Please see attached an important letter from the Dartmoor MAT trustees regarding the wider re-opening of schools. Please note that the trustees have decided that the re-opening should be delayed until the 8th of June in order to ensure that all health and safety considerations have been taken into account and acted upon.
Further details about re-opening to pre-school, Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 from the 8th June will follow next week, but please be aware that the opening will be phased throughout the week - not all priority year groups will be able to return on Monday 8th. The reason for this is to ensure that all guidelines can be met as numbers increase.
If you are a critical worker and require provision for your child to cover the days you are at work, please book them into the 'Critical Workers' Club' which will be open to all critical workers' children from Tuesday 2nd June. You will notice that there are options for provision for the morning only, the afternoon only or all day; this is to help fit around your shift patterns. If you are able to look after your children at home on any day, please do so; this is still the safest option for them.
It will greatly help us with planning if you could make any bookings as soon as possible. Thank you.
Please be assured that we are working hard to ensure that everything is ready for the wider reopening and that parents of priority year groups will receive more information over the next week to help prepare you and your children for the return.
If you have any problems, please do email me email@example.com
Very best wishes and enjoy the rest of this lovely, sunny week,
Real Play is now available for children in Key Stage 1 and 2. Each activity is given in small, manageable 20 minute (maximum) sessions which you can do throughout the day.
Head on over the the jasmine website, and log in with the details below, to access these fun resources. Many of the activities come with videos to model the different skills or music to work along to. There is also an introductory video showing you how to use the online platform.
Everyone is invited to take part in the Devon Virtual Games.
It’s the Devon Summer School Games with a twist as all competitions are virtual!
At home, no problem; we have competitions and challenges suitable for everyone! There are certificates, medals and prizes for you to win, and prizes for schools with the highest % of entries. So please please, persuade your friends to join in as well!!
Challenges are launched every Monday at 10am from 18th May until 13th July - so check back regularly for updates.
To find out more about the #Devon Virtual Games click here: Take a Challenge
Link to Devon Virtual Games Overview & Terms and Conditions (insert link to attached)
The first challenge Walk – Jog- Run and starts this Monday 18th May from 10am.
Click here for information and video clip on completing the challenge First Event – Walk – Jog – Run
For all the information on completing the event including distances, rules, recording your miles, and ENTRY click here (insert link to Conquer a Devon Route attached)
Good luck from Jeanette Green, School Games Organiser for South Hams & West Devon
School Games www.yourschoolgames.org
Devon Virtual Games Overview
We wanted to let you know about the launch of Sustrans Outside In, a free resource to help parents who are looking after their children at home.
Walking, cycling and scooting are great ways to keep active and healthy in body and mind. During this time where we are mostly required to stay at home, these activities become harder to do.
Sustrans Outside In provides fun ideas and inspiration for parents to bring education, health and wellbeing activities into their home.
Parents can access resources by registering for our free parent newsletter. Over four weeks, they’ll receive weekly videos, themed activities, games and challenges designed by our experienced school officers.
If you think these resources would be useful to your home schooled students, please let parents know about it. Include a link to the subscription page www.sustrans.org.uk/OutsideIn on your website, social media and other communication channels and encourage parents to sign up.
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Sustrans Outside In visit:
You all have another week of home-learning behind you. Well done and thank you to all our families who are meeting new challenges with such good humour and resilience! I hope that everyone continues to stay safe physically and emotionally; please remember that we are here to support if you need us and can signpost you towards agencies offering more specialist services if required.
Please see a letter from Mrs Underwood attached and be assured that we are all working together to ensure the best possible care and education for our pupils, whatever the circumstances.
Your class teachers will be sending out the work for next week shortly. We will be beginning a new topic of Under The Sea. Please encourage your children to have a go at some of the fun, wider curriculum opportunities included on the topic webs and to send photos and work to their teachers who would love to see them! Live lessons which may link well with this topic may be found here: https://www.southtawton.co.uk/school-news/live-lessons-linking-with-under-the-sea-topic
Thank you to everyone who have sent in pictures to show how you are commemorating VE day. Please keep them coming. The gallery can be viewed here: https://www.southtawton.co.uk/school-news/ve-day-what-lovely-preparations-so-far
All the news from the week can be seen in the lovely class blogs. Some of my favourites from the week are Year 4's Star Wars: https://www.southtawton.co.uk/year-4/may-the-fourth-be-with-you, Year 2's Marvellous Monday https://www.southtawton.co.uk/year-2/its-marvellous-monday, and Year R's Billy Goat's Gruff: https://www.southtawton.co.uk/year-r/3-pigs-and-3-billy-goats-gruff
I hope you enjoy another lovely, sunny bank holiday weekend,
Very best wishes,
Letter from Mrs Underwood
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