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Pre-Prep News 2017/18

Autumn Term 2017

Music Recitals in Assembly

Music Recitals in Assembly Music Recitals in Assembly The Pre-Prep have been treated to a very special assembly this week. The children who have been learning to play the cello and the violin gave a recital. They showed us some of the techniques they use when playing and performed brilliantly. Well done to all those who performed.

Reception transform into 'Super Scientists'

Reception transform into 'Super Scientists' Reception transform into 'Super Scientists' The children in Reception recently transformed into 'Super Scientists' and have been exploring water. They spent the morning creating ice sculptures and the afternoon carrying out experiments to test what makes different things float and sink.

After making their own lava lamps, their challenge was to work out how to make the citrus fruits sink – they did it! Can you?

Hockey Festival and Rugby Tournament for Year 2

Hockey Festival and Rugby Tournament for Year 2 Hockey Festival and Rugby Tournament for Year 2 Year 2 were very excited to play at both their first Hockey Festival and first Rugby Tournament yesterday. Despite the rain they had a lot of fun and showed excellent skills and team work.

Nursery Trip to Knightshayes

Nursery Trip to Knightshayes Nursery Trip to Knightshayes Nursery 2 braved the wind to go and see the beautiful colours and signs of autumn at our local National Trust property, Knightshayes. Most fun was had climbing on the play area made from old logs, going on the tree swing and eating a picnic at the tree table!

Reception Outdoor Learning

Reception Outdoor Learning Reception Outdoor Learning As part of their Outdoor Learning programme, Reception had a fantastic morning building words with letter leaves and logs, creating colour palettes and making conker worms.

Story Writing Competition

Story Writing Competition It was fantastic that so many children entered the Pre-Prep 2017 Story Writing Competition this year. Mrs Nash thoroughly enjoyed reading the twenty-three stories that were entered and it was very difficult to judge the winners as all the stories were so good. Everyone who took part received a certificate and a story writing pen in recognition of their efforts. There were also three overall winners who received a book token prize. The stories are on display in the Pre-Prep if you would like to take a look at them.

Book Day

Book Day Book Day The children and staff were full of excitement about coming to school dressed as their favourite book characters on Book Day. There were princesses, pirates, tigers, dogs and even a Fat Controller. The visiting author, James Mayhew, was inspirational; the children listened spellbound as he told them stories and painted the illustrations as the stories unfolded. There was a focus on many wonderful books during the day; children then returned to school in their pyjamas for Book at Bedtime in the evening. They cuddled up in their sleeping bags clutching their teddies and cuddly toys and listened to stories by candlelight. They enjoyed the cookies and hot chocolate during the break. It was an incredibly rewarding and worthwhile day.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Harvest Festival Many family members and friends enjoyed attending the Pre Prep Harvest Festival. The children in Year Two presented a wonderful assembly about the harvest from the sea. Children brought in food for the local charity, CHAT, which provides food and shelter for local, homeless people. It is an extremely worthwhile charity to support and the food that is collected is always very gratefully received.

Holiday Book Challenge Presentation

Holiday Book Challenge Presentation It was super that so many children took part in the Holiday Reading Challenge this summer. Forty-four children received certificates; four children received a Bronze Award and two children received a Silver Award. Mrs Nash thoroughly enjoyed reading the book reviews. Well done to all those who took part.

Year 2 visited not one but two beaches!

Year 2 visited not one but two beaches! Year 2 visited not one but two beaches! On Thursday 14th September year 2 set off with much excitement on their trip. The children were off to compare Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth as part of their topic Ocean and Seas. They were investigating similarities and differences between both places as well as looking at the local wildlife and thinking about the habitats in which the creatures lived. On arrival, we walked along the river Otter and saw many birds including many Canada geese, some gulls and a family of swans. We walked along to the pebbled beach and stopped for a quick snack. We talked about many things that we saw including the plant life, cliffs, fishing boats, lobster pots, the war memorial and a red telephone box! We found lots of broken shells and even some crabs legs! We walked through the town back to the coach and then had a short ride to Exmouth where we were very keen to enjoy our packed lunch, under a handy shelter to protect us from a shower. Afterwards the children had the opportunity to buy their own tasty ice cream or lolly and the women at the kiosk were very impressed with their manners. We were all keen to go for a refreshing paddle and even though it started to rain, it did not stop us! A play on the beach, where many interesting things were made in the sand, was a lovely end to the trip. Spandan even dug down deep in the sand and discovered a toy dinosaur! The children noticed lots of interesting things in both seaside towns and they were able to remember lots of things for our Geography, History and Science lessons this term. The children really enjoyed their day and they were a pleasure to take out.