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