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Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Benefits of a Residential Trip

In the Monday before half term the whole of the prep school was out on the Dovedale walk, or in the case of Year 6, off to RAF Cosford on their way to a week’s adventuring with PGL.

I love the walk. Each time we do it there are different sights to see and it is […]

May 31st, 2017|

Teddy Bear’s Picnic a Success!

Smallwood Pre-School Teddy Bears’ Picnic/Open Day – 26th May 2017

Smallwood Pre-School, part of Denstone College Prep School in Marchington, held their annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic on 26th May. The lively event offered the opportunity for current and prospective parents and their children to come along, spend time together and enjoy the wonderful woodland setting, as well […]

May 26th, 2017|

Dovedale and Ilam Photos

Hope you enjoy these wonderful photos!  We had such fun at Dovedale and Ilam!





May 24th, 2017|

River Dipping in Ilam

This was one of the activities that the children were most looking forward to (as well as the teachers!!) … I think its because it had the extra excitement of water mixed with sunshine!

We were lucky enough to have Ranger Paul to take us down to a beautiful riverside spot in Ilam where we had a […]

May 24th, 2017|

Last Day at Ilam!

Last night was our last night at Ilam Hall and the children settled down to sleep very quickly indeed (must have been all that racing around and the fact that we spent a large amount of the day outside).  So, the majority of children needed to be woken up this morning to start their day […]

May 24th, 2017|

Recycling Bags

First we designed our bags on a piece of paper.  We wanted to have memories of our trip to Ilam Hall on our bags so we don’t forget our amazing trip.  Once we had our design, we copied it onto our bags using wax crayons.  All of our designs were unique and each one has […]

May 23rd, 2017|

Team Challenges at Ilam

Wow!  We have had a wonderful day today basking in the glorious sunshine!  One of our activities was “Team Challenges” where the children had four different challenges and they had to work together to try to get to the end result.

One of the favourites was a fun game of stepping stones where they needed to get […]

May 23rd, 2017|

Orienteering at Ilam

We’ve been busy with activities today and one of them was an orienteering course. The children have been studying maps with Miss Hart in Geography so found the map reading relatively easy … however trying to put their knowledge into practice was very different! They eventually got the hang of looking at the maps and […]

May 23rd, 2017|

Rocket Launching at Ilam

After a super supper….

Last night Year 4 had a mission … they were tasked with getting a raw egg (spaceman) to the planet Mars using only a plastic water bottle with “fins”, a paper bag, some cellotape, a paper napkin a single egg carton and a paper cup.  The mission was not only to launch the […]

May 23rd, 2017|

Arrival at Ilam Hall

After a lovely walk at Dovedale with Years 3, 4 and 5, Year 4 took a short coach trip to Ilam and unloaded their belongings.  They had a briefing meeting where they were told who they would be sharing rooms with and  taught how to make make their own bed including the very hard task of […]

May 22nd, 2017|
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