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  • Reception 2022 Starters Open Days

    Published 16/09/21


    Please call the School Office on (01843) 582847 to book onto one of the Tours. Please click here to download a copy of our upcoming Tour Dates for Reception children in 2022.

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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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  • RAPS Young Children Explore Their Feelings

    Published 24/01/22

    Understanding feelings and emotions as you grow is a big task for small children – at Ramsgate Arts Primary young girls and boys are already involved in a range of initiatives to help them find out more about what makes them tick.

    It is an important focus for Year 1 children this term and they are already exploring a range of ideas to come to terms with the variety of ever-changing moods experienced by themselves and their classmates.

    They are using a selection of story books to help teach and explore feelings. This includes The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas which helped them to name different emotions. Then the pupils added all the different things that makes them feel emotions to ‘feelings jars’ graphics.

    Here are some examples. Vidhi said: “I feel calm when I go to the beach',” while Eddie admitted: “I get scared of spiders and snakes,”, and Will simply said: “I love my dog.”

    Year 1 teacher Jess Barnes said: “We explored different scenarios and how this makes us feel. We noticed that we can feel different to our friends and sometimes it can be hard to recognise how someone feels by just looking at them, so it's important to always be kind.

    “We really enjoyed using the book called 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?' by Carol McCloud which tells how we all have an invisible bucket and we need to help fill each other’s buckets by doing acts of kindness.

    “We also explored how our bodies can feel different inside depending on our emotions. Learning about our worries and what we can do if we feel worried is important, and we used a book called Silly Billy by Anthony Browne to explore this – and the children made their our own worry dolls just like Billy in the story.”

    Head of School Nick Budge believes this is crucial developmental work for RAPS younger children as part of the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) curriculum. He said: “We set great store by a range of wellbeing initiatives for all our year groups. The work being explored by Year 1 at the moment ties right in with this.

    Our children feel safe and cared for throughout their time with us – helping them understand and identify the way they feel about themselves, their families and their friends, is a crucial part of how we support their growing up.”

    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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  • Cave Dwellers Stonehenge Takes The Biscuit

    Published 20/01/22

    Creating a mini Stonehenge from biscuits is a tasty way to build an ancient monument and discover more about its construction.

    That’s what young ‘builders’ at Ramsgate Arts primary did as they investigated the world-famous standing stones and the meaning behind their layout and positioning on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

    It was all part of the Year 3 group’s start to the topic From Stone to Iron that delves deep into the prehistoric times during the transition of civilisation from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

    To get into the mood of the period girls and boys came to school dressed as cave dwellers in a fun day of learning activities.

    Teachers Alice Rees-Boughton and Kiki Amin explained: “Our pupils will be delving deep into history to develop a chronological understanding of how life changed between the two periods, and they will be encouraged to compare life through the ages to how it is today.

    “Creating Stonehenge was fabulous inter-active start and our children were really engaged with the whole process of what the henge looked like and how it was laid out, particularly when they were cementing the biscuit building blocks into place using icing.

    “They also learnt all about flint-knapping and how Stone Age people used this process to sharpen flint and create their weapons.

    “To really understand how the process worked (and how hard it would have been), they tried their hand at napping using soap bars – it was tricky but great fun and they all went home with their soap flints.

    “They also created cave paintings and found out more about the Stone Age tools with visitor Katie Blythe, a parent skilled in bush craft.”

    Stonehenge Facts – it is perhaps the world's most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC.

    It consists of an outer ring of vertical sarsen standing stones, each around 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing around 25 tons, topped by connecting horizontal lintel stones.

    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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  • Parent COVID Letter

    Published 07/01/22
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  • Teachers Exhibits Inspire RAPS’ Young Creatives

    Published 05/01/22

    Ramsgate Arts Primary teachers Karen Vorst and Peter Campbell Saunders are inspiring their pupils who saw their works exhibited at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

    The creative youngsters were impressed when they saw the exhibits on show as part of the gallery’s open exhibition to mark its tenth anniversary.

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “Our girls and boys love visiting the gallery that we have an enduring and strong educational partnership with through a number of projects.

    “They enjoyed looking round the brilliant open exhibition and were thrilled to see works by Karen and Peter in show alongside a host of well-known, respected and ambitious artists from the Kent and Medway area.

    “We try to integrate our arts curriculum with the community wherever possible and this visit to Turner has yet again inspired our young artists to aspire to have their own work displayed in a public exhibition, which is a really positive goal.”

    Karen explained: “My exhibits are examples of the portraiture of mugshots, and the intimacy, vulnerability yet pride that these images evoke. I use lightboxes and acrylic prints to display my work.”

    Peter Campbell Saunders, who is a part-time teacher at RAPS, had his work The Curator selected for show. An acrylic oil on canvas, it shares a wall with Margate’s world-renowned artist Tracey Emin at the gallery.

    He said: “The painting was created during the first months of the lockdown in March/April 2020. The image depicts a young woman placing books upon a series of shelves containing a number of eclectic antique collectibles. I believe it was my attempt at taking control and adding some kind of order to my life, during a time when I felt vulnerable and out of control.

    “After a further viewing of the artworks in the Turner, I've realised that my picture seems to be 'out of time'. Bygone eras are a typical theme in my art.

    “It's a great honour for a traditional artist like me to be shown at such a prestigious contemporary gallery.”

    He also has a studio/gallery space n at the Quex craft village at Quex Park, Birchington, where he runs art and photography workshops.

    *The Turner Contemporary Open: It showcases the wealth of artistic talent in Kent and Medway. It includes works by professional and non-professional artists living and working in the area and those working nationally and internationally who studied there.

    The exhibition in the first floor galleries includes around 450 works, selected from over 4,200 anonymised submissions received from nearly 1,400 artists.

    Artworks span sculpture, painting, ceramics, film and photography, including work by internationally renowned artists such as Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie and Margo Selby, alongside up-and-coming artists such as Matilda Sutton, Joshua Atkins and Lisa Wright.

    The works were selected by four Thanet-based community groups and collectives: Age UK Thanet, Canvas 4 Equality, Margate Pride and the Turner Contemporary Access Group. These groups volunteered their time as curators with the support of Turner Contemporary. Each group has taken over a gallery space, in which they have curated their selection of artworks.

    The exhibition runs until Sunday 20 February 2022.

    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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  • RAPS Christmas Cheer for Needy Children ​​​​​​​

    Published 13/12/21

    The true spirit of Christmas has been demonstrated in heart-warming fashion by children at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    Traditionally classes buys presents for other classes as part of the whole-school secret santa festive treat. This year it was decided to further explore the children’s learning about and awareness of being charitable by giving them the chance to continue with secret santa or give to others.

    Deputy Head of School Hanna Beech was behind the school’s Big Vote initiative. She explained: “Each Christmas our inter-class secret santa generates a range of gifts including games and toys that the children can enjoy during rainy playtimes or their ‘golden time’.

    “This year our children have been investigating how we care for our world and they explored how over- consumption is a key issue impacting the environment. We've also discussed the importance of being charitable.

    “We decided to give our pupils the chance to decide if they'd prefer to continue buying classes gifts or whether the money might be better spent elsewhere.

    “Our pupils were presented with a video created by the junior leadership team representatives that posed the big question - is it better to give or receive?

    “The classes discussed the issue and then all pupils cast a vote at the school's ballot boxes to say if they'd prefer to spend on the RAPS pupils or the charity.

    “The votes were counted and more than 96% opted for providing funding to the charity Action for Children. We were really proud of the pupils for choosing to give instead of receiving. We are donating £220.”

    Head of School Nick Budge said: “This is a brilliant initiative from Mrs Beech who came up with the Big Vote idea. It is heart-warming that our children are so generous and think of the needs of others more than themselves.

    “As well as reinforcing their learning about the effectiveness of their own actions through democracy, it yet again demonstrates our sense of community at RAPS and it is the perfect way to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.”

    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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  • A trip to Dinky Town for Ramsgate Arts Primary pupils

    Published 07/12/21

    Learning through play activities is a cornerstone of early years education at Ramsgate Arts Primary School in Ramsgate.

    So when the chance came for Reception group girls and boys to take a trip to Dinky Town they couldn’t wait to start their adventure.

    It is a little town created for little people in a safe play setting just off Pysons Road in Ramsgate – and the RAPS outing was the first educational visit for the young children in the school minibus. 

    The centre offers a range of inter-active facilities where children can let their imaginations run riot as they play act roles in a range of miniature work, business and shop settings.

    These include a school, doctors, supermarket, fire station, police station, an aircraft, a builders yard, café, farm, tube train, and petrol station.

    Sophie Spurrier is Early Years Foundation Studies lead at RAPS. She said: “It was a real treat for our little ones. They have been learning about people that help us in the community through our topic ‘Our Heroes’.

    “Visiting Dinky Town consolidated this learning and they had the chance to role play as real life heroes too. They were so excited to be going on an outing in the minibus and their reaction to Dinky Town was amazing – they had the best time.

    “Developing your imagination through play learning is very important for young children and you could see them quickly become absorbed in the roles they decided to take on.

    “Dinky Town is tailor-made for fun and learning and is the perfect setting for girls and boys to create lasting memories – it was a great experience for all 60 pupils who were talking about it for days afterwards.”

    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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  • RAPS Children Love Learning In The Natural World

    Published 03/12/21

    Little children have been exploring the great outdoors to create their own natural sculptures and artwork.

    The Year 1 group from Ramsgate Arts Primary embarked on their woodland world of discovery at the Newington Copse outdoor nature play centre.

    The pupils’ topic this term is called Materials Everywhere and they are learning about the difference between man-made and natural materials and their properties.

    Teacher Jess Barnes explained: “The copse is a fantastic environment and our visit was a great way for the children to have a hands-on experience with natural materials and to explore their creative skills.

    “As well as the links to our topic, this was a fantastic opportunity for the children to socially interact with each other in a different environment. It was great to see the confidence the children had to explore the woodlands.

     “It was important for the girls and boys to be creative in ways they maybe haven’t experienced before and in different surroundings.”

    Here is what some of the Year 1 children thought about the experience.

    Henry said: “My favourite part was adding materials to Team McCormack's sculptures. I used sticks and leaves to make a school,” while Poppy added: “I liked building a den for parrots, rabbits and birds. I used sticks and leaves. I also added a woodland seat for animals to sit on. I used mud to make sure the den stood up. I threw leaves up in the air for decoration.”

    Douglas said: “It was beautiful and peaceful, I even found a den. I liked working as a team to build in the woods,” and Justin said: “It was really fun. I saw the pond - it was really cool. I saw toads they were black and goldfish. They like to hide so we made them a house out of sticks.”

    Ramsgate Arts Primary supports the well-established belief that the benefits of children spending time outdoors improves physical, mental and social well-being and  creates opportunities to develop an interest in - and understanding of - nature.

    RAPS Head of School Nick Budge is a firm believer of outdoor learning. He said: “Being immersed in nature creating artwork inspired by what surrounds them is really important for our children’s development and it shows them that learning is all around them, not just inside school.

    “We have outdoor learning areas at RAPS and they are very popular with children and staff – and they are an important part of our curriculum.”

    *Copse Play is an outdoor nature play project for children, young people and families who live in Newington, Ramsgate, led by aim4 Partnerships CiC and funded by Kent County Council’s Early Help and Preventative Services and in partnership with Newington Big Local and Creative Newington, part of the Creative Civic Change programme.

    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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  • Eco Champs Bag A Recycling Challenge

    Published 29/11/21

    A textile recycling charity has thanked children and families at Ramsgate Arts Primary School for their fantastic fund raising support.

    Girls and boys were set the task of rummaging through clothes and materials no longer wanted by themselves or their families to find suitable donations through the EcoKids project.

    The RAPS effort resulted in 321 bags of textiles/clothes weighing in at 903kg, which is much higher than the 250-bag challenge the school was set.

    As a result RAPS has received £496.65 which will be used for outdoor learning resources. Children in Year 1 collected the most clothes and the school will give them £50 to buy outdoor play equipment.

    Head of School Nick Budge is pleased with the enthusiastic support for the recycling initiative.

    He said: “We have high profile eco agenda at RAPS and our recent Eco Summit Day saw a range of learning events and educational activities.

    “The EcoKids project collection fired their imaginations and they filled far more bags than they were set in the challenge.

    “It also underlined our message about how important it is to recycle clothing, textiles and other materials where possible – and it gave the school a healthy sum that will go towards improving our learning resources for the children.”

    EcoKids project manager Rosalind Tschanschek told the school. “Very well done RAPS – please spread the word.”

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

    *For more information, contact Mr Budge on 01843 582847

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  • RAPS Children Lobby Thanet MP About The Environment

    Published 22/11/21

    Environmentally aware children at Ramsgate Arts Primary have asked their MP to help improve the planet.

    In a written plea to Craig Mackinlay, pupils have urged him to act on climate change and pollution.

    The letters formed part of the school’s eco-awareness summit that ran in tandem with the COP26 environmental planning meeting of world leaders in Scotland earlier this month.

    The MP replied on House of Commons headed notepaper. He told the children: “Like you, I do all I can to look after our environment. We all want cleaner air, cleaner streets and cleaner seas and rivers – and we can play our part in protecting our environment by walking more often and cutting down on waste.”

    He also refers to the problems of litter that ‘blights our towns and roadsides and spoils our enjoyment of both the seaside and countryside’.

    Mr Mackinlay praises the young writers for taking time to alert him of their keenness to protect the planet, and he adds: “We live in a beautiful part of the world here in Ramsgate and we must do all we can to keep our local area tidy.”

    Head of School nick Budge said the children were delighted to get an official reply from the MP.

    He said: “Our girls and boys know the importance of looking after their environment and playing a part in the wider community effort.

    “They have learnt that by taking a pro-active stance and contacting their MP their actions are being noticed and listened to in Government. We also teach our children about the importance of democracy and this shows them democracy in action.”

    The school also wrote to world leaders with an impassioned plea outline their concerns and inform them of their ongoing projects to help make a difference to climate change and safeguard the future.

    As part of a range of activities, Ramsgate Arts Primary also appointed a team of Eco Guardians to help spearhead awareness about sustainability, recycling, litter clearing, protecting wildlife and much more.

    Mr Budge added: “At RAPS we will continue to flag up our message that caring for the environment never stops.”

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

    *For more information, contact Mr Budge on 01843 582847

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  • RAPS is Live and Ready to Rock

    Published 22/11/21

    Music strikes an important chord when it comes to overall learning of children at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

    As well as the chance to perform in the school rock band, learn from professional demonstrations from Kent Music School, sing in the choir, perform in musicals and during classroom activities, girls and boys are enjoying the return of another special feature.

    For the first time since before the Covid19 pandemic struck, the school’s Live At RAPS shows have returned.

    The idea is for local musicians to bring their show into school and perform a special concert for their young audience.

    Their latest guest was international singer-songwriter Luke Burgess who specialises in cover songs by a host of top artistes in varying styles ranging from Elton John, Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. He also performs his own numbers.

    The concerts are organised by Head of Arts Hannah Dannell who explained: “It was fantastic to have live performance back at RAPS after almost two years’ absence.

    “Our first in the new series of Live At RAPS was a great success and the children were so excited to hear Luke sing and play guitar.

    “He also explained and demonstrated how to use a loop pedal to create lots of different sounds and effects as a background for his music.

    “We are always looking for performers who are willing to give up some of their time to inspire the next generation.

    “Live at RAPS is a termly event in assembly time and our children cannot wait for the next concert to be announced.”

    Head of School Nick Budge believes that the live performances are beneficial for the children’s creative development.

    He said: “A live show is so different from watching someone play on television or in a DVD for example. Up close they can see the artistry and work that goes into performing on stage just feet away from them.

    “They can feel the excitement and response generated in the crowd, and there was a real buzz before, during and afterwards.

    “As a specialist arts school this sort of experience is exactly what our children need to inspire them as an important addition to their already creative curriculum.

    “I am sure that shows like this will encourage our pupils with a real desire to write, sing and play music – it will be fascinating to wait to listen to and watch the results.”

    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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