Accelerated Reader Prize Draw!
Here is our well deserved winner for terms 1& 2. He can now enjoy more books through his Kindle Fire.
I wonder if you can be in the draw at the end of Term 4 for the Kindle Fire?
Make sure you hit your target and score an average of 85% or above on your quizzes.
Buster's Book Club
This week we have launched Buster's Book Club in collaboration with KM Group. Our pupils are set individual, class and whole school targets of amounts of minutes to read for. Every week a class is awarded the Buster Book Club Award, and individual pupils are recognised and awarded for their successes in reading.
Please encourage your child to read regularly, including a range of text types. Ask them to read to you and ask them questions about what they are reading.
Winners This Week!
Friday 3rd February 2017
Well done to Year 6, who achieved over 1000 minutes of reading on Wednesday evening!
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Over the course of the last two years we have worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and The Canterbury Academy to bring Shakespeare to our pupils in an engaging and exciting way.
During 2015/16 Bapchild and Tonge pupils took part in a collaborative performance of Henry V, culminating in a performance at The Marlowe Studio in Canterbury.
This year, as part of the 400 year anniversary of Shakepeare's death we again joined forces to perform an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream with schools across the county. We were visited by a director and actors from the RSC, pre-performance, to learn about a range of acting techniques including voice projection, character, staging and 'fight scenes'. In March, we performed alongside primary and secondary schools at The Marlowe Theatre, with great success.
We were then offered the opportunity to select two pupils to perform at The Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakepeare's hometown, alongside pupils from schools across the country. Eleanor Crispe and Millie Garlinge were selected to perform. They spent a number of weekends working with drama coaches from The Canterbury Academy and the RSC in preparation for their performance.
On Monday 4th July we travelled to Stratford-upon-Avon, where the girls spent two days rehearsing; meeting actors, theatre crew and directors; learning about the technical aspects of theatre and, ultimately, performing in a magical adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Parents and dignitaries from across the country watched the performance with awe, as all of the pupils did a fantastic job of bringing the play to life.
We are very proud of the achievements of all of our pupils who have taken part in this amazing experience and know that these experiences will be remembered for a long time with fondness and pride.
National Storytelling Week 2016
Our whole school text for National Storytelling Week is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We have already had some visits from a number of Lewis Carroll's favourite characters. Who can you spot below?
Every day we are having new stories read to us in assembly and we are writing stories of our own to tell each other. Our focus this week is developing our enjoyment of learning, telling and creating stories!
What do we want for our children and what does English look like in our school?
Children will value their English education in all areas; speaking and listening, reading, writing and all that encompasses this. Children will have a profound command of the English language enabling them to not only read for pleasure but empowering them through the acquisition of knowledge. Our children will be confident to discuss, explain, present and debate through the wide and varied use of the English vocabulary. They will be fluent in transcription and creative in composition demonstrating a love of English which is built on a foundation of good quality texts from the diversity of modern texts to great historic literature.