Here are some of the projects that the pupils have been working on in preparation for our Centenary next year.
Edwardian Tea Party
In June Form 1 hosted a formal Edwardian Afternoon Tea Party, with guests of honour Mr & Mrs Ilett. Fabulous weather, delicious food and fantastic fun for all. This was the first in a series of events to celebrate the Milbourne Lodge Centenary in 2012.
With the Centenary of Milbourne Lodge School just months away, this seemed the ideal time to launch our latest, and most ambitious Art and ICT whole school project, to design and build a Centenary Garden within the school grounds.
The children have made wonderful progress designing, building and creating their own Autumn Vegetable Garden, known as a 'Potager Garden'.
The garden is designed to be both functional, hopefully producing produce for the end of this term, as well as being a wonderful area to use for drawing, painting, photography and film-making.
Milbourne has joined the 'RHS Campaign for Gardening in Schools' and we are attempting to pass all five 'benchmark' targets by the end of this term. The scheme encourages parents and the outside community to support and assist with our garden project.
Centenary Garden Blog
Mrs Cary has been busy keeping a weekly blog charting the progress of the Centenary Garden. The blog will form part of Milbourne’s submission to the RHS Campaign for Gardening in Schools benchmark scheme.
The blog address is http://mlcentenarygardenpolo.blogspot.com
The pupils have also been using a PlantCam to add time-lapse photography too.
Form 1 pupils investigated life in the Edwardian era, including studying the 'Fletcherism Method' of chewing each mouthful of food until pulped. This was meant to both aid digestion and avoid obesity - as Edwardian meals were frequent, huge and lavish affairs.
They studied Edwardian food and lifestyle, and then wrote and illustrated their own Edwardian Cookbook in the style of Mrs Beeton....
Using their ICT skills they created the text for their own favourite easy-to-make recipes and added borders and images to the pages. They then painted detailed individual cakes during Art lessons. Once complete the recipes and paintings were compiled into a book, and each pupil was presented with a copy at the end of term.