Windrush Valley Prep School Oxfordshire – News.

Nursery & Reception

Nursery have focused on learning the letter ‘a’. They have enjoyed printing with apples, fishing for apples in the water and singing along to the Jolly Phonics song. They have been looking at the colours yellow and green and had lots of fun going on a colour hunt. In Reception, the children have learnt ‘t, i and p’ in Phonics. They have been practising their letter formation and enjoyed using a variety of colours when rainbow writing the letters. This week we started our new topic of ‘People who help us’. We have focused on the medical profession this week, looking at the roles of a nurse, doctor, and paramedic. Then we learnt about a famous nurse from the past, Florence Nightingale. We created our own version of her lamp and looked at how the uniform had changed.


Year 1

Year 1 of Windrush Valley Prep School Oxfordshire have been exploring 1 more, 1 less and counting backwards in Maths. The children made rockets and took it in turns to blast off whilst counting backwards from different numbers. In English we have been looking at sentence structure. The children had great fun playing the role of the teacher, correcting sentences on the board and in their work. We have continued with our traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. We have created our own Wanted Posters for the Big Bad Wolf using lots of lovely adjectives.


Year 2

Year 2 pupils have been learning lots of new skills – in maths we are learning about length, doing lots of measuring. In English the focus is the Silent. In French, the children are learning the song ‘Sur Le Pont‘ in our lesson on ‘la campagne’, the countryside.


Year 3

We’ve also been working on joined writing and this is coming along beautifully, particularly for children who were not joining before. We do a LOT of creative writing in year 3, and a beautiful joined script is such a pleasure to read. In geography we have been looking at volcanoes again and the pros and cons of a volcanic eruption! In history the children had a special tour of the school grounds with Mrs Nowell, pretending to be hunter gatherers


Year 4

Year 4 pupils of Windrush Valley Prep School Oxfordshire travelled back to 1665 in English and wrote accounts, in the first person, of life in London with the plague. We have also shown we are superstars when learning about the prefixes ‘super’ and ‘sub’ and we will continue this learning for our homework. In Geography we are developing our understanding of volcanoes, looking at the different features and layers. We are continuing our topic in Art, ‘Meet the Designers’ and next week we are finding out about Vivienne Westwood.


Year 5

In English, Year 5 were introduced to the figurative language technique – personification. We read and discussed a poem called The Harvest Moon by Ted Hughes in which the moon has been personified. We then wrote harvest poems of our own, with many of us managing to include personification and similes to create interest. In maths, we have continued to work on our times tables facts and investigated multiples and factors of numbers. In PE and sports, we enjoyed developing our tag rugby skills further, introducing side-stepping, passing quickly and scoring tries.


Year 6

Year 6 continued with creative writing in English and looked at prefixes in our Grammar session. In maths we have been brushing up on the written method for multiplication and division as well as challenging ourselves with some puzzles. It’s that time of year as the evenings begin to draw in that we practise our Harvest Festival and Key Stage 2 have been singing very nicely. In history we looked at how soldiers were kitted out in WWI.