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KS1 Nativity – Christmas 2019

‘Baubles’

Nativity 2019


KS2 Christmas Concert 2019

KS2 Concert


Village Café – 10th December 2019

Excalibur Class performed a range of Christmas songs at Queen Camel Village Café and we were very proud of them.

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Year 2 Sports Festival – 3rd December 2019

King Arthur Class loved practising and developing their sporting skills at Ansford Academy with all the children from other local schools. The children had a fun filled afternoon completing a variety of sporting activities. They didn’t stop moving all afternoon, so please enjoy looking at our action shots.

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Glastonbury Abbey – 29th November 2019

Pendragon Class had a fantastic trip to Glastonbury Abbey. We went on a tour of the Abbey with Brother David and he showed us how big it would have been. It was the longest Abbey in England! The children were very intrigued by the different carvings and particularly liked the one showing the nativity story! We also made our very own medieval toothpaste out of salt, mint, cloves, thyme, sage and water. The children had to use a pestle and mortar and really mash the ingredients up. Some of the children liked the toothpaste and others were not so sure! We also went around the Abbott’s Kitchen and learnt about medieval cooking and also about the excellent acoustics in the kitchen. The children sang a lovely rendition of ‘jingle bells’! We also re-enacted the King Arthur story and took part playing different roles. We learnt how King Arthur came to be at Glastonbury Abbey and all about Merlin and his knights. The children had a great time and asked excellent questions. Brother David was very impressed with their knowledge and behaviour!

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Outdoor learning – 21st November 2019

On Thursday 21st November the whole school took part in Outdoor Learning Day. Our theme this year was ‘Hedgehogs’ and the children gained lots of knowledge about how to protect hedgehogs and what we can all do to help. Across the different activities the children learnt and used a variety of skills. They developed their mapping skills by using a map of the school grounds to find and plot good places for hedgehogs to nest. They made their own clay hedgehog and thought about how they would mould their hedgehog and what other materials or tools they could use. They created some amazing hedgehog nests then placed a cup of water into the middle.  With a thermometer tracking the temperature, they were able to discover the most effective insulation for a hibernating hedgehog. They also continued to build our eco planter in the school allotment which is looking great and nearly ready for some planting! The children had to work both independently and as part of a team and all of them enjoyed the various activities throughout the day! I hope the children have shared with you their hedgehog experience and have told you all a few things you can do to make your gardens more hedgehog friendly so that we can help to stop their decline!

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Road Safety Week – November 2019

The whole school and pre-school welcomed our representatives from Somerset County Council Road Safety Department, to school to talk about road safety. They talked about how to cross the road safely and what we need to do when we are out and about.

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Anti-bullying Week – November 2019

Once a year the Anti-Bullying Alliance choose a theme/focus for Anti-Bullying Week. Anti-Bullying Week runs from 11th – 15th November and the theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week was ‘choice’.  The children engaged in classroom based activities throughout the week that supported their understanding and a special assembly was held during the week for the children on the topic of changing behaviours. We used all of the children’s lovely work from the week to make a display in the corridor.

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Remembrance 2019

To commemorate Remembrance our Key Stage 2 children have been inspired by two famous poems: ‘For the fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon and ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Major John McCrae.  They produced some fantastic art work to create the lovely Remembrance display in the school hall window.

All children and staff attended a special assembly which included a two minute silence to pay our respects to our Armed Forces community, past and present.

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Children in Need 2019

Thank you for all your donations we raised £150.

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Bikeability – November 2019

On Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November some of our Year 6 pupils took park in Bikeability.  This is a two day course which teaches the children how to ride their bikes safely on roads.  The children did brilliantly and have learnt new skills to help keep themselves safe when riding their bikes.

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Stonehenge Visit – 24th October 2019

King Arthur Class as part of their topic have been making progress on their historical journey to London. We recently visited Stonehenge and enjoyed a day exploring the stones, even if the weather was not on our side! We marvelled at how the stones were brought from Wales. Our visit also inspired us to learn more about the Stone Age. We have since made some beautiful Stonehenge pictures and we are looking forward to the rest of our journey to London.

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Merlin Class – Healthy Eating Café -23rd October

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Ghost Fishing Assembly – 11th October

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House Captain Polling Station

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House Captains 2019

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Eco Council 2019

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Year 6 Residential – 8th July – 12th July

All the children and staff enjoyed an amazing week at Beam House. PGL staff  commented on how enthusiastic and well-behaved our children are. It was lovely to see them trying so many new challenging activities and working well together as a team.

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Merlin Class Trip to Pizza Express – 5th June

Merlin Class thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Pizza Express in Street where they got to make their own pizzas and bring them back to school.

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Chicks in Merlin Class – May 2019

Merlin Class have been learning about life cyles and the children were very excited to watch eggs hatch into lovely fluffy chicks.

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Fairtrade Award – May 2019

The children in King Arthur Class have enjoyed learning all about the importance of Fairtrade foods.  In recognition of the work they have done, they received the Fair Aware Award from the Fairtrade Foundation.  Well done King Arthur Class!

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Eco Council – May 2019

The Eco Council were presented with Eco-Schools Bronze Award in assembly.  They were very excited and proud as it shows they have really started to develop eco awareness in our school.  Well done Eco Council!

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Guinevere and Excalibur trip to the Rural Life Museum – 21st May 

Guinevere and Excalibur classes had a fantastic day out at the Somerset Rural Life Museum.  They learnt what life was like in Saxon Wessex, the life of King Alfred and created their very own Saxon-inspired crafts.

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Geography Day – 23rd May

The whole school took part in a Geography based day that started off in assembly and the children flew to the different countries they were going to learn about.  In Brazil the children located the country on the map, learnt about the climate and carnivals.  They then visited Australia which they found on a map and then learnt about the aboriginal culture.  They then visited Italy and made Pizza.  Finally, the children flew to Greenland and learnt about the ice melting and the problem with plastic pollution.  The children had a fantastic day!

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Yoga

This term we are very lucky to have specialist Yoga Teacher, Mrs Casley from the Retreat in the village join us every Thursday afternoon to teach the children yoga.  The children are really enjoying getting involved in all the moves!

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Easter Parade – 5th April

The children looked very stylish in their super Easter Bonnets for our parade.

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Easter Service – 4th April

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African Dancing – 29th March

The children in Merlin and Pendragon Class took park in a fantastic African dance workshop.  They learnt about the different types of African drums and the different rhythm to dance to.  Everyone really enjoyed themselves!

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 African Afternoon – 28th March

Pendragon Class invited their families into school for a fantastic afternoon weaving African style bowls and plates.  It was a lovely afternoon and the children were so excited to share their work and learning with their families.

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Year 6 visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London – 4th April

Year 6s enjoyed an interesting visit to the V&A museum in London.  They had fun participating in workshops to learn about India.

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Year 6 Art Day with artist Darrell Wakelam – 2nd April

The Y6s working in small groups spent the day creating 3D artwork based on images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.  Under the watchful eye of artist Darrell Wakelam they learnt new DT skills as well as developing greater perseverance and teamwork shills.

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Kilve Activity Day – 29th March

Kind Arthur, Guinevere and Excalibur Class had an adventurous and fun filled day at Kilve Court.

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Bollywood Dancing – 25th March

Key Stage 2 had a fun filled day learning ‘Bollywood’ Dances.  This was a great way to end their topic on India.

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King Arthur Class Trip to Frogmary Green Farm – 25th March

King Arthur Class had a fantastic day out at Frogmary Green Farm, learning about habitats, food chains and local food production.

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Science Dome – 8th March 2019

We have been very lucky to have a Science Dome in school which was funded by the Hinckley Point Energy Trust Organisation.  The dome was in school all day and every class got a chance to explore space!

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Fair Trade Café – 8th March 2019

To support Fair Trade Fortnight the families of the children in King Arthur class were invited into class for a Fair Trade Café.  The children thoroughly enjoyed serving homemade Fair Trade refreshments.

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World Book Day – 7th March 2019

To celebrate World Book day the children created wonderful story boxes which then inspired some fantastic writing!

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New Reading and Library Furniture

We are all very excited about how lovely our reading and library areas now look and the children are really enjoying choosing their reading books!

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NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe Programme

In February and March The NSPCC came to visit our school and led assemblies and workshops to help the children know what they need to do to stay safe.

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Pancake Day – Tuesday 5th March

The children in Merlin Class celebrated ‘Pancake Day’ with a class pancake race.  The children thoroughly enjoyed flipping their pancakes during the race!

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Netball Tournament – 5th March

We are very proud of our netball team who won most of their games in the recent tournament and got through to the next round. Congratulations to the whole team!

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Year 2 Habitat Hunt

King Arthur Class were delighted to find worms, birds, snails, moths, spiders and ants during an afternoon in the sunshine.

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Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 5th March

The whole school took park in Safer Internet Day and participated in various workshops led by Mrs Julia Briggs, Education Technology Advisor from Somerset County Council.  Towards the end of the day the children shared their learning in a whole school assembly.

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Chinese New Year

The children in KS1 really enjoyed participating in Chinese New Year and created a dragon for a display.  They also had lots of fun using chop sticks to eat their lunch.

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Police Visit

Merlin Class had a special visit from a Police Officer.  They got to try on different police hats, sat in a police van and tried the sirens.  Everyone was very excited.

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Hockey Tournament – 12th February

Well done to our Hockey team for participating in the Ansford Hockey Tournament.  Congratulations to Archie who received the Sportsmanship Medal.

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Football Tournament – 14th Feb

Well done to the Countess Gytha Football Team who won 2  0 against North Cadbury.

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Friendship Bench

In the playground we now have a new ‘Friendship Bench’ to help all of our children have happy playtimes.

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KS2 Christmas Carol Concert with a Victorian theme

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Reception and KS1 Nativity ‘Born in A Barn’

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Whole School Christmas Lunch

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas lunch and had fun pulling their Christmas Crackers!

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KS2 Victorian Day

A wonderful end to our KS2 Victorian topic with a Victorian Day where we made mince pies, traditional Christmas Cards and Christmas Crackers.  A fun day was had by all.
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Football Club

Congratulations to Countess Gytha Football Club team who beat North Cadbury 2-1 on 13th December 2018.

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Bikeability

Some of our Year 6 children took part in Bikeability to develop cycle skills.

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Healthy Eating Cafe

Children in Reception invited parents and grandparents into their class for a healthy eating café.  Visitors enjoyed strawberry smoothies, date and pineapple pops, pitta bread pizzas and chocolate covered bananas.
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Visitors into Lancelot Class

A group of professional involved in the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling Scheme spent the afternoon inspiring our Year 6’s by talking to them about their jobs; Design Engineers, Traffic Modellers, Environmentalists, Project Managers and Construction.  The session ended with the children working collaborating to build bridges and all the adults were very impressed with how well the children worked in their groups.

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Excalibur Class working with Artist, Darrell Wakelam to make 3 3D books for display in the school library.

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The children of Countess Gytha joined in commemorating Remembrance Day by each class thinking about different aspects of the War.  There is a super display of the children’s work in the school hall window.  In school on Monday 12th November, we had a special assembly and a 2 minute silence.
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We took part in ‘National Outdoor learning Day’ on Thursday 25th October.

During the day the children had fun making shelters for animals. They used houses from around the world as inspiration to develop structures. They made journey sticks, Japanese artwork and spiders webs using sticks.

We all learnt how important it is to work together and to keep on trying even if things get tricky. To continue on from our brilliant ‘Outdoor Learning Day’ we will be having a selection of trees delivered to plant in the school grounds to provide shade and shelter. These trees have been kindly donated by The Woodland Trust and Trees For Schools.

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Whole School Harvest Festival on Friday 19th October

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Guinevere Class trip to our old school site

Guinevere Class as part of their topic this term ‘Was it all child’s play?’ visited our old school. On Friday 12th October we spent an afternoon drawing the old school with its Victorian features and also comparing the building to our new school.

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Pendragon Class trip to Glastonbury Abbey

On Thursday 12th October Pendragon Class went on a trip to Glastonbury Abbey to support our topic ‘Can You See The Past Around You’?  We went on a tour around the ruins and looked at the beautiful arches and engravings. We dressed up in the cloaks the Monks wore and had great fun making medieval toothpaste!  Finally, we had a story telling session where we listened to different legends of King Arthur.

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King Arthur Class trip to Stonehenge

As part of our topic, King Arthur Class have been making progress on their historical journey to London. On Thursday 27th September we stopped off at Stonehenge and marvelled at how the stones were brought from Wales, and how they were erected. We used biscuits to try and make our own Stonehenge. We also made some beautiful Stonehenge pictures.

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A big well done to everyone in Merlin Class, as the transition to being in school full time is going very well.

Merlin class have also really enjoyed staying for lunch and eating lots of different yummy foods prepared in our school kitchen.
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Preschool – New Resources

The children have enjoyed exploring some of Preschools exciting new resources in the outdoor area.

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Welcome Merlin Class! 

Merlin Class have settled in to their new class really well! I am very impressed with how confident the children are in their new classroom and how quickly they are picking up their new class routines. We have already had lots of fun playing with our friends and on Wednesday we had a fabulous time doing PE and music. On the first day of school we had a special visit from the very ‘cheeky’ wizard Merlin who made a glittery mess all over our classroom. I am very much looking forward to our exciting year ahead!

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Introducing our topic in Pendragon Class we discovered a mystical sword in a stone! We asked lots of questions about why the sword might be in the stone and started to learn about the legend of King Arthur. We even found out that he visited our area! We are going to discover as much as we can about King Arthur and his links to our local area!

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The Opening of our New School – old news now, but we are still very proud!

 


Making pumpkin cookies which we grew in our allotment.

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Children In Need 2017

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