During our annual visit to Cobham Hall near Rochester we took part in a selection of secondary school “taster” lessons with Swedish students here for the week. The lessons included science, outdoor studies and drama.
Kingswood residential week
Our annual trip to Kingswood in Ashford is always popular with activities including fencing, team building, swimming and crate stack.
- Anaiya and Shanequa on Jacob’s ladder.
- Making a campfire in Bushcraft
- Climbing the crates and putting their trust in others during Crate stack.
- Cheese wrap and baked potato for lunch..
Extracts from our Kingswood diary……….
- A wet start to the day but it has not dampened spirits. All children are eating well - bacon, eggs pancakes and syrup as well as a choice of cereal. So far the children have been playing Aeroball, orienteering as well as Marble motion.Some children have experienced the 3G swing from a hair raising height.
- Children up bright and early for another day at Kingswood. Jacobs Ladder, archery. Team challenge and high equilibrium have been the activities of the day. Off to lunch shortly … jelly and ice cream for dessert. Ms Wallace has arrived… Disco later…
The School Pond
Now that Spring is nearly here, we are starting to investigate some new arrivals to our pond….
During the year all classes will have a number of organised visits. We use these trips to extend and enliven the curriculum. Typically, a class might visit a gallery, museum, theatre, a farm or a park. The Class Teacher will write to you about each trip to ask your permission and let you know about the financial contribution and any special arrangements. Permission slips are required for these trips. However, if it is a local trip not involving public transport, each parent has signed a consent form on admission to the school.
We try to keep the cost of all visits as low as possible and we normally ask you to make a voluntary contribution. Children who do not pay are not excluded but trips may be cancelled if there are insufficient funds available.
We aim to take Year 6 children away for a week during the Autumn term, e.g. the Arethusa Centre at Rochester, or the Kingswood Centre at Ashford, and are sometimes able to offer short trips to other year groups. These visits are a valuable experience in fostering independence and community living.
Accommodation and arrangements are planned in advance and children are well prepared to benefit from a country and/or seaside visit. A great deal of very valuable curriculum work is done, as well as the trip being extremely enjoyable.
The minimum charge is for board and lodging which parents must pay. The additional costs involved (ie transport, entrance fees and materials) will also need to be met voluntarily by parents if we are to continue taking these journeys. Grants may be available from the Authority to parents/carers on Income Support and Family Credit.
Work experience !!
Chief Cashier of the Bank of England Victoria Cleland with Rushey Green Primary School students
A group of pupils from Rushey Green Primary School took over the Bank of England to launch Young Enterprise’s Fiver Challenge, supported by Virgin Money. The pupils, aged between eight and 11, put on their best suits and went to work, inspecting the Bank’s new five pound notes and learning about banknotes from the Chief Cashier Victoria Cleland.
Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier, Bank of England said: “The Fiver Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for children, from a young age, to be involved in enterprise, teamwork and also to understand the importance of money.”
We organise regular day trips to the Wide Horizons Centre at Horton Kirby which is a rural centre near Dartford, Kent and we like all children to visit at least twice a year. All children are expected to attend in order to fulfil National Curriculum requirements which cannot satisfactorily be met in school. For more information about this venue please click this link.