I am extremely proud to share the findings from our Ofsted Short Inspection on 15 March which concludes Garlinge Primary School and Nursery continues to be a 'GOOD' school and 'pupils are nurtured at the school and thrive in the calm, orderly environment.
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I hope you enjoy reading the report as much as I did.
On Tuesday 12th March, year 4 visited the Museum of Kent Life in Maidstone, to experience life during Roman Britain, which was linked to their ongoing topic learning. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to engage in various exciting activities throughout the day and really experience what life would have been like during Roman Britain. Many of the children came wonderfully dressed as a Roman or a Celt, which certainly added to the experience and fun. During the day, the children had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities and workshops such as: ‘Meet a Centurion’, ‘Celts and Druids’, ‘Building a better Britain’, ‘Amulet making’, all while finding out what the Romans did for Britain. They even had the opportunity to meet Queen Boudicca! Despite the bad weather, all of the children and adults had a fantastic day and it was lovely for them to be able to be involved in activities and extend their learning from the classroom. The children were a credit to the school with their excellent behaviour and manners and they certainly came away with some great memories.
3C and 3D worked together in PE on teamwork. The teams that worked together best achieved the challenge of getting across the hall using 4 hoops with only one child in one hoop at a time. We saw lots of great examples of the school value of teamwork as children communicated well, worked together and supported one another.
As part of their learning on The Stone Age in term 1, Year 4 had great fun learning all about woolly mammoths. They used milk bottles to make their own woolly mammoths to display in class before taking home to keep.
As a school, Garlinge wanted to be part of Outdoor Classroom Day, where hundreds of schools across the UK wanted to take their learning outside. We tried to get outside for as many different lessons as possible!
On Friday 9th November in maths, 4D created their own human positive and negative number line outside. The children were given a card with either a positive or negative number on in. Their task, using teamwork and their mathematical knowledge, was to create a correct number line. The children worked fabulously, discussing their number with peers and helping each other where to position themselves. This proved difficult for some, especially working through the zero, but they achieved the task and were very proud of themselves.
4C also looked for different opportunities to take our learning outside and although it was cold, we had great fun! In maths, we played some active maths games outside to help us practise our times tables. We then worked in groups and used the outdoor learning environment to help devise some games which we could play to help us learn our times tables facts. Some groups used resources like skipping ropes and balls whilst others made the most of the space.
We really enjoyed playing the games and have already started playing them at breaktime and lunchtime. One of our favourites is ‘What’s the times table Mr Wolf?’.
In the afternoon, we took our favourite books outside and enjoyed reading for pleasure in a spot of our choice. It was very relaxing to read whilst enjoying the sounds of nature on the playground.
On Monday 24th September, pupils in KS2 were treated to Kent Music’s ‘Bach to the Future’ roadshow. Three musicians enthralled and educated the children on a variety of woodwind, brass and string instruments. The children explored a range of music from classical to pop and even joined in a karaoke of cartoon theme songs! They also saw how music can be created using simple everyday household items. The roadshow aimed to inspire even more children to take-up the opportunities offered by the school to learn a musical instrument and to develop a love of music in all its forms.
Year 4 had a fantastic time on their recent trip to the Museum of Kent Life on 6th March. We took part in a range of activities to further our understanding of Roman Britain. We came face to face with Queen Boudicca and a Roman centurion. A Roman servant taught us all about roads, aqueducts and toilet etiquette! We even got to make our own leather amulets. All the children’s behaviour was exemplary and they demonstrated our school values.
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Children in Years 3 and 4 weren’t frightened by ‘The Beast from the East’ and enjoyed the opportunity to have some fun in the snow!
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Fun in the Snow Photos
On Monday 29th January, Years 3 and 4 enjoyed a performance from the One Day Creative drama group. The world of online gaming is fast-paced, exciting, really good fun and a great place to learn and play. The performance helped us to be aware of the dangers such as identity theft, inappropriate (18+) content and in-app purchases. The show was a fun way to learn about how to use the internet more safely. We will further our understanding by taking part in some follow-up workshops.
On Monday 20th November, the Year 4 parents and carers were invited to a parent workshop where they got the opportunity to work alongside the children on a fun activity linked to their topic of London. They used a range of materials to create a wintry London skyline picture which was then displayed in the Year 3/4 corridor. We were all very impressed with the quality of the artwork produced that afternoon and the children were very proud of their creations.
On Wednesday 10th and 17th January, Year 4 children enjoyed a cricket session with a professional cricket coach. They thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and had the opportunity to practise a range of cricket skills as well as play a game.
On Friday 13th October we invited parents and carers of Years 3 and 4 to attend a Reading Workshop. This was an opportunity for parents to gain an understanding of how reading is taught at Garlinge, the expectations and how parents can best support their children at home.
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3A invited their parents into class. We all worked together to make our own Greek Temples.
In terms 1 and 2, classes 4A and 4B had the opportunity to learn to play the recorder with Mrs Cook. They thoroughly enjoyed learning to play a range of tunes as part of a group and even gave an end of term performance to show how far they had progressed. This term 4C are taking part in recorder lessons.
Year 4's seasonal display featured a flock of Winter Birds, created using a range of different skills and materials. We used wax crayons, ink and poster paint to draw, print and collage these snowy songbirds.
Miss Rowden, Mrs Mason and Mrs Mulhall had the pleasure of running Christmas Art Club. Children from Years 3 and 4 brought their parents along to take part in lots of fun activities. They painted penguin money boxes, made reindeer hats and sewed lots of decorations for their Christmas trees. It was lovely to see so much creativity! Thank you to everyone who took part, we are all looking forward to Easter Art Club.
This term Year 3 took part in the St James' Church Carol Concert hosted by Reverend Rae. The children and parents joined in with the carols and worked together to create a wonderful tableau of the nativity scene. Several children recited passages from the Bible to help tell the story of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and the events surrounding the birth of baby Jesus. A huge well done and thank you to all of those who took part!
Year 4 have really enjoyed learning about London in their topic lessons and have found out lots of important facts and information about our capital city. They particularly enjoyed learning about famous buildings and landmarks, transport in London and The River Thames. The teachers in Year 4 were also most impressed with the children's enthusiastic and committed approach to a homework project on London which was set. Well done Year 4!
3C have been learning all about Ancient Egypt. We have been looking at what happened when a Pharaoh died and how he was buried. We discovered how mummies were made and designed, then created, our own Egyptian death masks. These would have been made of gold and placed over the face of the mummy before it went into its tomb.