Autumn Learning Highlights

It has been another busy term at Checkendon School with lots of exciting learning activities, sports events, visits and visitors since September.  We are lucky to have such a dedicated and talented team of teachers and teaching assistants constantly striving for the best outcomes for our pupils and making our successful school one that we are all proud of.


Children in all classes have enjoyed taking part in a wide range of learning projects in school and out and about. We welcomed new children in Reception; they have all settled in very well, fully participating in all aspects of our school community.  Pupils in Owlet Class have had a great time discovering space and recreated their own model solar system.  They have also enjoyed making pumpkin jam and marmalade from the pumpkins they harvested. Children in Owl Class enjoyed a fantastic visit to Bournemouth at the beginning of the autumn term, had fun painting squashes at Tolhurst Organic Farm, visited Goring fire station and have been out on several local walks to explore the signs of Autumn. Children in Panda Class had a really interesting visit to Foxes Piece School in Marlow to deliver their Guide to Checkendon and enjoyed their art lessons with Mrs Lovegrove. They have just finished their amazing Roman day at Ufton Court which included re-enacting Boudicca’s revolt! Pupils in Rhino Class took part in memorable residential experiences: those in Year 6 enjoyed caving, canoeing, and rock climbing in Wales; those in Year 5 had a fantastic overnight stay at Path Hill Outdoors, sleeping in tepee tents on a two day survival themed adventure. More recently, the class has enjoyed Unearthing Anglo-Saxons at The Ashmolean Museum and designed and built an Anglo-Saxon village.  Children in Rhino Class would like to say a big thank you to Miss Lloyd and Miss Mundy as they leave this week. The children have really appreciated their teaching and enjoyed their lessons. We wish them good luck for the future and hope they will come back to visit us soon.

School Council

Our new School Council representatives have had lots of lively discussions including deciding how to organise themselves to ‘Meet and Greet’ visitors to their classrooms and organising fundraising for Children In Need.

School Values Ambassadors

Our 8 Year 6 ambassadors have been exemplary role models demonstrating the values the school holds and advising younger children how to demonstrate such values, especially in challenging times.  They have also been assisting with whole school worship and leading prayers.

Digital Leaders

We are very grateful to our 3 digital leaders who have provided an excellent technical trouble shooting and photography service throughout the school as well as organising lighting for Silent Night or Noisy Night?

PE and School Sports

Children and teachers in all classes have benefitted from the specialist sports coaching skills of Paul Meakin and Sam Clothier. Pupils of all ages have participated in a wide range of sports clubs and competitions including cross country, football, climbing, equestrian, netball, dodgeball. Cross country was particularly popular with more than 32 children taking part in the November event!


We were very pleased to welcome parents and neighbours to our community worship, Harvest Service and to the hugely successful Fireworks Night organised by the School Association. We are very grateful to the School Association for everything they do to support the school; thank you to everyone who attended Fireworks Night or the book fair; or purchased tea towels or Christmas cards; or volunteered time to make these things happen. Thanks also to all those parents who have helped us in other ways; in classes, assisting at lunchtimes, accompanying visits and sports events.  We wouldn’t be the wonderful school community we are without your support!

  • Checkendon Church of England (A) Primary School
  • Checkendon
  • Reading
  • Berkshire
  • RG8 0SR
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01491 680693
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