Kingswood Preparatory School is an independent day, co-ed and boarding school, educating pupils aged 9 months - 11 years.
We create learning-friendly classrooms in which we cultivate curious, confident and independent learners.
About the school
At Kingswood Prep we are passionate about children’s learning and combine high academic standards with a core of kindness that permeates every corner of our school. Our aim is to create a happy, caring community based upon Christian principles in which all individuals can develop respect for themselves and for others. Our excellent staff want all of our pupils to feel good about their learning and to be confident about who they are.
Children in Years 3 - 6 Learn All About Online Safety
Last Thursday, Ken Corish, the Online Safeguarding Director for South West Grid for Learning, delivered some online lessons to children in Years 3-6 as well as a session for parents.
16th November 2020 — These sessions covered really important messages about keeping ourselves safe online and how to have healthy online behaviour. Year 3 and 4 learnt about staying safe online and how being online is a bit like going out.
There are rules which keep us safe. Ken talked about how if you were going to the jungle, you would take the right clothes, the right equipment and the right knowledge to keep you safe and it is the same when we go online. We need to be prepared and have the right skills to stay safe. The group talked about real or fake news and how to spot it, as well as different apps and games that we were using or playing. Ken was very impressed with how knowledgeable the children were about staying safe online and how engaged they were.
Year 5 and 6 focussed on how to stay safe when playing games, using apps, setting usernames, using live chat features, what to do if something doesn’t feel right online (Stop it or Block it!), uploading photos and how to do this safely and appropriately, making the right choices online and the power of our digital footprint.
A really important message from Ken was 'Treat your password like your toothbrush' – you don’t want anyone else to use it!
Children learned a lot and some things which our Year 6 children have learnt are:
Noah - Think when you press accept. Do you know what you are agreeing to? Hover your fingers over the link and you will see the address of the sender before clicking on the link.
Livvy - Ask permission from other people in the image before you upload it or share it. Think before you post something. Lock down your privacy settings.
James - The average age of a gamer in the UK is 35.
We are very grateful to Ken for delivering these sessions to our Prep School children and parents.
Last Tuesday, the Prep School held its annual World Languages Day celebrations, a day eagerly awaited by staff and pupils alike.
17th March 2020 — Last Tuesday, the Prep School held its annual World Languages Day celebrations, a day eagerly awaited by staff and pupils alike.
The School was adorned with flags from many countries and there were some impressive costumes on show.
Each year group had chosen a country and throughout the day the classes rotated around the various activities, learning about their countries through arts, crafts, dance, music and food.
Each class also enjoyed the challenge of exploring the language of the country, as guest speakers from Iran, Sweden, Nigeria and South Africa enthralled the children with interesting presentations.
The children discussed how useful adopting a second language is in helping to understand a new culture and learning to think about things differently.
At lunchtime an International lunch including amongst others Swedish Meatballs, Sri Lankan Fish Curry and Beef Stroganoff was greatly appreciated by all.
The day concluded with a whole school assembly in which much of the work was shared and presented, as the children were able to showcase their learning and creations from the day.
These included amongst others: Pyramids and papyrus from Egypt; stunning clay moonstones and elephants from Sri Lanka; singing and dancing to the sound of African drums; interesting facts about Nigeria; traditional Nepalese hats and artefacts; Persian rugs; a Swedish play and a presentation on apartheid.
The teachers enjoyed listening to the children a few words or counting in so many different languages including Arabic, Farsi, Swedish, Zulu, Yoruba, Nepali and Sinhala.
Thank you to the staff and children for their support and participation, and for making it such a memorable day.
Events such as World Languages Day play an important part in helping to shape the attitudes of our children and to recognise, celebrate and respect the great diversity of the world in which we live.
Prep And Senior Orienteers Travel To Warmley Forest Park
On Saturday, Kingswood orienteers competed at Warmley Forest Park in a Schools’ league event and were met by sunshine, wind and hail on the day.
2nd March 2020 — On Saturday, Kingswood orienteers competed at Warmley Forest Park in a Schools’ league event and were met by sunshine, wind and hail on the day.
The pupils experienced extremely muddy conditions underfoot following the recent storms.
However, the open terrain with a network of paths and mostly straightforward navigation led to some fast runs.
Jamie finished 1st M18, and 8th overall on the most technical Green course.
Charlie achieved 1st M14 and Will performed well to secure 1st M16, as well as an excellent 1st and 2nd overall on the Orange course.
From Year 7, Arthur also finished 1st M14 on the Yellow course to cap off a successful day for Kingswood Senior School runners.
From the Prep School, on the Yellow course (2.1km), Tom finished 2nd in his age group after a strong run and Alex performed well to achieve 3rd place; Freddie also navigated the course well, winning his age group.
Thomas and Luke both showed determined runs and enjoyed building on their experience of different courses.
On the White course James was 2nd M10, with Charlotte and Elspeth also enjoying their runs.
Well done to all the orienteers from both the Senior and Prep School, and thank you to the parents for bringing them to the event.