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World Oceans Day

From the upper floors of KCA, our children can see the Mediterranean. This proximity to the sea and the beach has made our children passionate about protecting our oceans and our environment more generally.

For several years now, we have worked in partnership with the Ocean Race Project and Ambiente Europeo - both to raise funds and to raise awareness of the need to protect our ocean and the precious sea life within them.  

Had we been in physical school, we were going to participate in World Oceans Day on Monday 8th June and have a full week of oceans learning combining knowledge and skills from science, geography, art and personal and social education. Instead, we changed our plans and we will still commemorate World Oceans Day but virtually!

For 4 consecutive Fridays our primary children have been off-timetable learning more about the Oceans. They started with an Oceans Art Friday where work inspired by nature was created in a multitude of forms. The best pieces from each class will appear in our KCA Virtual Art Gallery which is launched next week. The second Friday was Oceans Geography Friday where children learnt more about the oceans, countries and continents, as well as the sea life in our oceans and how endangered many species are. Our third Friday was Oceans Science Friday; children were introduced to STEM style open-ended tasks to design and build flood-proof houses and carry out their own scientific experiments linked to ice melting, rising sea levels and more!

The final Friday will be a showcase where the virtual art gallery is launched and the children get to share, celebrate and present their Oceans project work. We also invite our children to wear "Ocean colours" on this day and we have set-up a virtual fundraising page via our school website with all proceeds, again, going to Ambiente Europea to support their work to clean-up our oceans.

In addition to this, the children were set an Eco-Challenge to come up with any invention or idea which could help save our planet; the more original, the better! The quality of submissions has been excellent.


The children at KCA are passionate eco-warriors. They are our future and they believe it can be green!


Geography Challenge

Geography Challenge
This week’s challenge was on a global scale!
Children were tasked with creating the world in 2D or 3D form and presenting their research on continents, oceans and landmarks.
Once again, the creativity on show was fantastic! World maps were created using paper mache and balloons, footballs, rice, cress seeds, Lego, paper, Disney characters, jigsaws and more! Some children even designed their own geography board games!
The children and families at KCA seemed to enjoy this challenge and learning more about the world in which we live.
Have a look at the slides for a few of the most creative examples:

Music Challenge

The “Music Challenge”

Another fantastic weekly challenge with the children of KCA Primary showcasing their musical talents in abundance this week! We had pianos, guitars, violins, singers, songwriters, dancers and more! The challenge was linked to art and children could choose their own “Spicy level” to complete at home. I was amazed by their results and creative and unique efforts to write original lyrics and music; fantastic work from children in Reception to Year Six!

Please see here for a compilation video of some of my favourite examples:


Also see here for a very special video created by a family of two current children (Maria Y2 and Nika Y1)  and one future KCA child (Leon will join nursery in September) who wrote and performed a very special song in response to this week’s challenge:

Thank you everyone for your superb efforts this week!

Story Challenge

The “Story Challenge”
Another week, another challenge! This week’s challenge was for children to recreate a scene from their favourite story using any toys, objects, materials, people or event pets(!) they could find! We have had wonderful entries from nursery to Year 6 with children being very creative; many sent in videos of their families acting out story scenes or children retelling their favourite story with props and toys - all in beautifully spoken English.
The story scenes shared ranged from traditional nursery rhymes to Harry Potter and everything in-between! Thank you once again KCA Primary children - your creativeness and imagination have astounded me!
You can see a selection of some story scenes here:

Rainbow Challenge

This week’s challenge was for two purposes: to thank the key workers who are keeping us all safe and to ensure the children were aware of the new rules for them being allowed outside.
KCA primary children once again rose to the challenge and came up with some fantastic ideas! The challenge was to create a rainbow as creatively as possible using any materials; they could have used the materials and coloured paper in the stationery pack we posted them from school or any other material they had at home.
It was fantastic to see children from Nursery to Year 6 be creative and have fun with this challenge and it was lovely that so many families took part together this week.
Here are just a few photos of some of the wonderful and creative ideas!
Click "play" to start the slideshow.
Next week’s challenge is the “Story Challenge” which has just been set…. Watch this space next week for some more fabulous ideas!

The "Key Challenge"

The “Key Challenge”

This week’s challenge was in two parts:

  1. What does the key open?

  2. Where does it lead?

Children came up with lots of creative ideas in a range of formats. There were movies, comic strips, stories, drawings, models and more!

The children of King’s College Alicante are so creative! Have a look at here at just a few examples of the fantastic work the children produced:


Look out for next week’s rainbow challenge…!

Look out for next week’s rainbow challenge…!

Open for learning!

Learning in the Primary school from Y1 - Y6 goes 100% “live” after the Easter holiday. The full English national curriculum lessons will be covered as normal, including specialist teaching in art, PE and music. English, maths, science, Spanish, PSHE and topic lessons will also continue. Week 1 back will focus the children on e-safety and ensure every child is confident with the tools and technology that are their new virtual classrooms.
We will be using safe, secure online platforms (BlueJeans and GoogleMeet) to ensure our children can still interact, in English, with their teachers in a fully immersive, two-way virtual classroom.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we are blending live and interactive sessions with pre-recorded video content to suit the age and stage of our youngest learners and their families.
We are also ensuring a balance of computer-based learning and screen-free time for all of our children, with their mental health and well-being a high priority and top consideration.
The other aspects of school life will also continue virtually such as celebration assemblies, diversity assemblies, school council meetings, themed weeks and World Book Day.
We are very much still “Open for Learning!”

City Challenge!

To ensure the creativity thread of our curriculum continues, each week the Head of Primary, Miss Lally, has set the whole school a weekly challenge focussed on a theme with an initial stimulus video giving the children their challenge.
This week’s was the “City Challenge” where children could research real cities, geographical facts, capitals, flags, countries, etc. Or, they could be more creative and draw or build a 3D model of a real city they have visited or wished to visit. 
For those who are more imaginative, they could design their own “perfect city” and describe what life is like there. Some were made of Lego, some of recycled boxes and even gift wrap and bows!
The range of entries from nursery to Year 6 were fantastic and included: “Dino-city”, “Superzing-city”; an excellent sketch of St Petersburg; movies; slideshows; world maps; recreations of the Eiffel tower; research on London famous landmarks and many more!
Well done KCA Primary children for showing your excellent learning and creativity through this week’s challenge.

Virtual Assemblies are a hit!

Despite the fact we can no longer gather together in our multi-purpose hall for assemblies, we can still bring our children together to celebrate their achievements in virtual school each week. Like we normally would, we celebrate “Stars of the Week”, birthdays, house points, Times Table Rock Star champions and more! Each week there is a focus which class teachers look out for to aware “Virtual Learner” certificates and these are sent to the children who have been nominated. We even start and finish with our usual singing and dancing to cheer everyone up!

Sunflower Challenge

The first challenge was the “Sunflower Challenge” which saw children be very creative in their depiction of Van Gogh’s sunflowers or any other painting or object which made them smile.
The sunflowers and pictures sent in were fantastic! Below is just a snapshot from across the primary school.
Some of the most creative involved Lego with moving parts, dried pasta, watercolours, computer-graphics and more! Have a look here : 
Look out for the creative challenge next week!