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I was pleased in Senior School assembly this week to see so many pupils step forward to take up positions of responsibility on the various feedback committees here at Kingsley. I then visited one of these groups, our Student Voice committee, on Thursday morning, where I saw our Pastoral Prefect leading a discussion with Senior School pupils; it was encouraging to see different year groups actively working together, listening to one another and generating ideas that can improve everyone’s experience at our School.
“The silence … was deafening”. This was the cliff-hanger sentence that the Year 6 pupils were exploring in their creative story writing lesson that I visited as well this week. I enjoyed seeing them explore this apparently contradictory metaphor and decipher its meaning; it is when we listen that we can hear the most.
As a new member of the Kingsley community, I would like to listen to what you have to say. To that end I invite you to contribute to a short survey where I encourage all parents to share their thoughts about what we do well at Kingsley and what we could do even better. The survey is anonymous, but you can include your name and details should you wish the School to follow up with you in due course on any points you have raised.
I am also inviting all the pupils and my colleagues in the Prep, Senior School and Sixth Form to complete the same survey over the coming fortnight. It is important that I hear from every part of our community as I value your feedback. Your reflective comments will then help to inform the future direction and strategy for how we can confidently take The Kingsley School forward to be the very best it can be.
Thank you in advance for your time and support.
With kind regards,
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ASK THE AWKWARD – E-SAFETY ADVICE FOR PREP PARENTS
In this new series of articles, we share some helpful advice, tips and activities on how to keep your children safe online. Over the next few weeks we are publishing a very well thought out and age appropriate set of activities that will enable you to engage with your young people at home.
AGES 5-7 WEEK FOUR: TRUST
AGES 8-10 WEEK FOUR: FINDING HELP
ASK THE AWKWARD – E-SAFETY ADVICE FOR PARENTS
WEEK SEVEN: NEGATIVITY ONLINE
Being civilised is the glue that holds society together and in the offline world we have developed strategies to deal effectively with people who aren’t being civilised. With the online world it easier for people to hide and sadly some people have taken that as a cue to behave inappropriately. This week’s content gives some advice on how to cope if your young people come into contact with online negativity and there are useful links to follow.
TILLY TO PLAY ARIEL
FASHION AND TEXTILES O-LEVEL RESULTS
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WEEK 2: OPPOSITES
‘Opposites’ is a theme that seems really straight forward at first glance, but as demonstrated by this week’s entries it can be interpreted in infinite ways. I really like Isla and Aimee’s use of colour to show opposites, Georgina’s dramatically lit figures and Poppy’s trees from different seasons. They really stood out to me with different things about them appealing to me. Great work, everybody!
Next week’s theme will be: DEPTH
Deadline: Wednesday 26th January
Head over to the website to get some inspiration, and upload your entries. You can also see everyone’s entries from previous weeks: kingsleyart.uk/photoclub
HELP CELEBRATE NATIONAL BIRD DAY WITH KISSING IT BETTER
The Kissing It Better charity are looking for help with small bird themed home made items to gift bags, to meet the challenge of providing 400 gift bags for local hospitals and care homes.
The deadline for items is Friday 11th February, and ideas could be bird themed cards, cut out birds to hang up, or bookmarks.
Kissing It Better have also suggested a range of bird themed ideas to cheer up people in the community – have a look at the attached image for more details!
JESSICA PERFORMING AT THE BEDFORD CORN EXCHANGE
Jessica in Year 13 is performing as a soloist with Bedford Symphony Orchestra at the Bedford Corn Exchange on Saturday 29th January. Jessica will be performing Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Oboe in A Minor.
A superb opportunity as part of an exciting programme of music! Tickets and info are available at the link below:
REACH HIGHER HOMEWORK WEEK
In form time on Monday pupils in Key Stage 3 will make their choices for the upcoming Reach Higher homework week, which will run from Monday 7th February with homework to be handed in the following Monday (14th Feb). Year 7 pupils will complete a Science Fair project alongside one Reach Higher homework assignment of their choice. Year 8 and 9 pupils will complete homework for three subjects throughout the week, dividing up their usual weekly homework allowance for the week between these subjects. Some pupils may complete fewer assignments or use the week to catch up on other work if granted permission by their Head of Year or learning support teacher.
In response to feedback from pupils and parents we have agreed not to hold any tests during the homework week, or the week after it, with the possible exception of the first Monday and the exception of short routine vocabulary tests.
Please find booklets attached with full instructions and summaries from each department so your daughter can consider what is on offer before Monday. Pupils should not start any of the assignments until they have received full instructions from your teachers. Pupils will be emailed a link on Monday morning for them to make their choices.
WINE AND CHEESE EVENING WITH THE HEADTEACHER
We have a limited number of places available for our second Wine and Cheese Evening, giving the opportunity to meet Mr Mercer-Kelly and members of the Senior Leadership Team. The evening will include some delicious wines and cheeses to try, a tour of the Senior School site and the chance to meet our new Headteacher.
Tuesday 25th January 2022 – 18:00 – 19:30 – Please follow this link for tickets
BROMSGROVE YOUNG MUSICIANS PLATFORM APPLICATIONS
The Bromsgrove Young Musicians Platform is accepting applications until 4pm on Sunday 30th January. The platform is open to young musicians aged 9-17 who play instruments, and singers if aged over 13. For more information and to apply, please visit bromsgroveplatform.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org FAO Mr Farrington-Smith.
PREP SCHOOL WELCOME
I hope you have had a pleasant week and are looking forward to relaxing this weekend.
We have enjoyed visits from very important people this week, especially in Year 2; from all sorts of Olympic greats and inspirational dancers to the very elegant Audrey Hepburn in the form of Miss Bray. Thank you to all the parents who helped to make it such a fabulous day, and please do visit our social media platforms to enjoy a short video.
Mrs Holmes and I have been visiting classrooms to observe the children act out their versions of traditional tales and the Snow Queen this week. We hope to visit more exciting lessons next week.
We are very pleased to welcome all of our new children into The Kingsley Prep School; I have been so very proud to witness how our pupils have extended their hand of friendship and cared for them all this week.
Mr Mercer-Kelly, accompanied by our Education Governor Mr Keyes, dropped in to see Year 6 yesterday and to hear the class explain how changing one word in a sentence can have a dramatic impact on the meaning.
Next Wednesday, the 26th January 2022, Mrs Norris will be hosting a Maths Information Evening where she will share our calculation policy and explain the methods the children learn to use at different stages of their schooling. We hope many of you will be able to attend, but request confirmation by email to the Prep Office no later by 12noon on Wednesday.
From Monday, in light of recent events and the unpredictable weather, we have considered parental suggestions that for the time being, children may wear any form of suitable clothing for Forest School, as long as it is warm, appropriate, and does not impact on school uniform. All children must have waterproofs. The Friends of Kingsley plan to organise a collection of warm layers to help support all pupils going to Forest School sessions.
I wish you all a very pleasant weekend.
Mrs Monica Gamble
Head of Prep
This week in Pre-school we have been looking at the season of spring and rainy weather. We have used our observational skills to draw spring flowers, and our ICT skills to programme Beebots to move around our spring tuff tray.
We have also been super scientists, looking at where rain drops come from and completing an experiment to make our our rain cloud in a jar. We all looked amazed as the rain fell from our clouds!
This week Reception have been learning about Buddhist New Year. The class have created some lovely drawings to depict the celebrations and we have had many discussions about how these compare to New Year’s Eve in Britain.
We have also continued to learn about The Snow Queen. The children have painted some marvellous pictures of her and made mask to enjoy in their role-play too.
Year 1 have been learning about 3D shapes this week. They have learnt the difference between 2D and 3D shapes and now understand what three-dimensional means.
The children used the clap test to check if shapes were 2D or 3D (If they were 3D, then the children would not be able to clap their hands.
We are excited about revisiting this topic, to deepen our understanding of the 2D shapes that make up each 3D shape.
Year 2 pupils had a brilliant today focusing on ‘Inspirational People’ as part of their current topic, ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’. Well done to the whole class (and parents!) for putting so much effort into their costumes – it was wonderful to see so many inspirational people in one room, from Olympic gymnasts and tennis players to Instagram stars and actresses! The class enjoyed finding out more about their inspirational people in a range of activities throughout the day.
Year 3 have completed their Talk 4 Writing text map and actions on Beowulf and are now learning how to ‘crack the code’ of writing. We have been breaking down the information text so that we understand all parts of writing, including a hook, the main sentence, conjunctions and subordinate clauses. The class are nearly ready to write their own text about a hero warrior.
In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract crossing 10 and 100, therefore exchanging and borrowing.
Brilliant work done this week, Well done Year 3!
Another week of new beginnings in Year 4 as we have two new pupils to introduce you to! We would like to say a very warm welcome to Aerin and Sienna who have almost completed their first week with us!
This week, Year 4 have started to explore a very special story which is called ‘Felix After the Rain’ by Dunja Jogan. The class will be basing a wide range of creative pieces of work around the experiences of the main character, Felix. The class created emotion cards and their own suitcases that are intended to reflect why Felix is so weighed down by his large black suitcase.
As it’s the spring term, it’s time for a mental maths and times table challenge. In Year 4 we are restarting our campaign to become top experts in recalling and using times table and mental maths facts. Here is the class working through a series of challenging mental maths and multiples questions.
Year 4 have also started their new science topic learning about electricity and circuits with Miss Knight-Adams. The pupils have been identifying the differences between complete and incomplete circuits. They have corrected problems within a circuit and had a lot of fun building circuits using different electrical components.
Year 5 have continued their work on Fantastic Forces and have been learning all about friction. The class worked in groups to plan and carry out their own friction investigations. They had to write an investigation report which included an equipment list, steps for a method, predictions and a results table to record their findings.
For their investigation, Year 5 tested toy cars on different surfaces inside and outside of the Prep School. They measured the distance the car travelled using their mathematical skills and made conclusions for which surface created the most and least friction. Some pupils also completed an evaluation to consider how they could improve the investigation if they repeated it. Another fun forces lesson!
In our Creative Curriculum lesson this week, Year 6 experienced what it might have been like to seek refuge in an air raid shelter during World War II. We listened to Churchill’s ‘Finest Hour’ speech and shared stories about different people’s experience of the outbreak of war. To pass the time in the air raid shelter, we made memory boxes using scraps of paper, just like children would have done in the 1940s. Over the next few weeks, we will be filling our memory boxes with different creations which will be linked to World War II.