Dear Parents,

You can now book your extra curricular clubs, after school and breakfast clubs via your School Gateway account, just log on and book! You will be able to book and pay for all activities, trips, clubs, dinners in one place using the School Gateway app, so make sure to download it. You will need to re-book any clubs in Spring 2. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us at If you still have an outstanding balance on Libacura we would be grateful if you could settle this as soon as possible. Any outstanding balances and credits will be transferred to School Gateway on 1st March 2018.  This is a new addition to School Gateway, please let us know if you have any issues so we can escalate with with the software engineers.

We do not have many spare P.E. kits for your child to borrow if they forget theirs. Please can you make sure they have a full P.E. kit in school ready for their lesson. Kit can be brought in Thomas Moore, Toymaster, Exeter you can buy a second hand kit for a small donation to the PTFA.

Have a great weekend

Stars of the week

Big Robins Class: Bramwell and George H both for excellent independent sentence writing.

Grasshoppers: Eve for your enthusiasm and consistently conscientious approach to all we do. And for drinking a lot too! Well done! Max H for your hard work and determination. You really think a lot and puzzle things out, which is so important. Well done Max! 

Caterpillars Class: Isla for always being so considerate towards others and asking if people are ok/need help, including Mr S! Junior for being a wonderfully cheerful and outgoing member of the Caterpillars class who we will miss very much as he sets off on a new adventure!

Dragonflies Class: Mickey for working really hard on his handwriting. Rosie for her engagement with topics in class – bring books from home related to the current topic.

Beetles Class: Leotie is a fantastic School Councillor who takes on her responsibilities really well and goes the extra mile with a smile. Marshall for being a wonderful member of the Beetles class – we will miss you lots

Bees Class: Cass for teaching us all how to play ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ on the Steel Pans. Trilby, Despite being poorly, has written a lovely story about a Cake Monster for the 500 word story competition.


Top of the leader board this week with a Gold star is Caterpillar class. Silver award to Big Robins Class and Bronze to Grasshopper Class. Well done everyone.

Dates for your diary

PARENTS EVENINGS THIS WEEK – Please go to reception or call the office to book a slot with your class teacher.

  • Thursday 1st March – Football and Netball match away at North Tawton Primary 14:45 – 17:15
  • Monday 5th March – Cross country at Sleekers Farm, Sourton 12:00 – 15:30
  • Wednesday 7th March – Grasshopper and Caterpillar class trip to gardens at Dartington 9:15am – 15:30 Please see email sent to parents.
  • Thursday 15th March – Tag Rugby at South Tawton 9:15 – 15:30
  • Thursday 22nd March – Football and Netball match away at Bridstow Primary 14:45 – 17:15

All participants will be emailed with additional details and consents, medical conditions and any donations will need to be completed on your school gateway account.


Dear Parents, Staff and friends

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated such generous gifts of chocolate and cakes for our  fundraising coffee morning on 10th February.

The funds raised exceeded our expectations obtaining a profit of £571.50. This amount is outstanding and we shall be discussing at our next meeting on Friday 2nd March where it will be of most benefit to the children.

With us all working together we can achieve fantastic results and have fun at the same time.

Kindest regards

Nicola Leaman

News and Information

BASKETRY NEWS – We have had fun weaving our baskets this part of the term and now I am able to offer 2 more sessions before Easter “Growing and harvesting Willow ” Mon  Feb 26th and Mon 5th March.  I  will run these 2 sessions outside ( weather permitting ) in the Wildlife area with possibly a small campfire and tending the willow bed, could you please ask children to bring outdoor shoes and jackets/coats. £3 and 3.30-5pm. If any parent would like to join us for a session to help they would be most welcome!

Scarlet Fever – There is been a few cases of Scarlet fever, this is the advice from Public Health England. Signs and symptoms of scarlet fever Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus (GAS). The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The scarlet rash may be harder to spot on the skin of some Black and Asian people, although the ‘sandpaper’ feel should be present. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and pallor around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a ‘strawberry tongue’. As the child improves peeling of the skin can occur. Infection control advice In schools and nurseries it is recognised that infections can be spread through direct physical contact between children and staff and through shared contact with surfaces such as table tops, taps, toys and handles. During periods of high incidence of scarlet fever there may also be an increase in outbreaks in schools, nurseries and other child care settings. As per national Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Child Care Settings, children and adults with suspected scarlet fever should be excluded from nursery / school / work for 24 hours after the commencement of appropriate antibiotic treatment. Good hygiene practice such as hand washing remains the most important step in preventing and controlling spread of infection.

30 Hours childcare entitlement – HMRC are advising that parents should apply for their 30 hour codes for Summer Term by 28th February. This allows time for any queries to be resolved in good time for new children to be ready to start their extended entitlement from 1st April 2018. Parents of 2 year olds who become ineligible before 31st

Head lice – are tiny insects that live in human hair, and are particularly common in children. They can’t fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact, climbing from the hair of an infected person to the hair of someone else. Prevention is the best cure, so if your child has long hair, please ensure it is tied back for school! Head lice can be difficult to detect, even when you closely inspect your child’s head. If you think your child may have head lice, please check your child’s hair. The most common places for head lice to lurk are in the hair behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. If you still can’t spot any lice, comb the child’s hair with a special nit comb. These are available from most chemists. It’s easier to spot head lice as they fall out if you comb the hair over a piece of white paper. If head lice are present, you need to treat your child. You should only treat your child if you find live head lice, which confirms a live infestation. Don’t treat “just in case”. Head lice are tough. They can’t be killed by washing with normal shampoo or normal combing. Because they reproduce so quickly, you’ve got to kill them before they spread to others. If your child has head lice, check everyone in the family. You’ll need to treat everyone affected to get rid of them. You can treat head lice by wet-combing hair with a special comb, or by using medicated lotions or sprays available over the counter at pharmacies