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Summer Term

Yr6 Crealy Day Out - 18/7/19

As the academic year draws to a close, the Yr6s enjoy one last exciting adventure as Primary school pupils before embarking on their journey to Secondary school – a day out at Crealy!

 

Pilgrimage Day - 17/7/19

On Wednesday, we were warmly welcomed at West Monkton Primary School to join with their Year 6 pupils and other Year 6 pupils from local schools for a ‘Pilgrimage Day’.  We had an exciting day getting to know each other as well as taking part in a range of different workshops designed to support our transition to Secondary School.  The activities included: singing, forest school, baking cookies, art, team-building challenges, etc.  The day ended with collective worship, which included sharing our experiences of the day.

Thank you to West Monkton Primary School for hosting & looking after us.

 

KS2 Production – Sherlock & Cinders – 16–17/7/19

The brilliant Sherlock Holmes and bumbling Doctor Watson get to work on a missing person’s case, with an unknown missing person!  They disguise themselves to try to find the beautiful, mysterious lady who fled the prince’s ballroom.  With glass slippers, a piece of pumpkin, a spiteful stepmother and two ugly sisters, will Holmes & Watson ever be able to reunite the Prince with his anonymous true love?

 

After months of preparation, we performed our KS2 Production, ‘Sherlock & Cinders’ to the school, family & friends, supported by the Robin’s choir.

 

STEM Challenge - 10/7/19

We were delighted to welcome Katrina Board & Dr. Katherine Higgie from the UK Hydrographic Office to lead our STEM Challenge, this year: The Practical Action Floating Garden Challenge.

 

Practical Action is a charity, who works with poor people all over the world, using technology to help them lift themselves out of poverty.  The people in Bangladesh experience some of the worst effects of climate change – land is regularly flooded causing many families to lose their crops & vegetables and this flooding is lasting longer each year.

 

Our objective was to design and build a model of a structure that people can grow crops on, even when it floods (and maybe even keep their chickens safe).  We then had to present our ideas & models to the rest of the class before finally checking their floatability.  We were really pleased with our models; they ALL floated!  However, some lasted longer than others!

 

Please have a look at our photos to see how the day unfolded.

 

Windrush & Caribbean Dance Workshop - 19/6/19

The whole class took part in an informative and energetic Windrush and Caribbean Dance workshop. This is an important part of our history & culture for us to learn about and it was a fun & exciting way to make it more memorable.

 

Yr5 Strike & Field Sports Festival - 23/5/19

We joined many other Year 5s at Taunton Vale to take part in a strike & field sports festival: practising throwing, catching and hitting skills before playing Golf, Cricket & Rounders.  We worked well within our teams, made new friends and had an enjoyable morning in the sunshine.  

Practising throwing
Practising throwing & striking with a rounders bat
Practising throwing & striking with a flat bat
Learning how to play golf
Rounders practice
Learning to play cricket
Playing a game of rounders
Going for a run
Enjoying a game of rounders

May Dancing Event - 22/5/19

 

 

 

The yearly celebration where the whole school comes together to perform traditional maypole & country dances to parents, friends and community members.

 

 

 

 

Well done to all classes for their wonderful dancing and especially to Woodpeckers for your spectacular maypole displays & dancing.

 

Celebratory Music Afternoon - 20/5/19

Congratulations to all who took part in the afternoon's celebrations, especially our Woodpeckers: Flora, Sully, Harry, Jake, Grace, Sophie, Paige & Hayley.

 

 

Year 6 SATs - 13/5 - 16/5

The Year 6s have worked very hard towards achieving their very best and we are very proud of their mature attitude & approach towards the SATs tests this week.

 

'...it is important that we remember the SATs are not the full measure of a child’s achievements and progress throughout their time at Kingston and will not define what children go onto to achieve in the future. Our current Year 6 is one of the kindest, caring and conscientious groups of children I have had the pleasure to work with. They have given so much to the school and been great ambassadors for us; their qualities far outweigh those that will be measured in the tests and will stand them in good stead for bright futures.'  Miss Greenslade, Headteacher.

 

To mark the end of a very busy week, the Year 6s performed their celebratory dance in front of the whole school, before enjoying a picnic lunch.

 

Spring Term

Internet Safety Workshop - 28/3/19

Students from 'The SPACE (Somerset Performing Arts Centre for Education)', Taunton visited the Yr5 & 6 pupils to perform a short play to show us how we can stay safe when using the Internet.  With clever use of lights, music & songs, the atmospheric show was funny and enjoyable as well as being informative & serious when highlighting the dangers of internet use. It taught us how to lock, block & report things we didn't like.  The workshop & games afterwards re-iterated the message of locking, blocking & reporting. A huge thank you to the students who wrote & performed the play.

Holly loses her friends on social media
She downloads a new game - 'Internet Island'
Holly has to defeat the trolls
She asks for help
Holly meets some internet monkeys
She has help to block the monkeys
Finally, she wins the treasure
Holly's friends say they are sorry
Learning to lock
Practising 'blocking'
Reporting
Answering questions about internet safety
Playing the troll game
Locking trolls
Blocking trolls

Easter Cracked - 1/4/19

Year 5s were transported back in time to witness how the Easter Story may have unfolded around two thousand years ago.

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey
Worshippers wave palm leaves
Jesus overturns tables in the temples
Jesus shares 'The Last Supper' with his disciples
Jesus shares 'The Last Supper' with his disciples
We share the bread & wine (juice) too!
Jesus is betrayed by Judas
Soldiers take Jesus away
Jesus is questioned by Herod
Jesus is questioned by Pontius Pilate
Soldiers lay a heavy cross on Jesus' back
Jesus is nailed to the cross
Soldiers mock Jesus
Shroud of Jesus left in the tomb
Jesus is alive!

We met the donkey:

 

 

 

We took part in some Easter art & craft activities, including decorating a candle holder:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus is the light of the world!

 

 

Autumn Term

Theatre Visit - 27/09/18

We visited the Northcott Theatre, Exeter to watch the Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians show, to help inspire us with our Literacy work, our Ancient Egypt topic, Art & Computing.

Play-in-a-Day - 10/10/18

Woodpeckers spent the day at Taunton School singing, dancing and acting to produce a play-in-a-day.  At the end of the day, we performed 'STREET TALK'  to our families.

The Grunges
The Hippies
The Rappers

Year 6 Sports Festival - 17/10/18

At The Taunton Academy, a nearby secondary school, we joined many other Year 6s from local primary schools to take part in a festival of invasion games, such as Handball, Netball, Tag Rugby and Hockey.  We worked well together as a team, encouraging each other, respecting our opponents and generally having a great time.  We finished in the top five!

Bikeability - 06/11 - 09/11

We spent a couple of days learning about road safety and how to ride safely on the road, as well as learning how to check and maintain our bikes.

 

Christmas Preparations - 26/11/18

We have been enjoying a morning of Art & Music - decorating pine cones to sell at the local Christmas Market, whilst practising our songs for the Christmas Carol Concert.

 

A (Virtual) Reality Check! - 04/12/18

We were visited by an actor, who performed a short play to show us how easily we can be drawn in to a 'Virtual Reality' world, as well as the effects it could have on us & others around us.  It was a thought-provoking performance, followed by an interesting discussion.  It made us all think about the impact technology has on our lives and how we must be careful to control our use of it, before it controls us!

We've been spinning! - 05/12/18

The Spin Bus visited us today, to give us a taste of exercising to music in a fun way.  At times, it was hard work pedalling so quickly, but we had such great fun and the time passed too quickly.  We can't wait to have another go!

 

  

Carol Singing - 12/12/18

We went along to the KSM Village Wednesday Club at the village hall and sang  the songs from this year’s Carol Service.  We also delivered Christmas cards, we had made, to people who may be alone or not receive many cards. It was a wonderful afternoon; the club members thoroughly enjoyed our singing and were very impressed by the standard.

Christmas Carol Concert - 18/12/18

After months of preparation and practice, we were finally ready to showcase our singing and acting talents by performing "Hooray in a Manger" to our families, friends and the community at Kingston St Mary Parish Church.  The atmosphere was electric, the singing raised the roof and the acting had many in stitches.  Well done to everyone.

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