The gallery provides an overview of the exciting opportunities and enrichment activities that make up the school year at Countess Gytha. Please head over to your class page to view more photos or information on the opportunities/activities taken place.
On Thursday this week, the football team travelled to Yeovil to take part in the Small School Area Finals. Amazingly, the team won the tournament with four wins out of five games. Goals scored by Henry, Oscar, Joseph and Bowen meant that we finished top and now qualify for the County Finals. Well done to the team.
Being a Reading Ambassador and Buddy is all about reading for pleasure and sharing this enjoyment of reading with others. This week, our Ambassadors and Buddies took their first steps to inspire our younger generation, to have a love of reading. They supported Merlin and Pendragon children, to read their own reading books followed by them sharing a book from the library that they had chosen together. The Ambassadors will have a weekly timetable of children to read with regularly and very much look forward to inspiring readers this year.
A huge thank-you to all who came and purchased a book at our Book Fair, at the end of Autumn Term. From the commission gained, we received our free books this week. The school librarians have delivered 10 books to each class, to add to their own class library area.
Following on from their successful Mamma Mia rendition, Excalibur were thrilled to be emerged in the sound of Reggae on Friday afternoon. The children looked at where reggae originated and how the music stye of ABBA and Bob Marley were different.The lyrics from Three Little Birds were discussed and how the lyrics are relevant to today.
As part of their Computing curriculum, Lancelot Class enjoyed using the green screen to record their videos. They added background, moving screensavers, graphics and edited the finished video to share with everyone and also to send to our link school to enjoy in Spain!
Excalibur’s music lesson this week ended with an Abba performance. They listened with attention to detail and recalled sounds with increasing aural memory. Clearly the children enjoyed their lessons and are looking forward to the next Abba track to sing!
The children in Merlin Class, decorated baubles this week to add to the schools Christmas tree. Every class will eventually place a bauble on the tree, to add their own individual
On Tuesday, the school were lucky enough to receive a wonderful pantomime performance of Cinderella from M&M productions. The enjoyment on the children’s faces was clear to see and it really brought the festive spirit to our class.
A pupil remarked, “The songs were great and it was funny when the teachers were dancing.”
As part of their science unit about human biology our Year 5 and 6 pupils have had the amazing opportunity to dissect a pig’s heart, something which pupils don't usually do until secondary school. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience (although it was a bit gruesome at times) and learnt about the four chambers of the heart and the different blood vessels that lead to and from the heart. Pupils noticed a big difference between the left and the right side of the heart and were able to cut the heart open to see the inside more clearly.
There are definitely some budding physiologists at Countess Gytha Primary School, we look forward seeing them in the future!
Our new Bookflix display, in our fiction library area, encourages children to read and request books that they would like to see on our bookshelves.
A surprise visitor was greeted by a filled playground of cheering and delighted children today. Pudsey was warmly welcomed by all ( including the staff) and enjoyed sharing high fives and finding output what the children had been doing for Children in Need. BBC Somerset Radio also interviewed Mr Gordon and Mrs Sherry, along with some children to find out why Children in Need is important to them.
The recording can be listened to, following the link below.
Please visit class pages to see lots more photos of this memorable experience.
On Thursday 11th November, Countess Gytha's Service Children were invited to attend the Remembrance Service at St Bart's Church in Yeovilton. The children were able to take part in the service and participated in the two minutes silence at 11am, alongside Sailors and Soldiers at the Royal Naval Cemetery. When we returned to school, the children continued their act of Remembrance by planting poppies in our memorial.
Throughout the week, the whole school took time during their school day to remember the importance of why we celebrate Remembrance Day. On Thursday, Mr Gordon led the assembly accompanied by Henry who read In Flanders Fields and Mia, who wrote her own tribute to all fallen soldiers.
Year 5 and 6 enjoy Cool Aeronautics Event
On Wednesday 10th November, Countess Gytha were part of a Cool Aeronautics event, where over 15 local primary schools took part. The day was overseen by Leonardos in Yeovil and the children had to plan and design a life raft alongside a wind turbine. This day gave the children the opportunity to be involved within the aerospace engineering process and to work alongside their peers, being guided by a mentor from Leonardos.
Please visit Excalibur and Lancelot Class pages, to view more interesting photographs.
Lancelot class had a fantastic, enjoyable school trip to Nothe Fort this week. The children were transported back to the war and experienced life as an evacuee. Please visit the class page to enjoy more photos of this memorable day.
Year 5 and Year 6 children have been selling poppies to parents and visitors this week, on behalf of The British Legion. These will be continued to be sold everyday after school until Wednesday 10th November.
A netball tournament was held at Westfield School, Yeovil, on Thursday this week. Selected children from Lancelot and Excalibur took part in the event and showed great determination and commitment throughout. Out of the six matches played, Countess Gytha lost 2, drew 2 and won 2 of their matches. Well done team, you showed great team spirit and grew in confidence throughout each match.
The whole school was able to celebrate Harvest at The Church of St Barnabas this week. Harvest songs, poems and prayers were shared by the children and Mr Gordon and Julia told us the importance of Harvest and The Lord’s Larder ( where all of our donated food will be shared). Thank you for everyone who donated so generously to The Lord’s Larder.
Lancelot Class travelled back to WW 2 this week. Smiling evacuees were plentiful and they were soon in the spirit of the day. Greeting adults with Sir and Ma’am and showing respect by standing up when they entered the room was something they were able to maintain throughout the day. What wonderful polite evacuee children we have at Countess Gytha!
Please visit Lancelot Class page for a slideshow of photographs.
More than 40 children were able to attend the lantern parade on Saturday evening. The children were accompanied by their parents and staff along the parade and when finished they were able to enjoy the colour and marvel of the carnival itself.
Excalibur have been enjoying spending time in our wonderful outside environment. They are doing a fantastic job in the allotment area, clearing weeds,digging and planting ready for Spring.
This Friday saw the whole school participate in two fun-filled events. In the morning, the Golden Mile was enjoyed by all. It was beneficial towards not only our physical health but also our mental health. At the end of the school day, the children paraded their beautiful lanterns that they had started to make during #Hello Yellow Day. We are hoping that many of the children will take these lanterns to the Castle Cary Lantern and Carnival Parade on Saturday.. Fingers crossed the weather stays dry!
On Friday, the whole school dressed in yellow to raise awareness of the importance of mental health. Children and staff took part in assemblies and activities throughout the day, to ensure that we support one another and those in our community, whenever it is needed.
Please visit individual class pages, to view more photos of this great day!
Thank you to all who attended the book fair this week.We were overwhelmed by the amount of children and parents that came to view and purchase their books. At present we are hoping that the commission we receive, through the selling of the books, will exceed £300, which will be used to purchase new books for each class. Thank you to all who has made this a huge success this year.
This week in our celebration assembly, Rupert, Lucy, Willem and Albert received their certificates and medals received from Wincanton Library, following their successful participation in the Summer Reading Challenge.
The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in European Day of Languages this week. The day aimed to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. Please visit class pages to view more wonderful photos from the day.
At Countess Gytha Primary School we have Language Ambassadors who promote the school’s positive ethos in language learning.
Congratulations to our new Language Ambassadors for this year. These children have been chosen to represent our school as great role models, promoting the importance of language and the diverse world we live in.
The children will play an important role in the organisation of Language Days in our school and closely work with our Languages teachers to promote the importance of learning languages in primary schools.
This week, Pete shared stories from around the world embracing the power of creativity.
The KS2 workshops he delivered to the children focused on the contributions of key figures in the race equality / pro diversity movements around the world such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela .
All of the sessions contained opportunities to learn greetings in other languages and an optimistic view of an individual’s ability to make the world a better place. All of the children that took part certainly left with huge smiles of enjoyment on their faces!
Please visit the class pages to view more wonderful photos from the day.