Our Year 2 children in Class 7 have had a busy day today working on their ‘Clothes’ topic – learning how clothes are used to protect us from heat and cold, how clothes have changed through history and what special types of clothes there are.
For today, they were encouraged to wear clothes that meant something special to them whilst they each took turns in their groups to create peg dolls wearing hats and clothing, decorate their own tote bags and even re-design the MKPS uniform!
On Friday afternoons our Class 7 (Year 2) classes join together to experience STEM subjects in rotation. One of the groups did a scientific experiment to see what happens with colours when sweets are sprinkled with water. The children were thrilled to see rainbow patterns forming on their plates – a bright, jolly end to a grey and cold week!
Each week, some of our Year 6 children spend some time playing or reading with our Nursery children; this time around it was Lego and water play. Both sets of children really enjoy spending time together – the older children make lovely caregivers and the little ones relish the opportunity to play with the Big Children!
This afternoon, as part of their ‘Clothing’ topic, our Reception pupils attended a tea party with Mr Driver, our Headmaster. Dressed up in their finery, the children sat down to cakes and squash from real teapots. They were also treated to a reading of Judith Kerr’s ‘The Crocodile Under the Bed’. A lovely way to spend a cold November afternoon!
This week our Year 6 children visited MK Gallery to see their current exhibition ‘Stubbs: All Done from Nature’ as part of their Art studies this term.
A learning scout took the children on a tour of the paintings where they viewed the magnificent ‘Whistlejacket’ and enjoyed learning about Stubbs the artist. They also took part in a workshop with an artist where they studied the structure and anatomy of a horse through charcoal drawing.
All children were recently invited to enter a competition to design a new logo for our Parents’ Association. In today’s Prep School Assembly the overall winner was announced and all entrants were presented with gifts . Congratulations to Millie, one of our Year 4 pupils whose winning design can be seen below.
Our Year 2 children had a lovely day at Wicksteed Park this week – all in the name of science of course!
They investigated which forces are used to move the playground equipment and were also tasked with creating a giant marble run using tubes and cardboard….everyone took the research very seriously and enjoyed themselves filling in worksheets on their clipboards as they played with their friends in the playground. The marble run challenge saw all of them helping, having ideas and getting involved to make their marble run a success.
A lovely day for the children to spend time outside learning, experiencing and playing, as well as getting to see the fun side of science!
On Monday some of our Year 6 children visited the National Museum of Computing. The children started off the day with a guided tour called “Digital Revolution”.
They explored the ‘first semi-programmable electronic computer’, the world’s oldest working computer, 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation computer machines to present innovation. The tour also looks at the development of electronic computers after the war. The machines demonstrate key concepts in computing such as the Von Neumann architecture and the Fetch – Decode – Execute cycle, as well as looking at real world examples of computing and how it has changed the world in which we live. They then had some time to play some vintage games on dated consoles and arcade machines. They found this exhilarating and plenty of fun!
After lunch, they went on to engage in hands-on workshops: • Workshop 1 – Program in BBC Basic – Snake Game Using vintage BBC micro machines the children used BBC Basic to program a game of Snake. • Workshop 3 – Turing Test This was a brief introduction into Alan Turing’s work on AI and how it is used for modern chat-bots.