Welcome to World Book Day at Compton School

Article written by Toby and Oscar
On Thursday 6th of March it was World Book Day when we all celebrate the wonderful world of books. Here at Compton we had an exciting, and adventurous time dressing up as either a character from a book or a country from around the world. It was an eventful day involving traditional storytelling from Africa, an extraordinary and stimulating bumper book quiz and the around the world reading book challenge raising money for Railway Primary School.

World Book Day Costumes

World Book Day Costumes

Firstly, we all went into a special assembly where we all showed each other our costumes. Some funny ones were two pupils dressed as crocs; one was called Bob and the other Larry and also one other pupil was Charlie Cook and his brother came as his favourite book.
Two crocs

Two crocs

Secondly, there was a quiz matching books and teachers. We had to find out which teacher read what book. Who knew Mrs O`Shea`s favourite thing to read is the Saints Annual?
Next, we had storytelling from Mrs O`Shea who told us a story from Africa called “Awongalema” it was about a magical tree that could grow fruit if you said the magic word. Lots of children helped tell the Story and afterwards we talked about the moral and what you learn from the story.
After lunch, it was time for the Bumper Book Quiz! There were lots of teams from each year. We all worked together to get the answers to questions about books. Team D won the quiz with 77 points. Well done to them!
World Book Day is over for 2016 but we still need to raise money for Railway Primary School – helping to fund books for their library – so please remember to keep reading and bring in your sponsor money!
Thank you everyone.

Get your goggles on Foxes Class!

Foxes get their goggles on

Foxes get their goggles on

Read our article to find out some of the finest facts about Foxes’ class swimming. We had a chat with four pupils from Foxes class when we asked them all about swimming and how they feel about it.
By Daisie and Olivia

Question: How do you get to swimming and where is it?
M: We go to Fleming Park and we get there by coach.
Question: How is it organised at the pool, and what groups are there?
Al: There is 1 big pool and 1 small pool and there’s different groups in the different pools. If they see you doing well in the small pool they’ll move you into the big pool and if you are still learning you will stay in the small pool.
L: The lesson lasts for 30 minutes.
A: There are 3 different groups. There is: stingrays, dolphins and sharks. Each one of us is in a different group. Stingrays are in the small pool, sharks and dolphins are in the big pool with sharks in the deep end.
Question: What do they teach you?
M: This week they tested us on different types of swimming. We did all kinds of different strokes including front crawl, breast stroke and backstroke. We also did treading water. Sometimes we have to do demonstrations to show the others what to do.
Question: What is it like when you first get in the pool?
M: It is quite cold but I get used to it quickly.
Al: I just kind of slipped in (laughing).
L: It felt nervewracking but we were in the little pool so we were able to stand up. I was nervous because there was a good swimmer who stayed in the small pool and I thought I would stay in the small pool too.
Question: What do you like about swimming with your class?
M: I like doing it with my friends.
A: I like the fact that I can help other people.
Al: I like to complement people on their swimming, how well they are doing.
L: All of my friends keep me company and that helps to keep me going. At Fleming Park you have to wear hats and I like that because I get worried about my sister getting nits because she doesn’t wear a hat when we go to River Park.
Ready to Swim

Ready to Swim

Question: What do you dislike about swimming with your class?
Al: When people are splashing around and I can’t hear the teacher and we have to do the lesson and I just don’t know what to do next.
A: I think it is a bit too easy compared to my swimming and I think they make up their minds too quickly about which groups we should go in.
L: I don’t like it when I get tired and I get scared that I’m going to stop and they are going to say “well, she’s not very good“. I also don’t really like the fact that there are 33 of us split into 3 groups and its too crowded in the pool. Sometimes we have to swim one at a time in our lane because otherwise we might collide.
Question: If you could change something about swimming, what would it be?
Al: I think there should be a few more groups, and also more changing rooms.
All: Yeah more changing rooms
M: Because there was something like 5 or 6 people in each changing room. All the girls were in one changing room together.
Question: Have you had swimming lessons before?
Al: Yes I normally go to different pools with my uncle. I’ve been before with my old school too and last time I went with them we went to Fleming Park too.
A: I go to Fleming Park but when I go there’s 9 groups and it took me 3 years to get from the first group to the fifth group. At my lessons you have to do lots of different things to move up a group.
M: I go to Winchester College and they move you up quite slowly as well.
A: At my swimming we have an online system where they mark you out of more practice, not bad, good and brilliant and once you get all of them ticked off you can move up a level.
L: I go to River Park which we were going to go to with school but they decided to go to Fleming Park instead. When we go with school it’s very crowded with all your class mates by your side.
Question: Do the teachers push you?
Al: Yes. When we first got in the pool they just told us to swim straight across and they didn’t show you what to do. They just assumed that we already knew how to do front crawl.
A: Some Year 3s didn’t know what to do but they do follow you with a woggle in case you get stuck.
M: In Sharks, it is quite hard because they made you do 2 lengths front crawl and then get out and then immediately do 2 lengths backstroke which made you feel really tired.
Thanks to all the children who took part in this interview.

Ten things you didn’t know about Ms Driver

By Scarlett, Year 6

I met with Ms Driver to find out about her school life here at Compton and when she was a pupil herself.

Find out about her childhood passion for spies and spying and lots more besides in my article below.


What was your favourite subject when you were at Primary School?

English – I really loved stories, I really loved poems, I really loved hearing and writing them. I always had my head in a book.

Was your Primary School the same or different to Compton?

I went to two. One in Bath which was a really big city Primary School and I had a really nice teacher called Mrs Wilson. When I was starting Year 6 I moved to Devon and went to a little school with only 60 children in total. It was a really big change from what I was used to but I had an amazing teacher (Mr Watts) who was an artist so we got to use lots of different things like watercolours and lino printing. It was absolutely the best year of schooling I ever had.

Did you always want to be a headteacher and if not what other careers did you consider?

When I was very little I wanted to be a nurse. Then I spent quite a long time wanting to be a spy. I used to follow people around with a notebook and hide in trees because I had read a particular book. After that I wanted to be a journalist. It was always something to do with writing.

How long did it take you from when you started teaching to where you are now?

It probably took between 15-17 years from when I started my training course to now.

When you were starting out as a teacher did you ever think you would come this far?

No. I had no interest in becoming a Headteacher at all. I just really wanted to be a teacher. I just loved being in the classroom.

What do you miss the most about not teaching every day?

I very much miss having the relationships with the children in my class because you really get to know everybody. I also loved the feeling of being in a team and planning exciting things to do as a class.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the relationships with everybody (children, parents, staff and governors), talking to them and seeing how everyone gets on. I like seeing the children and the adults interacting. I like getting things done that make a difference.

What do you enjoy least about your job?

Interference from the government every 5 minutes really gets on my nerves especially from people who have never really been in the classroom. Also I really don’t like the excessive paperwork.

Can you describe your job in 3 words?

That’s a really difficult question. I would say rewarding, tiring, stimulating.

Where would you like to see the school in 5 years?

Still being quietly excellent. I really want it to be full of great teaching and happy people.

Gardening Time at Compton

We are pupils of Compton and we have started a lunchtime Gardening Club. We have produced a blog article all about:

  • What we do
  • How we do it and the equipment we use
  • Why we ‘dig’ it (‘dig’ means ‘like’)

We interviewed one of our friends from Gardening Club and asked her lots of questions about it.


What we do

We dig up leftover weeds in the flower beds near the adventure playground, put them in the garden waste bin and then we plant and grow flowers and vegetables like pansies, tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot and potatoes. Once, after we dug up the potatoes we grew, the cooks made a potato salad with mayo. They served it up in the kitchen and we all got to try some.

Filling the Planter

Filling the planter

Getting ready

Getting ready

A great job

A great job


How we do it and the equipment we use

We talk about what we need to do (e.g. which beds need weeding, what we can plant) and then Mrs Snowdon buys all the seeds and bulbs and we start doing the jobs we have talked about. Some of the equipment we use includes forks, shovels, gloves, rakes, pots and buckets. The most fun tool of all is the hose because we get to spray each other with it!

Our boss Mrs Snowdon

Our boss Mrs Snowdon

Why we ‘dig’ it

We also asked her what she would rate Gardening Club out of 10 and why? She said ten because it makes the school look smart and pretty and it is really fun. She likes the fact that it is outside not inside and enjoys outdoor learning. Another good thing is that it is social because if you are bored outside at lunchtime with nothing to do, you can join in and make friends.


Joining in

Gardening Club is on a Monday lunchtime and if anyone is interested please speak to one of us or to Mrs Snowdon (our boss!)

Our new and improved discovery area

We are Alfie and Oscar and we have been finding out about the tremendous, fun and exciting new discovery area.

Mrs Cooke answered our questions. Mrs Cooke explained that the plants were dying so she asked Ms Driver for some more. Instead Ms Driver said it could have not just new plants but new equipment too! There will be incredible new things like:

  • a big gazebo
  • an archway
  • some wooden flower beds.
New gazebo

New gazebo

The gazebo is important because in Winter it gives shelter from the rain or snow, but in Summer it gives shade from the hot sun.

Flower beds

Flower beds

The builders were here for one week and two days but rain made it take 9 days altogether. Mrs Cooke said the new plants would be herbs to make pretend stews, evergreen shrubs to last all year round and flowers for insects. When it is finished it will also have a mud kitchen (for making potions), a bigger digging patch but all the other toys like the foam bricks and trikes will still be there.

We really think the little ones will love the new discovery area!