The West Exmoor Federation prides itself on the highly engaging curriculum that is offered to all of our children.  The curriculum is supported and enriched by a wide variety of activities, including a breakfast club, many after school clubs and a holiday club.  Where ever possible we enhance learning opportunities through educational visits.  We also encourage our children to participate in an extensive range of special events and residential visits. Please click on the links below to find out more about our most recent learning, education visits and events, residential visits and our after school and breakfast clubs. 

The National Curriculum

Our Curriculum

2017/2021 Transitional Curriculum Overview

Learning to Read Through Phonics

Learning to Read Through Book Bands - A Parents Guide

After School and Breakfast Clubs


Celebrating Learning

Forests River Poems and Painting

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Earlier this week, Forests Class finished their fabulous double-page spreads for English. Their poems focused on using personification as a tool to represent the ever-changing river and how it has many uses. We studied a water-colour painting and produced some extraordinary works of art in cohesion with our poem. Safe to say they were very proud of themselves...as am I!


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It's been a thoughtful and creative day at Parracombe today. We have created a feelings map of our school grounds, thinking about our happy, safe places and areas where we might not feel so good. Miss Constant and I are going to be using this information to upgrade and improve our outside learning areas over the coming months.

This afternoon we continued with our recycled musical instrument project. We evaluated our designs and tested our finished products out. Next week is composition!

Well done to Timea and Hayden, our Celebration Certificates winners for this week - Congratulations both, we are very proud :)

Have a lovely weekend, hopefully the weather won't be too wet...

Ms Strachan and Miss Constant

Forest's Watercolour River Paintings

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What a fabulous week the children have had. We have been focusing on finishing our descriptive poems, using watercolour paintings as inspiration as well as Valerie Bloom's 'The River'. The focus of our English has been vocabulary choices and the effect our writing has on the reader. The children have produced some wonderfully artistic paintings, observing the foreground, background and layering effect. Payne's Grey (a mysterious blue-toned grey) was used to create the desired effect. Well done all - a fabulous result!

Another week of amazing children, exciting lessons and sunshine

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Another week of amazing children, exciting lessons and sunshine!

Well done Parracombe, you have all worked really hard this week - your art work is superb and we have enjoyed reading your draft River poems. Well done to Dougal and Millie for your outstanding efforts this week - very well deserved certificates :)

Have a lovely weekend, see you all on Tuesday,
Ms Strachan and Miss Constant

What a week we've had at Parracombe!

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The children have come back from the Easter break full of energy and enthusiasm :) We've spent time looking at our CARIS values and remembering how the teachings in the bible can support us in our daily lives.

We have also begun to investigate our new topic 'Rivers' through poems, geography and science. This afternoon, we took advantage of the sunshine and our fantastic outside space while we started another whole school project (More details to follow...)

Have a lovely weekend, see you all next week!
Ms Strachan and Miss Constant

Welcome Back to the New Term

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How wonderful it was to welcome all of our children back to the federation yesterday.  It sounds as though everyone managed to make the most of the beautiful weather that we were blessed with over the Easter break.  

We are all looking forward to enjoying an action packed term of learning as we explore our Federation wide theme, Splash!  Watch this space as we celebrate our learning and achievements throughout the term.

Ancient Greek Enrichment Day

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The new term got off to an exciting start with our Ancient Greek enrichment day.  The children were completely captivated by our visiting historian and learnt so much during the course of the day with him.  Highlights definitely included the handling of artefacts, including the opportunity to try on an Ancient Greek helmet, learning lots of amazing facts such as how the Ancient Greeks made toothpaste from ground up animal bones and chewed gum!

Cross Country

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Well done to our Cross Country Team who took part in the Barnstaple Schools’ Cross Country Competition.  Each and every one of our team did exceptionally well, completing a challenging course in difficult conditions; a special well done must go to Jack and Henry B who came 6th and 9th respectively in the Year 3 boys’ race.  Thank you to those parents and Governors who came along to support our children; it was very much appreciated.

Wood Bay Remembrance Service

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At 11am on 11th November, our Key Stage 2 children marked Remembrance Day with a service at Woody Bay Train Station.  The engine, Axe, provided the poignant backdrop for our service whilst our children read poems that that they had written about war and loss. As the Reveille broke our silence, our children placed poppy crosses into the garden of remembrance, many thinking about family members who served in the World Wars and subsequent wars around the world.  As our service concluded, our children enjoyed a ride on the railway whilst contemplating the part that Axe played on the frontline and how the tranquillity of the Exmoor landscape today contrasts so greatly to the scenes of WWI that they can only imagine.  Thank you to everyone who joined us at this service, to Rev’d Samantha for leading service and to all at Woody Bay for enabling us to mark Remembrance in such a special way.

Joshua Sigal - Visiting Poet

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Last week we were thrilled to welcome the internationally acclaimed poet, Joshua Seigal, to the federation.  Over the course of the day he visited all of our schools, performing some of his poetry from Yuck and Yum, I Bet I Can Make You Laugh; I Don’t Like Poetry and Little Lemur Laughing.  He also shared with us some of his more recent poetry which is yet to be published and ran a short poetry workshop, enabling all of our children to write their very own Joshua Seigal inspired poem.  It was a fantastic experience and it was wonderful to see the children so enthralled and engaged by poetry; Joshua was so full of passion and enthusiasm for poetry that it couldn’t help but rub off them.  Who knows, perhaps he will have inspired a budding poet of the future!