Micklefield offers small classes and a wide curriculum taking into account today's educational requirements and the importance of the development of the whole child. In a happy, disciplined environment pupils do well academically, artistically, musically and in sport. Opportunities to take part in various activities help to promote confidence and independence. After school care is available.
At Micklefield School in Reigate, the Nursery children visit Abbeyfield, their local independent sheltered housing for the elderly, one afternoon a week to spend time with the residents. Most recently they learnt about the Chinese New Year together.
In a society where screen time is increasingly competing with face to face interaction, children are spending less time socialising, yet interaction across generations is proven to be mutually beneficial to both young people and the elderly. As Age UK Mobility says: “Intergenerational care has great benefits for reducing depression and isolation in the older generation. It can also help with greater mobility and physical skills. For the children it helps them develop empathy and their language and communication skills.”
At Micklefield School in Reigate, the Nursery children visit Abbeyfield, their local independent sheltered housing for the elderly, one afternoon a week to spend time with the residents. They take part in a number of fun activities such as crafts and board games, which support fine motor skill development and memory. The residents also enjoy telling the children stories and singing songs with them.
In the Summer term, Micklefield also hosts special events at Abbeyfield with parachute activities, bubbles, role play and balloon making. Abbeyfield is also making plans to build a larger conservatory and a Summer House in their grounds so that the outdoor/indoor learning can take place all the year round.
This week the children and residents learnt all about the Chinese New Year by painting Chinese numbers and making Chinese food out of plasticine. The children thoroughly enjoyed all of the attention and encouragement they received. One of the boys, Callum, after receiving lots of praise for his number painting said: “Now I can paint a really good number 9”.
Mrs Woods, The Nursery’s Lead Teacher at Micklefield School comments: “We encourage our children to develop a community spirit from a young age. It really helps the children to learn empathy and compassion and they develop a real respect for the elderly. They love going to Abbeyfield and it is one of the highlights of their week. It is lovely to see the residents getting so much out of our visits too.”
Marie, House Manager at Abbeyfield adds: “The Nursery children from Micklefield are so entertaining and bring much excitement to our nursing home! Our residents look forward to the visits and get a lot of pleasure out of helping the children with all the fun activities. They really enjoy their company and reminiscing about what they did as a child. It is also a great way of encouraging them to be more active.”
“Throughout Micklefield School we model how important it is to have respect for others and the positive impact this can have within our local community” Says Mr Arde’, Headmaster at Micklefield School.
To fully appreciate the family atmosphere at Micklefield and what makes the school special, do visit its Open Day on Saturday 7th March from 10am-12noon. To register your interest contact: Admissions@micklefieldschool.co.uk or Tel: 01737 224212.
Micklefield School welcomes Team GB Olympic Gold Medallist, Sophie Bray MBE.
Micklefield School had a very exciting visitor to school this week getting the Spring Term off to a truly golden start.
Sophie Bray MBE won Olympic Gold at Rio 2016 along with her women’s hockey team mates and Micklefield was delighted to invite her to take the morning assembly and to hand out all our new duty badges. Sophie then toured the school with her medal and the children were able to ask her all sorts of questions and to feel just how heavy an Olympic Gold Medal actually is.
Sophie was very inspirational and the children were thrilled to hear about what you can achieve when you work hard!
One of our Year 5 pupils here at Micklefield School, Leane Beukes, completed her first half mile open water swim.
During the holidays, one of our Year 5 pupils here at Micklefield school, Leane Beukes, completed her first half mile open water swim. This was even after completing a mile swim in the pool for the Swimathon. Leane was also close to being the youngest competitor.
Most important of all Leane managed to raise over £700 for charity and donated £350 for cancer research. The rest Leane requested should go to Bugzi, our nominated charity for 2015-2016. Bugzi provides mobility wheelchairs for disabled children.
This is a tremendous achievement and we’re all very proud of her here at Micklefield.
Micklefield Preparatory School set the pace at Netball!
Here at Micklefield Preparatory School in Reigate, we are extremely proud of Georgie N, Romilly H and Mathilda O'M who have all qualified for the final squad to represent Reigate and Banstead. They play in the Surrey County Youth games later this month. This is a tremendous achievement for the girls and the result of some serious sporting commitment and fitness! With only seven to a side for netball we feel having just under half the squad represented by Micklefield School reflects just how passionately we take our sport!
Here at Micklefield Preparatory School in Reigate, we are extremely proud of Georgie N, Romilly H and Mathilda O’M who have all qualified for the final squad to represent the borough of Reigate and Banstead. They play in the Surrey County Youth games later this month. This is a tremendous achievement for the girls and the result of some serious sporting commitment and fitness! With only seven to a side for netball we feel having just under half the squad represented by Micklefield School reflects just how passionately we take our sport!
Year 3 and 4 children at Micklefield School took part in their fabulous production of 'Three Cheers for Mrs Butler' in the last week of the Spring Term.
Year 3 and 4 children at Micklefield School took part in their production of ‘Three Cheers for Mrs Butler’ in the last week of the Spring Term.
Set in the 1960’s, the children took their parents back to a time that they could only just remember! The musical contained performance poetry originally by Allan Ahlberg and later turned into a script by Vicky Ireland, it was then adapted by Year 4 Teacher Mr Avery to take Micklefield School back in time. One of the Year 4’s was heard to say shortly before performing to the school ’…..I was nervous but I thoroughly enjoyed it, after I’d said my first sentence …. what wonderful teamwork…’.
The performances by the children proved to be an exhilarating experience bringing together music, dance and acting. After watching the first performance, a parent at the door commented; ‘…a fabulous performance by all children, it was 8 and 9 year olds at their very best…’
Mr. Avery would like to thank all staff and children for their hard work over the last term. There are definitely some promising young teachers in the making at Micklefield School!
Year 6 pupils at Micklefield School are to grow seeds sent down from the International Space Station.
Pupils at Micklefield School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Micklefield School will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven't been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils won't know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians. The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. Mrs Easton, Science Coordinator at Micklefield School, says: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to value their scientific abilities and to take part in a 'real' science investigation that will be shared with the wider scientific community. Recently, the pupils watched Tim Peake embark on his first spacewalk and it was very exciting to think that the seeds are right there on the ISS at the same time. Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture. Applications to take part in Rocket Science are still open and will close in March next year or until all packs have been allocated. Schools and educational groups can apply at rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening. Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience
Micklefield school will be one of the first Preparatory schools in the country to be awarded, 'Millie's Mark'. This is a kite mark scheme that lets parents know ALL staff are trained to deal with medical emergencies.
Micklefield School’s Preparatory and Reception staff have all undertaken a rigorous paediatric First Aid course this term. Mrs Rose, the Headmistress, says that the school will now be applying for ‘Millie’s Mark’, an award given to nurseries where all the staff are trained to deal with medical emergencies. Nurseries with 100 percent paediatric trained first aid staff will be able to display the new kite mark scheme so that parents know. The certificate will help give parents assurance that their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff.
Mrs Rose explains, "The Preparatory and Reception staff used INSET day to achieve their paediatric First Aid certification. We are proud to have such dedicated staff, including our own in house First Aid trainer and a qualified nurse. We take the children’s safety very seriously and also have staff trained to use a defibrillator and Sports First Aiders."
For more information on ‘Millie’s Mark’ and the nationwide campaign to provide First Aid training for those working with children please go to www.milliestrust.com
Micklefield School's library was transformed in October once again as 'Think Week' began. It became a very tranquil place where pupils could reflect on their hopes for the future and times when they may have been sorry for the way they have behaved.
hMicklefield School’s library was transformed in October once again as ‘Think Week’ began. It became a very tranquil place where pupils could reflect on their hopes for the future and times when they may have been sorry for the way they have behaved. Liz Barnet and her wonderful team from Sparkfish led each year group through a series of age-appropriate activities. There was an opportunity to think about ‘forgiveness’ for themselves and others. Prayers were written and shared and pupils could leave comments about their ‘Think Week’ experience in a book. It was a special time. A big ‘thank you’ to Sparkfish for all their hard work.
Forthcoming Open Days
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