Ms Horan, Head of Pre Prep, is impressed with how busy the Pre-Prep children have been and proud of what they have achieved in just four weeks.
As half term is approaching, it is lovely to reflect on the number of activities and events that have already taken place in the Pre-Prep. The children certainly have been busy and I am proud to see how much they have already achieved in just four weeks.
This week our PP3s hosted a community tea party for some special visitors who attend or live at local care centres in Barnes (FISH, Viera Gray and Castelnau Community Centre). Initially, back in the early days of Harrodian, this tea party was an event that our late Principal Peter Thomson (d. 2011) organised for local Pre-Prep grandparents. But these days, it has been extended to include local members of the community too and after a two-year absence (due to the pandemic), it was wonderful to be able to host this event once again.
The children were perfect hosts, passing round cakes, chatting to their guests and singing enthusiastically. It was a wholesome afternoon thoroughly enjoyed by the children and all who attended from our local community. A big thank you to those parents and children who baked or bought cakes for the event and to our Lower Sixth Form Music students for their performances (vocal, guitar and piano), to our Senior Prefects for helping to host our guests, and to Ms Sampson, who organised all the music and encouraged audience participation.
For more photos of the PP3/Senior Prefect Community Tea Party
Meanwhile our new Reception children have settled in amazingly well and seem very at home in their new surroundings. They have been enjoying outdoor learning, Freeflow, learning phonics, sorting and matching objects, re-telling Goldilocks and The Three Bears and in particular arts and crafts, including modelling junk and creating colourful collages.
For more examples of Reception class activities
Pupils in PP1 are looking forward to a trip to the postal museum before half-term and have been working hard in the classroom and have produced some lovely art work too. They have been focussing on producing self portraits using a range of media and inspired by Andy Warhol. They can be seen displayed in the classrooms and here are a few examples below:
The PP2s have enjoyed a fascinating workshop on The Great Fire of London - an event that supports their learning of History and brings it to life. Dressed in Tudor costumes and transported back to 1666, our pupils worked as bakers, candlemakers, barber surgeons, leather workers, chandlers, school students, perfumers, bakers, metal workers, seamstresses and weavers.
To view an edited selection of photos taken at the Great Fire of London workshop
And if that wasn't enough, our annual Harvest Festival is coming up on Thursday 6 October! Please put the date in your diaries and we look forward to seeing you there.