Welcome to the Knaphill Federation of Schools page. The Federation consists of two schools, Knaphill Lower School and Knaphill Junior School, providing quality education for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 years.
Operating as usual
What an action-packed three days Year 5 had at Hindleap Warren!
From archery to team building and even the high ropes, the children faced so many fears - we couldn’t have been prouder! A particular highlight of the trip was definitely The Forest Adventure. River walking and mud diving will be a memory that lasts a long time!
The fun did not stop at the end of the day. We all enjoyed our trip into the forest for our night walk where we listened to the local wildlife and inspected the spooky-looking Witch’s Tree. On the second evening, the children made a splash at the swimming pool, which was followed by some hot chocolate and biscuits. While we have only just caught up on sleep, it was definitely a trip to remember.
The children represented all of the Knaphill values brilliantly. Well done, Year 5!
This week, the Year 6 children have shown resilience, determination and confidence when completing their SATs exams - we have been incredibly proud of all the children! Each morning of the assessments began with a year group breakfast in the hall; this was a lovely, calm way to settle any nerves and to build camaraderie between peers.
Our week culminated with a celebratory fun-filled Friday: the much-anticipated reveal of our Year 6 Summer Production (Rock Bottom) and an afternoon of fun and games on the field. Our day was topped off with an exciting delivery of freshly cooked Milano pizzas - a huge thank you to our wonderful PTA for funding this treat.
A big thank you to our wonderful PTA for organising a fantastic Easter Egg hunt with the Easter bunny for all of our children, as well as a fun-filled evening at the school disco last week! 💕 What a fantastic way to end our Spring Term.
Everyone at the Knaphill Federation of Schools would like to wish our whole community a restful and safe Easter holidays. 🐣 🐰
We look forward to seeing you all in the Summer Term!
On Wednesday, Year 6 were thrown back into the 19th Century and enjoyed the rigors of a Victorian education. They were subject to a range of activities: arithmetic; cursive handwriting with slate and chalk; woodwork or needlework; and drills. A traditional Victorian play time entailed skipping, hula hoops and tug of war. The children became fully immersed in this experience and enjoyed playing the part of a down-trodden Victorian pupil, but they all agreed that they are glad to be children in the 21st Century!
Thank you 🙏 to all those who came to our garden working party morning 🐝 🌸 ☀️ 😃 the lower school growing areas, pond and bug hotels are looking fantastic!
What a week we had at Stone Farm! It was a time of firsts for many of us where each day brought something new, something exciting and something special for us all. Whether it was caring for and cuddling the animals, visiting the aquarium and The Eden Project, or just spending time with each other around the beautiful farm, the children embraced it all and made many memories. Every adult who worked with our school commented on how polite, enthusiastic and fun-loving our children were and we couldn't have been more proud. Here are some photos of our time there.
On Tuesday, 9 members of Year 6 went to St Bede's Secondary School in Redhill to compete with schools across Surrey. In an action-packed day, our team played six other schools in the group stages. We beat five teams and drew with one other which meant that we qualified for the semi finals.
In the semis, Knaphill lost in a very close game, but then won in the runner-up match to come third and win a bronze medal.
All children in the Knaphill squad acted with respect and courtesy to other schools and referees and showed fortitude, energy and excellent teamwork throughout. Their every action made the school proud.
Knaphill School have had a fantastic week becoming Science Boffins to celebrate British Science Week and this year’s theme of ‘Growth’.
It has been lovely to see the children engage and participate in every activity, particularly the Science Google Classroom where children have had fun guessing their teachers from their baby photos and designing the World of 2122 as they imagine it might look. Lots of children are also taking part in the Virtual Science Fair and we are excited to see updates on the Classroom stream as they come in! On Wednesday, we were visited by Boffin John, who captivated the children with his engaging and, most importantly, fun displays. As promised, the day ended with a bang: the children were lucky enough to witness a Rocket Launch! We weren't put off by the rain, however the wind did blow our rocket a little off course which created lots of excitement amongst the children and adults!
Yesterday was a magical day at Knaphill School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
Upon entering through Platform 9 and 3/4, the children were summoned to the Great Hall for their very first Sorting Hat Ceremony! The Sorting Hat truly came to life and the children (and some adults!) were bestowed their House Team. Meanwhile, unbeknown to the children, Hedwig and his friends were enroute.
The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting the owls and were blown away by the swooping and soaring of Tango, Whisper and Murphy - the naughty eagle owl. We all certainly learnt a lot about owls and a valuable lesson about how we can respect our wildlife. A real highlight had to be the individual photoshoots with Whisper, the barn owl! It was a real hoot! 🦉
As if the owl experience wasn’t thrilling enough, the children took part in an array of magical lessons: The History of Magic Class, Potions Class, Quidditch and Transfiguration (crafting).
After an exhausting day of enchanting experiences, the children relaxed with a warming glass of Butterbeer. Some even commented that it was better than the real thing!
We would love to know what your child’s favourite part of the day was in the comments below.
The nursery children loved meeting Police Officer Georgie last week. They learnt all about her role as a police officer and enjoyed trying on her hat, jackets and shield.
Something exciting has arrived at the Junior School playground this morning!
Yesterday, children at the Lower School had the opportunity to test their courage on a climbing wall - don't worry, it was a little smaller than this one! 😀
Over the course of the next two days, it is the turn of the Junior School children - will they have the nerve to make it to the top? It was a delight to see the children's reactions to the climbing wall as they entered the playground first thing this morning! 😮😁
Bring on the wall!
This half term, Year 5 have been working on a very exciting D.T. project. The children were asked to create a toy that met a specific brief: the toy must be themed around space and it must include a moving mechanism. As part of the project, Year 5 learnt all about CAM mechanisms, wrote step-by-step instructions about how to make the toy and created eye-catching designs that would appeal to young children. This work culminated in a thrilling day of final designs and construction! The children worked hard to create visually exciting backdrops using watercolours, make fun and engaging characters and (most importantly) construct a working model with a moving mechanism. The Year 5 teachers were blown away with how quickly the children were able to follow complex instructions to build their toys and how fantastic the final products looked - well done, Year 5!
Today, Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed Space Day! The children were visited by Mr Humes and his amazing planetarium, where they were blown away by their experience under the stars without ever needing to leave the school hall! They were transported to the constellations of Cassiopeia, Orion and The Plough and learnt all about the phases of the Moon.
The children were also set a mission by NASA to design and build a brand new spacecraft, ready for take-off to an unknown planet. Working in teams, the children created durable, comfortable and well-designed ‘rockets’ to protect their passengers - eggstronauts! The Year 5 teachers were so impressed with how the children used their negotiation and compromise skills to complete the challenge, which culminated in a very exciting launch event this afternoon.
Well done, Year 5!
On Monday, the Year 6 children held political campaigns in the hall, sharing how they could improve their classroom environment using £30.
All the groups were confident, clear and very persuasive. Parents and Guardians voted and the winning groups were 'Potted Plants' from 6S, 'Sporty 5' from 6H and 'The Book Worms' from 6A.
A spokesperson from 'Potted Plants' stated, ‘We pledge to make the experience in 6S more eco-friendly with potted plants.' 'Sporty 5' shared, ‘We believe sports are the best option because it will benefit us by making us healthier, happier and have a positive mind-set.’ 'The Book Worms' announced, ‘We feel new books would benefit the class because they expand children’s imagination and help with spelling and grammar.’
Well done, Year 6!
Over the past three weeks, our Year 6 children have been learning more about how to stay safe when cycling on the roads. The children have commented about how much they learnt on the course and are looking forward to using their new skills safely. The instructors complimented the children on their exemplary behaviour and their eagerness to learn and listen. Well done, Year 6!
On Sunday, a team of staff, parents and pupils took part in the Surrey Half Marathon event! Children ran in the 2km children’s race and Miss Concannon, Mrs Trice, Mrs Evans, Miss Rose and Mrs Quinton ran in the 5km event. A huge congratulations to everyone who took part! Thank you to the Knaphill School PTA for organising and helping us to raise over £1,600 for our schools! If you would like to sponsor our team, it isn't too late! You can sponsor us using the link below.
When this year's Year 1 were in Reception we wrote letters to the Queen. Some of our letters were asking about the Queen's pets, some about Buckingham Palace and some about the Crown Jewels. The Queen wrote back to us! She thanked us for our letters and sent us some information about Buckingham Palace, The Crown Jewels and her horses and pets.
We have had a brilliant first week and have been so proud of the children for settling back in so well.
A special warm welcome to all of our new children and families. We are looking forward to getting to know you all a little more over the next few weeks!
All of the children have loved spending time with the other classes and year groups - the play frame has been a particular hit!
We hope you all have a lovely weekend.
What a spectacular show! The Year 6 Summer Production of ‘Ali Baba and The Bongo Bandits’ really was the hit of the year! The children’s energy and enthusiasm carried the show from start to finish. The incredible singing, dancing and acting was worthy of a West End show and the lighting, sound and backstage crew jobs were carried out flawlessly.
A massive thank you to the Year 6 parents for providing such authentic costumes, to Anna from Winston Churchill School for her jaw-dropping backdrop and to our fantastic Knaphill TAs who worked tirelessly to provide us with incredible props and scenery.
We hope you enjoy the photos taken by our very own Mrs Jordan - I’m sure you’ll agree that they are amazing! We absolutely love them!
We are filled with pride with what the children have achieved and we cannot wait for our Year 6 parents to receive a copy of the recording. Get your popcorn ready - it’ll be worth the wait!
Miss Fini, Mrs Harmston and Miss Wilson
Today we say a sad goodbye to our lovely caretaker, Mr Richards.
He has worked at Knaphill since 2007 - an incredible 14 years! Mr Richards has not only looked after the school sites, but he has also been an integral member of our community, always attending our PTA events and showing his support for the school and all our children. We are really going to miss you and so will our whole community.
Best wishes for your well-deserved retirement! Please stay in touch! 💕
What an incredible year it has been for Year 6!
There have been so many highlights that made this year so memorable for the Year 6 children and adults. Each and every child has worked their socks off since September, including Home Learning. We couldn’t be more proud of them!
Our Leavers celebrations kicked off last Thursday with our traditional Leavers BBQ, which was enjoyed by all. Music and food made for a real party atmosphere and the evening was topped off by the children playing on the play frame for the first time in a while!
Today we said our sad goodbyes. However, in true Year 6 style, we still managed to have so much fun and pack so much in to our final morning together! We wish the children all the best for next year and we will miss them enormously!
Year 6 had the best day yesterday! The children hosted the Year 6 Apprentice Challenge in the day and celebrated what has been a fantastic year with a Leavers BBQ in the evening.
The outdoor Apprentice marketplace was a huge success with parents from across Year 6 attending in the morning and children from Years 3 - 5 taking part in the afternoon. The Year 6 children have worked so hard to make sure both the children and adults had a huge variety of products to choose from. They certainly catered for a range of ages and interests! Some of their brilliant ideas included making personalised keyrings and jewellery, mystery bags and boxes, interactive games such as a penalty shootout and sponge throwing, a variety of naughty treats and refreshing drinks, as well as a range of other hand-crafted products!
The school have received some lovely feedback from our parents about how much they enjoyed the Year 6 event. Everyone truly admired the children's efforts and their beautiful manners! The Year 6 teachers are so proud of them! We are thrilled to announce that the children have raised just over £1,300 - what an incredible achievement, Year 6!
Please keep an eye out for some wonderful photographs from the Year 6 Leavers BBQ in the next few days!
A Special Visitor from Windsor Castle!
This week, Year 1 had a visit from Sgt Jordan who works for the Royalty Specialist Protection Command at Windsor Castle. He told us all about working at the castle and about being a police officer. He kindly let the children wear some of his special kit and answered questions from the children. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to share their knowledge about castles and castle life with someone who actually works in a castle and find out more about Windsor Castle, the Queen (especially her dogs and horses!) and being a police officer. Thank you Sgt Jordan!
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