The first week back at school certainly went off with a bang! Children across the school enjoyed taking part in an exciting array of science learning opportunities as part of British Science Week. From egg and balloon popping experiments, caring for plants and teeth to exploring anthropology and deforestation! We were blown away by the experiment competition entries – who knew we had so many budding scientists! Thank you parents for your amazing support and encouragement at home and to all the teachers for organising such a fun and engaging week for our children. Please click on the year groups below to see what the children got up to:
Please have a look at the class pages for more photos and information about the children’s learning.
As the children have now settled back into routine, homework will fully resume. Every Wednesday, paper copies of homework will be sent home to be returned the following Monday (EYFS homework to be uploaded to Tapestry). Activities and links to websites will also be assigned on Teams each week (Yrs 1-6).
Each week we would like the children to complete the following:
Daily reading (children are encouraged to read daily for 20-30 mins and to quiz at home if using Accelerated Reader)
Regular practice of number facts/Timetables (Numbots or TT Rockstars)
A maths activity to reinforce current learning
Spelling practice and games to reinforce phonics/spelling patterns using www.spellingshed.com
A SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) activity may be set via www.spag.com (yrs 2-6)
Virtual Parent Consultations
Teachers are looking forward to meeting with you all during Parent Consultations next week. Appointments can still be booked via Primary Site and if an alternative time/date is required, please liaise directly with the class teacher. The meeting will be a great opportunity to meet and chat about the children’s wellbeing and how they have settled back into school.
Lateral Flow Testing for Parents/Carers
If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble of a pupil, student or staff of a school, nursery or college, you can get a twice-weekly test:
through your employer if they offer testing to employees
at a local test site
by collecting a home test kit from a test site
by ordering a home test kit online
Please click here for further information.
FREE Holiday Cub places - Churchwood Forest School
Churchwood Forest School have won a grant application with Devon County Council to be able to offer FREE holiday club places to the following:
Children entitled to Free School Meals
Children who have special educational or additional needs
Children who have an EHCP or Early Help Plan
The children will have a healthy snack and lunch provided and each child can take 1 friend. If you think your child is eligible and you would like to find out more about this fantastic opportunity, please take a look at the website for further information.
Children in years 3. 4, 5 and 6 rose to the challenge of the x country course this week. Children raced the course and were eagerly encouraged by the other year groups which added to the competitive atmosphere of the event. Runners were cheered over the line and every child who ran the course gained points for their team and contributed to the success of their team.
Well done to you all and congratulations to the following children who received a medal for their efforts:
Y3 girls: 1st - Lizze, 2nd, Alice, 3rd - Anwyn
Y3 boys: 1st Tommy, 2nd Dexter, 3rd George
Y4 girls: 1st Lucy, 2nd Megan, 3rd Scarlett
Y4 boys: 1st Archie, 2nd Matthew, 3rd Fergus
Y5 girls: 1st Margo, 2nd Henri, 3rd Harriett
Y5 boys: 1st Finn, 2nd Jacob, 3rd William
Y6 girls: 1st Bo, 2nd Pheobe, 3rd Emma
Y6 boys: 1st Oscar, 2nd Peter, 3rd Owain
World Book Day
Thank you for your incredible support with our World Book Day activities. We are in the process of putting together the children’s ‘magic moments’ into a whole school poem and will share this with you when it is complete. Please remember the World Book Day website has many links throughout the year to support with reading: https://www.worldbookday.com/families/
Some snippets from the poem - starting with Foundation – the rest to come!
‘The cool Wembury waves that sparkle, like glitter;
Learning to ride my dinosaur bike!
Daffodils, daisies, bluebells and sunflowers; they grow out of the ground and have special powers!
Magic Moments Indeed!’
David Walliams: Mini Maestro Writing Course and Prize Draw – Ages 7-12
You may be interested in the following opportunity for child to try at home. (Needs parental permission to sign up.)
Net Zero Heroes is back!
We are excited to be supporting the Net Zero Heroes project which is being launched across participating South Hams schools this week. Children will be watching the introductory video in school and bringing an activity pack home (please also see letter sent home for further information). Let’s work together as a community to win outdoor learning equipment for our school.
How can we play our part?
Thank you all for adhering to the staggered start and ends to the day. This has helped to reduce congestion on site whilst ensuring the children have a smooth start to the day. To ensure we continue to play our part in preventing the spread of infection, please could we politely remind all parents/carers to wear face masks when on the school site.
Finally, we thought that the image below represents perfectly the energy, enthusiasm and joy that the children have brought back with them to school!
Wishing you all a happy weekend when it arrives!
Susie Jackson and Lyn Chamberlain
Joint Acting Headteachers