St. Anne's Advent Prayer Group meet on Thursday lunch times - 3rd December 2015
During Advent, any pupils in Years 3 to 6 wanting to be part of the Advent Prayer Group meet on Thursday lunch times in the Year 1 classroom. We explore Advent and what it means. We also look at the Christmas story and explore it through discussion and role play. We end our sessions with a picnic.
St. Anne's have started a drop-in Breakfast Club each morning before school from 8.00am onwards, providing toast and a drink for children. Mrs Lord and Mrs Gornall run the club. Your children do not need to book beforehand, just come along on the day. The cost is only £1.00 and is very good value. There are lots of games and activities for the children.
All the teachers and pupils gathered together in St. Anne's Church with Fr. Jim for our end of year leavers' Mass on Wednesday 22nd July. It was led by the Year 6 pupils. Many parents and grandparents came along too. Unfortunately Mrs Cuff was not well enough to join us. We wish her all the best in her retirement. Mr Brown, our newly appointed Head Teacher was introduced by Mr Hughes, our Chair of Governors. Mr Brown awarded the Terrence Frayne award to Hajra in Year 6. Well done Hajra! We wish all the Year 6 pupils good luck in their new schools in September.
St. Anne's football team have won the league - 17th July 2015
Well done to all the members of St. Anne's football team who won the league. Furthermore, not only did they win but they had not conceded any goals throughout the tournament. They were presented with medals and a trophy during our assembly on Friday morning. Michael was also presented with a certificate for representing St. Anne's in the Blackburn town team. Well done Michael!
Summer Fair and Sports Day - Friday 10th July 2015
We held our annual Summer Fair and Sports afternoon on Friday 10th July. Luckily, the weather was fantastic! There were lots of different stalls, inside the hall and outside in the playground. The races were held on the grass at the bottom of the Junior playground. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help on the stalls and a big thank you to everyone who came along and supported us. All the proceeds will go towards funding school trips and buying new equipment for your children amongst other things. A special thank you must go to Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Simms who have been organising this annual event and other PTA events for many years, as they are retiring from the PTA at the end of this year. Thank you!
On Tuesday 9th June, a group of Year 1 and 2 children spent the day at King George's Hall rehearsing for their evening performance of the Mini Sing. They have been practising very hard over the last few months and were very excited to perform in front of their families and friends. They sang and behaved brilliantly and were a credit to our school. Well done the Mini Sing children !!
Year 6 chatted on Skype with their penpals in Poland - 2nd June 2015
Year 6 pupils chatted to pupils in one of our partner schools in Poland on Tuesday 2nd June. They have been exchanging letters with these pupils since the start of Year 5 and it was very exciting for them to actually see who they had been writing to. They asked each other questions about school and extra curricular activities, comparing the similarities and differences. It was an interesting and fun chat!
The Lenten Prayer Group led the whole school in a Stations of the Cross Service in the hall - 1st April 2015
On the last morning of the Spring term, Wednesday 1st April, the Lenten Prayer Group led the whole school in a Stations of the Cross Service in the school hall. We remembered how much Jesus had suffered and then died by reflecting on each of the Stations of the Cross. Then we continued with the rest of the story and remembered how Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. We will celebrate this on Easter Sunday and that will mark the end of Lent.
The Reception children have been working so hard with Mrs Swarbrick this term in their Drama lessons. They decided that they would like to learn a song and dance routine to the song I'd Do Anything from the musical Oliver! They were so proud of themselves when they showed their families their FANTASTIC routine!!!!
The Lenten Prayer Group went to Mass at St. Anne's Church - Friday 27th March 2015
St. Anne's Lenten Prayer Group have been meeting every Thursday lunchtime during Lent. We have been thinking about Lent, exploring the story of the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness and looking at the Stations of the Cross. On Friday 27th March we went to Mass at 12.30pm and then we had a picnic afterwards, followed by a quick play before going into classes.
On the last day of term, Wednesday 1st April, at 9.30am we will lead the whole school in a Stations of the Cross Service in the school hall.
On 26th March 2015 we had Brazil Day and each class carried out activities connected with Brazil. Some wrote or finished poems that were started with Francisco Carrasco who came last half term to carry out workshops in each class. Others carried out research on computers about Brazil and famous people from Brazil. Some made Carnival headdresses and shakers. There were Brazilian snacks available at break time and a Brazil themed meal at lunch time. Each class was given the opportunity to experience Carnival Dancing in the hall, run by Roxanna, a specialist dance tutor. Lots of fun was had by all!
The Lenten Prayer Group meets on Thursday lunchtimes during Lent. These photos were taken on World Book Day 2015
The Lenten Prayer Group meets on Thursday lunch times during Lent. The photos above are from our first full session on World Book Day, 5th March. The children are acting out the story of the "Temptations of Jesus in the Wilderness" by the devil in small groups. Then we had a little picnic at the end, (indoors as it was too cold outside!) The Prayer Group will work towards leading the whole school in our end-of-term Stations of the Cross Service on the last morning.
Poetry in Year 3 based on the culture of Brazil - 12th February 2015
Francisco Carrasco, a Creative Practitioner from Global Link, came into school to spend the afternoon working with the children in Year 3 on Thursday 12th February. He showed them lots of pictures of places in Brazil and talked about the culture of Brazil, its music and its people. The children recorded key words whilst they listened to him and then were asked to use those words when writing their own poem about Brazil. It was a very informative and fun afternoon.
Musical storytelling with Nursery children based on a story from the Amazon Rainforest - 12th February 2015
Francisco Carrasco, a Creative Practitioner from Global Link, came into school to work with the children in Nursery on the morning of Thursday 12th February. He told them a story from the Amazon Rainforest, then sang them a song about it in Spanish. The children then created a "soundscape" of the rainforest using a variety of percussion instruments. They all had lots of fun!
Poetry with Year 6 based on the culture of Brazil - 5th February 2015
Francisco Carrasco, a Creative Practitioner from Global Link, worked with the Year 6 children on Thursday 5th February. He showed them images of Brazil and its people. He played his guitar and drums to demonstrate the music and rhythm of Brazil. Then he inspired the children to think of some WOW words to use in their poetry about Brazil. It was an interesting and fun afternoon!
Musical storytelling in Year 2 - 5th February 2015
Francisco Carrasco, a Creative Practitioner from Global Link, worked with the Year 2 children on Thursday 5th February all morning. He told them the story of the bird that lost its voice in the Amazon Rainforest of South America. The children drew pictures of their favourite part of the story and learned a song about it in Spanish. They listened to different instruments that made sounds of the rainforest, then they created their own "soundscape" of the rainforest using percussion instruments. It was a very educational and most enjoyable morning!
Years 3 & 4 celebrate Candlemas Day with a special assembly on Friday 30th January 2015
On Friday 30th January the children in Years 3 and 4 led our whole school assembly in celebration of Candlemas Day. This feast, otherwise known as the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, is actually on 2nd February and commemorates when Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to the Temple to be presented, as is the Jewish custom.
Poetry with Year 5 based on the culture of Brazil - 29th January 2015
Francisco Carrasco, a Creative Practitioner from Global Link, worked with Year 5 on Thursday 29th January in the afternoon. He taught them about the culture of Brazil through a Powerpoint Presentation and music. After the session, the Year 5 children wrote their own poems about Brazil.
Musical storytelling in Year 1 based on a story about the rainforests of South America - 29th January 2015
Francisco Carrasco, a Creative Practitioner from Global Link, worked with Year 1 on Thursday 29th January in the morning. He told them a story set in the rainforests of South America including information about the animals that live there, then gave out musical percussion instruments for the children to use. Together, they created a "soundscape" of the sounds they would hear in the rainforests of South America.
Year 5 have another chat with Russian children on Skype - 28th January 2015
The Year 5 children had another chat with children in our partner school in Russia using Skype on Wednesday 28th January at 9.30am. This time the children asked each other questions about Christmas and how they had celebrated it. A small group of Year 5 children, (Ella, Anna, Jessica, Sean, Zack and Oliwer), had learned three poems in Russian which they read out for the Russian children. The whole class had learned "'Twas the night before Christmas" which they performed too. In turn, the Russian children had learned some English poems about Christmas that they read out. They also sang "Rudolph the red nosed reindeer" and Year 5 sang "Jingle Bells". Everyone enjoyed the experience and agreed to have another chat soon.
Poetry with Year 4 based on the culture of Brazil - 22nd January 2015
During the first half of the Spring term Francisco Carrasco, a creative practitioner from Global Link, will be coming into school to work with Years 3 to 6 for half a day in each class.
The children will be writing poems based on the culture of Brazil. They will begin by locating Brazil on a world map and learning about Carnivals, Favellas, traditional music and dance. They will experience some rhythms traditional to Brazil and will be taught a song. By the end of the workshop, each child will have written their own poem.
Musical storytelling with Reception children based on a story from a Latin American Culture - 22nd January 2015
During the first half of the Spring term Francisco Carrasco, a creative practitioner from Global Link, is coming into school to work with children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for half a day on musical story telling based on a story from a Latin American country which takes place along the Amazon River.
The story is about a magical bird that lives in a village in the rainforest. It sings the most beautiful songs. It has its voice stolen by a rival village. Two young people from the village have to travel to the other side of the rainforest to find the Keeper of the Forest who can help them get the bird's voice back. They travel over mountains, across a river and by waterfalls, meeting different animals along the way. They have to use their wit to reach their destination and then return to their village.
The children will be doing a soundscape using simple melodic percussion instruments to create the sounds of the rainforest.
Years 5 & 6 Christmas Assembly - 19th December 2014
Children in Years 5 and 6 carried out their own research and wrote their own assembly about 'Christmas Around the World'. They presented information about how people spend Christmas in Britain, Australia, Poland, Greece, Spain and Scandinavia. They did this through role play, Powerpoint Presentations and through the use of a computer software called 'Crazy Talk', which they used to create a talking Rudolph. We all joined in with singing Christmas Carols in between the different presentations. It was all fantastic! Well done Years 5 and 6!
Years 1 and 2 had a dress rehearsal in the morning of 17th December then the main performance that afternoon. The Christmas play was called 'Tinsel and Teatowels'. It was set in a school just before Christmas when the Nativity play was being practised and Ofsted inspectors decided to pay the school a visit. The children learned all their lines and sang lots of upbeat songs beautifully. Well done Years 1 and 2!! You were fantastic!
Year 6 footballers took part in a penalty shoot-out at BRFC on 6th December
On Saturday 6th December ten Year 6 footballers took part in a penalty shoot-out at Blackburn Rovers' football ground during half time. John, Ahmad, Harris, Kuba, Michael, Annabel, Hajra, Adam, Dominik and Lucas (as goal keeper) represented our school, accompanied by Mr Neild and Mrs Barcroft. It was very cold but enjoyable. Well done team!
KS2 Advent Prayer Group started on Thursday 4th December
The Advent Prayer Group is made up of children in Years 3 - 6 and meets on Thursday lunch times during Advent. We discuss the meaning of Advent and explore the Christmas story through role play. Members of the Group will lead the whole school Advent Mass on Thursday 18th December at 9.15am in Church.
The Year 4 children have been learning to play the Dholak over the last ten weeks. They performed in front of the rest of school, Parents and Guardians on Thursday 4th December. Their tempo, dynamics and rhythm were fantastic! They played the drums as a team. A group of Year 4 children danced in the style of 'Bollywood' at the end of the concert. They were all fantastic! Well done Year 4!
Year 5 chat with Russian children on Skype - 26th November 2014
On Wednesday 26th November Year 5 children had a chat using Skype with children in our partner school in Russia. A small group of six Year 5 children had a Russian tongue twister to learn before the Skype session. They had to say it in Russian and practised it so they could try to say it as quickly as possible. It was about a mouse who was trying to get a big crust of bread through a small mouse hole but could not manage it. The rest of the class learned English tongue twisters. The Russian children had two English tongue twisters to learn: 'Peter Piper' and 'She sells sea shells on the sea shore'. We held a competition as to who could say their tongue twister the best. It was a draw !The Russian children and the Year 5 children also asked each other questions about each other and school life. We found out that the children in Russia are three hours ahead of us in England. So when we finished our Skype chat it was 10.00am here but 1.00pm over there. All the children found it interesting and lots of fun!
Year 3 chat with Spanish children on Skype - 25th November 2014
On Tuesday 25th November the Year 3 class chatted with children in our partner school in Spain at 11.00am. It was 12.00 midday in Spain. Miss Marin, our visiting teacher, was from Cervantes (the school in Spain) and joined in with the chat.
The Spanish children began by asking Miss Marin what she thought of England, our school and the weather here. They had also prepared some questions to ask our children about their favourite hobbies, food, sports and school life. The Year 3 children had prepared some role play which they did in Spanish for the Spanish children. They also sang two songs that they had learned in Spanish, one about greetings in Spanish and the other about the days of the week. The children in Spain sang a Spanish song about Noah and the Ark and also a song from the film Grease. Everyone enjoyed the chat and had fun learning about each other.
The children had a fantastic time at their talent show. The competition was so tough, it was hard to pick the winner so we had a joint first place. Well done to Ana from Year 5 who sang beautifully on her own and to Cloris, Grace and Areefa who gave Taylor Swift a run for her money!
Teacher from Spain visits our school - November 2014
Miss Ana Marin is a teacher from our partner school in Spain, Cervantes. She visited our school between 17th and 28th November to see how we learn in England. During her stay with us, she worked with children in different classes in different Key Stages. We also learned more about Spain, its language and culture from her. On Tuesday 25th November we chatted with her colleague and some children in her school in Spain using Skype. The Year 3 children took part in the Skype chat, led by Mr Blackmore.
Year 4 - Exchanging letters with children in one of our partner schools in Poland.
In September, the Year 4 children wrote letters to children in one of our partner schools in Poland, located in Przemkow. They received replies from the Polish children very quickly. They exchanged information about themselves, their families and their hobbies. Now they are planning to exchange Christmas cards at the start of December.
Year 6 - Exchanging letters with another one of our partner schools in Poland.
The Year 6 children began exchanging letters with one of our partner schools in Poland when they were in Year 5. They are continuing with this exchange of letters even though they are now in Year 6. They have exchanged information about themselves and their hobbies. Now the Year 6 children are going to write back to the Polish children and include information about the weather here in England.
At the start of the new school year, each class chose a European country to represent during a special European Day Assembly on Friday 26th September. The children had over two weeks in which to practise or get ready for the assembly. Time was spent in class either learning a song in the chosen language, a story or researching information about the chosen country and its culture in order to share with the rest of school at the European Day Assembly. There were flags from ten different European countries displayed at the back of the stage during the assembly and some smaller European flags at the back of the hall above the kitchen.
On the Thursday prior to the assembly day, we designated the day as ‘European Day’ and we set aside time to specifically practise performances or feedback of research on that day. Every class was involved. We had European snacks (such as pains-au-chocolat, croissants, cheeses and salamis from different countries- Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece) available during morning break time and a European themed lunch at dinner time. The children had lots of fun and learned a lot in the process.
Nursery– England: learned songs such as "London Bridge is Falling Down".
Reception - Italy: learned some greetings in Italian, made a collage pizza and coloured in the leaning tower of Pisa and some Italian flags.
Year 1 – Finland: learned about where the country is in the world and its climate, looked at a Powerpoint Presentation of different pictures depicting The Northern Lights as seen from Finland, then used pastels to draw their own Northern Lights on black paper.
Year 2 – France: coloured in the French flag and learned the song "Head and shoulders, knees and toes" in French.
Year 3 – Spain: made some Sangria with red grapes and fruit and made some Spanish fans.
Year 4 – Portugal: learned about the country and its culture (eg their clothes), used pastels to draw patterns traditional to Portugal, researched the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo who is from Portugal.
Year 5 – Greece: learned about the country and its music. Made a Powerpoint Presentation of the legend of "Theseus and the Minotaur" which they read out to the rest of school in the European Day assembly.
Year 6 – Denmark: learned about Denmark and made some Danish pastries. During their research they found the legend of a Viking princess holding a "Danish Bake Off" to pick the one she would marry. Year 6 wrote their own script and presented the legend to the rest of school during the European Day assembly.
On Tuesday 16th September The 'Arty Facts Theatre Company' visited school to perform a play called 'The Time Capsule'. This was to mark the 100th Anniversary of the first World War. Children from Years 1 - 6 watched as a time capsule was discovered from 100 years ago. Artefacts such as an old gramophone, records, photographs, a newspaper from the time, letters and other items were found in the capsule. The children learned about what conditions were like for soldiers on the front line and also about the women who volunteered to be nurses there.