Issue 15 - Summer Term 2021
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This week, my message is from the South Downs, looking over Windlesham...
Message from Ben Evans
Have a great weekend.
Year 5 have been working hard to secure a reliable written method for short division. To help with finding remainders, James took out the multilink cubes and he made arrays. What creative and independent thinking!
Year 5 were learning to estimate mass by simply looking at the object and thinking about the material it was made from, the size, the purpose of the object and the experience we have of using the object. They were then given the chance to feel the object in order to refine their estimate. We used 1kg bags of sugar in order that pupils could remind themselves of how heavy 1kg felt!
Year 6 and 7 have been working hard this week on consolidating all the vocabulary they have been learning recently. We have used games to help with this which the children have thoroughly enjoyed.
Using Music in Science
Year 4 have been learning all about sound in their science lessons with Mrs Carson. They headed to the music department last week where Mr Fitt showed them how different instruments generate different sounds.
They looked at the vibrations on the timpani drum and how a bigger instrument will make a lower sound than a smaller one. The boom whackers demonstrated this perfectly!
Mr Fitt even opened up the piano to show how the different keys make notes of different pitches.
We saw our second live concert of the year! Mr Mendoza and Mr Randon’s drum pupils took to the stage and provided us all with some incredible break time entertainment.
The Music Department
In DT this week, Year 4 were linking their project on levers to their science topic of teeth and nutrition.
Year 3 have been busy in the art and pottery department creating spiral bowls and cat pinch pots. They have also started their sunset Savanna paintings where silhouette images of elephants will be added next week. Here you can see William making his spiral bowl and Amilia painting her sunset background. Sidhanth’s spiral bowl came out of the glaze firing a wonderful sunshine yellow colour and Charlotte’s pink and gold cat pot is purrrrrfect.
The year 5s were set a challenge this week to bake a cake using one of the techniques learnt this term: creaming, all in one, fatless or melting method. Not surprisingly there was an abundance of chocolate involved!
There's an app for that!
Not the best picture after an exhausting afternoon of athletics but the boys certainly performed with more passion than they posed in the annual Hurst team invitational event held this year at the Crawley K2.
Following in the footsteps of the girls, the boys did the school proud with their effort, skill and camaraderie. In the final analysis out of the 9 schools present, the junior squad came first, the senior squad second and we were narrowly edged into runners up spot overall by an excellent Ardingly team to end a four year winning run.
However by far the most important thing about the two days was seeing 86 children from year 3-8 get to run, jump and throw for the school, some for the first time in two years and many for the first time ever. Many thanks to all those who helped get the children ready in the athletics sense or simply by calming nerves in the classroom and especially Mrs Spybey, Mrs Rayner, Miss Charman, Mr Scullion, Mr Pritchard and Miss Sparg for looking after and supporting the children at the events. Full results and more photos to follow in due course.
Boarding & The Weekend
We've been in full swing up in the boarding houses this week. Year 8 have enjoyed an 'ice-cream parlour' night whilst in the meantime, Year 7 headed off on a very different boarding experience for ‘Survival night’ camping on the South Downs in our 'British Summer'! - Watch this space for the special feature on Survival Night in next week's newsletter. Year 6 have been making use of the mini pool table in the comfy room and the junior boarders have enjoyed some visiting readers including Mr Stephens and his favourite book, Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’!
The wet weekend meant the staff and children had to be creative in seeking different activities and to great effect. One junior boarder said, ‘it was the best weekend, we just had so many different activities including making nettle soup!’. Credit and thanks to the weekend team for their efforts. We now look forward to the final weekend of this half of term.
The Boarding Team
Sign Language Saturday
Year 7 and 8 have been learning to sign language a song. They chose a Christmas song (never too early!). They had a fantastic time and Mr Pritchard and I are very proud of them.
This week has been particularly special being the first time we have been able to take the children out of school on a curriculum led trip. On Wednesday morning I was lucky enough to be able to accompany the Reception children on their trip up onto the South Downs to Gallops Farm. The children most certainly did Windlesham proud.
Immersing the children in their learning experiences has always been central to the philosophy of the school and again this was evident in year 2. Last week the science experiments centred around growing cress seeds. Many of the children had not tasted cress before so it was decided that there was only one thing for it. Collect eggs from the Windlesham chickens and make egg and cress sandwiches. The extra treat being the freshly baked bread Mrs Evans brought down warm from the oven. Delicious!
The whole school pastoral theme of the week continued to focus our attention on being the kindest people we can be. I am forever turning the pages of Charlie Mackesy’s book; The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse as the messages contained in it are so very well placed. This week has been anti bullying week and the page where the boy says when he grows up he wants to be kind is a personal favourite. In our chapel service this week I challenged the children to think about the deeper impact of unkind words and actions and whilst someone may not visibly show the effects of others’ actions, the hurt is so often on the inside. Using two apples, who on the outside looked very similar, the children and I proceeded to favour one over the other. We left one out and spent a lot of time and attention on the other. When the apples were cut into two, it was very easy to see that our ‘favourite’ apple was crisp and juicy inside while the one who had been left out and experienced repeatedly unkind actions was clearly bruised under the skin. A visual reminder of how we can hurt others on the inside and how being kind to everyone at all times is imperative in all we do and say.
Next week our pastoral theme centres around taking responsibility.
We are very much hoping the sun will come out for longer next week as we head into the final week before half term.
Have a super weekend.
This week we had the most amazing time at Gallops Farm with Jasmine as our expert tour guide. The class was bubbling with excitement Wednesday morning as we boarded the Windlesham mini buses for the first time and were even more excited when we climbed aboard the tractor trailer for a tour of the cow pasture. We made our way through the field where we saw skylarks, calves, cows, a bull and we could even spy the sea from where we were! Back at the farm yard, we had a tasty picnic snack on the hay bales, fed the piglets (who reminded us of Wilbur!) and we were even pulled on a trailer by the quad bike (teachers included!!). We had heaps of fun and it was wonderful to see a farm in action after learning so much about them this term!
The rest of the week had us cooking tasty pancakes with Mrs. Messenger, learning the Spanish animal words with Miss Goss, swimming up a storm with Miss Charman and practising long jump with her as well. Mr. Fitt has been teaching the children a new song and they have been experimenting and playing with different percussion instruments.
In our child led learning, the writing and crafting table has been very busy particularly with collaborative works and lengthy projects as the children’s attention spans and fine motor skills have developed.
There has also been a renewed interest in the sand outside as the overnight rain turns it into wet sand which is excellent for making mountains, potions, soup and other wonderful things. Inside the blocks and animals are continually used to make new places for the animals to reside in and the children’s play plots have become more sustained and complex - it is amazing to see! Many children have been creating areas of the animal home for the characters from Charlotte’s Web showing their understanding of the story well.
Next week we aim to finish reading Charlotte’s Web and hopefully will be able to watch the film to make comparisons between the two. We will also wrap up our farm topic with some reflective writing and sharing some of the facts we have learned throughout the topic.
Watch the video of the trip
Our study of transport on water has been concluded with a focus on the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic, as requested by a number of friends in our class. Jeremy and Landon have a particular passion for it and inspired their classmates with their impressive subject knowledge. In history, we learned about the sequence of events and became fascinated with the fact that there were apparently only two bathrooms available for 700+ steerage passengers! We learned about the perks of each different class of passenger and in English, opted to write a passenger recount in the role of a first-class survivor. We had a focus on using descriptive vocabulary to convey mood - excitement upon arrival, fear at the time of the crash and then relief upon our rescue. On Friday we concluded our learning by discussing Titanic’s incredible legacy; we discovered how so many safety improvements brought about for water transport were as a result of this terrible tragedy. In art, Miss Kelleway helped us to produce a stunning mixed-media collage of the ship as it descended below the surface.
We had an introduction to multiplication in maths this week. We revisited doubling and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and then began to look at how repeated addition calculations could be represented visually as arrays. We hunted for arrays around school and found egg boxes in the kitchen, water bottle holders and even our own class carpet - maths really is everywhere!
We move on to land transport from next week, where we will chart its chronology from the oldest steam train to modern high-tech racing cars!
Year 2 were on a mission to stop Mr Evans this week! After careful preparation, the children wrote some very powerful letters with the vast majority pushing to persuade Mr Evans not to paint all of Windlesham’s flowers red. These very passionate letters were full of strong arguments supported by evidence from the children’s research, thought provoking rhetorical questions and even some alliterative catchy phrases to really get Mr Evans thinking. Needless to say, Mr Evans was very impressed with the standard of writing and with such a convincing collection of reasons not to get the red paint out, we can all breathe a sigh of relief… Year 2 have saved the flowers and Mr Nuttall will not be painting them all! Well done year 2!
In our maths lessons, we’ve been working on our division skills. Having mastered multiplication last week, division seemed to come very easily, which was exciting! The children understand that these two operations work in partnership and they can associate the inverse calculations. They also used their division skills to solve some tricky word problems at the end of the week.
In our topic sessions we’ve been keeping a close eye on our chrysalides; soon to be butterflies! They have been transferred to their new home (a large netted cylinder in each classroom) and it’s only a matter of time until the butterflies emerge. We have been learning about the anatomy of butterflies and also studying their vision which has been fascinating. In our art sessions, we tried our hands at some leaf rubbing and then used beautifully intricate “zentangle” patterns to decorate additional leaves to add to our pieces. We very much enjoyed this mindful experience - it was extremely calming!
Miss Rickaby and Mrs Sutherland
Look at our weekly pre-prep photo gallery
Players of the Week
Ini & Robin R for both producing outstanding performances at the Athletics Meeting.
Christina F for a great performance at the Athletics Meeting.
Guy H, Pete B, Edwin L, Tristan D, Anthony G, George B-S, Oliver N, Harry M, Alfie L-B, Alex K, Lottie M, Sophie C, Millie E, Issy P
Musician of the Week
Summer A for her excellent attitude and her debut performance in the drum concert.
Drama Stars of the Week
Nelson W & Sebastian C for their fantastic effort on Open Morning.
Artist of the Week
Cordelia D for all the wonderful pottery she glazed for the Summer Fair charity.
Junior Teacher Kindness Awards
Teddy G for being particularly polite and helpful.
Jean Q for being caring towards another child when they were upset.
Boarders of the Week
Anne K for being a wonderful role model.
Henry M for being polite and friendly in Dorms.
Open Days and Visits
Our next Open Day is taking place on Saturday 26 June on campus and we hope that many of your families will be able to join us in person for a tour and talks. We are also delighted to have started tours this week of our campus and these are bookable as follows:
For Year 7 or Year 9 entry
please contact Fenella Cournane at email@example.com
For Lower Sixth entry
please contact Emily Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, we are delivering Virtual Group Visits at 11am on Saturdays during the term for those unable to come onsite. These include a presentation by the Headmaster, Jesse Elzinga, and the Director of Admissions, Arabella Stuart, as well as a live Q & A session.
More details about these events can be found on our website, along with all the details that parents might need for admissions at 11+ and 13+ to Sevenoaks. Please find this here.
Any parents who have attended one of our Virtual Open Days or Virtual Visits, who would like to hold a Zoom meeting with me, can also arrange one via my colleague Fenella Cournane email@example.com, or by calling 01732 467703. Of course, you are also welcome to be in touch with me if you would like to talk about any of your pupils.
We hope to start tours on campus again as soon as we are able.
Windlesham Welcomes Flag American Football
Flag is the fastest growing format of American Football not only in the UK but across the world. Professional leagues such as the American Flag Football League (AFFL) and the newly established NFL Flag are starting to spring up everywhere. American Football has grown in popularity in recent years in the UK. In our University and college leagues alone more than 4,000 students make up over 80 teams that compete every Sunday.
Our Flag version is a high-octane, non-contact variant of American football where tackles are made by pulling off flags which all players wear on their hips. The game retains the same inclusivity which makes American Football great - welcoming athletes of all abilities, genders, and levels of experience. This is very much about team participation where any player can be the standout performer at any time during the game but we all have a job to do so we can be part of the winning team!
We are very excited that this will be coming to Windlesham as a new sport/activity. Watch this space...
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