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Great KISE Bake Off

Children across KISE were set a challenge to bake something at home and at the end of the day they will bring it to a 'live' session to share with their teachers and friends.
Baking develops a variety of life long skills that will support our children such as: organization, fine motor, hand eye coordination, thinking, problem solving, communication, patience, dedication etc. Well done to everybody that took part in the "Great KISE Bake Off". We have excellent little bakers in our school! Check out their creations by clicking here




Ocean's Art Day

During this period of virtual learning at King's we continue to mix things up with special activity days, including an artful Ocean’s Art Day. Our children were inspired by famous artists Henri Matisse and Giuseppe Arcimboldo while creating their pieces of art.
 
Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception children used cut-outs to create an under the sea collage, fruits and vegetables to create sea creatures. Some children even preferred to use their own ideas and made a sea creature with sand.
 
Year 1 children created food compositions to produce under the sea sceneries and sea creatures; they made collages using cut outs and gluing them in boxes to produce the ‘ocean in a box’.
 
And finally our Year 3 children used cut-outs to create an under the sea collage, vegetables to create sea creatures and designed their own under the sea scenery.
 
What a lovely way to think about our oceans and all of the life they hold.




Teacher challenge

 

At King's Infant School Elche, we have launched weekly 'Teacher Challenges' for children to complete at home. Alongside our live teaching sessions, these 'Teacher Challenges' are in place to help keep our children active and to ignite their imagination and creativity even when the school day finishes, providing them with the opportunities to experiment, explore and master a variety of skills. 

Last week Mr Hickman set the children the challenge of drawing pictures using only their hands, pencils and crayons. Look how well they did! Click here

 




Open for Learning: Nursery

Miss Mountain’s Nursery children have been joining live classes via video call for morning register and live story sessions. The children also have the opportunity to see their classmates and share feelings, greatly improving their interaction with the teacher and their friends while we stay safe at home.

Nursery pupils have been practising forming and writing numbers, learning about the properties of objects, floating and sinking, going on colour hunts and talking about how beanstalks grow just like in the class story Jasper’s Beanstalk during story time on live video calls.

Even Miss Port has been recording special video lessons for Nursery showing pupils how to make special Easter Cards for their parents.

 




Open for Learning: Pre-Nursery

Nothing will stop us from learning! From our youngest children in Pre-Nursery to our Year 3 pupils, everyone has been discovering new and exciting ways of learning.

Today we would like to highlight learning in Pre-Nursery: Miss Maulo’s children have been following videos which explain the many activities they enjoy daily and the core texts and songs Miss Maulo reads and sings for them. 

Activities have included matching socks to encourage the children to say the words ‘the same’ and ‘different’, colour and shape hunting to find toys and objects in their house of a specific colour and/or shape and exercising their fingers making different patterns and shapes using your hands, fingertips and fingers by squeezing mashing and rolling Playdough. The children have also been dancing and singing to keep moving our bodies while we stay home.

Before the Easter holidays, with the help of our fantastic parents, the children enjoyed an Easter egg hunt to find the surprises the Easter Bunny left in their house and count how many they have found. 

 




Visit to Escuela de Golf Elche

Year 1, 2 and 3 pupils enjoyed a wonderful school trip to Escuela de Golf Elche (www.escuelagolfelche.com) as part of our collaboration with Elche’s local golf school, introducing this incredible sport and teaching our children about the respect, etiquette, patience and joys of golf.
 
The children practised their putting, pitching and driving skills taking turns at the different stations with competitions for the longest drive, nearest the pin and longest put. Escuela de golf Elche even awarded selected pupils a free class to continue to awake their golfing ability.




Phonics race

Today we practiced the different ways of writing the “au” sound. To make it fun and memorable for the children we did a reading-writing race where they have to read a word with this sound in it and write it under the right digraph. It was so much fun! The children cannot wait for the next sound they are going to learn to do this activity again.
 
This in only one of the ways we try to make our lessons memorable for the children, involving hands on learning where every pupil demonstrates a high level of engagement during class activities.




Taking care of animals

Our pupils have started a new topic on Animals with a lesson they will never forget. The children met Zoe, Miss Sanchez’s loving dog, who even played fetch with everyone on the playground. The children learnt about all the aspects of looking after pets, from feeding and walking them to brushing their hair and clipping their nails.
 
Y1 and Y2 then had the task of retelling the most important parts and writing all about Zoe using the new adjectives they have been learning!




Visit to Elche Seniors

On Monday, King’s Infant School Elche pupils visited Elche Seniors to bring Christmas joy to the third-age residents. Nursery, Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 sang Christmas songs and sat down for a conversation. This visit is now a tradition for our pupils who love to share time with the residents of Elche seniors at Christmas and Easter. We look forward to our next holiday celebration together.




Christmas Shows

Lights, camera, action! Our pupils have been rehearsing their lines and choreographies in preparation for the sold out performances of “A Christmas Concert” by Pre-Nursery and Nursery classes and “A Christmas Recipe” by Reception, Year 1-2 and Year 3.
 
“A Christmas Concert” includes the standout number-one hits I’m a Little Star, We All Clap Hands Together and Burrito Sabanero.
 
“A Christmas Recipe” shares the ingredients for the perfect Christmas:
 
  • Father Christmas
  • A healthy serving of presents
  • Two robins
  • A sprinkle of snowflakes
  • Donkey
  • Shepherds and angles
  • Baby Jesus
We hope you all enjoy the shows as much as we enjoyed rehearsing together. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!




School Council 2019/20

Votes are in. Tension is high. Weeks of rallying campaigns come down to this announcement. And the members of the school council for King’s Infant School Elche 2019/2020 are… silence falls… very happy to represent their classes and contribute to improve our school. And now, the democratic election has chosen… indistinct murmurs fill the room… passionate members of our school community. The names of the elected pupils are… on the school councillor’s display for all to see. Tell us!
 
Teo, from Green Class, will be our youngest counsellor. Luca and Carmen will represent Yellow Class. Gabriel and Valentina proudly stand for Orange Class. Miki, from red class, will be the deputy head to Vasilisa, red class, who will be the Head Child.
 
We look forward to their ideas and proposals.




The Importance of Sand and Water Play in EYFS

A world of possibilities awaits in a deceptively simple sand and water tray: Our youngest pupils enjoy sensory exploration with hand’s on materials, mathematical learning about quantities and volume when filling up and buckets, scientific concepts with the states of water, language development during pretend play and creativity during their experiments and creations. By exploring together, sharing their discoveries and taking turns pupils also develop important social skills with their classmates.
 
All this and more while developing their fine motor skills like those necessary to use a small shovel, spade and bucket and build a castle or defrost a frozen toy.




2D and 3D Shapes

 We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes at school. From shape searching walks around the school in Nursery and Reception to elaborate constructions in Year 1 and 2, where pupils were tasked with scientifically tracking the number and type of shapes that composed their creations. Just like architects and good engineers, we drew our plans on paper before assembling our 3D and 2D shapes.

In addition, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils created a digital register on the iPads of the shapes in the school which they will put together to make a picture book with a description about the type and quantity of shapes in each photo.




Golden Ticket

In KISE we appreciate and promote the good behaviour. 

Therefore we have introduced golden tickets. Each day one pupil per class will be rewarded for their good behaviour after lunch time with one of these amazing golden tickets in which they need to write their names and then put them inside the golden box. Winners of the golden tickets competition may eat lunch at the golden table.





Trip to Busot Caves

A page from the diary of a Year 3 pupil: “On a Wednesday we went on a trip. I was very excited. We tool a taxi that took us to Alicante. I met some old friends the day that I tried Alicante. I was very happy we went in a little group, then we went on a bus. It was a long trip but at the end we got there, we had out snack. When we finished we went to the cave […] I illuminated a rock and found crystal.
 
When we got out of the cave we went on the bus. We got to a sport centre and played football with Yacov and Leshui. Then we had our lunch, again we went on the bus. We went back to Alicante and got the taxi back to Elche and went to assembly, then I went back home”




Trip to the Fire Station

Our pupils from Year 1 and Year 2 were really excited to visit Elche’s Fire Station and meet the firefighters who showed us their fire trucks and how they extinguish fires, related to our classroom topic “The Great Fire of London” that we have been learning about through the diary of Samuel Pepys. The firefighters showed us all the different areas of the fire station, the fire truck garage, gym, radio tower and resting areas as they explained that they work in shifts of 24 hours to always be available in case they are needed.
 
The Firemen also taught us what we have to do if we see a fire and how to let the firemen know where we are for them to rescue us. Keep calm and call 112.




Pumpkin carving

It was amazing to see so many creations for our pumpkin carving competition at KISE. There were pumpkins that that looked like pirates, surgeons, witches, clowns, skeletons and even a cat in a hat. The children were very proud and the staff were very impressed.
 
The highlight was seeing the children in Nursery’s new ‘Witch’s Kitchen’ role-play area, lots of language and turn taking was taking place which was fantastic. It was wonderful to see the children in their costumes, a nice way to end their Halloween activities.




Year 3's Digital Stories

After working on the story Stone Age Child, pupils in Year 3 have written their own creative stories to showcase their knowledge of adjectives, connectives and verbs in the past tenses that they have been learning about in class.
 
During this week we are going to perform a magic trick and independently transform our stories into online books including illustrations, advancing ICT skills in the process.
 
Their creations will soon be ready to be published.




Special PE Lesson

During a special PE lesson at King’s Infant School Elche our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils enjoyed a golf lesson courtesy of Escuela de Golf Elche, who we have partnered up with to promote golf as a sport for children.
 
We hope to grasp the essentials during the next special lessons while we look forward to visiting the golf course to show off everything we have learned.
 
Feet in line, check, straight back, check, head up, check, good back swing, check, and... FORE!




Samuel Pepys' Diary

While KISE pupils were in Spanish Class, Mr Hickman told everyone that Samuel Pepys’ diary had been stolen and that the police needed the school’s help to decipher the message that Samuel Pepys wrote in 1666.
 
With a photo of the thief, the pupils told Mr Williams to be alert and to not let strangers into the school. In groups the pupils then started to decipher the code to send it to the police as soon as possible.
 
Will they be able to find the thief and retrieve Samuel Pepys’ diary?




Creative Writing

In Creative Writing, pupils have been practising asking questions and using question marks by putting learning into practice by asking Beegu, main character of our core text this week, questions about his adventures and his likes and dislikes, especially ‘Do you like....?’ to practice using question marks in our writing. We even had a turn of pretending to be Beegu ourselves to answer each other’s questions and learn more about Beegu. It’s funny how Beegu likes the same things the pupils at KISE like!




PSHE Class

In PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)   pupils have been learning about how we are each unique and special in different ways, that we are a part of a class, and that we can work as a team. To show this, pupils have been creating a picture as a class where individually designed puzzle pieces have been fit together. Joining our individual abilities together to create something even bigger and better




Welcome Meetings 2019

Vuelta al Cole. King’s Infant School Elche welcomes the new academic year with our initial parent meetings to share details about what and how the children will be learning this year. Parents learnt about the daily routines, snack time, child initiated learning, adult lead learning, core texts, lunchtime in the dining room, gross and fine motor skills and appraisal through dojo points and “Star of the Week” certificates awarded during class assemblies. Parents are able to follow the learning inside the classroom thanks to the class stories published on class dojo in addition to the weekly newsletters.




Early Years ‘Stay and Play’

Early Years parents from Pre-nursery, Nursery and Reception were able to spend some time in class and on the school playground during the latest 'Stay and Play' session where to experience how the children learn every day. Carpet time, child initiate activities, adult lead activities Mid kitchen, water tray, sand tray, music area, role-play area, construction area, mark making area, nature area and much, much more. Our pupils learn through play, curiosity and exploration.




Friday Assembly

We celebrated a special Friday assembly to award achievement certificates to outstanding pupils during this week. María from Pre-Nursery was awarded ‘Star of the week’ for being so happy and always wearing a smile on her face. Yi Chen from Nursery achieved his award for sitting beautifully on the carpet and listening attentively. Elena from Reception is the ‘Star of the week’ for asking fantastic questions for the survey in KS1 and Kseniia from Year 2 proudly showed her certificate to her friends for working really hard on her English and Maths. Our pastoral care provides support and understanding as children progress through the school and meet new challenges. Values such as compassion, respect and friendliness are an integral part of the school’s ethos.




Trip to the farm

On Thursday, 23rd May, KISE pupils visited Granja Escuela La Loma where they enjoyed a bread-making activity, went on a tractor ride were able to see, feed and even stroke the farm animals. They really enjoyed seeing and interacting with the goats before meeting Thumper the rabbit who was a gentleman and let the children pet him and feel his fluffy fur. It was a fun way of experiencing a day in a farmer’s life by taking care of the crops and the animals. One of the most enjoyable activities was the party time farm at the disco, where everyone sang some Spanish and English farming songs and danced and played together.




A Week in Year 1 and 2

In English, Orange class have been planning their own versions of the Enormous Turnip, changing the characters in the story and the object that becomes bigger and bigger, learning about using apostrophes for contractions and for possession.
In Maths, Year 1 have been doing lots of work on addition and subtraction, using number lines and hundred squares to help. Year 2 have been working on halving and doubling numbers, using partitioning to help, also looking at different methods that can be used to add and subtract.
In Science, pupils have been learning about healthy eating, thinking about which foods are good for us, and which foods people shouldn’t eat in excess, while also learning about the importance of exercise to keep us healthy. And in Geography, the class learnt about maps and what key features they have. 




Sports Day

Pupils at KISE enjoyed a competitive Sports Day at school. Ready, set, go! On a sunny day in May everyone took part in relay races, obstacle courses, and bean bag and hula hoop throwing amongst other playful events. The children had great time competing for their teams and cheering for each other. Team work was the key to victory for each event, pupils had to work together to be the first ones to complete each task. Most importantly we all had fun which made everyone feel like a winner. The main message of Sports Day is that taking part, with your friends at school, is what really counts. 




Easter Bonnet Parade

At Easter let your clothes be new or else be sure you will it rue. Following tradition KISE pupils wore their new handmade hats at Easter. There were bunnies, baby chicks, colourful eggs, butterflies, rabbit ears, flowers, feathers and even rainbows decorating Easter bonnets. To top things off everybody joined in the Easter bonnet parade with a little music and dancing to show off their marvellous creations. Pupils were very excited for Easter and really enjoyed this special time of the year at school.




Growing beans

Seeds, water and a bit of sun are the magic ingredients we have used to grow our beans into plants. Patience was required however slowly but surely the stems and roots started to grow in front of our eyes. The next step was to carefully place the new plants in plant pots with soil for them to continue to grow. Our reception pupils worked on their observation and writing skills by creating a display with the steps we followed to grow our plants in addition to a proud photograph of the results. We certainly have some green fingers in class who are very keen to continue to plant and water the plants in the patio.




Pancake Day

Flour, eggs, milk, butter, a pinch of salt. Our pupils had a lot of fun making pancakes with Mrs Currie who has certainly inspired pupils to think about how food is made and where we eat every day. It can be almost like magic when you take simple ingredients and mix them together to create a delicious place of food. It may look like hard work to mix, measure and cook the ingredients but it is certainly worth it when you can enjoy a pancake or two after.




Extreme Reading Challenge

We challenged our pupils to show us the most creative and unusual places you can read a book, however we highlighted the importance of staying safe and always having an adult supervise. We received amazing pictures of pupils reading up a tree, on the roof of a car, during Judo class, while cooking in the kitchen, doing the ironing, and even while jumping on a trampoline. As it is with competitions there can only be three winners, who each won a book as a prize: Sofia from Year 2 for reading while doing the splits, Valentina from Reception and Gonzalo from Pre-Nursery for reading while doing a handstand and Carmen from Nursery for reading in the park. Thank you to all who participated in the Extreme Reading Challenge.




Three Little Pigs

Our EYFS pupils continue to learn though exciting and immersive activities linked to our core texts. Our Nursery class have been reading ‘Three Little Pigs’ before acting out the different scenes of the book. The pupils even built the house of bricks to try to keep out the big bad wolf I will not let you in, not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin! Fantastic language, role-play, mark-making and creating occurring both inside and outside the classroom. 




Celebration assemblies

Pupils are presented with their celebration certificates for their outstanding behaviour and learning at school. During our recent assembly our Star of the Week in Pre-Nursery was awarded a certificate for the amazing amount of English spoken in class. Nursery’s star was awarded a certificate for writing their name while Reception’s certificate went to the pupil with the most Class Dojo points for the week. Last but not least, Year 1 and Year 2’s star of the week incredibly achieved 10 out of 10 on spellings for the last 4 weeks!

 




Eco Walks

During our latest KISE School Council meeting, composed of the elected representatives of Year 1 and Year 2, counsellors expressed their desire to raise awareness regarding environmental issues. Chosen “Eco Warriors” will now start performing Eco Walks to check that the school is being environmentally friendly: Ensuring lights and screens are turned off when not being used, scrap paper being reused or recycled, doors are closed to keep classrooms warm with the heating during the winter and fighting against single use plastic that would pollute the oceans of the Earth are amongst the different aspects our Eco Warriors will be on the lookout for. Let’s all do our part for the environment.




Peace day

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi. Our pupils have been exploring the concept of peace through different classroom activities. Nursery and Reception have joined efforts to create a peace mural to decorate the school. Pre-Nursery has been busy creating and decorating doves that are “flying” around the school and Year 1 and Year 2 have created their own peace books with their thoughts on peace on Earth. We have reinforced the importance of respect, sharing, helping others in need and living together in harmony.