Our Aspire Programme

“The scientist from NASA has blown my mind!” Joanne Street, parent and governor, following a visit from a scientist speaking to Year 6.


We want our children to be inspired to learn more about both the world around them and about the opportunities open to them so that they can become the scientists, leaders, musicians, sports people and entrepreneurs of the future. All of our children are enrolled on the Aspire Programme when they start at Alexandra Park Primary School. Through The Aspire Programme, children have opportunities to work with businesses on a range of projects, meet members of parliament, scientists, work with artists and musicians and engage in a range of sporting opportunities. Recently, our children have listened to Angela Rayner, Shadow Education Secretary, met Prince Harry and worked on business projects with John Lewis and Sainsburys. They have had the opportunity to play guitars with The Halle Orchestra, cycle at Manchester Velodrome and BMX track and work with local artists. Each class has an Aspire Book that travels with them through school. The Aspire Book gives our children the chance to reflect on the range of opportunities that they have experienced at Alexandra Park Primary School. Our aim is that as a result of these experiences, our children have the curiosity, ambition and confidence to achieve in their futures.

The Plague Hits Alex Park!

Y2 have been learning all about the plague, or The Black Death. We found out about the brave decision made by the villagers of Eyam, Derbyshire to quarantine themselves to prevent the terrible disease from spreading further around the North West. When the children arrived at school last Friday, our classroom had been transformed in Eyam, and they became to ill fated villagers. Who would be taken by the plague and who would survive? Their fate was written in history! 

 

Farmyard Day

At Alexandra Park we value the experiences we can offer for parents and children to work together. Reception had recently enjoyed a Farmyard Day. The children dressed up as farmyard animals and parents came in to join in with all the fun. During the day everyone made up their own farmyard dance and created a farmers den.

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Stockport Schools Book Awards

Recently, Miss Garratt and a group of Year 5 pupils had the opportunity to attend the Stockport Book Award Ceremony. The presentation ceremony took place at Stockport Town Hall on Thursday 11 July 2019 and was attended by local schools and invited guests. Nominated authors and illustrators including Tom Percival, Lucy Rowland, Ben Mantle, Michelle Robinson and Tor Freeman attended. Each author and illustrator received a piece of original artwork created by local children. Special guests included Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet member for Citizen Focus and Engagement and the Deputy Mayor of Stockport, Councillor John Wright, who presented reader of the year medals to all children who have been recognised for their reading achievements.

 

The winner of Best Picture Book was Ten Fat Sausages written by Michelle Robinson. Illustrated by Tor Freeman. Published by Anderson Press.

The winner of Best Junior Fiction was Boy Underwater written by Adam Baron. Published by Harper Collins.

We were lucky enough to meet both authors on the night. 

 

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Our Eco Warriors

We are very proud of our Eco Warriors who have worked hard to care for our school environment throughout the year. As a reward for all their hard work, we went to Bruntwood Park. The children completed an Eco Trail and had fun on the playground. We also enjoyed an ice cream in the sunshine!

 

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The Velodrome

This week, Year 5 enjoyed the opportunity to visit Manchester Velodrome. They showed excellent teamwork and respect throughout the whole trip. They even got to see Team GB train and ride around the track, which was so inspiring. Well done Year 5.

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Learning to Love Art

As a school we strive to foster a love of learning in all of our children. We constantly look to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities that will enhance the children's time at school. As part of our History and Art units of study, Y2 have been learning about LS Lowry. We recently went on a day trip to the Lowry Gallery and also had a workshop with local artist Lucy Burgess whose own work is heavily influenced by LS Lowry. The children enjoyed both  experiences and showed themselves to be artists in the making! 

 

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Summer Fair 2019

What a day we had for the Summer Fair! The unpredictable British weather cooperated with us again this year and we were able to enjoy a couple of hours outside with all of our Alex Park families. Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy the day with us. We truly believe that the whole family plays an important part in a child's school life and we are sure you do too. It was fabulous to see so many mums, dads, grandma and grandads enjoying the fair with the children. 

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STEM Ambassador

Year 4 had a visit from Gwen Tway, a research associate in biology at Manchester University. She specializes in bones and knee replacements. She spoke to the children about her research and even had a real knee replacement that the children were able to handle. They looked at x-ray images and tried to piece them together to make a model skeleton. The children were really inspired by her work and asked her some fantastic questions. Maybe one of the children will be performing Mr Seneviratne’s knee replacement surgery in the future.

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Rocksteady!

Rocksteady have given workshops for all children so they can have a go at being in their very own rock band. What an amazing experience! They will be providing opportunities for children to learn instruments by playing in their own rock band either playing a bass guitar, electric guitar, electric keyboard, drums or sing.

If you wish your child to sign up for sessions with Rocksteady then you have to enrol them online. Please go to the Rocksteady website where you can access all the information needed.

If you would like to see more of the work of Rocksteady or enrol your child for lessons, please go to their website www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/

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Care for our Community

Recently the Year 2 children have been visiting Rose Mount Care Home on Cheadle Old Road to read to the residents. Bringing two very different generations together like this has been a rewarding experience for the children. Seeing them together has been a true joy for the Alex Park staff and the Rose Mount staff alike. It has quickly become the highlight of our week! 

 

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Commemorating Veterans

This half term, six of our Year 6 children took part in an amazing event at Stockport Town Hall, commemorating the 80th year of the start of World War 2 and the 75th anniversary of the Normandy campaign. At the event, which was attended by some very important people including the Stockport Normandy Veterans, the Deputy Mayor and local MPs, the children had the opportunity to exhibit and talk about their writing, artwork and other historical projects they have completed this year. All of our children made the school incredibly proud and received lots of compliments on their achievements this year. Fantastic job! Well done Year 6. 

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Visits from BBC Sport and Newsround Producer

Recently, Year 4 have been learning how to write newspaper reports and to help them with this, we have had some amazing visitors come and talk to the children about their jobs. We had a visit from a BBC Sports journalist, Alex Bysouth who spoke to the children about his job but also gave some tips and advice on how to write an engaging newspaper report. The children got to ask Alex lots of questions and were fascinated by all the sports Alex gets to report on.
Year 4 had yet another fantastic Aspire opportunity when the producer of Newsround, Verity Stockdale came to talk to the children about her job. She showed the children some videos of what it is like behind the scenes at Newsround and the children had the opportunity to ask questions about how she got into her job. The children learnt lots from both of the visitors and hopefully we might see some of our children reporting on Newsround in the near future!

Green Week 2019

We had lots of fun throughout school during Green Week. The children had the opportunity to plant across school, talk about caring for our school environment and think about reducing plastic. This was a great opportunity to think about what ‘Care’ means and how we can show this in our school environment.

 

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Father's Day 2019

At Alexandra Park we feel that including the whole family in our children's school life is invaluable. Every year for Father's Day we invite dads, grandads and uncles to come into school and spend some quality time with our children. We are always happy to have so many family members attend the event. We take part in paper craft challenges; quizzes; sports and we eat the delicious cakes. Thank you to everyone who helps to make this such a wonderful park of belonging to the Alexandra Park family!

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School Linking Project

Year 4 have been taking park in a Manchester wide, School Linking Project and have been linked with Year 4 classes from Crosslee Primary School in Blackley, North Manchester. We have recently been on visits to Crosslee Primary school to visit their linking classes and got involved in some fantastic activities. In the morning, the children took park in a forest school activity outside where they got to discover the outdoor forest with children from the other school. In the afternoon, the children got involved in teamwork activities where they had to work together to create a protective case for a crisp!
Alex Park also hosted CrossLee and they spent the day at our school getting involved in lots of activities that helped the children to explore identity, celebrate diversity and promote community and champion equality. It was amazing to see our children be so brave, kind and caring and they were all fantastic ambassadors of our school.

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Year 4 share their Business Project with Year 2

Every year the Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to take part in various business projects. Year 4 work with John Lewis every year in a "Dragon's Den" style project where they have to design, produce and create a product which they think they can then market at a profit. The winning pitch is then backed by John Lewis and produced and sold by the Alexandra Park children. As Year 2 are almost ready to join Key Stage 2, the Year 4 children came to visit them to tell them all about the Business Project. They are now itching to get started on their own! 

 

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Stockport Book Awards 2019

Every year Alexandra Park takes part in The Stockport Book Awards. The awards tie in closely with how we feel about reading here at Alexandra Park. The aim is to celebrate new children's fiction and increase awareness of quality new children's fiction; to raise the profile of reading for pleasure; to offer children access to some of the best new fiction and to to create a community of readers in Stockport. Reception and Key Stage 1 will be voting for their favourite in the KS1 category and Year 5 will be voting in the KS2 category. 

This year the shortlisted books are: 

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Little Red Reading Hood
Written by Lucy Rowland. Illustrated by Ben Mantle. Published by Macmillan.

Little Red Reading Hood loves reading books and making up stories of her own. When she meets a cunning wolf while on her way to the library he convinces her to stray from the path and read for a little while. But hasn't she read this story before? Perhaps it's time she came up with a new ending.

Loved to Bits

Written by Teresa Heapy. Illustrated by Katie Cleminson. Published by David Fickling Books.

As a boy and his teddy go on action packed adventures and enjoy experiences together, the teddy gets tattier and tattier but it only makes the special bond between them even greater.

Ruby's Worry

Written and illustrated by Tom Percival. Published by Bloomsbury.

A little girl has a worry that follows her around getting bigger and bigger each day until she realises that if she talks about it, the worry shrinks and eventually disappears.

Goat's Coat

Written by Tom Percival. Illustrated by Christine Pym. Published by Bloomsbury.

A kind-hearted goat uses parts of his coat to help other animals in need, and is rewarded for his kindness when he is helped in his own time of need. This book reminded us of the smartest giant in town but brings it up to date with cute woodland animals.

Ten Fat Sausages

Written by Michelle Robinson. Illustrated by Tor Freeman. Published by Anderson Press.

Many of us think we know the "Ten fat sausages, sizzling in a pan" rhyme, but what if the sausages opted out of their bang-and-pop destiny and made a run for it?

 

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The House with Chicken Legs
Written by Sophie Anderson. Published by Usborne.

Marinka dreams of a normal life where her house stays somewhere long enough for her to make friends. But her house moves on without warning. Sure, the house can play games like 'tag' and 'hide and seek', but Marinka longs for a human companion. Every night is a party night at Marinka's house. There's food, drink, music and lively conversation, but all the guests are dead. Marinka's grandmother is a 'Yaga', who guides the recently dead through 'The Gate' so they can make their way back to the stars (a figure based on Slavic folklore). Marinka is expected to follow in her grandmother's footsteps but she is desperate for a normal life where she can make friends with the living. Can she really change her destiny or is fate predetermined? When Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend she breaks the rules with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother disappears, and it's up to Marinka to find her - even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife.

Boy Under Water
Written by Adam Baron. Published by Harper Collins.

A funny and touching story about nine-year-old Cymbeline Igloo who turns detective to discover the family secret that has led to his mother's breakdown. Cymbeline Igloo has never been swimming - not ever, not once - so challenging the class bully to a race during their first school swimming lesson was never going to go down well. When Cymbeline nearly drowns, his mother has a nervous breakdown and ends up in hospital. Why? Why has she never taken him anywhere near water? Cymbeline follows a series of clues to find the answer, helped by an eclectic bunch of friends. What he finally discovers is as shocking as it is unexpected, and it turns Cymbeline's life on its head.

The 1,000 Year Old Boy
Written by Ross Welford. Published by Harper Collins.

A boy who has lived for a thousand years, stuck at the age of 11 strives to find a place in the world where he belongs. There are stories about people who want to live forever. This is not one of these stories. This is a story about someone who wants to stop. Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy - except he's 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. Obviously no one believes him. So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance and a different way to live...which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

 

Written by PG Bell. Published by Usborne.

Suzy Smith is very surprised when a huge magical train takes a shortcut through her downstairs hallway one evening. Staffed by trolls, the Impossible Postal Express delivers letters and parcels across a series of magical worlds connected to our own: the Union of Impossible Places. Her curiosity getting the better of her, Suzy hitches a ride and becomes the newest postie. But when her first delivery goes disastrously wrong, she's not only caught up in an amazing magical adventure, but the fate of the Union itself rests on her shoulders. Two towers locked in a power struggle, a cursed boy trapped in a snow globe, warrior statues, wormholes and negotiable gravity are just a few things Suzy encounters on her incredible journey. Knowledge is power in the Impossible Places, but who is telling the truth? Suzy has a brilliant scientific mind, but isn't really one for thinking about consequences. She tends more towards jumping now and thinking later, though her heart is definitely in the right place.

Y4 Business Project

For the third year running, we have teamed up with John Lewis to run our Year 4 business project. The project started with a trip to the Cheadle store when the challenge was set; design a product to sell at the summer fair. Teams of children then designed a product and developed a pitch to explain their idea. They pitched their ideas to three experts from John Lewis in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ format. The John Lewis staff were blown away by the hard work, courage and care that the children showed. The operations manager of John Lewis said, “Every year I have been here, I am amazed at how caring the children are to each other."
At this year’s summer fair, two stall were run by the winning teams. Class 10 sold bird feeders made from recycled plastic bottles and Class 9 sold strawberry and marshmallow kebabs. We raised an amazing £155 for school.

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Reception's first school trip

Reception really enjoyed their first school trip to Reddish Vale Farm. They all showed respect and care throughout the trip, listening well and asking appropriate questions. The children were able to feed the animals and had fun milking the pretend cow!

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EARLY EARS WORKSHOP

Reception, Year 1 and 2 had an amazing experience of being able to listen and play along with members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which will help us to become aspiring musicians!

The Early Ears is an exciting award-winning project designed to cover many aspects of the KS1 and EYFS curriculum. It has been devised by three members of the BBC Philharmonic who are all mums as well as musicians!

This lively, informative presentation explored the character of the different instruments through music, singing and retelling the story of The Gingerbread Man. There were opportunities to dress up and conduct the musicians as well as the chance to just sit back and enjoy some beautiful classical music!

 

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Y4 Engineering Competition

This year, Year 4 entered an engineering competition designed to increase the number of young children who aspire to become engineers. The children had to research engineering and interview an engineer. We had two live webchats with people currently working in engineering. They were able to ask them questions about their current work and what inspired them to become engineers. The children then had to research a real life problem and come up with an invention to solve the problem. The children came up with some amazing ideas from friendship robots to talking backpacks. The children then had to submit an annotated drawing and a letter to the competition. Out of all the entrants in the Greater Manchester region, two of our children’s ideas were shortlisted and displayed at Salford University. This was a fantastic achievement for our children and we couldn’t be more proud!

Year 5’s Day at Challenge 4 Change

Year 5 had an amazing day at Challenge 4 Change. The children showed great courage and resilience to tackle a range of challenges including a devilishly high beam and a fearsome zip wire. We were particularly proud of the way in which the children supported each other throughout the day. Well done Year 5!

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Rock Steady!

All children have been very lucky to have an assembly given by Rocksteady. Rocksteady provide opportunities for children to learn instruments by playing in their very own rock band. How amazing is that! They experienced the sounds of a bass guitar, electric guitar, electric keyboard, drums and they sang songs. Rocksteady will be providing workshops for children where they can play instruments and have a go at being in their very own rock band later this half term. Watch this space!
If you would like to see more of the work of Rocksteady please go to their website to find out more
www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/

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Reception Stay and Play

We really enjoy events where we can invite parents and grandparents into school. Reception Stay and Play proved a huge success and the children were able to share their creative and number skills to their parents. It was also nice to see so many younger siblings joining in with the fun!

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Knowsley Safari Park

As a celebration to end our "Continents of the World" topic Year 2 took a trip to Knowsley Safari Park. We visited animals from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas on the Safari Drive then walked over to the meerkat enclosure to see the mob from the Kalahari Desert. We also got to meet some rainforest animals up close and were brave enough to touch them!  As a special treat to end the day we saw the sea lion display too. The children were exceptionally well behaved and a credit to the school. 

More photos can be seen in our gallery here

 

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Mother's Day

At Alexandra Park Primary we love having family members come into share experiences with us. Our Mother's Day event has become one of the most looked forward to days of the year for many. Thank you to everyone who came in the plant seeds and craft with our children. We hope you enjoyed the cakes too! 

More photos can be seen here

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Authors

Children from Year 2 and 3 have been very lucky recently! They have met yet another two amazing Children's authors. We went to see Francesca Simon at The Plaza and Eleanor McCee came to share her new book "Piper's Passport."

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Year 1 Drama Workshop

Year 1 had a fantastic drama workshop where they explored the history of teddy bears, dolls and moving toys during a night at the toy museum.

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Past Pupils visit Reception

A group of Year 10 students from Stockport Academy visited Reception to share a children’s book that they have produced called ‘Penny The Patchless Panda’. The children really enjoyed having such special visitors share their work and read them a story.

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Year 5 Technology Day

Recently Year 5  worked with several visitors to explore a range of technology and devices. We learnt more about their jobs and also had the opportunity to work with the technology. We discovered more about programming/coding with a Sphero Robot, 3D printers, interactive floor mats and Lego games design.

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The Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC

The school choir were very lucky to visit the BBC at Media City to participate in a concert performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra. It was an incredible experience that introduced the children to classical music and the story of the musical arrangements in each piece.

 

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World Book Day

At Alexandra Park Primary school we valued the importance of ensuring that "Every Child is a Reader." Events such as World Book Day help us to Achieve that goal. Yet again the children amazed us with their creativity in choosing their words and costumes for our Annual Vocabulary Parade.

 

See all of our photographs here

 

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Diversity Day 2019

During Diversity Day the children had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities/workshops. We organised for Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company and Ethnic Diversity Service to visit our school and deliver a range of inspiring and engaging workshops. The activities planned provided opportunities to broaden our children’s understanding of different cultures and they had great fun taking part with the different activities!

 

See our videos here and our photo gallery here

Bang Drum

Yet again this year, Year 2 enjoyed a visit from the fabulous Bang Drum company as part of our commitment to teaching children about diversity. They learnt some West African dances and had the opportunity to play African drums. Many thanks to Danny and Mika fro another wonderful day. 

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Year 10 and Reception Work Share

A group of Year 10 students from Stockport Academy visited Reception to share a children’s book that they have produced called ‘Penny The Patchless Panda’. The children really enjoyed having such special visitors share their work and read them a story.

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Work Shares

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Young Voices 2019

This February, the KS2 Choir took part in the Young Voices 2019 concert for the third year running! They had an amazing evening of singing and dancing alongside talented musicians and dancers. They sang along with 6432 children to make the largest choir in the world!

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Reception's NOBOT Exhibition

Reception have been reading "Nobot" by Sue Hendra in class this term. The children have been very creative designing and making their own NOBOTs at home. We invited our Reception parents and families to come and see the children’s amazing creations at our NOBOT Exhibition. It was a pleasure to see the children so excited to show their families their hard work. 

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Children's Author Fay Evans Visit to School

Today Fay Evans, a local children's author, visited school to share her new book "Bob's Beard" with the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. We enjoyed hearing her read the story and loved helping her to act it out. In the story Bob the Giant shows care for the animals that live in the woods around him just as we at Alexandra Park care for those around us in school. After her busy morning Fay commented on how well behaved our children were. Well done children! 

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Care, Aspire, Achieve

Our first Care, Aspire, Achieve wristband winners of 2108/2019!

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Our first Good Manners band winners! 

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Caring in the Community

On Thursday 14th December the KS2 Choir of Alexandra Park sang Christmas carols to the residents of Rosemount Care Home in Edgeley. The choir brought much joy to all of the residents and we are very proud of all of them. Well done Alex Park Choir!

 

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After School Drama

On Wednesday 12th December our after school drama club performed Snow White and the Ten Dwarves. They all showed amazing effort learning their lines and giving a truly great performance. What a bunch of budding actors we have at Alex Park so watch this space for future stars!

 

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The Linking Project

Year 4 have been taking park in a Manchester wide, school linking project. Organised by The Linking Network, it aims to develop a positive, cohesive ethos by helping children, young people and adults to explore identity, celebrate diversity, promote community and champion equality. Class 9 and 10 have been linked with Year 4 classes from Crosslee Primary School in Blackley, North Manchester. At the start of the half term, we explored our own identity and produced mind maps of information about ourselves. We exchanged this work with our link class from Crosslee and the children really enjoyed finding out how much they have in common with children they had never met. This half term, both class 9 and 10 have been on a trip to Z Arts in Hulme along with their link classes from Crosslee. As well as taking part in a drumming and screen printing workshop, the children had the opportunity to meet and get to know the children from Crosslee. It was amazing to see our children be so brave, kind and caring and they were all fantastic ambassadors of our school. The children explored the question ‘Who are we?’ and really embraced the diversity of our community. Later in the year, we will be going to meet the children from our link class again but this time at their own school. We will also be welcoming our link class to Alexandra Park to continue this amazing project.

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Plane Tree Care Home

On Friday 7th December the KS2 Choir of Alexandra Park sang Christmas carols to the residents of Plane Tree Court Care Home in Edgeley. The children also sang a very special happy birthday to one of the residents, Henry Hooley who was celebrating his 100th birthday. Henry was also joined by his wife and his great-granddaughter to mark this very special occasion. The choir brought much joy to all of the residents and we are very proud of all of them. Well done Alex Park Choir!

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St George's Carol Service

On Wednesday 5th December the KS1 choir of Alex Park took part in the Stockport Junior Schools’ Carol Festival 2018 which was held at St. Georges Church in Heaviley. The children sang with 12 schools in Stockport in a truly enjoyable performance singing many traditional Christmas carols. What an amazing evening!

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Y2 Trip to Cheadle Mosque

We value the importance of learning about different faiths and cultures at Alexandra Park. We were recently invited to visit Cheadle Mosque and received a warm welcome from MR Sheik and his colleagues. The children made us very proud with their listening skills and their thoughtful questions. 

 

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The Christmas Fair

As always our Christmas Fair was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated items, money and time to the running of the fair. We could not do it without you. This year we raised an incredible £3000 which will be put towards resources and experiences for our children. A special well done to the KS2 children who ran their own business ventures to raise money. 

 

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Able Mathematicians

The Year 6 children got the opportunity this week to work with experienced mathematician Anne Fieldhouse. They were set a series of challenges and problems to solve which really tested their thinking skills. All the children thoroughly enjoyed their day!

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Challenge 4 Change

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The Year 6 pupils went to Challenge4Change to experience something new and aspire to be their best selves whilst there. The children were given many opportunities to overcome fears, challenge their anxieties and do something out of the ordinary. Whilst doing all of this, they also had to solve problems and communicate effectively as part of a team at the same time as simply having fun.

As staff, it was amazing seeing the children in a different light and observing the way some children, all of sudden, came alive and proved themselves to be real leaders or great team players. The support and sense of care that they showed was second-to-none. We truly are proud of them.

Challenge4Change’s vision is to provide learning and development in an innovative way that engages the person, holds their interest and motivates them to learn about themselves and others whilst giving them a memorable experience. We think it is safe to say that this certainly was the case for our Year 6 pupils this year.

 

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

Reception recently had the opportunity to meet a Dental Nurse. She explained all about keeping teeth and gums healthy and reminded the children about healthy eating. Some of our children may even Aspire to work in the dental field when they grow up!

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Y3 Business Project

Today we had a visit from Alison who is a successful entrepreneur. She talked to us about how she became successful and what it means to be successful as well as what it means to have a growth mind-set. Alison invested £100 into our business project and any profit that we make we get to keep!                                         

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Roses!

Recently, Gary, the location scout for the Cadbury’s advert, visited Year 5 to tell us all about his career. We had the opportunity to plan and ask questions to learn more about the skills, attitude and other qualities needed to be successful. What an inspirational visit!

See our school in the Cadbury's advert here.

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The 100th Anniversary of WWI

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have enjoyed making poppies to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. They have been displayed in our local Morrisons store and look fabulous!

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BBC Journalist visits Year 2

Year 2 recently enjoyed a visit from BBC journalist Nick Garnett. He came to talk to us about being an eye witness to world events and the importance of documenting them for the world to read about. We are learning about the role Samuel Pepys played in documenting The Great Fire of London.

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Hands On Experiences at Alexandra Park

At Alexandra Park we strive to provide our children with a vast range of enrichment activities. In October some of our children visited Weaver Hall; others went to Edale; some experienced  pedal day and others acted out the plague quarantine of Eyam!

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Able Writers Workshop

Recently some of our children were treated to a workshop by author Colin R Parsons. The children got to write a story with Colin and they got to find out what it was like to become a real author! All the children had fun and really enjoyed writing their stories.

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Charity Cake Sale

Today at Alexandra Park Primary community demonstrated its level of care to support one of our families currently needs to fund potentially life-saving treatment for their mum. We held a family cake sale to help raise much needed funds. Thank you to everyone who came, including Stockport County's Jim Gannon, to show their support. 

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The Alex Park Science Lab

This week, our amazing science lab was opened. A lot of hard work has been put in over the last few months to get it ready for today. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us, and continues to support us, with this fantastic project.
Last year, we ran a competition to design what the lab should look like. From a lot of entries, we picked 16 winners. As well as taking home a book full of experiments, they were given the privilege of being the first children to see the finished lab.
All children will get the chance to experience the lab this week during their science lesson.

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Life Long Learners at Alexandra Park

We are all very proud of Miss Cresswell who recently graduated after completing her Masters of Arts in Leadership in Early Years at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The research that she has completed for her dissertation has proven very valuable in supporting children with their transition into Reception and across school.

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Riding into our futures!

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed the opportunity to visit Manchester Velodrome and BMX Centre. They showed excellent teamwork and respect throughout the whole trip. They even got to see Team GB train and ride around the track, which was so inspiring. Well done Year 5 and 6!

 

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Teachers Change Lives

On Monday 21t May 2018, Mr Read, along with one hundred teachers from across the country, was invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street, which was hosted by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education. He was welcomed to Downing Street to celebrate teacher’s hard work, talent and commitment to giving every child an excellent education.
This opportunity came about due to his position on the Teacher Reference Group for the Department for Education in London. As part of this role, Mr Read is responsible for discussing government policy developments and providing feedback and ideas to the department on how to raise standards of teaching and learning.

 

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Residential Trips

Every year the children in Year 4 and 5 have the opportunity to go to the Anderton Centre Outdoor Activity Centre based in Rivington. The children take part in canoeing, orienteering, the crate challenge, low ropes and archery. These activities help to build children’s resilience, team work, physical abilities, outdoor learning and allow them to engage with nature. During the evening they are able to relax whilst toasting marshmallows by a campfire and taking part in den building or a talent show. A great time is always had by all!

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Race for Life

This is no ordinary 5k. This is thousands of women uniting with one purpose. To come together. To raise money. To BEAT CANCER. 

This is exactly what many of our Alex Park staff came together to ACHIEVE on Sunday 13th May. Well done to all who took part- we are amazingly proud of you! 

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Science Day 2018

Science Day 2018 was a terrific success! We are committed to encouraging a love of STEM subjects and Science Day allowed all children to develop this passion. In the morning, the children worked across their key stage and took part in a range of activities investigating air resistance, gravity, buoyancy, static electricity, chemical reactions and non-newtonian fluids. Wow! There were audible gasps of amazement coming from classrooms and children were left asking questions and wanting to find out more, a great sign of future scientists!
In the afternoon, they became engineers as they built, tested and improved marble runs. The children worked in teams and produced some fantastic contraptions, lasting up to 12 seconds. Sponsorship was collected for the length of their marble run to help raise money for the building of our new science lab which will be opened in September 2018.

 

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Inspirational Poet Tony Walsh Visits Alexandra Park

In our continuing commitment to inspire our children, we were fortunate enough to have a visit by the very talented Manchester poet Tony Walsh(Longfella). The day consisted of Tony reading some of his poems to all the children in assemblies followed by hour long workshops for KS2. Tony’s poems were both funny and thought provoking this was especially true when he read his now very famous poem ‘This is the place’ in the KS2 The whole day was an inspiration to all involved and has hopefully given the children a passion for poetryassembly, children and staff alike were visibly moved. DSC 0642DSC 0632DSC 0603unnamed

The Sun Our Star

Helen Mason OBE and Helen Schell came to Alexandra Park Primary School to work with our Year 6 children on a project called ‘The Sun: Our Star’.

Helen Mason OBE is a leading physicist in the field of space and has worked with world renowned organisations such as NASA. She shared her knowledge of the sun, satellites and our solar system with the children.

Helen Schell has worked with leading solar physicists to present a series of large and dramatic artworks exploring features of the Sun and of solar science. Schell’s work is inspired by space exploration and science of the cosmos.

This project brought together science and the arts and the children designed and created an artistic booklet, which represented facts and information about the sun and beyond.

Both professionals commented about the behaviour, enthusiasm and intrigue the children demonstrated within the workshop. Well done Class 13!

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Diversity Day 2019

During Diversity Day the children had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities/workshops. We organised for Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company and Ethnic Diversity Service to visit our school and deliver a range of inspiring and engaging workshops. The activities planned provided opportunities to broaden our children’s understanding of different cultures and they had great fun taking part with the different activities!

 

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The Oscars 2018

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