Harvest Festival

On a wonderfully sunny morning the Pre-Prep set off across the fields to church.  The church was packed with parents ready to watch the Harvest service.  The altar and font were beautifully decorated with fresh and tinned produce, kindly donated by parents and passed on to the Martha Trust.
 
Nursery started us off with a great poem about fruit and then told us what they saw when they visited Mrs Spencer’s farm.  Reception acted out a plan based on ‘Handa’s Surprise’ involving lots of courgettes.  Class 1 and 2 talked and sang about the harvest of the hedgerow, sea and underground.  The children remembered their lines well and really enjoyed the performance.  The singing was enthusiastic as usual, especially for the ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’ song!
To end our service Paul Henderson told the story of the seeds that fall in good soil, using some great props which excited the children.


Pre-Prep visit the East Kent Ploughing Match

Reception, Class 1 & Class 2 took a coach to the East Kent Ploughing Match which was held at Gosmere Farm, near Faversham.  We were so lucky to have a beautifully sunny day (quite a change from the time a few years ago when our coach got stuck in the mud!).  As well as watching the ploughing, the children enjoyed meeting the huge shire horses and other livestock, climbing aboard tractors and watching the various craftsmen and women at work.  The school stand was decorated with the children’s artwork, a beautiful scarecrow made by Class 1 and photographs of the children in school.
 
Here’s what some of Class 2 had to say about the trip:
 
“The ploughing match was fun. I went with Mohsin, Leo and Nat.  What did we smell?  I smelt food.”  Gus

“The ploughing match was fantastic.  We got two coins. There were horses.  We went on a bus.”  Hannah

“The ploughing match was fascinating!” Tim
 
“The ploughing match was great.  My favourite was the bees.  We saw the queen bee.” Tallulah