Build for Bees Competition Winners!

The Devon Local Nature Partnership has sent us a massive congratulations  for winning first place in the ‘schools’ category in the Build for Bees competition.  At the end of the last academic year we entered our bug hotel into a build for bees competition.

Each class within the school had built their own 5 storey bug hotel to attract, support and protect a wide variety of invertebrate species.  A quick change of interior furnishings by class 3 allowed us to adjust it’s usage to a primarily bee hotel.

The size and scale of the build impressed the judges and won us the competition.  We will shortly bee receiving a years subscription membership to ‘Buglife’ as a reward for the children’s efforts.

Well done everybody!


Mr Scandrett

Pre-school Hedgehogs

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about hibernation and harvest. Last week we made some hedgehogs from clay and matchsticks, this encouraged the children to use their fine motor skills in order to manipulate the hedgehogs and put their spikes in. They painted them and added eyes, the children will be bringing these home this week.

CPRE My Outdoors Competition – Winners!

Once again this year, as part of our L.I.N.E. (Learning In the Natural Environment) work we entered the CPRE My Outdoors Competition.  For the second year in a row, Bishops Nympton Primary School have been named as joint winners of the best overall school prize!
The CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) work tirelessly to protect our beautiful and living countryside in Devon.  They work to protect, promote and enhance our towns and countryside to make them better places to live, work and enjoy, and to ensure the countryside is protected for now and future generations.
As a L.I.NE provider, I actively encourage the children of Bishops Nympton to experience their outdoor environment, thus enabling them to feel connected and part of our living world.  By making this connection, we hope it will enthuse and inspire them to protect and conserve our beautiful and amazing natural world.
This CPRE competition has created the opportunity for the children to think about their loved out door spaces and to imagine  a world where these spaces have been built upon and lost forever. As custodians of this planet, it is our responsibility to protect these special outdoor places from destruction.
In addition to the best overall school prize, several children have won the title of ‘Highly Commended’ for their artistic vision of their special outdoor space.    A huge congratulations go to: Cole Petherick; Seth Dart; Paige Gardiner; Anoushka Burton.
We proudly received a plaque, celebrating our winning status, a years membership with the CPRE alongside a £200 monetary prize.  Our highly commended children received a certificate and a wildlife guide book.
A huge well done to all the children who entered the competition.  We look forward to the new competition in the spring term!
Mr Scandrett

Devon Air Ambulance Talk

We had a visit from the Devon air Ambulance today with an excellent introduction and informative assembly for the whole school. Marilyn Mcqueen delivered the assembly with a guest appearance from Ambrose their bear mascot (which the children loved.) We will look to put on a fund raising event soon.

Pre-School Our Autumn Walk

Last week we went on an autumn walk around the village, first we went to the churchyard to collect leaves for some of our activities. The children enjoyed throwing the leaves up into the air and watching them tumble down. We then walked through the school lane and looked for nuts, acorns and twigs. The children loved picking up all of these Autumn treasures and bringing them back to pre-school for our interest table.

Farm Wise

Another fantastic trip out today with our class 3 children to Farm Wise in Exeter.  A fun filled day of hands on activities based on agriculture and food.  I had the pleasure of experiencing the day with a fantastic group, full of farming knowledge, enthusiasm  and questions.

Mr Scandrett


The Big Bang

Class 3 had a fantastic day at ‘The big bang’ event at Torrington school.  The day was designed to inspire and enthuse children into the technological world of science, technology, engineering and maths.  The children had hands on opportunities with various interactive stands and workshops.

An fun packed workshop  with the  wedo robots kicked off our day.  The children were tasked to build a moving model using lego, before writing  a computer program to enable their model to move.

After a quick break, we were thrust into the exhibition hall and exposed to all manner of interactive workshops looking at; aeroplane engineering, 3d printing, forensic science, speeding propulsion cars, robotics and maths challenges.  The children soaked them in picking up free mementos on the way.

After a hot lunch, watching the fire brigade extinguishing a chip pan fire, we were treated to a very funny and exciting science magic show.  The children laughed and were amazed throughout!  A fantastic day out, made even more enjoyable by the excellent behaviour of our children.

Many thanks to our parent helpers for your support throughout the day.

Mr Scandrett

Double Clear Round.

Congratulations to Harriet Griffin who jumped 2 clear rounds at the opening North Devon Schools show jumping league competition.  This was Harriet’s first ever show jumping competition, so to jump a double clear round is an amazing achievement.

Well done Harriet, We are all very proud of you!

The next round is on 12th November at the Mullacott event centre.

Mr Scandrett