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22nd January 18
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Take a look at what's going on in school!

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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