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Today we said an emotional farewell to our amazing year 6's. You have all been incredible throughout your time with us and we wish you all the best in the future. Keep on being brilliant and please feel free to come visit us and let us know how you are doing!
Year 6 Photo Montage
Upper School Assembly
Lower School Assembly
As the morning sun filtered through the crown of hazel leaves that shield the TB church, a nervous King Louis XIII of France (Noah) stood betwixed two spans of fluttering bunting, awaiting the congregation that would witness his marriage to Mary Tudor (Morgan) - huge thanks here to Noah and Morgan for the maturity they brought to their roles.
Also waiting with him, offering support and words of wisdom, were the Royal Priest, Blayze, the English Queen, Catherine of Aragon, and perhaps the deadliest king of all, Henry VIII.
To the pluckings of period music and rhythmic banging of drums, the congregation arrived, were seated and bore witness to the ramblings of a king keen to sweeten relationships with a country he had been at war with for many a year - France.
Henry agreed to observe a selection of entertainments performed by the congregation, including poetry, song, drama, art and dance - only once did he have to threaten to chop off someone's head!
Entertainments over, the marriage of Louis and Mary was conducted by Blayze and there wasn't a dry eye in the house - a spectacularly beautiful event, holding true to the Tudor tradition.
After congratulations had been given to the bride and groom, a feast was held in the KJS banqueting Hall, consisting of produce readily available during Henry's reign.
The event truly was a wonderful way to showcase the work the children had produced as part of their topic - credit here needs to go to the teachers and TAs for their hard work (especially given the disruption caused by covid).
Also, huge thanks to Blayze for freely giving his time to research and write a period correct order of service, and then for travelling north to be a key part of the day - you brought real pzazz to proceedings and we are very grateful.
Next, thanks to Gary and Jayne for all their hard work and 'above and beyond' in making the event a success - Gary now adds Henry VIII to his repertoire.
Finally, big up to the catering team who did a phenomenal job with the banquet and gave up their own time to make the hall look incredible!
Oh, and to Mr Whiteman for his incredible photography skills...evidence of which you can see below!
A huge team effort...thanks Team KJS!
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Our Trailblazer staff have recently delivered training to students from Derby University on using the outdoors to support teaching and learning.
The trainees were blown away by the enthusiasm, knowledge and skill of our school staff and the tasks they completed throughout the day. They were also really complimentary of our facilities at school and our amazing Trailblazer Programme and hopefully they will be inspired to deliver something similar when they embark upon their first posts in school.
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The boys and girls have really enjoyed taking part in this year's Mini-Olympic Sports Days, competing in different events to win points for their chosen countries.
Although the format of the event was different this year and the children were performing in the absences of spectators, lots of fun was had by all.
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As part of the exciting build up to the Tokyo Olympics, the boys and girls are taking part in a carousel of activities with an Olympics theme covering MfL, PE, Art and Design, Geography and History.
The children have also discussed the Olympic and Paralympic core values: Friendship, respect and excellence, inspiration, courage, equality and determination and noted how these match our own core values and link to our YOU22.
Courage kicked things off this week, continuing the Tudor theme. In the 'String Challenge', children were incredibly creative with Bear making an awesome bow complete with goose-feather-fletched-arrow! Some also had a go at making a mace - quite a weapon!
Endeavour started with a variation of hide and seek that involved them working in teams. They then chose from a menu of experiences which included cooking, bee-house manufacture, drama, painting, crown construction and kazoo making - children worked incredibly well with purpose and independence.
Admiration again here to the quartet who, yet again, planned, resourced and delivered a challenge to other children in the group - such maturity and independence!
Y6 children had the eagerly anticipated Air Crash Survival Challenge - passports and tickets collected...Check-In...Security...boarding plane...take-off...a storm...crash landing in the Kalahari desert...lion attack...crew killed...would they survive?
Huge praise here to most of the children for the way they conducted themselves - this was a big ask and both classes managed to collaborate to tackle most of the challenges.
Of note in Endurance were the 'quieter' children who seemed to thrive and proved themselves to be incredibly capable team members.
In Equality, all adults were staggered by the way all the children conducted themselves and communicated with each other. It was clear that they all respected each other and truly valued the contributions that they were all making - there were no 'egos' as they worked towards their mutual objective - a joy to behold!
At the end of the challenge, children reflected on their individual performances and then awarded tokens to children they felt had made a significant contribution.
Massive big up here to Nelly and Martha who were both voted as the most valuable team member by their peers for taking control and organising the rest of their class members - as the chaos of the crash and sense of panic consumed their peers, they both remained calm and focussed and took charge; would you have had the confidence to do that at 11 years of age!?
Finally, big thanks to Gary and Jayne for going above and beyond, investing a lot of their own time, to ensure the experience was memorable for the children - Gary now adds Captain Clagnut to his list of characters.
Our final TBers this week were Disco, who took books into the wood and then reflected on their year of TB. After assembly, we played team hide and seek before clearing the pond of blanket weed, working with clay, dancing and making munchkin houses.
In our final Achievement Assembly of the year, pupils were recognised by their teachers for their handwork in mathematics and their positive attitude in school.
Martha and Nelly were also voted 'Most Valuable Team Member' by their peers for displaying effective leadership and organisational skills in this week's Trailblazer Survival Challenge.
On Friday 9th July our amazing Year 6's visited the Drum Hill Scout Camp, taking part in an action packed day of orienteering, obstacle courses and Slip & Slide!
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Courage started us off, taking one for the team by undertaking the dreaded Twenty Minute Wood Tidy (TMWT) - we are grateful for their help with this, they did a great job.
After this, we got stuck into printing, arrow making, cooking and Tudor Standard design.
On Tuesday, 15 trainee teachers descended on the wood to experience a day of TB. They undertook a range of experiences designed to make the teaching of curriculum objectives more engaging, active and experiental, as well as having a taste of Forest School 'child' led learning.
Along the way, they got to meet the goblin shopkeeper, Snotmuncher (think Mancunian Ali G) and Mr Stink and The Durchess who had sad news about Princess Blossom (a munchkin warrior).
They were joined in the PM by volunteers from Equality and were blown away by the skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and matury that these children brought to proceedings.
Disco were up next, starting with the string challenge which promotes Creativity and Independence - each child was given 1m of string and 10 minutes to do something with it. We had bows and arrows, fishing games, wands, jewellery, sculptures and a washing line complete with munchkin pegs and clothing!
After, they cracked on with printing, crown making, cooking, clay work and Tudor weapon manufacture (the mace). Special mention here to the clay folk - I was incredibly impressed with the pride and precision these children showed in their work...their Positive Attitudes rippled round the group, continually raising each others bars!
Equality saw the week out, starting with The Ultimate Orienteering Team Challenge (TUOTT) - five in a team, five themed controls (tools, art, science, maths, nature) rounded off with a mind-challenging assault course. After, we reflected on aspects of Organisation and Leadership and how learning here could help with next week's Air Crash Challenge.
Following this, we had cooking, bee box manufacture (ruler and drill use), clay printing and shelter building.