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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.



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