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Monet Class trip to The Thames at Greenwich

12 October 2017

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.

Harvest Delivery

04 October 2017

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.

Visit to Tunbridge Wells Mosque

28 September 2017

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.

Dragon Boats 2017

09 September 2017

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.

Cinderella Rockafella

12 July 2017

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.

Sports Day 2017

03 July 2017

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.

 

Music Concert 2017

29 June 2017

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.

Summer Fete

10 June 2017

Well done FoHPS for another amazing day of fun, laughter and team spirit. More pictures in The Gallery.

 

Learning with The Rainbow Fish

05 June 2017

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.

China Day 2017

24 May 2017

We spent a day finding out all about China. Learning included activities with art, geography, story-telling, meditation and mindfulness, cooking and music.

 

Mini Marathon

28 April 2017

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.

Ken Mills Day. A day of sporting activities for all the Junior children.

27 April 2017

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.

 

Visit from Borough Council

30 March 2017

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!

 

Reception trip to Godstone Farm

28 March 2017

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.‚Äč They also took part in an animal handling session with Shelby the naughty escaping chicken. 

Year 1 visit Drusillas

23 March 2017

What an amazing trip! The children learnt loads and behaved beautifully.

India Day

20 March 2017

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.

British Science Week

13 March 2017

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.

Reception Class Appeal

20 February 2017

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 hayley.foord@horsmonden.kent.sch.uk

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please donate via our fundraising webpage www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/horsmondenearlyyears

Hayley Foord

Safer Internet Day 2017

13 February 2017

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 

Attendance Impact

06 February 2017

Missing school can seriously harm your child's progress and achievement.

Click here to see the effect of missing even a few days of school.

Olympic Rower to visit school

19 January 2017

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.

No Pens Day

18 January 2017

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.

Netball Team Success

17 January 2017

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

11 November 2016

 We Will Remember Them

Maths and Phonics Parents' Workshop

07 November 2016

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.

St Margaret's Art Exhibition

08 October 2016

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.

Singing for the Headteacher's Conference

06 October 2016

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.

Meet the Teacher

22 September 2016

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.

Ofsted celebration Wednesday 21st September

21 September 2016

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." 

 

World's Biggest Reading Lesson

24 June 2016

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."

 

Childrens' Voice - The Referendum

23 June 2016

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.

French Day

22 June 2016

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!

Dad's Afternoon Friday 17th June

17 June 2016

We welcomed Dads or other significant men into school to spend an afternoon with the children. This is what we got up to:

 

 

School Summer Fete

11 June 2016

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!

Maths Week 23rd May

23 May 2016

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."

Spring Music Concert 2016

05 May 2016

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.

Parent View

08 March 2016

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.
https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

World Book Day

03 March 2016

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!

Netball Club

05 November 2015

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.

Netball club

Important Dates

Monday 30th October
Children return
Tuesday 31st October
Scary Hair Day
Wednesday 1st November
Open Day
Tuesday 7th November
Individual School Photos
Friday 10th November
Service of Remembrance at War Memorial

A minute's silence from 11am

Tuesday 14th November
Parents Consultations
Thursday 16th November
Parents Consultations
Thursday 7th December
Christmas Present Fair
Tuesday 12th December
Carols By Candlelight

6pm at St Margaret's Church

Thursday 14th December
Infants Christmas Production
Friday 15th December
Reception Nativity
Wednesday 20th December
End of Term 2
Tuesday 6th February
School Choir visit to O2 Arena to sing with Young Voices

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