Pupils go wild at Woburn
A safari adventure was the order of the day for children at Stoke Goldington CE First School during a whole-school trip to Woburn Safari Park last month.
All 26 children took a coach tour through the Safari Park with a Park Ranger aboard to talk them through all the animal species they could see, from zebra to giraffe and wolves. Of course there was great excitement in the monkey enclosure when the monkeys decided to hitch a lift on the coach roof!
The day trip also included a walking tour of the Foot Safari area where being able to stroke the lemurs proved particularly popular, as well as watching penguins and sea lions. The pupils also spent time in the Visitor Centre and the day trip inspired some fantastic work back in the classroom as part of the School’s topic on ‘Animals.’
The children were also pleased to welcome their parents into the classroom for a special breakfast early one School morning, plus a chance to share their maths learning over a cuppa and a muffin!
Parents and carers were able to enjoy breakfast in the classroom whilst working with their children to solve fun maths problems using resources such as numicon, number lines and number bars.
It was also an ideal chance to see how maths is taught today in such a fun, hands-on way and to talk to teachers in Busy Bees Early Years Foundation Stage and Learning Ladybirds in Years 1 & 2 to share the pupils’ inspirational maths work.
A special Sharing Morning a few days later enabled parents to enjoy looking through their literacy and creative work and also gave them a chance to admire the pupils’ fantastic artwork on display in the classrooms. The children have been exploring many different art mediums to great effect during special Wednesday afternoon art sessions with one of our talented artist parents – making animal models out of clay and intricate, colourful animal masks set against co-ordinating landscape backgrounds.
The School’s creative juices will continue to flow during March as they take part once again in the National Gallery’s inspiring ‘Take One Picture’ project. This is a national project for schools in which children study a renowned painting from the Gallery and develop their own cross-curricular work based on the picture. The work the children produce is then supplied to the Gallery and, if the School is successful, their work is put on display. Stoke Goldington has much to live up to as last year we were very proud to be one of those few Schools chosen for their work to be displayed in London!
* For details about Stoke Goldington CE First School telephone Headteacher Mrs. Kathryn Crompton on: 01908-551253 or visit the School website at www.stokegoldington.milton-keynes.sch.uk.