Year 6 chose to have a whole day in the woods today.
Wren provided a shuttle to run the children to the wood in 2 groups.
It was not a usual Forest School session because there were 28 children to support.
They began with a game of Beetle Tag, after a small group had chosen an area to play. The children played with enthusiasm and good humour (although Tawny Owl began to feel that she was being caught an awful lot, however, she quite enjoyed lying on the ground with her arms and legs waving in the air)!
After this game, the children separated into groups to carry out activities. As there were so many children Tawny Owl requested that all the children needed to participate in 2 of the activities. Sadly, some of the group decided that this instruction didn't apply to them; not good team work.
However, many children enjoyed the activities on offer: cooking (menu below), making fire sticks, cutting and splitting wood, carrying out a bioblitz (results in the photos), finishing off obstacle course activities.
Trout cooked in newspaper
Chocolate dipped fruit
The day was over before we knew it! There was a lot of equipment to carry, but we managed to get everything back to the minibus/cars in good time.
Tawny Owl would especailly like to thank Mouse who gives up her valuable time volutarily. Thank you Mouse.
Thank you Mr Price for some of the trout!
Thank you also to Wren who works so hard to support Tawny Owl with her hare-brained ideas!
Thank you everyone! Remember all you have learned year 6, and good luck in your new schools.
Have a look at the main set of photos on the class gallery.
Year One enjoyed a day at school, playing a team building game and pond dipping. They learned so much while having fun!
Each group began with a time of reflection - considering how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place. Each thinking about something for which they are grateful.
Have a look at the video; the rest of the photos are on the class gallery.
Sorry - the video is taking a while to upload; I will try again tomorrow.
Year One had another busy day in the woods last week.
They played with their friends and enjoyed using tools to make fairy furniture.
On Tuesday 19th March a team our our year six pupils took part in the Kent School Games High Fives Netball festival. High Fives is a five a side game where the players rotate positions in the middle and at the beginning of every game. This involves understanding the role of each position and also a lot of bib changing!
The children played extremely well, winning all their games except won which they lost to the ultimate champions, Staplehurst. We finished the event in Silver Medal position.
Thank you to Miss Wilkins for preparing the team and to Caroline and Sarah for running the team at the event. I was unable to attend until later but arrived to see the final 2 games which were played with great spirit and determination.
Congratulations to Oscar, William, Poppy, Evie, Fifi, Gemma and Naomi. A special mention must go to Oscar for continuing to play with blood cascading down his knees!
This weekend two of our very talented pupils will be representing the county at the National Cross Country Championships at Loughborough.
The very best of luck to Poppy Hensey, year 6 and Luke Draper, year 5. I know that they have both been training very hard with Tonbridge Athletics club ( Poppy) and the Weald Tri Club ( Luke) We will all be behind you ( quite literally!!)
Sutton Valence Prep School Hockey Festival
On Friday 8th March a team of children from years 5&6 competed in the hockey festival at Sutton Valence Prep School.
They arrived with minutes to spar but raring to go.
Our team played seven other teams and conceded only 1 goal during all these matches. They won every match bar one, which they drew. They all played confidently and with great skill which was remarked upon by the staff of other schools and by the coaches from Sutton Valence.
We ended in the gold medal position and all came home with gold medals and an enormous cup!!
Huge congratulations to Oscar, Boris, Kudzai, Finlay ( the sausage roll thief) Poppy, Evie, Naomi, Anna and Daria. Thank you to Boris’ grandma for accompanying me on the minibus and to parents for coming along to support.
Last half term a team of 10 year 2 children entered the Kent School Games Infant Agility Festival. The organisers got in touch with me after the event to tell me how well our children performed and behaved. The squad all ran, threw and jumped out of their skins and ended the festival in second position. Well done to Harry, Luke, Tristian, Jack, Henry, Kiera, Alana, Blythe and Lucia. Thank you to parents for arranging transport and for supporting the team. A big thank you to Becky Morris for accompanying the team on the day.
Kent School Games Active 30:30 Festival
This term a group of year four children took part in the Kent school Games Active 30:30 festival.This event was non competive and the children had the opporunity to have a go at a number of sport activties including Tag rugby, yoga, archery and Boxercise. The children had a lot of fun and excelled at many of the sports. Thank you to Miss Wilord for accmpanying me on the minibus.
At the beginning of this term a small group of year four children took part in the WOKSSA Kurling event. This sport uses stones which travel on ball bearings, but does not involve ice or sweeping! The children had a wonderful time. Thank you to Mrs Plewes for accompanying the children and to parents for arranging transport.
Well done to Isaac, Seamus, Maisy and Emily.
Last half term a team of year 5 and 6 children ably led by Kev Draper entered the WOKSSA swimming Gala at Benenden Girls School. The squad all performed extremely well and finished in a very commendable second place. Congratulations to India, Anna, Daria, Will, Sam, Matty, Oscar, Luke, Boris, Gemma, Evie and Farah. Thank you to parents for arranging travel and to Kev for acting as coach for the afternoon.