This morning many of our children took great pleasure in bringing their Food Bank donations to the Sports Hall in advance of a visit from the Project Manager at the Food Bank, Mr John Marshall. He led a presentation to the children, asking them thought-provoking questions about food and their concept of meals. For example, he asked for volunteers to find some items amongst those on display that they would choose for someone’s breakfast, or asked how many of them had actually had breakfast this morning, explaining that in some schools he visited, almost all hands went up.
The Food Bank relies heavily on donations from the public both in the form of food and money. They are based in Milton Keynes and have warehouses and serving centres, all populated by volunteers. Every item they receive makes a difference to someone, somewhere, who is in need. For more information about their work, visit their website http://mkfoodbank.org.uk where you can also find out about items they are looking for.
Eleven excited pupils attended our keyboard afternoon on Thursday 26th September. Mr Ben Andrew – Head of Keyboard at Stowe School – facilitated the session. The children began to make music instantly and used the pentatonic scale to improvise, as Mr Andrew played chords on the piano.
Every pupil played a piece of music for him and they were then given practical advice on how they could improve their performance. Topics covered included understanding performance directions, pedalling technique, posture at the piano and how to improve sight-reading skills. The session ended with a lively Blues improvisation performance that continued into registration time. Thank you Mr Andrew for such an informative and enjoyable afternoon.
In a festival against Akeley Wood School last week, our Class 2 children made the most of a lovely sunny afternoon playing cricket at Campbell Park. We fielded four teams and as well as the game play, there were some workshops running – for example, Mr Hall, our MKPS Professional Cricket Coach, ran some bowling workshops using hoops to improve and assist the children’s aim.
Five children received a Player of the Match Award – four from MKPS and one from Akeley Wood. All the children were awarded medals and thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon in the sunshine and fresh air.
This week, our Class 11 (Year 6) children hosted an Open Day for parents across the school at The Farm, our environmental studies centre. The new purpose built classroom unit has two big spaces flooded with natural light set amidst the planting and wilderness areas and the polytunnels. The parents joined us via buses from school in two groups and were taken round the site by the children, who loved showing off their gardening skills and proudly pointed out the fruits, vegetables and flowers their efforts – and those of their fellow pupils from pre-Reception to Year 5 – have produced.
Staff were on hand to provide refreshments, fire up the pizza oven for the children’s lunch and supervise chutney, dough and passata-making in the classrooms. There was even an unexpected visit from a large female toad, which the children were fascinated to watch and touch! Even the unpredictable mid-June weather didn’t dampen the spirits, perfectly showcasing the gardening and even the indoor fitness facilities.
“What an amazing place to learn. I am in shock at this place – the children are so lucky.”
“A fantastic facility and its wonderful to see the children enjoying it”
“Wonderful place. Now I know why my girls like farm days – great work.”
Both parents and children had a very enjoyable and relaxed couple of hours. We plan to hold another Open Day at The Farm later in the year – keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
“Lovely atmosphere in here and I’m sure the children feel relaxed and rejuvenated as they leave the farm after every visit.”
For the first time this year, the Royal Academy are running the Young Artists’ Summer Show, inspired by the Academy’s own Summer Exhibition. The new show offers primary and secondary level students the chance to exhibit their artwork at the Royal Academy – both on site and online.
MKPS entered several pieces from our Prep children and we’re absolutely delighted that Kamran Shokar from Year 4 had his pastel still life (below, top) selected for the online exhibition, whilst Coco Derry from Year 3 had her piece (below) shortlisted. A brilliant achievement for both of them!
On Friday 17th May, the MKPS Senior Cricket Squads visited Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The morning consisted of a two hour training session with ECB qualified coaches. This included the use of the nets, working on game based scenarios. A bowling machine was used and the children worked on improving a specific element of their batting. Full match practice then followed, allowing the children to apply their newly learned skills in a pressure situation. The children benefited from all elements of practice and will move into the summer term with a clearer idea of their strengths and areas for improvement.
A tour of Lord’s followed after lunch. This included viewing the media centre, where international journalists sit to report on the day’s play. A tour of the Museum then followed, including a history lesson on the Ashes, given by our expert guide, Lionel.
Seeing such legendary names as Shane Warne, Viv Richards and Alistair Cook emblazoned in the Museum will certainly inspire the children to give 100% effort during games lessons/fixtures this term. The children even managed to watch a small passage of play between Middlesex and Leicestershire in the County Championship. This is regarded as the best level of cricket outside the international arena.
Our MKPS children behaved impeccably as always and thoroughly enjoyed their experiences at the home of cricket.
Thank you to the MCC Academy and the MCC Cricket Club for hosting us.
Making the most of another sunny May afternoon, our Class 7 went on a walk from school to St Mary’s Church in Bletchley this week. They were learning map reading skills, studying trees and road signs and looking out for landmarks, such as the War Memorial, along the way.
In conjunction with their topic on Sound and Communication, our Year 1 children enjoyed a visit from the professional musician Ed Neuhauser. He taught them different beats and rhythms so that they could experience the spirit and techniques of Samba Drumming. The children were unanimous in their praise of the workshop. We hope that they will be inspired to have a go at drumming again in the future!
In November 2018 around 67,000 children from 1600 schools took part in the Primary Mathematics Challenge. 10% of those children scored between 18 and 25. The top 3.5% of those children were invited to take part in the Bonus Round in February. Twenty MK Prep children were amongst that number.
Of that top 3.5%, just over half of the children achieved bronze, silver or gold awards. 80% of our children who took part in the Bonus Round achieved awards – nine Silver awards and seven Bronze awards. In many cases, gold, silver and bronze awards were missed by only one mark.