A week in the life of Curry Rivel primary school,Langport, Somerset

17th November 2000 at 00:00
Teachers at Curry Rivel have felt like King Canute driving to work during the recent floods. "They drive along raised roads surrounded on each side by water. They feel as if the're telling the waves to go back," says headteacher Lyn Hunt. "The land on each side is flooded. It looks very beautiful with the sun glinting on it first thing in the morning. And there are lots of birds on the water." A guide book to this village in the Somerset levels says it was an island before the area was drained; the heavy rainfall means it has reverted to being one. But unlike other schools in the area, Curry Rivel has remained open during the floods, with all 185 children managing to make their way in - although the seven teaching staff, who live further afield, have found it more difficult. Children would miss a wealth of after-school clubs if theydidn't make it in. There is a wind, string and percussion band of 20, which includes two staff, a choir and a movement group of 25 called Youth Moves (part of a national organisation), which puts on displays in the area. There are also clubs for tag rugby, netball, football, cooking, gardening and computing. In fact, there's something on every night of the week, and on some nights there are three clubs running.

Snaps by the staff Stay still, please: setting up the school photo

We have lift off: Reception class zoom into space in their imaginary rockets

Year 4 learn balance and control on the outdoor play equipment

Aiming high on the netball court

Year 3 on the scent

The school regularly provides ballboys girls for Yeovil Town Football Club

I saw one:looking for frogs in the wild garden

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