Category Archives: 2016

Year 3 Egyptian Art Project

Please provide your Year 3 child with an empty jam or marmalade jar or an empty Pringles tube with a lid by Friday  11th November. It will be used for an exciting Egyptian art project. Don’t forget to name your item and leave it in your form room ready for collection by Mrs Harrison.


Old Pinewoodian News

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Congratulations to Connie Campbell-Gray (OP15), who has been awarded an Academic Scholarship at Marlborough College in recognition of her excellence in this area throughout her time at Marlborough.

Year 1 Trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park

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On a bright October day, the Year One children went on their first ever school trip, to the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. The excitement of a coach journey was overwhelming, with many children using words such as ‘awesome’ and ‘cool’ before we even got to the park. The children delighted in watching the penguins being fed and going into the Madagascar enclosure, with many lemurs basking in the sunshine and birds flying up above. The new additions to the Wildlife Park, three lion cubs, were adored by all, and the children were able to watch a giraffe eating hay from very close proximity. The train journey around the park allowed the children to see many of the animals as well as the opportunity to wave at the general public!  The children also had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by a Keeper on ‘owls’, learning about the significance of the colour of owl eyes. We are very lucky that Friends Of Pinewood sponsor some of the endangered species at the park, and we were able to see both the Humboldt penguins and the Morelets crocodile, two of the animals sponsored by FOP. A fun day was had by all!

For more photos from the trip please go to the Photo Gallery.

Year 6 at the Clifton College MFL Day


Twelve pupils from Year 6 were invited to a special language day at Clifton College in Bristol on Monday. They had brief taster lessons in Russian, Mandarin and Spanish, as well as a French themed treasure hunt. Snacks and lunch were provided in the language café in the very smart languages building. It was a really interesting day out and the children were admirable in their enthusiasm to tackle some new languages. Russian was particularly hard! They really enjoyed writing Chinese characters and singing in Spanish. Clifton College really looked after us well and we were all very impressed with the facilities they had there.


Pre-Prep Jam Jar Request

Pre-Prep need a large number of Bonne Maman jam jars (see photo) for an upcoming art activity.  If you have any spare, we would be very grateful if you could bring clean, empty jars with no labels or lids to  the Pre-Prep Office as soon as possible.


Riding News

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Congratulations to Lily L, who has qualified for the NSEA Championships in October and the Winter National Championships at Hartpury in April at Elementary level.

Pinewood Gold Award Programme

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Congratulations to Gracie Neilson who is the first to gain her Bronze Award for the Gold Programme. Gracie completed three challenges. The first challenge was to design an ‘eco house’ which she picked because of her interest in nature and in caring for the environment. She chose to design ten bookmarks on different countries of the world for her second challenge. Finally she completed a fantastic holiday diary of her summer holidays to get her Bronze Award. Gracie is now starting work towards her Silver.

The Gold Programme forms part of the Pinewood enrichment programme and its aim is to encourage children to explore new areas outside the normal curriculum, to develop intellectual curiosity and to cultivate skills for independent learning. As a voluntary programme, children can choose from 40 challenges all linked to a broad area of the curriculum. It is expected the majority of the work will be undertaken in children’s own time but progress in school will be monitored with regular meetings. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be given at the completion of each level in the challenge. We hope this programme, for children from Years 5, 6 and 7, will be enjoyable and stimulating, giving them the satisfaction of thinking and learning for themselves and resulting in a record of their work and achievements.

If you would like to know more about the Gold Programme, please e-mail Mrs Matthews on