This term the children in Reception at Warwick Prep focus on Skills for Life during show and tell.
10th February 2020 — This term the children in Reception at Warwick Preparatory School have been focusing on a Skill for Life during show and tell.
Leo proudly presented his chosen skill ‘kindness’ to Headmistress, Mrs Dodsworth. Leo has demonstrated this particular skill in so many different ways. He has donated his toys to a nursery, visited the charity shop with clothes and contributed daily to the food bank collection in school.
On Friday 10 May, Year 3 at Warwick Prep spent the day enjoying an extremely interesting and interactive Rocks, Fossils and Dinosaurs day. This topic links to their History topic this term of ‘Dinosaurs to the Iron Age’. We were lucky to have a visitor from Portals to the Past called Graham Woollard who was also joined by his wife. He led the girls on an exciting geological and palaeontological adventure. Graham is a well-known and respected figure in the fields of geology, fossil curation and palaeozoology. He has contributed to the collections of many leading British museums. He brought with him a fossilised dinosaur egg that he found and dug up himself which dated back 75 million years!
24th May 2019 — In the morning, the girls looked at dinosaur models and high-grade, genuine fossil specimens. They interspersed interactive work with discussions on sub-topics including the Earth’s formation, timelines, rocks and dinosaurs. The girls worked in groups on investigations where they explored numerous informative displays and wonderful scale models of the world in various stages of evolution.
The afternoon included a hands-on examination of some exceptional fossil specimens and the opportunity for Year 3 to select and draw fossils including sea urchins, sand dollars and ammonites. They enjoyed an interactive group discussion about the Earth’s spectacular fossil treasures including what fossils are, how they are made and fossil hunting.
They finished the day with a special visit from Mary Anning (Sue Woollard) who talked to the girls. Mary was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis.
Our Year 6 girls joined Year 6 boys from Warwick Junior School in a wonderful joint science event last week.
8th March 2019 — The workshop took place on Thursday in Warwick Hall and began with a Wiz Bang Science Show from Wonderstruck. The girls and boys then worked in groups and completed a number of exciting science-related activities:
Building a fan powered car – the pupils worked in groups to design and build a small fan powered racing car. The focus was on force, the nature and role of friction in machines and simple electrical circuits. Once the teams had built and tested their cars, a competition was held to decide the overall winners and the Junior School boys came 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Designing a compressed rocket – working in pairs, pupils designed, built and launched a compressed rocket. Once the rocket was built, they went on the field and tested their rockets and based on the distance travelled the Prep girls came 1st, 2nd and 3rd! This activity focused on force and aerodynamics.
Billy Fellowes, Year 2, recently took on 90 of England’s elite Under 8 players, many of them England Internationals, in a chess tournament! He finished undefeated!
24th January 2019 — In 1958 Bobby Fischer exploded onto the world chess scene when he became the youngest international grand master in history at the age of 15. He was later to become World Chess Champion and is still considered by some to be the greatest player who ever lived.In 1958 Bobby Fischer exploded onto the world chess scene when he became the youngest international grand master in history at the age of 15. He was later to become World Chess Champion and is still considered by some to be the greatest player who ever lived.
Sixty years later a 7 year old from Stratford-upon-Avon, who is in Year 2 at Warwick Prep, is beginning to make waves of his own. Billy Fellowes has recently returned from a two day tournament at Westminster University where he took on 90 of England’s elite Under 8 players, most of them in year 3, and many of them England Internationals. Billy finished the tournament undefeated and no one could remember a year 2 player becoming the under 8 champion before.
Billy was delighted: “Every game was really tough and it’s amazing to win such a big tournament with so many good players”. Billy is coached at school by a former British Under 21 champion, FIDE Master Nick Thomas: “I advised him to enjoy the experience and that he would be a top contender next year when he had more experience and was a fully-fledged Under 8 player. His win is truly amazing”.
Billy also attends the elite Coventry Chess Academy on Saturdays which is run by one of Nick Thomas’s former pupils Paul Lam. Paul is also Billy’s one-to-one coach: “Billy is a fantastic player who loves chess, works hard and deserves his victory”.
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