Skern Lodge Residential

The Oak Trees have headed off to Skern Lodge on the North Devon coast for their residential.

An aerial view of Skern Lodge
An aerial view of Skern Lodge

Established in 1976, Skern Lodge provides education, learning and fun through adventure.  

Located on the North Devon coast on the shores of the Taw and Torridge Estuary.  Situated on the site of the old Watertown Farm, the buildings have been developed and added to; incorporating the elder 1705 stonework into the purpose built residential facilities.

Their philosophy is simple. They want all of their guests to have fun and adventure, to learn something new and enjoy themselves safely.

  • Adventure - comes from daring enterprise and exploring new limits
  • Enjoyment - comes through the extensive range of exciting activities
  • Learning - comes through the whole experience of challenge
  • Safety - comes from the excellent staff and equipment together with tried and well established procedure

Jump Rope for Heart

On Friday, 4th April, the whole school took part in a sponsored skipathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.  The afternoon was a great success with plenty of money being raised by the children.


The school governors and some parents organised a Spring Fete to take place at the same time with many interesting stalls and games available, as well as a BBQ and bouncy castle.


The school choir and guitars also entertained everyone with a beautiful 20 minute performance during a break in the skipping.

A Close Encounter

The Oak Trees class had a recent close encounter with a python! 

Interesting Python Facts:

  • Pythons are constrictors. They kill their prey by squeezing them until they stop breathing.
  • After they kill an animal, they will swallow it in one piece.
  • Everything except fur and feathers will be digested. Undigested material can be found in the python’s poop.
  • Size of the prey determines the time needed for digestion. Bigger prey can keep the snake satiated for weeks or months. Pythons eat 4-5 times per year.
  • They eat wild animals such as monkeys, antelopes, caimans…
  • Pythons attack their prey from the ambush. They are well camouflaged and hidden usually in the trees.
  • Although they are mainly located on the ground or in the trees, pythons are excellent swimmers.
  • Colours of the python’s skin are usually similar to the colors of its habitat. Snakes blend easily with their environment.
  • People kill pythons because of their beautiful skin that is used in the fashion industry.
  • Pythons have heat-sensing organs which help them locate the prey.
  • Female lays 12-36 eggs. She protects eggs and keeps them warm by coiling her body around them. When babies hatch, mother leaves the nest. Young snakes need to look after themselves from the first day.
  • Pythons are cold-blooded animals, but they can increase their body temperature through sunbathing.
  • One of the longest known python species is Reticulated Python which can reach 30 feet in length. Most snakes weigh between 260-300 pounds.
  • Pythons can move 1 mile per hour on the flat ground.
  • In captivity, pythons may live up to 40 years.

World Book Day

Community Breakfast

The children present a cheque for £120.20 to Mr Tim Hoad of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Well done to all who were involved in the Community Breakfast on Saturday, 1st February 2014.  They successfully raised £120.20 for the Devon Air Ambulance and £110 for the school. 

River Walk

The Oak Trees class have recently been on a trip to the River Otter as part of their science topic work.