Image showing Reception children in their playground
Image showing Reception children in their playground
Fynamore Primary School
Fynamore Primary School

Recent Events in School

March 2017


World Book Day Celebrations


We had some fantastic costumes in school today to celebrate World Book Day. The staff gave a Gruffalo performance in assembly and we had our own ‘Where’s Wally’ competition. Thank you for your support.


A small group of staff and children in costumes in the school  library Some of the wonderful costumes on World Book Day

February 2017


Girls' Football Festival Success

On Thursday, 23 February, eight girls from Year 5 and 6 took part in a football festival at Stanley Park. The tournament was a huge success and great fun for all. The team played with great determination and showed excellent teamwork. Well done to all involved!


On Tuesday, 28 February two Year 4 teams attended the Calne Schools Football Festival. The children showed great football skills and enthusiasm, and one team even qualified for the final, which will take place on Thursday, 16 March. Congratulations girls! We wish our finalists the very best of luck.


Internet Safety Day: PCSO Visit

PCSO Mark Cook came into school this week as part of our safer internet day activities. He talked to Year 6 about keeping safe on the internet. Each class also learned about 'The Power of the Image', which was the main theme of the day. A big thank you to Mark for coming in to see us.

PCSO Mark Cook talking to the Year 6 Pupils, many children looking at an image in the whiteboard PCSO Mark Cook talking to the Year 6 Pupils

January 2017


Year 6 DNA Activity

Caroline McKinnon, from Bristol University, ran a science activity with Year 6 on Friday afternoon. The children learnt all about DNA and where it is found. They solved a crime by looking at DNA profiles and were horrified to learn that humans shared 98% of their DNA with Chimpanzees! The highlight of the afternoon was the practical, when the children got to see the DNA that they had extracted from a kiwi fruit. A big thank you to Caroline for coming in to see us.

December 2016


Christmas Jumper Day in aid of ‘Save the Children’

To celebrate the end of a hard-working term and to help support those less fortunate than ourselves, we held a Christmas Jumper Day for a donation in December. All children were allowed to come to school in a Christmas jumper on the last day of term. Almost everyone, including staff, came to school in a magnificent array of festive jumpers. We really got into the Christmas spirit in school, and we also raised £145. All money raised has gone to ‘Save the Children‘. Thank you.


Christmas Disco

The school Christmas disco was on Thursday, 15 December. Lots of children came along and had great fun dancing along to all the Christmas hits! The disco raised £594. Thank you to everyone who helped out and all those who came along.


Year 6 v Staff Basketball Match

On Wednesday, 14 December the staff played the Year 6 basketball team. The game was great fun for all and it was great to see the Year 6 children playing with such determination! The final score was 22-15 to the teachers. Well done everyone.

8 Year 6 children and 8 staff at the basketball match in the playground The Year 6 children and staff at the basketball match

Choir and Orchestra Christmas Performance

The Choir and Orchestra Christmas performance was on Friday, 9 December. Children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part. The Choir sang lots of Christmas carols and everyone got into the Christmas spirit! The Orchestra accompanied their wonderful singing with a variety of instruments from recorders and guitars, to tenors and glockenspiels. Well done everyone! Thank you also to Mrs Southon & Mrs Berry-Harris for organising this wonderful show.

Reception Christmas Performance

Thursday, 8 December was the Reception children’s Christmas performance, where they told the traditional Nativity story. This was their first performance in school on the stage and they did an excellent job remembering all their words! We were also very impressed with their confidence and loud voices. Well done Reception! Thank you to all parents for their support with learning lines.

Year 2 Christmas Play

Year 2 performed their Christmas play 'Hey Ewe!' on Wednesday 7th December. The play told the traditional nativity story through the eyes of a curious sheep. The children were fantastic, remembering all of their lines and sang beautifully. Thank you to all parents for their support with learning lines and providing the costumes!

3 Year 2 pupils in their Nativity Play: Mary, Joseph and a camel, in front of the manger Year 2 pupils in their Nativity Play

Year 6 Bag-Packing

A group of Year 6 children helped with bag packing in Sainsbury’s on Thursday, 8 December. A big thank you to Sainsbury’s in Calne for giving us the opportunity to fundraise. The children were very well behaved and they collected £279, which will go towards the cost of a theatre visit to school. The children were praised by staff and shoppers alike for their politeness, helpfulness and cheerful demeanour. Well done to the Year 6 children who went! A big thank you to everyone who helped out.

Football Tournament

On Tuesday, 6 December 8 children from Year 5 and 6 took part in a football festival in Chippenham. The children showed outstanding teamwork and consequently finished in second place, beating 8 other teams and conceding only one goal during the whole tournament! Well done.


Fynamore Christmas Fair

Friday, 2 December was the Fynamore Christmas Fair! It was organised by FoFSA, the school staff and Year 6 children volunteers. There were lots of exciting stalls including a chocolate tombola, adopt a cuddly, cakes and card making! Thank you to everyone who helped out and all those who came along. We received some fantastic donations from parents, and nearly everyone came to school in non-uniform the day before, in return for bringing a tombola donation in with them. We raised a magnificent £1,900 for FoFSA. Thank you everyone!

November 2016


Remembrance Service

Four children went with Mr Brewer and Mrs King to represent the school at the Remembrance Service at St Mary's Church in Calne on Armistice Day. The combined Calne school choir sang beautifully.

Mr Brewer and Mrs King with the four children standing outside the chiuch Mr Brewer and Mrs King with the children

Science Quiz 

A group of six children were selected to represent Fynamore School at a National Science Interschool Quiz Championship area heat last week. They finished a very respectable fifth place despite some very hard questions! Well done to the whole team!

The School Science Quiz Team - 6 children round a table with their Certificate The School Science Quiz Team

October 2016



A group of girls in Year 3 and 4 arranged a cake sale and a lollipop sale in aid of Build Africa and MacMillan Cancer Support. They raised £87.27 for Build Africa and £69.23 for MacMillan. We are very proud because the girls organised this themselves and raised lots of money for two great charities. Well done girls.



The Year 6 football team played in the Calne cluster football tournament in October. They did extremely well, scoring lots of goals and winning 3 games in total. Their attitude was brilliant and they represented our school really well.



We were honoured to be visited recently in school by James Gray MP. He talked to the Year 6s about his role in Parliament and they asked him some great questions. The House Captains took him on a tour of the school. We also had some visitors in assembly to tell us about Guide Dogs for the Blind. They brought some dogs into school, explained how they are trained and how we need to act around them. Thank you to all the interesting visitors who have come into school recently.

Fynamore Success at S.W. in Bloom

The Fynamore Reflection Garden was awarded the highest level of 'Outstanding' from the South West in Bloom Judges. At last night’s award ceremony we were also awarded ‘Gold’ in the Schools Category, for the ‘Calne in Bloom’ awards. We then went on to be awarded the overall winner of the ‘School Garden Projects’ category as well. Congratulations to

Mrs Hitchman and all the children involved!

Mr Brewer and Mrs Hitchman with the Mayor at the SW in Bloom Ceremony, holding the framed certificate and prize Mr Brewer and Mrs Hitchman with the Mayor at the Ceremony
The Reflection Garden with yellow, red, white and purple flowers The Fynamore Reflection Garden

Calne Town Mayor Visit Fynamore 

The Town Mayor came to visit the school last week. He was given a tour by the House Captians and Vice Captains.

Calne Mayor with the House Captains and Vice Captains sitting on a bench in the school garden Calne Town Mayor with the House Captains and Vice Captains

National Science Quiz

20 children from Year 5 and 6 tried out for places on our team for the National Science Quiz in November. Well done to everyone who took part. The successful candidates are now meeting weekly at lunchtime to discuss and research scientific topics, in order to extend their knowledge and improve their quizzing skills. Good luck for the competition! 

September 2016


Roald Dahl Day

The children and staff enjoyed learning about Roald Dahl. There were lots of amazing costumes! Well done everyone.

Mr Brewer and 12 children dressed up as  Willy  Wonka Mr Brewer with all the children dressed as Willy Wonka!
Oak Class in their Roald Dahl Day costumes Oak Class in their Roald Dahl Day costumes

The Golden Table 

We have a new reward scheme in school this term called 'The Golden Table'. Children are nominated by the lunch staff for their excellent behaviour and manners at lunch time. The lucky winners each week are treated to a special lunch with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. They sit at a table with a golden tablecloth and have plastic 'wine' glasses.

Mr Brewer and a group of KS2 children at the Golden Table Mr Brewer and a group of KS2 children at the Golden Table
Mr Cook and a group of KS1 children at the Golden Table Mr Cook and a group of KS1 children at the Golden Table

Plas Pencilli

Our Year 6s had an amazing time at Plas Pencilli. They showed lots of resilience and tried lots of new things. Their attitude and behavior was excellent!


Lunch Time Activities

Lunchtimes have been very busy since the start of term! We now have football, Up and Under Sports and Change for Life clubs running.


June 2016


The Queen's 90th Birthday Art Competition 

A few children from each class were chosen to enter the Calne Town Council Art Competition, with a focus on creating a painting to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. One of the pictures is shown below, but you can take a look at some of the children in action, creating their artwork, and some more of the fantastic finished pictures, by clicking here.

A picture drawn by a child of the queen, a corgie and the Union Flag One of the entries in the Art Competition

May 2016


BBC Short Story Competition Success

Congratulations to Rhianna Bull, in Year 5 at Fynamore, as she is through to the final 50 in the BBC 500 word story competition. She has been invited to the final at the Globe Theatre on Friday, 27 May. Her story can be read, or listened to, online by clicking hereWell done Rhianna! 


Reuben the Reading Dog

We have recently been visited by Reuben the Reading Dog and his owner Mrs Cryer. Reuben loves hearing children read and many of the pupils in KS2 have already had a go!



Year 2 and 6 have been doing their SATs tests this month. Although the tests have been challenging, both year groups have been extraordinarily resilient. We are extremely proud of you, well done boys and girls!


School Garden

Mrs Hitchman and her team have planted and grown seeds at school, starting last January. At the moment we have radish, beetroot, potatoes, carrots, corn, lettuce and cabbage growing in our garden. In the poly tunnel we also have tomatoes, peppers and dwarf beans growing. In the reflection garden we have broad beans and peas. We also have quite a lot of flowers in the poly tunnel, to plant out in the garden when they are ready. These have been grown from the seeds the children collected from last year's flowers. We will be sowing wildflower seeds on the mound and nature area very soon, as well and building some bug houses. We have a composter arriving soon and have just taken delivery of two small, much higher, raised beds, which are now ready to build. These raised beds will be suitable for wheelchair use.

Seedlings growing in 4 outdoor rectangluar beds on the grass Seedlings in the outdoor beds
Seedlings in trays and pots growing in the poly tunnel Plants growing in the poly tunnel

April 2016


Space Seeds

We have recently receivied a very special delivery: a batch of seeds that have been on the International Space Station with British astronaut Tim Peake for the last few months! The seeds have now been planted and we will be using them to carry out a number scientific experiments at Fynamore. Stay tuned! 

7 Year 6 Children holding the packets of space seeds by a table with the seed trays Year 6 Children about to plant the space seeds

March 2016


Space Week

In the last week of term we celebrated Tim Peake’s stay on the International Space Station by holding our very own Space Week. Each class spent the week learning about space and we had a number of visitors, including Space Ambassador, Paul Hill. We’d like to give a massive thank you to Mrs Burch who organised the week – we all had a lot of fun.

A Year 6 boy wearing a space suit A Year 6 boy wearing a space suit
Jon Pickering, teacher at Abbeyfield School, demonstrating what would happen if an astronaut wasn’t wearing a spacesuit in space. Jon Pickering, teacher from Abbeyfield, talking about astronauts

Year 2 Indian Discovery Day

This term the Year 2 topic is 'Indian Spice'. On Wednesday, 9 March the children in Acer and Pine classes had an Indian Discovery Day, with a special visitor called Demi Ladwa. The children took part in many exciting activities during the day, led by Demi, including an Indian dance workshop, designing rangoli patterns, learning about Indian fashion and henna painting. Everyone really enjoyed the day and learned a lot about India. Thank you Demi!


Year 2 Children enjoying the India Dance Workshop, hitting sticks in pairs Year 2 Children enjoying the India Dance Workshop
A Year 2 girl showing off the Henna pattern painted on her hand A Year 2 girl showing off her Henna Painting

Year 4 JBS 'Around the World' Day

The John Bentley School (JBS) invited Year 4 to a day of exciting activities with an ‘Around the World’ theme on Monday, 7 March. There were a variety of lessons across the curriculum allowing the children to broaden their understanding of the world in which we live and to experience activities that had an international flavour.

Whilst at JBS, Year 4 truly travelled around the world! We made Italian pizzas in the Languages Department, played the American sport of basketball in PE, learned about Russian bridges in Maths, created freeze frames about Nelson Mandela's life in South Africa in Drama and visited India in Science, where we extracted salt.

February 2016


New School Logo

Congratulations to Scarlet Westland who has won the competition to design the new school logo. Mrs Legg used Scarlet's words and layout, combining it with elements from several other children's entries, to create the finished design, shown below. Thank you to everyone who entered. Well done Scarlet!


Young Leaders

A group of children from Year 5 have begun their ‘Young Leader’ training. Soon they will be qualified ‘Young Leaders’ and will be able run games and activities for younger children at play time. So far, they have created their own ‘Wake and Shake’ dance and will be trying it out on some KS1 children next term. Mr Cook would like to thank the children for their effort and hard work.

Five Year 5 children who are training to be 'young leaders', standing in the garden Year 5 children who are training to be 'young leaders'

Code Club

During Friday lunchtimes, Mr Cook has been running ‘Code Club’ for our Year 6s. We now have 16 computer programming experts in school! They have learned to use Scratch and HTML to create websites and apps. Well done to all of those involved.


UNICEF Non-Uniform Day

Last Friday we had a non-uniform day in school, in support of UNICEF. Whenever or wherever disaster strikes, UNICEF responds rapidly to deliver life-saving food, medicine and water, so children in danger get the help they need. We raised a total of £375 in school. Thank you for your support. UNICEF UK Registered Charity No: 1072612 

January 2016


Year 5: John Bentley School Wiltshire Day

On Tuesday, 26 January Year 5 went to John Bentley School for Wiltshire Day – a day with a Wiltshire theme. There were over 250 Year 5 pupils from local Primary Schools there. The pupils created pictures from clay in art, discovered all about Wiltshire dialect in literacy, undertook scientific experiments relating to oxygen (discovered by Joseph Priestley) in the science labs and learnt how to take 4 and 6 figure grid references in geography. There was even a singing competition at lunch time! This was a fantastic day and a great opportunity for pupils to experience a day at JBS. Thank you to everyone involved!


Year 5 children sitting at tables making landscape pictures Year 5 children making landscape pictures
Year 5 children watching the teacher perform an experiment in the science labs Year 5 children in the science labs

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