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A Cavalier Themed May Fair

On Thursday 3rd May, the community of Great Torrington came together to celebrate the annual tradition of May Fair. The Square was festooned with colourful bunting and the sun was shining as celebrations were kicked off in style by the Reception and Year 1 children. Their beautiful voices rang through the crowd at the service in the Square, led by

Empowerment Day

On Friday 9th March, pupils and staff took part in the school’s annual Empowerment Day. Now in its second year, the day is designed to promote a culture of inclusion celebrating the uniqueness of every child, ensuring that all children understand diversity recognising the need to respect one another regardless of ability, gender, age, race or creed.

Our first Empowerment Day

Epiphany Toy Service

On Wednesday 17th January 2018, it was time for the annual Toy Service as part of our Epiphany celebrations. Thank you once again to all the children who kindly donated their toys to be sent to children in Romania. What a colourful display they made!

Mags Zaharia, who runs Little John’s House in Romania, led the service and spoke to

A look back at Christmas 2017…

Hark the Herald Reception Angels sing!

Providing maximum ‘Ahhhh’ factor to the packed audience, the Reception Nativity play ‘Angel Express’ flew off the stage with all the musical delight and fanfare of a West End show! Seth Hare led the confident cast as the worried Angel choir Conductor and displayed maturity beyond his years to weave faultless comic timing across

An Icy Escape for the Dinosaurs!

Last week in nursery they learnt about dinosaurs.

The children discovered dinosaurs frozen in ice and had to investigate ways to help them escape.  After the chilly rescue, the children made a gloopy swamp for the dinosaurs to play in.

As part of the adventure, children read exciting books and learnt the names of dinosaurs before learning some dinosaur songs

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

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

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

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.

A Christmas Search for Stars!

The youngest members of our school enjoyed the story of the Little Christmas Tree as part of their celebrations. They donned their welly boots and ventured into the Forest School area to search for stars, which they then hung on the Christmas tree outside of nursery.

Afterwards they found their best singing voices for some lovely Christmas songs and made

The Nest and Nursery Admissions

Arts week in the Nest

Activities during Arts Week in the Nest.

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The Nest and Nursery visit to Rosemoor

On the 25th November the children in the Nest and the Nursery embarked on a visit to Rosemoor to explore the outdoors in Autumn. There was great excitement as the children boarded two large buses to transport them all the way to the gardens. Once there, the children went on a walk to collect interesting leaves, fir cones and bark,

Forest School Mud and Fire

Forest School Mud and Fire

We went to Forest School and dug up some mud. Then we added water and made mud ‘paint’. We painted on long pieces of paper. Cath made a fire – We looked at the colours, red, orange and yellow. Then we had hot chocolate.

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Rosemoor Visit

Nursery visit to Rosemoor

The nursery visited Rosemoor to explore the outdoors in Autumn. We went on a walk to collect interesting leaves, fir cones and bark. Then each child created a clay sculpture with their finds. We also spotted many sculptures in the gardens.

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Nursery Children Explore the World on Their Doorstep…

Nursery children ventured out on visits to the town and learnt about the different jobs being done there as part of their learning about ‘The World on our Doorstep’.

They visited Sandfords Bakery and were able to have a sneaky peek behind the scenes. They saw the mixer and how the bakers rolled out the dough. They also went in

Toys Donated for Little John’s House

On Tuesday 20th January, the school hosted their annual Toy Service, an event which supports Little John’s House orphanage in Romania with whom Mags Zaharia works. The children from Reception and Key Stage One donated an incredible amount of toys which will shared with the children in Romania.

Mrs Harris spoke to the children about her visit to Little John’s

On a Trail to Find Baby Jesus

On Thursday 11th December the Nursery children and their families were invited on a Christmas story trail. The children listened to the Christmas story in the Nursery with their parents and carers. This was followed by a walk around the school grounds looking for baby Jesus. On the way the children and their families met the nativity characters who helped

A Wonderful Time at Rosemoor

This half term Nursery children visited RHS Garden Rosemoor. They did a workshop about the senses which involved looking at all the different colours in the garden, making smelly cocktails, listening for sounds, and tasting fruits and vegetables. They then followed the woodland trail where they saw lots of interesting things including the giant spider sculpture and web and the