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Chilthorne Domer Church School

Together we Love, we Aim High and we Celebrate!

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Our Safer Internet Day Pledges - This Safer Internet Day I will...

This week all of the children across the school had the challenge to complete the Safer Internet Day signpost posters.  Each child carefully thought about how they use the internet and how they could make positive changes in the future.

 

Some of the children thought about:

Being yourself.  Don't try to be someone you are not!

Keeping your personal information private.

Remembering to be kind when messaging.

Knowing who you can talk to if something happens e.g. Mum please help me.

Remembering not to click on advertisements.

Understanding you can report or block people.

Knowing that you can turn off your device.

Message from Flossie our Digital Leader:

During the week of the 5th of February, we celebrated Safer Internet Day by having assemblies for EYFS/KS1 and KS2.  We looked at how to stay safe online and what to do when something happens.  In the assemblies, the children found it funny how old computers looked! For the challenge we asked the children to design sign posts about how to make positive changes online for the future .

 

 

Pancake Celebrations in Ash Class

The children in Ash Class had a wonderful time designing a pancake topping of their choice before using the ingredients to make their design come to life!

Safer Internet Day 2024

Our Digital Leaders have made us very proud recently by learning their assembly scripts and then delivering two wonderful assemblies this week. KS2 celebrated yesterday with the Digital Leaders and EYFS along with KS1 celebrated today.

Throughout the week, the children will be creating their own signposts about how to make positive changes online and we can not wait to see them.

#SaferInternetDay

Safer Internet Day 2024

 

We are excited to let you know that on Tuesday 6th February 2024 we will be celebrating Safer Internet Day, which is also celebrated across the world!  At our school we are going to be doing assemblies for all year groups, teaching them how to be safe online.  This year's theme is:

 

Inspiring change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online.

 

So we are excited to welcome all students and teachers to celebrate it with your Digital Leaders.

Your Digital Leaders, 

Harriet and Yasmin

 

Age Rating for WhatsApp

Age Rating for Discord

Age Rating for TikTok

The Digital Leaders have been thinking carefully about the apps that children in school may use and how important it is that we realise what the recommended age restrictions for these are.

Santa sent his Wildcat to see us! 

11th December 2023

 

The children loved seeing the helicopter arrive and land before telling the elves what they’d like for Christmas and watching it fly away again. A massive thank you to RNAS Yeovilton for arranging this for us. What a lovely treat!

The Great Christmas Bake Off

11th December 2023

 

What are marvellous show of bakes this morning. Choosing star bakers was a very tricky task with many worthy winners!

 

Our break time sale raised a brilliant £140.45 so we have already raised enough to change 7 children’s lives. Thank you. 

Christmas Cafe 

10th December 2023

 

A big well done and thank you to the choir and Mrs Bond who came to the village Christmas cafe and sang beautifully on Sunday 10th December. You were wonderful! 

Staying Safe Online Over Christmas

I am very proud to share that our fabulous Digital Leaders chose to use their last session of the year to make posters, independently about how to keep everyone safe online over the Christmas holidays.

Please visit our school eSafety page and Facebook page for further posters made by the children:

https://www.facebook.com/ChilthorneDomerChurchSchool/

https://www.chilthornedomerchurchschool.co.uk/e-safety/

Best wishes,

Mrs Stradling

School in a Bag Visit - Friday 8th December 2023

Luke from School in a Bag came to see us today to tell us all about our school charity of the year.

We’ll be doing various fundraising events between now and the summer with our first being our Great Christmas Bake Off on Monday. A Star Baker will be chosen from each year group and the money raised from the cake sale will go straight in to our SIAB pot. Don’t forget your bakes and money for break time treats!

The children have decided our target for the year is to pack 150 bags. Can we do it? Yes we can!

Christingle Service 7th December 2023

We were very lucky to have the wonderful Mrs Batstone in school with us today, leading our magical Christingle service. 

 Age Ratings for Games and Apps

 

A message from your Digital Leaders Olivia and Harriet:

Did you know that there are recommendations for you to only watch programmes and play games that are suitable for age?  Most apps and programmes have age limits so you know what you can play\watch. PEGI rating (Pan European Game Information) is a guide to show you and your guardians / parents’ what games are suitable for you to watch/play on. PEGI rating is the minimum age you can be to download and play the game, programme or app.  They put PEGI ratings to keep you safe.

 

The different symbols are 3+ that means it's for all ages and 7+ means all people 7 plus can play. Next you have 12+ so all 12 year olds and up can play, this is because there may be violence.  Another is 16+, and finally 18+ means no children should be using 18+.  So always look at an age limit before you buy or download a game. Stay safe online!

Christmas Trees by Construction Club

This week in Construction Club, the children had the challenge to use the construction materials to create their very own Christmas trees.  They were very creative in their designs and came up with these masterpieces!

Being Kind and Responsible:  Copyrights and Copywrongs! 23rd November 2023

In assembly today I saw the Digital Leaders talking about being kind and responsible. They focused on the copyright theme. They read out a scenario and children had to put their thumbs up, in the middle or down, depending on how they felt.  Some of us thought we needed to ask for more information. They said that if you saw your friends work and copied it all and said it was your work you would be stealing it.  This is called plagiarism.  You need to ask first  for their permission and only take ideas from it.  Then it is important to acknowledge that it is their work.  On the internet when you are copying/downloading a picture you need to make sure you have  permission to go on websites that have pictures that allow you to use them.

Your Digital Leader,

Alba

Children in Need 

17th November 2023

We did it! We completed our RunPudsey and between the 73 registered participants, we are close to raising £2800. Wow!

Every child ran today and did so marvellously. A big well down to everyone and to all the donators - thank you!

You can see our current total here! https://www.runpudsey.co.uk/school/chilthorne-domer-church-school 

Remembrance 

10th November 2023

 

Armistice Day has been recognised across the school again this year. Below are some photos of wonderful poetry based on the short film, 'The Piano' that Willow class have been working on. 

 

You'll also find photos and videos from our service. A special thanks to the children who led the service and to Mrs Carter and her band mates Barry and Dave for playing the bugles before and after our 2 minutes silence. It really was special. 

The Last Post

10th November 2023

Loom Bands fund School Bags! 

3rd November 2023

 

During the summer term, a group of Year 5 girls made and sold loom bands to the school community. They wanted to raise money for the school’s Opal Play provision and for our local charity School in a Bag.

 

The girls made a fantastic £83 and today we went down to School in a Bag HQ to pack their 2 funded bags and another 3 for good measure. Once packed, these bags were loaded straight on to the van and will be starting their journey to the Ukraine today.

 

Well done for all your hard work girls and for thinking of others whilst you were at it. We’re very proud of your thoughtfulness and compassion!

Oak Class author film - Jenny Mclachlan

Check out this video that Jenny has sent to Oak Class ahead of them reading her book, The Land Of Roar!

Shoe Box Appeal 

1st November 2023

 

Once again this year our families and community have supported the shoe box appeal. In total we have filled 22 shoe boxes that will travel to children less fortunate than ourselves. How lovely to know that by filling these boxes, we have ensured 22 children will get a Christmas present this year. Thank you to everyone who helped achieve that! 

Family Service 

22nd October 2023 

 

A big well done to all our the children who represented our school at the most recent family service. They read prayers for the world, our family and friends, our community, our church schools, the sick and those mourning. 

Harry Potter Book Day - Oak Class

 

Oak class wizards had a great time last week celebrating Harry Potter Book Day.  We took part in a virtual lesson with Luna Lovegood, who helped us write fabulous magical setting descriptions.  Then we learned to draw magical settings like Hogwarts Castle and learned how to cast spells, with a lesson from a Hogwarts professor!  We flew broomsticks in PE to round off the day.

OAK CLASS TRIP

Oak Class enjoyed their trip to Coates Willow and Wetlands Centre last week, exploring the Somerset Levels as part of their Geography learning,  They have developed a greater understanding of what makes the levels unique and how they are managed.  They had a go at making willow stars and sketching with charcoal made from the willow grown at the centre.

A great day was had by all!

SIAMS Parental Survey

September 2023

 

As a church school, we need to include different elements in our curriculum, details of which can be found under the SIAMS and Christian Values tabs on our website.

 

In September we sent a survey to our parents to gather their options on how the school manages the religious aspect of our curriculum. The full results will be available on our website soon, but below are the results of the last question which was: ‘The best 3 things about the school from my point of view are…’ and we cannot agree more!

Harvest Festival

4th October 2023

Today we celebrated our Harvest Festival with Mrs Batestone at the church.  We all enjoyed a wonderful walk down to the church and then gave our harvest offerings, which will be going to the Lord's Larder.  The Lord's Larder is a local 'bank' of non-perishable in life ambient food operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil.

 

Afterwards, we sang 'Who Put the Colours in the Rainbow?', 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter' and 'Cauliflowers Fluffy' in celebration, along with the choir singing 'The Harvest Samba'. 

 

Willow class gave some lovely readings, along with Mrs Batestone who also led some special harvest prayers and blessings. 

Our New Digital Leaders

September is the time of year when our Year 6 children can apply to be the new Digital Leaders and yet again we have had some amazing applications.  We are very proud to announce that the children below were all successful and will now work alongside Mrs Stradling with our online safety and computing needs.  See if you can spot them as you walk around the school.  They will all be wearing a special Digital Leader badge to help you recognise them.

Willow Poetry

15th September 2023

Following one of their RE lessons, Willow Class wrote some beautiful poems. Enjoy them below! 

2023-24 House Captains 

15th September 2023

 

Congratulations to our House and Vice Captains as voted for by their peers!

2023-24 School Counillors 

15th September 2023

 

Congratulation to this year's successful school council members!

Roald Dahl Day

13th October 2023

 

Wednesday saw an awful lot of naughty school children and one grumpy Trunchbull!

 

Everyone had a great day followed by 10 lucky children finding Golden Tickets in their Wonka bars. Thanks to the PTA for organising the Wonka Bar sale and the Golden ticket prizes! 

A busy first week of sport! 

Week beginning 11th September 2023

 

It may only be the first week but the footballers and netballers have been out and had a great time! Watch this sapce for new football kits - they're going to look good! 

 

The Best Thing About Being a Digital Leader - July 2023

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Here is a little video of some of the things that our Digital Leaders have enjoyed doing in their special roles this year. A huge thank you from Mrs Stradling for their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to making this year so successful!

360 Degree Online Safety Mark Pass 'With Flying Colours'

We are SO excited to share that after a visit from one of the 360 degree assessors we have achieved our 360 Degree Online Safety Mark 'with flying colours'.  The assessor spent time throughout the morning, talking to the Senior Leadership Team, the Digital Leaders, representatives from each of our classes, class teachers, teaching assistants, governors and parents.  This was to check that our Online Safety aims and values are lived out every day and this is exactly what they found. 

 

A big part of the process is all the work that the fabulous Digital Leaders do.  They meet with Mrs Stradling every Thursday during lunch time and are never shy of the next challenge that they are faced with.  Below is a picture of all of the Digital Leaders celebrating the exciting news that we have achieved our Online Safety Mark.

Science Week 2023

All the classes have taken part in a science workshop with Forensic Frank from Fun Science, where they had lots of fun!

Each class has also carried out a variety of investigations.  For example, Maple Class spent the morning investigating which type of biscuit makes the best "dunker"! The children had to plan their investigation, carry it out and then present their findings to the class.  There were some surprises but they all agreed that the biscuits were yummy!

Creating Prints of Natural Objects in Ash Class

In Art, we have been learning all about different types of print and how we can layer our work to create different effects.  Recently, we used a range of wax crayons to make rubbings of different natural objects like shells, bark and leaves. We then used our cutting skills to cut around the rubbings in different ways, before mounting them onto black sugar paper to create our own compositions.  The results were wonderful!

Digital Leader Summer Assembly:  Making Comments

Today the Digital Leaders led an assembly about making comments.  We looked at a picture of a beach and another of some 'friends' at a wedding, discussing what we might say about them. We discussed positive comments made online about the pictures but how one negative comment made can over ride all of these positive comments for those who are sharing the pictures.

 

During this time, we talked about how when posting information on various platforms, we need to think about who may see our posts.  Even if we post on platforms where we choose who can see our information, someone could easily screenshot or take a photograph of our post and share it with others, who we may not know. 

 

Children were reminded of the importance to TELL someone if they are worried and how those people can then support them at home or in school. 

Digital Leaders Reaching Out to Our Community

This term, the Digital Leaders have been very busy writing letters to all of our wonderful feeder nurseries and pre-school settings.  Their challenge has been to share our fabulous Building Habits posters with each setting and to explain how to use them successfully to encourage their children to be safe online when using a device.


Each of the children wrote a letter and these were sent out to the nurseries. Please see a couple of letters from the children below.

Ash Class composing music for Traditional Stories

 

In our music sessions we have been thinking about adding sounds to go with traditional stories. We have used our voices to add sounds to Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Snow Queen and Little Red Riding Hood. Then we used different percussion instruments to add sounds to show the different characters in the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We had to decide whether it was a happy, sad or a scary part. We used tempo, dynamics and timbre to try to create different elements across the story.

Ash Class exploring God's World

 

In RE we listened to the story of Creation. We thought about how God wants us to care for all the wonderful things he has made. We then went outside with magnifying glasses, microscopes and binoculars to look at God's Creation close up. During our exploring we found a poorly bee, we talked about how we could try to help him by giving him some sugary water. Mrs Turner mixed sugar and water together and we placed some on a leaf for the bee to have. We are hoping he gets better and will have the strength to fly off.

Learning about The Great Fire of London

 

To help us with our understanding of the Great Fire of London and what people might have heard, seen, felt and smelt, Miss Dare kindly lit a fire in the fire pit. We talked about why we might use wood to get the fire going and we saw how quickly it burnt, just like the wooden houses in 1666. We then saw how the flames were rising and were spreading across the fire pit as the wind blew. This helped us to understand how the fire would have set the houses next to them alight. Next, you thought about words to describe the fire by using your senses. This will help our writing later in the week. Of course we couldn't have a fire pit without toasting marshmallows! 

Ash and Beech Class Trip to Magdalen Farm - Thursday 29th June 2023

The children had a magical time visiting Magdalen Farm where they were given the opportunity to do such a wide range of activities including:

Pond dipping

Looking for caterpillars in the willow dome den.

Pretending to be deer and listening to sounds around us.

Creating art with nature.

Making potions in the courtyard garden.

 

The day was full of happiness and fresh air. It was so much fun that on the bus journey home there were a couple of children fast asleep. All of the children were super stars and their behaviour was wonderful.

Sports Day - Friday 23rd June 2023

The children had a wonderful sports day in the sunshine today. EYFS and KS1 children took part in a range of field activities within their house teams, whilst KS2 children had their track events.  This followed with EYFS and KS1 children completing their track events whilst KS2 children took part in their field activities. Each team demonstrated great sportsmanship and the house captains and vice captains did a marvelous job of leading their teams.  Congratulations to the winning house - BLAKE!

 

Afterwards, the children competed in the long distance track running event around the recreation ground and a house tug of war for each year group, where each house team pulled on a different rope.  There was even some time for toddler, parent and teacher races with an eventful parent tug of war at the end.  

Technology Open Classroom Event - Wednesday 7th June 2023

 

Today we invited all of our parents and carers to our Technology Open Classroom Event.  The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with their families and it was lovely to watch the level of engagement between them all.

 

In Ash and Beech Classes, the children shared their knowledge of programming Blue-Bots, using Jit5 to paint a picture and add text, as well as programming on Jit5.  

 

During the Key Stage 2 learning, Maple, Oak and Willow Classes shared their knowledge of programming using Scratch and using Micro:Bits.

 

Between the sessions, Mrs Stradling delivered a presentation about Online Safety that included information about recent statistics, what we do at Chilthorne Domer Church School in regards to Online Safety and how parents and carers can help their children at home e.g. using the eLIM Building Habits posters.  During the session, we emphasised the importance of TALKING to your child and having positive conversations. The more we talk about things, the more our children will share things with us, which in turn will allow us to protect them.

 

In the event that your child comes across someone asking to share inappropriate material or requests to meet them in person, please REPORT this to advisors at either:

Child Exploitation and Online Protection

or

Internet Watch Foundation

 

The session finished by reminding everyone to TALK and to ALWAYS BE KIND.

 

We had such a positive morning and look forward to hosting another similar event.

 

 

Athletics Event - 6th June 2023

Today a range of children in KS2 had the opportunity to represent the school in a range of athletic events.  It was lovely to see the children take pride in their sport as well as showing respect and sportsmanship for their peers.

 

An Update from the Digital Leaders - Staying Healthy:  Self Image 25th May 2023

Hello,

We are some of the Digital Leaders at Chilthorne Domer Church School. During this half term on the 25th May 2023,  the Digital Leaders led an assembly in front of the whole school about Staying Healthy.  This focused on Self Image

 

We began the assembly by looking at photos and discussing what we could see was the same about the people in them and what was also different about them.  Afterwards, we looked at how we can be good at different things, which our image might not tell us e.g. being good at reading, being a great mathematician or a wonderful listener. 

 

As part of this discussion, we then spoke about how it is important to not always believe what you see online, as often this it is not real.  When we see an image, that is all we see and do not really know or understand what is actually going on in that person’s life.  Although they may appear pretty or handsome they have probably used lots of filters on the picture or video that they have posted. We do not know if they are genuinely happy or not. 

 

To finish the assembly, we focused on talking about how important it is to believe in yourself and how to remember how amazing you are.

 

Thank you for listening,

The Digital Leaders. 

 

If you are ever worried about someone or something, it is always important to talk to someone about it.  To help your family stay safe online, the NSPCC have some helpful tips that you can follow to keep your child safe online.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Maple Class visit to Nine Springs - 22nd May 2023

Willow Class Visit to Shepton Mallet Prison - Thursday 18th May 2023

Willow Class enjoyed a visit to Shepton Mallet Prison today where they were able to learn all about what it would be like to be a prisoner.

Ascension Day Service - Wednesday 17th May 2023

Today we enjoyed a lovely walk to church where we could hear the church bells ringing as we reached the entrance.  Mrs Batstone led a lovely service with some special words about Ascension Day and how this was Jesus travelling up above us so that he is always around us.  Mrs Batstone reminded us of the candle that we lit at Easter and explained that it has been 40 days since this time and how it is now time to put it out and watch the smoke lift up around us, like Jesus did.  Everyone sang some of our traditional hymns beautifully in church like Lord of the Dance and Shine Jesus Shine.  To finish the service, children from each class read some special prayers.

 

As we left the church, we gathered in the church grounds and Mrs Batstone gave each year group some special balloons.  Children then took it in turns to cut the ribbon and watch the balloons ascend up into the sky, just like Jesus did.

 

A Visit from the Fire Department  - Friday 28th April 2023

 

Today each class were very lucky to have a visit from Lee who was from the fire service. He talked to us about how to keep safe and who we could contact if we rang 999. 

Lee talked to us about smoke alarms and how important it is to have one at the bottom of your stairs and one upstairs. He also explained how smoke alarms have a nose that can smell smoke and smoke rises, which tells us when there is a fire. Our smoke alarms should be tested once a week.

Afterwards, we learnt what to do if our clothes caught on fire. Lee taught us to ‘Stop, drop and roll’. 

Stop = Stop moving otherwise the fire grows quickly.
Drop = Drop to the floor.
Roll = Roll like a pencil across the floor, back and forth to out the fire out.

Lee then brought his fire equipment in. He showed us his special fabric leggings that were attached to his boots, followed by his tunic and helmet.

Finally we went out to see the fire van, where Lee put the flashing lights and siren on for us. It was an exciting morning!

Watching with excitement!

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Monday 20th March 2023

The Digital Leaders led their Spring assembly to the whole school about being Safe and Secure.  They shared examples of emails and discussed whether or not they should respond to them. Afterwards, they shared part of the video about Kim and Lee playing a game online and invited the children to think about what they should do at different points.  Later on the children watched the rest of the video in their classes, which looked at how you can never be sure about who is behind an avatar.

If you would like to watch the video, please follow the link below:
 

Wednesday 8th March 2023

Today, Ash Class were very lucky and got to visit Mr and Mrs Luscombe's farm to meet some new born lambs. The lambs have only been in the world for 2 weeks.  We were extremely lucky that we had the opportunity to stroke one of the lambs that is a triplet.  It was made extra special by walking in the snow!

Monday 6th March - Willow Class Community Visit

This afternoon, Willow Class paid a visit to the village hall to chat to some memebers of the community and take part in the pop-up sports that take place every Monday afternoon. It was a great chance to meet some new people and have fun! 

Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day

We are so impressed with all of the wonderful costumes everyone has worn into school today! Thank you to everyone who has supported this - the children have had a lovely day celebrating their love of books and reading. Happy World Book Day! 

Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd March 2023 - Sports

 

A big well done to all children who represented the school at the girls football and cross country this week. As always, you behaved impeccably and tried your hardest - we are very proud!

 

A big well done to the following children for coming in the top 10 in the age group cross country race: 

  • Evie
  • Gracie
  • Olivia
  • Harriet

Friday 24th February 2023 - Pausing for the Ukraine

 

On Friday, we gathered on the playground at 11am to mark the one year anniversary of Russia invading Ukraine. After the minute silence, a poem, written by Mrs Bond, was read out. Thank you Mrs Bond for writing such a thoughtful poem.

 

A poem for the Ukraine

Written by Mrs Bond

 

A year has passed since the war began

Since innocent children and families ran

From their beloved country in to the unknown

Leaving behind the place they call home

 

Love and courage has kept them strong

Soldiers don’t quit and still march on

As your neighbour we welcome you with love and hope

Teamed with compassion to try and help you cope

 

The war is not over, but together we will persevere

With hope in our hearts, a smile and a tear

Ukraine have hope, you’re truly not alone

One day soon…  We will get you home.

Wednesday 22nd February - Athlete Visit

This afternoon, we welcomed athlete Rich Parker to the school to take us through a sponsored exercise event. The children worked really hard and werre worn out by the end of the activities! You all did a great job! 

Wednesday 22nd February - Ash Wednesday Service

The whole school walked to church this morning to take part in an Ash Wednesday service to mark the start of Lent. 

Wednesday 22nd February - Parent Open Morning

This morning we all opened up our classes and invited parents in to learn with us! Everyone had a wonderful time sharing the learning with family members. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us. 

Tuesday 21st February - Shrove Tuesday 

In Willow Class, we remembered the reason why we make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. We even made our own which were delicious! 

Tuesday 7th February - Safer Internet Day

This week started with our Digital Leaders delivering assemblies to children across the school to celebrate Safer Internet Day.

This year's focus is 'Want To Talk About It? Making Space For Conversations About Life.'

 

All the children across the school have been participating in activities to help them understand the benefits of technology and the internet, as well as what to do if they come across a problem and need help.

 

To find out more you can visit our E-Safety page and our Safer Internet Day page:

Friday 27th January 2023 - Mrs Chesterton's Tea Party

There was a super tea party this afternoon for children who have shown consistent and excellent behaviour, attitude towards learning and respect. They were treated to special cakes baked by Mrs Chesterton! Everyone had a wonderful time! 

 

Ash Class Exploring the Church and Taking Part in a Baptism

 

After exploring our church, Mrs Batstone invited Ash Class to sit in the pews at the back of the church near the font. She explained that we were going to learn about how people are baptised and the different ages you can do this. Then Mrs Batstone explained that we were going to baptise a baby (doll) today so that we would understand the importance and structure of a baptism service.

First, we chose a Mummy and a Daddy who got to hold the baby in a special white baptism gown near the font. Mrs Batstone explained that she had made this gown and everyone in her family had worn it for their baptisms. We then chose 3 God parents who would help Rosie make good choices in life.

Mrs Batstone read out her special words and as a congregation we all joined in to say the special words 'With the help of God we will' to guide Rosie. Mrs Batstone then used a special oil to place a cross on Rosie's head and later on used a mother of pearl shell to place some Holy water over her head.

After more of the special service, Mrs Batstone lit a special candle for Rosie using the large special candle to welcome her into the church family.

At the end of the service we all joined together to say the Lord's Prayer.

It was such a wonderful experience for all of the children. We are very grateful to Mrs Batstone for making this experience possible.

Thursday 19th January 2023 - Willow Class visit to St Mary's Church

Willow Class had the privelidge of visitng Mrs Batstone at the church this afternoon. During their visit, they explored the different areas in the church and discussed the important objects found there. Willow Class asked Mrs Batstone a range of questions and listened really carefully to the information they discovered. They finished their time at the church with some moments of quiet reflection and prayers. 

Monday 9th Jaunary 2023 - Fencing and Cheerleading Trial 

The children were very excited to take part in some fencing and cheerleading today. During their fencing session, they learnt how to stand and move as well as some of the special terms used in fencing. In cheerleading, children learnt some movement patterns along with some chants, as well as using poms poms throughout! Fun was had by all! 

Carol Service in St. Mary's Church

 

Today we celebrated Christmas with our Carol Service in St. Mary's Church.   We listened to children across the classes give readings and sang some wonderful Christmas hymns and songs. 

 

As part of the service, the third purple candle on the advent wreath was lit for the third Sunday of advent. We also learnt about how the pink candle represents joy and the white candle represents the light of Jesus, which never fades.

 

At the end of the service, Mrs Battestone shared a special cake with the school.  This was after she spoke to the school council in a recent meeting and they thought it was important to celebrate Jesus' birthday with a birthday cake.  Mrs Battestone lit the candle and we all sang Happy Birthday to Jesus.  Once back at school, every child was able to have a cupcake made by Mrs Battestone to celebrate, which everyone was very excited about.  

Digital Leaders Assembly: I am Kind and Responsible

 

The Digital Leaders delivered an assembly to the whole school about how to be Kind and Responsible online. They shared our Building Habits posters that can be seen around school and talked specifically about 3 of the main things to remember when using a device online:

 

ASK - Always ask an adult before you use a device. 

 

TELL - Tell an adult what you are using and if you find something that upsets / distresses you.

 

CHECK - Make sure you check that an adult can see you and you can see them, when using a device.

 

If you would like to watch the video that the Digital Leaders shared with the pupils about how to be kind and responsible online, please follow the following link:

Christingle Service 2022

The children enjoyed celebrating Christingle in St. Mary's Church this week. They listened carefully to Mrs Battestone and watched in awe as she lit the first candle of advent.  

 

It was lovely to see our Year 6 children feeling proud whilst reading to the rest of the school in church.  All of the children held their Christingles during the service and focused on the light.

 

We remembered the symbols of the Chrisitngle as:

The orange to represent the world.

The red ribbon to represent Jesus' love or blood.

The 4 sticks to represent the seasons.

The sweets to represent God's fruit and creations.

The candle to represent the light in the darkness.

 

All children enjoyed singing our special Christingle hymns, including 'This Little Light of Mine'.

Online Safety Survey

November 2022

 

The Digital Leaders have been busy carrying out an online safety survey across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 during the last week, whilst the upper Key Stage 2 classes have independently completed the survey using their Google accounts.  The survey is being completed by all of our children to identify the areas of online safety that they are confident with and areas that we can support the children with during the year.

 

As always, the Digital Leaders have taken pride in their role, using wonderful communication skills with the children they are working with.

The Mock Trial Competition 2022

16th November

 

On Tuesday 15th November, the Year 6 pupils in Willow Class travelled to Perrott Hill School to take part in this year's Mock Trial Competition. In preparation, they had a visit from the Magistrate, Mary Ellis who explained her role as a magistrate and how a Magistrate's Court worked. During the build-up, everyone chose their role, ranging from court reporters and artists, to witnesses, photographers, solicitors and magistrates. This year our team included Leigh Smedley who had been accused of a fly-tipping offence. As our job was to prove that Leigh was not guilty, it was a big challenge to think of as many questions as possible to support the defendant and challenge the prosecutors! Everyone did a fantastic job, showing how confident and quick-thinking they could be and at the end of the trial, Leigh was found not guilty! Overall, we came 4th out of 6 schools. Well done everyone, we are very proud of your achievements! 

Armistice Day 2022

11th November 2022

 

We held a lovely service this morning to remember today all of the sacrifices that were made in all of our yesterdays.

 

Willow Class lead our service and read wonderfully throughout. The whole school sang a beautiful version of In Flanders Fields and we had the wonderful Mrs Carter, David and Nigel who played the Last Post to start our 2 minutes silence. They then played their bugles again to finish the silence with Reveille. A huge thank you to the tree of them for playing at our service. 

 

Below you will find some videos (when we can upload them!) and photos of our service. Thank you to all those who joined us and to those who wore their military uniform and medals. 

The Last Post

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The Christmas Shoebox Appeal

3rd November 2022

 

Thank you all for your Shoebox contributions. Together we made 11 Christmas boxes with plenty of other bits that will go towards making further boxes. 🎁

The school council dropped these of earlier so they’ll start their journey on Monday morning to some very grateful children. 👦 👧

'Why We Remember' house day

2nd November 2022

 

We had a lovely day in school yesterday starting with our sharing assembly. Each class shared some of their learning from the term so far all around why we remember. Thank you too all the visitors that braved the weather to share our learning with us. 

 

Classes then split in to houses and spent the day taking part in activities that linked to the past. We also spent time thinking about remembrance. 

Our New Digital Leaders

All of these smiling children worked extremely hard on their applications to be a Digital Leader and now they will work alongside Mrs Stradling with our online safety and computing needs.  See if you can spot them as you walk around the school.  They will all be wearing a special Digital Leader badge to help you recognise them.

Nothe Fort - Key Stage 2

September and October 2022

 

Over the last 2 weeks, each of the Key Stage 2 classes have been lucky enough to visit Nothe Fort in Weymouth. The children made a fantastic effort and dressed up as evacuees, ready for an immersive day to experience what life was like during World War 2. 

 

We learnt in a WW2 classroom; some of us even got detention (the Headteacher was pretty terrifying), we visited a shop and learnt about rationing; we were particularly shocked about the lack of cheese they had each week! We had the chance to have a go at the washing in a kitchen and learnt that they only did their washing on a Monday and a bath on Friday- they all had to share the water!

 

A particularly nerve-wracking experience was sitting in the air-raid shelter while the siren went off and bombs were dropped!

 

We had a brilliant day and will be using our experience to support our learning back at school.

Some pictures of Oak class

Cross Country Race 1 - Yeovil Rugby Club 

28th September 2022

 

A fabulous 28 children signed up for the first cross country race of the season - this is an amazing 20% of our school! 

 

The weather was mostly kind to us - the small bit of rain produced beautiful rainbows - but most importantly, the children ran wonderfully!

 

We still await the final results but a big congratulations to Taylor who came 9th in the Year 2/3 boys race and Harriet who came 1st in the Year 5/6 girls race. 

 

All of our runners were amazing and tried hard. Well done to each and every one of you! 

School Council 2022-2023

Friday 23rd September 2022

Congratulations to the following children who have been voted as school council members by their peers: 

 

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6
  • Darcie
  • Felicity
  • Lincoln
  • Vinnie
  • Isaac
  • Maisie
  • Blossom
  • James
  • Daisy T
  • Flossie
  • Crystal
  • Riley

 

    House and Vice House Captains 2022-2023

    Friday 9th September 2022

    Congratulations to all of the children who made a speech in front of their houses in a bid to become house captain. You were all amazing and brave to put yourself forward!

    A big well done to the following children who were voted at House and Vice captains:  

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    House Captain - Lilia

    Vice Captain - Chloe

    House Captain - Kyla

    Vice Captain - Aiden

    House Captain - Holly

    Vice Captain - Ellie

    House Captain - Kaden

    Vice Captain - Sam

    Five Bears - Whole School Shared Text

    5th - 9th September 2022

    We all started off the new term with a whole school shared text. All classes took part in a bear hunt, collecting facts and paw prints as well as a variety of activities in classes, ranging from English to PSHE to art! A great week was had by all, have a look at the brilliant work everyone produced!

    OPAL - Outdoor Play and Learning!

    7th September 2022

     

    The whole school has started it's journey to more exciting playtimes with the help of OPAL. Check out our new OPAL page for more information - you can find this under the Children tab. 

     

    We are looking forward to seeing where this journey will take us - watch this space! 

    Chilthorne Champions!

    5th September 2022

     

    It has been so lovely to welcome everyone back to school for a brand new year! We kicked off our year with an assembly full of farmers - you heard it right, lots of the staff had become farmers much to the children's amusement! 

     

    By the end of this assembly the children learnt about everything they needed to become a Chilthorne Champion and it included lots of gardening equipment (that explains the farmers then…!). Here are all the things the children will remember when being a Chilthorne Champion: 

     

    A dibber was used to represent belief - believing in others as well as yourself – always having a go and understanding that you may not be able to do it now but you will get there!

     

    A pair of secateurs represents teamwork including encouragement and support, friendships and relationships – all very important in the daily life of a Chilthorne Champion!

     

    A spade. This shows us that we need to dig deep – are we doing the best we can do? Are we giving this 100% of our effort? Are we making links in our learning and thinking about others (by looking beyond ourselves)?

     

    The watering can encourages us to keep on trying! Practice, practice, practice! Try and try again – resilience and perseverance were two words mentioned by the children at this point. Remember, mistakes are marvellous – we learn from them!

     

    The rake represents reflection – every lesson, every day, every week, and every month we can start again if we need to. The rake gives us an opportunity to reflect and consider what we need to do next in order to be the very best we can be.

     

    Finally, no toolkit is complete without something to carry it all in. The gardening bag/toolbox holds it all together – we need all of the above in order to be a Chilthorne Champion. We need to think carefully about our behaviour and attitude in school and the respect that we have for ourselves, the environment, others and what we do – including the work in our school books!

     

    Along with our daily meet and greets (you may have noticed staff shaking children’s hands as they arrive!) and our fantastic sitting and walking around our site, all of these things will set everyone up for a fantastic year ahead. We are looking forward to watching all of our Chilthorne Champions shine during this year!

     

    This is how we do it here!

    The Best Part of Being a Digital Leader

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    Our Digital Leaders have made us SO proud this year. It has been an absolute joy to have them working alongside me on all things computing, as well as encouraging others to stay safe online. They even had time on their last day (in between signing their polos) to explain why they have enjoyed being a Digital Leader this year.

    Thank you Digital Leaders and good luck on your next adventure. We will miss you!
    Mrs Stradling

    Ash and Beech Class Visit to Carymoor 20th July 2022

    What a wonderful day the children had, thanks to the wonderful Carymoor staff.

    As soon as we arrived, the children were welcomed with big smiles and went on to act out the story of the Gingerbread Man before learning a song about the fox.  They then got to explore a whole range of activities that developed their independence and also how to work as a team.

     

    These activities included a treasure hunt to find parts of the story in the woods, making their own Gingerbread men by threading wool and using forest pieces as decorations and then working in teams to build a house for the Gingerbread man with items from the wood.

    In addition to this, the children created their own boats, which they tested on water and even used willow to make their own dens before hiding inside before the storm (watering can) came.

    The children demonstrated exemplary behaviour and we had a magical time together

     Scavenger Hunt - Friday 15th July 2022

    Willow Class kindly invited Ash Class to take part in their scavenger hunt. Each of the Guardian Angels in Willow Class had designed their very own scavenger hunt to do with their buddies, in and around the school grounds.  Items to look for included a leaf, a yellow flower and a stone.

     

    All of the children showed high levels of engagement and enjoyed being with their guardian angels. We are very lucky that our children can get to experience these wonderful moments.  Thank you Willow Class!

    Mental Health Ambassador training

    23rd June 2022

     

    Children who applied to be Mental Health Ambassadors, along with Year 4 and 5 children, have today undergone Mental Health Ambassador training. They all had a great time and graduated together! Keep an eye on the Wellbeing page for an update from the Ambassadors and an action plan which will be coming soon! 

    London Residential!

    8th - 10th June 2022

     

    Years 5 and 6 had a fabulous time in London and got to do lots of exciting things including visits to the Natural History Museum and London Zoo, a sail down the river, a flight on the London Eye and a trip to the theatre to see Matilda. 

     

    A great time was had by all and, as always, the children were a credit to the school. Well done children! 

    The view from the very top of St Paul's Cathedral!

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    New technology - Micro:bits

    Willow Class and Maple Class have been exploring the new BBC Micro:bits in school.  The children have been testing and making different projects that involve the use of different inputs (buttons, switches and sensors) and outputs (lights and sounds). Both classes have been very engaged and have shown great excitement!

    Our Digital Leaders Contacting the Community 

    Our Digital Leaders continue to keep our school safe and are now developing their skills to keep our community safe.

    Over the last few weeks, the Digital Leaders have been writing letters to our local feeder nurseries, pre-schools and childminder settings to share our Building Habits poster.

     

    Here is a message from one of our Digital leaders, Immy:

     

    Hello there,

     

    I am a Digital Leader from Chilthorne Domer Church School.

    This is an internet safety poster for children in reception, year one, year two and people young like you!

     

    You can put this in your setting to remind you or maybe you could print it and have it in your own home! These are just to remind you and your fellow classmates how to be safe online! 

    • Ask - Ask your parents if you should go on this game, website or video.
    • Check - Check before you press on something.
    • Share - Share with your adult so they know what you are going on.
    • Time - Check what time it is and make sure you have some time off of a screen.
    • Be Kind - Make sure you are kind to EVERYONE.
    • Tell - Tell a parent or responsible adult if you are worried about something.
    • Move - Shake and move around for a bit - You can’t stay on a screen all day!
    • Mix - Do a board game or maybe read a book! Use your imagination!

     

    Beam House Residential 

    4th - 6th May 2022

     

    Year 3 and 4 had an exciting 3 days in North Devon where they got to do lots of exciting activities including surfing, archery, street surfing and a zip line to name just a few. 

     

    The children were incredibly well prepared and were amazing packers at the end of their stay. Who knew! 

     

    Well done to you all smiley

    Moose, Alpaca!

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    Tuesday 26th April 2022 - Pete the Poet Visit

    Every class was lucky enough to work with Pete the Poet throughout the day. Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating diversity and inclusion through drama, poetry and role-play! 

    Friday 8th April - Whole School Easter Egg Hunt!

    Everyone was so excited to find all of the famous bunnies for this year's Easter egg hunt. Ash Class were really well-supported by their Guardian Angels who were really kind and caring along the way. At the end, everyone got their prize of a delicious egg! Thank you to the PTFA for organising this event. 

    Ash Class Hatch Baby Chicks April 2022

    Last Wednesday, the children were so excited to see a special incubator with some eggs arrive in Ash Class.  They observed them closely, waiting for something exciting to happen.  On Monday, the first of the chicks hatched and by Wednesday they had all arrived.  We discussed how to hold them carefully and the children enjoyed being responsible and taking care of them.

     

    A huge thank you goes to Mr and Mrs Luscombe for giving the children this opportunity.  We are extremely lucky. 

    Our New History Timeline March 2022

    Children throughout the school were very excited by the new additions of a wonderful world map and a fantastic timeline, allowing us to travel through time from the land of dinosaurs to present day!

    Children have been discovering and playing with History and Geography; there is a wonderful buzz around the school!

    Here are some pictures of Ash class children pointing out things they have learnt previously with huge excitement!

    "there's Mary Anning!" "that's Mary Seacole!"

    Such an exciting step to becoming great Historians and Geographers.

    Next time you're in the school playground...have a look!

    Comic Relief 2022 - 18th March 2022

    The children enjoyed dressing up as a hero, superhero or in red to raise money for Comic Relief. In total, we raised £115.80!

    Thursday 17th March 2022 - Ash Class Welly Walk to the Farm

    We were very lucky that Mr and Mrs Luscombe enabled us to visit them on our welly walk.  It was so exciting!  The children saw ewes with lambs and even got to bottle feed a few of the lambs.  We found out that the lambs were very strong and did not want to let go of the bottles.  Afterwards, we went to look at the horses and got to stroke a chicken.  

    It was a beautiful day!

    Tuesday 15th March 2022 - Oak and Maple Trip to Magdalen Farm

    WHAT AN AMAZING DAY!   Oak and Maple have spent the day at the Magdelen project. We fed animals, drank hot chocolate, brushed our teeth with leaves, groomed horses, built mini rafts and got very wet in the river!   The children were amazing and told me they LOVED the day!   We are now planning to do some art work and English linked with our wonderful day, so watch this space!

    Friday 4th March 2022 - Non uniform day and the ice-cream van!

    The children wore blue and yellow to school today and donated money towards the Ukraine Red Cross. Thank you to everyone for their thoughtfulness and donations. 

     

    The ice-cream van also visited us. He was due on the day Ofsted decided to visit so we postponed. It was a lovely way to end our exciting World Book Week. Thank you Noodles! 

    Thursday 3rd March 2022 - World Book Day

    Thank you to the Year 6 Choir for singing for us during our World Book Day 2022 parade. Here they are with a special recording from the Reading Shed...

    Photos below of some of the amazing costumes - thank you for all your hard work!

    Wednesday 2nd March 2022 - Cross Country 

    A number of children represented the school again for Cross Country this week and did a marvelous job. Well done to all the children but especially to Harriet for coming first, Olivia for coming third and Yasmin for coming twelfth in their Year 4 girls race. Aaron just missed out on a placed certificate with his thirteenth place finish in the Year 2/3 race. An amazing effort by all, well done! 

    Wednesday 2nd March 2022 - Ash Wednesday 

    For the first time since the pandemic began, we were able to take the whole school to church - it was so lovely to have the whole school together once again and be in our wonderful church. Thomas and Noah even got to ring the church bells!

     

    The children learnt about the meaning of Ash Wednesday and those that wanted to, had an ash cross marked on their forehead. The display of ashes reveals the recipient's belief in Jesus Christ and shows grief and mourning for a person's sins. 

    Tuesday 1st March 2022 - Cosy Story Morning

    Today, everyone came to school in their pyjamas to enjoy a cosy story morning in their classes. The children enjoyed hot chocolate and biscuits while listening to stories told by their teachers. 

     

    It was also the first morning where all children across the school could have bagels for breakfast. It's safe to say they went down well! 

    Sharing stories in Ash Class

    Monday 28th February 2022 - Clive Pig Storyfella Visit

    Today, we were all really lucky to start our Book Week celebrations with a visit from Clive Pig. He spent the day telling captivating stories to everyone in school! The children (and adults) had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the visit, taking away lots of ideas for writing!

    Tuesday 15th February 2022 - Sports Hall Athletics County Final 

    Our team of 6 boys and 6 girls competed at Richard Huish College. They took part in many different track and field events such as standing long jump, chest push and standing triple jump. 

    The children performed amazingly and came 2nd in the competition. Well done to everyone who took part! 

    Tuesday 8th February 2022 Safer Internet Day 

    Today, we celebrated Safer Internet Day with the focus on 'All Fun and Games. Exploring Respect and Relationships Online'.

    Our digital leaders were very busy presenting an assembly to KS2 in the morning with scenarios about how to stay safe, as well as how to be kind online for KS1 in the afternoon.  Afterwards, the children in KS2 had the challenge to make a recipe for respectful relationships online and the KS1 children had the challenge to make a spell for a kinder internet. Take a look below at some of the wonderful spells and recipes.

    Tuesday 11th January 2022 - Key Stage 1 Dinosaurs and Fossils Workshop

    The children really enjoyed a dinosaur and fossil workshop at school this week. The children were shown a short video clip which helped them to learn all about fossils and how they are made. They then got the chance to see how large a Plesiosaurus was by unrolling a carefully measured piece of string. We were amazed to see a Plesiosaurus would have been longer than our classroom! It was fascinating to hear about a famous Palaeontologist called Mary Anning, who lived in Lyme Regis. We even got to see the kit bag and tools she would have used. The children got to try out lots of activities. They cut out and made a moving dinosaur using split pins, they had a go at fossil rubbing and they painted an ammonite. What an exciting start to our topic about dinosaurs!

    Tuesday 14th December 2021 - Willow Class Museum Escape Room Challenge!

    Today, Willow Class welcomed a visit from Sandy from the Somerset Rural Life Museum. The children took part in 6 different challenges in order to find the correct combination to open the safe holding a mystery object. Throughout the morning, the children had to use their English, maths, logic and reasoning skills to solve the clues given to them. By the end of it, each team had correctly identified the 3 digits for the combination lock, the place where the mystery object was found and finally, what the mystery object actually was! Everyone had a great time and worked really hard in their teams. Well done Willow Class! 

    Friday 3rd December 2021 - Christingle Service

    Today we all joined together for our virtual Christingle Service. Each class made their own Christingles and sang a song to the rest of the school during the service to celebrate Jesus as the light of the world. 

    Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Service of Thanks

    We had the privilege of welcoming Bishop Ruth Worsley to our school today. She visited each class and took part in our Service of Thanks to celebrate the school's 150th year. The weather was kind as we celebrated out on the playground with hymns and readings. 

    Friday 19th November 2021 - Children in Need

    We all had a very sparkly day raising money for Children in Need! Children were also invited to join a special colouring competition. Finalists designs are shown below along with the winning entries! Well done everyone who contributed towards raising money across the school - in total we raised £178.80! 

    Tuesday 16th November 2021 - Year 6 Mock Trial Competition

    On Tuesday 16th November, Willow Class all travelled to Perrott Hill School to take part in a schools Mock Trial Competition. In preparation, they had a visit from the Magistrate, Mary Ellis who explained her role as a magistrate and how a Magistrate's Court worked. During the build-up, everyone chose their role, ranging from court reporters and artists, to witnesses, photographers, solicitors and magistrates. As we were the defense team, it was a big challenge to think of as many questions as possible to support the defendant and challenge the prosecutors! Everyone did a fantastic job, showing how confident and quick-thinking they could be. The results were announced later that day and out of 5 other schools - we came 1st with 116 points (quite a good lead compared to to 107 to the school in second place). Raul also came in at 2nd place for his role as Court Artist! Well done everyone, we are very proud of your achievements! 

    As part of Maths Week England we enjoyed playing a variety of maths games as well as competing against other schools in the England Rocks TTRS Challenge!  We all had lots of fun!

     

    The EYFS children had lots of fun exploring 'more than' and 'fewer than' with their teddy bears and then went on to look at how to share sweets with the bears so that the amounts were equal and fair.  We used the 'one for you, one for you' strategy.  In our continuous provision, the children loved exploring Numicon so that they could create their own firework shapes.

    Chilthorne Domer Church School Digital Leaders

    The Year 6 children have been working hard on their applications to become a digital leader.  It was wonderful to see how passionate they were about computing and online safety.  They created letters, videos, Google Slides and PowerPoints to share their thoughts and ideas.

     

    Congratulations to our 6 digital leaders who can now wear their badges with pride, whilst supporting Mrs Stradling with online safety and computing across the school.

    Wednesday 20th October 2021 - Ash and Beech Class Visit Gore Farm

     

    The children enjoyed visiting Gore Farm to learn all about Harvest.  They were able to learn all about the animals and what happens on the lead up to winter to ensure they are warm and safe.  Afterwards, the children learnt all about the different machines and how to use the hay bales before harvesting conkers and apples in the garden. 

    Friday 8th October 2021 - Hello Yellow Day

    Today everyone added a bit of yellow to their outfit to support the Young Minds charity. The charity supports young people with their mental health and Hello Yellow day is to show young people are not alone with their mental health. 

    Thursday 30th September 2021 - Willow Class music tuition begins! 

    Today, Willow Class began their music tuition! They are learning to play the violin and have so far learnt: how to take it out of its case, the different parts, hold it correctly and pluck the strings! They are fast learners - watch this space! 

    Wednesday 29th September 2021 - Cross Country

    Monday 27th September 2021 - Key Stage 1 Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole Workshop 

     

    The children had a wonderful time learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.  They investigated two suitcases and compared them.  One belonged to Mary and one belonged to Florence.  The children also dressed in the traditional clothing that would have been worn at the time, as well as using equipment from around the home.  Throughout the activities the children showed particular interest in using bandages to mend one another, as well as doing the ironing. At the end, the children designed some healthy food for the soliders.

    Tuesday 14th September 2021 - Maple Class visit to the Museum of Somerset

    As part of our learning about the Romans, Maple Class enjoyed a visit to the Museum of Somerset in Taunton.  We took part in a workshop where we looked at lots of different Roman artifacts and we tried to work out what they were used for. We also spent lots of time looking around the museum at all things Roman.  We saw a mosaic floor from a Roman villa as well as lots of coins and jewellery.  We especially liked looking at some skeleton's and found it really interesting that all the things that we saw had been found in Somerset!

    Friday 10th September 2021 - Willow Class Crime and Punishment Workshop 

    Willow Class enjoyed an in-school workshop delivered by the Somerset Heritage Team today. The history topic for the Autumn Term is 'Crime and Punishment' so the children spent the morning exploring artefacts and prison records as well as creating wanted posters and examining their own finger prints. Great fun was had by all! 

    Chilthorne Domer Church School's Sesquicentennial Service of Thanks 

    Friday 16th July 2021

     

    What a gorgeous day we had to celebrate 150 years of our wonderful school - some would say it was too nice. A little hot maybe! 

     

    COVID-19 restrictions meant that the service was small but perfectly formed. Our children celebrated (socially distanced of course) on the field together with a few VIPs in attendance. It was a pleasure to welcome the parents of our two award winners, our ex headteacher Mrs Theresa Hobbs and some school alumni from years gone by.  

     

    The children performed beautifully - both reading and singing and their was most definitely a feeling of joy and celebration. Let's not forget the ice-cream van visit to round of the day. Just what was needed after all the sunshine! 

     

    We are already looking forward to the autumn and burying the Sesquicentennial time capsule - hopefully we will be able to celebrate again with our families and friends and fewer restrictions. We can but hope! 

    Wednesday 7th July - School of Rock Musical Theatre Workshop

    Today, Willow and Oak Class took part in a fantastic virtual workshop run by Somerset Music. They learnt a song and dance rountine from the stage musical 'School of Rock' - it was really good fun! 

    Friday 2nd July - Ash and Beech Class Visit to Farmer Palmer's

    Ash and Beech Class had a wonderful adventure at Farmer Palmers.  The children had the chance to see a range of animals, including piglets, goats, alpacas and donkeys.  In addition to this, each child had the opportunity to hold a guinea pig, feed the goats and go on a VERY bumpy tractor ride, as well as spending quality time together exploring the parks and searching for dinosaurs in the woodlands.

    Thursday 1st July - Sports Day

    The sun came out for our sports day this year! Key Stage 1 took part in sprint and egg and spoon races, as well as team event - 'Bean Bag Drop. Key Stage 2's races included a sprint, egg and spoon and obstacle race, as well as a team relay event. Everyone did really well and the scores were really close at the end! Blake House (the blue team) were the overall winners this year! 

    Wednesday 30th June 2021

    Alumni Tea Party 

     

    EYFS and Key Stage One held a tea party for past pupils and staff of our school. They thought long an hard about questions they wanted to ask to find out more about how the school has changed over the years. 

     

    It was a lovely afternoon with some beautiful singing. Thank you to everyone who joined us! 

    Tuesday 29th June - Book Token Winners!

    The school had been nominated by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to win some book vouchers. We are thrilled to be able to use these vouchers to buy some really good quality texts to support our English and topic lessons during the Autumn Term. 

    Friday June 24th - Relationship and Sex Education Day!

    We thought carefully about what positive messages we could write about ourselves on this important day!

     

    Thursday 23rd June - Rock Bottom Rocks! 

    Today was a very exciting day for Key Stage Two. After working really hard for a number of weeks, learning songs and lines, everyone was ready to perform their end of year show in front of the cameras. This year was different because we had no live audience, but we were really lucky to be able to have it filmed. We can't wait to share the finished product with our families. Well done everyone - you all did a fantastic job!

    Friday 11th June 2021 - Invites for our open day! 

     

    A big well done to everyone who designed an invite to advertise our open day. These will be shared in the village, via our website and Facebook page and hopefully one will make the newspaper! 

     

    Well done everyone smiley

    Friday 28th May - Year 6 Leavers Hoodies Arrive!

    A very exciting day for Year 6 - their hoodies have arrived. Here they are showing them off! 

    Monday 24th May - Maple Class to Somerset Rural Life Museum

    Maple class enjoyed a fantastic trip to Glastonbury Rural Life Museum. It was a fabulous way to embed our exploration and learning about the Anglo-Saxons and their presence in Somerset. We made King Alfred aestels or pointers and created Saxon runes out of clay, as well as re-enacting the famous Battle of Edington between the Vikings and Saxons. 

    Friday 21st May - Heroes Stamp Competition 

    The whole school took part in this exciting competition. Children were asked to design a stamp to reflect all heroes during the Pandemic. The designs were bright and colourful and the children really thought carefully about who their heroes are. 

    Thursday 20th May - Arts Award Achievement 

    Today, children in Maple, Oak and Willow Class received certificates for taking part in the Arts Award. To achieve this, they had to focus on an artist and produce their own piece of work reflecting the work of their chosen artist. Some of the pieces of work submitted was work children had completed during lockdown. Everyone worked really hard children this time, so it has been so exciting to see their efforts rewarded. Well done everyone! 

    Monday 17th May - Oak Class Visit to Somerset Rural Life Museum

    We all had a brilliant time during our visit and we learnt so much about the Anglo-Saxons in Somerset and how important King Alfred was.  We re-enacted a battle and made some runes, as well as learning about different artifacts.  

    Tuesday 11th May - Celebrating Somerset Day

    We have all been celebrating Somerset Day today! Each class has chosen their own special way to celebrate including: singing, dancing, eating and art - all reflecting the Somerset traditions. 

    Tuesday 11th May 2021 - Virtual collaborative memory book information... 

    Thank you to everyone that has shared memories and photos of their time at Chilthorne Domer Church School over the years - it has been so lovely reading your stories and seeing your pictures on our Facebook posts.  These memories and photos are too precious to lose so we have created a virtual memory book that people can contribute to from wherever they are in the world. You can add any combination of photographs, messages, and memories. You could even add your 'Top 5' - top 5 teachers, top 5 memories, top 5 school events... the possibilities are endless! We are hoping to bury a time capsule during our celebrations on July 16th and a copy of this book will be added. Please help us to make this book as fantastic as it can be by sharing this information and encouraging people to add their memories and photos.  It doesn't matter if you left the school 80 years, 8 years or 8 months ago - we'd love to hear from you. Staff, pupils, parents or anyone associated with the school, past or present, who have memories are welcome to contribute. The more contributions, the better the book!  Please share this link far and wide and help us capture the history of what is now known as Chilthorne Domer Church School. Thank you. 

    https://www.newlywords.com/150-years-of-chilthorne-domer-church-school 

     

    Friday 7th May 2021 - We Will Sing

    Somerset Primary School children have come together to perform "We will sing'" by Kate Rusby, specially commissioned for Somerset Day 2021 to celebrate Spring and to look forward to better times.
    Chilthorne Domer Church School were proud to be a part of it.

    Thursday 6th May 2021 - Year 4 and 5 go to Osmington Bay in Weymouth!

    It's been so long since these children have been on a trip and, whilst it wasn't the residential trip that we were all hoping for, a brilliant day was had by all. Check out some of the photos below!

    Tuesday 4th May 2021 - Somerset Day interview

    Nicola Thompson, who came in and worked with our children on the Somerset Day song, has been interviewed about how the schools came together to produce the song. You can listen to the interview here - it includes a special message from Kate Rusby!