Focus Days, looking back on our first year
We enjoyed six fabulous Focus Days last year which provided immersive learning opportunities in English, science, history, RS, Art and DT, geography, music and French.
In Art and DT, Year 3 visited Mark Cross Garden Centre to sketch koi carp and returned to school to make willow fish in the woods; Year 4 enjoyed a trip to Wilderness Wood where they used natural materials to make art; Year 5 built charcoal burners in the woods and used the charcoal to draw with; Year 7&8 enjoyed a visit to a local sheep farm and used wool to make felt landscapes.
For geography – Year 3 enjoyed workshops on rainforest adaptations; Year 4 improved their mapping skills on a walk around Tunbridge Wells, and made bird feeders to enhance our own environment; Year 5 had a brilliant trip to Cuckmere Haven to study the river formations; Year 6 learned about ecosystems and planted the school vegetable plot; Year 7&8 took part in an exciting world trade and global poverty workshop.
In RS – Year 3 explored the traditions and ceremonies of multi-faith prayer; Year 4 studied Easter and made Easter gardens; Year 5 Trip had a great trip to Canterbury Cathedral; Year 6 learned a great deal during their visit to Hindu Temple in Crawley; Year 7&8 learned about how religion is expressed through music and art.
For English and drama Year 3 wrote and illustrated their own Rainforest Stories; Year 4 developed their instruction writing skills using an Egyptian theme; Year 5 studied Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and made pop up books; Year 6 enjoyed a gruesome special effects make-up workshop; Year 7&8 used innovation skills to invent a new product and pitch for investment in a Dragon’s Den style competition.
In history, Year 3 made Celtic hill forts and woad; Year 4 loved their Archaeology workshop on Ancient Egypt; Year 5&6 enjoyed a Penshurst Place workshop on The Tudors; Year 6 were fascinated by their World War 2 workshop; Years 7&8 were given an historical tour of Battle Abbey.
For science Year 3 studied magnets and magnetic forces; Year 4 conducted water-based investigations on a Titanic theme; Year 5 completed a materials investigation through the egg drop challenge and making UV bracelets.
In French, Year 6 were ‘en vacances’ learning through workshops on a holidays theme. And finally, Year 7&8 became international delegates for a day, when they took part in Model United Nations Day.
What a year, we look forward to seeing what this academic year holds!