Welcome to our first Blog as Acting Headteachers. Thank you for your excellent support in our first week. We have a fantastic team at Wembury Primary and learning continues brilliantly, with enthusiastic children, despite ‘Lockdown’. Teachers are really looking forward to catching up with you via telephone during our Parent Consultations next week. Thank you for continuing to observe social distancing when dropping off and picking up. Please see the following link for lockdown guidance information: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/National-Restrictions/resources/social-media-animations/
Cycling to School
It is fantastic to see so many children cycling to school now; it is so good for them in so many ways. If your child does bring his/her bicycle, please can you remind them that they need to dismount when they arrive in school grounds and are not to cycle on the field or down the paths into school. This is to ensure that all children and parents can walk safely.
Foundation have created a superb video showing how well the children have settled into school. It really is unmissable!
Year 5 Bikeability
The children in year 5 enjoyed a super week of Bikeability and it was so rewarding to see how much progress each and every one of them made from their starting points. The children’s confidence, enthusiasm and level of skill were all increased significantly and the positive impact on their wellbeing was evident. In addition, they had a great deal of fun, fresh air and exercise!
Ducks! Yellow! Children in Need - 12th November
Please remember to send your ducks back by tomorrow morning (13th November). We have an amazing array of decorated ducks returned – each with a unique personality! Also, please remember that the children can wear yellow tomorrow to celebrate Children in Need. Donations to ‘Children in Need’ are welcome (however small) but are not compulsory.
Week Beginning 16th November: NSPCC ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe.’ programme/Odd Sock Day/Anti-Bullying Week
A reminder that Mrs. Riley has organised an Odd Sock Day on Monday 16th November to begin and raise awareness of our Anti-Bullying week. There is no request for a cash donation. We look forward to seeing the combinations! During this week, we will be participating in an online NSPCC ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe.’ programme which will consist of an online assembly and supporting classroom based activities. Please look out for a letter which will explain further. You can also find information on the NSPCC website at the following address: www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout
The children around the school demonstrated a very mature attitude to our Remembrance assemblies, discussions and activities. There is an array of artwork which will be displayed around the school (see the incredible compilation from Year 1 below). After our two-minute silence, the sound of ‘The Last Post’ echoed around the school played by Mr. Calvert and was very poignant and moving. Many children explored the themes of service and sacrifice and had great insights into how so many people are helping each other during this national crisis often at a personal sacrifice.
Stars of the WEEK
Many congratulations to the following children for being our superstars during the week beginning 2nd November: Isla Palmer, Josie Core, Gwen Adams, Amy Glover, Esme Brown, Elle Woods and Sophie Seddon. We are really proud of you all.
Best Start in Life Parent Questionnaire – Have Your Say
Improving Services for Families with Young Children
In Devon, we aim to provide the Best Start in Life for all babies and children.
Over the past 6 months, we have been living in very unusual times. Many services have had to change how they deliver services almost overnight. This questionnaire is for parents and carers of children aged 5 years and under, living in the Devon Local Authority area, and your feedback will help us shape future services such as the Health Visitor service, Children Centre Services and the Early Year Complex Needs Service. We are interested in your views regardless of whether you have recently used services or not.
Taking part in the survey is voluntary. Your individual responses will only be seen by a small number of people who are analysing the data and will be kept anonymous. The findings will be shared more widely but the information will be summarised and not identifiable to any individual person. The questionnaire should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.
Blue Peter on You Tube
world record breaking challenges, arts and crafts, environmental videos, cooking and baking how tos, inspirational films, gaming, celebrity appearances, dance routines and music performances. You can subscribe for free here:
County Wide Parent Progression Project
Do you have a child under the age of 8? Would you like support to access training/volunteering and work? This project supports parents to learn new skills, access volunteering, work experience and find paid work.
The Book of Hopes
We have loved teaching this unit of work across the school and feel that it has really helped the children to express themselves, to share their thoughts and to create new dreams full of hope. Their written work has been superb. To leave you with some words from the poet Emily Dickinson:
‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all …
Lyn Chamberlain and Susie Jackson
Joint Acting Headteachers