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Happy Mothers’ Day!

It was an absolute delight this morning to sit in on Reception’s Mothers’ Day assembly. It always amazes me when I hear children as young as four speak with such confidence in public and the content of the assembly was a perfect combination of humour and the more serious side of such a special […]

March 11th, 2015|

An Introduction to Shakespeare

I have always been convinced that children, and adults for that matter, learn in a wide variety of ways and that as teachers we have a responsibility to experiment with different teaching methods and approaches to find out what really works with our children.

The traditional ways of teaching involving everyone sitting at desks, listening to […]

February 25th, 2015|

Scholarships – the Icing on the Cake!

This term has been one of considerable pressure for Year 6. They have spent all of last term, the Christmas holidays and the first few weeks of this term preparing for their entrance exams to senior schools.

The importance of this challenge cannot be overestimated as it really will determine their immediate future and will […]

February 4th, 2015|

Taking the Classroom Outside

The staff had a fantastic training day on Monday when the company that installed the canopy returned to show us how every single subject can be taught in a slightly different way outside. Using the canopy as a hub or focal point we ventured out to try some tree art, played spelling games on […]

January 13th, 2015|

Thinking Laterally to Help Our Children Study

This week saw our annual visit from Mark, “The world’s best juggler”, to run a series of circus skills with the children. Over the course of the day every child in the school learned some new tricks. Whether it was stilt walking, plate spinning, juggling or tricks with diablos, every single child was fully involved […]

December 5th, 2014|

How Can You Succeed in Exams?

It has been exam week this week.  The whole of Main Prep went through revision week last week in preparation and spent the first three days of this week working through their exam papers.  The whole process can be quite daunting which is exactly why we put the children through it so regularly.  The thinking […]

November 28th, 2014|

Full of Festive Cheer!

The Christmas Fair over the weekend was a tremendous success and I am very grateful to Alex Clarke, Debbie Greenwood and their team for working so tirelessly with their preparation during the week and for their efforts on the day. The hog roast and the mulled wine went down very well, there was a huge […]

November 23rd, 2014|

We Will Remember Them

This week has been a very special one indeed for everyone at Denstone College Prep School. We gathered in the chapel just before 11 o’clock on Tuesday to observe two minutes’ silence, impeccably followed even by our very small children in Reception and followed by Saffron playing the Last Post and Josh and Rebecca reading […]

November 14th, 2014|

Getting the Family Outside to Learn

On Saturday a group of intrepid adventurers in Years 1 and 2, together with their parents, gathered together in the courtyard for a morning’s experience of Forest School organised by Mrs Clews and Mrs Emmerson-Friend. The torrential rain earlier in the morning and a fairly bleak forecast did not dampen the spirits one little […]

October 5th, 2014|

What Makes A Successful Team?

I really enjoyed Year 4’s assembly on teamwork this week. As a sportsman I have played in any number of teams since I first represented my prep school at the age of ten and as a follower of Chelsea, Essex County Cricket Club and the fortunes of England’s rugby team since 1970 I have […]

September 27th, 2014|
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