I do hope that you enjoyed a wonderful break and took advantage of our newly found freedoms. It was lovely to greet so many happy, smiling children with smart haircuts on Wednesday morning. They really do look refreshed and well.

This week the Reception Children received a note from a little girl called Molly who had left an assortment of nature based activities for the children to investigate. These included planting seeds, making leaf necklaces, dried flower collages and using magnifying glasses to find worms in soil. As instructed by Molly, the children embraced the opportunity to go for a wellie walk around the school grounds. Great fun was had by all as they said a happy ‘hello’ to the new Lambrook chickens, paddled in the brook and admired the growing saplings in Elisabeth’s Orchard.

Year 1 were rather shocked to find a fire pit, a washing line decorated with miniature clothes, a bed made of sticks and a tepee when they went for a walk in the woods. They took great delight inspecting and hypothesising – forest dwelling elves, a naughty dwarf and a vengeful Goldilocks were the prime suspects. Later in the day they used their IT skills to recreate and describe the scene.

A scroll, pierced by an arrow and attached to a tree with the words. ‘Year Two‘ across it caused me great alarm on Wednesday morning. The Year 2 children were asked to explain what they had been doing but were not forthcoming, despite looking rather guilty! It was a such a relief to hear that the scroll had been left by Robin Hood and the children had not been practising their archery skills! Keen to join Robin’s band of merry men, the children started their forest dwelling training in earnest.

The Nursery has taken full advantage of the glorious sunny weather, playing outside and gardening. They have loved learning about garden tools, creating beautiful mixed media flowers and listening to Julia Donaldson’s hilarious story, ‘One Mole Digging a Hole’.

It has been a brilliant start to a special Summer Term and there is so much more excitement ahead of us, including trips and visitors, class assemblies, music demonstrations and an outdoor Happiness Festival.

I hope the sun continues to shine and you have a lovely weekend.

Louise Farrar, Head of Pre Prep

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