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Creative Arts

At Parklands Primary School, we understand the importance of giving our children creative opportunities to shine and widen their horizons as much as we can. Working in the arts helps our children express themselves and develop creative problem-solving skills, which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching through the arts can help us present difficult concepts visually, making them more easy to understand. Art education connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world. By engaging in art activities, children grow in their physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development. Children also practice imagination and experimentation as they invent new ways to create art. Below are some of the many celebrations, events and performances our children have taken part in as they got involved with the creative arts.
The Railway Children

The Railway Children

We are so blessed to work so closely with the greatest theatre production in the world … M&M Productions. Today they put on an all singing and dancing beautiful musical of The Railway Children. The awe and wonder watching a live performance was tear jerking. They...

Teaming up with @SkyArts

Teaming up with @SkyArts

Partnerships here at Parklands are everything and we are so blessed to team up with @SkyArts who funded a puppet workshop with the inspirational @NT_Schools . Teamwork, communication, speaking and listening and drama were at the heart of this brilliant project. How...

Live Classical Music

Live Classical Music

Today we welcomed the Musical Aire group into Parklands for a fun packed day of music workshops. Reception and Year one took part in a lively session based on a village fair which involved lots of fun and dancing. Ks2 were enthralled by enjoying a vast array of music...

Normanton Dance Festival by LDC

Normanton Dance Festival by LDC

In March, the Year 5 children were proud to take part in the Normanton Dance Festival. Under the creative leadership of Joanna, the children created a dance performance based on Equality and Diversity, which blew our socks off! See below for some pictures and a link...

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet

We are so blessed with our relationship with Northern Ballet here at Parklands. Cultural Capital at its best. Today we are helping to interview their new brilliant Dance Instructor. Community Partnerships at its best.

The Rock Kidz – Mental Health Awareness project

The Rock Kidz – Mental Health Awareness project

We welcome our great friends The Rock Kidz to Parklands today as part of our Mental Health Awareness project. Respect, resilience and tenacity is the core of their show - through good old Rock and Roll. [gallery size="full" link="none" columns="2"...

More dancing here at Parklands

More dancing here at Parklands

More dancing here @ParklandsLeeds with the wonderful pro dancer Joanna - all down to our great friend Graham and all at @LD_Consortium … 6 hours to nail the routine before the show to parents and partner schools. We are soooo lucky and grateful. [gallery columns="2"...

A full day with @BalletLearning

A full day with @BalletLearning

Here @ParklandsLeeds we adore one of our strongest partnerships with Northern Ballet … a full all day session with the sensational @BalletLearning with Jon and Fi … live piano and the most entertaining, enthusiastic tuition ever … even adding a flavour of French....

Mr Cardboard, Mr Creative… Darrell Wakelam

Mr Cardboard, Mr Creative… Darrell Wakelam

We welcome Mr Cardboard, Mr Creative… Darrell Wakelam back for day 2 of our Art and topic extravaganza. You can see why he is booked for the next 13 months. Today was the Y4 day working on the Romans. The outcomes, the teamwork, the brilliance was sensational. We...

Y3 making Stone Age mammoths

Y3 making Stone Age mammoths

Well are we not the lucky ones here at Parklands today. Not 1 but 2 legends in the building! We welcome the adorable @rosBIGWRITING and Mr Creative and the Cardboard man himself @DarrellWakelam .Today sees Y3 making #StoneAge mammoths , awesome that we have him for x2...

14th Day of Christmas

14th Day of Christmas

On the 14th Day of Christmas my Parklands gave to me 120 lunches and Pinocchio by Northern Ballet. Well what a treat on the first day of the Christmas break as we open our doors to one of the UKs largest Ballet Troups. After taking 20 hours to build the world class...

11th Day of Christmas

11th Day of Christmas

On the 11th Day of Christmas my Parklands gave to me … The Yorkshire Tenor and KS1 Nativity. We are so honoured and blessed to welcome back Jacob Walsh to school to sing to the children. Please do watch the following videos. He is headlining at York Minster on Sat...

Welcome @BalletLearning

Welcome @BalletLearning

Well it’s Monday morning here @ParklandsLeeds as we welcome @BalletLearning doing their Pinocchio workshops ready for the visit of @northernballet on Saturday… culture at is best [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="full"...

7th Day of Christmas

7th Day of Christmas

On the 7th Day of Christmas my @ParklandsLeeds gave to me … the best panto in the world. We’ve the brilliant @MandMTheatrical booked next Thurs but with bubbles back in operation it meant KS2 would have missed out. These awesome guys were not having that and sent a...

4th Day of Christmas

4th Day of Christmas

On the 4th day of Christmas, my Parklands gave to me… a special workshop from Northern Ballet. What a lovely day spent with the great guys at NBT as they did a lovely workshop based on the brilliant Pinocchio- which will be premiered on Sat 18th December. [gallery...

Parklands and Northern Ballet

Parklands and Northern Ballet

Partnerships are everything and here @ParklandsLeeds we are blessed to work closely with @northernballet and @BalletLearning .Today our #SchoolCouncil help interview the new Dance Teacher … what an honour and what a job Victoria did.

Filming with the BBC

Filming with the BBC

We are so lucky, well our Y1 children are so lucky, that we’re selected to appear on a Teaching Dance TV special for the BBC. I can’t tell you how impressive they all were. So tranquil and peaceful. So proud of our children [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="full"...

Rock Kidz Online

Rock Kidz Online

We are honoured here at Parklands to be featured in the new Rock Kidz single - staring the wonderful Y6 pupils and a brilliant cameo by Luke Goodwin and a special bit of cow bell playing by someone.Enjoy. Link: http://rockkidzonline.com/ngkmdfree

Filming with Russell Howard for the Playground Politics

Filming with Russell Howard for the Playground Politics

After the success of filming with Russell Howard for the Playground Politics section of his show the Russell Howard Hour for the last series and the x mas special... we were delighted to be invited back to London to film for his new series. Isaac and Omar had the time...

Grandad Wheels

Grandad Wheels

Today, Year 3 had a video call with the amazing author of the Grandad Wheels series Brian Abram. We watched a video which told us lots of interesting facts about Brian. We loved to see photos of his family and dog. Then, Brian read us the amazing story 'Grandad Goes...

When Parklands Met Joe Foster – Founder of Reebok

When Parklands Met Joe Foster – Founder of Reebok

What a morning Y6 have had @ParklandsLeeds all thanks to the inspirational @LetsLocalise. Today the children had the pleasure of being with @Reebokfounder #JoeFoster ...one of the UKs most successful business people-selling Reebok for £3.8 billion ! An inspirational...

Environmental Inventions – Raspberry Pi competition

Environmental Inventions – Raspberry Pi competition

Alastair Hodgson contacted school recently to donate 4 fabulous Raspberry Pi devices which can be used to turn your TV into a computer! During lockdown, whilst many of us were learning from home Miss Hattersley set a competition for Key Stage 2 to win one of these...

When Monty met Parklands

When Monty met Parklands

Mental Health is so important in 2020. Talking is everything to share problems. We were delighted to spend the morning with one of England's greatest ever Test Match bowlers, Monty Panesar. Monty  made his Test debut in 2006 and was the 631st player to play for...

Art of Coding Day

Art of Coding Day

We had the pleasure of welcoming STEAMCo back to Parklands this week for 2 days to do an #ArtofCoding session. The children adored working with Barclays Bank and LGFL as they programmed their own micro bits, used a 3D camera, used a 3D printer (wow I am still amazed...

Northern Ballet – Little Red Riding Hood comes to Parklands

Northern Ballet – Little Red Riding Hood comes to Parklands

Northern Ballet brought magic to Parklands once again with their performance of Little Red Riding Hood. The children and their families were captivated by the dancers and blown away by the accompanying orchestra. There were so many beautiful, smiley faces! To top it...

Panto Experience

Panto Experience

We treated 50 children to an ultimate #Panto experience at the City Varieties - oh yes we did ! Little Red Riding was spectacular

Parklands Choir at Tesco

Parklands Choir at Tesco

‪More #Xmas fun for @ParklandsLeeds as the choir hits @Tesco @Tesco_Seacroft .... the money is rolling in for our #XmasEveEve ‬- over £400

M and M Productions Panto

M and M Productions Panto

It’s that time of year when we have the brilliant M and M Productions visit us to deliver their #Panto. This year we were treated to Jack and the Beanstalk.... and they did not disappoint. The kids were in fine voice and were in stitches. Andrew and the team were...

4BT dance workshop

4BT dance workshop

4BT thoroughly enjoyed the dance workshop with Northern Ballet. Using the story of Little Red Riding Hood, pupils used dance to portray the different characters. It was so much fun!

Northern Ballet Morning

Northern Ballet Morning

‪The lucky children here @ParklandsLeeds enjoy a special morning with the brilliant guys from @northernballet @BalletLearning - sensational.

The Yorkshire Tenor wows the school

The Yorkshire Tenor wows the school

We are over joyed when the #YorkshireTenor visits Parklands to do workshops and to sing for our lovely staff and children. The Y6 had the ultimate treat singing TIME TO SAY GOODBYE . Beautiful.

Y5/6 Singing Show

Y5/6 Singing Show

Our visitor from the Cayman Island and 60 parents were treated to a spectacular Y5/6 Singing Show - “Goldilocks!” The acting, the rhyming was spectacular as Mrs Ellerby put on one of the best singing shows ever. The question is - was Goldilocks guilty or not? [gallery...

Filming with RUSSELL HOWARD for Sky One!

Filming with RUSSELL HOWARD for Sky One!

16 beautiful Parklands children were invited to London to film with Russell Howard for his new Sky 1 TV show, The Russell Howard Hour. Myself, Mrs Alderson, Mrs Joseph, Mrs Sant, Mrs Baldock and 16 eager parents made the trip. What an experience..... the best trip...

Celebrating our beautiful children’s talents

Celebrating our beautiful children’s talents

A special day at the #FunPalace here on #FundayFriday @ParklandsLeeds as we celebrate the talent of our beautiful children .... Mrs Bottomley organised and takes all the credit for the most special day of the year. Check out the brilliant pics. [gallery size="full"...

School Choir Day Out!

School Choir Day Out!

More #funinthesun here @ParklandsLeeds as the School Choir get a day out thanking them for their efforts ALL year. Mrs Ellerby, take a bow.

Jungle Book Panto

Jungle Book Panto

As a special treat we had a wonderful Panto from M&M productions doing the Jungle Book. The children adored it....

Y6 puppet show

Y6 puppet show

We were so proud that our lovely Y6 children did an outstanding puppet show for the whole school and parents. It had voice overs, cameras, lighting and microphones- simply brilliant.

Rap Concert with the brilliant MC Grammar

Rap Concert with the brilliant MC Grammar

We were overjoyed this morning to have a live Rap Concert from the brilliant MC Grammar. MC G has just returned from New York filming and has appeared on ITV This Morning and BBC Breakfast. We were delighted to welcome our great friend Harry Gration and BBC Look North...

Great Parklands Bake Off 2019

Great Parklands Bake Off 2019

4th March was Bake Off day seeing the return of the Great Parklands Bake Off and the standard of baking was higher than ever. The theme this year was stories and books as our bake off formed...

CBBC Ballet – Puss In Boots comes to Parklands

CBBC Ballet – Puss In Boots comes to Parklands

Where do I start with this Parklands adventure. In partnership with the second largest Ballet Troupe in the country - Northern Ballet; we brought the new #CBBC Ballet, Puss In Boots to the community. The place sold out for the ultimate experience. We are so proud to...

Filming with The Shine Trust

Filming with The Shine Trust

Parklands enjoyed 2 days intensive filming this week from The Shine Trust as we celebrated the children's speed and skills with their X Tables. Word around twitter and footage shown at conferences showed why the Parklands children are simply the quickest in the...

High School Musical

High School Musical

Well Y5/6 excelled this year with a 2 day sell out production of High School Musical..... literally all singing and all dancing. The best thing I have ever done in school. [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="full"...

Parklands Got Talent

Parklands Got Talent

Well it is that time of year when we celebrate the children of Parklands with our own Parklands Got Talent show. Mrs Bottomley and her team of TA's did an amazing job - the best ever in coaching, encouraging and bringing the very best out of our beautiful children. An...

When Cressida Cowel met Parklands!

When Cressida Cowel met Parklands!

Well what a treat we had today here at Parklands as we welcomed the world famous author Cressida Cowell. She donated 500 books and spent 3 hours working with Y3 and then wowing the school with an assembly. Cressida has written 30 novels including the recent Blue Peter...

Great Parklands Bake Off 2018

Great Parklands Bake Off 2018

It’s all happening at Parklands this week… World Book Week and The Great Parklands Bake Off. We were blown away again this year by the high standard of the entries to our 2018 Bake Off. Over the weekend, many children and their families spent quality time together...

When BBC1 Saturday Morning Kitchen visited

When BBC1 Saturday Morning Kitchen visited

Live filming on the first day back at ParklandsLeeds for @SaturdayKitchen on this Sat at 10am.... it’s all down to the impact that @RealJunkFood and it’s inspiration @MrJunkFoodChef has on communities with the @fuelforschool initiative #community #love #beautiful food...

STEAM adventure day

STEAM adventure day

One Tuesday in September everything changed at Parklands for the day. There was no timetable and the teachers weren't in charge of directing the learning. Welcome to our STEAM day, we were joined by the STEAM Co. who helped us to organise and run a fantastic day of...

Our first P Factor

Our first P Factor

Well thanks a million Mrs Oates (Miss Weatherby) Mrs Thackray Miss Scruton Miss Dockerty for making children's dreams come true.... The Y3 Y4 and Y5 put on the first P Factor ..... here is every child involved - what an awesome brilliant morning watched by 465 people...

TT Rock Stars Northern Wrangle Live BBC Breakfast

TT Rock Stars Northern Wrangle Live BBC Breakfast

Well July 25 th was a day to remember and celebrate here at Parklands. We hosted the North of England XTables Rock Wrangle. The event was filmed by BBC Breakfast; BBC Look North with our great friend Harry Gration; Made In Leeds; Radio Aire; Radio Leeds. We are...

The Ugly Duckling by Parklands Y6

The Ugly Duckling by Parklands Y6

Quite simply the best show that I have seen in 22 years of teaching! Mr Bethell worked with Y6 on producing the Show of the Year. The stage was created and built by Y6; the puppet movement was Y6; the singing - yes Y6 and all the filming ; music and lights were the...

Science and IT; Rockets and Drones

Science and IT; Rockets and Drones

We were blessed today to have Nick from STEAMco delivering an interactive brilliant assembly and rocket launch to the Whole School. Rocket Kids was a story of the Rocket Boy Homer Hickam and how he became an innovator in Rocket design. It was an engaging, entertaining...

When Parklands was on Ant and Dec’s ITV Saturday Night Take Away

When Parklands was on Ant and Dec’s ITV Saturday Night Take Away

Words can not describe the excitement all over Seacroft as not only did Parklands make an appearance on the Saturday Night Take Away, Ant and Dec actually sang about our Best Seats in the House assembly in their end of show show. Twenty two million (yes 22 million)...

Takeover Challenge 2016

Takeover Challenge 2016

This year's Takeover Day was a massive success!   126 applications 43 jobs available 9 key stage 2 classes represented 1 day to take over the school   Miss Weatherby prepared job descriptions highlighting the skills and qualities required for each of the...

Design a Light Competition

Design a Light Competition

TJ, Lawraunce, Abby and Danny entered a Northern Power Grid - Design a Light Competition..... and won with their Pull a Cracker with Your Community design.... the design was made into a real life Xmas Light and 50 of our wonderful children were invited to a special...

The Great Parklands Bake Off

The Great Parklands Bake Off

There was a special buzz around Parklands on Thursday 11th February when the Great British Bake Off came to our school. Miss Hartley and Miss Hattersley organised a school wide bake off competition and the response from the children was phenomenal! With entries from...

National Voice Box Joke Competition TJ

National Voice Box Joke Competition TJ

We have just returned from London (Wednesday 2nd March) - everyday at Parklands is just getting better and better and better. So back in November when Harry Gration and Richard Burgon MP kindly judged the Leeds / North of England heats of the RCSLT (Royal Collage of...