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8 March 2017

What a week in Pre-Prep!

Pre-Prep had a very busy week last week, it was Maths Week, World Book Day and Pancake Day! Below are just a few of the things they got up to:

Pre-Prep’s Great Pancake Race!!!

Shrove Tuesday heralded the annual staging of the Great Pre-Prep Pancake Race which had been the root of much excitement in the preceding days. Every child from Nursery to Year 2 took part and great fun was had by all. Due to weather conditions we changed the venue from our traditional outside terrace area to the Arts Centre Theatre, which also demanded a change in how the race was to be run. Nursery and Reception took up the challenge first, running from the start line, across the hall, around a cone and back again to the finish line balancing their pancake on their ‘pan’ whilst Year 1 had to include one toss and Year 2 two tosses as part of their race. Needless to say the song we sang on Monday, ‘Where Did My Pancake Go’ sprang to mind on several occasions due to over-zealous tossing! The finale saw staff members line up when last week’s Pre-Prep Ambassador was given the ultimate power of deciding how many pancake tosses they had to do and, after some careful (slightly devilish) contemplation, she announced “eight”! Needless to say, this race was the most competitive, as well as the funniest given the state of the pancakes by this stage, but also the one the children enjoyed watching the most as their teachers demonstrated their equally poor finesse in the art of tossing pancakes! Roll on next year!

Pre-Prep Celebrate World Book Day

Pre-Prep had a wonderful day celebrating World Book Day on 2 March. Previously in the term the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had been asked to decide the events for the day as this term’s Pupil Voice project. After oodles of discussion in their classes, representatives were chosen to attend a Very Big Important Meeting with Mrs Luckhurst where all ideas were shared and decisions made. The winning ideas were:

1. Bring a prop to school for someone to guess your favourite story

2. Read a story in as many locations around the school as possible

3. Host the World’s Biggest Bedtime story

The children arrived on the day weighed down with props, dressing gowns, cuddly toys, pillows and books all ready for a day of being immersed in brilliant stories … and they certainly weren’t disappointed! As ever, the brilliant Pre-Prep staff embraced all the children’s enthusiasm and energy by whizzing around the school reading stories, supporting the children when describing the mystery of their props and creating a super cosy ‘nest’ for the big bedtime story session, complete with hot chocolate, marshmallows and Tom Hardy! We were also treated to a super retelling of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by the children in 8H. A fabulous day inspired by our fabulous children!

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