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.
What a morning we had!
All of Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage joined together to learn the Easter Story in a large block today; it was a very calm, focused time of learning for all.
We started by hearing the story of Palm Sunday, and acted out Jesus's entry into Jerusalem by waving palm leaves.
Afterwards we heard of Jesus washing his disciples' feet and acted this out too, and then acted out the last supper with some 'bread and wine'.
After break we heard the story of Jesus's betrayal and subsequent crucifixion. We smelled vinegar (as Jesus had to drink) and decided it would not be nice at all, and looked at a 'crown of thorns' and we all understood how badly he was treated.
To finish the morning, we visited a replica of the tomb Jesus was put in. Did you notice that the stone had rolled away? As one child noted, there is a happy ending to the story!
Mothering Sunday celebrations started on Friday when the children created their mums, grandmas or someone special in their lives a lovely hand tied bunch of flowers. Thank you to all the members of the PTFA who turned the library into a pop up florist shop.
At lunch-time 62 mums, grandmas and carers then joined the children for a delicious lunch.
Today was not only Mothering Sunday but also my birthday! My daughter and I joined many of our children and their families at St. Mary’s Church and were treated to a very enjoyable service lead confidently by the young people of the Church. During the service some of our children from our Trinity Lights represented the school singing Shine from the inside out. I was very impressed by their enthusiastic, well co-ordinated actions, not least their singing. Thank you to everyone who took part - take a look at the video below:
My husband then surprised me with a helicopter ride over the local area taking in Scotney Castle, Bewl Water and an aerial view of the school. Can you spot our pond? Outdoor classroom?
What a wonderful end to a very busy week!
As a Church of England School we are inspected both by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and the National Society for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). In the 2013 SIAS Inspection the school was judged to be “Outstanding” and I am delighted to report that following our recent SIAMS Inspection January 2018, the school was judged to be "Outstanding" again. Comments from the inspection include:
"The commitment and vision of the headteacher, is confidently supported by her staff and governors. This results in highly effective leadership and management of Goudhurst and Kilndown as a distinctive and inclusive church school."
"The learning environment, both inside and outside the school building, makes a significant contribution to the spiritual development of pupils."
"The behaviour of all learners is exceptional. All relationships are underpinned by a mutual respect for each individual, reflecting the Christian character and values of the school."
"Pupils also have an opportunity to develop independence, team work and self-confidence through the forest school. The associated outdoor activities enable them to set aspirational goals for themselves with impact on their subsequent achievement in class."
We are extremely proud of this judgement and are working to build further on the strong links between the Church and school. You can read the full report by following clicking on the icon below.
On Friday, it was wonderful to celebrate, as a whole school, the annual Christingle service. The service and the 250 Christingles were prepared by Year 6; the readers, in particular, spoke with real confidence, clarity and expression. Year 6's performance was only equalled by the superb singing from the rest of the school during our special Christingle hymns.
Click here to watch the video that was collated by Year 6 to show what the Christingle represents:
Thank you for all your kind donations to the Children's Society. So far we have raised £398.10 which is amazing.
My renewed thanks for inviting me.
With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Please take a look at all the other photos in the gallery http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/gallery/manger-mouse
Last week, Lions Class took part in the Canterbury Schools Cathedral Day. Rather than us tell you all about it, watch our short Spark Video:
Today Year 6 were one of a number of schools who visited Canterbury Cathedral. They took part in a variety of workshops and thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Demi and Sam were invited to lead Worship at the event which they did with confidence and eloquence. Indeed Bishop Trevor made a point of speaking to Mr Goodman afterwards and said: "Your worship leaders gave an extraordinary and flawless performance."
We are all very proud of you year 6!
This afternoon we heard the Christian story of Creation. Have a look at the video we made to show the story.
Thank you to all those parents who kindly donated harvest gifts this week. Also to those parents who transported the gifts and decorated St. Mary's Church in preparation for our service. Indeed what a wonderful service it was! Caroline reminded us that Harvest was a time for thanksgiving and generosity. She retold the story of the Rich Fool to help us reflect on the folly of placing too much value on material wealth. Moreover, the children filled the church with their singing, poems, paintings and prayers. Indeed it was a delight to see so many parents and members of the community coming together at the service to help us celebrate, enjoy and achieve, together!
All your donated gifts will be taken to the Food Bank in Tunbridge Wells known as Nourish or will be distributed to local people.
If you would like to continue to help people in our own Community beyond Harvest time, please leave food items particularly dry food stuffs in St. Mary's Church which will then be stored in their Community Cupboard. Anyone who is struggling with bills and food costs can then go and take what they need - no questions asked.
Once again thank you for your support.