17th September 2021
This week I want to reflect on the incredible breadth and diversity of opportunities the Pre-Prep children have experienced during the last week. It is difficult to believe we are only in our second full week back in school!
I was privileged to accompany Year 1 on their trip to the Rare Breeds Centre last Friday, where the children loved their incredible hands-on experiences with the animals. The highlight for the children (and adults!) was the tractor and trailer ride, closely followed by the mischievous sheep who continually demanded attention by bleating through the talk his owner was giving on how to look after him! Year 2 became trailblazers at the Science Centre on Monday where they also had a wonderfully interactive day, exploring and learning first-hand from all the fantastic exhibits on offer.
Back in school, the children are really in the swing of their specialist lessons now, and it was a delight to watch the Reception class learning and rehearsing simple phrases of communication in French today. Louisa Bennett has reported that Reception are equally enthusiastic about their swimming lessons and feels she has never had such a fearless class of children who adore jumping into the water! Year 2 had their first recorder lesson this week and, although it was music to my ears to hear some children ask to take them home to practise, I think we will get a few more lessons in before that happens!
It was wonderful to welcome parents into our third curriculum talk on Tuesday, where we discussed “Maths No Problem!” The last of our workshops is next Thursday afternoon and focuses on exploring handwriting in the Early Years. If you are a parent of a child in Reception, Kindergarten or Nursery, please do come along at 3.00pm. We would love to see you!
10th September 2021
It has been an absolute joy to see all the children settle into their new classes so quickly during our first full week back at Vinehall. Those children moving up a year have already adjusted to their busy new daily routines and there is an excited hum of anticipation and enjoyment radiating from the classrooms. Meanwhile, the children who joined the school last week are already looking confident and happy in their beautiful new surroundings, aided by the amazing levels of friendliness and support offered to them by their peers, teachers and teaching assistants. Vinehall really is such a happy place to be and the children reflect this so well.
It has been wonderful to meet more parents this week and thank you to those who came to the coffee morning on Wednesday in the Pre-Prep garden. It was so lovely to have a chance to get to know you better, and for you to get to know each other and make those connections which will surely grow and deepen as you journey though Vinehall together.
We were delighted to hear that the parents who attended the English Talk on Thursday morning found it to be an informative and helpful way of learning more about the teaching of phonics, spelling and writing in Years 1&2. We will continue this series of talks focusing on the continuity and progression in one subject area by running a maths talk on Tuesday 14th September from 8.40-9.00am in the Pre-Prep hall, and we would love you to join us. For Reception parents, Louisa Bennett is also giving a reading talk on Monday 13th September.
Clubs have got into full swing this week and it has been great to see children trying out something new, whether it be judo or gardening. The gardening club got off to a flying start by harvesting the plums from the Pre-Prep fruit trees, before planting some bulbs for Spring. Meanwhile the cooking club loved making pizza wraps! Being curious and having the confidence to try something new was the message disseminated by Cassie Cat in assembly on Monday, and I truly think all our children have achieved this during their first week!