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Year Autumn Term 2020 Second Instalment

Submitted by tawnyowl on Monday, December 7, 2020 - 09:24

Have a look at the second instalment of the learning achieved while Year 5 have been enjoying our beautiful woods.

 Here is a list of the thoughtful ideas on Gratitude:

To have people to play with

Being here

For playing with my friends and making hot chocolate

Food and family

The world around us


The woodland

The robins landing in the kitchen

The stream

The forest and woodland

The outdoors

Hot chocolate

My family

My friends



Family and friends

The woodland and all the animals in the Forest

Fire to make hot chocolate

The plants

The gentle breeze

The warm fire

Privilege to be me

The autumn leaves

To be here


The calmness the beauty in nature can bring us

Watching the group interact as a team playing and talking and sharing


Teamwork, togetherness and everyone round me



What a busy week in year four

Submitted by class4 on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 17:12

This week Giraffe's have been super busy. They have enjoyed creating Keith Haring inspired ceiling tiles for out classroom, they have been learning how to move the ball around in games of Basketball, they have been reading music and playing it on the Glockenspeils and also producing biographical talks on Leonardo da Vinci. .....and it's only Tuesday!!

Amazing Work

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 22:38

On Friday Giraffe Class looked at a poem called new Moon by Kate Wakeling. They read it and following some practical laying on the grass and looking at the sky, produced poems of the same style about the sky. I think you will agree, Alice’s poem is sensational. Whatsmore, the poet is a friend of the family and her mum forwarded it to the author who was amazed by it and so pleased that her work was being used as a stimuli.

Leopards have painted part of the leopard by painting a separate canvas each, their own interpretation of a segment from a photo. It’s about 2.5ft x 2.5ft and is stunning.


Fox Walking, Log Dogs and Mud Balls

Submitted by tawnyowl on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 15:35

Year one Bubble B have had an amazing Forest School experience this term. It has been so beneficial for everyone to be out in the woods, enjoying the fresh air and (with a few exceptions) being able to forget all the complications of life.

This group enjoyed practising their fox walking (walking around the woods without shoes and socks) which we found to be a fun experience. The most popular activity was indoubtedly the making of mud balls. The children became became prolific mud ball creators, developing their method through play and the sharing of ideas with each other as well as develping a nurturing attitude to improve the result. Even the adults became quite obsessed with it!

Greg Clark visited on Friday and talked to the children about their experiences, which they loved. 

The children enjoyed some amazing hot food each lunchtime, and we saw an incredible number of butterflies on Monday - Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Large White, Meadow Browns, and the Common Blue which was seen feeding on some ivy flowers. Beetle spotted a moth on Friday which we think may have been a cabbage moth and Tawny Owl spotted a Lime Hawkmoth caterpillar also on Friday.

The children  enjoyed using tools, learnt how to tie a timber hitch and made log dogs. The 'undirected free learning time' was spent playing with mud and water, looking for slugs, making camps, playing in the stream, trying to tie different knots, climbing on the rope ladder swing, or looking at Beetles' butterfly book.

Have a look at the photos and video to see the variety of learning opportunities.

At the end of the session on Monday, the children had a wonderful surprise for Tawny Owl. They recited 'Newt' from The Lost Words as a performance poem with the whole group. Tawny Owl was very moved and impressed by their performance (if you don't know it, there are some very tricky words). Unfortunately she did not have time to record it as we had run out of time! Thank you Bubble B!



Log Dogs, Treasure Hunts and Tree Cookies

Submitted by tawnyowl on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 11:26

Oh my goodness, what a lot of activities we managed to fit into our last 2 days of Forest School.

The children enjoyed so many activities: stream play, using tools (palm drills and scout knives), learning to tie knots (Timber Hitch, Reef Knot and Clove Hitch), going on a Treasure Hunt, making log dogs, tree cookie name badges, as well as making mud balls!

The children developed fine motor skills, observation, patience, listening, concentration, negotiation, used positional language, descriptive and technical/scientific language, co-operation, and they all developed their gross motor skills to name but a few of the areas we covered!

The children enjoyed listening to nature poems and a story read by Tawny Owl. Badger (aka Mr Goodman) arrived with a delicious hot lunch each day, which we enjoyed in the sunshine. 

The weather was wonderful; warm, but not too hot. 

So much learning through play and having fun with friends. 

Have a look at the photos and video to see a sample of this. 


FREE eBook for children: Everybody Worries

Submitted by headteacher on Monday, May 18, 2020 - 23:42

The publishers at Oxford Owl have made this picture book available to read online for FREE to help children understand feelings of anxiety about Coronavirus.


Click here to read the book online.


Everybody Worries is Jon Burgerman’s brand new picture book designed to support children who may be feeling worried about Coronavirus and in particular the everyday changes to their lifestyle that it has brought about.

With colourful characters and rhyming text, this original picture book from the author of Everybody Has a Body is designed to reassure young children that their worries are valid and also includes practical ways to help them to process and articulate their emotions


Author Jon Burgerman commented, “I decided to write a book about worry and stress and how normal it is and how we can try and mitigate it. I think we might not acknowledge that small children worry as much as they do. Without a means of expressing their anxieties, the stress can manifest and have adverse effects.

It’s important to talk openly about what is going on and that the feelings we’re experiencing are being felt by a lot of people, and that by sharing and caring for each other we can try and make it a little better.”


The book is offered free of charge and can be read on screen via the Oxford Owl website.


Click here to view the book.

A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Submitted by headteacher on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 22:03

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus? • How do you catch the coronavirus? • What happens if you catch the coronavirus? • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus? • Is there a cure for the coronavirus? • Why are some places we normally go to closed? • What can I do to help? • What’s going to happen next?

They want to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, they have suggested, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful:

Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy Crow, said:

“We were very aware that many parents and carers are struggling to explain the current extraordinary situation to children, many of whom are frightened and confused. We thought that the best thing we could do would be to use our skills to produce a free book to explain and, where possible, reassure children. We asked Axel, whose work is so familiar and so loved, to illustrate it. He was happy to do it, and did it extraordinarily quickly. Meanwhile, having heard Professor Medley interviewed by the BBC, we looked him up and wrote to him, and despite his huge workload, he reviewed the book over a weekend, and we were able to incorporate his suggestions, together with those of two head teachers and a child psychologist, into the final version of the book. We hope it helps answer difficult questions in difficult times.”

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, said:

“I asked myself what I could do as an children’s illustrator to inform, as well as entertain, my readers here and abroad. So I was glad when my publisher, Nosy Crow, asked me to illustrate this question-and-answer book about the coronavirus. I think it is extremely important for children and families to have access to good and reliable information in this unprecedented crisis, and I hope that the popularity of the books I’ve done with Julia Donaldson will ensure that this digital book will reach many children who are now slightly older, but might still remember our picture books.”

Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said:

“This pandemic is changing children’s lives across the globe and will have a lasting impact on us all. Helping children understand what is going on is an important step in helping them cope and making them part of the story – this is something that we are all going through, not something being done to them. This book puts children IN the picture rather just watching it happen, and in a way that makes the scary parts easier to cope with.”

You can download a copy of the book here (or, if you have trouble with that link, here) –

Shakespeare School Festival

Submitted by headteacher on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 22:24

"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"


WOW! Wow, wow, wow! What a week. Not many children in the UK can do what Year 5 achieved this week. They amazed over 300 people with their outstanding production of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. They spoke confidently and capably and engaged the audience with their humour and energy. Indeed they were very professional and most importantly a fantastic team. They worked incredibly hard on the production and deserve all the praise they are receiving.  Year 5 you are all SUPERSTARS! I sat very proudly in the audience listening to all the positive comments and rousing applause. Well done to everyone but particular thanks must go to Sean Gilder, Robin Weaver and Mr and Mrs Shimmin and of course the teaching team, Mrs Brice and Mrs Morris.

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.


Harvest Festival 2019

Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 10:17

The whole school enjoyed a wonderful celebration of the Harvest in St Mary's Church this afternoon.  A big well done to all classes for their brilliant array of 'performances' that showed harvest in many different ways; reading, acting,dancing, singing, video-making - we had everything!  A huge thank you to all families that donated food; This year the gifts will be divided between our own Community Cupboard and the Nourish Foodbank in Tunbridge Wells.

Finally a big well done to Year 6 for leading the service so well.  


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