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Year 1 Trip to the Botanical Gardens

Today the Year 1 children took a trip to the Botanical Gardens. The plants are children alike enjoyed the sunny weather. The children learnt all about different types of plants that grow in a range of climates. The staff at the gardens explained to the children about how we must properly care for plants, and what they need to grow. 




Judo End of Year Demonstration

The Judo children showed off their skills today, in front of all the parents. Fede and the Judo team showed the parents how far the children had come since the start, and everything that they had learnt. To celebrate the occasion, the children were awarded certificates as well as medals. We're very proud of our little Judo champs! 




Year 2 Trip to American Museum

Today the Year 2's took a trip to the Madrid Museum of the Americas.The artifacts in the museum represent a range of periods, from American Prehistory to the present, with special emphasis in pre-Columbian Archaeology, Ethnography, and Colonial Art. The children were able to appreciate a culture and history with a lot of depth and detail. 




Piano and Violin Concert

We were absolutely blown away this week at how well our musicians did in their piano and violin concerts. We had children from Reception through to Year 2 playing various songs that they had been learning throughout the year. I'm sure all the parents will agree that they did brilliantly, and we're very proud not only of their musical ability but also the confidence they showed playing in front of a crowd. Well done! 




Year 1 Wild Flower Hunt

The Year 1's have been exploring again! This time they were hunting the wild flowers that are popping up now that the weather is sunny. The children were learning how to gather data; counting the number of flowers in a tally chart, and then adding up the totals. In this way, the children combined learning about nature and practicing mathematics as well. 




Reception go to the Planetarium

Our Reception classes, after having studied all about the space, aliens and the universe, had the chance to take their learning one step further and look everything space-related up close! The children looked at the robotics used for space exploration, as well as the different stars in our galaxy. 




Gluten Free Day at KIS

Today our kitchen staff were keen to teach us all about gluten, where it is found, and how it can be harmful to certain people. It is important that the children understand the difficulties that those with celiac disease must overcome. Luis prepared some bread without gluten, so that we could compare it to bread with gluten. Thank you to our fantastic kitchen staff for the extra work they put in today! 




Reception Assembly

On Monday afternoon, the Reception classes both put on a show to celebrate their very succesful year! They taught us all about 3-D shapes, and dinousaurs and showed us how they can sing and dance. We were very pleased that so many parents showed up to celebrate with us, and we couldn't be prouder of the courage the children demonstrated, talking and singing in front of such a big crowd. Well done Reception!




San Isidro Dress up Day

 
Today we celebrated San Isidro, one of the most popular holidays in Madrid. We asked the children to come dressed up in the traditional Chualpo/Chulapa clothing, and we took the opportunity to celebrate Madrid and Spain in general. In the afternoon, we hosted a Chocolate con Churros event for the parents to come and relax and talk to us. It was fantastic to see so many parents turn up and have a good time! 




Year 1 teaches us about Africa!

Last week the Year 1 children had been working very hard to put on a brilliant show about Africa. The two classes, in addition to performing Handa's Surprise also taught us a lot of facts. Each child demonstrated what they had learnt about the unique and rich culture. All their parents came to see what they children had come up with, and they were very proud of what they saw. Thank you year 1!




Sports Day at KIS

The children had some very special visitors today from LLS. A group of young sports coaches who have a passion for teaching children about sport and encouraging participation from every child. It was a joy to watch each child explore their inner athlete, and I'm sure that many children were inspired to participate more actively in sports in the future. Thank you very much! 




Easter Egg Hunts!

We were all very surprised to see that the Easter Bunny had come in the night, and hidden chocolate eggs all over the school. Each class had to follow a set of clues to find the final prize, their delicious chocolate egg. It was a very fun way to finish the term, after everyone had worked so hard. Thank you very much Easter Bunny!




Year 2 Trip to Faunia

 
Year 2 explored their wild side by taking a trip to Faunia, where they had the chance to see and learn about a wide variety of wild animals, as well as their habitats. Faunia displays examples of Jungle, Polar and African Rainforest habitats. We're hoping this experience helped the children to understand the importance of protecting endangered species and respecting nature. 




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