Links to useful things…

With all of the children working at home, we’re well aware that parents may want additional resources to call upon to entertain them.  We’ll post links to useful websites on here.

This first one comes courtesy of Ian Addison (@ianaddison on Twitter) and is a list of people giving their time to share lessons and activities online.   

Also, Mrs Collishaw has said…

Here’s a link to a singing focus lead by Gareth Malone – parents have to register an email address but then have access to rehearsals and opportunities to upload singing along the way – it’s a big national focus:
Also, Carol Vorderman’s website is offering free access to her website content for children age 4 – 11 until school reopen.

Our Wilderness Centre adventure!

At the end of May, Year 3 and 4 had an exciting 3 days during their residential trip at a Wilderness Centre! They had amazing adventures including: archery, crate stacking, rock climbing, walks through a forest (making wishes through a wishing tree), problem solving and orienteering, abseiling and even wall climbing!

The children were enthusiastic and eager to take part in all those fantastic activities, without being afraid to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Bravo!

I loved the tunnel of doom because it was scary and fun at the same time.” Caitlin

I loved the rock climbing because I got to the top.” Max

The breakfast was amazing: full English every day!” Alfie

Treachery At Traitor’s Quay

Year 3 and 4 pupils performed their amazing play “Treachery at Traitor’s Quay” twice, in front of a packed hall, in awe of their acting and singing. The whole school went back in time and followed evacuee children in their adventures.

The whole cast acted and sang brilliantly and they were all clearly enjoying themselves. Everybody left singing and dancing the jitterbug!

Mrs Sheppard commented: “I was so proud of the Year 3 and 4 pupils. They all got into character and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

I enjoyed performing in it because it was a funny play!” Ben

It was hard to learn all our lines but we enjoyed the play because we all got on well!” Finlay


Vive Mardi Gras!

On Tuesday 5 March (Shrove Tuesday, “Mardi Gras”), Reception to Year 6 pupils had a very busy French Morning!

After an assembly led by Sixth Form pupils on the importance of learning a foreign language, the pupils were divided into groups and took part in 5 different activities led by our Year 8 pupils and some French pupils visiting from Cognac.

They had a French quiz on the weather, practised numbers, months of the year and birthdays, made pet masks for our Carnival and learnt all about the French traditions of “Mardi Gras”.

Our Samba Band accompanied the children to the dining hall where they danced with their masks for our Carnival procession. They then had a French lunch (see menu below) and some crêpes of course!

I loved playing with the Samba Band for our Carnival procession!” Benjamin.

“J’adore les croissants!” Hugo

“I enjoyed learning about the traditions of French Mardi Gras!” Lucy

“J’ai adoré le matin français!” Elizabeth

“Merci classe 8. J’ai adoré toutes les activités!” Rebecca

Mardi Gras was wonderful, I loved making the masks and learning about the French traditions.” Skyla et Tina

We loved the food and singing the Robot Song!” Katherine et Alanna

It was a pleasure playing in the Samba Band!“, Max

I hope I am in France next year for Mardi Gras!“. Olly

Merci aux élèves français de Cognac!“. Yode


Our Valentine Dance!


On Thursday 14 February, 18 pupils from the Prep School (from Years 3 to 6) took part in the West Wilts Dance Festival, which took place at The Forum Theatre in Bath. The theme this year, given the date, was of course… love!

The group had developed a dance routine they had choreographed to (“What makes you beautiful”, from One Direction), with the help of Caroline, the Dance Lady, during their Street Dance after-school club.

We arrived at the theatre for an afternoon rehearsal slot and the children loved being on stage straight away. They were immaculately behaved backstage and enjoyed preparing for the show, putting on hair gel and make-up and inflating their guitars! They all supported each other and revelled in the buzz of the event, as they performed in front of several hundreds of people with energy, enthusiasm and big smiles on their faces.

We were extremely proud of them and enjoyed the show.


Egyptian Morning – 15th of January 2019

Year 3 and 4 had a wonderful morning learning what an Egyptologist does, investigating lots of Egyptian artefacts and mummifying their friend!

” My highlights were painting the Egyptian pictures and writing Hieroglyphics.”, Freya, Year 3

” I loved finding new facts about the Egyptians.”, Caitlin, Year 4.

“I loved getting mummified!”, Ben, Year 4.

Le café de classe 4!

Bienvenue au café de classe 4!

Classe 4 enjoyed performing their role play in a French café, being “le serveur” and “le client”, and ordering “un café”, “un jus d’orange” or “de l’eau minérale”.

“Bonjour madame, bonjour monsieur. Vous désirez?”  – “Je voudrais un jus d’orange s’il vous plait”. “Très bien. Voilà, “. “C’est combien?” – “C’est 2 euros s’il vous plait”. “Merci et au revoir”.

“I really enjoyed being a waiter”, Alfie M.

“It was fun to be a customer. I ordered a coffee, even if I d’ont really like coffee!”, Ebba.






Virtual Reality – Angus and Edward

Technology in our life

We use virtual reality almost every day but it came out in the 1950s by Morton Heilig’s it was called the sensorama.

The first head mounted VR set came out in 1960.

VR headsets have just started to be used in hospitals to take the patients minds off the bandages.

You can attach VR headsets to drones so you can see what you are doing.

You can play a lot games on VR. VR can cost up to £1000 if get a really good one which is brand new.

Our Favourite Technology – Grace and Ada.

Technology in our life

Our favourite piece of technology is I-pads. The I-pad was invented by Steve Jobs on January 27th 2010. Steve Jobs is a famous American entrepreneur. He died on the 5th  October 2011. He died of pancreas cancer. Our favourite game on the I-pad is minecraft.

Alexa is our next favourite device. Alexa was created on November 2014. Dave Limp invented this product. Our favourite thing to do on this device is listen to music, mostly Little Mix songs!

Phones are the next on our list. Alexander Graham Bell invented this alongside Antonio Meucci. The first mobile phone to be invented was in 1973. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the most popular phones worldwide. Our favourite phone is the I-phone 6.

Technology in our life – Ebba and Eva

Technology in our life

Our most used technology is a computer. In 1984, IBM announced the IBM 5155 portable personal computer. In 1986 Radio Shack released the new, improved and smaller TRS model 200.  Computers are very handy they can do many things like you can play games, write reports, write emails and look at Facebook. You should love computers. Did you know, a mobile phone today has more computer power than the computers that sent the first rocket to the moon?  Computers are great, if you don’t have one you are missing out.