Read more about our recent school trips, visits and special events below.

Class 7 – STEM lessons

M&Ms experiment - STEM

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!

Class 4 and Class 11 Play Together

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!

Class 5 Enjoy a Tea Party

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!

Mr Driver reading a story to class 5 at their tea party
Mr Driver pouring tea (juice) at class 5 tea party

Year 6 visit MK Gallery to see the Stubbs Exhibition

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.

Friends of MKPS Logo Competition

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.

Class 7 Trip to Wicksteed Park

Class 7 on train at Wicksteed Park

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!

Class 10 at MK Innovates, CMK

Class 10 visited the MK Innovates Exhibition in Middleton Hall on Friday afternoon.

The Nifty Lifts stand was a favourite with the model hydraulic arm challenge fitting in very neatly with their current D&T project.

Class 10 visiting the MK Innovates Exhibition in Middleton Hall (CMK)
Class 10 visiting the MK Innovates Exhibition in Middleton Hall (CMK)

The Sphero programmable robots on the RS stand were also popular, where challenge was to programme the robot to burst a balloon.

Class 11 Visit the National Museum of Computing

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.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their day.

Art Workshop for Class 5

On Friday, Class 5 had an Art Workshop based on their current class Topic ‘Ourselves’.

Together we looked at the artist Paul Klee and used oil and chalk pastels to create faces using shapes.

Everyone had fun getting messy and showing off not only their artwork – but also their hands!

Harvest Festival September 2019

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 where you can also find out about items they are looking for.