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Year 5 prove reading is the best!

Thank you to the families who came to see Year 5’s assembly on Tuesday – and what a treat we enjoyed! The girls had the whole audience laughing at their backdrop cartoons (and pictures of teachers caught with some favourite books!) Matilda made a very convincing presenter for the ‘Family Fortunes’ episode, with Amy, Georgina, Eve and Caitlin playing the roles of the very knowledgeable competitors. All the girls performed with wonderful confidence as they reminded us of all the good things about reading, ending with a fun reworking of the Black-Eyed Peas’ ‘I Gotta Feeling’ (‘This book’s gonna be a good, good book!’)  All in all this was a most enjoyable and informative assembly – well done, Year 5 and Mrs Fisher! Thank you to all the family members who came to share the assembly. Enjoy the gallery of pictures…


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Prep School assembly dates this term

Dates for all our class assemblies  this term are as follows: parents, we hope this will allow you plenty of time to put the dates in your diary so that you can come along and support your child on the day.

All assemblies take place in the Barn at 8.55am.

Tuesday 26th September –  Year 6
Tuesday 3rd  Oct  – Year 5


Tuesday 7th November –  Year 2
Tuesday 14th November – Year 1
Tuesday 21st November – Year 3-4*

Nursery and Reception will have their next class assemblies in Spring Term.

Here are some happy memories from assemblies last term!

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A smack of Jellyfish by Year 5


Year 5 pupils created this colourful ‘smack’ of jellyfish in art last term.

  • Did you know that jellyfish…

… can be bigger than a human, while others are as small as a pinhead?
… are eaten by people in some countries?
… have been on Earth for millions of years, even before dinosaurs?
… have no brain but some kinds have eyes?
… are mainly made up of water and protein?
… and that a group of jellyfish is called a ‘smack’?


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Year 5 with some wise old birds

Enjoy these stunning mixed media images by Year 5 pupils, who took inspiration from the British illustrator and artist Mark Hearld’s night-time scenes of owls in the countryside. Working in the senior art room with head of art Miss Coughlan, they used mixed media, including printed leaves, bark, twigs, coloured ink and paint. We think the results are magical!


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Stone Age assembly for Year 5

An audience of family members and the other Prep School classes enjoyed an imaginatively-performed and action-packed assembly from Year 5 this morning. The children showcased some of the work they have been doing for their Stone Age history studies, including making models of Stonehenge, recreating cave paintings and composing a poem about our distant ancestors. They displayed excellent knowledge of all aspects of life in the Stone Ages, from hunting to housing, tool-making to clothing. Afterwards,  the children shared some moments with their proud families. Well done, Year 5, and thanks to the family members who came to watch!

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Sports results: Years 3- 6 swimming v Town Close School

Yesterday our pupils from Years 3-6 hosted Town Close School for a fantastic swimming gala. It was full of team spirit and support and a wonderful afternoon – I was so proud of every pupil as they all swam their hearts out – well done! The results were really close but the final score was Town Close 100, HOHS 96

Well done to all the swimmers and thanks to all the parents for your support. The pictures show Year 6 swimmers in their kit!

Mrs McEvoy.

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Stone Age buildings and dinosaur bones

As part of their Stone Age history studies Year 5 have started to design and construct their own Stone Age houses, using a variety of materials they sourced from the woods. Any budding young palaeontologists please note: the bones littering the gardens of these houses were created in the DT room, so please don’t start digging for dinosaur skeletons around the school grounds – Mr Young would not be very pleased! When the houses are finished they will look like the one in the bottom picture.

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