Field trip to our great coastline!

On Friday 10 May, Year 6 took their learning outside the classroom and enjoyed the sunshine exploring the coastal features at Lulworth Cove.

The pupils enjoyed the scenery and learnt a lot about the different rock types, the coastal erosion and had a very informative walk to Durdle Door.

” Our trip was great and I had so much fun! Our tour guide David was amazing at explaining things so that everyone understood.” Amélie

I really enjoyed finding out about all the different types of rocks and layers in the rocks.” Phoebe

I brought back a beautiful piece of chalk!” Yode

Mr Titley commented: “Year 6 benefitted from what
our great coastline has to offer. Whether it’s pirates, geological
features or sea shells, the Jurassic coast provides plenty of stimulation
for the young, enquiring mind. The children have enjoyed their field
trips: strengthening their understanding of this term’s topics and being
out and about with their friends.”

Sunshine at Lulworth Cove!

On Thursday 9 May, Year 2 and 3 took their learning outside the classroom and had a lovely day exploring the coastal features in the sunshine at Lulworth Cove, as part of their geography topic. They enjoyed the scenery and learnt about the different rock types.

Mr Titley commented: “Year 2 and 3 benefitted from what
our great coastline has to offer. Whether it’s pirates, geological
features or sea shells, the Jurassic coast provides plenty of stimulation
for the young, enquiring mind. The children have enjoyed their field
trips: strengthening their understanding of this term’s topics and being out and about with their friends.”

Some pupils commented to Mrs Cross and Mrs Crinion that it was “the best school trip ever!“.

We loved sketching the arch at Durdle Door!“, Hugo M.

I really enjoyed finding crystals!“, Hugo B.

I was so happy to bring back lots of shells!“, Sarah.

Ahoy Me Hearties!

“Ahoy me hearties – it’s the Pre-Prep Pirates!”

The Pre-Prep department was no place for landlubbers on Thursday 25 April as a band of scurvy seadogs took over! We kicked off our topic this term with a visit from Captain Dan Tastic.  Eagerly exchanging their school sweatshirts for swashbuckling swords, waistcoats and eye patches, our young pupils were held spellbound during the three action packed workshops.   Captain Dan Tastic’s talks were informative and yet hugely entertaining and he employed an impressive variety of props and historical items with which to illustrate the points he was making. From the pirate music playing as they entered to a soaking from a water pistol, via the thud of a cannonball on the floor, the children were enthralled from start to finish – so much so that they were longing for lunch playtime to be over to return to the classroom ‘deck’!

They day was further enhanced by a special picnic lunch which included such pirate delights as starfish shaped fishcakes and pirate cookies.  Many thanks to our chef Nicky and her team for all their hard work in providing this for us.

Zara, in Year 2 rather brilliantly summed up the whole day as she wrote in her thank you letter to Captain Dan; “It was a lovely start to my term.”  Indeed it was.

The children commented: “Captain Dan came and taught us about pirate weapons and we each got a ruby when he left!”.

Treachery At Traitor’s Quay

Year 3 and 4 pupils performed their amazing play “Treachery at Traitor’s Quay” twice, in front of a packed hall, in awe of their acting and singing. The whole school went back in time and followed evacuee children in their adventures.

The whole cast acted and sang brilliantly and they were all clearly enjoying themselves. Everybody left singing and dancing the jitterbug!

Mrs Sheppard commented: “I was so proud of the Year 3 and 4 pupils. They all got into character and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

I enjoyed performing in it because it was a funny play!” Ben

It was hard to learn all our lines but we enjoyed the play because we all got on well!” Finlay

 

A Great Sports Tour!

Year 6 had an amazing time in Weymouth during their Sport Tour. They played good matches, had fun on Weymouth beach, went bowling and swimming at Splashdown!

Miss Gough commented: “Year 6 had a fantastic time on their Sports Tour last weekend! They played brilliantly in their netball and hockey matches against Sunninghill School. They enjoyed lots of fun activities: games on the beach, ten-pin bowling, eating yummy fish and chips and even had time for a blast down the flumes at Spashdown!”.

 

A lovely afternoon at Wren House.

Reception and Year 1 class had an amazing time at Wren House, making Easter baskets with the residents and singing “Miss Polly had a dolly” for them.

Mrs Finnigan commented: “I had such fun listening to the conversations between adults in their 90s and children aged 4-6. Wow!”. 

The children were very well behaved, very happy to be there and eager to ask “how old are you?”!

 

 

Our windy climb!

On Monday 18 March, Year 5 had a little geography trip to Cley Hill. They climbed to the top, braving the strong wind, to practise their map reading skills.

Mr Fothergill commented: “It was cold and windy but the children were fantastic, even when our maps were blown away! It was amazing to have such a great view of Warminster and use our map reading skills to locate places.”

By using the map, I was able to locate Norridge Woods from the top of Cley Hill.” Alfie M

It was so windy that you had to hold on to your maps. Some of my friends had to chase after theirs!“. Lewis

Vive Mardi Gras!

On Tuesday 5 March (Shrove Tuesday, “Mardi Gras”), Reception to Year 6 pupils had a very busy French Morning!

After an assembly led by Sixth Form pupils on the importance of learning a foreign language, the pupils were divided into groups and took part in 5 different activities led by our Year 8 pupils and some French pupils visiting from Cognac.

They had a French quiz on the weather, practised numbers, months of the year and birthdays, made pet masks for our Carnival and learnt all about the French traditions of “Mardi Gras”.

Our Samba Band accompanied the children to the dining hall where they danced with their masks for our Carnival procession. They then had a French lunch (see menu below) and some crêpes of course!

I loved playing with the Samba Band for our Carnival procession!” Benjamin.

“J’adore les croissants!” Hugo

“I enjoyed learning about the traditions of French Mardi Gras!” Lucy

“J’ai adoré le matin français!” Elizabeth

“Merci classe 8. J’ai adoré toutes les activités!” Rebecca

Mardi Gras was wonderful, I loved making the masks and learning about the French traditions.” Skyla et Tina

We loved the food and singing the Robot Song!” Katherine et Alanna

It was a pleasure playing in the Samba Band!“, Max

I hope I am in France next year for Mardi Gras!“. Olly

Merci aux élèves français de Cognac!“. Yode

 

Our Valentine Dance!

 

On Thursday 14 February, 18 pupils from the Prep School (from Years 3 to 6) took part in the West Wilts Dance Festival, which took place at The Forum Theatre in Bath. The theme this year, given the date, was of course… love!

The group had developed a dance routine they had choreographed to (“What makes you beautiful”, from One Direction), with the help of Caroline, the Dance Lady, during their Street Dance after-school club.

We arrived at the theatre for an afternoon rehearsal slot and the children loved being on stage straight away. They were immaculately behaved backstage and enjoyed preparing for the show, putting on hair gel and make-up and inflating their guitars! They all supported each other and revelled in the buzz of the event, as they performed in front of several hundreds of people with energy, enthusiasm and big smiles on their faces.

We were extremely proud of them and enjoyed the show.

 

An Author’s Visit!

We were lucky enough to have the Visit of the author Maz Evans at our Prep School.

After a wonderful assembly where she talked about her life as an author and how one “yes” can be life changing after years of “no”. Keep trying until you get that “yes”!

Pre-Prep used their imagination to work out what was behind the curtain!

Year 5 and 6 had a brilliant workshop and produced some excellent diary entries. They also asked Maz some great questions.

Maz Evans was inspiring. “We love your books!”

“I really enjoyed writing a diary and asking Maz questions!”, Amélie.

“We thought her assembly was really fun and interesting!”. Year 3

“Maz Evans was a real inspiration and really funny as well!”. Grace M