The 5th week of the summer term has somehow passed with barely a glimpse of sunshine. However, we're hopeful that things may be feeling a bit more summery by the end of next week and, as ever, are extremely proud of the children for maintaining excellent standards of behaviour and enthusiasm despite frequent wet breaks and indoor lunch times.
Last week, year 4 managed to choose the one dry day for a lovely walk on Dartmoor, while year 5 weren't so lucky and had to postpone theirs. Our Friday celebration assembly had to move back to being virtual as rain lashed the playground, but it was lovely to see so many children awarded for kindness and effort as well as academic achievement.
Next week, will see year 6 temporarily relocating into the school hall whilst the year 6 classroom undergoes a rather necessary refurbishment that will see the installation of secondary glazing and a lowered ceiling to keep the room warmer in the winter months. We're delighted that the costs of this are covered by grants to improve energy efficiency. Thank you to all members of year 6 for this move.
In other news, earlier this week, we received some initial drawings for a proposed new building which will enable us to bring our preschool on to the school site. Obviously, there is still a long way to go with this in terms of both planning permissions and building works, but it will make a huge difference to the school experience of all children going forward when we are all together on one site.
Thank you PTA!
The photos above show the year 6 children becoming the first pupils to benefit from the very generous donation of 15 new Chromebooks. These will be used for computing lessons as well as in other lessons across the curriculum. 11 of these devices were donated by the PTA with the remaining 4 coming from very generous parental donations. We are delighted that we have another 3 on order which have also been donated by parents and grandparents. We would love to have eventually have enough for a whole class to use one each. The photos below show year 1 also enjoying their computing lesson this week.
Sponsored events this week.
This coming week, your children will be taking part in a sponsored event in school to help raise funds for our PTA. Each class has chosen their own event, details are below:
Year R: Laps around the field or playground
Year 1: Go Noodle'a'thon
Year 2: Circuits
Year 3: Spelling Bee
Year 4: French Skipping
Year 5: Sponsored Read
Year 6: Multi-Sports
All pupils should have brought home a sponsorship form with details of the event that they are taking part in. Please send in the sponsorship money by the end of this coming week, so we can tally it up and let you know how much has been raised. If you have lost the form, feel free to donate anyway in an envelope with your child's name and class on it please.
The idea is to have fun whilst raising money for the school. Thank you in advance for asking family and friends to sponsor your child for their events.
Thank you and kind regards,
Summer Reading Challenge
Libraries across Devon are re-opening and the Summer Reading Challenge is back!
The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading 'dip'.
Each year the Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and conﬁdence. Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website.
How the Summer Reading Challenge works
Children can read whatever they like in their chosen format - fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audio books and eBooks can all be used to complete the Challenge.
Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there's a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge.
The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities. Children can sign up for free at a participating library during the summer holidays.