Read the latest reports and view photos from the children’s school trips below.
A second group of Pre-Reception children wrapped up warmly for a cold and sunny walk in the woods to experience how the seasons are changing. A mug of hot chocolate warmed them up at the end before coming back to school.
On Thursday 16th November Class 11 went to The Victoria and Albert museum in London. They had a brilliant time at a workshop about the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the sculpture galleries and Cast Courts to see some examples of sculpture from all around the world, in particular a plaster cast of Michelanglo’s David. They visited the British Galleries to see examples of British design throughout the Victorian era and they were very excited to see ‘Tipu’s Tiger’ which was a favourite from a Design Technology project last year.
Autumnal Walk at Howe Park Woods In early November 2017 our 4 year olds enjoyed a blustery morning’s walk at Howe Park Woods, collecting leaves and looking for signs of autumn and seasonal changes. To warm up at the end everyone enjoyed a drink of hot chocolate!
Our U11 Football and Hockey teams travelled to Arnhem on Monday 16th October for our annual Sports Tour.
They stayed in the National Sports Centre at the Papendal Hotel. All the children received top coaching at Vitesse Football Club and Upward Hockey Club. The boys played some impressive football and won all their games whilst the girls received a masterclass from the junior Dutch teams and fought back to win their last match. They also had a fantastic day at the Efteling Theme Park. A memorable week was had by everyone and we are now deciding where to go next year.
On Friday 13th October the school supported the World Wildlife Fund’s “Wear It Wild” day and pupils dressed up in their chosen wild animal costumes, making a donation to the charity. During the day there were birds of prey shows, where the children learnt about a variety of birds of prey and were able to handle some of them.
In the morning the Parents’ Association ran a Cake Sale with a wildlife theme, the profits of which were divided between the WWF and Milton Keynes Hospital Children’s Ward.
In conjunction with their topic on Food & Farming, Year 1 pupils enjoyed a morning’s visit to this rural centre to learn more about animals on the farm.
They learned that farms keep animals for us to eat later as meat e.g. pigs, cows, sheep, goats, ducks and chickens. Cows and goats are also kept for milk, chickens and ducks for eggs, sheep for wool ( with dogs to herd them) and cats for catching mice. Years ago horses and donkeys were used for pulling carts and ploughs. Class 6 children saw all these animals there: they enjoyed observing their behaviours and seeing where they lived. Some of the children even sat on a tractor and everyone enjoyed having a break in the adventure playground.
Year 4 visit to Verulamium In October 2017 Year 4 visited Verulamium in connection with their studies of The Romans. They had a fascinating day visiting the Roman remains and learning more about life in Roman Britain.
In connection with their topic on The Jungle, Pre-Reception children enjoyed a day out at Woburn Safari Park, observing the large wild animals through the windows of the coach and then getting close to the small animals on foot and watching the Birds of Prey display.
Class 7 visited the Cecil Higgins Museum, Bedford, as part of their ‘In The Home’ topic. The children learnt about life as a servant in a Victorian household and took part in activities such as: washing and drying clothes; beating rugs and dusting; polishing shoes and cutlery; sewing buttons and laying the dining table correctly. They also compared Victorian household items with modern items and discussed the similarities and differences. Although it was hard work, they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and realised how lucky we are to have many of today’s modern appliances in our homes!