Sailing Day

Year 5 & 6 had a wonderful day on the water

Pupils of Kennet Valley School ventured to the Cotswold Lakes to learn about the basics of sailing and to have some watery fun!

Bowmoor Sailing Club hosted the fantastic day and the school were incredibly thankful to them for such a wonderful day. The Sailing club’s coaches encouraged the children to try out their sailing skills throughout the day. All of the children in year 5 and 6 learnt lots of the terminology and how to move the boat about the beautiful lake. They even got to have a blast in one of the rescue boats. All at the school were also very grateful to Mrs Blackmore, the PE subject leader who organised this inspiring day out for the children.

Class Teacher Sarah-Jane Chalker said,

“This has been a fantastic experience for our children, and it has been great to see them have so much fun in the water. We are so proud of our sporting successes this year and we have tried to find lots of new sporting opportunities for all children at school”

The children worked in groups to man a dinghy and even had access to kayaks and stand up paddle boards which meant that they all had a super time in the lake. Parents were able to spectate throughout the day and they also took a turn in the dinghy. Many commented on how much laughter they could here as the children played together.

One child remarked that,

“I’ve never been in a boat before so it was great to try something new, I think I want a kayak for Christmas now”

Viking Re-enactment

Year 2 & 3 children re-created a Viking Battle

Our Year 2 and 3 children in Badger Class, here at Kennet Valley School, have been investigating what life was like during the time of the Vikings. Always a popular topic with the children, especially when they get to put their design skills to the test and create their own Viking shield. As a class, we discussed why the Vikings might need a shield, looked at different shield designs and why they might need to be painted in bright colours. With kind donations of cardboard from parents, we set about using a pin and string to draw a circle.

From this, the children drew some excellent designs and then painted them in the bright colours you see in the photo. Seeing a break in the weather, we stepped outside and attempted our very own Viking shield wall. The bright spectacle would be enough to intimidate any Saxon foolishly wanting to pick a fight with this motley crew of Vikings!

School Games Gold Mark Achieved….

for the 2018/19 academic year.

Kenney Valley C of E VA Primary School have achieved the School Games Gold Mark for the 2018/19 Academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in
2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our sporting achievements this year include:
Finishing 4th in the county Rugby festival, which includes both large and small schools.
Winning the Handball Festival and the Rugby Small Schools’ Festival.

With all of our Year 4 – 6 children local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of
participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that
the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to:
All of the staff at Kennet Valley School, especially Mrs Blackmore our PE Subject Leader, as they have worked tirelessly to ensure that all children take an active part in PE and to living as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Our children have a great attitude to taking part in sports and always try their very best. We look forward to applying once again in 2020

Friends of KVS Summer Fair Round-up!

What a great, if rather rainy event!

On Friday 7 June the Friends of Kennet Valley School held their annual School Summer Fair. After a last-minute change of venue, due to the terrible weather forecast, the event was rearranged to be held at the Kennet Valley Village Hall. A huge thank you to the Kennet Valley Hall for allowing us to have the hall, very much appreciated.

Parents, school children and the wider community were treated to many exciting activities at the fair.

The fair got under way with the maypole dancing club beautifully weaving their ribbons to the sounds of Barwick Green (The Archers Theme tune), they had been practicing for many weeks before their performance which was a very enjoyable spectacle.

Music students who have lessons provided by Slater Music School at KVS showed the crowds their skills, performing superbly on the drums and ukulele.

A bar, BBQ, cafe, bouncy castle, scoop a duck, tombola, raffle and more attractions kept everyone entertained. The afternoon was rounded of by performances by a St John’s School band called ‘BOJ’ and ‘For One Night Only’, a dad’s band who both had the crowd dancing along to some popular songs.

The event raised just over £1200, which was a record. The Friends of KVS support school activities and are currently raising money to upgrade the school playground and equipment.

A huge thank you to everyone for coming as well to all those that helped with all the preparation and tidy up; including baking, putting up marquees (in the rain) and donating prizes.

Rugby Success for KVS

What an achievement!

A team from KVS played at the County rugby finals on Monday 10 June and came a superb 4th out of 25 teams! KVS were up against 15 large and 10 small primary schools. They won their place in the finals by winning a cluster tournament earlier in the year.

Mrs Blackmore said ‘ What an achievement, I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of those children that played.’

Swindon Music Festival School Success


On the 25 March 2019 several children from Kennet Valley School took part in the 105th Swindon Music Festival.

The Festival takes place at the Swindon Arts Festival and our children were lucky enough to be accompanied by Pianist Paul Turner, who is an elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

For a full list of the results please click here



  • Thomas Diddams – Commended and winner of Class & winner of the David Moss Trophy
  • Imogen Waite – Commended and joint 3rd place
  • Martha Caudle – Commended and joint 3rd place
  • Beatrice Diddams – Merit

Ollie Watson – Merit

Huge congratulations to all of the children.

Pancake Races Roundup

£280 raised by having some ‘flipping’ good fun

Despite the lack of spring sunshine, the crowds gathered for this popular school and community event expertly organised by The Friends of Kennet Valley School.

The races were slick and competitive with some successful and less successful pancake flipping on route to the finishing line to the encouraging cheers of the spectators!

It was all great fun and everyone was able to warm up inside with hot drinks in the pop-up café where a fine selection of fresh pancakes were available with a choice of scrumptiously sticky fillings in addition to the traditional lemon and sugar option.

Thank you to The Friends – once again they pulled off a super social occasion for everyone to enjoy. A great success indeed!

Carolyn Gittins – Parent & Govenor

QuickSticks Winners!

Well done team.

Kennet Valley entered three teams into the local QuickSticks tournament and had an excellent day!

Each group showed excellent sportsmanship and teamwork during each game. Pushing each other to be the best and score lot’s of goals.

Blue team made it to the final and took on Oare finishing with a 2:1 win! Well done team!

Green team followed in 2nd place and Red in 5th – We are so very proud of your accomplishments.

Handball Festival Champions

1st place for Kennet Valley

What a fantastic day at the Handball Festival. This festival was full of fun and energy, Handball is fast paced and a great multi skilled sport.

All wearing their team tops you could feel the excited nerves from all 10 children. They took themselves to each game with enthusiasm and were superbly behaved.

Our first game was against Oare, the first half they were finding their feet, but after the half time team talk from Mrs Blackmore, they all showed how brilliantly they can play. They had 2 more games to play, winning both. They reached the final playing the winners of group B – Ogbourne.

They were nervous before the game but determined to win the final. They did, showing great sportsmanship and making everyone extremely proud.

Well done team!

On the 14th of February me and 9 of year 4 went to the handball festival. During the 1st half of the 1st game we didn’t play very well but things got easier. Game 2 was much better and we got better through the rest of the competition. We played against Ogbourne St George Primary School in the final and won 11 – 6. Harry was asked to lift the shield at the end and he took it back to school.

Report by Arthur

Kingswood 2019

All of it is awesome. Love to go again

This week The Year 6 children set off to the Isle of Wight for their residential at Kingswood. It has been fantastic to hear about all the adventures that they have been having while they have been away.

Some of the activities that they have taken part in are whizzing through the air on the zip wire, exploring the beach on an adventure, defending themselves and their team during fencing and Laser Quest and showing their courage during the abseiling. They have also been challenged to design and build during the bottle rockets and scrap heap activities.

All the group have pushed themselves to achieve more and have worked really well as a team throughout all the activities.
Staff, both from Kennet Valley and Kingswood, have commented about what polite and positive children we have at the school, and I feel really proud of them for this.

Comments from the children included;

I loved Kingswood because of the funny staff and the 3g swing because it went so high.


I enjoyed the 3G swing the best and the zip wire because they went really fast and made me pull a funny face as I swung along.


I think the zip wire was the best because it goes fast and it feels like you are flying.


Kingswood was really fun and I really enjoyed it. My favourite bit was the 3G swing.


At Kingswood we had lots of fun and at first I thought some of the activities would be hard, but actually they were easy and a challenge at the same time. I had the time of my life.