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Dear Parents,

As you know, having recently shared with you our students’ feedback on their online teaching and learning, we asked you to complete a short survey last week which has brought a different perspective to evaluating what is working well and what is not. 

I am delighted to say that we had a good response rate from our parents and that the results are generally very encouraging. Overall, 86.2% of you feel that the school day is well structured; 84.9% of you believe the school is doing a good job providing teaching and learning; 69.8% feel the school is providing you with technical support; and 78% believe that the school is aware of your child’s wellbeing during online teaching. 

The key insights for us from the survey are that we need to ensure the pre-recorded lessons are of sufficient length and include extension work as a number of pupils finish the work very quickly, navigating Microsoft Teams can be difficult, some parents would like the option of more homework and we need to resolve some of the technical glitches with the platform.

As mentioned before, there is a lot of support available to you via the Cognita website.  This includes live parent webinars with our education experts, podcasts, and a series of videos and resources on wellbeing in these challenging times for both students and parents. This evolving set of content can all be found here.

As you will no doubt be aware, schools will be re-opening for Year 6 pupils on 1st June (after half-term), and we are busy planning for this.  We have sent a survey out to all Year 6 parents, and I would be most grateful if you could take the time to complete this survey to help us with our return to school planning.  We will share more information as to how we plan to re-open in due course.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support of our teaching staff who are working very hard to ensure that your children’s educational experience is the best it can be whilst still online. 

Wishing you and your families all the best for a restful and enjoyable weekend. 


With warm best wishes


James Stenning

@NBHPrepHead

Key Information
ALL YEARS

Oppidan Talks 
Oppidan’s fun, educational talks continue for all the family with an exciting timetable of events confirmed for the next two weeks. You can sign-up here to enjoy 45 minutes of good news, challenges and interviews with some truly inspiring individuals; the likes of Sebastian Faulks and Justin Rose will be joining the talks before half term. Tune in at 5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or find previous interviews here.
 

YEAR 6

Reminder: Destination Schools
We are in the process of finalising the list of destination schools for our Year 6 pupils who are moving on next academic year. We would really appreciate if parents could take the time to fill in this short survey if you have not already done so.
Home Learning Stars
YEAR 3

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week:

3Colledge: Milo M
3May: Angelos C
3Truesdale: Olivia J
3Gomez: Sterling W
3Purcell: Robi R
Last week, Year 3 were learning about column method addition and subtraction. The math challenge for the week was to work with your family to come up with a creative way to explain column method. 
 A big well done to Ziad in 3Truesdale, who, with some help from his Mum, wrote and performed a rap explaining the math strategy. Great work, Ziad!
3Truesdale's Crazy Hat Challenge
 
Last week, 3Truesdale had a bit of fun and challenged each other to a create a crazy hat! There were so many fantastic hats and lots with special meanings as well. We had a rainbow hat to support the NHS staff, a woodland scene complete with an owl, and some dragon hats too. It was lots of fun and we really enjoyed seeing everybody's creativity.
 
Special thanks to our guest judges for choosing the winners: Mrs Shelley, Mr Branch, Miss Dunford, Mrs Watson and Mr Stenning. And a big well done to Siana, Benny, Ivan and Olivia for their winning creations.
Year 3 have also been getting creative with themed yoga sessions. Last week, we did Stars Wars for May the Fourth and this week we enjoyed a Minecraft yoga lesson - complete with Minecraft onesies and cardboard Minecraft men! It is great to see everyone practising their mindfulness!
YEAR 4

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week:

4Polglaze: Louis L, Ciara M
4Barrett-Brown: Kit M-R, Casey S
4Truasheim: Eduardo D, Sofia T
4Foster: Tamara E, Konstantinos F
4Power: Karabelo M, Conor P
4Malone: Max S, Raphael G
Shailan L (above) in 4Barret-Brown created a wonderful art presentation on PowerPoint. Mrs Barrett-Brown was thrilled to see the effort that he went to in order to show his 'process'. He used a range of experiments that capture the style of Georgia O’ Keefe, one of which is pictured below.
Gabriel M developed a brilliant storyline about a robot called the Vacumiser.
Meanwhile, Ethan M produced a beautifully descriptive story that had suspense and emotion running throughout. Well done to both boys.
YEAR 5
After Mr King's inspiring assembly, Cameron in 5Purchase wanted to mark this memorable time as well as celebrate Colonal Tom's achievement by walking 100 laps of his road. Despite a sore knee, Cameron completed the walk at 14:40, after five hours of walking! He walked 18.95km and completed 26,600 steps. 
Adianne GS made this beautiful cake to celebrate VE day and her Great Grandfather! 
Marcus C in 5 Purchase made a Swiss roll from his Grandmother's recipe, which doesn't include butter as the recipe was used during the war time and rationing. 
YEAR 6

Remote Learning Rock Stars:

6Encinar:  Mia V – for conquering decimals in her maths lessons. Daniel M – for being so diligent in his English lessons. Katie C – for excellent work in her history lessons.
6King: Jack B – for writing some amazing poetry in English. Sophie P – for going above and beyond in her French and Spanish lessons.
6Holt: Guy L – for always putting effort and thought into his Faith and Philosophy work. Oliver F – for having impeccable behaviour in his English lessons.
Ms Vivian’s class have been busy writing some brilliant poetry related to ‘The Lost Words’ book that they have been studying.
Year 6 pupils have been continuing to work hard on their poetry unit ‘The Lost Words’, producing some really creative and impressive pieces. Well done to Noah G and Adam P in 6 King for their newspaper articles.
YEARS 7 & 8

Congratulations to our Leaders of the Week:
Merlin: Abdulaziz B
Lancelot: Max W 
Guinevere: Jonathon S 
Niniane: You Hao W

All have shown great positivity and contribution to online learning. Well done boys, keep up the great work.

Well done to Theo in 7 Niniane wrote this beautiful poem this week. Great job!
Nutella Cookies
Lucas DS 7 Merlin 

Ingredients:
  • 70g plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 275g Nutella®
  • 60g chocolate chips or chopped nuts (optional) 
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a baking tray or line with baking parchment.
  • Combine flour, egg and Nutella® in a large bowl and mix together with a spoon until no flour lumps remain. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Roll the cookie dough into balls, about 3cm in diameter. Place on the prepared tray, about 5cm apart. Press down on the balls to create thick discs.
  • Bake cookies for about 10 minutes. They should be slightly still soft in the middle. Let them cool on a wire rack until set.
'This is my house I made. It is made out of a material called Arckit. It is a fun tool as you can explore a lot of functions. I recommend it for people who are interested with the arts of architecture and design.' - Rishad in 7/8 Merlin 
Student Initiatives 
Eco Warriors 
The Eco Warriors would like to bring to your attention to a very important day that happened last weekend on Saturday 9 May: World Migratory Bird Day.

This day helps us to remember just how wonderful and brave and determined so many individual birds are to fly an incredibly long distance to either breeding grounds or feeding grounds. From small birds such as the European swallow to huge geese, hundreds of species undertake journeys from the north to the south of our globe. We should all take the time to celebrate these migrations and to also think about how we can help ensure that they continue for millennia. 

So here are some things for you to look at, listen to, read, or simply to think about to get you celebrating these migrations and to help us remember that even now, during lockdown, the world remains connected. What we do here impacts everywhere else. 
  • Tune into this online concert that aired last Saturday and which uses music and film to celebrate the migrations between Asia and Australasia. 
  • Years 3 – 5: A beautiful children’s book is available to listen to online about the long, long journey of a small wading bird called a godwit.
  • Years 6 – 8: Dr Purchase read this book 10 years ago and now she can never look at the simple European swallow with anything other than great respect. She used to see them in Zambia, the country of her birth and until she read this book, she had no idea the journey they went on every year – year after year…
If you would like to learn more about these migrations download this fact sheet.  You can also visit this website and think about becoming a member!

Dr Netty Purchase  
Science Teacher 
Artists of the Week
Congratulations to Elsie in Year 3, Ollie B in Year 8 and Aiden in Year 7 (pictured below clockwise) on your fabulous pencil drawings!
Well done to Masha in Year 4, Joe O in Year 5 and Guy in Year 6 (pictured below clockwise) on your creative and colourful artwork. 
Sport
Home PE and Shake Up lessons
Here’s this week’s collection of all the fantastic photos and videos we’ve received from our amazing budding sportsmen and women. Well done to Joseph S and Zac R in Year 6; Seraphina G, Jill E-C, Freddie E and Clelia C in Year 3; and Sureya J and Louis L in Year 4. We absolutely love seeing you working so hard to improve your skills and to see you preparing for the Cognita Home Games – well done!
The PE department’s weekly challenge
This week’s challenge is a juggling challenge courtesy of Mr Branch. We would certainly enjoy seeing any attempts to emulate this! Check it out here.

 
A message from a Star
You may remember from our newsletter last week that we shared a message from England and Northampton rugby player, Lewis Ludlam. This week he has kindly shared a video with us showing us how he is keeping fit during this time. It is quite an impressive workout as you can imagine, so well worth a look! Click here to view Lewis' workout! 
Cognita Home Games
We are now well and truly into Cognita Home Games preparation mode. It’s been fantastic to hear of all the training going on by pupils, staff and parents alike! Please share your progress on your year group PE page with photos/videos and especially results via the assigned form (found in assignments). It would be great for each of us to push each other to get better so we can bring home the medals next week. From Saturday, the children will be able to submit their final results and include video evidence if they achieve a gold medal standard. Final submissions will close at midnight on Tuesday evening. Again, the children will be able to submit these final results through an assignment on their PE Team, which a PE teacher will assign to go out on Saturday. If you have any questions about the Cognita Home Games, please email one of us in the PE team or your form teacher. Go NBH!

After School Clubs 
Last week we trialled our first after school home club. This Year 4 netball club was a great success and thank you to all the pupils who got involved. We are currently looking into getting more clubs up and running after half term.  We will be in touch with more information shortly, so watch this space!
Sports Personality of the Week Winners
Well done to all this week’s winners; your efforts in PE and during your home workouts has been so impressive - keep up the great work!
  • Year 3 - Jill EC - for her fantastic workout videos for all of her classmates to follow.
  • Year 4 - Sureya J – for her determination to take part in Year 4 Netball Club without a netball and instead using some rolled up socks.
  • Year 5 - Aidan E – for being an absolute star, dedicating every morning to taking part in all the wake up shake up challenges.
  • Year 6 - Joseph S – for being extremely engaged in all of the cricket masterclass lessons.
  • Year 7 - Atticus D - for getting stuck into the wake up shake ups and the real effort he is making to improve his fitness.
  • Year 8 - Max W – for an excellent result in his shot put quiz and continued effort throughout the wake up shake ups.
Tune into NBH Prep’s monthly playlist for a soundtrack to your weekend and the month of May. Tracks old and new, our teachers are now sharing their favourite songs with you.
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