Archive for October 29th, 2007

Monkston Primary School Milton Keynes

| October 29, 2007 | 9 Comments 

The first of a couple of trips to Milton Keynes. Firstly to Monkston Primary School
Monkston Primary School is a community school proud to be part of the developing area of Monkston and Monkston Park. It places a lot of emphasis on effective use of ICT and has received a couple of awards in recognition of this.

The school first opened in September 2001 as Monkston Combined School. In September 2005 it became known as Monkston Primary School. With 420 places, two classes in each year group, it boasts “a range of facilities each designed to promote quality learning for all children.” It is a very well designed and attractive school.

The school is also rightly proud of a living ‘Sedum‘ roof which changes colour with the seasons and acts as a “Green Roof”

I really enjoyed working with a really warm-spirited, open, imaginative, and humorous set of staff, from TAs and teachers to volunteers, on developing some ideas for inspiring writing and visual literacy.

Well done and thank you to head, Tom Winter and deputy head Phil Webster, for organising a really fun time.

I had a quick glimpse of Milton Keynes’ most famous inhabitants, the concrete cows, constructed in 1978 by community artist Liz Leyh with the help of local school children using scrap materials.

Just for the fun of it, here are a few silly cow links: Cow noughts and crosses, a cow “in and out” game for simple science, and Cowhtello, a twist on the game of Orthello to play on a whiteboard.

I promised a few folk I would link to some ideas for simple “non seasonal” DT.

Here’s fun site with some free nets of 3-D models to print and make. (Click on the model)