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Avast, Ye Landlubbers! Pirate Story Trail for Nursery

Nursery children enjoyed a group retelling of the storybook, The Treasure of Pirate Frank, which was performed to parents and grandparents. Then the children discovered that there had been a flood in the nursery (see below) which washed up a pirate ship wreck and a message in a bottle. The message was a map! 

They all grabbed their telescopes and a copy

Reception and Year One Mini Sports Festival

The Summer is in full swing and with it comes another Sports Festival! This time the children from Reception and Year one had a chance to attend the Mini Sports Morning at GTS. The Festival was organized by the staff and the students from GTS and was run by Charlotte Frickleton.

All of the children had lots of fun and

Fire Fighting Fun in Reception

A big thank you to the Torrington Fire Brigade fire fighters who gave up their own time to come and visit the Reception children as part of their learning about ‘Real Life Superheroes’. The children learnt so much about being safe. They enjoyed exploring all the equipment fire-fighters use, with special attention paid to how the hose works. The cars

Anyone for Mud Cakes?…

The children in Reception are absolutely thrilled with their fantastic new mud kitchens. They couldn’t wait to start using them and have even made potions to catch the Joker who stole their superheroes!

Research has shown that mud kitchens have great benefits for children, such as:

Creative expression and invention (mud can become anything!) Problem solving opportunities (e.g. how to make

Around the World with Reception

The Reception children have been ‘travelling’ around the world recently.  Each class has studied different countries and put stamps in their passports to remember where they have been.  Families were invited to come on a ‘tour of the world’ with the children as the tour guides.  As they visited each ‘country’ (table of artefacts and photos) the children shared all

A Celebration of Nursing at May Fair

On 4th May, the community of Great Torrington came out in force to celebrate the annual May Fair Day, a tradition that dates back many years and a day held in very high esteem by the young and old.  Following a burst of music from the silver band, the proceedings got underway with an open air service and singing from

Exploring the Senses at Rosemoor

On Friday 5th May, the year one children visited RHS Gardens Rosemoor to take part in an “Exploring the Senses” workshop. The children were given challenges involving looking, smelling, feeling and listening which really helped them to explore the gardens in detail and to talk about what they noticed.

They also had great fun exploring the rest of the gardens and, of course,

Reception Children Take the Egg Drop Challenge!

Having read ‘Egg Drop’ by Mini Grey, Reception children took on the Egg Drop Challenge. They worked with parents and carers to design and make something that would protect the egg when it tried to fly off the balcony. They had lots of fun and quite a few of the eggs survived!

Thank you to parents and carers for supporting the

Jack and the Beanstalk Story Trail

The nursery children did a fantastic retelling of the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ for their grown ups who came to enjoy the story trail. They remembered all the key phrases and performed the actions with great finesse! Then the children discovered something wonderful had happened in the garden – they checked the CCTV and a magic beanstalk had

“Dance, Dance, Dance….I Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

The Spring has sprung and the dancing season is well and truly upon us!

On the 9th March children from year one, two and three donned their dancing shoes and headed up to GTS with a spring in their step to take part in a Streetz Dance Festival. The Festival was organised by the staff and students from GTS and run by our Sports Governor and owner

“Get me to the Church on Time!…”

“Ding dong the bells are gonna chime…”

Wedding celebrations were underway in year one as children from class 1M celebrated the ‘marriage’ of Poppy and Robin on 3rd March 2017! Freddie was a marvellous vicar, leading the ceremony. The children spent over three weeks organising the wedding; they helped to make the flowers, write the vows and prayers and everyone

Paper Tower Challenge in Class 1T

As part of their ‘Build, construct, create’ theme, class 1T were set the task to create a tall, strong and stable tower made out of newspaper and masking tape only. Their challenge was to use their learning powers to show stickability when the going was tough, work well on their own or with a partner to listen and share ideas, use

You Can’t Catch Me!…

The nursery children have really enjoyed sharing the story of the gingerbread man and baking yummy gingerbread men. When the children weren’t looking, the gingerbread men ran away!

“Run, run, run as fast as you can. You’ll never catch me, I’m the gingerbread man. I ran from the baker and his wife too. You’ll never catch me, not any of

It’s the Year of the Rooster!

On Saturday 28th January it was the Chinese New Year 2017 – the year of the Rooster (the 10th animal in the cycle)! The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year and this year will run until 15th February 2018. The next Year of the

Nursery Bike Day

Nursery recently enjoyed a bike day. They made a carwash and garage where they could get their bikes mended. They had to obey the stop and start signs, and stop at the zebra crossing. Rachael was the police officer and caught a few children for speeding. We hope they paid their fines!

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Harry the Hazzard Hawk Swoops into Nursery

Alfie’s mum and dad came to visit the nursery and brought along with them their stunning female Hazzard Hawk called Harry. A Hazzard Hawk is so called as it is a Common Buzzard x Harris Hawk hybrid.

During her flying visit, Harry flew outside and when she returned to Michael’s hand she got a piece of chicken as a reward.

Reception Children Visit Tamar Trading

As part of their ‘Build, Construct, Create’ topic, the Reception children went to visit Tamar Trading. They were able to watch as the paint machine mixed the colour that they had chosen. Then, they went to watch the forklift truck move piles of wood – some of them were very high up. The also watched as Pete loaded bricks onto his lorry using

‘Build, Construct, Create’…a newspaper bridge!

As part of our ‘Build, Construct, Create’ topic, Reception children learned about the Brooklyn Bridge. When it was built, some people didn’t believe it would be strong enough to hold their weight, so 21 elephants were led across to prove its strength!

The challenge was set: using only newspaper and tape, build a bridge that will hold a block or a

Toy Service

The afternoon of Tuesday 24th January saw the Bluecoat Hall filled with parents, carers, children….and toys! It was, of course, the annual Toy Service led by The Collective Worship Focus Group with readings, prayers and a wonderful display of gifts. Once again, the children’s singing lifted everyone’s spirits.

Mags Zaharia who received the gifts on behalf of Little John’s House told the

A Look Back at Christingle

With January well underway, Christmas feels like a distant memory so we thought we would share these charming photos of the Christingle service.

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