Newsletter - Lent Term, 13.03.18
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Newsletter - Lent Term, 13.03.18

The last full week of term is here and it’s packed with learning, sport, culture and fun. World Awareness Week will shine a light on Russia and Thailand with lots of activities and delicious food.  After the roaring success of our concert recently, Cottesmore’s Got Talent will see our pupils take to the stage for an evening of light-hearted but excellent entertainment, while we hope for a fine day for our Carson Cup cross-country run.  Good Luck everyone!

Academic News
World Awareness Week
There’s two destinations to study for World Awareness Week and Cottesmorians will be transported to Russia and Thailand in the classroom, culturally and in the dining hall. A Russian dance workshop is one highlight to look forward to and our talented chef and his team will be creating a special Russian and Thai supper tomorrow.  There’s lots to savour in more ways than one!
Poetry Declamation
Once again our judges had a tough task to choose the winners and runners up in an outstanding competition. Well done to every entrant and special congratulations go to the following pupils: 
Huw F: Junior Winner
Katharine M: Senior Winner 
Isabella G: Junior Runner Up
Jules A: Senior Runner Up 
Sports News
Boys’ Hockey
2nd VII v Dorset House: won 
This was a fine and confident victory for the boys, which allowed most of our team to explore different positions on the field. Some fine individual performances helped us lead at half-time whilst in the second-half we started playing more as a team, spreading the ball out wide and creating many difficulties for the opposition. Yode scored an impressive hat-trick, Jules was confident in midfield and Chris and Will controlled the defence admirably.  Goals also for Kit, Jules and Jaime with another commanding performance from Asad in goal.
2nd VII v Brambletye: won 4-0
The 2nd VII hockey on Saturday ended in a thoroughly deserved 4-0 victory with Kit scoring 2 goals and Gleb and Yode grabbing a goal each too. Mr Revill was delighted with how they passed the ball around so well, creating a huge number of opportunities that could have resulted in a double-figure score-line had it not been for some heroic goalkeeping from Brambletye.
Other results from Super Saturday were: 
Boys’ Hockey
1st team: drew 4-4
3rd team: won 5-0
Colts A: won 6-0
Colts B: won 4-1
Colts C: drew 0-0
Girls’ Netball
1st team: won 29-5
2nd team: won 17-4
3rd team: won 10-7
Pre-prep news
This is the last full week at school and it’s packed with lots of lovely activities. Not only is it World Awareness Week, but it’s British science week too. The pupils in the Pre-prep will also be taking part in the dance workshop alongside the Prep school children to learn some Russian dances. Next week it’s all systems go for Easter craft activities. 
Our Mother's Day assembly last week was a very special occasion and the children were very excited to perform. 
Here’s their latest news: 
This week the children will be rounding off their topic of dinosaurs, evaluating what they have learnt.  They will be learning some new sounds and practise rhyming, which will be helped through sharing lots of poems about dinosaurs. The children will be concentrating on using their phonic and key word knowledge in their writing about dinosaurs and complete some rhyming couplets.  In Maths they will be learning about o'clock times and practising their addition skills.  They are all looking forward to making some dinosaur masks and some dinosaurs with limbs that move using split pins, as well as making some ‘fossils’ too. Next week it’s all about Easter craft and having some Easter fun!
Year 1
This week in Creative Writing Year 1 will continue writing Easter stories and also continue some work on poetry and poems. In Maths this week the children will continue working on numbers to 20 and beyond and revising money work.  They will continue to work on simple fractions and find halves and quarters. In Art they will be working on their Easter art and craft.
Year 2
This week Year 2 are continuing to look at the book ‘Masha and the Firebird’. They will be identifying good descriptive language in the story and starting to innovate their own version of the ending. In Geography the children will continue to look at Russia and will finish a fact file about the country.  In Maths they will rehearse complements to multiples of 10; find differences using a number line; find change from 10p and 20p, and from £10 to £20 by counting up and using bonds to 10 and 20; add two 2-digit numbers by counting on. In Art this week the children will finish their collages of a firebird.
Year 3
During their English lessons this week Year 3 will continue to learn about the features of persuasive writing. They will then finish this learning unit by writing a newspaper report calling for the halting of deforestation in the Amazon. In Maths they will continue to practise formal written methods of multiplication and division. They will also begin to learn about ‘weight’, looking at the units of measurements relating to weight and the relationship between them, how to estimate the weight of familiar objects, how to weigh objects accurately and how to solve problems involving weight. During other periods Year 3 will spend time learning about the Easter story and its significance to Christians today. 
Dorm Doings
A sleepover at Buchan Cottage was the reward last Thursday for Mathilde, Frankie, Onti and Nell for being so fantastic upstairs in their dorm duties. A super evening of fun and games involved the usual Twister, dancing competitions, some silly games and cake decorating (and eating) with hot chocolate.  Well done all!
Sunday Fundays
Bockett’s Farm was the venue on Sunday where pupils enjoyed the novelty of pig racing, cute baby animal petting and indoor and outdoor play areas.  A fun and very busy time was had by all.   Next Sunday skiing and archery skills will be put to the test! 
Cottesmore’s Got Talent
There’s a great deal of fun ahead on Wednesday for our usual end of term extravaganza – and another headache for our judging team!  What’s certain is that there are bound to be some terrific performance as pupils across the age range get star-struck. Watch this space!
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