Wildeside Residential 2018 Year 3

Morning from Wildside!

After a great mid night walk last night the children slept solidly, although it was very cold. They are all so well behaved and a delight to be with.

Pick up time 2.30pm from Wildside, please try to car share and minimise congestion along the narrow lanes.

Catherine Willcocks

Head Teacher

Posted: Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Royal Wedding Celebrations

On Friday 18th May we celebrated the Royal Wedding and enjoyed a picnic lunch.



Posted: Friday, June 8th, 2018

Dunster Castle Year 1 and 2

Year 1 and 2 had an amazing day at Dunster Castle on Monday 3oth April.

We received an email from the staff at Dunster Castle to say what extremely well behaved group of children they were and what a pleasure it was to work with them for the day.

Miss Sampson and Miss Kerrigan are very proud of their behaviour and their respect for such an incredible castle.


Posted: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Heatree Residential 2018

Wednesday 1st May 2018

The group have just finished their last task and although they are all very tired, they have has a great time. The coach is due to return to school for normal pick up at 3.30pm.

Tuesday 1st May 2018

All arrived safely and had a very comfortable night.

Thorughly enjoyed a hearty breakfast and now enjoying the activities for today, in perfect weather conditions for orienteering, high ropes and raft building.



Posted: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018


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Our new pond!

At Hemyock Primary school, we are committed to a creative curriculum that is broad and balanced and that includes awe and wonder. However, after a recent school health and safety audit it was deemed that the decking that surrounds the pond was not safe for use (it was showing its age and had been repaired several times). Therefore, our new focus was to remove and replace the damaged timber so that the children could access this vital component to the broad and balanced curriculum. After submitting a proposal for a grant to the ‘Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) ‘to help fund the replacement of the decking, we were granted the money and with voluntary help from Mr and Mrs Bar, we were able to complete the task, thus ensuring that awe and wonder was still enhanced in the curriculum.

How we went about it…

The Children and staff had previously worked with the AONB team to develop the pond area by clearing the pond and making habitats for the local wildlife that frequently visit. After their help we started to create a hide-out from reclaimed timber so that the children could watch and record the inhabitants as they go about their daily routines.

Part of the remit was to ensure that local businesses were part of this and, with thanks to Brookridge Timber, we were able to source the wood we needed to carry out the repairs and replacement.

The decking was a major task. At first we thought it was only the deck boards that needed replacing but we soon found out that this was not the case and we also needed to replace the supporting joists.

The offending decking boards.                The materials arrive.            More work than anticipated on the joists.






The new decking ready for use for the pond dippers.












After the decking had been replaced the next stage was to clear some of the weed that had over grown the pond. This is an annual task that needs to be done, otherwise the children will not be able to see the wild life living below the water line. So, the big operation to clear the pond for the dwellers was under way. We remembered to leave the weeds on the side, like the AONB had showed us, when they came to help us at school last year. We did this so that the pond inhabitants could find their way back home.

The final step was to make the wildlife hide water tight and safe for use. We used some of the left-over wood to create windows so that the children can peer through whilst looking for the inhabitants of the pond without disturbing them as they go about their busy lives.

All ready for use.












Sun class went on a hunt to find out what lives in the pond area during the winter.






The children were very excited to use the hide-out as the weather changed from a lovely sunny morning, to a rain shower that turned into a flurry of snow. We stood inside the hut looking through the window watching the British weather changing before our eyes. It was beyond educational!

The children noticed the flora and fauna that either surrounded or grew in the pond, particularly pointing out the bulrushes. I carefully pulled one towards the children so that they could look closely at the brown soft head that was about to fall apart, showing the children the seeds that it had stored. “Wow they feel soft, like my furry blanket,” a pupil commented when she felt the bulrush head.

The children then looked carefully into the dark, cold water of the pond. “Look”! A shout of excitement came from one of the pupils as he pointed eagerly into the depths of the pond. Right enough, there, floating on top of the water, was a small (very small) pond beetle and alongside were seeds from the trees that surround the area. The seeds had been blown into the water over the winter months. This opened up another adventure – looking for the trees that had shed their seeds into the pond.

Moon class children went searching for the pond dwellers too. They found some signs of life and will be on watch over the next few months as spring raises it head.




Although the decking has been replaced, our work has not finished. The children will continue to work alongside their parents and staff to develop the pond classroom. In addition to this, we will continue to work with Blackdown Hills AONB to develop our understanding of the beautiful area that we live and learn in and how to help sustain a healthy population of wild life. The area will also be a vital hub for the school community to take part in national wildlife surveys as we develop the flora and fauna.

Thank you once again to Blackdown Hills AONB for the grant, Mr and Mrs Bar who kindly offered up their skills to help replace the decking and Brookridge Timbers for suppling us with the materials.




Posted: Friday, March 16th, 2018

Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies

‘Robin Hood’ and the Sherwood Hoodies

KS2 Production

Our KS2 pupils had the fantastic opportunity to perform on stage at the New Hall Theatre in Tiverton.

On Wednesday 28th June they performed a matinee show to our KS1 children and performed again in the evening  to over 200 people and were absolutely amazing!

The talent at our school is, as always, absolutely outstanding and we are very proud of them. Well done to Mrs Lockyer for co-ordinating, rehearsing and producing this fabulous show.




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Posted: Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Wilcombe Wobbler 2017

Well done to our team of Wilcombe Wobbler’s who competed in the event yesterday at Wilcombe Primary School, Tiverton and brought the trophy back for the third year running.

Thank you to Mrs Home, Mrs Persey, Mrs Horsey and Mrs Shannon for their help with transport.


Posted: Friday, May 26th, 2017

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On Saturday 29th April, 16 of our Year 6 pupils took part in the Rotary Club Exmoor Youth Challenge 2017.  The children walked really well and supported each other throughout the day. All four of our teams finished in good time and in brilliant spirit. Everyone had a fantastic day.

Congratulations to Reuben and Silas Ross-White who are this year’s winners of the Spirit of Exmoor Award.

Thank you to Mrs Lockyer for organising and co-ordinating this event and to all the parents who took part in the training.



Posted: Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Heatree Residential Year 4

Wednesday 26th April 2017






Our residential party are due back to school around 2.30pm, please collect them as normal at 3.30pm.

Tuesday 25th April 2017

They woke early, enjoyed their breakfast and were ready for today’s activities. Kayaking, Raft Building and Adventure Trails, despite the wet weather, all children were tucked up in bed early and fast asleep.







Monday 24th April 2017

Our Year 4 class arrived safely at Heatree Activity Centre, around lunchtime. They thoroughly enjoyed their first activity.


Although fairly late to bed,  the children settled down and had a peaceful night.

Posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

London Residential 2017

Year 5 London Residential 2017

Wednesday 1st March 2017 – 2.10pm

The train from London is running on time and will arrive at Tiverton Parkway at 4.02pm as expected.

Please can parents wait outside the ticket office and not on the platform as space is limited and we will need to collect our cases.  Please talk to the adult in charge of you child before you take them home, as there may be important information about the welfare of your child whilst on residential.

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Had an amazing time with Harry Potter. A very quite and comfortable night. They are now investigating the Science Museum and then the Natutal History Museum. Everyone is looking forward to their meal at Bella Italia tonight and going to see Matilda. School Emergency Mobile is: 07842524664

Monday 27th February 2017 – 1pm

All arrived safely and are now at the YHA Hostel at ST Pauls. Enjoying our lunch before our adventure to Warner Brothers Studios.   School Emergency Mobile is: 07842524664

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Posted: Friday, February 24th, 2017

Grenville House Residential 2016


Planned activities are: raft building, caving and orienteering.

We estimate the children will arrive back to school at 4.30pm. We will text you if there is any change to this time.


Another peaceful night, followed by a beautiful, but very busy day.

Everyone is having a great time. Canoeing has been a great hit, especially jumping into the water afterwards.

Abseiling again this afternoon and wall climbing.


After a very comfortable night and a hearty breakfast, this morning the children are enjoying the high ropes and abseiling, followed by problem solving and orienteering this afternoon.

Everyone is thoroughly enjoying themselves.


Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Wildside Residential 2016 - Mars Class

Our Year 3 children have all had an amazing time on their Wildside residential. They spent two days experiencing the countryside  both at day and at night, whilst learning the basics of camping outdoors.

Miss Kerrigan said they all behaved so well and thoroughly enjoyed the activities, which included bat detecting, owl calling, a rope trail, stealth games, archery, orienteering, woodcraft and team building games, followed by hot chocolate back at basecamp.


Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016

Year 4 Embercombe Residential 2016


We are expecting the group to arrive back to school by 3.30pm tonight.




After a peaceful night, we arose early to morning exercise and a hearty breakfast.

We are looking forward to the activities planned for today.




Arrived safely and settled in to the yurt villages. Gratified today, all safely tucked up in bed


Posted: Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Pond Project

On Thursday 3rd March two Ecologist from the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spent the day at our school working with the children to develop our pond area.

A time-lapse film from Thursday’s wildlife activities:



Through our topic ‘Spring into Life’ the children will look at habitats in their learning environment and observe species and creatures in their own school wildlife garden.



Posted: Monday, March 7th, 2016

London 2016

Tuesday 1.3.16 at the Science Museum

Mr Harding Club Sandwich    

At Covent Garden  

Brave Liam  


Supper at Bella Italia

Monday 29.2.16 at Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios.

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Today was action packed! We visited the Science and History Museums, bumped into Louie Spence at Pineapple Dance Studios and the children were in awe when watching Matilda. The children were exceptionally well behaved as usual and are now safely tucked up in bed.

Tomorrow we will visit St.Paul’s Cathedral before heading home. We will let parents know whether the train is on time by text.  When collecting the children from the station, please allow us to take them to collect their luggage from the other end of the train. We will then hand them safely over to parents to share their London adventures.

Monday 29.2.16

We all had a magical day at Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios.

Every child was so well behaved, we had complimentary comments from other passengers on the tube about our delightful children.

All very exhausted and all tucked up in bed by ten o’clock.

Updated 29.2.16 10.30pm.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Moon Class Wildside Experience

All pupils in Moon Class visited Wildside Experience for a half-day of outdoor activities as part of our topic ‘Spring into Life’.


Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2016

Carol Service Christmas 2015.

The Match Girls Christmas.

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Thank you to everyone who supported our Carol Service at St Mary’s Church yesterday. Our KS1 one children sang songs from their Nativity ‘It’s a Baby’, which was magical. Our KS2 children sang  songs from ‘The Match Girl’s Christmas’, which included solo parts and readers.  The performance was outstanding with the children learning all of the words off by heart and singing so accurately.


Posted: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Christmas House Day and Lantern Parade 2016

Friday 2nd December 2016 – Christmas House Day


Today was our Christmas house day. The children enjoyed making tree decorations, hats and crackers.  Evidence of their fantastic work can be seen on our Christmas tree and around the school.  The house day is a fantastic opportunity to see the children of all ages interacting with one another, which reinforces what caring and helpful children we have in our school.

It is also a fantastic opportunity for our parents to learn alongside their children and join in the community spirit of our school.


Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Lights Brigade!

Pupils and their family members joined together with some of our staff and met at Longmead in Hemyock, to walk together to represent our school. The parade started just after 6pm and hundreds of people from our local community were there.

The children carried lanterns they had made, as the procession wound itself through the streets of Hemyock.  The procession walked through Hemyock Castle and in to St Mary’s Church Yard. Our school choir sang the theme tune to Polar Express as the train was illuminated across the church to the tower to turn on the snowflake light.



Posted: Monday, December 7th, 2015

Pump reveal

Pump Reveal

On Saturday 24th October two of our school pupils, Fleur Drawert and Alfie Seal, assisted the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Sir John Cave Bt, with the official unveiling of the pump in the centre of our village. Their names will be engraved on the plaque that will commemorate this special occasion.   Many parishioners and pupils, both past and present, were there to see the event. We are delighted to see the pump back where it belongs.



Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

'Harvests around the World'

Our Community Harvest Celebration was a great success again this year. The children performed their songs outside and sang beautifully. Afterwards the school hall was packed out with parents tasting some of the delicious food the children had prepared for them. Each class has been studying ‘Harvests around the World’ and work on Harvest in their chosen country was on display. The classes had also spent an afternoon cooking produce from the country of the studies to serve and sell to delighted visitors.

The ‘tin to get in’ gifts will be delivered by our School Councillors to the Cameo Club at The Health Living Centre on Monday.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and to our PTFA for serving refreshments.


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Posted: Friday, October 16th, 2015

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