Foundation stage had an amazing day at Wingham Wildlife Park.
We met some cheeky monkeys! Saw many different wild cats, had a close encounter with a T.Rex and some of us even held a snake!!
Art Sketching Day - Friday 9th March
We had a fantastic day today at Minster School. All classes from Sunshine and Rainbow to Orange and Silver investigated and explored different sketching techniques. We used lots of different tools for mark making and examined the effects of light and dark shades. Some of us thought about composition for still life or how vertical and horizontal lines are arranged through a viewfinder. The day proved a great way to use the Minster Learning Wheel to develop and think about our learning using all the different skills for Art.
Flora is enjoying getting to know some more of our year 4 children. They all read beautifully to her this afternoon. She also went for a walk around the school.
Year 2 Margate Football Festival
We took 6 eager footballers, some of whom had never played a game before and some more experienced players who play for clubs. We played 4 games, all of them friendly , and in every game we scored at least one goal, our top score in one 7 minute game being 3 goals. All players were a credit to the school and had a fantastic time. Well done to them all!
On Thursday Key Stage 2 had their annual harvest festival. At the harvest festival they sang songs and showed work that they had done in class about harvest. Some of the songs they sung; Cauliflowers Fluffy, The Harvest Song and the most loved… Conkers!
Year 4 performed a poem called ‘Its Harvest Time’ which was about what happens and the different stages of harvest. They performed this energetic poem about how much they love harvest really well!
Year 5 were asked the big question… “What does Harvest look like?” They perfectly showed how they thought harvest looks on amazing posters that they designed by themselves in class. They used different shades of colours to paint the different fruit and vegetables that grow at harvest time.
Year 6 talked about what harvest would have been like back in World War 1. They spoke about how the Women’s Land Army was formed to help on the farm while the farmers were away fighting in the war. They also talked about rationing in World War 1 and what it would have been like. They presented their posters that they designed in class to recruit woman for the Woman’s Land Army.
Overall everyone had a great time at the harvest festival and we can’t wait until next year!
Harriet and Becky- (School Bloggers)
Mine Craft Club
This term we have started a new club for those children interested in ‘Mine Craft’.
This term the theme is, ‘The Romans’ and all of the activities and builds that the children produce are to do with this topic. We watch a short video, which outlines the quick build for that session. This week the children learnt that the Romans used mosaics on their floors or walls. They then had a minute to gather the blocks they would need to create their own mosaic and 10 minutes to build it.
Following the ‘quick build’, the children have a longer project that will take them several weeks to complete. This term they are creating their own colosseum, in which they will need to have spectators and enough room to lay tracks and race mine carts. They will need to experiment using switches and red stone to power their carts.
Despite one or two technical difficulties at the start, all of the children seem to be enjoying the club and are eager to carry on each week.
Out of school achievements
We are always very proud of our children and all they achieve, including out of school accomplishments. These are celebrated as part of our Collective Worship during the week. We thought you may enjoy finding out a little more about a recent success.
At the recent International Taekwondo Federation competition for England, three of our young men competed and did very well indeed.
Adam achieved a bronze medal in patterns, and a silver in sparring. Marc achieved a bronze medal in patterns, and a silver in sparring. Alex achieved a bronze medal in sparring, and silvers in patterns and the speed test.
All the boys took part in the competition for their level of belts and as you can see, they did very well indeed!
They go to Master Wolf's Taekwondo Academy in Hartsdown to learn all their skills.
Congratulations, and we look forward to hearing more about your success!
Child Leadership at Minster CEP
Enjoy a selection of photos for our recent PALs (Playground Activity Leader) training. These Year 5 children will now lead playground games at lunchtime.
Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage Values Stars of the Week
Week commencing 10th July 2017
Well done to our fantastic stars this week - they've been rewarded for upholding the school values of resilience, aspiration, engagement and resilience as well as being rewarded for being wonderful ambassadors for our school. Super effort! I wonder who is going to be a star next week - could it be you?!
Well done to this year's Interhouse Cake Competition winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered. It was very hard to choose winners due to the amount of entries and effort that had clearly gone into the amazing cakes! Thanks to your support we managed to raise £180 for Jose, a young boy who we are sponsoring out in Brazil. Thank you!
1st- Tillie- Vikings- 75 housepoints
2nd- Toby- Vikings- 50 housepoints
3rd- Sophie- Normans- 25 housepoints
1st- Adair - Romans- 75 housepoints
2nd- Niamh- Normans- 50 housepoints
3rd- Daisy- Romans- 25 housepoints
The sun shone brightly and so did the children's sporting prowess. Take a look at some of the wonderful activities the children took part in during yesterday's sports day. Well done to The Romans for winning the most points!
Children from every year group came in their droves to sing, dance and perform poems in front of a mass audience. Every child performed superbly - well done, the event certainly added to the whole fair atmosphere and provided adults and children an insight into what a talented group of children we have!
This week, Sue Dent from Tesco came in to talk to us about the different food groups and healthy food. We had to plan nutritious meals, identify healthy and unhealthy foods and then went outside to take part in an exercise session- it was lots of fun!
Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage Value Stars of the Week
Term 6 Week 2
Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage Values Stars of the Week
Term 6 Week 1
Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage Values Stars
Term 5 Week 5
Here are some photographs of our Easter competition entries. They were all fantastic and so much time was put into them.
Our winners were :
1st place - Brynley in Sunshine class
2nd place - Xanthe in Indigo class
3rd place - Beau in Red class
1st place - Lucy in Turquoise class
2nd place - Thomas in Blue class
3rd place - Ben in White class
1st place - Fraser in Sunshine class
2nd place - Anthony in Indigo class
3rd place - Jonathon in Indigo class
We are Winners!
Congratulations to year 6 who came 1st out of 11 schools at this year's Salus Safety in Action Trip.
On the trip, the children learnt about the dangers they may face as they become more independent and prepare for Year 7 and beyond. This included learning about road safety, fire safety, e-safety, anti- bullying etc. The children were then surprised by Martin Carter (Event Organiser) 2 weeks later as the winning school. The children presented the school well and were able to show the best knowledge of what they had learnt - we are so proud!
Congratulations to our 'Minster's Got Talent' finalists who performed to KS2 on Wednesday 1st March. All 8 acts were amazing and should be very proud of themselves.
Our winners were:
1st place: Mikey and Connie from Silver and Purple Class (winning 100 housepoints for Viking house)
2nd place: Jasper and Layla from Turquoise and Copper Class (winning 75 housepoints for Saxon house)
3rd place: Evie and Madison from Green Class (winning 50 housepoints for Roman house)
All other finalists won 25 housepoints for their house.
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Year Five had a fantastic time at the Royal Observatory. Amazingly, we were amongst the first people to find out about the Earth-like planets that had just been discovered! We were sworn to secrecy as it was going to be on the evening’s news! There was so much to do as we looked at the incredible photographs taken of space, travelled through the sky in the planetarium and took part in a workshop about the Earth, Moon and Sun. Here we are modelling the scale of the Earth compared to the Sun.
Did you know the Earth could fit inside the sun more than a million times?
Years 5 and 6 Christmas Factory Day
Please take a look at the wonderful things the children have been making today as part of the Year 5 and 6 Factory Day. They’ve decorated used jars to make beautiful candle holders, made penguin book marks, produced delicious yuletide logs and crafted elegant Christmas trees by using old magazines!
Foundation Stage Nativity
Rainbow and Sunshine had an amazing time performing the Christmas Nativity this year to their parents and KS1. The show had many songs plus the band done a fantastic job playing the musical instruments. The narrators spoke confidently and clearly. The actors all looked fabulous too!
On Friday 15th December KS1 excitedly walked down to the church to perform their Nativity play to their parents, grandparents and carers. The children enjoyed learning all about the birth of Jesus and worked very hard to learn their words! The performance was a great success and enjoyed by all! We would also like to thank the parents for the wonderful costumes that were provided for your children to wear.
Key Stage 2 Christingle
Yesterday evening, the children celebrated Christmas at Minster by taking part in the Christingle at St Mary’s Church. The children sang beautifully, read clearly and really enjoyed themselves. The church looked magnificent as a result of a huge congregation (every square inch was filled). However, when the Christingles were lit, the church became even more magnificent.
Well done to all the children who attended – you made it a wonderful occasion and as a result, have made all of the staff feel very Christmassy!
Thank you also for the very generous donations you have made – the proceeds of which will be sent to The Children’s Society. We raised £374.10.
Year 6 hard at work building replica Anderson Shelters – DT Day!!
Kent Schools Finals (Saturday 26th November 2016)
Despite only playing against Dame Janet on the Friday, the boys and girls laced up their boots and pulled on their football jerseys to play in the Kent Finals, representing all the schools in the Thanet District.
Minster were drawn against Paddock Wood Primary, Kemsley Primary from Sittingbourne and Churchill Primary.
Against Paddock Wood, after a slow start and finding themselves a goal down, Minster burst into life with a wonderful solo goal from captain, Jake G. However, with just seconds left on the clock, Paddock Wood capitalised on an uncharacteristic defensive lapse and smashed the ball into the net to win 2-1.
Minster showed their resilience in the next 2 games. Manny scored both goals, one a sensational free kick, to help Minster win 2-1 against Churchill Primary and then an extraordinary turn and volley from James N set them on their way to a 1-0 win against Kemsley.
Unfortunately, 6 points was not enough to win the group and progress to the next round however, the players did their school and district proud.
Phonics in Foundation Stage
For phonics we have been learning the phase 2 sounds ‘s a t p I n d m g ’.
To help us with our learning with have been; matching initial sounds to pictures, going on sound hunts, using the magnets to build words and playing a fun hoop game to help us blend with these sounds.
The children have also been learning to form these letters in a cursive style.
The Shop in Foundation Stage
Welcome to Sunshine’s shop!
We love using our shop to buy different foods. We have different roles to play and have to take turns in the shop. If you come to our shop you could be a shopkeeper, a shop assistant or a customer.
The shopkeepers job is to make sure before the customers purchase any items they have written a shopping list. The shop assistant helps us with the money.
Foundation Stage Patterns
As part of our topic on colour and Elmer we have been looking closely at the patterns we can make with colour. We have learnt all about a repeating pattern with colour and 2D shapes.
To help us with our learning we have used the objects in our environment and made a repeating pattern on the computer.
Foundation Stage Getting Messy
As part of our development we have been feeling and describing different textures.
We have especially enjoyed getting messy!
We noticed when the blue ‘alien goo’ moved outside it became colder and when we added water the texture changed.
The Golden Generation at The John Curran Cup
The likes of Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney and Ferdinand were once hailed as being England’s ‘Golden Generation’. An England defence built on solidity but with finesse. A midfield taught to caress the ball but crunch into the tackle. A forward line produced with the old grit reminiscent of Lofthouse, Charles and more recently, the great Alan Shearer. With these players, they just needed to turn up and they would bring home the World Cup. Yeah right! We all know how that turned out!
Fast forward a number of years and we at Minster can now boast about our very own Golden Generation. Yet there is one huge difference between our team and the England team of old. Minster’s Golden boys and girls won the John Curran Cup, steamrolling all opposition in their way with power, poise and guile as well a touch of luck on occasion!
The first game saw Minster run out 1-0 victors against Holy Trinity Ramsgate with a goal from the left wing wizard, James N. For the goalkeeper, one he will likely want to forget as the ball squeezed under his floundering body and trickled into the net. For Newstead though, sheer jubilation mixed with relief as Minster had peppered the goal since the first minute.
The second game against St Peters was a more one sided affair – Minster running out 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Maddox, Amelia and a quick-fire double from Jake. With Tristan and Tyler formidable at the back, St Peters could only get out of their half on a couple of occasions. Maddox grew in confidence as the game progressed providing some lovely touches, bamboozling the defence on many occasion.
The third game was the one that the tournament had been waiting for. The 2 heavyweights of the Thanet world- Minster and St Saviours. The favourites for the competition head to head in a battle of attrition and football warfare. Minster went 1 goal down midway through the first half but bravely fought back with a goal from Manny. From that moment, Minster never looked back. Neat passing, fluid movement and stubborn determination were on show as Minster drew gasp after gasp from the thrilled spectators. Eventually with minutes to go Jake G bundled the ball into the net to give Minster a 2-1 victory. The crowd jumped for joy, the players embraced but regrouped to see out a vital victory.
Minster just need a point from the final game to be crowned champions of Thanet. They were never going to just settle for a point though and against Cliftonville they pounced and pounced again with goals from Madison and James to see Minster win the John Curran Cup for the first time ever.
What a tournament. What a team. Our Golden Generation have delivered like none before them.
Now the Kent County Cup Fi nals awaits!
We have taken part in the annual Art Show in Minster. Lots of children's work was displayed in the church, showing all the different media and skills we have used over the year. All the school from Years 1 to 6 went down throughout the day to look round the pop-up gallery. It was a beautiful sunny day and the church looked wonderful with all the recent Harvest festivities. We are looking forward to creating lots of new work for next year's show.
On Tuesday 27th of September, Minster School children enjoyed a whole day devoted to investigating, thinking and working scientifically. All children were thoroughly engaged and motivated by the exciting investigations that they experienced, and all enjoyed the opportunity for lots of practical and hands on science learning. Some of the investigations involved: the making and testing of baths bombs, creating a new electrical circuit board game, investigating the effect of submerging a gingerbread man in different solutions and investigating leaves in our school grounds. A successful and memorable day for all.