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Ashtead Pre-Prep – After School Clubs

January 18, 2019

This week saw the start of this term’s After School Clubs programme.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – A Flying Start!

January 18, 2019

First Steps have been up in the air this week as they fully immersed themselves in their Talk4Writing book, ‘The Blue Balloon’, by Mick Inkpen.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Thank You DAPA

January 11, 2019

The mud kitchen is very popular with all of the children. At the last School Council meeting the children asked if they could have a mixing surface by the existing mud kitchen to make their pies and potions.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Full STEAM ahead!

January 11, 2019

At Ashtead Pre-Prep we are delighted to announce that we are a fully fledged STEAM school.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Elf Extravaganza

December 7, 2018

Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s Christmas time we know!’ sang the First Steps Elves as they entertained their parents this week at the Elf Extravaganza.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – A Maths Day for Superheroes

November 30, 2018

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a swarm of super mathematician heroes, lead by their super Head Teacher – Mathatron!


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Keeping Safe

November 23, 2018

Helping the children to learn how to look after themselves and keep safe is a priority and a very important life skill. All the classes have taken part in Road Safety Week and practised the rules of the road.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Nursery Rhyme Week

November 23, 2018

‘Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall’ was definitely one of First Steps favourite rhymes as they celebrated National Nursery Rhyme Week.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Multi-Sports Club

November 16, 2018

Statistics show that being active makes children feel happier, confident and more sociable.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Diwali

November 9, 2018

Today was full of fun and excitement as all the children enthusiastically learned about and celebrated the Hindu festival of lights – Diwali.


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Pre Prep Ashtead Raise Funds for Stripey Stork

November 7, 2018

Congratulations to Ashtead Pre Prep – what a fantastic sum you raised for Stripey Stork!


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Downsend Pre-Prep Ashtead – Celebrating World Space Week

October 12, 2018

This week the children have had lots of opportunities to celebrate Space Week.


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Downsend Pre-Prep Ashtead – National Poetry Day

October 5, 2018

We were in the ‘zone’ on Thursday as poetry, rhythm and rhyme could be heard in every corner of the school. National Poetry Day gave us a wonderful opportunity to share some favourite poems.


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Downsend Pre-Prep Ashtead – Delicious!

September 28, 2018

Tasty treats came to school yesterday with nutritionist Julia Hayes. Platters of interesting fruits and vegetables were shared with the children as they learned all about different foods that keep us fit and healthy.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Afternoon Learning for First Steps and Rising Reception

September 21, 2018

Awesome! This is how one of the Rising Reception children described their afternoon school this week. Miss Hodgkinson and Mrs Lockyer are a dynamic team, planning and organising a varied range of interesting activities which capture the imagination and curiosity of our youngest children.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – First Steps are Flying High

September 14, 2018

Mrs James and her team are delighted with the way all the children in First Steps have settled into school as they are really starting to explore their environment with confidence.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – New Classroom for Rising Reception

September 7, 2018

During the summer holidays the school has been as busy as usual – not with children, but with contractors!


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – World Vision: Sponsoring Education for three children in Albania, India & Ethiopia

July 6, 2018

All the children and staff would like to say a massive THANK YOU to DAPA for offering us the opportunity this year to support three amazing children with their education.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Leavers Assembly

June 29, 2018

Wow – what an amazing performance from Year One this morning at their Leaver’s Concert.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Grandparents’ Tea

June 22, 2018

Last week the children in Reception were busy getting ready for a very special event… Grandparents Tea!


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Rising Reception visit Birdworld

June 15, 2018

Rising Reception were very excited when they arrived at school yesterday as they were going on their first all day school trip to Birdworld. 


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Stripey Storkathon

June 8, 2018

The children arrived at school for Charity Day on Tuesday morning full of excitement and ready to take on the challenge of the Stripey Storkathon obstacle course.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Under the Sea

May 25, 2018

This week Reception visited the Brighton Sea Life Centre, in great anticipation for a new topic ‘Under the Sea’.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Down on the Farm

May 18, 2018

There has been a real Hullabaloo in First Steps this term as they have all been down on the farm, finding out about the animals in Giles Andreae’s story ’Farmyard Hullabaloo’.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Superb Singing

May 9, 2018

Today, the children in Reception and Year One put on a show-stopping performance when invited to perform for Evergreens at St George’s Church.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Living Eggs in School

May 4, 2018

Last week we received a very special delivery and it wasn’t long before 10 little eggs won their place in many hearts.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Fabuleuse Journée Française!

April 27, 2018

Bonjour! Pre–Prep Ashtead was an array of bleu, blanc et rouge on Tuesday as we celebrated French Day. Wonderful outfits complete with berets and even a baguette, skipped in through the front door!


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Talk for Writing

April 20, 2018

We are always looking for new ways to fire the children’s imaginations and to develop their writing skills even further. On Monday all the staff took part in a Talk4Writing workshop which gave us many inspirational ideas on how to encourage the children to enjoy stories and become storytellers.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep Receives Millie’s Mark – a new quality mark

February 8, 2018

Ashtead Pre-Prep has received national recognition for going above and beyond the minimum requirements in paediatric first aid. The school is the first in the area to receive this prestigious award and we are all delighted. With its robust processes and documentation, the Pre-Prep staff at Ashtead strive to keep children safe by minimising risks and accidents and giving parents that greater reassurance. Ashtead Pre-Prep


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – P4C

January 5, 2018

P4C, which is short for Philosophy for Children, is a new addition to our Year One curriculum this year. During the weekly sessions, the children  are asked one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry or dialogue.


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