A bit of rain and wind rarely stops children having fun on an outing at MKPS! Earlier this week the children went on an Art Expedition to Campbell Park. They found out about the sculptures on their walk and made some art in the outside spaces. Back at the gallery, they experimented with materials, creating colourful flags and making clay and paper creations with the artists in residence.
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.
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!
At The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to practise coding on the BBC Micro to create the snake game. They also used NotePad and Python the do the Turing test, a program designed to generate questions and answers – the purpose being to work out whether the responses were given by a machine or by a human.
They learnt about the evolution of technology by visiting the Colossus, the Tunny and the WITCH main frames.
They were amazed at the size and dimensions of the hard disks of the 1970s and 1980s and the amount of storage space they contained.
In October, Year 4 pupils visited Verulamium Museum in St Albans to support their Roman Britain topic. They learnt about everyday life during Roman times, were given a talk about the wonderful mosaics displayed in the museum and had an exciting opportunity to handle real Roman objects.
OurYear 2 pupils enjoyed a day at Wicksteed Park this week, investigating a range of playground equipment to find out which forces were required to make them move. They discovered that most required either a push or a pull, and that some needed both forces to be used, but at different times.
They learned that a force can move things but can also make them stop. They carried out an investigation with Science Bears and ramps to find out how the height and surface of a ramp or slide can affect the distance an object can travel. They attended a workshop where they built and investigated model playground equipment. They talked about the forces being used and the impact they had on the equipment. They then had opportunities to improve the designs to make them look more interesting and exciting.
They also learned about the history of Wicksteed Park and even got to have a ride on the famous carousel!
In September 2018, in connection with their topic on Food and Farming, Year 1 pupils enjoyed a rewarding and informative visit to Thrift Farm, in Mursley. They learned about how animals are farmed for their meat, milk, skin, or eggs and feathers. They were also able to observe animal behaviour within the groups of mammals and birds. They rounded off their visit by having fun playing in the adventure playground, including ‘driving’ a tractor.
Our Class 3 children had a lovely day last Friday on their first ever school trip to Rookery Farm, meeting and petting the animals and enjoying themselves pretending to drive tractors. After a picnic lunch in the barn they had a wonderful time making full use of the bouncy castles and slides.
The 8s and 9s enjoyed a fantastic few days away in Weymouth where the sun shone down on us. Sand World and the Sea Life Centre were
our first ports of call where the children enjoyed learning how to make sand sculptures and got to look at the wide variety of underwater animals!
We were even lucky enough to walk along the promenade and have a great time enjoying the sandy beach. The children challenged themselves at
the PGL centre and conquered some fears. They zipped down the zipwire; traipsed through the tunnel trail and built sea monsters on the beach
to name but a few activities…
Lots of new found friendships were developed and memories made on this wonderful Weymouth trip!