It has been a busy term on the activities front, with exciting new additions to our extracurricular timetable, including archaeology, fencing, goalkeeping, STEM and musical theatre. Sport-wise; Mr. Weaver’s Monday night cricket session has kept those vital skills ticking along during the winter months and the boys in Year 1 to 4 have, as ever, relished reinforcing their football skills with Aaron even as the nights have drawn in.
Isaac Jolley, from team GB fencing has been teaching the children from Years 1 to 8 the core skills, and they have had a ball getting to grips with the foils and helmets!
In Musical Theatre the children have been learning songs and dance routines from popular West End shows, and in Cheerleading the prep children are mastering the art of technical tumbling! Harriet, our resident ‘flyer’ even requiring specialist shoes!
The Pre-prep archaeology club has been a roaring success, with Amie from Timeseekers treating the children to sessions on cookie excavations and artefact handling, artefact interpretation and drawing, facial reconstruction, experimental archaeology and making Neolithic pottery.
Antoine our STEM ambassador, has been teaching the pupils how to program autonomous robots, giving them the ability to perform a range of tasks. These have included an obstacles course, line following, and lately playing music and dancing to it. The students create the code and upload it to the Microbit controller board that then controls their robots, with groups often having very different approaches to the task at hand. This showcases the variety of applications that programming has nowadays, and helps the students master the basics of programming. Needless to say, the children are loving it!