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A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 22:03

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus? • How do you catch the coronavirus? • What happens if you catch the coronavirus? • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus? • Is there a cure for the coronavirus? • Why are some places we normally go to closed? • What can I do to help? • What’s going to happen next?

They want to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, they have suggested, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful: https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/.

Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy Crow, said:

“We were very aware that many parents and carers are struggling to explain the current extraordinary situation to children, many of whom are frightened and confused. We thought that the best thing we could do would be to use our skills to produce a free book to explain and, where possible, reassure children. We asked Axel, whose work is so familiar and so loved, to illustrate it. He was happy to do it, and did it extraordinarily quickly. Meanwhile, having heard Professor Medley interviewed by the BBC, we looked him up and wrote to him, and despite his huge workload, he reviewed the book over a weekend, and we were able to incorporate his suggestions, together with those of two head teachers and a child psychologist, into the final version of the book. We hope it helps answer difficult questions in difficult times.”

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, said:

“I asked myself what I could do as an children’s illustrator to inform, as well as entertain, my readers here and abroad. So I was glad when my publisher, Nosy Crow, asked me to illustrate this question-and-answer book about the coronavirus. I think it is extremely important for children and families to have access to good and reliable information in this unprecedented crisis, and I hope that the popularity of the books I’ve done with Julia Donaldson will ensure that this digital book will reach many children who are now slightly older, but might still remember our picture books.”

Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said:

“This pandemic is changing children’s lives across the globe and will have a lasting impact on us all. Helping children understand what is going on is an important step in helping them cope and making them part of the story – this is something that we are all going through, not something being done to them. This book puts children IN the picture rather just watching it happen, and in a way that makes the scary parts easier to cope with.”

You can download a copy of the book here (or, if you have trouble with that link, here) –

World Book Day (week!)

Submitted by class3 on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 15:12

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!

Shakespeare School Festival

Submitted by headteacher on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 22:24

"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.

Amazing Puppetry Workshops and Curriculum Displays

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 23:25

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.

 

Harvest Festival 2019

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 10:17

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.  

Leopard's class display

Submitted by class3 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 16:08

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.

Iron Man Art

Submitted by class3 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 15:55

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

 

Our Amazing School

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 23:28
Wow! What another very busy and successful school year we have had and last Friday was a shining example of the day in the life of our wonderful school. It started at about 6.30am with parents and staff together setting up for sportsday! Mr & Mrs Stanford even arrived with bacon sandwiches which were appreciated very much. Indeed it was a fabulous morning enjoyed by everyone. Well done to all the children but particularly those in Scotney who won both the KS1 and KS2 sports cup. Thank you to Mrs Mileham for organising the event, which as ever ran very smoothly. Thank you to the PTFA for providing refreshments and of course to you the parents, families and friends for all your support.

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!

Highlights from Bugsy Malone

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 23:11

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.

A Week of Outdoor Learning

Submitted by class1 on Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 20:43

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):

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.

Forest School

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.

 

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