Raising Money for the Young Minds Mental Health Charity

10th October 2019

As it was Mental Health Day the School Council decided that as a school we would raise money for the Young Minds Charity by;

  1. Coming to school dressed in yellow.
  2. Each class to sell something yellow at the end of the day. Willow chose to sell Hedgehog bread, Maple and Oak cakes decorated yellow and Beech Crispy cakes in yellow cake cases.

This was to raise awareness of how important good mental health is for children and to keep talking about any worries or issues they might have. We also completed some “mindfulness” activities such as Cosmic Yoga throughout the week. Thank you to everyone for their efforts on the day, especially the School Council who ran the stalls at the end of the day.

Test Valley Borough Council Visit and Parent Roadshow

9th October 2019

A huge thank you to Test Valley Borough Council for coming in and carrying out workshops with each year group from Year R-6 on how we can all look after our planet more by reducing, reusing and recycling. All the children learned a great deal as well as the Test Valley members saying how the children at Vernham Dean were one of the most polite and knowledgeable group of children they have worked with.

The team also stayed after school to meet our parents to talk about Eco issues as well as giving them tools to support being more eco friendly such as fabric reusable shopping bags.

Home Eco Project

Sophie Cooper has been carrying out an Eco project at home and has encouraged the residents of Hatherden to recycle their waste. Well done Sophie!


Well done to our Year 5/6 Rugby team! They played against three teams and won two matches. One of our players showed real compassion to another team, volunteering to play for their team when they were a player down.


Year 6 Rounders’ Evening

Beech Class  – Playing Games with the Community

Summer Production ‘Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies’



Problem Solving!


Willow & Beech visit the Lambs at Little Fingers



Willow Class: ‘People Who Help us’  – The Fire and Rescue Service visit


Year 3/4 Sparkling Rugby

Year 5 and 6 Rugby

March 2019

There are some exciting happenings going on at Vernham Dean Gillum’s at the moment. We are waiting with bated breath for the last two eggs to hatch into chicks in Willow.  Even the teachers can’t resist a cuddle with our chicks.

For Red Nose Day the children ( and staff!)  dressed in ‘all the colours of the rainbow’.


World Book Day2019
The children dressed as characters from books by Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Julia Donaldson and traditional fairy tales.
Barbara Townsend, a local author visited each class to read the children stories from her books.

February 2019 

Willow Class – Chinese New Year Celebrations


January 2019

Beech Class.  A visit from Mr Peebles from Harrow Way to teach the class about Networks and Network Security

Community PE  and Farewell to Mrs West

 Christmas 2018

December Photos

Harmony Woods Tree Planting November 2018

Sports Day 2018

Anti-bullying Day

Chinese New Year

Let’s Recycle!


Bake Off 2018

Harrow Way Dance Visit


An Interesting Visit!

Christmas Lunch

Sleeping Beauty

Jingle and Mingle

Planting our trees at Harmony Woods

Today Year 6 and our Junior Senior Team planted our trees from the school’s Wildlife Garden nursery bed.

How to stay safe with Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Year 5/6 spent the morning with Hampshire Fire and Rescue to learn about fire safety within the home.

PCSOs talk to Year 5/6 about staying safe

Our community PCSOs came to talk to Year 5/6 about staying safe online when using social media, and about using mobile phones responsibly to stay safe.

We Remember

Today we took our poppies we have been making and created a large poppy.  Afterwards, we had two minute silence and a prayer.

Punch and Judy Visit the School

As part of our Victorian Creative Curriculum, Punch and Judy visited the school.  This was an adapted version as the original was written originally for adults.

Countryside Day

Every school needs a tractor

Apple pressing to make juice

PGL 2017

 Life in School over our first half term


As part of our Health and Citizenship Curriculum, Maple class have been learning about using scooters safely.  Throughout the morning, the children covered many road safety aspects.

Our First Countryside Day

Our first countryside day was a great success.  Over the (very rainy) day, the children experienced many activities and had great fun too.





World Book Day

Each class decorated their classroom door as book covers.


World Book Day

Our host of activities for World Book Day have started with parents in to share and read with children.

Story Time

Stories were read in different parts of the school

Do You Recognise These Book Characters?

The Family Book Quiz



Bake Off Part 1

Bake Off Part 2

Chinese New Year

Father Christmas Visits

Church Christingle Service

Chirstmas Lunch in the Village Hall

The Chirstmas Disco

Winter Wonderland


Autumn Term

Last Year