P4C Session

This week, Year 5 focused on the labels that have been used within society and the ways in which they may be categorised. Some of the labels included: 'geek', 'dork', 'nerd', 'cool', snitch', 'gay' and many others. We explored our preconceptions of these labels and then the real meanings of these.

The children wrote a range of high quality questions in response to the stimulus. These were:

1. 'Is it ever okay to categorise others?'

2. 'Who decides what 'cool' is?'

3. If somebody calls you a positive label but means it negatively, should it still bother you?'

4. Should we label people by their personality?'

5. If you change your appearance, would that change who you are?'

The question in bold italics was the one that was chosen by the children to base our enquiry on. 

Please feel free to discuss these questions at home with your children. 

Some pictures from the session can be seen below

The Year 5 team

Comedy of Errors Performance Chorlton High School

Year 5 have been working effortlessly with staff from Chorlton High School between December and March to create a theatrical performance of Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'. On Tuesday 28th March, the children performed the production to rapturous applause from a sell-out audience at the Blue Box Theatre.

It was a long day (from 8:30am to 9:30pm) but the children's energy levels remained high all day and night and once again, teachers and parents were beaming with pride. 

Well done Year 5!' The Play organiser and Director Mel Jordan has sent a thank you message: 

Below are some pictures of the children after the hard work put in to the show

Hiroshima Survivor Talk Project G

Manley Park Primary is one of 6 schools that are linked with Project G which is a project in which Mayors are working for peace with the aim of the UK being nuclear-free by 2020. 

As part of the project, on Friday 31st March, 20 of our Year 5 children were extremely fortunate to meet 2 of the survivors from the Hiroshima attack of 1945. The children travelled to Manchester Town Hall to meet the survivors and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester.

Throughout the day, the survivors told their stories of the day of the attack and how life was after the attack. There was then a session in which the children were able to ask their own questions to the survivors. The children asked excellent questions (which was commented on by the Deputy Lord Mayor) and although dark at times due to the content, the day was another amazing opportunity that our children were afforded due to one of our many partnerships.

It was a complete privilege and honour for us to meet the survivors and a day that we are sure the children will remember for a lifetime.'

Year 5 Writing

Year 5 have explored the theme of 'Social Justice' throughout the Spring term and inequalities within our community. Having explored this, they refused to accept the problem of homelessness within Manchester and have organised a range of ways in which they will support this issue. They wrote letters to different members of our community to ask for their supporting, including: The PTA, the children of our school, the parents of our community and even the Mayor of Manchester! Here are some of our letters: 

Cricket Club Letter

Due to popular demand, we will be running a cricket club after school for Years 5 and 6, until the end of the school year.

Cricket is a rapidly gaining popularity Sport in Primary Schools, and has always been popular at Manley Park. It is a great way for children to develop socially and learn skills that can be transferred to other sports, the classroom, and beyond! We wish to build a team of players to compete with other Manchester Primary Schools during these up and coming summer months.

The sessions will be priced at £1, which will cover the cost to school for things such as floodlights to the area and travel to play other schools; the staff are very kindly providing their time for free.

The children must wear shorts/tracksuit bottoms, a t-shirt/tracksuit top, trainers and bring a drink with them on the day.

There is a maximum of 25 spaces and will be first come first served with payment. There are 9 weeks until the end of May so payment will be £9 initially. This will be non-refundable. If more than 2 sessions are missed then the child will be removed from the group, thereby ensuring that we have a full complement for the team to be able to enter the competitions.

Any children who do not make the first 25 spaces will be placed on a waiting list and notified when a place becomes available.

The club will commence on Tuesday, 14th March 2017 at 3:30pm-4:30pm, and will take place every Tuesday during term time. Please ensure your child is picked up promptly at 4:30pm to avoid any unnecessary distress.

For a copy of the cricket club letter click here