We have absolutely loved Science Week at Miriam Lord. Our classrooms have been buzzing with curiosity and our pupils have been asking some really insightful questions. Right from Nursery to Year there has been so much energy in school - well done to everyone.
What an amazing time we had at Buckden House this year. I think all of the staff agreed that it was one of the best groups we have ever taken, which is even more impressive when considering the cold weather and tough conditions. Throughout all the activities our Year 5 pupils did themselves proud and showed all the characteristics of what we expect at Miriam Lord. Well done to you all.
Two of our children had a very special today with our local MP Naz Shah. They were selected as the runners-up of a poster competition that encouraged children to design ways to protect the environment. Our runners-up were lucky enough to meet Naz Shah and were rewarded with vouchers for Go Ape as well as book token for school. During the morning they were even interviewed for local television. What a fantastic reward for two of our pupils and a huge thanks to everyone who helped organise the event.
Our Nursery children visited The Den today looking for a special visitor. They were armed with their binoculars and bravely crossed the road, travelled through woods until they eventually found the beast in his cave. Can you guess who he was? Not only were they very brave, but they retold the story as they travelled. What an adventure!
Because of your contributions last week we have raised £353.31 for the Australian bush fire fund. A huge thank you to every family who has made such a generous effort. The money will no doubt be extremely useful for those in need at the moment.
To be the house point champions, you have to show a real commitment to your learning over a whole term. House points are awarded for: stretching learning muscles in the classroom or around school, achieving shooting stars awards, pen licences and many more activities. Delius House were our champions from Autumn 2019 and I think it's fair to say that they enjoyed their reward today.
After another fiercely contested arithmetic contest, we were able to crown our latest Shooting Star and All Star Champions. Well done to everyone who took part, we are already looking forward to the next competition in Spring Term.
The winners of our most recent ‘Dream, Believe and Achieve’ event visited the Media Museum today as a reward for their hard work. They were challenged to ‘Design The Future’ and clearly their teachers were impressed by their ingenuity and forward thinking. Before watching a performance of ‘Dream Big’ in the IMAX we had a chance to visit the Space exhibition. The perfect place to stretch their imagination muscles.
We wanted to say thank you to all of our kitchen team for preparing another fantastic Christmas Lunch for us this year. The food was excellent and a good time was had by all. We just need to work out what to do with the cracker next year!
Thank you to all of our families who joined us for our Winter Craft Morning this week. The look of concentration and absorption on the faces of our children, and from our parents, was a joy to see. It's always great to be joined by our families in school and we are already working hard on the plans for 2020 so that we can make sure this happens more and more.
We are all feeling extremely proud of this young man from Year 5 because yesterday he stretched his perseverance muscle and passed his Prep test on the piano. His has been well supported by Mr Atkinson during his lessons, but on the day he had the face the examiner alone. The feedback was excellent and his really did show us all that practice makes perfect!
We were delighted to be joined by parents of the school and our local Neighbourhood Warden yesterday as we tried to clean up the local area. The idea came from Bradford 4 Better who are working hard to try to clean up communities across the district. Our Miriam Lord team of school councillors, parents, staff and pupils from Year 5 worked hard to litter pick around perimeter of school. You would be amazed how much rubbish we collected from such a small area and it made us realise the community needs to do more to keep areas tidy.
We are all feeling very proud of one of governors today and I am sure you can see why from the photograph below. Mrs Najma Akram is not only a governor at Miriam Lord Primary School as her real job is a police officer. At the weekend she had the distinct honour of representing West Yorkshire Police and laying the wreath at the cenotaph in London for the Remembrance Day event. This is always such a special event and everyone at the school is feeling so proud that one of our governors was chosen for such an honour.
It rained all day but it didn't dampen our enthusiasm as we were joined by families for the launch of '50 Things To Do Before You're 5'. This is a fantastic project led by St Edmund's Nursery and Children's Centre where parents work through a series of creative ideas and games to play with their children. We were delighted to see so many of our families joining us and keen to get involved. We were also lucky to be joined by Claire Drake who is a 50 Things Enthusiast and was able to share her expertise with our families. I look forward to hearing about all the activities our families get up to, as you can see from the photos it was activity #8 'Bubbles' that was the most popular today.
Anyone who has ever visited Miriam Lord would know that we have always been committed to providing the very best facilities for our children to learn in. If we want our children to achieve the best outcomes they have to be able to access high quality resources and feel inspired by what they see around them.
This summer, we have updated our EYFS Outdoor Learning Area to make sure our youngest learners have the opportunity to stretch their learning muscles in an inspiring environment. We are absolutely delighted with the finished product and it has already been a joy to see our Nursery and Reception children using the area. Have a look at the photographs below to see how this area has been transformed for our children so as we can make sure they are getting the very best.