Class 9 is participating in Grow your own Potatoes 2020. We first looked at how plants reproduce. We took potatoes and placed them in water for 3 weeks to if they would begin to sprout. We then took the 2 varieties from GYOP 2020 (Rocket and Bellanita) and chitted them in the provided tray. After a month, we planted them in the school planters along with our class potatoes. Each week, we will care for the potatoes, ensuring they are properly watered and compost is added as they grow. Now we will have to wait until summer to see how they will grow!

This year, pupils from Year 5 performed a production of Macbeth by William Shakespeare at the Z-Arts Centre in Manchester. It was the culmination of four months of rehearsals, and the final performance was enjoyed by a packed house. The children’s energy, enthusiasm, talent and engagement made for an incredible show, and their ownership of the tricky source material, especially at such a young age, was beyond impressive. You can read the appraisal from the production director and see pictures of the cast in action below.

St. Richard’s Primary School Macbeth

Class 9 participated in a VR (virtual reality) workshop to consolidate information learned our recently completed topic about space. We were transported out of the Earth’s atmosphere and into our solar system to explore the different planets. We learned about the characteristics of each planet and compared them to our home here on Earth.

Class 9 participated in a workshop by the Freshwater Theatre Company called Environment Alert!  They started by role-playing different polluted environments including traffic, litter and noise, as well as creating a recycling machine together using physical theatre and mime. They then voiced their concerns about environmental issues at the ‘Earth Summit’ and discussed how they can become empowered to take action and tackle climate change.

After discussing the characteristics of a Saint, Class 9 completed a piece of writing on ‘how to be like a Saint’. They then created stained glass windows to commemorate the Saints and as a reminder that God is always with us.

In ICT, Class 9 coded MicroBits with Ms Copley. They had to create a code on the computer, which corresponded to the lights on their MicroBit. When complete, the MicroBit lights would flash in the pattern of a beating heart.

We have been learning about the planets and space in our science topic this term. After completing a study of the phases of the moon, Class 9 recreated the phases using Oreo cookies as the moon. They then enjoyed a delicious snack!

This year, Class 9 participated in the Shakespeare School’s Festival. We would like to thank everybody who came out to support our performance of Macbeth on 5th November. The performance would not have been possible without our teacher-directors (Miss Smith and Mr. Sullivan) as well as the staff at the Z-Arts Centre. We were lucky enough to go and work with some professional actors who helped us fine-tune our performance.