May 21, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Lancashire Cricket

Another fantastic day out for Year 6 at Lancashire cricket ground. The children were treated to a cricket festival, watching Lancashire v Yorkshire as well as taking part in lots of other activities. It was an excellent day enjoyed by all.

May 21, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

End of SATs treat

Well done to all the children for their preparation and hard work before and during SATs. As a reward, the children went to Wythenshawe Park for a well earned day of fun. They were treated to a whole day of biking activities on bikes of different sizes and shapes. It was so much fun even the rain didn’t dampen our spirits.

Jan 31, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

SATs 2017

Thank you to everyone for attending the SATs meeting last night. Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it, here is an informative video which gives you the key information regarding SATs paper content and marking scheme.

This video explains just what the KS2 SATS are and when they will be taking place this year.

It is essential that all pupils are in school every day of SATS week. We will provide a free breakfast club during SATs week to help the children relax and be ready for each paper.
All we ask is that pupils try their hardest and do the best that they can.

There will be a reward for pupils at the end of SATS week for all their hard work.

Please watch this video about the 2017 SATS. If you have any further questions or would like any extra support preparing for the SATs please let me know. Here are some ideas for helping your child prepare for SATS at home: learning weekly spellings, completing homework, reading and discussing different texts with your child, using a dictionary to find the meaning of unknown words etc.

You can also find some sample papers on the DFE website below:

Jan 23, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Good to be Green

The children enjoyed an amazing ‘Good to be Green’ treat for their excellent behaviour and hard word during last half-term – a zoo came to school!
They enjoyed meeting lots of different animals – a boa constrictor, barn owls, hedgehogs, tortoises and even a skunk.
The children bravely stroked the snake and the hedgehog and learnt lots of fascinating facts about them. IMG_2891 IMG_2892 IMG_2894 IMG_2895 IMG_2896 IMG_2897 IMG_2898 IMG_2899 IMG_2900 IMG_2901 IMG_2903 IMG_2904

Jan 22, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments


This half-term the children are having lacrosse lessons from a qualified coach. They have enjoyed learning new skills such as handling the lacrosse stick, scooping the ball and passing and catching  –  these are quite difficult to master. They have also enjoyed playing various games aimed at developing teamwork, cooperation and fair play.

See the images below to see the children in action.

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Dec 17, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

The Christmas Mannequin Challenge

Class 14 completed the mannequin challenge to a Christmas classic – ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ by Frank Sinatra. The children remain perfectly still throughout, continuing their activities when the signal was given.
See the video below and have a Merry Christmas form all in Class 14.

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Dec 4, 2016 - Art    No Comments

Decoration Day

It’s Christmas…
… and that means Christmas decoration day for everyone at Gorse Hill.
Class 14 made some excellent stained glass windows. We also made 3d stars and 3d Christmas trees for our hoop which is now hanging in the hall with all the other fantastic hoops .

The children dressed in their Christmas clothes and enjoyed listening to (and singing) Christmas songs whilst making the decorations. It was a great day and now Gorse Hill looks and feels very Christmassy.

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Dec 1, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Winter Sports – Ice Skating

In P.E this half-term, Class 14 have been learning to ice skate with qualified coaches. As well as learning to stay upright (which takes lots of balance), the children are taught how to skate properly.
The children’s confidence on the ice has grown each week. All of them take to the ice without hesitation and most are able to achieve difficult skating moves such as weaving, turning and jumping. It’s really pleasing to see how much they have developed in such a short time.

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Oct 5, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Ordsall Hall

This half-term the children’s history topic is The Tudors. We have been looking at all aspects of Tudor life and as part of our learning experience the children visited Ordsall Hall, a Tudor house in Salford. It was a very interactive day with the children (and staff) dressing up in Tudor costumes and taking part in Tudor rituals.

Below are some photographs of the amazing day.

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Sep 25, 2016 - Literacy    No Comments


Welcome to our blog page.

Each week we will share what happens in class 14 to help inform you about our learning and all the interesting activities we do at school.

Mr Donaghy will also add learning challenges and interactive games to help reinforce our learning.

Spelling Ideas

Each week the children are given spellings to practice at home for their weekly spelling test. In class we discuss the various rules and ideas to help the children with their spellings.
Here a some ideas to help the children learn their spellings at home:

  • Complete the look, say, cover, write, check homework.
  • Ask someone to test you on your words.
  • Pyramid Power – Sort your words into a list from easiest to hardest. Write the easiest word at the top of the page near the middle. Write the next easiest word twice underneath. Write the third word three times underneath again until you have built your pyramid.
  • Create your own Word Search – click on the link below.
  • Break words in to syllables (smaller parts are easier to spell!)
  • Design a Word – Pick one word and write it in bubble letters. Colour in each letter in a different pattern.
  • Short Story – write a short story using all your spellings.
  • Explore patterns and rules discussed in class.
  • Media Search –  find your spellings in books, magazines or newspapers. Which spelling is the most popular.

I hope these ideas help you with your spellings. House points will be awarded to anybody who completes the activities above.

Ordering decimals

Last week the children were learning how to order decimal using their understanding of place value. Below is a link to an interactive game with various levels. Make sure you click on options when you have completed a level to increase the level of difficulty.

Ordering decimals games.

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