This term is a mix of exams for Year 3 to Year 8 followed by plenty of opportunities for everyone to take their learning outside the classroom. We are very careful to tailor the exam experience and to make it a positive one, from our Year 3s thoroughly enjoying their first experience of showing what they have learnt, to the enormous sense of achievement for the Year 8s whose time at Abingdon Prep is coming to an end.
Throughout the year our academic curriculum is enriched by trips, visiting speakers, and outside education providers such as the Life Education Bus and Science Oxford. The summer term is no exception with Year 3 exploring art history at Compton Verney, Year 4 studying the Greek sculptures at the Ashmolean and Year 6 playing cricket and learning to surf on their residential tour of the West Country. Year 5 also brought their recent history project to life, spending a day on HMS Victory.
Year 8, following all the hard work they have put into their final exams, are currently enjoying five days in Normandy. The Normandy trip is a lovely balance of well earned relaxation with days at the beach and the water park combined with exploration of the area’s rich history and culture, from the Bayeux Tapestry to the War memorials and cemeteries. It is a highlight for all of our boys who are about to move on.
It has been a very busy time for the creative and performing arts with the production of Dragon Days from our Junior section, Y6’s Macbeth playlets and Year 5’s Soiree for Parents where they performed poetry, instrumental solos and extracts from Oliver!. The School hosted visitors and parents to the art exhibition as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks; the standard of work on display was exceptional and received glowing comments from all who came to see it. We are very proud of the hard work and enthusiasm that the boys put into just about everything they do here at Abingdon Prep.
As we move into the final few weeks of this academic year we have much still to come with sports days, Reception’s Teddy Bear’s Picnic, the school BBQ and the term’s finale, the Summer Concert in the Senior School’s Amey Theatre.
We are looking forward to our Move-up Morning on Tuesday 25 June when we welcome all the boys and parents who are joining us in September. It will be no time at all before the new year starts and you will soon feel very much part of our school. In the meantime best wishes for a lovely summer.