Pre-Prep Blog Archive
Out of the Mouths of Babes!
Published on: Monday, September 17, 2018
A highlight for me and one of my colleagues last week came as we led our first Performance Club hobby of the year. The club has only attracted girls so far and our first ‘production’ at the end of this half term is going to be a ‘bite size’ version of Cinderella.The unveiling of this information was met with much excitement by the girls as they elaborately retold the many versions of the story they have seen and heard, embellishing their retelling with great detail and panache. A slightly awkward moment occurred when one child suddenly realised someone was going to have to pretend to be a boy, for the part of Prince Charming. Although no-one was initially keen, after chatting to them about how acting means you take on the part of all different sorts of people, one very mature girl happily agreed to take the part. However she also declared (much to the amusement of my colleague and me) that if we didn’t have enough people to fill all of the parts, “the teachers will just have to be the ugly sisters!” Oh how we chuckled!
I think I’m going to enjoy Performance Club!
A Flying Start!
Published on: Monday, September 10, 2018
I am so proud of how well our new Reception children have settled into ‘school life’ after only one week.I saw very few tears last week but lots of happy smiling faces as they discovered new things such as playtimes on the field, assemblies, collecting their own lunch from the servery and Early Morning Club to name but a few.Starting school is such a pivotal moment in the lives of both children and their parents; a milestone in which their journeys into full time education begins.
This year’s Reception class have all ‘graduated’ from our Pelican Nursery where some have been since they were 2 years old while others joined just at the start of last summer term.However as Nursery 2 is joined to Reception it empowers the children to make the transition with confidence.They are so happy to step into the new as the security of what they have come from is only just behind them and a good deal of what they experience is already so familiar.In this way they are not having to ‘start again’ but are able to simply build on what they already know.Some things will be a little different such as collecting their lunch from the servery rather than being served at their table, but this is seen as a sign of ‘growing up’ and the children relish this new expectation.This also means the children are also very well known to us and so we can really ‘hit the ground running’ in terms of supporting their development and progress across the curriculum.As the first seven years of life are paramount in laying the foundations of all future learning we really can capitalise on making the most of every moment.
I am under no illusion there will be a few ‘wobbles’ over the next few weeks as the children adjust to the stamina required for being at school full-time and adapt to the different routines of life in a Reception class compared to life in Nursery.However I have no doubt these will only be minor and they will all continue to ‘fly’ through their first year at school.
This Little Light of Mine
Published on: Monday, September 3, 2018
“You’re off to great places. Today is your first day!
Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way”
The first day of a new school year is one of my favourite days for the simple reason it is all about beginnings. It is the start of new journeys when anything is possible and the route map, for getting to the various destinations which need to be visited along the way, has not yet been written. Dr Seuss refers to a mountain where one presumes the destination is the summit but how one traverses the mountain to reach it will depend on each individual. What is found at the summit will also be different for everyone but their journeys will share many similar features. They will have all worked hard, tried their best, made lots of mistakes, overcome difficulties, and had relatively easy stretches as well as those which have tested them during their climb. However with the right support from those who have experienced the mountain many times before they will all achieve success.
We have a traditional brass hand-bell we use to signal the end of playtimes in Pre-Prep which I often use as a symbol to explain the results of hard work. It takes a good deal of effort to keep the brass shiny; left unattended it will become dull. In the same way, to keep ourselves at our shiny best, we need to give ourselves a ‘polish’ by working hard, remembering our manners, being kind and helpful to those around us and generally following the Golden Rules. In our first assembly we reminded ourselves of this and are all hoping to keep our lights shining and well and truly polished to make this school year the best!