Dear parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful half term and are ready for the lead up to Christmas! In this newsletter, I’ll give you a quick round up from last half term and share upcoming dates so you have them to hand.
There has been lots of experimentation in KS2. Seals learnt about osmosis and diffusion through tasty experiments and Puffins and Dolphins have learnt about sound waves and frequency, experimenting with string telephones. Starfish have been junk modelling, creating rockets, inspired by Neil Armstrong and Jellyfish have been designing woodlice houses and will be creating Bee bricks! Y3 have learnt how to use their chromebooks and all of KS2 have been utilising these across the curriculum.
Our Harvest Festival at St Peters was a huge success. Thank you to Reverend Mark Rouff and his team and our families who came along to support. It was a packed house!
We have been considering the virtue of gratitude, linking to our harvest service and thinking about those people who will benefit from our school community’s donations. Thank you.
We’ve all been writers this half term! Starfish have been mark making and practicing letter formation, Jellyfish have been writing instructions, Dolphins and Puffins have written their own stories and Seals have been writing recounts and letters based on Friend or Foe. Maths across the school has focused on place value and the four operations so please practice key facts such as number bonds, doubles and halves and times tables at home.
Helping with Reading at Home:
Ask Questions! All reading matters. Shared reading is about ‘reading with’, not just ‘reading to’ (even for older children). So, ask lots of ‘Wh’ questions, such as Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Book Recommendations from Mrs Railston
The highly anticipated new novel Tyger by SF Said was published this month. SF Said wrote ‘Varjak Paw,’ one of our reading spine books for Y5, which is always enjoyed by the children! One of my favourites from my childhood! When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right – until someone else buys him!
Confirmed dates for the rest of the Autumn term
w/c 31st Oct – Parent Evenings, don’t forget to sign up if you haven’t done so already.
Wednesday 16th Nov – Puffins and Dolphins trip to Cobbaton Museum
Thursday 17th Nov – Seals Trip to Cobbaton Museum
Friday 18th Nov – Children in Need, Wear your Pyjamas to school Day!
Saturday 19th Nov – Open morning for prospective families, 10 – 12. Please share with any families outside of our school community who may be interested in visiting our nursery and school.
Thursday 24th Nov – KS1/Reception Phonics workshop for parents and carers
Tuesday 29th Nov – KS2 Reading workshop for parents and carers
Thursday 1st Dec – KS1/Reception Christmas Productions, 2-3pm & 5.30 – 6.30pm
Monday 5th – Tuesday 6th Dec – PTFA Children’s Christmas Market 1.30-3.00 (details to follow)
Wednesday 7th Dec – Christmas Service at St Peters, 1.30 – 2.30
Wednesday 7th Dec – PTFA Christmas Bingo in the Village Hall, 7pm
Monday 12th Dec – Tiddlers Nativity, 2-2.30
Tuesday 13th Dec – Community members are invited to join us for Carols and Mince Pies, 2.30-3pm
Thursday 15th Dec – Carols on the playground and Children’s Christmas Craft Market
Friday 16th Dec – Last day of term.
Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day for Save the children.
Other festive accessories can be worn in place of jumpers!
Click here for information about Family Support from Devon County Council.
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