It has been good to see the boys back after half term. From talking to everyone they all seemed to have a good time and are as always pleased to be back at school (as we are sure you are too!). It has been a very busy first week of this half term. Nursery have been to Space and Reception have visited Antarctica! It is never a dull moment when you are working with younger children, even if the weather has tried to dampen our spirits.

As we approach World Book Day on 4 March, the children in the Early Years will be enjoying spending the whole week looking at different books. We would love for you to come in and read a story to your class. Please get in touch to let us know when you are available.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week.

Kind regards

Mrs Taylor
Head of Early Years

World Book Day – 7 March 
We would love for the boys in Junior School and Pre Prep to enjoy experiencing their favourite book by dressing up as their favourite book character. They could bring in a prop or wear an accessory as well as their school uniform if your son doesn’t want to completely dress up. We would like to offer a swap of costumes for those of you who have any hidden in cupboards and wardrobes at home. Please bring them to school and we can arrange a rail for those to peruse prior to Book Day. Here are some ideas of how to make a costume at home too.


Traffic on the Campus
Motorists are requested to please adhere strictly to the speed limit whilst driving on the school premises. A further reminder that you should not be using your mobiles when your vehicle is moving.

As much as we educate our boys to be vigilant when using the traffic crossings which are clearly marked on the drive, boys will sometimes forget to look before crossing.

Nursery News

Parents evening is on 14 March. There will be a sign-up sheet available next week for you to book a slot.

A reminder that lunchtime collection is at 12.20pm. Please keep to this time as late collections have an impact on the afternoon sessions for the other children.

If your child is not going to be in on a day we are expecting them, please let us know as soon as possible.

If your child has had medicine, please let us know when you drop them off. Ideally a child should not come to Nursery if they have had medication. If they have, it is very important that you tell us, including the time, quantity and reason.

Can you please encourage your child to dry themselves after a bath as this will really help when they finish their swimming session and prepare to get themselves dressed.


Nursery Breakfast Club
We are delighted to be able to offer a Nursery Breakfast Club with effect from Monday, 19 February 2024. The Nursery Breakfast will run from 7:30 – 8:20 each morning, Monday to Friday in the Nursery building with Mrs Beresford and Mrs Griffiths. During this time your child will be offered a light breakfast of cereals and/or toast. The cost will be £5 per day. Dietary requirements and allergies will be taken into account. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please book at least 24 hours in advance through the school website here.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Beresford, Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Taylor

Reception News

This week we have focused on Penguins and have been learning many facts. Here are some questions for you to ask your son, to see how much they have learnt; you will hopefully be very impressed! How many did he get right? Write the number of correct answers he got in his reading record.

Where do penguins live?
Are penguins birds?
How many types of penguins are there?
What do penguins eat?
What do penguins have on their bill to help them catch fish?
Do penguins lay eggs?
How do penguins keep their egg warm?
What is a baby penguin called?
What colour are penguin’s feathers?
Why do penguins have a white belly?
How do penguins get out of the water?
What word describes how a penguin walks?
How do penguins keep warm?
Where is a penguin’s crop?


Read Write Inc.
As you are aware, we have undertaken a widespread review of our Pre-Prep literacy scheme Read Write Inc.. All staff and parents were given the opportunity to complete a survey relating to their experience of the scheme and we are pleased with the feedback we have received. All reading schemes take time to become embedded in the culture of a school and it is clear from the assessment data that the majority of the boys are doing well and making excellent progress.  We are aware that one size doesn’t fit all, and so it has been good to review the scheme and reflect on how we can adapt it to meet the needs of all pupils.

We have decided to adjust the way we provide the Teams assignments from after half term. These video links will now be sent as an optional link in The Friday Report, rather than as an assignment. They may be of use if you wish to revisit a specific sound, help build fluency and speed when reading, or learn to spell red words etc, when learning at home. Please look here for the useful links for this week.

We would also like to remind you that we have an extensive and varied selection of reading material that the boys are welcome to bring home and share with you, please just ask the class teacher.

I would like to thank you again for your support with this review. It is wonderful to see that with our emphasis on phonics acquisition and reading, our pupils are becoming free readers earlier than ever before.


Trip to Polka Theatre
We have arranged a theatre trip for the boys in Reception and Year 1 to see ‘Tidy’ on Wednesday, 28 February at the Polka Theatre, Wimbledon. The boys need to wear their school uniform. We will be leaving school promptly at 8.30am so boys must be in school by 8.15am please. A morning snack will be provided by the school. Parents will need to supply a nut free packed lunch and a water bottle in a small named bag which your son can carry. No pocket money will be needed. We will return to school before the end of the school day. In case of a significant delay, we will contact you via Clarion Call. Please complete the online registration form to authorise your son’s attendance and remember to include your contact telephone number for the day. We are very much looking forward to our visit to the Polka Theatre.

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mr Braidwood and Mrs Taylor


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