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Bags of Help

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. 


Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. 


The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards

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O2 Concert Finishes


The concert has finished.  The staff have just got to find the coach.....along with all of these people!

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Watchlytes Live at the O2


Our school choir are performing at the O2 Arena in London this evening, along with other school choirs from around the country, as part of the Young Voices concert.

You can follow our travel updates here tonight as they progress back to Watchlytes later this evening.

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In the event of snow

In the event of snow information will be posted to this central 'blog' area of the website. If for any reason you cannot see anything then check the Twitter feed on the lower right side of this page. On a smart phone  you may have to scroll to the bottom of this page to find it. You can also check the county website, which will have a list of Herts school closures. It can be found at:

You might like to add this link to your favourites. There is also a link to it if you follow the information tab at the top of this page and then select the School Closures option.

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Haverthwaite steam train, Lake Aquarium and ferry to Bowness



After the strenuous physical activity of our sessions with Carnegie Outdoors, it was a pleasant contrast on Thursday to enjoy a more leisurely day beginning with a steam train ride to the small town of Lakeside on Lake Windermere. We were even treated to some refreshments for the journey - squash and biscuits for the children and tea and scones for the adults!

At Lakeside we enjoyed finding out about  a range of lake, river and sea life at the Lake Aquarium, before departing on a ferry boat to the quaint, lakeside town of Bowness. Here the children had the opportunity to do some souvenir hunting before we treated them all to an ice cream and a play in the park.

It was then back to the youth hostel to begin the big pack  - always an interesting experience! - and then our final evening meal at YHA Windermere. To end with, we had a big quiz based on our learning from the week, together with some general knowledge questions.

And that was that! It has been a pleasure working with our older juniors this week. They have been a credit to you all.

I will be tweeting our progress today as we journey south and as we get nearer attempt to estimate our time of arrival.

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Windermere Day 3

It was swap around day in Windermere and everyone has completed all of the outdoor activities: mountain walking, gorge scrambling, canoeing and new for 2015: a candlelit trip through Cathedral Quarry! 






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Windermere Day 2

Today we split into groups with some groups mountain walking up Red Screes, and others gorge scrambling and canoeing. Tomorrow everybody will swap over.  In a first for Watchlytes, some groups went on an evening excursion to 'Cathedral Quarry' and the other groups will do this tomorrow evening. We will tell you more about this later in the week. In the meantime here are some more pictures... 


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We're here, we've eaten!

We have arrived, just had our first evening meal and come outside seen the beautiful sunset over Lake Windermere and are now playing some team games...Apologies for my earlier spelling of here/hear - I was on location and working under duress!

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Hit the North!

After a  fascinating session finding out about Liverpool's role in the Titanic Story, we left Liverpool and are now heading northwards on the M6.

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Y6 and 5 Arrive in Liverpool

After a quick comfort break at the M6 Toll Services we headed northwards and are just driving through Liverpool City Centre. For pictures this week check our Twitter Feed. If you are on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom of this page and you will find them there. Or you can follow us on Twitter!

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Kwik Cricket Update

The cricket team lost narrowly in the semi finals and are now playing a match for 3rd and 4th place. Mr Longland estimates that they will now return at around 4.30.

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Viking Day

Posted by Maisie

Today I had a great day. A man came to talk to us about Vikings. We were allowed to come dressed up as one too. We went outside and crept around the whole school. When we came back inside we pretended to fight the Normans. Then we acted out some of the scenes from the Viking times.

The Vikings were raiders, traders, explorers and invaders. We pretended to have battles against each other. We also learned about a Viking trick that they played. A Viking pretended that he wanted to be a Christian to get into a town. Then he pretended to die and as they put him down on the floor for the funeral, he jumped up and attacked the people of that city!



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Our Viking Day in Pine Class

Posted by Bethany

Today in Pine Class we have had a terrific Viking Day!

The man who guided us was very clever. We learned lots of things. We got to act, see wonderful Viking pictures, creep round the Junior playground like we were Vikings on a raid and we even got to dress like Vikings. Mr Mortimer made us laugh and jump back. He also explained what Vikings were: Raiders, traders, explorers and invaders!

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The day the Vikings came to Pine Class

Raiders, Traders, Explorers and Invaders - Posted by Alexandra

Mr Mortimer came into Pine Class for our Viking Day. He told us lots and lots of interesting facts. Pine were so focused, they didn't say a word. They dressed in fantastic costumes and even took a picture on a Viking Longship. We had a fantastic time!

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On our way to the Aquarium

After a big packing section last night we had a quiz night all about the things we had learnt over the week. We were very impressed by how much Y4 had found out!  This morning we had some last things to pack and sheets to take off beds - try doing this one at home! Actually it was a pretty fine effort.  Then it was breakfast time and then time to load the coach. We are now at Bournemouth and will shortly be in the aquarium. Keep checking the website during the afternoon for updates on our progress. Hope to be home sometime between 4 and 5 depending upon traffic. I'm the meantime check the Twitter feed for a few photos from yesterday's visits.


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Y4 at Monkey World and Corfe Castle

The children enjoyed the delights of ring tailed lemurs, woolly monkeys, capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys and golden cheek gibbons - all at Monkey World this morning. After lunch it was a quick coach trip to Corfe Castle. The children managed the steep walk up to the castle really well in the heavy winds, enjoying a fascinating talk about the castle's history from our tour guide, Ian. Just having tea. I will tweet some pictures from the day later this evening. The weather's been good - windy, but bright.

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Off to Monkey World

After a good night's sleep the children had a hearty breakfast ready for the day ahead. We are now off to Monkey World for the morning and then off to Corfe Castle in the afternoon...

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First night in Swanage

We arrived at the Youth Hostel at around 5.45 and we all went straight in for a lovely dinner (fish and chips was most popular!) followed by a an interesting chat from Gary, the manager, about the history of the hostel and of Swanage. We then had an evening stroll and play on the beach and then it was off to bed! Have a look at the Twitter feed on our homepage for pictures. If you are using a mobile then you will find the feed if you scroll to the bottom of the page past all of the blogs.

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Steam Train to Alton

We have been on our steam train ride to Alton. We then had a tour of the station at Ropley and the children found out about the age of steam. We are now on our way to Swanage! Estimated arrival about 5.30pm.


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Arrived at Alresford

We've arrived at Alresford! We had a good journey down with a quick comfort break at Fleet. Just having lunch before our steam train ride.


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