Newsletter - Winter Term, 26.09.17
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Newsletter - Winter Term, 26.09.17

‘Bringing the outside in’ could well sum up recent activities and events at Cottesmore.  The smallest members of our community in the Pre-prep have been discovering our wonderful grounds as they look for signs of autumn to support their topic work. Two highly successful authors have visited to chat with our pupils in the Prep school and we were delighted to welcome a guest speaker to evensong in our chapel. 

Academic News 
In addition to our visiting lecturer series (more news below), we are delighted to add a new innovation to the 6th form curriculum: weekly lectures with their teachers on a wide-ranging series of topics. Mr Rogerson has already delivered an Art History talk on the Golden Section; our new Head of English Miss Flower has explored Philosophy and Mr Elliott will be lecturing on ‘Current Events and Truth’ this week. Designed to further extend this scholarship group, future topics will include Sustainable Energy, the Third Wave and Pre-Socratic Reasoning. 
Lilia commented: “Miss Flower gave us many interesting points to talk about, such as whether to have knowledge or be happy; it was a shame the bell rang and we had to finish!” She added: “Everyone got involved; we all learned a lot about our fellow class members and their opinions”. 
Visiting Lecturers
As always we are delighted to host visiting lecturers to Cottesmore, and last week saw not one, but two guests, one for the girls and one for the boys.
Highly successful author and television presenter Cherry Healey gave an engaging and amusing talk to the girls.  In her wide-ranging career, Cherry is also a blogger, podcaster, TV reviewer and documentary maker.  She is especially passionate about feminism, health and parenting. 
The boys were gripped by prize-winning author and journalist Alex Preston’s talk.  His latest book ‘As Kingfishers Catch Fire’ has been received to critical acclaim and he lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, as well as teaching Guardian Master Classes. 
It’s always a pleasure to welcome visiting preachers to Cottesmore and we were delighted to see Mr Tom Lawson, Head of Eastbourne College, on the first evensong after the exeat.  Mr Lawson delivered a talk in chapel and afterwards stayed for informal drinks in the drawing room.  Parents are always welcome at these events and we look forward to our Harvest Festival evening prayer service on October 15th when our guest will be Father Robert Easton, chaplain at Brighton College. 
Pre-prep news
Some more important dates in the Pre-prep diary include Open Morning on Sept 30th from 10.00- 12 noon;  Bonfire night, with fireworks and barn dancing on Saturday November 11th from 5 p.m. and the Prep school play on Friday December 1st at 6.30 p.m. The Pre-prep Nativity will take place on Friday 8th December at 2 p.m. and the Prep school carol service on Sunday 10th December at 6 p.m.  After all this excitement there’s still the end of term pantomime to come on Tuesday December 12th!
There so much to look forward to and prepare for; the pace is gathering momentum for our Harvest assembly on Friday October 13th from 0840 – 9 am, followed by coffee in the hall. 
Here’s the latest class news: 
Reception Class
This week he Reception class will be continuing their understanding of number through a variety of songs, games, practical work and written work.  They will continue learning about themselves and in particular looking at their sense of touch and differences between them. The children will be learning how to use the sounds they know to create words and practising their letter formation including clear name writing.  Exploring Cottesmore’s beautiful grounds will be engaging and fun as the children look for signs of autumn and collect items to make a class collage. They will also continue to explore their environment and following expectations through circle time and continuous provision.  
Year 1
Year 1 is also out of doors, for conkers and other signs of the changes in the seasons this week, making good use of the grounds around school. They will be writing stories called ‘a walk in the woods’ and use their imaginations to write some exciting stories! There will be Phonics Play on the computer and in Maths Year 1 will continue working with number bonds to 10 and 20. The children will also be learning about 2D Shapes and their properties. In Science they will find out about sources of light and look at shadows.
Year 2
In their English work this week Year 2 will use time connectives to describe the Jolly Postman’s journey. They will then complete and write up their Harvest poem. The class will also create observational drawings of apples. In their Maths work, they will mark numbers on a blank number line and count on in 10s and 1s. They will then tell the time to the nearest quarter of an hour. Year 2 and 3 will have their second Forest School session this week, where they will learn outdoor skills. In Science, the children will be exploring how humans change as they get older. In History, the class will consider how Christopher Columbus’ journeys affected other people and what he brought back from the Americas.
Year 3
During their creative writing sessions this week Year 3 we will first take on the role of theatre critics and will write reviews of the highly amusing Awful Auntie; they will then begin to plan their non-chronological reports on Indian Elephants. Their grammar session will focus on the use of possessive apostrophes. In Maths lessons Year 3’s focus continues to be number. This week they will first learn to subtract using partitioning and will then use this method to add several numbers. During their remaining sessions they will use the skills learnt over the first part of this term to solve number puzzles. In Science the children will examine which foods different animals eat. In Art we will explore and create Mehndi patterns. Mr Pearson, Head of Geography in the Prep school, unfortunately had to defer his visit from last week due to illness but we look forward to seeing him this week to share his extensive knowledge about India. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Patel visiting us to chat about what it means to be a Hindu.
Other News
Open Morning: Sat 30th September 1000-1200
Once again we look forward to welcoming prospective Cottesmorians and their families to our Open Morning. A warm welcome awaits, along with an opportunity to see Cottesmore at work and at play. 
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