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Bake off 2016


What amazing, talented students and staff we have at Springfields…










The bake off was a huge success & that’s all down to the support of parents, carers, students & staff. No matter how small or big a part you had to play in today’s event, it couldn’t have happened without you and we are very grateful.

It was clear to see that everyone involved had heaps of fun and the bake sale managed to raise just over £42, with the proceeds going to children in need.


Sausages and Smores

In Ash class this week we have combined our skills and learning  from LOTC and life skills in order to cook smores and sausages over a campfire. The pupils used the internet to look up recipes and ingredients needed for smores and wrote a shopping list for Miss Mayo-Ward. On Friday they took their ingredients over to Mr Hurles in learning outside the classroom, and used their newly acquired fire starting knowledge. The students collected their own fire wood, started the fire using flint and steel, and built the wood up in bundles. They then cooked sausages and smores over the flames.

Here are some photos from the morning’s activities.


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Springfields Bake off


Attention rising stars!

Tomorrow (21st October), is the Springfield Bake Off.

Students and staff will be bringing in their home baked goodies to enter the competition that is being run by one of our very own primary pupils’.

He has been busy designing and making awards for our 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.







If your child would like to enter but hasn’t yet brought in a cake, entries can still be submitted before 10:30, on 21st October.

Cakes will be on sale after the bake off, with proceeds going to charity.

Being a positive part of the community is very important to us.

There’s been our own special bake off this week as many of the primary pupils have begun the important task of cake making to support Children in Need. How great it was this week to have visitors from Marden House in to join us for tea and (more)cake and hear what the pupils of Elm class had learned and produced about World War Two. We look forward to welcoming Marden House again and visiting them before Christmas.  

Being a positive part of the community is very important to us. Another way in which were looking to do this is through our young enterprise project which will help our pupils to build real business skills they can take forward into life. We’ve been identifying local sponsors for our work and are also working with Calne chamber of commerce. Much of this work will go into the Christmas Fayre on December 8th.

Staff go the extra mile at Springfields – quite literally. In terms of fund raising, great respect to Kev Derby and Tom McCulley of the Care team for raising funds for Wiltshire air ambulance through cycling a hundred miles.

And another example of what staff at Springfields are willing to do for others;  One of our newest,  youngest pupils lost part of a new toy down the sink just before they were due to go home . To ease the anxiety this caused, one member of staff ran to hold the taxi whilst the other dismantled the plumbing to retrieve the missing part.

This is who we are and what we do!

One week left of a very busy and productive term.

Kind regards

Jon Hamp


LOTC Life Skills Poetry

Life skills students worked on this poetry in Smallgrain. Fantastic job! The students came up with some ideas, took some footage of scenes at Smallgrain picnic park. They then came up with a descriptive sentence and Mrs Potter wrote the sentence down. Mr Hurles put the footage into iMovie and the students narrated the lines over the footage.


Here is the finished poem, Autumn in Smallgrain

Mr Hurles and Mrs Potter. Above are the students words from the day. We are very impressed with their work and the effort from them all. Well done guys!

LOTC Ash Firelighting

A very positive lesson with Ash today. The objective was to make a hot drink, using only natural tinder and materials to light a fire. There is obviously a element of being safe, and the behaviour was exceptional. The group were helping each other out and conscious of hazards. Next week, we will be looking at using stoves and cooking in West Woods.


Our Pobble Launch Day!

You may have previously read some of our blog posts about our fantastic phonics work and other reading opportunities. On average pupils at Springfields improve their reading age by 9 months every year. In fact last year one student improved their reading age by 42 months in 10 calendar months! This year we’ve really wanted to focus on inspiring our pupils to become writers as well as readers; that’s why we’ve turned to Pobble, who pride themselves on making writing ridiculously exciting.

On Tuesday 27th September we were joined by Zoe from Pobble who worked with groups of students to develop their writing skills. First up was Mr Wolfe and Oak Class who did some very creepy writing about a mysterious house. Next, was Miss Deacon and Elm Class who wrote letters from the trenches of the 1st World War, which really complemented their class novel of ‘War Horse’.

You can view the fantastic work created here:

Oak Class


Elm Class

Why not consider creating a Pobble account so that you can leave comments on our pupils’ work? Better still why not follow our school page?

Our School Page

We look forward to bringing you more fabulous writing throughout the school year.


Books, Glorious Books!

There’s still time to submit an order for our Autumn Scholastic Book Club. There are a range of fantastic new titles like ‘The Guinness Book of World Records 2017’ and ‘World Football Records 2016’. Or, maybe you’ve seen the hit film ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ and would like to read the book. Why not get ahead of the crowds and read ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness before the film arrives in cinemas? Whatever you choose just remember the words of Deepak Chopra: “You will be transformed by what you read”.

Don’t forget that our latest Scholastic Book Club is now online at There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 20p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by October 14th, 2016.


Happy reading!