Spring Term

St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Primary School.

Spring Term

Holy Week Mission - March 2015

Thanks to a wonderful group of ladies from the Marist Centre at Chorlton, the staff and children have experienced inspirational and emotional ways to follow the way of Christ's Passion during this holiest of weeks.

Thank you to Father Paul who allowed us to use the Church for these two special days.  Sr. Anne, Sr. Silvia, Anne Tipper, Mary T and Mary McK helped us to bring this term to a close in a most fitting way.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Class 4S - Brass Project - March 2015

On Wednesday 25th March, the children in 4S put on a brass performance for their parents in the school hall. Over the past ten weeks, the children had been learning how to play the trombone as part of the wider opportunities music programme. We hope your enjoy our slideshow. 


Y3 - Pysanky - March 2015

Mrs. Threlfall, Mrs. Pointon and the children of Year 3 would like to say a big 'THANK YOU' to Mrs. Kopczyk who came and demonstrated the Ukrainian art of egg decorating.  The children were fascinated and delighted and even managed to learn about some Ukrainian Easter traditions.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Class 1S - Planting Our Potatoes - March 2015

The children had great fun planting potatoes.  We hope you enjoy the slide show below:- 


Potato Challenge - March 2015

Ready, Set, Grow!  (Potato Challenge)

The next stage of the Challenge is on. Over the past 2 weeks the children have successfully nurtured their seed potatoes.  This week they have all carefully planted their crops, making sure they used just the right amount of soil and water and of course, making sure the tubas are the right way up! 

Now for the exciting stage! They children will need to keep an eye on their potato sacks, earthing up as the shoots and leaves start to emerge and the weather making sure they get plenty of water. 

We’ll be harvesting on 30 June – watch out for photos as the potatoes start to grow. 


Y2 - Toys from Space - March 2015

The Year 2 Children were very excited when their toys came floating back down from space. They prepared a snack for their arrival.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Caldershaw Green Visit - March 2015

On Tuesday 24 March, 30 members of our Eco Team were lucky enough to be invited to visit Caldershaw Green.  The children were selected to attend based on their dedication to the school's Eco Team.

Until recently the area, which is just behind school, off Caldershaw road, had been unkempt and misused.  However, through the dedication and determination of one of our Team's parents and help from local organisations and volunteers, the creation of a wonderful nature and wildlife habitat in the heart of the community has begun.

The children spent a morning with a local Ranger, Jude and an Environmental Biologist, Chantelle, exploring the newly laid pathways and natural habitats that have been created.

The activities the children took part in included a nature walk along the newly laid paths, mini beast hunting amongst the many habitats on the Green; identifying and cataloguing insects using simple techniques and a wonderful session with Chantelle with close up views of pond life using a microscope attached to a monitor.

Both children and staff had a fantastic time and have picked up lots of tips for creating some natural habitats back at school.  It's hoped that this visit is the first of many.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Y5 - Fairground Physics - March 2015

Last week (23rd March), for three full days, the children in Year 5 worked on a Physics and Design/Technology Project.

There were many objectives; the children learnt about how mechanical devices can change the magnitude and direction of force: they also developed their design skills   through designing and modelling fairground and playground rides.

On the first day they made a pop up toy using a cam which is a mechanical device which changes rotational movement into linear movement.

On the next two days the children designed a ride around one of the simple machines we had studied.  Following the planning stage they then went on to make the ride, some even adding electrical circuits in order to make their rides move.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-



Y6 - Cantata - March 2015

Year 6 performed a lovely Easter Cantata to parents/family and friends on Monday 30th March.  If you came along to watch it we hope you enjoyed it.  Here is a video of the performance performed to the school on Friday 27th March - Enjoy.   


Class RV - Chicks come to Visit - March 2015

In Reception, we have enjoyed watching our eggs hatch into 10 cute chicks – 4 boys and 6 girls. We have learned about their life cycle and loved looking after them in school. They’ll have to leave us soon and go back to the farm, which is sad, but next year we’ll be able to see our chicks’ eggs when they’ve grown up and started laying. We’ll be in Year One then, but it’ll be fun looking after our chicks’ chicks!

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:- 


Wind Band - Rochdale Town Hall - March 2015

Congratulations to the school wind band who were awarded a Highly Commended Certificate at the Music Festival on Wednesday 25th March. We are very proud of you. Mrs Golding would like to thank all the staff who help with the wind band every week. There will be no rehearsal on Monday 30th March.

We hope you enjoy the slide show and video below:-


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Y3 - Blessed Be God Forever - March 2015

The children enjoyed tasting the symbolic food which Jesus would have eaten at the Passover meal which He shared with his disciples.  We are linking this meal to the Last Supper during which Jesus instigated the Eucharist when he broke the bread, drank the wine and said "Do this and remember me".

We hope you enjoy the slide show:-


Rec - Trip to Smithills Farm - 23rd March 2015

On Monday 23rd March, Reception had a wonderful day out at Smithills Open Farm, Bolton.  We encountered many farm animals and a few more exotic ones too, including a 16ft albino python, wallabies and llamas.  We enjoyed donkey rides, a tractor ride and had plenty of opportunities to feel and feed the animals.  We also watched eight cows being milked and learned some cows make 120 pints of milk a day! 

We hope you enjoy the slide show and videos:-


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Class RS Photographs are below:- (updated 26.3.15)





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Rec - Chick Hatching - Mar 2015

The Reception children are pleased to announce the safe hatchings of 6 baby boy chicks and 4 baby girl chicks.  They have been named (in order of arrival) Andrew, Lilly, Katie, FiFi, Sam (boy), Drake (even though he’s not a duck!), Tony (boy), Daisy, James and Matthew.  They are all gorgeous and so cute! They have now been moved to their new home from the incubator and are really cheepy! 

We love them!

We hope you enjoy the video below:-


Rochdale Music Festival - March 2015

Congratulations to the school choir who won their class at the Music festival on Tuesday 17th March.  They sang two songs:"Wondering" and "Yesu Kwetuni Rafiki" and were awarded an Honours certificate with 95 marks out of 100 and a trophy. We now have one more rehearsal before the regional Music for Youth festival at the Town Hall on Saturday 28th March.  A big thank you to parents, grandparents and friends who came along to support us. 

We hope you enjoy the slide show below of more of our music festival entry teams. 


Class 4V - Let's Make a Stomach!! - March 2015

Class 4V enjoyed a very exciting Science lesson where we made a stomach! We used a variety of household objects to make different parts of the digestive system.  The children had lots of fun pummelling the food, adding saliva (water) and stomach acid (orange juice).  We then watched the food moving from the stomach to the small intestine and finally leaving the body as a waste product. 

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Year 4 - Book Day - 5th March 2015

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the different activities they participated in on World Book Day.  Have a look at some of our masterpieces that we created on the day.  Thank you to everyone for making such an effort with their costumes.

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Y3 - Cave Art - Touchstones - March 2015

The children in Year Three have enjoyed a wonderful session at Touchstones in Rochdale recreating the art of the Stone Age.  They were able to recall what they had learned in school about the hunter gatherers as they discussed life long ago with Su Hudson.  Su had also made a cave for them to see.  The boys and girls came home with their very own cave paintings, as well as thumb pots that they had fashioned out of clay.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Rec - Mother's Day Assembly - March 2015

The children performed wonderfully to parents/family/carers on Friday 13th March.  We hope you enjoy the video below:-


Rec - Book Character Day - March 5th 2015

Reception had a fantastic day on Thursday 5th March celebrating World Book Day.  Lots of famous book characters came to school – Wally, Dennis, Mr Bean, doctors, dinosaurs, pirates, princesses, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, a red crayon, trolls, Scooby Doo, super heroes, bears…. And we’re pleased to say they all worked hard and had a super time!

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:- 


Book Day - March 5th 2015

The children had a wonderful day on Thursday 5th March and looked fantastic in their outfits.  Thank you to everyone who dressed up on the day.

Enjoy the slide show below:- 


Rec - Model Making - March 2015

In Reception the children have been busy creating designs and lots of interesting models for our play….

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Rec - Making Patterns - March 2015

Reception have been busy making patterns and counting objects in Maths…..

We hope you enjoy the slide show :-


Choral Speaking - March 2015

Mrs. Threlfall was delighted with the performance of her Choral Speaking Group on Monday 2nd March.  They gave a very strong performance and received very positive comments.  We hope you enjoy the video below:-


Y3 - Wedding - Feb 2015

The children in Year Three are learning about Jesus’ ministry, his parables and miracles.  They were thrilled to organise and participate in their very own wedding celebration.  It took place in the town of Cana, with a very special guest.  When the wine ran out half way through the wedding, an amazing thing happened….. the jugs of water were miraculously turned into the most delicious wine of all.  As you can see from the wedding pictures, a wonderful time was had by all, and the whole town was asking, “ Who is this man who turns water into wine?”

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Y6 - Marist Centre - March 2015

Year 6 had a wonderful Lenten Day of reflection at the Marist Centre in Chorlton on Tuesday 3rd March. The word Marist is made up of the words "Mary" and "Christ" and the day was led by two Marist sisters, Sister Ann and Sister Sylvia, and two other lay workers, Ann (Beautiful Ann!) and Mary. The children worked in groups to prepare drama, prayer services and, at the end of the day, their own stations of the cross. They participated very well and enjoyed the day. 

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-



KS2 Disco - March 2015

The disco was a huge success on Friday 27th February evening.  The children had a fantastic time.  A huge thank you to all involved . We  made a fantastic total of £350.00 for school funds.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


Y2 - Trip to Manchester Art Gallery - March 2015

Year 2 enjoyed a fantastic day on Monday 2nd March .  They have produced some fantastic art work as part of the workshops at Manchester Art Gallery.  

Enjoy the slide show below:- 


Y5 - Hindu Day - Feb 2015

Year 5 enjoyed Hindu Day on Monday 23rd and Thursday 26th February. To start the day Mrs Singh explained all about worship in the Hindu home and we discussed the similarities with our own faith. The children then learnt about some of the many Hindu gods. Each child was given the opportunity to make a chapatti which they all enjoyed tasting with a filling of Bombay potato. In the afternoon we used clay to make diva lamps used in the celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali. Finally the children were told the Hindu story of creation and compared it with the story of creation found in the Bible. We are very grateful to Mrs Singh for sharing her knowledge and skills with us and all of us enjoyed the day.


We hope you enjoy the picture slide show below:-


Y4 - China Day - Feb 2015

On Tuesday 10th February, Year 4 celebrated China Day. Throughout the day the children participated in a range of different activities before ending with a Chinese Banquet. During the term, the children have learnt all about Chinese New Year, the Shang Dynasty and many of the important geographical sites within China. The children were also very fortunate to be able to listen to a presentation given by Mr Underhill who had lived and worked in Shanghai.

It was fascinating to hear a very real and personal experience of the customs and cultures. We were amazed by the speed of change in cities and businesses in China but equally amazed by finding snake on the menu in Chinese restaurants! As always, our children displayed excellent behaviour and asked lots of interesting questions – well done year 4. We would like to say a huge thank to Mr Underhill for his time and also for the chopsticks and fortune cookies which were very gratefully received. Our chopsticks will be put to very good use in school when we learn all about Chinese New Year!

We hope you enjoy the slide show and video below:- 


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Y5 - St. Cuthbert's Visit - Feb 15


Class 5S & Class 5V visited St Cuthbert’s High School in February to learn all about making and recording a radio programme.

The children were given the opportunity to write jingles, conduct interviews, select advertisements and also to choose songs. Their efforts were then recorded in the radio studio at St Cuthbert’s. 

The children approached the tasks in groups and we were very impressed with how well they were able to work with each other and also their very professional approach to all the activities.

We were treated to a drink and refreshments in the canteen. 

Year 5 would like to thank Mrs Moore and Mr Brown at St Cuthbert’s for making our trip both educational and enjoyable.

We hope you enjoy the slide shows below:- 


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Y2 - Night time Visit to School - Feb 15

Year 2 had a very exciting evening exploring their school on our ' Night time walk '.  Plop even made a visit !

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Y3 - Science - Fossils - Jan 2015

To complete their 'Rocks and Soils' topic the children learned about fossils.  They then successfully created a "fossil" from salt dough.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:- 


3S - Prayer & Worship - Jan 15

The children in Class 3S reflected on the school Mission Statement as they listened to the story of Jesus in the wilderness.  They discussed how they thought he might try to live out his ministry and how we share that ministry through our baptism.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-


3S - Literacy - Jan 15

The children worked in small groups to create a mythical creature.  Each group then explained their annotated drawings to the rest of the class.

We hope you enjoyed the slide show below:-


Rec - Snow Fun - Jan 2015

The children from Reception loved the snowfall we had in January.  They had great fun playing in it.  We hope you enjoy the video and slide show below:- 


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1S - Snow Fun - Jan 2015

Class 1S had great fun in the snow throughout January.

We hope you enjoy the slide show.  


Y6 - Fun in the Snow - Jan 2015

The children in Year 6 had great fun playing in the snow as it fell in January. 


5V - The Listeners - Jan 2015

In Literacy this term, Year 5 took up the ‘Off by Heart’ challenge, to learn a narrative poem off by heart. The children had five days to learn and organise a vocal performance of the poem, ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare. They then had to recite the poem without notes and were marked on their performance. Here is a film of their work. Many thanks to parents for their help and support whilst the children completed this challenge.

We hope you enjoy the video clips below:- 


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Y3 - Outdoor PE - Fri 23 Jan '15

Year 3 had great fun on Friday 23rd January as they went outside for their PE lesson in the snow!!!

We hope you enjoy the slide show


Y4 - 'The Lost Thing' - Jan 2015

Week Ending 23rd January

The last few weeks we have been reading ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan.  This week, we have combined our Literacy with Design and Technology.  We have designed our own lost thing, written instructions to make a lost thing and finally made our very own lost thing.  Have a look at us making them and see what you think to the final products. 

Thank you to all the parents who helped collect the materials to bring into school.

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-  


Class 4V - Electricity - Jan 2015

During our recent work on electricity, we have been constructing simple electrical circuits.  We used bulbs and buzzers and have been investigating which materials are conductors/insulators.

Have a look at our circuits in the slide show below:- 


Y6 - Viking Morning - 14 1 15

On Wednesday 14th January, Year 6 had a visit from Annie the archaeologist (from Touchstones). The children heard about where the Vikings came from and why they invaded and settled in Britain. They learned about the struggle for power between the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings. They were able to hear about the Viking way of life, the way they traded with other countries and their beliefs.   

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:- 


Class 4V - Musical Instruments - Jan 15

Class 4V had lots of fun designing and making their own musical instruments.  We then enjoyed investigating the sounds they made and finding out if we could change the sounds the instruments produced.  All children worked really hard and thought carefully about the sounds their instruments made. 

We hope you enjoy the slide show below:-