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A Peek at our Week…


This week Little Raindrops have had a wonderful time celebrating Chinese New Year through a host of activities. They have enjoyed making their own vegetable spring rolls, creating colourful Chinese dragons and writing their initials and age in Chinese.

The Sunbeams have been learning to use chopsticks and have been trying Chinese food in celebration of Chinese New Year. They also learned all about the story of Chinese New Year, the legend of the Zodiac as well as learning about modern day Chinese traditions.

Rainbows have also been learning about Chinese New Year. The children loved the story of the Zodiac animals and all went home full of enthusiasm to re-tell the story to their parents. We also learnt about the traditions of the festival and made lanterns, money envelopes and paper dragons. Everyone’s highlight this week was the Chinese restaurant role play area, complete with felt noodles and authentic Chinese hats!

This week the Acorns have investigated magnets. We have learned about the poles and how they attract and repel as well as carrying out an investigation to find magnetic and non magnetic objects around the classroom. Our big project this term has been learning to sew! We had a successful trial run before Christmas and have risen to the challenge brilliantly over the past week beginning our own piece of work, which will remain a surprise until they are complete. In literacy we have continued our work about the Little Red Hen, created our own story maps and made our own bread

This week Dragonflies have been learning about geometry focusing on three dimensional shapes. They successfully made models out a variety of materials and were able to name the faces, vertices and edges and if they were polyhedrons. In science, the children had a variety of blindfolded experiments to test their taste buds and their sense of smell; grapefruit and Marmite was a little bit of a surprise for them! To end our week, the class enjoyed a fuzzy party an award for filling a jar of pompoms. Children are rewarded these when they demonstrate kindness to other; such a wonderful way to finish the week.

Pre-Prep visit to Kinetic Science Centre

We are delighted to confirm that we have booked for all the Pre-Prep children to visit a brand new science centre in Bury St. Edmunds in March. Year 1 and Year 2 will be attending a Kitchen Chemistry Roadshow, which includes hands-on experiments and includes chromatography and substance separation. Nursery and Reception will be taking part in a Sensory Roadshow which includes smells, touch, sight and sound. Both visits are within the school day and children will wear their normal school uniform.

Smile Week

We had a week full of smiles this week. Well done, to all the children, who passed around their paper smiles, accompanied by a wonderful smile of their own. We talked about how smiling can be infectious (in a good way!) and how we feel when someone smiles at us. The older children also filled in their Happy Self Journal each day – an excellent way to assess their day and focus on the things that they enjoyed and made them happy.

We love reading!

In honour of the new library opening, we have turned our Pre-Prep front hall into Book Land, with lots of super displays and information. We will be focusing on a different author each week, so do make time to stop and read the ‘Author of the Moment’ board as it changes.

Baby & Toddler Group

On Tuesday mornings we welcome all ages of babies and toddlers into the Pre-Prep for our Baby and Toddler group – a great insight into life at Old Buckenham Hall. Set in our beautiful new Nursery classroom, influenced by Reggio and Montessori learning environments, the children are able to make use of our new natural resources, role-play areas and creative corners. Each week has an exciting theme (this week was Space!) which is represented through a craft activity, small world play and specially created tuff/texture trays. We also have a lovely selection of sensory baby toys and fine motor control activities.

Our Pre-Prep teaching staff pop in throughout the morning to meet the families and catch up with regulars. We are always happy to answer questions about our Nursery and Pre-Prep and enjoy running specialist sessions with the babies and toddlers. Mrs. Webster runs a regular music slot and Miss Sarah runs a half termly drama session, which the children can dip in and out of.

I must not forget to mention the delicious home-baked goodies and fruit platter, fresh from the Old Buckenham Hall kitchens, along with tea and coffee for the grown-ups. New families join us most weeks and love getting to know everyone. It is not just a Baby and Toddler group but a welcome to the OBH community.

Pre-Prep and Year 8 joint project

The Year 8s are undertaking a very exciting project in their OBE lessons this year – they are designing and building an outdoor classroom for the Pre-Prep in the pod of trees behind the South Lawn. Last Friday they all squeezed into the Reception classroom (and into the Reception chairs) and presented their ideas to the Nursery and Reception children, along with the staff. They were polite and courteous and we were incredibly impressed with how much effort they put into their presentations. The Nursery and Reception children are really looking forward to starting on clearing the area with the Year 8s next week!

Treasure Hunt

On Tuesday afternoon, Rainbow class headed out for their treasure hunt around the school – to spot the last signs of Autumn. To our surprise, about three clues in, we found a team of Year 3 and 4 children who had been following our clues during their break time, with the assistance of two Year 8s. They were so excited to see us and we were so pleased that our treasure hunt had provided so much fun!

Christmas Jumper Day

A slight change in the printed calendar. We will be having our Pre-Prep Christmas lunch on the same day as the Prep School this year, so please can children wear their Christmas jumpers (with uniform) on Tuesday, 11th December.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

We had such a wonderful afternoon – the sun shone, as did the amazing Year 2s running their stalls. So many parents commented on how proud they were of their child taking ownership of their game/stall. They had the patter down to a tee and really impressed us all with their handling of the money and change. “Only 10p a go!” and “Would you like 2 games or 10p change?” Thank you to all the parents who also helped out with the stalls and to everyone who kindly donated cakes for the cake stall. A superb total of £230.60 raised…and still more coming in!

Our New Nursery School

Everyone has been working very hard over the summer clearing out, stripping, painting and refitting our Nursery. We are now proud to be eco-responsible. With eco-friendly heaters and lighting, wooden flooring and blinds, wooden/PBA free furniture and storage, lots of gorgeous new eco and natural resources. Please do pop in and see it if you have not already.