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Harvest Festival - 20th October, 2016

foodbankharvest festival  On 20th October we celebrated our Harvest Festival in All Cannings Church.  Once again, all the food collected was donated to the Devizes Foodbank, a total of 69.5kg.  The charity works to supply food boxes for peole in conditions of need and hardship across the Devizes and Kennet area.  This year they collected a total of 3000kg in harvest donations.

Wiltshire School Games

sports award Sports achievements are an important part of our school  life.  We had a particularly successful 2015/16 school year with four teams qualifying for the Wiltshire School Games, namely Year 5/6 QuadkidsAthletics, Year 3/4 Tennis, Year 5/6 Trigolf and Year 5/6 Orienteering.  This event is for all the schools in Wiltshore who have won their district events and is attended by approximately 1,000 primary and secondary school children.  It is an exciting day out with lots of opportunities to try new sports.  Throughout the year our Year 5/6 Netball, Football, New Age Kurling and hockey teams were also successful in the Wiltshire Level 3 competitions which are linked.  As a result of all these achievements we were awarded the Wiltshire School Games Primary School trophy for 2015/16

Art Exhibition - 5th July, 2016

art ex1 art ex2 art ex3 On 5th July we held an art exhibition featuring the children's work on the theme of Cool Britannia.  Our event was greatly enjoyed by families and friends, who were very impressed with the diverse range of interpretations of British landmarks and symbolic features.  Red buses, phone boxes and historic landmarks were created using a range of different mediums and many original works of art were sold, raising approximately £180 for the school art fund.

Class 3 at Forest Schools

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Class 3 recently enjoyed six days of forest school lessons.  As well as playing games and exploring, they learnt the rules of the forest and made a nomadic tent by the fire pit.  Following the characters in "The Fantastic Flying Journey" they made hammocks, rope ladders, parachutes and pulleys and made William Morris designs using leaves and clay tiles.  In the final sessions Mrs Pender read "The Green Ship" and everyone was given tasks for the two days - building a ship, making a broom to sweep the deck, making bunting and flag for the ship.


Regional Schools Football Finals - 23rd April, 2016

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On Saturday 23rd April All Cannings qualified for the South West Regional Football Finals in Bath.  After three games in the group stage we secured a total of 9 points to finish top.  We went  in to the semi-finals where we played against Oxfordshire.  After a close match we secured our place in the final where, unfortunately, we lost to Somerset 3-0.  However, as we had reached the finals we were given a place at the National Finals which will be played at Leicester City's King Power Stadium on Sunday 22nd May.  We cannot wait!

Healthy Schools Workshops

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Pupils and parents at All Cannings CE Primary School have all been spending time learning about healthy snack alternatives they could make and have at breaktimes as part of a whole school drive toward healthy eating.

All pupils throughout the school took part in a practical workshop run by Gretchen Winter where they learnt how to make hummus and created dunkables, stackables and a healthy pick and mix.  In the evening over 50 parents came along to an evening full of information, demonstrations and practical activities where they could pick up and exchange tips and watch the KS2 cookery school and KS1 cookery club in action.  Other pupils were able to share their own recipes or their own findings on projects such as the amount of sugar in breakfast cereals or how to make smoothies, stir fries and omelettes.  The school is well on its way to achieving Gold level Healthy Schools Award and staff, children and parents recognise the importance of this learning in its own right.

Claire Perry visits All Cannings

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As part of her visits to local schools, the MP for Devizes, Claire Perry visited our school at the end of January as part of our learning about British values.  As well as explaining the work of a Member of Parliament, Mrs Perry took part in debating the motion that school should be abolished, giving everyone a taste of the democratic process.  She wrote about the visit in her weekly column in the Gazette and Herald.  Her visit was followed by that of the Chair of the Parish Council, Adrian Gray, which allowed the class to understand local issues and some different points of view.

Class 5 visit Devizes Town Hall

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As part of democracy week  Class 5 visited the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the Town Hall.  The Mayor talked about his regalia and showed the group the different rooms within the Town Hall: the Meeting Room where Town Council meetings are held; the Assembly Room which is used for weddings and the Cheese Hall.  Another interesting room in the basement of the Town Hall is the old lock-up.  We received a nice letter from the Mayor.

Year 2 Basketball - 10th February, 2016

dsc 0304 dsc 0311 dsc 0314 dsc 0328 We took two teams of Year 2 pupils to take part in the very first Devizes KS1 mixed basketball festival.  Each team played seven 10 minute matches in a round-robin tournament and our teams came joint fourth.  Although the class have only been doing basketball for the last few weeks, there were some impressive skills on display as well as a huge amount of enthusiasm and teamwork.  All the children seemed to really enjoy the event and have asked if we can start a basketball club at school.

Wiltshire County Football Finals - 20th January, 2016

dsc 0096 dsc 0088 Having narrowly missed out last year on goal difference, All Cannings were determined to go one better at this year's County Football Finals and on Wednesday 20th January came away with the winners' trophy.  They won their group ahead of Holt, Hilmarton, New Forest and King William.  After beating St Nicholas in the semi-finals, they played Chiseldon from Swindon in the final, taking the lead with a well-worked goal by Ben England.  Despite enjoying the lion's share of the possession, they needed an outstanding save during a breakaway attack, from goalkeeper Callum Dawson.  The school will now go on to represent Wiltshire in the south west finals in April.

Christmas 2015

Once again the final weeks of the term were busy with Christmas activities across the school.  The PTFA held their Christmas Fayre on a Saturday this year, for the first time.  The event was very well attended and they raised over £700.  Thanks go to the committee who worked hard organising and manning the stalls and also to the parents and wider community for supporting the event with donations and raffle prizes.


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Our nativity this year was entitled "Are we Nearly There Yet?" and played to packed audiences for three performances.  With the largest KS1 cast we have ever had, 65 children, particular thanks go to Gail Leaman, one of our grandparents, for producing a multitude of costumes.

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In the final week Storybox Theatre gave us a performance of "The Snow Queen" and a number of parents were able to join us for Christmas Lunch

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Poetry Competition - 23rd November, 2015

With last year's competition proving such a success, this is now becoming an annual event and, once again, there were lots of entries from all classes.  This year the children could choose to perform pieces by poets including Brian Moses and Edward Lear.  The judges included a member from Devizes School Language faculty, a local poet and a prominent member of the local community who were all extremely impressed with the creativity, clarity and performances of all the entrants.

Winner Runner-Up Runner-Up
EYFS2/KS1 Sekav Gwakyaa Dara Tiernan Rachel Hislop
Lower KS2 Sophie Hislop Samuel Hitchcock Charlotte Reinardy
Upper KS2 Trixie Beddoe William Cox Louisa Geraghty

After further discussion, the judges decided that the overall winner was Sophie Hislop.

Remembrance Service - 11th November, 2015

Some of our older pupils went along to Devizes School to be part of their Remembrance Service with both past and serving members of the Armed Services.  It was a very moving experience with over a thousand pupils showing their respect for those who took part in the two World Wars and other armed conflicts.  Through the reading of poetry, a creative display of a large poppy made from hundreds of smaller ones and a moving rendition of the Last Post, it was an appropriate reminder for everyone there.

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Parent Focus Group - 20th October, 2015

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One of the areas identified for improvement from the recent Parent Survey was communication and the newly formed Parent Focus Group has met for the first time.  The group is made up of new and established members of the school community, with pupils in all year groups, some living in the village and others gtp, further afield.  The members will help to gauge parent reaction and opinion as well as minimising low level issues which can arise through misunderstanding or a lack of information.  The group will meet every couple of months and will send out a list of issues they intend to discuss throught the newsletter so other parents can give their input.

The members of the group are: Hugo Covaneiro, Emma Paffley, Clare Williams, Stephen Leach, Ruth Deadman, Diana Hitchcock, Karen England and Rebecca Grigg.

Maths Evening - 16th October, 2015

As part of our focus on Maths this year we held a Maths evening for parents where they could see how the teaching of Maths has changed and how they could help support their child's learning at home.  The turnout was AMAZING with 65 parents and 6 governors, all keen to further their understanding.  After an overview by Mrs Bevan, class teachers explained in more detail what the learning looks like in their classroom and some of the children were on hand to demonstrate various games and activities or give some expert one to one tuition.  If you were unable to get along the key resources from the evening are below.















pdf button  Addition Progression

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pdf button  Division Progression

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pdf button  Dice Games

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Bikeability - 8th and 9th October

dsc 0954 dsc 0968 A group of our Year 5 and 6 pupils successfully completed a two day Bikeability course.  This is a national programme for cycle training which teaches children the skills they need to ride confidently on today's roads.  Level 1 teachers basic handling skills (getting on and off the bike, using gears effectively, observation, stopping safely and controlling the bike with one hand) whilst Level 2 takes place on minor roads and residential streets and involves identifying hazards, using appropriate hand signals, junctions and passing parked cars.


Girls Indoor Cricket - 6th October 2015

girls cricket On 6th October a team of Year 5/6 girls took part in an indoor cricket competition in Chippenham against teams from Luckington, Colerne and Crudwell.  Crudwell were the overall winners, scoring 280s against the other teams but the All Cannings girls held them to 237 which was an excellent performance.


Class 1 - October 2015

walk1 One day it rained really, really hard so we all went outside to watch and listen.  We all said it was "Awesome!" patches One of the Year 6 girls brought in her guinea pig called Patches because we were learning about how to look after pets.
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Creativity Week - June 2015

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dsc 3853 dsc 3855 In June, All Cannings and Chirton schools held a Creativity Week with the aim of broadening the children's concept of what it means to be creative.  The eclectic range of experiences included a visit to Roche Court Sculpture Park, villow weaving, dance, drama and performance workshops, and photography.  The week culminated in a wonderful exhibition of the children's work which was greately enjoyed by friends and family.


Meridian School - July 2015

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In July, two classes from Meridian School in London to stay.  Activities included forest schools and an ipad treasure hunt around the village.  We got to know them during our learning and social events and found there were more similarities than differences.  We are planning to visit them again in the Autumn.


Netball News - May 2015

Congratulations to our High 5 netball team who, for the 8th year running, have won Division 1 of the Devizes Area Primary Schools Hi 5 league.  Our B team were joint runners-up.  Recently, some of our Year 5s and 6s were involved in a charity High 5 tournament in Swindon for Devizes Netball Club.  Devizes took three teams.    Two teams came 3rd in their groups and Devizes Pink won the tournament in an exciting game against one of the strongest clubs in Swindon.

On 16th May we took part in the Five Lanes Netball Tournament.  Having won our four group matches and our semi-final we were triumphant by 9 goals to 5 in a closely contested final.  Congratulations to the team of Erica, Fay, Grace, Katie, Charlotte, Phoebe, Issie and Bethan for their excellent play and superb attitude which was a credit to the school.

Our next tournament is at Rowde Primary School on 6th June.


Tennis Festival - May 2015

tennis1 We took two teams of 4 children to the Tennis Festival at Devizes Tennis Club.  All three teams made it through to the quarter finals but unfortunately our C team were knocked out by our B team.  Our A team made their way through to the finals, winning by 10 points and confirming their place in the School Games in July.  Everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon, supporting each other and playing some good tennis.


Tag Rugby Festival - March 2015

Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Festival on 26th March.  There were 25 teams entered.  Our B Team came 8th and the A Team were overall winners, retaining their title and progressing to the County Finals in May.

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'Peace Child' - March 2015


Children in Years 3,4 and 5 put on a production of 'Peace Child', a musical journey to the mythical land of Mambica where a group of journalists plan to unit two warring tribes who have been mortal enemies for longer than anyone can remember.
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Red Letter Day - March 2015

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People say that letter writing is a dying art but that certainly isn't the case at All Cannings, where every child in the school from 4 to 11 has written and sent off a letter.  As part of a year-long focus on developing questioning, each of the children spent time thinking of an area they had an interest in.  They came up with questions of their own and then thought carefully about who would be the best person to send them to.  Choices included The Queen, David Attenborough, David Walliams, Tim Berners-Lee and Steven Gerrard.  The letters, all hand-written, have now be sent off along with an eye-catching stamped addressed red envelope.  Replies have just begun to arrive.

"We have spoken about how easy it is these days to type a question into Google and that this is not always the most reliable method anyway.  The thrill of receiving a personal response is something that most of our pupils won't have experienced regularly and we have said that any questions we don't receive a reply for we will find out the answer to".


Music Concert - 16th December 2014

musicconcert Just before Christmas a large audience of parents enjoyed a programme of suitably Christmas music performed by over 40 of our pupils who have individual music lessons or who are members of our School Choir.   This included the newly-formed handbell group who performed 'Away in a Manager' and 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'.  Our thanks to Mrs Deadman, Mrs Bevan and our music teachers who together organised this.  It is hoped that there will be another concert in the Spring.

Autumn House Activity - Thinkers Keys

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Each term we hold a whole-school event where all the pupils in the school learn together.  Split into their four houses, this regular collaborative work is an important element which helps the children further develop those positive relationships and build our family atmosphere.

Thinkers Keys - December 2014

To build on the Philosophy for Children (P4C) TD Day and whole school work on questioning, we spent the morning following a trail around the school's display boards, which were covered with Thinkers Keys.  These are open-ended questions that do not have a right or wrong answer but are designed to make you think and then explain why you came up with your answer.

With each group made up of pupils of all ages, the answers were really varied, creative and interesting such as:

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The groups shared their thoughts and then each House chose their favourite by secret ballot to share with friends and family at our next Golden Worship.

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Poetry Recital


On Tuesday 11th November we held the inaugural All Cannings School Poetry Recital competition.  With the raised profile of speaking and listening in the new English curriculum, we wanted to give our pupils the chance to showcase their ability in front of a large but relatively familiar audience.  Entry was optional.

The competition was divided into three age groups: EYFS and KS1, Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6)

Pupils were asked to choose from three age appropriate potems (representing a range of genres); to learn their choice by heart and then to perform it in front of their peers and a panel of two judges from the local community.  We were very pleased with the high number of entries and all those who took part did themselves proud.  After much deliberation, the results were: EYFS and KS1 winner : Samuel, Lower KS2 winner: Sophie H, Upper KS2 winner: Jonty.  The overal competition winner was Jonty and you can hear his recital of Tyger, Tyger by Michaela Morgan by pressing on the photo.

Poster Campaign - October 2014

dog poo The All Cannings Parish Council recently asked the school if they could help with a poster campaign to raise awareness of  the dangers of dog-fouling which has been a particular problem around the village.  The School Council organised a competition to design a poster and the winning entries were presented with their prizes by Liz Sharpe.  The winner was Trixie and the runners-up were Katie, Molly and Jorja.  The winning entries will be copied and displayed around the village to help dog owners understand the importance of being responsible and picking up after their dogs.  A set will also be going to the Pre School.


Small Schools Festival - July 2014

Every two years we take part in a musical performance with other small schools in the area run by the Wiltshire Music Service.

This year we have been working with Siyaya - a group of musicians and dancers from Zimbabwe who work as part of the WOMAD education foundation.  Rehearsals have been fund and we performed at The Theatre on The Hill in Marlborough at the beginning of July.


Sevington School - June 2014

In June Class 3 visited Sevington School in Wiltshire for a chance to step back in time and find out what it felt like to be a Victorian school child.  The school was built in 1849 with Miss Squire becoming the teacher ten years later, aged nineteen.  She taught there for almost sixty years until she retired in 1913 when the school closed.  Originally the room was built to house 25 pupils but by the time of its closure there were only 3.  Everything was left untouched and today, the school can be seen exactly as it looked in Miss Squire's time along with her desk, pointer and blackboard.


Romeo and Juliet - April/May 2014

In the Spring our KS2 children took part in some Shakespeare workshops organised by a group called 'Finding the Will'.  The children have no prior knowledge of the play, in this case Romeo and Juliet.  The sessions are interactive and the children are encouraged to put themselves in the shoes of the character.  There is minimal use of props and costumes with the children acting our the story and speaking some of the original text to gain an appreciation of the language as well as a full understanding of the story.  This culminated in a performance with some of our local primary schools.


Science Week - March 2014

In March All Cannings and Chirton held a Science Week across the soft federation.  It was full of activities including:

  • visits from Bristol University, Charles Darwin, Dr Tom Robson and Devizes Museum
  • trips to Devizes School and Southbroom Infants for experiements we designed and shared
  • Year 5 and 6 went to Alton Towers for some workshops and some first-hand experience of forces





We also held a Science Fair where the children brought in the projects and experiments they had been working on at home to share.

 Fruit and Veg Creatures Competition - March 2014

A huge thank you to all the parents and children who put a lot of thought and effort into designing and creating the many marvellous fruit and veg creatures and paintings.  The independent judges from All Cannings Shop (Sheila Moss and Peter Coper) found it very difficult to choose which crature should win the competition.  In the end they had to choose a top three and then highly commended five more entries, as the standard was so high.  Below are some of the winning entries:

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All of the entries, including the paintings, will be included in the wall mural to be designed and permanently hung around the serving hatch in the school hall.  Until the mural is completed, photos of all the creatures will be temporarily hung around the hatch.

School Trips

All classes made at least one visit over the year, usually linked to their topic.  So we had classes going to Egyptian museums and to the zoo at Bristol; a visit to the seaside combined time on the beach with all the sights of the aquarium at Bournemouth; following the performance we were lucky enough to be given a behind-the-scenes tour of 'Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat' at the Hippodrome in Bristol.

Enrichment Activities

Our school took the lead in organising a range of shared activities with the other schools in the cluster for groups of children in both key stages who had real strengths or interests in particular areas. Working with authors, visiting and working in the Tate Modern; building dens and making rabbit stew and preparing news reports with Devizes Secondary School – these were just some of the examples of activities run by staff and schools from which the children were able to gain a real sense of achievement through the collaboration and depth of learning that took place. More are planned for next year!

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KS1 Nativity

This year the KS1 Christmas production was 'Jesus' Christmas Party'.  Once again parents and staff were proud of the children's confidence and clarity and they provided us with some wonderfully memorable moments!


Remembrance Day

On 11th November four pupils visited Devizes School to represent the school in their Remembrance Service.  They planted poppies around the quad and saw a presentation on the meaning of Remembrance Day.  The service was attended by the Deputy Mayor and members of the British Legion and wreaths were laid on the memorial cross.

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