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.
Gardening Competition at Wisley
On May 24th and 25th, some of the Year 5 children will be taking part in a gardening competition at The Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley. They have had to design a miniature garden (1m square) based on a Wildlife theme. It has to be the children’s own work; they have designed and planted it themselves. As you can see from the photos, work on their garden is progressing well. On the 24th we transport the elements of the garden to Wisely; the children then recreate their garden, where it remains on show for the half term week. Judging takes place on Friday 25th. I am sure you will join us in wishing them good luck in this exciting venture!
Today, the Aqua Lab came to visit us. The children were able to learn about the River Stour, pond life and life cycles.
Creepy Claws Club
Creepy Claws Club - The children have an opportunity to learn about and handle a wide range of animals. This week the theme was ...... reptiles!! The children were all really brave!
Race for Life 2018
Everyone participated in our Race for Life - 5km, lots of water, tired legs, a medal and a massive sense of achievement! Well done Team Petham!
Take a look at our latest additions to Swallows Class. 6 healthy little duckling eggs arrived, watch the slide show to see their progress.... A fantastic experience for all the children!
Swallows Class trip to The Beaney
Swallows trip to The Beaney. We had great fun playing with a range of Victorian toys and games - especially the 'feather blowing'! The children and staff dressed up and we even got to make our own marbles!
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 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 music lesson, for those wanting to learn more, individual piano, cello and violin lessons are offered.
Science at Petham
A whole week of science? Why not! Swallows made bread rolls. They compared the mixture at various stages and noticed how the yeast made the rolls get bigger when left in a warm place. They sequenced the instructions in the correct order and Year 2s found all the bossy verbs in the recipe. They also measured and weighed 2 lumps of ice and recorded the measurements every hour to see which one melted more quickly (one in the classroom and one outside). They found that water freezes to become ice, melts to become water again and can become steam if boiled, and when steam cools it becomes water again. The photos show an investigation where the children first had to try to pick up ice cubes with a piece of string which they found impossible. They then laid the string on the ice cubes and sprinkled salt on top, counted to 60 and found they were able to lift the ice cubes up by the string because the salt had melted the ice but it had then re-frozen and stuck the string to the ice cube. We decided this was actually science, and not magic in our conclusions!!!
KS2 started the term with an outreach visit from St. Anselm's school. A teacher and a group of students set up a range of activities in the hall and shared these with both Owls and Woodpeckers. These activities linked to and enriched the children's learning about the topic of Light. The children were able to send Morse code messages, use periscopes and investigate optical illusions. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and meeting the secondary school students.
Author Visit and Writing Workshops KS2
On Friday 27th April the author, C. S. Clifford, came to visit Petham. He started the morning with a KS2 question and answer session and discussed his books with us. He visited both Woodpeckers and Owls for class writing sessions, focusing on adding excitement and drama as well as editing and improving writing. Some examples can be seen in the photographs. Mr Clifford finished the day with story telling for the whole school and a book signing session.
Petham Netball Team
Petham Netball team took part today, 19th April, in the Kent School Games High 5 Netball Tournament. The children were brilliant and displayed fantastic team work skills along with kindness and respect for the other teams. Well done Petham!
We thoroughly enjoyed our Easter Assembly in the Church. Owls Class put on a performance about Easter around the world and all classes showed some of their work, read poetry or sang songs. It was a great ending to Term 4.
We take pride in our displays and a lot of thought and effort goes into them. Have a look at what we do to celebrate our children's work and embed our vision for the school.
Book Day 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.
World Poetry Day
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.
Fire Safety Day
On Tuesday 7th November we had a visit from firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service. They came to talk to us about fire safety and awareness. Each class had a personalised presentation which gave them advice and information to use in everyday life.
Visit to Tesco
Woodpeckers Class went on a trip to Tesco to learn about healthy eating and food preparation. They baked some delicious bread and samples olives, bananas and lots more! Who knew a supermarket could be so much fun!
Woodpeckers Trip to Kent Life
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.
Young Voices 2018 in the O2
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!
Maths Week 2018
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.
Christmas Assembly 2017
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!
Journey to 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.
Gulbenkian Christmas Concert
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!
Kent Cooks Final 2017
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.
Harvest Festival 2017
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.