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.


Pop Up Book Award

Last week, Year 4, 5 and 6 created some fantastic pop up books.

They were then submitted to the Marlborough Literature Festival, whom then judged the entries. There were over 300 to choose from.

Rebecca and Imogen from Year 4, Otters class were awarded a ‘Highly Commended Award’ and their books will be showcased at the Town Hall over the weekend.

Year 5 & 6 attend the Marlborough Literature Festival










This week, Foxes class went to watch author Ross Montgomery talk about his new book ‘Max and the Millions’ as part of the 2018 Marlborough Literature Festival. 

The children enjoyed listening to him speak about how he came up with his ideas, and they were even able to get their books signed by him.

A fantastic afternoon for all!

Writing Challenge Winners

Before the summer holiday our children were set the challenge of writing a story inspired by David Walliams or Debi Evans. We were very excited to see how many children took part in the competition but had great difficulty in choosing the winners. A team of 3 teachers and a governor read every story and discussed who should get the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each class. The prizes were;

1st prize – tickets to see either David Walliams or Debi Evans at the Marlborough Literature Festival
2nd prize – a £10 book voucher
3rd – a £5 book voucher

All of our fantastic Prize Winners!

Jemima, Lena and Rupert came in 1st place in KS2 and have won tickets to watch David Walliams at the Marlborough Literary Festival.

Harry won the KS1 Writing Competition and has been awarded tickets to see the author Debi Evans at the Literary Festival.

Martha, Seb, Millie and Caleb were our 2nd place winners. They have won a £10 Book Token.

Ollie, Felix, Chloe, India and Annie have won the 3rd place prizes of a £5 Book Voucher.

Well done to everyone who took part in the competition – we look forward to running another exciting writing challenge later in the school year.

Anderson Shelter Competition











Otter Class looked at Anderson shelters and how they were made. They studied the designs closely and created their own using card, they all worked amazingly hard on their designs.

We made this a competition to see who could design the most accurate shelter and then Mrs Russell and Mr Miles, one of our governors, came into class to judge them. Here are our winning shelters.

Here are all of our shelters and I’m sure you will agree that they all look fantastic. Well done Otters!

The Daily Mile

Last Summer we trialed the Mile a Day challenge.


The Daily Mile is a fully-inclusive, free and simple initiative which improves the physical and mental health of children. It’s a social activity where the children run or jog, at their own pace, for 15 minutes every day and it improves focus in the classroom.

We saw a an excellent impact on the children’s learning in the morning and how it prepared them for the day. 

We will be continuing with the Daily Mile this academic year.



Today we decided to come to school wearing the football strip of our chosen country.

It was lovely to  see a mix of choice but it was clear that England’s football success has inspired lots of us.

We had our faces painted and even took part in lots of activities including a football tournament and flag making.

Our fingers are crossed for our match tonight against Croatia and we hope the World Cup fever remains over the next couple of weeks.

Gospel Singing Workshop

We were very pleased to welcome Jo Sercombe to school today to lead our year 4&5 pupils in an all day Gospel Singing Workshop. Jo is a nationally recognised expert in leading Gospel singing as a musical director and singer. Within just  4 hours she had created 3 really great energising  pieces, with the children ready to perform to the whole school and parents at the end of the day – they sang beautifully, with great expression and feeling. The music was lively and fun and the whole school were taught a song too- feet were tapping, hands were clapping and bodies swaying!

In addition to the music the children learnt about the history of African- American Gospel singing and the meaning it had and  about how these songs were an expression of Christian faith, often in times of difficulty.

We are delighted that Jo will be coming back next year to do more workshops with us.