Welcome to Year 6

Dear Year Six Pupils...

Dear Year Six,

 

We would like to remind you that you are:

  • Really amazing children!
  • Extremely hard-working
  • Special and unique 
  • Individually skilled
  • Lovely to teach
  • Incredible human beings
  • Enthusiastic learners
  • Nothing short of brilliant!
  • Tremendously talented!

We would like to reassure you that no matter how long our school is closed, we will be here for you.  We know how hard you have been working this year - you should be very proud of your efforts.  We know how much you enjoy learning at school - we will make every effort to help your learning at home.  We know how much you have been looking forward to your Leavers' celebrations - we will try our hardest to make these happen. 

 

WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!

 

Stay safe, keep washing your hands and remember to smile.

 

From the Year Six teaching team.

Home Learning

Recommended activities to support home learning for Year 6

 

Guided Reading

We recommend that children practise their reading fluency and comprehension skills daily for up to 30 minutes. 

Children can achieve this through:

  • Completing a Reading Plus task https://student.readingplus.com/seereader/api/sec/login. The school site code is rpthedi2.  Children have their individual login information in their Reading Records and Home Learning books.
  • Completing a comprehension activity from the reading revision resources below.
  • Reading their own books and completing a reading activity from the challenge sheet below (Please encourage children to complete their reading records daily :))
  • Reading the next instalment of Middleworld (see below) and completing the suggested learning activities.

Guided Reading Resources

Get ready for the next part of our 'Middleworld' journey! 

 

  • Will Max discover his Uncle's Ted's secret business? 
  • Will he find out what has really happened to his parents? 
  • What mysteries will the Jaguar Stones reveal?

 

You can read chapters 5 and 6 by downloading the ppt below.

 

Join in with our class discussion through your Reading Plus account and complete the suggested learning activities based on the adventures of Max!

 

Happy reading!

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Y6 Guided Reading 'Middleworld'
Download the ppt to access chapters 5 and 6 of the Middleworld adventure and complete learning tasks.
Y6 Guided Reading-ppt-Middleworld.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 14.3 MB
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Reading Challenge Sheet
Reading challenge sheet.pdf
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English

We recommend that children spend up to an hour each day for their English learning. 

Our current writing focus is extended narrative. Children have been linking their cross-curricular learning on the Ancient Maya to create their own adventure narrative (see the example ppt below). 

At home, children could:

  • Continue or create a new Ancient Mayan adventure story.
  • Complete a writing task from the creative writing resources below.
  •  Develop their skills by writing in a genre we have already studied: flashback narrative, suspense writing, diary entry, discussion text, instructional text, book evaluation.

 

Creative Writing Resources

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Example Mayan Adventure Story
Enjoy reading Miss Wilce's WAGOLL!
Mayan adventure story.ppt
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Creative Writing Task
Task 1 Advertise Your Town.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 2 The Ascent.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 3 Film Review.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 4 Letter to Your MP.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 5 Continue the Story.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 6 The Titanic.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 7 The Supermarket.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 8 Classroom Conundrum.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 9 Ancient Myths.pdf
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Creative Writing Task
Task 10 A First Visit.pdf
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SPaG

In addition to Guided Reading and English, we recommend that children practise their SPaG skills regularly. 

This can be done through:

 

SPaG Resources

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English/SPaG Activity Task
Spring Activity Booklet.pdf
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English/SPaG Activity Task
Spring Activity Booklet Answers.pdf
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Maths

We recommend that children spend up to an hour for their maths learning each day. 

Children can practise their skills and revise key topics of learning through:

  • Accessing the Prodigy maths learning platform https://play.prodigygame.com/ (all children have their login information in their Reading Records and Home Learning books).  This is an excellent way to develop your maths skills in topics across the curriculum.  Teachers can also monitor your progress through this platform.
  • Accessing Times Tables Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/  This is good for developing your arithmetic fluency.
  • Completing a maths task from the activity booklets below.
  • Playing times table games (you could use playing cards to create quick maths facts!)
  • Revising key skills through song and dance!  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks2-maths-collection/z7frpg8

 

Maths Resources

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100 Arithmetic Questions .pdf
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Answers and Mark Scheme 100 Reasoning an
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100 Reasoning and Problem Solving Questi
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Answers and Mark Scheme 100 Reasoning an
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Maths Activity Book
Year 6 Spring-Themed Maths Activity Book
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Maths Activity Book Answers
Year 6 Spring-Themed Maths Activity Book
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Science

We are going to continue our learning from our current topic: Evolution and Inheritance.  

Creative curriculum

Our creative curriculum links learning in history, geography, art, DT, computing and music and PE.  Our main topic theme is ‘Ancient Maya’. 

Children could enhance their learning through the following project ideas:

Secondary school ready

 

In addition to the above learning activities, a full set of past SATs papers is available to download below.  Although children will not be sitting end of KS2 SATs tests this year, the skills we have been practising in preparation for the tests are still important for their transition to secondary school and beyond.  We hope that you find the range of optional home learning tasks useful.  We will be in touch soon with other ideas to help support children's learning at home.

 

Please feel free to contact your child's class teacher if you would like any advice or support with the suggested home learning activities.  Where possible, we will endeavour to respond to any emails within 48 hours during the normal working week.

 

 

'Secondary School Ready' Resources

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Guidance for Reading Tasks
Reading Revision Mat Guidance.pdf
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Reading Task
Fiction Reading Revision Mat.pdf
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Reading Task
Non Fiction Reading Revision Mat.pdf
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Reading Task
Poetry Reading Revision Mat.pdf
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2016 KS2 SATs

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2016 KS2 Arithmetic SATs Instructions.pd
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2016 KS2 Arithmetic SATs.pdf
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2016 KS2 Paper 2 SATs instructions.pdf
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2016 KS2 Paper 2 SATs.pdf
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2016 KS2 Paper 3 SATs instructions.pdf
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2016 KS2 Paper 3 SATs.pdf
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2016 KS2 SATs Maths Mark Schemes.pdf
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2016 KS2 SATs Reading Answer Booklet.pdf
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2016 KS2 SATs Reading Booklet Instructio
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2016 KS2 SATs Reading Booklet.pdf
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2016 KS2 SATs Reading Mark Scheme Bookle
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2016 KS2 SATs SPaG Mark Scheme.pdf
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2016 KS2 SATs SPaG Paper 1 Instructions.
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2016 KS2 SATs SPaG Paper 1.pdf
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2016 KS2 SATs SPaG Paper 2 Instructions.
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2016 KS2 SATs SPaG Paper 2.pdf
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Our Learning Journey

So far in Year 6...

Nature-inspired sculptures!

Our Key Worker children at school have been inspired by Andy Goldsworthy's nature art.  They have created some fantastic nature-sculptures.  

Making 'blood'!

Year 6 have been busy making 'blood' this week! We used cheerios, marshmallows, raisins and food colouring to represent the different parts that make up blood. The children had a great time being scientists!

Horton Kirby Trip!

Year 6 had a fantastic day at Horton Kirby! We became evacuees for the day and had the chance to experience a World War 2 classroom, take cover in an air raid shelter, play traditional playground games and explore the town that many children were evacuated to during the war!

Flash Mob Thriller!

Last week, Key Stage Two children had a spooky surprise in the form of a zombie flash mob!  The special occasion to mark Halloween involved all 91 Year Six pupils transforming into zombies and performing Michael Jackson's Thriller dance on the playground at lunchtime.  The children really worked as a team to perform the dance moves in unison - adding to the spooky effect. All children thoroughly enjoyed the performance - Well done Team Year Six!

The whole school has taken part in Cultural Week this week! Here is what Year 6 have learned this week:

Year 6 have been on a super secret mission! This week the children have made and used periscopes to hunt down clues and crack the code! This links our science learning to our WW2 history learning.

They had to look all around Discovery Walk for the clues without being spotted!

We have taken part in the fantastic, international music festival - Music @ Malling! Children enjoyed composing and performing with Chamber Domaine Orchestra to Paul Patterson's Three Little Pigs.

We had a very exciting mission from Winston Churchill this week! Children solved the clues from a treasure hunt to find the title of our new topic - On The Home Front!

What to expect in Year 6

Being in Year Six comes with a lot of responsibility; the children are expected to be role models and ambassadors for the school.  Year Six pupils are the children that the rest of the school look up to and the students that define our school vision and values.  As such, we expect exemplary behaviour from all the children in Year Six at all times during the day.

Although there is a lot of hard work in Year Six, there are lots of things to look forward to as well, including fun and exciting topics, the residential trip, the end of year production and (most importantly) sitting on the benches during assembly!

 

 

Remember to keep up-to-date by checking the sections below regularly!


Year 6 Classes and Staff

Galileo Class is located in Pavilion One, on the right hand side as you come into the door.  Miss Marle, Mrs Colegate and Miss Lee teach the class.  This class was named after the famous scientist, polymath and astronomer Galileo Galilei. 

 

Winston Class located in Pavilion One, on the left hand side as you come into the door.  Miss Wilce, Mrs Grieves and Ms Ahmed teach the class.  This class was named after the famous scientist Robert Winston (not Winston Churchill!).

 

Peake Class is located in Pavilion Two, on the right hand side.  The class was established in 2016 when The Discovery School finally reached full capacity with three-form entry across the school.  Peake Class was named after Major Timothy Peake, the first British astronaut in space for over twenty years.  He blasted off for the International Space Station on 15th December 2015 and spent six months in space carrying out experiments.  He even ran a marathon on the Space Station!  Miss Verma, Mrs Brown, Mrs Steer and Ms Fincham teach in this class.

 

Should you need to contact any member of the Year 6 team, please use the following email addresses:

 

Miss Wilce (Year 4, 5 and 6 Assistant Headteacher): jwilce@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Miss Marle: lmarle@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Miss Verma (Year 4, 5 and 6 Phase Manager): averma@discovery.kent.sch.uk

 

 

PPA time and covered lessons

PPA time is time set aside for teachers, during their timetabled teaching day, to allow them to carry out planning, preparation and assessment activities. PPA time is covered each week by the Year 6 Teaching Assistants.  The lessons are planned by the class teachers and delivered by a TA.  This term, PPA cover lessons in Year 6 take place every Thursday afternoon and lessons are as follows:

 

Winston Class - Music and French with Ms Ahmed

Galileo Class - Music and French with Mrs Colegate

Peake Class - Music and French with Mrs Brown 

 

 

Class Timetables

You can download a copy of an example class timetable below.  Please note that this is subject to change in the case of themed weeks, celebration days, school trips and other events such as the Music at Malling festival concerts.

 

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Peake Class timetable
Peake Timetable T3.pdf
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Galileo Class timetable
Galileo Timetable.pdf
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Winston Class timetable
Winston timetable T3.pdf
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Up-coming events

Term 4 

Monday 24th February - Start of Term 4

Monday 2nd March - Secondary school offer day

Thursday 5th March - World Book Day

Friday 13th - Thursday 19th March - Travelling Books book fair

Monday 16th March - Deadline for secondary school acceptance/ refusal

Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March - Class photos

Thursday 26th March - SATs Parent Information Session, 3.30 - 4.30pm

Friday 27th March - Deadline for secondary school appeals

Friday 27th March - Excellence Awards

Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March - Parent Consultations

 

Wednesday 1st April - Inset Day - school closed

Thursday 2nd April-  Easter holiday

 

Term 5

Thursday 16th April - Start of Term 5

Monday 27th - Thursday 30th April - Mock SATs

Thursday 7th May - Year 6 PGL Residential Parent Information Session, 3.30 - 4.30pm

Friday 8th May - Bank Holiday - school closed

Monday 11th - Thursday 14th May - SATs week

Friday 15th May - Y6 post-SATs celebration day

Friday 22nd May - End of Term 5

 

 


General Reminders

Homework

In line with the school's Homework Policy, children in Year 6 are expected to complete homework tasks in English and maths which should take approximately one hour.  Reading is in addition to these tasks.  If children do not complete the tasks on time, they will be expected to complete them during a lunch hour.

 

Reading

 

Regular reading is of vital importance to support children's academic progress so please encourage your children to read as much as possible. We expect children to read at least five times per week and - if they can - for at least 20 minutes.  Children should record their reading in their new Homework/ Reading Diary and bring this in with their reading books on a daily basis.

 

Maths

 

Children should complete the task given to them by their teacher - this will usually be a paper-based task which consolidates learning from the week's lessons.  If children use the 'Maths Whizz' online programme, this must be done in addition to the class homework. The task will be due every Wednesday.

 

English 

 

Children should complete the work set by their class teacher. Please remind children of the importance of neat and clear presentation. Children should be writing in blue ink, using cursive handwriting and checking their work carefully for errors.

A SPaG task will be set on www.spag.com weekly. Children are expected to complete this every week, as part of their homework.

 

PE kits

 

Children should have their PE kits in everyday, even if it is not a designated PE day, as we often need to be flexible with our timetables.

Please make sure they have the correct, named kit for outdoor and indoor lessons, especially a warm navy tracksuit and trainers for the colder weather.

If children have their ears pierced, they will be expected to take out their earrings or cover them with medical tape for PE lessons.


The Year 6 Curriculum

Term 1 and 2:  On the Home Front

 

English: key texts - The Little Ships (Louise Borden) Friend or Foe (Michael Morpurgo)

Writing genres: Diary writing, letters home, a flashback story, balanced argument, instructions.

Mathematics: number skills, place value, calculations (written methods), fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

  • History - Aspects of British History during World War 2
  • Geography - Understanding and creating maps/ using grid references
  • Music - WW2 Composers and War-time songs
  • Art - Artist study - Michael Foreman: War images in watercolour
  • DT - 'Make do and mend' Christmas gifts/ decorations
  • Science - Light/ Electricity (Soldier shadow puppets and Morse Code machines)
  • Computing - Understanding the internet/ Internet safety/ checking the reliability of sources online 
  • PSHE - Diversity/ Democracy/ Safety awareness
  • RE - What matters most to Christians and Humanists? Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?
  • PE - Outdoor: basketball and handball, Indoor: Gymnastics and dance
  • French - Le Week-end (weekend activities) et Les vetements (clothing)
  • Educational Visits - Kings Hill WW2 walk/ Horton Kirby trip

Term 3:  Extreme Earth

 

English: Non-fiction information texts about Earthquakes and Volcanoes.  Newspaper reports and instructions.  Survival stories and Michael Morpurgo's 'King of the Cloud Forests'.

Mathematics:  Fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, scaling, measures, area, perimeter and volume.

  • Geography - Physical geography and World map work (Earthquakes and Volcanoes)
  • Science - Amazing Humans: understanding/ describing the main functions of the human circulatory system
  • Computing- Internet safety, checking the reliability of sources online and exploring apps
  • PSHE - E-safety/ staying safe online/ how to be a responsible digital citizen
  • PE - Rugby and dance
  • RE - What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
  • Music - composition based on natural disasters. The inter-related dimensions of music/ playing and performing together:'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'
  • French - Les vetements (clothing) et Ma journee (talking about daily routines)

Term 4 and 5: Mayans, Myths and Monsters

 

English:  Key texts - Mayan myths. Extended narrative, descriptive diaries, formal letters and persuasive writing.

Mathematics: Measures, geometry, statistics and revision in preparation for SATs.

 

  • History - The Mayan civilisation, including culture, reliability of sources, comparisons with other cultures
  • Geography - Compare UK with Central America (Mexico), Physical and human characteristics of Central America.
  • DT - Where food comes from: Cooking and Mexican food preparation (and tasting).
  • Science - Evolution and inheritance
  • RE - What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
  • Art - Fredrick Catherwood - Mayan art and sculptures/ Mayan headdresses
  • Computing- Internet safety, checking the reliability of sources online and exploring apps/ Programming and coding using Scratch
  • PE - Netball, multi-skills and gymnastics
  • PSHE - Strategies for coping with the pressure of school e.g. SATs/ strategies for coping with mood changes, beneficial and harmful substances
  • Music - The inter-related dimensions of music/ playing and performing 'You've got a friend'
  • French - Ma journee (talking about daily routines) et Les transports (talking about forms of transport)
  • Educational experiences - 'Ancient Mayan Day'

Term 6: Entertainers and Entrepreneurs

 

English:  Playscripts, drama, oral presentations, persuasion and character monologues

Mathematics: finance, spreadsheets, event planning, using a calculator.

 

  • Young Enterprise  
  • DT  - market research and design linked to Young Enterprise
  • PE - Athletics and cricket
  • PSHE - relationships, sex education, living in the wider world, careers talks and mental health
  • Music - performing together
  • Computing - Spreadsheets, multimedia presentations
  • Educational visits - PGL residential

Curriculum Resources

Y5/6 Common exception word list

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SPaG Glossary for parents
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Reading Plus

To support the children in reading this year, we have implemented the exciting Reading Plus online programme. Reading Plus targets the children's fluency and comprehension, directly improving their reading skills. As a result, we hope that the children will become quicker, more efficient readers.

Reading Plus has a variety of texts for the children to choose from and their progress can be monitored by us. This is an amazing benefit, as it means that we can see if the children are reading regularly and offer support where needed. The texts and comprehension questions are tailored for each child, making this accessible for everyone!

 

Reading Plus can be accessed on: https://student.readingplus.com/seereader/api/sec/login#

Our school's site code is: rpthedi2

Your child will be given their username and password soon.

SPaG.com

Following on from previous success, Year 6 will be using SPaG.com to aide the children in learning Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. This website is enjoyable for the children and we have found it to be highly effective! SPaG.com homework will be set by the class teacher and children will be told on a Friday if they have SPaG.com homework to complete.

 

Your child will be given their username and password soon.


Provision  Maps

Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school.  If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.


Meet the Teacher Evening

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Meet the Teacher Presentation slides
Meet the Teacher presentation 2019(2).pp
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Secondary School Applications

Secondary School Offers

Please see the information on the 'Transfer to Secondary School' page for current advice and information on the secondary school offers, acceptance, refusal and appeals process.

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KCC Admission to Secondary School in Kent Guide
Secondary-admissions-booklet-all-areas.p
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Key Dates for Parents

The Kent Test (11+) will take place on Thursday 12th September 2019.
Results of the Kent Test will be emailed/ posted first class to parents on Thursday 17th October 2019.
The deadline for all secondary applications is Thursday 31st October 2019.
National offer day will be on Monday 2nd March 2020.  You will be sent an email from the LA after 4.00pm and letters will be sent on this day by first class post.
Offers should be accepted or declined by Monday 16th March 2020.  The school recommends that you accept the offer, even if you are appealing for an alternative school place.

 

The deadline for lodging parent appeals is Friday 27th March 2020.
Action to take now
Go online to the KCC information on secondary admissions www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions and the online admissions site www.kent.gov.uk/ola

Year 6 Residential to PGL June 2020

This year, our Y6 Residential visit will take place from Friday 5th June - Monday 8th June 2020.  Details of the trip will be available in this section soon.


Prefects

 

Well done to the following children for becoming Prefects this term:

 

Galileo

 

Daniel

Millie

William

Imogen

 

Peake

 

Lilly

William

Izzy

Ellen

 

Winston

 

Penny

Nora

Zayd

Ollie

The prefects' duties will include:

  • Welcoming children and parents into school.
  • Demonstrating how children should behave in and around the school.
  • Helping to organise assemblies and lead the school prayer.
  • Being ambassadors of the school at fairs and events.
  • Talking to parents and visitors at information events.