Dear Parents and Friends
Last Saturday we opened the doors of our new school to the wider community and we had almost 300 people wanting to see the new surroundings. The overall opinion was very positive and everyone seemed impressed with the amount of light and glass in the building and the wonderful new views we now have from the upper floor. It has been a great week and the children have really settled into their new classes. We have raised our expectations in behaviour for all our pupils but especially our year 5’s and 6’s who are the eldest pupils in the school and should be the best role models for our youngest pupils. The new school has enabled us to look closely at our procedures and expectations as a school team and as a result the pupils are responding well to the new routines with a greater respect for their learning surroundings.
In the next few weeks I will be sharing our school development plan which will outline the areas which we will be focusing on as a school over the next academic year. We are very proud that as a school we have a very strong reading attainment record with the introduction of Accelerated Reader and our children look forward to their dedicated reading times during the school day. Many of our children will choose to take a book out to the playground to read during play times, which is great to see. Therefore although we will continue to drive this reading strength through all year groups; our main areas for development revolve around spelling, handwriting and presentation across all subject areas.
The teaching team will be helping the children to raise their expectations in all of these areas. Children will be expected to reach at least Age Related Expectation by the end of their year and the use of correct spellings appropriate for their age in particular will be focused on across the curriculum. Cursive (joined) handwriting will be expected by most children at the end of Year 2 so that they will have this skill fully developed enabling more complex grammar concepts in their writing to be achieved as they move into year 3. It is vital that we have your support in this focus to improve the skills in writing that all your children possess and to set them up for their next steps in education and life. Therefore we may be sending home additional aspects of learning or just asking you to ensure that children continue to present their work well when completing home learning too.
Have a good weekend.
PE Kits. Please remember to bring your kit to school, we no longer have spare kit to lend out.
IMPORTANT Please remember to check your child’s hair regularly for nits, comb and treat if necessary.
As part of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust all payments must be made in advance. This includes school dinners, Schools out (after school and breakfast club) trips, nursery fees and trips. Please make sure your child’s account is paid for and up to date and if you require a school dinner for your child to top up their balance so it is in credit on school gateway. Childcare Voucher may be used for activities outside the school day such as after school club or breakfast clubs but can not be redeemed against activities within the school day.
Are you eligible for free school meals? go onto https://oneonline.devon.gov.uk/CCSCitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fCCSCitizenPortal_live Devon County Council’s citizens portal to apply. Now nursery children can also receive free school meals if eligible. Please let us know your code if successful.
School Gateway App – Please think about downloading the School Gateway app. It’s free and allows us to send messages to you all, free of charge. Remember to re subscribe to our school newsletter!
PARKING – Please be mindful about where you park at drop off and pick up times. Please remember not to park in such a way that the local fire fighters would find it difficult get out of the fire station in an emergency. If parking in Lamb Park please do not block residents driveways or double park so vehicles can not easily pass.
Stars of the week
Ash Class Matilda Rowe for her positive attitude and willingness to help out and Seth for trying his absolute hardest with phonics even when he finds it tricky!
Beech Class Jake: for your kind and happy approach in class – you are a good friend and you try hard with your work. Well done! Faye: for making the most of your time in school – you are a good friend, you are good at listening, you have super ideas to share and you try hard with your work. Well done!
Yew Class. Jamey – For being a truly wonderful friend in the classroom and beyond. Ben – For helping others wherever he can and being a sensible and kind learner.
Oak Class Harriet, Grace and Reuben for settling in brilliantly.
Birch Class Olivia for being hard working, polite and having a great attitude and Alfie was for hard work in lessons and great team work.
Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Ash Class. Silver award to Beech Class and Bronze to Oak Class. Well done everyone.
Dates for your diary
- Monday 1st October – Harvest Festival 2pm at St. Michaels church
- Tuesday 2nd October – Beech Class to take part in the year 1 multi skills festival.
- Thursday 4th October – Census day
- Friday 5th October – Football and netball tournament at North Tawton – teams to be selected
- Monday 8th October – Hatherleigh Primary VS Chagford at Okehampton all weather pitch 3.30pm.
All participants will be emailed with additional details. * Some trips have limited places and will be given on a first come basis, this excludes class trips and sporting events. Consents, medical conditions and any donations will need to be completed on your school gateway account. If we are unable to cover the costs of the trip by donations we may have to cancel trips.
Don’t forget, come share your views about the future of the PTFA this Sunday, Ring of Bells, 8pm. Thank you! Claire