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Headmaster’s Bulletin – Edition 27

This Week

Dear Parents,

In an effort to ensure everyone in our school community can share in the fun arising from some wonderful filmed material about our terrific pupils and teachers, the Bulletin this week will be short on written narrative from me, but long on plenty of cheering and uplifting images.

Some P.E., some dance, some art, some science and plenty more besides…. Please click on this link to get a sense of what pupils across both the Pre-Prep & Prep have been accomplishing over the course of working through our programme of Guided Home Learning during this quite extraordinary half term:

https://youtu.be/1nucmrWf6RE

Mrs James in the Prep pulled this message together for our pupils. We have posted it in various places – including upon CENTURYtech and our Twitter feed – but I include it here in case you, as parents have missed it somehow. I think the message from us all applies to mums and dads as well as to the girls and boys at our wonderful School!

https://youtu.be/jWJUSIV0Pyg

I hope you all manage to enjoy a restful and restorative half term break. All things being equal, we are so looking forward to seeing some pupils back on our sites from Wednesday 3 June!

Stay safe and well,

Tim Smith

Headmaster

Pre-Prep News

How good does it feel to have completed one half of the Summer Term – but, what a very different kind of term at that! I wish you all a very restful, relaxing and, most importantly, well-deserved half term holiday.  It has certainly been an intense period and I am quite sure you will be feeling quite frazzled and exhausted.  Everyone is ready for a rest.  The children have been incredible, in fact, absolute stars –  the speed with which they adapted to new methods of working was superb, I feel so proud of all of them.  A big thanks to all you parents too.  School is a three-way partnership between child, parent and staff, and never more so than at this time.  In our school aims and ethos, you will see the phrase ‘we rely on one another’, I would assert this has never ever been truer than at this very point in time!

This week we have a selection of photographs from our friends in Year 2:

We are looking forward to seeing your photographs in respect to the whole school House Competition – don’t forget to email your photograph to admin@hamptonprep.org.uk .  After half term, you will be able to see a selection of those submitted, hopefully, it will be a riot of colour!

Without the usual freedom we enjoy at this time of the year, I thought it would be helpful to share some information to help you entertain the children over the break –  here are a just a few suggestions to keep your children busy over half term, I would add some you may have already seen as I know there is a wealth of information out there!

Books and Authors

Audible:  Audible has made hundreds of its audiobooks free to help parents looking to entertain their children.  Divided by age and category, a variety of stories are available to stream including titles across six languages  – stories.audible.com/start-listen

BookTrust:  Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw your favourite characters – booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun

Oliver Jeffers: Best-selling author Oliver Jeffers is reading one of his books live on Instagram every day and talking about how he wrote them.  Videos of previously read stories are on his website – oliverjeffers.com/abookaday

Storyline Online: Children’s stories read by well-known celebrities – storylineonline.net

The School Library Association: A collection of SLA resources including up-to-date links for online author events, digital escape rooms, online books and activities -sla.org.uk/schoolclosure-resources

The World of David Walliams: Free fun activities based on the comedian’s stories – worldofdavidwalliams.com/activities

Nature

National Geographic Kids: Activities and quizzes for younger children – natgeokids.com/uk

Nature activities: The Woodland Trust has come up with activities for families in their homes and gardens – woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation

Pawprint Badges:  Free challenge packs and other downloads.  Many activities can be completed indoors.  Currently, there is a badge designing competition underway – pawprintbadges.co.uk

The Arts

Create your own museum: National Museums Liverpool has launched a special project, My Home is My Museum, encouraging children 4 – 11 to create their own museum from objects in their home – liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/my-home-my-museum

Tate: A dedicated website about art from Tate for ages 5 – 13. Here your child can play games, do quizzes, watch videos about art and be inspired to make their own creations at home – www.tate.org.uk/kids

Now for a ‘Shout out’ for a magnificent accomplishment, this week it goes to:  Thomas (Year 1) for completing his first 3K run, very well done!

Stars of the Week went to:

Year 2: Yuchen for his consistent, beautiful handwriting. Every written piece of work has been of an extremely high standard. Well done!

Year 1: Noah for excellent superhero writing this week – we especially loved your alliterative speech bubbles and use of exclamation marks. Great work, Noah!

Reception: Caleb for writing a thoroughly entertaining story book called ‘Anaiber and the three bears’ – a story about a little girl who finds a cottage in a wood, then finds three bowls of pasta belonging to the bear family!

Well done everyone – have a wonderful half term full of fun!

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Tim SmithHeadmaster