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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Roald Dahl Day
The children and staff enjoyed learning about Roald Dahl. There were lots of amazing costumes! Well done everyone.
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.
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.
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 here. Well 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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
Friday, 17 March 2017:
Weekly Cup Winners:
Recent Events in School
Including Internet Safety Day and a visit from a PCSO.
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Tue 28 Mar: Meal order deadline
Fri 31 Mar: Year 1 Spring Performance 2.40pm
Fri 31 Mar: Design an Easter Egg Competition deadline
Fri 7 Apr: Break up for Easter
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