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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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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

Reception Children ‘Sing a Song of Christmas’

On Tuesday 13th December, the younger members of the school took to the stage to delight parents and carers with their annual Nativity play. ‘Sing a Song of Christmas’ is a delightful musical celebrating the birth of Christ and Reception children have been rehearsing over the past few weeks in preparation for the event. All the children shone as brightly

Hugo the Hedgehog Helps Class RH Learn!

In class RH they have been thinking about the seasons changing. They have been finding out about how this affects the animals and as part of this learning Miss Dixon brought in her pet ‘Apricot African Pygmy Hedgehog’ called Hugo. We were surprised by its pale (apricot) prickles and learnt some new words; ‘nocturnal’, ‘hibernation’ and ‘quills’.

Malakai wanted to

We Will Remember Them…

Deputy Head Ian Thomas lead a Service of Remembrance on Friday 11th November which was was attended by pupils and staff from years 2 – 6. Children from years 2 and 3 presented poppy wreaths that they had made in class. The hall filled with music and song as everyone sang ‘We will remember’ and at 11 o’clock the 2

Families Gather for Harvest Breakfast

Year 1 have been focusing on the harvest of the ocean.

They visited the church in town for a Harvest Experience, which looked at harvest of the land and sea. Back in school, they cooked sea creature shaped biscuits, oyster cupcakes and jelly(fish!), and learned some harvest songs. They wrote invitations to their families and held a harvest breakfast.

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