Four intrepid maths challengers travelled to Wellington School on Saturday to represent our federation. Two children from each school arrived bright and early to take on some really tough questions, cheered on by their families. The challenge is an annual event (by invitation) and this year forty schools took part from as far as North Somerset and Cornwall. Both private and state schools competed. Seth and Emily represented Bish Nym whilst Charlotte and Lily flew the colours for East Anstey. I am delighted to report that our joint team members were a real credit to their schools and performed really well earning a very creditable score of 13 (the third placed team achieved 19 with 21 winning the challenge). Well done and thanks to the team members and their families.
Class 1 and pre-school have been learning about farming this term. We have learnt about where our food comes from and to make this real to the children we read the story of The Little Red Hen. Yesterday we all made bread together. The children worked beautifully together with the older ones helping the younger ones and at the end of the day, they all had two bread rolls that they had made themselves to take home for their tea!
A second place finish for our year 5 / 6 athletes team at the SMCC local schools athletic competition was proudly celebrated yesterday. 10 Local schools competed in the indoor athletics competition challenging the participants to various throwing running and jumping events.
Bishops Nympton once again won the relay race, contributing to a well deserved and excellent second place overall. We clearly have very talented athletes within our school. Year 3 / 4 finishing 1st, year 5 / 6 finishing 2nd. This will hopefully be enough to enable us to participate in the area finals later on in the school year.
Well done to everyone involved.
Having watched our year 3 / 4 loose 4 – 1 to Filleigh, our 5 / 6’s were keen to turn the tables. An experienced side opened the game at full throttle and were 2 – 0 up in minutes. Clearly the stronger team, I took the opportunity to stretch the legs of our less experienced players.
An opportunity they grabbed with both hands. All impressing on the pitch in unfamiliar roles. Harvey in particular stood out who has opened the door for possible first team action in the future. Despite making more substitutions than an international friendly we comfortably won the game 4 – 1.
Well done to everyone who played. I will look to provide more opportunities like this in the future.
With our East Anstey players unavailable for selection, it was up to the Bishops Nympton year 3 / 4 to go into battle in our second football match of the season. Having suffered defeat in our opening game we were keen to put in a good performance.
It was a very even affair with both teams looking likely to score. Towards the end of the half, our players lost their way and in a difficult few minutes found ourselves 4 – 0 down at half time.
This blow was hard to pick ourselves up from. We spent half time looking at what had gone wrong and how we needed to change things to improve our chances for the second half. We were determined and aimed for a second half win.
And that is exactly what they did. We created lots of chances and finally our efforts were rewarded with a goal from Lewis. We won the half but lost the game 4 – 1. We hope to be at full strength for our next fixture.
It has been a difficult autumn term for our year 3 / 4 as we embarked on our first ever foray into a football league competition. Local schools have got together and highlighted how are younger children are not getting enough competitive sports opportunities. This football league idea is an opportunity to create regular competition amongst local schools, thus opening the door for further and future sporting fixtures of different varieties.
We have entered this as a federation and our first outing, away at Swimbridge, was the first opportunity for our players to get to know each other. We soon went 2 – 0 down as we seemed a little nervous and unsure of what we were supposed to be doing.
As the game progressed, our players became more confident and more in tune with each other and the fight back began. 2 strikes from Ozzie later and we were back in the game and very much on top. Full of momentum we seemingly took a 3 – 2 lead right before half time, however, the referee deemed the goal had been scored after the whistle.
Second half was a well fought affair, we continued to build a strong bond within the team but the long grass sapped the energy from our legs and unfortunately the game finished 4 – 2 in Swimbridge’s favour. Despite the loss we had showed great promise, and I am sure the more we play together the faster we will improve.
Famous faces were in their abundance on Friday as Bishops Nympton Primary School had a dress up day to support Children In Need. The children dressed as their favourite celebrity. A great deal of effort was made with the outfits and families donated generously to the cause. £86.16 was collected by the pupil council, all of which will be pledged to the Children in Need appeal.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated, we hope you had a fabulous time spending the day in school with so many famous people.
Mr Evel Knieval
Our year 3 / 4 ventured into SMCC brand new sports hall for this year’s athletics tournament. 10 teams were competing in various athletic events scoring points for their respective team. This year we took two teams, a combination of pupils from here and our federated partners East Anstey.
It was a great opportunity to get to know their federated friends, and it didn’t take long for them to be working together and encouraging each other along. This team work was evident in the relay races as our Exmoor link teams finished 1st and second.
Once all the running, jumping, throwing had finished it was the anxious wait to find out the final positions. The hard work throughout the afternoon paid off with one of our teams finishing 5th and the other 1st. An outstanding result, one which we are very proud of.