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Wednesday, 29 June 2022 13:11

Larch and Rowan Trip | Milton Keynes Museum

Larch and Rowan Trip Report (30th June 2022)

As we approached Milton Keynes Museum, this morning, the children of Larch and Rowan excitedly pointed from the minibus windows. They had spotted the huge boat and traction engine which were sitting in the car park. We were looking forward to an interesting day out!

During the morning session, we were given a tour of the exhibitions outside the museum. The children were full of curiosity and questions for our guides. The topic of the term has been ‘transport’ and we were given plenty of detail about each method of transport which we encountered. Whether it be a penny farthing, the biggest tram in England or a giant steam engine, there was a lot to learn! We even said a special ‘Hello’ to the original concrete cows, which reside at the museum. We were then introduced to the blacksmith, who carefully explained his role and the process of using bellows to provide air for the fire. He also demonstrated how different shapes can be made by manipulating the hot metal, using a hammer. He was extremely impressed with the scientific nature of the children’s questioning and they were given a horseshoe to bring back to their classroom, as a souvenir of the day.

We enjoyed an al fresco lunch on the lawn and had a chance to play in the playground, before resuming our tour of the museum. The afternoon brought more opportunities to learn about history and we accompanied the children to the old school room, where a rather stern ‘school master’ tested their literacy and mathematics skills. We soon found out what expectations and punishments were like for Victorian children. The boys were particularly dismayed by the fact that girls were always allowed to go first, during this era. Although, nobody was happy about the ‘seen and not heard’ business, either. We soon moved on to observe some of the artefacts in the ‘Victorian Street’: A cobblers, pharmacy, butcher’s shop, and hardware store were on our path. Finally, we learnt about Victorian servants and some of the children volunteered to try out the manual vacuum cleaners, before finding out what a ‘commode’ is for. 

We were delighted to take the children on their first school trip in such a long time. I am sure this will have been a memorable and enjoyable day for them all. 

Mrs Ramsay




Sunday, 26 June 2022 21:33

Lunchtime Concert June 2022

Lunchtime Concert June 23rd 2022

Today’s lunchtime concert began with the strong and confident sound of Alice Alder singing ‘Land of the Silver Birch’. This First Nation folk song is very evocative and Alice managed to bring great feeling to its special melody. Kiki Hikwa’s piano piece ‘Ecossaise’ was in complete contrast, its cheeky happy staccato notes so lightly played.

Jude Cronin-Webb brought our imaginations to life with his beautifully spoken poem ‘The Moon’s Magic’ and Nathan Awoyemi played ‘Lightly Row’ so carefully on the piano making some lovely harmony with both hands. Another gentle performance was given by George Payton, ‘Rain’ sounded so peaceful on the piano.

Giovanna Opoku really enjoyed bringing the terrible tail of Daphne’s dad to her audience. ‘The Magician’ by Gareth Owen is a warning to all dads….don’t do magic tricks unless you really know what you’re doing! 

Reyan Chawla’s piano piece was fantastic, ‘Alouette’ just wasn’t long enough and I hope he will play for us again soon so we can hear some more of his lovely playing. Jayden Bennett-Shamamba shared her piano piece ‘Allegro’ with us. She played this classical style with a joyful abandon and had fun with the grace notes in particular. Harriet Berkin sang us the delightful Scottish traditional song ‘The Winter Is Past’; she is so good at communicating the meaning of a song to her audience. India Wild showed us just how to play ‘Au Claire De La Lune’ with both hands and so prettily too. 

Matthew Coomber played ‘Love Changes Everything’ using the rich expressive tones of the euphonium to great effect and the last note was just perfect. Izaiah Famutimi was equally expressive playing his piano piece ‘The Flakes Are Falling’. This was fluid and gentle, which is tricky to do when both hands are working contrary to each other. His last notes were perfect too.

Nathaniel Ekewenu put all of his bounciness into his piano piece ‘Merrily we roll along’ whilst Chikamso Iwuagwa put all of her expression into a fabulously disgusting rendition of the worm eating scene from ‘The Twits’. 

Ishaan Tosar and Anoushka Mistry both treated us to the piano piece ‘Over Hill And Dale’. Ishaan is perfecting a lovely legato (smooth) sound that glides from note to note whilst Anoushka is getting very good at reading the notes and not looking at her fingers at all. Wow!

Frederick Lancaster played his trumpet with style, and what a piece! The ‘Anvil Chorus’ is one of the best choruses that Verdi ever wrote; it is part off his opera ‘Il Trovatore’. Kacie Padhiar then played us another famous piece on the piano. ‘Sea Chantey’ has another name…’What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor’ and Kacie gave it its lively character. Talking of character, Nina Punia played a gorgeous little piece called ‘Sea Story’ next. I loved it because it reminded me of waves drifting in and out on the beach. What a great hand shape you make Nina!

Timothy Lancaster loved performing ‘Sword Dance’. This piece has all the fun of a musical fight that’s also in 3 time metre; a great combination. 

Zayne Quinton played the beautiful song ‘One Hand One Heart’ from Westside Story on his trumpet and Isabelle Kirk delighted us with her ‘CDEFG March’. She must have practised carefully to be able to play her notes on the piano so well. Ioanna Viskadouraki was super confident as she performed her piano piece; ‘Lightly Row’. She has been practicing carefully too.

Next came Montgomery Lancaster. His piano playing was very scary today, ‘The Haunted Mouse’ was full of drama and brilliant to play I would think; you sold it to me Monty. Isabella McCall had more musical picture painting for us to enjoy as she played ‘The First Flakes Are Falling’ with it’s twirling snow flakes that eventually stop, leaving the piano covered in a white blanket, (well that’s what I heard anyway).

Our concert came to a close once Grace Sun had played ‘The Flintstones’ theme with so much cheeky exuberance that we were all completely charmed. Her joy in performing is so infectious. She put a big smile on everyone’s face!

What an amazing privilege it is to be able to learn to make music and perform our speech and drama. 

What would we do without music, dance, drama or art?

Life would be very strange wouldn’t it? 

Well done to all of our performers and thank you mums and dads for giving your children the chance to learn. Please keep encouraging, nagging and bribing! It makes all the difference when you do.

Mrs Hodges 

Sunday, 26 June 2022 21:22

Beech Class Assembly Summer 2022

On Friday the children in Beech shared their assembly with Pre-Prep and their parents. We enjoyed hearing about the life cycle of a butterfly. The children also showed us their wonderful artwork, well done Beech Class. Here are some photos and a song from the assembly.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 17:52

Acacia and Pine Trip | Warwick Castle 2022


Acacia and Pine have been on a school trip to Warwick Castle today, here are some photos from the trip. Please return to this page later in the week to read the trip article. Test 8

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 15:31

Cedar and Birch Trip | Warwick Castle 2022

Cedar and Birch embarked on a daring and courageous trip to defend the mighty Warwick Castle from the dastardly enemy army. They scaled the walls and towers for the best vantage point climbing a total of 478 steps! They hid in the ramparts making the most of the crenulations to duck and cover as they fired their arrows down on the approaching nemesis army. Through the tour of the gatehouse we discovered murder holes and the mighty portcullis to ensure they would be victorious. Once we had successfully defended the castle they were able to enjoy the peacetime life of Warwick. They sat and watched the most incredible falconry display following the mighty Falconers Quest. Being positioned underneath the bird's flight path they were able to see up close the power and skill the birds had as they swooped and dived to catch their dinner. We also had tremendous fun exploring the maze which transported them through different periods in history. They were all successful explorers and made it to the end. On a real scorcher of a day an afternoon treat of an ice lolly was thoroughly welcome as they cooled down before being presented to Queen Elizabeth I. They performed the correct courtly etiquette and Queen Elizabeth declared herself that we could all keep our heads for being good and respectful courtiers.

On our journey home as the children settled down and started to doze off, we sat and felt complete contentment with a truly wonderful trip. The children were superb and a joy to be with. Everyone we encountered complemented the children on their beautiful behaviour and manners and we felt immense pride. They were true ambassadors of the school and we have thoroughly enjoyed our adventure together. 
Mrs Collins



Sunday, 19 June 2022 20:06

Holly Class Assembly Summer 2022

On Friday the children in Holly shared their assembly with Pre-Prep and their parents. We enjoyed hearing about different mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. The children also showed us their amazing artwork, well done Holly Class. Here are some photos and a song from the assembly.


Sunday, 12 June 2022 22:14

Larch Class Assembly Summer 2022

On Friday Larch shared their class assembly with their parents and the children in Pre-Prep. It was a lovely assembly, here are some photos and a short video. Well done Larch!

 

Walnut, Maple, Beech and Holly headed excitedly on the coach to Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens on Thursday. We had a lovely sunny journey and when we arrived at the park were welcomed by an ostrich. Upon arrival we had a picnic snack and sadly had a light spot of rain. We did not let that deter us and headed to the walled gardens to look at a beautiful assortment of birds. We ventured into the tropical house to look for bats, tropical birds and even a sloth. Some children and staff were lucky and spotted the shy sloth.

The rain passed and after a walk into ‘Africa,’ where we saw zebras, giraffes, white rhinoceros, lions, and camels, we settled on some picnic benches for lunch.

After lunch we walked to Bradwell Grove Station and caught the train. The train took us on a short journey through the park, we went through a spooky dark tunnel to the delight of the children, saw the farmyard animals, the park and we were able to rest our legs.

We saw a wonderful assortment of animals, big and small, and the children were thrilled to see such a variety. We had a fantastic day, and the children all represented the school brilliantly, well done Foundation Stage. 
Mrs Okwuadigbo

Sunday, 22 May 2022 22:12

Lunchtime Concert May 2022

Lunchtime Concert May 19th 2022 

 Today’s concert was a real treat. It was given a brilliant start by Jacob Okwuadigbo who took us easily into the mind of his character ‘Calvin’ as he mused about his future employment. This lively, engaging performance made us laugh. Jacob’s timing was excellent, pausing and moving on just at the right time so that we believed he was making it up as he was going along. Wonderful!

James Alder made our mouths water as he did some musing of his own. ‘Hot Cross Buns’, as James pointed out, really don’t look cross. We all agreed, they are far too squishy and smiley looking to be ever thought of as cross; a happy performance too James, well done.

Alexander Briscoe and Timothy Lancaster amused us with their in depth discussion about superheroes and other important stuff, ‘So you think you’re a superhero’. We always enjoy this partnership; perhaps they are Batman and Robin in disguise!

Oluwadamilola Olajide was a busy girl today. First she played us a beautifully performed ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ with a lovely sense of enjoyment then later in the concert she brought us the brilliant poem by A.A. Milne; ‘Wind On The Hill’ which never fails to charm the reader and listener alike. Well done Damilola, I hope you get to fly a kite one day very soon!

Sophie Hartley-Wiley played a confident version of that famous T.V. theme ‘East Enders’ for us. We loved it. 

Frederick Lancaster’s speech and drama ‘Ernie’s incredible illucinations’ took his character into a library. Being incredibly bored, waiting for his dad to finish, he imagines a man in the corner is a secret agent, there’s a dead body in the reference section and gets into trouble for mountain climbing on his chair. Freddie obviously enjoyed sharing this with us; I wonder how many children get bored in a public library these days? 

Isabel John’s ‘Ferris Wheel’ piano piece was so pretty and played carefully and was in complete contrast to Arjun Sohal’s poem ‘Mrs. Mather’; his over active imagination dreaming up all sorts of terrible scenarios before plucking up the courage to ask his next door neighbour for his football back. 

Clare Hubbard, another one of our four pianists today, played ‘A Toy’. This super little piece works so well with it’s descending scales that dance down the keyboard again and again, Clare performed it with just the right weight and style. Ivanna Awoyemi was a super star playing ‘Old MacDonald’ perfectly with great rhythm and concentration all the way through.

Olivia Taylor was very entertaining. Her speech and drama ‘Did you ever play tag with a tiger’ made us chuckle and Onyineomachi Iwuagwu charmed us with her quotation from ‘Winnie the Pooh’ …the bit where Pooh sings his ‘Tra-la-la’ song and comes across Rabbit’s hole. I loved this, what an incredible memory you have Onyineomachi.

Erioluwa Ojemuwiya gave us some mouth-watering recipe ideas from her Nigerian family cookery book, the meat pie sounded delicious! Our tummies were definitely rumbling after this, so thank goodness Chamber group were next to play, finishing our fabulous concert with three pieces; ‘Biscuit Club Boogie’, Shrimp Society Samba’ and ‘Hurly Burly’. They were brilliant; listening to each other, using dynamics and performing with pride. 

Congratulations to all of our performers! 

Keep practicing everyone!

Mrs Hodges

Sunday, 22 May 2022 21:34

Rowan Class Assembly Summer 2022

On Friday Rowan shared their class assembly with their parents and the children in Pre-Prep. It was a lovely assembly, here are some photos and a short video. Well done Rowan!

 



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