Pre-Prep Notice Board


A Peek at our Week…

This week in Hedgehogs, the farm shop and cafe have been very busy! The children have enjoyed playing with the new role play fruit and vegetables and cutting them up with the wooden knife. Some of the children have written down orders while others have served their customers using the new tea set. We have also enjoyed number snap, matching phonics and baking. Phew, it is exhausting just thinking about it all.

Grasshopper class have enjoyed taking part in a few Easter activities this week, including the delicious, chocolatey Easter nests that hopefully made it home. We also had a lovely visit from Mrs Keeling and her beautiful twins. We all tried very hard to help look after them. Mrs Gillott and Mrs Barrett continue to be amazed and impressed with the energy the children bring to the classroom each day and progress all the Reception children have made this term.

Acorns have had an extremely busy week. We made cress heads; performed ‘Little Red Hen’ to the whole school in World Book Day assembly; made hot cross buns for Easter Afternoon Tea and took part in the ‘Fun Run’. Definitely one of our busiest weeks so far but greatly enjoyed by all.

Woodpeckers have also been having a lovely, and very busy, Easter themed week. We were particularly proud to wear our odd socks on Wednesday for Downs Syndrome day. They learnt the reason why we wore different coloured socks – socks look a little bit like chromosomes and having Downs Syndrome means you have an extra chromosome.

Easter Afternoon Tea
All the children just loved learning the Spring Chicken song for the Easter afternoon tea. They also really enjoyed baking their own contributions. Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the afternoon. It was so special seeing the children relaxed and enjoying sharing the afternoon with their parents.

Pre-Prep Ballet & Tap
The Pre-Prep ballet/tap class had an open lesson for their parents to watch. They delighted us with skipping, tiptoeing and jumping around the room as well as showing us that they know all the ballet positions. Each little girl had a turn to shine as the leader of the line and they all had a lovely time. The most beautiful moment was when the girls lined up and did their arm exercises in perfect time to the music.

Toddle Waddle & Fun Run
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Toddle Waddle and Fun Run on Thursday afternoon. We were delighted to see so many parents running the course and also supporting from the side lines. We were so proud of the children – every single child in the Pre-Prep completed the whole course, whether they ran, walked or danced (it was a fun run after all!). Sponsorship is flooding in and we have already exceeded our target of £2000! We are very grateful for your tremendous support of our charities, WaterAid and For Daisy and DIPG Brain Cancer Research.

World Book Day
We all arrived at school in full book regalia! The children were all beaming with pride as they arrived at school. In the Pre-Prep, we split into our four Houses and rotated around four activities. The children made jam tarts (yum), book marks with wonderful bead charm, book covers and lovely character trees, which we will be displaying in the front hall next term. The
children always love our House mornings – they enjoy spending time with the other children in their Houses and the older
children relish the responsibility of looking after the younger ones. The Year 1 children also did us proud by telling their story of The Little Red Hen in the whole school assembly.


Visiting Author: Rebecca Bourne

On Tuesday, the delightful Minnie Winnie (and her owner Rebecca) visited the Pre-Prep. Rebecca read the children her wonderful children’s story and then the children were invited to ask questions. The children mainly wanted to tell Rebecca about their own dogs, but she was enchanted and commented many times about their wonderful manners and beautiful behaviour.
The children were then invited to either tickle Minnie Winnie’s tummy, give her a high 5 or give her a little cuddle. It was a really lovely morning. Many thanks indeed to Rebecca for giving up her time to visit us.


A lovely morning – Pre Prep Parents Activity Morning

Many thanks to all the parents who joined us for our Science themed activity morning. It is always so lovely seeing how well attended our activity mornings are – the children just love having you in and sharing their lesson with you.
Nursery spent the morning making gloop – looking at solids and liquid. They also did a floating and sinking experiment finishing with a bath bomb!
The Reception children helped their parents investigate dinosaurs. They cracked dinosaur eggs, built a dinosaur skeleton and made a fossil.
Year 1 had a brilliant time making zeotropes with their parents.
The Year 2 children, and their parents, turned into D.N.A detectives and undertook a number of themed activities, including an origami D.N.A. helix and creating a D.N.A. strand for their chosen creature out of beads.


Old Boney

We have a new pupil in the Pre-Prep. One of our lovely Baby & Toddler mummies is a radiographer and has kindly donated her skeleton to the school. Her parents are delighted, as they now have half their attic back! He has taken up residence in the Pre-Prep front hall and has already been admired by many staff – I think he will enjoy lots of outings around the school!
He has always been known as ‘Old Boney’, and I would not want to confuse him by changing his name! However, as he already has the initials ‘OB’ – it seems a shame not to add an ‘H’ on the end. The competition is open to the whole school – please pop your entries in the box next to Old Boney in the Pre-Prep front hall.


Upcoming events…

Parent and Baby/Toddler
Every Tuesday morning during term time, 10.00am – 11.30am
Themed crafts, soft play and music each week and toddler dance/drama session every half term with dance teacher Miss Sarah.


Parents Lunch

Don’t forget to put into your diaries…. It promises to be a fun event!

The Friends invite as many parents from both Prep and Pre-Prep to a delicious lunch on:
Friday, 27th April 2018
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£15.00 to include wine

This a great way to meet other parents and also raise fund for Rory’s Place. Young children are very welcome to come along. The lunch will be held in a rustic barn with plenty of space to run around in and nothing to damage! For those children who are happy to eat “adult” food, this can be provided; just let The Friends know when replying. For tinies, please bring your own.

For more information please contact

The Friends Second Hand Shop

The shop will be open for purchasing on:
Tuesdays: 8.30 am—9.30 pm
Home Weekend Fridays: 2.30 pm—3.30 pm

The second hand uniform shop will be open on Friday, 13th April from 10.00 am -12.00 pm.


For further information please contact


Late Stay and Owls

Please remember to sign up for Late Stay and Owls including supper when required. We need to give the kitchen advance notice of food requirements so that they can organise their daily menus and ingredients.