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Spr 2 2019


Year 4 Become Bakers

Brilliant Bakers!

The Year 4 children have been working hard to investigate and evaluate bread products, before designing and making their own bread. They accurately weighed ingredients and practiced mixing and kneading the ingredients together, allowing the dough to rise before shaping, and finally baking.

Eggcellent fun at the squirrel club

What a eggcellent fun filled time we all had at The Squirrel Holiday Club during the Easter holidays.

They made Easter nests, crafts and even had Easter egg hunts in the lovely Spring sunshine.

year 6 food on the go!

Year 6 were designing Food on the Go, and it certainly did! The process began with an analysis of food currently on the market for eating on the move such as pasties, sausage rolls and cheese slices.

Next, they were taught the basic skills of peeling, grating, claw grip and bridge hold cutting skills. 

A basic spring roll was made and consumed and the tastes and textures evaluated.  The next stage of the process was to design a healthy option using selected ingredients, make it, evaluate it and then eat it!

A thoroughly enjoyable process – I bet they won’t want any tea!

Year 5 Masterchef Part 2

Master Chefs part 2

Today the Year 5s had to put into practice all the eating healthily, knife and presentation skills they had been working on all week for D & T.

This culminated in them having to prepare a salad for a member of staff  to sample and then review. See some of the reviews below!

'My millionaires salad was fit for a millionaire!  I said to the chefs if they produce a recipe book I would definitely buy it!' Mrs Sym

'Wow! What a great job you have done of creating some brilliant salads. The two groups that presented me with my salads did a fantastic job and I felt incredibly special with the candle, flowers and other attention to detail. The salads were delicious and I could see lots of hard work and effort went into planning, organising and making them.' Miss Platt

'The quality of presentation and detail was outstanding and I can see the future of MasterChef.'  Mrs Walsh

 'I was so impressed with their attention to detail, with the layout, setting it up like a restaurant etc. The girls who made my salad had really thought about it and it tasted gorgeous.' Miss Jackson

Netballers Win The Cup

The netball team have had a fantastic season this year.

They won the A league last week, having only lost one match all season ( and that was only by one goal).

Recently they played in the Cup tournament, winning all 4 matches , scoring 30 goals and only letting in 2. They beat Nether Alderley 6-0, Styal 10-1, Lacey Green 4-1 and Wilmslow Academy 10-0. The whole team have worked so hard all year,showing great determination and superb team work.

They thoroughly deserved to win and we are so proud of them all.

Well done everyone!

U9s Football Team show great resilience

We are so proud of our U9s football team who have been playing weekly at the Ryleys tournament.

All but one of our team are in Year 3 and were playing Y4 teams.

It was hard going and we stayed strong, kept playing and showed fantastic grit, resilience and determination.

Our progress of the 4 weeks was incredible and we can't wait for next year's tournament!

Year 3 Italian Cuisine

As part of their food D & T topic, the Year 3 children had a fabulous time making their very own pizzas. 

They developed many skills from the designing element-  deciding on their favourite topping to cooking their pizza in the oven. 

The children accurately weighed out their ingredients, kneaded their dough, sliced the ingredients for their topping and waited patiently for their pizza to cook. 

As part of their evaluation, the children will be asked to use three words to describe their pizza.  I wonder what words they will use?

Easter Experience at St Philip's Church

As part of our religious education curriculum, all the children in school have visited St Philip's Church to learn about the Easter Story.  

The children visited 5 decorated stations in the church and heard stories about the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the cross , the tomb and the stone.  

The children particularly enjoyed having a drink, biscuit and small chocolate egg!

Thank you very much to Rev Pye and the members of the parish for a lovely, informative time.

Year 5 Book Club Starts

The Year 5 shadowing group AECPS Squirrels were delighted to able to review their books for the first time this year for the Kate Greenaway Medal

T he Medal is named after the 19th-century English illustrator of children's books Kate Greenaway and annually recognises "distinguished illustration in a book for children"

Year 5 Master Chef

As part of their D & T topic (food) this week the Year 5s have been learning how to use the correct knife skills before progressing to creating their salads for a member of staff later in the week

They practised the bridge and claw hold for chopping and slicing vegetables and how to correctly use a grater and peeler.

I think you'll agree the finished product looks very professional.

Hockey Team at Cheshire Finals

The hockey team played brilliantly at the Cheshire finals. Out of 80 schools in Cheshire we came 5th in our section

Great play by all the team, who kept their heads up, even in the toughest games.  We won 4 out of our 7 games, 2-0, 5-0, 3-0 and 3-2. 

Megan scored a hat-trick, Jamie performed a diving save, which was announced by Alderley Edge Hockey Officials as the 'save of the season.' 

Alice, May, Christo and Charlie all defending like their lives depended on it and showing Cheshire  we are a very skilled team. Mrs Reynolds was very proud of all of them, showing grit and determination and great sportsmanship throughout the whole tournament and all the extra training.

Carnegie Book Club 2019

The year 5 and 6 book club is back in business, once again following the Carnegie Book Award Shadowing scheme.

The children have all receive one of the shortlisted titles and will read in earnest so that they can discuss them in detail, sharing their thoughts and analysis of the stories.

At the end they will vote on their favourite and see if it is the same as the official judges' choice.

There may be the odd book club tea-party too!


In STEM club, our Key Stage 1 pupils are engaging in science, technology, engineering and maths in a powerful and enjoyable way. 

This week the children were making a balloon powered car!


Year 3 Walk to The Edge

What a glorious day to go walking to the Edge. 

Year 3 were intrepid explorers and map readers as they found their way up to the Edge at Stormy Point.  What a wonderful view. 

The children were able to look at the rocks and erosion that was occurring and discovered the opening to a cave!!   Was it where the legendary wizard was hiding? 

With great enthusiasm the children descended and made their way back through town ,recording their routes on sketch maps.


Tennis Champions

The Alderley Edge Tennis Club lauched the opening of their new courts with a tournament. We sent 2 teams.

The year 5 and 6 team won the U11s and the year 3 and 4 team came 2nd in the U9s.

A fantastic achievement. Well done to all the players!

Ducklings delight reception

Reception were lucky enough to be invited by Pre-School to look at their ducklings eggs on Wednesday.

The children were able to observe the eggs and talk about what they could see- it was clear some of the eggs were getting ready to hatch!

By Thursday morning three fluffy ducklings had hatched from their eggs and duckling 'Jemimah' came to visit in the classroom. All of the children were able to hold the Jemimah and were very gentle and careful in doing so. 

football team at northwest regional finals

Having won the area finals in the Macclesfield Town tournament,  the year 5 and 6 team traveled to Bolton Wanderer's Academy to play in the north west regional finals.

The team were brilliant and their manager, (Joe Holt - PFC) was immensely proud. They narrowly missed out in place in the semi-finals having drawn with the eventual winners.

A huge congratulations shout out from all your fans here at AECPS!

Year 6 know the properties of blood

Today Year 6 were learning about the components of blood and what each individual element does.

This was in the form of factual research and then recreating a “blood soup” using 4 ingredients to represent red and white blood cells, plasma and platelets.

They also looked at how and why blood is donated.

Year 2 learn to prepare food

Year 2 enjoyed their afternoon making mini party sandwiches to practice their food skills.   

They learnt about cutting out, snipping, mixing, spooning and spreading as well as how to execute these skills safely! 

When complete the children put their sandwiches aside to be tasted after they had tidied their area!  

Year 1 Visit The synagogue

Year One had a great morning at Hale Synagogue.

The children learnt what many of the features in a Synagogue are called and why they are special. Also what some of religious festivals are called and how they are celebrated.

They especially enjoyed the treats and snacks provided for them at the end!

YEar 2 make tussie mussies

Year 2 had enjoyed their science lesson making tussie - mussies. 

 A tussie mussie is a small flower and herb bouquet, sometimes given as a gift. 

They have existed since medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the arm, head or bodice.  It was believed that the fresh smell from the tussie mussie would keep common illnesses and diseases away!

Reception investigate mono printing

As part of Reception's topic on "The Little Red Hen" the children have been learning the technique of mono printing using polystyrene and rollers.

It took a lot of concentration and effort to ensure that there was enough pressure applied to leave the bright red print on the page.

We think the finished pieces looks clucktastic!

We supported Comic Relief!

We like to 'Make A Difference' so when Comic Relief comes rounds we use the opportunity to raise money to help other people around the world as well as have fun.

This year we dressed in red and had a 'Joke-A-Thon'.  Each class had a 'stand-up' comedy session and then voted for their best joke. The winning jokes were shared on the school website! Be prepared to laugh.... or not!!!

Juniors perform at Wilmslow Music Festival

Children in Year 3, 4 and 5 all sang brilliantly at the Wilmslow Schools' Music Festival.

The Wilmslow Music Festival is a collaborative effort between all primary schools in the cluster to perform together and celebrate music.

This year the theme was ‘One World’ and our children sang the song ‘Africa’ by Toto.

The teachers and helpers were all very impressed with then children’s performance and behaviour. We were exceptionally proud of all them.

Well done juniors!

Year 1 and 2 perform at the Big Sing

Year 1 and 2 had a wonderful afternoon singing, with other Wilmslow Primary Schools, for family and friends. 

The theme this year was 'Our World'. 

The massed songs were superbly sung and the  individual song from each school was of a very high standard. 

All our children had lots of fun both learning the songs and performing at Wilmslow Leisure Centre.

All the teachers were very proud of the children and their excellent performance and behaviour.

Chess Champions

In response to a request from year 6 class council and School Council, we have opened up The Squirrel Club at lunchtime for children to play chess.

It is early days and were are all just learning the rules but we are having great fun. 

The Chess Club is open on a Tuesday lunchtime from 12.45 - 1.10 on a first come, first served basis.  

World Book Day

Children and staff  dressed up as toys for World Book Day.

Visiting author, Mark Powers, launched the day by reading the opening chapter of his book 'Spy Toys'. The children then participated in writing workshops with Mark and had fun activities based around the theme. There was also a book fair in the school hall, a competition to read books in the most unusual places and a book signing to end the day.

Charlie in Year 2 said, "World Book Day is great fun. I love dressing up and all the lessons are really fun. Working with Mr Powers on improving our writing taught me a lot about how to be an author and gave us ideas to use in our own stories."


We Went Fizz Free

The School Council campaign to encourage children to go Fizz Free  and avoid sugary fizzy drinks in February was a great success.

Mrs Walsh was inundated with calendars showing the days when children had not had fizzy drinks.

The Fizz Free Champions were presented with special certificates, a headteacher's award and extra house points.

Even better, they will have protected their teeth from all that sugar.

Well done everyone!