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  • Viking Holiday Club is back!

    Published 17/01/22

    We are pleased to announce that Viking Holiday Club is back for the February half term!

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  • Young Cooks Serve Up a Tasty Mexican Treat

    Published 04/07/22

    There’s no time for siesta when it’s time for fiesta – that was the message to invited guests for a tasty Mexican feast created by young chefs from Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    The Year 6 catering crew prepared, cooked and served a number of nutritious tasty dishes to family and friends in a celebration of a week-long intensive cookery course.

    Linking in with their latest classroom topic Mexico: Then and Now, the children worked under the expert guidance of Newington Community Chef Mike Spackman in the kitchens at the town’s Royal Harbour Academy.

    The girls and boys explored basic cooking skills, recipes and menus of traditional food. They were taught knife skills (including the bridge and claw grips), preparation techniques and how to use equipment such as food processors, hobs and ovens.

    After each day, the pupils shared their latest creations and discussed what went well and what they had enjoyed. After the Thursday session, they voted for their favourite dishes to create a mouth-watering menu for Friday's feast.

    Year 6 teachers Jon Williams and Andrew Beraet were impressed at the way the pupils embraced the cookery challenge and engaged with new skills in the kitchen.

    They said: “A wonderful meal was served that included a range of dishes from across the week: chilli con carne, mini chicken fajitas, taco salad, pork koftas, spicy potatoes and stuffed peppers.

    “Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who were able to come and enjoy the cuisine of offer - it made the whole project worthwhile.”

    Mike Spackman oversaw a range of kitchen rules and skills including food preparation skills, safety and hygiene, following recipe instructions accurately and understanding recipe language, accurate use of measuring equipment, cookery, serving and presentation skills.

    He said: “Over a full school week all children, without exception, have grown in both confidence and enthusiasm.

    “In the main, they have been willing and eager to explore new flavours and textures. Ingredients that were a mystery at first have now become far more familiar.

    “They have all overcome some demanding challenges and produced some truly great tasting food. We clearly have some ‘chefs in the making’.”

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “This was a fantastic success that served up well cooked tasty food as part of our celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.

    “The children were the stars of the show but huge thanks go to our Year 6 teachers, Mike Spackman for his enthusiasm and encouragement, and to Tom Boughton and Simon Pullen for allowing us to use the excellent facilities at Royal Harbour Academy.

    *Mike Spackman is BBC Food and Farming Awards Cook of the Year 2017, B.Ed. Hons Primary, Certificate in Professional Cookery; Project manager of The Community Chef Project (Swale) since 2008, currently on a two-year secondment to Newington Big Local in Ramsgate.

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School, Ramsgate, and Upton Junior School, Broadstairs.

    For more information contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847

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  • Oh Baby – What A Challenge for Year 6

    Published 28/06/22

    The relentless responsibilities of being a parent are being experienced by children at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    Year 6 children have been tending to their own ‘flour babies’ around the clock for a week in class, during lunch and break times and at home.

    The ‘offspring’ are actually flour-filled bags that girls and boys ‘adopt’ and make their own including creating faces and features for them, naming them, and providing them with clothes. Some fed their ‘child’, others carried them around in baby slings or pushed them along in buggies.

    The idea behind the project was to experience first-hand just how unrelenting it is to be a parent (although without the more arduous scenarios of crying, feeding and dirty nappies, the children knew they had it easy compared to a real baby.)

    Year group teachers Jon Williams and Andrew Beraet said: “Nevertheless, the requirement to keep their baby with them at all times and keep it safe gave an insight into 'parenthood'. For some of the children it became a real struggle to juggle their learning tasks with the supervision of their 'offspring'.”

    The RAPS initiative follows the story of Flour Babies by former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine whose book examines the social science experiment of schoolboys receiving a six-pound bag of flour, in rags, to form the look of a baby that they must care for it at all times, as if it were a real baby.

    The RAPS teachers added: “In our experiment our ‘parents’ were generally very successful and, apart from three 'deaths' (split bags), the children cared for their babies remarkably well.

    “A huge thank you goes to all the families who supported the project - taking photos, ensuring the 'babies' were supervised at all times and even waking their children to 'feed' or 'care for' their ‘offspring’ in the night.”

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “It was a thought-provoking initiative and it was noticeable how the children’s attitudes developed towards their ‘babies’ as the days passed.

    “It is very easy to quickly become fed up with the responsibility of caring for another – and this was a strong personal lesson that reinforced how difficult it can be to look after another being, not just for an hour here and there, but full on.

    “I know that it meant our boys and girls re-evaluated just how much their parents do for them, each day, every day, unconditionally.

    “They may only have been bags of flour but for several days our girls and boys took things seriously, doing their best to tend to them with care and responsibility.

    “The flour wasn’t self-raising – they had to put in the hard work and learn how best to raise their flour babies. I know they learnt a lot from the project.”

    Ramsgate Arts primary School is part of the Viking Academy trust together with Upton Junior School, Broadstairs, and Chilton primary School, Ramsgate.

    For more information contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 581847


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  • RAPS National Gallery Challenge

    Published 21/06/22

    Young creatives at Ramsgate Arts Primary have been displaying their collective imaginative skills for a competition run by the world famous National Gallery in London.

    The annual nationwide Take One Picture project invites children to create artworks around a striking image and then plan, create, submit and exhibit their works.

    A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas by Claude-Joseph Vernet is the gallery’s choice to inspire pupils for the 2022/2023 challenge.

    It depicts a rocky shoreline buffeted by a violent sea storm. Two ships roll in the giant swell, sails tied down or tattered by the turbulent winds and lashing rain, while a third ship lies shattered against the rocks. Figures carry salvaged goods up the shore, while an unconscious woman is laid out on a rock, her friends overwhelmed with despair.

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “This dramatic seascape certainly inspired all our year groups to create thought-provoking artwork that focuses on many parts of the story.

    “Our art team of Mike Brown and Karen Vost, teachers, support staff and families all helped with the project which produced striking thought-provoking results that made for a brilliant exhibition in our main entrance and reception areas.”

    The range of work included a large replica ship created from scratch by pupils from Team Gunson; other year groups provided storm clouds, wrecked ships on stormy seas, sculptures, specially designed sail cloths, illuminated sea urchins and other aspects of the historic painting using a various of styles, techniques and materials.

    In recent years Ramsgate Arts Primary has been praised by the competition organisers for the quality and breadth of its submissions.

    As a result, RAPS entries were displayed at the National Gallery as part of a virtual tour at the start of pandemic lockdown, and they also saw their work featured on digital billboards in major cities across the UK.

    Ocean Outdoors showed entries on sites in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. It included RAPS’ Soundwave Cityscapes that featured audio recordings of seagulls screeching, foghorns blaring and horses neighing transformed from sonic waveforms into artwork resembling a metropolitan skyline.

    The inspiration for that competition was the evocative painting the Men of the Docks by George Bellows in 1912 that features workers on the docks of New York's frozen East River, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and a vast ocean liner towering in the background.

    Mr Budge added: “This is a fabulous competition and it encourages our children to think deeply and interpret what they see and feel.

    “We have produced some inspirational creations in the last few years and we have done very well in the competition.

    “Once again the standard demonstrated by our girls and boys for the current Take One Picture venture is very high - they worked very hard with their teachers and the result is a fabulous showcase of their skills.”

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary School, Ramsgate.

    For more information, contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847.

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  • VAT Schools Oversubscribed 2022

    Published 17/06/22
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  • Unearthing Britain’s History

    Published 15/06/22

    The lives of the invaders and settlers who changed the face of Britain are being explored by children at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    The Year 5 ‘history detectives’ are delving deep into the past to discover what shaped the way the country developed through the centuries.

    Within this term’s topic girls and boys will research the Roman invasion of our shores including how the Britons reacted and what happened after. They will also find out about the heritage and culture of the Anglo-Saxons, the Viking invaders, and Alfred the Great. 

    As part of their learning pupils have already looked at a range of artefacts in class. These include a replica sword, a Roman-style mosaic and candlestick and a statue of a goddess, together with a cooking pot and a fibula which was used to pin clothing.

    Head of Year 5 Hannah Dannell added: “The children have also created a Saxon-style brooch using an embossing technique. They embossed tin foil over cardboard and then coloured it using permanent markers to make it look like metal and jewels. The patterns they created were symmetrical to look at and as authentic in detail as possible.”

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “Exploring the social history and development of our country is an important part of our pupils’ learning as they unravel our rich and interesting heritage.

    “The invaders and settlers work enables our Year 5 pupils to dig deep into the past and find out how and why Britain developed in the way it did centuries ago – they will trace timelines to map the way our society progressed and dealt with huge changes along the way.

    “As well as expanding their knowledge, it will develop our children’s critical thinking skills.”


    For more information contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847

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  • RAPS Has Got Talent

    Published 08/06/22

    Everyone was a winner as Ramsgate Arts Primary children took to the stage for a special talent show.

    In front of a packed main hall, young performers from across the age groups demonstrated a range of performances that kept the crowd enthralled.

    A panel of judges on stage scrutinised the acts and awarded them marks for presentation and performance.

    The RAPS Has Got Talent spectacular was put on by children from Year 5 Year who did everything themselves including hosting, judging, controlling the music and making the PowerPoint display for the large screen above the stage.

    Teacher Hannah Dannell co-ordinated the event. She said: “There was an enormous amount of talent from the contestants who took part including dancing, singing, playing guitar and gymnastics.

    “After watching the acts, the judges went off to deliberate and had a difficult time choosing their top three spots. Third was Sienna and Phoebe from Year 6 with their rendition of Fight Song; runner up singer Raph from Year5; and the winner was Eva from year 3 with her astounding magic tricks.

    “Huge praise goes to all our contestants and the team who worked so hard to put the show together and ensured it ran smoothly.

    “We would like to say well done to all the performers - they are all winners in our eyes.”

    Head of School Nick Budge agreed and praised the enthusiasm and attitude of the performers. He said: “It is no mean feat to get up on stage in front of the school and demonstrate your skills.

    “Our talented girls and boys were of a high standard for their age ranges and they gave all of us in the audience a smashing treat.”

    Ramsgate Arts Primary is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School, Broadstairs, and Chilton Primary, Ramsgate.

    For more information contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847.

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  • Right Royal Celebration at RAPS

    Published 27/05/22

    Jubilee fever gripped Ramsgate Arts Primary as children of all ages celebrated the Queen’s marvellous milestone.

    Throughout the school there was a buzz of right royal activity as girls and boys wore red, white and blue clothing to represent the national flag colours.

    One of the hives of activity was in the early years learning area where the school’s youngest pupils had an exciting time through play-learning around the jubilee theme.

    They made patriotic flags, decorations, role-played making a traditional British cuppa, feasted on fish and chips, wore a regal crown, learned about the Queen and the jubilee by listening to stories about Her Majesty and her family, and listened to classical music that was played as a background soundtrack to their day.

    The little ones also joined the rest of the school in a special assembly where they took part in a quiz and sang the national anthem while waving their flags.

    Pupils across school took part in an art project in their year groups looking at the work of local artist Ann Carrington and produced some replicas of her work using ‘found’objects - these will be displayed in Ramsgate railway station for the Jubilee.

    Elsewhere across RAPS Year 1 pupils learnt all about the Queen and then made their own list of rules of what they would do if we were King or Queen. Their artwork included making a British themed collage. In Year 3 girls and boys began their day of celebrations by watching the majesty and ceremony of the Queen’s coronation.

    Early Years Foundation Studies lead Sophie Spurrier said: “They little ones were excited and were really engaged with all the activities they took part in. It was a wonderful atmosphere and they certainly celebrated in style.”

    Head of School Nick Budge added: “We celebrated our Jubilee Day in advance throughout the school as we will be on a holiday break when the actual event is celebrated nationwide.

    “Our children really showed their creative skills with a range of diverse activities centred on the jubilee theme. Throughout the day they learnt more about the history, heritage and culture of our royal family and what makes the Queen’s jubilee so special. It is a milestone event in our country’s history that our girls and boys will remember.”

    For more information contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847.

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  • RAPS Children Love Caring for Their Furry Friends

    Published 26/05/22

    The magic of life has been witnessed first-hand by little children at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    A batch of duck eggs have been observed over a period of days as part of the pupils’ topic Ready Steady Grow.

    The eggs were kept in a special incubator in class while Reception year group pupils took turns to record any development and researched the passage of life from egg to chick. They also wrote down their thoughts and these were collated on a large board with pictures, photos and information.

    When the chicks hatched the boys and girls couldn’t wait to hold their fluffy days-old feathered friends.

    Teacher Sophie Spurrier is Early Years Foundation Studies Lead at RAPS. She said: “The children were so excited to be able to watch the magical transformation from an egg in an incubator hatching into a fluffy chick. It was fascinating to see them transfixed as they welcomed them into the world.

    “It gave us the chance to discuss life cycles, learn how to care for the chicks, discuss how animals change as they grow. One of the chicks sadly died but was very poorly from being born, and the children were great at dealing with this and understanding it as part of the life cycle.

    “It was a great hands on opportunity for the children and an amazing WOW moment for class.

    “It has been such a buzz and the children haven't stopped writing to them, making gifts for them and have been very kind and caring. We have even had a vote to name them.”

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “Hands-on learning gives education a better dimension and our girls and boys in Reception are learning valuable aspects about the journey of life. They gain so much from initiatives like this.

    “They are captivated by the chicks and what they are learning about them as they develop. It is a perfect experience and is a brilliant way to learn. It is something they will never forget.”

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary School, Ramsgate.

    For more information contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847.

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  • Learning Face to Face With Nature

    Published 26/05/22

    Enjoying the world of nature is an important part of their learning adventure for children in their first year at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    The Reception group girls and boys are currently discovering fascinating facts about the life cycle in their Ready Steady Grow topic.

    To help reinforce their learning they left the classroom and enjoyed an informative trip to the acclaimed Rare Breeds Centre at Highlands Farm near Ashford.

    A fun programme of activities saw girls and boys immersed in a variety of experiences.

    These included a bug hunt workshop where they explore habitats in search of minibeasts, looked under logs and identified their sightings using a worksheet. They also investigated life around the farm’s pond where they dipped the water using nets and examined their catches using magnifying glasses.

    Pupils also discussed the life cycle of animals and their young and how they change over time as they reach adulthood.

    A big favourite was meeting some of the centre’s animals at the petting barn including baby goats, calves and rabbits where they found out how they are cared for and what they eat.

    The young explorers also visited the farm’s eco garden to see what plants are being cultivated and how they grow. They discussed the different parts of plants and which are safe for humans to eat.

    Sophie Spurrier, Head of Early Years Foundation Studies at RAPS, said the visit was an important opportunity for the little children. She said: “Real life learning in topics like this is invaluable. They had the chance to see how the rare breeds centre works, met lots of different creatures, found out about their habits and how their lives evolve.

    “It supports what they have already learnt and expands their knowledge base. The knowledge they have gained is already informing the way they are working through the rest of the topic.”

    The Rare Breeds Centre is at Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford. Find out more online at

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary School, Ramsgate.

    For more information contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847.

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  • Animal Magic at Wildlife Centre

    Published 23/05/22

    A mini adventure has led young explorers from Ramsgate Arts Primary to experience the amazing world of wildlife at first hand.

    The group of five and six year olds from Year 1 were able to investigate a varied range of animals safely yet at close quarters at Wingham Wildlife Park near Canterbury.

    The girls and boys saw creatures including lions, tigers, chimpanzees, penguins and meerkats and were keen to find out more about their daily lives.

    The visit was part of their ongoing topic Animals and Us which includes learning about different animal groups and what they like to eat.

    Year 1 teacher Jessica Barnes explained: “Our trip to Wingham was a great opportunity for the children to see lots of different animals first hand.

    “They were keen to look out for what food they were eating and to know the name of the animal. The children also enjoyed reading the information signs for the different animals to learn more about them and expand their knowledge.

    “We have also been learning about insects and have recently enjoyed a bug hunt in our school grounds. So the park’s bug garden with huge model insects was a perfect way to reinforce what they had discovered at school.”

    The group also journeyed back to prehistoric times at the dinosaur zoo where the saw a whole range of creatures including velociraptor, tricaretops, stegosaurus and diplodocus.

    Mrs Barnes added: “Visiting the wildlife park gives an extra dimension to this topic. It creates added enthusiasm for the work we are covering – there was a real sense of awe and wonder from our children.”

    Wingham Wildlife Park covers an area of 26 acres and features hundreds of species covering fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and birds. Find out more online at

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School in Broadstairs and Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate.

    For more information contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847

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  • Arts at the Heart of Learning at RAPS

    Published 20/04/22

    A lively and creative week exploring the Arts with The Lion King as a main inspiration has been a roaring success at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    The classic story was a theme for a number of activities that were actively embraced by children from all age groups.

    ‘Arts at the Heart of RAPS’ was the umbrella theme for a week-long programme of fun and challenging learning at the area’s only specialist arts school.

    Girls and boys explored a large range of opportunities that saw them learning new skills and ambitiously broadening existing ones.

    Current members of The Lion King stage show - Shannon Taiwo and Kuan Frye - led workshops covering dance, acting, singing and a ‘question time’ session about the musical.

    And children aged seven to eleven years old then enjoyed the spectacular musical live on stage with a special trip to the Lyceum Theatre in London to witness the production that left them ’excited and overawed’. Younger classes also got the chance to see The Lion King film at a screening in school.

    Emily Mays choreographed music and movement to The Lion King soundtrack, while Freya Watson taught songs from the show. Jon Williams continued the theme with drama workshops.

    Naomi Hammerton and pupils worked together to discover songwriting and create a special work for RAPS, while Rich Rhythms explored the world of African drumming with children pounding out the beats on djembes.

    An art design workshop with Christine Marfleet saw girls and boys design and create masks either based on animals in The Lion King, or inspired by African fabrics and art.

    Professional cinematographer Edward Stafford rehearsed and film a short scene with keen young actors, while stop-motion animation and green screen workshops with Mike Brown were very popular. Specially-written lion-themed tales were enjoyed in storytelling sessions.

    Head of School Nick Budge explained: “This was a focussed celebration of the Arts for a whole week. Creativity is central to what we do and it is a major part of our identity.

    “It was important to be able to offer such a range of first class opportunities to our children to work with visiting performers and educators alongside our talented staff.

    “The reaction was amazing. Children clearly embraced the whole programme and were bubbling with all the new things they were enjoying learning about. There will be displays of our children’s creative work on show around the school.

    “The effect of this specialist week of learning will carry over into the rest of the school year and beyond. It has expanded the horizons of our children and reinforced their love of the Arts which are at the heart of our school community.”

    Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School and Chilton Primary School.

    *For more information, contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847

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