Thanks for playground fun
8th May 2017
By now many of you will have seen the fantastic new markings which were painted on the school playground during the Easter holidays. You may also have been lucky enough to witness the immense pleasure the children are having using them. They are designed to help the children think of active and imaginative games to play during break times and they encourage collaborative play.
The children have especially enjoyed playing snakes and ladders using a giant dice with themselves as counters, taking control of their bodies by mirroring one another’s movements and taking part in activity trails perfecting their gross motor skills. The area of the playground reserved for the Foundation children now boasts a full road system with zebra crossings, parking spaces, trees and a garage. Perfect for the children to practice their road safety skills through role play and to hone their driving skills when on the trikes and scooters! As well as making playtimes much more fun, various class teachers have been incorporating the new markings into their planning for numeracy and PE lessons.
Resources such as these of course cost money and in these times of ever shrinking school budgets, we have lots of people to thank for helping us raise the more than £8,000 needed. That’s why, on Friday, we held our first ever celebration assembly outside on the playground and were able to invite along the people we owe so many thanks to. Firstly, our wonderfully hardworking Parents Association who donated £3,000. Secondly, one of our amazing parents, Mrs Bloomfield, who ran the Manchester Marathon raising £420 which formed part of the PA funds. Finally, Middleton Cheney United Charities who donated £2,137.91.
It was a real pleasure to be able to invite parents to share with us in giving thanks and to also witness the parts of our regular Friday assemblies when we celebrate the achievements of the children through the week. Bikeability certificates were given out, awards presented, the House with the most weekly points was congratulated and the Keystage 1 and 2 classes who had worked hardest in demonstrating the school value of the week were presented with certificates. Happy Birthday was also sung and we were led in prayer/contemplation by one of the children.
Following the assembly Mrs Rayner commented:
“On behalf of the pupils, may I thank you all for your kindness and generosity. Several parents reported that they had really enjoyed the assembly. They had felt emotional when the children sang, proud sharing the children’s achievements and wished to rise to the challenge of using the word of the week. What an honour it is to be Headteacher of Middleton Cheney Primary Academy. Thank you so much.”