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A Week of Scientific Challenges

The Language of Learning values of Challenge, Communication, Positivity, Responsibility, Confidence and Perseverance were seen in abundance during the workshops and activities of this year’s ‘Structures and Materials’ themed Science Week. The whole school were involved, from Nursery to Year 8.

To fit in with their topic of Light and Shadows, Year 3 made their own kaleidoscopes made from recyclable materials.

Year 3 then began their new topic of Construction Materials; learning about earthquakes and buildings that have been reinforced by various materials and structural supports to survive sheer forces.  Pupils then used these ideas to construct earthquake resistant buildings that they tested on jelly platforms!

They also took part in a Knex workshop, investigating which structures provided the most stability.

In Architecture workshops, Year 4 built bridges, Year 5 designed and built Lego Houses, Year 6 made a huge ferris wheel, and Year 7 and 8 constructed skyscrapers.

Meanwhile Year 4 tried to build the tallest freestanding tower that could support a plastic cup containing five marbles. However, they were only allowed to use one newspaper, four sheets of card and sellotape!

To fit in with their topic of Lifecycles, Year 5 looked at the structure of flowers. They also looked at pollen grains under the microscope. Having dissected flowering plants and learnt about their structure they then went on to make their own model flowers. They then went on to sample organic honeycomb and they made beeswax candles and calculated the ratio of honey to wax produced by bees.  They investigated where hexagonal shapes occur in nature and discovered that bubbles will form hexagons!

Year 6 used their knowledge of levers, gears and pulleys and investigated the structure of various machines and made  moving models – with varying levels of success.

Year 7 investigated SMART Materials and their uses. They looked at thermochromic film, UV Beads, Smart Putty, Shape Memory Polymer and hydrogels. They made polymorph – which you can mould and shape by hand when it is put in hot water. Meanwhile, Year 8 Made biodegradable plastic from Potato Starch.

In the Pre-Prep, Nursery children looked at structures and materials of plants. In their Forest School session they made a Hapa-Zome print. Hapa-Zome means ‘leaf dye’, and is the Japanese technique of crushing flowers and leaves into fabric. The children found or selected their own leaves or flowers and were shown how to use the hammer safely to crush the plant to produce the dye.

Year 1 spent the week investigating ‘Edible Engineering’.  They constructed 2D and 3D shapes from marshmallows, built marshmallow towers, built walls from fudge to test the suitability of icing sugar vs frosting as a cementing material. They worked together to built the tallest structure they could from 100 cups and were stunned by some interesting EGGsperiments which demonstrated just how strong egg shells are.

Year 2 used Science Week to enhance their topic of ‘Vive la France’. They used their knowledge of equilateral triangles to construct the iconic pyramid at The Louvre, leant fascinating facts about the Eiffel Tower and then built their own from spaghetti, and then followed up with lots of tricky calculations on buildings of different sizes.

Pre-Prep Spring Concert

The Pre-Prep’s Spring Concert was an absolute delight and a lovely opportunity for the children to show what they’ve been learning in their music lessons. The whole of the Pre-Prep, from Nursery to Year 2, started and ended the concert with some very lively singing. The audience also enjoyed solo recitals as well as ensemble performances from the Pre-Prep Choir, the Year 1 Ocarina and Year 2 Boomwhacker groups.

The children clearly relished the chance to perform and it was wonderful to see them all enjoying the event so much.

Festive Foodbank Donations

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our collection for Sustain.  As ever, we were delighted with the response.  Our Year 8 pupils travelled to Tonbridge Baptist Church yesterday to put the Christmas hampers together, assisted by a group of our parents.  Neil Durling, the Minister of TBC talked to the pupils expressing his gratitude for the gifts and explained how these contributions would make a significant difference to some of our local families who are unable to afford the little luxuries that so many of us take for granted.

Harvest Celebrations

We welcomed Wendy Carr, Associate Vicar of Tonbridge Parish Church to join us in a special Harvest celebration assembly. We gathered the generous contributions to Sustain, Tonbridge Baptist Church’s foodbank, which have now been packed up and will soon find their way to local families in need.

A big thank you to everyone who donated. Also, just a reminder that the parents of our Year 6 leavers kindly donated a storage box so that donations to the foodback can be a regular occurance, for anyone who might like to make contributions in addition to our special events.

Year 7 pupils pack the contributions to Sustain
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Early Years Open Morning, Friday June 17th

You are warmly invited to join us at our EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and Pre-Prep Open Morning on Friday, 17th June 2022.

Refreshments will be available from 9.30am in the school dining hall. Mr Gough, Headmaster, and Mrs Sowerby, Head of Pre-Prep and Early Years, will be giving a short welcome talk at 9.45am, followed by tours of the school.

Book your place here

We currently have a few Reception places for September 2022.