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Pre-Prep News 2017/18 Autumn, Spring

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Spring Term 2018

Snowy Day

Snowy Day Snowy Day It was magical for the children to enjoy playing in the snow. For many of them, it was the first time they had ever seen such weather. They enjoyed building snowmen and making snowballs. They all had huge smiles on their faces and were not that happy to go home when their parents came to pick them up early!

Roving Bookfair Winner

Roving Bookfair Winner As part of the Book Day celebrations, children were able to purchase books at the Roving Book Fair. The company came with a wonderful supply of books. There was a competition for the children to enter to win some super books. It was a very worthwhile event and an opportunity to focus on the amazing children's books available.

Best Decorated Poem Competition

Best Decorated Poem Competition Best Decorated Poem Competition There were many super entries for the "Best Decorated Poem" competition in the Pre-Prep. Mr. Moore certainly enjoyed judging the winners. The children who won in each year group received a book voucher as a prize. Well done to all the children who took part.

More from Poetry Day

More from Poetry Day More from Poetry Day Poetry Day was a super way to end the half term. Children came to school dressed up as characters from their favourite poems. Many of them also entered the poetry recital competition. Children from the senior school visited the Pre-prep and entertained everyone with their recital of "Rap, Granny, Rap." They also helped to judge the winners of each category of poem. The children all performed extremely well and had worked hard to learn their poems.

Reception Classes Visit Living Coasts

Reception Classes Visit Living Coasts Reception Classes Visit Living Coasts As part of their topic on Eco Warriors, the Reception classes have been trying to answer some big questions such as 'How can we help save our environment?' They have been particularly thinking about the Arctic and Antarctica and the wildlife there. To help with their investigating they went on a trip to Living Coasts, Torquay where they found out about the penguins and how they survive in the wild, and what we can do to protect their environment. While they were there, they also learnt about the seals and otters, which they loved, and fed white bait to Inca Terns who flew down and took the food right out of their hands. The octopus was a big favourite and he decided to perform for the children by unfurling all his tentacles to their full length. It was a great day out. The children loved Living Coasts.

Poetry Day

Poetry Day Poetry Day Everyone in the Pre-Prep is enjoying the emphasis on the creative arts this week. Many children have been busily occupied with art activities based on a weather theme. During assembly there was a focus on Poetry. Each class from the Nursery upwards, recited a poem in front of the rest of the Pre-Prep. Some of the children in Year Two volunteered to read out poems about their favourite topics. A group of children even recited a delightful acrostic poem that they had written about what they love about Blundell's School.

Grandparents Morning

Grandparents Morning Grandparents Morning Many grandparents enjoyed spending a morning in school with their grandchildren this week. They helped them with their morning activities and then enjoyed a welcome cup of coffee and piece of cake afterwards. Many of them commented that fortunately school has changed a lot since the days when they went to school. It was lovely that so many of them could make it.

Outdoor Learning for Year One History

Outdoor Learning for Year One History Outdoor Learning for Year One History The children in Year One spent the morning outside making a fire as part of the Great Fire of London History topic that they are currently exploring. They collected lots of wood for the fire and made their own charcoal. They sang campfire songs and enjoyed sloshing through the puddles in their wellies. They thoroughly enjoyed being outside in the fresh air.

Rugby Fives National Champion in Pre-Prep

Rugby Fives National Champion in Pre-Prep We are very proud to have a national champion in the Pre-Prep. Miss Steel went to St Paul's School in London last weekend to take part in a Ladies' Rugby Fives Championship Competition. She won the competition and is now the Ladies' National Rugby Fives Doubles Champion. What an amazing achievement!

Great Fire of London Workshop for Year 1

Great Fire of London Workshop for Year 1 Great Fire of London Workshop for Year 1 The children in Year One spent a fascinating time learning about The Great Fire of London during a workshop session this week. Local storyteller, Steve Manning, came to school dressed as the baker from Pudding Lane. He retold the story of his experiences during the fire. He brought interesting artifacts to show the children and he involved them in the story by getting them to dramatise the different events of 1666. It was a thoroughly worthwhile experience and it helped to reinforce the work that the children have been covering during their History lessons.

Autumn Term 2017

Pre-Prep Christmas Party

Pre-Prep Christmas Party Pre-Prep Christmas Party The term ended festively with the Pre Prep Christmas party. Staff and children came to school dressed in their party clothes. They all looked very colourful; there was a huge variety of Christmas hats and jumpers, many of which played tunes or flashed lights. There was a great deal of dancing and party games being played. A very special visitor found the time to visit with sacks full of presents. It was a very exciting and fun way to end the term.

The Wind in the Willows Day for Year 1

The Wind in the Willows Day for Year 1 The Wind in the Willows Day for Year 1 There was great excitement in Year 1 today as children came to school dressed as characters from the story of The Wind in the Willows. They spent the morning at Killerton House looking at the wonderful Christmas displays and joining in with activities based around the well-known story. They had a super time and the trip served as a lovely way to start the Christmas celebrations.

Reception Play – The Christmas Recipe

Reception Play – The Christmas Recipe Reception Play – The Christmas Recipe The Pre-Prep children were treated to a wonderful musical concert when the Pre-Prep singers and pianists performed for them in assembly. The singers sang Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and we were very impressed that they knew all the names of the other reindeer. The pianists demonstrated how much progress they had made in their lessons this term. We all really enjoyed listening to them.

Reception Nativity Play, The Christmas Recipe

Reception Nativity Play – The Christmas Recipe Reception Nativity Play – The Christmas Recipe Congratulations to all the Reception class children for their wonderful play – The Christmas Recipe. The Christmas Recipe imagines all the different ingredients that would go in a bowl to make a perfect Christmas. All these ingredients including presents, snowflake, sheep, Wise Men and even Father Christmas are stirred into the mix one by one, until there is just one vital ingredient left to add: the baby in the manger! The children performed confidently and sang with great enthusiasm. It was a delight to watch!

Year One Nativity Play, Baa..Baa..Bethlehem

Year One Nativity Play, Baa..Baa..Bethlehem Year One Nativity Play, Baa..Baa..Bethlehem Year One had great fun performing in their Christmas Nativity Play, Baa..Baa..Bethlehem. The friends and families that came to watch it were so impressed by how well they knew their songs and spoke their words. It was a delightful story about a group of shepherds who were watching their sheep on the hills above Bethlehem.

Year Two Nativity, Prickly Hay

Year Two Nativity, Prickly Hay Year Two Nativity, Prickly Hay The Year Two children performed their Christmas Nativity, "Prickly Hay," this week. It was a delightful story about a stable boy and a shrew who lived in the stable in Bethlehem. They spent their time tidying the stable and managed to help Baby Jesus to stop crying by putting some extra soft hay in his manger. There were some lovely, seasonal songs which the children sang with big smiles on their faces. They spoke their words clearly and with confidence; they looked as though they were thoroughly enjoying themselves throughout the whole performance.

Children in Need Day

Children in Need Day Many children enjoyed dressing up on Friday to raise money for the Children in Need Appeal. They wore home clothes and Pudsey Bear ears, tee shirts and even socks. Some children had their faces painted as Pudsey. It was great fun to celebrate the day and to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

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.