Oh my goodness, what a lot of activities we managed to fit into our last 2 days of Forest School.
The children enjoyed so many activities: stream play, using tools (palm drills and scout knives), learning to tie knots (Timber Hitch, Reef Knot and Clove Hitch), going on a Treasure Hunt, making log dogs, tree cookie name badges, as well as making mud balls!
The children developed fine motor skills, observation, patience, listening, concentration, negotiation, used positional language, descriptive and technical/scientific language, co-operation, and they all developed their gross motor skills to name but a few of the areas we covered!
The children enjoyed listening to nature poems and a story read by Tawny Owl. Badger (aka Mr Goodman) arrived with a delicious hot lunch each day, which we enjoyed in the sunshine.
The weather was wonderful; warm, but not too hot.
So much learning through play and having fun with friends.
Have a look at the photos and video to see a sample of this.
A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
This week, each of the teachers in the school are taking a little trip up or down the corridor to read their favourite stories with other classes.
The teachers have really been enjoying this opportunity to share their love of reading and to talk about their favourite books. The children have been excited to meet their new visitors every day!
"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"
WOW! Wow, wow, wow! What a week. Not many children in the UK can do what Year 5 achieved this week. They amazed over 300 people with their outstanding production of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. They spoke confidently and capably and engaged the audience with their humour and energy. Indeed they were very professional and most importantly a fantastic team. They worked incredibly hard on the production and deserve all the praise they are receiving. Year 5 you are all SUPERSTARS! I sat very proudly in the audience listening to all the positive comments and rousing applause. Well done to everyone but particular thanks must go to Sean Gilder, Robin Weaver and Mr and Mrs Shimmin and of course the teaching team, Mrs Brice and Mrs Morris.
All week, one of our many amazingly talented parents, Emily McKay has been running a series of workshops with children in Years 1, 2, 4 and 6. With old tights, socks, foam galore, the children had a huge amount of fun creating puppetry masterpieces, learning lots of new DT skills along the way. Have a look at some of the photos.
The staff and pupils have also created some wonderful wider curriculum displays around school.
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.
We've been reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes this term, and the children have created a beautiful display in the hall, which you might miss, so here's a picture of it for you.
It shows our poetry, sulptures and artwork.
We've been doing some different art projects this week, including using chalks to shade and using our sketchbooks to record observations. We've created some lovely pieces of art which are now in display in the classroom.
Here's a quick collage of what we've been doing
Following a picnic lunch, the school then opened its' classroom doors and parents were warmly invited to experience an afternoon in the life of Goudhurst & Kilndown pupil. There was a real buzz throughout the school and lots of parents commented on how it had been a wonderful day, just perfect!