To celebrate the joy of reading we have invited the children into school at 8.45am each morning this week to read. It was lovely to see so many parents of children in F2 and KS1 who came in to share a book with their child. The feedback we have received from both parents and staff has been overwhelming and we have decided to continue this until the end of the term. Please encourage your child to join us.
We had a wizardly wonderful Harry Potter themed lunch today. Mrs Hamilton and the midday team did an amazing job of decorating the Centre and the kitchen staff laid on a tasty lunch of sausage or fishfingers followed by a dessert of flapjack with a slitheringly slimy accompaniment! Take a look below...
What an amazing Easter Parade we had today! Children from each year group submitted entries in different categories including: Easter hats or masks, Easter gardens, Easter cakes or egg transporters. An overwhelming number of parents/carers came to support their children and we would like to thank you for your support. We'd also like to say a special 'thank you' to the representatives from Morrisons who very kindly judged the competition - a difficult job indeed! The pictures below show just how creative and talented our children are.
We had another highly successful World Book Day on Friday. Children and staff came dressed as their favourite book character - there were lots of people from Harry Potter and David Walliams' books. Many parents came in to read with their children at the start of the day. During our assembly we were joined by local author, Daniel Henshaw who then went on to work with writers in Year 3 and 4. We ended the day with a book sale.
What a lovely time the F1 children had today spending special time with their Mum's or Grandma's to celebrate Mother's Day. The children sang and shared the book 'Guess How Much I Love You'. The morning children invited their guests to join them for breakfast and the afternoon children shared afternoon tea. We would like to say a huge thank you to Morrisons for their contribution to this wonderful day.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to the PTA who put on another fabulous Valentine Disco for the children. There were two disco's, one for children in FSU/KS1 and one for the children in KS2. The Centre was decorated by members of the PTA and there were Valentine themed goody bags and Valentine roses for the children to buy. Refreshments included hot dogs and mushy peas. The theme for the night was 'Dress to Impress'.
On Wednesday 7th February the School Council and Food Forum were lucky enough to spend an amazing afternoon baking bread with a chef from Warburtons.
Each child tasted different Warburtons products ranging from white pitta bread to gluten free bread. They rated the items on their taste, texture and smell.
Each child kneaded and baked their own bread roll which they shaped into a hedgehog or caterpillar. The children took these home along with a goodie bag.
On 17th January a group of children from Y4, Y5 and Y6 took part in the Young Voices Concert at Sheffield Arena. Young Voices stage the largest children's choir concerts in the world. Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert with the aim of inspiring the next generation to find their love for music. Each night thousands of children perform as a single choir to an audience of family and friends. Harriette has written the following report about her experience.
I really enjoyed it when I went to Young Voices and I loved the music. The arena was huge and very noisy because lots of people were shouting, cheering, singing and screaming. It was also very scary because when we were dancing I thought we were going to fall! There were 2,201 children there. My Mum and Dad came to watch me singing. I was sat next to my friend Imogen and I was sat on the very top row. I really loved it because it was my very first time going to Young Voices. Me and my friends were very, very tired when we got on the bus to go back to school. When I got home I had a hot chocolate and it was really tasty!
Today we had a special 'Beauty and the Beast' themed lunch. Children were served an all day breakfast of bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, sliced potatoes with baked beans or tomatoes followed by an iced bun, fresh fruit salad or fresh fruit. It was so nice to see so many children join us for this special meal.
On the last day of term we had a non uniform day with a Christmas theme. Children came to school wearing their Christmas jumpers, festive dresses and all kinds of Christmassy headwear! We also collected items to support the Kirkby Storehouse food bank. A record number of items were collected which will support the food bank over the Christmas period. Thank you so much for your generosity.
The Morven Park Super Singers have been so busy during the lead up to Christmas. They have performed at a number of events including the Morven Park Christmas Concert, Lowmoor Nursing Home, Kirkby Library, the Christingle Service and on Sunday they were asked to perform at Hardwick Hall. The pictures below were taken at Hardwick Hall.
We have once again celebrated our love of reading this term with our reading track assembly prize give away. To earn a book children must read 50 times at home which is signed by an adult. Children can read any type of book or text and one read per day will earn them a point on their class reading track. We had many children receiving a book for reading 50 times this term and even a couple of children earning 2 books for 100 reads!
Many thanks to our PTA for donating money to buy brilliant new books and to Miss Wheater for organising our reading track challenge.
Two children also won our star prize draw, receiving £50 of Waterstones book vouchers to spend in Nottingham stores. Well done Harvey (Class 7) and William (Class 2).
Today, the very talented musicians, dancers and singers of Morven Park Primary School presented their Christmas Concert. There were two performances, one in the afternoon for the residents of our local care homes and the evening performance was for parents, carers, family and friends.
Students in Year 4 have had a fantastic time at St Michael's Residential Centre in Hathersage. Miss Burgin, Miss Halford and Miss Fawcett have been with the children on adventures every day walking to Padley Gorge to find the illusive character Odd Bod and walking up the spectacle that is Stanage Edge. They also visited Matlock Farm Park where everyone had the chance to hold and feed animals; and visited Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton, the famous cave for mining Blue John. The children have all had a fantastic week, were brilliantly behaved and did everyone proud.
We are delighted to let you know that on Friday 17th November we raised an amazing £506.60 for Children in Need. Children came to school wearing their pyjama's accompanied by their teddy bears in exchange for a 50p donation. The School Council organised a Children in Need cake sale and the children from Y2 completed a 'Pudsey Coin Fill' where they filled a Pudsey Bear with their loose change. Well done everyone and thank you for your support.
On Tuesday 7th November we had a very special visit from a theatre company who presented The Wizard of Oz to the children. This was a special reward for those children who have demonstrated good behaviour at school during the last half term. At Morven Park we use the Good to be Green behaviour scheme which provides an effective way to promote positive behaviour in the classroom and around school and allows for the recognition of pupils who behave appropriately. Take a look below to see how much fun the children had...
Wow! What a spooky night we had last night at our fabulously ghoulish Halloween Disco. There were two separate disco's, one for children in the Foundation Stage and KS1 and a later one for those children in KS2. You will see from the pictures below that the children really made an effort with their scary costumes. Special thanks to all of our PTA members who have put in so much effort organising this event and decorating the Centre.
The 4th annual Morven Park Scarecrow Festival took place on Thursday 19th October. Each year group chose a theme before designing and constructing their scarecrows. At the end of the day parents/carers were invited to view them and vote for their favourite. First place was awarded to Y4 with 'Strictly', second place went to Y2 with 'Three Little Pigs' and third place went to Y6 with 'Superman'. You will see from the pictures below that we have some very creative children, which is your favourite?
This half term we've had lots of fun during our lunch breaks. We recently had a whole week of special lunches with the theme 'Food from Around the World'. During the week we visited America, India, UK, Italy and China and enjoyed some very special dinners from these countries. The theme for today's meal was 'Minions'. The Centre was decorated by Mrs Hamilton and, I'm sure you will agree, looked fantastic. Children enjoyed an all day breakfast of bacon, sausage, scrambled egg, beans, potato slices and tomatoes or jacket potato with various fillings. A selection of fresh salad was available from the salad bar. For dessert children chose from a Minion cupcake, complete with banana decorations, fresh fruit salad or fresh fruit.