River Irk – Year 6 science/geography visit

We are very lucky to have the beautiful River Irk right on our doorstep! Year 6 visited this morning and even though the weather was not on our side, the children had an interesting time with Mr. de Boer. He showed us how to check the health of the water by measuring the levels of minerals and metals. The children could also check how healthy the water in the River Irk is by looking at which creatures are present in the water. A lot of Himalayan Balsam grows here too and is a problem for the indigenous plants, so we did some ‘balsam bashing’ while we were there.

Year 6 Craft Fair

We are very proud of the Year 6 children who decided they would like to become entrepreneurs and sell their home made items at the craft fair yesterday.

The brief was that they would produce, manage, sell and promote their own stalls, and they were all incredibly successful – with some children even selling out of their items very quickly. Items for sale included jewellery, home baked goods, wax melts and art work.

We had a amazing turn out, with children, families and staff all coming along to support our year 6 children and we are very grateful for all the encouragement and support you have given!

The last Forest School session for 6P!

What a beautiful day for 6P to have their very last Forest School session. They thoroughly enjoyed getting muddy and wet, playing in the stream, digging, making clay models, leaf bashing, tree climbing and swinging.

As a special treat, Mrs. Nicholson lit a fire so they could toast marshmallows and make s’mores. Delicious!

We had some special visitors who came to join us too – a deer bounded past some children on it’s way to the River Irk, then a duck and her ducklings had a swim while the children paddled.

Year 6 River Irk science trip with Groundwork UK and The Mersey Rivers Trust

The children in 6P spent an absolutely wonderful morning with some staff from Groundwork UK and The Mersey Rivers Trust. As a school, we are so lucky to have Blackley Forest and the River Irk right on our doorstep. We were able to spend the morning exploring the area and the animals that inhabit it, learning about how rivers shape our landscape and how to work out how fast or slow the river water flows.

The children were shown how to collect insect samples from the water, to analyse what kind of creatures they are – and to have a good look at them through a magnifying glass. Interestingly, the diverse range of creatures found in the water indicates how ‘healthy’ the river is. The brilliant Mersey River Trust were happy to share the good news with us that the River Irk has hugely improved in cleanliness over the last few years, which is lovely to hear!

The children learnt all about animals who live in the forest and took part in a scavenger hunt.

They then learnt all about the flow of rivers and the geographical terms used, then tested the water flow speed with a version of ‘Pooh Sticks’. Using wooden blocks, the children calculated average flow speed and learnt about currents.

We’re very grateful for Groundwork UK and The Mersey Rivers Trust for such a fun and educational morning.

6P Fire Service ‘Summer Safety’ visit

6P were very lucky to have a visit from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service this morning. They were given an incredibly informative and interesting talk about how to stay safe over the summer. This included important tips about staying safe in and around the water, the terrible knock-on effects of hoax calling 999 and the dangers of how grassland fires can spread very quickly. They even got a quick tour around and inside the fire engine. Thanks to the fire fighters who came to talk to us – they even took a cheeky selfie of themselves!