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.
Please click here to view the report.
I hope you enjoy reading the report as much as I did.
During Arts week, the Year 6 children had the privilege of working with the local artist, Kate Merriman. They were able to explore South American culture and design and create their Diablo festival dance masks. They enjoyed working with clay and then painted intricate patterns and designs on their masks making them very eye-catching.
Class 6B have been studying the horrific impact of plastic pollution on our planet. They were so concerned about this problem that the pupils wrote a letter to our Prime Minister Theresa May expressing their concerns. The pupils have been excited to receive a reply from 10 Downing Street, which outlined some of the actions that the Government are planning to take.
Some of our year 6 children visited the Discovery Park at Pfizers, to take part in the East Kent Science Jamboree. During our visit, the children watched a Science show, where they were able to learn about different aspects of science and how it influences our everyday lives. As well as this, the children observed some exciting scientific demonstrations, which allowed them to see just how exciting science really is!
After the show, the children visited different ‘wacky’ science activities, these were ‘hands-on’ allowing our pupils to become real scientists for these sessions. The children learnt how to test the pH of liquids, discover how the eye and brain really work and were also able to observe and learn about a newly designed robot, who even danced for our children to Michael Jackson’s Thriller! Our children had a wonderful learning experience and were a real credit to our school.
Click here to view our powerpoint presentation from the Year 5 PESE meeting on transferring to secondary schools which took place on Wednesday 22nd May.
Click here to view our information and guidance powerpoint on the expectations for the Year 6 SATS tests.
On Monday 25th March, year 6 visited St James' Church to take part in some Easter activities, which were linked to the RE curriculum. The children learnt about the Easter story and throughout the morning worked in teams to investigate this. The ladies of St James' Church made Garlinge very welcome; they kindly arranged for the children to design Easter biscuits as a treat to take home. This was enjoyed by everyone!
A lovely morning was had by year 6, with plenty of thought-provoking discussion and teamwork demonstrated throughout our time inside the church. Thank you to Reverend Rae and his team of helpers at the church, who made us very welcome.
Year 6 went on a school trip to Dreamland to take part in a series of activities designed to help them with their transition to secondary school, these workshops focused on: road and railway safety, First Aid, water safety, using the internet responsibly and also the importance of attendance.
It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn many about many things they will need to know about as they make their move to secondary school. As you can see, the children had a great time and learnt a great deal too!
At the end of January, year 5 welcomed their parent’s into class for the afternoon to make clay statues. Both children and adult’s thoroughly enjoyed making the Statue of Liberty and the creations were magnificent!
Year 5 and 6 were visited by a fireman and were given a Fire Safety Talk. The talk focused around the importance of smoke alarms, having a fire safety plan for their home and advice on what they should do if they were ever caught up in a house fire. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout the assembly and asked some very insightful questions at the
To kick start our USA topic, we enjoyed an American Animals workshop. We met a skunk, a snake, a coati, a desert tortoise, an armadillo and a tarantula, all of whom can be found in the USA. We also had the added bonus of meeting some playful meerkats. We used all the factual information we learned, to create some informative non-chronological reports.
Our year 6 children and parents/carers had a fantastic afternoon working as a team together, using their emotive imagery skills. This was linked to ‘The Blue Planet Plastic pollution’ project, which is a whole school focus this year. We watched a variety of ‘Blue Planet’ clips and discussed the problems that plastic pollution is sadly causing in our seas and oceans. From there, the children and adults worked in teams to create a design that was presented onto our ‘plastic pollution-themed bunting’. Each piece of bunting displayed a different thought, image or message, linked to the plastic pollution that is happening on our planet today and the impact that it is having.
Year 6 have been researching the shocking facts about plastic pollution on our planet. We have discussed the damage that humans have done to both land and sea and how we can try to help prevent further damage. The pupils have created an emotive piece of artwork portraying the effects of plastic on our sea and ocean wildlife when reflecting on this subject. They used collage techniques when creating their designs.
On Monday the 10th of December, Year 6 attended ‘Christmas Unwrapped’ (an event held at St. James’ Church), which included some ‘Christmassy’ activities.
The whole event was organised by Reverend Rae – the Vicar of St. James’ church. We took part in some interesting quizzes, which contained some unexpected facts. Did you know that a donkey isn’t actually mentioned as a part of the Christmas story! Because we were seated in two halves – half of Year 6 on each side of the pews – we took turns going to one of the two activities at a time. The more ‘hands on’ activity of the two, was decorating our own Christmas biscuits. Some kind ladies, who regularly go to St. James’ church services, came and provided us with chocolate buttons, icing and marsh-mellows! The other activity was information about the story of Christmas. We found out the true meaning of Christmas, and uncovered the myths that have clouded over the nativity story over years and years. Overall, it was a marvellous experience and we are very thankful that Reverend Rae agreed to Year 6 visiting St. James’ church.
Lenny and Ella – 6A
The children in Year 5 had the opportunity to make some Anglo Saxon honey oatcakes. They enjoyed making and eating them; they were quite delicious! Afterwards, they wrote a set of instructions on how to create them in English lessons.
As part of our Outdoor Learning Day, our year 6s used their creative and teamwork skills to create some amazing poppy art on our school playground. The children created some thoughtful and inspiring pieces that helped them reflect on the true meaning of Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies.
On outdoor learning day, our Year 5's took their Science learning outside. They investigated how size affects the effectiveness of a parachute and learnt about the forces that were in action.
Please click on the link to view the powerpoint presentation shown in the meeting that took place on Wednesday 12th September informing parents of the Secondary School process.
In terms 5 and 6, 5A had the delight of being invited to Hartsdown Academy to take part in Science and Music workshops. They thoroughly enjoyed the ‘hands on’ opportunity of becoming scientists for the afternoon. They used Bunsen burners when discovering about the effects of different gases and even had the opportunity to make elephant toothpaste! Meanwhile, in the music workshops, the children were enthusiastic when creating a rhythm sequence in a call and respond activity- using clapping.
A few very lucky children were specially chosen by their teachers to attend an open day run by Kent Police in Maidstone on Friday 29th June. They were chosen for showing all the Garlinge values throughout the year and for having an excellent attitude to their learning. They got to try on official police uniform, search for illegal items in a car, watch a police dog training display and see how all the police weapons were used. The most exciting part for the teachers was watching them get locked in a riot van! The children were relieved when the policeman found the key again! It was a fantastic day with many activities and lots of information, what a treat!
Click here to view our presentation from the meeting about the residential trip to Swattenden that took place on Wednesday 27th June.
Some of our year 6 children were chosen to take part in a practical science day at Discovery Park in Sandwich. They were lucky to be able to experience and join in with some ‘whacky’ science activities and experiments, including: let it snow experiment, the density of liquids tests, examining a hive of bees and the Queen bee’s behaviour, the growth of tomatoes, farming in Kent, Ph. testing activity and a senses game. As well as the hands-on activities, the children watched an exciting science show, which was based on the theme of ‘the air that we breathe’. The children represented the school impeccably and thoroughly enjoyed being scientists for the day.
Year 6 were visited by the RNLI to discuss safety whilst at the seaside. The children learnt about the different colour flags found on the beach, as well as the essential role that the RNLI fulfil in ensuring everyone’s safety who uses the sea. The children found the safety talk fascinating and will hopefully use the advice they have been given over the summer months to keep themselves and others safe.