Big Dance at Tunbridge Wells

On Wednesday 7th March the Buzzards took part in the Big Dance at Tunbridge Wells. They danced to a song called “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes. The children worked really hard practising and performing.

A special mention needs to go to Jack Brooksbanks, who performed a short guitar solo at the beginning of the song! He was amazing!

Big thanks to Julie Brooksbanks, Rozelle Bowerman, Tora Pring, Mrs Fogg and Mrs Whittaker who all helped in various ways to support the children with their performance.

Thanks also goes to the PTA for paying for our caps and our fantastic parents who did a brilliant job supplying costumes and delivering the children to the theatre in the evening.

Local Netball Tournament

On Tuesday 27th February 20 children from Buzzards and Sparrowhawks Classes competed against other schools at the local Netball tournament. The children were brilliant. They really worked hard in both teams and were able to beat some of the other bigger schools and scores lots of goals. More importantly they really enjoyed themselves.

A big thank you goes to Nicky Wickham and Rachel Windus for coaching and leading the teams before and during the competition. We really appreciate your efforts. Thank you also to all parents who supported the children and transported them to the tournament.

Year 6 Hedge Laying

Year 6’s went to All Saints Churchyard as part of their Forest School session last week to learn about hedge laying. Michael White, from Wealden Hedge Laying, is laying the hedge alongside the footpath through the churchyard which is on the route of our Welly Walk.

He explained that the style used here is the South of England style where the hedge is cut and laid over to create a double brush on both sides. This produces a good barrier to enclose livestock and creates habitats for wildlife. A single line of Hazel stakes are then driven into the centre of the hedge and long thin Hazel branches are woven between these to give strength to the hedge while it is re-growing. These are called binders and, along with the stakes, come from the hedge itself.

Michael then showed us the tools he uses to lay the hedge, many of which were very old, and we passed them around carefully as they were very sharp.

The tools included an axe to put points on the stakes, a froe to split the wood and different types of bill hooks.

Everyone tried their hand at trimming the binders using a bill hook and there was also an opportunity to weave some of the binders into the hedge.

Because our small school woodland is limited in its supply of sticks we then coppiced a Hazel tree using loppers and these branches, along with sticks surplus to Michael’s requirements, were then taken back to school.

The rest of the Forest School session was spent making mallets, bows and arrows and, of course, dens and also whittling projects using the fresh green Hazel wood.

We are very grateful to Michael and also thank you to All Saints Church for allowing us this fantastic opportunity and we hope to use the churchyard more often for other learning opportunities.