To enrich our curriculum, we like to give our children the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops throughout the year. These workshops extend and challenge our learners as well as giving them the opportunity to work alongside other schools.
Primary Literacy Challenge
On Monday 10th October 2016, we went to Invicta Grammar School to take part in their Primary Literacy Challenge. When we arrived we went in to the reading room to meet Miss Gulvin, the English teacher and Head of Year 10. We were up against Snodland Primary School and St. Katherine’s Primary School.
The first round was a Spelling Bee where we had to spell out difficult words. Sophie represented Kings Hill School in the Spelling Bee and she won! The second round was called ‘Just a Minute’ where you had to speak about something for only one minute. Hollie represented us on this challenge and we won again!
After break, we took part in round three where we had to work as a team to finish a story using 80-100 words (we used 101 words!) but we won this round too! After lunch was round 4. We had to unscramble words e.g. RAPHARPGA which was PARAGRAPH. We came second in that round. The last round was a game called ‘Antonym Splat’ where we had to call out the opposite of words – we came 3rd in that round.
Overall, we came 2nd and 2 points away from 1st place. It was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed ourselves and learnt lots of new things!
By Sophie, Megan, Holly and Hollie in Year 5
Primary Speaking Competition
On Monday 14th November 2016, four of our Y5 pupils, Holly, Evan, Selli and James attended 'The Primary Speaks Competition' at Invicta Grammar School. This is a twice-yearly held competition to promote and encourage public speaking.
Our children were part of a group of 20 from various local schools who took part in this competition. They were split into four groups, with an Invicta pupil as a 'mentor', and were then offered the choice of four subjects to research, plan, write and speak about:-
When I grow up...
The country I would most like to visit…
My favourite book is....
For the better of the world , we should change…
All four children took an extremely active part in the whole process and delivered fantastic pieces, all showing that they had really thought about and understood the subjects they talked about. When it came to giving their presentations, in front of an audience of parents, teachers and some guest judges, they all spoke with great passion and clarity and showed no signs of nerves at all . Well done all!
Thinking Skills Workshop
On Tuesday 15th November 2016, we went to MGGS for a ‘Thinking Skills Workshop’. When we were there we learnt a whole range of ways to use thinking skills, such as Double Bubble Maps, Thinkers Keys, de Bono’s Thinking Hats, optical Illusions and bridge building.
Double bubble maps are simply used to compare two different objects. Similarities are on the inside and differences are on the outside.
Thinker’s Keys is when you use ‘what if?’ maps and you find consequence after consequence, for e.g. what if Rosa Parks didn’t stand up to segregation?
De Bono’s six thinking hats helped us when we were learning. The hats had different colours: red meant feelings; yellow meant positive thoughts; black means negative thoughts; white means facts; blue means process and green means creativity.
Optical illusions were tricky! They were images that tricked the eyes and showed that you could see things in different ways! In the bridge building, we had 10 marshmallows; spaghetti strands; a pile of newspaper and 10 strips of tape and we had to build a bridge that held the most weight. Our boy bridge held 1.4kg!
To conclude, we would highly recommend this for future pupils and that it was totally worth it and will help pupils in their secondary schools.
By Thomas, Matilda, Kitty and Sam in Year 6.
On Tuesday 15th November Bella, Bobby, Luke and Mrs Gilman from Year 6 went to Ryarsh Primary School for a Science Workshop with Andrew Smith, a professional documentary film maker and mini beast enthusiast. We learnt about many interesting beasts and also about the history of humans; homo sapiens.
We held the snake and stroked a tarantula’s leg (it felt like silk)! We also held millipedes, cockroaches and many more interesting creatures. After break we learnt about a naturalist named Charles Darwin and his best friend Le Marc and how they travelled the world collecting plants, creatures and many different types of food and drink.
In the afternoon we learnt about evolution and how the animals evolved overtime. It was a very enjoyable fact fulfilling day – we learnt a lot.”
Written by Bella, Bobby and Luke
On Thursday 23rd February 2017 we had an amazing experience at Invicta Grammar School. We battled down with two other schools to an ‘Articulate Challenge’ and came third by only one point! Unfortunately only the winning school got through to the final but we had a blast!
By Ava, Sophie, Olivia and Hollie in Year 5.
Year 3 and 4 Writing Workshop
Well done to our year 3 and 4 children who represented the school at a Writer’s Workshop at Ryarsh Primary School on 25th April.
The children met Brian Moses who is one of the nation’s favourite children’s poets and they were inspired to write wonderful poetry.
Well done to Daisy, Evelyn, Lulu, Abigail, Angelica, Harry, Amy and Scott who attended the workshop and demonstrated a fantastic attitude to learning, superb writing skills and exemplary behaviour.
Evelyn and Daisy were so inspired by Brian Moses that they helped to teach a poetry lesson when they returned to the rest of their class!