Life at St Peter and St Paul's
Christmas Wish - Reception
Christmas Wish - Year 3
Life in all its fullness (John 10:10)
Eco Club Presentation
Thanks to Mrs Morrison and Eco Club Warriors, we have a new initiative in school. We are all being encouraged to recycle crisp packets and used felt tip pens.
KS1 Christmas Party
So much fun was had at the KS1 Christmas party! We had a visit from Father Christmas who gave us all a selection box. We played party games and danced our little socks off.
Christmas Jumper Day raising money for Save the Children
KS2 The Magical Christmas Box
Reception and KS1 Prickly Hay
Life at St Peter and St Paul's
Our school's version of the Manchester Bee
As part of their topic work on Manchester, year 4 designed their own version of the Manchester bee, which reflects our school's Christian vision and values. They had the help of the Ethos Group and use this to remember all who lost their lives or have been affected by the Manchester Arena attack on 22nd May, 2017.
Music Workshop at Huncoat Primary
A group of talented musicians have enjoyed a wonderful visit to a local primary school to work with children from other schools. They have explored beats, playing a variety of instruments, learning new songs and composing their own song/rap.
Today was the busiest we have ever seen the Community Cafe and as usual our children were a fine example!
Art AGT meeting
A small group of young artists have had a fabulous time at our latest AGT meeting with other school children. We learnt to develop our drawing skills with a real life artist! Our drawings were simple but very effective and a lot of thought went into the techniques we used. We had a great time.
School Friends' Club Easter Discos
The children had a fabulous time at the SFC discos! Great dancing!
Science AGT Meeting
Mrs Ferguson had the pleasure of taking four children from KS1 to a Science able, gifted and talented meeting. The children took part in some exciting experiments and really showed off their Scientific knowledge with other Science enthusiasts.
Victoria Barry, local author visits KS2
World Book Day 2019
We certainly celebrated World Book Day in style this year! Fabulous characters from children and staff and a wonderful day of activities to celebrate a love of reading.
Whole School Treat
Thanks to children in each class who have filled their behaviour buckets through kind words, good deeds and working hard we have been able to fill our whole school bucket with pom-poms.
The treat for this was a visit from an ice-cream van and children and staff having ice cream. Lovely to see the childrens' faces when they heard the music and saw the van in the school carpark. The children were very thankful...also lovely to see!
Year 3 Outside Learning Adventures
Year 3 had a wonderful week of outdoor learning with art activities using natural material, singsongs in 'the shed' and making the most of the snow. It is a pleasure to see the happy, smiling faces of our children as they have such good fun with their friends.
Enjoying a Winter Wonderland
Reception Outdoor Learning Adventures
Our First Superstars of 2019
Governor Awards December 2018
Many congratulations to the children who have been voted to receive a Governor Award for going 'above and beyond' in living out our school Vision of being 'rooted and grounded in love'
Breakfast with Santa
Thanks to our fabulous School Friends Club the children enjoyed a very special final morning at school, before the holidays, with Breakfast with Santa.
Infant Christmas Party
Thanks to the wonderful staff who work in the kitchen the whole school was able to get together to enjoy a lovely Christmas lunch. The staff serve the children whilst the lunchtime staff get to enjoy a meal together and then the staff sit down to eat when the children have finished.
Victorian Christmas at Gawthorpe Hall
Mad Science Demonstration
Visit from St John's School
Y6 have enjoyed working with friends from another local school as the children all worked together on a joint project to get Father Christmas' grotto ready for the Church Christmas Fair. it was lovely to see the children chatting to each other as they worked and the final results were amazing!
Our new outdoor classroom
We're not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!
Children in Year 1 had plenty of questions to ask the Wolf they have heard about in their stories when he visited their classroom.
Children in Need
On Monday 12th December, both children and staff came to school in their pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need. Throughout school, the children completed a range of activities to help develop their awareness of the UK charity and the amazing work that they do. We also had a very special visit from Pudsey the Bear as we were selected to take part in the Rick Show Challenge! When Pudsey arrived at school, the children handed over the money we had raised which totalled £160.00. In addition to this, School Council also organised a ‘Design Pudsey’s Pyjamas’ competition. A winner from each class was chosen and prizes were given out by class councillors in assembly. The children thoroughly enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas and played a very important role in raising money for a brilliant cause.
Year 4 TT Rockstars
Year 4 boys have won the Battle of the Bands on Timestable Rockstars - Well done and keep up the hard work!
Talented Writers Day
A group of KS2 children have been very fortunate to spend the day working with a children's author, Colin R. Parsons. Hopefully, this experience will inspire them in their own writing.
Year 3 at Accrington Stanley Football Club
Year 3 were extremely grateful to Accrington Stanley for giving them a football shirt when they visited the ground. Some of our children were also spotted on the local news which was very exciting!
It has been truly amazing seeing the children in Reception develop their confidence when learning to cycle. Many children have progressed from balance bikes to pedal bikes without stabilisers in a short space of time.
Re:Play Sponsor our training kits
We are very thankful to Craig, at Re:Play, for kindly offering to sponsor kits for us to wear at different sporting events.
An update on the progress of Rodwell
It was lovely to welcome Frank and Phil into our school again today. For a number of years now, we have sponsored a young boy called Rodwell, who lives in Zambia. We regularly raise money to support him and send books and uniform over to him. We strive to help those that are less fortunate than ourselves. It was wonderful to hear from Frank and Phil about the progress that Rodwell is making at his school, The Jack and Jill school, in Zambia. We are hoping to continue this support to Rodwell's younger sister.
Can you guess who is reading?
Our Ethos Group have made a great start with getting our school/church Foodbank project started.
A group of children visited the Co-op to find examples of food that would be suitable for putting in bags ready to give out to those in need.
They tried to find food that would be nutritious but could be prepared easily as they realised that not everyone would have access to a kitchen
At Friday Superstar Celebration the children did a super presentation for children and parents and encouraged them to bring in donations.
Celebrating our talents
It is wonderful to celebrate the talents of our children as we present out of school achievements at our Superstar Celebration.
This week we presented different children with a variety of dance certificates and trophies including ballet, tap, street and hip-hop.
We celebrated boys and girls achievements at football, swimming and one of our infants has been awarded his junior brown belt at kickboxing.
It was also lovely to present an award for regular attendance at Junior Church on a Sunday morning and to another child for making her Rainbow Promise.
Contributing to the Accrington Poppy Cascade
As part of our work on Remembrance, children in all year groups designed and made poppies to contribute to this year's Poppy Cascade in Accrington. If you go to see the cascade, see if you can spot our poppies!
Reception and KS1 Parent Lunch
It was lovely to see so many parents joining their child for lunch. This was a great opportunity to see how fortunate we are in school to have such amazing cooks and to see how lunchtime works in school.
Parents couldn't believe we have background piano music on whilst we eat...
A group of children have been taking part in Forest School sessions, working on communication and team building skills...not to mention just having fun outdoors!
Black History Day
Children have learnt so much about significant individuals who have made an impact to our world. Their displays are so informative and you are most welcome to pop in and read them.
As part of our work on Black History, we welcomed Mara into our school today. She told us the most amazing, engaging and powerful stories, we sang songs and generally had a great time! We wish she could join us every day!
Bowley Book Fest
As part of the 'We are Reading' cluster, 30 children from Year 1-6 were provided with the opportunity to attend Bowley Book Fest. The organisation of the day involved a total of 50 schools across Lancashire and 1500 children. Each school pitched and planned their own tent in which they delivered a workshop based on an age-appropriate text. Throughout the day, the children were also provided with the opportunity of attending several author led workshops as well as book signings. All children and staff involved had a fantastic day out and returned to school feeling even more enthused about reading. Thank you to Mrs Morrison for planning and organising this brilliant day of learning for everyone.
Year 5 visited by Accrington Stanley Captain
Seamus Coneeley came into Year 5 for a Q&A session before signing the children's fixtures list
Wednesday Toddler Group 9am-11.00am
It is lovely to see our Toddler Group so well attended on a Wednesday morning with parents/grandparents and childminders bringing children from birth to school age. The children have a wide variety of toys to play with and the adults have a great time catching up with each other. There is always a cup of tea/coffee on offer, not to mention home baked cakes!
As a school, we have made it our mission to inspire the next generation to develop a love of reading. In school we continuously promote a love a reading through our literacy lessons, topic work and class readers. However, the children were extra lucky this week as they were provided with the opportunity of attending the Book Bus to purchase some books of their own. This is something that the children really enjoyed. Those who visited the bus were bursting to get home, so they could get stuck into their new purchases.
At St Peter and St Paul's we are delighted to announce the arrival of our new trim trail. We have been working over 12 months in order to gather the funds for this fantastic addition to our playground. This project has been driven by the children, who have written letters to local businesses as well as completed fundraising days in school.
As a Christian school our core values are at the centre of all we do. In addition to this, we value any opportunity to attend our local church as a school, but we had an extra special service this week in celebration of harvest. The children were encouraged to bring food to donate to the local Maundy Relief centre that can be found in Accrington. We were joined by parents and people of the local community to celebrate sharing the gift of food and looking after people in the community. Our Year 6 also played a key part in the service by spreading the message of harvest and leading us in worship.
Seeing as though our football team did so well in the league last year we thought it was only right they deserved a new kit. We are very grateful to CMAC for sponsoring our football team and hope our new kit will bring us lots luck this season.
End of Year Church Service
As part of our end of year church service Year 6 were sorted into their new schools as they prepare to leave us and move on...
The children in KS1 had a fabulous time at their end of term disco. There were some great dance moves!
Getting ready to cheer England on in the World Cup
Aspiration's Week Market Place
During Aspiration's Week, children in each class set up their own business and designed a product or service that they could offer to others. Our market was a huge success with each class selling out of their products. We look forward to seeing how much money we raised and which charities different classes have chosen to donate the profits to.
The children and staff had a wonderful week learning all about different careers and were so lucky that so many visitors kindly gave up their time to come in and speak to us.
Serving our friends in the community
Our Ethos Group joined residents of Eachill Gardens sheltered accomodation and spent time playing games, sharing stories and eating delicious cakes and biscuits. We really do hold this link close to our hearts and children love spending time with the people here.
Year 6 lead Pre-School Sport's Day
Year 6 did a fabulous job planning and leading a Sport's Day for children at Pre-School. The children and their parents thoroughly enjoyed this event.
Working with friends from church
Thank you to our friends from church who are helping the children to make a banner for us to use in Worship. We look forward to seeing it all completed!
Year 6 loved thier visit from Zoolab. They got to hold lots of different creatures to develop their learning about the rainforest. Some of us even conquered our fears!
SATS sessions for parents
Just before Easter, our year 6 parents were invited in for a maths and English SATS session run by Lancashire adult learning. They learnt some of the new methods their children used and how they could support them in the run up to SATS in May.
New Fitness Trail
Children have had a great time using the new trail that was installed over Easter.
The whole school had a Scootfit session to music which they all thoroughly enjoyed.
Sport Relief Mile
Thanks to parents and friends who joined us in running the mile raising money for Sport Relief.
Tots on Tyres
Reception have been learning to ride bikes and have made fabulous progress from starting off on balance bikes to many children gaining confidence on bikes with pedals.
Staff Superstar Celebration
Our final day of Term was a good opportunity to celebrate the important role that all of our staff play in school. All staff were awarded certificates for their much appreciated hard work.
Book People Bus
Children were very excited to go and buy some new books on the Book People Bus - Parents also had opportunity to visit throughout the day.
Breakfast with Santa
Thank you to our SFC for organising such a wonderful finale to the end of term.
Abu Hanifa Inter-faith Day
It has been wonderful to take part in this inter-faith day organised by Abu Hanifa Foundation. Even though it was a Saturday, children and staff were eager to attend the event and were very proud to talk about the wonderful work that goes on in incorporating our Core Values, British Values and Religious Education into our daily life.
Children also took part in a variety of activities in learning about other faiths and celebrating the similarities bewteen them.
Fun with maths and Fun with phonics courses
Parents, grandparents or carers with children in year 1 or Reception have had the to opportunity to attend a couple of courses in school to help them support their child's learning. These were run by tutors from Lancashire Adult Learning. Each course took a full day and the feedback has been very positive so we are hoping to arrange courses for parents with older children later in the year. The tutors received some lovely comments:
'clear concise teaching'
'explaining in an understandable way use of letter and word building through sound'
'extremely interesting day, well worth the day's leave from work. Didn't know what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed it.'
Children were treated to a cookery demonstration by Laura, from Edible Explorers and her sous chefs.
An after school cookery club will be available for children in all classes, for six weeks, starting in January.
The police came to speak to the children about behaviour and treating each other with respect. We discussed the difference between bullying and occasions when we may fallout with a friend and then make up.
Each class has spent a week learning about 'Musicals' A part of this the children have enjoyed developing a variety of skills during a carousel workshop when they visited different classes to work with each teacher.
Thankfully the weather was kind to us for our Annual School Picnic
Summer Choir Concert
Parents and friends were treated to a fabulous concert by our School Choir. These children are so talented, not to mention the air of confidence they display in performing in front of an audience.
World Book Day 2017
Christmas Jumper Day and Lunch
Raising Money for Headsmart - Brain Tumour Charity
Year 6 visit Rishton War Memorial
Closing Ceremony Dance and Class Presentations
Thank you to Katie and Danielle from KTZ Dance who kindly came into school to work with Reception/Year 1 and Year 2 so that they could perform for the Closing Ceremony.
This was followed by each class making a presentation of everything that they have learnt during Olympic Theme Week.
Whole School Annual Picnic
KS2 Theatre Workshop
Children in KS2 have spent a day taking part in a theatre workshop. Each class worked on a scene for a play based on the first Olympic Games. Their performance was thoroughly enjoyed by their parents and the infant children.
Olympic Theme Week 2016
Our 'Olympic Theme Week' began with an Opening Ceremony, where each class paraded to their national Anthem. The children will spend a week learning about their country before presenting back to the school at the end of the week.
Reception - South Africa
Year 1 - Zambia
Year 2 - Jamaica
Year 3 - Canada
Year 4 - USA
Year 5 - Japan
Year 6 - Argentina
School Council Meeting - Our Sponsored Child in Zambia
School Council organised a meeting with our main link to the Jack and Jill School in Zambia. There we support a child called Rodwell Chitumbo and each year we raise money to fund his education and school uniform. In addition to this we send donated items of clothing and books which are greatly appreciated by these children.
Frank and Phil came to our meeting and answered lots of questions we had about Rodwell and his school.
It was very informative and we learnt such a lot.
School Council Collection for Maundy Relief
Thank you to everybody who conributed items for Maundy Relief. There are many people in our local area who are not as fortunate as us and will really appreciate the many items that you have kindly donated.
School Friends' Club Spring Fair
Thank you for supporting our Spring Fair that was very kindly organised by our dedicated team on the School Friends' Club.
World Book Day 2016
In school today it felt like we had stepped into the pages of different books as we were surrounded by characters such as Harry Potter, The Gruffalo, Pippi Longstocking, Winnie the Witch and Wally. The costumes were amazing and we have to thank all of our families for enabling the children to take part in World Book Day.
World Thinking Day
Congratulations to our Year 6 children who took part in the Spelling Bee at Norden High School
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
Each year around the 26th September, as a whole school event, we celebrate the European Day of Languages. Throughout the day each class takes parts in various activities to do with their chosen country.
Everyone came to school in the colours of their countries flag and this looked great when we were all sat in the hall at the end of the day for our assembly. Each class gave a short presentation showing what they had done over the course of the day from food tasting, singing songs, learning how to count in a variety of different languages, learning the different capital cities, famous people and landmarks of the countries.. We listened to Reception count in German a great achievement given that they had only been in school for just over 2 weeks full time!
Reception - Germany
Year 1 - France
Year 2 - Ireland
Year 3 - Belgium
Year 4 - Italy
Year 5 - Germany
Year 6 - Netherlands
You can see many of the acitivites in the photographs attached.
The aim behind EDL:
The European Year of Languages 2015 is jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European
Union. It involves millions of people across 45 participating countries. Its activities celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe and promote language learning.
Following the success of the Year of Languages, the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year. The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.
26 September 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the European Day of Languages (EDL) celebrated at the Council of Europe and throughout its 47 member states.
Bird of Prey Demonstration
As part of Show Week children were treated to a Bird of Prey demonstration