Pre-Prep Blog Archive
The Magic of the Season
Published on: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
What a wonderful gift Nursery gave us all last week as they performed the most perfect Nativity. It is always one of the highlights of the festive season in Pre-Prep and this year was no exception as each and every member of our Nursery contributed to the most magical retelling of the Christmas story. What made it even more special this year was the ingenious idea of the team to have the children narrate the story. A few weeks’ previous staff recorded the children and then performed some technical wizardry to weave their voices into the performance. Just hearing the young voices with all their innocence, speech foibles and earnest expression really added to the sheer magic of the moment.
Those who have been fortunate enough to watch a Nursery Nativity at King’s Hall are always amazed at what such little children can achieve; they are after all only 2-4 years of age. This year, as in any other, I take my hat off to the Nursery staff team who work so hard to ensure the children shine. It is certainly not an easy task but definitely one of the most rewarding.
Well done Nursery on another marvellous Nativity which left us all watery-eyed and served to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Published on: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Christmas has definitely been creeping upon us for a fair few weeks now and we have been valiant in our attempts to ignore it but with the arrival of Advent we have opened our arms and welcomed the festive season in all its glittery glory!
The Pre-Prep Elves wove their magic after all the children had gone home on Friday and have transformed the classrooms into Christmas wonderlands filled with some quite impressive decorations (the type of which would never adorn our homes but which little children absolutely love!) The children’s reaction this morning as they arrived at school made it all worthwhile!
We will also be staging two Nativities before the end of term. Nursery will perform theirs at the end of this week which is guaranteed to be a true highlight of the season with the rest of Pre-Prep performing their Nativity on the last day of the term. The next two weeks will be dedicated to rehearsing to ensure we deliver a first-class performance that captures the innocence, awe and wonder of the Greatest Story Ever told.
The next couple of weeks will also witness the creation of treasured Christmas crafts which will undoubtedly require copious amounts of glitter, sequins and sticky glue!We will celebrate the season with parties, pay homage to the Patron saint of King’s Hall, St Nicolas, and hopefully receive a visit from the great man himself!
It really is the most wonderful (albeit the most exhausting) time of the year!
Fundraising for Pudsey
Published on: Monday, November 19, 2018
This term’s Pupil Voice saw the children generate ideas to fundraise for this year’s Children in Need appeal. Many ideas were put forward and Democracy Dog ensured a fair vote was carried out to select the most popular ones. These resulted in being:
- A Cake Sale
- A Sponsored Run
- A Pudsey Disco
The children were so excited about all of them as they had real ‘ownership’ of each event and were so proud that they were helping Pudsey Bear turn sadness into smiles for children who aren’t as fortunate as they are.
Thanks to the children’s passion and the parent’s generosity we have raised over £1000 and monies are still coming in!
Well done Pre-Prep!
Celebrating and Remembering
Published on: Monday, November 12, 2018
Last week was definitely a week of mixed emotions as we celebrated the excitement of fireworks and stood in respectful silence as we remembered those who have lost their lives in wars.
The children enjoyed traveling back in time 400 years to learn about the story of Guy Fawkes which we linked to our Fundamental British Values.As the children are now so familiar with our values characters it really supported their understanding of the discussion of the story. Was King James tolerant? Guy Fawkes demonstrated individual liberty when plotting his secret plan with his co-conspirators but did he follow the rule of law? Although big words and big questions for such young minds they showed they were fully able to answer and understand.
At the end of the week we held a special assembly in which we thought about the importance of wearing a poppy, not only to remember those who have died in wars but also the families who have lost family members and those who continue to fight today. This was followed later in the morning by a special Remembrance service where our Pre-Prep Ambassador read a short reading and the eldest child in Year 2 hung a poppy wreath with the youngest child in Reception. We then listened to The Last Post and observed a minute’s silence.
Both of these events elicit very different feelings and emotions from the children and I am always in awe of how they instinctively respect the solemnity of Remembrance. Pre-Prep staff never cease to be amazed at the children’s conduct, especially during the minute’s silence, despite being so very young.
Published on: Monday, October 15, 2018
We have recently introduced a ‘Playtime Game of the Week’ in Pre-Prep which has been very well received by the children. Last week saw the introduction of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors Relay’ which proved really popular. It was so lovely to see children across the year groups joining in the fun together, supporting each other and giggling together.
Our children are lucky that they have a wonderful variety of equipment to enhance their playtimes and I am amazed on a daily basis at how innovative they are at incorporating it into their imaginary games. I often spend playtimes observing and wishing I could see the potential of a regular plastic hoop the way a child can; I can probably think of a handful of ways it could be used whereas the children’s ideas seem to be limitless.
Our children are also lucky to be joined twice a week by volunteers from Year 7 who give up their break times to support playtimes in Pre-Prep. I know this is something Year 7 look forward to every year, especially if they have come through Pre-Prep and recall the impact the Pelican Pals had on their play.
I sometimes wonder who enjoys playtimes more: the staff who are introducing some of their favourite playtime games; the Pelican Pals who enjoy the return to their infant days and enjoy using the equipment again or the children whose natural urge is to ‘play’ and in so doing are developing many areas of their learning in so many ways.