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Newsletter

15/12/17

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Father Christmas visit!

15/12/17

Yesterday, the school had a special treat; Father Christmas took time out of his busy schedule to visit the children! Red 1 thoroughly enjoyed his visit and he asked every child what they would like for Christmas. We were very proud that all of the children are on his good list! He gave us all a little treat that we enjoyed on Friday whilst writing a letter to him. Thank you Father Christmas for coming to visit us!​

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Nursery and Reception Christmas Productions!

14/12/17

On Monday, our Nursery children performed a number of Christmas songs to their parents and carers. There was also a raffle with the money raised going towards new books for the Nursery children.

In addition, over the past three days Reception have been performing their nativity, How the Robin Got His Red Chest, subtitled “Christmas in any Language” to Key Stage 1 children and the parents and carers of Red, Green and Blue Reception classes.

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Christmas Lunch and Jumper Day!

13/12/17

Today we have been enjoying a traditional Christmas Lunch, provided by Pabulum. With Christmas tunes playing and crackers at the ready, a lovely time was had by all of the children who celebrated the day in their Christmas jumpers! All donations for Christmas Jumper Day will go towards ‘Save the Children’.

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Yr 4 wins the Attendance Reward!

13/12/17

In Year 4 we have worked very hard to ensure we come to school every day – and this term we were very proud to win the Attendance Reward.

Our reward was a trip to Frankie and Benny’s, where ‘Alex’ helped us to prepare our own pizzas, which were delicious. We had a brilliant time, and when we returned to school we made a huge card to thank Alex and the team at Frankie and Benny’s for our treat.

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Key Stage 2 Christingle!

13/12/17

The KS2 Christingle celebration was a great success. Children from each class undertook readings clearly and with wonderful fluency, and the singing from all of the children was beautiful. The moving service culminated in the lighting of the children’s candles and finished with a rousing rendition of We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

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Salvation Army Christmas Concert!

12/12/17

On Friday 8th December StarBurst Drama club took part in the Salvation Army Christmas concert in aid of the Heart of Kent Hospice. The children performed a comedy radio play adapted by Mrs Samways, originally a monologue written by Joyce Grenfell in the 1940’s. The children finished their performance in front of the Mayor of Maidstone with a jazz hands song and dance routine.

Mrs Samways said, “I was very proud of the children who had to adapt and play other childrens' roles minutes before performing. The Mayor praised the children for their confidence.”

StarBurst along with Parkwood Choral Society and the Salvation Army Band raised £750.

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Newsletter

08/12/17

To view our latest newsletter click here and a letter regarding severe snow - ice plan for parents and families can be viewed here.

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Key Stage 1 Christingle!

08/12/17

Parents and carers of our Key Stage 1 children were invited into the school to join us for our Christingle service this morning. The children sang a number of hymns and then held their lit Christingle to celebrate Jesus Christ as the "Light of the World". Thank you to all the parents that were able to join us for the service.

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Crunchy Gingerbread Men in Year 1!

06/12/17

This week in Year 1 we are focusing our learning on adjectives. We will be using them to describe a setting from Raymond Briggs - The Snowman. To help us create more exciting adjectives we used our five senses to explore objects that may be found in the story. We are constantly being challenged to create better descriptions and not use boring words like good. William said the gingerbread men were "crunchy" and Yvie thought the tinsel was "Silvery and sparkly". We enjoyed our morning exploring the different objects. Please ask us to use our adjectives at home too!

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Jingle Bells in Nursery!

06/12/17

Nursery are busy this week getting ready for the Christmas season! We have been making our own Christmas decorations, such as paper chain jingle bells. Betsy remembered that in our nativity song we sing, "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!" It is an exciting week, as we practise singing and performing actions for our nativity, as well as taking part in various festive arts and crafts.

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Using tools safely in Reception!

06/12/17

In Reception red classroom, children have been learning how to use tools safely. We have been using hammers, nails and tack hammers, to make objects with different types of hard and soft woods, including sanding the wood smooth with sand paper.

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Newsletter

01/12/17

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Electrical circuits!

01/12/17

In Science Year 4 have been learning how to make their own electrical circuit. We used bulbs, switches and buzzers and investigated the effects.

We have enjoyed taking part in Road Safety Week. Look out for our fantastic persuasive writing coming soon – Speed Down, Saves Lives.

Mahala has been telling the class about her successful attempt to grow apricot plants – we are all looking forward to sampling a delicious apricot when then have grown!

Also, take a look at our Mythical Creatures Display in Year 4!

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Year 1 Experience Day!

01/12/17

This week was a fantastic week for Year 1! We brought in our bikes and scooters and of course our helmets to the school for an experience day. We completed an obstacle course on our bikes and scooters. Then we had a race on our bikes and scooters with our friends. ​It was a very exciting and a fun day! Next we had to write about our experience day in a recount using time adverbials and amazing adjectives.

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Mummification at Maidstone Museum!

29/11/17

On Friday 24th November, Year 3 headed down to the Maidstone Museum for a day of mummification and Egyptian fun.  We spent some time handling artefacts and looked at the differences between genuine Egyptian artefacts and replicas.

Then we discussed and explored the process of mummification. To start we had cards showing the different stages and had to put them into the correct order.

After that, it was our turn! We carried out the process of mummification on an orange. Our favourite part was scooping out the brains (or just the pulp!).

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Car Parking

29/11/17

Download a letter regarding car parking at South Borough Primary School here.

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Newsletter

24/11/17

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Children in Need Cake Sale!

21/11/17

Jessie-John (Reception - Red Class) enjoying his cake, Children In Need fund raising. Thank you to the Friends of South Borough for organising such an amazing event!

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Newsletter

17/11/17

To view our latest newsletter click here and view the latest parent forum minutes here.

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Christmas Lunch

15/11/17

Our Christmas Lunch, provided by Pabulum, for the children at South Borough is on Wednesday 13th December.

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Newsletter

10/11/17

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Remember, remember the fifth of November!

08/11/17

Year 2 had a bonfire on the field to celebrate Bonfire Night. We listened carefully to a safety briefing and then observed the fire with all our senses to help inspire a multi-sensory poem.

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Newsletter

03/11/17

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Cinderella Press Launch!

03/11/17

Pupils from South Borough Primary School recently attended the press launch of Cinderella at the Hazlitt Theatre.

A video of the day was filmed by pupils from the Maplesden Noakes School and it can be viewed here (via Twitter).

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Greek Day!

02/11/17

Year 4 had a fantastic time on their Greek Day at the Museum of Kent Life. Many of the children (and the adults) dressed up in full Greek costume, and began by walking down to Archbishops Palace. Here we boarded the Kentish Lady riverboat and set sail for the Museum.

We had lots of fun during our Greek Day. We attended workshops such as: Greek Life, Arachne’s Web, Magic to Medicine and Gods of the theatre. We learnt how to hold a sword and how to create a formation to charge into battle. We even enjoyed a tractor ride around the Museum grounds.

At the end of a fabulous day we once again boarded the riverboat for our return journey to school.

Watch out for our recounts – coming soon!

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Learning Numerals in Reception!

02/11/17

During our Maths lessons in Reception Red Class we have been learning to:

Recognise and order numerals

Match numerals to quantities

and represent quantity in different ways.

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Celebrating our Achievements!

02/11/17

We have some very talented children in Year 4. Many of the children have stood up and celebrated their achievements with their classmates.

We have children who have won rugby medals, swimming certificates, certificates for kindness and some have just made us cakes!

Well done Year 4!

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Happy Birthday Winnie the Witch!

02/11/17

This week Year 2 have been reading 'Happy Birthday Winnie the Witch'. We had a birthday party to celebrate and had lots of fun.

At the party, we enjoyed a treasure hunt and playing musical broomsticks!

The teachers are looking forward to seeing the children's thank you letters to Winnie later on in the week.

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Just Dance!

01/11/17

In Year 4 we think it is very important to keep our brains and our bodies active. That’s why we do 'Just Dance' most mornings.

This 3 minute routine keeps us alert and is great fun too!

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Newsletter

20/10/17

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Instruction writing!

19/10/17

In English Year 4 have been writing a set of instructions. Firstly, we had a paper aeroplane making competition, where we had to write instructions on how to make one.

We then used our PE lesson to understand the rules of football, then used our writing skills to produce a concise set of instructions detailing how to play the sport.

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Newsletter

13/10/17

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Ancient Egyptians!

12/10/17

As part of Year 3's Egyptians Topic, they have been using pyrus paper to begin creating portraits from photographs of themselves. Watch this space for the finished article!

They have also had a great time making Egyptian necklaces using paper plates.  They decorated them with scarabs made out of clay and embellished them with paint and gem stones to make them look authentic.

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Role-play in Reception!

11/10/17

Last week, Kiril and friends re-enacted the story of Elmer the patchwork elephant through role-play in Reception red class.

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Newsletter

06/10/17

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Gerald the Giraffe!

27/09/17

Gerald the Giraffe from 'Golding Vision' came to read a story to the Early Years children. He read 'Room on a Broom' and 'The Gruffalo'.

The children re-enacted the stories using 'freeze frames' to show their favourite parts in the stories.

Gerald even sang to a pupil who had a birthday on this day - Thank you Gerald!

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Elmer in Nursery!

27/09/17

This week Nursery have been reading the story 'Elmer' written by David McKee.

Elmer is an elephant who has a colourful body, with yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white arranged as a patchwork. We have been learning about the square shape and all the different colours in the story.

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Newsletter

22/09/17

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Throwing and catching skills!

20/09/17

Year 4 have made a fantastic start to the new academic year!

We are enjoying our P.E lessons, where we are developing our ball skills. So far we have been concentrating on throwing and catching.

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15/09/17

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South Borough Ambassadors meet stars!

13/09/17

On Wednesday 13th September, Mrs Samways and Mr Marsh took Ambassadors from Year 5 and 6 to meet the cast from this year’s Hazlitt Theatre Christmas Pantomime – Cinderella.

The children were greeted by the actors who arrived on the Kentish Lady along the River Medway in Maidstone town center to loud cheers and applause.

The children had their photographs taken by the press and got to speak to famous faces including: Stefan Booth (Prince Charming) – EastEnders & Dancing On Ice and Rustie Lee (Fairy Godmother) – television personality.

The cast of Cinderella were very impressed by the Ambassadors exemplary behaviour, enthusiasm and knowledge of drama. The show will run throughout the month of December this year.

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Newsletter

08/09/17

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Welcome back!

04/09/17

Welcome back! We hope that all of our familiar faces at South Borough have had a happy and safe summer and we wish a warm welcome to all the new children joining us this year. It is set to be full of many fun and new exciting learning opportunities and we look forward to all the amazing work to take place in the first term.

The new building for our Key Stage 2 pupils, along with new tarmac on the playground was completed during the school holidays. It looks fantastic!

This year we are welcoming five new members of staff to the South Borough team – Mr Blanco (Reception Teacher), Mrs Gurung (Year 1 Teacher), Miss Walter (Year 2 Teacher), Mr Allchin (Teaching Assistant) and Ms Tester (Teaching Assistant).

Thank you for your support and we look forward to another successful year at South Borough!

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Newsletter

20/07/17

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The Amazing Adventures of Super Stan!

19/07/17

In the final year of their South Borough journey, Year 6, alongside Mrs Paterson and Miss May put together a marvellous rendition of ‘The Amazing Adventures of Super Stan’ which they performed to the school and the parents separately.

Their characters, energy and dedication shone through as they brought down the house in a standing ovation!

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Our Art Show!

19/07/17

On Monday 17th July, we hosted our very own Art Show at South Borough Primary!

Parents and carers attended from 2pm to 4pm to take a tour of our gallery, which showcased the wackiest and most creative displays of art that the talented children at our school have produced from the past couple of years.

Art work varied from historical artist studies, colour theory, tonal value, sketching, painting, oil pastels, mod roc, clay, cardboard relief and printing paper sculpture.

There were musical and drama demonstrations because, as we have learnt this year, art comes in many different forms!

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Brave the Shave!

13/07/17

Mrs Samways, Pastoral and Learning Support at South Borough Primary School, will 'brave the shave' for MacMillan Cancer Support on the last day of term - Thursday 20th July. She is dedicating her shave to her Mum who had cancer three times, to Maureen who she classes as her other Mum and her fantastic Dad. For her fabulous Aunties, Nan, family, friends, work colleagues and the courageous families of the children at South Borough. Theresa's hair will be made into a wig for the Little Princess Trust for a brave child battling cancer.

If you would like to donate please visit: bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/theresa-samways

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Our New Catering Company - Pabulum

13/07/17

A huge welcome to our new catering company - Pabulum; they are delighted to be providing fresh, nutritious, honestly good food to our children at South Borough from the new Autumn term.

Download the welcome letter and the new menu.

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Wildwood Wildlife Park!

13/07/17

Last Monday, Year 4 went on a class trip to Wildwood Wildlife Park. We had a fantastic time; we saw bears, deer, wolves and many more animals. We also took part in a CSI Investigation; Who Killed Mr Bunny? We used our detective skills to eventually reveal the killer! After lunch we went on the play equipment; but probably the best part of the day was going on Kent’s tallest vertical drop slide. Most of us had a go; even Mrs Watts, who was terrified!

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The Digestive System!

13/07/17

Year 3 have been learning about the digestive system over the last couple of weeks. We talked about how the different parts of the digestive system work and we made a class version to see all of the processes in action.

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Healthy Bodies!

13/07/17

Last week, Year 3 visited Canterbury Christ Church University to learn more about our Healthy Bodies topic. We visited the Sport Science Department and took part in a series of activities to test our fitness and then had a tour of the Sport labs, where we saw all of the equipment that they use to find out about athlete’s health and fitness. We also loved taking part in Sports Day and, despite the heat, all did our very best.

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Early Years Foundation Stage

06/07/17

The whole of Early Years have practised and have now competed in South Borough's Sports Day today. Well done to everyone that took part! Thank you Mr Knell for all your support and another well organised Sports Day.


Photo taken by: Finley A (Reception Red Class)

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Steven the Spaceman!

05/07/17

Our Year 1 classes were extremely fortunate today because they were visited by Steven the Spaceman! He told them lots of crazy and interesting facts about space.

The time flew by as the children became totally absorbed in everything he had to say. During each fast-paced fuelled session both classes learnt all about NASA, Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake, the various space missions, dangers of space, facts about the ISS (International Space Station), plus the purpose of an astronaut’s spacesuit.

Some children were lucky enough to try on a spacesuit and they even found out what happens when an astronaut needs to go to the toilet; it made some of them reconsider the possibility of space travel!

Watch a short video clip from one of the sessions here - mimicking the sound of Apollo 11 blasting off to the moon!

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Neverland!

04/07/17

On Friday 30th June StarBurst Drama Club performed ‘Neverland’ to parents, carers, family and friends. The children were true professionals, as with only minutes before going on stage two scenes had to be altered, because some children had not arrived for the evening performance. One parent e-mailed Mrs Samways: “I just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed the show on Friday. The thing that struck me most, was the fact that all of the children looked really happy to be on stage performing. What a great experience for them all!”

At the end of the performance a collection was made, under the wishes of J.M Barrie, for Great Ormond Street Hospital. We raised £42.56 for the children’s hospital.

Mrs Samways said, “The children were amazing. I was really touched by being presented with flowers at the end of the performance. Thank you to Mrs Floyd, Mrs Bell Herbert and Mr Marsh for all their help and support.”

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South Borough Vs Westlands Primary

04/07/17

This Monday, South Borough welcomed Westlands Primary School to their ‘home ground’. Both teams played very well in a tightly contested match, ultimately won 9-7 by our visitors. The players on both teams did a fantastic job representing their schools, showing sportsmanship and teamwork.

A special mention is deserved by James Hutton (Year Six) who scored a hat-trick, including a curling free-kick from distance!

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Newsletter

30/06/17

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Year 6 Residential Trip to Kingswood!

29/06/17

The Year 6 children have now safely returned after a fabulous weekend at Kingswood. They have scaled a whole host of obstacles and achieved so much. They should be very proud of themselves both for meeting all their challenges and their excellent behaviour!

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Mountains and Fieldwork Home Learning Project

23/06/17

Gabriella Hogg made an amazing cake as part of her Home Learning Project on Mountains and Fieldwork.

The best bit was that we cut it into 30 slices and ate it in the classroom. It was delicious!

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Our new KS2 building!

22/06/17

South Borough Primary School is currently expanding to become a 2-form entry school. Today, Thursday 22nd June 2017, was the first day that the children got to see the new building.

Mrs Jeannine Olivier, Executive Headteacher, who laid the final corner stone today said, “Exciting times are ahead, with lots of new children experiencing great learning!”

The new building will be used for our Key Stage 2 pupils; with six new classrooms. Years 4, 5 and 6 will be based in the new classrooms from September 2017.

Two years ago, there were 210 pupils, and since then over a period of six years the school is increasing to 420 pupils. New tarmac around the building will be completed during the school holidays.

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Best Home Reading Initiative!

22/06/17

Yesterday, Mrs Oakley (Head of School) and Miss Ballard (Assistant Headteacher) were presented with an award at the KM’s 2017 Kent Literacy Awards for ‘Best Home Reading Initiative’ in the Maidstone/Malling Area. Congratulations South Borough, what an achievement!

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3, 2, 1... Blast off!

21/06/17

In English this week Year 1 have been learning how to write a diary. They have been imagining themselves as an astronaut that ventures into space in a rocket and travels to the moon!

We have been discussing the astronaut suits, for example - what the helmet and boots are like, if they would be comfortable and the purpose of them. The children laid down on the floor with their chairs and pretended they were in a rocket facing the sky. How would you feel before blast off?

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Induction Talk for new Reception Classes

21/06/17

On Tuesday 20th June parents and carers of our new Reception classes, starting September 2017, were invited into the school to find out about: the class teachers, the Early Years gate, attendance, stay and play dates, Mathletics and Bug club, house colours, school uniform details, important dates/times, pupil premium information, SchoolMoney, breakfast/aftercare clubs, free school milk and dinners.

Download the PowerPoint presentation here.


Pictured above: Miss Walker - Green Class, Mrs Hunt - EYFS Lead & Red Class, Mr Blanco - Blue Class.


Pictured above: Mrs Olivier - Executive Headteacher & Mrs Hunt - EYFS Lead & Red Class.


Pictured above: Mrs Costello-Mannering - FOSB Admin.


Pictured above: South Borough Primary School's Language Ambassadors who helped escort parents/carers around the Early Years and translated if required.

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Peter Pan Production

20/06/17

On Friday 30th June, StarBurst Drama Club - led by Mrs Samways, will perform Peter Pan at 6pm to parents/carers, family and friends.

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Newsletter

16/06/17

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Sports Day practise

16/06/17

Year R would like to thank Mr Knell for taking time out of his busy teaching timetable to help us have our very first Sports Day practise. We are now very excited for Sports Day and taking part in all the organised events!

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FOSB Fathers' Day breakfast

15/06/17

Thank you to all the dads/carers who attended the Fathers' Day breakfast, it was a great success.

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Phonics Screening Check

07/06/17

During the week beginning Monday 12th June, all year 1 pupils will take the phonics screening check. The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced to check each child’s phonics knowledge.

It comprises of a list of 40 words and nonsense words to assess phonics skills and knowledge learnt through reception and year 1. Children will be asked to segment (sound out) a word and then blend the sounds together. The check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.

In our phonics lessons we have been revising our knowledge of split digraphs: a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e and u-e. A digraph is two letters which together make one sound. When a digraph is split by a consonant it becomes a split digraph. Have a look at the split digraph words in the photographs below that we have spelled out!

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26/05/17

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Phonics Workshop!

26/05/17

On Tuesday 23rd May, Mrs Hunt (EYFS Lead) and Mrs LeCount (Phonics Lead) invited parents and carers into the school, to support them with Phonics in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. Thank you to all those who attended and we hope you found the Phonics workshop information useful.

Download the PowerPoint presentation here.

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South Borough Observes A One Minute Silence

26/05/17

Just before 11 am yesterday, Nursery and Reception pupils, including staff, went outside and held hands around the tree in unison.

We talked about one person who had an unkind heart and did the wrong thing. 

We highlighted that there were many kind people who made the right choices and helped those that were hurt and kept them safe. 

Superheroes that we have been learning about recently went to help. Police Officers, Fire Fighters and Ambulance Crew came to the rescue, in addition to the general public who handed out cups of tea, offered lifts home, prepared food and offered somewhere safe to stay. Some are currently fundraising for families and friends.

At 11 am, the bell rang to signal the start of the one minute silence. Pupils were very respectful during this period. Adults displayed a one minute sand timer so that children had visual understanding. 

After our mark of respect, we joined together to sing our 'Welcome Song'. Pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions and to talk about anything troubling them.

At this very sad time, South Borough Primary School would like to send our condolences to the City of Manchester and everyone affected. 

A pupil in Reception Red Class said "It's ok to feel sad when somebody dies."

A pupil in Reception Green Class said "When somebody falls, we must help them."

A Nursery pupil sang "Holding hands in a circle..."

 

The following advice might be helpful when talking to children about the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night.

 

It might be upsetting for children but hearing people they trust, reassure them, can be valuable and comforting.

Children should be reminded that they are safe.

As children have an acute sense of justice, it can be helpful to tell them that the person who did this has been caught by the police and will be punished.

 

Children might be worried that someone they know might die in a similar incident. Reassure them that people will keep them safe (police, firefighters, soldiers and other emergency services). This will help reassure children that they are loved and protected and that the worst is unlikely to happen.

 

You should also be aware of follow-up questions that children might ask.

For example, who did this and why did they do it?

Saying to children that there are ‘bad people’ in the world is unhelpful; children find this particularly scary. So, try to distinguish between bad acts and bad people, which can be more easily understood.

 

The web link below may also help:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/40019250

 

South Borough Primary School, Early Years Foundation Stage Team.

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Walking Tour of Maidstone!

26/05/17

As part of our Mountains and Fieldwork topic, Year 4 took part in a Walking Tour of Maidstone.

We saw many very old and unusual sights as we walked around and answered Treasure Hunt style questions on route.

As a treat, we all enjoyed an ice lolly, courtesy of Mrs Watt's daughter, Evie, whilst sitting in the grounds of the Archbishop’s Palace.

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Yr R Outdoor Learning!

22/05/17

Mrs Hunt read the story 'The Highway Rat' up to the part about the camp fire.

In our circle we pretended to be different creatures from the story. We had already collected some sticks to create our very own camp fire, just like in the Highway Rat book!

We discussed about health and safety of attending a bonfire before Mrs LeCount carefully lit the fire; it was amazing there was lots of smoke!

To put the fire out we created a water line. We passed a cup of water along the line until we reached Mrs Hunt who put the water on the fire.

Thank you to Mrs LeCount for helping us with our ‘Outdoor Learning’ lesson in Year R.

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Civic and Freedom Parade!

22/05/17

On Saturday 20th May 2017 representatives of StarBurst, South Borough Primary School’s Drama club, were invited to participate in the Civic and Freedom parade.

They were supported by Teaching Assistant - Mrs Rotter, Friends of South Borough and After School Leader - Mrs King and Senior Teaching Assistant and Drama Club Coordinator - Mrs Samways. The club members marched behind the Salvation Army who recognised the children from taking part in their Christmas show last year. After stopping to wave our jazz hands at the Mayor outside the Town Hall there was a sudden downpour. This didn’t seem to discourage the children who carried on marching down to the Archbishop’s Gardens.

The children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 attended the Civic service at All Saints Church lead by The Revd Ian Parrish. The service was attended by the 36 Royal Engineers Regiment, Queen’s Gurkha Engineers and other parade participants. The children sat alongside the Borough’s councillors and the new Mayor Elect of Maidstone, Councillor Malcolm Greer.

The Mayor of Maidstone arrived at All Saints Church in a horse-drawn carriage. The carriage is over a hundred years old and is normally on display at Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages opposite the Archbishop’s Palace.

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Yr 4 Outdoor Learning!

19/05/17

Year 4 had the most fantastic Outdoor Learning Day. We read Kensuke’s Kingdom on blankets in the playground first thing. Next, we worked in groups to create our own imaginary islands.

Later, during Maths, we used our bodies to recreate a variety of quadrilateral shapes. We also found time to collect some sticks for our camp fire activity.

Finally, we finished the day with a story outside. What a fabulous day!

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Applying to be Prefects!

19/05/17

Year 4 wrote such fantastic letters to Mr Knell asking to be Prefects, that they were all eager to read them aloud. They enjoyed sharing their fantastic persuasive vocabulary with their classmates.

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Decorating the stolen biscuits!

19/05/17

Green and Red classes have been reading the story of ‘The Highway Rat’. The Highway Rat is not very nice and takes all of the travellers’ food!

Luckily for us, Mrs Hunt rescued the biscuits back from the Highway Rat, so we decided to decorate our own biscuits! The children talked about what they needed to do first; washing hands. We had six packets of biscuits to share between two classes equally. Anegan worked out that we needed three packets per class each. Once the biscuits were shared we then used a spoon to spread the icing onto the biscuits.

Next, we decided what toppings to have on our biscuits. There were a variety of sprinkles, marshmallows and chocolate balls.

Once we finished decorating the biscuits, we asked the children if they could break their biscuits in half. The children were able to tell us how many halves they had altogether.

Finally, we were able to eat the biscuits, or take them home to share with our family and friends. Parents/ carers; if you did not receive a biscuit, I think you know who enjoyed it!

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Mathematics Workshop!

16/05/17

On Tuesday 16th May Mrs Hunt & Miss Foster invited parents in to support them with Number in the Early Years, and multiplication and division in Key Stages 1 & 2. Thank you to all of those who attended and we hope you found the information useful.

Download the PowerPoint presentation here.

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Using time adverbials!

16/05/17

This week in Red 1 we will be writing a recount about our trip to Mote Park.

We have focused our learning in English on using time adverbials, as features of a recount, and the importance of sequencing events in chronological order.

Today we went outside with Mrs LeCount and followed her around the equipment area taking note of the order in which we completed the obstacles. When we got back into class we created story maps and listed appropriate time adverbials for the sequence of events. This will help us when writing our recounts of the school trip towards the end of the week.

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The Highway Rat and chocolate éclairs!

15/05/17

Last week in Year R we learnt all about sharing, which linked in perfectly with our book of the week, The Highway Rat.

In the story the Highway Rat says: “Give me your buns and your biscuits! Give me your chocolate éclairs!  For I am the Rat of the Highway, The Highway – The Highway – Yes, I am the Rat of the Highway, and the Rat Thief never shares.”

We discussed about kindness and sharing equally. The children decided with only 15 éclairs, it was not fair that the 15 other children did not have an éclair and after some discussions the best solution was to cut the eclairs in half, so everyone had an equal share.

Mmmmm chocolate éclairs!

Excited to share the éclair!

Cutting the éclair equally in half.

Enjoying the éclair!

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12/05/17

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Workshops for Parents!

09/05/17

We would like to offer two workshops for key areas of the curriculum that will enable you to feel more confident in helping your child with their school work.

They will be held for:

EYFS & KS1/2 Mathematics - Tuesday 16th May at 9.00am in the school hall.

EYFS & KS1 Phonics - Tuesday 23rd May at 9.00am in the school hall.

Mrs Hunt, Mrs LeCount and Miss Foster.

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Champions of the season!

08/05/17

Our team – Barming Colts Under 9’s - were in the final of the under 9’s Invicta Primary League Cup on Sunday 7th May.

Eli scored the first goal. At the end the score was 4 all.

It went to extra time and they scored. Then Wayne scored to equalise - 5 all.

It went to penalties. Jack scored the winning penalty.

We are now the champions of the season.

Next season we will move a division higher.

By Eli, Wayne and Jack, Year 4.

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What it takes to make a great Prefect!

05/05/17

This week in English Year 4 have been learning to write a persuasive letter. The letter will be to persuade Mr Knell that they will make fantastic Prefects in Year 5. The children invited their Year 5 peers in to answer some questions they had prepared to find out about life as a Prefect. Mr Knell has told us that he is very excited about receiving an abundance of letters!

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Eating chocolate!

02/05/17

Year 4 loved learning about chemical change in Science. We especially enjoyed undertaking a fun experiment which involved eating chocolate!

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Yr 4 at Mote Park!

02/05/17

Year 4 had great fun on the last day of term 4. As a special treat after our swimming lesson we went to Mote Park. After walking down to the lake, we shared a picnic and had some time to play on the equipment. Some of us even attempted to make the world’s longest daisy chain!

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28/04/17

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Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Assessments presentation

28/04/17

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Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Assessments presentation

28/04/17

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Spiderman's Visit!

27/04/17

Something AMAZING happened in the Early Years yesterday… A very special visitor ‘dropped’ in to visit yesterday morning…it was only SPIDERMAN! The children were so excited, they were able to ask one of their favourite superheroes some very interesting questions:

“Do you rescue animals?” asked Anegan.

“Can you climb without webs?” asked Glenn.

Sadly after answering lots of questions Spiderman’s visit came to an end, he leapt out of the door and disappeared!

The children in Red and Green Class, were keen to write about our special visitor.

"Thank you to Spiderman for visiting Reception classes yesterday!" Mrs Hunt.

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Extra-Curricular Clubs in Term 5

24/04/17

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Summer of Athletics!

20/04/17

Year 2 are getting ready for a summer of athletics by learning to throw the javelin.

Our furthest throws were by Aaron and Mohammad. Well done!

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Red & White Non-school uniform day

18/04/17

Welcome back to Term 5 at South Borough Primary School. We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable break. Please remember to send your children to school with a nutritious, healthy packed lunch – suggested items include: sandwiches, fresh fruit, water to drink and a small treat (such as a cupcake). Also try not to collect children early from the office at the end of the day, unless you have a definite, pre-arranged appointment.

A reminder that this Friday, 21st April 2017, will be a non-school uniform day in celebration of St George’s Day. Children may wear red and white for a £1 donation towards the Friends of South Borough.

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Potions Lesson!

31/03/17

Year 3 celebrated the end of term with a special Harry Potter themed day after having used the book in English this term. The children started the day by being sorted into the four houses and were awarded badges to wear all day. They then took part in a potions lesson, which saw them investigating the effect of oil in water and the chemical reaction that takes place when an effervescent tablet is added to the mixture.

After that, we all went outside for our Quidditch tournament! Everyone had a great time and it resulted in a tied win between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw.

Thank you to all the parents for your support and to all of the children for their hard work this term. See you all in term 5!

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31/03/17

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Yr 3 Trip to Dover Museum!

30/03/17

On Wednesday 29th March, Year 3 boarded a coach and headed off to the Dover Museum to find out about life in the Bronze Age. We started the day by making clay Bronze Age boats, based on the boat, which is housed at the museum. We also made clay goods for trading to go inside our boats. It was very messy! Then we had a talk from one of the curators, who showed us lots of Stone Age and Bronze Age artefacts. She passed them around and let us hold and look at them.

We finished the day by going to look at the huge and impressive Bronze Age boat that was discovered underground in Dover twenty five years ago. Not all of it is in the museum as it is still buried under a Victorian house and couldn’t be excavated.

We had a great day and can’t wait to take our boats home (but we need to wait for the clay to dry first!)

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Yr 1 Trip to Wingham Wildlife Park!

30/03/17

The children in Green 1 have had a wonderful experience visiting Wingham Wildlife Park. There was an abundance of animals to look at including snakes, lizards, lions, panthers, meerkats, penguins and red pandas.

Miss Underdown was delighted with the children's learning about the animals and their questioning with the safari rangers. "The children asked pertinent questions about how the animals were cared for, where they had come from and what they ate. Some children even stated if the animals were carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. Members of the public commented on the knowledge of our school!"

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Wild Things!

27/03/17

For home learning projects this term the children in Year 1 having been studying animals that live in exotic places. They have shown fantastic learning about their chosen animals and were assessed on their project and presentation skills. Some children went above and beyond and even brought in their own exotic pets; such as Hannah’s corn snake and Noah’s stick insect Daffodil! It was wonderful to see everyone’s home learning and for the children to be able to share it with the rest of the class. Well done Red 1!

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Fractions of a shape and number!

23/03/17

Year 1 Green class have worked exceptionally hard at finding half of a shape. First, the children chose different 2D shapes and had to identify if the shape could be halved. The children then went on to learn how to shade a fraction of a shape, before moving on to finding a fraction of a number using manipulatives. Miss Underdown and her team are very proud of the children’s learning this week. Well done Green 1.

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Finding a quarter!

21/03/17

In Maths in Red 1 we have been learning to recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity. We have been splitting these delicious cakes into four and found that the easiest way to do this is to find half, then half again. Who can’t wait to try some?

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FOSB - Mothers' Day Gifts, Afternoon Tea and Cakes

20/03/17

The Friends of South Borough (FOSB) will be selling Mothers' Day gifts at school on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. Gifts will range between £1 and £4 (one gift per child). Any leftover gifts will be sold at breakfast club on Thursday.

FOSB would also like to invite the children and parents/carers of the nursery and school to a Mothers' Day Afternoon Tea on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 2:30pm in the school hall. The children and their Mum's/Carers will be greeted with a free slice of cake and a drink. Although this event is free, any donations of cake would be most welcome. Please drop cakes to the school office by Thursday morning.

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The Bare Necessities!

20/03/17

Year 2 have been learning to sing The Bare Necessities from the Jungle Book. We are very proud of our performance. Some of us were playing instruments too - can you spot any? View the video here.

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How to be a Teacher!

20/03/17

Year 2 have learnt how to be teachers this week, with some of our children teaching others how we add and subtract. We found that being a teacher is really quite hard but that having a teacher all to yourself is great!

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17/03/17

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Chemical change!

17/03/17

Year 3 have been looking at chemical change in science this week. To demonstrate how the structure of a material changes in a chemical reaction, we investigated and discussed what happens when you add washing-up liquid to milk with food colouring in. We recorded the changes we saw and discussed why they had occurred.

View the video here.

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Writing a constitution!

14/03/17

Over the past couple of weeks the children in Year 6 have begun learning about politics and what it takes to make a community survive successfully. To do this they have been 'stranded on a desert island' and had to decide on how to organise their communities. We have divided out the roles which we need to help our community survive as well as writing a 'constitution' for our island.

In PE we have also been looking at rules as we created our own games which we will be testing out over the next few weeks.

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Counting in twos!

06/03/17

During our Maths lessons in Red 1 we have been starting to learn to multiply. We have found out that multiplying is an easier and faster way to show repeated addition e.g. 2+2+2+2+2=10 is the same as 5x2=10. This concept was introduced and demonstrated to Red 1 class by counting pairs of socks. We wonder which members of staff they belong to?

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03/03/17

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Reception classes - World Book Day!

03/03/17

Reception classes today joined in with dressing up as different characters from their favourite books for World Book Day.

We have learnt about the story of Room on a Broom, Sherlock Holmes, Tinkerbell, Pokémon and Snow White. We looked at where the stories took place and the children role-played their own individual book characters.

Thank you to Reception parents/carers for supporting the school in providing wonderful costumes for their children on this important day, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.


Pictured above: Mrs Floyd, Mrs Samways, Mrs Hunt,
                       Denas, Tilly-Louise, Thomas, Rose, Finley,
                       Leah, Alexander and Lillie-May.

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World Book Day 2017!

02/03/17

Thank you to all the staff, children and parents for a fantastic turn out for World Book Day today!

Nursery


Pictured above: Seb, Zuzanna, Mrs Parkinson, Viktoria and Ilesh

Year 1 & 2


Pictured above: Inaaya, Ralph, Una, Ethan, Nicolas and Julia.

Year 3 & 4

Pictured above: Mrs Watts, Molly, Noah, Blanka and Ruby

Year 5 & 6

Pictured above: Amber, Oliver, Harry and Ella.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


Pictured above: Mrs Miller as Mary Poppins.

 

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Ground manouvres and gymnastics!

01/03/17

In their P.E. lessons this week, Years 4 & 5 were learning about the way their bodies work and core strength.

We manage to incorporate a series of ground manouvres and gymnastics as part of this theme of lessons, which the children enjoyed - particularly seeing Mr Knell demonstrate!

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Yr 2 chalk drawings!

24/02/17

Year 2 read 'Chalk' by Bill Thomson. It is a story about chalk drawings coming to life. We thought carefully about what we would draw if we knew it would come to life.

We used chalk to draw castles, sports cars, animals and even huge bars of chocolate!

 

What would you draw?

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World of cars!

24/02/17

In Year 2, we were inspired by 'Chalk' to draw an imaginary dream world for the toy cars we made to drive on.



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Peter and The Wolf!

24/02/17

In our Music lessons, Year 2 have learnt about the different instruments representing characters in Peter and The Wolf. We listened to the music and then acted out the character we thought was being represented.

Which characters can you see?

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Super Subtraction!

23/02/17

This week in Red 1 class we are learning how to subtract.

We have been practising using different things to help us. We could use bead strings, objects, number lines, or counters.

Yesterday we were using what we know about subtraction to answer missing number problems. We are getting very good at it!

Some of us have noticed that we can use addition to help us:

4-2=? We know that 2+2=4  so we can use that to answer the question.

 

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Problem Solving!

23/02/17

Can you solve this money problem?


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Chalk drawings come to life!

22/02/17

Mrs LeCount drew a picture of her dog, Toby, and we helped her perform some magic by counting to 25 with our eyes closed. When we opened our eyes Toby had come to life!

We found a book called 'Chalk' about some children that had a similar experience, their chalk drawings came alive! 

We are very excited about Toby's visit and we are going to write a diary pretending that Toby came home with us.

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Chalk!

21/02/17

The children have been discussing a stunningly illustrated wordless picture book called 'Chalk.' The book follows three children who find a bag of magical chalk at the playground on a rainy day. Their drawings magically come to life!

Green 1 went outside and created their own characters to come to life so that they could write wonderful diary entries. Take a look at the drawings. They are great!

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Frankie and Benny's visit!

21/02/17

A letter from Frankie and Benny’s Maidstone to our Year 5 students, thanking them for their recent visit, can be viewed here.

Well done to you all!

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World Book Day

21/02/17

Please may we remind you that next week we will be celebrating 'World Book Day' at South Borough. Children are invited to come dressed as their favourite book character on Thursday 2nd March.

More information about the event, which is celebrating 20 years, can be found here.

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How to make a camp fire!

08/02/17

Year 1 (Red class) we have been reading Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. Last week, in English, we went outside with Mrs LeCount and the rest of Year 1 (Green class) to make a camp fire!

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We have been writing instructions on how to make a camp fire, thinking carefully about the things you will need and using suitable imperative verbs / bossy words.

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School Prefects!

07/02/17

Our exclusive, hand-picked team of School Prefects continue to be a credit to themselves, their families and our school.

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These are only a few examples of how they support the smooth operation of a growing school such as ours by giving up their time to supervise younger children in the corridors, distributing and tidying all the play equipment and fulfilling many other vital roles too.

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Mr Knell said, "The children are a constant reminder of the excellent community spirit and Core Values which we adhere to in our school. No task is too much for them and no sacrifice is too great. I'm very proud."

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Ukulele skills!

07/02/17

Now that we have our specialist music teacher, Miss Brown, lessons are progressing well! Our ukulele skills are constantly evolving and this week the music lesson involved performances with up and down strokes.

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Chemical Changes!

06/02/17

Year 5 and Year 6 continued their 'Chemical Change' topic in science last week; delving into a conversation about reversible and irreversible chemical changes.

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We used boric acid with a trace of methanol to create green fire - which was also used in the 'Harry Potter' series of films - and explored the absorptive abilities of money by igniting Mrs Rotter's ten pound note in a water-methanol mix!

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Luckily for Mr Knell, he didn't have to replace the note as it was unharmed despite the blue flame engulfing it! Promising, high-level scientific learning - well done Year 5 and 6!

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Extending our knowledge of fractions!

06/02/17

In Maths, Year 5 have been extending their knowledge of fractions: how to compare them, calculate with them and identify equivalent fractions in various ways.

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We rarely stay in our seats and this interactive find-your-match style lesson was no different!

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Our exemplary behaviour allows us to do this effectively; all credit to this mature, mathematical class of children!

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Sticks, gum shields and shin guards at the ready!

06/02/17

Swale Academy Trust hosted their first ever intra-Trust hockey tournament on Thursday 26th January at the Armstrong Road AstroTurf facility.

Having won the previous intra-trust Water Polo tournament last July, Westlands were the current holders of the Trust Trophy – but it turned out to be Istead Rise who were the team to beat. They were well-deserved winners!

Much fun was had and, as always, new friendships were formed on and off the pitch.

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Team photo (from back left:) Oliver F, Tyler F, Eve C, Hollie J and Elijah H.

(From front left:) Jason P, Zouhair A and Joshua R.

Player of the Tournament: Elijah H (South Borough Primary School).

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Volcanic Art!

06/02/17

Learning continued to be cross-curricular in Year 5 this week as our topic, 'Volcanoes', inspired a Mrs Langridge art lesson based around the origin of the word itself!

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The class were captivated as they learned about the Roman god, Vulcan, and all of the terrible tales of his exploits - some of which prompted Volcanoes to be named after him.

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Messy, very inclusive and engaging.....well done Mrs Langridge and Year 5!

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Place value!

01/02/17

Yr 1 Green class have been learning about place value. The children have been learning to recognise the value of each number. The children were given a number and then had to show the tens and units using straws.
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After this activity the children were able to use drawings to extend their knowledge of place value.

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Chinese New Year!

31/01/17

The week commencing Monday 23rd January 2017, Early Years celebrated Chinese New Year. It is the year of the ‘Rooster’.
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Reception children made their own lanterns using red paper whilst practising their cutting skills.
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We used black paint to write in the style of the Chinese and we wrote Chinese numerals too.
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On Friday we enjoyed eating Chinese food, we had noodles, rice and crackers. We even tried to use chop sticks when eating!

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