Sports day

What a perfect summers day for our school sports day.

Sheralyn Silvester along with the rest of the staff staged a well organised sports day that all pupils took part in. Our school Athletics field was looking it’s best thanks to Dave’s efforts.

It was a day that says so much about the school’s team work, parenting at its very best, the sporting atmosphere where it is so obvious every child is trying her/his best but the sincere encouragement everyone was giving to each other made this a living Olympic experience.

A memorable St John’s day and one not to be forgotten.

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK

On Saturday, we were delighted to be able to install our new science trail with the help of North West Kent Countryside Project. The trail was installed in no time at all thanks to the many parents and staff who generously donated their time to help. We had some amazing hole diggers and superb power tool users too! Thank you so much for helping us.

Because the trail was installed so swiftly, we set about clearing and tidying the school gardens and wildlife area which are now looking fabulous.

Many thanks to all who helped on the day and to those who have offered to help in future too! It really does show that “many hands make light work”.

Sunflowers and Strawberries

I cannot believe we are now in our final term in Year1! The children have come so far and are such a lovely class to teach. This term our topic is simply named ‘Summer-time’ in the hope that we will have some beautiful weather and be able to enjoy lots of fun in the sun.


Much of our work will be focussed around the weather and plants that grow at this time of the year, in particular sunflowers and strawberries. This week we have been sharing a book called ‘Camille and the Sunflowers’ about Vincent Van Gogh. It has stimulated lots of vocabulary and chat about what they look like and how they grow. We have also planted a sunflower seed each and have made predictions about how long we think it will be before we see the first tiny shoot. Our damp pots of soil are being avidly scrutinised each morning, let’s hope we do not have to wait too long!

We have our Strawberry Day planned for a few weeks time when we are lucky enough to be going to Stonepitts Farm to pick strawberries. This is such a fabulous learning experience and, unsurprisingly, many parents have volunteered to help! Thank you and sorry that I cannot accommodate more of you.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Year1 will be completing their Statutory Phonics Screening. Although it is a low-key affair, please help your child by making sure that they have slept well and eaten a good breakfast – every little helps!

Nearly half term!

First and foremost, I’d like to say a huge well done to all of Class Two. They have worked particularly hard on their SATS this term and all of the children have performed well and  should be incredibly proud of themselves!

I’d also like to thank you, the parents and carers, for helping with homework and for your on-going support and cooperation as always.

Thankfully, as well as SATS, we have enjoyed growing some more plants and learning about our local area. At the start of the term we planted out spinach seeds and have spent the last few weeks watching them grow in different conditions. Class Two have since established the perfect growing conditions for plants and many have told me they cant wait to do some gardening at home. Also we managed to plant some cress which everyone is keen to taste when it has grown a little more.

Indoor CressOutdoor cress

We also had one more very important visitor come in and see us on Wednesday and she bought her little baby in. Everyone in Class Two were so excited to see Miss Prendergast and baby Isla.

I know everyone is Class Two is eager to find out all about the end of year production when we return after half term!

SATs in the Sun

Welcome back to all of Year 6 and their families since the Easter break. I hope everyone had a brilliant time, despite the fact that the weather was pretty dire! And of course, the sun has decided to make its appearance as we return back to the classroom – adding to the general aroma of our classroom, lovely!

However, we are taking every opportunity to get out in the sun with Sports Day and District Sports practices on the meadow and the school field. We’ve chosen our new class book too, an overwhelming majority of the class chose “Room 13” by Robert Swindells.  We are already making serious progress with this book so may be on our second choice before the next blog!

With all the excitement of the weather, visiting local Olympic gold medalists and starting new, creepy books, we have also firmly kept our sights on the impending SATs. On Monday we calculated how many working school days we had left until our first test on the 14th May – as I type we stand at 15 working days.

 

 

 

 

Plenty of time for us to revise and practise our essential knowledge, skills and techniques for the test. Although we understand that we shouldn’t be stressed or worried about the SATs (and in fact we should feel excited and ready to show how amazing we are!), we’re also very aware that with all the efforts we’ve gathered over the recent months we want to do our very best to achieve the best score personal to ourselves.

A few more weeks of preparation, one week of tests that we’re going to smash and then we’re ready to focus on our leavers activities and transition to our secondary schools.

Keep going, Class 6! We’re so nearly there!

 

A sunny start to Term 5

The children have all returned well-rested, enthusiastic and cheerful after the Easter break, especially as the weather has improved. It has been wonderful to hear about all their adventures over the holidays and how many different places have been visited. I am especially delighted with the excellent homework that has been returned and I am so impressed with the children’s new knowledge and the effort put into their projects. There have been so many beautiful peices, it has been difficult to display them all but here are a few on display, making our classroom look even more colourful. Many children chose to do more than expected which is fantastic! I know that you all enjoyed the project and the freedom to choose which tasks to do. Great work year 4!

This week we have had two highights. Firstly, seeing Olympic Gold medalist, Lizzie Yarnold  at The Vine and secondly, discovering that eggs have been laid in Sophia’s bird box over the half term. We think they are Blue Tits and we are hoping that they will hatch. Very exciting!

This term’s learning promises to be equally exciting with plenty of outdoor learning opportunities.  In Literacy, we have embarked on a new journey with Edward Tulane and in Maths we are continuing our learning journey on decimals, relating these to money and measures, with Mr Field planning plenty of practical measuring activities. Mr Field will also be taking the children on a “journey” through North America during Geography lessons.

In Science, we are completing our investigations on Sound. This week we investigated how to change the pitch of a sound with hands-on enquiries and recorded our findings using the iPads.

In a few weeks, we will begin learning about living things and their habitats and are delighted to once again have the opportunity to attend Forest School to supplement our learning at school and carry out some important scientific research.

Reminders: Please have your PE kit in school every day and your instrument in on Mondays.

Spellings and times tables will once again be tested on Wednesdays.
As the weather is warm, please bring in a water bottle to keep in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

Walk like an Egyptian

Ancient Egyptian News!

As a conclusion to our Ancient Egyptian Topic, Class 3 stepped back in time, donned suitable costumes and with help from ‘History off the Page’ participated in an amazing ‘Egyptian Day’ workshop.

We were transported back to the 14th Century B.C. to the New Kingdom of Aten, where we encountered artisans dealing in many crafts. Each member of Year 3 visited every craft station and made a variety of objects including: a clay canopic jar, carved shabtis, a clay amulet, an Egyptian style fresco, a papyrus with hieroglyphics and finally embalming oils were made and mummification was practised on peg dolls.  Items were carefully made and with trepidation, were presented to the Sun God, Aten, under the vigilant watch of the temple guards!

The afternoon continued at the Royal Court as we sought to entertain the Pharaoh and Queen Nefertiti and appoint the new High Priest of Aten. We rehearsed and performed dances, plays and mines to entertain our esteemed guests. The ‘slaves’ worked hard presenting and serving the banquet and a fun time was had by all!

The children left for home with a bag full of exciting objects which I hope they shared with you?

Lizzie Yarnolds Bus Parade – with pictures

St John’s School certainly made the right impression on behalf of Sevenoaks Town this morning in honor of Lizzie’s 2 gold Olympic Skeleton Medals.

The Vine,one of the oldest cricket grounds in the UK, was the first port of call in her Open  Top Bus Parade around the area from Sevenoaks to West Kingsdown via Swanley.

There, lining the the whole length of the ground were all 250 children,staff and a few parents all waving their flags and Lizzie Yarnold badges as she slowly passed at 9.40am on the hottest day of the year.

What a great way to start a school day, a relaxing sunny 15 min walk from the school to the Vine and back and making sure Lizzie’s day had the best possible start!

There’s K-no-le Hike like a St. John’s hike!

This term we have contended with extreme weather conditions, fractions, The Highway Man poem, visits to St. John’s Church and a 7 km hike to Knole Park in aid of Sports Relief.

Here are some of our experiences in pictures.

Snow Globes and snowflakes:

 

Our visit to St. John’s Church to find out more about Holy Communion with Father Matthew:

Our epic hike!

We would like to thank all the children for their hard work this term and all the parents for their continued support. It was lovely to see you at parent consultations.

 

Next term we will be thinking about writing our part in the summer production, reading a new book (shh, it’s still a secret) and embarking on our PGL residential. Yeah!

 

Mhairi Mackelworth and Jane Gillhouley