Monday, 26 February 2018

A Focus on Local Heritage

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 were lucky enough to attend an excellent workshop hosted by Dr Alexandra Mitchell, Group Archivist at Manchester based Peel Group. Peel Group is one of the biggest privately owned companies in the UK and owns many iconic Manchester assets including the Trafford Centre and the Manchester Ship Canal.

As part of her role, Dr Mitchell researches the history of Peel Group and regularly delivers talks to various history groups and other organisations.

She spoke to pupils about the history of Manchester Ship Canal. The children were taught about the reasons why it needed to be built and the seven years it took to complete the 36 miles stretch of water. They examined photographs from the time of construction of the workers and discussed how they were dressed, the tools that they used and what their lives they would have lived.

The workshop then focused on the opening ceremony of the canal in 1894. Queen Victoria attended to officially open it the children learned. Dr Mitchell showed them some interesting objects including an old map of the canal, a moustache cup, some glassware with pictures relating to the opening of the canal and an old coin.

Following the visit, the children then designed posters advertising the opening ceremony as an extension activity.

Year 5 Teacher, Mrs Hesketh, commented "The workshop was fascinating and the children were completely captivated by Dr Mitchell's vivid account of the opening ceremony of the Manchester Ship Canal. They also enjoyed examining the artefacts and trying to guess what the strange cup was used for - they were surprised to hear it was to allow gentlemen to keep their moustaches dry while drinking a cup of tea!".


Monday, 19 February 2018

Celebrating the Year of the Dog

Pupils in Pre-Prep and Years 1 and 2 got together to celebrate the Chinese New Year by taking part in a number of different activities.

First on the list was trying some yummy Chinese food including spring rolls, noodles and fortune cookies!

 
 

Children then enjoyed creating some beautiful Chinese inspired art.

 

The final activities of the day were writing our names in Chinese script and performing a dragon dance!


Friday, 9 February 2018

Mirror, Mirror: Drama Club Gets to Grips with Mirroring

Pupils in Drama Club focused on activities to improve their focus. Actors need to be able to focus their minds so they can block out distractions from their performance. Through a series of simple exercises the children studied how to concentrate on working with partners and how to block external noise.

The children also performed a mirroring exercise. Working in a mixed age group the children had to mirror movements. This was a great exercise in teamwork and it was great to see different year groups working well together.

Drama teacher Holley Brown commented "All of the pupils work incredibly hard each week but the mirroring exercise really showed off their concentration skills. In fact some of the pupils were so good at it that I struggled to tell who was leading and who was following!".