The Secondary school enjoyed a fascinating and moving presentation about Nyumbani our Kenyan charity. It was a good opportunity to also for Mrs Akyurek to share her photos of her visit to Nyumbani. Thanks very much for your kind donations!
In Spanish in Yr4 we are learning about how plants grow. We are so enthusiastic about how much our plants are growing and we have seen a lot of progress: from a little seed it turned into a big plant. The children have learnt about the factors that affect the growth. They are all very excited about this experiment.
Every two days they have to water the seeds and they feel so proud of their plants.
Sofía H. in Yr4G said:
“I have learnt many things like: plants can grow without light because their seeds have everything they need for a while but, because they do not do photosynthesis, they turned white and their leaves yellow. We learnt the process of planting with a video and then we did it by ourselves . Another thing I have learnt is that if you plant a seed and then you move it to another container without care, the plant can die, or if you over water your plant mould will come out”.
Diego S. in Yr4G said:
“I enjoy this class, because we learn a lot of interesting things about the plants. We have learnt how a plant grows and how to plant a plant”.
This experience has been enriching for our children because they have learnt how to care for the plants and to be responsible with the environment.
Ms García and Ms Algar
We set off to Nijmegen with some nervous, excited and quizzical pupils. The plane journey was full of laughter and questions as the pupils anticipated their arrival in the Netherlands.
Arriving in the Eindhoven, we collected our bags and set off for Kandinsky College. After a short bus trip, we were greeted with smiles and hugs. The Dutch pupils had prepared some local treats that our pupils devoured. As expected, everyone was feeling a little anxious but after a few ice-breaker activities organised by the Kandinsky teachers, everyone was excited to meet their host families.
Day 2 – It was off to Amsterdam to visit some famous sites and learn about the historic tales. Our first stop was the Amsterdam Dungeons. As we entered the dark and cobwebbed building, we could hear uncertain whimpers coming from the students and teachers! Walking through the dungeons we learned some of the lesser known, gruesome stories of the streets of Amsterdam in graphic detail deep in the bowels of the dungeon. Some of our pupils were invited to participate in the dramatisation: we had witch-hunts, caged pupils and human dissections to name a few.
Following the dungeon we had lunch on the streets of Amsterdam, where the weather had been kind to us. Then it was off to Nemo science centre. As we walked through the city, we were guided by the picturesque canals, passing Dam Square and the beautiful flower market.
In the Nemo science centre, pupils were invited to get involved in some hands-on science demonstrations and exhibits. Some even donned the white coat and entered the lab in order to conduct their own experiments.
Day 3 – The morning was spent at Kandinsky college where KCS and KC pupils worked collaboratively to write drama scripts in order to demonstrate their understanding of the history of Nijmegen. To bring this project to life and to put it in context, they spent the afternoon at the local Valdov museum to learn about the Roman settlements which were the beginnings of the Nijmegen we see today. Following the museum, pupils got back into their groups to film their projects in the local park which overlooked the river.
Day 4 – Students enjoyed a morning of sports in the well equipped gym. We had sack races, basketball and table tennis. The morning was finished off with a tournament with Spain vs Holland and our KCS pupils did us proud and won the tournament.
After a tiring start to the day, the pupils paired up with their buddies to design and create their own clay animals. We were very proud of our pupils who cooperated well and were successful in this task. Thomas K. and his buddy, from 9M, won the prize for the best sculpture.
Later, we all cycled to the local cheese farm to find out where and how Dutch dairy products are made. The lady who ran the farm showed us an interesting video and then we went on to look at the machinery and visit the cows and beautiful calves. Our pupils were fascinated by what they learned and enjoyed tasting the various milks and cheeses. Before we knew it, it was time to hop back on our bicycles to go bowling. It was a busy day. The only rule when we got to the bowling alley was that each team must have three Dutch pupils and three Spanish pupils and we are proud to say that everyone mixed happily and had a great time. Dinner consisted of fried cheese, croquettes and the famous Dutch fries.
Saturday was the day that the pupils spent with their host families experiencing a day in the life of a Dutch family. They had lots of fun.
Sadly, it was our final day in Nijmegen and time to say goodbye to our new friends. We had tears and lots of hugs. It was amazing to see so many bonds made among the pupils. We overheard one boy saying he was really going to miss his buddy and others saying how much they didn’t want to leave. Overall, it was a fantastic experience for our pupils and they learned lots of valuable life lessons and really got to demonstrate the King’s values. We look forward to welcoming the Kandinsky pupils and teachers to Madrid in June.
The Netherlands is a completely different country where both cultural and social aspects change. Although Spain and the Netherlands are both located in Europe, each country has its own differences that make each one special. This is what I have learnt whilst on this trip. I discovered many places and experienced many activities I have never done before, therefore I particularly enjoyed it, but my favourite days were Wednesday (Amsterdam trip) and Saturday (becoming part of a Dutch family).
The second day of our trip, we visited Amsterdam, which is the Netherland’s capital city, located 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Nijmegen (the city where our school and a place only 5m away from where I stayed with my buddy Alysia). It is a marvellous city with beautiful views. On this day, we got to visit the Amsterdam Dungeons, a very scary but fun attraction, the Nemo which is a Science museum and we also took a tour around Amsterdam. Finally we had free time for shopping and visiting the other areas of the city.
Secondly I mentioned that I liked the day we spend with our host families. This was a wonderful day because you got to experience their traditions and their normal day to day life. I even got to see my buddy Alysia playing hockey which is a very traditional and typical sport in the Netherlands.
These 6 days have definitely been one of the best in my life but of course…the fun has not ended yet. They are coming to us in June! I hope this will be as great an experience as it was in the Netherlands.
When I went to Netherlands I had a lot of fun. When we arrived in the bus I was so scared and nervous. I had those feelings because I was going to a house of someone that I didn’t know. I got out of the bus and all of us were scared but then we did some ice breakers so that we would get to know each other better. After having some typical Dutch food, Simon (that was my buddy) and I got into the car and headed to my new home for the week. When I arrived Simon’s dad was watching TV. The next day Simon and I went to school by bike with Simon’s friend Hiddie that was very nice. It was very cold! When we arrived to Amsterdam we split into two groups. I was in the second group with Simon. The Amsterdam dungeons were very scary but very funny but at the same time. After that we could go shopping and I bought nerds and gobstoppers. On the bus home I had a lot of fun as we all knew each other better by now. On Wednesday we went to the museum to learn about the history and then went to KFC to eat. We were supposed to go to lars to play with Jaichuela but then we played football instead.
On Friday we had a football match against the Dutch people and we needed to score a goal to win which we did. The best day for me was the Saturday because we went with Julio’s buddy and Javi S.’ buddy to an aquatic park – it was so fun. When we arrived home Simon and I changed our clothes and went to a super party at Luca’s house where a lot of people came.
Sunday was the saddest day for me and I think for the rest of the people because we needed to come back to Spain. I am looking forward to June when we meet them again.
This trip has been a fantastic experience. I have learnt new cultures and how important having a bicycle and knowing the streets is. It has been very nice to have made new friends and I hit off so well with my buddy they have treated me like a princess and like one of the family. I hope that when my buddy comes to Spain she feels the same and she has a fantastic experience! Out of all the beautiful times that I’ve had, I think my highlight would be the day we went to the centre of Amsterdam. The reason for this is that it was so different to Madrid, which made it so amazing. I also liked when we went to the cheese farm and learnt how the milk, cheese and yoghurt were made and how important that job and animals are for the workers over there. I hope we can repeat this experience soon!
On Tuesday 19th April we departed from Madrid and arrived in Holland. We spent every day with our buddies, going to museums, to a cheese farm, to Amsterdam. We had lots of fun, but the best day was on Saturday. We woke up with our buddies and spent the morning doing different things: going to the zoo, to fitness class, to the cinema, laser gaming, mini golf, amusement parks. We then cycled to the city of Nijmegen where all the shops and restaurants were and went shopping and ate dinner. Later on that day, we cycled home, got dressed and went to a party that the Dutch people had prepared for all of us. We had lots of fun with everyone as they were all very nice. The next day, we all met at the Kandinsky school and headed to the airport where we took a flight back to Spain. We were all very sad and didn’t want to leave because of the great time that we had that week.
Oliva and Marta
What I liked most about the Netherlands was our day trip to Amsterdam. I loved the beautiful canals and learning about Amsterdam’s history in the dungeons. I also really enjoyed the NEMO in which we had a lot of fun experimenting and playing with what was in display and discovering different things. The day in the centre of Nijmegen was spectacular because we got to explore the city by ourselves and our new friends.
King’s College School, La Moraleja’s football team trains Mondays and Wednesdays at the Antela Parada pitch. Our players arrive to the facilities in the school bus ready to learn sports ethics while having fun through football.
Our major commitment is to teach values such as unity, fellowship, effort, “how to win and how to lose” knowledge, etc.
This team consists of Luis A., brave goalkeeper who brings great team building skills.
In the defense plays Deji J. Y., strong and intelligent player. Jaime brings security thanks to his speed and wellbeing in the field, and Carlos S., not only a player with good attack abilities but also a reliable defender.
As midfielder we have Marc O., a technical player with good game vision, Jorge R., a strong and forceful player committed with the team, and Aoto H., a player that brings balance to the team.
In the front we have Nicolas E., a player with great mobility in the field and game understanding, and Yago D., a great long shot.
The team is getting better and better and is overcoming all the obstacles that we are finding during the season. They are getting confidence to continue fighting every game and thus keep growing every day as football players but more important as people.
King’s Group is delighted to confirm that we will be opening the eighth school in our Group in September 2017. King’s College, The British School of Latvia will be located in the Saliena development in the Babites area of Riga, Latvia’s capital city.
King’s College Latvia will be the first school in the country to offer the British National Curriculum. Our teams have worked extremely hard and hand in hand with the Latvian Ministry of Education to ensure that our curriculum was thoroughly reviewed in order to meet local legislation and we are delighted to confirm that it is now fully recognised by the Education Ministry. Sir Roger Fry founder and Chairman of King’s Group commented, “Being the first British school in Latvia is an honour and the quality of our curriculum has been recognised by the Latvian Ministry of Education, allowing our students to benefit from exactly the same curriculum as an elite school in Great Britain. I am certain of the ongoing positive effects that this will have on the region in Latvia.”
Construction works have already begun for the new school, which is planned to hold up to 580 pupils, from the age of 2 (Pre-Nursery) to 18 years old (Year 13). The school will be located on a plot approximately 20.000 m2 which will hold a building consisting of two floors, 32 classrooms (including a fully-equipped Art Studio, Music Rooms, a Science Laboratory, and an ICT Suite) as well as several outdoor areas (sports, playgrounds and parking).
The school will initially operate as an infant school to educate pupil’s age 2 to 7 years old, but as these pupils naturally progress through the academic years, we will be opening a full range of year groups, until eventually the school will cater for pupils Pre-Nursery to Year 13 (age 18). Concurrently, the administrative and academic staff will expand: from 20 native British teachers for the first year to approximately 70 when the school reaches full capacity.
The curriculum of the new school will allow pupils to study from a wide range of subjects, ultimately leading to IGCSE, AS and A Level examinations, which should prepare them to go on to study at the best universities in the world.
Nicholas Fry, Chief Development Officer of King’s Group concluded, “Education is, arguably, Britain’s greatest and most appreciated export. As the person responsible for the expansion of King’s Group’s already extensive network of schools it is a greathonour to welcome King’s College, The British School of Latvia, to our Group. We continue to be committed to delivering quality, excellence and success through education and firmly believe Latvia to be the perfect place to add a new member to our family.”
The annual Music School Festival took place on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, and Thursday 12th May, featuring seventy-two gifted musicians from King’s College School performing to large and appreciative audiences. The Music School provides specialist instrumental, vocal and theory tuition to students from reception to Year 9. In all of the performances of our pupils we saw courage, expression and maturity. The Music School faculty includes five piano teachers, two violin teachers, two guitar teachers, and specialists of woodwind and percussion, all of whom were extremely proud of the performances of their students. The Music School provides students with the opportunity to perform in such events as this, as well as prepare for ABRSM examinations, which can be used to contribute towards the entry profile of students applying to universities.
For those interested in subscribing to lessons for September, please contact Ms Elena Tkachenko, the Head of the Music School. (email@example.com).
This year’s Nursery Show was based on the fantastic story What the Ladybird Heard, by Julia Donaldson. The first time we read the story in our class was during World Book Day. All the children were enthused by it and the Nursery staff saw it clear: this will be our show! We also were of the same mind about the characters. Bubbly Mencía as the clever ladybird, witty Allan and Gonzalo S. as the cheeky thieves, the determined Pascual triplets as the police officers, charming Olivia as the fine prize cow, dainty Mateo as the little dog… and so on until everybody had a part in the story. Children practised their lines and songs for weeks. They enjoyed the singing sessions with Miss Bell. Our talented music teacher helped us choose the songs that would fit in the plot of the story, and she even wrote the lyrics for two of the tunes: Fly, fly, fly, ladybird, and I am a policeman.
As the day of the show approached the children were getting excited about their families coming to school to see them perform. For some of them this was the first time on a stage, with proper sound, lights, and even microphones! They also kept telling their teachers about their costumes. Sara was so looking forward to wearing her cat outfit that her Mum had a hard time convincing her to take it off to go to bed! Some children told us their own Mums and Grandmas were making the costumes, while others were over the moon with their props: handcuffs, key, map, even a squeaky duck! All the children looked fabulous.
When we asked the children what they liked best about the show this is what some said:
“I loved Clara’s costume. It was very cute” (Mencía)
“I like the ladybirds. I know the song” (Carla)
“The thieves wanted to steal the beautiful cow” (Clara)
“The policemen put the thieves in jail” (Aitana)
Parents were captivated with their children’s performance, and their teachers were immensely proud of them. Our Nursery children are growing in leaps and bounds, and we feel lucky to be part of it. Well done Nursery!
On 23rd May 2016, a very excited Year 5 made the short journey to Garganta de los Montes for their residential trip. The theme, Una Vuelta del Mundo (a trip around the world), encourages the children to think about other cultures near and far.
As well as this, the children enjoyed a range of adventurous activities including kayaking, rock climbing and zip lining. The children really pushed themselves to the limit and reached new heights. The trip was exhilarating and more than a little tiring, with many a tear shed on our departure.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to “Sherpa” for providing the children with a memorable and magical experience.
Year 4 embarked on their first ever residential in May to Somolinos. They have been excited for many weeks, it is always the highlight of being in year 4! Children came to school all prepared and as they kissed their parents goodbye they wondered what the next few days would hold!
We all enjoyed a series of outdoor and indoor activities such as hiking, zip-wiring, visiting a small town and learning about the history of this and even telling stories linked to global warming. We were extremely lucky, the sun shone on us the whole week and this ensured plenty of playing outside too!
“When we arrived at the hostel we were amazed by the beautiful views, it was very different from Madrid. The games were all fantastic but there was one that was the best and most exciting. We got to go in harnesses, climb a tree and then jump and go flying from a zip wire!” – Sofia H. 4G
“The monitors were all very kind and we sang special songs to represent our groups and then sang them at assembly time. One day we took part in a nocturnal treasure hunt of gnomes, we needed to be really careful because there was a series of traps that you could fall in!” – Isabel J. 4G
“There was a theatre and beside this, some animals such a geese, ducks and cute bunny rabbits.” – Claudia C. 4G
On Tuesday 9th May 2016, we welcomed the poet Paul Cookson to our school. Paul has a vast experience of leading workshops with all age groups and abilities. Nobody could have quite prepared or predicted how memorable, lively and extremely funny his performances were. Maria José G. (7M) and Alejandro Z. (7M) thought that Paul was “…Very humorous! He made everyday situations funny through his poetry”.
Audience participation was non negotiable, with all children (and staff) joining in on repetitive rhymes and actions! There were 4 performances in total – one for the Infants School, one for the Lower School and Upper School was divided into two groups. Each performance had children howling with laughter and also inspired to read more poetry – with copies of signed books selling like hot cakes at our book fair, which was running throughout the day. Sam R. (5C) said “He inspires me to write poetry. His humour made it seem fun”.
We would like to thank Paul and Book Box international for contributing to make this such a fantastic day in school and for sharing their enthusiasm for literacy with our students. We sincerely hope that they will return in the near future. Addditionally, we are extremely grateful to you, the families of our students, for supporting the book fair once again.
On Friday 17th June 2016, at Froebel College, Roehampton University held their very first Coding festival. This was an inspirational day with a collaboration of teachers, professionals and software companies working in the Computing and Programming industry. It was a great opportunity to learn from each other through workshops and research presentations and discuss the current opportunities and challenges schools face in teaching the new Computing curriculum and pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching with technology.
Our school was represented by myself Gemma Marsden (Head of Art and ICT) and Dawn Akyurek (Haed Teacher) speaking on behalf of King´s College La Moraleja about the research project that we had been working on since February 2016. Our project focused on getting more girls engaged in Computing with an aim of closing the gap between males and females in the industry.
In our findings we discovered that parental support was important when giving pupils the confidence to pursue a career in the area, as was getting the right balance of challenge and support in the classroom. We also found that teaching girls to be brave and resilient was fundamental when learning how to programme and code. Learning coding requires resilience and as a teacher the most challenging aspect of this project was getting the message across to pupils that failing was OK and that more learning comes from when you fail. Learning something new like programming also requires emotional investment, these were our key messages at the festival.
The festival allowed to see the best practise from educators from across schools worldwide, where the use of games and video was proved to also be a powerful tool in the classroom when engaging pupils in the new Computing curriculum.
We also witnessed how the Computing curriculum can be taught through cross curricular links and how it lends itself well with innovation and creativity.
As teachers we are now working in a digital world and pupils’ digital literacy is as important as any other aspect of the curriculum. The event was very successful and we hope to help Roehampton further in their research throughout 2017 and make it an annual event in the future.
On Tuesday 21st June 2016 10 Year 7 pupils flew to London to visit their artwork in the National Gallery. The girls had taken an active part in the Take One Picture Art Club and worked closely on the project with Miss Marsden and Miss Carrigan (Year 4 teacher and EYFS-Lower school Art Coordinator). This trip was a celebration of our artwork being selected for the Take One Picture Exhibition in the National Gallery from 8Th June until 26th September 2016.
About Take One Picture
Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s flagship project for primary schools. The works in this exhibition demonstrates the innovative ways in which schools have responded to Thomas Gainsborough’s Mr and Mrs Andrews.
The 21st annual ‘Take One Picture’ exhibition showcases work by children from across England and our school in Spain, Kings College La Moraleja. From watercolours and lace making to ceramics and creative writing, the exhibition features a diverse range of works reflecting the richness of creative responses to this painting. Landscapes, culture, heritage, fashion, and design were just some of the themes explored by the children.
Launched in 1995, Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s countrywide scheme for primary schools. Each year the Gallery focuses on one painting from the collection to inspire cross-curricular work in primary classrooms. The exhibition of work produced by schools based on the painting is shown at the National Gallery, and a selection is published on the Take One Picture website. For further details on the project, visit takeonepicture.org.uk
About the Painting
‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’, which is on display in Room 35, portrays newly married Robert and Frances Andrews. Soon after his marriage Robert Andrews inherited the Suffolk estate of Auberies, the setting for this painting. His wife, born Frances Carter, was also from a local landowning family and the match consolidated the land held by both families. Robert Andrews has a gun under his arm, while Frances Andrews sits on an elaborate garden bench reflecting contemporary taste for Rococo design. Gainsborough left a little of Frances Andrews’s lap unpainted; it is possible that this space was reserved for an anticipated child. However, there are several theories to explain the missing piece, a book being another.
We took ourselves around a self-guided tour of the gallery; the pupils were inspired with the vast collection of artwork the gallery had to offer. Pupils used this as an opportunity to sketch and draw famous paintings and of course study closely the Mr and Mrs Andrews by Thomas Gainsborough that was the main focus of our project.
We also visited some famous landmarks to capture the history of London. This was very exciting for the children as most of them had never been in The U.K. before. We even managed to take a trip on the London Eye which gave us incredible views of the city.
Overall, the experience that the children had was fantastic. They had the opportunity to celebrate a great achievement and they made their teachers and family very proud.
“This has been one of the best experiences of my life seeing our Art work in the National Gallery and being able to visit London” Norah 7M.
We are delighted to announce that in September 2017, King’s Group will be opening the ninth school in our group. King’s College Infants Elche, will be a dedicated Infant School offering a British education to approximately 200 pupils from the age of 2 (Pre-Nursery) to 7 years old (Year 2).
Nos complace anunciar que en septiembre de 2017, King’s Group abrirá su noveno colegio. King’s College Infants Elche será un colegio infantil que ofrecerá educación británica a aproximadamente 200 alumnos de entre 2 (Pre-Nursery) y 7 años (Year 2).
The Secondary school enjoyed a fascinating and moving presentation about Nyumbani our Kenyan charity. It was a good opportunity to also for Mrs Akyurek to share her photos of her visit to Nyumbani. Thanks very much for your kind donations!
We hope you enjoy the following photographs of Mrs Akyurek’s trip to Nyumbani orphanage and village in Kenya.
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