Here is the tin forest the children made today. We read the story (Tin Forest by Helen Ward) about an old man who makes a forest out of tin and recycled objects. We then went for a wander around the grounds to find material to use. Luckily we had lots of tin foil to cover the sticks, leaves, feathers and pinecones. What an amazing effort from the children!
NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe Assemblies – This week we welcomed representatives from the NSPCC to our school to speak to the children during an assembly. Look out for more information on this next week.
Medway Music Association Festival – This week our school has taken part in the Medway Music Association Festival at the Central Hall Theatre in Chatham. On Monday, 11 Year 4 children played their recorders in the festival together with children from other Medway schools.
Mia – The most fun thing I have ever done! We got to perform to an audience and it was amazing to be able to do this
Amelie – I got to play my recorder to a lot of people and I liked the songs
Katy – It was a fun experience and I’m so glad I was able to do it.
On Tuesday, our KS2 choir sang with nearly 200 children from other schools and today our Year 2 children took part in the KS1 Singing Festival. The children worked hard to learn the music and all of the words to sing the songs. They were a credit to the school.
Joseph – It was funny seeing the people watching us get up and move. It was good to be up on the stage.
Charlotte – My favourite song was ‘Consider Yourselves’ because it is very upbeat and cheerful.
Sienna – Lucy was a really good conductor.
Parent/Teacher Consultations – We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the meetings this week. The feedback from parents has been really positive, and lots of you enjoyed looking at the display in the atrium area. If you were unable to attend the evening meetings, please contact the office to arrange a meeting – we really do value opportunities to share information about a child’s learning with their parents. We also asked parents to complete a survey for us. If you were unable to do that on Wednesday or Thursday evening, please complete the survey and return it to the school office. The closing date for responses is Friday, 20th March. Once the survey responses have been evaluated, they will be used to inform priorities and actions. We will also share the trends with parents.
Mini Youth Games TAG Rugby – On Thursday, 12th March, 10 children went to the Anchorians to play TAG Rugby. We were up against 50 schools and we finished in 25th place. We played 8 games and we did really well. We really enjoyed ourselves.
Abbie and Katie
Book Week at Miers Court! - Last week Miers Court took part in World Book Day. Our week’s theme was ‘Under the Sea’ and Year R all the way up to Year 6 dressed up. There were some great costumes! Every class read ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. The whole school had great fun making art and creating pieces of writing inspired by the book. We were also lucky enough to have a published author, Ian MacDonald, visit us. He read stories to us and explained how he writes his books. He even signed his books for us. Some of his books are The Mummy’s Finger, Skateboard Gran and Eyeball Soup. We all also got to share books with other classes and swap an unwanted book with a new one. It was a great week!
Book Week – Year R enjoyed listening to Ian MacDonald read one of his stories and went back to class excited to draw pictures of Spike the dinosaur. Year R loved inviting Kestrel and Puffin classes to read with them this week. It was lovely seeing the older and younger children enjoying stories together and nice to see the older children reminiscing of their time in Year R. The older children were very attentive and patient with Bumblebee and Dragonfly children.
Governors’ Focus Visit – 4th March 2020 - The Governors visited the school to see the children during Book Week. It was lovely to see each year group all reading the same book. It was great to see the different ways that each year group had for sharing and discussing the book. The children loved sharing ideas with each other during group discussions.
Each classroom had eye catching reading displays on the walls for all to see and each classroom and/or year group area has a very well stocked reading corner which any child can access. The children we met throughout the school were very enthusiastic and told us how much they loved reading.
Miers Court Governors
Fairtrade Fortnight - Thank you for supporting the activities we put in place to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight – this has been hugely successful in helping all of us to remain mindful of the life experiences of cocoa bean growers around the world.
Well done to Charlotte (Yr. 5), Emma (Yr. 5), Sienna (Yr. 5), Jasmine (Yr. 2) and Kitty (Yr. 2) for their persuasive posters to encourage us to use Fairtrade products. These will be placed around the school to remind us to choose Fairtrade.
We had an amazing response to the Chocolate Raffle – unbelievably, we had even more chocolate brought in than last year! The children sat in excited anticipation during Friday’s assembly, when the raffle was drawn. Well done to our winners and thank you again to everyone who supported the event.
Environment Week – Here are some quotes from the children on last week’s Environment Week: -
Daniella: Don’t throw rubbish in the sea because the animals will get sick.
Indya: Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, like leaves fall off the tree, they go brown and then they turn into mud and dust.
Joshua: I’ve learnt not to put plastic in the sea because it’s killing our sea animals.
Avani: Environment week is good because we recycled bottles so they won’t go in the sea.
Elena: The animals don’t want to eat the rubbish.
Elayna: Because of environment week when I was walking home I saw a crisp bag and I put it in the bin.
Emily: I liked making the fish because we put sales on the fish and stuck bits of plastic on them to show what he had eaten.
Alfie: I liked learning about all the rubbish that you should be making into recyclable things.
Joe: I learnt that small plastics are called microplastics and it never goes away.
Emma: I enjoyed making fish out of paper and plastic to show how bad it is for fish in the sea when we don’t put rubbish in the bins.
Harry: We have to look after this planet because there is no Planet B.
Falcon Class: Last week at Miers Court we celebrated environment week, which shows to us children the problems and solutions involving littering. In Year 5, we learnt various facts including that just 9% of our plastic waste is recycled and that 160,000 plastic bags are used per second across the world! We have collated the facts and used them in adverts, persuading people to rethink waste. Also, in maths we carried out an investigation to see how much plastic waste was used over the half term among Year 5 children. We interpreted the data and discovered that most plastic waste comes from packaged produce.
Whole-school project - As part of Environment Week all the children in the school came up with ideas about recycling and how we could make a difference in school. The most popular ideas were presented to the school in an assembly on Friday 28th February and then all the children voted in their classrooms on the idea that they thought would have the most impact. In EYFS, the children voted to recycle their milk cartons. Throughout the rest of the school, the idea of having a group of litter pickers to help keep the school and its grounds litter-free (as well organising the recycling of crisp packets) was by far the most popular choice.
School Council will be meeting with Mrs Chapman to find out how we can organise all of this for the school. Updates to follow soon!
We thought you would like to see the fantastic whole-school display we have put together, show-casing all the amazing writing we did last week.
Environment Week – Environment Week has been a huge success throughout the school, with the children demonstrating both a keen interest in caring for and protecting the environment. They have enjoyed a range of activities across curriculum areas, including: discussion and debate, poetry, drama, letter-writing, artwork, DT and statistics. The children have very definite ideas as to what we can do as a school to make a difference on a practical level.
Today, the School Council presented ideas, which had been agreed by year groups, in a whole-school assembly. They then supervised voting on the ideas in classes and they are in the process of collating votes to discover which idea is the most popular. The winning idea will be implemented in school. Look out for updates in the near future. On a different note, thank you to all of the children who brought in bottle tops for the main display in the reception area. This will be in place by the week of the parent evenings, so please remember to take a look.
Governor Focus Visit – Tuesday, 25th February 2020 – The Governors came into school for a focus visit the Environment Week. Whilst walking around the school, we noticed some wonderful displays that celebrated children’s learning. Each class were discussing environmental issues and the children were involved and engaged throughout the school.
We met with members of the School Council who discussed what they had been doing to help with the environment around the school, and what they wanted to do going forward with regard to long-term projects. All of the children that we met with, and saw in class, were very enthusiastic and had lots of ideas. We are looking forward to seeing the outcomes and hearing their feedback on these.
Miers Court Governors
Year 3/4 Multi-Skills Competition – Thursday, 27th February 2020 – On Thursday afternoon twelve of us went to The Howard School in Gillingham for a Multi-Skills Competition. There were twelve activities and twelve schools taking part. Jack and Millie won endeavour awards for our school and our favourite activity was throwing a bean bag and clapping as many times as we could.
Kay and Jack