This term, as part of their PSHE program, Year 3 learned about charities. They thought about what they do and why they are important. The children became so involved in their learning that they decided to run an event to raise money for a charity. Over the course of 6 weeks they worked hard to…Details
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COBIS Primary Games
The Netherlands Exchange 2017
EF Schools Football Cup
As a school we did particularly well reaching the final of the competition. We reached the final by finishing top of our group, with only one team from each group progressing to the final. During the group stages we played 5 matches winning 3 of them and drawing 2. As a result of finishing undefeated in the group stages we progressed to the final, where we met the winners of the opposite group. To reach the final was a fantastic achievement and one that the pupils can feel very proud of. The highlight of the tournament came in the last game of the group stages, when 2-1 down and needing a draw to reach the final we kept fighting right to the final whistle, managing to score a goal with less then a minute left to equalize the match, resulting in us finishing top of the table.
The pupils represented the school fantastically both on and off the pitch and can feel very proud of their achievements. Although we did not win the final we did incredibly well to get their. We will continue to practice and aim to come back next year even better.
Spring Concert 2017
Year 1 and Year 2 Easter Show
On the 31st April , Year 1 and 2 performed an amazing Spring Show. The show took the audience on a trip through a farm, during Spring. The children presented ideas about flowers and plants needing water and sunlight to grow, chicks and ducklings hatching from their eggs and being able to walk and swim very quickly and the size of animals, like horses, at birth.
The children dressed as different farm animals and the children and adults who worked on the farm. Some children were narrators, who told the backstory to a day in the life of a farm, during spring. The whole show was peppered with lively and entertaining songs that demonstrated the different aspects of spring and farm life.
The children worked very hard learning the songs, their lines, and performing in a professional way. The parents did an amazing job of providing the beautiful costumes and supporting the children learning their lines.
The final performance was a brilliant success and we had a fantastic audience with many parents and sibling coming to watch! The photos show the children in action on stage.
Year 7 Walk for Water
Year 7 Trip to Faunia
Nursery Farm Trip
This year’s May Fair is to be hosted at King’s College, Soto de Viñuelas on Saturday 27th May. Come along for the fun, food, activities and events which will be going on all afternoon (13:00 – 17:00).
Raffle Donations Help Needed:
This year we are also looking for raffle prize donations and we would love it if you could help us with this. With all the proceeds going to great causes such as Amigos de Nyumbani, Bomberos Ayudan, APAMA and Fundación Juegaterapía, it would be great if you could donate! If you would like to donate a prize before Wednesday 3rd May, please contact Paula Parkinson, our May Fair Coordinator: email@example.com.
We very much hope you’ll be able to form part of what is set to be a great day.
Enrichment Week - Mexico
King's Cup Competition
Primary Enrichment Week
SSL Food Day
In the SSL department we have had a wonderful time sharing food and different traditions during food day! Children (and their families) worked really hard to cook a traditional dish from their home country and we all enjoyed eating them. It was such an exciting experience and children got to proudly present what they had brought. We could all learn really interesting things from other cultures in a wonderful and respectful atmosphere, the students behaved very well and the activity was successfull. The purpose of food day was learning from different cultures and sharing, children made the most out of this! We have so many nationalities within the department so we all got to eat lots of different types of food!
It was indeed, a wonderful day!
Thank you very much to our lovely committed parents, it is a pleasure to have your support in all the activities within the SSL department, feel free to come and see our fantastic display!
Music School Festival
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What the Ladybird Heard, a stunning performance by Nursery C
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!
Year 5 Trip to Garganta de los Montes
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 Trip to Somolinos
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
Poetry fever hits King’s College School
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.
Year 2 Show
Year 5 End of Year Show
Festival of Computing 17th June Roehampton University
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.
London Take One Picture Art Trip to the National Gallery 2016
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.
King's Infants Elche
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).
What would you do during Enrichment Week? During the first week of March, 29 students at La Moraleja chose to attend the Ski Trip – a yearly fixture for Ms Monti and Mr Griffiths. As usual, we hit the pistes in the resort town of Astún near the towns of Canfranc and Jaca in the…Details
On March 8th 2017 a group of bleary eyed year 7 students met at the Barajas airport for their first experience of a trip to a French Chateau! Excited and a bit nervous, they said “au revoir” to their parents and set off on the plane to Paris. After a coach trip through Northern France…Details
ACS Cobham International School Saturday 21st January 2017 U13 Tournament Most Valuable Player: Number 16 King’s College Madrid Championship winners: Millfield Prep Championship runners up: King’s College Madrid Plate Championships: Lanesborough Plater Runners Up: Westbrook Hay Eight teams competed in the U13 tournament including the Championship and Plate finalists along with Gayhurst, Edge…Details
Short Article Entry – By Head Boy and Girl The Pupil Voice Group is a vital part of the student body. Our role as Head Boy and Head Girl is to meet weekly with other the other members of The Pupil Voice Group (Deputy Head Girl and Boy, Wellbeing Ambassadors, Deputy Head Teacher and sometimes…Details
This year, we have decided to work with our students to promote their own independent learning skills, and we have now begun in Secondary School, to work on making our students more powerful and resilient learners in all of their subjects. What will our children do in the future? Will they be chefs? Lawyers? Nurses?…Details
King’s College Estudiantes Infantil 9 – 64 Madrid Stars We had a difficult game to play against a very good team where players were taller and stronger than us. Despite this, we were able to improve during the game, correcting mistakes and never giving up to fight each ball in each possession. We have to…Details
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!
Visit KCS art gallery at the Reception area at school. We are very proud to share our pupils achievements in creative arts with you all.
A very Merry Christmas to you all! We have enjoyed dressing up and wearing our Christmas hats at school!