On Wednesday 20th June, six children from Year 5 (Rudra, Matthew, Fraya, Keir, Maisie and Samuel) travelled to Whitstable Community College to take part in the school’s first annual Maths Challenge Morning. It was a wonderful morning of competitive mathematics where, through hard work, resilience and team work, our team came third out of the eleven teams competing.
There were five rounds which got progressively harder but the children performed wonderfully and behaved impeccably. It was a close competition throughout; only two points separated the top four teams with third place being decided by a nail-biting ‘clincher’ question – how tall is Mount Everest in centimetres? However, fortunately for us, Keir knew the exact height of Everest in metres so it was merely a simple case of multiplying that by a hundred and the team secured third place – highlighting, the power knowledge can have in changing the outcome of a given situation.
It was an enjoyable morning for all the schools, staff and children involved and we certainly look forward to returning next year to compete.
On Wednesday 13th June, Miss Pirie, Mrs Robertson and Mr Hobbs took 14 children on an over-night adventure to Sussex. After leaving the school on Wednesday, they drove to the Weald and Down Living Museum near Chichester where, in the beautiful sunshine, the children got to go back in time to experience what it would have been like to live in Britain in the past. They learnt what families in the Tudor times would have eaten and what a long and hard process it was to grow, gather or harvest much of the food. Together, the group had the opportunity to make their own bread and most decided that it was delicious! After their workshop, they spent time exploring the rest of the museum, finding out about the watermill that was used to grind the wheat into flour (the same flour they used to make the bread), discovering what ‘en suite’ bathrooms in the past would have included and feeding the museum’s ducks!
On Wednesday 12th June the Year 3 & 4 Tri-Golf team went to Herne Bay High School for the East Kent Coastal Tri- Golf competition. Eight schools entered the competition. The event consisted of eight golf stations where the players had to win points for their putting, chipping and driving skills. Our Year 3 & 4 team consisted of five boys and five girls; they listened to the rules and instructions and played with a lot of ability and skill.
On Monday 11th June, Jeanette Kwayke, a British Athletic champion, visited Herne Bay Junior School. Jeanette started off the day by telling the children all about herself and her passion in running. She told the children how determination and perseverance resulted in her competing at the Beijing Olympics and how growth mind-set helped her when an injury stopped her from doing what she loved most.
On Tuesday a group of Year 3 children travelled by coach to Reculver, for a day of exploring, cleaning, engineering and local history. We were hosted by Tom, a marine biologist and Mel who represented Vattenfall, one of the world's leading wind power operator and developer. https://corporate.vattenfall.co.uk/about-vattenfall/about-us/ They were met by Tom who walked them down the rocky path to the beach where they first did a Beach Clean. Wearing gloves to protect their hands, in just five minutes the children found many items made of plastic that had been washed up onto the shoreline. Tom explained that the pieces of plastic found might take 850years to rot away and reminded them that recycling is the best choice. Next was a chance to investigate the habitats of creatures under the large rocks. The children carefully lifted large rocks revealing several species of crab, and even a pregnant mother crab. The second challenge was to find as many different types of seaweed and shell as possible. Tom explained that due to the depth of the water we'd find mostly green seaweeds, the red ones are found in much deeper seas. The children loved exploring the beach and not a single child complained about the cold wind or if their feet got wet in a puddle!
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