Spring Term Blog 2014-2015

Week Commencing 23rd March 2015

Stepping off the Spinning Wheel… Mr Johnson

Next week the children will all take part in the Retreat Activities run by the staff. The children really enjoy themselves during the week as it provides time to step out of the daily routine and to reflect and pray in a joyous way. Thank you to all the staff and parents who support the events.

Well we are now at the Easter break and I can truly say that I am ready for it! In saying that, I think we have had a great term and there are many things to celebrate and remember. There has been Young Voices, the Year 1, 3 and 4 Assemblies, Forest School with Year 5, World Book Day, Penitential Services, First Forgiveness, ‘Lots of Socks’ for World Down Syndrome Day, another addition of Raphael’s Reader and a number of sporting achievements.

The children have worked to a high standard this year and particularly this half term and we have some very pleasing results. Well done and keep it up. Next term will see all the children move towards the transition at the end of the year. This is especially so for the Year 6 children and I hope they have a truly memorable time. We will also have our assessments, trips and sports’ festival. There are lots of exciting things planned so keep abreast of them through the website and newsletter!

Finally – Have a peaceful and happy Holy Week and Easter Holiday. The children will be bringing home an Easter calendar which will help them keep focused at this special time. Thank you for all your help and support this term and I look forward to April 15th, when our journey will continue.


Week Commencing 16th March 2015

Lent Leaders, SATS and Moving On… Year 6 and Mr Matthews

There is so much to tell you about what we have been up to in Year 6 recently; I’m not sure where to start!

Throughout Lent we led worships across the school each Monday, the response from the classes and teachers has been great. The children are becoming very skilled in preparing and leading meaningful and peaceful worships.

In terms of SATS – which are coming up in the week beginning May 11th – the children are preparing well. The work in class is excellent and they are all rising to the challenges set out for them. I am confident that they will be able to apply this when the time comes for the tests as I can see that they are becoming more and more ready for the exciting opportunities that await them at High School.

In computing, the children have begun to get to grips with the programming skills required to develop their own game using Kodu. They have used this growing knowledge to plan and design their own game and have written very persuasive and informative reports. These have then been adapted into presentations using PowerPoint which will be pitched to their classmates and Mr Johnson.

As part of the History topic on crime and punishment across time, we have looked at the Magna Carta. It is approaching the 800th anniversary of the signing of this document and to commemorate this we have written our own! We used the UNICEF Children’s charter (which is up in the hall) and adapted those articles to suit our own school. The topic overall has been great fun, mainly due to us discussing lots of gory details and interesting facts about how times have changed.

The year really is flying by and it is hard to believe that we are coming into what will be the final term for this class at St Raphael’s.  I am sure we will enjoy the coming weeks (even SATS!!) and make sure that the children take happy memories on with them to their new school. Thanks for reading!!


Week commencing 9th March 2015

Young Voices…We Did It! Roll on 2016!

What a fantasic experience Young Voices 2015 has been for everyone involved! We had the most amazing day the the Manchester Arena singing in a choir of over 7,000 school children and are so proud of the children … here are a few pictures of the concernt…

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We have already booked our place for Young Voices 2016 – Thursday 4th February!

We would love to take an even bigger choir to experience Young Voices so start thinking about it now and our choir will be formed when we return after the Summer Holidays in September 2015. We rehearse twice a week up until the concert – one lunchtime and one after school session – and have lots of fun whilst learning the score and dance moves!

To get more of a flavour of what Young Voices is all about visit their website and check out come of the clips on YVTV…



Week commencing 2nd March 2015

A Very Strange Week…

This week has been an unusual week here in Reception! On Monday we found foot prints leading into our classroom. A Gruffalo had been to visit over the weekend!










We then had to get our thinking caps on! Why was the Gruffalo at St Raphael’s? What did he want? Where is he now? We worked in groups to make a poster for each class in school and went on walks around the school to look for clues. We then got a letter from the Gruffalo explaining that he was lost! Here are a few examples of the letters we wrote to the Little Brown Mouse explaining that the Gruffalo was lost:

Gruffalo Letter 1

Gruffalo Letter 2

Later on in the week we enjoyed celebrating World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book characters and completing character studies and story maps. Everyone look great! Here are the pictures of us in Reception.

We have had a busy yet lovely week in Reception and thank you for reading our blog!


Week Commencing 23rd February 2015

Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day, Manchester, Miss Leavy and lots more..

In Year 4 we have been learning all about the Teachings of Jesus. We understand how Jesus wants us to live and asks us to help others.  To complete this work we want to raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome. We can do this if we all wear socks…BUT NOT JUST ANY SOCKS… We are asking that everyone in school to wear stripy socks for a day.  We are not asking for money for this, we just want to raise awareness of the issues connected to Downs.  We will be learning all about these and sharing the information in our special assembly on Friday 20th March. We want to help to get people talking about WDSD.  You can wear any stripy socks, matching or not or other brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock…maybe even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes. If you don’t normally wear socks then wear them!  If you do want to support this cause further, you can buy the Official LOTS OF SOCKS logo socks, available on their web-site www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/lots-of-socks

Our Geography topic, ‘How Cool is Manchester’ was great fun.  We designed our own bus tours, taking in all our recommended sights. We also learnt about the diversity of the city and the different languages, races and religions to be found there. To help us understand the Manchester Music scene, we visited the Bridgewater Hall with year 5.  There we learnt about the instruments of the orchestra and the sounds they make.  We even had scratch and sniff cards to help us interpret the music!  Soon some of us will be back in Manchester, making our own music at the Young Voices Choir.

Also this term, we have welcomed Miss Leavy into our class.  She is completing her final year of Teacher Training and we have been learning all about the artist Giacomo Balla with her as well as starting off our new Science topic on Sound.

We are also looking forward to studying The Rainforests, WWII and much, much more as the term progresses.

Week Commencing 2nd February 2015

New Friends, Birds, Winter and Superheroes! Nursery


This term we would like to welcome Miss Pielichaty to the Foundation Stage Team as well as our early starters; Bobby, Bobbi, Florence, Freya and their families.

We have taken advantage of the freezing weather and developed a ‘Frozen’ role play area where the children have been retelling the hit Disney story and singing songs. We can honestly say that St. Raphael’s definitely does have talent!!

We have been finding out lots about animals in cold places:

  • Did you know that penguins sneeze through their eyes?
  • Did you know that a polar bear has 42 teeth?
  • We found out that Polar bears live in the Arctic and Penguins live in the Antarctic. 

We joined in with ‘The Big Garden Bird Watch.’ We made a bird hide in the Nursery so that the birds couldn’t see us.  Then we made some bird feeders to hang in the trees, we saw lots of blackbirds and the occasional robin!

Let it snow let it snow let it snow! We had fun playing in the snow and then later we collected ice in the wheelbarrows.

This week we have been superheroes and we have been using our superhero powers to save the world!  We made masks and cuffs in Nursery and we are looking forward to our superhero day!

Week Commencing 26th January 2015

Young Voices – This will be the final YV blog BEFORE our concert – how exciting!!

After all our hard work preparing the singing and dancing, we are ready!

Our banner has arrived.  It is bright and vibrant – just like us!

Don’t forget to bring  a tin to support the  Community Charities supported by Young Voices with you..

For final information about what to wear and bring, please refer to the letter sent out in January (copy on school web-site).

This year’s stars are confirmed as Lucy Spraggan (of X-factor fame) and a sensational Liverpool band, Mic Lowri.  However, the real stars are the children in the Young Voices choir.

Tickets are now only available through the Arena Box Office : 0844 8478000 (please be aware that the seats will not be with the original group order).

Of all Young Voices venues, the Manchester Arena is by far the largest, holding a choir of 8000+ children.  How amazing!  If you would like to see which other schools will be joining us on the night, a list of school names and postcodes is listed through the Media tab on the YV website.  Some schools will be coming from as far as Wales, York and Preston.  Remember our day is the Tuesday 3rd March.

DVDs of the concert itself are available to order on-line.  This year, there is an option to upload a photo of your child and write a personal message (see YV web-site).  Here are some photos of our own for you to enjoy.

Keeeeeeeeeeeeeep singing!!!!!!!!!!!

Mrs Delsoldato, Miss Gavin and the St Raphael’s Young Voices Choir.


Week Commencing 19th January 2015

New Chapel, Manchester City and the Term Ahead, Year 5

It was lovely to welcome the children in Class 5 back after the Christmas holidays. We are really excited that our lovely new Chapel is completed. We all really enjoyed the Manchester City trophies in school last week Bernard Halford told us all about the trophies and we could ask him questions about football. Class 5 are looking forward to going to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to see the world famous Halle Orchestra in February. Also after half-term we are going to take part in Eco work and team building activities using the Forest school at Millbrook school.

Week Commencing 12th January 2015

Preperations for the Sacramental Programme, Miss Wilson

I have been very busy this week working with Mr Johnson, Mrs Lakner and Father Phillip in starting to make preparation for this Year’s Sacramental Programme. The Sacramental Programme is for those children in year three who wish to undertake their First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion this year. We have a meeting for all parents of those children wishing to enrol onto the programme on Tuesday 20th January at 6.30pm in school, at which we will discuss the meaning of the Sacramental Programme and the key dates for 2015. Father Phillip will also be at the meeting for anyone who wishes to speak with him. Following the meeting we will meet at Mass on Sunday 25th January for the enrolment of the children onto the programme and we invite all to join us on this day as we welcome the children into church. The other two key date for you are Tuesday 17th March 2015, 6.30pm for the children’s First Forgiveness Service and Saturday 16th May 2015 at 10.00am for their First Holy Communion. Both services will be at St Peter’s Church, Stalybridge. We wish our children well as they embark upon this journey and ask you to keep them in your prayers at this special time.

Week Commencing 5th January 2015

Welcome Back, Spring Term, Mrs Fletcher and Mrs Heywood, School Office

Well after all the fantastic activities we had before the Christmas Holidays we certainly needed a rest, we have packed our Elf costumes away for another year! First of all Happy New Year to everyone and a warm welcome to the new Children who have joined our Nursery class, we look forward to getting to know you as you settle in. The Chapel is also very nearly finished and is already being used as a temporary classroom for a couple of weeks by Year 1 and 2 whilst their roof is replaced. Year 3 will them move in whilst their roof is also replaced later in the month. We are straight back into things in the office and this week we are sorting out the After School Clubs schedule for this term. Click here to access what will be available and download a permission form. We have changed the way we get permissions from parents/guardians slightly so now you only have to complete one form at the start of each term regardless of how many clubs your child want to go to – we hope that having just one letter helps! As we start the new term please make sure you are up to date with any changes that have taken place; the newsletter came home on Monday and a copy is available here if you haven’t seen one yet. There is important information for our Year 3 children on here regarding the Sacramental Programme which starts this month. The Website is also a great resource as a parent and we encourage you to visit regularly. You will find a wealth of information on here and we update the site regularly. The latest addition to the website has been this Blog which gives an insight to a different class each week and what they have been doing so please keep checking back. As well as the Website we are also in the school office each day and you can come in to see us or contact us by phone or email with any questions/messages that you wish to pass on. We are also your contact for any appointments with Mr Johnson and for correspondence to pass onto the Class Teachers. We had better get back to it, the next time you hear from us we will be in the Summer Term… lets hope the weather is warmer and brighter by then!