Monthly Archives: June 2014


The Beauty of Competition

It was Sports Day today in Main Prep. The mix of competition and camaraderie was, seemingly, perfect. The excitement (one might even say ‘frenzy’) of the House Relay particularly was something to behold as children and parents screamed their team runners round the track to conclude the afternoon! As the race finished, how wonderful to [...]

June 11th, 2014|


After a beautiful and poignant assembly to remind us of how many people sacrificed their lives during the D-Day invasions, each year group was given a challenge for the morning. Year 5 had to design and make a life jacket that could be tested in the swimming pool. Everyone was incredibly enthusiastic and industrious during the task, producing [...]

June 11th, 2014|

D-Day / T-Day

The nation will not remember D-day again in the fashion it did last week for another 5 years. When that time comes, I hope Smallwoodians will think back to Friday 6th June 2014 as their link to the past as they remember again this crucial day in our history. The service in the morning in [...]

June 10th, 2014|

Forest School Fun

Pre-Prep1 had a great time at Forest School on Tuesday.  They buddied up with Year 4 and used magnifying glasses to investigate different habitats.  After a lovely snack, they went off in their groups and made a clay woodland animal using lots of interesting things from the forest floor.  There was lots of teamability and makeability going on [...]

June 9th, 2014|

PP1s D-Day Challenge

Pre-Prep 1 were given a D-Day challenge to make parachutes.  This mission was taken very seriously and straight away they were buzzing with ideas.  They chose different materials and thought hard about how to assemble their parachute. Then they had to test their parachutes by dropping them from a height. There was a great atmosphere in the [...]

June 9th, 2014|

D-Day Challenge

Reception had a fun day designing and making a boat to carry 10 soldiers. The children worked on their own, choosing their own resources to build their boats. We had lots of different designs and they all floated!

June 9th, 2014|

D-Day Commemorations in F3

After a moving chapel service, in which the children learned about the various armed forces and their contribution to D-Day, F3 gathered outside with an envelope in their hands waiting to hear what their D-Day challenge would be. Their mission was to design gliders capable of carrying 6 toy soldiers and a tank. They had [...]

June 9th, 2014|

D-Day Planes!

Pre-Prep 2 rose splendidly to their D-Day challenge! They worked very quickly to design and build Hurricanes and Spitfires using card, plastic board, tubes, paper, glue and split pins. They then thought hard to decide how to propel their planes along the fishing line that ran across the classroom. Remembering how balloons worked well with [...]

June 8th, 2014|


What a fantastic day we all had on Friday - a real commemoration of a historic event in the true spirit of D-Day.  After a very moving service in chapel each of the year groups then received their challenge for the day.  Year 4's was to make a submarine that both dived and surfaced again.  [...]

June 7th, 2014|

Forest School Fun with PP1

Year 4 met with PP1 on Tuesday morning for a Forest school session. There were lots of very excited children, particularly those who had siblings in the respective year groups. We all met for a mini beast hunt in the wildlife garden, then used this as a focus for creating a woodland creature out of clay [...]

June 4th, 2014|
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