Friday 15 September 2023

Word from the Head, Katie Hill

The children have thrown themselves into their learning this week and it has been lovely to see the children so enthused.  At the beginning of the week Horner and Monmouth children had fun in their Science sessions.  Using the ‘bucket science’ approach the children were challenged to identify five different objects linking to our termly theme of ‘celebrating differences’.  In a subsequent session the children were intrigued to investigate whether the child with the largest feet also had the largest hands.  The children discovered that this wasn’t the case and that in fact only Sacha and Bibi had hands and feet of the same length!  What great science investigators you are Horner and Monmouth.

The whole school was excited to return to Chard Leisure Centre on Wednesday for their first swimming session of the school year.  This year we have managed to secure an afternoon swimming slot and the children were thrilled to be back in the pool swimming together.  We were pleased to welcome parents to our ‘Beginning of the School Year Information Meetings’ on Wednesday afternoon, when the staff delivered key messages about how your child will be taught this year and the ways in which we will help them to excel in their learning.  We appreciate that not all parents were able to attend these meetings and therefore the information that was covered will be sent home to all parents on Monday 18th September.

Upper Cerdic enjoyed their Mindfulness session this week when they explored calmness, happiness and positivity.  The children enjoyed listening to relaxing music as they began creating their happy books.

In Maths this week Horner have enjoyed illustrating numbers using concrete resources. Meanwhile Wyndham have been exploring place value and experimenting in creating different number lines.

Our Upper Cerdic the children who are preparing for 11+ Entrance Exams have been benefitting from the 11+ Morning Revision Club this week.  Thank you to Mr Sims and Mr Sills for running these sessions for the children which will continue into next week too.

On Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing was pleased to welcome a super group of Pre-school aged children and their families to the first Mini  Melody Makers Session of the year.  It was lovely to hear the children having so much fun making music together.

This morning our Pre-prep arrived at school super excited for their first Forest School Day of the year.  What lovely sunshine they have been able to enjoy at ROAM today, we cannot wait to hear about all of the fun they have had when they return.

Next week on Tuesday the Lord’s Larder are coming to lead our Guest Assembly. On Wednesday Mrs Battersby is eagerly awaiting the launch of the ‘Tiddly Peeps’ toddler group, when Pre-school aged children and their families are invited to come and join us for a stay and play session at 10.15 – 11.15am and the children are looking forward to their swimming lesson at Chard Leisure Centre.  On Thursday Mrs Orr-Ewing is holding Mini Melody Makers for Pre-school aged children and their parents.

Calendar Events/Clubs 18 –  22 September

Calendar Events

Monday 25th September

Tuesday 26th September
Guest Assembly – Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Harvest Donations to School

Wednesday 27th September
Tiddly Peeps, Pre-school children, 10.15am to 11.15am
Swimming @ Chard Leisure Centre from 2.15pm – Whole School

Thursday 28th September
Mini Melody Makers, Pre-School children – 10.15am to 11.15am
Harvest Festival Pre-Prep @ 9.30am
Celebration Assembly – 3.10pm to 3.30pm

Friday 29th September
ROAM Forest School @ 9.15am – 3pm – Pre-Prep classes
Harvest Festival – Prep @ 3.00pm


Circuits/Manhunt & Pirates Yrs 3 – 6

Football Club – All Years 

Manhunt & Pirates –Reception -Yr 2 
Juggling Club – Yrs 4 – 6 

Latin Club – Yrs 4 -6 

Music Ensemble – Yrs 3 – 6
Karate – Yrs 2 – 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.
  • Please return your annotated Data Capture Form and signed Home & School Agreement to the School Office by Monday 18th September.

Lunch menu

Please refer to week three on the MENU OPTIONS

Congratulations to this week’s award winners!

Student council 2023/2024

House captains 2023/2024

Monitors 2023/2024

Mr Sills book recommendation

Return to Hogwarts in this stunning edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. J.K. Rowling’s complete and unabridged text is accompanied by full-colour illustrations on nearly every page and eight paper-engineered interactive elements. Readers are invited to explore the Knight Bus, reveal the Grim in a teacup, spin the Time-Turner and more!  9+ 


Joseph S will be 9 on 20th September.

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 (no class on 28th Sep)

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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