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KS2 Topic Ignition!

To start our brand new topic exploring the ancient Maya civilisation, all classes in key stage 2 enjoyed learning that chocolate was first used by the Mayans thousands of year ago! Of course, this didn’t taste like the chocolate we have today or come in the chocolate bars...
Posted On 14 Apr 2021

Red Nose Day 2021!

What a great day at Park Grove, celebrating Red Nose Day 2021. As the theme was based around superheroes, we’ve had a lot of fantastic superheroes flying around with enthusiasm today. We’ve made our own masks, designed our own capes and had a whole lot of fun!
Posted On 19 Mar 2021

Dan Hands

  I have worked in secondary education for the last 25 years. I started teaching music in London before moving to the North East and becoming first a Head of Department and later an assistant and deputy head. I am currently an Associate Director of Curriculum for Outwood...
Posted On 17 Mar 2021

World Book Day 2021

World Book Day this year looked very different to one we enjoyed last year, but we still had amazing work created throughout school! Classes shared books, wrote their own stories and then had great fun in creating egg carton characters based upon their favourite books. Even...
Posted On 09 Mar 2021

Save the Planet

In Key Stage 2 our topic this term is Save the Planet, so we have been focussing all about the Earth and what we can do to ensure we are looking after it! Classes 5 and 6 have been learning about plastic pollution. The children creatively wrote about the journey of one plastic...
Posted On 09 Feb 2021

Winter Wonderland!

Early Years and Key Stage 1 have thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Winter Wonderland’ topic this half term. It has been a very strange half term with not having all children in school however, we have been very impressed with the children’s engagement with the activities...
Posted On 09 Feb 2021

Home Learning

Our amazing families have once again taken on the challenge of home learning. Once again we find ourselves in another National lockdown. Meaning school is only open to children on key workers. Most of our children are currently working from home with the support of their...
Posted On 18 Jan 2021

Schools open only for vulnerable children and children of key workers

The Prime Minister has imposed new lockdown restrictions to combat the escalating Covid-19 crisis, which means all schools will now only be open for vulnerable children and children of key workers. Education will be delivered by remote learning, online or through workbooks...
Posted On 05 Jan 2021

Park Grove Grotto…

Christmas this year was always going to be a little different, but we wanted to give our children a festive experience to remember. Our outdoor classroom was transformed into Santa’s Grotto. All the children came to visit the man himself, performed a song or poem and were...
Posted On 17 Dec 2020

Animal Planet!

The children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 have been learning all about animals this half term. We started with a ‘Topic Ignition’ of sharing pictures of our pets and talking about our favourite animal in the style of ‘Show and Tell’. The children have...
Posted On 10 Dec 2020

Christmas is Coming!

We’ve started to feel the festive spirit here at Park Grove! Each class visited the school Christmas tree which this year is located in the school foyer, to help decorate it ready for Christmas! The children enjoyed listening to music, eating some tasty mince pies or...
Posted On 30 Nov 2020

Children in Need!

For Children in Need this year we have focussed on the theme Five to Thrive, where man of the moment Joe Wicks shared some advice and tips on how to look after our wellbeing, such as being more mindful, taking part in doing some exercise and giving to others – whether that...
Posted On 17 Nov 2020

Lights, camera, action!

We have all been very busy in school filming a special project. The very talented Mr Moat, who is part of our wider Ebor Academy team, came into school to help us create a video all about Park Grove. This will ultimately be for prospective new parents, who are currently unable to...
Posted On 10 Nov 2020

New term, new starters!

Our new Reception starters have had an exciting first half term at Park Grove. They have all settled in brilliantly with big smiles and great enthusiasm! The outdoor classroom and Forest School sessions have been very popular as well as a range of creative activities. The...
Posted On 20 Oct 2020

Learning about our bodies!

In classes 7, 8 and 9 our science topic is Animals including Humans, and we have been learning all about how our bodies work. We have studied the circulatory system and found out how oxygen and nutrients are transported around the body via our blood vessels. We discovered that...
Posted On 16 Oct 2020

KS2 step back in time…

Our KS2 children have stepped back into the 1930s/40s, exploring World War 2 in our current topic ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Our creative curriculum has allowed us to develop historical, geographical, musical and artistic skills, as well as exploring a range of text...
Posted On 16 Oct 2020

Grace Birch (Teaching Assistant)

Hello, I’m Miss Birch and I am the Teaching Assistant in Class 9. Most afternoons I also support Class 2.
Posted On 09 Sep 2020

Jennifer Harbertson (Teaching Assistant)

Hi, my name is Mrs Harbertson and I’ve worked at Park Grove since February 2020.
Posted On 08 Sep 2020

Back to School Info

We’re glad to be back at school and to make sure we all keep safe this year, please read this letter outlining some key information. Welcome back letter September 2020
Posted On 08 Sep 2020

Welcome back!

Welcome back to school to all our Park Grovers! There are some new changes around school and some new faces, but we are thrilled to have everyone back and in their new classes safely ready for this new school year. Please check our email updates sent via Parent Hub for the latest...
Posted On 08 Sep 2020

A message from us all here at Park Grove…

We have been missing all our children so we decided to make this video to say hello! We hope you are all keeping safe and well, and please keep sending us your pictures and messages so we can see what you are up to at home. We love hearing from you!  
Posted On 24 Apr 2020

Katy Loose (Teacher)

Hello. My name is Katy Loose. I have been teaching at Park Grove since October 2019 and I am proud to be part of such a lovely school community.  I previously taught in Doncaster for 13 years, teaching every year group from Reception to Year 4.  I have always wanted to be a...
Posted On 14 Apr 2020

Clare Appleton (Teacher)

My name is Clare Appleton. I am a KS2 teacher and joined Park grove just this year in 2020! I grew up in Lancashire and moved to York to come to university. It is such a beautiful city that I never left! I love teaching creative subjects such as art and dance, but my passion is...
Posted On 14 Apr 2020

British Science Week

Park Grove fully embraced Science Week this year with a jam packed week of investigations and experiments. Here are a few highlights; woodland potions in EYFS, magical potions in KS1 and a chemical reaction challenge in KS2. The children have tested their skills of working...
Posted On 13 Mar 2020

Library Ignition

What better place to ‘ignite’ our new topic ‘Happily Ever After’ than with a visit to our local library. All our EYFS and KS1 classes visited York Library during the first few weeks of our fairy tale themed topic. The children were given a tour of the...
Posted On 13 Mar 2020

Visiting the workhouse!

At the start of the Spring 2 term, to reignite our learning of the Victorians, all KS2 classes enjoyed a mini field trip around the local area, stepping back into Victorian York to explore the former workhouse on Huntington Road! The children really enjoyed looking at the...
Posted On 08 Mar 2020

Animals In-Tuition!

Early Years and KS1 children have recently had an amazing animal experience in school as part of our ‘In the Jungle’ topic. The children loved learning about the different creatures and this tied in perfectly with the Science work that we have done this half term....
Posted On 07 Feb 2020

Stepping back into Victorian York…

To ignite our learning and interest of our Victorians topic, Key Stage 2 enjoyed a fantastic visit to the Castle Museum to see Victorian York brought to life. Having studied some of the shops featured in the museum in class, some classes enjoyed learning more about them and...
Posted On 02 Feb 2020

Rosie Spencer (Teacher)

Miss Spencer has been working at Park Grove since January 2020. Contact Mrs Spencer:
Posted On 21 Jan 2020

The Incredible PG Young Voices Choir!

On Monday 13th January, our fantastic Young Voices choir headed to Sheffield Arena for an epic day of rehearsal and preparation for the special YV Concert. We have been learning and practising the song ready for this day ever since the end of October so we were really looking...
Posted On 17 Jan 2020

Jungle Music Workshop

A great start to the new term kicking off our new EYFS/KS1 topic ‘In the Jungle’ with musical workshops. We were lucky enough to have two music students come into school to deliver a music workshop to each EYFS/KS1 class in our first week back. The children were...
Posted On 09 Jan 2020

KS1 Nativity and EYFS Carol Concert!

Early Years and KS1 have been getting into the festive spirit over the last couple of weeks by performing a Nativity and a Carol concert! Hey Ewe! A huge well done to all of our KS1 children for excellent performances of our Nativity, Hey Ewe! We hope all those who came to watch,...
Posted On 20 Dec 2019

Chocolate! 🍫

Early Years and KS1 children have thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Chocolate’ topic this half term. We’ve had lots of fantastic opportunities for the children and we are sure it is a topic they will remember for a long time! Chocolate tasting…  The children were...
Posted On 29 Nov 2019

Digital Leaders @ York St John for Tech Taster Day

On Wednesday 20th November, some Y6 Digital Leaders and all the KS2 Digital Ambassadors from each class visited York St John University for an exciting yet informative Technology Taster Day at the Design Centre. When we arrived, we headed up to the design studio and met Warren...
Posted On 25 Nov 2019

The Cosmodome!

At the start of this half term, KS2 had their ignition surprise to start off their new topic of space. York University’s inflatable planetarium, the Cosmodome, was set up in our gym with their space expert, Phil, on hand to guide each KS2 class through an exploration of the...
Posted On 22 Nov 2019

EYFS/KS1 Celebrations!

What a busy half term it has been for our Early Years and KS1 children! Our topic focus has been ‘Our School’/’Streetwise’ and the children have enjoyed the events and celebrations that have taken place over the past few weeks. We had an exciting local...
Posted On 25 Oct 2019

Exploration through Virtual Reality…

As part of our exploration topic, we have been lucky enough to use virtual reality to explore different parts of the world! See our recent news story in the press: Virtual Reality Comes to Park Grove Rather than just talk about rainforests, deserts, under the sea and space, the...
Posted On 07 Oct 2019

High Adventure!

With the start of the new school year comes our Y6 residential to High Adventure – and what a fantastic week we’ve had! See below for our daily updates… Day 1 What a fantastic start to our time at High Adventure! After the first challenge of making beds and our...
Posted On 03 Oct 2019

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school for 2019-2020! We’re glad to see everyone back here at Park Grove and we’re excited for what this year will bring across the different key stages and classes.
Posted On 17 Sep 2019

Final Farewell!

Well it’s come to that time of the year again – time to say ‘goodbye and good luck’ to our Y6 leavers and a ‘see you later’ to everyone else as we look forward to seeing them again after the Summer holidays. Here are some highlights over the...
Posted On 21 Jul 2019

EYFS/KS1 Scarborough Trip!

The Early Years and KS1 children have recently been on an exciting trip to Scarborough! The children enjoyed exploring the Sea Life centre, looking at all of the different sea creatures and then stopped for a rest to have a picnic lunch. We were very lucky as the sun came out and...
Posted On 07 Jul 2019

Sports Day!

We recently enjoyed our fantastic Sports Days for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. It was brilliant to see all our PG children get involved and thank you for the super support from parents too! “A couple of weeks ago, KS2 took part in the annual sports day. Each pupil had the the choice...
Posted On 07 Jul 2019

KS1 Topic Web Year B

Medium Term topic plans Year B
Posted On 24 Jun 2019

KS1 3 Year Curriculum Overview

Park Grove Primary Academy3 Year Programme
Posted On 24 Jun 2019

Digital Leaders Tech Taster Day @ YSJ

Our Year 6 Digital Leaders – and some Year 5s looking forward to being Digital Leaders next year – were lucky to visit the DT Design Centre at York St John for a special technology taster day on the 11th June! They have written a short report below to tell you...
Posted On 12 Jun 2019

Naomi Chambers (Business Partner)

My name is Naomi Chambers and I am a Park Grove Business Partner.  You will see me in the school office Monday to Thursday and I am always happy to help with any queries you may have. I have worked at Park Grove since September 2018 and I really love it here.  The children are...
Posted On 07 Jun 2019

Stay and Learn

Our KS1 classes have hosted ‘Stay and Learn’ phonics sessions for parents this half term. During the sessions parents had the opportunity to see phonics in actions, learn the key terminology and see how the children apply their phonic knowledge in reading and writing....
Posted On 09 May 2019


This half term, to tie in with British Science week, it has been our STEAM Week! It’s been all about science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. It was an incredibly busy but highly enjoyable week, with lots of varied and exciting activities happening in the...
Posted On 29 Apr 2019

Liz Pywell (Parent Governor)

I became a Parent Governor in December 2017 and have lived in York since I came here as a student in 2001. I am a qualified, experienced secondary school English teacher and run my own private tuition business, teaching students from across York and around the world. I also...
Posted On 14 Mar 2019

Christina Moreton (Parent Governor)

My name is Christina Moreton, and I have been a parent Governor at Park Grove since January 2019. After growing up in Yorkshire I left to go to university in Oxford, and then moved to London where I stayed for 12 years. We recently moved to York with our two girls and I’m...
Posted On 14 Mar 2019

World Book Day 2019!

What a super, cosy and fun-filled day for World Book Day. It was wonderful to see all children in the different classes in their pjs! In EYFS/KS1, each class explored a different traditional tale ranging from Goldilocks and the Three Bears to The Enormous Turnip. In Class 3, they...
Posted On 13 Mar 2019

EYFS/KS1 Country Celebration Day!

As part of our Topic of ‘Around the World’, we got on board ‘Park Grove Airlines’ and began our journey to 4 different countries. Each class visited Brazil, Egypt, India and Australia. For each country, there were a range of different activities taking...
Posted On 19 Feb 2019

EYFS/KS1 Workshops!

The EYFS and KS1 children have recently had the pleasure of visitors coming to deliver a range of workshops  inspired by our topic of ‘Around the World’. We have participated in a Drama workshop called ‘How to make an Apple Pie and See the World’. The...
Posted On 08 Feb 2019

Egypt Expeditions…

In Key Stage 2 this half term, we are learning all about the Ancient Egyptians. We kicked off our learning journey with some exciting drama workshops, lead by the fantastic Mud Pie Arts, which were based upon the brilliant Egyptology book by Dugald Steer. Each class was...
Posted On 03 Feb 2019

Young Voices 2019!

This year was Park Grove’s fourth year taking part in Young Voices, now the worlds largest school based choir. After weeks of hard work and rehearsal time put in by our own choir, we set off on January 10th 2019 for the fantastic concert at Sheffield arena. It is such a...
Posted On 25 Jan 2019

PG Playground Buddies

This year, we have changed the way our Playground Buddy system works which all came from our pupils’ feedback at a school council meeting at the end of last year. We now have two Playground Buddies from classes 2-9 to help support other children during breaktimes and...
Posted On 19 Jan 2019

KS1 Nativity and the EYFS Christmas Concert!

  KS1 Nativity The KS1 children have done 3 fantastic performances of their Nativity – ‘Prickly Hay’. They worked so hard to remember their lines and all the words to the songs. It was great fun all round and they did themselves very proud. We hope those...
Posted On 21 Dec 2018

Be Internet Awesome!

On Wednesday 12th December, Key Stage 2 had a really interesting and important assembly all about e-safety, and we had special visitors to talk to us about being Google Internet Legends! We learnt to Think Before You Share (Be Internet Sharp) and think carefully at what you post...
Posted On 20 Dec 2018

Journalism News…

One of Park Grove’s pupils; Phoebe, was inspired by her new school to write an award-winning journalism piece for a competition she found in The Week junior magazine. When she had to move from a school she loved (Clifton with Rawcliffe School) because her parents were...
Posted On 14 Dec 2018

Christmas Carol Concert

Our EYFS Christmas Carol Concert will take place on Thursday 20th December at 9.15am. Tickets are now available.
Posted On 03 Dec 2018


Our KS1 Nativity performances will take place on Tuesday 11th December at 9.15am and on Thursday 13th December at 5.30pm. Tickets are now available.
Posted On 03 Dec 2018

Light//Moves – York Mediale 2018

In the first half term, classes 8 and 9 were involved in a new and exciting opportunity, creating a unique dance experience as part of the York Mediale 2018. In the sessions, the classes explored dance with professional practitioners Hannah and Drew as well as combining coding...
Posted On 27 Nov 2018

Enrichment Day!

Early Years and Key Stage 1 We had a fantastic day celebrating our Topic for Autumn 1 – It’s A Bug’s Life. As a way to draw our Topic to an end, we had a carousel of different activities in each classroom with each teacher. The children baked some spider crispy cakes, went on a...
Posted On 26 Nov 2018

Year 6 and Reception Buddies!

The Year 6 children came down to meet their Reception Buddies for our first official meetup on Friday 19th October. The Reception children were delighted to show their Buddies around the outdoor classroom area and enjoyed having some time to play and catch up with them. We had...
Posted On 24 Oct 2018

Harvest Festival!

Over the last couple of weeks, the Early Years and Key Stage 1 children have been busy practising many Harvest Festival songs in the run up to the celebration in the church on Tuesday 16th October. Not only did we sing as a whole choir, but each class also had their own class...
Posted On 19 Oct 2018

The votes are in…

After a tough and closely fought election campaign, the results are finally in. Park Grove children have been battling it out amongst their peers, with clearly thought out statements and promises to consider the needs of all class members and have everyone’s best interests...
Posted On 12 Oct 2018

Amazing High Adventure!

Well what a fantastic time the Year 6’s had at their residential! Our Year 6’s started off their final year at Park Grove by getting stuck in to a full week at High Adventure, an outdoor education centre near Skipton. The week was filled with a range of exciting yet...
Posted On 30 Sep 2018

Happy New (School) Year!

Our new children are settling in brilliantly to school life at Park Grove. Here are some of our new reception children from Class 2 enjoying some time outside on our lovely new bench! All the children have returned to school eager to learn after their 6 week break. Our Early...
Posted On 26 Sep 2018

Year 5 Playhouse Project!

Well done to all our Year 5s for their fantastic performance at the York Theatre Royal! The Year 5s have been working hard on this playhouse project for weeks, and on the evening of July 9th, all their efforts were realised when they brought their performance of Ginger Jones and...
Posted On 17 Jul 2018

Early Years and Key Stage 1 Trip to Whitby

All four classes thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful day seeing the many sights of Whitby! We saw the whale bone arch, the Captain Cook monument, the Endeavour, Whitby Abbey, the 199 steps and most importantly we all enjoyed an ice cream, thanks to the PTA! All of the children behaved...
Posted On 27 Jun 2018

Classes 8 & 9 Collective Artwork

Near our Insect Fields garden, you may have noticed something very bright and colourful pop up in the corner of our school field! This collective artwork was created by all members of Class 8 and 9, who worked with a real artist to represent the chaos and visual language related...
Posted On 30 May 2018

Student Council Enrichment Day

On Tuesday 22nd May, the whole of Park Grove enjoyed a fantastic enrichment day that was organised by the School Council representatives from classes 1 to 9. There were so many different activities for all of KS1 and KS2 to choose from and all were ideas from the children themselves!
Posted On 26 May 2018

KS2 Cooking Projects

This term Key Stage 2 have a new topic, Football Focus, and each class are exploring this theme through studying a different country that are, or have been, involved in the World Cup. One of the first things we all wanted to explore was the food from that country. See below to...
Posted On 23 Apr 2018

World Book Day 2018!

At Park Grove, the incredibly snowy weather wasn’t going to cool off how excited we were for World Book Day 2018, and it proved to be a fantastic day across the whole school! Here’s what each class were up to… Class 1 “We all went in different costumes...
Posted On 07 Mar 2018

Flooding Drama Workshop

All of the children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 have been involved in a drama workshop run by Thea Jacob this week about flooding. We loved having the opportunity to discuss flooding including why it happens, who can help us when it floods and what we can do to stay safe and...
Posted On 27 Feb 2018

Music Enrichment Day!

On the last day of Spring term 1, every class at Park Grove enjoyed a fantastic musical treat: a whole day dedicated to exploring and celebrating music! Students from York University joined us for some music workshops each linked to the class’ topic. Through these...
Posted On 22 Feb 2018

Young Voices 2018!

For the third year in a row, Park Grove Academy has enjoyed being part of the fantastic Young Voices Choir at Sheffield arena. It is such a brilliant day for everybody involved…and here is a superb, descriptive report of the day by choir members Annabelle and Dinithi: Young...
Posted On 30 Jan 2018

York Theatre Royal VIPs

Throughout this half term, all classes at Park Grove have been lucky enough to visit the York Theatre Royal for an exclusive backstage look! Whilst the classes were there, they had a very informative tour of all the different parts of a theatre and learnt about the range of...
Posted On 23 Jan 2018

Feeling Festive

Our KS1 children wowed the crowds with their rendition of ‘Born in a Barn’, this years nativity play. We had sheep, cows, mice, dogs, cats and even a cockrel, all making room in their stable for a very special baby. While our Year 2 children took on the acting roles,...
Posted On 21 Dec 2017

Canada Enrichment Day

In Key Stage One and Early Years our current topic is ‘Winter Wonderland’ so we have been thinking about where the coldest places on earth are. One of the cold countries we have been investigating is Canada, so we had a topic Enrichment Day learning about lots of Canadian things....
Posted On 05 Dec 2017

Exploring Eboracum!

As part of our Romans topic, all of Key Stage 2 enjoyed a spectacular enrichment day, trekking around the remains of the Roman fortress of York – or as they called it, Eboracum – to find out all about the Roman history in our beautiful city. We explored the streets of Eboracum,...
Posted On 01 Dec 2017

Harvest Festival

At the end of our first half term all of the children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our Harvest Festival at St Thomas’s church. Thank you to all of the parents that came to watch and support our celebration. We hope you enjoyed the singing,...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of York – at Park Grove!

This half term we had a very special visit from an important figure in York: the Mayor Barbara Boyce! Key Stage 2 found out that her full title was The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of York and were given the exciting opportunity to ask her different questions about her life, her...
Posted On 02 Nov 2017

Georgina Glaholm (Teacher)

Hello, my name is Georgina Glaholm and I am the teacher in Class 1. I am excited about embarking on a teaching career at Park Grove and cannot wait to see what each day brings, as I know that no two days are ever the same! I am from York and have been living here all my life,...
Posted On 04 Oct 2017

High Adventure!

As if starting a new school year isn’t exciting enough, the Year 6s at Park Grove always have the added excitement of their school residential to High Adventure in the second week…and this year we had a fantastic visit! We set off on a slightly soggy Monday, but we...
Posted On 21 Sep 2017

Welcome to the New Reception Children

All of the Early Years team are so impressed with the new starters in Class 1 and 2 who have settled into school fantastically. They have already been very busy exploring the classroom, investigating in the outdoor area and making lots of new friends.
Posted On 16 Sep 2017

Topic Plans Year A 2017-18

Topic plans Year A 2017-18
Posted On 14 Sep 2017


Our Year 5 children performed ‘Animals’ by Atiha Sen Gupta at York Theatre Royal. The children were supported in preparing for the play by Julian Ollive from the theatre as part of the nation wide Playhouse project. The actors were expertly directed by our very own Mr...
Posted On 20 Jul 2017

Trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Key Stage 1 and Early Years were very lucky to visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to support their current topic ‘In the Jungle’. We all had a fantastic day out, despite the wet weather! We saw many wild animals such as tigers, lions, polar bears and lemurs. Everyone was...
Posted On 05 Jul 2017

Topic Enrichment

As part of our whole school enrichment day, each class spent the day exploring our current topic: chocolate! Activities included using the Chromebooks to create informative, interactive presentations all about chocolate, tasting a range of different chocolates (and then creating...
Posted On 04 Jun 2017


As part of our topic enrichment day all of Early Years and Key Stage 1 visited the Castle Museum to learn even more about chocolate. All of the children walked there very sensibly with their rucksacks and sunhats in the glorious weather. When we arrived we followed the trail of...
Posted On 02 Jun 2017

Weekly Newsletter 12/2/16

Here is the newsletter for this week. Have a fantastic half term! February 12th
Posted On 12 Feb 2016

Class 7 Newsletter 22.1.16

Here is the newsletter for this week. Have a lovely weekend! Class 7 Newsletter 22.1.16
Posted On 22 Jan 2016

Class 7 Newsletter 8.1.16

Here is the newsletter for this week  08.01.16-Newsletter
Posted On 08 Jan 2016