We had our first ‘Celebration Assembly’ for 2024 in the Prep this morning. It was, as ever, so lovely to see so many boys’ efforts and achievements being recognised!
A large number of boys received Headmaster's Commendations and Man of the Match Certificates in today's celebration assembly. It was lovely to celebrate a few of the boys' successes outside of school too; from swimming certificates through to tennis trophies!
Year 6 paid a visit to The Globe Theatre today, to further their understanding of our current study of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. First up, was a tour of the theatre, allowing us to appreciate what it was like to be an audience member and an actor during Jacobean times. The line ‘Is this a dagger, which I see before me…’, rang loud and clear as each of the boys of 6Ba performed on the very stage great actors have walked! Not to be outdone, 6Be asked, ‘When shall we three meet again?’ A wonderfully unique opportunity! This followed with the boys participating in a workshop based around Macbeth. Under the direction of the actors from The Globe ensemble, the boys demonstrated their knowledge of the play and displayed some promising thespian talent. It was a valuable experience, enriching their understanding of Shakespearian theatre and Tudor society.
It was a relief to everyone this week to be able to put our training from the past few weeks into fixtures. All year groups have been in action and are shaping up well. There were some victories for the U10s and U11s against Claremont with the teams starting to demonstrate good levels of organisation and an ability to play through the phases. The U9s played Newland House and suffered some defeats but the games served as lessons in the importance of running forwards in attack and organisation in defence.
What fun our assemblies have been this week! Firstly, continuing the theme, Expanding Horizons, we were thrilled to welcome one of our former pupils to our assembly on Monday morning. Belle, who was with us here at Pre-Prep from Kindergarten to Year 2, explained all about Lord Robert Baden Powell’s hand in founding the Scout Movement way back in 1907, which in turn led to the Guide Movement a few years later in 1909. It's now been over 100 years since Girlguiding was established, and members are still pushing boundaries and achieving great things, including Belle, who stepped us through her journey from Rainbows to Brownies and later on to Guides aged 10; she eloquently explained how her horizons have been well and truly widened as a result of her involvement in guiding. Alongside her journey from 5 years old, she was sure to carefully explain the pathway available to boys, and added to this we know that our founding headmaster, Mr James, was greatly involved the local scouting scene, along with many former Denmead pupils of that era.
We have had a ‘Roarsome’ time in Kindergarten this week learning all about dinosaurs. Using the computer and non-fiction books, we discovered lots of information and facts about prehistoric creatures that existed over 65 million years ago - some lived on land, others in the water and some were covered in feathers so they could fly. Some had two legs, some had four, some were super speedy, whereas others extremely slow. We found out that a group of Triceratops is called a herd just like elephants, and we learned new words, such as ‘carnivore’, ‘herbivore’, ‘omnivore’ and ‘extinct’. Do ask your child if they can tell you more dinosaur facts! We also made salt dough to create our own fossils and used the dinosaur skeletons for fossil-like impressions. We look forward to painting these next week.
This week, Reception have gone back in time to the Jurassic period! We have read information books about dinosaurs to learn interesting facts about these incredible creatures. We have also read stories about dinosaurs including Harry and his bucketful of dinosaur’s book series - the children wrote about their favourite parts using a story word map.
Year 1 read the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff this week in English. We told the story using puppets and thought of words we could use to describe the characters. We also thoroughly enjoyed acting out the story in groups and performing to the class. The children ordered the story, using first, next, then and last. Finally, they came up with an alternative ending to the story, and attempted joining their sentences with conjunctions. Next week, we’ll be reading the story “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!” by Mo Willems.
Year 2 have loved starting their new maths topic, multiplication and division this week. They have been working on recognising equal groups, making equal groups with a given number of objects, and then moving onto finding the total using repeated addition. The highlight of the week was finally being introduced to the multiplication symbol and therefore making the link between multiplication and repeated addition. Since the Year 2s are such avid fans of learning their times tables facts, this learning couldn’t come soon enough. They are eager to get stuck into repeated subtraction and develop their understanding of division next week.