Green Week - What a fantastic week! Across school we have been thinking about global issues such as reducing plastic waste, recycling, fair trade and sustainability. We have also been improving our school environment by planting vegetables and hanging baskets.
Year 4 have been learning all about Ancient Greece. As a special treat at the end of the unit we had a Greek food tasting session. We tried olives, feta cheese, Tzatziki dip and breadsticks. Some of the children loved it but some... not so much!
Year 2 had an amazing day with Bangdrum experiencing African music and dance. They all got to play and learn about different African instruments as well as sing a few African songs with Rome. Danny taught traditional African dance moves where the children needed to move their bodies to the beat and chant at the same time.
They gave a fantastic performance to parents who also enjoyed the cultural experience with Danny and Rome!
Well done Year 2!
This Year was the 24th year of the Young Voices event. We joined around 8000 school children to sing as part of the largest choir in the world! We had an amazing evening and enjoyed singing with Tony Hadley, The Shires and Huti – the 2018 winner of The Voice UK! We danced with Urban Strides and boogied the night away! We are looking forward to the 25th anniversary in 2021.
Schools' Award - Inspirational Primary School
We were very proud that our ‘Aspire Programme’ was recognised in the North West Educate Schools Awards. For 2019, Alexandra Park was the runner up in the ‘Most Inspiration Primary School’ Category. We are hugely ambitious for our children and want them to be ambitious for themselves. Our Aspire Programme provides the children with the special events and experiences, which broaden the children’s horizons for what they can achieve. However, our focus on aspiration is more than these events and runs through everything we do, from the units of work we create, to the books we read and encourage the children to read. We are determined to help provide every child with the confidence, awareness and skills they need to achieve great things.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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/
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.
As featured in The Stockport Express!
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!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Inspirational Poet Tony Walsh Visits Alexandra Park
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!