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Horris Hill hosts interactive story sessions

HORRIS Hill School has launched a mag- ical monthly book club for Lower School pupils and is now inviting Pre-School, Re- ception, and Year 1 children in the local community to join the interactive, virtual story sessions with their families.

Children are welcomed by the leading preparatory day and boarding school to delve deep into a different tale each month by joining an online workshop, led by the Head of Lower School Harriet Uwalaka.

In readiness for the anticipated event and to help to bring the story to life, each child receives a physical copy of the selected book alongside a play tray packed with hands-on activities and crafts linked to the story.

The pupils then listen along as Harriet reads out the tale, before discussing the various activities in the tray and allowing the children to explore further with their parents, brothers and sisters, extending their learning.

The first fun session was filled with mystery, analysis and discovery as budding scientists and detectives helped an innocent creature to find justice before it was too late, in a reading of The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch.

Next in the series is The Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, which tells the love story of a tadpole and caterpillar to explore life cycles, with a surprising twist at the end. To accompany the story, the children will receive a play pack including a frog and butterfly toy, alongside a matching wings sequencing activity.

Further upcoming sessions will cover Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet and The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, a classic story about friendship and sharing.

Harriet Uwalaka commented on the new initiative: “Our first book club reading was a truly magical experience thoroughly enjoyed by all and we are excited to open this up to the wider community and prospective pupils.

“We follow a creative curriculum at Horris Hill, adopting a kinaesthetic and practical approach to encourage high levels of engagement.

“Like many other aspects of our curriculum, the monthly story sessions provide pupils with the opportunity to investigate, collaborate, communicate, reflect and evaluate, being fully engaged in their learning and having fun.

“Our Lower School operates like an extended family, where we work together as partners to support children to thrive.

“We firmly believe that parents and carers, especially in the younger years of a child’s school life, should feel as much part of the learning journey as the child and our book club is one of the many occasions which reflects this.

Our first book club reading was a truly magical experience thoroughly enjoyed by all and we are excited to open this up to the wider community and prospective pupils

“The sessions also provide parents with the perfect opportunity to speak with myself and ask any questions they may have.”

To sign up for the next book club session on Saturday, May 1, at 10.30am, please email the school’s registrar by Friday, April 23, on: registrar@horrishill.com

Situated in a beautiful natural setting surrounded by 85 acres of woodland and playing fields, Horris Hill is one of the UK’s leading day and boarding preparatory schools for boys aged between 4 and 13, with an outstanding academic reputation.

With full, weekly and transition family- friendly boarding, Horris Hill welcomes boarders from around the globe, as well as providing local collection bus routes for day pupils who attend the school from the towns and villages neighbouring the school’s stunning rural location on the Hampshire/ Berkshire boarder.

In the Lower School, Horris Hill’s traditional values are embraced while offering the very best innovative practice and representing the needs of the parents and pupils in its care.

From the early stages of learning in reception to Year3, the school is focused on developing lifelong learners who thrive on challenge and adventure, in a nurturing environment where pastoral care is at the very heart.

Academic standards are ambitious, delivered in an engaging and dynamic way, and the curriculum is bespoke, child-led and most importantly fun. Magic, awe and wonder while learning is a must at Horris Hill.

For those looking to visit Horris Hill and experience its unique atmosphere and ethos, contact the school to arrange an individual tour by emailing admissions@horrishill.com

Discover more about Horris Hill School today by visiting www.horrishill.com

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