On Thursday 1st October we will celebrate Lincolnshire Day by asking the children to wear a yellow accessory for the day such as a yellow ribbon, cap, tie or socks.
It is the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising, a revolt by the Roman Catholics, in 1536 against the new established Church of England. Today, it is an opportunity to celebrate the culture of Lincolnshire. It is a beautiful county and there have been many interesting and famous people from Lincolnshire.
Perhaps the children could look for an interesting fact about Lincolnshire to share with their class next Thursday.
As you have probably noticed, my colleagues have started wearing masks around the corridors and internal areas in school. We have talked to the children about this and the reason we have decided to do this now, is that we want to protect each other. Young primary children do not appear to spread the virus like adults; and we are trying to do everything we can at school to stay open. Washing hands and social distancing are very important in our school for all of us and we continue to be cautious inside our school.
We are very proud of the sports awards we received from the Lincolnshire Partnership. Well done to all those that took part during the Summer term in Lockdown.
We wish our Y6 children all the very best on Saturday for their final non verbal 11+ reasoning test. We discussed today the importance of a "growth mindset". I told them that there has been much research on what makes us successful in life. Is intelligence the most important factor or is it attitude, perseverance and a realisation that life is a marathon not a sprint? I have to say that I was so impressed with their answers. They were very eloquent with their responses. We talked about "grit" and what it means. There is an interesting 6 min TED talk on this from Angela Duckworth which can be viewed on the following link.
Message from Mr Terry Plumb, Schools Games Organiser for South Lincolnshire. “I am very pleased to endorse that The Grantham Preparatory International School has been recognised for their ongoing commitment and achievement in the School Games Programme during the Autumn & Spring Terms. It is just reward for all of your outstanding hard work this year in supporting the School Games Organiser initiatives. The school has also been recognised for its support, commitment and engagement of virtual programmes during the Summer Term. Please find the certificates attached.
Many congratulations and well done!!”
This message was received this week in recognition of the commitment and support Grantham Prep. has provided to the sports provision offered in and around the County over the last twelve months. We received our Platinum Award last year which runs for two years, but due to the successful programme of events offered during the pandemic a further two awards were introduced that schools could qualify for. Grantham Prep. were involved in a very full and competitive programme throughout the Autumn term and supported the work of the County Partnership by joining in with the virtual games competitions undertaken throughout our absence from school. Congratulations to all those children, past and present who got involved and enjoyed a real variety of activities including golf, cricket, athletics and tennis. A special thank you to all the parents who persevered with the challenging entry forms in the initial competitions and helped us to enter the majority of competitors in each event.
This week we staged the first live sporting action of the new term. Children from Class 1 through to class 6 ran in the Inter House Cross Country event staged over two very different days. Each race was run within the year group bubble and over courses ranging from 1000m for the Infants to 1600m for the senior Juniors.
The weather for each could not have been more different with the Infants enjoying a beautiful sunny day and the Juniors a horrendously wet day. All races were competitively fought and over 95 children took part.
The top three athletes in each race were:-
Girls: 1st Henrietta S. (Brownlow), 2nd Isabelle D. (Newton ), 3rd Alexandra H-S (Newton)
Boys: 1st Harry J. (Newton), 2nd James B. (Hornsby), 3rd Elijah B. (Brownlow)
U9 Juniors -
Boys: 1st George D. (Brownlow), 2nd Benjamin G. (Newton), 3rd Henry D. (Newton)
Girls: 1st Mya D. (Brownlow), 2nd Jessica H. (Brownlow), 3rd Eva C. (Hornsby)
U11 Juniors -
Boys: 1st Harry T (Newton), 2nd Theo B. (Hornsby), 3rd Luca C. (Newton)
Girls: 1st Sofia C (Newton), 2nd Pippa J. (Brownlow), 3rd Lily May C. (Newton)
1st Newton - 128 points - CHAMPIONS (with the least amount of points)
2nd Brownlow - 183 points
3rd Hornsby - 193 points
Yes, Pre-School and Reception are learning Spanish! The children are learning to say ‘good morning’ and answer in Spanish to the question ‘what is your name?’ Then the children are asked 'how are you?' and are learning to put 1 thumb up which means ‘bien’ (good), 2 thumbs up means ‘muy bien’ (very good) and thumbs down ‘mal’ which means not good in response. The children have also learnt to say ‘gracias’ (thank you) because of course we like to use our manners in school! The children enjoyed counting up to and backwards from 10 in Spanish by singing songs along with Madame Balestra and Dora the Explorer. A great language to learn and we are having fun too!
In Reception the children have had a lovely week. They have been learning about different 2D shapes and their properties. They have been working together as a team to make different rockets, spaceships and all types of houses from the sparkly 2D shapes in our outdoor classroom.
They have also enjoyed some fun physical development sessions outside using the trikes and scooters. Here their navigation and control of the vehicles was of paramount importance. Luckily this was in the sunshine at the start of the week!! They were also thrilled to cheer on the Infants Inter-House Cross Country on Tuesday morning.
Well done everyone another fabulous week at school!
Class One have been thinking about this colourful time of year. They have been writing down their thoughts and observations about the changes that are taking place in the world around them. The brightly coloured leaves on trees, animals scurrying about for food and the flowers going to seed in their gardens are just a few of the wonderful things that they have noticed. The children have produced some beautifully neat writing and fabulous pictures to adorn the wall outside the classroom. I am very proud of every member of the group and their enthusiasm towards learning. Well done.
This week the children of Class Two have been focusing on proofreading their work to ensure accuracy and a higher level of attainment. All the children have been shocked to discover that teacher's can make spelling mistakes too! They have all told me that they are going to thoroughly check my writing in the future. To proofread, the children read through their work and use a 'Sound Mat' to ensure they can 'sound-out' their spellings. They also use 'Red Word Lists' for helping with High Frequency Words that you cannot phonetically spell.
Congratulations Year Two and thank you for being my own personal spell checker.
Class 3 and 4 got back to nature and used the beautiful school grounds for their STEAM session last week. Armed with clipboards, leaf identification sheets and IPads they spent some time identifying the different types of trees we have at school. They worked in small groups to confidently label most of the varieties that we have. It was lovely to see the children working together and sharing their findings.
This week Class 5 have been practising their football skills. The session started with two amazing warm-ups led by Finley and Sophia, which really got the heart rates up! The children then moved on to passing and dribbling drills, which in the beautiful weather really tested their physical and mental resilience. All the children rose to the challenges and produced some skills they should be really proud of!
Y5 Shoe Drawings
Students have been drawing their own trainers using pencil - a tricky task!
They used the following tactics - useful for when drawing from observation:
Plan out using light pencil marks
Draw "in air" above the paper a few times before committing the pencil marks down.
Check shapes and proportions before adding in tonal shading.
Use "directional shading" to give your drawing a 3D effect.
Well done Year 5! I look forward to seeing your completed drawings.
In Class 6 this week, we have enjoyed finishing reading 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo. I would recommend this book to anyone 8+. There are a few tricky words, but the story is accessible. It links to our History work on World War 2.
This book centres on two evacuees, David and Tucky, who are sent to a farm in Devon. For a while, life seems idyllic, but then the sight of a German bomber changes their lives forever.
For homework, we created our own front covers and blurbs for the back.
We made the most of the last few days of the warm summer weather, enjoying our breaks on the field. Dexter found a large, wriggly caterpillar and enjoyed sharing this with the class and the teachers, much to Miss Linehan's delight! We also talked about littering in our class assembly. Reminders that the world around us is wonderful, essential to our lives and needs looking after.
Our country is full of many riches and cacao is one of them. 60% of the national cacao production comes from the Northeastern region, especially around San Francisco de Macoris. The rest of the production is divided between the Eastern, Central, and Northern regions.
The Dominican Republic has two cocoa varieties: the Sánchez or non-fermented type that constitutes 70% of exports and preferred by the United States market, and the Hispaniola or fermented type, which is the one with the highest consumption in Europe.
We had the opportunity of touring the KahKow Chocolate Experience for our students to show them how chocolate is made in our country. Their cacao comes from Hacienda La Esmeralda in San Francisco de Macoris. The visit was completely guided and assisted, displaying the entire process from growing, harvesting, and chocolate production. We were able to manipulate the ingredients and make our own chocolate bar.
Amelia Abreu - English Teacher
Colegio Internacional SEK SANTO DOMINGO – REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA
Students are actively engaged in researching and planning for their GRASP project. The transdisciplinary theme we are learning about is, Who We Are.
Our global context for this unit is Identities and Relationships. The Central Idea addresses the choices people make can affect our health and wellbeing. The students are researching mental health, exercise, healthy eating, hygiene practices, playing sports, healthy sleep patterns and the benefit of drinking plenty of water. I am teaching my students that, "Healthy isn't a goal: It's a way of living! "
The students are creating a motivational poster to promote a healthy lifestyle. They are drawing pictures of their healthy choice to add to their poster along with cutting pictures out from magazines or images found on the internet. They are adding captions below their pictures to give the reader more information about their topic. The PYP2/3 students are currently writing their informational writing piece about the Key Concepts that we are focusing on during our Unit of Inquiry. The key concepts are Form, Change and Responsibility. In their writing they are addressing personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health. The students will share how a healthy lifestyle can change a person's life. They will also explore how a healthy lifestyle is connected to you and the community. Stay Healthy Boca Prep!
I am very happy to announce that from September, Offstage Drama will be resuming their Saturday drama workshops.
There will be two sessions:
9.30 am - 10.30 am - Children aged 4-11
10.30 am - 11.30 am - Secondary aged children
We will ensure that children are spaced out, the hall is well-ventilated and that good hand hygiene is adhered to. We already have contact details for all of the families, so that if there were any concerns, this could be shared quickly. This is subject, of course, to any further updates from the Government nearer the time.
I would like to offer any current children in Year 6, whether or not they already attend the sessions, the chance to join the 10.30am workshop.
Please contact Ellie Dickinson for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org
School Bus Collection Points & Times
Bookings for this week:
Please contact the school office to book a place for your child.
8.10am Normanton on Cliffe
On Fridays the bus will run 15 minutes earlier to ensure pupils arrive in time for the *Music Machine" School Band rehearsal.
Access to the School Building after 4.30pm
As you are all aware there is now a gate which has a key code access to the Creche in the evening. If you do not have the code, please call 01476 593293 and your call will be answered by Creche.