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A caveman in Year 3!

Year 3 had an unexpected visitor last week.  Whilst studying the Stone Age a confused caveman appeared in their classrooms.  The pupils showed him how to use a chair and hold a pencil.  They taught him a few words and showed him how a computer works!  The caveman then showed the children how to make fire!

Year 5 begin their Ancient Greece topic with a visit to Athens!

Year 5 flew to Athens at the start of term to begin their first topic "Meet the Greeks" - they looked at artefacts, explored the Greek alphabet and used a series of clues and evidence to solve an Ancient Greek murder mystery!  

They also made a human timeline of key events in Ancient Greek history to explore chronology and how to show accurate timescales in historical timelines. They then asked questions as a historian about each event and used this to decide what really important questions they want to answer and learn about over the next few weeks  

Blood smoothies in Year 6 Science

Year 6 have worked very creatively this month in their learning about blood.  They made blood smoothies where the ingredients represented the different parts of blood: red and white blood cells (strawberries and marshmallows), plasma (pineapple juice) and platelets (cake decorating sprinkles).  They then studied microscopic images of blood and transformed these into works of art. They also learned about the functions of the different parts of the heart, creating superb 3D models out of clay!

Primary Councillors invited to visit Ocean Museum and Control Room!

On Wednesday 15th May, Primary Councillors from King's College Alicante went on their first official Council trip to the Ocean Museum Project in Alicante. This is part of their work on the sustainabilty of our Oceans and the war on plastic pollution. 
Over the last two years the Primary Council and the Ocean Project have worked in partnership to ensure that children, teachers, parents and the wider community are working to keep our Oceans clean and free from plastic pollution. During the visit, the children learned about the amazing Ocean Race which involves so many people from different parts of the world. They had a chance to explore a vessel, experience what being in a boat race would be like by going on the simulator and to top it all, they were given a very special tour of the Ocean Race Control Room, where communication with boats takes place.  Executive Director of the Project, Mr Dougal Cristie, said that he was really pleased to work closely with the school and particularly the Primary Council. Following this visit, Lucy Hunt, the Sustainability Officer from the Ocean Project, will be speaking to the whole Primary school at a special assembly on 6th June. 
This trip to the Ocean Museum was an excellent cross phase event involving children from all year groups.  

Down on the farm!

Various year groups in the primary school have been on trips and visits this term. Year One and Reception went to a nearby farm where they met a variety of farm animals, rode on a tractor and baked their own bread! The children had a fantastic time and the trips really brought to life their in school learning about farm animals and healthy food.

Primary Carnival Day!

On Thursday 28th February, the entire primary school dressed up to celebrate the Alicante carnival weekend. As 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the King´s Group (which was founded in 1969) we decided that our theme for the dressing-up would be 1960s!
All the children and staff enjoyed being creative and home-made costumes were encouraged. We had a great variety of cosumes, from hippies to astronauts, Grease characters and the 1966 world-cup winning England football team!
In Early Years, a parent came in and played 1960s songs on his guitar and the children enjoyed their sing-a-long.
The whole primary school then held a carnival parade in the sunshine!

Author of IHERO, Steve Skidmore, wows Alicante Pupils

Author Steve Skidmore, who wrote IHero, Code Mission and Kung Fu Kitten amongst many others, visited King’s College Alicante to do workshops with children from Year 1 to Year 6.  Children were really excited as many of them have read Steve's books which they love. During the course of the day, he used children and teacher volunteers to demonstrate how to write and create imagery and atmosphere.  Later in the day, he led a very special workshop for some of our gifted and talented pupils who see themselves as future authors.


Parents Participate in putting the Jigsaw pieces together at PSHEE&C Workshop.

So what is PSHEE&C? That’s what parents found out at a recent workshop that they attended at King’s College Alicante.  They learned that their children receive at least one hour a week where they discuss things which may affect them personally or socially; may impact on their health, education and economy as well as develop them as citizens.

At King's College Alicante, every child from nursery to Year Six will participate in Jigsaw lessons where they will learn to be calm, as well as to develop as citizens in their class, school, home, community and the wider world. They will meditate during their Jigsaw lesson as well focusing on specific areas.  There are 6 key topics or puzzles:

  • Being me in my world

  • Celebrating differences

  • Dreams and Goals

  • Healthy Me

  • Relationships

  • Changing Me.

Each of these puzzles lasts 6 weeks. During this time, every child should be calm and listening to the speaker.  Parents, who attended the workshop last week, were able to practise being calm, like their children in a PSHEE&C lesson.  

Over 100 parents attended and many said that they would have liked to have experienced these lessons when they were younger. Many asked for further workshops on practical ways of helping children learn and focus.

There will be further workshops held on PSHEE&C later in the year, looking  particularly at Relationships and Health Education which will be statutory in the UK from September 2019.