At Yattendon we aim to fulfil the potential of every child via a range of events and activities across each academic year.
Read on to find out more about our extensive enrichment opportunities.
2018 - 2019
Newbury Rocks Youth Choir workshop - May 14th
A fantastic opportunity to work with the talented leader of local Rock Choirs and learn
Paloma Faith’s song ‘Make your own music.’
Visit to Sri Guru Gurudwara, Slough - May 8th
A fantastic opportunity to learn about the Sikh faith and way of life and also to enjoy Langar (free blessed vegetarian food) consisting of chappatis, lentils, vegetable curry, rice pudding and yoghurt.
"My son raved about the trip non-stop for an hour last night and is still referencing it
every now and then this morning. I think it touched him on so many levels.
What an interesting experience. Thank you so much for enriching the children's
educational and spiritual worlds." (Parent email)
"They were a fantastic group of children: well-mannered, well-behaved, courteous, they showed interest
and the utmost respect during their visit. It was a pleasure to be their host." (Gurudwara host email)
Treetop Tuesday - May 7th
The session started with a bit of nature drama with the children pretending to be animals and move around the forest - but without making any sounds. The sunshine then provided the perfect backdrop for some reflection time to take in the peacefulness of the forest, closing eyes to heighten awareness of other senses. The main activity was then painting the bluebells that decorated the forest like a beautiful blue carpet.
The children were shown how to create a wash of watercolour to make a background and then how to add detail with trees and bluebells.
Creative Composition In2Music Programme - April 5th
Kingfishers came together as a special class orchestra to showcase their composition work with Berkshire Maestros this term. Pupils worked on all aspects of composition to create an ocean-themed piece of music involving every pupil playing tuned or percussion instruments as part of a fantastic ensemble.
Oxford Synagogue - April 3rd
Pupils from Hummingbirds and Robins visited Oxford Synagogue for an organised visit led by a member of the synagogue. She talked to the children about the traditions and history of the Jewish faith and about the synagogue itself. The children were complimented on their attentive behaviour and their pertinent questions throughout the session. Back at school, they reflected on their special visit.
"I enjoyed learning about the arc and the Hebrew writing."
" I couldn't believe it would take a whole year to write the Torah scroll!"
"They pass the bread around the table and the wine - they do it on every Sabbath Day."
"I learnt that every door has a mezuzah box on it to hold the scroll."
"I learnt that if the man writing the scrolls made a mistake he would have to start all over again!"
West Berks & North Hants Primary School
Cross Country Championships - April 2nd
Our largest group ever of Years 3-6 attended the annual Team Kennet Cross-country championships at Newbury Showground. Our pupils ran through hail, gales and sunshine alongside hundreds of others to complete their races. What an achievement!
London visit - April 1st
Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Houses of Parliament. We were given a personal tour of the Houses of Lords and Commons and shown behind the scenes where voting takes place and the minutes are recorded. We ended our tour in Westminster Hall where many have lain in state. We then had a guided tour of sites from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square.
Never missing an opportunity to link our ‘Arts’ topic in as well, we ended our day with a National Gallery guided observation of the works of Turner and Constable. A brilliant day!
Junior Music Festival at The Anvil - March 27th
Three months of school and area rehearsals culminated in our choir joining a mass school choir at
The Anvil, Basingstoke to perform Ratified.
An amazing opportunity for our pupils to perform in a professional setting!
Netball Tournament - March 21st
Our stunning netball team ended in first position at the Kennet and Theale Rural Small Schools Netball Tournament. Playing six 10 minute matches, they showed such determination, right to the end as they scored their winning goal to secure first position.
Lent Lunch - March 20th
Pupil leaders were chosen to make and serve vegetable soup for the bi-annual Lent lunch this week.
The aroma of the soup bubbling ready for lunch filled the school as our visitors arrived.
Many had second helpings!
Special visitor assembly - March 19th
We were very pleased to welcome Reverend Richard Littledale to lead our Collective Worship.
Richard is Senior Minister at Newbury Baptist Church. He recalled visiting Yattendon on his 8th birthday and being told to remember the Blacksmith’s that one day wouldn’t be there!
Red Nose Day - March 15th
Staff and pupils wore something red and raised £75.
Skipping workshops - March 12th
Skipping 4 Life workshops for all year groups teaching various skipping skills.
A fantastic opportunity to encourage children to skip for fun, health and fitness whilst promoting modern and traditional skipping games.
World Book Day - March 7th
Children had the options of: dressing up as a favourite book character, bringing in a prop from a story or bringing in a favourite book. Great fun was had by all during the day.
Quiet Garden launched - Feb 25th
Half term home learning invited individual, paired, group, family contributions towards a special outdoor reflective place for us all to enjoy throughout the day.
The new Quiet Garden was set up at the top of the school field within the Y6 leavers’ pergola.
Plastic Free Friday - Feb 15th
A special environmental day organised by our very own eco warriors. Well worth the effort to see just how much we can change our habits regarding the use of plastic in snacks and lunches.
Chinese New Year
Hummingbirds class celebrated Chinese New Year by trying some yummy Chinese food, and reading a story about the animals in the zodiac as well as learning about traditions from the festival.
Year 4 and Year 5 Residential at Minstead Study Centre
Feb 6th - 8th
The focus of learning this year was centred around the Celts. We were given Latin names for the visit and upheld the tradition of passing our school thenga stick around the group. Our waterproof trousers were put to excellent use as we hiked around the forest and into the streams to collect clay to model with. We also spent time with the sheep, learned how to weave and decorated lanterns which we carried to our campfire for stories and songs. The weather was mostly good, the food was fantastic and the pupils were amazing. They even achieved the golden teamwork bead on the last day.
Treetop Tuesday - Feb 5th
Problem solving and investigation challenges in our special outdoor classroom.
Drama workshops - Feb 4th
Hummingbirds and Robins became Eco superheroes as they experienced a drama workshop.
Jack and Tim remembered that,
‘There was Superbear and we went to a mission and we saw dancing people cutting down the trees. We played a game and the party people went out and when they went out we stopped and then put funny glasses on! The glasses had flowers in them and the lady thought we were flowers and then we ate her cake! (pretend) We saved the flowers by stopping them cutting down the trees. We were superheroes too!! They planted 460 flowers instead of cutting down trees because the party people liked flowers and they hadn’t seen them for 100 years!’
Pilgrim visitor - Feb 4th
As part of their RE learning this Half Term, Kingfishers had a visit from Richard Littledale, pastor of Newbury Baptist Church. He came to help answer questions about pilgrimages and holy journeys. They learnt what some pilgrims would wear to identify themselves and to stay safe in other countries.
PCSO visit - Jan 30th
Kingfisher pupils listened attentively to a special session about keeping themselves safe online.
PCSO Paul Smith was able to answer questions and draw attention to best practice for staying
safe when online.
‘I didn’t know sending photos was a criminal offence…. I never knew lots of these things were illegal….. To help us in the future to keep us safe we should never tell people your personal details. Your details are your property. By sharing, you are giving permission. Don’t do anything you are uncomfortable with - like the stinker workshop – just say no. I think people will take it on board more seriously because the man was a police officer.’
Tennis coaching - Jan 28th
Year 1 and 2 pupils enjoyed a special ‘taster’ tennis coaching session led by coaches
from Bradfield Sports Centre.
Our Christian Vision - Jan 25th
The new vision has been shared with the children and we had a morning of planting as we focused
on this as a whole school.
Staff have worked on linking our vision to a Bible story so that it is more memorable
and meaningful for everyone. As Yattendon is a rural farming community, the Parable of the
Sower was chosen as the context.
Our school is the good ground that allows all who come into contact with it to grow well. Its seeds (pupils, staff and community) are given a rich diet to thrive into the best ‘plant’ possible. Our seeds are cared for during all ‘seasons’ and unexpected circumstances, given support and protection when it is needed and encouragement to shine when ready. The plants are strong and resilient, able to live peacefully and joyfully with those around them. The rich harvest is what our pupils, staff and community become as a result of this labour.
Pupils painted their own flower pots which to go home.
Each class also now has a spring tub planted up with Spring bulbs.
Road Rangers Roadshow - Jan 22nd
Hummingbirds had an exciting visit from Road rangers to learn about the importance of Road Safety!
They listened beautifully and promised to always stop, look and listen when crossing a road!
COINS Assembly - Jan 22nd
We are always very excited to welcome COINS to lead one of our assemblies each term.
This week we learned the story of David and Goliath to teach us about courage. COINS always provide great opportunities for us to be involved in the story!
Meet the Stinks - Jan 22nd
“On Tuesday 22nd January The Stinkers visited our school to tell Kingfishers about the dangers of smoking, by doing a show interacting with us. We started off with a BIG scare from an unusual looking man who introduced the show. Our favourite part was when Dave the dog sprayed us with water (wee). At the end The Stinkers did an experiment where they lit a cigarette half in a bottle and let all the smoke go into it, then let it all out onto a paper towel and showed us how much tar is in one cigarette.
Did you know: there are 4000 poisons in one cigarette and 60 of them cause cancer!”
Nelle & Martha (Y6)
Worship Workshop - Jan 17th
Six of our new Year 5 Worship Leaders ventured to All Saints' Church in Bucklebury
for a day of workshops and training.
They had a fantastic day working with children from other local schools and experienced workshops through the day. They also converted a psalm into a song to perform, wrote prayers and used drama to act out the story of the ‘Lost Sheep’. They will now introduce some of their ideas into our Collective Worship at school.
Christianity around the world (RE Day) - Jan 16th
Wednesday 16th January was an RE Day, led by an organisation called Barnabus.
The day began with a captivating assembly with the whole school. The theme of ‘Christians around the World’ was introduced through a super piece of Art and a talk which featured squishees and unicorns! Throughout the day each class had a session with Jane who had visited churches all around the world.
Our favourite part was looking at different types of crosses from around the world.
Christingle - Dec 19th
A lovely opportunity for the whole school to visit our Parish church to enjoy the awe and wonder of this special Christmas tradition. The celebration is named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle.
Museum of Natural History, Oxford - Dec 14th
A special trip to complement this term's 'Wild Earth' topic and focus on bugs and insects. Our KS2 pupils relished the opportunity to handle giant cockroaches, tarantulas and preying mantis as part of some fantastic Bug Workshops before following a trail around the museum.
Muddy Monday - Dec 10th
Kingfishers joined Hummingbirds in the outdoor classroom. The session began with foraging for items to play a game. Kingfishers took the lead and organised the game for their teams.
There were then three activities:
Sensory Rope Trail: The children had to be blindfolded and follow the length of rope around the forest. On their way they felt bags of various food items to see if they could touch and smell to guess the item. The most challenging to guess was cumin seeds!
Cross Making: Using twigs and pieces of wool and pipe cleaners the children made their own crosses. We left one in the covered shelter of the outdoor classroom to use during reflection time
in future sessions.
Leaf threading: The children had to tie wool around a pointed twig and thread leaves, which proved to be tricky as the leaves were so wet but the children did a great job.
The session ended with our Treetop Tuesday song and some reflection with a prayer offered by a member of Kingfishers.
Choir at Yattendon Estate Christmas Tree Barn - Dec 9th
Our school choir sang carols and Christmas songs to entertain visitors to the Christmas Tree Barn
at Yattendon Estate on a festive Sunday afternoon.
Choir at Save the Children Carol Concert - Dec 4th
The school choir joined nine other West Berkshire primary schools for the annual Save the Children Carol Concert at St Nicolas' Church, Newbury.
All schools performed solo pieces and joined together for three special
combined school choir musical treats.
Netball League matches - Dec 3rd
Netball stars….our fabulous team played Marslton House and Chieveley Primary School. The team were great as they battled through 4 seven minute quarters in back to back matches. We achieved a
brilliant win of 6-4 against Marlston House and then came back from a potential heavy defeat
to a 6-5 loss as a respectable final score against a strong Chieveley team.
A tough competition but superb play by our netball team.
Dinosaur Day - Nov 30th
The focus for the second half of the Autumn Term has been Dinosaurs linked to the overall school theme of ‘Wild Earth’. The topic has been very well received and the children have such knowledge of the subject. To bring this topic to an end it was decided that we would have a Dinosaur Day when the children could dress as dinosaurs, scientists or palaeontologist with parents joining towards the end of the day to celebrate the children’s learning.
The day began with Mrs Mason explaining to everyone that the Yattendon Dinosaur Museum has been burgled and all the exhibits has been stolen. It was then the children’s job to set up new exhibits throughout the morning.
One focused on dinosaur teeth – with the children matching teeth to dinosaur based on their knowledge of shape and what dinosaurs ate. They then create captions to go with the exhibit.
The second was focused on bones – How we know dinosaurs existed. The children used salt dough to make bones and then wrote captions. We had skulls, rib bones, legs and wing bones displayed with paper skeletons alongside.
The third has size as the theme. We compared the size of dinosaurs with objects the children could relate to. Such as a T-rex tooth is longer than a banana, 20cm and a Brachiosaurus weighs the same as 17 elephants! We also worked out how many human footprints would fit in a life size T-rex print. It was 45! The most exciting part of this activity was measuring using standard and non-standard units the life size outline of a stegosaurus that filled the length of the classroom.
The final activity was all about how tough the shell of an ankylosaurs would have been. To help the children relate to this Mrs Keene brought in her tortoises. The children got to hold and talk about the tortoises and wrote captions to go alongside this exhibit. A very popular choice for most.
Throughout the morning the children had been in training as tour guides for the museum and in the afternoon they graduated. All receiving a badge to wear. They then had the role of showing their guests (parents/Carers) around the museum, there was even a quiz for them to work out together. The buzz in the classroom throughout the day was amazing and the parents were impressed with the knowledge of the children and how well they could communicate this understanding to others. A fantastic support from parents with all in costume and 23/27 children represented.
Relax Kids Taster Session - Nov 21st
A special opportunity for pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 to experience elements of a Relax Kids class which aims to help develop children’s concentration, self-esteem and confidence. Classes incorporate movement and dance, self-esteem games, stretches, breathing exercises, self and peer massage,
affirmations and visualisations.
Monthly Maths Meet Up - Nov 21st
An opportunity for two of our Y6 able mathematician girls to get together with pupils from other link primary schools. Hosted at The Downs, the session was led by maths specialists who planned activities that encourage an investigative approach, discussion and reasoning.
Treetop Tuesday - Nov 20th
We started our session with some “Phonics in the Forest” something we have been trialling during our sessions. The children respond so well to any learning we have done outside so we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to embed what they have been learning in the classroom. EYFS worked with our lovely students from Oxford Brookes who prepared an activity to teach them the “h” and “b” phonemes. The rest of the year 1 children worked in two teams and took part in a word hunt, finding words using phase 3 and 4 graphemes and sounding them out!
Today was a maths focused session, the children had to use the equipment (bean bags, hoops and rings) alongside the natural habitat of the forest and create an obstacle course. The aim was to be the quickest to complete their obstacle course, the children had stop watches and they had to time each other (with support of an adult) and work out who was the quickest in the group.
We finished the session with our Treetop Tuesday song and some reflection.
Glass painting workshops - Nov 14th
A whole school art experience with a professional glass fuser. Children were taught about the fusing process and how to be safe with glass. They all wore safety glasses and tweezers were used to create a beautiful Christmas tree decoration.
A fantastic opportunity for the children to learn a new skill in a calm, creative environment.
UK Parliament Week - Nov 12th
All classes were engaged in special activities and discussions to help them learn why their voice matters and to bring democracy to life in school.
Our older pupils had a special focus on Votes for Women and the suffragettes in recognition of the
100 year anniversary since women's right to vote.
Children in Hummingbirds enjoyed listening to and looking at images for a story about a school trip to the Houses of parliament in London. They discussed where London is and looked at the features of the building. They were then challenged to recreate the building using different materials.
Some drew it whilst others created it from boxes, shapes and other construction equipment. It led to lots of discussion throughout the week.
Anti-bullying Week - Nov 12th
Coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and supported by SafeToNet, Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all teachers, pupils and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. The theme this year was to choose respect over bullying. All classes had age appropriate opportunities to discuss bullying as a behaviour choice and the need for children and young people to set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities and online.
Yattendon pupils and staff relished the opportunity to express themselves and appreciate
individuality and uniqueness by wearing odd socks on Monday 12th.
Our younger pupils talked about the difference between falling out with a friend and bullying and decided happily that no bullying happened in their class! They celebrated how we are all unique but different and that this is good, linking this with the school's value of Respect.
“Being kind and respectful is very important. It’s not just about words but actions
and just how your face looks too”
We Will Not Forget - Nov 9th
Our Remembrance Service brought together learning and thoughts about world wars and was a timely opportunity to reflect on the gift of our lives and the need to forgive.
Staff, pupils, Governors, parents and members of the local community came together for our annual service of Remembrance at St Peter and St Paul Church Yattendon Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 led the congregation with poetry, Bible readings hymns and prayers written especially for the occasion.
Willow and Milo (Year 6) laid wreaths and Mr Spencer, representing the British Legion, read the Exultation before leading the two minute silence when you could have heard a pin drop. A moving service that reflected our pupils' understanding of the sacrifices made by others on their behalf.
Staff and pupils made a special poppy montage from recyclable materials to adorn the church porch.
"I just wanted to say what a beautiful display of poppies outside Yattendon Church. What a wonderful tribute and well done to everyone involved. Who would have thought old plastic bottles could look so pretty! My son has talked alot about Remembrance and the meaning of poppies this week and it was lovely to stop by the church and see the children's work in the flesh and remember."
Introduction to Parliament - Nov 6th
A super introduction to parliament by a special outreach visitor from the Houses of Parliament.
Two of our Pupil Leaders reflected on the visit.
“On Tuesday we had a visitor from the Houses of Parliament, Mrs Harper. She talked to us about the House of Commons. Now we know that in the House of Commons has green chairs because the poor used to wear dark colours like brown and green. However, the House of Lords has red chairs because the rich would wear bright and fragrant colours like gold, red and blue.”
At the end of the visit, our KS2 pupils took part in an anonymous poll to give their views on whether supermarkets should offer plastic free options for fruit and veg.
The Petitions Committee subsequently forwarded their thanks via email for the pupils' participation.
"I hope that your pupils will find it valuable to know that they contributed to a debate that took place in Parliament and that their voices were heard on this topic."
Eco Warriors Assembly - Nov 2nd
Launching our mission to become a more eco-friendly school, pupils from each year group were invited to apply to become eco warriors with specific responsibilities for internal and external environments.
St Frideswide Pilgrimage - Oct 19th
Our annual whole school pilgrimage deep into the Frilsham woods to celebrate and recall
the story of St Frideswide around the poignant setting of the holy well.
Crash, Bang, Wallop! - Oct 16th
A very special visit by a group of six professional musicians from Berkshire Maestros whose aim is to bring high quality live music right into the heart of local schools. The day was a big hit with the children and was followed by a fun interactive instrumental workshop to which parents were invited. Many of the children discovered a particular favourite among the instruments and decided to take up lessons.
The Circus came to town! - Oct 15th
Foundation stage - Year 3 were lucky enough to experience a Circus themed drama workshop!
All groups worked their way through warm ups, songs, learnt about projecting the voice and had a go at performing! They had a go at walking the tight rope, flying on the trapeze and
even being human cannon balls!
All had a thoroughly good time and smiles all round!
Berkshire Youth's Young First Aiders (Y6) - Oct 12th
A fantastic opportunity for our older pupils to learn important first aid skills.
"We learnt lots of things about first aid but my favourite bit was doing CPR."
"There was a good game when we had to decide which person out of a group of 3 needed the most urgent treatment which really made you think."
Newbury Volleyball Club Taster Session - Oct 3rd
Robins and Kingfishers had a super sports taster afternoon when a coach from
Newbury Volleyball Club came to visit to promote the game to our pupils.
Treetop Tuesday - Sept 25th
The first visit to the woods for our new Foundation stage children and the first one back for our newly-promoted Year Ones. The visit started with a game of "Hungry Birds". One team had to hide pieces of string for the other team of hungry birds to find. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and tried to find the trickiest hiding places from the forest floor to dangling from trees. It was then time for a minibeast hunt, logging what they found as they went along. The session finished with our special Treetop Tuesday song.
Junior Challenge Day at Pangbourne College - Sept 24th
A special chance for our Year 6 pupils to spend the day with pupils from five other schools and challenge themselves with high ropes, orienteering, problem solving, dry skiing .... and much, much more!
Making Harvest crumbles for our local community - Sept 20th
Our annual crumble-making day with every child in school involved in weighing ingredients, mixing or assembling crumbles for the local community. Crumbles were then delivered by Y6 pupils after the school’s Harvest Festival service in the local Parish church.
"Just a note to say thank you for the crumble the children delivered to me. It was a delight
to receive it. The children who came were so happy and polite. It really cheered me up."
Greenham Common Cold War Experience - Sept 14th
A chance for our Year 6 pupils to journey back in time to the 1980s and experience Greenham Common decontaimation suite, the control tower and replica peace camp in a specially commissioned theatre event.
Year 6 pupils:
"Greenham Common was so good. There was loads of information about World War Two and the Cold War. The Cold War had no fighting."
"We really enjoyed our time at Greenham Common and we would recommend it to anyone.
My favourite part of the great day was the decontamination centre because it was scary and felt
very, very real."
Science / Space poetry workshops - Sept 13th
James Carter returned to Yattendon for his 4th visit. Each class had a workshop and wrote poetry on a science theme, some of which was shared at the end of day assembly.
Chair of Governors:
"James Carter was brilliant! So engaging and clearly well respected by all the children. Great to invite parents in to witness the incredibly impressive poetry he inspired in the children."
Science workshop at Bradfield College - Sept 10th
Year 5 and 6 attended an explosive afternoon of Science on Tuesday. Chemicals were carefully mixed as pupils were led through lab investigations by the team at Bradfield College.
2017 - 2018
Garden Party - July 13th
A special Garden Party to tie in with the term’s local history Yattendon topic. Parents, governors and members of the local community attended a special afternoon of music, readings, dancing and prayers.
Time Lord - July 10th and 11th
Our annual whole school musical production imagining this year what it would be like to travel back in time and be able to visit any historical figure from any era.
Chair of Governors:
Yet another successful production – so well done that we forget the cast are primary school children.
Choir at the Royal Albert Hall - July 7th
The choir travelled to the Royal Albert Hall to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
present ‘Movies greatest heroes’.
Whole school trip to Oxford - July 3rd
The sun was shining and everyone was looking forward to our trip to the city. Met by a very excited group of guides from the cathedral (one of whom was Rev Tony Lynn – former vicar at Yattendon), we were ushered in and treated to a presentation in the Frideswide Room on cathedral life where we learnt about how the cathedral has grown. Some were dressed up as a monk, priest and cardinal as we learnt about the key people involved. Our tour of the cathedral was very special as we saw the Frideswide window and shrine. We found out where the Queen would sit and how grand a cathedral is when we compared it to our church. We saw where Lewis Carroll and Charles I lived. The Great Hall was very impressive with portraits and very long tables! We then enjoyed a calm boat trip along the Thames to end our day. Our children were a credit to the school, behaving brilliantly and asking some fantastic questions in the cathedral.
Wayfaring - June 27th
Kingfishers had a visit from Rose from the North Wessex Downs to introduce the ‘Wayfaring’ project that they will be taking part in towards the end of term. They found Yattendon on her map and then enjoyed learning about what lives in the beautiful North Wessex Downs. They also learnt about our precious chalk streams and some of the habitats that support our wildlife.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Assembly - June 25th
Special assembly to present our final fundraising cheque for the year to representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind, including Jenny Eaton and Andrews.
School Council reps gave an overview of fundraising events and there was also an opportunity to share learning about the charity's work and how it changes people's lives.
We are very proud that our school has raised over six hundred pounds!!
Memory Cafe - June 19th
A special afternoon when over 20 members of our local community came to join us for a ‘memory café’. Armed with piles of photographs (some taken straight from the walls of homes!) our visitors arrived with their stories, ready to answer questions from our keen pupils.
Year 6 residential at Sealyham Activity Centre, Pembrokeshire
June 10th - 15th
Visit to Basildon Park - June 13th
Robins class visited Basildon Park and had a wonderful time!
They discovered that they didn't have to go very far to be completely immersed in rich local history. Highlights of the visit included enjoying the gardens in the morning sunshine, sketching and visiting the house. As they walked around the grounds, the gardeners pointed out the blooming roses and encouraged them to smell them. The scent of the roses was wonderful. Sitting on the soft grass in front of house was just perfect. Inside the house they were impressed by the high ceilings and sumptuous furniture! Some children were even allowed to play the piano.
A really special day!
The Daily Mile - June 11th
The launch of our first ‘Daily mile’ run/jog/walk. Miles in Year 5 calculated that we need to complete 8 laps of the field to make a mile. He presented the idea to the whole school in an assembly last Friday. It is completely optional but is being encouraged as a great way to ‘be active’ each day.
Although we weren’t sure how many would participate, it seems that most of the school are choosing to take part each day – including staff.
Y6 residential @ Sealyham Activity Centre, Pembrokeshire
June 10th - 15th
Sealyham was exceptional!! I learnt so many new things and made lots of new friends.
What an amazing opportunity to make friends and face your fears. The best trip ever!!!
Learning at Sealyham was a lot of fun as you were taught in exciting and creative ways.
If I did it again I would be more willing to do everything and to just get on with it instead of hesitating and getting nervous.
I loved getting really muddy and wet!
COINS It's your move - June 6th
Y6 joined pupils at Curridge Primary School for activities involving change, challenge and choice. Pupils identified differences and similarities; found challenges in the story of Joseph and when creating a paper giraffe; and discussed making the right choices when given several options. A great opportunity to get to know other Y6 pupils who will also be moving on to new secondary school settings in September.
More Able Day at The Downs - June 5th
An opportunity for our more able Y6 pupils to attend lessons pitched at a high level of challenge for their age. The day supported the school’s emphasis on high expectations for all pupils and also enabled pupils to meet and work with others across their year group who are of a similar ability level. Our pupils attended lessons in English and History.
Cultural Diversity Day - May 21st
This special day was marked by a visit from a Bollywood film star!
The day started with a presentation showing some clips from films that Surendra Singh had starred in. The whole school then took to the playground with chalk to create some fantastic traditional Rangoli patterns. Each class then had a focused dance workshop in which they learned some Bollywood moves. Parents were given a treat at the end of the day when all classes took turns to perform.
The feedback from Surendra and Bridget:
"What fast learners! The children at Yattendon would definitely get a part
in the Bollywood movies. Fab day! Thank-you."
‘What fast learners! The children at Yattendon would definitely get a part in the Bollywood movies. Fab day! Thank-you.’
Forest Friday - May 18th
The class reader ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon was the focus for learning for this session. The children were challenged to work in small groups to create a message from Beegu to her parents in space. They could then choose the natural material they used and the design. Some great leadership was on display from the Y1 pupils and plenty of compromise, negotiation and problem solving was involved before the messages were complete. There was a full size space craft with key, seats and weapons in case of invasion. There was a large image of Beegu made mainly from sticky weed and a giant H as a sign for hello. Another group used logs to create Beegu faces with happy ears to show her parents that she was happy on Earth and the last team created HELLO out of large branches with the addition of a log picture of Beegu and happy ears!
What creative and resourceful children!
Local History - May 15th
Kingfishers visited St Peter and St Paul Church to meet with the church wardens and hear about both its structural and local history. They were able to explore and find out more about the choir stalls, the rood screen, the pulpit, the entrance doors and the porch before heading outside into the graveyard
and selecting a headstone for sketching.
British Values - w/c May 14th
Years 4 and 5 Kingfishers learnt about the British value of ‘democracy’ through the text ‘The day the crayons quit’ by Drew Daywalt.
Everyone was able to express opinion and campaign for democratic change by being heard.
Forest Friday - May 4th
A lovely sunny morning to challenge children to search for Spring flowers. The Forest Friday song was sung and morning snacks enjoyed whilst surrounded by beautiful bluebells. The children were then challenged to work in pairs to build a nest showcasing a range of techniques and ideas..
Once finished, the children used their developing mapping knowledge to create a map of the woodland area and mark the position of their nest.
Brass Afternoon at Pangbourne College - April 30th
An exciting music afternoon at Pangbourne College working with pupils from just 3 other West Berks primary schools. Percussion and trombone workshops were led by specialist music teachers and the afternoon concluded with a chance to enjoy the musical talents of the Pangbourne College
Marching Band followed by a chance to showcase the afternoon’s learning via a performance
of James Brown’s ‘I Feel Good’.
Kennet and Theale Federation Rural Schools Netball Tournament - April 24th
A huge afternoon of netball for schools in the Kennet and Theale Rural Schools Federation. This was the first time that the school has taken part and the team played 8 ten minute matches, performing brilliantly and showing exceptional stamina and teamwork.
Achieved 3rd position and presented with beautiful Bronze certificates.
Orienteering at St Andrews - April 19th
Annual orienteering competition starting with everyone being shown how to use special electronic equipment before setting off in minute intervals on a challenging course to find 16 points.
A great experience and useful opportunity to improve map reading skills.
Wear a hat to school day - March 29th
Raising funds for Brain Cancer Research
Sport Relief - March 23rd
A special assembly launched the day and ensured pupils were active from the very start of the day as they joined in with the Sport Relief 2018 song. Each class then had a special session with our sports specialist across the day. A fantastic £79.10 was raised.
North Hants & West Berks Primary Schools Cross Country Championships - March 20th
Amazingly, the cross country championships went ahead as planned on Tuesday 20th March. It would be fair to say that the conditions were challenging but at least the sun was shining! Eighteen KS2 pupils represented our school across the four races which this year involved over 1300 runners!
School Choir perform at Junior Music Festival - March 13th
Musicians and singers from across Berkshire celebrating the pleasure of making music together. Our school choir joined pupils from eight other West Berkshire schools to form a mass school choir performing ‘Ocean Commotion’ and other sea-themed songs under the theme of ‘Beyond the Sea.’
A fantastic opportunity to perform in a large professional concert setting.
Easter Eggsplored at Hermitage Primary School - March 7th
Year 6 joined Hermitage Primary School for their annual ‘Easter Eggsplored’ event
"I really enjoyed this event because we didn’t just talk about Easter. We made things,
we acted things out and played games."
"I enjoyed making crosses and being able to meet people from other schools."
"We did lots of fun activities, one of which was an Easter egg hunt. We also recapped the Easter story
and planted seeds in a mini plant pot which we then decorated."
Corn Exchange Early Years Drama Project - February 22nd
The first weekly session in this Spring 2 term of child initiated learning through play and drama led by the Education Team at Newbury’s Corn Exchange. Sessions will feature:
sensory story-telling; technology and craft-based tasks; number and shape work; writing letters; and a final short performance opportunity.
Special visit from Thames Valley Police - February 21st
An opportunity for the whole school to hear about the work of the police, different types of officers, their equipment, how we can help the police and when we might need them.
Safer Internet Day 2018 - February 6th
We joined in with the global celebration of Safer Internet Day 2018 which this year was centred around the slogan "Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You." The whole school joined thousands of organisations getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Special visit from Trading Standards - February 6th
An exciting visit from Trading Standards as part of our ‘Food, glorious food’ topic. We had a whole school assembly to learn about food hygiene ratings at the places we eat at. We were pleased to learn that Yattendon scores 5 out of 5. We also learned about food contamination and what we can do to protect ourselves from this. Each class then had a workshop which included looking at the germs on our hands with an ultraviolet light, even after washing them!
Year 6 'Disappearance Mystery' Journalist Workshop at The Downs - February 2nd
A brilliant opportunity to work with Year 6 pupils from the Downland primary schools and The Downs School as part of ongoing collaborative learning work. Pupils worked through a series of investigative journalism tasks and created their own news stories and news reports throughout the day.
"I enjoyed meeting and working with lots of other Year 6 pupils and learning how to plan a
television news programme."
"We had a really interesting storyline to investigate as if we were a
group of detectives. I took on the role of photographer."
Forest Friday - February 2nd
Year 3 joined pupils from Foundation and Year 1 for a morning of exploration in our
fantastic woodland classroom.
Year 4 Maths Challenge afternoon at St Gabriel's, Newbury - January 29th
DCBEAGLE maths challenge afternoon with a mixture of cerebral exercise and some physical activity but with a big focus on just enjoying maths. A mental warm up is followed by 8 round robin activities where questions on a certain topic have to be answered.
“The hardest thing was moving some dominoes into little squares in sequences.
It was great to be challenged!"
Physics workshop for Years 5 and 6 at Bradfield College - January 23rd
A fantastic opportunity for our older pupils to work with science specialists in a laboratory setting. The session revolved around sound and pupils were supported in making loud speakers using just paper and copper wire.
"I loved this trip! First, we had a tour of the eco roof and then we learnt about how loud speakers work. My partner and I won the 'Quality volume' competition."
"When the teacher played the music through the speaker made from just paper
and wire, I was absolutely amazed."
"My favourite part was trying out our speakers to see if they worked. I learnt that sound travels in sound waves and drifts through air molecules."
Design &Technology Curriculum Day themed around Food Landscapes - January 19th
A ‘hands-on’ whole school curriculum day planned around Carl Warner’s amazing book ‘A World of Food’. Pupils were challenged to design, plan and create their own food landscapes around ONE single colour. The results were absolutely amazing and provided the perfect opportunity to fine tune those chopping, grating, mashing, slicing and dicing skills.
"I like the path because it has little green things like little rocks." (FS)
"The sun is a circle of pineapple with spiky bits shining through. I found
out that they are called rays." (FS)
"It was so great to be able to handle all the different foods. Chopping and dicing
was tricky sometimes but we found out so much more by looking
closely at the inside of fruit and vegetables. I think I'm going to enjoy dissecting when
I am older." (Y5)
"Shake Up Your Wake Up!" Breakfast workshops - January 16th
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society is supporting a national campaign to promote breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Porridge and smoothie demonstrations, breakfast-themed games and a talk with Buttercup the milking cow kept our pupils from Foundation and Years 1, 2 and 3 captivated from
start to finish!
Years 4, 5 and 6 visit the Science Dome - January 16th
The Science Dome is designed to explore science, geology and geography in an interactive way. A fully digital mobile planetarium was set up at Curridge Primary School and our pupils were able to visit the blacked-out purpose built mobile dome to explore space, space travel, the planets and day / night skies.
Carols by Candlelight - December 13th
We are so proud of our younger children for their performance of a very special version of the Christmas story at our Carols by Candlelight Service. To stand on stage in costume in front of a hall full of families must be quite daunting. Our Year Ones took it in all in their stride as they delivered their learned lines from the front. Absolute stars!
Anti-bullying workshop - December 12th
A special workshop from the Emotional Health Academy for Y5 and Y6 pupils. Pupils used sand, art, role play and discussion to explore all aspects of physical, verbal and social bullying.
Science and Computing Workshops - December 11th
Year 5 and 6 pupils were delighted to accept an invitation to attend some special science and computing workshops at St Andrew's School. They thoroughly enjoyed practical investigations in the making of sherbet and slime! The computing workshop was centred around SCRATCH and our pupils were put through their paces to code a correct sequence of traffic lights and then link the sequence to animations.
School choir performances - December 3rd and 5th
Our fantastic school choir serenaded shoppers at the Yattendon Estate Christmas Tree Barn on a chilly Sunday afternoon. A real festive treat for everyone!
They then represented the school brilliantly at the annual Save the Children Carol Concert at St Nicolas' church, Newbury, joining 9 other primary schools to perform three combined choir pieces and a special solo rendition of 'Turn down the lights.'
COINS 'A Christmas Gift' - November 30th
Our Y6 joined Y6 pupils at Hermitage Primary School for a special enrichment event for RE around the Christmas story. They returned after 2 hours having made mince pies, craft cards and annotated paper chains, participated in drama, story mapping, problem solving and a final reflection.
Netball League - November 28th
Three league matches were played at Thorngrove School. It was a brilliant opportunity for our team to play against more experienced Y5 and Y6 pupils from other schools and both pick up new strategies and apply those learned in Netball club. The team will now work towards the small schools tournament in March.
Art Challenge Afternoon - November 23rd
Tow of our talented artists in Year 4 enjoyed a creative afternoon at Hermitage Primary School. They were able to explore a range of techniques and use a variety of different materials.
"I enjoyed waxing the leaves because it felt funny drawing around the leaves on
the fabric. When I put the hot wax over the pencil it was like candle wax."
Alternative Olympics Festival - November 22nd
Six Year 5 pupils represented the school at Theale Green Secondary School, participating in target games of boccia, curling, archery and seated volleyball. Skills were fine-tuned as they practised aiming and managing the weight of the items they needed to move. Particular talent was demonstrated on the archery board and in curling. A fantastic event - resulting in Bronze medals for our pupils!
Netball League - November 21st
Our netball team participated in the first set of netball league matches at Chieveley Primary School. This was the first opportunity for the relatively inexperienced team to play their first competitive netball of the academic year - on a court much larger than those at our school.
The team worked really hard and showed fantastic resilience as they sought out spaces and passed to each other successfully.
UK Parliament Week - November 13th - 17th
All classes were engaged in special activities and discussions to help them learn why their voice matters and to bring democracy to life in our school.
Quiz formats were used to introduce and test knowledge about the UK parliament; games helped children to develop their debating skills; and discussions covered the idea of campaigning, exploring how views can be conveyed and people influenced.
DT Challenge Day at Pangbourne College - November 15th
Four of our Year 4 pupils attended a special DT workshop at Pangbourne College and spent the day with pupils from other West Berkshire Primary schools. The day's challenge was to design, plan and make a key ring using pewter. A fantastic opportunity to work with a specialist teacher in workshop conditions.
"I had never worked with pewter before and found that you had to be
careful with the equipment."
"We made key rings out of a silver metal called pewter. I made a snowman. First we had
to draw our designs and then carved them using MDF wood."
"Pewter is man-made and can be liquid or solid. When pewter burns it turns into a golden
colour. MDF is made from little scraps of wood."
Years 4, 5 and 6 visit the Anderson Shelter at
Englefield Estate - November 14th
A fantastic opportunity to visit a relatively local landmark and add substance to the
Term's focus on World War Two - and particularly the experiences of children.
"I was not expecting it to be covered in concrete but found out that this was added later.
I also expected more of the shelter to be sunk into the ground."
"When the door was closed, you got a real sense of how it must have felt in an air raid.
I knew I was safe but still had goosebumps!"
Anti-Bullying Week - November 13th - 17th
Coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and supported by SafeToNet, Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all teachers, pupils and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. The theme is year is 'All Different, All Equal' and the aim is to empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique and also to help them understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school.
Designed to be fun, Yattendon pupils and staff relished the opportunity to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness by wearing odd socks all week!
"In the end we all agreed that we need to be responsible for our own actions.
Being kind and respectful is very important."
School Remembrance Service at Yattendon Parish Church - November 10th
Staff, pupils, Governors, parents and members of the local community came together for our annual service of Remembrance at St Peter and St Paul Church Yattendon.
Eve and Willow (Year 5) played their flutes to open the service and pupils from Years 5 and 6 led the congregation with poetry, Bible readings hymns and prayers written especially for the occasion. Tom and Harry (Year 6) laid wreaths and Mr Spencer, representing the British Legion, read the Exultation before leading the two minute silence when you could have heard a pin drop.
A moving service that reflected our pupils' understanding of the sacrifices made by others on their behalf.
One of our parents emailed the Headteacher later the same day:
"Thank you for the beautiful service this morning, it certainly puts things into perspective.
Your children, as ever, did you proud."
Primary Schools' Quiz Night - November 7th
A team of five Y5 and Y6 pupils represented the school at this established primary school event that helps raise money for the Newbury News Over 80’s Christmas Parcel Fund. The Quiz featured 10 rounds with questions ranging from sport to advertising slogans.
“My favourite question was ‘Who is Dangermouse?’ because it was so random!”
“I learnt a lot about symbols”
“I was very nervous when I first arrived because there were so many schools but it was great fun. Everyone on our team contributed to our team discussions about some really hard questions. I would definitely do it again as I liked being challenged.”
Forest Friday - November 3rd
The first Forest Friday of the year and the first time the new Foundation children visited the outdoor classroom. The theme was to look at seasonal changes, focusing on the autumn clues in nature. Leaves were collected from the woodland floor and sorted according to colour and then size.
Linking to the Castles topic, the children created their own autumn crowns using autumn leaves and other materials.
French Fun Day - November 1st
The whole school spent the day embracing 'all things French' through words, pictures, songs, numbers and games. Some amazing models of the Eiffel Tower were designed using lego, stickle bricks, plasticine and straws. And it couldn't be a French Day without some chocolat chaud and croissants.
Une journee fantastique!
"I have learnt so much today. I'm going to practise my numbers at home and only speak in French!"
Harvest Service at St Peter and St Paul Church, Yattendon - October 20th
Pupils led an uplifting and celebratory Harvest service at the Parish church attended by Governors, parishioners and parents. Harvest was celebrated through music, drama and words with some pupils performing special harvest-themed solo pieces to open and close the proceedings.
Pupils from Years 5 and 6 delivered harvest crumbles to parishioners in the centre of the village immediately after the service. Parents and Governors took the remaining crumbles to deliver over the weekend on the school's behalf.
Crumble Making Day - October 19th
Parents , governors and staff once again donated all the ingredients needed to make approx. 50 crumbles as Harvest gifts for our local community. As always, all pupils were involved in the weighing, assembling and preparation of the crumbles and pupils from Years 5 and 6 hand delivered many to grateful parishioners immediately after the Harvest service in the Parish church on October 20th.
"Thank you all and your teachers for making such delicious treats.I think you are all so clever and kind."
"Many thanks for the lovely fruit crumble. It was delicious and I hope you enjoyed making it."
St Frideswide Pilgrimage - October 13th
Our annual St Frideswide pilgrimage to Frilsham woods was this year made extra special. Visitors from the Education Department of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford joined us for afternoon walk and led Frideswide learning activities with each class during the morning.
"It made it really special to have visitors from Oxford for the day. I really enjoyed the drama around the story and the dance was fun to learn."
Royal Institute of Maths Masterclass - October 3rd
Four Y5 pupils attended the second in a series of workshop sessions designed to develop maths reasoning skills. The focus for this session was circles with investigations using coins.
"We were certainly challenged which I know was good. I learnt all about magic squares."
Year One Multiskills Competition - October 3rd
Six Year One pupils represented the school at Theale Green Secondary School. Skills were put to the test in a range of activities including frisbee and curling.
The team worked really well together and managed to leave the event as the proud owners of
some shiny silver medals!
Frilsham MacMillan Cancer Coffee Morning - September 29th
School Council members supported the village event at the Village Hall, accompanied by Headteacher, Mrs Manley, who was asked to judge a cake competition.
The school had a surprise visit later in the day from Reverend Meg as Harry (Y6) had won their competition to guess the height of the pancake stack. Excellent mathematics skills in action!
Kingfisher Class visit to Neasden Temple, London - September 27th
A wonderful opportunity to visit a truly stunning place of worship!
Pupils received an introductory presentation on how the temple was built in an amazing 3 years by volunteers from the faith community. They then went upstairs and experienced an Arti ceremony and looked at the brightly-coloured shrines and intricate carvings. A specially-designed exhibition added yet more to a packed day of learning about the Hindu faith.
"I was so lucky to be able to visit such an amazing place. I learnt alot including the fact that it took 3 years to build and everyone was a volunteer."
New Peer Mediators have now been trained and are available on the playground during Break and Lunchtimes. This is a valuable service that our pupils choose to volunteer to be a part of. Pupils are on hand to assist with low-level challenges, helping to find solutions together.
Royal Institute of Maths Masterclass - September 25th
Four Y5 pupils attended the first in a series of workshop sessions to develop their maths reasoning skills. The group had a superb first afternoon exploring magic squares with dominoes!
New School Council representatives have been elected. A special assembly thanked the previous reps for all their hard work in the previous academic year.
"I really enjoyed my first meeting. I know that we can make some good decisions for the school and we will have lots of ideas to raise money for our school charity."
Jeans for Genes Day - September 18th
We raised £51 for the Jeans for Genes charity and all year groups were involved in a special assembly to discuss the charity's work and to watch some video profiles of those people that the charity helps.
Woodland Trust Tree Charter Assembly - September 11th
Special assembly to introduce the principles and purposes of the Trust and the Charter. School display generated by the children includes words related to the charter as the background and a tree created from a hand as the trunk. Hearts represent the leaves to show our love of trees and nature.
Yattendon children are clearly passionate about our environment and can discuss matters maturely and contribute clear and valuable ideas and opinions.
What is Learning? - September 4th
First opportunity for whole school to come together and review the question, "What is learning?" New House Captains led their house groups for the first time. Discussions and visual representations underlined how our 8 learning cogs are embedded across the school and are much more than stand-alone words.
Gardening Club - Summer 2017
Gardening club gave a fantastic presentation to the school and Lady Iliffe this afternoon.
They prepared a powerpoint presentation of their work during the Summer Term, which included stories about red carrots and leeches!
The group, consisting of Year 3, 4 and 5 children, has worked so hard this term and have
learned and grown so much!