READ ABOUT OUR EXCITING NEW ‘EXHIBITION SPACE’

READ ABOUT OUR EXCITING NEW ‘EXHIBITION SPACE’

Our new Sandgate Primary Art Exhibition Space is up in the main corridor, leading off from the School Reception area and it looks amazing already! The idea of the ‘space’ is to celebrate a range of the finished art that children have enjoyed taking part in around the school from Foundation stage to Year 6.  We will be regularly updating this area and displaying new new art work; including ceramics, sewing, sculpture, felt art, drawings, paintings, etchings  and other inspiring creations.

Each child whose 2D works have been chosen has written a little about the drawings and paintings they have produced, describing what inspired them, which artist influenced their work and what skills they were developing and so on. These descriptions have been typed up and are displayed next to each art work.

We know you will enjoy viewing these. With Parents’ evenings approaching, this is an ideal for time for you to enjoy viewing this sample of the wonderfully imaginative work the children have recently created. We congratulate the children whose works have been chosen for the first exhibition:

Isaac (Armadillos), Scarlett (Wolves), Niamh (Meerkats), Tom (Monkeys), Ryan  (Wolves), Ethan (Armadillos), Nyla (Giraffes),

Theo (Armadillos), Molly (Koalas), Eve (Kangaroos), Peter (Giraffes), Ali (Armadillos), Issi (Armadillos), Victoria (Rhinos),

Garrett (Rhinos), Elliot (Wolves), Alannah (Wolves), Praveen (Meerkats), Juliet (Monkeys), Amelia (Monkeys).


A couple of examples of what our resident artists have said about the inspirations for their art pieces:

‘I used shading, smudging and observation skills. I was inspired by WW2 and we used charcoal because of the black out.’(Isaac) 

‘It was really difficult to make a white piece of paper so dark, it took a lot of hard work.  It took a lot of patience to make my picture in the style used by Paul Nash.’  (Alannah)

‘COOL PHYSICS’

‘COOL PHYSICS’

Last Thursday, we were really lucky to have a return visit from two Scientists from the University of Kent – an Astrophysicist and a Chemist.

They delighted our Year 4, 5 and 6 children in a ‘Cool Physics’ show , put on in the Main Hall, which focused on all the wonderful things that can be done with Liquid Nitrogen- every schoolboy and girl’s dream! 

Here is a selection of the action in full flow. Who can you spot with their head in the clouds?! . . .

We would like to extend a special thank you to The University of Kent.

 

WORLD BOOK DAY 02.03.2017

WORLD BOOK DAY 02.03.2017

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day here at Sandgate Primary School.

The children did themselves proud with their costumes and also some wonderful hot-seating of their chosen characters, truly bringing them to life!
There was a festival atmosphere at the Whole School Procession in the Hall in the morning.

Year 4 children have designed their own book jackets for their favourite books, which are on display in the classrooms.

Thank you to our parents who put so much work into getting the children ready for this special event, now in its twentieth year.

 

‘WW2 RATION COOKING’  Carrot Cookies Tuesday 21st February 2017 

‘WW2 RATION COOKING’  Carrot Cookies Tuesday 21st February 2017 

We enjoyed our ‘hands on’ experience of WW2 cooking, when we made Carrot Cookies, a popular treat during the Wartime years of rationing. No eggs were needed and only a smidge of margarine and sprinkle of sugar to produce these scrummy biscuits, with plenty of grated carrots, fresh from the garden.

We learned about the ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign on the Home Front and also developed our own cooking skills.

 

MAKING ICE CREAM – BEST SCIENCE LESSON EVER

MAKING ICE CREAM – BEST SCIENCE LESSON EVER

Last week, we had a whole lot of finger lickin’ fun,  making our own Ice Cream in our last ‘States of Matter’ Science lesson, where we have been learning about REVERSIBLE and IRREVERSIBLE CHANGES.

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As promised, here are the ingredients and method, so that you can try it again at home and have some more Half term treats !

INGREDIENTS:

  • Half a cup of flavoured milk
  • Ice
  • 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of salt
  • Small zip-seal bag
  • Large zip-seal bag
  • Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence (optional)

METHOD:

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ART ENRICHMENT DAY 2 – ‘ THE JOURNEY BACK TO UMBUNTU’

ART ENRICHMENT DAY 2 – ‘ THE JOURNEY BACK TO UMBUNTU’

On Tuesday 31st January, we held our second of this year’s three Art Enrichment Days here at Sandgate Primary School.

The themes for this special day were ‘Journeys’, ‘Making a Change’ and ‘Humanity’, with a focus on the values we all share. We talked, as a Whole School, about the experiences of the journeys taken by refugees and migrants, who have fled their own countries due to conflicts happening there. The children gained a better understanding into the terminology of ‘refugee’, ‘migrant, ‘immigrant’ and ‘asylum’. These are terms that are used a lot in our World today and we felt it important that children understand what these mean.

We were very fortunate to have two fabulous visitors in our school to launch the project. We welcomed Alex Ntung, who had to leave his own country of Congo and, later, Rwanda and came to this country over 10 years ago as an asylum seeker himself and is now settled in the UK, working in education, careers guidance and international development. He was joined by Dr. Jonathan Barnes, a former Headteacher and Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University, who also visits many schools around the country to work together with schools on themes of values, the arts and global citizenship.

Alex and Jonathan led two very well-received Key Stage Assemblies on Tuesday, focusing on what is meant by ‘Umbuntu’ ( it means ‘Shared values and Humanity’ in Zulu and many African languages). They also led workshops across the school, including Djembe drumming and Watercolour Master-classes.

The children were immersed in Art related to the themes and much of this will be displayed in the Main Hall and Small Hall after the mid- term break.

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‘THOMPSON’S WAR’ – WW2 THEATRE PRODUCTION & DRAMA WORKSHOP

‘THOMPSON’S WAR’ – WW2 THEATRE PRODUCTION & DRAMA WORKSHOP

On Friday 27th January, we were really fortunate to have a special treat for Year 4… The Hobgoblin Theatre Company came to our school to give an exclusive special performance of ‘Thompson’s War’- to our year group only, in the Small Hall.

It was set in 1940 and Britain was at war with Germany. We followed the story of Lizzie and the rest of the Thompson family and saw how the war affected lives at home, both bringing people together and tearing them apart. This original play was a great way to bring World War 2 alive in our school hall and we loved it.

It was an intimate performance and this interactive play blended action and discussion to fully immerse us all in the story. As well as watching the play the children had the chance to discuss the action they were watching in ‘interactions’ with the actors throughout the show. This was followed by an excellent hour long DRAMA WORKSHOP, where we all had a chance to explore the WW2 themes in more detail and mime/act out the scenes for ourselves.

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We would like to thank you all, children and parents, for the amazing WW2 Home Learning project that have been coming in over the last week. They are on display in the School Corridor and also in our Classrooms. Please pop along and have a look.

EPIPHANY AT ST.GEORGE’S

EPIPHANY AT ST.GEORGE’S

On Monday 9th January, we celebrated  EPIPHANY, the ‘Feast of The Three Kings’ (which is actually on 6th January) and the end of the Christmas season at St. George’s Church, on the invitation of the Reverend Kate McNeice.

Kate usually comes into school every Thursday to lead assemblies and on this occasion we decided to hold our assembly at our nearest church, where Kate leads Sunday services. It was a great opportunity for the children to sing the Christmas carols they have been learning to the Whole school community, including many of our parents, in two separate Key Stage assemblies. The songs included ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’, ‘We Three Kings’, ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’, ‘The Zither Carol’, ‘It was on a Starry Night’ and ‘Villancico de Gloria’( A Spanish Flamenco Christmas Carol). The children sang beautiful.

Thank you to all the parents who attended and also to Kate for leading the assembly and making us so welcome.

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We always welcome visits and talks about the range of major world faiths that our children study within their R.E. curriculum. If you are able to come in and talk about your faith to a class, year group or larger group of children, we will be very happy to have you in school. Please contact Mr Sharp (R.E. leader) if you are interested.

SPANISH FLAMENCO CHRISTMAS FIESTA!

SPANISH FLAMENCO CHRISTMAS FIESTA!

On Friday morning, we had a Spanish Flamenco Christmas Fiesta in Year 4.

We taught the children a popular Christmas Carol, called the VILLANCICO DE GLORIA, which tells the story of Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

We had so much fun and got truly into the spirit of ALEGRE and JALEO, the Andalusian way. The children not only did themselves proud, through learning and fluently singing three verses of the carol and choruses totally in Spanish with passion, but also learned about the rhythms of PALMERAS ( Hand clapping) and BAILE ( Flamenco dance steps). We added percussion too. It was a beautiful thing. OLE !

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THE PEACE CHILD PERFORMANCES ARE ALMOST HERE

THE PEACE CHILD PERFORMANCES ARE ALMOST HERE

Year 4 have been busy, preparing for their Christmas play of ‘The Peace Child’, which they will perform to parents, grandparents and friends tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) and on Wednesday evening.

They put on a really fabulous Dress Rehearsal for the rest of the school on Friday morning . Here are some photos of them in action!

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