Friday 24 November 2023

Word from the Head, Katie Hill

We have enjoyed a busy week with our Open Day on Monday, our Environmental Maths Day on Thursday and a Supertato Morning for Pre-prep today.  On Monday we were delighted to welcome several families to our school for our Open Day.  It was lovely to hear their positive comments about our children, the learning environment and the ethos of our school.

This half term Miss Taswell has been impressed with the progress that Harris Class have made in Gymnastics.  This week the children were developing their climbing, swinging and jumping skills.  They worked together in groups to link the gymnastic moves to form a sequence, it was lovely to hear the constructive feedback from their peers as they worked together to refine their sequences.

Lower Cerdic have enjoyed their space learning in Science this week as they have taken part in a citizen science project.  LC were invited to take part in a competition to ask an astrophysicist some questions to identify galaxies that have been photographed by space telescopes.  The children were amazed to study photographs from deep space and discussed the features they could identify.  LC and Mrs Halford are looking forward to taking part in a webinar next week to further their learning.

We were pleased to welcome parents with Pre-school aged children to our Tiddly Peeps Toddler Group and Mini Melody Makers Sessions this week.  Mrs Orr-Ewing is looking forward to welcoming parents back again next week for the final Mini Melody Makers session of the term.

This term Harris have been studying the human skeleton in Science.  They have had fun creating bionic finger joint models, which clearly illustrate how their own finger joints work.  The children have also made jointed skeletons and have been fascinated to learn how the different joints in their bodies aid their movement.  Well done Harris!

Yesterday we were pleased to welcome St. Mary’s Primary in Thorncombe and Manor Court School for an Environmental Maths Day.  The visiting children worked with our Chard School children on workshops involving Ipad Maths challenges, tactical games and combined maths with healthy living activities on our astro pitch.  The children all refuelled with hot chocolate and doughnuts at break time!  It was great to see the children mixing and learning together on this collaborative learning day.  Thank you to Mr Sims for organising this day for all of the children.

This morning Pre-prep had great fun immersing themselves in a Supertato Morning.  The children’s excitement was ignited when Mrs Elmer came rushing into the classroom to announce that Evil Pea had mischievously stuck vegetables to the floor! Pre-prep immediately began searching the classroom for Evil Pea. Throughout the morning the Pre-prep detectives created wanted posters, superhero potatoes and rescued peas that had been trapped in ice.  The children also delighted in a puppet show performance of the story.  It was lovely to hear the children’s tales of their superhero morning at lunchtime on the playground.  Thank you to Mrs Elmer and Mrs Battersby for organising this fun immersive morning for our Pre-prep children.

Next week on Tuesday Brab Hallows, an Old Cerdic, is leading our Guest Assembly and Wyndham and Harris are taking part in a dance workshop.  On Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing is running Mini Melody Makers for Pre-school aged children and their families and Pre-prep are performing their first performance of the ‘Wriggly Nativity’.  On Friday we have the final performance of our Pre-prep Nativity and on Saturday we are looking forward to welcoming you all to our Christmas Fair.

Calendar Events/Clubs 27 – 2 December

Calendar Events

Monday 27th November
Last Week of After School Clubs
School Christmas Post Box opens

Tuesday 28th November
Guest Assembly – Brab Hallowes @ 3.15pm

Wednesday 29th November
NO Tiddly Peeps, this week – last session before Christmas on Wed 6th Dec
Last Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre from 2.15pm – Whole School

Thursday 30th November
Last Mini Melody Makers, Pre-School children – 10.15am to 11.15am
Pre-Prep Christmas Production in the Chapel @ 2.00pm (Video Trax to record)

Friday 1st December
Pre-Prep Christmas Production in the Chapel @ 2.00pm

Saturday 2nd December
Friends of Chard School Christmas Fair – 12.00pm to 2.00pm


Circuits/Manhunt & Pirates – Yrs 3 – 6

Choir – All Years

Manhunt & Pirates – Reception – Yr 2 

Latin Club – Yrs 4 -6

Music Ensemble – Yrs 3 – 6

Everyday Clubs

Before Club 8 – 8.45am (included in School fees) Booking required

Prep Club 3.45 – 4.30pm (included in School fees) Booking required

After School Club 4.30 – 5.30pm (£5.75 Charge) Booking required


  • As a matter of safety, please ensure that you always shut our school gate behind you.
  • Please ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school daily.
  • Following our school ‘healthy snack’ guidelines, please send your child to school with a ‘healthy snack’ each day.  Please remember that we are a nut free school.

Lunch menu

Please refer to week two on the MENU OPTIONS

Congratulations to our award winners

Well done to all our award winners 

Stars of the week

Pre prep – Brody H
Prep –  Dotty W

Mr Sills book recommendation

The Final Year

Life can be tough in your last year of primary school. Tests to take, preparing for the change to high school. Nate is ready for it all, knowing his best friend PS is at his side – they’ve been inseparable since Nursery.

But when they are put in two different classes and PS finds a new friend in Turner, the school bully, Nate’s world turns upside-down. As he struggles to make sense of this and forge new friendships, he’s dealt another blow when his youngest brother, Dylan is rushed into hospital.

His new teacher, Mr Joshua, sees a spark inside of Nate that’s lit by his love of reading and writing and shows him how to use this to process what’s going on. But with so much working against him, and anger rising inside him, will this be enough?

A powerful and lyrical story about finding your place in the world and the people that matter within it. 10+

Christmas Present Appeal – Lord’s Larder

Christmas Present Appeal 2023
The Lords Larder is collecting presents to give to families in need. Please note the deadline for sending gifts to the Lords Larder is Friday, 29th November. Drop-off points are at Forefront Community Centre, Chard Community Hub, and South Chard Church. Thank you for your assistance.
Christmas Appeal Community Team.

Friends of Chard School Events

Just one week until the Chard School Christmas fair on Saturday 2nd December, from 12:00 to 14:30! Entry is FREE, and everyone is warmly welcome.

The fair offers entertaining activities for kids, such as arts and crafts, festive music, a captivating raffle, and delightful treats like hot chocolate, mulled wine, and more! Check the event poster for details.

Grotto tickets are sold out, but fear not—plenty of other festive activities are available! Plus, don’t miss the Chard School Grand Christmas Hampers’ Raffle. Exciting hampers full of delicious treats await! Get your raffle tickets here.


Old Cerdics Association 


Organised by the Friends of Chard School
In school from 12.00noon – 2.00pm

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Furnham Road, Chard from 5.00pm



 Rosa S who will be 6 on 27th November

Toddler sessions for under 5’s

Mini Melody Makers – Preschooler sessions

Immersive musical session with singing, movement and instruments.

Time: 10.15am – 11.15am
Location: Chard School 
Term Dates: Thursday 14 Sep – 30 Nov 

Email school office for more information and booking form  

Tiddly Peeps – Preschooler sessions

Fun-filled stay-and-play with nursery rhymes, explore the classroom and resources, followed by enchanting storytime. 

Time: 10.15am – 11.15am
Location: Chard School 
Term Dates: Wednesday 20 Sep – 6 Dec 

Email school office for more information and booking form  






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