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!”.

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?”!

 

 

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

 

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

Pets for a week!

The Reception and Year 1 pupils are looking after two budgies (Snowy and Moose) and two guinea pigs (Gordon and Charlie) this week. They have come for a week holiday and are being well looked after!

“They are so sweet”.

“I love looking after them and feeding them.”

Our visit to the dentist!

As part of their topic “People who help us”, Reception and Year 1 visited a Dental Practice on Wednesday 23rd of January. They learnt how to brush their teeth efficiently and even got to dress up like real dentists!

“The dentist painted our teeth blue and we brushed our teeth!”.

“We had a timer. We have to brush our teeth for 2 minutes and it is a long time!”. 

“It was really fun and exciting!”.

We got to push the buttons on the dentist chair!“.

 

Life Long Ago – Dinosaur Workshop

On Monday 5th March children from Nursery, Reception and Year 1 were invited to a dinosaur workshop in the hall. Here we met Chris from the Education Group and he showed us how long ago the dinosaurs lived just using a very, very long piece of string! We learnt how fossils were made, what the different types of dinosaurs were according to their food habits and we found out why they became extinct. We even learnt that the biggest dinosaur ever was an Argentinosaurus (which was as long as a football pitch) and the smallest was a Microraptor (and only the size of a chick!)

We then went fossil hunting and became investigative paleontologists. We discovered a T-rex egg, an Allosaurus skull, Pteradactyl poo, numerous claws and we all loved the Iguanadon footprint amongst many other fossils. Chris was very knowledgeable and he took plenty of time to answer all of our questions. The children had a fantastic time and it’s fair to say that they found the workshop dino-rific fun!

Mrs Michelle Finnigan

Year 1