Nathalie Paris - October 2018
Nathalie Paris brought her amazing languages mobile library to Fairfield Road and what a fantastic two days we had. All of the children from Nursery to Year 6 visited Nathalie's French bus with an interactive book based lesson taught by the lady herself. The children were all engaged, the stories were brought alive by her unique storytelling technique with elements of drama and all of the children enjoyed exploring her bus full of different languages. It has certainly brought languages alive at Fairfield Road and both the children and staff look forward to her return next year.
National Heritage Day - September 2018
Once again we celebrated National Heritage Day at Fairfield Road. We braai'd for the day with One adventure coming in to assist us with our mass braai. We held a whole school assembly explaining what National Heritage Day actually is with a quiz at the end and how the children also found out how we would be celebrating it at as a school. We wore the colours of the South African flag, engaged in lots of amazing activities in our classrooms and we all got to experience some African drumming and dancing with DrumRoots. The whole day was a success, the atmosphere was electric and all of the children and staff had a day to remember!
WORLD WATER DAY - MARCH 2018
We stand with Cape Town! After returning from Cape Town, we were very saddened to hear about the imminent Day Zero and we wanted to show solidarity for our partner schools. We had a whole school assembly all about the water crisis in Cape Town. The children were made aware of the drought and how important it is to save water. We asked the children to try and not use water for one hour and we also ran a poster competition asking the children to get creative and design posters encouraging our school to save water. There were some amazing poster and they are proudly displayed around our school and most importantly, in our school bathrooms. We have also made the decision to have hand sanitiser fitted to conserve water usage at Fairfield Road.
Year 2 take Africa!
Every year in Spring 1 Year 2 learn all about Africa. This year our Year 2's ended their topic with a special guest. Our local MP Angela Raynor visited our school along with members of the British Council from offices in London and Manchester to see the amazing international work we are doing. Year 2 performed a dance for Fairfield Road and our guests. The children also used ICT to research the big five and to learn about conservation in Africa. Year Two used Ipads to conduct their research and presented their research as to why they think we should 'Save the Rhino'. These projects were shared with our partner school, Battswood Primary and the children recorded short clips to share their passion about wanting to save a rhino. The children decided collaboratively to raise money to adopt a rhino in Africa and their efforts were rewarded when they did raise enough to do so. Their efforts are clearly displayed in our main school hall, celebrating our schools achievement with Battswood Primary. Well done Year 2!
SOUTH AFRICA- FEBRUARY 2018
Music across the continents
Both in Manchester and in Cape Town music is a passion at both of our schools with music being taught on a weekly basis at both schools. We have been learning different pieces of music and sending videos of what we have learnt to each school to share with the pupils. Here are some videos of what we have been up to so far...
ORIGINAL T BAG DESIGNS
Whilst in Cape Town visiting our partner school in Cape Town, South Africa, Miss Conner and Miss Johnston visited a company called Original T Bag designs. Prior to our arrival the whole school had been working hard to raise large amounts of tea bags to donate to the T Bag initiative. To show unity, two children, who had worked effortlessly to raise awareness and counted all of the tea bags were selected to visit the Original T Bag company to donate the vast amount of tea bags that the whole school had collected. We were given a tour and the children were rewarded with an item each for their efforts.
At Fairfield Road each child has been given the opportunity to create their own original tea bag design, we have made our school logo using the tea bags. You can see this beautiful creation in our school foyer.
World Book Day
Every year we celebrate World Book Day at Fairfield Road. This year we decided to share some of our favourite books with our South African counterparts. Here are some images of our friends in Cape Town both celebrating World Book Day. Can you spot your favourite character or book across the continent?