On Thursday 27th June, Year 2 spent a morning of Scientific and Artistic exploration at Winterbourne House and Gardens in Edgbaston. Part of The University of Birmingham, Winterbourne is an historic Edwardian house, set in 7 acres of beautiful grounds which was built for John Nettlefold, a pioneer of early housing reform in Birmingham. The pupils loved exploring the Tropical House and the gardens; they were able to create nature logs and got the chance to explore, observe, identify and learn many facts about plants and their habitats.
Month: June 2019
Not deterred by inclement weather, Year 1 pupils had a lovely time at the award winning Sycamore Adventure on Tuesday 25th June. The centre boasts a desert island complete with boat, hammocks and a palm tree, a carved wooden dragon, an indoor play barn, a sensory room, go karting and a mini waterfall. The children also enjoyed painting and the popcorn making demonstration. A great time was had by all.
On Monday 24th June, Year 3 had a really enjoyable trip to Conkers in the National Forest. In a hands-on team building session, the children were given the task of building a shelter, using natural woodland materials. Next up was the Scooter Challenge, designed to use team and problem solving skills to the full. The pupils worked to a set of instructions and put together their very own scooters which resulted in a fun time racing them. A ride on the Conkerchoo Train and time on the Adventure Playground rounded off a great day.
On Saturday 22nd June, Prep pupils, staff, parents and friends joined together on a glorious day to recognise and celebrate our pupils’ achievements. The Headmaster of Bromsgrove School, Mr Peter Clague opened the proceedings, paying tribute to Headmistress Mrs Toms and her hardworking staff, thanking them for everything they do for our pupils. After thanking Mr Cotterill, Mr Mitchell and all staff, Mrs Toms talked about the pupils’ academic, music and sporting achievements throughout the academic year, the recent new addition of the Radio Winterfold radio room, the new astro-turf pitches and the exciting planned developments for the future of Winterfold, from the re-development of the Nursery, to a state-of-the art theatre, with tiered seating. Sports Day was enjoyed by pupils and parents alike. The day’s winning Pack was Eagles, but which Pack will be the overall winner and attend the Pack Treat?
On Friday 21st June, Pre-Prep pupils, parents and staff enjoyed a wonderful morning celebrating the achievements of our youngest pupils. Before collecting their certificates and trophies, we had the opportunity to hear again some of the wonderful songs the children performed at the junior summer concert. An afternoon of races followed, with a wonderful tea on the lawn, accompanied by Note to Self and The Groove Diggers.
Our junior pupils enjoyed a lovely Summer Concert on Thursday 20th June. The musicians and choirs put everything into their performances and showed how far they have come in just a short time. Well done everyone! The future looks bright for Music at Winterfold.
Children from Years 4 and 5 gathered in Penryn this week to watch Le Bistro de Dan Roro. The audience was entertained by this humorous, educational production centred around Dan Roro, an eccentric café owner, who invited everyone to join him whilst preparing for his bistro to open. The production was almost entirely in French and it was highly interactive, with many opportunities for the audience to engage. The children learned many new words and expressions and were thoroughly entertained.
Year 6 enjoyed a fun filled Archaeology Day on Tuesday 18th with Discover History. Pupils looked at burial chambers through the ages and learned a great deal about life in the past from archaeological excavations.
Year 2 ventured to the Wyre Forest this week as part of their studies, solving clues and using detective skills to solve the forest crime of ‘Who killed Cock Robin?’ They explored the concepts of omnivore, herbivore and carnivore, linking into food chains and had the chance to touch and feel some of the animals in the Discovery Centre. They described and compared the structure of a variety of common animals within the local environment. The afternoon session culminated in a minibeast hunt and pond dipping with the children successfully classifying their finds.
Annabelle W and her pony Puk have had a great 2019, competing in eighteen competitions so far, with several wins and runner up placings. During May half term, the pair competed in six competitions, achieving four wins, 2nd and 4th place, with Annabelle’s best score to date of 72.18 percent in one of the dressage tests, qualifying for the Blue Chip Dressage Championships in the autumn. Annabelle has dressage lessons taught by her grandad, Trevor Dickens, whose top horse Vanir Kamira and Piggy French won this year’s Badminton Horse Trials.