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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):

  • 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.

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.

 

Foraging and Browsing Like Deer

Submitted by tawnyowl on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 16:24

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.

Palm Sunday

Submitted by class6 on Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 07:14

As part of our Easter Service, Year 6 created their own version of Palm Sunday.

 

World Book Week

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 22:40

This week has been a flurry of activities for world book day! We began the week with each teacher visiting a different class and reading them their favourite book. This was a lovely experience, and the children really enjoyed having a new adult in their room!

On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a visiting author - Katy Chalk - to read us parts of her book 'The History Sphere' and take writing workshops to show us how to become better readers, and better writers. Many classes have put her advice to good work and have been busy writing stories inspired by her visit. 
 
Then on Thursday, each of the classes took part in different activities based on their favourite books, and had the opportunity to share their favourite books with each other. 
What an amazing week it's been - we can't wait until next year!

DT and Art challenge

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 20:28

On Wednesday 23rd January, Zebra Class were invited to attend a DT and Art workshop, along with Mrs Benson and Miss Wilkins, at St Ronan’s School. The children were given the knowledge, skills and amazing resources to create incredible Harry Potter wands and wand boxes all by themselves. It was an exciting, challenging, creative, messy and fun experience for all. 

I received this email from St. Ronan's:
 

"The children were a credit to you, so beautifully behaved and such lovely manners, lots of staff have commented. Thank you for bringing them to us; same time next year?"

 
Well done to all the children and thank you to St. Ronan's, Mrs Benson and Mrs Wilkins for organising the trip.
 

Iron Man poems in Year 3!

Submitted by class3 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 16:16

Today, year 3 used 'The Iron Man' to create descriptive poems. We used the 'I am' sentence starter and then the children let their imaginations run wild!

 

Here are their poems:

 

I am the right fist that crushes cars, lorries and tractors,

I am the left fist and with anger I crush the metal,

I am the mouth that chomps the wire fence noisily,

I am the mighty arms, skimming the earth, feeding the bold head.

 

 

I am the legs that vibrate the earth,

I am the fists that rip up the big long and heavy barbed wire,

I am the eyes that scan for my next meal,

I am the feet that stomp viciously.

 

I am the legs that stride through the icy waves,

I am the forceful, mighty head that protects the brain,

I am the hydraulics that move the body rapidly and precisely,

I am the arm that moves around.

 

 

I am the arm and I glow bright infra-red and ultra violet and white super muddy and I am rusty,

I am the nose that smells my next meal,

I am the rusty iron organs that digest metal,

I am the toe that wiggles vigorously.

 

I am the fierce red eyes that scan the earth quickly and carefully,

I am the mighty body that moves elegantly through the mighty waves,

I am the hand on the right that defeats people from hurting the iron man,

I am the hand that is on the left and always picks up people and eats them with iron.

 

 

I am the ruby red eyes, scouring the earth for my next adventure,

I am the enormous razor sharp teeth that chomp violently,

I am the powerful arms that move the hand strongly,

I am the powerful fists, that clench the rusty iron courageously.

 

 

I am the head that moves with a creek,

I am the mighty eyes that glow,

I am the head that moves slowly,

I am the mouth that chomps like a shark,

We are the legs and we walk quickly,

I am the mouth that can walk.

Hippos in the Woods

Submitted by tawnyowl on Monday, January 14, 2019 - 17:51

Hippos had a great first session in the woods on Thursday. Have a look at the video and the photos and see what they were up to.

 

Year 5 First Session of the Year

Submitted by tawnyowl on Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:26

Year 5 enjoyed a fun-filled and busy session today.

Have a look at the video and photos to see what they were up to.

 

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