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January Snapshot



Phonics Breakfast


On Tuesday 23rd January we hosted a successful Phonics Breakfast here at school. It was lovely to see children from across the school come in with their parents and take part in some Phonics activities alongside eating some yummy pastries and a hot drink. 










OPAL stands for 'Outdoor Play and Learning' and is a big part of our school.

On 20th October, we held an OPAL day so that all the children could experience some OPAL activities and work together with different year groups on open ended outdoor activities, such as den building, making art from nature, playing problem solving games and some of the photos from this day and included below. We hope to hold an OPAL day every term as it was very successful. We were very grateful for all the donations you sent in. 

Please let us know if you can help in any way and/or would like to join our OPAL team. 






House Captains - Autumn Term 2023


We are delighted to announce that our House Captains for the Autumn Term have been elected and are as follows:- 


Brendon House (green)

Saul and Esther

Quantock House (red)

Frank and Mya

Polden House (yellow)

Barney and Jessica

Blackdown House (blue)

Lucas and Bella

Well done to you all!




Students of all ages have been enjoying our OPAL play during the summer term.  All over the field there are children making dens, digging for treasure, playing in the sand pit, enjoying the wilder areas and designing their own creative play.  I was delighted to find a shady glade in which a smashing group had constructed their own theme park.  They told me all about the safety features of each ride and had a great time demonstrating them.  (As someone who feels ill on a roundabout, I am medically exempt from trying it out!)

I hope you enjoy the pictures,

Nick Gilding











Somerset Literacy Network Poetry Competition


Every year the school enters the Somerset Literacy Network Poetry Competition. This year there were 2, 464 entries across all key stages including KS3. The children had to create poems around the theme of 'Our Earth'. We are incredibly proud to say that 5 of our children received certificates of recognition either highly commended or commended for their entries within their Key Stage. Well done to all those who entered and well done to our five certificate winners! 


Our Mathletes of the Year!


A huge well done to these three girls who are our Mathletes of the Year!
The whole school have amassed almost 2 million points this year which is incredible - well done to all who contributed.
Georgie earnt 44900 points; Ellie earnt 46350 points; and Poppy amassed an amazing 80273 points - a fantastic achievement. WELL DONE!



Whole School Art Projects


We have received certification from the Somerset Wellbeing and Arts Framework for our commitment to developing wellbeing through whole school Art projects.



The Reading Tree


As a whole school, we have read the book 'The Reading Tree' by Paul Czajak and it inspired us to create a book tree of our own in our library space. With lots of new books coming into our library - thanks to our sponsored read event for World Book Day - we wanted to create something as a whole school to demonstrate our love of books and reading! We think it looks marvellous and we can't wait to keep adding stories we write or love to it! 



Go Create Art Project for the TYCA Festival


Maple and Sycamore Classes have greatly enjoyed working with Liz Hutchin and her team of artists, creating pieces on the theme of ‘Our Place’.

Our pupils have reflected on places that are special to them and the results are beautiful.  We are looking forward to seeing our work displayed as part of the Taunton Youth Culture & Arts (TYCA) showcase later in the summer.











Coronation Celebrations


We were very sorry that rain put a stop to our plans to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III with a picnic for our children and families.  Rest assured though, we have still managed to mark the occasion.

The whole school, including Fledglings Pre-school, gathered in the hall, looking splendid in red, white and blue and sporting a dashing array of hats, crowns and flags.  We sang a rousing rendition of the National Anthem, accompanied by our amazing school band, and gave King Charles a magnificent three cheers.

After this, children have continued their celebrations in class, eating plenty and playing games - 'Pin The Crown On The King' being a particular favourite.

I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend, however you spend it.




Rejuvenated Pond


On Saturday 22nd April, a great team came together to tidy, and breathe new life into, our pond.  This is an area that has been in need of TLC for some time and it is the focus point of an exciting council-funded artistic project.

Full details of the long-term plan for the pond area can be found via the website of the artists involved, Denman + Gould  (


On Saturday, our team did a fantastic job in renovating the pond itself.  We carefully preserved any wildlife (thanks Emma!) and we are looking forward to support from Somerset Wildlife Trust to ensure that this area develops as a haven for nature.

Huge thanks to:

Miss Knight

Mr Payne

Miss Roberts

Mr Humphreys

Mr Tennet

Emma Tennet

Mrs Odams (project manager!)


And thank you to Mrs Kelly for the incredible cakes she dropped off to keep the team going!

I hope the photos below do justice to the work done.


Nick Gilding













School Council - Summer Term 2023


School Council elections have taken place for the summer term and our representatives are as follows:-

Pine Class

Evie and Joseph

Hazel Class

Barnaby and Esmae

Poplar Class

Emily and Elliot

Rowan Class

Alfie and Holly

Sycamore Class 

Mya and Rupert

Maple Class

Isabella and Molly


House Captains - Summer Term 2023


We are delighted to announce that our House Captains for the Summer Term have been elected and are as follows:- 


Brendon House (green)

Elsie and Ernie

Quantock House (red)

Mimi and Miles

Polden House (yellow)

Molly and Liam

Blackdown House (blue)

Alice and Isla

Well done to you all!


New Welly Store


Thank you very much to two of our parents, Mr Tennet and Mr Illy, for generously giving their time, skill and materials to build a fantastic new welly store.  This will be a fantastic boost to our OPAL play ambitions.  When wet, children need wellies to be able to access the field.  However, we have struggled for storage space for the older children and this is a brilliant solution to the problem.  

We are very grateful for the generous donation of £300 from local company, Low Carbon Exchange to cover the cost of materials.

Thank you very much!






Thank you for the Music



I was delighted to take 25 children to Wellington School on Tuesday 28th March to take part in their annual Come and Sing event.  Our choir joined around 400 pupils from schools across Devon and Somerset to sing a selection of ABBA songs.  Over the years, I have taken groups to around ten of these events and I have to say, the singing this time was the best I have heard.  All our pupils gave their all and had a great time, belting out some classics, which involved some challenging harmonies at times.  

Thank you to the group for making it such an enjoyable and special event.  Also, huge thanks to Mrs Bond for her help on the day.


Nick Gilding


Snow Day 8th March 2023



We've had a great day in the snow!


House Captains - Spring Term 2023


We are delighted to announce that our House Captains for the Spring Term have been elected and are as follows:- 


Brendon House (green)

Rosalind and Ernie

Quantock House (red)

Chloe and Freddie

Polden House (yellow)

Phoebe and Liam

Blackdown House (blue)

Alice and Charlie


Well done to you all!


Saturday Garden Rescue


On Saturday 7th May, a cracking team of parents, pupils and staff descended upon the garden area for a Spring Clean.  Following Mrs Odams' meticulous planning and tireless example, this awesome group transformed the class raised beds (having first found them amongst the jungle of weeds).  I hope that the pictures give a true impression of the tremendous results.

Thank you to everyone who came for all your hard work and thanks to Mrs Kelly for the wonderful cakes that powered us on!



Comic Relief - Red Nose Day


We are delighted to announce that we raised an amazing £494.08 for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day!

A huge thank you to everyone who donated or sent in cakes for our cake sale!


Happy Christmas!


As we come to the end of term, I would like to say thank you and well done to all pupils who took part in a Christmas performance.  You were all amazing.  Thank you to all parents and carers who were able to come along – it was lovely to welcome you into school.  Thank you to Rev Clarissa and the team at St Luke’s Church for donating a Christingle pack for every family in the school.  Pictured are some of our School Council with their packs.

Happy Christmas everyone!



Congratulations to Arya!


Congratulations to Arya Miller, who achieved fantastic success in her chosen sport. Arya learns taekwon-do with the Evolution martial arts club. Last weekend, Arya participated in the UK Open Championships in Guildford. She competed in Patterns and Sparring, and won gold in both events. This is an incredible achievement - very well done Arya!! 





Year 3 & 4 Football Tournament


On Monday 11th October, children from Years 3 and 4 took part in a Football Tournament at Castle School, Taunton. Everyone was super excited, for it was the first time we had played in a tournament since 2019. It was an absolute pleasure to see everyone enjoying themselves and representing the school. We played 5 matches against North Town A and B, Trull, St Andrews and St Georges. The team drew two and narrowly lost three. Congratulations to Max, Lucas, Saul, India, Elliot, Arthur, Cody, Barnaby and Alfie for all their efforts. Thank you for the support from all the parents.


Mr. Doyle.



Open Door Donations



Thank you to everyone who brought in donations for Open Door - they are all bagged up and awaiting collection!