Worthington Primary School

Happy Hinamatsuri Day 2017

Happy Hinamatsuri Day

Today, 3rd March, we join our hands in friendship with girls, wherever they live, who share a Japanese heritage.

Hinamatsuri, also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is a special day in Japan. Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on March 3.  Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.

Today, Yuno is celebrating Hinamatsuri and has come dressed in traditional court dress.  Her mummy has brought along her set of ornamental dolls, seen here in the picture, along with Yuno.  She has also, extremely generously, brought little dolls, representing the Emperor and Empress, for our Nursery children.

In addition to the costumed dolls, food and drink play a role on Girls’ Day, with rice wine and rice cakes taking centre stage, along with flower blossoms.

Don’t worry boys – on May 5th each year in Japan every child is remembered, when National Children’s Day is celebrated.  Do you think we should have a National Day for Children in the United Kingdom?  Let us know what you think!

 

Key Stage Two Gymnastics Competition, Wednesday 8th February

Key Stage Two Gymnastics Team

Here we see some of our elite gymnastics squad who represented school at a recent Trafford Gymnastics Competition.  On the final Friday of half term, we celebrated their achievements, along with our newly formed Year 3 and 4 hockey team, who played earlier in the week in a Trafford competition at Brooklands Sports Club.  (They played magnificently in horrendous weather and we are so very proud of them!)

During the achievement assembly, we asked our gymnasts to perform their favourite routine, and this they did with aplomb to a very appreciative audience.

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Splits

Our Year 5 and 6 team came tenth out of fifteen entries, one of our Year 3 and 4 team came fifth out of thirteen entries and as you may have spotted, five of our squad of Year 3 and 4 children are wearing silver medals – yes, you’ve guessed it – they came second in their age-group.  Every child from Worthington performed brilliantly against some extremely stiff opposition, however they showed determination and great concentration, as well as outstanding gymnastic ability on the day to richly deserve their success.

As a little extra, click on the video link below to see one of our gymnasts in action.

Gymnast video

Change 4 Life Club – End of Course Celebrations

Change 4 Life Party

Yesterday, our current Change 4 Life Club members celebrated the end of their course together with a slap-up supper of fajitas with guacamole, washed down with fruit smoothies!

The children pictured have been attending our healthy cookery and arts activity club for the last four weeks.  They have all cooked a range of healthy recipes in our purpose built food technology room, including a feta salad and roast vegetable soup with homemade bread.  To be honest, the school always smells wonderful on a Monday after school!

This group of children come from Years 1, 2, 5 and 6.  They work together during club hours and love to support one another when finding out, doing and making.  Naturally, the best part of all is when they get to try out what they have cooked.  Let’s hope they now feel comfortable about cooking even more healthily at home.  Very well done children.

Next half term, our Change 4 Life leaders will be working with Reception and Lower Key Stage Two children.

Change 4 Life Party

Change for Life Party

The Great, Great Fire of London Performance Workshop

Late last month, our Year 1 and 2 children worked alongside a performer in residence, who was able to add so much to our Key Stage One topic of The Great Fire of London.

Throughout the two days, our performer worked with each child from our three classes and developed their understanding of the Great Fire through speech, drama and music.

On the final afternoon, the children came together in the school hall to perform what they had learned before an audience of parents and carers.  The hall was jam-packed with visitors, all of whom seemed to really appreciate the hard work shown by our children, staff and performer in residence.

Our children were equally as impressed: “I loved it and I would say that performing in front of my mum and dad was the best!” said one very happy child.  Another added that “This has been fantastic, can we do it again?”

With those reactions, we certainly will be asking Steph, our performer in residence, to return to work with our children in the future.

Maths Calculation Event Report

To launch our new Calculation Policy, we held an information evening for parents, carers and governors in the school hall yesterday.  All the staff brought our mathematics curriculum alive with demonstrations of equipment and techniques to solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Each visitor was given an information booklet and a quiz.  All correct entries to the quiz went into a hat, and the winner will be announced this Friday.  The prize is a Christmas Hamper full of mathematical games plus a lovely big box of chocolate biscuits!

Setting Up

Setting Up

My grateful thanks go to all those who attended and to all the staff for their magnificent work. In particular, all of us want to thank Mrs Best, our maths subject leader, who devised the event in the first place.

Staff and Parents in Discussion

Staff and Parents in Discussion