I hope you all had a restful and joyous half term. We hit the ground running this week and came back to our annual Pancake Day assembly on Monday. Mr Swann gave a short talk on the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and Lent and then it was all excitement as the boys competed in year groups, flipping pancakes in a frying pan as they raced to the finish line. The tension in the Central Area was palpable.

I have just finished a 1.5-hour tour showing prospective parents around for Open Day and I am beaming with pride. The stunning school grounds, the incredible facilities, the marvellous teaching, but most of all, your boys, engaged and stimulated in whatever they were taking part in. From Reception buying things in their pop-up shop, to Y3 and 4 boys tidying up the JS library during their breaktime, or Y6 using the laser printer in DT, to Y5 doing a virtual tour of Iceland and Y8 boys carrying out the most impressive Science experiment burning crisps on roaring flames using the Bunsen Burners, to the Chapel Choir rehearsing harmoniously in preparation for their next service, this school really does offer boys a multitude of opportunities and the boys relish every single one of them.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend. May the sun shine and the scent of Spring linger.

Mrs Alteirac
Head of Pre-Prep and Junior School

Important Dates to Remember for the Spring Term

7 MarchWorld Book Day
11-15 MarchScience Week / Parents’ Evenings
15 MarchRed Nose Day
20 MarchTerm Finishes

 

World Book Day
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.

 

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.

 

Read Write Inc. in Year 2
From now until the end of this academic year, the Year 2 children will no longer be participating in the RWI sessions but will be taught a Year 2 whole class curriculum, with activities provided for all levels of readers and writers. We feel this will enable the boys to use their skills developed from the RWI scheme and enable them to write creatively with other texts and experiences, such as non-fiction and poetry. There will also be opportunities for the boys who are reading at the Yellow/Blue and Grey level to have sessions to practise their reading skills at their current level, and then take books home related to this, as well as experiencing other texts from the classroom. We feel that this approach will help broaden the reading and literacy experience for our Year 2 boys and prepare them for Year 3.

 

Reception and Year 1 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.

 

Year 2 Trip to the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

On Wednesday, 6 March, Year 2 will be visiting the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux in Hailsham, East Sussex.  This will support this term’s work on Forces and reinforce our recent work on Electricity and Materials.

We will be making an early start, leaving school at 8.45 am and returning by 3.30pm.  Please could your son arrive at school, by 8.30am at the latest, to ensure a prompt departure.  Please provide a sandwich for lunch and water for your son in a small rucksack and the school will provide the rest of the packed lunch.  The boys will need to bring a waterproof jacket in case of inclement weather.

Please complete the online registration form below to authorise your son’s attendance and remember to include your contact telephone number for the day.

This should be an enjoyable day.

Y2 Trip to Observatory Science Centre – Permission Slip

 

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.


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