Joe Wicks at Bulford

Pupils and staff from Bulford St Leonard’s primary school, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, took part in an online High Intensity Interval Training (HIT) workout recently.

The workout was a country wide initiative by Body Coach Joe Wicks. His aim was to try to get one million school pupils exercising in one week. 

“As a school, we wanted to inspire children to get involved in fitness by seeing how easy and fun it can be to be active through simple exercises,” said Jemma Dicks, PE subject leader at Bulford St Leonard’s. 

All 247 children at Bulford St Leonard’s, from Nursery children all the way up to Year Six, completed the 20 minute workout during the week which also included a short warm up, meaning each session was around 30 minutes long.

Year 6 pupil, Kai Holmes said: "OK it really hurts but I feel so much better and it was really fun!" 

The children were exercising in all of the classrooms and hall space across the school and were very excited to take part in a huge live event. 

“This was a very exciting activity for the pupils to participate in and it has promoted the importance of exercise and keeping fit in a fun way. As a school, we hope it has encouraged children to participate in fitness and workouts at home too,” said Jemma Dicks.

Here is a link to Joe Wicks’ YouTube channel, so you can try it at home!

Pupils' poems published!

A group of pupils from Bulford St Leonard’s primary school, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, have had their poems published.

The Year 5 pupils took part in a 'Young Writers' competition and their poems have been selected to appear in the book of poetry. The theme of the poems was dream.

“I am so pleased that my work got into the book,” said 11 year old William McCluskey.  “It makes me want to write more and hopefully I will have more work published. I am definitely going to do the competition again this year,” he said.

Kieran Desroches  was in Year 5 when he wrote his poem about meeting a dragon. 

I met a little dragon
he said his name was Steve
he said he saw the monster
all covered in seaweed

He took me up a mountain
to the jagged, spikey top
he showed me to his cave
and that is where we stopped

I asked his what's for dinner
he offered steak or fish,
I was happy with the menu
so plated up a big dish

He flew me home to bed
to my tiny little shed
I said thanks for the adventure
and he said goodnight Ted


SPA pupils visit Bath Spa University

Thirty pupils from two primary schools who are part of Salisbury Plain Academies spent the day at Bath Spa University recently.

The Year 6 children from Bulford St Leonard’s and St. Michael’s primary schools were given the chance to look around the campus accompanied by student ambassadors from the university. It’s part of an initiative by Bath Spa to inspire children from a young age and give them knowledge on what they will need to do in order to get to university.

The pupils also took part in a Gamelan music session. Year 6 pupil Kushal Gurung said: “This is really tricky!” as he tried the instruments.

 “After our music session we went on a campus tour,” said class teacher Rosie Wheeler. “We got to see the halls of residence that were on campus as well as the library and the lecture theatres. After lunch, we had the chance to look at some prospectus from different university and find out about the courses they run at Bath Spa.”

Next the children were put into teams to create an outfit that describes the course they had chosen and the other teams had to guess what the course was. Finally, they took part in their very own graduation service; making their own mortar boards and even throwing them up into the air!

“The children had a fantastic day and it certainly inspired them to think about attending university when they are older,” said class teacher, Rosie Wheeler.

Year 6 pupil Natalie Atkinson wasimpressed with the visit. “I really want to go to Bath Spa University when I am older.”


WOWs at Winchester Science Centre

FIFTY pupils from Bulford St Leonard’s primary school, part of Salisbury Plain Academies enjoyed more than 100 interactive exhibits covering all sorts of scientific wonders and theories at the Winchester Science Centre this week.

The Year 3 and 4 students made a tornado and followed different foods through the ‘grossest’ restaurant ever, the “colon cafe” to find out what the foods do to your gut bacteria.

The children also tried their hands at running, jumping, rowing, wheelchair basketball and balancing to understand the science of sport.

In another section of the centre, the primary pupils recorded and distorted their voices; confused their minds in the ‘Little Big Room’, where people appear to shrink and grow; and played with all sorts of weights, pulleys, circuits and gears.

Frances Salter, ICT subject leader at the Bulford school said: “The workshops on electrical circuits were particularly useful, because the themes fit with the children’s current curriculum topic in science.

“The children had a variety of different circuits to look at and then work out if a component was faulty, or how they might change the direction of a motor and more.”

Helen Mathieson, Interim CEO at Salisbury Plain Academies, said: “Science is an endless source of fascination for children.

As an academy trust, we want to help build scientific thinkers, and increase accessibility to science; the Winchester Space Centre very much encourages that – it’s in easy travelling distance, and, for the children the change of venue is exciting, it’s not a classroom, it’s a large, stimulating space where children are engaged, challenged and inspired.”

But, what did the children think?

I liked the mind-control ball because you could control it with your mind.  Isabelle aged 8

I liked pulling the rope with the weights.  I learnt that some weights appear heavier than others.  It inspired me to become a scientist because if I became a scientist I could help the world.  Logan aged 7

I learnt that different foods are healthier than others.  Max aged 8

I thought it was really good. I liked the ‘echo – room’.  Erin was really scared of it.  Pip aged 7

I liked the different sports activities – you could make your own athlete.  Oliver aged 7

There were lots of things to do and the people were there to help us.  Kaitlyn aged 7

I am really interested in science – you can learn a lot there.  Carmel aged 8


Seeing Spots for Charity!

BBC Children in Need day saw Bulford St Leonard’s pupils get all spotty.

In exchange for a £1 donation, children could swap their uniform for anything ‘spotty’.

Children in Need is a charity that provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.

The charity is currently supporting 2,400 projects all across the UK. Theese projects help children facing a range of disadvantages for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

Bulford St Leonard’s children raised a whopping £ 243.00 for the charity and all the children celebrated their fabulous achievement during Gold Book Assembly.



Fire safety is hot topic for pupils

A brightly coloured official fire officer’s vehicle was parked outside Bulford St Leonard’s  Primary School on Wednesday morning, signalling the annual fire safety presentation given by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.

Pupils from Years 2 and 6 excitedly gathered to hear from Janet Barber, Education Officer with the service.

Ms Barber discussed what to do when calling 999, regularly changing smoke detector batteries and when to ‘Stop, Drop and Roll.’

Stop, Drop and Roll, is a well-used phrase to help children remember what to do if their clothing catches fire. The children practised crawling under imaginary smoke, so they’d know what to do if they ever needed to escape a fire at home. 

The children also talked about the dangers of playing with matches. 

The older children worked through activities identifying the potential fire risks in pictures of a family living room.

According to Bulford St Leonard’s Primary School Principal Sarah Ward, the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue gives the presentation annually.

“It’s important for the children to understand the dangers posed by smoke inhalation and fire, and to know what to do to if they are ever in a situation where they may need to save their own lives, and help save the lives of others.

Officer Barber encouraged the children to talk with their parents about what they learned and in return for getting fire safety questions correct, the children got to try on parts of the fire officer's uniform.