We are all very happy to be back at school and our children, staff and families have adapted well to new routines.
It is important however following the announcement from our Prime Minister about the new "rule of six" from Monday that we continue to maintain social distance as adults; whether that is at the school gate or with colleagues in school. It is a reminder to us all that we need to remain vigilant,cautious and continue to ask children and adults to frequently wash their hands and use sanitiser.
It is not an easy decision for any of us, parents or staff to decide if you or your child has coronovirus symptoms. I would also advise you to seek advice from NHS 111 if you need any help with a diagnosis.
The NHS does advise that if a child has mild cold-like symptoms they should continue to go to school. Sore throats and blocked or runny noses are not symptoms of coronavirus. However if your child has a new continuous cough, a fever, a loss of, or change in their sense of smell or taste, they may have coronavirus. Your child should stay at home, isolate for at least 10 days and be tested.
I would also like to politely remind everyone about school car parks and parking outside the school gates. Peak school times are busy which is why we offer a "Drop off Service" so that your child/children may get out of your cars onto a safe pavement. Please use the "Drop off Service" as much as you can. We are here to help. Also please keep your speed below 5 miles an hour in our car park. It is difficult to see very young children and they can dart quickly. So please, parents and colleagues be extremely careful when driving through our car park at busy times. We need to crawl slowly through the car park at these times.
Next Thursday we would like to hold "Jeans for Genes" day by wearing our jeans or denim shorts with our school uniform to remember children with genetic disorders. This charity supports families with children living with a variety of genetic conditions. It is a reminder to our children in school that many children will look very different because of genetic disorders and there are excellent resources on the Jeans for Genes website to help explain this to children.
I would also like to inform you that I visited Emma Jarvis yesterday. She taught piano at our school but unfortunately suffered a stroke in the holidays and is unable to return. Emma is home now and very thankful for the encouraging wishes she has received from parents and staff. Emma still has a long way to go with the physical challenges she now faces. However I found her positive, chatty, determined, feisty, with a lovely sense of humour; a reminder to us all about the importance of enjoying and accepting life as it is and meeting any challenges we face head on. Well done Emma and we all wish you a continued speedy recovery.
Enjoy the weekend.
Calendar & Events
Autumn Term 2020
19/10/20 - 30/10/20
End of Term: Friday 11/12/20
Spring Term 2021
15/2/21 - 19/2/21
End of Term: Thursday 1/4/21
Summer Term 2021
31/5/21 - 4/6/21
End of Term: Friday 16/7/21
ISSUE: 420 11th September 2020
IMPORTANT PARENT INFORMATION
Cool Cats Uniform Supplier: TGPS website - Please access the Uniform & Equipment heading on the home page there is a direct link to the Cool Cats website.
We are very proud of our music department here at Grantham Prep and we offer the children the chance to learn a variety of instruments such as Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Recorder, Violin, Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Guitar, Ukelele, Singing and Drums. All individual music lessons are taught by professional, qualified and highly talented music teachers.
The music department is vibrant and thriving, with our School Band, Choir, Rock Band and Clarinet ensemble often playing in assemblies, representing our school in the local community at local events, concerts, competitions to name but a few.
A short video from Dr Reed our Violin and Singing teacher.
The children in Pre-school and Reception classes are fortunate to have a P.E. lesson with Mr Park every Wednesday. This week Mr Park started by introducing the children to the AstroTurf tennis court and gave an explanation as to how it is different from grass. One little girl liked it ‘because it has sparkly bits’
Once lined up the lesson’s activities began. Mr Park led the children through some warm up exercises. They had to perform an action that was shown on a card held by Mr Park. They included walking small steps, giant steps, hopping and star jumps. Having asked a few children’s’ ages the children were asked to add them together and perform the action that number of times. So not only were the children doing physical exercises but also numerical ones too!
After the warm ups there were some running races between different coloured hoops with girls and boys teams and then the last activity had the children in 3 teams picking up a tennis ball, running with it and putting it into a coloured tub and running back to the team line. Phew!
Good physical fun was had by all. Thank you Mr Park!
In Reception the children have had a super second week with lots of fun learning outside. The children have continued to adapt well to all the routines in their class and around the school.
They have enjoyed some super PE sessions with Mr Park and are becoming so good at following instructions. In Literacy, the children have been reading The Three Little Pigs and have loved retelling this traditional tale. They have been building and painting houses for the little pigs.
They have also been working as a team with the children from Pre-School and have embarked on doing some complicated road repairs outside one of the pig’s houses. It was a real construction site! This left them plenty of time to make some yummy ice cream pies in the mud kitchen. It was tasty work, or maybe not?
Well done every-one a fabulous first week at school!
The Year One children enjoying their art lesson with Mrs Jackson.
Hi-tech learning in Class One!
This week, Year One have been using mathematical software to begin looking at simple data collection. It has been fun to see the children's reactions as bar charts appeared before their eyes whilst they were inputting their findings. We can now let you know that apples and grapes are the favourite fruit snacks for members of Class One and the speedy old cheetah is our favourite wild animal. The children have also started honing their early coding skills with the 2Go application linked to the interactive whiteboard. The aim is to take a chosen creature or object on a specific journey; with a choice of ladybirds visiting flowers, rockets landing on planets and racing cars whizzing around tracks. Everyone has chosen their direction and step algorithms very carefully in order to negotiate their pathways; checking back and debugging where necessary. A superb week's work from every member of the group. Well done!
First full week back and the children of Class Two have really hit the ground running! Not only have they really had to step up their games, taking on new challenges and routines, but they have also really tried hard to be good ambassadors for Grantham Prep: exemplifying both extraordinary focus and excellent behaviour.
They arrive at school ready to learn! At Grantham Prep the children are stretching their minds before 9 o'clock, the same could not be said for all of us... Some of us aren't properly awake by 9am, teachers included!
On Wednesday afternoon Class 3 and 4 had to work in small groups to complete the STEAM challenge – There’s A Hole In My Bucket.
The activity was designed to get the children thinking about materials, liquids and testing methods. Just like the song ‘There’s A Hole In My Bucket’, the children were asked to find a way to plug the hole in a container to stop water pouring out.
Throughout the activity the groups had to carry out their own tests to compare different sticky materials. They also had to observe, measure and record their results carefully.
Each group quickly realised that the activity was easier to complete if they had good lines of communication, listened to each other and shared the jobs between them.
"All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment." Dalai Lama
Year 5 have made an excellent start to life in their new class and last week produced some excellent work in RE. The children looked at the 6 main religions and how they all share aspects in common and how all religions and differences must be tolerated. This is also a valuable personal life lesson for us all, understanding that even though we may be different we all must look out for each other and help each other to reach as high as possible!
We have been getting used to a new routine and during our daily watch of Newsround, we learned that it was International Literacy Day. We saw children talking about their favourite books. This inspired us to write our own short extracts on books that we really enjoyed, and why. Some children were happy to hold their work up and some were brave enough to speak about their reasons too.
We also learned that there is a cafe in the UK, Milton Keynes, where you are served by robots called Josh and Mollie!
A great week all round. We've started our topics in History and Geography, as well as worked hard ahead of the upcoming 11+ exams.
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 email@example.com
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.