Category Archives: Pre-Prep

Year 1 Trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park

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On a bright October day, the Year One children went on their first ever school trip, to the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. The excitement of a coach journey was overwhelming, with many children using words such as ‘awesome’ and ‘cool’ before we even got to the park. The children delighted in watching the penguins being fed and going into the Madagascar enclosure, with many lemurs basking in the sunshine and birds flying up above. The new additions to the Wildlife Park, three lion cubs, were adored by all, and the children were able to watch a giraffe eating hay from very close proximity. The train journey around the park allowed the children to see many of the animals as well as the opportunity to wave at the general public!  The children also had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by a Keeper on ‘owls’, learning about the significance of the colour of owl eyes. We are very lucky that Friends Of Pinewood sponsor some of the endangered species at the park, and we were able to see both the Humboldt penguins and the Morelets crocodile, two of the animals sponsored by FOP. A fun day was had by all!

For more photos from the trip please go to the Photo Gallery.

Pre-Prep Nature Watch Spring Photography Art Competition

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Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Pre-Prep Nature Watch Competition, there were some stunning entries and it was very difficult for the judges to pick the winners, who will be presented with certificates and have their winning entries framed and on display at the Summer Art Exhibition. The brief this year was to take a photo of an animal in its natural habitat.

The top ten were:

Wilfred Makin – Nursery

Aarvin Thati – Reception

Edward Hills – Reception

Bertie Smail – Reception

Louis Lopes – Year 1

Thomas King – Year 1

Bea Howell – Year 2

Isabella Ritchie – Year 2

Rose Evans-Freke – Year 2

Benedict Powell-Turner – Year 2

Photos of the winning entries can be seen in the Photo Galleries.


Pre-Prep Visit by Author Andrew Weale

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On Tuesday Andrew Weale came to visit Pre-Prep. He read us one of his books, ‘Spooky, Spooky House’ and then we made an audio book of ‘Spooky, Spooky House’. He also showed us a video about ‘Dinosaur Doo’. My favourite part was when he said his name backwards: Elaew Werdna. He asked us questions about his books and the names of dinosaurs.

By Aadi Tiwari

We made an audio book by doing actions and sounds. If we got a question right we got a colouring sheet. He showed us his name backwards, it looked very funny and it sounded very funny. We had to write our name in our favourite colour. After lunch we got to choose a book, it was signed by Andrew.

By Jecca Lyon Taylor

For more photos from Andrew Weale’s visit, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Nursery & Pre-Prep ‘Nature Watch’ Photography Competition

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Well done to all the children who entered our annual photography art competition, we received some beautiful photographs, which are on display just inside Pre-Prep for all to see.

The theme of the competition was “Nature Watch” and the brief was to capture Nature in our environment and to be involved in the process of taking and uploading the photograph. The top ten entries will have their photos framed and exhibited at the Pre Prep Summer Art Exhibition.

Congratulations to the following, who received Star Awards for their entries:

Tom Ewing – Nursery

Arshiya Roy – Reception

Christina Paul – Reception

Jamie Till – Year One

Harry Vigors – Year One

Emily Payne – Year Two

Eliza Lopes – Year Two

Zara Lawson – Year Two

Eve Christopher – Year Two

Beatrix Andreen – Year Two

All the children who entered (59 in total)  received a certificate in assembly and the winning photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.