Manchester United and Hey with Zion
December 2, 2016, 2:46 pm
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Via our link with Waterhead Academy, our Year Sixes have been enjoying a ten week block of “Physical Literacy” on Friday afternoons with coaches from Manchester United.

I accepted a couple of weeks ago to allow Manchester United’s staff also to work with our youngest (Reception to Year Two) children in the new year on Wednesday afternoons, and I am delighted that today the club has agreed to continue on Friday afternoons for the rest of the school year- in the Spring term with each of the Year Five classes, and in the Summer term with each of the Year Three, Three/ Four and Four classes.

For boys and girls, whether they like football or not, this is P.E. of the highest calibre.


Reception applications 2017
November 30, 2016, 3:25 pm
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The deadline for making an application for reception is 15 January 2017 @5pm. Parents apply on line on the following web address:


Oldham Athletic in school
November 30, 2016, 3:15 pm
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We were visited today by Ryan Flynn and George Edmundson of Oldham Athletic. Our football loving pupils enjoyed meeting them, getting their autographs and asking them questions about their lives as professional footballers.


Maths World Cup
November 30, 2016, 11:45 am
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The T.I.M.S.S. results (“Trends in International Maths and Science Survey” for 2015, the most recent available) are out. They have been likened to a World Cup for Maths and Science teachers, a chance to see how England compares with the rest of the world.

They are sometimes reported in triumph/ disaster terms; the full report is available here:



S.T.E.M. Leaders Award 2017
November 28, 2016, 11:14 am
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I have registered today for a group of  Year Five and Six pupils to work towards the Primary Engineers Programmes’ Leaders Award, 2017. The first few pupils from those year groups to tell me they wish to work for it will be accepted.


The process will involve working with a teaching assistant in class time…

  •  to invite an engineer to Hey with Zion,
  • to research engineering and to think of questions to ask the engineer
  • to interview the engineer
  • to identify a problem which affects them, their family or their neighbourhood or the whole world
  • to invent a solution, illustrating and annotating it on A3
  • to write a pitch letter to persuade engineers to build their invention
  • to enter for the award

This looks to me an exciting project which will greatly enthuse some of our pupils, drawing together Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (a.k.a. S.T.E.M.), English and, well, life skills.


Choir at Zion Methodist Church
November 26, 2016, 12:25 pm
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Thank you to all the children who opened Zion Methodist Church’s Christmas Fair this morning: you were wonderful.





Playground, playtimes
November 24, 2016, 5:18 pm
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Our governors have agreed to fund playground improvements to an initial budget of £2000, and we have been consulting with our school council to try and give the children what they would  like best.

They have asked for, and we shall try to provide:
* installing permanent netball posts at the ends of the playground;
* removing the current netball markings and putting on new ones within the area available;
* removing any tired markings and putting in a snakes and ladders grid between the netball court and the school building;
* installing a storage unit to store playground equipment outside.
As well as this… we are being nominated by Oldham Athletic to the English Football League, via one of their main sponsors, Wickes, to have a “bench buddy”- i.e. a bench where children can go to find a friend to play with.

And… we have appointed a P.E. apprentice, (another) Mr Fletcher  who, as well as assisting Mr. Wild and Mr. McConnell with football practices after school when they recommence after February half term, will run playtime tag rugby sessions and/ or a lunchtime rugby session.
Mr. Fletcher will start work with us in January.

Lees and Saddleworth Chess Competition, 2017
November 23, 2016, 12:46 pm
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Hey with Zion has agreed to host again the annual Lees and Saddleworth Chess Competition, probably in February 2017. It will be an after school event to which all Hey with Zion pupils (who can play chess) are invited, entry fee £1 per child. The exact date will follow. Below is a photograph from last year’s tournament.

chess 1

Manchester United linked with Hey with Zion
November 22, 2016, 10:32 am
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Thanks to our excellent working relationship with Waterhead Academy, we have been offered (and have accepted) a ten week Physical Literacy course for our Foundation Stage and Key Stage One classes, to take place early in the new year on Wednesday afternoons during school time and to be taught by Manchester United coaches. A Manchester United coach already works with our Year Five and Six pupils, and we consider the work she does with the children to be of an excellent quality.


Scholastic Book Fair
November 21, 2016, 5:31 pm
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Our annual school book fair will arrive on Friday 25th November. Opening times are as follows:

Friday 25th November- after school in Miss Hillson’s class

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 28th November to 1st December- before and after school in the school hall

Friday 2nd December- before school in the school hall

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