Year 5 led the school's Harvest Assembly today. Beginning with a sad but beautifully sung song, The Harvest of Love, they captivated the school's attention. They invited the school to discuss what Harvest means to them before sharing a choral poem, Harvest Sprout. Following this each class shared what they had been learning to understand harvest.
On Wednesday afternoon our sixteen Sport Crew Leaders went to Herne Bay High School along with other primary schools for an afternoon of training in sports events. The children were taught how to organise games and events to help them prepare and help out at future events.
On Thursday, members of the School Council travelled by mini-bus and speedy catamaran to the Houses of Parliament. In two small groups they were given a tour of the Central Lobby, St Stephen's Hall and Westminster Hall. They walked through the Votes for Women exhibition and learnt how the role and value of women has changed drastically over the last 100years.
Following the tour, we returned to the education centre for a workshop. The children solved riddles to identify how the power of the Monarchy and Government had changed over the last 800years. The children gained an understanding of their own power as they grow up in a democratic society rather than if they had been alive during King John I's reign.
Last week staff and children from Year 5 set off on a camping adventure to Bushcraft in Hatfield Woods. For many it was their first time away from home so there was a mixture of nerves and excitement.
We were very lucky to secure some tickets and take a group of our children on a trip to Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
There was great excitement on the journey up to London, despite the 7.15am start! We took in all the sights en route and finally arrived at Palace dead on time thanks to Mrs Prichard. We bypassed the queues and were directed to the learning centre where we were met by Emma, who was leading our landscape drawing workshop on the lawn in the gardens of the palace. After going through security we were led to the rear of the palace and taken down to the gardens where our workshop was set up beside one of the lakes. The children felt very privileged as we were the only group allowed onto the lawn, our view was the rear of the palace which was quite a spectacle. Emma settled the children into their task quickly....draw what you can see was her instruction! She applied different techniques to help them with their sketching, Mrs Amos and Mrs Evett-Collins were so impressed with some of the results.
After the workshop our group was taken to the family area where we had lunch in one of the rooms allocated to schools. There were lots of interactive boards the children could learn from as well as an opportunity to dress up. There was time for a quick photo shoot with some familiar royal faces and then it was time for our tour of the state rooms.