Wednesday 6th February was Science Day for Class 7, who conducted several experiments!
Solids/liquids: as part of Science Day the children experimented with solids turning into liquids. They melted solid chocolate into liquid chocolate and then watched it turn back into a solid. They discussed how the process would work with other materials, such as water ad wax; however, the best part was tasting both the liquid and solid chocolates to see if they tasted different
Mixing liquids: the children also made Blizzard lava lamps by mixing together baby oil, water, white paint and Alka Seltzer tablets to create a lava lamp effect. They learned that oil and water do not mix but stay separate due to their different densities.
Freezing: the children have been learning about freezing materials. They investigated if they could turn milk into ice cream using just ice cubes, by putting ice cream mixture into a bag of ice and shaking it for five minutes…
Sadly it did not make ice cream. However, when salt was added to the ice and it was then shaken, the temperature was lowered and the milk froze, making some delicious ice cream for them to enjoy!
Our Class 8 children had a fascinating day atThe Natural History Museum in Tring yesterday. They took part in a science workshop all about fossils and enjoyed a drawing session based on the artist Henri Rousseau.
They really enjoyed looking around the museum’s many exhibits and went on a trail to find the largest animal (an elephant seal) and the smallest (a pair of fleas!). A lovely afternoon out was enjoyed by everyone.
Johitha Kastala, one of our Class 11 pupils, won a trolley full of shopping in a raffle run by Morrisons at Westcroft, in aid of CLIC Sargent, the national charity supporting children and young people with cancer. Johitha was delighted with her win and had the inspired idea of donating all the items in the trolley to homeless people in Milton Keynes. Her parents and the school are justifiably proud of her fantastic idea!
At the end of the autumn term, Year 1 children received a visit from the crew at Bletchley Fire Station. This was arranged to support and enrich their learning alongside the topic ‘Machines.’
In the classroom they were shown the components of the ‘kit’ the firefighters wear to keep themselves safe from danger. They were then shown around the fire engine and learned about all the tools and machines used to put out fires and to rescue people and animals. They were able to handle some of the equipment, helped by the firefighters as everything was very heavy!
Last week the Parents’ Association held their much anticipated Christmas Fair, in aid of our nominated charity Medical Detection Dogs. Along with the regular favourites there were some new additions such as the hugely popular Slime Stall, plus Class 11 ran their own stalls for the first time this year and had great fun doing so.
What with Santa’s grotto, jugglers, cakes, reindeer food, Splat the Teacher and many prize-winning opportunities it was a busy, noisy, fun-filled afternoon and all in a good cause – the Parents’ Association have revealed that we raised a whopping £1800! Thanks to everyone who donated, shopped, took part or even splatted a teacher and helped us achieve such a fantastic result.
At The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to practise coding on the BBC Micro to create the snake game. They also used NotePad and Python the do the Turing test, a program designed to generate questions and answers – the purpose being to work out whether the responses were given by a machine or by a human.
They learnt about the evolution of technology by visiting the Colossus, the Tunny and the WITCH main frames.
They were amazed at the size and dimensions of the hard disks of the 1970s and 1980s and the amount of storage space they contained.
We congratulate our Year 3 boys on winning the Bedford Modern Tag Rugby Tournament last Friday! The boys played five matches, and came away with five wins – against Akeley Wood, Quinton House and Rushmoor School and two against Bedford Modern.
Well done to everyone involved on a superb start to life in prep sport.
The Under 9 Rugby team played their first match of the season against Broughton Manor Prep School in October. It was a well-contested match and the boys fought consistently hard throughout the game, to win 9-1. A very promising start to the season!