"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!
Wow what an amazing show! This years production was very complex, very adventurous but it was executed brilliantly! It was hilariously funny and a spectacularly professional performance.
For 2 nights this week, Year 6 and the rest of KS2 astounded us with their 'West End Stage' quality end of year performance, (Highlights of) Bugsy Malone. The acting, singing, dancing and costumes were simply stunning - a true ensemble performance and a truly fitting end to Year 6s time at the school. As Mr Goodman said about his class "The children epitomised 'Being Brave and Bold." He would also like to thank the following people:
Sean & Robin - Directors extraordinaire.
Shereen & Greg - Incredible costumes, stage direction and sound.
Mrs Mileham & Mrs Plewes - Choreography Felix Goodman
Lighting Guy and Lucy Thompson - Filming & film editing
Mrs Wyatt, Mrs Omer & Miss Wilkins & their Teaching Assistants - singing/dance practice with their classes.
Stuart Murray - creating a cut out of Dandy Dan
Mr Alex Bolton - Bethany Head of Drama for assisting us in the initial Auditions
Most of all though, the children in Year 6 and Years 3, 4 and 5.
The refreshments and retiring collections across both nights raised an amazing total £1,138.90; £380 to the school, Weald Family Hub and Help for Heroes.
Year one took advantage of the lovely weather this week to enjoy a variety of Outdoor Learning opportunities.
It began on Tuesday morning following some very heavy overnight rain, and an enormous puddle in the playground.
Mrs Stanford allowed her ‘inner child’ to take control (remembering a favourite childhood activity), and we all went out onto the playground. Everyone removed their shoes and socks (and left them in a beautifully neat line – a future Maths activity?)
The children were then reminded about Fox Walking which we had tried last year in the woods – each foot is placed gently into the ground to check for dangers before placing the whole weight of the foot; avoiding sure feet.
We then thoroughly enjoyed paddling in the puddle!
The learning opportunities were grasped with both hands (or feet):
- Science – feeling the difference in temperature in different parts of the puddle (due to depth, shadow, warmth from the warm playground), realising that the water felt warm on our feet because our feet were slightly chilly, but the same water feeling cold on our hands which were warm. Drying our feet on the warm playground. Floating and sinking
- Maths – depth measurement, why it was deeper in some parts and shallow in other parts
- Geography – silt/mud and how it affects the cloudiness of the water, and what happened after we stopped disturbing it.
- PSHE – we discussed self-regulation and controlling the urge to splash.
- Repetition of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Splishy Splashy
We then went on to continue our Maths on measurement – investigating the statement Tall Trees Have Bigger Leaves.
Our Science later in the day involved investigating separating materials which we did on the playground.
Our learning in the woods involved making jam (‘Bella Campfire Jam’), toasting muffins, and of course eating our muffins with ‘Bella Campfire Jam’. Playing with friends on a mud slide, making shelters, using tools, bug hunting. We also enjoyed a game of Palm Tag.
Phew! No wonder everyone was tired after all this BIG brain work and fresh air!
Have a look at the video to see the learning being achieved.
Year one enjoyed another busy day in the woods on Thursday. There was bug hunting, foraging, browsing, tool work, bird watching and shelter building, among other things.
The learning achieved was incredible.
The children learned about safe foraging - and tasted Beech and Lime leaves...straight from the tree like deer. They learned how to begin to identify trees by looking at the differences between the leaves and bark. One little boy was heard to say back at school on Tuesday afternoon that he wished there was a Beech tree around because he was a little hungry!
We were unable to spend a lot of time in the tool area as it kept raining quite heavily. However, we did begin a project making a large musical instrument, which we hope to finish next week, along with the fairy furniture which some of the children are making.
The children continue to be fascinated by all the minibeasts they find: this week there were worms, centipedes, beetles, slugs, ladybirds and Joseph W is becoming a great birder - identifying Blue-Tits, Chiff-Chaff, Great Tits and Wren.
Have a look at the video to see a taste of the activties. There are also a few photos of some of the children's writing.
As part of our Easter Service, Year 6 created their own version of Palm Sunday.