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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.

 

Bewl Water

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 23:24

Last night I popped down to Bewl Water to join Year 6 for dinner! They are all having a fabulous time, they have been so lucky with the weather this week, they all looked so healthy and were full of excitement having spent two whole days on the water already. Please read their blog to find out more.

https://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/class6/album

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!

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.

 

Our Amazing School

Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:38
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 sports day! Indeed it was a fabulous morning enjoyed by everyone. Well done to all the children but particularly those in Glassenbury and Scotney who won the KS1 and KS2 sports cup respectfully. 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!

I am sure you will also share our delight with the SATS results achieved by the year 6 pupils this year. 87% achieved the expected level in Reading, 87% in Writing and 90% in Maths.  Our provisional combined figure for Reading, Writing and Maths is 83% against the national figure of 64%, which is FANTASTIC! 

 

National   Interim KS2 results 2018

Kent   Average KS2 results 2018

Goudhurst   & Kilndown KS2 results 2018

Difference   (against National)

Reading

75%

77%

87%

12%

GPS  

78%

76%

87%

9%

Maths

76%

75%

90%

15.3%

Writing

81%

78%

90.3%

14.3%

Combined

64%

66%

83%

19%

Floor

65%

-

83%

18%

87% of our Early Years Children achieved a “Good level of Development” which is significantly higher than last year’s national figure of 71%.

Our KS1 children have also done extremely well. 80% achieved the expected level in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Everyone has worked very hard to achieve these results, so well done to you all and I know that you too will join me in thanking the staff for their continued hard work and dedication. Look in the school gallery to see more photos: http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/gallery/sports-day-and-open-afternoon-2018

Today we celebrated Bastille Day as part of our teaching and learning of French. The children dressed in red, white and blue and enjoyed a variety of french activities this morning. This afternoon all the classes took to the playground for an afternoon of fun and a picnic with a french flavour! Thank you to the PTFA for providing the entertainment and food. Check out the wonderful cake!

Tonight we are looking forward to the KS2 Production of 'Ye Ha' which if the dress rehearsal yesterday is anything to go by, I know you are not going to be disappointed.

Tomorrow we have our final celebration assembly in St. Mary's Church at 9.15am - come if you can.

As we draw closer to the end of a very full year I would like to wish the children who are leaving every success at their new schools.  They have all grown, not only in stature but also in confidence and ability and have become young people that we can all be very proud of.  I would also like to thank their parents for their continual support during their child's time with us.
 
On behalf of all of governors and parents I would like to thank our wonderful staff.  As usual they have all worked incredibly hard throughout the year.  For some who are leaving us I would wish them every success in the future. 
 
On behalf of the staff I would like to thank all of the parents who have supported the school throughout the year, our amazing PTFA members who have raised so much money for the school, our volunteers who have listened to children read, helped transport children to sporting activities, helped at forest school and helped at after school clubs.  The staff and I all realise we are incredibly lucky to have your support and would like to thank you all.
 
And finally although we have the final week of school left, I would like to wish everyone a pleasant, relaxing and safe summer holiday along with the fervent hope that the sun continues to shine!! I look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday 4th September.  
 
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