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Curriculum events

See below for details of our latest events in school linked to our curriculum.

Year 5/6 Skern Lodge residential

A fantastic time was had by all at the annual outdoor residential.  They had a real mix of weathers, from torrential rain to incredible sunshine, but even the rain wasn't enough to dampen spirits and their teamwork and resilience when taking on new challenges was a delight to watch.  A highlight of the weekend was the Conga line at the disco!

Interschool football matches

Across the Summer term we have played in an inter-school football league, kindly made possible using transport from our partner ACCT schools.  Our Year 5/6 football have had great success in these matches, winning all of them and more importantly showing great sportsmanship to other teams and being respectful hosts.

Athletics 'Quadkids' 

A team of children from across Key Stage 2 competed at the annual Quadkids event run by Atlantic Coast Co-operative Trust.  They particpated in running, jumping and throwing events against 7 other local schools.  Scores were so close they had to be second checked, and we're proud that our team came a very close 2nd.  Well done to all those involved.

Tennis at Atlantic Racquet Centre (ARC)

Well done to our team of Year 1/2 tennis players who came runners up in a closely contested competition at ARC.  They showed off the tennis skills they have learning in their PE curriculum time and their sportsmanship, with one of our team members winning 'Fair Player' as well.  Congratulations.

Swimming Gala

Children in Key Stage 2 enjoyed success in their first Swimming Gala, kindly hosted by Torridge Swimming Pool.  3 children came away with individual medals, a fantastic achievement in a field of over 30 swimmers in some races!

Key Stage 1 and 2 Singing Festival

Years 1, 2, 6 and our choir greatly enjoyed the opportunity to perform with hundreds of other young people at the Big Sheep as part of the annual Singing Festival, organised by the Devon and Torbay Music Education Hub.  They performed several numbers together and also sang an individual song to an extremely large audience of very proud adults.  

ARC Tennis Tournament

Members of Year 3 and 4 participated in this tournament kindly hosted by Atlantic Racquet Centre.  They showed off the tennis skills they have been learning in their PE lessons and we were very proud for them to represent the school so well.

Preschool Christmas Craft afternoon

What a lovely time was had by our Preschool children this week!  They got into the Christmas spirit by inviting parents in to share some of the Christmas songs they have been learning and then got messy with some craft activities. Thank you to all parents who joined us for the afternoon.

Christmas play 2023

Well done to everyone on two fantastic performances.  The singing was loud enough for the whole village to hear and it was clear all the hard work and energy put into learning lines and practising projecting voices paid off.

Red Herring 'Flights of Fancy' project

Class 4 and 5 have teamed up with Red Herring productions and AONB to carry out the Flights of Fancy project.  They started the project by walking from Hartland Abbey to Brownsham Mill to investigate the flora and fauna in our local area, and followed this up with art workshops in school, designing mood boards and making costumes.  The project culminated in a dramatic production to parents in the school grounds.

Arts at Appledore

Class 3 attended the Art Studio at Appledore Primary, one of our partner schools in the Atlantic Coast Co-Operative Trust.  They took the opportunity to use the great facilities onsite, including their kiln, sculpting oil lamps as part of their work on the Romans.

AONB Bioblitz

Class 5 attended the AONB Bioblitz at Northam Burrows.  Alongside other local schools they helped the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team to collect data about the wildlife in the surrounding habitat, and carry out a beach clean to prevent pollution.

Exmoor Challenge

2 of our Year 6 pupils took part in the Exmoor Challenge with their Scout pack.  This was an incredible achievement over the two day expedition - well done James and Aaron.

Tree Planting

As part of looking after our environment some of Class 5 helped to plant some trees in the community.  They had a busy, but fun, day, and managed to find time for a hot chocolate stop! 

Hana Tooke author visit

We were lucky to receive a workshop for Class 4 and 5 from Hana Tooke to publicise her latest novel, 'The Midnighters'.  Hana is a children's author with local links, who's first book, 'The Unadoptables', was widely enjoyed by our Key Stage 2 children.  Hana brought her very own puppet theatre with her to show us how she plans her characters and plots and spoke with the classes about 

Coronation Celebrations!

The School Council have worked hard to weed, replant and repaint an area to celebrate the Coronation.  The flowerbed looks great in Union Jack colours, a big thank you to Julia for volunteering her time.

The whole school got together in houses for a craft afternoon to create bunting, flags and crowns and then enjoyed a Coronation cream tea surrounded by their handmade decorations and sang a Coronation song together.

Sports for Champions

Bex Rayner, a professional footballer who plays for Sheffield United, visited the school as part of Sports for Champions.  Children who fundraised above £35 were able to meet the her and have a photograph, then the whole school took part in an inspirational assembly and completed the circuits they had been sponsored for.  Thank you to all who sponsored, this event raised a grand total of £235 for the school and gave the children a fantastic opportunity to meet an ambitious role model who showed them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

AONB Hedgehog tunnels

As part of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty project 'Finding Nature's Footprints' we have housed six hedgehog tunnels around the school grounds.  Gaye from Project Prickles talked to us about how she looks after hedgehogs and Joe showed us how to assembly and monitor the tunnels.  The cameras set up caught some hedgehog action overnight and we found some footprints of hedgehogs, and other animals trying to take some food as well!  The tunnels have then been sent out into the community with families to map the movement of hedgehogs in the area, and our older pupils are putting together a 'How to' video to accompany the equipment to their next location.

Women in Innovation award

We were privileged to have former pupil Sophie Walker attend an assembly and receive her Purple Plaque for winning the 'Women in Innovation' award.  Sophie has chosen school as the place she wishes her plaque to be displayed, and she inspired all the children by explaining what she has achieved.  The event was covered by the North Devon Journal, Devon Live https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/gallery/purple-plaque-hartland-primary-school-8251794 and the North Devon Gazette https://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/hartland-primary-school-reveals-purple-plaque-to-celebrate-sophie-walker/