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Drama week at St Cuthberts Infant School Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was performed by Elm and Maple classes. Nathan Gill took the part of Joseph, Ebony Coomber the role of Jacob, Seth Allom the role of the Pharoah and Joe Ford was Reuben. The YR1 children in Maple were the Maple Rock & Roll Band. Thanks to Mrs Hilary Waters, Mrs Rachael Allen and Mrs Sheryl Cooper for organising it. There were two performances to which parents were invited to come and watch. Chestnut class with Mrs Marianne Arthur also sang their songs in the amphitheatre to the parents. Everyone involved had a fantastic time.

Sports day at Ditcheat School At Ditcheat Primary School, a whole day was dedicated to sport. The children took part in team activities and individual races. Blue team were triumphant this year for the first time in many many years! Well done to all students.


Sports day in the sunshine The children from Shepton Mallet Infants’ School had a wonderful sports day in the sunshine on Thursday 11th July. Many family and friends turned up to cheer on the competitors who competed in a variety of activities. Some of the more popular events included the farmers race; which involved the children running whilst wearing very large wellington boots and a silly hat; and the traditional sack race which caused lots of laughs! Everyone had a fantastic day. The school would like to thank St Pauls’ Junior School for kindly letting them use their grounds and all the parent helpers who worked really hard to make the sports day a massive success!”

Eddie the Penguin Saves the World Children from Ashcott Primary School have been putting on their end of year drama performances for parents and members of the local community. Children in Years 3 and 4 put on an exciting production of ‘Eddie the Penguin Saves the World’, a humorous play with a serious message about looking after the environment. This linked in well with the class topic about recycling, this term. The children were very confident on stage and the singing in particular was outstanding! The Year 5 and 6 children performed a production of the ‘Victorian Historian’ to a packed hall of parents and friends of the school. The performances by the children were very impressive with confident acting and marvellous singing. We would like to thank the class teachers Miss Ashleigh Stevens and Ms Clare Catcheside for their relentless effort and hard work in putting on such successful performances.


Gardening club Children from Ashcott Primary School Gardening Club held their final meeting of the school year this week and had a chance to sample some of the delicious produce they have grown during the season. The Gardening Club is organised by Ms Jacquie McGovern, a teacher at the school and she is supported by a large group of willing volunteer gardeners from the Ashcott Village Garden Club who pass on their skills and tips for growing vegetables successfully. The children were presented with prizes and the volunteers received presents too to say thank you for their support throughout the year. The club is a wonderful example of how the local community supports the school and helps to give the children an exciting and enriching learning experience.

The next big step On the Last full week of term Oak Class of Evercreech Primary School performed “The Next Big Step� in the school hall. The children made themselves and us very proud. Parents, Children and Staff were invited to come along. The performance was absolutely brilliant and the children and staff have worked very hard to put it on. Good Luck to all our Year 6 as they move on to secondary school.

Pirates The children and staff at Shepton Mallet infant schools were invited to come to school as pirates as they were studying the life of a pirate. They all had lots of fun!

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Evercreech School Gymnastics Club was invited to go along to Millfield School and attend the Summer School Games event. The children did extremely well with a fabulous medal trawl. Congratulations go to Natalie who won four Gold Medals (a clean sweep), Abbie won a Gold, two Silvers and a Bronze and Imogen won a Gold, Silver and Bronze. Amelia, Gemma and Molly also bought home medals for a brilliant team effort. KS1 team came 4th overall and received their medals today. Well done to all of you who attended this event. A great performance!

Ditcheat School went on a trip to the seaside. They went by coach to Bishops Lideard, from there the children boarded the steam train to Blue Anchor. The children then spent a couple of hours enjoying themselves on Blue Anchor beach before returning via the same route.They all arrived back at school a few hours later than normal end of day time, tired but happy after a lovely day out.

Music to our ears A fabulous music concert was held at Ditcheat Primary School; it was a brilliant turn out with friends and family coming to support the abundance of talent. A range of instruments were used by the children such as recorders, piano and guitar allowing them to show off their skill.

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Baltonsborough CE Changes at Coxley! VC Primary School Pet Show Children at Coxley Primary School enjoyed many end-offterm activities including a fashion show which they had put together themselves, showing how clothes have changed through the decades.

These are not the only changes in the air. As well as saying goodbye to Year 6 children who will be moving on to Wells Blue School in September, Key Stage 2 teacher Jack Russell, who has been with the school since 2010, is moving on to a new appointment as Headteacher at Great Dunham Primary School in Norfolk. Jane Hesketh-Williams, Coxley’s headteacher, said “Mr Russell has made a huge contribution to the school’s recent success and he is very popular with the children; we will all miss him but wish him well in his new post.

In July, Baltonsborough CE VC Primary School hosted an extraordinary Pet Show. The show was organised by the children as one of their Golden Time activities. The categories themselves were a little unusual, such as the quietest pet, the noisiest pet, fluffiest and cutest pet. In the obedience section, children and parents showed off their obedience skills with their dogs, and much fun was had on the school field timing the fastest dog. Children, parents and staff had a great morning, and I am sure the event will become a regular feature.

“We will be welcoming Dan Vidler to take over KS2. He has been teaching in Yeovil but lives in Wells and is looking forward to getting more involved locally.” she added. The small village school is very popular for its family atmosphere as well as its academic achievements, but still has a few places in the Key Stage 1 class for the coming school year.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL The last year of primary brings a fresh set of challenges (and not just keeping a dry eye at the final class assembly/ leavers’ disco) because you need to start choosing your preferred secondary school. It’s a decision that seriously stresses some of the most discerning parents, so how do you go about deciding which secondary school is best for your child? The big question is: do you choose a school or does a school choose you, or, more to the point your child? And the answer is: it’s a bit of both because, while it’s up to you – and your child – to decide which schools are worth applying for, it’s then up to the school to say yes or no to your application. How do you as parents decide between all the different schools? It’s best to use as many sources as you can to decide which school is best for your child: ask around, be aware of a school’s reputation, read their Ofsted reports online, look at the exam results, browse the school website and of course, visit the school.

In your area parents and children are invited at the start of Year 6 to visit schools. They can, of course, make an appointment sooner, but open evenings are targeted at that year group. How schools organise their open days, and how useful they are, varies enormously. Open days for popular and over-subscribed schools are usually extremely busy and your chances to speak to individuals may be limited. Other schools have well-planned programmes with plenty of opportunities to talk to both staff and pupils. Open days are designed to help you as parents view all prospective schools and gain as much knowledge and information as possible. It’s also reassuring for your child to be shown around and get a feel for their new school as it’s a big change for them, moving up to secondary education can be daunting. Have a good look around and encourage your child to ask questions that are important to them, this can only give them confidence and prepare them for the next stage of their education.

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Ten tips for getting the most from an open day 1. Take your child with you – you need a child’s eye view as well as your own, and they’ll notice things you miss.

6. Feel free to ask questions if you want to, particularly of pupils – what do they think of the teaching – do they enjoy life at the school?

2. Think about whether you find the open day chaotic, friendly, efficient or improvised? The organisation of the day’s events can give many clues to the general running of a school.

7. Look at the work on display. Does it represent a broad range of ability? A school should value every child.

3. Pay attention to the pupils themselves - do they seem happy and motivated? Do they speak positively about their teachers and school-life?– Pupils are the best ambassadors for any school. 4. Don’t make decisions based on individual teachers – they may have left by the time your child starts school. 5. Don’t get too bogged down in the details - try to get a ‘feel’ for the school atmosphere. Write down your first impressions.

8. Does the school offer extra-curricular activities - such as sports and clubs – so your child can develop their interests? This also shows that the teachers are motivated and enthusiastic. 9. Find out about the lunch arrangements - are there healthy school meals available and what do they cost? What are the other options, eg packed lunch? 10. Remember - listen to your instincts.

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Why did the teacher wear sunglasses? Because her class were so bright

Why did the echo get told off? For answering back

When do you get told off for something you haven’t done? When you don’t do your homework.

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Iced Biscuits

Ingredients 100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 100g/3½oz caster sugar 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten 275g/10oz plain flour 1 tsp vanilla extract To decorate 400g/14oz icing sugar 3-4 tbsp water 2-3 drops food colourings

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. 2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined. 3. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as dough. 4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in. 5. Using biscuit cutters cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray. 6. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack. 7. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring. 8. Carefully spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife and set aside until the icing hardens.

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PUZZLE PAGE BACK TO SCHOOL CROSSWORD Across 4. Do you need to sharpen yours? 5. Write or draw on this. 8. You write on this with chalk. 10. Please _ _ _ _ _ _ your name on your work. Down 1. Draw straight lines with this. 2. It has a keyboard and a screen. 3. Where you go to play at break. 6. Read these at home or school. 7. They help you learn new things. 9. The teacher sits here.

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what’s on SEPTEMBER 12-13 Roman Baths – Tunnel Tours

10am and 3pm. Go behind the scenes at the Roman Baths, Georgian vaults and the main museum store which includes objects found in Bath from Roman times to the Victorian era. Tours last for about 1.5 hours, wear sensible shoes, some floor surfaces are uneven. Booking essential as places are strictly limited. Abbey Church Yard, Bath, 01225 477773 (for booking) ......................................................................

13-14 Childrens Trail Heritage Open Day

A children’s trail sheet around the cathedral, written especially for Heritage Open Days. Collect your FREE sheet from the Information Desk. Return when you’ve completed it, and you’ll receive a voucher for a FREE Louis biscuit in the cathedral cafe. Wells Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Wells Somerset BA5 2UE ......................................................................

14-15 Somerset and Dorset Railway

Midsomer Norton Station. A 1940’s themed event with re-enactment groups, heritage vehicles, railway trips and stalls. Sunday 15 only – 40s vintage bus rides. Entry will be £5 adults /£2.50 children – this includes a train ride and a donation to the Help For Heroes charity. Free entry (via alternative entrance) to stable block Museum for those not wishing to pay for entry into the 40s event (normally £2 entry fee. Silver Street, Midsomer Norton BA3 2EY 01761 411221 ......................................................................

14 Carymoor’s Future Field Naturalist Club

Are you between 8 and 13 years old? Are you wild about nature? Do you fancy yourself as the next Spring Watch presenter?! Yes! Then come along to our Future Field Naturalists’ Club for lots of fun, hands-on wildlife monitoring and practical conservation activities. Carymoor Environmental Centre, Dimmer Lane, Castle Cary Somerset BA7 7NR ......................................................................

14 Frome Cheese Show

8.30am - 6pm. Over 350 trade stands, village green entertainment, countryside pursuits area, dragons of wye-ten puppet theatre, livestock village, handicraft, homecraft and horticulture marquee, funfair and much much more ......................................................................

14-15 Autumn Gala

Taking place this year on the 14th and 15th of September. Strawberry Line Minature Railway at Keynsham. Tel 0117 9860124 ......................................................................

18 VIP Tea Party for Toddlers

A special event for visitors with kids of 5 and under. Meet our exploring characters Ursa and Leo in person. @Bristol, Harbourside, Bristol ......................................................................

20-22 Priston Festival

Enjoy a friendly and relaxed celebration of live music and culture around a free outdoor stage in the beautiful village of Priston, 6 miles from Bath. Ticketed events are also staged in local venues over the weekend. Priston, near Bath Somerset BA2 9EE ......................................................................

21 Mike the Knight, Meet and Greet Day

Mike the knight is making personal appearances at Minehead Station throughout the day and ‘Bowlore’ will be on hand giving sword fighting lessons and much more! Visit for more details ......................................................................

21 Family Forest School & Storytelling Day

Organised by FROGS. A morning of storytelling and story quest in the glade for the whole family. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and you are encouraged to stay for the whole session. Join in other story activities with Open StoryTellers, and others. Call Sheila Hedges on 01373 451613 if you would like more information ......................................................................

21 Celebration of Youth

Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury from 10.30am. Performance and exhibitions of theatre, art, poetry, music and more as well as commending the local sports clubs and uniformed organisations work with young people ......................................................................

21-22 Brisfest

Brisfest has moved to Ashton Court and is a bigger, better BrisFest featuring a programme of music, circus, street art, theatre and comedy. Ashton Court Estate. Visit for more details ......................................................................

21-22 Three little pigs

This weekend is themed on the three little pigs. We will have Paul Wheeler here doing his fantastic 3 little pigs puppet shows, Percy the pig our mascot will be here for a meet and greet. Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane, Hewish, BS24 6AH 01934 523500 ......................................................................

22 Medieval Falconry Day 11am - 4pm

Join us for a day of medieval living history with a difference. Marvel as the hawks, owls and falcons show off their talents in the flying displays and talk to the experts who look after these magnificent birds. The Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset. BA5 2PD Tel: 01749 988111 ......................................................................

22 Teddy Bears Picnic

Come and visit us on this special occasion. Children who bring their Teddy Bears will travel FREE of charge on both the steam and diesel hauled trains. There will also be a number of other activities to keep the children amused, including (all subject to availability): balloon modelling, punch and judy, arts and crafts, teddy bear hunt (with a small sweet for children that complete the hunt), picnic baskets also available from the buffet at £4.25 each (buy on day) Adult - £7.00 Child - £5.50 (Children travel FREE if they travel with their Teddy Bear) Concession - £6.00 Family - £19.50. Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton,Bristol ......................................................................

28 Pony Experience Day

Pony Days are great fun! Children will take part in a craft activity, learn how to groom and look after a pony, help our grooms to muck out some of our rescued animals, paint a souvenir in our Creative Workshop and we will of course make sure that the children are fed and watered at lunchtime.Pony Days cost £25 per child and include all activities and lunch, 10am-4pm. Horseworld Visitor Centre Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol. Tel 01275 540173 ......................................................................

28 Love Life Day Windmill City Farm

12pm – 4pm. Cost: £3 adults / £1 children (pay on door) A community event to promote sustainable, healthy living. Featuring a children’s bike swap and bike rodeo, free holistic therapy tasters, great local food, children’s carfts, recycling workshops and more. See more at St Phillips Rd, Bedminster, BS3 4EA ......................................................................

28-26 OCT Childrens Literature Festival Various locations in Bath. See for full details and events ......................................................................

OCTOBER 5 Family Event - Apple Day Details to be announced but plenty of picking, crushing, pressing, juicing of apples is guaranteed, plus the drinking of fresh, sweet apple juice of course. The Chalice Well Trust & Gardens, Glastonbury ......................................................................

5 Bath children’s Literature Festivial Meet the Author: Caroline Lawrence. Caroline Lawrence is the bestselling author of The Western Mysteries, which follow the whip-cracking adventures of 12-year-old detective P.K. Pinkerton in Virginia City, Nevada, in 1862. Join Caroline to hear about the gunslingers, gamblers, and desperados of the Wild West. £5.50 adults, £4.50 children The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath Somerset BA2 7BD ...................................................................... 12 Animal Care Day

A day of fun and education brought to you by local small animal organisations and welfare charities. Learn more about all sorts of small animals on this very special day! Standard Admissons apply. Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol. Tel 01275 540173 ......................................................................

12 Science Boffins 12 noon till 4pm

Science Boffins utilise science demonstrations to stimulate Socratic learning techniques that involve asking questions and encouraging lively debate. All their experiments are designed to stimulate imaginations, excite children’s curiosity and encourage their desire to explore scientific phenomena. Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane, Hewish, BS24 6AH 01934 523500 ......................................................................

12-13 Sci-Fi Charity Weekender

Light sabers at the ready, join your favourite Sci-Fi characters at the Grand Pier this year! Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare ......................................................................


Pick up an inexpensive stationery set and let your children transform it into a set they will be really proud of! You will need: Stationery set Acrylic gems Strong, fine tip glue Super fine glitter Plan a design and when you are happy, glue on the gems with the strong glue and leave to dry. Use the fine tip glue to write on your name and draw on a design. Sprinkle the glitter so all of the glue is covered, and tap off any excess. When the glue has dried use a paintbrush to dust off any excess glitter.

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This pencil door hanger is an easy children’s craft using craft cupboard supplies, but it looks great! Great for Back To School or anytime. You will need: 4 craft sticks (ideally coloured) Optional paint Craft foam in light brown or pink, black and any other colour Double sided tape Sticky letters Ribbon Lay the 4 craft sticks side by side. Using the width of the sticks as your guide cut a triangle from light brown or pink foam and a rectangle from another colour. Use double sided tape to attach the triangle to one end of the sticks and rectangle to the other. Turn over and you will see a pencil shape. Cut a tiny triangle of black and stick to the top of the triangle as the nib. Tape a loop of ribbon to the back. Add a message with sticky letters.

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The Abomination and the Forces of Evil: The Revenge of My Panty Wanty Woos Author: J. L. Smith Illustrator: Sam Hearn Ages: 7+

Fans of the Wimpy Kid and Horrid Henry will love this funny new series of an all new mischievous gang, The Abominators. The witty illustrations keeps the reader entertained and helps to expand the creativity of the children.

Absolutely Winnie Author: Laura Owen Illustrator: Korky Paul Ages: 5+

The Forever Whale Author: Sarah Lean Ages: 9+

The Taming of the Tights Author: Louise Rennison Ages: 11+

Winnie is a young witch with lively stories which is perfect for children beginning to read independently or sharing with family. Twelve stories have been previously published, however this is a special edition which combines the favourite Winnie the Witch stories. The creative illustrations are a trademark and help to keep younger reader engaged.

It is a heart touching story playing on the bond between a young girl, Hannah, and her Grandfather as he slowly becomes more confused each day. Both share a great love toward nature which strengthens the link between them. Her Grandfather gave her a date to remember which Hannah secretly knows will bring something special but as he becomes increasingly forgetful will he be able to remember?

Tallulah Casey is back for a third summer at Dother Hall drama school. Get ready for more hilarious escapades; her wild and unpredictable actions capture the hearts of the children reading. Tallulah and her group of friends are now teenagers and are determined to life their life’s to the full.



Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Release date: 27th Sept 2013 Flint Lockwood is a genius which is only just being recognized. An invitation from his idol, Chester V, to join The Live Corp Company gives him a chance of inventing technologies to better mankind. Flint’s dream is finally coming true when he discovers that his infamous machine which turns water to food is still operating with a slight twist that it is now creating food-animal hybrids. Flint and his mates are off on another adventure to save the world yet again by battling the foodimals. A dangerous but delicious mission to get the adrenaline circulating.

Turbo 3D Release date: 18th Oct 2013 The creators of Madagascar bring us an all new film, Turbo 3D; it is animated comedy about a common garden snail with dreams of speed. After an accident involving a fast car he is left with turbo-charged speed like a rocket. Winning the snail races is a blast but how will he do racing some very fast cars? Fast-moving, action packed, family fun about living the dream life. This is his dream but will he like it as much as he thought he would? The whole family will enjoy the witty and inspiring cartoon.

Sammy’s Great Escape Release date: 20th Sept 2013

Justin and the Knights of Valour Release date: 13th Sept 2013 A young boy embarks of a quest to become a knight to prove he’s worthy of being a man. Friendship, honour and courage play a crucial part in the heart warming tale. The adrenaline pumping adventure within the magical world appeals to the fun and light hearted nature of children. The moral of the story is to never give up since the story shows the determination you need to reach your dreams.

An animated film about an ageing turtle called Sammy and his lifelong friend, Ray, are caught by poachers they find themselves contained in an under water aquarium display in Dubai. Their young, outgoing grandchildren Ricky and Ella have a once in a life time adventure to save them. Along the way it tests their courage and friendship. Clueless of their grandchildren, Sammy and Ray plan an escape along with their new friends from the aquarium including a blob fish, an octopus, a lobster and a group of penguins.

Healthy Lunch Boxes Thanks to Jamie Oliver, school dinners have had a radical overhaul. But what about the lunch boxes we pack for our children? It’s just as important to make sure the lunchbox your child takes to school provide a healthy, balanced lunch as when they eat at home. This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need, an fewer foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.

Packing the lunchbox

A balanced packed lunch should contain: Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others. Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others. A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt. Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit. Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches give kids bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread. Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them humous or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods

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and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles. Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit, dried fruit or unsalted nuts. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon. You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.

Making healthier food

It may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox. But it will be worth it for their health, so keep trying. You can help by eating a wider range of foods at home, as a family. Reading supermarket food labels can help you to buy healthier foods for your child’s lunch, and for family meal times. Save chocolate and cakes for occasional treats. Remember to praise your child when they’ve tried something new, to show your encouragement.

Evercreech Primary School competed in the “Somerset School Games” held at Millfield School in July. They entered 2 teams, taking 12 gymnasts from keystage 1 and 2. KS2 took home 9 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals, this was an unexpected but amazing result. The Team of the day was also Evercreech school where they won Team Gold!!!! For the past two years, Evercreech School have had a great link with Shepton Mallet Gymnastics Club , where they work on displays throughout the year, hold school competitions, train for British Gymnastics badges and much more. Many Gymnasts at the school now train with Clare, head coach, SMGC at Whitstone school. The school club is a great stepping stone to the professional club and gives every gymnasts the opportunity to work at their level. Please call Clare on 07955013282 for more details


Would your child benefit from a club? There are many clubs that run in after school hours. Some could be held at the school your child attends or at other places like a church. Most of these run during half term breaks and the summer holidays which ensures your child will have

Getting out and doing something:

Now a days many children sit in front of a television or computer playing on games. Keeping children active helps to ensure they are fit and healthy by joining a club they can experience varying activities.

activities they can do to keep them entertained. This also means that you can have some time to yourself for peace,quite and down time. Usually the clubs are local and don’t require a long drive.

Team working:

Most activities require children to work together to an achievement this teaches them how to communicate and listen to others within a group.


Clubs allow children to make new friendships with others who share the same interests as them. The environment provided gives the children a comfortable and appropriate place to be able to meet and usually this can result in lifelong bonds.

Learning skills:

When participating in a variety of activities your child’s skills begin to develop in a range of areas. As they gradually get better their self confidence grows with it; this helps them to take on more challenging things.

Keeping out of trouble:

Studies which have been carried out show twilight hours are more risky to children then at night. By being involved in a club it reduces the risk of a child getting encouraged into things parents would prefer them to avoid.


By being away from parents children begin to make their own decisions and learn values that will stick with them even through their adult lives.

For the fun:

Children mainly participate in activities for the fun aspect. This is important since children would lose their concentration and begin to not care making it more likely for them to start to be naughty. This is why it is a must to ensure your child likes and enjoys the club or clubs they will be attending.

Leadership and responsibility:

It allows the children to take on a bit of responsibility and learn leadership skills they can apply to the rest of their lives. Letting them make their own decisions within a safe environment means they can be responsible for their actions but with the risks taken out.


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Bath has the largest dedicated children’s book festival in Europe. Growing year on year in size, significance and popularity, the festival for 2013 is once again bursting at the seams with events, workshops, storytelling sessions and fun for children of all ages, their families, and friends. With award-winning children’s author David Almond at the helm, this year’s programme has been created to showcase the excitement and creativity in children’s literature and to prove that reading, writing and all forms of art really can change people’s lives.

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Healthy eating can stabilise children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods. While peer pressure and TV commercials for junk food can make getting kids to eat well seem impossible, there are steps parents can take to instil healthy eating habits without turning mealtimes into a battle zone. By encouraging healthy eating habits now, you can make a huge impact on your children’s lifelong relationship with food and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy, confident adults.

Developing healthy eating habits

Children develop a natural preference for the foods they enjoy the most, so the challenge is to make healthy choices appealing. Of course, no matter how good your intentions, it’s always going to be difficult to convince your eight-year-old that an apple is as sweet a treat as chocolate. However, you can ensure that your children’s diet is as nutritious and wholesome as possible, even while allowing for some of their favourite treats. The childhood impulse to imitate is strong, so it’s important you act as a role model for your kids. It’s no good asking your child to eat fruit and vegetables while you gorge on crisps and coke. Top tips to promote healthy childhood eating Have regular family meals. Knowing dinner is served at approximately the same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting and enhances appetite. Breakfast is another great time for a family meal, especially since kids who eat breakfast tend to do better in school.


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Cook more meals at home. Eating home cooked food is healthier for the whole family and sets a great example for kids about the importance of food. Ready meals tend to have more fat, sugar, and salt. Save dining out for special occasions. Get kids involved. Children enjoy helping adults to shop for groceries, selecting what goes in their lunch box, and preparing dinner. It’s also a chance for you to teach them about the nutritional values of different foods, and (for older children) how to read food labels. Make a variety of healthy snacks available instead of empty calorie snacks. Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks, and healthy beverages (water, milk, pure fruit juice) around and easily accessible so kids become used to reaching for healthy snacks instead of empty calorie snacks like cola, crisps, or biscuits. Limit portion sizes. Don’t insist your child cleans the plate, and never use food as a reward or bribe.

How can I get my picky child to enjoy a wider variety of foods?

Picky eaters are going through a normal developmental stage, exerting control over their environment and expressing concern about trusting the unfamiliar. Many picky eaters also prefer a “separate compartmented plate,” where one type of food doesn’t touch another. Just as it takes numerous repetitions for advertising to convince an adult consumer to buy, it takes most children 8-10 presentations of a new food before they will openly accept it.

Rather than simply insist your child eat a new food, try the following:

Offer a new food only when your child is hungry and rested. Present only one new food at a time. Make it fun: present the food as a game, a play-filled experience. Or cut the food into unusual shapes. Serve new foods with favourite foods to increase acceptance. Eat the new food yourself; children love to imitate. Have your child help to prepare foods. Often they will be more willing to try something when they helped to make it. Limit beverages. Picky eaters often fill up on liquids instead. Limit snacks to two per day.

The 2013 National Teaching Assistants’ Day will take place on 16th September. The event was created by Teaching Personnel and has now been formally registered as a national awareness day. Every year Teaching Personnel encourage schools to celebrate their Teaching Assistants on this special day. The role of a teaching assistant will vary hugely between different schools, and there’s often a large variation even within a school. Their role will usually include the following: Working one to one or with small groups of pupils Supporting pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities Supporting children with English as a second language Preparing the classroom for lessons Tidying up and keeping the classroom in good order Creating displays of pupils’ work Helping on school outings or at school events Celebrate your teaching assistants on the 16th September, they are a valued and special part of your school!

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Helping your child with reading

Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. It’s best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day. Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you’re both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like. Books aren’t just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Tips for helping your child to enjoy books: Encourage your child to pretend to ‘read’ a book before he or she can read words. Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books. Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport. Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.

Helping your child with maths

As with reading, try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It’s also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this. Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together. Don’t shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child. Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths: Point out the different shapes to be found around your home. Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy. Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost. Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.

TOO COOL FOR A STAGE SCHOOL! Razzamataz Theatre Schools in Street begin another busy year starting on Friday 13th September with a FREE taster session. This funkiest of stage schools offers an exciting mix of acting, singing, street dance and musical theatre to boys and girls aged 4-18. Dragon’s Den’s Duncan Bannatyne was quoted as saying: ‘The investment that’s given me most pride and satisfaction involves children’s stage schools.’ This sentiment is echoed by local Principal Claire Walford. From Razz Minis exploring the magical world of performing arts to Razz Seniorz offering Arts Award and audition practice, all our Razzamataz classes will give a real boost to your child’s confidence, while they improve their health and fitness and make new friends. Razzamataz Theatre Schools are the ideal place for boys and girls to learn about pop singing, street dance, musical theatre, commercial dance styles, drama and physical theatre; a chance to bring out their true potential. There are regular presentations, community performances, as well as an annual school show. For more information or to book a place at the taster session, contact Claire on 01935 411128 or 07856 273166. Email Please note that taster sessions are subject to availability, and offered on a first come first served basis. Visit our website:



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Darcie Snaith aged 7 from Bowlish School has achieved her 100-meter swimming certificate, well done Darcie, keep up the great work.

Adam Fisher has passed his grade 1 in piano, well done Adam and good luck in your move to the Blue School.

Lavina Campbell aged 9 has passed her Grade 2 Modern Dance exam with Distinction. Well done Lavina.

Spencer Hall has been presented with a certificate and badge for 100% attendance from Shepton Mallet Infant School, well done Spencer.

Paige Jackson age 8 has won the cup for Junior Supreme Champion 2013 at Tunnel Lane pony camp, she also came first in jumping, 2nd in dressage and 2nd in cross country

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Archie Howell has passed his orange belt in kick boxing at the Matt Fiddes martial arts school, well done Archie.

Libby Maggs aged 7 has been enrolled in High Littleton Brownies and already gained her Agility Badge. She also gained her Gold Certificate for Mathletics.

Evie Byrne has gained her Gold Award in Mathletics in July 2013, just before the schools broke up for the summer, Evie goes to St Pauls Junior School, Shepton Mallet. Well done Evie.

Isaac Davies won 1 Gold & 1 Silver Medal at the Jamie Woodland’s Tae Kwon Do Inter Club Tournament.

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Hey wells issue24 web  

Children's and family magazine

Hey wells issue24 web  

Children's and family magazine