Remembrance Day

November 11th, 2020

The whole school came together to mark Remembrance Day once again this year. It began with a thought provoking virtual assembly where we found out about the lives of some of the people from Avening who did not return. Many of the children recognised the streets and places where they lived and worked. Everyone then met at the Millennium Cross in their bubbles to observe the silence and the Owls read out the names of the fallen. The school council then took turns to place a cross for each of the people who died in the churchyard. Everyone was moved by the human stories of the people involved and showed great respect for their memory.

World Book Day 2020

March 4th, 2020

Everyone enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on the theme of Julia Donaldson stories. The pupils worked in their houses to build in Forest School, sing, learn about kindness, develop their art skills, explore animals and listen to stories while drinking hot chocolate!

Each house completed a set of activities based on the some of Julia Donaldson’s stories including Share a Shell, Stick Man, The Ugly Five and The Smartest Giant in Town.

Jonathan’s Jungle brought in some of their animals inspired by stories and everyone learnt such a lot about the interesting animals. Everyone showed great respect for the animals by behaving so sensibly and quietly and therefore they had the opportunity to hold some. It was a real challenge for some of us!

Everyone had a super day and were inspired to read and explore lots of different books by the same author.

See a full gallery of pictures on the school website.

Everyone Loves a Baby

December 18th, 2019

The Eagles and the Kestrels performed a fantastic nativity for the rest of the school community. They really enjoyed performing and aspired to do their best. Great effort in rehearsals helped them perform brilliantly using their collaboration skills. See the gallery section of the school website for all of the pictures.

Christmas Dinner

December 13th, 2019

Everyone enjoyed sitting down together to eat a delicious Christmas Dinner! Governors joined pupils and staff to eat together and say a huge THANK YOU to all of the cooks and play team who created such a fantastic meal.

Sponsored Walk 2019

May 23rd, 2019

The whole school enjoyed the beautiful local countryside as they made their way around Avening on the sponsored walk. Everyone enjoyed the chance to be outside in the lovely weather and recognise the health benefits of different forms of exercise. It was great to see so many pupils already bringing in their sponsor money in support of FOAS.

Talent Show

April 5th, 2019

Everyone was thoroughly entertained by the pupils throughout the school who performed in the talent show this year. There were dancers, comedy shows, musicians, comedians, martial artists and many more. The audience showed great respect for everyone who took part and realised that they were challenging themselves to stand up in the rest of the school to perform. It was fantastic to see so many talents on show! A full gallery of photos is on the school website.

World Book Day

March 4th, 2019

World Book Day is always a brilliant occasion here at Avening School, and this year was no exception! Our theme this year was ‘The Jungle Book’, a brilliant story by Rudyard Kipling in which he creates a magical world in which animals can talk and reason.

The children all came to school dressed as characters or animals from the story, and they were delighted to discover that the school had been transformed into the jungle overnight.

We began the day with a special assembly where we learnt lots of things about the story and Rudyard Kipling himself. For example, did you know that The Jungle Book was written way back in 1894?

The children were all really impressed with the variety of costumes, including the staff’s costumes!

The children then went off into their houses, and each house took it in turns to participate in the special activities that had been arranged for the day.

There was an artist’s workshop in the Kestrels where the whole school worked together to create a collage.

The children took part in some authentic jungle-style activities in our lovely learning garden, as well as listening to the amazing Jungle Book story around the fire with Alex the Elephant.

Because of the incredible music linked to The Jungle Book, we also had a singing workshop in the Owls.

And finally, there was a dance workshop in the hall where we got to choreograph our own dance!

We all had an amazing day! Thank you to all of the people involved in the preparation for World Book Day. An extra special mention must go to our wonderful school librarian, Alex, for her fantastic ideas and enthusiasm which helped to make World Book Day such a brilliant day for everyone involved!

Forest School Fridays

November 27th, 2018

We have Forest School Fridays every week. Goldilocks loves birds so we made some bird feeders to help her look after them in winter.  We also laid a trail so she could follow it to our dens.

The following week we made 3 beds, a large bed, a medium size bed and a tiny bed and then went back into the classroom and ate porridge!


Our first school trip – Redwood Outdoor Learning Centre

November 27th, 2018



We went to Redwood and had a Goldilocks themed day. First we had to follow paw prints to find the bears, then we had to make dens for Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  After lunch we had amazing fun playing and sliding in the mud and then we  toasted marchmellows on the fire!


Bonfire Week

November 27th, 2018

It was  Bonfire Week so we used our imaginations to build amazing rockets.


We had a Mad Science lesson. We followed the instructions to make rocket mice and then launched them from milk cartons.

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