Huge well done to the following year four children -
Daria, Violet, Miranda, Jasmine, Evie, Thomas L, Will, Cayden, Sam and Alexander.
What a glorious afternoon for a win. All the children played really well, I think they surprised themselves. Thank you to all the Parents for their support and encouragement....and coaching!!
The T wells area finals are next week, if the winners of that area have a smaller score than us then we will go through to the Kent School Games finals representing the Tunbridge Wells and Weald area. Watch this space MM
Thank you to the wonderful coaches from Goudhurst Tennis club, to the PTFA and to the PE sports funding, we have just started our cycle of tennis coaching. Here are a few pictures of year 2 in their first session.
Class five enjoyed a Dance unit last term and linked it to their curriculum unit on the Vikings.....I felt no one would really know how Vikings danced so we had a lot of fun with sticks and scarves!!
Year 2 enjoyed a unit on Dance before Christmas which ended with a couple of lessons on the Jive. Here they are Rocking around The Christmas Tree.
We played a new game today which involved taking our boots and socks off and walking like a fox - the aim was to walk so silently that we couldn't be heard. Most of the children were happy to take off their boots and socks and we discussed how the ground felt as we stalked across the woodland floor. Tawny Owl was really proud of the children as they listened carefully and tried the exercises very sensibly. We discovered that by walking like a fox, we were able to feel if there were thorns on the ground before putting the weight on our feet; thereby avoiding sore feet!
We practised the /f/ sound, by making sure we were biting our bottom lips! We came up with lots of words beginning with /f/: fox, forest, fire, foot, feet, flowers.
The children then had to search for a tree with an /s/ marked in chalk on it, and get to know it. Tawny Owl went round telling everyone a little bit about their tree, and the children enjoyed trying to help each other and compared their trees with each other. One pair even found a fairy hole in their trees.
Later on in the session, we used our 'fox walking' and our trees for silent spot. Hornbeam group had an amazing Silent Spot; some children chose to complete a charcoal drawing whilst sitting at their tree, and showed amazing maturity as they drew foxes and trees.
Other activities today were: tree climbing, playing in the hammocks, playing in the 'mud kitchen', and finding and collecting Hawthorn flowers for making a delicious tea (Henry sauggested it smelled like old hay, but we decided it tasted much better than that. Juniper thought it tasted like Lavender tea). Alder group had a shorter time, so they had nettle tea again. We decided the tea tasted differently to last week and that this was due to the plants maturing.
Here are a few photos...do have a look at the class gallery to see what a happy day we had.
On Friday 27th April 32 children travelled to Sutton Valence Prep school to take part in the Orchard Run. Despite horribly wet conditions our children ran brilliantly with a huge number of top 10 finishes. Medals went to Lily – Bronze, Poppy – Silver and Luke – Gold. We also had many children coming in 4th, 5th and 6th places. Each race had approximately 80 children in. I was so sure that we’d won the overall cup this year that I selected a couple of year 6s to collect the trophy………
However we came a very close second for the third year running.
Thank you to the parents for sorting transport for their children and for doing a great job of cheering them on in the rain. A special thank you to Kevin Draper and Jemima Hughes for manning the team while I walked the eternal triangle of start, finish and judges table. I didn’t manage to take any photographs but would be grateful if any parents could email photos through. Many Thanks
Congratulations to Louis C, Isaac, Leon, Bella, Emily, Siena, Olivia s, Luke, Tommy P, Matthew, Sam, Lily, Anna, Ella, Caitlynn, Emilia, Tommy G, Anthony, Oli, Oscar, Seth, Poppy, Lola, Fifi, Gemma, Carter, Hugo, Leon, Demi, Sophie, Charlotte S and Bethan.
Well done to Boris, Oscar, Anthony, Kudzai and Tommy from year 5 who went through the first trial to play for the West Kent under 11s.
They now have several weeks of training at St Gregory’s school before they find out if they have made the cut for the squad.
Year 2 had a wonderful day learning in the woods today.
They climbed trees and had a go at making shelters. Ratty showed the children how to create some woodland art, and Tawny Owl, Goldcrest, Blossom and Cuckoo worked together with Eva and Sebastian to begin creating a music stand. Thank you to Blossom who took the xylophone bars home to drill as using the brace and bit was really hard work, although Eva persevered to drill a hole in one of the bars with Goldcrest and Blossom's help, even though the wood was really hard.
Field Maple group sat quietly when they arrived, trying to see if the Thrush would visit it's babies in the nest in the Ash tree to feed them. Sadly the children did not see this happen as they were so keen to go and play! They all ran around playing noisily before settling down to make a see-saw, which the children enjoyed, and worked together to ensure everyone had a happy and safe time.
Tawny Owl showed the children a wood wasp nest which she found in the shed. Lily explained very well how the wasp makes the paper to create it's nest.
We had lovely weather today, although Field Maple groups had to rush to put their coats on when we had a heavy April shower.
Have a look at the class gallery to see more photos.
This was the first session that this group of children had had since Spring Term 2017, so all the children found it tricky to remember the boundaries. However, they soon entered into the spirit and began to acclimatise to the wonderful spring woodland.
Both groups played beautifully - climbing trees (which showed how much they had grown), running around, playing hide and seek, making shelters as well as water play (making the most wonderful concoctions).
We heard a buzzard, wrens, and possibly a black cap; saw lots of bumblebees (and talked about where they nest, etc.) and orange tip butterflies.
The children were all happy and relaxed and returned to school already looking forward to next week.
Hornbeam Group had time for silent spot at the end, which they found a little tricky with their wriggly legs, but we thought we should persevere and have another go next week. Unfortunately Alder Group ran out of time, but we will begin with Silent Spot next week.
Here are a few photos - have a look on the class gallery for more photos.
Congratulations to Jonte Hillier and Jack Webb who have both been selected to play hockey for Kent under 13 Boys this season…..it really doesn’t surprise me!!!! Do you remember Jonte, walking out to the field for a Tag Rugby Practise, “ Sun’s Out, Guns Out Mrs Mileham!!”
Congratulations to Maisie Mileham who has been selected for her third season of playing for Kent and continues to also train with the England Regional Performance Centre. Louis Hillier and Max Moen also continue to train with the England Regional Performance Centre, well done.
Louis Hillier was also one of only 3 boys from the UK selected to take part in a Freestyle Trampoline Competition in Holland. There were competitors from all over the world and Louis performed brilliantly until becoming injured during the second part of the competition….the purge of a sporting Life.