On arrival, our tour leader, Stephen, commented that The Grove Independent children were likely to be the smartest children who had visited the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre! We began in a lecture theatre watching a slide show of photographs exploring historical images of Milton Keynes and London. Milton Keynes’ history can be traced back to the Stone Age! We studied huge maps and heard all about the great plans for Milton Keynes over 50 years ago. We then embarked on our field trip around Stony Stratford. Carrying clipboards, we stopped at a medieval inn, a Georgian house and some Victorian terraces to complete fact sheets. We were proud of how the children conducted themselves along Stony Stratford High Street showing their manners to all they passed. Next we visited a library and found out how books used to be borrowed. Finally, we practised our navigational skills back at the Discovery Centre. A wonderful fact-filled day!
On Wednesday 13th June, all of the Gymnastics Club had a very exciting day showcasing all their hard work from over the past year. Since April, all our club gymnasts have been focusing on the Grove Independent School Awards Scheme. This scheme has challenged our children to attempt new skills and perfect already learned skills to perform and gain an award depending on their level. All children worked really hard in their sessions and also during the two assessment weeks we had before the actual event. Considering the amount of time the gymnasts had to practice, especially our two lunchtime clubs who only get half an hour a week to perfect routines. The gymnasts were ready for their showcase of their gymnastics routines and parents were very proud of what their children had achieved. Overall, the gymnasts all performed to the best of their abilities, and were very proud of their achievements. Well Done
In this May’s concert the tables were turned!
Instead of the musical items sprinkled through with a few Speech and Drama performances the opposite was true. Many of the children had their LAMDA exams this weekend and were able to show off their favourite poems before the day. Twenty Speech & Drama pupils brought their best to the party so to speak, so it will be impossible to mention all of them.
We loved the slobbering, belching alien that Kiaan Fesharaki invited, Eleanor Yeoman’s vulture was a lot of fun and Patrick Kingsman’s Big Fat Budgie was very lazy! Their performances were engaging and full of imagination.
Giovanna Opoku, Siya Patel and Elisa Illingworth won our hearts with their very expressive and dramatic performances. Their poems were ‘Ballet Lesson’, ‘The Falling Star’ and ‘Shadow Collector’ respectively.
The musical offerings were equally enjoyable. Vera Padhiar played her cello confidently for the first time in a concert, Lillian Goodman’s ‘Dinosaur’s Bedtime March’ was so well played that I felt sure there was a sleepy dino in the hall with us and Oyindamola Omotosho played the left hand tune in her piano piece ‘Mysterious Procession’ very clearly.
A big thank you goes to all forty children who took part and performed so well.
On Friday 4th May on a gloriously sunny day the children at The Grove had the opportunity to take part in a non-competitive duathlon hosted by The British Triathlon Trust. Mike Jubb started the day with a whole school assembly and set us the challenge of cycling and running 717 Kilometres as a whole school.
The children in their departments then took it in turns to go over to the field and take part, cycling on static bikes for 1 minute followed by running on a circuit for 1 minute. This went on for 45 minutes!
Other activities were planned at school, the Foundation children made healthy fruit kebabs, and took part in other physical activities outside as well as creating a healthy menu. Pre-Prep designed a sports outfit to wear, talked about healthy teeth, created a new water bottle as well as making a healthy food plate.
In Prep the children took part in various other activities such as food tests, a skills circuit, designing an eat well plate as well as fitness tests.
The children all had a really enjoyable day and managed to beat the 717Km challenge set at the beginning of the day, well done everyone!
On Thursday 26th April 2018 we welcomed a member of our Sikh Community who visited us and shared her experience and knowledge of Sikhism.
Larch and Rowan remained engrossed as Tina taught us about her beliefs. We learnt that Sikhism is not just a religion; it is a way of life. Tina shared the message, "Ek Ong Kar," "We are all one," and explained that Sikhs treat others like they would like to be because we all have beating hearts. We have already learnt about Guru Nanak in class, so it was interesting hearing more facts about his teachings. It was very relaxing taking time to listen to peaceful music and relax our minds. One pupil smiled as she explained that she felt like she was floating into Space. Tina brought in lots of beautiful items to share with us and set us challenges to further our learning in our classroom.
Thank you very much to our inspiring speaker!
Acacia and Pine really liked the talk yesterday on Sikhism. They enjoyed refreshing their knowledge from year four when they visited the temple, where they learnt about Sikhs and their way of life. They had the opportunity to ask Tina detailed knowledge and develop their depth of understanding within Religious studies. The students all loved the chance to spend some time meditating and relaxing their minds to consider others in the day ahead and reflect on mistakes so that they can be corrected moving forwards. This visit will help them in their end of unit test in Religious Studies which they really appreciated. They also loved the video on the temples that was shown which gave them a great insight into the daily life of people that follow Sikhism as a religion.
After all the snow melted away Cedar and Birch visited Duxford Imperial War Museum, Cambridge and saw all their previous class learning on WWII come to life.
The morning was spent researching a myriad of wonderful aeroplanes from different eras whilst completing a transport trail activity with great gusto and interest. They were guided around the Air Space Hanger by two very knowledgeable volunteers who answered all their questions with a wealth of information and took very good care of us all. The children experienced what it was like to travel on the Concorde and on a 1950's Jumbo Jet by being able to board these two planes and take a close look at the dial-covered cockpit. Several Rolls Royce engines were displayed to the children's amazement especially because of their size and components.
In the afternoon they visited Hanger number 4 dedicated to the Battle of Britain. They all recognised a Spitfire, a Messerschmidt and an Anderson shelter. They listened with great care to a talk by Mr Michael Hill, who was a 7 year old child during WWII, who now works as a volunteer at Duxford. They were fascinated to hear all his tales of a youth spent managing the implications of the War.
The children and adults thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful opportunity which enriched their understanding of Historical Events.
Reverend Walker is a Baptist minister who has visited the children of Cedar and Birch today in order to enrich their learning on Christianity and 'Rites of Passage' in particular.
He shared with us a wealth of information about his ministry which stretch as far away as Africa. The children enjoyed sharing their own prior learning about the meaning of a Christian Baptism, Holy Communion and a Marriage with the Reverend who also answered most sensitively a variety of amazing questions about the existence of God and his relationship with the Holy Trinity!
We thanked Reverend Walker for his visit by offering a card we created. Its content depicted a variety of Rites of Passage, churches and Jesus Christ which demonstrated further the children's enjoyment of this Religious Topic.
We look forward to Reverend Walker visiting our school again and sharing his knowledge with other year groups.