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Ketu house Mannequin challenge.

Students on Ketu took part in the Mannequin Challenge with great success – only one take needed!

Our Pobble Launch Day!

You may have previously read some of our blog posts about our fantastic phonics work and other reading opportunities. On average pupils at Springfields improve their reading age by 9 months every year. In fact last year one student improved their reading age by 42 months in 10 calendar months! This year we’ve really wanted to focus on inspiring our pupils to become writers as well as readers; that’s why we’ve turned to Pobble, who pride themselves on making writing ridiculously exciting.

On Tuesday 27th September we were joined by Zoe from Pobble who worked with groups of students to develop their writing skills. First up was Mr Wolfe and Oak Class who did some very creepy writing about a mysterious house. Next, was Miss Deacon and Elm Class who wrote letters from the trenches of the 1st World War, which really complemented their class novel of ‘War Horse’.

You can view the fantastic work created here:

Oak Class


Elm Class

Why not consider creating a Pobble account so that you can leave comments on our pupils’ work? Better still why not follow our school page?

Our School Page

We look forward to bringing you more fabulous writing throughout the school year.


Books, Glorious Books!

There’s still time to submit an order for our Autumn Scholastic Book Club. There are a range of fantastic new titles like ‘The Guinness Book of World Records 2017’ and ‘World Football Records 2016’. Or, maybe you’ve seen the hit film ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ and would like to read the book. Why not get ahead of the crowds and read ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness before the film arrives in cinemas? Whatever you choose just remember the words of Deepak Chopra: “You will be transformed by what you read”.

Don’t forget that our latest Scholastic Book Club is now online at There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 20p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by October 14th, 2016.


Happy reading!

October Book Club Is Go!

What an exhausting week of enjoying and celebrating literacy it has been! Not only have we had Calne’s Wordfest celebrations, but we’ve also had our Pobble Launch Day (more to follow on that in a separate post). We’re also excited to announce that the academy is now part of Scholastic Book Club. Scholastic UK  have been bringing outstanding children’s books, teaching resources and educational products to schools, teachers and families for more than 90 years! So, what more reason do you need to treat your child (or yourself) to a new book?!

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by October 14th, 2016.

Calne Music and Arts Festival 2016!

You may recall that we posted a few weeks ago about the Wordfest festival in Calne. Wordfest is now underway and you can see the work of our pupils in the fantastic Roald Dahl shop trail in town. We hope that you will manage to participate in one of the great activities on offer, and if you’re wondering what you’re going to do when Wordfest is over then we’ve got the answer right here!

Calne Music and Arts Festival runs from the 6th-16th October and has loads of brilliant events, with lots aimed at children and young people. There is free admissions to Crazy Classics for Children at Marden House; Local Primary Schools’ Choir at John Bentley School; and a Devizes School musical showcase at Marden House. To find out more visit:


The Puppet Man

Halloween may be a few weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped one Year Ten pupil from scaring their English teacher silly! Pupils were asked to use the image below from Karen Alsop of to write a short story. One that was written was very scary indeed!

The Puppet Man has created a new puppet. He says it can move by itself, but I never believe him. He always tries to scare me, but this time he looked very serious, so I told him to show me this puppet. It was a pretty cool puppet, but it didn’t move. I knew he was lying.

Well, I got the puppet anyway, I was going to buy it from him but he was eager to give it away. I heard a strange noise last night and before you know it my puppet had moved. I thought it was my brother plating pranks on me so I went back to sleep.

The next morning my puppet was gone. I was looking everywhere for it. When I went to the puppet man he said: “It came back here!” He doesn’t know how it got there. I was so creeped out that I left the puppetgeppettosworkshopheader there, but somehow he might come back to my house or back to me- anyway, that’s what the puppet man said. I never believe him, but this time he might be right…..

Hear ye! Hear ye! Wordfest is coming to Calne!

Here at the Springfields Academy we love, celebrate and value literacy. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils leave the academy with functional literacy skills; these will enable them to live happy, safe and independent lives. Consequently, we’re extremely proud to be a school sponsor of Wordfest, which is a literacy festival taking place in Calne from 24th September- 1st October. The focus this year is on the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birthday and there are loads of fantastic events ranging from a Dahl in a Day marathon to a Roald Dahl shop window trail. Make sure you keep a special lookout for the academy’s contribution of Verruca Salt from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. You can find out more in the brochure below!


Springfields at the Calne Carnival

Many thanks to all that came a saw us at the Calne Carnival.

All of us on our Enterprise Stall had a great time, it was a pleasure to see so many staff, students and the public with big smiles on their faces!

We’re just putting the final figures together but we raised in the region of around £330 to put back into supporting our students progress through further engagement and enterprise projects and providing opportunities for social, emotional and life skills development.

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