Durrington All Saints C of E Infant School calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Durrington All Saints C of E Infant School is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Durrington All Saints C of E Infant School is one of the groups on the shortlist.

 Lindsay West, Principal at Durrington Infants said, ‘We have an amazing outdoor area at Durrington Infants but over time it has weathered and decayed and now needs refurbishment. We would like to refurbish the pond area, the raised beds, the outdoor classroom and the gazebo. These spaces are used by the pupils at Durrington Infant School, the Durrington Rainbows and also the children of Durrington Day Nursery so the project would be of benefit to over 200 children in the Durrington community. We firmly believe that outdoor education supports child development and positive mental health.’ 

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in Durrington and Amesbury and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

To infinity and beyond!


Key Stage 1 had an exciting, hands on day of exploration at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. From programming robots to watching the stars in the planetarium, the children gained insight into the world of science and how to become a scientist. Some of their favourite moments were, finding out what was in their tummies, visiting the moon and making a robot sparkle. The children were exceptional ambassadors for Durrington Infant School and had a fantastic time whilst demonstrating our school vision and values.

Values Day

On Wednesday 23rd January we had our first whole school Values Day.  The children were split into groups and spent the morning working on activities exploring three of our school’s values, Friendship, Respect and Happiness. 

Throughout the morning they discovered more about our values and what they mean in practice.

For the Respect workshop the children listened to a story about respecting the environment. They talked about what we throw away and whether we could recycle more, then they designed a food munching bin for the playground to put their waste fruit in to..

In the Happiness workshop the children thought about what makes them happy and created a cake of these ingredients.

In the Friendship workshop the children listened to the story of The Rainbow Fish, wrote prayers on seaweed shapes, drew their favourite part of the story, designed a perfect friend and made scales in order to create a large display of their work.

The morning was a great success and so we will be planning another Values Day during the summer term.

Primary Engineering Project

We are very fortunate to have been selected to take part in the Primary Engineering Project which aims to bring engineering into the classroom by using practical maths, science and technology. During January, Mrs Scott and Miss Franklin attended some training.  Their first task was to work with engineers to design and manufacture a simple vehicle, and use tools and techniques safely.   Their next challenge was to design and manufacture a vehicle, controlled by batteries, a motor and a switch. The vehicle had to travel forwards and backwards and climb a ramp.

The aim of the training is to enable teachers to deliver a whole class, curriculum-mapped engineering project allowing for a variety of outcomes. The project supports practical STEM and gives pupils the opportunity to work with engineers in the classroom. We will now be looking to set up an engineering club to task a small group of children to create something similar and ways to include these skills in our future topics.


Shiver me timbers, it's Pirate Day!

On 23rd October KS1 celebrated the end of their pirate topic by coming into school dressed up as pirates. During they day they made hard tack, which are salty pirate biscuits (design and technology); drew old pirate maps with treasure and map symbols (geography) and created their own pirate (art and design).

At the start and end of the day they sang pirate songs (music) and retold the story they had learnt, ‘The greedy pirate's treasure' (English).

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Lily and the Albatross

On Wednesday 3rd October Year 2 children were invited to the brand new St Michael’s Primary School to watch a production of Lily and the Albatross.   This was an inspiring collaboration of music and theatre involving singing, puppetry, music and storytelling. This is what the children said about it.

‘I liked the way the characters told the story using songs.’

‘It made me laugh when Lily and the mum performed a dance.’

‘The music that made the storm was really good.  I said “Oh my!”’

‘The albatross was ‘wow!’ It popped up.’

‘I liked it when Lily fed the albatross with wooden fish and teased them.’

Hedgehogs visit Hedgehogs Class

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On the 7th September 2018, Hedgehog class children had the delightful experience of two visiting Hedgehogs named Harriet and Max.

As a class we wanted to find out facts about Hedgehogs because this is our class name.

Luckily, Mrs Scott ,a parent at our school, has pet African pygmy hedgehogs and was more than willing to give the children this amazing experience.

The children discovered they run very fast and like to eat mealworms! They also learnt other interesting facts e.g. the spikes on a hedgehog are called quills and when you stroke a hedgehog it doesn't feel too spiky!

Royal Wedding Day 18th May 2018

On Friday 18th May, pupils at Durrington All Saints C of E Infant School celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle with a mock wedding and a tea party.  The children dressed up for the day, made and decorated their own cakes, sewed bunting, learnt about the royal family and what it means to be British, sang the National Anthem and designed their own castles. During the afternoon a mock wedding was held in the school hall, led by Reverend Philip Bromiley and then the children went outside for their tea party to eat the cakes they had made.

“I really enjoyed doing all the activities we have done and wearing nice dresses.” Lily Y2

“We made a family tree of the royal family and now I know who is going  to be king or queen when.” Kirsty Y2

“We have had the most wonderful day, celebrating our wider community.” Miss Cruse Y2 teacher