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Grounding in the heat

Today was our first session and it was lovely and warm and sunny. So we started o  the field with some grounding so we talk our socks and shoes of to feel the soft grass between our toes. We talked about what grounding was and how they can use it everyday.

Sketching in the sunshine

Alminstone took full advantage of the sunshine on our first day back. We took our sketch books onto the field with two pencils a 2B and a 2H and found something that we wanted to sketch. We used the different pencils to see what the difference was between them. Mr Davies then challenged us to […]

Debating the big question…

Today, Alminstone has the pleasure of welcoming Keith (a Humanist) and John (a Christian) to debate the BIG question -Is God Real? We learnt a lot about their beliefs and found that despite their differences about God, both have many similar beliefs that encourage people to be the very best human that they can be. […]

Somerset vs Hampshire

Today, children from across the partnership travelled to Taunton to watch a professional cricket match. There was some cricket until lunch with Somerset losing four wickets. During this time the children had their faces painted and tried out some of their own cricketing skills with bowling and throwing at different targets. At lunchtime, Mr Marks […]

Year 5 Fire Service Visit

We were lucky to have members of the Fire Service in this afternoon, to talk to our Year 5 children about fire safety. They gave an informative presentation about how to prevent fire, the safest way to escape a fire and reminded us of the importance of checking our smoke alarms regularly.

Alminstone at Hartland Abbey

We had such a great day in the sunshine today at Hartland Abbey. Exploring the amazing location, including one of the few temperate rainforests in the world, and enjoying a walk along Abbey River to the beach. The highlight of the day, had to be getting to go on set of the filming of ‘Malory […]

Cricket festival

Today Miss Grant and I took 11 year 5 children to a cricket festival, which was held at North Devon Cricket Club Instow. We were competing against year 6 children from  schools across Devon. In our group we played Caen, Marwood, Woolacombe and Goodleigh. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to play St Helens as all of […]

Swimming Gala at Northam Pool

Today the Village Schools Partnership took a team of swimmers to a gala at Northam Pool. For many, this was their first experience in a competitive swimming race. They demonstrated great determination and resilience as they competed in their races with very little rest in between races. One swimmer lost her hat and her goggles […]


We had a great day at Burford woods. WE We  climbed trees, had nettle pesto pasta, damper bread, nettle tea. I was so impressed with the children trying something new they of course had S’mores too. We made dragon flies out of paracord. We also had a great game of what3words hide and seek.

Science week – Paper boats

  Today in Alminstone and Ashmansworthy, we investigated which paper boat would hold the most weight.  After working out what our dependent, independent and control variables were, we looked at the 5 different types of paper and tried to predict which would hold the most weight. We used card, printing paper, tracing paper, glossy paper […]

Zipline attempt #1 02/05

Today Alminstone were lucky to have the sunshine out this morning. Today they were very excited as they have been waiting a long time to do a zip line however it didn’t go to plan but they still explored knot learning and how to tie a zip line. We will attempt it again next week […]

KS2 visit from RNLI – meet the lifeguards

Today we were joined by lifeguards from the RNLI. They helped us to explore and understand water safety. We learned how the lifeguards help those in trouble in the water and what we should do in an emergency.  

Continuous Cricket

Yesterday, Alminstone class continued learning about striking and fielding skills. They practised throwing, catching, running with the bat, as well as bowling and batting. They then used these skills to play continuous cricket.

Cricket 21.4.23

Alminstone thoroughly enjoyed their cricket during PE. For the warm we were throwing a ball in the air and catching it. We made this more challenging by using one hand, then changing our hands,moving around and by throwing it higher. The skill we looked at was batting the ball from a tee. We then played […]

Rootnotes Folk workshop

Monday afternoon was spent in the company of Becky Driscoll from RootNotes and the year 5 children from throughout the Village Partnership, exploring the wonderful world of folk music. In less than an hour we were all playing a musical instrument and playing a piece together. We also created our own verse for our song […]

Ashmansworthy and Alminstone History Day 30/3/23

We had a fantastic time on our World War II History Day. We learnt how to dance the Lambeth Walk and the Lindy Hop, tried out a recipe for cookies using only rationed ingredients, constructed model Anderson shelters and enjoyed learning some Make Do and Mend techniques. It was a fabulous end to our topic […]

Real dance

This week for our dance lesson we looked at partner work, which included lifts and leans. The children worked together safely to then incorporate these moves into their dances. They also included circles, turns, jumps, different levels and silk like moves (we have been working on these moves for the past few weeks.)  

Athletic finals

Today, Louise and I had the pleasure of taking 12 Yr 5/6 children to the Athletic finals (At Bideford College sports hall.) against 13 other schools from across North Devon. The children all competed in a variety of track and field events consisting of standing high jump, standing long jump, speed bounce and chest throw. […]

Real PE in the rain

Today, we continued to develop our personal skills by challenging ourselves, persevering and reacting positively when things became difficult. After working on a range of skills, we put these into practise in a game. 

Dance 17.3.2023

Today Alminstone class were continuing with their dance and sequences. We had a different warm up this week ‘follow the leader’. The class got into groups and had to copy their leader’s movements. They changed leaders, changed movement, changed their speed and height. It was lovely to see the groups get quite creative with their […]

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