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Year 4 have been inspired by the Manchester Bees and have learnt all about how important and interesting bees are. They visited some of the bees that have landed at Manchester City on a very rainy day. We are not sure how Mr Lowe ended up with an umbrella!

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Cross Country News

We were delighted with the great individual and team performances at the Cross Country competitions at Chorlton Park. The children take part in two different races over two weeks and their scores are added together to give them an individual position and a team position. There are huge numbers of children from all over Manchester who take part in this competition.

Over the few years that we have been participating in this competition we have got better and better and this years results were the best yet. Our boys team was 2nd in Manchester and our girls came 3rd. Our top individual results were very impressive too. Ethan was the number 1 boy in Manchester! Satara was the 2nd girl and Caitlin was the 4th girl. Ike and Elizabeth were both 5th. We are now through to the Finals in November. Good luck to everyone.

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Poetry Slam

We had a great Poetry Slam, with every KS1 and 2 class learning and performing poetry for each other.

The Slam opened with a very atmospheric and moving performance of Iron and The Soldier by Y4. Then Year 1 shared a poem about aliens that they had written themselves. What talented children.

Year 5 performed I am old Father William by Lewis Carroll and Year 3 were excited to note that they were studying Alice in Wonderland by Carroll too.

Y2 not only performed a poem called He used to be a pirate, but also showed us some pirate dances that they had created.

Year 3 shared a lovely poem called Aim High, which Miss Collins said showed our school values in action. It certainly did.

Finally, Year 6 had created a fantastic, active and funny performance of Turkeys aren’t just for Christmas by Benjamin Zephaniah.

It was wonderful to see every child enjoying listening to and performing poetry.

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Sporting Reporting

Just before Christmas we had a crack news team look at all the sport on offer at St Francis. This is a brief edit of their extensive study of sporting excellence and fun.

St Francis Sports 2017-18

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Watch out! There’s a boggart about!

Year 1 had great fun creating boggarts on the trees outside. They used clay and natural items such as leaves and sticks.

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Into the Underworld at the Royal Northern College of Music

Year 6 had the amazing opportunity to help create an opera based on the story of Orpheus in the Underworld with composers and musicians from the world famous Royal Northern College of Music. There were four schools involved, who each took a scene from the story and put together the music and action. The final opera was performed on the stage at the RNCM with a full orchestra and real opera singers. It was a wonderful performance from all the children and it great to see how many parents and staff went to support our children.

For more information and photos of this project please click here.

Our 2015 Year 6 also took part in this project and created an opera called After the Storm. Follow this link to see their photos and video.

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