Welcome to Kingsmead 2021/22…
We are so pleased to see our students back in school again, accessing our broad and exciting curriculum. All our sites, both Primary and Secondary are getting into the swing of the new academic year and welcoming new and returning students. We hope you continue to visit this page to catch up on all the things we offer at Kingsmead for students to engage with. Check out our Twitter and Facebook pages to keep up to date on all our latest news.
It's World Book Day
Thursday 3rd March
World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind.
World Book Day is celebrating its 25th birthday this year with the message ‘You Are a Reader’ and children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading.
We are planning one of our biggest ever celebrations of the day with a whole series of events across the school. The main aim of the day is to encourage children to explore different genres and develop a passion for reading.
There will be numerous activities for our students to get involved with and special competitions to enter.
Students will be given book tokens which can redeemed at local booksellers and retail outlets. There are 12 books to choose from and students will be given the opportunity to explore the recommended reading ability, synopsis and view the front covers here which will help them decide which book they would like.
A selection of our World Book Day resources:-
- Best Children’s Books for British Science Week 2022
- Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
- Swimming Against The Storm
- Recommended Books to Help with Anxiety
- Great Children’s Books for International Women’s Day
- Black History Month
Kingsmead partnerships with Toyota
Toyota have now made Kingsmead School one of their official school partners! A huge thanks to Mandy-Jane Evans for collaborating with us to make this happen and opening up their post 16 opportunities even further to the world of engineering and manufacturing.
National Poetry Day 7 October 2021
Our students across all sites have been engaged in poetry themed activities. It’s a pleasure to be able to celebrate our student’s efforts with a poem written by one of our year 11 students who took inspiration from the poem ‘Thirteen’ by Caleb Femi.
Roll upon my guy
Say yes my guy
Say safe g, what you sayin’
When he gonna bounce?
Say bless bro’
40 mandem rollin’ in ballys
Can’t trust walking down alleys
No one no one no one knows the real me
Just want to be free
Wanna chill and have a good vibe
Walk with mandem, like a tribe
No trust. Keep to myself.
Written by Anonymous, Y11
Caleb Femi grew up on the North Peckham estate in London where Damilola Taylor was murdered in gang violence. In this interview Caleb said: “I…think about the estate that shaped me… Nobody should have to live in fear for their lives on a daily basis… Nobody would choose that.” You can read the whole poem here and see the task set to our students ‘Thirteen’ by Caleb Femi.
Drop Everything And Read!
Reading is one of life’s most essential skills. At The Kingsmead School, we support all our young people with their reading to develop their skills and love of literature. Where pupils are less confident, we have a wide range of interventions to support them in becoming more competent readers. Our ‘Annual Reading Awards’ celebrate the brilliant progress that we capture during the academic year.
Further information will be sent to you shortly about our approaches from the ‘Reading Champion’ at your child’s base. In the meantime, please encourage your son/daughter to visit their school library. Here’s our reading log which we encourage you and your child to use both in and out of school…