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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!






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.









Geography Day – 23rd of 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!













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!






Easter Parade – 5th April

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








Easter Service – 4th April






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!






 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.









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.









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!







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.






World Book Day – 7th March 2019

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













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!






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.






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!






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!






Year 2 Habitat Hunt

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






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.






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.






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.






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.






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.









Football Club

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

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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.













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.







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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