Busy Year In Nursery Ends With Perfect Picnic
The final week of term in the Nursery has been extremely busy and lots of fun, but also a time of mixed emotions. We have talked with excitement about plans for the summer and where the children will be in September and we have said goodbye to our Big Bears, some of whom have been with us for nearly three years. It’s hard to believe the change we have seen in all the children since they first arrived at pre-prep for the start of their educational journey and, yet again, we are amazed and thrilled at the progress they have all made. Wednesday this week was a particularly exciting day, when instead of having lunch in the dining room the Nursery children joined the older pupils for a whole-school picnic in a marquee courtesy of our wonderful catering team. As well as enjoying the lovely food on offer, the children danced and played together before descending en masse on the visiting ice cream van. All that’s left to say is that we wish all of our children a wonderful summer holiday.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Sense Of Pride And Achievement As Reception Make Big Strides
At the end of what has been a successful and joyful year for this fantastic bunch of Reception children, we celebrate all that they have achieved. As individuals and as a group they have blossomed in so many ways, stretching their learning muscles and taking every opportunity to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. Whether stepping out of their comfort zone to increase their confidence speaking in front of their friends and classmates, trying their hand at something new or mastering a tricky concept, Reception have really challenged themselves all year and made huge strides forward. In doing so, the visible sense of achievement and pride on their faces has been wonderful for parents and teachers to see. And their amazing levels of perseverance were evident as they learnt new songs for a special midweek concert. They weren’t the easiest songs to sing for children so young but they never gave up and put on a wonderful performance. Such was the determination of the children to perform to the best of their ability that they rehearsed the lyrics during snack time, up at Forest School and even at the end of the day. It was a beautiful performance and epitomised the love, joy and passion that this year group has for every aspect of life. We have been extremely lucky to cherish so many special memories with the children and I feel particularly lucky as I will continue to teach them in Year 1 from September. I wish them all fun and happy summer holidays and can’t wait to see lots of smiling faces on the first day back in the autumn.
Hannah Feery, Reception Class Teacher
Musical Magic As Year 1 Sign Off In Fine Style
Year 1 this week played their full part in a wonderful end-of-term concert to sign off for the summer holidays in fine style. They sang beautifully and played a diverse range of instruments with real determination and panache, with the big highlight playing alongside older and more established prep school musicians. And Year 1 had a starring role of their own as they learnt the lyrics and actions for a super song all about creepy crawlies, which they performed beautifully. Year 1 have been an absolute pleasure to teach this year and have clearly matured and developed in so many ways in and out of the classroom. I wish them all a fun and happy summer holiday and hope they come back refreshed and raring to go as they embark on life in Year 2 in September.
Rachael Berry, Year 1 Class Teacher
Legion Of Year 2 Learners Show Their Versatility
The broad and varied pre-prep curriculum is encapsulated by the final few weeks of the Summer Term. Adapting to and embracing different learning types is important and Year 2 put this into practice by learning all about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy and the subsequent disaster that befell the city of Pompeii. Armed with the facts, the young historians then wrote their innovated tales and acted them out. Continuing the history theme, Year 2 revelled in hands-on Roman workshops, collaborating with visiting parents to build aqueducts, and took in a fascinating trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace. And in the last few days of term, the children finished a successful design and technology project where they created their very own impressive Roman shields and helmets which they put to good use by having a pitched battle in the playground, demonstrating their ability to fend of attacks by forming a Roman shield ‘tortoise’. What a memorable finale for Year 2, which reflects the joy, energy and enthusiasm that this year group has brought to its learning. Wishing you all a healthy, happy and relaxed summer holiday.
Shirley Jervis, Year 2 Class Teacher
Impressive Year 3 Prove They Have Real Star Quality
Wow, what a truly memorable production! The Year 3 production of Peter Pan was truly a triumph and a wonderful example of children’s drama and performance at its best. From the songs and the set to the acting and costumes, the audience were given a real treat. As they soared above Neverland, fought against Hook’s pirates and welcomed the Lost Boys into the Darlings’ Nursery, Year 3 showed their proud parents just how to put on a show. The children received lavish praise from Mrs Baber, who said just how far all of the children had come as they said a brilliant farewell to pre-prep life before moving up to prep school in September. Mrs Baber added that their play would live long in her memory, in particular, the sheer joy on the faces of the children as they sang and danced. The cast was amazing, with super acting, emotional character arcs and limitless energy from absolutely everyone. Perhaps the standout part of the performance was the rapturous singing of such earworms as Pirates of the Sea, Don’t Look Down and Tick Tock – all of which could be heard being hummed regularly all over school. Credit must also go to Mrs Harman for raising the children’s singing to such heights, and to Mrs Platt for her peerless directing. But what made this year’s performance truly exceptional was the support that the children gave each other – and an unusually participatory and vocal audience!
Stephanie Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher