Exploring world religions

This week has given each class the chance to dig deeper into their RE curriculum, to better understand the cultures and beliefs of people that we see around us.

 

On Tuesday, we were delighted to welcome Imran Kotwal. Imran led a whole school assembly on the ‘5 pillars of Islam’. He was very knowledgable and the children were extremely engaged. 

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 With assistance, Imran showed artefacts that were important to him in his life as a Muslim. 

With assistance, Imran showed artefacts that were important to him in his life as a Muslim. 

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 The reception children had a fun day making prayer mats, similar to the ones brought byImran, and they can be seen displayed outside their classrooms. 

The reception children had a fun day making prayer mats, similar to the ones brought byImran, and they can be seen displayed outside their classrooms. 

 

In Year 2, the children studied the Jewish faith, learning the names of some of the key artefacts for that faith...kippah, tallit, Torah and yad. We talked about Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, with the help of this stunning ‘challah’ bread kindly made by Flour Water Salt. Thank you so much. 

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The children talked about celebration for the Jewish faith, and reflected on celebrations in their own life, writing on a balloon or candle explaining why they were important to them. 

 

On Wednesday morning, Rev Andy Williams from the Macclesfield Team Parish, All Saints Church, joined us for a whole school assembly to give his thoughts on some important artefacts for Christians, with his cross, bible and candle.  

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 Yaya really enjoyed her work on a Tuesday, so she drew a mosque and a prayer mat in her own time.

Yaya really enjoyed her work on a Tuesday, so she drew a mosque and a prayer mat in her own time.

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On Wednesday, Year 3 we’re researching facts and the Jewish Torah and the way the Jewish people live. 

 Rev Andy Williams visited Year 2 to talk about the importance of light to a Christian, including stars, candles and stained glass windows.    

Rev Andy Williams visited Year 2 to talk about the importance of light to a Christian, including stars, candles and stained glass windows. 

 

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 Year 2 later made and painted their own candle, on which to show how light was important to them. 

Year 2 later made and painted their own candle, on which to show how light was important to them. 

The Reception classes enjoyed a  ‘7 day’s of Creation’ day in which they enjoyed activities linked to the 7 days of the Jewish and Christian creation story

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In Year 1, the children learned about weddings and marriage. Rev Andy Williams joined Year 1 to talk about why weddings take place in churches. The Year 1 staff also had the opportunity to recreate a joyous moment when they tried on their own wedding dresses to show the children! As you might spot on one of the photos, the children also wrote a recipe for a marriage.

 

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Where the wild things are.....!

Year 2 visited Peak Wildlife Park at Winkhill near Leek on Friday.  

It was wet.

 

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Rachel gave a talk about the animals the we might meet today

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What do these animals eat? Make your choice.... 

 Meet the otters... 

Meet the otters... 

 Through the rain, you can see a hungry family of otters... 

Through the rain, you can see a hungry family of otters... 

 The Humboldt penguins don’t mind the rain... 

The Humboldt penguins don’t mind the rain... 

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 Waiting for food... 

Waiting for food... 

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 Reece the keeper is feeding the penguins....

Reece the keeper is feeding the penguins....

 Inside watching the penguin feeding but .......stilll wet

Inside watching the penguin feeding but .......stilll wet

 A bucket of sprat...and the question finally comes... “When is it lunch time...?

A bucket of sprat...and the question finally comes... “When is it lunch time...?

 A giant tortoise...

A giant tortoise...

 Can you see the Meerkat? He can see you...

Can you see the Meerkat? He can see you...

 The goats have the right idea... 

The goats have the right idea... 

 This is my enclosure..!

This is my enclosure..!

 Tortoise vs Icosahedron. Who wins....? 

Tortoise vs Icosahedron. Who wins....? 

 Giant Flemish rabbits. Cute or what? 

Giant Flemish rabbits. Cute or what? 

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 Only one of these is the ‘real’ size... 

Only one of these is the ‘real’ size... 

 Don’t lose your head... 

Don’t lose your head... 

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 Could you out-stare the meerkat? 

Could you out-stare the meerkat? 

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 2 for the price of 1..... 

2 for the price of 1..... 

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 “Can we take them all home?” 

“Can we take them all home?” 

Ugandan bag gardens all planted up!

Year 4 did a smashing job this week planting up our Ugandan bag gardens!  They learnt about the anatomy of plants and how to handle and plant them.  The children took great care planting lots of different plants such as peppers, brassicas and fuscias in suitable places in the bags.  Again they showed great team work and worked really hard.  Well done!

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Teamwork + collaboration = a win for Parkroyal!

It all added up for Parkroyal when they won the The King's ‘Primary Schools Mathematics Challenge’ on Wednesday. Parkroyal were among 13 teams from 12 different primary schools from across the Macclesfield area.

The brilliant Year 5 team won the tough three hour challenge thanks to excellent teamwork and collaboration; the pupils took on a series of taxing questions including many that seemed far from child's play: ‘Dolly's age is the reverse number of her aunt Ada's age and is six elevenths of the difference: What are their ages?”

Mrs Tuson accompanied the team, said: “I am so proud of their enthusiasm and team-working. How they employed different strategies to arrive at the right answer and how they collaborated intelligently as a team. The whole school is very proud of them too.”

In second place were Marlborough Primary School and in third place were Alderley Edge Community Primary School. The other teams competing were King's Juniors, Hollinhey, Lower Peover, Ash Grove, Bollinbrook, Marton, Bollngton St. John's and Rainow Community Primary schools.

(Still struggling: The answer is 27 and 72).

 The winning team!

The winning team!

 Working as a team

Working as a team

 Some of the questions were tough!

Some of the questions were tough!

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Global Garden Day!

What a wonderful day we have had today! It really was like gardening in Uganda with this heat!  Firstly in our whole school assembly we looked at at Peters Projection Map of the world and then some images of Africa.  Some of the images were not at all what we expected and we were very surprised. 

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Then Year 4s learnt a gardening method that is about 5 times more effective that the practices we normally use in this country and they learnt about how we can reuse and recycle lots of equipment.  They built 'bag gardens' which should last up to 5 years! 

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Year 4 showed amazing team working skills, enthusiasm and hard work all day!  They are looking forward to planting the 'bag gardens' up next week.  

What an ENORMOUS turnip!

The Reception classes had a BIG surprise when they returned to school after half term.

Mr Robinson explained that he had dropped some turnip seeds when he was planting and was very surprised to find one seed had started to grow in our sand pit. The turnip was HUGE, it was VAST, it was ENORMOUS!


He tried to pull it out but it would not budge. Mrs Edwardson tried to help but it would not budge. Some children tried to help but it would not budge. So ALL the children tried to help and eventually out it popped!

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Fabulous football fun

World-record holding football freestyler Ash Randall visited school on Thursday to demonstrate his amazing juggling and control skills, and show Parkroyal’s pupil the benefits of resilience and hard work.

In a whole-school assembly, Ash wowed the children with juggling with his feet, knees, and head. He balanced the ball on his neck, removed his hat whilst the ball was sitting on top, and trapped the ball whilst falling asleep 💤 . 

Later, Years 4,5 & 6 had sessions with Ash on the pitch, learning tricks and flicks.

 

 Balancing whilst sat down

Balancing whilst sat down

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 Balancing the ball on one foot

Balancing the ball on one foot

 Ball on Pringles tube....lying down

Ball on Pringles tube....lying down

 Shoe on ball on Pringles tube....!

Shoe on ball on Pringles tube....!

 Mastering the ‘rocket ship’

Mastering the ‘rocket ship’

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Holding a neck balance...

 A ‘chin-off’ between the school’s boys...

A ‘chin-off’ between the school’s boys...

 Two balls is still easy...

Two balls is still easy...

 On the head with a skipping rope....

On the head with a skipping rope....

Disco Time!

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 jumped, wiggled and ate their way through a fantastic disco last Friday.  DJ Chappell was in the decks as usual and the staff manned food, treats, hair glitter and tattoo stations around the hall.  

 

 Thank you to Mrs Savage, the Parkroyal Enrichment team and all the fabulous staff who stayed to help.   

1GH Yoga

On a rainy day, 1GH decided to stretch, tuck and balance during a Cosmic Kids yoga session.  

Namaste xx

Eggscellent Enrichment!

As Easter draws near, Phase 3 came to the end of their spring enrichment programme, with a few new, or improved life skills under their belts! 

Here is a flavour of what they have been up to......... 

 

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Survival skills have made it through in one piece and celebrated with hot chocolate! 

 

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Comic book artists have created some fantastic characters and storylines........beware Batman!! 

 

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The drama group have amazed Mrs Tuson with their imagination. Can you guess which props from Harry Potter they are creating? 

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Outside, traditional games have been enjoyed by many. 

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Clocks have been designed and painted, with a special memory from each child.

 

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The board games group began a bit of a chess competition! 

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Amazing artists in both enrichment art groups have learnt new techniques and finished with work to be proud of.

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They can't wait to see what the summer term has to offer! 

Champions at the Championships

The Cross Country Championships took place at Macclesfield Leisure Centre this week and after such a success season, there was a great deal at stake to secure a final winning place. For the Y6 runners this would also be their last cross country team race for Parkroyal so all were keen to give it their best yet.

The 3/4 girls started proceedings, and with a revised route due to the heavy morning rainfall, they slipped and slid their way around the course. With our front runner Nikita missing due to illness, the rest of the team gave it 110% for our top 3 to finish in 46th (Maisie), 48th (Lola) and 59th (Adelaide) places. Fantastic and some budding running performances ready for year 5 and 6.

The 3/4 boys followed the girls round the now very churned up track. Again a great deal of grit and determination was shown with the 3 A's finishing in our top 3 positions (Alfie 40th, Andrew (44th and Adam 48th). Again an excellent performance.

The Y5/6 girls have had the most successful season this year of all our teams and they were very keen to finish on a high. Lucy, having been placed in the top 3 for all her races so far, battled her way to the front of the start line to get a good position in the race. It was a nail-biting 2 laps with Lucy hanging on to 4th place until 10 metres from the line when she found something extra from somewhere to pip the Dean Valley runner on the line to secure a well deserved 3rd place. Our other 2 Y6 stars Dot and Yasmin stormed in in 17th and 20th positions to give the team a very credible 40 points.

Finally the boys, having finished 2nd last week and also keen to finish on a high, took to the track. A steady performance for the first lap saw Noah in about 13th position with Calum, Hamish and Ethan hot on his heels. A 2nd lap spur saw them pick off the opposition one by one and, with an amazingly exciting sprint to the finish, the top 3 finishing positions gave the team 35 points (Noah 5th, Calum 10th and Hamish 20th).

A nail biting wait at the presentation table was followed by a very loud cheer as it was announced that both Y5/6 teams had secured 2nd place overall. There was also an individual medal for Lucy for her 3rd place and Effort awards went to Tilly and Alfie for their dedication, persistence and improvement in cross country over the season.

A huge well done to all the runners; it takes a lot of grit and determination to step over that start line and all the coaches (Mrs Morgan, Mrs Poole and Mrs Smith) are very proud of you all. We are looking forward to another successful season next year and good luck to our Y6 pupils in your high school cross country events.

 Championship success

Championship success

 The top 3 in their final Parkroyal race

The top 3 in their final Parkroyal race

 Fabulous Four!

Fabulous Four!

End of season finale ..... in a blizzard!

Our super seven netballers braved the elements last Saturday when they competed against 13 other Macclesfield schools at the Primary netball tournament. The weather truly was a test; gale force wind, snow blizzards, sunshine .... you name it we had it! 

The 14 teams were divided into 2 groups with the winner of each group facing each other in the final. Some of the teams were those we had played in our league fixtures and others were new opposition. 

The whole team played brilliantly; passing, defending, moving into space and great shooting. It was a pleasure to watch them put into practice all the skills they had learnt during the netball season. With 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 narrow defeat, the team secured 3rd place overall which is fantastic. Well done to each and every player who contributed to this success and thank you to our hardy supporters who also braved the elements on a freezing cold Saturday morning to cheer them on.

v St Albans  W 2-0,

v Kings  L 3-5,

v St Johns  W 6-2,

v Bollinbrook  D 2-2,

v Dean Valley  W 6-0, 

v Hollinhey  D 0-0

 Jumping for joy!

Jumping for joy!

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 Super seven

Super seven

A mile a day, a different way!

Day 1

Year 5 decided to march...... 

 

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Year 3 shared the mile with a partner..... 

 

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1BW decided to march, accidentally recreating a famous album cover! 

 

 Knees up 1GH! 

Knees up 1GH! 

Day 2

Year 6 began the day running their mile. 

 

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Year 4 cheered when they finished their mile today! 

 

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Miss Johnson challenged Year 5 to race their daily mile...... 

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2JB finished their mile quicker than Mr Beevers! 

 

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Day 3

Phase 3 took up the challenge together.... 

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Year 5 used their PE session to do another mile, each lap unique to themselves!

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Year 1 decided to do their laps as different animals. See if you can spot the cheeky monkeys and tall giraffes! 

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Reception enjoyed their mile in the sunshine. 

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Day 4

Year 1 decided to blast some music out and dance their way around for their mile! 

 

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It was also the furthest we'd done! Go Year 1! 

5BJ Class Assembly

5BJ entertained parents, carers, grandparents and Phase 3 this morning, with their knowledge of information texts, Harry Potter Studios and the Globe Theatre.

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The children delivered a humorous introduction, about their trip to London, (...... sorry Jack, I mean Watford!).

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The assembly was incredibly informative and showcased a range of writing, such as poems and information texts.......

 

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 ........as well as information via amazing IT presentations and trailers.

 

Finally, it was quiz time!  

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Had all of the parents and children been paying attention to all the facts? 

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Thank you 5BJ for a fabulous start to a Tuesday morning! 

Meeting Simon Bartram

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had a ‘write’ good time on Friday when Simon Bartram, author of ‘Man on the Moon’, ‘Dougal’s deep-sea diary’ and ‘Bob’s best ever friend’ paid a visit to Parkroyal. 

The children went alien spotting, and looked at Simon’s many different hair-do’s, as well as looking at his books! As well as being a writer and illustrator, Simon gives a memorable performance in assemblies, and the children were engrossed in hearing tales about his most famous character, Bob the spaceman, as well has his jokes!

He also told us about his new book ‘Rufus’, a really grotty, green monster who is looking for ‘peopley persons’ to scare. The children were thrilled to buy copies of the book, signed by the author. 

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Meet Simon and Bob

As author AND illustrator, Simon showed the children how to draw aliens. 

 

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A new character emerges...

 

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What it is to be able to draw....!

We had great question from the children too...”What is your favourite book...?” and “How did you become an author and illustrator...?”

Thank you for joining us, Simon.

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Happy faces....