Year 2 made an exciting start to their topic this week as they got to speak to a polar explorer! They are learning about our 'Frozen Planet' and had a web chat with an explorer who told them about the animals and climate of Antarctica. The children were able to ask questions and it really helped them to understand what life is like in such an extreme climate.
A fantastic final week of term at Howe Park with everyone enjoying the festive spirit! We have had a week full of Christmas productions- Foundation have performed Whoops a Daisy Angel, Year 1 have performed It's a Baby and Year 2 performed Ralph the Reindeer.
All the performances were of extremely high quality and were enjoyed by everyone. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated and talented children and staff at our school.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year from everyone at Howe Park.
Year 2 were extremely lucky last Monday as they not one, but two visits to local churches. In the morning they visited the relatively new Church of Servant King in Furzton. Here they learnt all about the features of the church and the many different ways it is used.
In the afternoon they visited the much older church of St. Giles in Tattenhoe. Here they learnt lots of interesting facts about the history of the building and were treated to a bell ringing demonstration as well!
A huge thank you to all the parent and church volunteers who made this trip possible, with particular thanks to Rev. Morris.
This week we have taken part in Anti Bullying Week. We have learnt in assemblies and lessons about what bullying is and what we can do about it. Everyone wore 'loud' clothes on Friday in recognition of this years theme"Make a noise about bullying!" Each class prepared a short slogan about preventing bullying which you can hear below, along with viewing a selection of the anti bullying posters the children created.
Year 2 held a cake sale on Friday to raise money for Children in Need. As always we were fantastically well supported by the whole school community and managed to raise an amazing £251! A very special thanks goes to Mrs Appleyard who helped Year 2 make cakes for the sale and spent a lot of her own time organising the event. Mrs Appleyard is an expert baker and created some marvellous cakes with the children, as you can see below. Thank you to everyone who supported the sale and raised money for this very worthwhile cause.
There is a thoughtful and sombre feel to our assemblies at Howe Park this week as we reflect on the theme of remembrance. We are joining in with the two minutes silence on 11th November to show our respect and thanks for those who have given their lives in war. The children in Key Stage 1 have thought carefully about Remembrance Day and what it means and have learnt a lot about the subject throughout the assemblies this week.
A great end to the half term as we celebrated the Rugby World Cup at Howe Park. All classes spent the whole day involved in Rugby activities, including a session on Tag Rugby from a specialist sports coach. The children took part in a wide range of activities, including learning the Haka, researching the countries that played at the MK stadium and doing some Rugby maths. A great day was had by everyone!
A special assembly this week as we held our annual Harvest assembly. We were once again amazed and overwhelmed at the generosity of our children, parents and friends. The children enjoyed a thought provoking assembly by Reverend Morris on the topic of sharing at harvest time and we rounded off the assembly with the special harvest song we have been learning.
All the produce collected will be sent to The Food Cupboard, a very worthwhile charity based in Bletchley. Thank you for all your donations.
A very exciting week at Howe Park as the children took part in our very first elections for the school council. The children in Key Stage 1 all voted for who they felt would be the best people for the very important role of School Councillors. Each candidate had to put together a short speech to give to their class before the secret ballot took place. Below are some of the winning candidates who will be school councillors this term.
A big thank you to Mrs Matthews for organising the voting and running the school council this year.
We have had a fantastic start to the new year at Howe Park School. The children have settled into their new classes really well and have had a very enjoyable week.
In Key Stage 1 the children have had a special Learning Week where they have learnt all about their brain, how to be a good learner and what skills they will need to make the most of the school year.
Here is Year 2 making their own 3D glasses which they then used to find out new information about the brain:
We have had an incredibly busy last two weeks of the year at Howe Park. Year 1 assembly, the Year 2 production of Panto Pandemonium, Sports Day, Dance Afternoon, the list goes on!
Below are this years winners of our Annual Governors Awards- congratulations to them all.
Year 1 trip to Wrest Park
Year 1 went on a trip to Wrest Park, to celebrate their Percy the Park Keeper topic. The children had a fabulous time exploring the buildings and gardens.
Even the staff joined in with the fun.
Year 2 have been learning all about Hinduism and made these amazing Rangoli patterns as part of their RE lesson. A special thank you to Mrs Jethra for organising this great activity.
Visit from Time for You
We were delighted to welcome a club from Bletchley called ‘Time for You’ this week. The club normally meets at Whaddon Way Church on a Tuesday, sharing food and listening to a speaker.
They were greeted by Year 2 and they enjoyed refreshments supplied by the Friends Association. To end the morning, each year group performed songs and poems.
We all really enjoyed their visit and we look forward to welcoming them back in July.
Easter at Howe Park
On Wednesday we were very lucky to have a visit from Rev Morris, who led a special assembly about the Easter Story.
This year we had a competition to decorate an egg and have been delighted with the number of entries. There were many imaginative ideas and we can see that everyone worked very hard. Every child who entered received a special treat and Ms Young presented the winners with an Easter egg in a special Assembly on Friday morning.
Well done to all our winners:
This week in Nursery, we have been thinking about Spring and colour. We went on a Spring walk and talked about what we noticed. We even found some woolly worms!
We had a fantastic Red Nose Day, raising over £470 for Comic Relief. The children all came dressed with "funny faces" and contributed money. Highlight of the day was a fantastic talent show, compared superbly by Mrs Matthews. We were also treated to some 'interesting' staff acts- Mr Browne amazed with magic, Mrs Appleyard entertained with her recorder and Mr Pearson's singing brought a suitable finale to proceedings. Below is our overall winner with Mrs Matthews.
Year 2 had a very special day learning all about the Great Fire of London. We were visited by "History off the Page" who taught us all about the Great Fire, Samuel Pepys and the sort of jobs people did in 1666.
We had a very special day on Thursday 5th March as we celebrated World Book Day. The children came in dressed in some amazing outfits (and so did the teachers!)
Each class spent the whole day working on one particular book or author and all their learning was linked to this. The children enjoyed art, drama, music, writing, reading and lots more all through the morning.
In the afternoon we had a sharing assembly, where everybody enjoying listening to what each class had been doing for World Book Day. Then it was time for Read and Relax afternoon, where everyone shared special books from home and snuggled up in onesies, pyjamas and other comfortable clothes. We also had an extra relaxing treat in the form of hot chocolate.
Every child received a £1 World Book Day Book Token that can either be exchanged for one of 10 special £1 World Book Day books or used to get £1 off any book costing £2.99 or more. You can find out more about the books at worldbookday.com/books.
Everybody at Howe Park had a fantastic book day- the benefits of reading are enormous so it was great to celebrate this important day.
A very exciting week in school as we launched "Reach for the Stars", our new behaviour and reward system. The whole school was dancing to the happy sounds of S Club 7 as we recognised and rewarded all the fantasic learning and behaviour from the whole week.
Year 2 children were treated to some excellent dancing from Mrs Underwood and even got the chance to perfect their own red carpet walks and poses as can be seen below.
Recognising every child's achievements is incredibly important to us at Howe Park and our new assemblies will allow us to celebrate in a new and exiting way.