Category Archives: News

Autumn Fact File

Year 5 were set an optional task over half term to either create an autumn fact file, write a harvest thank you letter or complete some autumn-themed baking. It is fantastic to see their hard work in the images below.

 

Armistice Day 2020

The School came together to mark Armistice Day with a very moving tribute on Wednesday at 11.00am. Former Winterfold pupil and current member of staff, Henry Thomas, played The Last Post whilst pupils and staff gathered in front of the main house to observe a socially distanced, two-minute silence.

On Thursday, the Winterfold community marked Remembrance Day in a very different format to normal, as the whole school Zoomed into St. Ambrose’s Church where Fr Lamb led the mass.  Our Deputy Head Boy and Girl delivered the Old Testament readings with confidence. Bidding prayers were offered up by pupils in Year 8, and two verses from the famous poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon were recited by the Head Girl.  The roll of honour was called by the Head Boy and the wreath laid at its foot.

Finally, the Last Post and the Reveille were played to mark the minute’s silence observed in memory of the fallen.  It was a moving service as always and even in these challenging times, the spirit of the occasion was upheld and reminds us that we still have so much to be thankful for in 2020. If you have not already seen it, the link to the service can be found by clicking here.

 

Creation and the Fall

At the end of last half term, Year 8 were given the task of designing and creating their own classroom displays based on the theme of the Creation and the Fall, which they studied during their RE lessons.  What stood out for 8M was their time management and efficiency, showing an understanding of the brief they were given.  What stood out for 8MC was their dedication, giving up their free time to ensure that their finished result was a masterpiece.  Both forms worked brilliantly as teams, reaching a consensus on the colours of backing paper and borders, selecting the font for their text and sharing the coveted job of using the staple gun!  Whilst quite different in approach and outcome, the two form groups demonstrated a high level of skill in their ability to compromise and delegate.  As you can see, the results are very impressive.

 

Life Cycle

On Thursday, Year 1 released the butterflies into the great outdoors. They have been enthralled by their journey and were both happy and sad to see them fly away to compete the life cycle. It was truly a fascinating couple of weeks and one we hope to repeat in future years.

Modern Languages

At Winterfold, we recognise that learning a foreign language is an important skill which, beyond being useful on holidays abroad, is becoming essential in the work place.
 
All Winterfold students from Year 3 to 8 are lucky enough to be taught two foreign languages – French and Spanish – by experienced and dedicated specialist teachers. The introduction of a foreign language to children of a young age enables them to experience something of joy of another culture. We aim at making our lessons engaging, informative and fun. For example, this week, Year 3 have been learning vocabulary for pets with animal soft toys, cards and songs.

Forest School Fun

Year 1 enjoyed their afternoon in Forest School. They learnt how to tie a timber hitch knot on a log and then pretended to take their ‘log dog’ for a walk around the grounds.

Science at Winterfold

It has been great to get the children back into the lab and around our fabulous grounds for Science lessons. Pupils have toasted marshmallows with Bunsen burners, investigated sycamore seed dispersal, carried out photosynthesis investigations amongst many other topics.
Everyone has shown such curiosity and enthusiasm and they have made the most of the
facilities and outdoor learning areas to great effect.
Click below to watch the video.

Commemorative Cycle Ride

Congratulations to Mr Brinkley and a group of Bromsgrove School cyclists who rode 80+ miles from Llanwrtyd Wells to Bromsgrove last Sunday, 27th September 2020, to commemorate the opening of Bromsgrove Preparatory School and the evacuation of the School during 1939-1943. Mr Brinkley was one of four cyclists who not only cycled back from Wales, but decided to take on the challenge of cycling there beforehand too, a round trip of 180 miles! Well done to all.

 

Forest School Treasures

Kindergarten 2 had the best time searching for Forest School treasures. They told Mrs McNaughton what they would like to find and together they all made a checklist and went off hunting with a little treasure bag each.