This week in Pre-Prep

W/E 22nd March

Last Friday all the children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 hopped onto a coach (the first time for many and very exciting indeed!) and headed down to the White Rock Theatre to take part in the Hastings Music Festival. Many hours had been spent practising and finally the time had come to show the audience and the judges just how hard Pre-Prep had worked…Well, Scales and Arpeggios and Nelly the Elephant have never sounded so good! Against some pretty tough competition we were awarded first place! Well done Pre-Prep, and a huge thank you to Mrs Sheppard for all her hours of hard work and enthusiasm.

Year 2 have been working on their wonderful atlas-inspired books this week. We are onto our fifth double page full of lovely drawings and independently researched information. There has been a real buzz in the classroom as the children lead their own learning and support each other to produce their best work. In Maths we have been working on division and spotting the difference between grouping and sharing. Even though it is tricky the children remain enthusiastic and keen to build on their previous knowledge.

Year 1 have enjoyed finishing off their own versions of Handa’s Surprise this week and we used the fruit  to talk about healthy snacks. We then designed are own cereal bar that we could have for our snack. We took our bars to Reception to help us taste them. On Thursday, Year 1 had such a fantastic day at Plumpton Agricultural College. The children started the day by visiting the calf shed and looking at the different stages of a cows life. From here we made our way to the milking parlour and the children found out about milk production. A highlight of the day was visiting the lambing shed where we were lucky enough to see a lamb being born. We then stroked and fed lambs that were only a couple of days old. After lunch we learnt all about sheep’s wool and how it is used to make clothing and other things around our homes.

In STEM club the children had lots of freedom this week as they could create a mode of transport or a building out of any material they liked. This led to amazing creations such as tanks, basketball courts and helicopters. The children had to use their own initiative and creativity to create their piece. Many of the children used recycled materials, Lego and paper.

Reception have finished their STEM junk models this week and we have a great selection to choose from – rocket motorbikes, monster trucks, trains and a selection of farm machinery. We have spent the afternoon in the woods building rafts to test out next week. We can’t seem to stop wanting to write this week. Arthur , George (B&R) Rex, Harry, Bee and Betsy were all spotted in the Writing Den… and we have made some lovely Mother’s Day cards (Shhh!). In Maths we have been racing cars down a ramp to see whose car goes the furthest. We had to keep drawing longer number lines all the way up to 20 because our cars went so far when we made the ramp steeper and steeper. We also worked together to make a courgette boat that we are saving for our Friday snack…. yummy!


W/E 15th March

In Reception we started the week by having push bike races around the tennis courts. We timed each other and recorded our speeds. We designed the title page for our Naughty Bus project books and they have now been ‘published’ and we are so pleased with them. Thank you for helping us Year 2!

We have done lots of singing to prepare us for the Hastings Music Festival and we all sound great. We have made a food train full of healthy vegetables and also had lots of fun making some junk models of combine harvesters, motorbikes, tractors and cars.

Year 1 have continued to look at Guiseppi Arcimboldo this week and used soft pastels to create their fruit faces. The pastels took a little bit of practice to get used to! In Maths the children have begun to learn about multiplication and we have used lots of concrete resources to explore. The children have enjoyed creating their own British versions of Handa’s Surprise where they are going to visit a friend. They focused on including exciting adjectives to describe the fruit and animals.

Finally, our amazing Pre-Prep choir won their class on Friday against some very talented opposition. Well done everyone – we are SO proud of you all!


W/E 8th March

To celebrate World Book Day we had a competition in Pre-Prep to see who could find the strangest place to share a story. Nursery and Kindergarten went to the woods to huff and puff, Reception opted for the monkey bush, Year 1 invaded Mr Powis’s office, while Year 2 chose the swimming pool!  We also had a more traditional venue of the Pre-Prep hall where we all sat together to share a story to start and end the day.

What an exciting week in Reception. Not satisfied with Pancake Day, we had World Book Day thrown in too AND the same day as swimming! The children all looked fabulous in their book day costumes. Thank you for all the effort that has gone into them. The children decided that the craziest place to read a story would be in the monkey bush (A sacred tree normally reserved for the Prep School children). It wasn’t such a crazy idea after all as it was sheltered from the wind.

After reading the fantastic book ‘Naughty Bus’ we have all been busy creating our own story with our own ‘naughty’ vehicle that the children had unwrapped earlier in the week. We planned our story and then staged the photos that we took on the iPad. Mrs Fernau, a wonderful Year 2 parent artist, came and helped us with our illustrating and Year 2 came and helped us with our writing. We had a wonderful publishing house set up.

We have been weighing and measuring things in Maths and were able to order objects that were lighter and heavier than our naughty bus.

Year 1 have had a very busy week and have enjoyed all of the exciting activities in which we have taken part. On Wednesday, the children enjoyed spending the morning with Year 3 testing the games that they had created in Science. Year 1 had such a brilliant time and I think they would have stayed there all day! It was amazing to see all of the children and staff in their costumes for World Book Day. The children tried to recreate book covers that they like and some of the children tried to make alternative front covers.

As STEM club was on World Book Day, we incorporated this into our project for the afternoon. The children had to create a book with two levels to hold as many books as possible. The children found the double layer tricky but some of the designs held more books than we thought!


W/E 1st March

In Reception we came back from half term raring to go. Some of our glove beans grew during the holiday, especially Bee’s who said she put hers near the AGA,  so we have been able to replant them in soil and hope that they will grow as tall as Jack’s Beanstalk.

We ‘kick-started’ our Super vehicles topic with a visit from Andy and his model Rocket train. Unfortunately, the gas wasn’t flowing through the piston so we had a good look inside and he is coming back on Friday for take two! We have enjoyed the wonderful weather and  built train tracks outside and then did some number line maths. On Thursday we had our Train Ride to Hastings. We saw so many things out of the window and were able to go into the ticket office and see all the machines. We then met the driver of our train who showed us his tiny driving cabin with LOTS of buttons on his control panel.  He had been up at 4.00am and had already been to London and back. He must have been as exhausted as we all were, because we then came back and Mr Guy took us swimming. What a great week!

Year 1 have had a brilliant start back to term and have enjoyed many creative opportunities this week. This term in Art we are looking at the famous Italian painter Guiseppi Arcimboldo, who used objects to create portraits. The children used fruit and vegetables to create their faces. In English we have read Handa’s Surprise and tried some of the exotic fruits that are in the book. We then tried to recall the order using time connectives. To make the most of the glorious sunshine on Thursday afternoon, Year 1 worked like Billy Bee with Year 2 to create a giant fort. The children had to consider size, shape and style. They all did an amazing job and worked really well as a team.

Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush arrived in Year 2 this week! In English we have been busy creating new characters for a Traction Man story of our own, as well as designing and describing a brand new outfit for Traction Man’s next adventure! In Computing we are learning how to make films this half term so that we can film our own Traction Man stories!

We have also been mapping our new garden area and drawing up design plans for what veggies and flowers we want to plant. In Nature Detectives we all sprinted down the hill to the Gully to splash about and jump across the stream. Lots of muddy fun was had by all, even those who misjudged their jumps and ended up with a boot full of water!


W/E 15th February

Reception made another wolf discovery this week. We found wolf footprints outside and he delivered a letter to each of us. We also had a GIANT letter from the giant who wanted us to find things that were longer, shorter and the same size as his footprint. Luckily, the weather has been fantastic so we have been able to get outside lots. We have built beanstalks in the woods, explored lots of different types of magic beans and even planted some beans to take home and watch grow over half term.

Year 1 enjoyed testing each other’s Blue-bot mats to see if they could find the most effective route. The children have also continued to look at pirate ships by creating them with different materials such as Lego and paper. Within Maths we have been exploring 2 digit numbers with dienes this week which has helped us understand place value better.

In STEM Club this week the children have investigated shoes to find the best material properties. They worked in pairs to create shoes made out of different materials. We then tested the shoes to compare a range of factors such as comfort, appearance and re-usability.

In Year 2 we have been practicing hard for our assembly this week now that numbers are nearly back to full strength. Everyone has been enthusiastically learning their lines and trying on costumes. We have also been tackling multiplication in Maths, something which the children found easier than they imagined they would! Maisie Monkey has been making an appearance here and there, reminding the children that it’s okay to make mistakes as they can help us to learn.

We had lots of fun in Nature Detectives rolling down the hill and enjoying the (slightly) warmer weather. We stood under the old oak tree and watched the bees buzzing in and out of their hole in the trunk – it must be warm because they would usually be huddled up keeping their queen cosy in February!

The children did some wonderful presentations to an audience of eager Year 1s and Year 3s to round off this half term. Such hard work had gone into them and they were rightly very proud of what they had achieved. Thank you to our fabulous Year 2 mums, dads, grannies and grandpas for spending time to help the children with their extended homework projects.


W/E 8th February

Reception have had a busy week. We started the week celebrating Chinese New Year. We danced, made lanterns, used chopsticks and learnt about Chinese culture. We discussed what makes us feel happy and healthy as part of Child Mental Health week. We decided that it was really important to have friends and play games together. We played a Chinese game – Catch the Dragon’s tail altogether. We also have been thinking about Red Riding Hood’s Granny who is sick. We thought about the kind of things that would make Granny feel better that Red Riding Hood should put in her basket. We then made her some currant buns. We went to the woods to find Granny and give them to her. We also investigated what was the best type of material for a waterproof hood so Red Riding Hood wouldn’t get wet.

This week Year 2 have been busy finishing off their poems about Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni! They wrote them up beautifully and then performed them in front of their friends. They also had some brilliant Maths breakthroughs with column subtraction and addition of three or more numbers. The children raced down the hill for a very windy Nature Detectives and looked hard for signs of spring around the grounds. Freddie brought his guitar in and Miss B showed everyone a mandolin and a ukulele as well. Matilda impressed and inspired all of us by playing Happy Birthday on the guitar and then we all sang Nelly the Elephant and London’s Burning together. What a fab week!

This week the After School Club children made bird-feeders for our garden. We melted lard and added breadcrumbs, sunflower seeds and gingerbread crumbs.  Then we squashed the mixture into cookie cutter shapes and put them into the fridge to set.

Prize Winning Pirates!