Fantastic start to the cross country season!

In the beautiful Autumn sunshine, our Year 5 and 6 cross country teams made an excellent start to the season in the first inter-schools competition.

Despite some pre-race nerves, the girls got off to a flying start with Caitlin storming ahead to the front of the pack. They all showed real grit and determination round the figure 8 course and we were delighted when they all crossed the finish line with lovely smiles on their faces. Our top 3 finishers for the girls were Catilin 11th, Tilly 29th and Catherine 31st - a fantastic result from a field of 65.

The boys again got off to an excellent start with Hamish leading the Parkroyal contingency. From our vantage point in the second field we could see some really strong running from all the boys, closing the gap on the leaders as they headed down the final few hundred metres. Unfortunately Hamish sustained an injury and had to pull up leaving the path clear for Freddy, Oliver and Daniel to storm home in 8th, 9th and 12th positions respectively. After a tentative wait, we were delighted to find out 29 points had earned the boys 1st place overall. Our first ever team win!!

Thank you to all our supporters for cheering the team on so brilliantly and especially our cheerleaders Maisie and Violet.

 Some of the winning Year 5/6 boys team

Some of the winning Year 5/6 boys team


World Languages Day 2018

We have had a wonderful time celebrating World Languages Day again this year at Parkroyal. There was so much going on- here is just a snippet!

Year 5 and 6 had a wonderful morning at Tytherington High School. They learnt either Japanese, Arabic, Spanish or Russian! Some very brave children showed off their newly acquired language skills in front of over 400 children when they came back to our whole school assembly! We are all incredibly impressed! They also learnt about the culture and made some wonderful keepsakes- Fabergé eggs, bookmarks with different scripts and even piñatas!

In year 4 one of our great language expert students taught his class the colours in Polish and the children also enjoyed researching countries of their choice. In year 3 children studied a Benjamin Zephaniah poem and then performed a version of their own! In year 2 the children enjoyed playing playground games that originate from different countries. Year 1 learnt to write their age in four different scripts. In reception the children learnt about where all our food comes from and all the different types of bread. They enjoyed making their own!

Finally have a look at some of the many beautiful language stones the children have made!

Copy of IMG_2533.JPG
IMG-2880.JPG
IMG-2882.JPG
IMG-2881.JPG
IMG-2884.JPG
IMG_1730.JPG
IMG_5557.JPG
IMG_5551.JPG
IMG_5552.JPG
IMG_1725.JPG
IMG_1724.JPG
IMG_1723.JPG
IMG_5546.JPG
IMG_3307.JPG
IMG_1732 (1).JPG

Parkroyal is awarded the full International School Award for another three years!

We are very pleased to announce that the British Council have awarded Parkroyal the full International School Award for another three years! We were congratulated on our international work we did last year linking our Year 6s with a school in Mali and our Year 5s with a school in Switzerland. The children really enjoyed learning about these places and people and communicating with children there! Our cultural and language work that all our children do throughout the year also played an important part in getting this award. We look forward to doing lots more!

ISA_2018–21_Mark_420x420px.jpg

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’

Down in the woods....

Year 2 have ventured down into the woods today...what will we find?  

 Juice and rice cakes to start off with....!

Juice and rice cakes to start off with....!

 And some happy faces....

And some happy faces....

IMG_4850.JPG
 and no rain...yet...

and no rain...yet...

 playing games in the field...

playing games in the field...

 Curious things can be found in the woods today....

Curious things can be found in the woods today....

IMG_4857.JPG
 including rays of golden sunshine

including rays of golden sunshine

 1, 2, 3...where are you?

1, 2, 3...where are you?

 1, 2, 3 We’re (somewhere) over here...!?

1, 2, 3 We’re (somewhere) over here...!?

 Can you find a tree using only your partner’s instructions?

Can you find a tree using only your partner’s instructions?

IMG_4877.JPG
IMG_4879.JPG
 fun on the rope swing...

fun on the rope swing...

IMG_4863.JPG
IMG_4864.JPG

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. 

IMG_4582.JPG
IMG_4587.JPG
 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. 

IMG_4605.JPEG
 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. 

IMG_4597.JPG
IMG_4594.JPG
IMG_4593.JPG
IMG_4596.JPG

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.  

IMG_4617.JPG
 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.

IMG_4628.JPG
IMG_4629.JPG

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. 

 

IMG_4621.JPG
 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

IMG_0022.jpg
IMG_0024.jpg
IMG_0026.jpg
IMG_0025.jpg
IMG_0021.jpg
IMG_0020.jpg
IMG_0027.jpg
IMG_0029.jpg

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.

 

IMG_0001.jpeg
IMG_0005.jpeg
IMG_0002.jpeg

Where the wild things are.....!

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

It was wet.

 

IMG_4404.JPG

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

IMG_4405.JPG

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... 

IMG_4448.JPG
 Waiting for food... 

Waiting for food... 

IMG_4498.JPG
 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? 

IMG_4538.JPG
 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... 

IMG_4525.JPG
 Could you out-stare the meerkat? 

Could you out-stare the meerkat? 

IMG_4563.JPG
 2 for the price of 1..... 

2 for the price of 1..... 

IMG_4518.JPG
 “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!

IMG_1678.JPG
IMG_1673.JPG
IMG_1687.JPG

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!

IMG_5402.JPG

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. 

IMG_1625 (1).JPG
IMG_1626.JPG

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! 

IMG_1633.JPG
IMG_1636.JPG
IMG_1637.JPG
IMG_1639.JPG
IMG_1641.JPG
IMG_1649.JPG
IMG_1652.JPG
IMG_1655.JPG
IMG_1661.JPG
IMG_1662.JPG

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!

image1.gif

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

IMG_4100.JPG
 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’

IMG_4106.JPG

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......... 

 

IMG_4843.JPG

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

 

IMG_4844.JPG
IMG_4845.JPG

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

 

IMG_4861.JPG

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

IMG_4839.JPG

Outside, traditional games have been enjoyed by many. 

IMG_4838.JPG
IMG_4835.JPG

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

 

IMG_4827.JPG

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

IMG_4849.JPG

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

IMG_4833.JPG

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!