Monday, 13 February 2017

Pets at Home Visit

Our Nursery and Reception pupils enjoyed a fun trip to Pets at Home as part of their topic on pets. They travelled by bus to the Stockport store. During their visit they looked at the fish and handled and stroked a number of typical pets from rabbits to geckos! They learnt lots about caring for pets.

Early Years teacher Mrs Jones commented "The trip was a great way to bring the topic to life. The staff at the store were super and the children loved the opportunity to stroke the animals."



 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Spring Open Morning

Our next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 25th March at 10am - 12noon. If you are considering your nursery and primary school options then our Open Morning provides an excellent opportunity to have a look around our school, talk to teachers, parents and pupils and learn more about life at Stella Maris.

Pre-booking is not required, please just pop along on the day. For more information please contact Lindsey Farrelly on 0161 432 0532 or email Lindsey.farrelly@stellamarisschool.co.uk



Monday, 30 January 2017

The Big Garden Bird Watch

Our Year 6 pupils joined forces with staff and residents from Care UK's Abney Court Care Home to take part in this year's RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

On arrival pupils received a presentation from an RSPB representative who explained the reason for the annual bird watch and explained the types of birds they were likely to see.

Pupils then spent time within the grounds of Abney Court looking out for birds. They also found time to chat to staff and residents too. The children managed to spot some lovely birds and were keen to learn more about what birds like to eat so they can attract birds to their gardens at home!





Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Celebrating Chinese New Year

We had a super day celebrating Chinese New Year with a lovely Chinese lunch. We ate yummy prawn crackers, spring rolls and noodle soup. We finished off with yummy fortune cookies which had been kindly donated by Heaton Moor based Buddha Express.

Pupils also took part in lots of different Chinese themed activities throughout the day from lantern making to learning all about the year of the rooster!




Monday, 16 January 2017

Let's Investigate!

In Science children across the school have been donning their lab coats and safety specs and conducting some scientific investigations.

Years 1 and 2 focused on plants and spent time looking at the features of plants and what they are used for. Pupils got their hands dirty examining the plants  and identifying the different parts. They used magnifying glasses to look at minute parts of the plants and even to spot some creepy crawlies that have taken up home on the plants!

Our focus on plants saw Years 1 and 2 conduct some scientific investigations
on different types of plants


Children in Years 3 and 4 are focusing on teeth as part of their Science lessons and in particular which liquids rot our teeth. Pupils have placed egg shells in four different liquids - orange juice, milk, vinegar and cola and will review in a week the changes in the egg shells.

Children in Years 3 and 4 display their "teeth" experiment



Monday, 9 January 2017

Primary Maths Challenge


Children in Years 5 and 6 recently enjoyed taking part in the Primary Maths Challenge and were delighted with their certificates.

The Challenge not only tests the children's knowledge of maths but also their ability to read and answer questions accurately in a timed situation. It also helps pupils understand the importance of checking their work.
If you're wondering just how challenging the questions are you can download past papers and answers here.

Pupils proudly displaying their certificates from the Primary Maths Challenge
 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A Helping Hand from Kellogg's


We are delighted to have received a £200 donation from Kellogg's to enhance our before school club with brand new equipment, following a national competition win.

We entered a competition which was featured in the cereal company’s Breakfast Club e-newsletter, and were one of 200 lucky schools across the UK to be awarded a donation.
Children can be dropped off at school each day from 8am for no extra cost. Each morning there are different clubs and activities available for the children to participate in from sporting activities such as running to making and tasting club.  

Head Teacher Norah Johnson said: “We are so grateful to receive this generous donation. We will purchase a new toaster and some supplies for our project “breakfast from around the world” for our making and tasting club. We would like to thank Kellogg’s for their support – it is great to see businesses supporting local communities.”

Pupils enjoyed a French breakfast recently of croissants and jam