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the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress

Prep News

27 May 2016

Last week ended with the second of the Year 4 trips to the Golden Hinde in London.  The interactive visit which gives the girls an idea of what life aboard a Tudor ship would have been like helps to bring their History studies to life.  You can read more about the girls’ experiences in the separate story.

We began this week with our Celebration assembly which saw girls receive individual awards for fencing, dance, scrapbook challenge, swimming, chess, and the presentation of Well Done certificates for Year 1.  We also offer our congratulations to Audrey Hackett in Year 5 who has been selected to swim for Worcestershire County Swimming Association at the Three Counties Meet in July.  Well done indeed!

Wednesday morning began with a story delivered by Giles Abbott, award winning storyteller.  His lively assembly time story engaged the children and staff and involved actions and sound effects.  He later worked with each Year 3 class and you can find out about their day in the additional article.

Whilst Year 3 were working on fictional skills Year 2 girls have been busy developing their library skills in the classroom as they eagerly await the completion of our building work.  The girls have been using information books to research independently a variety of minibeasts to create a fact file. They have used the contents page, Index and glossary to help their understanding of these tiny creatures.

The week has also included class photographs being taken and a welcome to Year 5 parents to share the girls’ experiences of the recent trip to Cranedale. They sang a song specially written about the trip, they read postcards written home, acted sketches and gave a clear picture of how much they had enjoyed the trip.

In Reception this week the girls have been developing a range of skills which we are sure will prove useful in future careers.  They worked in groups to plan and make a model farm with animals as part of their Creatures Great and Small topic.  This involved them having to make decisions together and then delegating tasks to each person.  They also enjoyed using the new microscopes to aid in their scientific investigations.

Year 6 extended their scientific skills and career interests too when they hosted the ‘Medical Mavericks’ workshop.  The girls took part in a number of activities including using an iPhone retina scanner to observe their optic disk, intubating Eddy the Head and taking blood from an artificial arm.  The girls really enjoyed the interactive morning which we will report further on after half term.

We look forward to the range of activities in place for next half term and I close wishing everyone an enjoyable half term holiday.

Mrs Sally Hartley
Head of Preparatory School

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