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Pre-Prep News, Friday 7 October


How wonderful for our Pre-Prep boys to enjoy their first school trip of the Academic Year this week!

From Mrs Ross 

How wonderful for our Pre-Prep boys to enjoy their first school trip of the Academic Year this week!  Year 2 returned from The Tudor House with a wealth of knowledge about the houses and buildings in Tudor times. The guides who showed Year 1 and Year R around the Winchester City Mill were so delighted to see us again (post COVID). It was a pleasure to spend time with the boys as they learned about the journey from ears of wheat to become flour. The boys walked across the bridge above the roaring flow of the river, rushing underneath the City Mill building. They watched in wonder as the waterwheel turned and the huge cogs and machinery moved to drive the Mill Stones.

The Year 1 and Year R boys also played an important role in the Cathedral Harvest Service this week. Thank you to the boys who carried our baskets full of Harvest Gifts to the altar so carefully. Thanks also go to the members of Mrs Ford's Crafting Commoner and the Reception boys, who created the beautiful salt dough Harvest decorations.

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Pilgrims' Shell Awards

Year 2 – Franklin C for his energy, enthusiasm and interest at Tudor House. Well done, Frankie! 

Year 1 - James H this week for his great imaginative alien design.

Reception - to Arthur O-B, for showing great independence on his self-chosen activities

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Diary dates: the week ahead

Saturday 8 October  


Whole School VIRTUAL Open Day  

Tuesday 11 October  

Fire Service visit to the Pre-Prep

Friday 14 October


PPA Pre-Prep Toy Sales (at pickup)

Wednesday 19 October


Half-Term begins

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Menus - Please find a link to next week's menus here, on My School Portal. 

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From the PPA




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Year 2

Year 2 were an utter joy to take to Tudor House in the Old Town of Southampton on Tuesday for their first outing of the new school year. They impressed Andy, our guide at Tudor House, with their knowledge about 1666 and the Great Fire of London. They also impressed Andy with their attention and interest when exploring artefacts from the period, debating mystery objects and when touring the house.  

This trip certainly helped add lots of information to their already enquiring minds. Did you know that the Tudors and Stuarts were extremely superstitious and would have witch marks drawn over their house to protect them from evil? They might even bury something rather interesting under their house to ward off malevolent spirits… ask the boys… they will remember the particularly awful mixture found in clay jugs under houses in the 17th century! However, I think our favourite fact involved Samuel Pepys and a wedge of … PARMESAN CHEESE…! Ask Year 2. 

Mrs Ford



Year 1

In Year 1, the boys have enjoyed finding out more about Harvest and signs of Autumn this week. They have found out more about where our food comes from, how it is harvested and what happens to it next. They also learnt what a Harvest Festival is all about and why people share food with others. We have started to write Harvest and Autumn poems using initial sounds.  This sort of poem is called an acrostic poem. Super ideas have included,' Lots of animals hibernating, Festival of food.'  I am looking forward to each boy's final poem.

To celebrate Harvest time further, the boys enjoyed being part of the whole school community and joined the Harvest Festival service at the Cathedral. They sat beautifully, joined in with the singing and listened to the key messages that this special festival brings.  

On Friday the boys are joining the Year R class to visit the Mill in Winchester. We are looking forward to finding out more about how flour is turned into bread and how a working Mill works. Photos to follow next week!

A fun packed week which has generated some great conversations and engaging ideas. Well done boys!

Have a super weekend.
Mrs Huntley





The boys in Reception have had another busy week; our daily Read Write Inc lessons often lead into cross-curricular learning. An example of this was the welly boot painting, in which Arthur O-B and James had great fun stomping along the paper whilst shouting out words beginning with the sound “b”. There was even a chance to discuss healthy eating when the word 'broccoli' was called out!

On Monday afternoon the sun shone, and the boys learnt about shadows, drawing around their friends whilst developing their fine and gross motor skills as well as their talking and listening skills.

We finished off the week with a trip to the city Mill to see how grain is turned into flour, linking Harvest and the story of the Little Red Hen together; more on that next week.
Mrs Kent


Forest School 

I just love this time of year; our natural environment provides us with a rich and wonderful bank of resources for Forest School. Who doesn’t love conkers? Year R had fun learning how to drill a hole using a conker clamp in order to create some fabulous conker and leaf bugs. You had better watch out - these bugs might be flying near you soon!

We carried on with the theme of storytelling with the boys in Year 1 but on a larger scale! We created a huge natural story board retelling different sections of the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. See if you can spot which parts of the story we retold. We also found some time for playing in the leaves.

Year 2 made some rather delicious looking woodland cocktails this week! The boys crushed and ground natural items together to make their own recipe and even gave their cocktail a name! We had fun setting up a woodland cocktail bar!
Mrs Walker




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