The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Empty classroom day

Each year we hold an empty classroom day where all the learning takes place outside of the classroom.  This year Mrs Foord organised an amazing day of learning.  We enjoyed a whole day in the beautiful woodland next to our school.  The whole school from year R to year 6 joined in with a variety of activities including den building, woodland weaving, making musical instruments, observational painting, obstacle course making, clay sculpture, baking damper bread over a campfire, and making memory leaves with local artist Julie Bradshaw.

 Mrs Foord organised the day so that the children were able to work together and completely take charge of their own learning. The children had the most fantastic time reaching out of their comfort zone to explore and develop an array of brand new skills whilst demonstrating and embedding our school's Christian values - love, kindness, co-operation, courage and wisdom.  With the exception of the campfire, the children were able to spend the day discovering activities and learning new skills with independence, creativity and curiosity.  It was a wonderful day of discovery. 

 We are so lucky that our school is on the edge of beautiful woodland that offers such fantastic opportunities for learning.  We are very grateful to Lady Kingsdown and the Estate Manager for allowing us to take advantage of this.  One child said, “It’s like we are at school because we are learning stuff.  But it is also like being on holiday”.  I’m sure the children will remember days like these for years to come.