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Our Curriculum


The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum that provides rich, stimulating learning experiences enhanced through first hand experiences, visits and visitors. Wherever possible we make great use of the local area to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of the children in our area. We provide a curriculum that develops children academically, physically, and socially. As well as teaching key skills in English and Maths, the pupils are encouraged to tackle problems and work independently in all subjects.

All national curriculum subjects are taught, including French in Key Stage 2. In addition, all children have regular Forest school sessions and swimming lessons are taught as part of the PE curriculum. We follow a rolling programme using a topic based approach that links the different areas of the curriculum. Each aspect of the subject is then differentiated to meet the needs of the children.

2019-2020 Curriculum Maps

Autumn Term:

Coneys Class -Famous People Places

Lamberts Class -Reduce Reuse Recycle

Pilsdon Class - Heroes and Monsters

2018-2019 Curriculum Maps

Spring Term

Coneys Class - Continents & Oceans

Lamberts Class - From A Railway Carriage

Pilsdon Class - Fight For Your Rights

Autumn Term:

Coneys Class - Amazing Animals (including humans) Curriculum Map

Lamberts Class - Rainforests & Chocolate Curriculum Map

Pildson Class -  On The Frontline Curriculum Map

2017-2018 Curriculum Maps

Autumn Term:

Coneys Class - Home Sweet Home Curriculum Map

Lamberts Clas - Polar Regions Curriculum Map

Pildson Class -  Anglo Saxons and Vikings Curriculum Map

Spring Term:

Coneys Class - Famous People & Places Curriculum Map

Lamberts Class - Reduse, Reuse, Recycle Curriculum Map

Pilsdon Class - Islands around the World Curriculum Map

Summer Term:

Coneys Class - Transport Curriculum Map

Lamberts Class - Stone Age to Iron Age Curriculum Map

Pilsdon Class - Islands around the World Curriculum Map - New topic commencing after SATS

Early Years Foundation Stage (for children aged 3 to 5)

This is a stage of education designed for children in the early years and we follow the guidance provided by the STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK For The EYFS (Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five) -_2017. It is a distinct stage and encourages children to develop skills within a play based environment. The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development and we work closely with the ACORN MAT EYFS Lead Nicki Bland to enhance and develop our EYFS provision. 

The three prime areas are: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development.

The four specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design. At Marshwood we place a great emphasis on speaking, language and listening skills when children join us, so that they have the tools to get off to a really good start.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the reception year in school – teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the reception teachers and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings.

Communication and language involves providing opportunities for children to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for children to be active and develop their co-ordination, control and movement through a range of PE activities such as Gymnastics and in the summer the children go swimming. Children should be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. We follow a well-established and successful phonic programme that comprises a range of resources from both the Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics schemes of work.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to be able to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They also have opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design technology.

Our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum (for children aged 5 to 11)

When children go into Year 1 they begin Key Stage 1; which covers years 1 and 2, and from Years 3 to 6 they are in Key Stage 2.

As a school we work hard to devise a meaningful and challenging curriculum for the children that meet the needs of our pupils whilst using local resources and amenities. Some of the curriculum is taught through learning themes and all learning involves the children building upon prior learning through first hand experience.

All children study three ‘core’ subjects: English, Mathematics and Science and nine ‘foundation’ subjects: Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Personal, Social and Health Education, History, Geography, Music, Art, Design & Technology, Religious Education and Physical Education. There is also a requirement to teach a language in KS2 and at Marshwood the children in years 3/4/5 & 8 learn French. In addition to the National Curriculum we include many other activities in our timetable to enrich and widen the children’s experiences. Over KS1 and 2 the children use our new outdoor space classroom and take part in Forest School activities such as, den building. There are also educational visits, visitors, outdoor pursuits and residential trips.

The Core Subjects


Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

At Marshwood phonics is taught using a structured daily approach suited to the ages and abilities of the children. The Letters and Sounds programme is used for Nursery children followed by The Early Reading Programme (ERP) in Reception and Key Stage 1.

Twice daily each session gives an opportunity for children to revisit their previous experience, be taught new skills, practise together and apply what they have learned.

Children’s progress is continually reviewed and they are formally assessed on a termly basis. The national Phonics screening check is performed in June of Year 1. The purpose of the screening check is to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard. The children who did not meet the required standard for the check in Year 1 enter again in Year 2 with additional support. As children enter KS2 provision is made for those children still requiring daily phonics.


Pupils are taught reading, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting. Literacy is taught daily, either as a subject in its own right, or through a different subject from the wider curriculum, so that the writing which takes place has real meaning. A wide range of texts, stories and poems are used to support learning. The school follows the Early Reading Programme (ERP) phonic programme with children also accessing  Grammar resources to support their understanding.

We place huge emphasis on reading from the start, using ways which suit your child best to get them enjoying books, using a range of Reading Schemes including Rapid Readers and the Peak Publications Guided reading scheme. We identify children needing extra support very early on, because we monitor their progress at all times and track how they are doing. Where needed we use a number of different interventions to develop early skills and help each child to gain confidence. We have recently invested in additional reading scheme books to support the reading development of our younger readers. To develop their love of books we have worked closely with Dorset Library Service to provide a range of literature in our library.

In class, children enjoy guided reading in small groups with their teachers each week.


Children learn basic skills and understanding of mathematical concepts through a combination of problem solving activities and mental calculations.

We provide our children with the basic skills and an understanding of essential mathematical processes aiming for them to become fluent in using the number system, to be able to reason and solve problems, to enjoy maths and develop the skills to use it as a tool for future life. Our children engage in a great deal of number work and problem solving through the wider application of mathematics. This includes money, time, statistics, data handling, measurement, shape and the ability to use mathematics in everyday life.

We aim, through careful teaching, to help children not only achieve the correct solutions but also to understand and value the process of that achievement. They should then be able to meet new situations and problems in a positive manner, confident in the knowledge that they have the mathematical skills to support them.


Science stimulates and excites children’s natural curiosity about living things, materials and the physical world around them.

Through scientific activities we develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding to help them to make sense of familiar events, everyday things and their personal health. Our children are encouraged to investigate questions using a variety of approaches, such as research, exploration, observation, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion. They also learn how to evaluate evidence, explain things and communicate their ideas and findings in a variety of ways.

Other Curriculum Information

History and Geography

Every term, each class has a different topic to study which includes as many practical experiences as possible. In geography, we ensure that geographical enquiry and skills are used when developing knowledge of places, environment and developmental change. Children learn to communicate using geographical language, read maps and explain issues.

In history, children learn about people, events and places, both from the recent past and the more distant past. We work hard at making the subjects real and full of practical experience. The children enjoy spending days visiting museums and living the past through role play.

Religious Education

Children are taught about a range of faiths and denominations through a range of experiences. Children are provided with opportunities to share their own beliefs in school.

Under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988 all parents have a right to withdraw their child from the School’s daily ‘Collective Act of Worship’ or from religious education.

Computing (ICT)

ICT assumes an important role as a key curriculum subject and as an essential tool to retrieve and present information across all curriculum areas. All children have access to a variety of technology, including ipads as an integral part of their studies. Interactive whiteboards support learning across the full curriculum and are used in every classroom. Children are always supervised when using ICT. The school has rigorous safeguarding procedures in place for use of the internet. Details of internet safety are incorporated into our e-safety policy and available to view in the school office or on our website.


All children study music as part of the National Curriculum. They have opportunities for participation in and appreciation of a wide range of music and have the opportunity to sing and play a wide range of instruments. They create music from an early age and learn elements of reading music.

In Dorset children in Years 3 & 4 take part in the Music For All scheme. This scheme allows all children to learn a muscial instrument for free over a 10 week period before some of the children are selcted top carry on with the lessons which are delivered by a specialist Music teacher.

Across KS2 Children have the opportunity to learn a range of other instruments. A peripatetic music teacher gives lessons in a variety of instruments including piano, clarinet, tumpet, drums and guitar as required. These are additional and optional activities for which parents have to meet the costs of tutoring and, possibly, purchase and hire of instruments. Details are sent out each year or may be obtained from the office.

Physical Education, Outdoor Pursuits and Extra Curricular Sport

Children are offered a range of sporting activities both during and beyond the school day. In addition to the statutory PE curriculum, (striking and fielding, gymnastics, dance, athletics, net and ball games and swimming) pupils are offered additional opportunities through clubs and after school activities such as football, netball, and cricket and through local leagues and festivals. Children also participate in the half-termly inter-school Stockland cross country Races and a range on Intra Mat sporting competitions alongside our link schools. 

Each class has the opportunity to swim during the summer term and some of our PE premium Grant is used to help fund the use of specialist swimming teachers. 

In addition to PE lessons that develop teamwork, children experience activities such as orienteering and problem solving in an outdoor setting.

Children in Years 3/4/5/6 have further opportunities during residential programmes.

Personal, Social and Health Education

The school also uses SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials.

Health education is a cross-curricular aspect and overlaps with social education. Our children’s health is given a high priority in school. As well as considering diet and exercise, our health education programme includes a programme of sex education, which has been drawn up in accordance with the Local Authority’s guidelines and has been approved by the school governors.

Outdoor Learning

At Marshwood we actively promote a love of teh outdoors. Our outdoor space and the use of a local woodland provides improved opportunities for Forest School and OAA activities, enabling children to learn outside in a range of curriculum areas and alongside others.

Visitors and Visits

We welcome a range of visitors into School to support children in their learning. These include writers, artists, scientists and musicians etc. We also encourage the involvement of parents. We invest in as many visits as we can, so that children learn from real and exciting first hand experiences.


We carefully monitor and assess our children, keeping records on our planning after each lesson, so that we can plan for future lessons based on what pupils need to know next. We use a special online tracker to record end of term assessments, meeting regularly to discuss progress and ensuring that early intervention is put in place where further support is needed.

A Foundation Profile is completed at the end of your child’s first year in School. There are Statutory Assessment Tasks (SATs) at the end of each Key Stage (Year 2 and Year 6).

These assessments are shared with parents on the end of year school report.


Please Remember Forest School has moved to a Friday! 

Lamberts Junk Modelling

09 Oct 2019

Check out these amazing junk-models created by Lamberts Class using materials sourced from home as a homework challenge. The class have impressed with a range of stunning creations including the Titan...

Feeding Our Little Ones With Words

30 Sep 2019

A lovely video that emphasises how we can best develop our children's vocabulalry through quality interaction and dialogue. Please watch.

Macmillian cancer Cake Sale - Friday 27th September

20 Sep 2019

Mrs Thimbleby and some of our children wil be holding a cake sale on Friday 26th September in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Please do what you can to support this by baking and bu...

RE Word Processing and IT

18 Sep 2019

Pilsdon Pen have been honing there IT skills while word processing in RE. In doing so they have been discovering different shortcuts they can use on the keyboard and also exploring more effective ways...

RE Word Processing and IT

18 Sep 2019

Pilsdon Pen have been honing there IT skills while word processing in RE. In doing so they have been discovering different shortcuts they can use on the keyboard and also exploring more effective ways...

Uganda Worship

13 Sep 2019

A big thank you to Mts Mills for an enthralling and colourful worship about the charitable work she does alongside her husband in Uganda. This tied in beatifully with our half term Christian Value of...

Forest School Fridays

06 Sep 2019

This year our Forest School sessions will taking place on a Friday morning. We believe that a morning session will enable the children to get even more benefit from their outdoor leanring. 

Summer Fete

12 Jul 2019

We are all looking forward to seeing you at this afternoons fete, so please come along and joion us, but be gentle with those sponges!

Athletic Success

09 Jul 2019

Congratulations to our Ks1 Athletics team who were triumphant at the ACORN MAT summer term athlectis competition. After some impressive displays with teh shot and javelin the team excelled at the jump...

Coneys Class Chick Update

08 Jul 2019

Boris and Jeremy our resident chicks, which succusfully hatched in school are going from strength to strength. The chicks are already starting to leap and fly across their  nest box with their da...

Elite Commando Survival Camp

04 Jul 2019

Great team effort erecting the tents and assembling the night accomodation, before dinner. Hopefully an early night, after a very busy and hot day. 

Marshmallows In The Woods

04 Jul 2019

Everyone enjoyed a stunning hike through the Thorncombe countryside to the local woods for some much needed shade. Once there everyone gathered around the camp fire to toast marshmallows and share sto...


04 Jul 2019

Some very smart campers ready for a good nights sleep and another action packed day of activities! 

Axe Valley Music Concert

03 Jul 2019

Hugley proud of our children in years five and six for a magical performance at Axminster's Guildhall. Draped in their African fabric, the children sang and played beautifully in front of a huge audie...

A Chick Has Hatched!

28 Jun 2019

We received some exciting news late last night, when Mrs Starwbridge popped into school to check on our incubator. One of the eggs had hatched and this morning we now have a very active and chirpy chi...

J.M.W. Turner sets sail for Bridport! - Well worth a visit.

28 Jun 2019

The eagerly awaited Turner in Bridport exhibition opens this Saturday 29 June at 11am. The museum are borrowing a watercolour of West Bay which is on loan for the Summer from Bury Art Museum in...

Silver Schools Games Award!

27 Jun 2019

Children and staff at Marshwood CE Primary Academy are celebrating being awarded the  Silver School Game Mark this year (see attached) as recognition for the quality of our sports provision and t...

Sports Day 2019 - Congratulations Team Yellow

26 Jun 2019

A big thank you to everyone who came along to support the children at sports day today. After postponing our original event we were truely blessed with some incredible weather and this made for a grea...

Coney's Egg Incubator and Egg Candling

14 Jun 2019

Coneys Class have been closely monitoring the eight eggs they currently have incubating in their classroom. In doing so they have been carefully turning the eggs twice a day, while adding water to the...

Lamberts Legionaries

13 Jun 2019

Lamberts Class have been researching and constructing Roman shields in their D&T lessons this week. In doing so they have found our about the maening of the various symbols the legionaries decorat...

The Rt Hon Sire Oliver Letwin MP Visits Years 5 and 6.

07 Jun 2019

Year 5 and 6 welcomed the Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin, M.P. to their school on Friday.  The children had written to Sir Oliver regarding children's rights around the world. Sir Oliver answered their...

Huishwoods Residential

06 Jun 2019

A super frst day at Huishwoods for Lamberts Class. Everyone loved the zip lining and lazer quasing in the glorious sunshine this afternoon. Dinner was delicious as usual, with Miss Jarrett and Mr Owen...

Olympic Sailing Academy Visit

05 Jun 2019

Year 6 children from both Thorncombe St Mary's and Marshwood CE Primary Academy joined forces for an inspirational day of sailing at Portland's Olympic Sailing facility. There they got to enjoy the th...

Year 5 Colyton Maths Enrichment

20 May 2019

Able Year 5 mathematicians from Marshwood CE Primary Academy  and Thorncombe St Mary’s have begun to enjoy a series of mathematical challenges with Mrs Hudson from Colyton Grammar School....

Half Term Activities At The Thelma Hulbert Gallery In Honiton

17 May 2019

The beautiful Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton is hosting a range of activities/events obver teh May half-term. To find out more click on the attached documnet.  THG - Half Term Activities

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 - Space Chase

17 May 2019

Last year over 8000 Dorset children aged 4-12 years participated in the Summer Reading Challenge – the national Reading Challenge run annually by libraries and The Reading Agency.   Th...

Good Luck Year 6

13 May 2019

All the very best to our amazing Year 6 children who are undertaking their end of KS2 SATS examinations this week. As I said on Friday you have done all you can do, so just try your very best and stay...

Mental Health Awareness Week

13 May 2019

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this week (13-19 May 2019). The theme this year is Body Image and how we think and feel about our bodies. #BeBodyKind...

Reading Treasure Chests

10 May 2019

We are very grateful to our PFA for funding the purchase of a treasure trove of must read books in each of our classes. These books consist of a range of genre and have been placed in special treasure...

Marshwood Mini Marathon In Aid Of The NSPCC

26 Apr 2019

Congratulations to all our children who took part in our mini marathon today in aid of the NSPCC. The sponsored run was organised by Mrs Strawbridge ahead of her running the London Marathon this weeke...

NSPCC Sponsored Run

05 Apr 2019

Please find attached details of our sponsored run in aid of the NSPCC. It will be taking place on Friday 26th April, two days before our Marshwood Marathon Mums tackle the London Matahon. 

Wessex FM - School Of The Week

05 Apr 2019

A big thank you to Isabelle, Alice, Emma, Hannah, James, Alex, Oliver and Maru-Jane who were interviewed by Carl Ashwin from the Wessex FM In The Morning show, for the school of the week feature.&nbsp...

KS2 SATS Revision

05 Apr 2019

I know Ms Pooley has given Year 6 some SATS revision to complete over teh Easter Holidays. However, more practice materials can be found via the links below. SATS REVISION Top 10 SATS Resources For...

Release the Newts!

05 Apr 2019

A big thank you to Mrs Hoskins, plus Mrs and Mrs Pollard who kindly delivered some new newts, diving beatles and dragon fly larvae to us today. With the help of Lamberts class the new arrivals were ca...

Easter Service

04 Apr 2019

It was lovely to see St. Mary's Church packed today for our Easter Service. The congreation were treated to some beautiful singing, with our talented musicians providing the music for the hymns. KS2 c...

MFL - Sampling French Cuisine

03 Apr 2019

The children in KS2 have enjoyed sampling a range of French cuisine today in their MFL lesson. This afternoon the classroom was transformed into a French Supermarche, with saucisson, pain au chocolate...

Final Royal Institution Maths Masterclass

28 Mar 2019

Able mathematicians from across our link schools came together at Axminster Primary Academy today for their sixth and final RI Maths Masterclass. The masterclass series started back in September, with...

Celebration Peace Worship

22 Mar 2019

In our celebration worship today our children and families played a game of 'Blankaty-Blank' together to help understand our half-term Christian Vlaue of Peace. When  given the phrase 'Peace_____...

Forest School Cooking - Wild Garlic Flatbreads

21 Mar 2019

Lamberts Class enjoyed a super forest school session in the woods today. Using the resources arround them they picked wild garlic and used it to make delicious garlic flat breads. A great choice this...

ACORN MAT Year 5/6 Football Tournament

13 Mar 2019

Congratulations to our Year 5/6 football team who finished a credible fourth in the latest ACORN MAT sports competition, which was hosted by St. Andrew's Chardstock. A special mention must go to Finn...

Dorset Schools STEM day - AEUK Maritime Mission

08 Mar 2019

Good luck to our talented young scientists attending the STEM Science Day today, along with pupils from 19 other schools from across Dorset. The event is part of UC Science Week and is being hosted by...

Wildlife Wonder Photography

07 Mar 2019

Having worked with international wildlife photographer Iain Green in the Autumn Term I am delighted to say that the images taken by the children have finally arrived. The remit of the Wildlife Wonder...

Year 5 Chain Sentences - Playing With Words.

06 Mar 2019

Year 5 have had great fun this morning creating their own chain sentences. These sentences are very special, as the next word in teh sentence must start with the last letter of the previous word. Your...

Bikability Part 2

05 Mar 2019

Congratulations to all our Year 6 cyclists who successfully passed their Level 2 Bikability training this week. A great achievement and we hope to see more of you out and about on your bikes now!

Bikability Part 1.

01 Mar 2019

Our Year 6 cyclists are currently undertaking their Level 1 Bikability training at Thorncombe school. The course is being funded using our PE Premium Grant and will hopefully give the children the con...

Book Cafe

27 Feb 2019

A big thank you to Mrs Jevons and Mrs Morgan for hosting a book cafe this week. The cafe was very busy over lunch, with children enjoying a range of books and sharing stories with eachother. 

Book Week 2019

25 Feb 2019

The children will be immersing themselves in books all week, as we celebrate our annual book week. There will be a range of activities, with this year focus on vocabulary, with the children...

Wildlife Information Boards

15 Feb 2019

Some of our Reception children have already been busy seeing if they can spot any of the local wildlife depicted on our stunning new wildlife identification boards. Purchased with the support of our P...

Parabolic Maths Investigation

14 Feb 2019

Our able Year 6 Mathematicians came over to Marshwood this week for the fifth installment of their Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses. As it was Velentines Day the group had to use their mathematic...

Marshwood Marathon Mums

13 Feb 2019

We are super proud of Coneys Class tecaher Mrs Strawbridge and Whitchurch Pre-School Leader Marie Winnett who have not let the recent snow stop them training for this years Virgin London Marathon&nbsp...

Marshwood Snow

01 Feb 2019

A lovely shot of Coneys Class enjoying some early morning snow yesterday. 

St. Barnabas School, Kinyamaseke, Uganda link

25 Jan 2019

As part of their work on continents and Africa, Coneys Class were visited by Rev Richard Rukundo and Rosie Giles from the Children's Ministry for the Church of Uganda. The visit reminded them about th...

How To Make Your Own Compass.

18 Jan 2019

Toda Coneys Class learned how to make a compass. To do this you need to rub a needle against a magnet approximately 50 times in the same direction to magnetize the needle. next, place the needle on or...

Community Land Trust High Vis Presentation

18 Jan 2019

A big thank you to the Marshwood community Land Trust (CLT) who joined us in the church this week to presnt all of the children with a high-vis vest. The vests were gratefully received and will be wor...

Minecraft Coding - ICT

11 Jan 2019

In ICT this half term Lamberts Class will be working with our ICT specialist Mr. Harris and developing their coding skills using Minecraft. In doing so, they have to use their programming skills to wo...

Carols By Candlelight 2018

21 Dec 2018

St. Mary's Church was packed and beautifully illuminated for our annual carols by candlelight concert. Several children played guitar and violin, as the local community joined our KS2 choir for a beau...

Mr. Owen's 2018 Royal Society Statistics Quiz

21 Dec 2018

Mr. Owen has taken the Royal Statistical Society's top facts of 2018 and mixed them all up. Can you do better than Pilsdon Pen and correctly match the facts to the statatistic? 

Christmas Dinner 2018

21 Dec 2018

A big thank you to our PFA who funded and served our fabulous christmas meal. The food was delicious and thoroughly enjoyed by the children, governors and staff.

It's A Party Christmas Nativity

20 Dec 2018

The children once again excelled themselves, as they put on a stunning Nativity performance of 'It's a Party!' this year. A packed church was treated to some super acting, singing and dancing. Merry C...

Marshwood Christmas Banners

17 Dec 2018

It was lovely to see teh children's Christmas banners on display in the church this week for our festive celebrations. Hopefully they will become a permenant fixture in the church, as everyone visitin...

Super Science Carousel

14 Dec 2018

Pilsdon Pen enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of Scientific invetigation, as they explored which materials male the best insulators. After coming up with their hypotheses they carefully recorded the tempe...

The Post Office is coming to Marshwood Church!

30 Nov 2018

The POST OFFICE is coming to Marshwood Church! Every Tuesday between 1.30 – 3.30pm starting 4th, 11th & 18th Dec. Restart 8th January 2019    The following services will be ava...

Axe Valley Wildlife Park visit.

30 Nov 2018

Our PFA kindly funded a visit from Axe Valley Wildlife Park this week, as they came along to Coneys Class with an array of exotic animals. This hands on experience was a real thrill for the children a...

Children in Need - THANKYOU!

22 Nov 2018

A tremendous effort by children, parents and staff saw us raise an incredible £363.30, of which £150 was raised from the sale of Pudsey ears and wristbands, while the cakes and non-uniform...

Kenway Cup Football at Thorncombe School

19 Nov 2018

Well done to our year 5/6 football team who gave their all in the Kenway Cup qualifiers at Thorncombe this week. Despite the cold the team showed real endurance, as they took on neighbours Charmouth,...

Children in Need

16 Nov 2018

Children and staff at Marshwood CE Primary Academy got behind Children in Need in style on Friday, as they dressed up in some truly spotacular outfits. Leading the way was the school council who had b...

River Of Poppies Art Installation - Colmers Hill

09 Nov 2018

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM Pilsdon Pen have joined other local schools in helping to construct a temporary community built memorial on Colmers Hill in Symondsbury, Bridport for Armistice Day 2018. Th...

School Governor Required...Please Apply!

07 Nov 2018

Marshwood CofE Primary Academy seeks a Governor We are looking for a person with a strong commitment to education to join ourenthusiastic team of governors on the Local Governing Body of Marshwood CE...

Open Days

06 Nov 2018

We have two open days coming up this month on Friay 23rd and Saturday 24th November. We would love for you to come and visist our fantastic school, especialy if you have a child looking to start schoo...

Year 6 Elite Commando Survival Day

17 Oct 2018

This week St Mary’s Primary School, Thorncombe hosted over 80 children from across the Acorn MAT, as children from Loders, Marshwood, Mrs Ethelstone’s, Axminster, Membury and Chardstock jo...

Harvest Festival

16 Oct 2018

Our Harvest Festival was a huge success again this year, as St. Mary's Church was packed out for this years 'Local Harvest' themed service. All of the children played their part, with delicious hedger...

Nine Ashes Day 2

12 Oct 2018

Nine Ashes Day 1

11 Oct 2018

All is well (apart from a little less sleep than normal) in beautiful Cornwall, after a super start to this years OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities) residential. All of the children have thrown...

Nine Ashes Gallery

11 Oct 2018

Friendship, determination, support, character, resilience, endurance, memories, strength and bags of fun! Well done Pilsdon :)

Sidmouth Science Festival

05 Oct 2018

Sidmouth Science Festival starts this weekend and runs until the 14th of October. To find out more please click on the link.

October Half Term Football Holiday Camps

05 Oct 2018

DM Coaching are running an October Half Term Football Holiday Camp at Cloakham Lawn Sports & Social Club, Chard Road, Axminster, EX13 5HW. For full detials please click on the attched document bel...

Lyme Rotary Club Donate Dictionaries

01 Oct 2018

A big thank you to Lyme Rotarians who continue to lend their fantastic support to the school. Once again they came along to donate a set of beautifully illustrated dictionaries to our Year 6 chil...

Heart Smart Comes To Marshwood

25 Sep 2018

The children had a very special visitor today when Boris from Heart Smart cam and visited them in person. Boris was introduced by Pete who explained how Boris could teach us the imporantce of love and...

Amazing Owls

25 Sep 2018

Coneys Class got to meet some amazing owls this week when Mr. Ballam from Xtreme Falconry visited the class. During the visit the class got to handle lots of owl artefacts, such as pellets, feathers a...

Herman The Tortoise

21 Sep 2018

A big thank you to Mrs Ballam who came and visited Coneys Class with her pet tortoise Herman. The children got to examine Herman closely and see how he moved slowly along the floor. Mrs Ballam...

Reception Class 2018

09 Sep 2018

A warm welcome to our new Reception children who have been quickly getting up to speed with life at Marshwood. Everyone has been making them feel very welcome and helping them out with routines, as th...

Year 6 Camp

20 Jul 2018

Year 6 have been enjoying a super end of year camp at school. After some rounders on the field the children enjoyed a delicious BBQ back at camp. Once it was getting dark the children ventured out ove...

Lamberts Class OAA

18 Jul 2018

Well done to Lamberts who succesfully survived the end of year camp. All of the children succesfully completed the various challenges and an amazing time was had by all!

King Arthur's Knights and the Dragon

18 Jul 2018

Congratulations to Years 5 and 6 who put on an amazing end of year production. This years play told the tale of King Arthur's Knight and a rather scary dragon. The standard of singing and acting was s...


17 Jul 2018

After the rain Lamberts enjoyed a spot of orienteering. Four teams set off into the woods to locate 25 navigation points, with mixed results! There was some super team work on display, as the teams ra...

Lower KS2 Residential

16 Jul 2018

The children have settled in well at this years camp and already enjoyed a fun filled morning of woodland crafts and curling (without the ice). After lunch the class were all set to test out their cli...

Personal Water Survival

13 Jul 2018

Congratulations to our talented swimmers who completed their personal survival units 1 and 2 this week. As part of the programme the children in involved had to demonstarte the strength as swimmers, s...

Stone Age Arts & Crafts

13 Jul 2018

Years 3 and 4 showcased some of their fantastic Stone Age inspired Arts & Crafts during celebration worship on Friday. Using clay the children reaserched and made their very own Neolithic jeweller...

Royal Marines Mini Commando Day

11 Jul 2018

Year 6 children from Marshwood CE Primary Academy and Loders Primary joined peers from across the Acorn Multi Academy Trust  for a fun filled day with the Royal Marines. The event took place in t...

KS2 CPR Training

04 Jul 2018

A huge well done to all our children in KS2 who succesfully completed a mornings CPR training thanks to parent and paramedic Mrs Chapman. All the children were presented with certificates, after provi...

Olympic Sailing Centre Visit

03 Jul 2018

Pilsdon Class enjoyed a fantastic day out at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Centre in Weymouth. All of the children got to experience the thrill of sailing thanks to the brilliant 'Sail For A Fiver"...


29 Jun 2018

Please come along and support our PFA on Sunday 8th July 2018, when they will be openning the school to serve delicious cream teas between 2:30 and 5:00pm. All money raised will be used to further enh...

LKS2 Codebreakers

26 Jun 2018

Some of our talented mathematicians in Years 3 & 4 took part in a codebreaking maths compeition with children from across the ACORN MAT. The event took place in Axminster and the children worked i...

Marshwood Cricketing Success

26 Jun 2018

Congratulations to our KS2 cricket team who were victorious in an end of season match against Axminster. Poor Axminster had no answer to Marshwood's straight line bowling and huge hitting. This deadly...

Call the Fire brigade!

22 Jun 2018

A big thank you to Charmouth fire station who came along and visited the school today. All of the children enjoyed a thorough tour of the station fire engine and the various equipment it has to carry....

Royal Institution Maths Masterclass

19 Jun 2018

Children from across the ACORN MAT came together today to enjoy a maths masterclass with Dr Jenny Sharp from Plymouth University. The session was part of the schools staff development p...

Stonehenge Visit

18 Jun 2018

Lamberts Class enjoyed a fantastic visit to Stonehenge this week, as they found out all about the importance of this world famous historical monument. They were amazed to see tourists from all over th...

Scotty Go Computer Programming

15 Jun 2018

Pilsdon Pen have enjoyed a couple of weeks of programming with ICT wiz Dan, as they developed their understanding of coding using teh Scotty Go software and resources. Across the sessions, children wo...

Story Boat

12 Jun 2018

The children arrived at school this week to discover a beautiful wooden boat had appeared in the school playground. Thankfully, the appearance was thanks to traditional boatbuilder Gail McGarva and no...

Stone Age Maths - Geometry

05 Jun 2018

Lamberts Class put their knowledge and understanding of geometry to good use, as they designed and made three different Stone Age shelters. In doing so they used a range of different shapes, as they c...

The Royal Wedding

18 May 2018

Marshwood School were keen to show their British Values and get behind the Royal wedding celebrations this week. In doing so the children decortaed the school with flags, bunting and various good will...

KS1 QuadKids Athletics

15 May 2018

Congratulations to our Athletes in KS1 who were victorious in the Acorn MAT QuadKids athletics competition at Chardstock this week. In glorious weather the team competed in a range of throwing, r...

Lascaux Cave Paintings

11 May 2018

Lamberts Class have enjoyed recreating the famous Lascaux cave paintings in topic this week. They produced images of Stone Age hunts, discussed the reasons behind the limted colour pallets used by our...

Science Food Chains

09 May 2018

Lamberts Class have been exploring food chains in a range of local and global habitats. After using various sources to locate the relevent information they produced these detailed pictoral food chains...

West Dorset Tri Golf Competition

26 Apr 2018

Children from Years three and four enjoyed a super afternoon of golf at the Sir. John Colfox Academy in Bridport today. Competing against 30 other teams from all over the region 'Marshwood 1' were the...

Coneys Tadpoles

24 Apr 2018

Our Reception children have been learning all about the lifecycle of tadpoles in Science, as they look after a tank of their very own tadpoles. So far the children have seen the tadpoles hatch out fro...

Ultimate Frisbee

19 Apr 2018

This half term the children will be learning to play Ulitimate Frisbee duirng our Wednesday after school club with Adam from Elite Coaching & Fitness. The club is proving extremely popular and it...

Found Words

17 Apr 2018

Inspired by the magical book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, the children from Years 5 and 6 at Marshwood CE Primary Academy have written their own book of Found Words. Surro...

Easter Service

29 Mar 2018

St Mary's church was packed for this years Easter Service, as teh children acted our the various parts of the Easter story, sang beautiful, shared some musical prayer and also raised money for the Bay...

Egg Decorating Competition

29 Mar 2018

We were inundated with Egg-stravagent entries for this years egg decorating competition. The standard of the enteries this year was as Egg-ceptional as ever, with staff members, animals, local la...

Sport Relief Mile

22 Mar 2018

A huge thank you and well done to everyone who took part in this years Sport Relief Mile. There was a great turnout and all teh runners appreciated the support and refreshments from the PFA. Almost &p...

Author & Illustrator Louise Yates Visits Marshwood

21 Mar 2018

Celebrated author and illustrator Louise Yates ( kindly gave up her time to visit Marshwood school, where she shared with the children the story of how she became a publi...

Science Week Fun

21 Mar 2018

Children across the school engaged in a variety of Scientific activities, as Marshwood celebrated Science Week in style. In doing so, Coneys Class were joined by Mrs Ballam from The Woodroffe School....

Book Week At Marshwood

23 Feb 2018

The children enjoyed a fantastic 'Book-Week' as they immersed themselves in the fantastic world of reading. All week the children engaged in a variety of activities, and also enjoyed meeting local aut...

Football at Chardstock

21 Feb 2018

Congratulations to our KS2 footballers who enjoyed some healthy competition at Chardstock, where they faced the host team and neighbours Axminster Community Primary School. Great fun was hard by all,...

Awe and Wonder

10 Jan 2018

The children wished to share the beautiful scene which greeted them this morning. A blanket of mist was sat in the vale, as the winter sun was rising behind St Mary's Church. Absolutely stunning!

Community Speed Watch & Road Safety

10 Jan 2018

To kick off 2018 the children joined members of the local Community Speed Watch Campaign in monitoring the speed of traffic passing the school. All of the children were involved and they were disappoi...

Carols by Candleight in St Mary's Church

13 Dec 2017

A packed St Mary's Church were treated to delicious mince pies and mulled wine, before Marshwood Schools annual Carol Concert. As the children entered, the lights were dimmed and the church was illumi...

Nativity Play

13 Dec 2017

Children of Marshwood CE Primary academy enjoyed showcasing their singing, dancing and acting talents in front of a packed St Mary's Church this week. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 put on a stunning Na...

Acorn Mat Year 3 & 4 Handball Tournament

29 Jun 2017

We hosted the Acorn MAT Year three and four Handball tournament this week, and it was great to be joined by teams from Mrs Ethestone’s, St. Adndrew’s, Chardstock and Membury. A great morni...

A Strange Tree Has Appeared

27 Jun 2017

Coneys Class had quite a shock this week when a strange metallic tree appeared in the classroom! The 'messy area' has been taken over and the tree is slowly being populated by beautiful silver butterf...

Lamberts Residential

21 Jun 2017

Everyone having an amazing time in Huish Woods. Archery and Zip wire (Even Mrs Morgan and Mr. Owen had a go!) ticked off, now time for some caving!

Lamberts Residential - Caving & Climbing!

21 Jun 2017

This afternoon the children enjoyed themselves borrowing underground in the artificial caves. It was a little wet in the tunnels, but that did not deter our intrepid explorers, in fact it had the oppo...