Field Trips

A day at the zoo

Year 3 are visiting Chester Zoo today. How excited are we! (Exclamatory sentence!)

We pass the arguing chimpanzees as we head for the rainforest workshop....where Shah, Claire and Iona are leading us through an exploration of the plants and products of the rainforest..coffee, cacao and rubber plants and lots of creatures.

 

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Don't smell it ! 

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Watch out for the leaf-cutter ants..

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Have you noticed the real snakeskin? 

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Expedition complete!

 

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Mr Chadwick's delicious sandwich is a hit with the ducks.... 

 

Loads of wildlife out today... 

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A posse of penguins... 

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Lazy lions... 

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bulky buffalo...

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Mischievous macaques... 

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Dosile dragons... 

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Grandstanding gibbons.... 

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Unwinding orangutans.. 

 

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Pleased pupils... 

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Prickly porcupines... 

 

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Toasty tortoises... 

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Wide wings.... 

 

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Frightening frogs.... 

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Flocks of flamingos... 

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Cheeky chimpanzees... 

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Happy helpers... 

 

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Enormous elephants...

 

 

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Rhino rears.... 

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Munching monkeys... 

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Happy hi-vises... 

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Dangerous ducks... 

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Hungry hippos. 

 

we had a brilliant time. Thanks to Mrs Chappell for organising our visit and all the adults for supporting us.  

London - day 3 - 'Home again' 😀☹️😴

6:30  'Wake up, it's a beautiful morning'

The Lea Valley is quiet and still, interspersed by the joyful chirrup of a blackbird, and the merry chatter of the 6:03 from Cambridge. 

Breakfast is 7:30 for another early start, so children will be up, getting dressed, packing their things and tidying up (in some kind of random order, be prepared for missing socks...) in a short while. 

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It's a lovely morning over the Lea Valley lakes and marshes. 

 

9:30 Football's coming home

Mr Utteridge is getting all maudlin about the bread pudding and football pitches of home

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9:50 Park life

We've arrived at the Olympic Park. As Mr Utteridge recites a few Hammers' chants, we pull up and are met by our guides for the day, Sarah and Danielle. Loving the free Wi-Fi....

 

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Our first stop is London's most famous 'hyperbolic paraboloid' or Pringle. It's the Olympic velodrome, scene of some of the most breathless excitement of London 2012, with the cycling events.

 

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"And Team Parkroyal lead the World Team Pursuit championships, with Savage, Kendrick and Sinden following 'lead-out' Utteridge...Close those gaps!". Sorry, drifted off there for a moment...

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A close up of the Siberian pine on which world records were set and medals were won. 

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Standing at the top of the 'wall'  overlooking the 42 degree gradient. 

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And the winners are.... 

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The BMX track... 

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Watching the cycling has been so fantastic, we think we need some aero bikes. But don't worry Mrs Beaumont, Mrs Smith has the credit card ready. This would be £1,699 well spent me' thinks...

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At the Olympic Rings.... 

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Doing the 'Mo-bot'.. 

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Celebrating victory (nice flying Ben)... 

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Danielle giving us sporting, cultural and historical knowledge... 

 

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And skipping.... 

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Recreating the 1906 Olympic tug-o-war...

 

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Team Kendrick in a hard fought battle against.. 

 

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... defeated Team Smith, whilst...  

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Team Beevers fought a titanic struggle in defeating... 

 

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...a Team Savage team that didn't want to lose.

 

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And its was a muddy end for Team Goodwin against Team Poole.  

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Size 21 basketball sneakers from some big fella... 

 

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...even too big for a HGV.... 

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Can you spot the playground? We can....

 

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Warming up on a chilly day... 

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And so the children play.... 

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12:00 Teenage kicks. 

And so the children play..... 

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What a blast! 

 

12:30 And so, a picnic in the park...

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Team SavRick... 

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Selllfffiiiiieee! 

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1:10 Happy bithday to yah!

Sorry l'm not there but I am confident I'm alive.I can imagine you crying but there's no point I'm fine😊❤️.

                                Happy Birthday 🎉       

                              Xx   Amelie xx

Happy (ssshhh)th birthday, Mrs Aldous, from all of us. We will bring Amelie home safe this evening for a party.....

 

1:30 Fake plastic trees

We're exploring the woodland, rivers and landscaped areas that we created when the Olympic Park was redeveloped.  

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13:50 Living in a box

And onto the Copper Box...scene of many sports then and now. "The box that rocks"

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Janneke, U look amazing... 

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2:00 Somebody's watching me

Something happens here, but we haven't been able to find out what....

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The Orbit looks ominous and dark this afternoon, and the slide drops over 100ft.....but not today. Not on the budget or the risk assessment... 

 

2:20 Flight of the bumblebee

 Classy technique and great height. Greg Rutherford reached more than 8m, Alfie was Parkroyal's champion with 3m.      Mrs Savage  'wooden' really want to get up

Classy technique and great height. Greg Rutherford reached more than 8m, Alfie was Parkroyal's champion with 3m. 

 

Mrs Savage  'wooden' really want to get up

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2:30 The finish line 

Thomas takes an early lead on Amelie in the 50m dash

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Police are on the lookout for a geezer calling himself 'Mario'

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 2:40  Nightswimming  Onto the London Aquatics Centre which is another amazing building, inside and out. There was a student competition on so no photos from inside though. Lovely toilets!     3:30 Hit the road Jack.  On the bus and just organising for leaving. Go!     4:45 Der Der Der Cambridge!  We're on a grand tour of the East of England, and sat/ sitting in a jam just outside Cambridge in the fens..." oooh, what a big sky etc". Still a good way off the tea stop.  

2:40  Nightswimming

Onto the London Aquatics Centre which is another amazing building, inside and out. There was a student competition on so no photos from inside though. Lovely toilets!

 

3:30 Hit the road Jack.

On the bus and just organising for leaving. Go!

 

4:45 Der Der Der Cambridge!

We're on a grand tour of the East of England, and sat/ sitting in a jam just outside Cambridge in the fens..." oooh, what a big sky etc". Still a good way off the tea stop.  

London is a long way behind us and the misery of the endess highway is lightened a little by some 'serious jockin' (no G) from DJ UTT. 

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Photos of the day

 

Entry 1

Mrs Tuson begins her sponsored cycle back to Macclesfield, and expects to be home quite late.... 

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Entry 2

Alleged City fan, Brayden, prostrates himself in front of Thor, god of Hammers, pleading for mercy. 

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Entry 3

Mr Sinden is not convinced. What's his defence? 

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Mr Sinden leads the late evening singing of his new post-trip review song. Not available on iTunes. We're all in stitches...Canadian geese, marmite and Buckingham Palace bushes.... 

 

8:10 Sandwich and a soda

Just leaving Norton Canes services in Cannock and not before time....McDonalds demolished and Mr Utteridge shared the love with the locals. 

 

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Run for home....

London, day 2 - marching down to the Palace

06:10 Mercury rising

Its a lovely morning in Cheshunt. The birds are singing, the sky is clearing and the air is warm. We're in for a sunny day in central London, as a platoon in scarlet marching down the Mall. We had an amazing sleep, and most are still far away in dreams of wizards and goblins.

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Remind us about yesterday Anya... 

 

Warner Bros Studio

At the studio, we went on a tour, looking at the props and costumes. There were lots of wands and countless outfits. We had to find all the golden Snitches that were hidden around the place. There was the ice sculpture from the Yule Ball, and Dumbledore’s office. We saw the Gryffindor boys dormitory and common room. In the creature department, we could see dragons, Thestrals, Basilisks and a scale animatronic of Buckbeak. In an exclusive workshop, we worked together to create a film pitch. Across the whole tour, we took photos of all the stuff. Me and Robyn had a photograph in Hagrid’s motorbike and sidecar, as well as some of our group sitting in the turquoise Ford Anglia. We also saw a model Hogwarts castle, used for filming panoramic scenes in the films. Afterwards, we spent some of our money at the gift shop. It was hard to choose, as there was so much and we only had 15 pounds. Eventually, I chose a Pygmy Puff keychain, a sugar quill and some stuff for my brother. It was a brilliant first day. My favourite part was the animal display, explaining how they trained the cats, dogs and Pygmy hippos to act in the movies, and the huge dragon head and the dragon skeleton.

-Anya Wolverson

Thanks Anya. 

 

9:30 Bus Beiber

DJ Utteridge is once again demonstrating a misspent youth leading the singing assembly featuring Ed Sheeren, Justin Beiber and a whole host of unknown others, whilst 'Neil at the Wheel' leads us through one of London's biggest car parks. 

 

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 When we went to the Warner Bros studio, we got to go on a tour and look at all the stuff and bought things from the shop. I chose a book called Quidditch through the Ages™and a Hufflepuff badge. We also got to see a real life actor (the actor who played Luna Lovegood)!!!!!!Today was SO fun (maybe, just maybe my favourite day of my whole life and that’s a BIG thing coming from me because I’ve done a lot of amazing things in my life).

Antonio

 

10:20 The Streets of London

We are finally entering central London, Oxford Street, Sherlock Holmes Museum, Hyde Park Corner, etc. Round Marble Arch and down Park Lane. Put the kettle on Your Majesty, we're nearly there...

 

11:20 They're changing the guards at Buckingham Palace...NOT

Arrived at Buckingham Palace and the standard is up, she's in! So we're snacking at the foot of the Victoria Memorial. We retell the story of 'Katie in London' and we become the main attraction to hundreds of global tourists... 

 

Ready to to walk the Mall. 

 

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 Wide loads need to take care.... 

Wide loads need to take care.... 

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Ready to perform the story map outside the palace. The Queen wasn't available for a personal appearance as she was meeting war veterans. 

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Alongside the Thames. What a view, what a day... 

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Terminator 2. Sorry, 4D Experience. Squealing at seagulls etc. 

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Very proud of these ladies. Comments from the Eye staff about their amazing manners. 

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Smiles all round in capsule 2

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Capsule 3 looking giddy from a distance.  

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Happy at the top. 

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Waiting outside a Parliament for the tour to begin. 

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On the steps of Westminster Hall. Addressing the nation from the same position as Mandela and Obama

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In the debating chamber, David Rutley MP for Macclesfield met the children.

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A special message for Noah, Jordan, Snigda, Ruby and Levi

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Party in the park. Where is 'Neil at the Wheel'? 

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Some major achievements in this photo. Well done you.  

 Meeting the locals.      7:20 Hungry like the wolf  We're finally back for tea. What a (long) day...     Thursday was was an amazing day. For the first time, Year 5 trips visited (the front of) Buckingham Palace, walked down the Mall, saw Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, walked across Westminster Bridge, sat in on debates in both Houses of Parliament, and performed a story map to an international (but slightly bemused) audience.  It was a fantastic day. And Mr Utteridge didn't sing on the way back to the hostel...yey!  See you tomorrow.

Meeting the locals. 

 

7:20 Hungry like the wolf

We're finally back for tea. What a (long) day...

 

Thursday was was an amazing day. For the first time, Year 5 trips visited (the front of) Buckingham Palace, walked down the Mall, saw Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, walked across Westminster Bridge, sat in on debates in both Houses of Parliament, and performed a story map to an international (but slightly bemused) audience.

It was a fantastic day. And Mr Utteridge didn't sing on the way back to the hostel...yey!

See you tomorrow.

London calling......💂🏻💂🏻💂🏻💂🏻

London here we come!!!! 

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Put your hands in the air like you just don't care. 

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12:30 Food glorious food...

We have stopped in the global melting pot that is Toddington services. Children are tucking into sandwiches, drinks, crisps, sausages and even some fruit. All very excited though the novelty of travelling is just starting wear off...save for Mr Utteridge's stand-up comedy routine (surely that should be 'sit-down belted-up routine). 

 

 

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2:00 Hurry! It's Harry.... 

We're in the line at Warner Brothers Studios, Leavesden which means ....WE'VE ARRIVED!! 

 

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The children are really enjoying touring the studios, taking endless photos, seeing remarkable sights and learning new wand skills. Unbeatable.

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And onto the Hogwarts Express. "Platform 9 and 3/4, this way!" 

 

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All aboard... 

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Is this bridge too far?..remember how rickety it is.... 

 

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Is Harry a Hammer? I think we should be told... 

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Just seeing how we measure up...

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Sickeningly well behaved all day. What a pleasure. 

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9:00 Night night sleepy head...

The children are settling quickly after a magnificent feast of bangers and mash. So it's lights out and off to sleep....we hope....see you in the morning for breakfast. Thanks for following our blog. Don't forget our tweets at @parkroyalcs. Janneke and Oonagh first to drop off. Sweet dreams.

 

A few late entries for 'Snap of the Day'.... 

 

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In the workshop...create a film pitch. Celeb spot...George Weasley went past! ...or was it Fred... 

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"He's my mate..." 

 

 

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Making camp

 

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Tucking in to tea..dinner? No, TEA! 

Y6 step back in time at Blists Hill

We all had a fabulous day when we visited the Victorian town Blists Hill this week. Year 6 were mesmerised as they were taken back to the Victorian era where we experienced what life was really like during this time. We were able to visit homes, shops, the school and various places of work such as a candle factory and plumbers. Whilst we were there, many actors were dressed in traditional clothing from the period and shared with us what life was really like during the time for them as well as answer the many questions Parkroyal had to ask! 

 

 

Here is what some of Y6 had to say about their day at Blists HIll..... 

My favourite part of Blists Hill was the Printers shop because you got to see him print on a bag, and you got to see the template before he put it in the machine to print it. My other favourite parts were the bakery because you could smell the bread whilst it was being made and it lured you in to wanting some warm,crusty bread,and I liked the sweet shop. - Holly

 

 

My best bit at Blists Hill was the smell of the bakery's bread and the sweet shop  I loved the  smell of chocolate drops.-Bethany

My favourite bit of Blists hill was when we went to the sweet shop because it smelt really, really NICE! Also the bakery because it also smelt AWESOME! -Eric

My favourite bit is when I went in the sweet shop. Also I liked going in the bank. Best trip ever! From Noah

My favourite bit was when we went to the chemist shop . I got to learn about chemicals which will be useful when l grow up . This trip will be one of my FAVOURITE  TRIP  EVER !! - Anoushka                               

 

 

This has possibly been one of my favourite trips. The whole thing was really impressive.and I really felt like I had seen what life was truly like in the Victorian era. Marek

I really enjoyed the squatters house because I spoke to the woman about what girls would do during the day. Plus we got money to spend and it was fun to use the different types of coins. At the end of the day I didn't want to leave even though I was exhausted! Thank you teachers for taking us to such an exquisite, historical place. This was such a fab day. Go Blists Hill !!! From Esther.                                             

This is the best day ever it was fun. I went into the sweet shop and I got Victorian money. From Alex.D

During the trip we also took part in an Intaglio Printing workshop. We took our William Morris designs we had been working on in school and turned these into a print. 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating World Book Week in French lessons

The children have done some exciting things for World Book Week in French this week.  Early Years and read Goldilocks and The Three Bears in French.

Did you know that in the French version they have bowls of hot chocolate instead of porridge?!

Year 1 listened to French jungle songs, learnt some jungle animals in French and sang 5 little monkeys and as well as an elephant nursery rhyme in French.  Year 2 learnt some French words for things in space and read The Three Little Pigs in French. Year 3 listened to sea-themed French music and practised their rhymes about fish. Year 4 practised their dictionary skills and made a French wordle about the beach and year 6 made a French wordle about cities.