PREP SCHOOL BLOG: MICHAELMAS TERM No. 1

23rd September 19

It has been an incredible start to this academic year, from the moment the Prep School pupils bounced back through the classroom doors it has been non-stop!

Pupils from Prep 1 upwards arrived back at school having completed a whole host of stunning holiday projects to kick-start this terms learning topic, Global Dimension. The theme, running throughout the Prep School, will look at how, as individuals, we can be better members of our society, locally, nationally and globally.

One particular project that stood out for the teaching staff was Genevieve (Prep 6) who demonstrated her awesome creativity with a project on the rainforest. Genevieve invited members of her class to pull down trees to reveal facts highlighting that we need to look after the rainforests – a message received loud and clear by all the children.

Prep 6 have subsequently extended their learning on the Global Dimension to pollution, exploring the dangers of air pollution. The unit culminated in the Great Debate, where pupils were given a fictional scenario whereby Dover College had changed the rules to say that all pupils should use the school bus to get to and from school. Each pupil had an opinion and worked in groups to plan, discuss and extend their ideas before taking part in an official debate where they shared their views in a considerate and informative way.

Continuing along our Global Dimension topic, Prep 2 had a delicious lesson tasting food from around the world and learning about Fairtrade. They described, smelt, touched and tasted a range of fruits and discovered that some of it had travelled a long way, not just from the local supermarket. The lesson was buzzing with lots of questions and ideas; however, the favourite part of the lesson was definitely the sampling!

With much anticipation from both staff and pupils, our Forest School is now up and running with the introduction of weekly sessions for each year group. Pupils have been getting stuck into a variety of activities led by our qualified Forest School leader, Miss Bean. Activities have included making shelters using tarpaulins, making fire steels with which to light a fire, making charcoal from small pieces of wood they had collected from around the campus, and clearing stones for our ‘mud hog’ project. They have been kept busy and earned a mug of hot chocolate to round off their sessions!

Prep 1 had great fun extending their outdoor learning and exploring the natural environment on a tree hunt around the College campus. Looking for evergreen and deciduous trees and identifying them by their leaves, the lesson ended with some creative bark rubbings. Meanwhile, Prep 5 have had plenty of giggles measuring the teachers (and themselves) as part of their place value learning in maths. Pupils put their mathematical skills to the test with some problem solving and data handling tasks.

The School Council consisting of two members from each class met for the first time this year. Delegates were registered by the Head of the School Council, Matthew (Prep 6), before getting straight down to business. There was much to discuss, however the most popular motion was put forward by Lilly (Pre-Prep) who suggested clearing the area behind the toy sheds to make way for a sand and construction area. Pupils enjoyed the first fundraising event of the year and all came into school wearing their favourite pair of jeans in aid of Jeans for Genes.