Children in Need

On Friday our choir will be joining with other schools to perform on the television in the Children in Need choir. They will be popping up during the programme on BBC 1 from 7.30pm. In school during the day, we have asked the children to go wild with their feet -
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The children in Year 5 have had a ‘smashing’ time this week! They have hosted some very special guests - 10 eggs were delivered and by Thursday all the eggs had hatched into wonderful little chicks. All the children in school have had a chance to hold the chicks and play with them and we’ve had…

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Y2 Memorial Day

The Year 2 children really did have a great time finding out about life for men and women before the First World War, what life was like in the trenches and what life was like for those left at home. They learned a lot through drama activities during their session with the Freshwater Theatre…

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News Letter Update No.7

All the latest and greatest from St.Johns!

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All Saints Day Celebration Mass

A huge thank you to Father McMahon for lending us his time, saying mass on this holy day of All Saints.  A special mention to Mrs O'Donoghue and her captivating clarinet playing skills, to which the children sang beautifully! 

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PTA Pudraiser 2017!

The PTA pudraiser is back and we are already busy distributing orders.

Based on the success of last year we have stocked the same five delicious flavours; traditional Christmas, sticky toffee, triple chocolate, luscious lemon and triple ginger. Due to popular demand in 2016 we have increased…

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Week 7 Photo Update

It's the final week of this term and what a start to the year! We've had adventures in our outdoor classroom, international exchanges, school council elections and the launch of "The Year of Cycling". We can't wait for all the new learning opportunities next half term, but first, it's time rest…

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Week 6 Photo Update

Last week we said goodbye to our Spanish friends, had the launch of the 'Year of Cycling' (filmed by the BBC!) and there was even a suspected UFO landing!

Take a look back at all the action,


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Passport to your Imagination

This term in art club the children have been travelling in their imaginations to Latin America to study the type and style of art created there. Their 'passports' were stamped each week as a new country was visited and studied.

The creations included coastal animal collages in the style of Mola…

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Terrific Towers

Y5&6 artclub have been busy looking at architecture and 3d structures.  

We spent time thinking about and drawing the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World before designing and creating towers which were put to the test against earthquake and hurricane forces.  Prizes were awarded for stability and…

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Newsletter Week 5

The latest and greatest from St.Johns in the past week! 


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Welcome Humberto Juanes!

A huge St.John's welcome to the children and staff from, Humberto Juanes, Nigran!  Our Spanish friends arrived on Tuesday evening and have been getting acquainted with St.John's life! Over the next few days, they will get the chance to experience the best of what Manchester has to offer!  We wish…

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Newsletter Week 4

The latest and greatest from St.Johns in the past week! 

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Newsletter Week 3

Take a look at our Newsletter containing all the key information and dates happening in school.


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Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy me hearties!

What a swashbuckling day we all had in key Stage One! We came to school as our normal selves and as the day went on, we turned into scurvy pirates with pirate names, treasure maps, parrots, swords and pirate flags to sail the seven seas!

A big thank you to all the children…

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Newsletter Week 2

Take a look at our Newsletter containing all the key information and dates happening in school.



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Ready, Steady, Bake!

We hope all the star bakers out there are excited for the return of the 'Great St John's Bake off' at the Autumn Fair.

Please review the categories and rules and have your showstoppers delivered to school between 11.00 and 11.30 on Sunday 24th September. Good…

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Newsletter Week 1

Take a look at our Newsletter containing all the key information and dates happening in school,

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Welcome back from the PTA

The PTA committee are excited for a busy year ahead as we continue developing our Learning Land. 

The AGM will be held on Wednesday 20th September, 8pm in the Parish Centre. 

Everyone is very welcome to attend. We are always looking for new volunteers and ideas. 

This year we need to…

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Nursery Fun Day!

It's been a fantastic year for St.John's Nursery. They've worked their socks off - painting, drawing, dancing, running, sharing and learning about the world around them. To celebrate all their hard work the children had a Fun Day with, with a treasure hunt, fancy dress, balloons and a surprise…

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Y2 Cheer Team - Star Performers

What a wonderful performance from our Y2 cheer squad! Our special invite to the South Manchester dance festival was a very special occasion for us all. The Y2 children have all been offered cheerleading coaching this year and then after everyone had had a turn, names were drawn out of a hat for…

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Year 6 Manchester United Champions!

On a wet Tuesday night, St John's took football teams down to Loreto. The competition was fabulous and great fun but also very physical too. Our 2 teams put in tremendous performances with 1 of the teams being crowned champions for 2017. 

Many thanks to the super leaders from Loreto who were…

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Quadkids Athletics Finals

Congratulations to our Y5/6 athletics squad on achieving bronze medals at the recent Quadkids event. The Quadkids event is an all-around athletics event where children are expected to cover all areas of athletics - running, jumping and throwing. Congratulations too must go to the Manchester…

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Y2LH Class Assembly

What a great assembly from Y2LH! All the children worked really hard to produce an amazing assembly!


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Y4 @Projeckts MCR

Projeckts Manchester, have been visiting the children in Year 4, introducing Skateboarding! Skateboarding is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. It has been proven to increase balance, agility, coordination, and reaction time. It specifically targets the leg muscles and core…
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Great Science Share 2017

The Great Science Share took place on the 5th July. Over 200 schools signed up to take part and hundreds of young people took the lead in sharing what they enjoy about STEM subjects. Many thanks to all the partners and teachers who made it possible.

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The Jungle Book 2017!

There was singing, dancing and lots and lots of laughter!! The Jungle Book was an outstanding success!!

All the children looked, sounded and performed like professionals - it's safe to say there is some talent in the Year Group! 

It takes hard work, commitment and patience to produce the…

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Year 4 Visit Islamic High School for Girls

Year 4 were kindly invited to the Islamic High School for Girls on High Lane. The children were given a tour of the school, learnt about the 5 Pillars of Islam and even learnt how to write their own names in Arabic.

Before the trip, some of the children weren't sure what to expect, as this was…

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Thank You Raffi!

A big thank you to England U16 Rugby star and former pupil for presenting the school with his most recent England Jersey. Worn during his goal-scoring international clash, where he helped beat Wales 41-22. 

Raffi gave a motivational speech to the KS2 Children. Sharing that it's not been easy in…

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Gold Again!

St John's have been awarded School Games Mark Gold for the 7th year running! This is a huge achievement and shows the dedication to PE, sport, physical activity and competition from all the pupils, staff and families at St John's.

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PTA Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who supported our coffee morning on Friday. We raised a fantastic £250 towards learning land.

There was an amazing selection of homemade cakes and stalls from our very own creative parents. The second hand uniform sale was a big success.

We were sad that this was Anita…

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National School Sport Week 2017

National School Sport Week is a huge celebration of everything that is great about PE and school sport. This week pupils will be taking part in a range of sporting activities from, traditional sports such as football, hockey or netball, or alternative activities such as archery, dance or BMXing,…

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Y1 Muti-Sports

Y1AOC made the most of the warm weather! During a PE lesson, children built on their previous learning of Fundamental Movement Skills by using sporting equipment to strike, jump and throw - resulting in some amazing games being made up by our mini athletes!

Well Done Y1!


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Tri Golf Tournament

What a fabulous week for tri golf we've had at St John's this week. We've been lucky enough to have 3 teams in 3 separate events at Platt Lane Sports Complex.
Our Y4 squad became Manchester champions and our Y5 squad came an amazing 3rd place out of 13 schools! 
Our Y4 squad will…
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Important PTA Dates June/July 2017

Dear All

The final PTA meeting of this school year will be held on Tuesday 27th June at 6.30pm in the School Staffroom. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please come along and get involved. 

Our last Coffee Morning will be held on Friday 30th June. Again, everyone is welcome to attend. If you…

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St.John's A.B.C 10 Year Anniversary

St.John's Amateur Boxing Club is 10 years young in the making!
To celebrate they're holding an open day with a range of exciting activities, stalls and live music!
The club is a big part of the community and does incredible charity/youth work within and beyond the Parish.
It'll be a great…
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Y4 Growing and Changing

Children in Y4 have been looking at important life achievements. From Christenings to First Holy Communion, it's clear to see the physical changes but it's also important to reflect and celebrate the differences - which is very important in a school community that is split betwen Manchester United…

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Y5 Leading the Way: Bikeability

Children in Year 5 have been doing their Bikeability Safety training.  This involves learning skills on a bicycle in the about safe cycling. 

Below are just some of the skills the children learnt during the training:

Level 1

At Level 1 new riders learn to control and master their bikes in…

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Y6 Spanish Exchange 2017!

We're 2 days in and so far it's been incredible! There has been laughter, sunshine and all around good times! Yesterday, the Spanish Children explored St.John's, visiting each classroom and Year Group and also tried some traditional games on the Astro. Today, all the children explored Manchester…

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KS1Golden Jumpers

A look back at last terms hardest workers! Well done Children

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Y3 Roman Workshop

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St.Joseph's Penny Appeal Thank You!

A message from St.Joseph Penny Appeal, 


Thank you very much for the cheque for the superb sum of £917.11 received from your school for the 2017 St Joseph’s Penny Appeal which was received on the 2nd of May. Thank you very much for your support and funds, which are now needed more than…

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PTA Family Ceilidh - Friday 16th June

We are looking forward to welcoming you all and our Spanish Visitors to the PTA Family Ceilidh on Friday 16th June from 7pm in the Parish Centre. 

Mouse's Nest will be playing a range of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh tunes and have a great caller who will get everyone dancing including the…

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A School Council Thank You

A message from the School Council


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Creative Craft Club

Here are some photos of the lovely wire bugs and gift bags from Creative Craft Club!

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Football Finals - What a Result!

Congratulations to our y5 boys on their outstanding performance at Manchester City Academy today. Every game was close with some being decided by golden goal and penalties. After battling hard the boys made it to the final only narrowly losing 1-0 to become silver medalists for…

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Y5 Adinkra Art:Update

Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa. They represent concepts or aphorisms and are extensively used in fabrics, pottery, logos and advertising. Year 5 have made their own stamps by imprinting symbols on polystyrene…

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Please Read

The appalling attack at the Manchester Arena last night is currently being treated as a suspected terrorist incident. All our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or been injured or traumatised. The police, hospitals, Council and emergency services are doing…

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Y2 Quids In

Year 2 have been getting hands on! It's always great to make maths real life, and there is no better way than with money! 

Unfortunately, the only money in school is plastic.  However, it's a great way for the children to visualise, break down and understand the value of different coins and…

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Y6 Structural Engineers

Y6 have been investigating how to join and combine materials using different components. They have also been looking at how to reinforce structures.

In addition to the obvious questions about the strength of materials and their properties, the project sparked lots of interesting conversation.…

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Y1 Handa's Surprise

Year 1 have been studying the wonderful story, 'Handa's Surprise'.  A short story of glorious images from an African village, that conveys the sights, smells and colours of the landscape, its animals and its food, told as much through pictures as through words. 

The children decided to put…

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Letter from Brain Tumour Research

Anita Hopkin, PTA Vice Chair received this lovely letter thanking St John's for our 'Wear a Hat' contribution. 


Dear Anita,


Thank you so much for raising £341.85 through your Wear a Hat Day event, this really is a fantastic amount. I wanted to let you know that we are so grateful…

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This Week...

..It's Been another busy week at St.John's! From trips to the farm to winning trophies at the Chorlton Maths Championship! 

Remember you can see what all the children have been up to by looking at our photo gallery page here

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A Great Big Thank You...

.....From CAFOD 



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Reception Visit....

..Smithills Open Farm, Bolton.

Farmer Carl and his team showed Reception a great time! 

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Y5 Crocky Trails

Recently, some of Year 5 visited the Crocky Trails Adventure Centre. The children were faced with obstacles such as jumping, climbing and sliding! It was a great day out and the experience is now being used back in class, to write information booklets around the activities that you could face at…

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Learning Land!

There have been some changes around the school grounds!

Alongside the PTA we are proud to announce, Learning Land, a project dedicated to improving the outdoor learning environment. To get the most out of this unique opportunity, we need your help! 

All the information on ways you can help…

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Y6 Mindfulness

We're half way through the SATs and the children have accomplished so much already. Year 6, have been nothing short of..OUTSTANDING!

However, any test can be a stressful time for children, and it's important to keep a balance of hard work and relaxation. A great way for this is…

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Y4 Ancient Pottery Throw Down

Year 4 have completed some incredible Ancient Egyptian-style pottery! 

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Y1 Problem Solving


Year 1 has been solving division problems by grouping. Using techniques learnt in Singapore Maths lessons, children make mathematical problems as visual as possible, then discuss and investigate solutions using appropriate resources! 

Great Job!

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St.John's Alumni Rugby Star

Former Pupil, Raffi Quirke helps England U16s defeat Wales, 41-22.

Sale Sharks’ Quirke impressed throughout so it was no surprise that he was heavily involved in England’s third try of the game. His smart tap and go from inside his own half gave wing Botterill the opportunity to show his…

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The Road to Old Trafford!

Congratulations to our Y2 and Y3 children (not forgetting Mr.Hogan!) who attended the Road to Old Trafford competition this week. The children showed great sporting attitude and skill to be victorious in the first round of this competition.

Our Y3 won 4-0 in the final and our Y2 won 2-1 in…

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Over £600...

..worth of books has been generated from the Scholastic Book Fair. Thank you to everyone who purchased a book!


Also, the Holy Week CAFOD book sale raised £125!

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Thumbs Up Friday !

Each half term we celebrate the children's progress by inviting parents, family members and careers to take a look at all the hard work  produced in books.

It's a great event: the opportunity for children to exhibit their work not only fills them with pride but helps build confidence,…

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Reception and Y1....

...throwing their weight around!

These sessions appear to be just good fun, but are the precursor for developing all the amazing athletes we have in KS2.

By kicking, crawling, jumping, throwing, running and such, children are developing fundamental movement skills. These help the children…

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Pneumatic Monsters!

During their DT Lessons, Year 3BS have created some magnificent moving Monsters!

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Y6RG Sport Leaders

Amigos training has kicked off! The progamme promotes older children to develop leadership skills and then deliver sessions that are: fun, engaging and inclusive of all.

Pupils focused on differentiation - learning there are many different ways to achieve an outcome, a skill which can be…

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Happy St.George's Day

A celebration of England's patron Saint George, from one of St.John's budding artists!! 

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St.John's Easter Eggstravaganza 2017

What a term it's been! It's been extensive, but there's been some amazing learning! Highlights have included: another successful Nigran Exchange, taking part in the Winter Games,our annual residential to Robin Wood and World Book Day - to name a few!

As a celebration of the hard work, children…

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Reception Stay and Play

It's been a lovely afternoon in Reception, children have been showing off all their wonderful learning from this term, with parents and careers!  

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KS1 Golden Jumpers Spring

After a mammoth term of hard work, it's only fair that we revisit all the children that contributed to the success and achievements of KS1 during the Spring Term! Well Done, everyone!


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CAFOD Book Sale

Year 5 Chaplins have collected old and unwanted books and have been selling them after school to help raise money for the St.John's CAFOD appeal.


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Holy Week Assemblies

Agony In The Garden 


The Last Supper



Palm Sunday

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Nursery Easter Bonnet Parade

It was fantastic to see the children in Nursery show off their creations! The children also sang and performed beautifully.

Big thanks to all the help and support from the parents and careers!


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Y1 Visit...

...Longford park! Year 1 is studying plants and flowers for their science topic. In the park, bark and leave were studied to find out different properties, such as if trees were deciduous or evergreen! 

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Nigran Exchange 2017

Another year, another amazing experience and collection of lifetime memories! The children, parents, and staff had the most wonderful time in Nigran and would like to thank the unwavering hospitality of the whole CEIp Humberto Juanes community.

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Y6 Investigate....

...the changes to the outdoor classroom! As the weather get's warmer and plants start to blossom, Year 6 have been looking at what changes this has on the residents of our outdoor space!



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Y1 MMcK Class Assembly

A wonderful assembly on how much Y1MMcK love their Mummies!


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Monster Mash!

Year 3 are creating their own monsters. The children will be working hard during DT lessons, in hope of bringing the creations alive! Watch this space!

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International Women's' Day!

On Wednesday, it was International Women's Day. There were numerous discussions on how inspirational women have inspired the children and adults in school -  from mums, grandmas to Nadia Comaneci!
However, some of the children in Year 5, had a very powerful interpretation on the meaning behind…

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St.Patrick's Day Celebration 2017

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1AOC Assembly

Last week, Y1AOC performed a lovely assembly, on the meaning of Lent. The Children told us all about the promises they had made and all the little extra things they are going to do through Lent!


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Happy Mothers Day

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Reception Spring Watch!

Reception, took to the school grounds to see if they could find any signs of Spring!

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Mr Benn Visits St.John's!

Mr.Benn Paid Year 2  a visit, lucky for us somebody manged to write down one of his famous adventures! 

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Flossify on Clean Teeth!

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St.Patrick's Day Celebration 2017 Showcase

It's almost a week since our annual celebration, here's a reminder of the children who showcased their amazing talents in singing, dancing and performing. A huge thanks to all involved, making it another memorable day, in the St.John's Calendar!



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Run, Run, Run as Fast as You Can!

The children in Reception have been looking at traditional tales. This afternoon, some of the children were challenged to see if they could remember who or what chased the Gingerbread man. Then, the children used their phonics knowledge to sound out each character and write them in a list…

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Year One's Trash is Another's Treasure

Year 1AOC have been working hard on identifying properties of materials.

This new knowledge has been used to help design and build models out of...rubbish!!


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Y4 Powers of Persuasion

Year 4 have been studying the art of persuasion- from influencing people to save our planet to trying to convince Mrs.Coyle to ban homework

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Visiting Y6 for World Book Day

We had an adventure over to see the Y6 children in their big classrooms, we shared our stories with them and talked about our favourite books.

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Year 4 Switch on a New Topic

Year 4GON have been working on creating and testing circuits.

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Singapore Maths in Action!

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Marist Trip

Year two recently had a lovely visit to The Marist. Through song, dance, drama, art and prayer the children thought about the ways in which we can follow the light of Jesus. The photos show us having lots of fun and more importantly, following the example of Jesus and letting our own light…

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Holocaust Memorial Day Assembly

This week the children in Upper KS2 were visited by Sam Kalubowila from the @aiucentre at Manchester University for a presentation on the history of Holocaust and it's memorial day

It was an insightful assembly and showed how the events of the past can be used to help influence a better future…

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Chinese Dragon Sculptures

Y5&6 Thursday art club worked their magic on my hoard of recycled materials to create these unique Chinese Dragons.

Lots of effort and imagination went into these artworks over three two-hour sessions to construct a sturdy, eye-catching result.

Children chose to work individually or…

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Year 4 Investigate....

Year 4 have been investigating and recording the residents of our outdoor classroom!


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Year 5 Magic Boxes

In Year 5 the children have been reading the ‘The Magic Box’, by Anthony Wilson.

‘The Magic Box’ is a rich and suggestive poem, full of marvellous textures, sights and sounds which you would not normally be able to put into a box of any sort.

To celebrate the author, the children have made…

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Year 1 Explorers


This week, the children in Year 1 have been learning all about the counties and cities in Great Britain!

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Fantastic Citywide Cross Country Final! Manchester Champions 2016!


Superb running today from all our children at Phillips Park! Up against the best of the rest of the city with 146 runners in each race St John’s showed true grit and determination to be the best they could be! Personal bests occurred all over the place

Final results were impressive with…

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Cornerstone Christmas Appeal – Thank You!


Thank you to everyone who donated to the Cornerstone appeal. The very generous donations have ensured that those less fortunate are that little better off, at this time of year.

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Year 3 Get Magnificently Magnetic

Children in 3BS have been investigating different forces and how they can react with different every day objects!

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Singapore Maths on the Playground !

Using chalk, the children have been practising their methods and understanding of inverse equations, number lines and times tables  – taken from Singapore maths lessons! Well Done Children!!

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Knock Out Karate 

Our karate club members had a tremendous weekend performing their hardest to produce some amazing results. They represented our school valiantly in the competition and their efforts were rewarded with the School Special Achievement Award 2016

Congratulations to all our Karate experts

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Year 4 Visit Haunted Ordsall Hall!

Year 4 enjoyed a fun day out visiting Ordsall Hall in Salford, the historic home of the Radclyffe family. Upon arriving, we were transported back in time to the Middle Ages! The local folk were quite bemused by our modern ideas like, ‘The Internet’ and ‘iPads’. They soon whipped us into shape and…

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Boccia Champions 2016

On Monday our fabulous Boccia team showed extraordinary skill at the Citywide Boccia championships held at Levenshulme High School. Our team fought off tough competition from 11 other schools to be crowned Boccia Champions 2016!

The final came down to last 2 balls with our players holding their…

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Lantern Making Year 4

Year had a great afternoon making lanterns. We have been invited to bring our lanterns down to Beech Road Park on Thursday 24th November. The children will be given LED lights & cane to carry their lanterns.

A huge thanks to We R Adventurers gave up their time to support our lantern making.…

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Year 2 Instructions


In Year 2 Literacy, the children have been focusing on Instruction Text Types.  To give a real context to the learning,  the new instruction skills were put to the test, during a DT lesson!

The outcome saw the the production of some fantastic constructions and models, well done Year…

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Nursery Investigate Hanukkah

Through out school children have been investigating the Jewish Religion. This week the children in Nursery have been learning about the Menorah, a special candlbrium with 9 candles. Eight candles are lite on each night of Hanukkah and the 9th candle is used to light each other candle.


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Year 3 Black History Month Celebration

In Year 3, the children had great fun learning about the importance of Black History Month. They found out about different famous black people who set examples to us all in their pursuit for equality, love and harmony.

Well done Year 3!

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