The children in Year 2 this half term are studying ‘People’ and in Art, they are investigating different artists and the theme of portraits. In this week’s lesson they had great fun learning about Frida Kahlo and dressing up to create their own ‘Frida’ style self-portrait photograph to be developed into a painting. Don’t they look amazing – we can’t wait to see the paintings!
Year 6 have been busy recycling and re-using materials whilst looking at ‘Renewable Energy Resources’ in Design & Technology this term. They have considered wind power and had a go at building their own versions – here is one very jolly design, as demonstrated by its proud inventor!
The Autumn term has come to a busy and festive end at Milton Keynes Preparatory School! Parties were held, pantos were enjoyed, Christmas lunch was eaten whilst wearing Christmas jumpers in aid of Save the Children and the postbox was filed to the brim with greetings cards from the children to each other and their teachers. Meanwhile, the Christmas performances were a big success – across several shows in one week, all the children from the Nursery to Year 6 took part by year groups in some form of Christmas production, which they proudly performed for their audiences. Even Santa paid us a visit – twice!
In the Autumn term there are quite a few fundraising initiatives taking place, and it is good to look back and assess just how much the children and parents have contributed to the various causes we’ve supported so far this year.
For Wear It Wild back in October, we raised £272.15 for the World Wildlife Fund, Odd Sock Day raised £102 for the Anti-Bullying Alliance, for the Poppy Appeal it was just shy of £300 and for last week’s Children in Need, selling ears and badges and taking part in the Mile Run with Mr Driver, a fantastic £532!
Thank you to all our parents, grandparents, families, friends – and of course, our children, who work so hard to highlight and celebrate these worthy causes.
Last week, 58 of our Years 5 & 6 children were entered into the Primary Maths Challenge 2021. All pupils who participated worked hard on a difficult paper, with outstanding results – as a school, we achieved a fantastic outcome, including 20 bronze, 12 silver and 5 gold certificates.
This week, three of our pupils, who also happen to be sisters, were the well-deserved recipients of Headmaster’s Awards in assembly. Their Grandma had spent many hours crocheting poppies for the girls to sell at school. The beautiful poppies were so popular they had to ask her to make a second batch which sold out almost as fast as the first one! For selling the poppies, the girls raised a fantastic £300 for the Poppy Appeal. Well done girls – and Grandma of course!
Across our School and Nursery today, the children were all involved in some way in commemorating Remembrance Day. The Nursery children created poppies in sand, paint and paper and the Year 2 children made poppies for their Remembrance Day display board. Outside, at 11am, the Years 3-6 children stood patiently and solemnly listening to the Head Girl and Head Boy reading First World War poems and following the Last Post, stood with heads respectfully bowed for the minute’s silence.
The annual and much anticipated Sports Tour has resumed this year – albeit on home turf, but the children moved onto football and netball training on day two (after an action-packed day at Alton Towers yesterday!)
The children enjoyed coaching in netball at the Armitage Centre where the Manchester Thunder Superleague Netball Team play and football at Manchester City’s impressive training grounds. Currently touring the Etihad Stadium, with matches to be played by both the footballers and netballers this evening!
October already! Time flies when you are busy at school, as the children from our Nursery to Year 2 have been exploring. Here is their wall of clocks display, demonstrating the many different artistic talents of our 3 to 7 year olds!
The children at MKPS have started the year with wellbeing at the forefront of their minds. Following the success of our last Wellbeing Day, our focus this time around was ‘Inspirational People’. The children understand how achieving goals is an important part of maintaining a positive wellbeing. Our very own former professional cricketing international, Andrew Hall and MK Dons former professional footballer, Dean Bowditch, shared their inspirational stories with the children. Lessons all had an ‘inspirational theme’ and the children learnt about people such as Tim Peake, Paralympic athletes and Malala Yousafzai to name but a few.
A picnic lunch, music from Mr Sohal and some fun coaching by MK Dons was enjoyed by all to finish off the day. A truly inspirational start to another brilliant year!