It's been a very strange term so far, but we're delighted that we'll be welcoming all the children back to school on Monday March 8th. Our risk assessment has been revised and can be found here.
We're working hard to ensure that we have everything in place for a smooth and safe transition back to school. Please help us to avoid crowds at drop off and pick-up times by only arriving for your children's designated slot and leaving school lane promptly after. All timings will revert to those in place last term: Years 1, 3 and 6 will begin at 8:40 and be collected at 3:20. Years R, 2, 4 and 5 will begin at 8:50 and be collected at 3:30. Children will not be allowed on site before their allocated times and we will ask parents to wait well clear of the school gates if they arrive early. This is for the safety of the whole community.
Please remember that, if you have children who have different start or finish times, you should arrive at school for the later of the two times.
Hot dinners will be served from the 8th. The current menu can be viewed here. Please book all meals as soon as possible through your school gateway accounts.
Bookings for breakfast club and the school bus are also now open and can be accessed through school gateway.
World Book Day
World Book Day will be on Thursday 4th March and we will also be celebrating it on Friday 5th March. There will be a dedicated blog post with lots more information, but here are three things you need to know in advance:
1. We will not be dressing up this year as so many children are learning at home. Instead, we would like all children to make a 'book nook.' More details will follow but, in the meantime, please save any cereal (or similar size) boxes. Every child will need one.
2. Remote learning on these two days will be different to the past few weeks. There may be some class live lessons, but most of the time will be spent on World Book Day activities that siblings and families can do together.
3. There will be virtual whole school assemblies on Thursday and Friday mornings at 9am. Links to these will be sent out via email.
Our World Book Day blog post full of ideas and activities can be found here.
Read the latest Devon Count Council update here.
Please help us to keep our pupils, staff, parents and extended families safe, by following the lockdown rules for each stage of the government's 'roadmap.' I'm receiving reports from some local residents that they are concerned that children and families from the school are not following the rules around families and children mixing. Please remember that, at the moment, individuals are only allowed to meet one other individual outside for exercise. A reminder of the current rules can be found here.
We will be celebrating World Book day at home and in school on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th March. We will have live, virtual assemblies on both these days and World Book Day activities will replace all or most of your classwork for these two days. Assembly links will be sent out via email later this week.
We will not be dressing up this year, but will ask all children to produce a 'book nook' (more details below) to show in assembly on Friday and bring into school with them on Monday 8th March.
We have a new display board in the main reception area and I'd like to fill this board with photos, drawing, book nooks and other creations from World Book Day. Please email me your pictures (firstname.lastname@example.org) and bring anything else you make into school with you on 8th March.
The rest of this blog post contains many, many ideas of things to do and enjoy on Thursday and Friday. You can choose the activities that you'd like to do, except for my top three items which I'd like as may people as possible to have a go at.
1. Book Nooks
There are lots of guides to how to make a book nook on the internet and lots of different materials you could use. You will need a box roughly the size of a cereal box and an idea for how to decorate the inside of the box to show a scene or theme from one of your favourite books. You may use cardboard cut-outs to create characters and 3D textures; you may prefer to use small items such a Lego or Playmobil characters. The aim is for your finished book nook to look like an open doorway right into your favourite book. Good luck!
2. Extreme Reading Photos
Where's the most extreme place you can read a book? There's no better day to do some reading than World Book Day, so please send me photos of yourself reading in usual locations or positions. Keep it safe and check with an adult first, please. We don't want any accidents!
Do you have a pet or toy who likes to be read to? I'd love to see your photos of them reading or you reading to them. Please email them to me (email@example.com) and look forward to seeing them feature on next week's newsletter.
Lots more ideas...
In the rest of the blog, you'll find lots more ideas of things to do on World Book Day. There are videos to watch, stories to listen to, things to make, books to read. Have a look through the blog and choose your activities. Later in the week, I'll produce another blog with even more ideas of things to do.
Have a wonderful two days getting really involved in books and reading. Your £1 vouchers will be with you soon.
The first place you should look is the World Book Day website which has many, many lovely ideas.
Ideas from the School Library Service
Lots of Resources from the Hay Festival including favourite authors reading aloud.
Events for World Book Day, 4 March 2021
Here is a selection of uplifting Hay Festival events for pupils in KS 2, 3 and 4 chosen for you by Julia Eccleshare, the festival’s Director of Children’s Programming. Why not watch as part of your World Book Day celebrations to inspire reading for pleasure.
Julian Clary & David Roberts
Onjali Q Rauf
A competition from Coram Life (SCARF PSHE)
World Book Day Competition - Coram Beanstalk & Very.co.uk
Enter our World Book Day competition for a chance to win over £300 worth of Crayola arts and crafts goodies!
With restricted opening for schools, World Book Day on Thursday 4th March 2021 is going to be a little different this year. Coram Life Education’s sister charity, Coram Beanstalk, is working in partnership with Very.co.uk to launch a new activity to engage and bring together children across the country on World Book Day.
Rather than dressing up as their favourite book character we’re encouraging children to draw or make (using arts and crafts) their favourite book character.
Parents, carers or schools can enter their children’s pictures into the competition via social media. There are some wonderful prizes for children up for grabs, thanks to support from Crayola.
To enter the Coram Beanstalk and Very ‘World Book Day’ competition, just:
Harold the giraffe will be joining in with his school friends too – he just needs to decide which character to do! Remember to follow Harold's daily diary for updates.
Links from the World Book Day website
Books That Make You LOL Wednesday 3rd March at 10:30am
Words & Pictures: Bring Reading to Life Thursday 4th March at 10.30am
Books and the Real World Friday 5th March at 10.30am
WHERE CAN I GET HELP?
There are lots of ways you can ask for support:
National Literacy Trust
We are really looking forward to our first ever Where’s Wally? Weekender in March 2021. Don Wally's classic red and white stripes and run, walk or jog your own 1k, 5k or 10k route to help support the literacy of disadvantaged children.
We are thrilled that the dynamic author duo Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, co-authors of the incredible Football School series, are supporting this year's event! They’ll both be taking on a 10k run and will be sharing some fun video messages for all participants ahead of the weekend.
Where’s Wally? Virtual Fun Run – Child Entry – National Literacy Trust (wlve.co.uk)
Virtual School Library
Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.
Having access to a school library is really important for children. School libraries nurture a love of reading that can enrich children’s literacy skills, academic achievements and mental wellbeing. Our Virtual School Library will complement existing school libraries and will ensure that children have access to the magical world of stories all year round, whether they are learning at school or at home.
We’ve worked with brilliant publishers and inspiring authors and illustrators to ensure that the books and activities in our Virtual School Library will support children’s wellbeing through reading
Two Tennis Home Challenges from SAINTs SW
A Message from the CBBC team
I recently contacted you about Blue Peter & we’d like to inform you, we’ve also made an exciting revamp to the CBBC YouTube Channel.
We think your pupils and parents may be interested in this for entertainment at half term and outside of home-schooling hours now we’re in lockdown.
We are uploading videos to it daily that are suitable for 5-11 year olds. We have all the top CBBC brands on here, with a wide range of genres from factual shows, news, dramas, comedy to entertainment. Programmes like Horrible Histories, Blue Peter, Newsround, The Next Step, Saturday Mash-Up, Operation Ouch, the Playlist, the Dumping Ground, Heirs of the Night and Jamie Johnson. We are also welcoming back Dani Harmer in the brilliant new programme My Mum Tracy Beaker.
If you think your pupils would be interested in this, please do send this out to your parents and ask them to subscribe to www.youtube.com/cbbc - (it’s obviously completely free to subscribe!) and don’t forget to watch the CBBC live daily and on the BBC iPlayer.
Thanks so much for your time,
The CBBC team
A Message from Devon and Somerset Fire Service
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Expressing Ourselves for Children's Mental Health Week
1. Cameras should be on.
2. Pupils should be fully dressed.
3. Pupils should not eat during the live lessons.
Results of Remote Learning Survey
There are more worries on both sides about the social implications of the school closures, although the live lessons and opportunities for children to meet their classmates online are helping with this. Some parents would like more freedom during the day to go for a walk or for siblings to do something together. Please do feel free as parents to create opportunities to do this: we will continue to provide the full curriculum offer, but understand if life gets in the way and you wish to make time for something different. Teachers will continue to make lessons as interactive and fun as possible, but I'm afraid we will not be able to arrange online breaktimes and play dates as some parents have requested. The staff in school are essentially now doing two full time jobs at once: teaching the children in class and also teaching the children at home. I'm immensely proud of how well both staff and children have adapted to this difficult situation and thoroughly look forward to a time when all children can return to school.
If you feel your child is in great need of more social time with their peers, please do give me a ring to discuss this. I'm very happy to 'introduce' parents so that you can exchange details and possibly set up online meetings for your children.
The winning numbers/people are:-
1st 56 Lizz Williams
2nd 11 Mark Neville
3rd 31 Mark Everett
I will make contact with all the winners to distribute prizes once School has fully reopened.
Getting fresh air and exercise is important for looking after our physical and mental health. We have decided to share our favourite local walks with you so you can get out and enjoy a happy healthy half term!
You can download this PDF to your computer and print it out or download it to your smartphone or tablet and take it on the walks with you!
Click here for our favourite spring walks or see the document below.
It is very hard to fundraise right now but if you enjoy these walks and feel you can, please donate via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org (remembering to choose the 'friends and family' or 'known seller' option)
Devon Wildlife Trust
Devon Wildlife Trust's Education team have created a Wild Learning hub to help assist learning at home with lots of nature inspired activities and ideas. Lots of these activities can help fulfil curriculum criteria but there's also lots of great wild learning for all ages to be had. Lesson plans, identification guides, nature inspired crafts and 'how to help' ideas can be found here - scroll down to undertake our quizzes and also to play some online wildlife games.
More information can be found on their website here.