2nd July 2021 | Prep


Our Prep School edition of The Cornflower features only information for the Prep School. If you wish to see The Cornflower for the whole school (Prep, Senior and Sixth Form combined), please view the whole school edition here.

Dear parents,

Here we are in the last week of what has been another busy term full of surprises. In our usual Kingsley way, we have risen to its challenges and made it through as a community.

We are beyond excited to have announced in assembly yesterday that our next Senior School show will be… Made in Dagenham! The musical with music by David Arnold and lyrics by Richard Thomas is based on the 2010 film of the same name, which in turn was based on the real events of the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968. Made in Dagenham made its West End and world premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in 2014 and has enjoyed a roaring success. Our Kingsley artistes are sure to give the West End a run for its money when we premiere in March 2022! Please see separate letter for more details. Auditions commence in September and the show is open to those in Years 7-13.

By the time we arrive at the end of term, we will have enjoyed no less than 4 sports days, organised by the PE department for the pupils and to preserve bubbles. Year 7 and 8 went to Edmonscote track on Wednesday where they competed on track and field. We were very impressed with the pupils’ brilliant sportsmanship and the high standards of athletics achieved. Also on Wednesday, the Prep Sports Day was an enormous success. Mrs Gamble and Mrs Close were so impressed with all of the pupils and their support for one another; their cheers more than made up for the lack of spectators – well done everyone! Year 9 will head to the track on Monday and Year 12 will enjoy a mini sports day during their dedicated enrichment time on Wednesday. We are so grateful to the PE department for their endless energy and boundless enthusiasm; everybody has thoroughly enjoyed these fun events so far.

Please may I extend my heartfelt thanks to you for your understanding and forbearance as we have had to make many difficult decisions regarding the semi-closure of bubbles and re-routing of minibuses due to a few positive Covid-19 cases in our community. Please be assured that these cases amount to only a very small number and that we continue to do all we can to mitigate against their effects.

The last day of term for all pupils and students is Friday 9th July and it will be a non-uniform day for all with Prep School having the opportunity to dress up as their World book Day character if they wish to. Prep School will host their celebration assembly on Monday and Senior School celebration assembly will be led by the Sixth Form Leadership Team on Friday for the whole school to enjoy. Both will be a celebration of the term and will feature performances from many of our talented pupils. We will also be saying goodbye to members of staff who are leaving us for new adventures. The school day will end at 12:20pm.

Finally, our Celebration of the Arts Exhibition is taking place tomorrow, from 10am to 4pm, showcasing some outstanding artwork, textiles and photography pieces. It is well worth a visit!

With best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Christina McCullough
Acting Headteacher


Dear Parents,

There is such a celebratory air beginning to sweep across Prep School as the final stages of our term unfold. Our pupils are readying themselves for the next phase of their educational journey and looking forward to the customary end of term sign-posts and events. As part of these preparations, we held the year group Information Evenings and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who could attend, for giving up your valuable time so that staff could share information and answer any of your questions. Obviously, we are aware that there were a number of technical issues during several of the Zoom meetings so we apologise profusely for this. We are hoping that next year we will be able to hold the events in school to prevent any re-occurrence of this!

One of these end of term events was our Prep Sports Day which has always been such an important fixture in the summer term calendar, but of course, this year had to be a little different. However, I would like to take the opportunity to share with you how wonderful each of the Sports Day sessions were. During Wednesday morning, the EYFS and KS1 pupils demonstrated such amazing accomplishments across the many races that were held. They all certainly looked like they were having lots of fun participating in the many races devised by Mrs Close!

The afternoon session for KS2 was no different and saw real commitment from so many of the pupils. Some pupils offered to stand in for absent house members to ensure each race had a competitor for the respective houses. The energy, excitement and team spirit that was on display was inspirational. The smiles and cheers really made the events come alive and, even though we missed not having spectators attend, the teachers did their utmost to ensure every competitor received lots of cheers, words of encouragement and then were congratulated for their efforts.

It was a truly memorable event and one that will hold a very special place in Mrs Close’s heart as this will be the last Sports Day event that she will be organising for us as she is now preparing for her retirement. So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank her, on behalf of all our Prep pupils and staff for making the day such a wonderful and memory filled one. We would also like to thank Mrs Gardner for making sure every moment of the Sports Day was recorded and photographed. The winning house was Milroy this year and again, as a break from tradition, the certificates and medal ceremony preceded our usual WoW Assembly.

Our WoW Assemblies are such a special part of the week and I know that I am not alone when I mention just how fabulous it is to witness so many of our pupils receiving certificates and medals in recognition of their sporting talents. The theme of talent obviously continued into the actual assembly and I am always thrilled to be find out what each of the year groups has been doing. This week, we celebrated such a range of achievements which started with one of our youngest members of the school, Ajooni, who was recognised for all the effort and participation she showed during Sports Day whilst Dottie H was congratulated for having such a mature attitude to her learning. In KS1, Ashwin was rewarded for his efforts in the pool as he can now swim to the deep end which is a fantastic achievement for a pupil in Year 1. In Year 2, Elsie P was a very worthy recipient of a WoW certificate because she had shown Miss Clarke so much expertise when working our maths problems! Moving into KS2, there was a celebration of creative writing with Elora H, Rosa P and Zoe A all being recognised for having such wonderful descriptive skills. Finally, all of Year 6 who were commended as they had collaborated on a DT project to create a model of the Globe Theatre. As I have seen how the model developed at its various stages, the completed model not only is an authentic replica but has been finished to a very high-standard, too!

I was so pleased to see that the weather has continued to remain fine as Mrs Divers has taken the Year 4s on a trip to Compton Verney as part of their Creative Curriculum topic: The Vikings – Invaders and Settlers. I hope they all have a thoroughly enjoyable day out and they extend and enhance what they already know about the Vikings, their culture and exploits.

As we look towards our final week at Prep School, it is certainly not quietening down as we still have several events that we need to share with you. On Monday at 2:30pm, we are looking forward to welcoming Year 6 parents for the end of year Celebration Assembly where their daughters’ achievements will be showcased. Year 3 will be going on a local walk and exploring Jephson Gardens. They will be on the look-out for rare plant life so that they can sketch them just as Frederick Catherwood did during his expedition to and exploration of Maya. Another reminder for Year 3, on Monday the class will be part of a recording for the Summer Concert so must have their violins in school.

To end the term with a flourish, the Prep School plan to celebrate the last full day of the academic year at school on Thursday 8th July with a party afternoon. We feel the children deserve a fun-filled afternoon as a reward for their hard work and resilience after this extremely challenging year. The school have invited the team from GoGo Makers to deliver a party for EYFS and Key Stage 1, and a separate themed party forKey Stage 2. The Kingsley School will subside this exciting event but we respectfully ask for a donation of £5.00 contribution for each child.

For our final day, as it is non-uniform day and to make up for not being able to have a World Book Day character dressing up day, we are asking pupils and staff to dress up as their favourite book character and to bring into school their favourite book to share. During the morning, there will be lots of reading related events to take part in and I hope it will be a nice way to end a very memorable term. Please note: the school morning ends at 12:20pm as pupils will not be staying for lunch on the final Friday.

Wishing you all a wonderfully relaxing weekend and we look forward to seeing you all for our final week together before the summer.

Mrs Homes
Prep School Deputy Head





Our Sports Days were fantastic displays of teamwork, sporting success and beating personal bests. Our Prep School Sports Day video can be viewed here, and a gallery of photos from Year 7 and 8’s Sports Day can be viewed on our Facebook page.


Lucy (Y12) and Sophia (Y10), along with their parents Lynne and Mark, and their friend Chloe (y10) are in training for long walk to raise fund for Macmillan Cancer Support. They are taking part in the 42.5 mile charity walk, over two days in July, as a way of saying thank you to Macmillan, who have been a big support to Lynne, who was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer during the 2020 lockdown.

Lynne has been treated at University Hospital Coventry and Warwick, where Macmillan play a important part in the nursing support at the Cancer Centre. When local company GEFCO, who are one of Lynne’s business clients, announced that they were organising an event to celebrate 40 years in the UK, by walking over 40 miles, and raising over £40,000, the Greaves family jumped at the chance to take part.

The training has helped Lynne with her recovery following chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy. Unfortunately, she might not now be able to join the rest of the family on the walk as she is undergoing further treatment and so plans to help out with the support team for the event instead and will be there to cheer her family on.

They have currently raised over £8,600 towards this worthwhile cause.

Head of PE, Sophie Windsor, along with retired Deputy Head, Jo Bailey, wanted to take part with them, but unfortunately had other commitments on the date of the event. Not to be deterred, they are holding their own walk the weekend before.

If you would like to sponsor them all in their efforts, thank you and please click on this link:



Antony Law, who has directed several Kingsley shows and is returning next year to direct our production of Made in Dagenham, is currently touring A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Chapterhouse Theatre. Both are being performed in open air venues throughout the country – a whole list of show dates and details on how to book tickets are included at the links below:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Reminders & Notices


The Friends held their event planning meeting on 10th June, meeting minutes can be found here. There is an exciting 2021/22 agenda planned – upcoming events include, a Second Hand Uniform Sale, the return of a Christmas Fayre, a brand new Children’s Business Fayre and a Forest School Camp Out. More details to follow, but please have a look at this flyer to get an idea of what is to come!

Friends always welcome new parents, to find out more please email friends@kingsleyschool.co.uk.

Naturally Kids Shoes have set up a loyalty scheme where with every pair of shoes purchased, they will donate a book to our school PTA. As Leamington’s only dedicated children’s shoe shop, they stock a range of children’s school shoes, from brands including Startrite, Ricosta, Bobux, Pediped, Petasil and Geox. They are currently offering bookable shoe fitting appointments over the summer, a safe way for parents to reduce the stress of back to school shoe purchasing. These can be booked via www.naturallybaby.co.uk. Find out more here.


Go Go Makers are running their popular summer camp at Kingsley Prep once again this summer. If you would like to find out more information or book a place, please see their information leaflet here.


We love to hear about our pupils’ successes outside of school. Please do keep us updated with any news items – sporting achievements, performing opportunities, charity work, and everything in between, so that we can celebrate in school and with our community via online channels. Please send any details through to schooloffice@kingsleyschool.co.uk FAO Mr Farrington-Smith.

Prep School Bulletin


Ladybirds are certainly a favourite when it comes to Minibeasts and the pre-school have discovered all about their lifecycle this week. There has been ladybird bingo with counting the spots, one more or one less and number recognition, as well as craft activities aplenty. We have shared the wonderful Julia Donaldson story of What the Ladybird Heard and the children then used puppets to retell the story to one another.

Pre-school showed some fabulous team spirit this week at sports day, cheering on their classmates and older children! We are so proud of how far they have all come this year and they each wore their house colours with pride, excitedly waiting their turns and every last one did their very best. We couldn’t ask for more!

Continuing with our topic of mini beasts At Forest School we have been making large scale spiders webs with string. We read the story Walter’s Wonderful Web and used string wrapped around the trees to create our own spiders web, looking at the shapes that we were creating.


Year 1 have continued their dinosaur learning this week. They have classified dinosaurs into their families, such as Theropods and Sauropods. They loved noticing the common features that each member of these families had. They then created their own dinosaur themed silhouette pictures, using black card and chalk to create a sunset-sky.


Exploring Our Town

This week the Year 2 children went on a local walk around Royal Leamington Spa to explore the physical and human features. They began by revising ways to stay safe when walking around the area and then moved onto identifying the leisure and retail facilities available, as well as the housing and local landmarks.

In addition to exploring topics related to their creative curriculum learning, the class also applied their science lessons to name different types of plants in their local area. The children compared deciduous and evergreen trees and spotted lots of different flowers and smaller plants in the gardens and parks. There was even the opportunity to explore fruits and herbs in the sensory gardens in Jephson Gardens. Did you know they even have yellow raspberries?!

The trip was the perfect way to not only apply all of their learning from across the year, but to also have lots of fun together as a class. The children represented our school exceptionally well, using excellent manners and impeccable behaviour throughout the morning. We are all so proud of the Year 2 children!


The class has ben working really hard on multiplication and have revised how to use the expanded method of multiplication. As they were so confident with this way of calculating multiplication problems, we introduced the the short, formal method. The whole class demonstrated lots of expertise and completed the related activities accurately!

Our English lessons have seen our budding class of authors create their own version of the quest story that we shared as a class. The story in question was ‘The Hodgeheg’ and Year 3 used the structure of this story to help them develop their own ideas for an animal adventure story that included the creature they invented from last week’s compound word challenge! I think you can see from the images that I have included that the concentration and creativity filled the classroom – we cannot wait to read the completed stories. To showcase all of the pupils’ talents, they will be publishing their story using Word.

Our art lessons have continued to be filled with rainforest culture – the headdresses that were started last week have been completed and the class were challengedto strike a pose as the Kayapo tribe. As you can see they struck a very serious pose as tribe Elders but it was short-lived as the smiles and smirks returned!

And finally, this week’s science saw even more magnetic investigations. Year 3 carried out an investigation to find out the actual magnetic strength a selection of magnets had. Here you can see them testing out the power of each of the magnets but would a very large magnet be more powerful than a much smaller one?


Pupils in Year 4 have learned all about Danegeld this week, which was the money paid to the Vikings to keep them from raiding England. Children learned that this was quite an inefficient strategy though because the Vikings just kept coming back for more! We then linked this to science by making boats to transport the Danegeld back to Denmark. We talked about making them waterproof and increasing the surface area to make them more effective. Each one of the pupils was able to test their boat in a container of water, using two pence coins. The winning boats were able to hold an impressive 100 coins!

Year 4 had the most incredible day at Compton Verney for a Viking themed day. Led by a forest school leader, the pupils became Vikings for the day, considering where a good place to settle would be. Throughout the day, the pupils enjoyed a wide variety of Viking related activities. They learned how to make Viking bread by using a pestle and mortar to grind the grain; wove wattle and pressed with cow dung daub (to the disgust of some children and delight of others!). Around the campfire pupils learned how to use flint to create fire and then had a go themselves using a modern version along with some cotton wool soaked in Vaseline. There was some fantastic games of kingy bats, weaving, painting with ground charcoal and even making clay Viking artefacts. The day was action packed and after so long being stuck at home and in the classroom, it was absolutely fantastic to be outside. Year 4 were brilliant all day and earned a well-deserved play in the playground at the end of superb day.


As part of moving up day activities, Year 5 were set a design challenge. Their brief was to create a design concept for a box of biscuits which could be sent as a gift to celebrate a specific occasion such as a birthday or baby shower. The class worked in groups to identify a celebration for which the biscuits could be sent. Next, they designed at least four different biscuits which could feature in the box and, finally, designed attractive packaging. Then came the fun part… the group made their designs a reality by decorating biscuits with icing, sprinkles and chocolate chips galore! The final designs were beautiful (and delicious!).

This week, Year 5 have been learning about how the Victorians spent their leisure time and the differences between rich and poor leisure pursuits. They learned about how during the Victorian period, particularly the second half of the 19th century, people had more leisure time than before because the country was prosperous and people could afford to take time off work. Public holidays were also introduced and there were enforcements about how many hours people could work in a day. This meant that for most people there was time for leisure activities. Examples of popular Victorian leisure activities were seaside trips; the circus; music hall and pantomime; sports; parks and zoos; leisure at home such as reading.

• Did you know that the first Wimbledon was hosted in the Victorian period (1877)?


Year 6 completed their final Design Technology project this week – designing and making a model of the Globe Theatre in London, using boxes, balsa wood and junk.

Mrs Adair was very impressed with the way the 3 groups (India, Ayla and Ella, Amy, Angie and Emily, Georgia, Ruby and Evie) worked together using great cooperation and team effort, design ideas and careful construction skills, to complete their theatre models.

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