A Year in the Life….

A Year in the Life of Little Milton School 2016-17

We started the year with a special Harvest service in our playground with Bishop Colin of Dorchester who gave a blessing for our new refurbished bell. The bell is a big symbol at school and we ring it for the beginning of the school day, at break and at lunch. You can hear it through the village! We had a competition in November for all our families, staff and governors to come up with a school motto. We voted and decided on “Small School, Big Heart, Great Start!”. The motto is now appearing on our school stationery, website and even uniform.

Mrs Baldwin started her maternity leave in November (and baby Penelope was born in December), so we were joined by Mrs Dixon, who was known to lots of the children as she’d done supply teaching for us in the past. The whole school had a trip to Dorchester Abbey to visit the Narnia workshops and learned about the wonderful books.

Our Christingle service at St James’, together with the wonderful Christmas party organised by Friends and a concert involving our dance club finished the year for us in a very happy way. The new term arrived, with lots of activities, including hockey tournaments (we won!) and a Strictly Oxford children’s dance competition, which the Years 1 and 2 groups entered – and qualified for a national final in the summer! A trip to the River and Rowing Museum also took place and some topic themed days at school, including Roman Day for the Years 3 and 4.

After the May exams were over, we celebrated Ascension Day and walked over the fields to Great Haseley for a family picnic. The summer then really took on a life of its own, with a whole school trip to Hill End residential centre being a huge highlight. The infants came for the day, and forest school skills being high on the agenda, whilst the junior children stayed overnight with staff in a group of yurts. Years 5 and 6 had a trip to Bletchley Park, having worked on WW2 topic, they found it fascinating. Reception children had a farm visit and also travelled to Yarnton Garden centre, having taken part in a competition there.

Overall, a brilliant year was had by us all – we are already enjoying the next one!

Written by Year 5/6 children

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