THE YOUNG WYCLIFFIAN2020/21 - WYCLIFFE COLLEGE
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CONTENTS 4 The Head’s Speech 14 Pre-Prep EMIC ACAD 18 Art 20 Computing 22 Design and Technology 24 Drama 26 English 28 History 30 Modern Foreign Languages 32 Mathematics 34 Music 36 Religious Studies 38 Subject Leaders 39 Geography 41 Science CULAR A- CURRI EXTR 43 Activities 44 Forest School 45 Wellbeing 46 Sport ON D G BEY LEARNIN M SSROO THE CLA 49 Eco Week 50 Expedition Days 51 Science Week 52 Wycliffe Music Festival 53 Wycliffe Literature Festival and World Book Day ITY MUN CO M 54 Grenfell House 55 Lincoln House 56 Scott House 57 Shaftesbury House 58 Boarding IZENS L CIT GLOBA 61 Kirby Challenge 62 Service
4 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Speech Day The Head’s Speech Chair, Trustees, Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to our Years 3 to 8 Speech Day 2021. I would like to begin by thanking Brigadier Bacon for his kind words and for steering the ship that is Wycliffe and for his wisdom and commitment to the College. I would also like to personally thank him for appointing me to the role of Head of the Prep School - a position which I am privileged to hold. To all Trustees I thank you for the time and consideration which you put into problem solving, relationships, know which communications Wycliffe, and to Mr Gregory and resilience and adaptability are all and have we kept the right Mr Wood for their support this important. people in the loop at the right year. time with the right information? It is with a slightly wry smile that When prospective parents sit Asking teachers to quickly move I therefore stand here today, in my study and ask what my transition day online, change the with a new ‘adapted’ speech ‘philosophy’ of education is, I plans for Sports Day and how to for Speech Day having asked speak passionately about the teach remotely and in school on the Wycliffe Team to do all of skills that young people are Thursday so that everyone gets those things – problem solve going to need in the future and the best educational experience how and who we need to move how communication, creativity, that they can. Moving wonderful where, work out who needs to “I speak passionately about the skills that young people are going to need in the future and how communication, creativity, problem solving, relationships, resilience and adaptability are all important. “
Speech Day The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 5 events such as the Year 8 Formal year still putting the pupils first is currently ill and hope that it Wycliffe Baccalaureate Dinner and working out how to make gets no worse, and that we see a to September, but keeping their tutor groups or classes swift recovery. the prize-giving online and the feel special and adaptable. We The Prep School would not be opportunity for every Year 8 to have had different teachers in the incredible place that it is share about their time at Wycliffe different lessons, a swap of House without the teachers and support and to make sure they all have Swimming and Sports Day, staff who give their creativity, their voice, making sure that Speech Days not being able to go “ relationships remain positive even ahead. We are living through the in times of severe stress. skills that all of them are going to need going forward. Mr Irwin and I have managed to find humour even whilst None of that makes light of the Resilience we have seen managing this very difficult situation we are in and I would in abundance with our situation and this is a very not want anyone thinking that pupils – some of them important skill to have in life. I am doing so. This has been a having had their time Resilience we have seen in devastating end to the year and abundance with our pupils – my heart goes out to all of you, at Wycliffe cut so short some of them having had their staff and pupils, who were not and without due time time at Wycliffe cut so short able to finish in the way that you to say goodbye to their and without due time to say wanted to or are now missing friends and teachers. goodbye to their friends and teachers, some of our teachers family events or trips because of isolation or illness. I also hold “ who are exhausted at this time of close to my thoughts anyone who
6 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Speech Day care and commitment to the pupils and this should not be The school grounds and buildings pupils at every level, whether that underestimated for what they have been looking fantastic is a plaster at breaktime, trying have provided for all of the pupils. thanks to Kester and Mark and to juggle phone calls, proofing One of my jobs, when school has their teams, the new Astro has letters to go out, looking after my closed is to share with them my been a winner and hopefully will lime and lemon trees, answering inbox full of messages I have had get even more use next year random questions, through to from so many of you extending for matches and the transport challenging academic tasks or a your thanks and gratitude for team continue to be cheerful shoulder to cry on when things all that they have done both each morning as they drop off are tough. academically and pastorally and our Wycliffe pupils from the for the very evident sense of Silver fleet. We welcomed Mel The teaching team this year care which they show all of your into our Prep Catering Team in have given every ounce of children. For that I thank you. March and we are all enjoying her their professional duty to the creative flair and high standards “ of food. We also wish to thank the Parents’ Association for their support this year – from paying The teaching team this year have given every for trips to Copsegrove Farm, ice cream vans, ice rinks and the ounce of their professional duty to the pupils Pre-Prep Pantomime showing – and this should not be underestimated for fingers crossed for Fireworks in what they have provided for all of the pupils. “ November! There are some who are leaving
Speech Day The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 7 us – a normal part of an end of Lisa Nicholls a Senior School School Care provision in year ceremony, but nonetheless Teacher who has been teaching Pre-Prep. an emotional one as at Wycliffe, Geography at the Prep School, I wish good luck in his further it is becoming clearer and clearer the Assistant House Mistress studies to gap year student Mr to me, that members of the team Miss Lucy Moule and her dog Jamie Sinclair and to Graduate turn colleagues into friends and Flo, she was also a pupil here at Assistants Mr Dominic Jones, care deeply for the pupils they Wycliffe. Teaching Assistants Mrs Mr Dan Goodchild and Miss have worked alongside with for Jacqui Bayliss, who it should be Lucy Parker, and to Mr Andrew many years. noted has given 30 years of her Topping who has been a 1:1 TA I wish onward good fortune to care to Wycliffe – that is a lot of for this year and our Admissions teachers Mrs Nicola Gidman, children who will remember her Manager Miss Briony Armstrong both as a parent and member of from their early years education who many of you will know from staff since January 2014 – hugely and we thank her for this your first points of contact here influential within Sports, within extraordinary commitment, Mrs at the Prep. We have three of the the classroom and as a Head of Jade Maloney who has worked Matrons leaving from Boarding: House, Mrs Julia Seyburn who in Reception for four years, Kate Yates, Vicky Harris and has led her House with such Mrs Georgina Rummings who Julie Saynor who have all played passion and been an important is phenomenally efficient in the a key part in the lives of our part of the English team, Mrs one day per week she has been Boarders and two cleaners are Emma Tapley who has been in school and Mrs Marie Perkins retiring after significant time at with Year 4 since January, Mrs who has run our excellent After the Prep School – Mrs Daphne
8 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Speech Day “ the pupils as they came round the corner and saw live reindeer in the Sensory Garden, the sheer As a message to every single pupil at noise from the shrieks in the pool Wycliffe; each of you has been an individual from the competitive duck race, the mostly terrible moves as the jigsaw piece in making this a successful and “ whole school had a ‘Jerusalema’ memorable year in Wycliffe’s history. dance-off, laughter with Mr Guest as he determinedly skated on the rink (thank you to the Lines and Mrs Gill Payne. I shall getting on. Parents’ Association). New especially miss those offers of pupils being brave and taking As a message to every single part in the Autumn concert, tea from Gill at 7.30pm at night pupil at Wycliffe; each of you has painted arrows around the quad when I am still at my desk and been an individual jigsaw piece the vacuum cleaners snaking with Mr Irwin’s famous one-way in making this a successful and systems, languages day, Tim around my feet. memorable year in Wycliffe’s Kirk from Borussia Dortmund I would also like to extend my history. You may not be named in talking about how he trains with good wishes to those pupils and my coming summary of the year a reflective and growth mindset parents not in Year 8, who are but all of you should relate and approach, Mr Arman’s Battle Of leaving us at the end of this term. smile at some of the memories it Hastings with Year 7 with plenty Please remember you are always may jog. of gnashing of swords and the welcome back to Wycliffe! We My memories of the Autumn ‘oooaaars’ of the Pirates in Year 3, would love to hear how you are term centre around the faces of the incredible Wycliffe Literature
Speech Day The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 9 Festival put together by Mrs to Wycliffe’ day, enjoying Mrs Shone from ‘I Can and I Am’ Muszasty with designer-level Davis’ flamenco dancing, some spoke to us all and to teachers installations by Mrs Florio. We pupils interviewing Mr Joel about blowing up our balloons of held a beautiful Remembrance Kioko, Kenyan Ballet Dancer, the self belief. House Music had 50 Service in the quad with a Senior Mike Grocott space talk, cooking submissions online and then a Ensemble pre-recorded anthem flapjacks with Mr Arman on a wonderful display of instruments and the Carol Concert included Friday afternoon, pamper nights was created in the Studio Theatre recordings from Year group online with the Boarding House, entrance. Each and every one of choirs. Pre-Prep and Prep Quizzes with you will have something fun and The Spring term with the sudden parents and teachers. Mr Gaunt exciting that you will remember move to Directed Learning set the ‘can you bake a pie chart?’ from that time. brought with it pupils doing yoga challenge with incredible results This term it has been a pleasure in their gardens, interviewing and we will never forget some of to be outside more and to even grandparents for ‘Wycliffe the space biscuits cooked for Mrs have some Cricket fixtures! Celebrate Your Life’ day, that Curtis’ group. Clubs have been packed out insight into all of our homes In Boarding there was the every day after school, the pool with parents or siblings in the incredible ‘California Weekend’ has been busy and the nets used background and of course the to say goodbye to Mrs Odiz well into the evening. Mr Taylor number of cats and dogs and and the purchase of a new and Mr Shopland have had a hamsters that we all now know barbecue which Mr Gloster frustrating year with so few intimately! remains particularly fond of and sporting opportunities available Meeting Paul Braithwaite, a wonderful sense of family for for fixtures. I thank them for Everest Explorer and Jan Lang in the Boarding pupils who were their creativity and a positive Sri Lanka in our ‘World Comes on site during lockdown. James approach throughout it all.
10 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Speech Day Boarders have been out on trips effort and then Abigail Casey Cerney and Year 8 to the Black for ice cream, to the Cotswold as the very nasty butler, ‘A Mountains. The pupils have come Water Park or had crazy golf on Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with back buzzing from each one with the tennis courts. Middle Prep superb performances from Henry stories and adventures from had a wellbeing morning and Blythe, Harry Hursthouse, Eli their time away – this is where Expeditions Day saw long walks Paton, Sheyda Fogarty and Anna memories are made. along the canal and Slimbridge Leonard, ‘Moana’ with incredible The Year 8s also managed their and the Year 8s helped to tidy up singing from Flo Smalley, moves mini-sports tour to The Wave. the Sensory Garden area. from Albie Spiers and charisma from Thomas Cox and such a Academically we have to We have put on four full sense of team work, confidence make mention of the Bebras productions thanks to Mrs and fun from everyone involved. Computing Challenge Askew and Mrs Taylor and The lights, camera, action competition which saw incredibly their team - ‘Dinosaurs Before continued with Courtroom high results from Eleanor Casey Dark’ with notable mentions to Drama from a group of Year 8s and necessary mentions of Martha Woolley, Sophie Taylor where clearly the murderer was Abigail Casey and Tilly Strefford. and the scary T-Rex Charlie found not guilty by the witness I would also like to mention Hartles, ‘Aristocats’ with cat- team. Arthur McKay for some superb like brilliance - Olivia Deshais, Philosophy and RS essays which We have had three residential May Epton, Olivia Leigh, plus he has written this year. Our trips out this term – Year 4 Laurence Williams for superb Subject Leaders – numbering Hooke Court, Year 6 South
Speech Day The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 11 38 pupils– continue to excel and achievement as well as personal for his Barefoot Cricket raising share their passion with their characteristics. Congratulations money for The Foundation of teachers and peers and I am sure to Charlie Ashman, Henry Goodness, a charity in Sri Lanka many of you saw my vlog of a few Blythe, Eleanor Casey, Ruby which culminated in a Zoom weeks ago which introduced you Dickinson, Rebecca McCoubrie, interview with former Sri Lankan to two boys talking through their Millie Newman and Amelia cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, experiences of being part of that Portlock. Nissi Akhator-Stephens for programme. organising her many dance The Kirby Challenge is deserving competitions in the Boarding It is also a pleasure to announce of special mention, notably Bade House along with research into that we had seven Year 8 pupils Martins for his fencing workshop different cultural hairstyles, gain a Distinction for their and running assemblies from Matthew Workman painted and Wycliffe Baccalaureate - these Lagos, Nigeria for the whole personalised cards for members scores are added together school on the culture of his of Oldbury House Care Home combining both academic home country, Charlie Ashman in Stonehouse, Amelia Portlock and Millie Newman raised money “ through cycling and working with Tesco’s Community Outreach to fill hampers for Charlie’s It is also a pleasure to announce that we had Cancer Support and Feed the seven Year 8 pupils gain a Distinction for Hungry and provided 60 letters their Wycliffe Baccalaureate - these scores are and gifts for local care homes, added together combining both academic Lexi Bartlett held a pamper achievement as well as personal characteristics. “
12 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Speech Day night to raise money for Cancer actions last Summer playing a been there with level heads Research, to name but a few. part in saving two people’s lives, and have shared a strong sense the numerous pupils who have of perspective and advice to Our nominated School Charity, done cycle rides, charity runs etc me as I have got to know the The James Hopkins Trust, will to raise money for causes close to school. The Heads of Houses – receive £4,308.34 and we have their own heart. Our own Amber Mr Arman, Mrs Hanson, Mrs raised an additional £1,000 which Birkett, a 1:1 Teaching Assistant Gidman and Mrs Seyburn who has been sent to other charities walked 100km in 24 hours to have managed to retain that throughout the year. raise money for Duchenne UK, sense of house identity when Out of school I would like to and Mrs Curtis threw herself the Houses have not been able celebrate Olivia Deshais, who out of a plane skydiving for the to get physically together! A was awarded a place at the British Heart Foundation. variety of competitions, online National Youth Girls’ Choir, and in school have kept the Lottie and Codie Beachus This term the Ultimate Rugby points piling in and I would like who have been selected to 7s Academy came for a scouting to make mention of the Winners represent England and southern visit and I am delighted that Will of Shield redesign: Noma England mounted games teams Welby, Harry Hursthouse and McBurney, Anna Leonard, respectively, Millie Downey Codie Beachus have been invited Elise Workman and May Epton; selected for Gloucestershire to a Summer Skills camp. winners of Autumn Literature: County Cricket and both Harry I would also like to extend Abigail Casey and runners-up and Archie Larkman selected for particular mention to the Teyo McBurney and Brandon South Gloucestershire Cricket. Prep School SMT – Mr Irwin, Lovewell; winners of House Florrie Matthews on winning Mrs Askew, Mr Aherne, Mr Song: Charlie Hartles, Abigail the Rotary Club’s District Level Gloster, Mrs Flake, Miss Potts Casey and Amelia Portlock; Young Writer’s Competition, and Mr Guest – they have the Photography competition: Molly May Gibbons for her worked closely as a team and Charlie Geddes and Hugo James
Speech Day The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 13 and Cooking: Max Fullman – an at home and in Boarding also felt in their positions and I shall miss excellent video of him baking a that they had the chance to our Tuesday lunches and very cake! Looked delicious! join in. funny videos! The team this year was made up of: Millie Newman, I am recording this just before I would like to thank the three Rebecca McCoubrie, Elliot Sports Day results are in, but Head Girls and three Head Boys Marson, Micah Groves, Charlie from the noise coming from the for this academic year, Amelia Ashman and Eleanor Casey. Sports field, you would think Portlock, Sam Burrell, Anna that the whole School plus are Leonard, Henry Blythe, Lucy I announced in Final Assembly out there. Some stories already Bond and Oliver Thomas, and yesterday that the new Head coming in of such a ‘I’ll do it’ wish that they had been given Boy and Girl for September will attitude from pupils and offers the opportunity to be able to be Millie Downey and Austin to run more races, take part in do their duties and roles more Webster. Congratulations to different events ‘for my house’. I fully, without restrictions. The them both. hope that some of the pupils Prefects have also been excellent As the 2021 Speech Day draws “ to a close, we are going to listen and watch Mr Matt Davies play ‘Jerusalem’ on the organ. I wish I am recording this just before Sports Day all Year 8s all the very best as you go forward to Senior School results are in, but from the noise coming from – whether Wycliffe or beyond, the Sports field, you would think that the and I look forward to us having whole School plus are out there. Some stories the Formal Dinner when you are already coming in of such a ‘I’ll do it’ attitude all back in September. I wish all from pupils and offers to run more races, take part in different events ‘for my house’. “ pupils, parents, staff and Trustees a very sunny and relaxing holiday.
14 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Pre-Prep Nursery Starting with the topic All About Me, children painted self-portraits and talked about the similarities and differences between themselves and their family groupings. Number WOW day was where The Spring topic was On The skills to paint a picture of a mini children took part in activities to Farm followed by Chinese New beast and learnt about symmetry support their numeral recognition Year and Mother’s Day. Children by decorating a butterfly. and counting skills through learnt about animals, food and We ended the year with activities hands-on activities including healthy eating. Activities included to support a topic of Summer using playdough to make using fruit to print a repeating Fun including sand and water play numerals. pattern and children used cotton and exploring shells. buds to copy Chinese writing. We moved on to Harvest festival, All of this was interwoven with Diwali, (festival of light), Bonfire The Summer term topics activities to support children’s Night and Christmas. Children included ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, skills in writing, learning letter used coloured rice to make their where the role play area included sounds, shapes, counting and own rangoli patterns outdoors as a giant beanstalk and castle. The numeral recognition! part of Diwali celebrations and children were able to dress up made christingles as part of our in extra-large size clothes and Christmas celebrations. enormous shoes to be the giant and visited the Studio Theatre to Children took part in a Harvest learn about the harp and to listen festival celebration in the chapel to it being played. and Nativity in the Studio This was followed by learning Theatre with the rest of about mini beasts and the life Pre-Prep. cycle of a butterfly through focus We had a very exciting surprise story ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. The visit from reindeer. children used their observation
Pre-Prep The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 15 Reception What a year we had. In the Autumn term we performed ‘I’m a Little Hedgehog’ in the Harvest Festival. Myrah taught us all about Diwali and we made crosses for the Remembrance Service. Christmas is our favourite We did lots of work around ‘Jack we made boats and took part in time of year. We took part in and the Beanstalk’ including boat races. It was all action at the ‘Chrismaths’, an event which making our own beanstalk and Pre-Prep Sports Day where we all included lots of Christmas- creating reward posters to catch took part. Our favourite race was themed Maths activities. Father the giant. We love books and the 200m. Christmas not only came to visit reading and we all dressed up for We wrote postcards from the with a present for everyone but World Book Day. Antarctic. he brought his reindeer! In the Summer term we all took We had our own beach in the During the Spring term some of part in NSPCC Number Day. We classroom and one of our subjects us were in class and some were played lots of number games and for the term was ‘Sun, sand and using Directed Learning online. worked on our maths skills - all at sea’. What a great way to end the We welcomed Mia to our class. the same time! For WOW Day year!
16 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Pre-Prep Years 1 & 2 Children in Years 1 and 2 had a busy year, jam-packed with activities that not only helped them learn but also to have fun. In Autumn, the children worked children take part in Christmas- 1 learned to read time on an to the theme of Our Wonderful themed Maths activities. analogue clock. World. They took part in a topic They made potato hedgehogs In the Summer term, Years 1 and WOW Day, creating globe linked to the story of ‘The 2 made arrays out of shells while balloons, baking planet Earth Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith. learning about the fundamentals cupcakes and writing a class They searched school for of multiplication linked to our poem describing our amazing resources and carefully crafted topic of Sun, Sea and Sand. home. these cute creations. Year 2 learned all about During the Spring term children British currency and money at continued to learn with Direct Christmas time. They set up their Learning from home. They loved own Christmas-themed cake learning CCVCC words in their stall outside the classroom and daily phonics lessons. They were sold cakes to pupils from Pre- challenged to show meaning Prep and Year 3. It was all part of words in a unique manner, of Chrismaths, which sees the with some brilliant results. Year
Pre-Prep The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 17 Pre-Prep activities The Pre-Prep has a range of clubs which run a wonderful variety of activities throughout the year. In Nursery, children in the of activities throughout the investigated gravity by making Sensory Club have used their Autumn and Summer terms. paper helicopters, sound by senses to explore a variety of making their own telephone and In the Autumn term, children materials including shaving foam, and even began creating electrical in the Eco Club learned all oats, sand and water. We made circuits using equipment from the about global warming and and explored playdough and slime science lab! climate change. They made made from corn flour and PVA “ posters encouraging everyone glue. We have used coloured to recycle. They also learned sand to make sand pictures about deforestation, persuading and explored and described the Mrs Grant to add a ‘no paper’ The Ball Skills Club textures of the different materials. day to the school calendar. They saw children work on The Ball Skills Club saw children also went on a litter pick around work on fundamental skills of school. fundamental skills of throwing, catching and kicking throwing, catching The Summer term Science whilst enjoying a match at the Club saw children learn about and kicking whilst end of each session. They played enjoying a match famous scientists including Sir Football, Rugby, Hockey and Cricket! Isaac Newton and Alexander Graham Bell. They conducted at the end of each session. “ The Craft Club runs a wide range experiments most weeks. They
18 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Year 3 Art Galler y Year 3 Portrait in the style of Paul Klee by Lumi Robertson Art attack by Brandon Lovewell and Rawdon Dickinson Year 4 Year 4 Lockdown art by Martha Woolley Year 5 A selection of Will Papps’ lockdown Art Year 4 created work in the style of Piet Mondrian by Flynn Scanlon
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 19 Year 5 Art Galler y Year 6 Year 6 created land Art during a Saturday school. They studied the work of Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long and Robert Smithson. Year 6 Year 5 created work in the style of Gustav Klimt, based upon his painting ‘The Tree of Life’ by Kitty Ashbee Year 7 Year 7 Letter to Van Gogh by Libby Rowlands Year 7 with just some of the wide range of Art they created in lockdown. Year 8 Year 8 Art Scholar Jamie Davies Art Scholar Millie Newman
20 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Computing Year 3 Year 3 pupils learned about basic coding. Year 4 During Directed Learning pupils ‘baked’ a cake by using coding. They learned the vocabulary as well as the skills of coding. Thomas Hewson obertson by Lumi R Evie Westwater Year 5 Max Khrystych Year 5 have programmed a variety of games with Scratch.
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 21 Year 6 e debugging Year 6 were given som wit h pro ble ms to fix. challenges Year 6 have begun to learn script coding with Python. All of Year 6 have created a calculator program like Ethan Harry Vicary and others managed to Wright’s. Ethan (and others) then challenged himself to fix them all. create other functions within his calculator. Year 8 Year 7 Pupils used Python coding to create flowers. Codie Beachus Harry Larkman Tilly Strefford “To make our portraits we had to first go on to Affinity Designer and take a photo of ourselves. We put our photos as a background and outlined it using the pen tool. To get a perfect shape you must be careful, but if you did mess up you could always use the node tool, this would change the shape of your outline and make everything look neater. We did this until we had done the jumper, head, nose, lips, griffin, skin, hair and the tie. Affinity designer was my favourite computing topic and I enjoyed it very much.” by Harry Larkman Sofia Odiz
22 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Design and Technology Year 3 Design and Technology had a festive feel when children made Christmas stockings. Year 4 K’Nex by Tom Hewson and Tom Hanson Pupils generated ideas and sculpted the clay to create their K’Nex by Darcy Poole and own monster pots. Cassius Healy
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 23 Year 5 During Directed Learning pupils took the opportunity to either demonstrate what they enjoy and what they are good at or try something new. They researched their ideas and then made the cars using electric circuits Year 6 with pulleys. Year 7 Year 7 pupils created T-shirts out of plastic bags as part of their reusing materials project. They learnt about the energy industry, electricity, heat, transport, wind, hydro, solar, greenhouse effect and climate change. With this information in mind and a real understanding for why we need Children in Year 6 did blockprinting to recycle our materials, reducing our on material and then used fabric to carbon footprint, they set out designing create cushions. and planning how they could reuse and recycle. Year 8 Year 8 designed individual T-shirts illustrating a theme or message. The project helped them improve their ability Pupils used Tinkercad to create 3D to use illustration software and to buildings, by Micah Groves. understand the printing process. During the Year 7 D&T Club Jonathan Phillips designed and made a waterwheel.
24 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Drama Year 3 Year 3 children produced a multitude of videos and images of Drama work carried out at home including acting a scene from ‘A day at the beach’. Year 4 Year 4 performed in ‘Dinosaurs in the Dark’ by Martha Woolley, Year 4 At the start of the Year 4 Drama Week I felt nervous and excited at the same time! When we went to the Studio Theatre and started to practise, I no longer felt nervous, I just felt excited! As the week went on we learnt new skills like facing the front and how to express ourselves even when we are not saying our lines. We also learnt stage directions. gave out some fantastic costumes. Everyone loved When we started to learn new dances as well as them. The Dinosaur costumes were amazing. When new dance moves we didn’t want to stop. When the we gathered together we looked like a rainbow. All acting and singing were added it was just amazing. the colourful lights were fantastic as well. It made Then Mrs Murray came to the Studio Theatre and the play look amazing. Year 5 During lockdown, Year 5 spent a great deal of time making puppets and creating performance videos.
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 25 Year 6 performed in 'The Aristocats' Year 6 by May Epton, Year 6 At the start of the play Madame (who lives in Paris) has decided to leave all her money to her cats (Duchess, Toulouse, Berlioz and Marie) but her butler Edgar gets jealous and decides to catnap them when Napoleon and his gang of dogs chase Edgar away. The aristocats wake up scared and cold when O’Malley the alley cat find them and decides to help the aristocats find their way back to Paris. When the aristocats finally return home, Edgar puts kittens, finale song and end of play. them in a box and sticks a Timbuktu label on the box The play was funny and upbeat, full of songs to dance but Roquefort the house mouse comes to save the day. and laugh to and the play interacts with the audience All the animals get together to save Duchess and her making it a fun experience for all ages. Year 7 Year 8 ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Year 7 stage ‘Moana’ by Charlie Ashman, Year 8 Year 8 during Drama Week performed ‘A by Millie Downey, Year 7 Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Our Drama Week We started the journey at the beginning of the was very fun week in the Studio Theatre. We had been told and productive. our parts and (most of us) had learnt our lines Everyone was over the holiday the previous week. excited to perform ‘Moana’. On Spirits were high as we started to go through Monday, we went the script for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ through the play and block out our positions on the stage. With and my favourite part was the dance to ‘You’re Welcome’. different timings and places to enter, everyone worked hard to remember their cues and acts. As we were familiar with ‘Moana’, Tuesday was a very enjoyable time. I loved listening to Flo Smalley sing and Everyone worked so hard to secure the script in Molly-May Gibbons being funny on stage. After two busy their minds and when the time came, seats were days everyone was tired but we managed to pull through filled and the cameras were rolling, the whole together with the help of Mrs Askew playing the B game cast was ready and prepared for the curtain call. to keep us going. The play went amazingly and the saying ‘it will be We were all excited to perform ‘Moana’ but we were a long all right on the day’ really swung into action. We way off from being ready to perform it. So, everyone gave were all in full drama mode and gave it our all. it their all and proved to Mrs Askew that we were going to Everybody was singing their hearts out and be brilliant. Later on Thursday, we did a dress rehearsal and acting their best. All the hard work from all the we all loved our costumes. Year 8 pupils, Mrs Murray, Mrs Taylor and Mrs On Friday, it was all going smoothly until Ruby Corbin was Askew definitely paid off! unwell, so I put myself forward to play her part (in case her bug was contagious) but it wasn’t and she came back. Friday afternoon, we performed and it was the best we ever did it.
26 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic English Year 3 Blood gurgling and echoes of bats are distracting my ears. The running water is a waterfall. Silence is like a silent grave. Bugs are crawling all over the cave. Stalactites are hitting me in the face! Stalagmites are tripping me over. Musty air is filling my Year 3 worked on cave description nostrils. Damp is like my dog when she’s come back from a walk. I work in the Spring term. am as excited as a kid. by Sammy Hughes Year 4 Year 4 read the poem ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti and discussed what different colours mean to us. We then had some fun writing our own colour poems. We worked independently and all poems were finished within an hour! At the beginning of the Summer term we all wrote stories based on the picture book ‘Float’, to read to Year 1 and Year 2. We all had two or three pupils to read our stories to, we worked hard on them and we are very proud of them. The stories were about a boy, a boat, a rainy day and an adventure. We used techniques to write it such as metaphors, similies and repetition. We all enjoyed making paper boats. by Dan Williams and Tom Hadley, Year 4 Year 5 For Eco Week Year 5 wrote eco-themed sentences including some figurative language as a warm-up task! Winding vines wrapped around Slowly, the sound of rushing water drowned the magical tree, like a cobra the eager shouts of my pursuers, jade clouds around its prey. of ivy erupted from the rotten trees like lava from a volcano. Albie James Ibrahim Abdur-Rahman
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 27 Year 6 Year 6 each wrote a paragraph to create the story ‘The Girl and the Fox’. Sizzling with anger, the girl On the ground, next to the sunken patches of blood, the girl spotted crouched over the blood- miniscule paw prints leading into the deep, dark woods. Without a stained bodies of her ducks. doubt, she knew who had done this crime… it was a fox. The question was, ‘who did it?’ Senna Loftus Teddy Spurr The fox, which was hiding in the shrubbery, looked out at Staring into each other’s eyes, the girl saw a the clearing. It was empty, except for a lantern lying on its reflection of herself. One minute she was as side. He crept out, only to be immediately pinned to the angry as the devil himself, the next she had ground by Iona. She pressed a bone knife to its throat. Her realised what she was doing to the fox. The face filled with rage, she stared into its wide black eyes. little girl got off him. As fast as time, he was gone. Abigail Casey George Dummer Year 8 Year 8 worked on their creative writing. Year 7 Paul slept badly that night. He was on holiday and was trying to relax, or at least that was, until he heard a scream. It was a long, piercing, shrill screech, however when it Year 7 wrote about their happiest day. did finally stop, Paul could still hear it ringing in his ears. He had to help. Then he heard a low-pitched growl. Now it was his turn to As my thoughts were tugged back to Earth, I slowly scream. remembered where I was. I could feel my dreams A large shadow appeared above his bed: a pulling at my brain, begging me to close my eyes shape with many arms and legs, with leathery once more, but I refused the feeling, because I knew webbing in between the thin, bony limbs. A what was happening today… single eye on what could have passed for its back, but the most terrifying thing wasn’t I slipped my clothes on and raced down to the the eye, or the limbs, or the lack of any other breakfast that awaited me. My brother and I stacked human features. It was the mouth. our plates with waffles, eggs and fruit and wolfed it down like a pair of starving gorillas! Before mum and by Micah Groves dad could stop us, we darted down to the lukewarm water and the peaceful waves. We approached our friends, Hettie and Martha, and chatted excitedly about the adventure that awaited us today! by Florrie Matthews
28 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic History Year 3 “Boudicca was married to Prasutagus king of the Iceni tribe. When he died, she became queen. But the Romans took all her lands, tied up her and her daughters and flogged them. Boudicca was outraged. Pupils have enjoyed studying She refused to give in to the Romans, then about Prehistoric Britain. They she decided to take them down! So she researched the archaeological gathered an army of different tribes to stop site, Star Carr, using iPads and the Roman Empire. They fled quickly to found out that in the Stone Camulodunum (the capital) they burned Age people made headdresses the city to the ground. Some people think out of deer skulls and antlers! Boudicca drank special poison and fell down So they made their own antler dead.” headdresses. Rawdon Dickinson Year 4 Pupils stepped into some ancient sandals for their Walk Like an Egyptian Day. They created serpent headbands and golden jewelled collars and spent the day creating Egyptian art. Sixth Form pupils supported the Year 4 pupils in their studies about World War II. The children wrote letters as evacuees and received replies from their ‘parents’, that is the Year 13 History pupils. They also celebrated VE Day with afternoon tea and a tea dance. Year 5 In the phalanx, soldiers would stand side by side overlapping their shields to make a wall of protection. Most soldiers carried a long spear called a doru and a short sword called a xiphos. A full set of armour included a shield, a bronze breastplate, a helmet and greaves that protected the shins. Wilf Rodgers, Year 5, as part of their studies on the Greeks and the origins of the OIympic Games. The History Squad brought the Anglo Saxons’ world to life for pupils during a workshop.
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 29 Year 6 Year 6 focussed on change and continuity, exciting and inspirational figures and the horrible reality of children working in difficult circumstances. We had an interactive Victorian style lesson, with them participating in typical lessons and using writing implements. We had a go at a recreation of a narrow tunnel for a Victorian mineshaft and analysed and evaluated Victorian toys. Top Trumps by Arthur Jam es Year 7 Year 8 It was a crisp November morning as Year 7 prepared for the battle that changed history. Who was Henry VIII? As all of Year 7 sat in the Studio Theatre, we were all eagerly waiting to find out when we were going into Later on, Henry’s health faded, we know this beause battle. a modern historian said ‘At the end of his life Henry VIII was so fat that three men had to haul We were introduced to a funny and knowledgeable man him out of bed’. Although this isn’t entirely reliable called Richard. He explained to us how they would have it would surprise a lot of people as over the years prepared to go into battle in 1066. his character has been tweaked, it’s like Chinese They would have worn a thick material that was whispers. He started executing many people, it waterproof and they wore baggy trousers so the trousers is thought that in his time he executed 60,000 wouldn’t rip. They also wore chainmail, which is made people. Henry’s life went downhill! out of many rings melted together. It was very heavy. Eleanor Casey Year 7 separated into Shaftesbury and Lincoln as the Normans with our leader William of Normandy (Mr Arman) and Scott and Grenfell as the Saxons with their Henry VIII was supposed to be the ‘Best King in leader Harold Godwinson (Mrs Grant). History’, but was he really? This so called ‘amazing king’ was born in 1491 and died at the age of 55 in The Saxons and Normans went into battle with our 1547. He executed between 57,000 and 72,000 shields that we had made a few weeks ago. people during his reign of 37 years. Is that really We were deeply in battle as Harold Godwinson was what a good king would do? I do not think so. tragically killed, stabbed to death. In the end the However, he was a strong leader and the people of Normans won! Overall it was a great day. England listened to him because he was such a good communicator. He was also fairly talented, speaking Flo Smalley 7 languages and being good at sports and a fantastic horseman. Amelia Portlock
30 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Modern Foreign Languages Year 3 Year 3 worked on learning the names of all the animals from ‘Ours Brun, dis moi’ by Eric Carl (‘Brown Bear, what can you see?’) Jem’appelle Sammy. J’ai un chien. Mon chien s’appelle Phoebe. Mon chien est blanc et doré. Sammy Hughes Je m’appelle Fu’ad. J’ai un chien. Mon chien s’appelle Simba. Mon chien est marron et noir. Fu’ad Habash Pupils had a French ICT lesson on Evie Westwater items in a pencil case. Year 4 Aidan Lai Year 4 pupils learned about shapes in French. They created a 'Wanted poster' of a person or a pet and applied their knowledge of adjectives to describe their characters using the pronoun 'il/elle'. They were able to describe their personality, size and nationality. Jake Young Year 5 Lula Turner Mrs Davis and Mr Broadhead worked with Year 5 on writing a description of their pet or teddy using ‘il/elle a’ and ‘il/elle est’ and lots of adjectives. They also made posters to accompany their written text.
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 31 Arthur James Year 6 Year 6 have covered a range of topics including clothes and fashion, describing their personalities and discussing their opinions of school topics and giving reasons. It’s finding my friends. Chat, laugh. I love J’aime danser my friends. J’adore chanter Je n’aime pas nager For me the return of the holidays. Is to Je déteste étudier Study. Work, listen to the teachers… It’s sad. Year 6 enjoyed a themed J’adore retrouver mes amis afternoon on Spanish J’aime surfer For me, back to school is sport, the clubs culture during lockdown. Je n’aime pas tchatter at college: playing basketball, swimming. They were treated to several Je déteste bloguer singing in choir… it’s great. activities including Flamenco J’adore jouer.For me the Stanley Western workshops, Spanish tasters and mindfulness art. Year 7 Year 8 In German, pupils put their new knowledge of the German accusative case and physical descriptions to good use in order to write a description of the Year 7 learned about the mythical Wolpertinger (a jackalope type creature Perfect Tense with a view to said to live in the Bavarian forests) which are then write about a holiday; what added to their own artwork of the creature. they have visited and what they did, giving their opinions. Ich habe das Tier ja mit meinen eigenen Augen gesehen! Es war gross. Es hat einen Hasenkopf. Es hat keinen Schwanz aber es hat graue Federn. Es hat Zwei scharfe Kraellen und zwei weiche Pfoten. Es hat European Day of Languages Schwarze Augen. Es hat orange und schwarze Prep pupils enjoyed speaking and hearing a myriad of Felle. Es hat ein grosses Geweih. languages during the School’s European Day of Languages. by Will Welby The day gave everyone an opportunity to value and promote all languages and cultures in Europe (but not just those from In Spanish, pupils worked on describing their town Europe), raising awareness of the importance of language and where they live using prepositions. learning and intercultural understanding. The day started for many pupils with Mrs Grant welcoming En frente del centro comercial, hay el cine. Hay them in Swahili. Staff all wore a sticker with the word ‘hello’ la farmacia al lado de el banco. No hay el aero- in a language that the children had to work out the origin of. puerto, pero hay el estadio de futból. Me gusta They were delighted to seek out as many teachers as they mucho el estadio de futból. A la izquierda de la could and ask them questions to fill in their sheet. estación RENFE, hay la oficina de información y turismo, et a la derecha de la estación RENFE, Some Year 7 and Year 8 pupils entered an international hay la oficina de correos. No hay el museo pero competition where they could score points by learning hay el zoo. different languages. Our pupils chose to learn some Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin. Wycliffe came 5th out of 18 Ruby Dickenson on average score which was a wonderful outcome.
32 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Mathematics Year 3 Place Value Riddle cards were used to challenge the more able mathematicians in the class with their place value skills. The questions incorporated lots of number skills and a range of Maths vocabulary. Once the more able children had got the hang of it, we turned it into a bit of a competition to see who could answer the most questions accurately, which the children really enjoyed. The less able pupils worked in small teams to help each other work out some answers too. In Directed Learning pupils were all asked to run a virtual shop, buying items with set amounts of money and working out change. Isla Watson’s shop Year 4 Year 4 used Place Value Counters to explain how written column addition works. They pretended that they were presenters on their own Maths Kids YouTube channel and explained the method, using key mathematical vocabulary, to their viewers. Pupils used their knowledge of reading and plotting co-ordinates to construct Christmas images on a grid. of e name th e m a ths prob lems to e c h a create th ra cter Year 5 Solve the anim here me Write na …….. 4 x 7 = … ……… = 7 x 9 – 6 ……… 7 = 6x5– . = ……… 9x6+8 During Directed Learning pupils took part y z w x u v s t 95 46 q r 23 84 o p 41 62 in weekly competitions between tutor m n 19 90 k l 37 48 i j 57 64 g h 83 94 e f 31 62 c d 79 60 b 28 groups of Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS). a 96 37 74 85 62 43 50 Y NUMBER OF THE DA the Write all ! factor pa irs The pupils challenged each other and the Word teachers as well. They have also played 55 fraction of 100 ____ 100 maths games, for example a virtual ‘Around Decimal the World.’ Mr Sinclair has challenged his group to solve some Bletchley Park codes.
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 33 Year 6 Year 6 learned about fractions of amounts. Year 6 pupils create d Mathematical Art as part of an Independent Learn ing Opportunity. der Heidi Har Year 7 Noma M cBurney Year 8 wney Millie Do rick ed Isabel Car ’s expand Talia Owen ets brack
34 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Music We have never had a year like it – how many times have we said that? The Music Department has perhaps been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic as we have been so restricted in what we have been allowed to do. Did it stop us? Absolutely not! Things have definitely looked very different, but we have achieved a huge amount despite all the difficulties. Every child from Reception Our ensembles also had to adapt, groups performed on the whole to Year 8 continued to have with the Orchestra replaced by school Christmas Carol video. specialist music teaching each Year group ensembles, and Senior The instrumental ensembles have week, including during lockdown, Choir and Middle Prep choirs also becoming Year group choirs. produced recordings for some and our wonderful team of of our virtual concerts, and have Although their schedule of Visiting Music Teachers have had an opportunity to submit performances has looked rather continued to deliver music different this year, the Senior individual recordings for our lessons either face to face or on groups pre-recorded an anthem virtual orchestra in the Spring Microsoft Teams. for Remembrance, and all the term.
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 35 Virtual Concerts challenging, with all exam boards Music means so much to so cancelling face-to-face exams many of our pupils and staff and We had several successful virtual in the Spring, and many centres plays a vital part in our mental concerts in the Autumn and closed in the Autumn and well-being, as well as being such Spring terms, with performances Summer terms. Despite this, we an important creative outlet for have had some successes with our school. Mrs Taylor would like from pupils of all ages and videoed exams and a few face- to thank every pupil and teacher standards. to-face exams in the Autumn, who helped to keep Music alive and we have also launched our this year. Carol Service own internal grade certificate, “ This year we were unable to which Music staff can award to have our usual Carol Services pupils meeting all the criteria as planned, and so a whole for an exam, but who have been College Christmas celebration unable to take the formal exam. We had several was recorded in the Chapel. successful virtual All the Prep Year group choirs Virtual Music making concerts in the performed pieces, and it was Autumn and a new and exciting experience for most of them to be filmed The Music department was up Spring terms, with and running within 24 hours of professionally. performances from the second lockdown in January pupils of all ages and Music Exams and we were able to deliver all our instrumental and vocal standards. “ lessons remotely, and class music Music exams were especially moved online.
36 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Religious Studies Rawdon Dickenson Year 3 Year 3 pupils explored the importance of books in a religious sense, as they learned about the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book in the Sikh religion). They also learned about Hinduism. What makes Wycliffe a community? Year 4 1. We always work together. 2. We share our ideas. 3. We are empathetic to each other. 4. We share our time together. 5. We share our feelings and triumphs and problems and failures Year 4 learned about belonging and and successes. identity and how religious groups 6. We share jokes, stories, music, poems and pictures. and schools and communities share 7. We share happiness. a common identity. Martha Woolley, Year 4 Olivia, Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 pupils studied a multi-religious unit on ‘ belief in our community’ and how religious people look to people from their religion for inspiration.
Academic The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 37 Over lockdown #2 I lost my Ji-ma [grandma]. She was very Year 6 special to me and my family. I felt shocked at the time and extremely upset, but after I got used to the fact, like all things, I found ways to understand it. My Ji-ma was a heavy smoker, suffering from dementia and very lonely. I try to look on the positive side of the devastation, knowing that In Year 6 we studied what happens when we die [like any big loss] there is nothing I could do afterwards and at the end of the term we researched famous anyway. A loss is loss. But then some say [not all] that people and the pupils wrote a small eulogy of their people find their inner soul and wisdom when they die and lives using quotes and reasons why we should if they were good to their God, they would go to heaven. remember them. My Ji-ma wasn’t one you would call religious and in the conditions of India, when she had the heart attack, the options were tiny and she had to be cremated. I felt so, Winston Churchill is best remembered for so sad, and empty, at the thought that we couldn’t go to successfully leading Britain through World the cremation ceremony. Instead [it being lockdown] we War 2. He was famous for his inspiring watched the ceremony on Zoom. I was completely empty. speeches and for his refusal to give in, even And sad. Very sad. Still now, I have things that are really when things were going badly. sentimental towards her, which is really nice. Lottie Beachus, Year 6 Ayesha Menon, Year 6 Year 8 Year 7 Amelia Portlock is one of the RS Subject Leaders and one of the challenges posed by Mr Arman for this group Year 7 studied Old Testament was to enter the Theology Philosophy and Religion Essay characters this year. Namely, Competition (ISRSA). This is part of Amelia’s fine effort. Elijah recently and the worship of idols. Meditation is well known as the best way to support your mental health and focussing your mind. However, prayer is just as good and it may even be more effective. There is really no right or wrong answer that fits all, it depends on your beliefs. You There are negatives and positives to having an will think differently about how to sort out your idol, but that depends on what you are idolising. problems. Both prayer and meditation can make Many different people idolise lots of different you a better person and make you take a break from things and this varies from between the newest everyday life. Everyone needs time to relax every iPhone or car all the way over to Barbie dolls, now and then, whether you are religious or not, it is religion, money and people. All humans idolise good to let out your feelings. something and that is what makes things popular Amelia Portlock, Year 8 or not. Idols in a lot of cases have grown with Oliver Thom as, Year 8 social media or benefitted from that and with this expansion comes an expansion in their own power with the following and liking and subscribing, Year 8 discussed the making it easier to idolise people. Idols influence teachings of Jesus world affairs and control the people, for good or and how these might bad. Role models will use this power for good, relate to our world whereas others might not. today. The story of the Good Samaritan is Arthur McKay, Year 7 one such parable.
38 The Young Wycliffian 2020/21 Academic Subject Leaders At Wycliffe, all Prep pupils can become Subject Leaders. They fill out an application form and are The role of Subject Leader is designed chosen based on their to develop leadership, attainment and work ethic and love of the acknowledge pupil effort. subject, as well as high attainment. It is made up of the key strands: If they qualify, they are • High engagement and work ethic; given a badge to recognise • be a good role model; their achievement and are set specific tasks to • high subject attainment; engage and nourish their • be prepared to share and present your potential. ideas; There are opportunities for this in every area, from • work well with and encourage others; Artistic to Academic subjects, so whatever a pupil’s area of strength is, they can receive an extra challenge in that • accept and rise to challenges given. area. In this academic year we gave out 186 I only arrived at Wycliffe in September, but I am already awards between 38 pupils across a range of enjoying an extra challenge in some of my favourite subjects. subjects as Subject Leader in English, Maths and History. by Eleanor Casey, Year 8 Extended challenges by Eleanor Casey, Year 8 Subject Leaders are given a range of extended challenges throughout the year. This competition is just one example. The CyberFirst Girls Competition is a computing challenge run by the National Cyber Security Centre for girls in Year 8 and Year 9. The qualifying round was over a week in February, when our team spent every available moment completing challenges in It is a huge compliment to reach was made up of myself (Eleanor topics including Cyber Security, the semifinals, which will be a full- Casey), Ruby Dickenson, Isabel Cryptography, Logic and others. day challenge for the team which Carrick and Abigail Casey.
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