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RAF Cosford

The children of Upper School have been studying WWII over the past few weeks and, yesterday, visited RAF Cosford near Telford. The trip was a brilliant experience for the children who got to see, firsthand, some of the most famous planes to have ever been built from across both world wars and into the modern era too. They were also able to get a better understanding of how the end of World War II impacted the world in the amazing Cold War exhibit. What a brilliant day!  

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White Hall 2023 (Day Five)

What a fantastic week we have had! The children have been brilliant all week pushing themselves to try new things and conquer their fears. They have also been a wonderful team, encouraging each other and supporting each other to learn new skills and develop key You 22 attributes that will stand them in good stead as they continue to grow up. We are very proud of all of the children and we hope they have all had an experience of a lifetime.  

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White Hall 2023 (Day Four)

The children have had a novel forth day at White Hall with groups trying out two brand-new activities amongst a few of the classic favourites. After the best set of room inspections I have ever witnessed, one group attempted to create the highest tower they could on the perilous crate stack challenge- sounds easy except that they are required to stand on the top of the tower whilst they are building it! Another team donned wetsuits and buoyancy aids to go stream scrambling and pool diving at Fairbrook: a beautiful area hidden away in the middle of Snake Pass  (a place no other KJS pupil has ever been with the centre). We also had another 'full house' with every child from group A completing the terrifying Miller's Dale Viaduct abseil. What a truly tremendous group!

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White Hall 2023 (Day Three)

It's Wednesday at White Hall and the children are having a great time! We're half way through the week but the pace hasn't slackened. As you will see from the photos below, the children are pushing themselves to improve their You 22 skills- particularly team work, resilience, confidence and independence. We're very proud of all they have achieved so far but they have still have some big challenges ahead of them!

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White Hall 2023 (Day Two)

What a day at White Hall! The groups have been out and about all over Derbyshire today, with the children canoeing at Combs Reservoir, rock scrambling at Harborough Rocks and abseiling at Millers Dale viaduct. We even played a brand new game around the centre this evening called 'Haggis Bandits'. The children working in teams to buy and sell haggis for a profit whilst avoiding the crafty haggis bandit who lives in the woods. 

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White Hall 2023 (Day One)

Day one at White Hall has been jam packed with activities! After getting settled into the centre, the children have explored the ropes course, the climbing wall and been rock scrambling at the Roaches. All this finished off with the obligatory night hike to Fernilee Reservoir in the pitch black. They'll sleep tonight... we hope.

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National Space Centre Trip!

What a day! The children of upper school have been to Leicester today to visit the amazing National Space Centre in support of their topic 'What Lies Beyond?'. The exhibits in the galleries really were out of this world and the children spent the day learning all about the solar system, black holes, the constellations and how the scientific community of the world has come together to explore the stars. Click on the image below to see some pictures from the day.

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Clothes Swap and 'No New June'!

Many thanks to all the children and parents who came to the Upper School's Fast Fashion Clothes Swapping event. It was great to see so many pre-loved clothes finding a new home rather than going to landfill, as we found out they so often do. The children learned a lot over the unit of work, and have hopefully been inspired to exercise their power as a consumer to make more ethical choices like a concerned Global Citizen.  


Final Event

In the spirit of the event, many parents and children also 'signed up' to take part in Upper School's 'No New June' initiative. This is a commitment to not buy any new clothes during the month of June but to explore more sustainable options. The children were really passionate about this and did a wonderful job advertising this idea with badges, stickers and slogans. I hope everyone's 'No New June' is going well! 

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Viking Coronation

To support all the hard work they have put into their topic around the Vikings, upper school held a special Viking ceremony to crown the new "King Hiccup Horrible Haddock III" today. The children all got into the spirit of the day, preparing songs, a play and a dramatic retelling of a raid on the Monastery on Lindisfarne. The children demonstrated their fantastic learning and also had a lot of fun too. As you will see from the pictures, the children all looked fantastic in their Viking costumes...

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Musical melodies

This afternoon, Upper School explored different time signatures and rhythms through 'The Piglet Polka'. We spoke about the importance of maintaining a steady tempo and playing the notes to their full length. The children worked together to improve their overall sound. It has been brilliant to see them showing good progress and improved understanding each week, within their lessons. Well done!

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