Year 5 and 6 pupils participate in new STEAM activity

News > Year 5 and 6 pupils participate in new STEAM activity

Our Year 5 and 6 pupils have the chance to attend a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) activity every Wednesday morning and the activity encompasses all elements and encourages collaborative thinking. Pupils are currently engaged on two tasks, the first of which is to create a new interactive ‘STEAM’ sign in the Butterwick Centre. This will be controlled using both Arduino and Microbit boards and will have a range of special effects! The second project that pupils are working on is to create a Braccio Robotic Arm. Pupils have started to build the arm and will then move on to coding the movements and operations of the arm.

We are introducing the KidsMBA programme

News > We are introducing the KidsMBA programme

We are delighted to announce that we will be the first school in England to offer the ABE endorsed KidsMBA programme, as we introduce it at our Prep School. We will begin teaching the course to our Year 8 pupils from September 2021.

The course teaches children a wide set of skills aimed at developing business expertise and entrepreneurship that will help them throughout their education and future career. Through challenges, activities and games, the KidsMBA is designed to enhance education for 11 to 15 year olds, focusing on the basics of running a business, becoming self-employed and developing new ideas.

Speaking of the agreement, ABE’s Director of Business Development, Steve Smith said, “The KidsMBA programme fits perfectly with the Gresham’s ethos. Teaching children through project-based role-play, participants learn how to find creative solutions, develop self-confidence, presentation skills and the ability to share ideas in a persuasive and engaging manner, all the while, developing a foundation of entrepreneurial thinking which can be nurtured throughout school life. We look forward to working with Gresham’s School as they develop their students’ entrepreneurial instincts and nurture happy, confident, resilient children.”

Cathy Braithwaite, Head of Gresham’s Prep School said “At Gresham’s Prep, we endeavour to provide a progressive curriculum. We offer our pupils an exciting and varied programme of activities above and beyond the traditional range of subjects. Whether mountain biking, fire lighting or riding the zip-wire in our woods; fossil-hunting or casting sea-fishing lines at the coast; learning robotics, engineering or coding in the DT workshop, or studying photography, making murals and sketching outside, we create fun ways for our children to develop beyond the classroom and help them grow into confident, well-rounded individuals. The KidsMBA will provide our children with further opportunities to extend their fully-rounded skillset and develop an understanding of the world of business and finance.”

Year 8 Operation Pashtun Protect

News > Year 8 Operation Pashtun Protect

Year 8 were given a briefing from Major Braithwaite about how they could develop an operation to protect a strategically important village in Afghanistan from a set of orders. Having seen active service himself in Afghanistan, Major Braithwaite was able to give a unique insight into the challenges posed by the terrain and by enemy forces. He set the pupils the task of using the equipment and troops available in order to deploy their resources to fulfil their mission, which taught them about how the British army plan and execute their operations. He was impressed by some of the plans put forward; there may well be a new military genius amongst Year 8 to watch out for in the future!

 

Prep pupils create a time capsule for the Dyson Building

News > Prep pupils create a time capsule for the Dyson Building

There is a buzz of excitement at the Prep School as our pupils eagerly follow the development of the Dyson building. Following our competition in February, our first place competition winners have toured the site, with pupils who came in second and third place look forward to their visits in May.

All children and members of staff at the Prep School have contributed to an innovative ‘time capsule’ idea suggested by Matthew Watling, Senior Project Manager from Kier. They have decorated plaster boards with colourful sketches, signatures and emojis and these are being ‘hidden’ within the walls of the building as each partition on the mezzanine floor is erected.

The project has fascinated our pupils. The real-life engineering and construction, taking place within our grounds on such a huge scale, has provided incredible learning opportunities, especially for those with a keen interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

Prep School create exciting new podcast series

News > Prep School create exciting new podcast series

The Prep School have been recording podcasts covering different topics, with the aim of creating a resource to help pupils. In the most recent episode, our mental health nurses, Kate Pollicott-Reid and Elliot Robinson, spoke about the importance of mental health. The group chatted about a variety of topics relating to wellbeing, anxiety and different strategies to deal with social engagement, interaction and overall mental health. The hope is that it may open doors for conversations with people around mental health at home with parents and carers and for them to know that there is support if needed.

The first podcast included the Prep Head Boy and Head Girl talking about what it is like to carry out their role and the advice they would give to younger pupils regarding their time in Prep School and what has worked for them.

For future podcasts, a series will be created to help Year 8 pupils with the transition from Prep School to Senior School. These will feature interviews with teachers, Housemasters and Housemistresses about life at the Senior School. They are also going to speak to the Senior Head Boy and Girl about their experiences of the transition between the two schools.

Podcast #1 – Talking to Prep School Head Boy and Head Girl

Podcast #2 – Mental Health

Best of the best Prep School for art and creativity

News > Best of the best Prep School for art and creativity

We are delighted to have been chosen as The Week’s best of the best Prep School for art and creativity in their Independent Schools Guide Spring/Summer 2021. They comment “The emphasis is on children throwing themselves into a range of creative activities and gaining an understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts in the process.”

Click here to read the full article. 

Sport, fitness and wellbeing activities

News > Sport, fitness and wellbeing activities

It can be challenging to stay fit and active during a national lockdown, especially during the winter months. Usually, our pupils get a large amount of time for sports and fitness during the week, so staff have put together a fantastic programme of activities for pupils to take part in. The sessions cover a large range of sports, skill types and abilities.

Staff from the Senior School have put together an excellent timetable of activities, ranging from morning Yoga and HIIT to improving Rugby, Netball and Cricket skills. Pupils can follow along with video tutorials or take part in live sessions throughout the week. These sessions are so positive for our pupils’ health and wellbeing, encouraging them to spend some important time away from the screen each day.

Our Prep School are currently running the ‘Lockdown Exercise Challenge’ which helps our younger pupils to stay active whilst competing for the most points for their tutor group. Any physical activity that they complete each day is worth one, two or three points depending on the effort level involved. Each week, pupils will submit their points and awards will be given to the tutor groups and individuals with the highest number of points.

Prep pupils have also been set the challenge of ‘Around the World Fitness’. All miles that pupils complete, whether this be through walking, running, riding, cycling or swimming, will be added together to move the grasshopper as far across the world as possible.

For our Pre-Prep children who are learning online, physical activity is built into their day. Our teachers are leading dance classes and even our Outdoor Wild Learning School (OWLS) for the children to enjoy at home. Children of key workers have been keeping active with their usual PE, dance and pilates classes at school.

 

Prep pupils experience fantastic week of online learning

News > Prep pupils experience fantastic week of online learning

Our Prep pupils have experienced a fantastic first week of online learning. From visual Geography lessons to improving lateral thinking, online learning has been fun and engaging.

Years 7 and 8 enjoy traditional Christmas Dinner

News > Years 7 and 8 enjoy traditional Christmas Dinner
One of the focal points for Christmas at the Prep School for Years 7 and 8 is always the annual Christmas Dinner. COVID has had an impact on so much this year but we were keen to retain some semblance of normality in these tricky times and offer our senior pupils a Christmas Dinner which followed the protocols introduced this term in the Dining Hall.
 
Therefore, one evening became a socially distanced two. An early start and an early finish with the cancelling of the traditional post-meal disco led to a resharpening of a focus on being together. The adapted games offered enough entertainment to mimic the usual celebration successfully.  What never changes is the quality of the food; Garry and his catering team found a way to prepare and serve a delicious feast for which we were all so grateful. Each evening was enjoyed by those in attendance and it offered a tiny slice of Christmas joy at the end of a slightly different term.
 
 

The Match Girl’s Christmas

News > The Match Girl’s Christmas

Year 3 and 4 pupils performed The Match Girl’s Christmas for their 2020 Michaelmas production. The musical combines Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Little Match Girl with the story of the Nativity. With only a week to prepare, the children worked hard on their reading, singing, acting and dancing to produce a wonderful show.