On Monday, Year 3 took part in a Stone Age morning with the fabulous Mr Victrix. We learnt all about the Stone Age, and even got to touch real artifacts! We discussed how sometimes historians get things wrong, but how looking at the evidene really helps us find the truth. For example, when we found out that the 'Red Lady' was not a Roman lady, but a Stone Age Man!
We took part in a 'deer hunt' and learnt about funerary traditions throughout the Stone Age. The children enjoyed getting involved and acting out different stories. It was a wonderful day and we had lots of fun and learning!
Giraffs have been cooking 2,000 year old honey cakes today. They did say they enjoyed them!
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.
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!
Year 3 took part in outdoor classroom day today - taking our learning outside! We had great fun and lots of learning was done. We used the outdoor space to find 3D objects and count up the faces, vertices and edges. In the afternoon, we created ancient Egyptian 'shadufs'. These are water-lifting devices used for irrigating fields. The children experimented with where to add the load, counterweight and where to place the pivot. Great fun!
Today we learnt about how the Great Pyramid was made. The children imagined that they were news reporters, talking about the completion of Pharaoh Khufu's pyramid.
Here is a small selection of the videos they made.
On Wednesday, leopards class took a trip to the ancient Egyptian exhibition at the Maidstone museum. We learnt all about the stages of mummification and even got to handle real ancient artefacts! Next, we mummified oranges but scooping out all of the insides and stuffing them full of salt and newspaper before wrapping them tightly with bandages. In the afternoon, we explored the exhibit and saw a real mummy - Ta-Kesh.
It was a great day, and full of learning and new experiences!
Thank you to the Goudhurst Morris Dancers who entertained pupils, staff and parents this morning and helped us celebrate May Day. The sun shone, the music played, the men and me, danced and everyone enjoyed themselves. What a wonderful community we are! Don't miss the video created by Year 6.
On Wednesday Year 6 had an amazing school trip to London. After a great train and tube ride, we visited the V & A to go round the China Gallery and a special exhibition called: Videogames; design, create, disrupt.
We then had an incredible lunch in Chinatown.
On Friday, year three visited the museum of Kent life in Maidstone to learn all about the Stone Age.
We started off the day very excited as we embarked on the coach. We were immediately impressed with our 'meet the tribe member' session and we met a Stone Age man called 'claw'.
We learnt about stone henge and how they moved the huge rocks 200 miles away from Wales, and we used charcoal to do some cave Painting,
During our lunch time we had a tractor ride around the museum grounds and played in their enormous adventure playground.
in our afternoon sessions we learnt about trading in the Stone Age, and how they may have to use gestures to communicate, weapons (we were particularly impressed with the obsidian arrowhead!) and how the Neolithic revolution lead to farming rather than hunting and gathering.
A wonderful day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!