Blogo Fogo Visit
On Wednesday 4th July, Blogo Fogo, one of the biggest Samba bands in Kent, visited our school. Year 5 shared some of their experiences:
'These guys know how to drum! It's not all about drumming though; there are bells, tamberines and cowbells'.
'The drumming was AMAZING! I loved every second and I realised I really like drumming'.
'The drumming is an experience I will always remember; the rhythms were really funky!'
'The lady taught us a beat which we performed to other classes. We performed with our favourite instruments (after trying them all out!)'
Year 5 Cross Curricular Day at Kent College
On Thursday 28th June, a group of lucky year 5s enjoyed a Cross Curricular day at Kent College. Here's what they had to say about it:
'All of the lessons were in Spanish, German or French. We went to the chemistry lab where we experimented with fire! We used different chemicals to change the colour of the flames. We also looked at Picasso-style art and learnt about the Cubism movement. It was a really fun day.
'We had a great day at Kent College, learning lots of French, Spanish and German. We translated stories from French to English anmd tried some Cubist art. Overall, chemistry was the best, I loved changing of the colours of the flames!'
'I would love to go back to Kent College. It was so much fun and I would definitely recommend it to other children. Learning different languages was interesting.'
Year 3 Trip to Herstmonceux
Year 3 had a lovely day at The Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux. We got to take part in a Bridge Building Workshop, where the class split into two teams and constructed two bridges. We also spent some time exploring the interactive exhibits such as Astronomy, Forces, Light and Colour and the Human Body. Whilst fun, the children were also learning too - without even realising! We also worked in pairs and teams outdoors in the Water Area and the Discovery Park. Here's what some year 3s had to say:
'On 7th June, Mrs Mills, Mrs Speirs, Mrs Cogley, Mrs Bennett and Miss Johnstone took us to the Science Observatory in Herstmonceux. The best part was the Chair Of Doom and I volunteered to go first. I was scared at first because it was full of spikes! But when I sat on it, it didn't hurt - because there was lots of spikes! The more spikes there are, the less it hurts.'
'We learnt lots about forces. We made a Truss bridge and tested its strength then we had to find the magnetic block in the Roman bridge which held the whole bridge together. When we we took it out, the whole bridge collapsed! We also watched a show where there was a rocket launcher and the scientist made a Mrs Speirs sandwich; we learnt that even though Mrs Speirs was laying between two huge planks of wood, she couldn't get hurt when hit with a hammer because there was rubber in between her and the wood.'
'My favourite part was the vacuum chair - we sat on the chair, switched Henry Hoover on and we would move up in the chair! The water play was fun too. We worked in teams to keep the water flowing in the right places with wheels and taps. There was lots of water gushing and I got splashed!'
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!
We hosted the Village Litter Pick this year. Thank you parent Darren White for driving the initiative. About 40 children of all ages joined in.
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.
Well done Mrs Price, Year 1 and the Gardening Club on being awarded Best Green Champion for Tunbridge Wells at the Kent Awards in Canterbury!
Kandinsky Year 1 were overjoyed to meet Vet Rob and his furry friend who came to teach them all about caring for their pets. Rob Everitt, from Putlands, spoke to the children and gave them tips on keeping animals healthy.
We celebrated Design and Technology by holding a whole-school DT week. The Infants made some moving toys, Lower Juniors made money containers and the Upper Juniors made automatons. Here are some pictures.
As part of our topic on Rivers, Monet Year 4 visited The Thames foreshore for some "mudlarking". They searched for historical evidence on the sand and then completed some field studies to check the water quality, which showed that the Thames was clean - hooray! They also looked for wildlife in the area and completed some tasks that showed how The Thames has changed in the last 100 years.
The school were delighted to receive so many Harvest food donations. Monet Year 4 led a Harvest Assembly, after which parents helped sort the produce ready for each class to deliver to elderly people in the Village. Thank you everyone for such a bumper crop this year.
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.
Well done Year 6 for an amazing performance. The confidence and enjoyment shone out throughout the evening. Well done the teachers and especially the children for such a fantastic achievement.
We were blessed with a beautiful day at Tonbridge School. Team spirit was very much in evidence and all the children tried their hardest to help their House win the trophy. Congratulations to Bailey and Parkinson for winning the swimming and the athletics.
Yet again another very successful Music Concert, organised by Mrs Whittingham and with the support of our music teachers Mr Stephens, Mr Fagg and Mr Shotton. The children were amazing. It takes real strength of character to play in front of a packed house. Well done everyone.
Well done FoHPS for another amazing day of fun, laughter and team spirit. More pictures in The Gallery.
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.
We had the most amazing fun in our whole-school Mini Marathon. Organised by FoHPS and with support from our very successful Running Club, every child took part in the event where children ran laps round the field circumnavigating famous London landmarks made by the classes. Pictures below, also on FoHPS Facebook page and in the Gallery.
This year we were delighted to welcome the great man himself, ex-Governor Ken Mills, a dear friend and supporter of our school.
The children participated in a day of netball, tag rugby, football and kurling, demonstrating all of our school values, in particular resilience, collaboration and aspiration.
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.
A note from Miss Foord, Reception Teacher.
First of all I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and say how welcome I have been made to feel as the new Reception class teacher at Horsmonden Primary. I have had a fantastic time teaching the children so far and have been made to feel very welcome by the school and the local community. I absolutely love teaching because I care deeply about each child I teach and believe all children can thrive in a safe, caring and nurturing environment.
Having taught in Early Years for five years, I have seen how enjoyment and a sense of wonder and excitement is generated when children actively engage with their environment. Opportunities to explore the natural world through sensory experiences, seasons, animal habitats/lifecycles and growing are just some of these light bulb moments that spring to mind. These outdoor opportunities are extremely educationally beneficial, supporting the development of healthy and active lifestyles, and helping to develop skills such as problem-solving, creativity, resourcefulness and resilience.
Given a choice, young children will usually choose to be in a natural environment. They want to be outdoors, in the fresh air and sunlight, surrounded by grass, trees, and flowers, hearing the birds and the wind, playing in water with sticks and rocks. It is with this in mind, that I started to think about the outdoor experiences that the children at Horsmonden Primary have available to them and how I could use and develop this area to enhance their educational experiences and wellbeing.
My vision is to completely redesign the outdoorarea, providing children with a safe and stimulating outdoor space. Our current area comprises of a small courtyard and an unused area of concrete, which is currently not very safe for the children to access. We are looking to create a new double door access point to this area from the classroom, ensuring that the children can be seen at all times and can access this area in all weathers. The area and floor will need to be prepared with new surfacing and we will also be extending this area on to the adjoining field to provide the children with greenspace. We are also looking to resource the outdoor area with exciting educational resources, which enhance and inspire the children to plan and develop their own strengths and interests.
The children are at the forefront of all that we do, and so we asked them what their hopes and wishes were for the new space. Their responses included planting vegetables, looking at animal habitats, housing some chickens, a mud kitchen, den building, new play equipment, a place to ride bikes and play ball games and somewhere to explore.
In order to make this happen, we are looking for donations of time, money, resources and skills from the local community. Your support would be gratefully appreciated and I have the confidence that we can all pull together as a community, to make a difference to the education of the children at Horsmonden Primary School. I look forward to updating you on our progress.
If you would like to contact me further to discuss the project, please email me via firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please donate via our fundraising webpage www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/horsmondenearlyyears
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.
Wednesday 18th January is No Pens Day - a day celebrated in schools throughout the UK by downing pens and using other forms of communication in order to record our learning. Drama, debates, music and art will be on the agenda. Maths will be full of wonderful mathematical language and resources. Year 4, for instance, will be outside finding natural equivalent fractions. Look out for pictures at the weekend.
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 Will Remember Them
Miss Hudson, Mrs Whittingham and Mrs Hart Dyke were pleased to welcome parents and carers to school to look at the way we teach Maths and Phonics. Here is our Maths Calculation Policy which we hope you will find useful.
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 estimated about 90% of parents and carers came to our first Meet the Teacher event in September. Staff enjoyed showing them around the classrooms and shared information about day-to-day routines and answered any questions.
Here you will find the powerpoint that Mrs Thomas showed on the night.
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.
Monsieur Sam and Madame Wickham from nearby Bethany School gave us a morning of French fun and games. The Junior children enjoyed French Bingo, a Months of the Year game and a Guess My Number activity. They are coming again soon to help us with our French topics. Merci beaucoup!
We welcomed Dads or other significant men into school to spend an afternoon with the children. This is what we got up to:
Hot off the press - profit of £5,800 made at the Fete.What a fabulous result!
We enjoyed maypole dancing, donkeys, stocks, hopper races and tug of war just to name some of the fun. A quote from a visitor: "This is one of the best organised fetes I've been to. And everyone is so friendly!" THANK YOU FoHPS!
We celebrated Maths with a whole week of exciting activities. Each class welcomed a visitor to set a real-life challenge.
The children commented:
"We had the best time learning how Farmer Richard sorts out his trees."
"The Maths Trail was amazing. We all wanted to do it."
"I really enjoyed the animal problem - it didn't feel like Maths, but I learnt lots."
It was wonderful to see one third of our children take part in a concert to celebrate all the musical talent at Horsmonden School. We were treated to solos and ensembles from clarinets, recorders, percussion, guitars, violins, piano, cellos, voices and more. See highlights of the musical action in The Gallery.
Please have a look at Parent View on the Ofsted website as this is a great tool to rate Horsmonden School, direct from yourselves to us and to Ofsted.
World Book Day was amazing. Not only did we get to dress up in cool costumes we all also got a visitor from a book factory, it was so cool! We also had a costume competition with amazing winners. It was by far the most amazing day so far, I can’t wait until next year.
By Grace, Year 6
Thank you to Mr Huddart for coming in and explaing to us all about the publishing world!
We have a young, enthusiastic team who are active members of Tunbridge Wells League, winning many of our matches, despite being one of the youngest teams ever entered. We practise on Wednesdays after school with coaches Hilary and Amanda. Mrs Hart Dyke for details.