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Buster's Book Club Challenge Winners!


We were really proud to receive our Buster's Book Club winners award at Leeds Castle on Tuesday 10th July.  We joined some other schools from Kent to have our photo taken with Buster himself.  Thanks to all the children for their wonderful reading each week; we hope you enjoy your Leeds Castle vouchers!

KS1 Trip to Wingham Wildlife Park


On Tuesday 26th June Swifts, Swallows and Chaffinches went on an exciting coach trip to Wingham Wildlife Park.  We saw chimpanzees, lemurs, parrots, reindeer, goats, flamingos and even a crocodile!  We even got to see the realistic dinosaurs in the dinosaur park! We had so much fun and the children behaved beautifully.  Well done everyone. frown


Sports Day 2018

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Science experiment homework

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One of the swifts made an amazing volcano and we exploded it at school!

We're going to the Zoo

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We had our final launch day of the year this week. On Wednesday we hopped, prowled, slithered and pounced into school in some fantastic animal costumes.  We saw tigers, crocodiles, panthers and even an elephant!  We learnt that animals in the zoo don't just eat meat or leaves, but many also enjoy a range of fruit; we had loads of fun making our own fruit kebabs and even more fun eating them. frown

We also made our own paper plate animal art and did some funky animal - themed dances. 

The Royal Wedding

This Friday the whole school came together to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  We all came into school dressed in red, white and blue and spent some of the morning designing wedding dresses and commemorative mugs, as well as getting messy decorating our own biscuits in (yes, you've guessed it) red, white and blue!  We then all enjoyed our picnic lunches on the field, followed by watching the wedding cake being cut and having a boogie to the music.  What a fantastic day - Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan :)

Today we learnt all about the Passover festival.  Passover is celebrated by Jewish people, who remember how the Israelite people were freed from slavery by Moses over 3000 years ago.

The story of Passover is in the Torah, the Jewish holy book.  On the evening before Passover begins, there is a special service called a Seder.  At the Seder meal there is a special Seder plate on the table.  We got to try some of the items from the plate including parsley, sweet mincemeat, hard-boiled eggs and even horseradish!  Some of us loved the food, but others weren't so keen!

We had a brilliant and messy art lesson this week.  We designed our polystyrene printing tiles and then used pencils to score our chosen designs into them.  We then used artists ink and special rollers to make multiple and colourful prints onto card.  We re-created the pop-art style of Andy Warhol.

We were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Lacey today.  He brought in some very old toys for us to look at and explained all about them.  Some were still in the original packaging!  We carefully sketched these and compared them to toys we play with today.

Look at these amazing plants!  These are some of the homework projects from the Easter holidays.  I think they look fantastic!

We jumped into term 5 with our brilliant 'Toys' launch day.  We had great fun designing and making our own toys using recycled items and even had a funky fashion show at the end of the day.  We had some fantastic costumes and toys shared, what a great day!

We have begun work on measurements in Swift class.  Today we were using the words 'longer', 'longest', 'shorter' and 'shortest' to compare different items from around the room.  Once we had compared them visually, we used multilink cubes to measure them in non-standard units.


Swift class had a fantastic trip to Pegasus gymnastics centre on 09.03.18. We did a warm up and had a go at the floor apparatus, the balance beams and even the vaults! We had so much fun.


We kicked off our new topic in KS1 with a fantastic Jurassic launch day. On the day we saw a whole array of dinosaurs, cave people and palaeontologists; everyone looked awesome! We took part in lots of exciting activities such as: excavation digs, buried dinosaurs, fossil making, dino-dancing and sketching.


Guess who made a visit to KS1 this week?  Our teachers told us they had a surprise for us, and when we went into the hall, two real-life paramedics were there!  Sian and Anna brought along one of their awesome ambulances to show us.  They told us all about their jobs as paramedics, showed us around the ambulance and even immobilised Mrs Bourdillon!  We were also lucky enough to see the emergency lights and hear the sirens.  What an amazing day!


We were very lucky to have a visit from a little alien in our school hall today.  She had come to teach us about some of the planets in the solar system and we followed her on an adventure to find the grumpy baddie and turn him good again.  We had a wonderful time!

Our workshop was given by 'Perform for schools' and they gave out leaflets with information about after school groups which are held in the local area. 


Something very strange happened in Swift class today.  When we came in from our lunch there was a huge red door in our classroom!  We had no idea where it came from and neither did Miss Hall or Mrs Cole.  After looking at a few pages from our new book 'Journey,' we realised the little girl from the story had drawn the door to help us with our imaginative writing. 


Today in KS1 we enjoyed starting our new topic called 'Zoom!'. We took part in lots of different activities throughout the day. Our favourite activity was painting pictures of different vehicles. We can't wait for our next launch day!


There will be no homework over the Christmas holidays – enjoy the festivities with your families and maybe share some reading books.

We have been absolutely amazed at the fabulous homework in both Year 1 and 2 this term and thank you all for your continued and invaluable support.

A huge thank you to all of our families for their generous gifts and cards, all of our staff really appreciate it.

Merry Christmas to you all, have a safe and restful holiday,

We look forward to seeing you all back at school in the New Year!

Best Wishes,

The Year 1 and 2 Team​

Thank you to all who came to see the children in their Nativity this year.  We thought they did brilliantly!



We have been busy making our Christmas cards in Swift class today.  We used triangular corrugated card pieces and painted them with different shades of green paint to print with them.  We finished them with some cotton bud baubles.



This week in KS1 we took part in a Science experiment where we created our own gas. We began by making predictions about which liquid we thought would cause the greatest reaction. In order to do this we were required to place bicarbonate of soda into three different liquids to see which one would inflate the balloon. We had lots of fun :)


We have been getting into the crafty Christmas spirit!  Swift class will be selling tea light holders at the school fair for £1.50.  We started making these today, using tissue paper and modge podge (a mixture of glue and water).  We think they look really cool.  What do you all think?