Dunannie children explore Earth, Space and the Victorians

Children at Bedales Pre-Prep, Dunannie, have been exploring topics spanning the earth, space and the Victorians as part of their learning this term.

Children in Year 1 were delighted to explore space in their very own mobile planetarium that appeared in the school’s library. Once inside they could gaze at the night sky and learn how to spot stars and constellations. They also found planets and astronauts in the planetarium.

Year 2 were introduced to the Victorian period in a number of different ways. Through exploring the work of Swiss artist Paul Klee, they adopted his unusual technique of mixing contrasting colours to create modern samplers from the traditional Victorian craft of stitching samplers. The children then explored the streets of Victorian times during a visit to Milestones Museum in Basingstoke.

Year 3 have been enjoying plenty of outdoor activities in their study of ‘earth’. This included examining the woodland environment at Alice Holt.

Commenting on their studies this term, Jo Webbern, Head of Dunannie said, “These topics are made all the more fascinating for the children because they are learning through doing. As Head of the school, there isn’t a day that goes by without seeing the Library transformed – one day the Arctic, the next, the Vikings. Our children are fully immersed into the world that they are studying as we believe young minds learn best when truly inspired.”

Dunannie children explore earth, space and the Victorians

Year One learning about space


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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