Dear Parents and Carers
We hope that you are all well and have been enjoying the stunning summer weather (apart from a couple of rainy days!). The children have been very settled in school, have been working with great focus and have produced some stunning outcomes! We have been particularly impressed with their creativity in many areas including dance, drama and art and of course their fantastic written outcomes.
We are saddened to have to tell you that this year (due to current restrictions) we are unable to invite parents in to share in the events, visits and celebrations in the way we normally do. Our normal Year 6/7 transition arrangements have very recently had to be changed. Teachers have, however, tried very hard to ensure that the children continue to receive a wide range of experiences that benefit their wellbeing and learning (some of which you can read about below). We are also having to rearrange our induction programme for our Early Years Foundation Stage as the mixing of bubbles is not advised at the moment. We will be in touch with new arrangements as soon as possible. Please also see below some key dates but bear in mind that they may need to be altered or cancelled according to any restrictions or further guidance that we receive.
Monday 28th June – Year 4 Bell Boating Trip
Tuesday 29th June – Whole school Swimming Gala (in bubbles). Just children.
Wednesday 30th June – Whole School Circus Skills Workshops (in bubbles) Kindly funded by FRoWS.
Friday 2nd July – Whole School Outdoor Celebration Assembly (in bubbles) for Mrs. Evans (Apologies that we cannot invite parents/carers). Children can wear colourful mufti for the day.
Tuesday 6th July – KS1 Sports day (in their bubble). Apologies – we cannot invite parents/carers
Wednesday 7th July – KS2 Sports Day (in bubbles). Again apologies – we cannot invite parents/carers
Friday 9th July – Reports to Parents/Carers
Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th July – Year 5 Mountbatten
Tuesday 13th July – Foundation/KS1 Beach Visit
Friday 16th July – Year 5 to visit ‘The Box’ to see their film on the big screen and other activities
Year 6 Performance – this will be shown virtually and the release date is to be confirmed.
Wednesday 21st July – Children’s last day of school. Finish at 1.15. No Afterschool Club.
Thursday 22nd July – Staff Training Day
Friday 23rd July - Staff Training Day
Year 3 Heritage Boat Trip
The fog lifted just in time for Year 3's amazing Plymouth Heritage Boat trip. Children thoroughly enjoyed sailing out to the Breakwater and around Drake's Island, spotting local wildlife on the way including a gannet and a seal! During the journey, the children collected plankton which they were able to inspect more closely under the microscope.
As well as taking to the seas, the class spent a little time exploring the shore line looking for marine life. The children were experts at finding crabs! Other highlights include several brittle starfish, a blue jellyfish, whelks and various seaweed. The class were a pleasure to take and were a credit to the school - well done Year 3.
Year 5 - ‘The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400’
Year 5 have been thrilled to participate in a project led by Made by Katie Green (a dance company that creates and tours professional dance performances). The project has been funded by Arts Council England and local partners. The project explored the the stories of the passengers on board the Mayflower when it sailed from England to America over 400 years ago, departing from Plymouth in September 1620. The children have participated in classroom learning linked to this and then a series of 6 workshops/rehearsals led by professional dance Kane John Mills. On Friday 25th June, the children will work with a professional film director who will film their contribution and add it to a final ‘Celebration film’ which will bring together performance footage from several local schools, and be shared with the Wembury school community and the wider community in Plymouth (eg via ‘The Box’). The impact on the children’s understanding of empathy, their wellbeing and the development of their creative expression has been fabulous to see. They have been a real credit to the school. We would like to thank all involved with this project for bring history and art to life for our children.
Year 6 Activities Week
During the week beginning the 7th June, Year 6 began their activities week. It began with an outdoor activity day based on survival skills, map making, shelter building and different fire lighting activities. This was followed by two days at Mountbatten Watersports Centre where the children were challenged to move beyond their personal comfort zones in a range of activities which included Hawk 20 sailing, Giant Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking. Team work was once again a huge part of the learning and the children had the most fantastic time! The week culminated in a creative activity, with the children designing and making props for their upcoming school play.
Year 2 are in their new classroom!
With much excitement, the children have finally moved into their new classroom which they love! After a walk across the decking on a baking hot day last week, it was pure bliss to walk into their airconditioned space. The children are settled, the learning is fabulous and now Year 1 are looking forward to moving over as soon as possible. Over the coming months, we will continue to develop the Early Years and Key Stage 1 environment by planting trees, installing bat boxes, reconfiguring fencing and developing the forest school area – exciting times ahead.
Stars of the Week
We have continued to enjoy our virtual Celebration Assemblies on Fridays and want to share our stars with you:
Week Beginning 24.5.21
Foundation – Poppy Stansell
Year 1 – Jessica Booth
Year 2 – Reuben Woods
Year 3 – Maya Brooking
Year 4 – Kynan Brassil
Y5 – Giacomo Billington
Y6 – Sommer Hill
Week Beginning 7.6.21
Foundation – Chace Watkins
Year 1 – Jemima Wark
Year 2 – Ella Walsh
Year 3 – Logan Mansfield
Year 4 – Vinnie Down
Y5 – Nicole Pearson
Y6 – Lacey Ashley and Oscar Millard
Week Beginning 14.6.21
Foundation – Chloe Evans
Year 1 – Clover Isaacs
Year 2 – Edward Littlejohn-Odam
Year 3 – George Carr
Year 4 – Megan Lee
Y5 – Angus Fielding
Y6 – Emma Wilkinson
With cases of Covid spiking in local areas, we would like to politely remind you that if you child has any symptoms, please ensure you book a PCR test and inform school. LFT tests are not suitable for primary age children or as a means of testing if an individual displays symptoms. While you are awaiting the result of the PCR rest, everyone in the household must isolate. If you need any support or advice, please contact us directly or refer to the Covid NHS helpline or website. Tight systems and controls remain in place within school to maintain the integrity of our bubbles and to keep all safe, therefore we would ask you to support us by continuing to wear masks when on our school site.
We look forward to the rest of this term with your fabulous children. Enjoy the long days and warm weather.
Thank you for all your support.
Lyn Chamberlain and Susie Jackson