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.
What an amazing bunch of children!
Congratulations to the U11 Boys Football team, finishing runners up in the East Region of the 7-a-side ISFA competition held at The Perse School, Cambridge. The boys came second in their group and progressed through to the knockout stages. They beat Langley 3-2 in the quarter-finals, defeated St Josephs in the Park 1-0 in the semi-final and then progressed through to the final to play hosts, The Perse.
The boys made an excellent start, scoring first from a corner. After a hard fought game they fell just short losing 3-1. Well done, an excellent achievement!
As part of the Sports leaders’ silver award this year, they had to organise a Junior Inter-House tournament for both the girls and boys. They had to warm up their team, coach their own House and referee their own games. The girls’ tournament involved all Year 4 girls and some from Year 3. After a closely contested round robin tournament, Emerson scooped the first victory and became Junior Netball Inter-House Champions!
Junior Football Inter-House Football involved Years 4 and 3 boys and proved to be a very exciting tournament. As the final approached, Emerson and Ravenstone were head to head with the same amount of points. Emerson powered their way into first position, with Ravenstone coming a very close second.
Emerson – the winning team!
The Sports leaders did a fantastic job, having built a very good rapport with the younger children, who had a thoroughly positive and enjoyable experience from their first Inter-House tournament! Well done to all the teams and to our sports leaders!
Congratulations to the MKPS U10A team for winning the annual MKPS 5-a-side indoor football tournament on Wednesday 27th February 2019. The B team also performed admirably, coming very close to beating other schools’ A teams.
Wednesday 6th February was Science Day for Class 7, who conducted several experiments!
Solids/liquids: as part of Science Day the children experimented with solids turning into liquids. They melted solid chocolate into liquid chocolate and then watched it turn back into a solid. They discussed how the process would work with other materials, such as water ad wax; however, the best part was tasting both the liquid and solid chocolates to see if they tasted different
Mixing liquids: the children also made Blizzard lava lamps by mixing together baby oil, water, white paint and Alka Seltzer tablets to create a lava lamp effect. They learned that oil and water do not mix but stay separate due to their different densities.
Freezing: the children have been learning about freezing materials. They investigated if they could turn milk into ice cream using just ice cubes, by putting ice cream mixture into a bag of ice and shaking it for five minutes…
Sadly it did not make ice cream. However, when salt was added to the ice and it was then shaken, the temperature was lowered and the milk froze, making some delicious ice cream for them to enjoy!
Our Class 8 children had a fascinating day atThe Natural History Museum in Tring yesterday. They took part in a science workshop all about fossils and enjoyed a drawing session based on the artist Henri Rousseau.
They really enjoyed looking around the museum’s many exhibits and went on a trail to find the largest animal (an elephant seal) and the smallest (a pair of fleas!). A lovely afternoon out was enjoyed by everyone.
Johitha Kastala, one of our Class 11 pupils, won a trolley full of shopping in a raffle run by Morrisons at Westcroft, in aid of CLIC Sargent, the national charity supporting children and young people with cancer. Johitha was delighted with her win and had the inspired idea of donating all the items in the trolley to homeless people in Milton Keynes. Her parents and the school are justifiably proud of her fantastic idea!
At the end of the autumn term, Year 1 children received a visit from the crew at Bletchley Fire Station. This was arranged to support and enrich their learning alongside the topic ‘Machines.’
In the classroom they were shown the components of the ‘kit’ the firefighters wear to keep themselves safe from danger. They were then shown around the fire engine and learned about all the tools and machines used to put out fires and to rescue people and animals. They were able to handle some of the equipment, helped by the firefighters as everything was very heavy!