Science

News Autumn Term 2017

Year 4 Visit to Plymouth Synagogue

Year 4 Visit to Plymouth Synagogue Year 4 Visit to Plymouth Synagogue The children in Year Four went to experience a different place of worship when they visited the Synagogue in Plymouth. It is the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue still in regular use in the English speaking world. On arrival we were greeted by the curator of the Synagogue, Jerry Sibley, who gave us a delicious kosher biscuit for snack. Mr Sibley then gave us a fantastic talk at the Synagogue and he really managed to engage the children and teach us all about the Jewish faith. The teachers also learned a thing or two about the amazing building! A particular highlight of the trip was when Mr Sibley opened up 'The Ark' at the back of the Synagogue to reveal the Torah scrolls. The children then had a go at trying to read Hebrew, blow the ram's horns and explore the artefacts inside the Synagogue. The children behaved excellently and everyone enjoyed the trip.

U10's Unbeaten at the Queen's College Festival

U10's unbeaten at the Queen's College Festival Fantastic performance by our U10's at the Queen's College, Taunton rugby festival this morning. Unbeaten in all their matches!

Hockey Success for the U9 girls

Hockey Success for the U9 girls Congratulations to our U9 girls who performed brilliantly at the Millfield Preparatory School Festival on Saturday - with five wins and only one loss they had a lot to smile about!

Iron Age Day

Iron Age Day Iron Age Day The Year Fours had a great day today as they were transported back in time to 49CE. They arrived at school dressed as members of the Dumnonii Tribe. The children had put a lot of effort into their costumes and all were very excited. The day began with a tribal gathering to discuss the possibility of a Roman invasion. The children had the opportunity to handle artefacts from Iron Age Britain and learn more about the Celtic way of life. They were then greeted by a Roman Optio who offered the tribe a choice between a battle with the Romans or an acceptance of life under Roman rule.

Over at the Roman base the children were able to find out what life was like as a Roman by looking at objects and handling weapons and armour. After lunch, the children made the decision to join the Romans and were subsequently put through their paces as soldiers in the Roman army. The climax to the day saw the newly trained Roman warriors battle a gang of unruly Britons (thank you Year Threes!) using their newly learned tactics and training. The children had a fantastic experience and learned a lot about Iron Age life in the South-West.

WW1 Outdoor Learning Morning for Year 6

WW1 Outdoor Learning Morning for Year 6 WW1 Outdoor Learning Morning for Year 6 This week our Year 6 children spent the morning visiting our own First World War Trench to fully explore what life would have been like for the soldiers on the western front in the days leading up to the 1st July 1916. Our replica trench was a vital resource but I needed to enlist the help of our Head of Maintenance and World War One expert, Mr Tony Addison, who brought with him an array of artefacts which had the children enthralled. Many of these treasures were placed around the school grounds and the children were tasked with searching them out, analysing what they were, hypothesising as to their use and then considering what questions they would ask as historians in order to find out more information about the provenance of their findings. The children returned to base camp where Mr Addison had helmets, uniforms, shells (not live!) and even a decommissioned Lee Enfield rifle for the children to examine and learn more about. I think that by lunchtime, poor Mr Addison was ready for a lie down, such was the enthusiasm and interest generated by the morning!

Tea Time Concert

Tea Time Concert Tea Time Concert Yesterday saw our first Tea Time Concert of the year and it was wonderful to see children from all year groups represented and such a variety of music being played. Well done to everyone who took part, especially those children who were performing in a concert for the first time.

U11 Qualify for the IAPS National Hockey Finals

U11 Qualify for the IAPS National Hockey Finals Congratulations to our U11 girls who qualified as runners-up for the IAPS National Hockey Finals yesterday. Well done!

Prefect's Lunch

Prefect's Lunch The Headmaster hosted a special lunch for the Year 6 Prefects today to thank them for doing such a great job since the beginning of term.

Equestrian Success at the Blundell's One Day Event

Equestrian success at the Blundell's One Day Event Equestrian success at the Blundell's One Day Event A huge well done to all of the children from the Prep School who competed in our One Day Event at Bicton Arena last weekend.

Outdoor Science Morning for Year 4

Outdoor Science Morning for Year 4

Outdoor Science Morning for Year 4
Outdoor Science Morning for Year 4

Outdoor Science Morning for Year 4

If you had gone down to the woods today... you might have been lucky enough to see Year 4 enjoying a wonderful morning of outdoor science activities. They made some fabulous bug hotels, created insects from clay and materials they collected from their surroundings and set yoghurt pot traps to see what was lurking on the forest floor!

Rugby Success at Millfield

Rugby Success at Millfield Rugby Success at Millfield The U10 and U9 rugby squads have had a very successful start to their rugby season this term with the highlights being unbeaten performances over successive weekends at the Millfield Festivals. Keep it up boys!

U10 Hockey Success at the Exeter School Tournament

U10 Hockey Success at the Exeter School Tournament The U10 Hockey Team continued the great start to their season by coming runners-up at the Exeter School Tournament this morning, taking home some very shiny medals. Well done girls!

Library Refurbishment

Library Refurbishment Library Refurbishment The perfect way to spend a wet lunch break – reading in the recently refurbished library. The beanbags were a big hit! A huge thank you to our wonderful Friends of Blundell's Prep for their generous donations towards the new furniture.

Sketching Trip for Year 6

Sketching Trip for Year 6 Year 6 have been taking advantage of the beautiful countryside that surrounds our School during Art lessons this week. As preparation for creating their own landscape paintings they popped up to our local National Trust property, Knightshayes, to make some preliminary sketches. /p>

Workshops from Author James Mayhew

Workshops from author James Mayhew A huge thank you to author and illustrator James Mayhew, for his amazing workshops with all of the children from Nursery to Year 6 throughout the day. He kept them enthralled talking about his magical books and answered numerous questions before sharing lots of fantastic stories, whilst simultaneously creating wonderful paintings we have been lucky enough to keep for our two libraries.

Year 5 Outdoor Learning

Year 5 Outdoor Learning Year 5 Outdoor Learning What a fantastic day for outdoor learning - Year 5 carved pumpkins, made a delicious soup and created their own natural paints. They also studied reversible and irreversible reactions by making charcoal to use in their art lessons.

Sporting Fixtures Get Off to a Great Start

Sporting Fixtures Get Off to a Great Start All the children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have represented the School in the first sports fixtures of the term this week. There have been some great performances against tough opposition with matches against Taunton School, Exeter Cathedral School, Bristol Grammar School, St John's School, Sidmouth, Trinity School, Teignmouth, Exeter School and St Peter's. This should be a very exciting season for all our teams and we look forward to welcoming lots of parents and visitors to our home fixtures for a delicious match tea!

First Day of Term

First Day of Term First Day of Term We were delighted to welcome the children back for the first day of the new term. Lots of happy faces!