On Thursday 07th March we had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day, where both children and staff dressed up as their favourite book characters. A real love of books and the awe and wonder that comes as part of sharing these was evident throughout the day. The day started with an assembly from Mrs Coton who spoke about the joy of sharing books and children heard teachers read passages from some of their favourite stories. Children were immersed in reading related activites throughout the day, where they got to work with different teachers and share stories with children from different year groups. It was a fantastic day and the chidren produced some wonderful examples of work, which will be showcased in the school hall for all to enjoy.
On the last day of term, the children from Year 3 and 4 were visited by Mexicolore who taught the children all about Mayan culture. They learned first hand about Mayan dress, music, sports and food. What an excellent way to end their topic and consolidate their learning.
Reception class had lots of fun in the snow today in their outside learning area. The children watched how to build a snowman on the interactive whiteboard and then went outside, carefully following the instructions that they had heard. This encouraged lots of talk about how snow is formed and exploration around freezing and melting. The result of this was a brilliant snowman, named by the children as Herb Horsmonden. Back in the warm, the children then wrote some instructions for the children at Kindergarten, using verbs to describe what they needed to do. What a fun day!
It was lovely to see how well behaved and respectful the children were, when visiting the war memorial outside the social club on Monday 12th November. As a school, we walked down together to meet at the memorial where Rev. Phil led a short service, teaching the children the importance of remembrance and giving them an opportunity to reflect. As the clock struck 11, a minutes silence was had, followed by the oldest and youngest of our school laying down wreaths. Proceeding them, Year 6 and foundation lay down individual wooden crosses for each of the men who once came from the village and who sadly lost their lives fighting for our country in both the First and Second World War. It was a lovely sight to see, the oldest in our school helping the youngest to lay their cross down. Year 6 then read out two poems which they had written about remembrance and the symbolic poppy. Year 5 and 6 then had the fantastic opportunity to visit the display which had been made especially for the centenary, held in the social club. Kel, a local resident who led a lot of the research and helped organise the service, spoke to the children with an abundance of knowledge, capturing their interest and answering all of their questions.
Thank you to those who supported us on the day, walking with the children and attending the service, and a special thanks to Kel and Phil for organising the whole thing, bringing the community together.
Congratulations to all of Year 6 who have earned various responsilities within the school. One of these responsibilites is being a 'Buddy' to children in Reception. The Buddy is a 'turn to' person and a friendly face for children in their first year at Horsmonden.
Year 6 have also voted for Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. Contenders gave a speech to persuade their peers to vote for them and staff also cast their votes!
Congratulations to our new heads and deputies:
Head Boy: William
Head Girl: Jennifer
Deputy Head Boy: Max
Deputy Head Girl: Daisie May
Congratulations to Simmonds who were the winners of our very hot KS2 Sports Day at Tonbridge Sports Centre! All the children and parents had a fantastic time and the staff did a super job of ensuring that all the events ran smoothly. Thank you to all those involved!
Thank you Rev Trish for a really informative trip to St Margaret's as part of our RE learning about Christianity.
We stayed open, despite the snow and ice, because we knew how excited the children were about World Book Day. We were glad we did as 55% of children braved the weather and most came in costume. We will hold another World Book Day later in the year for the 45% who understandably couldn't make it.
The Charity Medical Detection Dogs came to visit. They wrote:
"Thank you so much for having us to talk to your children. Millie and I so enjoyed their wonderful interested little faces and were very surprised and impressed by the questions, which were on a par with the adults we usually talk to! Thank you too for allowing Dibble to come and socialise. He was a star and I hope he helped their understanding of how a dog smells – I hope our garlic did too!"
If anyone would like to donate to this charity, please send it in and give to Mrs Hart Dyke.
29 children from Monet Class visited the O2 to be part of the UK's Biggest Choir. Amazing! Fantastic! Awesome! Just some of the adjectives the children and parents used to describe the experience.
We very much enjoyed our trip to Tunbridge Wells Mosque. We are aware that as a school we need to increase our understanding of other cultures so we were delighted to be invited by Imam Yasser to find out more about the Islamic faith. RE teaching is predominantly focussed on the Christian faith but includes learning about Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. We visit St Margaret's in Horsmonden every Christmas and have Christian assemblies regularly as well as run a Christian Quest Club every Thursday lunchtime. We are also hoping to visit a Jewish Synagogue and a Sikh Temple as the year progresses.
Well done our team - we came 10th out of 65 boats. Thank you to all who took part. We'll find out what was raised soon.
All classes will spend four weeks looking at The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Look out for Rainbow Literacy, Maths, Art and much more from Reception to Year 6.
We spent a day finding out all about China. Learning included activities with art, geography, story-telling, meditation and mindfulness, cooking and music.
Year 4 were lucky enough to have a visit from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council as part of our British Values teaching. We have been invited to send our concerns about traffic in Horsmonden to them by email. Democracy in action!
The weather was fantastic and for some children it was the first time that they had been to a farm.
All the children had a great time and learnt lots of facts about the animals on the farm and what products they give us. They also took part in an animal handling session with Shelby the naughty escaping chicken.
What an amazing trip! The children learnt loads and behaved beautifully.
We enjoyed a whole day of celebrating India - her food, her art, her stories and much more.
Here are some pictures of Year 1 samosa-making.
Much excitement around the school and the buzz of true learning as Science Week took off on Monday. Pictures below. Many more in this month's Gallery.
Here is a powerpoint, made by Samuel in Year 4, all about climate change.
We were delighted to take part in Safer Internet Day 2017. Activities were carried out in classes throughout the school to promote online safety. Examples of learning included instruction posters about safer sharing of personal details, emoji hunts and e-safety film making - Year 4's video can be found here
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Pictures of our visitor, Andy Triggs Hodge. We had an amazing time. See our local Parish Magazine for an interview by our Year 4 Reporters.
We are rightly very proud of our wonderful Running Team but our Netball Team also deserve a mention. They turn out to practice in rain, snow, ice and fog every week with the amazing Coaches Hilary and Amanda and today their dedication paid off. In our League Match at Skinners Kent Academy they scored six goals in total and secured two draws against much bigger schools. Well done team!
We proudly present our Junior Artists! Our work will be on display at our local Church all weekend from 7th October. We have a lot of talent in our school.
We were very proud to be asked to sing for over 100 Headteachers from Kent Schools in October at their Annual Conference at Ashford. We joined with two local schools to sing songs from the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena. The children were amazing and their big smiles as they sang said it all.
We enjoyed a lovely picnic tea on the school field with refreshments made by the staff and donated by parents. This event was to thank everyone concerned with our school for all the positivity and enthusiasm shown to Inspectors during our recent Inspection. The childrens' behaviour was described as "outstanding."
The Juniors were joined in a link with 75 schools across the UK in the record attempt for the biggest co-ordinated half-hour reading session, which began sharp at 9am, as part of National Book Day. In front of independent witnesses, the children listened to a video link of J.K. Rowling reading the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Mrs Coton continued to read for the last ten minutes. One excited comment from Year 4: "I want the book now - I need to see how it ends."
Every week 30 children meet in each classroom to debate a hot topic. Children from Reception to Year 6 join together and Year 6 lead the discussion. This week we talked about the Referendum and then voted. Our result was overwhelmingly in support of Remain. After that, Year 4 visited the Polling Station to watch their TA Mrs Brierley cast her vote. A small vlog was made of the experience and can be found here.
We welcomed Dads or other significant men into school to spend an afternoon with the children. This is what we got up to:
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