This week some of our youngest children saw snow for the first time. Committed to outdoor learning, we pulled on our wellie boots, wrapped up warm and played in the snow. One parent told me that her son had commented, "Mrs Roberts is the best headteacher ever for letting us play in the snow!" Once the children were back in class, it was lovely to see the teachers abandon their plans to follow the interest of the children; paper snowflakes were created reinforcing symmetry and pattern; snow poems and stories were created; the difference between solid, liquid and gases; the water cycle was revisited to name but a few activities that captured the children's imagination.
With a wind chill below freezing point, Year 6 braved the elements to conduct a field trip of the coast around Whitstable - a first for Goudhurst & Kilndown. We investigated coastal erosion (spits, longshore drift, groynes etc), visited a working fishing harbour and had a superb visit around the RNLI station; all polished off with a portion of chips. We even saw example of sustainable energy (from our Science last term) - the North Kent Wind Farm!
Please see the stunning photos from Mrs Chapman in our gallery.
This afternoon, leopards class were learning all about our local area by using google earth, google maps, and explored our area using google street view. We had to use lots of skills to do this, such as being able to spot Europe on the earth, locate Great Britain and pinpoint Goudhurst -this was easier said than done! We had lots of fun using our school iPads, and this will lead on to us creating our own maps in the future.