Pre-Prep Blog Archive
The Power of ‘Yet’
Published on: Monday, March 25, 2019
To conclude our assemblies on developing a Growth Mindset, we thought about how we have all probably uttered the phrase, “I can’t do that” when faced with a difficult challenge. We now know that with practice, hard work and perseverance, this probably isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean everything will be easy. However, the addition of a very small word can make a very big difference in how we tackle challenges.
“I can’t play the piano”, versus, “I can’t play the piano, yet.”
“I can’t ride my bike without stabilisers”, versus, “I can’t ride my bike without stabilisers, yet.”
“I can’t read this book”, versus, “I can’t read this book, yet.”
The children agreed that by using the word ‘yet’, it changed the way they felt about things; nothing seems quite as difficult and definitely not impossible!
Magical Maths and Sensational Science
Published on: Monday, March 18, 2019
Pre-Prep fully embraced all things maths and science last week as we celebrated a week dedicated to these amazing subjects.
During the week the children took part in a host of activities and experiments to develop curiosity, observation, questioning and, above all, provide moments of awe, surprise and wonder.
The week culminated in a big celebration which saw the children come to school dressed in a mathematical/scientific inspired outfit and bring their parents along to join in the fun.
Parents were also treated to a special assembly where we celebrated maths and science through music and song and revealed the class who had won the hotly contested competition of ‘how many jellybeans in the jar’!
What a wonderful way to inspire young minds.
The Magic of Mistakes
Published on: Monday, March 4, 2019
In our assemblies we are continuing to learn about our amazing brains and this week learned about the benefits of making mistakes. We agreed that we all make mistakes every day but that some can be bigger and more upsetting than others. Sometimes we make mistakes when we are not concentrating such as putting our shoes on the wrong feet or our jumpers on back to front. Sometimes we make mistakes when we get into a muddle such as confusing b/d or writing our numbers the wrong way round.Sometimes we make mistakes that cause us to feel embarrassed, especially when those mistakes are made in front of a watchful audience.
We read a story called, ‘The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes’ by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein, in which the overriding message was that we should learn from our mistakes, let go, laugh and enjoy the ride! Fear of making mistakes can be overwhelming for some people and stop them from trying new things. We agreed the girl in the story seemed much happier when she did start making mistakes as she found out that life was much more fun!
I shared with the children two of my favourite sayings, one from Einstein, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” and one I once saw on a poster, ‘I have learned so much from my mistakes, I’m thinking of making a few more!’
Hopefully the children will also embrace their mistakes and begin to understand them as a really important part of their learning.
Published on: Monday, February 25, 2019
Reception have arrived back to Pre-Prep after half-term full of excitement and intrigue about what has happened to their classrooms. They ‘moved out’ of them at the end of last half term into temporary classrooms to allow the builders to move in and work their magic. Both Reception classrooms are being completely refurbished to ensure the physical environment is as shiny, fresh and stimulating as the learning that takes place inside them. The children are very much looking forward to watching how the rooms develop over the coming weeks; I have no doubt a few hard hats will be donned as they visit the builders to ask their many questions and share their ideas of what could be done!I also have no doubt this will lead to lots of interest in building works in general and am already looking forward to seeing the children’s creations and constructions in response to what they see happening.
Staying Safe in the Virtual World
Published on: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
I have spoken many times about both my awe and reservation of the rapid advancement in technology over the past decade or so. I am constantly amazed at what the digital world offers as so much of it seems like ‘wizardry’. However, I am also constantly concerned about the effects the digital world will have on our children which we cannot truly assess as it is yet unclear.Research presents us with mixed messages about whether children’s health is being effected, although, as a teacher I do think children are developing and presenting very differently to how they did when I first started teaching over 20 years ago.Whether this is a direct correlation to technology is difficult to say, but the world in which they interact is very different to the world children 20 years ago interacted.Interactions based solely in the virtual world can never replicate those that take place in the ‘real’ world which is why it is so important to educate our children, from a very young age, the importance of staying safe online.
Last Tuesday was Safer Internet Day and so we took the opportunity to compliment our regular ‘online safety’ lessons with an assembly where we thought about why it is important to know how to stay safe when using the internet. Through their previous learning, the children were fairly confident with the do’s and don’ts of being online but it was still important to reinforce the message.
We used the analogy of going to a new town or city where everything looks really exciting because there is so much to explore. However, all of the children agreed they would never explore a town or city by themselves because they might get lost or it will probably be filled with strangers or there might be parts of the town that are dangerous etc. We then compared the internet as being like a big city where there are so many exciting things to explore and find out but that if you adventure off on your own you may get lost / meet strangers / come across dangers so it is always important to let an adult know what you are doing.Just as an adult would hold your hand in a new city they can also hold your hand in the virtual world by knowing where you are going and what you are doing.
I hope, through education, today’s children will be digital-savvy and enjoy the many benefits technology brings with the maturity and tenacity to cope with the parts that are not as positive.