 1990, more than 146 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have received a shoebox gift. Over the years, as a school we have contributed massively to this operation. The children the boxes go to have very little or nothing to look forward to at Christmas time so receiving these boxes must come as a lovely surprise.

All the boxes were collected from school this week by The Samaritans Purse International Relief to start their Christmas journey.

We would like to thank you for all your contributions and support to this operation.

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Children In Need

Children In Need has brought a lot of excitement to school this week when children and staff came to school wearing spots and/or mad hair.

There were some great outfits everything from spotty t-shirts to spotty jumpers to spotty ears to spotty hair ribbons and many others. It certainly made school look very colourful!

As well as being lots of fun it gave the children the opportunity to think about those less fortunate than themselves.

We would like to thank everyone for taking the time to dress up and all the contributions received.

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We shall never surrender!

On Friday 10th November Year 6 went on a visit to Liverpool City Centre to enrich their learning of World War Two.

Having boarded the train to Liverpool the children’s first port of call was ‘The World War II Museum’. Combined Operations, which were responsible for control of the Western Approaches, was moved in 1941 from Plymouth to Derby House, part of Exchange Buildings. Throughout the years of WW2, Liverpool was Britain's main convoy port.

Today, the historical war time bunker has been restored and opened to the public as a memorial to those who died. It is the original building from where the Battle of the Atlantic was fought and won. It has been reconstructed exactly how it used to be. The children saw the underground bunker, the map room, the telecommunication room, with artefacts and lots more.

After lunch the children visited the Maritime Museum to learn about the Battle of Atlantic. Did you know that The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of the Second World War and was the most crucial. It began on the first day of the war and continued until the last, almost 6 years later. The children enjoyed walking around reading all the fascinating facts. 

Year 6 returned to school having had a very enjoyable day!

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At 11 o’clock today staff and children gathered in the hall for a one minute silence. Mr Kennedy reminded the children why the ceremony takes place and why it’s important that we remember the people who lost their lives or who were injured.

As the time approached 11 o’clock we listened to the Last Post before observing a minute silence followed by prayers from Year 5.

Anna from Year 5 read the following poem –

Poppy poppy what do we say?

Wear me on Remembrance Day.

Poppy poppy what do you tell?

Many soldiers in battle fell.

Poppy poppy what should we know?

That peace on earth should grow, grow, grow.

We finished our special service by singing our Compassion song - 'My Prayer Tonight'.

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Reception Autumn Walk

Reception enjoyed their morning as they went on their annual walk to the quarry.

The trip was designed so the children could look at the natural changes that take place at this time of year. As they were walking down they observed features in the local environment. They looked for numbers and shapes whether it was on houses or signs.

Whilst in the quarry the children were able to see and learn more about the way the natural world changes at this time of year as it prepares for winter. As the children watched the leaves fall from the trees they sang some autumn songs and each brought a leaf back to school.

The children had a very exciting time experiencing the changes that autumn brings to the natural world.

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Pearl of Africa Choir

We last had a visit from the Pearl of Africa Choir from Uganda several years ago, so it was good to welcome them back to School.

The day started with the Pearl of Africa Choir taking our morning worship with their talented drumming and singing.

After having lunch they held a number of workshops. Years 3, 4 and 5 took part in some workshops whether it be singing, dancing or drumming. Everyone joined in and really enjoyed it.

It’s always really good to see the choir; they bring such energy and joy to school. We wish them well and hope to see them again soon.

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It’s All Greek to Me!

Over the last few weeks Year 5 have been studying the topic ‘It’s All Greek To Me!’ To support their learning the children went on a visit to Liverpool.  

Whilst walking from Moorfields station to the famous St George’s Hall, the children had the opportunity to study impressive buildings which included features of Greek architecture. As they walked along Dale Street, Castle Street and back along Dale Street to the Municipal Buildings the children tallied and sketched the different Greek columns – Ionic, Doric and Corinthian.

Following lunch in St John’s Memorial Gardens the children had the chance to complete a short trail and visit the impressive Liverpool Library.

The children had a really enjoyable day and learnt a lot more about the Greeks and their architecture. 

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Whole School Spanish Day

All the children were very excited this week as they took part in a fabulous ‘Spanish Day’ organised by Miss Fletcher.

The day consisted of the children using their various skills, whether it be researching to make information books, using map skills to create maps of Spain, using creativity skills to make mosaics, fans or castles from different shapes. The children also had the opportunity to hear stories in Spanish and learn specific vocabulary relating to the text.

Each class learnt about a different region in Spain, the Canary Islands, Madrid, Valencia, Andalucía, The Basque Country to name but a few and Miss Fletcher also managed to teach each of the junior classes mental maths, counting in Catalan and Basque.

Throughout the day each class took turns to join in with some Spanish dancing and singing.

The whole day was a brilliant success with the children having had a super day. We would like to thank Miss Fletcher for all her hard work in putting the day together.

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Year 4 Visit to Speke Hall

On Wednesday 11th October Year 4 made their annual visit to Speke Hall to see and hear what life was like in The Tudor Times. The trip was to enhance the children’s knowledge of the Tudor times which they have been studying in class.

Whilst at Speke Hall, they had a guided tour which included the Great Hall, a priest hole and the Oak Parlour. In the Great Hall the children learnt and performed a Tudor dance. The guide also explained how the Hall was built, showing us the types of wood joints the Tudors used to build the Hall.

After lunch the children looked at some artefacts and Ewan and Tess dressed up in clothes from the Tudor times. Whilst in the stable, Y4 had the chance to make pomanders. In the Tudor era, pomanders were used as air fresheners and hung amongst clothes to act as moth repellents. The English word pomander comes from the French 'pomme d'ambre', meaning 'apple of amber'.

All the children had a very enjoyable and interesting day, learning a lot more about the life of Tudors.

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Thankfulness

It was lovely to see so many parents, grandparents, carers and friends in church this morning as we presented our Harvest Service.

After the children had offered their gifts to Mr Moughtin, who accepted them of behalf of the church, they began the service of ‘Thankfulness’.

The service was led by Year 6 narrators who were outstanding and talked us through the meaning of ‘Harvest’ and ‘Thankfulness’”.  All the classes sang beautifully – well done to all the children!

After the service the congregation were invited to a coffee morning at school in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Thank you to everyone for all your support.

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Year 3 Visit to Ribchester

On Friday 29th October Year 3 visited the roman museum in Ribchester to see a Roman settlement and hear what life was like then.

The trip was designed to help bring to life the work that Year 3 have been doing on the Romans over the past few weeks. In the morning Patrick from the museum talked about Roman life, showed them many artefacts and Penny and Alfie also dressed up as roman soldiers. All the children had the chance to try on the armour and hold a shield and sword,

After lunch the children had a tour of the museum, explored the remains of a Roman granary and then walked to the Roman baths.

Everyone really enjoyed the trip and the children learnt lots of new and interesting facts about the Romans.

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Year 6 Visit to Liverpool 

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of year 6 this week as they boarded the train to visit the Liverpool Old Hebrew Synagogue and the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

As part of their R.E the children were given the opportunity to compare two different places of worship during their trip. We were very pleased that our curate Sarah O’Donoghue was able to join us for the day.

The morning saw the children visit the Synagogue in Princes Road. The Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation was established in 1750 and finally moved to Princes Road in 1874. The synagogue was designed by brothers W & G Audsley and is the oldest in Liverpool. 

Having had their lunch in the Nave (Well) of the Cathedral, Sarah gave the children a very informative guided tour around the cathedral. Did you know that the cathedral was based on a design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and was constructed between 1904 and 1978 and in terms of overall volume is the 5th largest in the world?

Throughout the day the children certainly had a sense of awe and wonder based on their reactions and feedback when we returned to school. 

We would like to thank Sarah for accompanying us on our visit.
 

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Strange goings on…

In English, Year 6 are looking at detective and crime stories and are planning and writing their own stories.  For inspiration from the outdoors the children walked down to the Quarry in Aughton to help them. 

After arriving at the quarry the children were faced with some strange goings on… As they approached a certain part of the quarry they were met with a crime scene. Had a crime been committed? Who committed the crime? Was it Razor Eyed Rufus? Dynamo? or Cherry Crimson? These were the questions year 6 were faced with. The children were given the chance to examine the evidence and think about what could have happened at this scene!

This trip was planned to help the children’s imagination in planning stories. Once back in school the children were able to develop their stories from what they had seen, heard and their experiences from the morning!
 

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Fire Fire…

On Wednesday 13th September, Year 2 made their annual visit to Ormskirk Fire Station to support their learning in this term's topic 'Fire! Fire!’

On arrival Year 2 were given a tour of the station and told all about the work of a Fire Fighter. The children were shown what a fire engine has to be equipped with inside to help people and animals in fires and other dangerous situations.

The children learnt more about a Fire fighter’s protective clothing and breathing apparatus that they would wear when going into a fire and how the alarm would be activated when a call was received. Miss Fletcher and Mrs Whitfield had a race to see who could get dressed in the protective clothes quickest. It was a draw in the end!!

Outside the station the children were shown how to find water from a hydrant and how the fire engine uses this water to pump into the hose for putting out a blaze. One of the fire fighters demonstrated how to use the hose, all the children had a go at using the water hose!

It was an very exciting morning for Year 2!

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