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11th February 2022

PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT NOTICES IN INTRODUCTION.

Please use the menu following Mr Mercer-Kelly’s introduction to quickly access letters, news and reminders relevant to your year group (s).

Dear Parents, 

Standing in front of others to present or perform can be a daunting task. Being true to yourself and standing up for what you believe can equally be so. Doing these things requires a self-assured belief in your own abilities – in other words, confidence.  

I have seen these evidenced in Kingsley pupils in a variety of ways this week; 

  • in assembly, one of our sixth formers performed a beautiful piece on the piano;  
  • in a Governors’ meeting our Prep Head Girls explained their understanding of protected behaviours and how to deal with things that were worrying them; 
  • one of our pupils gave a presentation to the Senior School on LGBTQ+ history month; 
  • a pupil wrote to me about how passionate they were about climate change and that they actively want to do something about this. 

All of these things require confidence and I am genuinely proud when I see young people grow in this characteristic. I have heard testimonies from parents who have seen a similar transformation in their child during their time at Kingsley. So what is it about Kingsley that does this?  

I have seen confidence in other schools arise because pupils have to metaphorically elbow their way to the front in order to be seen and heard. Whereas at Kingsley I see confidence arising from the supportive community we have where we encourage each other to step up and take the lead. It is a confidence that grows through empowerment, through being given opportunities to try new challenges, and through nurturing by teachers. It is my sincere hope that all Kingsley pupils will have greater confidence as a result of their experiences with us. 

With kind regards, 

James Mercer-Kelly
Headteacher

 

Important notices and reminders

 

Covid

We continue to be vigilant with regards to Covid and have been tackling any local clusters of cases in line with the guidance we have received from Public Health England and the Government. May I remind you of the continued importance of twice weekly testing and that you should inform the School of any positive cases is via the reporting link below; 

https://evolve.edufocus.co.uk/myevolve/covidtestresults.asp?thekingsleyschool 

We are ever grateful as a whole community for your continued support. 

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PREP SCHOOL EGG HUNT OPEN MORNING

Do you know a family who may be interested in finding out more about the Prep School? Our Easter egg hunt themed Open Morning is taking place on Saturday 5th March 2022 and bookings are now open at the link below:

www.thekingsleyschool.co.uk/egghunt

SENIOR SCHOOL TASTER MORNING FOR CURRENT YEAR 5 PUPILS

Our Senior School Taster Morning for current Year 5 pupils is open for bookings and filling up fast! Places can be registered at the link below:

www.thekingsleyschool.co.uk/tastermorning

ISA FILM AND DIGITAL ART COMPETITION

The Independent Schools Association is holding a film, animation and digital art competition and I was wondering if any of you would like to take part? Maybe you use Procreate on your iPad in your spare time or make stop-motion animations? Or maybe you like to play around with Photoshop to create surreal scenes? If this is up your street please come chat to me or drop me an email and I’ll look into the entry requirements for you!
Mr Lax
Head of Art and Photography

Reminders & Notices

A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Could I ask that you check hair this weekend for head lice, and treat if required.

I know that lateral flow testing continues to be a weekend priority, and rightly so, but please remember the importance of regular checking for head lice.  I also ask that hair is always kept fully tied back when in school, and brushes or combs are not shared.

Thanks for your continued vigilance in keeping our community healthy.

LUNCH MENUS

Please view our lunch menus at the links below. Next week will be Week 3.

Prep School Menu

Senior School Menu

CELEBRATING SUCCESS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL

We love to hear about our pupils’ successes outside of school. Please do keep us updated with any news items – sporting achievements, performing opportunities, charity work, and everything in between, so that we can celebrate in school and with our community via online channels. Please send any details through to schooloffice@kingsleyschool.co.uk FAO Mr Farrington-Smith.

Prep School Bulletin

PREP SCHOOL WELCOME

Dear Parents,

As we end the penultimate week of the first half term of 2022, I feel what’s needed is a moment to pause and reflect on everything the pupils have achieved at this half-way point in our academic year. This week has been quietly exciting as some year groups have had to be put into zones but it has not prevented us from presenting many opportunities to inspire pupils’ learning and share these moments in our Friday Celebration Assembly. Earlier this week, there was also excitement outside school as a film crew had set-up so some of our pupils got the opportunity to see a little lights, camera, action as Beauchamp Avenue was transformed with the addition of 1960 and 70’s cars – all is back to normal now…

As teachers we continually reflect on ways to enhance our teaching. We ask ourselves: How did the pupils respond to the day’s lesson? Were the learning intentions met? How could we better manage our time? What methods might engage our pupils? What were some of the highlights from our week? To answer the final question, let me share with you the scope and variety of learning opportunities that capitivated pupils across our three phases.

In EYFS, our youngest children were thinking about the seasons and how the behaviour of animals changes during different times of the year. The children have been introduced to quite complex vocabulary such as hibernation and migration and have already shown they are starting to understand these concepts. Do we have a budding David Attenborough in our midst?

In Year 6, our oldest pupils were learning about the Battle of Dunkirk and they were using the spirit of Dunkirk as a vehicle to discuss the benefits of team working. This French coastal location then became the focal point for the pupils’ art lesson. I am really looking forward to seeing the Year 6 artworks!

The Year 2 pupils were consumed by facts as their English lessons were all about information texts. The class were producing their very first information texts that was based on the book, ‘Follow the Moon Home’ which is all about a sea turtle. I now know how to sign ‘sea turtle’, so please ask the pupils in Year 2 to show you, too!

To mark the fact that it was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, pupils in Year 3 and 4 collaborated during a follow-up E-Safety lesson. The classes not only demonstrated lots of knowledge about how to stay safe online but how imaginative they are at designing posters that reminded us all about how important it is not to share personal details with anyone that we do not know really well.

Year 1 spent their science lessons testing the properties of different materials including those that were transparent, opaque, absorbent and non-absorbent plus those that were waterproof and those that weren’t! The class were fully engaged in their learning and took great pleasure in seeing Miss Fennell getting soaked.

The splendour of Egypt was brought into school on Thursday as Year 5 had an exciting day immersing themselves in everything Egyptian. All the class dressed up in fantastic costumes to take part in an Ancient Egyptian workshop day. Activities included: writing hieroglyphics with reed pens, mummification and a VR session exploring the sites of Egypt.

What an amazing week it has been in Prep! Here in school, we are all looking forward to enjoying a wonderful weekend to recharge. We all wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend, too.

Kindest regards,

Mrs Suzanne Holmes
Deputy Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL

This week in Pre-school we have been looking at the season of summer. We have used our number recognition to complete summer themed dot to dot pictures and colour by numbers. We have enjoyed creating ice cream delights in our ice cream parlour – the children have been very creative using play dough and loose parts to make some spectacular ice cream sundaes.

RECEPTION

Reception have been learning about the behaviour of our garden animals throughout the seasons. For example, squirrels collecting acorns in autumn or small birds flying south for the winter. The children have created some delightful papier-mâché creatures including bats, rabbits, hedgehogs, squirrels, toads and sparrows. Afterwards, we created a 3D chart to show how animals survive winter. The children thought about whether the animals hibernate, migrate or stay warm depending on their family sizes, physical attributes and habitats. Some very impressive vocabulary used by all.

YEAR 1

Year 1 have been continuing with their science topic, ‘everyday materials’. They completed a total of four experiments in their lesson this week and investigated the absorbency of different materials, whether they were waterproof or not and whether they were bendy, transparent or opaque. As you can see, the children loved investigating and thought it was especially funny when Miss Fennell got absolutely soaked!

YEAR 2

Year 2 have been working on an English project where they have been researching sea turtles for their information pages. All fun facts have been gathered in readiness to complete their own information page linked to a wonderful story called ‘Follow the Moon Home’.

YEAR 3

In Year 3, our class reader is based on our Anglo-Saxon topic and is called ‘Freedom for Bron: The Boy Who Saved a Kingdom’. It is a story of a young boy who is a blacksmith’s slave and his bid for freedom with an old, but strong and wise warrior called Beogard. The children have been testing their ability to recall the story through our Guided Reading and Reading Comprehension sessions. They have also had to consider their own thoughts and feelings if they were put in the same position as Bron. It has certainly been thought provoking.

In Creative Curriculum, we have been getting ready for our Anglo Saxon day up at the field by preparing our (pretend!) shields, swords and daggers. We cannot wait!

YEAR 4

Year 4 have been working so hard this week and I have been so impressed by the pupils’ energy and enthusiasm for all things Kingsley. Here are Elsa and Elia enjoying some time with Aerin in the playground.

In maths, we have been developing our understanding of working with unit and non-unit fractions. Here are some of the class showcasing some of the calculations that they were learning to do on our working wall.

This week’s English lessons have provided the class with additional skills to develop story-telling techniques along with enabling the pupils to write accounts of traditional tales from different characters’ perspectives. The pupils will be putting this into practice when they put together all of their ideas for their retelling of the story of Hansel and Gretel.

The class is feeling very proud of their Vincent Van Gogh inspired compositions that were started a few weeks ago. They perfectly compliment the work that was done to create ‘Emotion Trees’. These were created as part of the work the class did that was based on the book, ‘Felix After The Rain’.

YEAR 5

This week, Year 5 were studying the life of the Egyptian pharaoh,​ Tutankhamun. In English the class had to write a newspaper report about how Howard Carter found the tomb of the Boy King and the wonderful treasures within his burial chamber. In art, the class used poster  paints and water colour paints to create wonderful colourful paintings of King Tut.

YEAR 6

This week, in PSHE, Year 6 have been reflecting on all of the wonderful successes they have had, in their learning and outside of school, over the past 12 months. Each of the class designed and created a special medal for another member of the class then awarded it to their peer in a special ceremony. The group talked about what they had needed to do in order to be successful in achieving their goals… dedication and commitment were recurring themes! Mrs Whittle is very proud of all the very talented Year 6 pupils.

PREP SPORT

Congratulations to Buddy (Y6), Aminah (Y5) and Emily (Y3) – our Sports Stars of the Week!

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