School News 2018/2019


We are delighted to welcome Jack, Emily and Charlie into our Reception class this year.

We hope that they are very happy at Somerfords’ Walter Powell and we look forward to getting to know them and their families.


Our Year 6 pupils arrived back from Hill House this afternoon thoroughly exhausted! They have all had a fantastic time, taking part in activities ranging from archery, kayaking, survival skills and team building activities.  Everyone enjoyed the food, especially the home baked cakes and cookies.  A particular highlight was Wednesday evening’s disco where even Miss Shibley took to the dance floor!


Our Key Stage 2 children spent the day at Bowood House and Gardens in mid October. They learnt about life on the estate during World War I and were given a coin from the World War I as a keepsake; they were then able to explore the grounds after enjoying a picnic lunch.


All the children from Walter Powell Pre-school and Walter Powell School visited the mobile classroom – Life Education during their school day.

Life Education works with children aged between 3 – 13, parents and teachers to improve health and well being.  They use interactive techniques such as puppetry and role play, children learn about the cause and effect relationships of issues they may face as they grow up including:  Healthy Eating, forming positive friendships and valuing their own self-worth.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their class visits to the mobile classroom.


Our Key Stage 1 children enjoyed a full day at the REME museum learning about life as a soldier and taking part in a Design & Technology workshop to build their own model vehicles. This trip combined two of this term’s topics for our younger children – World War II which they are studying in History and Movement which is their DT topic.


All week the children have been enjoying our ‘Harvest’ themed art enrichment activities. The children have been working hard creating corn dollies, salt dough wheatsheafs, paper pumpkins, potato prints and much more. Our Art Exhibition on Friday afternoon gave parents the opportunity to see what the children have been up to this week. A special thank you to Mrs Watson for helping out and also to the Hill House Care Home residents who came across to help as well.


We would like to thank you all for the generous donations today for Harvest Festival. It was great to see so many people this afternoon, the children performed extremely well and sang with much enthusiasm. Thank you to the School Council for selling the produce after the service, we will advise you next week how much money was raised. The school council chose The Trussell Trust as the charity to receive our auction proceeds and the tinned produce will be donated to the Malmesbury & District Foodbank.


On Friday 9th November we all walked to the war memorial in Great Somerford to observe the 2 minutes silence at 11.00am. We were joined by some members of the local community and Ella B laid a wreath on behalf of the school.  The Key stage 1 children placed their handmade poppies in the garden and Year 6 read a poem.


The children all looked great in they Pudsey, spotty, colourful clothing today and we are delighted to inform you through the various fundraising ideas the school council have helped raise the following from their events:

Duck Race – £40.00

Dress for Pudsey – £58.95

Cover Pudsey in coins – £5.04 so far…

Thank you for your generosity and support for this worthy charity.


On Friday afternoon 11 children from the school choir club visited Hill House Residential Home in Little Somerford.

They have been practising hard and they sang beautifully to the residents. We think the residents enjoyed it as they all seemed very happy and showed the children their appreciation with a round of applause.


This week we welcomed Rev Steve Wilkinson into school to help us make Christingles and understanding the meaning of them.  He then held an act of worship with the children.


We were all treated at the beginning of the week to two very special performances of this year’s Nativity – The Sleepy Shepherd. The acting and singing was brilliant. All the hard work learning lines, new songs and where to stand on stage really paid off. Thank you to everyone involved and to SHASA for providing the refreshments after Wednesday’s performance.


Today in school we have been supporting Save the Children and their annual Christmas Jumper Day. Everyone looked fabulous in their colourful, festive jumpers. We raised £39. Thank you.

Key Stage 1 – Exploring Habitats!

This term Key stage 1 have been looking at houses and homes in their Topic lessons. Reception have been creating bug and insect habitats using leaves, twigs and some imagination.  Years 1 and 2 walked around the village looking at the different types of houses and homes in their community. The plan is to visit a real castle later this term to explore the differences between houses and castles and find out what it must be like to live in a castle.

Gym Festival

We are very proud to announce that our gymnastics team finished in 2nd place overall at the recent Gym Festival in Malmesbury, at which eleven schools competed. Our competition began with the vault and floor sequence before moving onto various gym stations using equipment such as wall bars, ropes and beams. Rosie excelled in the floor sequence securing individual third place in that event. Mrs McQueen accompanied the children and was really proud of all of them – they were a pleasure to take and great ambassadors for our school.

Robotic Challenge Day

Year 5&6 started the week with a Robotics Challenge Day. The children used Lego Mindstorms to build robots programming them to carry out missions. The emphasis was on programming, control, problem solving and teamwork. The day was such a success that we hope to make this an annual event.  Thank you to SHASA for the financial support for this workshop.


Pancake Day

Key stage 1 celebrated Pancake Day in style on Tuesday. This year the Reception children were in charge of mixing the ingredients before Mrs Hancock and Mrs Kirkman cooked the pancakes for everyone to eat as morning snack. In the afternoon the children took part in pancake races and games in the playground. It was fantastic fun.

Year 3/4 Braeside Activity Day

On Tuesday 5th March the children in Years 3 and 4 spent the day at Braeside Education Centre in Devizes with their peers from Seagry and Christian Malford schools. It was an action packed day filled with activities such as orienteering, climbing wall, pipe and ball challenge and shelter building. Everyone had a fabulous time.

Science Day

All the children took part in a Science Day this week.  They were working together with children from different year groups and carried out 3 different practical scientific experiments during the day.

During Mrs McQueen’s workshop the children discovered how fish move and breathe using ipads, books and by looking and touching ‘smelly’ fish!!  They then created a fact sheet with their findings.

Miss Shibley’s read an extract from Roald Dahl story ‘Matilda’ and then the children made paper newts and using static electricity they were able to make their newts dance!  They also did some research on newts.

In Mrs Hancock’s workshop they made rocket mice and learnt more about ‘forces’ through compressing air in a bottle and seeing how far their mouse would travel dependent on the pressure they applied to the bottle.

We were delighted that a couple of residents from Hill House were able to join us at school for our Science Day.

All the children were very engaged in the workshops and through practical activities all became super scientists in day!

Year 3/4 Football Festival

On a very damp and blustery Tuesday afternoon 7 children from both Years 3 and 4 represented the school in a football festival in Malmesbury.

They played 6 games in total, they lost 3, drew 2 and won 1 and overall were placed 9th out of 11 teams.  They all played with great team spirit and a lot of enthusiasm and we are very proud of them, however a special mention to Oscar and Sam for great goals and to Rosie for some fabulous goal keeping skills.

Also many thanks to Mr Tipping for coaching the children before and during the event.

Mothers’ Day Posies

This week all the children in school were guided by a florist to create their own Mothers’ Day posies to take home.

I am sure you will agree the finished products were beautiful and we many happy Mums in the playground at the end of the school day.

Shakespeare Day

On Tuesday 26th March our Key stage 2 children were joined by Key stage 2 pupils from Christian Malford and Seagry school on a joint Shakespeare Day.

The children worked together all day and took part in a variety of workshops all in relation to Shakespeare.

They made masquerade masks, tried out their theatrical skills acting out scenes, made programmes for the play Romeo and Juliet and also listened to music from Romeo and Juliet ballet and then created their own music for the ballroom scene using percussion instruments.

It was wonderful to see the children from different ages and school working and having fun together.

Year 5 – Braeside 2019

Our Year 5 children spent the day with their peers from Seagry and Christian Malford schools at Braeside.  The children took part in activities including shelter building, orienteering, the climbing wall and high ropes.    Despite the dreary weather everyone had a fantastic day.

Orienteering Festival

Children in Years 1- 4 took part in the Orienteering Festival in Malmesbury.  Braving the showery weather, they were split into groups and set the challenge of working as a team, using clues and coordinates to reach the final destination.  Everyone enjoyed it.


We are pleased to report that our federated netball and football teams played really well at Saturday’s tournament. The children demonstrated great team work and sportsmanship working with their peers from Seagry School. The Netball team came third in the competition whilst the football team ended in fifth place.


On the last day of Term 5 our children in Key Stage 2 enjoyed a day at the Chippenham Folk Festival School Day. This year they learnt how to do Garland Dancing, Sailors Hornpipe and a Cotswold Morris dance during the day.  All the children represented the school well and we all had a great day.


During the holidays the area around the mosaic in the playground was transformed into a tranquil Reflection Area by Mrs McQueen and family. We think this is wonderful addition to our outside space and that it will be used by the children when they want somewhere to sit quietly.


The children sang beautifully to an audience at the Great Somerford Church Fete on Friday evening.  Thank you to all of you for some a great performance.


An afternoon in June our Year 6’s took part in an Athletics Festival at Malmesbury. During the afternoon the children participated in track and field activities including: shot put, long jump, javelin, hurdles, sprint races and relay. Mrs McQueen accompanied the children and said they all tackled the events with great enthusiasm.


This week some of our Year 6’s have been taking part in a Bikeability course here at school. The aim of the course is to promote safe cycling, road awareness and basic cycle maintenance. The children practised in the playground until proficient and were then assessed cycling on the village roads. We are pleased to say that all the children passed their Level 1 and 2. Fantastic!


On Wednesday afternoon members of our Worship Council went to Langley Fitzurse School to meet with the members of other school worship councils. During the afternoon the children from each school spoke about the work they have been doing during this year. Afterwards there was a time for socialising and refreshments.


It was third time lucky with the Sports Day fixture this year!  However, the sun shone and all the children enjoyed representing their school team whilst competing in individual and team events.  Many congratulations to all the children but especially to all the children in Team Venus who won this year’s Sports Day trophy!


What a show! On Tuesday and Wednesday this week the children put their hearts and souls into their performance of Porridge. Un-phased by the large audiences, the children delivered their lines perfectly and sang with great gusto – it was an absolute delight! As always there are many people to thank as these productions do not produce themselves, so thank you to Mrs Searle (lighting), Mrs Moody, Mrs Faulk, Mrs Kirkman and Mrs Watson (costume, set design & props), Mrs McQueen (music), Mrs Hancock, Mrs Candy and Miss Shibley (Directing) and SHASA (refreshments). An extra special thanks must go to Mrs Faulk, Mrs Kirkman and Mrs Law who were outstanding as Marigold the Cow.


It was lovely to see so many parents, grandparents and siblings at this afternoon’s Leavers Service.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Ella, Emily, Charlie, Paige, Souki, Maisie, Isla and Stanley all the very best as they move up to secondary school.