Hosting an Able, Gifted and Talented event for schools in our local area

On Tuesday 12th October, Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, were delighted to invite able, gifted and talented children from local primary schools for an exciting programme of art, music and drama. The Prep school opened its doors and facilities, with an aim to support the arts in the local community.

The staff and children at Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, gave a warm welcome to children from four local schools: Westfield School, Ninfield Church of England Primary School, Pebsham Primary Academy and Stonegate Church of England Primary School. As part of the animal theme, the 5-7-year-olds made beautiful and highly individualised animal masks, using a range of materials and artistic techniques, facilitated by the local artist Josephine Ho, who has worked with Battle Abbey School for many years.  The children partook in a lively and engaging drama session where, as part of their experience, they acted and improvised around the theme of a safari tour.  During their music session, the children learned a range of animal themed songs, having great fun dressing up and using a wide range of untuned percussion to create accompaniments to the songs.

At the end of the day, the children all came together and gave a short presentation to the older children in the school and visiting parents, utilising their amazing masks in their drama performance and sharing two of their songs and musical accompaniments.

The enthusiasm and excitement of the day was evident in all the children’s faces and the quality of work that the children created across the arts, was outstanding and “every single person was having fun” (Sebastian age 7). The children loved working and playing with like-minded children from other schools, with Natalie, age 6, declaring, “I love making new friends.” Frederica, age 6 said that “It was the best day ever!”

Battle Abbey Prep School, Bexhill, looks forward to planning future events in a similar vein. It was a very successful day promoting the arts and cooperation with local schools and was of great benefit to all the children involved.

Dragon Stories

This term, Year 2 have been writing dragon stories for the reception and nursery children. Last week, the children finished their wonderful creations and we visited the reception class and the nursery so the children could share the fabulous books they had made. The Year 2 children told me they were a bit nervous at first: they were anxious that the little ones might find their stories too scary! The reception and nursery children loved to buddy up with the Year 2 children and were very excited and complementary about the books the children had made. Well done Year 2- I’m very impressed with your work.

Please click on the child’s name below to open a pdf file of their story:

Thomas    Sophia     Oliver     James    Isadora   Eric    Ella    Cobey    Caleb    Zach

A Visitor from the Fire Station

This afternoon, we had a visit from Elaine from the Bexhill Fire Station. Elaine discussed fire safety and other hazards that the children may meet on a daily basis, such as hot water, cycling and crossing roads. Year 2 learned all about the Fire Service and types of rescues that they are involved in. The children were surprised that the Fire Service rescue people from the water too, especially inland from lakes and rivers. Year 2 were very keen to ask and answer questions and thoroughly enjoyed playing hazards bingo and completing the other interactive activities! The children gave some very sensible suggestions as Elaine discussed fire exit strategies for school and home. Thank you for a very informative and interesting session, Elaine. Year 2, what did you learn today?