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Junior Reflections

Junior Reflections Week 28 2024

Dear parents,

Houses

The week kicked off with house assemblies on Monday morning where the pupils met in their houses to talk about the summer term and to discuss the ways they can support each other in what is a particularly busy time of year. Each house learnt how they link to the new house system at the pre-prep school: Bridgwater, Brixham, Bideford and Devonport are the birth towns of our explorers – your child should be able to tell you more information about this. The house systems across both schools will allow for greater consistency for the pupils, especially for those joining us from the pre-prep in the future.

Learning this week

It has been a busy week in the classrooms with Upper One studying the instruments of the orchestra and their different families. They looked at the brass family, and made their very own instruments out of plastic bottles, hose pipe and duct tape! I have enjoyed hearing their musical sounds outside my window! Form One have been consolidating their learning in English and drama with some fun filled ‘parts of speech’ raps, some of which are available to view below. Using the ‘flip’ app has been a great way for them to share their performances with each other and to add a little extra personality to their work. We have some great musical talent in the school. The Form One pupils have also been learning about conductive materials in computer science to link to their topic all about sequences and programming. They created a human circuit with a Makey Makey controller connected to a Scratch program. When they touched the play doh, it played a different sound. They tested out Mrs Morgan’s cardboard guitar and will be making their own programmable musical instruments in their next lesson.

Club news

Our junior school librarians have got off to a great start showcasing the fantastic collection of books that have been nominated for the Carnegie award for Illustration, all of which are available to borrow from our library. This week they reviewed Erika Maza’s beautifully illustrated book: a powerfully, timely and beautifully illustrated story exploring the journey of two refugee children in search of safety. We are looking forward to seeing the masks they create in library club inspired by this wonderful book. Meanwhile, our green fingered gardening club pupils have been really enjoying the planting stage of the growing cycle. They have been deciding what to plant where, preparing the soil and carefully placing the seeds or new plants into the soil beds. So far, the pupils have planted broad bean, potato, onion and beetroot plants and tomato seeds. We can already see the plants getting bigger and taller! A huge thank you to Simon Lee, head groundsman, who has even created a fabulous sink for the pupils to wash their hands in.

Safeguarding reminder

Just a gentle reminder that when entering the junior school building, please always report to reception who will then be able to point you in the right direction with your enquiry. In line with our safeguarding policy, all visitors and parents need to be escorted around the premises by a member of the Exeter School staff.

Have a lovely long weekend.

Playground people of the week

Daniel F1H

James F1H

Lizzie L2P

Jazz Supper

Tickets are now available to purchase for our Jazz Supper on Monday 1 July at 6.30pm here at Exeter School.

This is an annual highlight in the calendar which is kindly sponsored by Charles Stanley Wealth Managers and offers the opportunity for our performers to really enjoy their playing with a colourful, live-event feel. This excitement will be even stronger this year as many of the performers will depart the next day for performances on international stages which you can read more about by clicking here.

Ticket prices are Adults £11 / Child £7 to include a light supper/refreshments.

Please purchase tickets here.

Noun raps

The children in Form One have been composing and performing raps that focus on the different parts of speech—nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. We loved watching them and thought we would share a sample of them here for your enjoyment over the long weekend.

View Henry M F1H

View Henry T F1H

View Isabelle F1C

View Lucy N F1C

View Zara F1C

Family Society Summer Fete

If you would like your own stall at the fete, please click on this link to book.

Junior School News

Junior Sport News

We are so pleased with the results our Middle Fifth obtained in the National Scientific Thinking Challenge! 🥇

The National Scientific Challenge is an online test created by university academics, designed to encourage Year 10s to try something positive and enjoyable that enables them to demonstrate their scientific thinking skills. Pupils look at data, graphs and text to make deductions, spot trends, suggest hypotheses and identify anomalous results. 

Out of our 58 entrants 15 got the gold award, meaning they scored in the top 10% of entrants nationally! We also had 7 silver awards and 15 bronze awards. 

What incredible achievements for these pupils. 👏

#schoolofgreatcharacter #exeterschools #independentschoolsuk #inspireandchallenge #nationalscientificchallenge

We are so pleased with the results our Middle Fifth obtained in the National Scientific Thinking Challenge! 🥇

The National Scientific Challenge is an online test created by university academics, designed to encourage Year 10s to try something positive and enjoyable that enables them to demonstrate their scientific thinking skills. Pupils look at data, graphs and text to make deductions, spot trends, suggest hypotheses and identify anomalous results.

Out of our 58 entrants 15 got the gold award, meaning they scored in the top 10% of entrants nationally! We also had 7 silver awards and 15 bronze awards.

What incredible achievements for these pupils. 👏

#schoolofgreatcharacter #exeterschools #independentschoolsuk #inspireandchallenge #nationalscientificchallenge
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Delighted to be able to host @devoncricket U15 vs @cornwallcricketboard U15 today. Three @exeterschooluk pupils representing the county. Well done Josh, Jacob and Marcus. Thank you Simon and the ground staff for their hard work! 🏏🙌🏻 #cricket #devoncricket #exeterschoolsport

Delighted to be able to host @devoncricket U15 vs @cornwallcricketboard U15 today. Three @exeterschooluk pupils representing the county. Well done Josh, Jacob and Marcus. Thank you Simon and the ground staff for their hard work! 🏏🙌🏻 #cricket #devoncricket #exeterschoolsport ...

Well done to Isla (4F) who finished 5th at the South West championships in the Junior Girls javelin. A PB of 29m 🙌🏻 @exeterschooluk #athletics #javelin

Well done to Isla (4F) who finished 5th at the South West championships in the Junior Girls javelin. A PB of 29m 🙌🏻 @exeterschooluk #athletics #javelin ...

Great day of cricket vs @plymouthcollegesport running alongside the Exeter School Summer Fete @exeterschooluk

Great day of cricket vs @plymouthcollegesport running alongside the Exeter School Summer Fete @exeterschooluk ...

Eden Project 2024

Junior school Interhouse Cross Country

Open morning - 4 July

 

Click here to register for our summer open morning on Thursday 4 July 9-10.45am.

See the amazing community that makes our school a school of great character. For more information on school places, please email admissions@exeterschool.org.uk.