We hope that you and your families are well. We are mindful of the challenges that you are all facing at this time and the impact it is having on your children.
Since the announcement by national government to close schools we have been working really hard to provide engaging learning materials and to stay in contact with you. We’ve also been listening to your feedback on your experiences so far. In parallel we have also been looking at ways that we can better use technology to support the learning process and to enable communication between teachers, pupils and classmates.
Therefore from Monday 27th April we have decided to introduce Google Classroom as we believe that this will bring lots of practical and positive benefits. The key benefit is that it will make accessing learning tasks easier and more manageable for you and your children.
We feel that the move onto Google Classroom is a very positive one, making access to learning easier, as well as giving a greater sense of class community. We are looking forward as a staff to the opportunities Google Classroom will bring and hope you will share our optimism at what is a challenging time. There are many schools around the country moving to platforms like these and once we are back to normal, we very much hope that we will continue using Google Classroom in other ways too. If, however, you have any questions or concerns whatsoever, please do not hesitate in contacting Mr Goodman.
The whole school enjoyed a wonderful celebration of the Harvest in St Mary's Church this afternoon. A big well done to all classes for their brilliant array of 'performances' that showed harvest in many different ways; reading, acting,dancing, singing, video-making - we had everything! A huge thank you to all families that donated food; This year the gifts will be divided between our own Community Cupboard and the Nourish Foodbank in Tunbridge Wells.
Finally a big well done to Year 6 for leading the service so well.
Today we learnt about how the Great Pyramid was made. The children imagined that they were news reporters, talking about the completion of Pharaoh Khufu's pyramid.
Here is a small selection of the videos they made.
As part of our Easter Service, Year 6 created their own version of Palm Sunday.
On Wednesday Year 6 had an amazing school trip to London. After a great train and tube ride, we visited the V & A to go round the China Gallery and a special exhibition called: Videogames; design, create, disrupt.
We then had an incredible lunch in Chinatown.
Having listened to Emily's amazing Chinese tales yesterday and then the children storyboarding what they could remember during the afternoon, today we re-told them.
Year 6 worked in small groups, using Adobe Flash to upload photos, illustration and narrative to retell the stories of The Parasol, The Donkey Inn and Qinshihuang's Elixir of Life.
The first 4 completed videos are below - more to follow