The Spheros are a fun, sphere shaped robot toy, controlled by an app on a device. The Sphero app is available on iPhone, iPad or Android devices. They can also change colours. The price (s) start from £38 – £98, depending on your price range.
There are many different types of Spheros – The Sphero Mini, The Ollie and the original, normal sized Spheros. They are reasonably easy to connect to your device and come with a charging station, meaning you can take it with you if you are going out. They also help you with coding.
Review By Loiza (Digital Leader, Year 6)
At Our Lady’s Primary School there are Digital Leaders from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.
To be a Digital Leader you need to have certain skills, such as working well in a team, being able to use advanced coding software on the computers and also you will have to give up some lunch and break times to come to meetings, but it is worth it.
Ruby, a Year 4 Digital Leader says, “It is a role of responsibility that is very fun, and I can do fun activities.” In my opinion it is great fun to teach children how to use coding software.
If you would like to join the 2018/19 team, fill in the application here by the end of the year.
Written by Georgina
Happy birthday to the Catholic Church! Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church!
The word Pentecost is Greek and it means “50th day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations.
At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. Jews from all over the world were gathered with Peter, the leader of the Apostles and the Eleven. At this time, a great wind blew and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of all those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another.
Peter then called all those present to be baptized and about three thousand people were baptized that day.
These people were among the first Catholics, and Peter is the first pope of the Catholic Church.
The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind, and the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit. The color of Pentecost is red and the priest wears red vestments on this day. Parishioners are also invited to wear red on this day. Red decorations as well as celebrations are appropriate, similar to any other birthday. Special prayers are often said just for Pentecost.
Last term, pupils in Reception class learnt how to make their own Green Screen photos and videos. To fit in with their topic ‘All About Themselves’ they first found and saved an image on Safari to use as their backdrop. They then worked in pairs using the iPad app Green Screen by DoInk to capture either a photo or video in front of the green backdrop. They then superimposed their saved background image to make it appear as if they were really there! View their fantastic creations below …
As part of their topic about themselves, pupils in Reception class made a game about their favourite TV shows and characters. To do this, they used the iPad app TinyTap. Click here if you would like to play their game. Don’t forget to leave a comment to let them know what you think of it.
Today children from Reception to Year 6 walked to St. Alphonsus RC Church to celebrate Holy Mass on the feast day of the Ascension of the Lord. It is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation when the faithful are expected to attend Holy Mass.
In Reception we learned how Jesus took His disciples to the Mount of Olives near Bethany to say goodbye. He told them that He had to go back to His Father and sit at His right hand. The disciples were sad and worried but Jesus told them to wait for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. He instructed the disciples to baptise others and teach them how to live a good life loving God and showing His love to others (Father Pat reminded us that we must continue to teach those that do not know our God’s love by showing them how we live our faith). As the disciples were looking up, two men dressed in white talked to them. They told the disciples that one day Jesus would return the same way that He left.
HAPPY Feast Day
At Our Lady’s RC Primary School we crowned Mary, the Queen of May.
It is a Roman Catholic tradition to honour the Virgin Mary as ‘Queen of the May’ during the month of May.
Each class had a prepared reading and a Marian hymn which they presented to Mary to honour her. Two groups of children sang in Latin, whilst one class sang a hymn in Polish. The singing was beautiful, it must have made Mary very happy.
Mrs Wasowska kindly made a crown of real flowers which was placed on the statue of Mary.
The children loved the occasion and look forward to the celebration each year.
Today was an opportunity to celebrate Our Lady and thank her for her many blessings on our school.
We are enjoying the start to the summer term.
We have been doing lots of singing….The aardvark drinking cans of coke!!!…I am sure that has been driving you made.
We enjoyed trying the May Pole we had lots of fun and a few tangles!!
We have continued with our Habitats, we had a great time looking for mini beasts around our school grounds.
We have also started our topic on Manchester and have made time lines.
In art we also made some bees.