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The whole school celebrated World Poetry Day today, 21st March 2018. Originally designed as a time to appreciate and support poets around the world. We used World Poetry Day to share, write, perform and read poetry. Have a look to see how our classes celebrated.
Have a look at the range of exercise we do at Petham!
On Friday 9th of March, we celebrated our own World Book Day. We all dressed up as our favourite book character and shared stories in our classes. Classes wrote their own book reviews, post cards from their favourite character and explained to each other the characteristics of their favourite book character.
On Thursday, Woodpeckers went to Kent Life Heritage Farm in Maidstone to learn about Victorian Times. We were able to get hands on with jobs including: washing clothes in the manner of a scullery maid; honing our nursing skills with Florence Nightingale; as well as making our own rag rugs. It was an enjoyable day for all and we were fortunate that the weather was also kind to us on this day. We look forward to using our knowledge in our topic work.
At Petham, we really like growing things! We have our own vegetable gardens and, with the support of our wonderful parent volunteers, we made a rather sad-looking part of our playground into a beautiful sensory garden. We are now in the middle of transforming our corridor into a greenhouse, come and have a look at how well our seedlings grow.
Every year our Year 6s build an Eco Car, from scratch, and they race their car against similar cars built by children from other schools. This year we will have two teams and two cars. An engineer comes every Friday afternoon to assist the children in building the car, and ensuring it works properly, but the children complete the bulk of the work themselves. They also design and make the exterior of their cars.
At Petham, we value music and believe that every child should have the opportunity to regularly sing, listen to music and learn to play an instrument. We have a weekly singing assembly and every class has a weekly music lesson by our music specialist Mrs Blake. For those wanting to learn more, individual piano, cello and violin lessons are offered.
A whole week of science? Why not!
On Tuesday 30th January, 21 Petham children and a few members of staff travelled to the O2 to take part in the Young Voices concert. Altogether 7678 children formed the Young Voices Choir that evening and it was an amazing experience! Thank you Mrs Blake for making sure we all knew the songs and dances!
On the 2nd of February it was the NSPCC Number Day and we celebrated all things maths for the whole week. We started with a maths assembly in which Mrs Deysel played a number game against the whole school (Mrs Deysel lost, twice!) and ended with a Maths Café in which we invited all the parents to taste the food and drink we made following recipes and to admire some of the maths art work we made. In between we played lots of maths games, tried to make the number 2018 in as many different ways as possible and cracked a few codes. We also raised £144 for the NSPCC.
Look at what we get up to on a day to day basis!
On the last day of Term 2 we held our Christmas and Celebration Assembly in the church. The children sang, presented work and some received awards for Wonderful Work or Star of the Term. Thank you to all of you who came and supported us, Merry Christmas!
We were very pleased to have been invited to take part in the Journey to Christmas service on Sunday 3rd of December. The children sang beautifully and did Petham School proud. Thank you to Mrs Blake for organising this event.
On the evening of Thursday 30th November, 15 Petham children sang in the Rural Primary Schools Christmas Concert. It was an amazing and fun experience and we want to thank Mrs Blake for making it all possible!
On 30 November, seventeen talented young finalists battled it out for the title of Young Cook 2017. Alice and Antonin were selected from hundreds of entries to take part in this battle. They both did extremely well and we are so very proud to say that Antonin was announced as the winner of the Primary category! Well done to both Alice and Antonin, you've made Petham proud.
On Thursday 8th November we held a Remembrance Assembly. Mrs Allen talked about what Remembrance is all about, Henry came along to play 'The Last Post' on his bugle, and the whole school sang a beautiful Hebrew song to remember those who have fallen.
On Friday 20th October we celebrated our Harvest Festival and end of term Celebration Assembly in the church. The children sang songs, performed poetry and showed some of their art work. The collection of dried goods will be added to the church collection and will be donated to the Ashford Food Bank.