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:


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!


Parent Forum

Date of next meeting Tuesday 20th September 2016 – 6.30 – 8.00pm

Macmillan Coffee Morning at 8.40- 10.00am Thursday 29th September 2016.

Date for your Diaries, Macmillan Coffee Morning at 8.40- 10.00am Thursday 29th September 2016.  Hope to see you all there to enjoy the lovely cakes and conversation.

Worth a Read!

These are two fantastic books which I use on a regular basis when working with students who have sensory integration needs!

‘Raising a Sensory Smart Child’ offers lots of practical information to contribute towards meeting your child’s sensory needs. From getting their hair cut to picky eating, the book explains the reasoning behind some of the behaviours and offers strategies to help children engage in activities!

‘The Out of Sync Child Has Fun’ is full of fun ideas and games aimed at strengthening sensory skills. All activities must be assessed as suitable for the child’s skills and needs. It is recommended that adult supervision is available at all times when taking part in the activities!

Please contact me if you would like further information about the content of the books or advice in using any of the strategies/interventions!

When the sun says hello……

I’ve been really impressed with year.10, Sycamore, over the past few weeks. This group are working towards a new GCSE syllabus which will be assessed through 100% final exams. Part of the exam will include unseen 19th Century fiction and in a bid to acclimatise pupils to some ‘older’ pieces of writing, we have been studying the D.H.Lawrence short story, ‘Odour of Chrysanthemums’. Pupils have done an extended analysis of the opening, looking at the visual journey that Lawrence takes the reader on and then trying this for themselves. I particularly enjoyed the imagerYear 10 Descriptive Writingy in this piece of writing, which was completed independently.